Olde News is out!
The SOMA Two towns for all ages print newsletter is out! Named “Olde News,” it has been mailed to most residents over 60. If you did not receive a copy in your mail box and would like to be added to the distribution list, call (973) 762-8120 x 4005. You can also see the newsletter on line at our website: www.SOMATwotownsforallages.org and clicking on the publications tab. Visit the website frequently for up-to-date informaiton on events, transportation, resources and activities.
The new South Orange Senior Jitney Schedule is in effect, with a loop around town and shopping trips out of town. See the website for updated schedule. Call The Baird for pick up at (973) 378-7754 x 2325
Service: Monday – Friday, 9:30am – 3:30pm, except for driver’s lunch (12-12:30).
Hurricane Maria Relief
The Maplewood Police Union PBA Local 44/44a will be collecting non-perishable foods, clothes, water, baby food, diapers, batteries, flashlights, first aid kits, etc. and donating it to the hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico. There will be boxes at Police Headquarters and Maplewood Town hall until October 6. Any questions please call Detective Carlos E. Baez at 973-761-7924.
Do You Need Help Filing for The Senior Freeze Tax Rebate?
The “Senior Freeze” filing deadline has been extended to October 18 and the offices of Assemblywoman Mila Jasey and Assemblyman John McKeon are helping seniors file for this important tax rebate. Staff from their offices will come to the Maplewood Municipal Building to help residents with the paperwork and filing. Thursday, October 5, 10am – noon. They will have booklets for residents who have never previously participated in the program, but seniors should call first to make sure forms are sent before this help session. Instead of calling the State’s Treasury line, call Mila Jasey’s office: (973) 762-1886 or John McKeon’s office (973) 377-1606
If you have participated in the program previously the PTR forms (blue booklets) are individualized and should have been sent to you. Bring the booklet with you for help on October 5. If you haven’t received it, please contact one of their offices. In addition, the Homestead Rebate forms have been mailed out by the State, and everyone should receive it by first week of October. Once you receive them you must call the number on the form and follow the prompt to put in the pin number contained in the application.
Medicare Open Enrollment is from October 15th – December 7th every year, with any changes to your plan that you select becoming effective January 1st 2018. To compare plans, see what Medicare plans are available in your area, and to enroll in a new plan visit Medicare.gov or call 800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227). Another option for information and enrolling is to call the plan of your choice or visit its website. AARP encourages anyone who is on a Medicare plan or eligible for enrolling to review their options during the enrollment period. Many plans change and so do your health needs over the year so take this time to ensure that the plan you are using is the best fit for you.
Gift of Life will conduct a bone marrow drive during Health & Harvest Fest on October 7. They will train two volunteers, via conference call, for 20 minutes, on how to process a test kit - very simple. For more information call Bob Roe at (973) 762-8120 x4400.
Volunteers needed to collect unopened milk from local day care centers and deliver to the food pantries. To sign up, call Bob Roe at (973) 762-8120 x4400.
Maplewood flu clinic needs volunteer nurses on Wednesday, Oct 18, 10 am – 1 pm and/or Saturday, Oct. 21, 11 am-1 pm. Call the Maplewood Health Department at (973) 762-8120 x 4200.
Last Week to Sign Up for Adult Fall Cultural Arts Classes at the Baird. Visit www.thebaird.org for more information and to register, fees vary.
PRINTING AND BOOK ARTS: Working Hand in Hand - New! - Tuesdays, 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Arts Unbound Mixed Media Collage - Tuesdays, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Life Drawing - Wednesdays, 7:00 pm 9:00 pm
Adult Beginner Ballet - Thursdays, 7:30 pm-8:30 pm
Art with Denise - Thursdays, 11:15 am-1:15 pm; 10/5, 11/2, 12/7
Learn to Knit New! Reduced Price for Seniors - Fridays, 10:00 am-11:30 am
Recurring, Weekly Events
Maplewood Farmers Market , 2-7pm
New location: 1848-1852 Springfield Ave (between Yale and Oberlin)
Digital Device Clinics , Hilton Library, 5-7pm
Drop in for free one-on-one support for using your e-reader, tablet, smartphone, or other electronic device. Open to adults, teens and children.
