IN AND AROUND THE CHATHAMS: Green Village church to hold rummage sale

• IN AND AROUND THE CHATHAMS • IN AND AROUND THE CHATHAMS: Green Village church to hold rummage sale May 10, 2017 0
THURSDAY, May 11
The United Methodist Church in Green Village, 500 Spring Valley Road, Harding, will hold its annual rummage sale from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be new and used clothing, shoes, jewelry, household items, appliances, toys, attic treasures and more. No admission fee. For information, call (973) 377-1459.
“Hidden Figures,” about three African-American women at NASA in the early days of the space program, will be shown during “My Movie Night” from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. Refreshments will be served.
Annual ECLC Chatham Gala & Fashion Show from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Birchwood Manor, 111 N. Jefferson Road, Whippany. $65 a person. Tricky tray prizes, 50/50 raffle and fashion show featuring ECLC students, parents and staff.
Township Committee meets at 7:30 p.m. in the courtroom of the municipal building, 58 Meyersville Road, Chatham Township.
FRIDAY, MAY 12
Cornell Thomas , a Positivity Summit speaker and author, will speak at the B.I.G. meeting from 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. at the Chatham United Methodist Church, 460 Main St., Chatham. Cost for nonmembers is $40. To RSVP and for information, contact Cathy Maloney at or (973) 214-2370.
“Bell, Book and Candle” at Chatham Playhouse, 23 N. Passaic Ave., Chatham, runs through May 20. Performances are at 8 p.m. May 12, 13, 19 and 20 and at 3 p.m. May 14. Tickets are $25 for adults and $23 for young people and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased at the box office or online at ccp.booktix.com . For information, call (973) 635-7363.
SATURDAY, MAY 13
Chatham Newcomers & Social Club sponsors an event at 10 a.m. for children to meet Chatham borough firefighters, hear a fire safety talk and tour the firehouse. $10 a child. Sign up on BigTent.
MONDAY, May 15
School District of the Chathams Board of Education meets at 7:30 p.m. at the township municipal building, 58 Meyersville Road.
Selina Law, director of Screen Tea , will present a workshop about tea along with a tasting of a variety of teas and tea snacks at 7 p.m. at the Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. Each participant will have a chance to brew, taste and compare different tea types using professional cupping sets. A $5 fee covers supplies. Sign up online or call (973) 635-0603 to register.
TUESDAY, May 16
Book club discussion of “Mary Astor’s Purple Diary” by Edward Sorel at noon at Senior Center, 58 Meyersville Road, Chatham Township. All welcome to attend. Senior bus available for transport for Chatham residents. For information, call (973) 635-4565.
WEDNESDAY, May 17
Memory screening from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Senior Center, 58 Meyersville Road, Chatham Township. Provided by Cognitive & Research Center of New Jersey in Springfield. Testing takes 30 minutes. Must sign up. For information, call (973) 635-4565.
Blood drive , conducted by New Jersey Blood Services, at Chatham High School, 255 Lafayette Ave., from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, May 19
The Woman’s Club of Chatham will meet at 11:30 a.m. for its annual scholarship luncheon at the Wyndham Hamilton Park hotel, 175 Park Ave., Florham Park. Guest speaker is Irene Chang Britt, chief executive of ICB Enterprises and an adviser to consumer-product companies. $45 a person. For information, call (973) 635-1776.
Nonfiction book group to discuss “Quiet” by Susan Cain at 11 a.m. at Senior Center, 58 Meyersville Road, Chatham Township. All welcome to attend. Senior bus available for transport for Chatham residents. For information, call (973) 635-4565.
SATURDAY, May 20
“We are Chatham” Community Carnival at Cougar Field on Shunpike Road. The carnival allows all clubs at Chatham High School to raise funds for charities and brings the community together for a day of fun and celebration. All clubs regardless of their size will split the net funds evenly.
Chatham Emergency Squad’s annual picnic at Shepard Kollock Park.
