The Weekender: Pirates, Bears and Ducks, Oh My!
A variety of events await you this weekend. There's outdoor fun and discussions about adventures from ship to shore.
This weekend is filled with exciting and wonderful things for families to do. The Children’s Theater in Westfield is presenting, “How I Became a Pirate.” To remain on the open seas, New Providence Memorial Library is hosting a presentation, “Titanic Survivors and Their Stories.”
The “bear” necessities brings us to Berkeley Heights Public Library with a lecture on “How to Become a Bear-Smart Community."
If bears are not for you, maybe a featherless friend would be better. The Rubber Ducky Festival Race and Car Show takes place on Saturday.
Please check the our Patch calendar for more events and feel free to add your event.
The festivities will begin at noon, and all are encouraged to adopt a rubber ducky for a cost of $5.00 each. There will be prizes, a car show and of course, the Rubber Ducky Race! Rain date for this event will be June 23. Adopted duckies need not be present to collect your prize. $5.00/ducky – Saturday 12 noon – Berkeley Heights
Amateur Astronomers, Inc., AAI and members from the Miller Sperry Observatory in Cranford will be on hand at the weekly solar watch. Ray Shapp will facilitate the viewing and discuss safety issues when looking at the sun. The session will last approximately an hour, weather permitting. Free – Saturday 1 p.m. – Mountainside
Berkeley Heights Public Library Presents: How to Become a Bear-Smart Community
Elaine Dunn of New Jersey Bear Education and Resource (BEAR) will present this lecture from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. With the recent sightings of bears, everyone is encouraged to attend and learn how to keep your family and your property safe. Registration is required for this event by calling (908) 464-9333. Free – Saturday 2 p.m. – Berkeley Heights
Second Saturday Volunteer Session at Reeves-Reed Arboretum
Volunteers ages 12 and up are welcome to help with a wide variety of seasonal projects. Some of the projects will include tree planting, garden mulching and woodland trail maintenance. This is a unique opportunity to get back to nature and help the environment. Free – Saturday 9 a.m. – Summit
Family Night at the Summit YMCA
The Summit YMCA is hosting Family Night beginning at 6 p.m. There will be family fun, games, healthy snacks and special activities. Free – Saturday 6 p.m. – Summit
Children’s Theater: “How I Became a Pirate”
Hedgehog & Feather Theatre Company will present this play based on the award winning children’s book How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long and David Shannon (Illustrator). This is the tale of a ten-year-old boy and how one day at his family’s beach home, he meets Captain Braid Beard and his band of lovable pirates. This play is wonderful for children of all ages and will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. $10.00 tickets – Saturday 11 a.m. – Westfield
The Westfield Community Players will present the 5th Annual Showcase featuring the music and entertainment from Broadway. Performing will be Christine Bailey, Ambika Chetal, Pat Emsemplare, Jacob Lesser, Lou Savarese, Chelsea Schwartz, Lauren Semlar & Nicole Rossilli, Skip Ungar and Gary Whyte. Acting as emcee for the evening will be A..J. Liana. The twinkling lights of Broadway will shine brightly in Westfield for this event. Tickets: $20.00 adults, children 12 and under $12.00 – Saturday 7:30 p.m. – Westfield
2nd Annual Share NJ 5K Walk/Run
This event will benefit the NJ Sharing Network Foundation to support and promote the gift of life through organ donations. There will be music, awards, prizes and activities for all ages. All are encouraged to visit www.sharenj.org to register as an organ and tissue donor. $25.00 Registration Fee – Sunday 9 a.m. – New Providence
It’s the early morning hours of April, 15, 1912 and the seas are calm. The dark sky was dotted with stars that projected their light onto the deck of Titantic. If the sky was clear, then why didn’t they see the iceberg until it was too late? The Traveling Literacy Theater will bring you back to that morning and let you experience for yourself the conditions and what happened aboard her doomed journey. This presentation will be the New Providence Memorial Library. Free – Sunday 2 p.m. – New Providence
You’re invited to walk or run the beautiful trails of Watchung Reservation. Explore nature and peacefulness of the reservation. All proceeds from this event will benefit The Christopher and Susan Phillips Foundation. There will be t-shirts and post event refreshments served. $25.00 Registration Fee – Sunday 8:30 a.m. – Mountainside
The Miller Cory House Museum will present Message in a Bottle.It is noted that Queen Elizabeth I of England used messages in a bottle to carry spy reports and other important documents. This lecture explores the unique way information was distributed and will allow you the opportunity to create your own message in a bottle. $3.00 per person – Sunday 2 p.m. – Westfield
The farmers market will be open, rain or shine at the corner of Maple Street and DeForest Avenue. Featured will be local and regional good, including a variety of organic produce, plants and baked goods. This event is sponsored by Summit Downtown, Inc. and offers something for everyone. Free – Sunday 8 a.m. - Summit