South Orange Farmers Market , 2-7pm
Parking lot adjacent to Sloan St.
Market Jazz Jam at the Sloan Street Gazebo, led by the Peter Lin Trio 4-7pm
International Folk Dancing , Burgdorff Center (10 Durand Rd, Maplewood) 8-10:15 pm
Sponsored by the Maplewood Recreation Department, admission $5.
Sign-up for 12 week session, starting Sept. 14, by calling (973) 376-7568.
Until October 21
“Cut Loose” an exhibit at The Pierro Gallery in The Baird.
Until October 29
“Metaphorically Speaking,” an exhibit focusing on artworks that include elements of symbolism, contrasting imagery, and even humor to compel the viewer to understand a work of art. - Gallery 1978 (located at 1978 Springfield Ave., on the corner of Broadview in Maplewood)
Sunday , October 1
Celebrate South Orange, Noon - 2pm
We did it! South Orange beat out 15 other towns and cities in New Jersey Monthly's Hot Town Showdown contest and we are now officially the "Hottest Town in New Jersey." Woot woot! It's very exciting and the Village is throwing a party and you're all invited! This Sunday, from Noon to 2 pm at Spiotta Park in the Village Center, and demonstrate to the world that South Orange is Hot Hot Hot! To continue with the hot theme, we've got Hot Dogs from BGR, Hot Wings from Tito's Burritos and Hot Fudge Sundaes from Carvel to give away. Plus, pumpkin painting and other games for the kids. And of course music! So join your neighbors this Sunday and celebrate!
Join the SOMA Racial Justice March. The march will begin at 2 pm at the Maplewood Pool (187 Boyden), stop in front of the police station for some speakers, and continue the march to the Gazebo (1670 Springfield Ave) for more words of inspiration.
Monday , October 2
Maplewood Garden Club - Maplewood Main Library, 7:30 pm - 9pm
Maplewood Garden Club hosts award winning author and photographer Ken Druse, who will present "The New Shade Garden: Creating a Lush Oasis in the Age of Climate Change."
Tuesday , October 3
Paint-a-Rock Afternoon - Maplewood Senior Center, noon
We supply the rocks and the paint, you supply the talent and encouragement.
rsvp to (973) 763-0750
Wednesday, October 4
Slip & Fall prevention - Hilton Library, 10:30 am
Prevention IS the best medicine. Don’t wait for an accident to happen. Falls can happen in a split second, and recovery can take months. Learn to recognize slip and fall hazards, how to navigate tricky terrain, and the importance of vigilance inside the home and out. Topics will include: common types of slip and fall injuries, how to create a safe home and work environment, what to do if you fall, and more.
Wednesdays at the Movies - South Orange Library, 1:00pm
Read Around the World: North Korea – Maplewood Main Library, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This month’s book is The Accusation by Bandi. The seven stories that make up The Accusation give voice to people living under the most bizarre and horrifying of dictatorships.
Thursday , October 5
Help with Senior Freeze Tax Program - Maplewood Town Hall, 10 am - noon
Staff from Mila Jasey and John McKeon's offices will help seniors apply for the Senior Freeze tax rebate.
South Orange Library Lecture Series - Elizabeth Redwine, Prof. of English at Seton Hall University. - South Orange Library, 1:00pm
Topic: The Dramatic life of Mrs. Patrick Campbell: Shaw's real life "My Fair Lady"
Thursday Night Book Club - Maplewood Main Library, 7pm
"Exit West" by Mohsin Hamid tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.
October 6 - 8
South Next - Downtown South Orange village
A collision of art, music and provocative ideas. Saturday features Intergenerational Jeopardy at the SOPAC Loft, noon - 1pm. Come and cheer on teams representing all ages in our community. Winners will move on to final round at SOPL on Sunday.