More than 60 authors are expected to attend an Author Meet and Greet from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Chatham High School, 255 Lafayette Ave., Chatham Township.
Milton Mile annual fun run/walk , sponsored by Milton Avenue School PTO.
Chatham Newcomers & Social Club Beach BBQ . 7:30 to 11 p.m. Fish & Game, 41 Fairmount Ave., Chatham. Catered by Local Smoke. DJ, door prizes and more. RSVP on Bigtent.
The Masterwork Chorus will take a ‘cultural tour around the world’ as it spans global music in a concert dubbed “Tradition” at 8 p.m. at the Chatham United Methodist Church , 460 Main St., Chatham. Led by Music Director Chris Shepard with guest conductor Martin Sedek and virtuoso pianist Carol Walker, the chorus will perform music with Latin American, Hebrew, Polish and African-American roots, singing in each culture’s language, with instruments ranging from keyboard to violin to string bass. Tickets are $25 for general admissiom and $10 for young people younger than 17. They may be purchased at the door or online at www.masterwork.org .
SUNDAY, May 21
Dr. Sandra Moss will present a program, sponsored by the Chatham Township Historical Society, on “Madhatters, The Radium Girls and The Asbestos Hotel” at 2 p.m. at the Chatham Township Municipal Building. Three medical mysteries from three different industries and three different eras in New Jersey played an important role in the evolution of workers’ rights, legal processes, medical investigation methods and changing public expectations.
MONDAY, May 22
Chatham Borough Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. at Borough Hall, 54 Fairmount Ave., Chatham.
Michael LaSusa , superintendent of the School District of the Chathams, will discuss the state of the district at 7 p.m. at the Chatham Middle School Library Media Center. All parents and community members are welcome.
THURSDAY, May 25
Township Committee meets at 7:30 p.m. in the courtroom of the municipal building, 58 Meyersville Road, Chatham Township.
Chatham-Madison Chamber Happy Hour , 5 to 7 p.m., Charlie Brown’s Fresh Grill, 522 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township. Drinks on you, appetizers courtesy of Charlie Brown’s.
FRIDAY, May 26
George Marriner Maull , artistic director of Discovery Orchestra, will present a focused listening experience about Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” at 12:30 p.m. at Senior Center, 58 Meyersville Road, Chatham Township. Refreshments after program. Signup requested. Participants do not need to be Chatham residents. For information, call (973) 635-4565.
SATURDAY, June 3
Relay for Life will end with a festival from 6 p.m. to midnight at Haas Field behind Chatham Middle School. For information, call (973) 285-8046 or send email to
SUNDAY, June 4
The Chatham Community Players’ “Sundays @ 7” Play Reading Series will present Martin Sherman’s “Bent” at 7 p.m. at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 N. Passaic Ave., Chatham. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door.
ONGOING
Instructor Kati Walker leads yoga classes from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Senior Services Center of the Chathams , located in the Chatham Township municipal building at 58 Meyersville Road. The classes consist of exercises and stretches with attention on effective breathing, for participants of all levels of ability. The cost is $9 per class. The sessions are is open to non-Chatham residents. The Senior Bus is available for transportation for residents of the Chathams only. For information, call (973) 635-4565 or visit www.chathamseniorcenter.org .
The Senior Services Center of the Chathams hosts Qi Gong and Tai Chi classes from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Senior Center , in the Chatham Township municipal building, 58 Meyersville Road. The classes help with balance, muscle control and strength, while contributing to an overall feeling of well-being and stress release. Participants of all levels of experience are welcome. The registration cost is $65 for 10 classes, $40 for fives classes, or $9 per individual class. The sessions are led by Cesar Godoy. Participants do not need to be Chatham residents. Senior Bus transportation service is available for residents of the Chathams only. For information, call the Senior Center at (973) 635-4565.
