The Weekender: St. Patrick's Day Events in Essex County

Holiday crafts, blood drives and more this weekend

Here are just a few of the events happening in Essex County this weekend. Click on the "events" section on the homepage to see more. 

WHERE: Westminster Performing Arts Center, 449 Franklin St., Bloomfield
WHEN:  Friday, 8 p.m.
WHY GO:  Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance presents an evening of repertory excerpts. The program is part of a year-long celebration of Loie Fuller on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of her birth. Dances reimagining the swirling, sculptural style of Loie Fuller form a core of the repertory. A visual kinetic theater fusing experimental dance, circus arts and mesmerizing fabric and light.
COST:  Adult $20; Seniors & Students (with ID) $15

Newark Extended Care Facility., 65 Jay St., Newark
WHEN: Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
WHY GO: Generally, people in good health are eligible to donate. Blood donors must be 16 years of age or older. There are no upper age limits. You should eat meals at regular times.     

WHERE: Nutley High School
WHEN: Friday, Saturday 8 p.m.; Sunday, March 18, 2 p.m.
WHY GO: Set in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power, it focuses on nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub, English cabaret performer Sally Bowles and her relationship with the young American writer Cliff Bradshaw. Overseeing the action is the Master of Ceremonies at the Kit Kat Klub.
COST:  Tickets $15 General Admission; $18 Orchestra Circle;  Call 973-320-8413 for ticket information.

WHERE: New Hope Baptist Church, 106 Sussex Ave., Newark.
WHEN: Saturday, 1 p.m.
WHY GO: Join Mom2Mom, a peer-to-peer support program for mothers of children with special needs, at its first Interfaith Prayer Service. We invite you to pray with us and representatives of various faith communities as we encourage each other to continue to care for our families and care for ourselves. Join us for reflections from different faith traditions, prayer, music and fellowship. Children and adults with special needs are especially welcome!

WHERE: Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St., Bloomfield
WHEN: Saturday, 2 p.m.
WHY GO: No registration required. All ages welcome.

WHERE: Belleville Public Library, 221 Washington Ave., Belleville
WHEN: Saturday, 11 a.m.
WHY GO: The Belleville Library will celebrate Saint Patrick's Day with a children's craft program.

WHERE: Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St., Bloomfield
WHEN: Saturday, 10 a.m.
WHY GO: Challenge your chess skills and have fun!

“Little City Hall”, 113 Monroe St., Newark
Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
WHY GO: As a service to Essex County residents, the Clerk’s Office schedules afternoon and evening hours to conduct business in municipalities across Essex County. During these Outreach times, we process only new passports, notary public oaths and veterans peddler licenses.

WHERE: Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Ave., Bloomfield
WHEN: Saturday, 7 p.m.
WHY GO: The luck of the Irish wasn’t with poor Michael Patrick Mulligan, as he was found dead, the victim of an accidental whiskey distillery explosion. It’s a grand party to celebrate his life, in typical Irish mourning fashion. But things are not as they appear, as Detective O’Shea thinks that it wasn’t an accident at all, it was murder! Who may have done such a terrible thing to old Mulligan, and why? The only way to find out is to join us at the wackiest wake this side of the Emerald Isle!
COST: $64.95, includes dinner, show, tax and gratuity; cash bar is available.

: 24 Brookline Ave., Nutley
WHEN: Saturday, 11:30 a.m.
WHY GO:  Spend the day doing crafts while the Easter Bunny and his friends join you. Pizza, juice and a cupcake are provided with each paid ticket. Parents may purchase extra pizza for $2 a slice. You will want to bring a camera!
COST: $10 per child; Adults are free.

WHAT: Annual Lenten “Souper Sunday”
Msgr. Walsh Hall, St. Mary’s RC Church, Nutley
Sunday following 10:30 a.m. mass
WHY GO: Come and enjoy delicious homemade soups donated by parishioners Jim and Maureen Grueter of Jim Dandy’s and The Mud Hole. Bring your favorite bread/snack or beverage to share!

WHERE: Franklin Reformed Church, Nutley
WHEN: Sunday, 3 p.m.
WHY GO: A Service of Remembrance and Healing with Victims of Violence and Abuse. Sponsored by WIN with Franklin Reformed Church, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and St. Paul's UCC Church. The service is for all those who have been affected in some way by violence or abuse, whether directly or indirectly, and for all those who care about them. The service takes it's form from both the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. We will also be collecting clothing for Dress for Success. The mission for Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help them thrive in work and in life.

The Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 89 Ridge St., Newark
WHEN: Sunday, 4 p.m.
WHY GO: David Briggs is an internationally renowned organist who has built a worldwide reputation as an innovative musician and dazzling performer. Increasingly sought after for his orchestral transcriptions and improvisation, his performances are applauded for their musicality, virtuosity and ability to excite and engage audiences of all ages.
COST: Suggested donation $15

Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark
WHEN: Friday, Saturdy & Sunday
WHY GO: Seven Wonders: Recommended for adults and children ages 9 and up    
The Little Star that Could: A little star is born all by himself. Lonely for some friends, he embarks on a journey through the galaxy. Along the way he meets different stars, learns about their lives, colors and temperatures. At the end of his voyage he is introduced to a star cluster, the Milky Way and the planets in our Solar System.
COST: Museum & Planetarium Admission: Adults $15; Children, seniors & students with valid ID, $9; Members free


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