Saturday , October 7
Health & HarvestFest on Springfield Avenue , Hilton Library, 11am-3pm
Enjoy samples from the healthy cooking competition. Want to be a judge? Call Bob Roe at 973-762-8120 x4400. Rabies Clinic for dogs and cats, provided by St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare. Senior rest tent will be set up .
Tuesday , October 10
Stroke Risk Assessment - Maplewood Town Hall, 10:30 am - 1:30pm
Please call Maplewood Dept. of health to schedule an appointment. (973) 762-8120 x 4200
Wednesday , October 11
Computer Explorations - Hilton Branch, 10am-11am
Get the help YOU need! For beginner and intermediate computer users. We’ll help you with documents, email, Internet, photos, social media etc.
Creative Writing - South Orange Library, 1pm
Health Screening - 10:30 - noon, Maplewood Main Library
Maplewood Senior Club Meeting - Maplewood Senior Center, 10am
A representative from St. Barnabas will speak on "Healthy Holiday Eating: Eating Well = Aging Well."
Thursday , October 12
AAA Car Fit program - Maplewood Senior Center
Call (973)763-0750 to register and for more information
South Orange Library Lecture Series - Sherry Mallner, World Traveler - South Orange Library, 1:00 pm
Topic: Talk and slide presentation on living and learning the culture of Qatar
Adult Health Screenings - Maplewood Town Hall, 10 am – noon
Winchester Gardens Trip to “The Honeymooners” at Papermill Playhouse – open to all
Winchester Gardens Bus Departure: 12:30pm
Show Start Time: 1:30pm; Approx. return by 5pm
Tickets $55. Contact Carolyn Baldanza, WG Director of Recreation at 973-378-5146
Saturday , October 14
Yarn and Fiber Arts Group - Maplewood Main Library, 10am - noon
A gathering for people who knit, crochet, quilt, sew, embroider or do other creative things with yarn or fabric. Get feedback & advice. Bring your own supplies. All skill levels are welcome! Facilitated by Maplewood resident Amy Zorn.
SO Historical and Preservation Society’s Gems of South Orange House Tour , 11 am - 4 pm
$30 day off, $25 before at http://sohps.org/
Introduction to Weaving with Jen Neal Studio - The Baird, 11am - 2:30pm
This workshop is in connection with the Pierro Gallery exhibition “Cut Loose” on view until October 21, 2017 and is taught by one of the exhibiting artists. A guided tour of the exhibition is included in the workshop. Join us for a 3 hour lesson to learn how to create your own woven wall hanging.
$35.00 + materials fee
Register at The Baird
Green Day Environment Fair – Maplewood Memorial Park, 11am - 4pm
Sunday October 15
First day of Medicare open enrollment.
Monday , October 16
Knitting Workshop - South Orange Library, 1:00 pm
Tuesday , October 17
Last day to register to vote in the November election
AARP Driver's Safety - Maplewood Senior Center, 9am - 3pm
Call (973) 763-0750 to register
Wednesday , October 18
Wednesdays at the Movies - South Orange Library, 1:00pm
Maplewood Flu Clinic - Maplewood Municipal Building, 10am - 1 pm
Open to residents 18+
$20, Free to Maplewood residents 65+
Senior Speaker Series – Winchester Gardens, 3pm
Allison Busch, Elder Law Attorney
Free and open to all
Rsvp (973) 666-2084 or
Thursday , October 19
South Orange Library Lecture Series - Peggy Cinberg, South Orange Seniors Coordinator - South Orange Library, 1:00pm
Talk and film presentation, "Seven", an amazing 2017 documentary profiling local seniors
Monthly Blood Pressure Clinic - The Baird, 11am
Saturday , October 21
Composting Workshop - Maplewood Main, 10:30 am
Did you know that more than 1/3 of your garbage is compostable? Composting reduces landfill waste and restores nutrients to your soil. Learn the basics of backyard composting and techniques to make your composting efforts a success year-round. Presented by Java’s Compost.