The Metropolitan Orchestra of New Jersey is seeking musicians. Now in its 45th season, the orchestra is a full symphonic orchestra composed of local musicians, both professional and amateur. Under the direction of Maestro Michael Stratechuk, the orchestra plays a varied repertory, performing three concerts each season. Now through June, rehearsals take place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Monday evenings at the Chatham Middle School at 480 Main St. Those interested in joining should call (201) 259-2363 or email .
‘Reflections,’ a women’s friendship and support group discusses issues that concern mature women from 2 to 3:15 p.m. every Tuesday at the Senior Center of the Chathams , located in the Chatham Township municipal building at 58 Meyersville Road. New members are always welcome. For information, call the Senior Center at (973) 635-4565.
‘Tone and Flex’ classes are offered from 9 to 10 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Senior Services Center of the Chathams , located in the Chatham Township municipal building at 58 Meyersville Road. The class, taught by Donna Sue Dowton, focuses on general strength, balance and flexibility exercises. Registration costs $54 for 12 classes, $45 for eight classes, or $8 per class. Participants do not need to be Chatham residents. For information, call the Senior Center at (973) 635-4565.
The Library of the Chathams is hosting “Bring Your Own Device” sessions on Saturdays by appointment for individual training with a reference librarian at the library at 214 Main St. in Chatham. Members of the public are invited to learn how to download eBooks to their own smartphone or tablet. To receive assistance on Saturdays by appointment, call the library at (973) 635-0603.
Meditation sessions with Cesar Godoy are held from 11 a.m. to 12 noon on Fridays at the Senior Center of the Chathams , located in the Chatham Township municipal building at 58 Meyersville Road. The cost is $5 per session. For information, call (973) 635-4565. The Senior Bus is available for transportation for residents of the Chathams.
Social dancing classes are offered by the Senior Center of the Chathams from 1 to 3 p.m. every Tuesday in the gymnasium of the Chatham Township municipal building at 58 Meyersville Road. The ballroom dancing classes are led by experienced dancers Ramona Rademacher and Frank Pagano. The cost is $30 for a six-week course, or $7 per class. Participants can attend with or without a partner. The class is designed for participants of all levels, with the focus on having fun and getting exercise. The sessions are free of charge, and all are welcome. For information, call (973) 635-4565 or visit www.chathamseniorcenter.org .
The Senior Center of the Chathams is hosting a men’s discussion group of current events at 10:30 a.m. Fridays at the Senior Center , in the Chatham Township municipal building, 58 Meyersville Road. Participants have found the meetings to be a good venue for informal discussions on timely topics, as well as sharing their past experiences. No prior membership is required, and all men in the area are invited. The Senior Bus is available for transportation for residents of the Chathams. For information, call (973) 635-4565 or visit www.chathamseniorcenter.org .
‘Beginner Bridge’ instruction is under way at the Senior Center of the Chathams from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Senior Center , located in the Chatham Township municipal building at 58 Meyersville Road. Chatham resident Rick Hartley is instructing the group and promises, “Not only will students learn to play the game, but will have a lot of fun doing it.” The class is open to all adults and the cost is $5 per class. Each series runs for at least eight sessions. Those new to the game, or “rusty” players, will learn the elements of modern bridge bidding and play of the hand. Players will be asked to purchase the book, “Modern Bridge: Bidding and Play of the Hand” for $15. Students new to bridge will be encouraged to start playing on their own after the seventh lesson, as the first seven lessons will cover the material equivalent to that utilized by most “social” bridge players. To encourage students to utilize their new knowledge, Hartley runs a bridge game on alternate Thursdays in which students can practice their new skills and meet other bridge players. Class size is limited; to register, call the Senior Center at (973) 635-4565. The Senior Bus is available for transportation for residents of the Chathams.
A free mental health self-help group, ‘Recovery International,’ is meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. each Thursday in Room 14 at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 200 Main St. in Chatham. Participants are asked to use the church’s side entrance and proceed to Room 14 on the first floor. The regular weekly meetings aim to help participants cope with stress and frustration, panic attacks and fear, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and depression. Each session is guided by an experienced leader. The group uses cognitive and behavioral methods developed 75 years ago by the late psychiatrist Dr. Abraham Low. Those interested in attending may call (973) 635-1120 for information.
