Work Out for a Cause in Parsippany
Your weekly list of weekend activities designed to get you out of the house and into the fun
This weekend offers lots of great things to do throughout the area. The options before are limited only by your imagination and... well, the number of events included in this list, but there are plenty of them. Among the most interesting items presented: You can get some needed exercise while doing some good at Parsippany's goPerformance and Fitness, moms with babies can give the wee ones some fun with mommy at Chatham's Postpartum Place, you can take the kids to experience the Urban Farm in Morristown or take a date to country-rock out with New Riders of the Purple Sage at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater. Enjoy yourself and have a good, safe time.
By the by, Hurricane Irene is expected to blow into the area this weekend. We highly recommend that you call ahead to make sure events are not cancelled or postponed before getting out.
Workout for St. Jude
Where/When: At 10 a.m. on Saturday at goPerformance & Fitness in Parsippany.
Why Go: Because not only can you work out, but you can raise money for a good cause at the same time.
Zumba Fitness Class
Where/When: From 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Butler VFW, 69 Carey Avenue in Butler.
Why Go: Because you’d like to enjoy this Latin-inspired, easy-to-follow, calorie-burning, dance fitness class.
Where/When: At 12:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Montville Township Public Library.
Why Go: To practice your poses at these free bi-weekly yoga sessions. Don’t forget to dress comfortably.
Self Defense Classes at St. Jude’s
Where/When: From 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. on Thursday at St. Jude's Parish in Hopatcong.
Why Go: To learn the ability to defend yourself in potentially life-threatening situations with the help of the Gen Lee Ju-Jitsu Club.
Pricing: $10 per class.
The Mothers’ Club
Where/When: From 10:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday at Postpartum Place in Chatham.
Why Go: Mothers and their babies can come to this fun, social time and receive expert advice in a safe and supportive environment.
Hollywood's Fantastic Science
When/Where: From 10:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday at the Environmental Center at Lord Stirling Park in Basking Ridge.
Why Go: Children ages 7 to 9 will discover how science was used to create the excitement of "Ice Age."
Pricing: $9 per person. Registration required.
Early American Silversmiths Exhibition
Where/When: From 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum in Morristown.
Why Go: Because the exhibit focuses on the three centers of American silver-making in the 18th century—featuring Boston, New York and Philadelphia silversmiths and exploring the master-apprentice relationships.
Price: Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and free for those 12 and under.
Accidental Death of an Anarchist
Where/When: From 8 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison.
Why Go: Because enjoying Dario Fo’s brilliantly funny, scathing political farce is a terrific way to spend your weekend.
Pricing: $32 to $55.
Alexander Technique With Michael Veilleux
Where/When: From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at Studio Yoga in Madison.
Why Go: Because this exercise technique can help you relieve pain and tension, develop greater flexibility, and optimize your performance in activity.
Pricing: Individual class for $35, or five Weeks for $150.
Comedian Jim Breuer Live
Where/When: At 8 p.m. on Saturday at Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown.
Why Go: Because a Saturday night laughing at Jim Breuer’s antics sounds like loads of fun.
Pricing: $32 to $67.
Saturday Morning Road Ride
Where/When: Starts at Marty’s Reliable Cycle in Morristown, makes its way through Harding and Chatham, then back to Morristown, beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturdays.
Why Go: The pace will be moderate for this 20-mile ride. So if you’re looking to get back into tip-top shape for the summer, this weekly bike road might be a good way to start.
Morris Plains Farmers Market
Where/When: From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Merchant Block of Morris Plains.
Why Go: You can pick up some homemade mozzarella and ravioli, freshly baked bread and some of New Jersey's best cheesecakes.
Pricing: Bring your wallet.
Know Your Numbers: Healthy Lifestyle Challenge
Where/When: From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Chatham New Jersey Transit Station.
Why Go: Because it’s a great way to start keeping track of what you eat and your amount of physical activity each week.
Chatham Borough Farmers Market
Where/When: From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at Railroad Plaza and Fairmont Avenue in Chatham.
Why Go: To get some of the best Jersey Fresh produce, Jersey Shore seafood, pasture-raised meat, poultry and eggs, honey, baked goods, fresh mozzarella, specialty prepared foods of all kinds and more. The market will also have cooking demonstrations.
Pricing: Bring your wallet.
Open Hours at the Urban Farm
Where/When: From 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at The Urban Farm at Lafayette in Morristown.
Why Go: Because you can stop by the farm with the kids and participate in some farm chores, or just sit back, relax and enjoy your weekend.
1800s Fashion Show at Fosterfields
Where/When: At 1 p.m. on Sunday at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, in Morris Township.
Why Go: Because you can spend your Sunday learning about life as a child in the 1800s during this family-friendly fashion show.
Pricing: $6 adults; $5 seniors; $4 children.
Morristown Farmers Market
Where/When: From 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday at Spring and Morris streets, in parking lot behind Dunkin' Donuts in Morristown.
Why Go: Because you can pick up fresh produce and fruits (including organic), flowers, herbs, eggs, cheese, baked goods, pickled products, honey, fish, poultry, pork, and grass-fed beef. Also, it's "Second Sunday," which means there will be even more fun this week.
Pricing: Bring your wallet.
Summer Concert Series: New Riders of the Purple Sage
When/Where: At 7 p.m. on Sunday at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater.
Why Go: To experience the country rock sound of a group that, in its original lineup, included several member of the Grateful Dead.
Grape Expectations Open House
When/Where: From noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday at Grape Expectations in Bridgewater.
Why Go: To take a tour of the place where favorite wines from select California and South American grapes are produced. Raise your glass to the fun of winemaking.
Kids in Kitchen- Red, White, and Blue
When/Where: From 10 to 11 a.m or noon to 1 p.m. on Sunday at Wegmans in Bridgewater.
Why Go: A cooking coach will instruct children on how to have fun in the kitchen while creating a special menu of tomato and basil bruschetta and a berry flower dessert.
Pricing: $5 per child and parent with Shopper Plus Card, or $10 without a card. Registration required.