Maplewood Flu Clinic - Maplewood Municipal Building, 11am -1 pm
Open to all resdients 18+.
$20. Free to Maplewood residents 65+
Repair Café - Morrow Memorial Church, 600 Ridgewood Rd, Maplewood, 2pm - 5pm
Come to the first local Repair Café. Have something you need repaired? Don't throw it out, bring it to the expert volunteers to fix. Bikes, sewing, lamps, jewelry, small furniture, things that need gluing and more.
Sunday , October 22
Diwali Fest NJ - The Woodland, 12:30-6:30
Diwali is a festival of lights and one of the most widely celebrated South Asian holidays. For the first time, Diwali comes to Maplewood as a grand celebration of South Asian Arts and Cultural Festival. Free and open to the entire community,
Monday , October 23
Your Digital Doorway - Maplewood Main, 7pm
At this informational demonstration, you’ll learn how to easily access the library’s digital resources, including e-books, e-audiobooks, digital magazines, movies, TV shows and music—all free with a Maplewood Library card.
Tuesday , October 24
Bus Trip to Spring Lake
Leaves Maplewood Senior Center at 9am sharp, return by 4pm
Free but seats are limited. Call (973) 763-0750 to reserve.
Wednesday , October 25
Creative Writing Workshop 1 p.m. - South Orange Library, 1pm
Thursday , October 26
South Orange Library Lecture Series -John Gruesser, Author and Prof. of English at Kean University - South Orange Library, 1:00pm
Foreign Film Series featuring Women Film Directors - South Orange Library, 7:00pm
Lost in Translation- Director Sofia Coppola U.S. A. Gerard Amsellem, noted educator, artist and filmmaker, will lead the discussion
Saturday , October 28
Intro to Google Apps - Hilton Branch, 10:30-12, Saturdays, October 28 & November 4
Google Apps is a powerful suite of tools that’s completely free to use! It includes Google Drive, Google Docs, and a number of other applications. In this 2-session course you will learn how to create and access files via any web browser on any device. We’ll show you how to create and store documents, spreadsheets and presentations, store music, videos and photos and use Google Calendar and Google Drawings. Students are expected to attend both sessions. Please register using your Gmail account at https://mmlgoogleapps.eventbrite.com
Participants must have a Gmail account and must be computer proficient and familiar with navigating and managing files and folders.
Selections from Candide - Columbia High School Auditorium, 3pm
Concert version - State Repertory Opera, The Society of Musical Arts Orchestra and the Symphonic Choir of Columbia High School.
$25 in advance at njsro.booktix.com or $30 at door.
Tuesday, October 31
Halloween Party – Maplewood Senior Center, 11am-1pm
Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
DJ, magician and Halloween costume contest with prizes for first, second, and third place winners.
Free but space is limited.
Call (973)763-0750 to reserve your space.
Celebrating Aging in Film Series - Montclair
Aging in Montclair and bevival.com are proud to present the east coast debut of San Diego’s popular film event, Celebrating Aging In Film. Curated and moderated by series founder, aging expert and author, Professor Mario Garrett Ph.D., this three-day weekend event is designed to shed light on how the aging narrative is transforming our culture.
For tickets and show times, go to aginginmontclair.org/film-series
The Baird – 5 Mead St, S. Orange (973) 378-7754
Dehart Community Center – 120 Burnett Ave, Maplewood (973) 763- 0750
Maplewood Main Library – 51 Baker St., Maplewood (973) 762-1622
Maplewood Hilton Library – 1688 Springfield Ave., Maplewood (973) 762-1688
Maplewood Senior Center – 106 Burnett Ave., Maplewood (973) 763- 0750
The Pierro Gallery – inside the Baird, 5 Mead St., S. Orange (973) 378-7754
South Orange Public Library (South Orange Library) – 65 Scotland Rd., S. Orange (973) 762- 0230
Winchester Gardens – 333 Elmwood Ave., Maplewood (973) 762-5050