The Chatham Community Band’s Jazz Ensemble is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to preserving classic jazz, Big Band and Swing music. The jazz ensemble performs at local venues, including the Matheny Center in Peapack, Franciscan Oaks in Denville, and the annual Fishawack Community Day in Chatham. The Jazz Ensemble is in need of more musicians, particularly trombone players; however, the band is open to all instrumental players interested in jazz and Big Band music. The ensemble performs traditional and contemporary Big Band charts, and rehearses from 7:30 to 9 p.m. every Thursday at the Chatham Middle School at 480 Main St. For information, and to inquire about joining the ensemble, contact Ed Beales, band director, by emailing , or calling (201) 414-6551. Information about the ensemble also is available by visiting www.chathamcommunityband.org and clicking on “jazz band.”
Open registration is under way for the Chatham United Methodist Nursery School, housed in the Chatham United Methodist Church at 460 Main St. The Chatham United Methodist Nursery School offers non-denominational programs for 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds, and Kindergarten Enrichment. Prospective families are invited to arrange a personal tour of the nursery school by calling (973) 635-5261. For information, contact Registrar Christine Fagan at , or (973) 507-9703.
The Chatham Community Band, under the direction of Brian Conti, is seeking new members for the all-volunteer, adult instrumental music group, whose members come from all walks of life, from college age through retirees. Most are not professional musicians, but over the years many performed in high school or college and wanted an opportunity to continue playing in a community-based volunteer group, Conti noted. The concert band is open to instrumental musicians and is in need of percussionists and brass and woodwind players. Music performed by the band includes: traditional marches, Broadway show selections, light classics and Americana. For information about the band, visit www.chathamcommunityband.org , or email . The band is organized under the Adult Education Program of the School District of the Chathams, with rehearsals and scheduled concerts performed at Chatham High School, 255 Lafayette Ave., Chatham Township.
The Senior Center of the Chathams invites senior citizens who enjoy knitting to join ‘The Nifty Knitters,’ a group of more than 30 women, meeting every week at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Senior Center, located in the Chatham Township municipal building at 58 Meyersville Road. Participants knit, socialize and take stock of their weekly accomplishments. The group also welcomes donations of acrylic baby yarn for its hospital projects. For information about the knitting group, call the Senior Center of the Chathams at (973) 635-4565.
The public is invited to play pinochle at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Senior Center of the Chathams , located in the Chatham Township municipal building at 58 Meyersville Road. All are invited to play. Door-to-door transportation is available for Chatham seniors who need a ride to the Senior Center or to any other destination in Chatham or Madison. For information, call (973) 635-4565.
Also ongoing at the Senior Center of the Chathams in the Chatham Township municipal building at 58 Meyersville Road:
• Bridge: Play begins at noon every Monday at the Senior Center. In addition, a Duplicate Lite group meets from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Thursday;
• Canasta: This group meets from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Senior Center. Those interested in learning this fairly simple card game can come in during that time period and players will happily teach newcomers;
• Mah Jongg: The group meets at the Senior Center from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays. This Chinese tile game has been growing in popularity in our area and our players will be happy to teach newcomers how to play;
• Scrabble: Players set up their board at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Senior Center, and are always looking to add some more players to the table.
All are welcome to attend. The Senior Bus is available for transportation for residents of the Chathams only. The Senior Center is located in the Chatham Township municipal building at 58 Meyersville Road. For information, call (973) 635-4565 or visit www.chathamseniorcenter.org .
Senior citizens of the Chathams are reminded that they are welcome to participate in “Operation Reassurance” should they appreciate a little daily contact on their well-being. “Operation Reassurance” is a safety program by the Chatham Borough and Chatham Township police departments. Those who register in the program call their local departments by 10 a.m. daily. Those who fail to do so get a call from their police department. If there is no answer, then an officer is dispatched to check the welfare of the senior citizen. To gain entrance, participants provide officers with house keys. To register in Chatham Township, call the Chatham Township police department at (973) 377-0100; to register in Chatham Borough, call the Chatham Borough Police Department at (973) 635-8000.
