The next few days, and through the weekend, bring a summer sampler of events and activities.
Like music? There's everything from jazz piano by a Morris County native, and a New York-based "jazz-punk-jam" band that you can enjoy while munching on kosher barbeque — all nearly in your back yard!
And you might be surprised at some of the unusual choral selections that will be presented next Tuesday evening at the annual Spring Concert at Ridge High School. Part of the entertainment will be the return of "Guys Night Out," featuring local adults who will add their voices to those of students'.
Speaking of outdoor pleasures, you can also relax with morning yoga in a garden, and visit (or plant) your own herb "garden" on a wall suitable for very small spaces.
As always, please let us know if we left anything interesting off the list, or add into the comments section below.
Create a Living Herb Wall
When/Where: Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Back to Nature Home & Garden, 3055 Valley Road, Basking Ridge.
Why Go: Learn how to plant a living wall by making your own 5" x 5" vertical garden with herbs, taught by our own Amy Seuberth. The herbs will be rooted just in time to enjoy this summer!
Summer Kick-off Concert & Acrobat Show
When/Where: Sunday, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Chabad Jewish Center, 3048 Valley Road, Basking Ridge.
Why Go: Two bands with Jewish flair (including punk!), an acrobat, kosher barbeque and more. Celebrate culture, and eat, dance and be merry!
Cost: Tickets are $5 for children and $10 for adults before June 8, and $8 for children and $15 for adults at the door.
Moms4Moms Spin Instruction
When/Where: Tuesday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Saturday and Sunday at Lifestyle Mechanics Studio, 1966 Washington Valley Road, Martinsville.
Why Go: Get down to spin with Katie and Melissa and your fellow Moms4Moms members in a fun exhilarating environment. Beginner spinners are welcome! After spinning, the "Nutrition Babes" will provide yummy treats to sample.
Bernards Twp. PBA 357 Golf Outing
When/Where: Monday, June 11, noon, at the Basking Ridge Country Club, Saturday starting at 6:30 a.m. in Madison.
Why Go: You can shoot a round with some people you see around town — and support the PBA's civic causes.
Cost: Email for price levels: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ridge High School Spring Chorus
When/Where: Tuesday, 7 p.m. at the Ridge High School Performing Arts Center off South Finley Ave.
Why Go: You is the chance to hear Ridge singers perform works from various time periods, in multiple styles. It's also the fourth year that "Guys Night Out" out will mix veteran (ok, adult) singers with students to see what they can come up with.
Cost: Free, donations appreciated.
The Ultimate Jazz Experience
When/Where: Friday, 7 p.m., the Randolph Performing Arts Centre
Why Go: You want to enjoy the sounds of Morristown native, and Randolph resident Rio Clemente, also known as "The Bishop of Jazz."
Annual 4-H Spring Train Show
When/Where: Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension on Milltown Road.
Why Go: Because who doesn't love trains? The 4-H will be holding its annual show with trains running along tracks all day, as well as hands-on activities and much more.
When/Where: Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center.
Why Go: Because the summer is here and we love swimming! The Starfish Aquatic Club will be offering swim lessons to children of all ages through mid August. Visit the website for more information and to register.
Cost: $80 for all lessons.
Colonial "Kitchin" Gardens
When/Where: Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Somerset County Historical Society on Van Veghten Drive in Bridgewater.
Why Go: Because Master Gardener Ruth Claus will be discussing how herb gardens were absolutely necessary for the early settlers. She will take the audience on an imaginary stroll through colonial "kitchin" gardens.
Celebrate Dads Event
When/Where: Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Bridgewater Commons Mall.
Why Go: Because Dads deserve a little care too, and the mall is helping out with demonstrations from Williams Sonoma, retailer offerings, free giveaways and practice on a putting green.
Family Movie Night
When/Where: Saturday at 7 p.m. at Raritan Valley Seventh Day Baptist Church in Bridgewater.
Why Go: Because the Raritan Valley Seventh Day Baptist Church is hosting a family night, complete with refreshments and a family movie.
Bridgewater Community Blood Drive
When/Where: Sunday at 8:30 a.m. at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Church.
Why Go: Because it's charitable to help the NY Blood Center by donating blood at the church.
Yoga in the Park
When/Where: Sunday at 9 a.m. at the parks on North Bridge Street in Bridgewater.
Why Go: To get a little bit of relaxation through the Mayors Wellness Campaign as members of the Gurukul Yoga Holistic Center teach about yoga.
Americana: Summer Sounds From the Gazebo
When/Where: Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Bridgewater-Raritan High School.
Why Go: Because we all love some great music, particularly from the Raritan Valley Symphonic Band, which will be performing at the high school in a special summer concert.
Life Upon the Wicket Stage: Broadway's Greatest Villains, Thieves & Ladies of the Evening
When/Where: Saturday at 8 p.m., at the Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum
Why Go: You enjoy Broadway shows and want to see some notable stars, including American Idol's Constantine Maroulis, perform as villains from some of Broadway's most popular shows.
Revolutionary Ramble Bike Tour
When/Where: Saturday starting at 6:30 a.m. in Madison.
Why Go: You want to tour this historic area by bike in circuits of anywhere from 12 to 100 miles.
When/Where: Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hyatt Morristown
Why Go: You want to be a "BOLD AND FABULOUS FEMALE."
'A Town of Towers and Spires'
When/Where: Saturday at 10 a.m. from the Morris Tourism Bureau in Morristown
Why Go: You want an expert tour guide to show you around town, learning about many historical aspects of a various historic location.
When/Where: Saturday, 6:30 p.m. at Inline Morristown
Why Go: You want to cheer on the Corporal Punishers as they face Hammonton, NJ's "Boardwalk Brawlers."
Morning Yoga in the Garden
When/Where: Sunday, 9:30 a.m. at the Early Street Community Garden, Morristown
Why Go: You want to salute the sun, and the fruits and veggies, in a lovely outdoor setting.
Cost: $5 suggested donation
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