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A Tour of Notable Homes in Westfield, May 7

A Tour of Notable Homes in Westfield, May 7

A Tour of Notable Homes, presented by the Friends of NJ Festival Orchestra, will be held Saturday May 7th from 10am-3pm. Distinguished homes representing a range of architectural influences and design sensibilities generously open their doors to benefit the NJ Festival Orchestra. Included in the self-guided tour are musical interludes, plant sale, refreshments, upscale raffles and - back by popular demand - a classic luxury automobile stationed at each location plus a "Drive Tesla for a Day" raffle. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 on tour day. Purchase tickets online at www.njfestivalorchestra.org. Tickets are also available at Baron's Drugs and The Town Bookstore in Westfield.

Spring Fling Comes to Westfield May 1

Spring Fling Comes to Westfield May 1

Enjoy the 27th Annual Spring Fling Street Fair, May 1 from 10am-5pm, sponsored by the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce. 908.233.3021. www.westfieldareachamber.com

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Artist Reception and Book Signing at Juxtapose Gallery, April 29

Artist Reception and Book Signing at Juxtapose Gallery, April 29

Juxtapose Gallery will host an opening reception and book signing for American Landscape Painter Gary Heise on April 29th from 6-9pm. Heise's ink and watercolor pieces combine both Eastern and Western techniques. Live music by guitarist John Whitlock and refreshments will be served. Show hangs until May 27.

58 Elm St., 908.232.3278. www.juxtaposegallery.com

Meet Author of From Footlights to Flashlights at Town Book Store, April 9

Meet Author of From Footlights to Flashlights at Town Book Store, April 9

The Town Book Store will be hosting a Meet the Author event for Scotch Plains – Fanwood High School teacher, Gwyn English Nielson on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 2:00-4:00 PM. From Footlights to Flashlights is her collection of character-building plays for teenagers. The anthology includes ten chapters, each including a play focusing on a specific theme related to a challenge that adolescents often experience in today's society. Topics include morality, identity, peer pressure, love, inequity, manners, miscommunication, sexism, grief, and tolerance.

Her other published works include Torey the Turkey Goes Skiing, Serendipity and the Dream Catcher, and Teaching Love Life. At present, she teaches English, acting, and public speaking at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School and performs as a vocalist for private audiences.

If you are unable to attend this event, feel free to call The Town Book Store at (908) 233-3535 to reserve an autographed copy of any of her books.

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Annual Library Used Book Sale, April 26-30

From April 26 to April 30, 2016, the Friends of the Westfield Memorial Library will be holding its annual used book, dvd and cd sale. The book sale financially supports the Library and activities such as the Children's Programs and the Museum Guest Passes.

The Friends are seeking volunteer workers, donors and customers. In addition to the sale dates, the Friends seek volunteers during the donation and sorting period from Thursday April 21 to Tuesday April 26, and to box the unsold books after the sale ends at 1pm on Saturday April 30.

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Call for Art from High School Students for Gallery U exhibit in May

Call for Art from High School Students for Gallery U exhibit in May

Union, Essex & Somerset Counties house a number of talented youth ready to let their creative ideas loose onto the world. Gallery U in Westfield, NJ, is looking to facilitate this process by offering local high school students a unique opportunity to showcase their talents through the exhibition Student Life: Artwork By Union, Essex & Somerset County High School Students.

This special exhibition will be comprised of artwork of various mediums and styles by high school students in Union, Essex and Somerset Counties. 50% of the proceeds for artwork sold will paid to the student artist and 50% will be donated to the art department of the high school the artist represents. Student Life will be on exhibit through June 6, 2016.

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Shopping Best Bests April 2016

Shopping Best Bests April 2016

No April Fools - Best Bets from 14 of Downtown Westfield's businesses, deals you don't want to miss.

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Shop Smart, Do Good: A Fundraising Day at Lord & Taylor, April 2

Shop Smart, Do Good: A Fundraising Day at Lord & Taylor, April 2

Shop Smart, Do Good: A Fundraising Shopping Event hosted by Lord & Taylor in support of local non-profit organizations will take place Saturday, April 2. Purchse a $5 ticket to receive a 15% off savings pass (including cosmetics and fragrances) and two 25% off coupons which can be used on regular priced or sale items. All ticket proceeds will go to participating non-profit organizations, such as Westfield Historical Society, who receive tickets to sell in advance. Organizations keep 100% of proceeds from ticket sales, while customers receive exclusive savings and a fun-filled day of shopping and events. In 2015, participating organizations raised over $527,000! Tickets are also sold at the door, so stop in to shop with discounts for a cause. 609 North Ave. W., 908.233.6600.

Celebrating National Poetry Month in Westfield, NJ, in April

Celebrating National Poetry Month in Westfield, NJ, in April

Gallery U in Westfield, NJ, is pleased to celebrate the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month by highlighting the power of words and the connection to visual arts. Ekphrasis: Art & Words consist of an exhibition of art and poetry— side-by-side — that includes local artists and poets inspiring one another. Existing poetry was collected by invited poets and artwork was curated from artists throughout New Jersey. Artists and poets were given the opportunity to choose one of the selected poems or pieces of art that spoke to them and to create a new piece of art—be it a visual art or poem—based on the original inspiration. The challenge will be in determining which came first, the poem or the art.

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NJWA Summer Workshop offers season of CREATIVITY and FUN

NJWA Summer Workshop offers season of CREATIVITY and FUN

The NJWA Summer Workshop enters its 44th season of providing exciting cognitive and creative opportunities for students entering junior kindergarten through 8th grade. This year’s Workshop runs weekdays from July 5-July 22, 8:30 am-12:30 pm and will be held at the Roosevelt Intermediate School, 301 Clark Street, Westfield, NJ. The three-week program offers various programs guaranteed to provide each student with the prospect to explore, discover and create in a truly unique and personal manner.

Workshop Director, Pamela Aslin, credits the overwhelming success of the program to the carefully handpicked teaching staff comprised of dynamic, professional educators and performers who are eager to promote a classroom culture that is inspirational, challenging and thoroughly enjoyable. Aslin further touts, “Our curriculum is taught in a way that allows an authentic, student-centered process supported by individuality, creativity and challenge.”

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