The Senior Center of the Chathams welcomes all women interested in becoming part of ‘Reflections.’ The friendly group of women meets from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Senior Center , located in the Chatham Township Municipal building at 58 Meyersville Road. The meeting is facilitated by Christine S. Hester. The group gathers together to share past memories and discuss current topics of interest. This may include family backgrounds, traveling abroad, careers and hobbies to name a few. “We are excited to meet new members and cultivate existing friendships,” said Hester. “As a facilitator I have seen relationships evolve between different women. As women discover areas of similar interests, the conversations become personal and rewarding for all who participate. There is something beneficial for all who attend.” Those interested in joining are invited to drop by for a visit. For information, call Program Director Gail Gannon at (973) 635-4565.
The ‘Mothers Morning Out’ program at Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church, 286 Main St., Chatham, is a precursor to preschool. It is run cooperatively during the school year, with parents or caretakers volunteering in the classroom twice a year. Two-day programs are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays in either the morning or afternoon. A one-day program is offered on Friday mornings, and an enrichment program for 3-year-olds is available on Friday afternoons. For information or registration, call (973) 635-1144.
The Morris Music Men rehearse at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 300 Shunpike Road, Chatham Township. The award-winning a cappella chorus of Morris County invites male singers to visit a rehearsal. For information, call 1-877-808-8697 or visit www.MorrisMusicMen.org .
The area’s first Alateen meeting , providing a confidential forum for teens coping with friends and family with alcoholism, meets at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday in the youth lounge at the Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township , 240 Southern Blvd. It is open to young people in grades 6-12 who have been confronted with parents, relatives or friends who have become problem drinkers. Alateen is part of the Al Anon program started by Lois Wilson, the wife of Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson. All meetings are confidential and anonymous and are run by trained Alateen leaders. Anyone who is interested in learning about the Alateen program may call the church at (973) 635-2340 or the Al-Anon Family Group headquarters at (888) 425-2666.
The following programs are ongoing and available to local residents at SAGE Eldercare’s offices at 290 Broad St. in Summit:
• The ‘Gentle Chair Yoga Class’ for older adults meets weekly from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at SAGE Eldercare at 290 Broad Street in Summit. To inquire about pricing and to register, call (908) 598-5548;
• The Alzheimer’s Association Caregivers Support Group meets from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. every fourth Tuesday of the month. The meetings provide an opportunity for family members and caregivers to discuss the frustrations and trials of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s with others who understand. Meetings are led by Deanna Butters, Director of SAGE’s Spend-A-Day Adult Day Care Center. The group provides caregivers with emotional and educational support and will discuss topics such as coping with uncertainty, financial planning, gentle self-defense, improving communication, using humor and laughter to help with behavioral problems, safety issues, stress management and activities for persons with dementia. The meetings are free and open to all those who are interested. For information or registration, call (908) 598-5548;
• People Responsible for Elderly Persons (PREP) meets from 7 to 9 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month under the auspices of SAGE Eldercare. Refreshments are served;
• Tai Chi sessions meet from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesdays at $8 per session through SAGE Eldercare. Tai Chi is a series of precise flowing movements that develop balance, strength, flexibility, focus, endurance and calmness. The National Institute of Health, the Mayo Clinic, The Center for Disease Control and other research groups advocate the value of Tai Chi for improving balance, bone density, arthritis symptoms, immune function, mental acuity and cardiovascular fitness. Classes are led by Judith Rew. For information or registration for any of these SAGE programs, call (908) 598-5548;
• Fun-to-be-Fit Exercise Class, a general exercise class for older adults, meets weekly on Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at SAGE Eldercare. To inquire about pricing and to register, call (908) 598-5548.
To send information for the calendar section, email ×