The Roots of Rock & Roll Music, 2 pm, Florham Park Public Library, 107 Ridgedale Ave., Florham Park. Rock & Roll, an American original, evolved from multiple genres of music during the early to mid-20th Century and fully emerged in the 1950’s. Walter Chroroszewski takes us to the heartland of America where Blues, Country, and Gospel influences inspired this iconic music. Learn more in this presentation. To register, visit https://florhamparklib.org/events.
A history of Niagara Falls, 7 pm, over zoom with the Madison Public Library, Explore the history of the Niagara Falls region – from Native American legends to modern-day parks and attractions – with author and photographer Kevin Woyce. Meet the area’s explorers and settlers the daredevils who risked their lives for fame or fortune the businessmen who harnessed the Falls’ power and the conservationists and visionaries who saved the Falls for generations of visitors. The program is illustrated with original photographs and historic images. To register, find the program on the events calendar at www.madisonnjlibrary.org.
TUESDAY, Jan 10 to SUNDAY, Jan 15
“It’s Christmas, Cara,” Chatham Playhouse, 23 N. Passaic Ave., Chatham. Local students star in this family-friendly retelling of “A Christmas Carol.” One-hour shows are set for 7 pm on Tuesday, Jan. 10, Thursday, Jan. 12, Friday, Jan. 13 and Saturday, Jan. 14, with 2 pm matinees on Jan. 14 and Sunday, Jan. 15. To Purchase tickets, visit https://elefante.booktix.com. or www.elefantemusic.com.
Starting TUESDAY, Jan 10
Six-week health and wellness program for seniors, 1 to 3:30 pm, Tuesdays at the Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. Area adults ages 55 and older are invited to participate in the program, which is designed to provide individuals who have ongoing health conditions with the support they need, find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices and learn better ways to talk with their doctor and family about their health. Examples of conditions include diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain, anxiety and more. To register and learn more about the program, please call Lewis at 908-789-4070, ext. 4080 or email [email protected]
Music open mic night, 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., Madison Community Arts Center, 10 Kings Road, Madison. Music open nights are held the second Wednesday of each month, presented by Caroline Romanelli of Embrace DIY Productions and the Madison Arts and Culture Alliance. Calling all musicians, vocalists, artists, comedians, poets, and people who just love the arts! All are welcome to participate or appreciate. This is a music-centered mic with limited spots for other art forms. Coffee, tea and other refreshments will be available. In-person sign-up only begins at 7 p.m., first come-first served. Each musician gets two to three songs, with three spots for comedians and poets, who are each given three minutes each.
Transportation policy and its impacts, 7:45 am, Madison Area YMCA, 111 Kings Road, Madison and over Zoom. Paul Daly will discuss transportation policy and its impact on a broad range of issues, including land use law, economics and the criminal justice system at the Madison Rotary meeting. Visit the Rotary website at madisonrotarynj.org for information on accessing the meetings via Zoom, and for any updates to the schedule and other meeting details.
Jersey Jazz Live concert, 3 pm, Madison Community Arts Center, 10 Kings Road, Madison. Jazz vocalist Sarah Partridge wants before a mix of old standards with new, original compositions. Admission to this event will be $10 for New Jersey Jazz Society members and $15 for non-members payable at the door with cash or credit card. Proof of vaccination is required; masks are optional.
Mahjong tournament, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Madison Community House, 25 Cook Ave., Madison. The Thursday Morning Club will host the inaugural tournament, with four rounds of Mah Jongg with prizes and a 50/50 raffle. The cost is $45, and guests are welcome but must be registered to participate. To register, visit www.thursdaymorningclub.org to either register online with a credit card or print the registration form and send with a check for $45 to the Thursday Morning Club, PO Box 345, Madison NJ 07940. Space is limited so residents are asked to make your reservations soon; the registration deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 11. For questions, email TMC member Judy Hynes, at [email protected]
Minicourses at the Madison Public Library, 39 Keep St., Madison. “Women Artists in Europe from the Renaissance to World War II,” will begin on Monday, Jan. 23, and run for five consecutive Mondays in January and February from 1:30 to 3:30 pm A second minicourse, titled “Barber to Boheme: Opera in the Romantic Era,” will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 24, and run for five consecutive Tuesdays in January and February from 1:30 to 3 pm The tuition for each course is $95. Interested residents of all ages can find registration information at www.minicoursesmadisonlibrary.org. For more information, visit the website or email [email protected]
Comedy open mic night, 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., Madison Community Arts Center, 10 Kings Road, Madison. Hosted the third Wednesday of each month. Hosted by comic Kaitlyn Kosces, everyone is welcome to try out their material, new and old. Sign up is at 7 pm, in person only. Everyone gets seven minutes.
The public is invited to join Friends of the Great Swamp Volunteers Paul Lauber, Murali Krishna and Walter Willwerth for a walk down Pleasant Plains Road from 9:30 to 11 am, Fridays. People should meet at the Helen Fenske Visitor Center, 32 Pleasant Plains Road, Harding Township.
The Knitting Club at the Madison Public Library meets at 1 pm every Monday in the library at 39 Keep St., Madison. Newcomers welcome.
mid day meditation, noon to 1 pm, every Wednesday, Florham Park Library, 107 Ridgedale Ave., Florham Park. Register online at https://florhamparklib.org.
mahjong club, 1 to 3 pm Wednesdays in the Women’s Club Room of the Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St., Chatham. Local Mahjong players looking for a group to play with are encouraged to join the club. No instruction will be provided, so participants must know how to play.
cookbook club, noon to 1 pm, first Friday of each month, Florham Park Library. Residents are invited to participate in monthly cooking challenges, swap recipes and share cookbook recommendations. Register online at https://florhamparklib.org.
The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, 9 Main St., Madison, is open for walk-in visitors from 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday Through Saturday, and Sunday from noon to 5 pm Fees are $5 for adults and $3 for students, children, and senior citizens 62 and older ,with a maximum family fee of $15. Admission is free for museum members, children younger than 6, and active duty military personnel and their families.
The trails of New Jersey Audubon’s Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Road, Bernardsville, are open for trekking seven days a week. Now, visitors can hike into the bookstore from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, visit https://njaudubon.org/
Field Station: Dinosaurs, Tuesdays – Sundays starting June 25, 3 Overpeck Park Driveway, Leonia. More than 30 life-sized moving dinosaurs can be seen along a natural trail, with live shows, games and activities and, of course, the chance to interact with a 15-foot T-Rex, a baby Hadrosaurus and their dinosaur wranglers. For tickets and more information, visit JerseyDinos.com.
Public ice skating is available at Mennen Ice Arena, 161 E. Hanover Ave., Morris Township. For a complete list of schedule times and availability, visit. Registration can be made in person or online. The adult open hockey schedule is 12:15 to 2:15 pm Tuesdays and Fridays. For more information or to register, visit www.morrisparks.net/mennen2/public-skating/
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