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9/11 Events in Parsippany and Beyond

The weekend's activity suggestion list includes events fun and serious.

On the minds of many this weekend will be the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Appropriately, our weekend to-do list includes many events to commemorate what's become known as Patriot Day. Two of those events take place in Parsippany: The township will mark the anniversary with a special ceremony at Town Hall, 1001 Parsippany Blvd., at 12:45 p.m.  Following that, Friends of the Library will hold its 10th anniversary tribute to 9/11 at 2:30 p.m. The event features Mayor James Barberio plus artistic recreations of the Twin Towers made by township residents. The tribute takes place at the main branch, 449 Halsey Rd.

If you would prefer to spend your weekend entertaining the kids, getting a workout or just having fun, well, there is something in the list that should be just the ticket. Go on, get out!

 
Where/When:
 From 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. on Thursday at  in Hopatcong.
Why Go:
 To learn to defend yourself from a potentially life-threatening situation with the help of the Gen Lee Ju-Jitsu Club.
Pricing:
 $10 per class.


Where/When: From 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the .
Why Go: Because you are a beginner who wants to start running, regardless of age.
Pricing: Free.


Where/When:
 From 10:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday at  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.  
Pricing:
 Free.


Where/When:
 At 11 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at  in Morristown.
Why Go: 
To enjoy great live music.
Price: 
No cover.


Where/When:
 At 11 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at  in Morris Township.
Why Go: 
Because this exhibit, inspired by a collection of rare books at the arboretum, will focus on the roll of medical botany during the Civil War.
Price: 
Free.


Where/When:
 From noon to 10 p.m. on Thursday through Sunday at the .
Why Go: 
Because you can bring your family out for a great weekend of rides, food, games and great times with neighbors.
Pricing:
 $5 per person; $10 four-day pass.

 
Where/When:
 From 7:30 to 11 p.m. on Friday at Sebastian's Steakhouse in Morristown.
Why Go: 
Spend your Friday night with live music at Sebastian’s Steak House.
Pricing:
 No cover.

 
Where/When:
 From 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at  in Harding.
Why Go: 
Because you can spend a Friday night with some wine and some beautifully serene landscapes made with pastels.
Pricing:
 Free.

 
Where/When:
 From 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday .
Why Go:
 To bring the whole family by and belt out some tunes with Kip.
Pricing:
 Free.


Where/When:
 From 8 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, at  in Madison.
Why Go: 
Because a night at the theater sounds like a great way to spend your weekend. Plus, this play hasn’t been seen on The Shakespeare Theatre stage since 2003.
Pricing:
 $32 to $55.


Where/When:
 From noon to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at The Green in Morristown.
Why Go:
 Because Americans for Liberty will honoring the victims and heroes of Sept. 11, 2001.
Pricing:
 Free.


Where/When:
 From 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at .
Why Go: 
You can stop by the library and check out this new collection of photographs recently added to its Digital Collections.
Pricing:
 Free.


Where/When:
 At 8 p.m. on Thursday at  in Morristown.
Why Go:
 Because a Thursday night laughing at Jim Breuer’s antics sounds like loads of fun.
Pricing: 
$32 to $67.


Where/When:
 Starting at  at 9 a.m. on Saturday and trekking 20 miles through Harding and Chatham, then back to Morristown.
Why Go:
 Because you’d like a workout to start your Saturday morning, or because the weather is getting a little cooler. Rain cancels.
Pricing: Free.

 
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.


Where/When:
 From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at 10 Arrowhead Road in Morris Township.
Why Go:
 Because their will be lots of furniture, toys, household items, bikes and sports equipment for the choosing.
Pricing:
 Bring your wallet.


Where/When:
 From 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at  in Hopatcong.
Why Go:
 Because this is the third annual Tom Wear Memorial Swim to honor K9 teams called to action on 9/11.
Pricing:
 Free.


When/Where: 
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Basking Ridge.
Why Go: 
To welcome the fall season with a festival of exhibits, guided nature walks, crafts, and wildlife. Kids will enjoy exploring the grand opening of the new Nature Detective Trail while adults can rummage through used books and a wide variety of nature themed items for sale. 
Pricing: 
Free admission.


When/Where: 
From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at  in Basking Ridge.
Why Go: 
To help raise funds for this award-winning band and drive off shining.
Pricing: 
Donations gratefully accepted. 


When/Where: 
From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at  in Basking Ridge.
Why Go: 
Celebrate family ties and fun. Amusements and activities for all ages. Pony and train rides, crafts and music, all help to create family memories .
Pricing: 
Free admission.


When/Where:
 From 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at Leonard J. Buck Garden in Far Hills.
Why Go: 
To save money on soil amendments and fertilizer while joining the green movement. Get ready to get dirty and learn to enrich your garden soil and protect the environment.
Pricing: 
$12 per person. Registration required.


When/Where:
 From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday at in Warren Township.
Why Go: 
To cycle for proceeds to benefit cutting-edge research and programs at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Be a "Virtual Rider" and help raise funds without participating in the picturesque 40 or 80 mile route. Either way, you help pedal towards a cure.
Pricing: 
Donations gratefully accepted. Registration required.


When/Where: 
From 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday at  in Bridgewater. Check event status in case of rain.
Why Go: 
Come see the country's top show dogs compete for the coveted title of Best In Show. A variety of vendors and the opportunity to see different breeds up close and speak with knowledgeable owners and breeders make this event perfect for "man's best friend" and owners.
Pricing: 
Free admission.  


When/Where:
 From 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Adult Day Center in Bridgewater.
Why Go: 
Because local residents are invited to bring their whole family to enjoy fun activities, massages, and fitness demonstrations while learning options of on how to live a healthy life. Somerset Patriots mascot, Sparkee, will be on hand to join in the fun of contests and prizes. 
Pricing: 
Free admission. 


When/Where:
 At 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at in Bridgewater.
Why Go: 
For children ages 3 and older to kick off the school year with a celebration of silly songs. 
Pricing: 
Free. Registration is not required. 


Where/When:
 From 2:15 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday at .
Why Go: 
Take some time out on Sunday to view “Spectral Selves,” an art show featuring paintings, prints, and drawings worked in oil, acrylic, and Conté. 
Pricing:
 Free.


When/Where: 
At noon Sunday at  in Liberty Corner.
Why Go: 
To witness and honor the dedication of the fire company's 9/11 Memorial intended to memorialize the sacrifice of the 343 firefighters of the Fire Department of the City of New York who lost their lives on that day. A piece of steel from the Twin Towers is incorporated into the monument. Mayor John Malay will be the keynote speaker.  
Pricing: 
Free. 


When/Where: 
Events begin at 12:30 p.m. and continue throughout the doubleheader on Sunday at  in Bridgewater.
Why Go: 
To bid on high quality sports memorabilia and participate in a tribute to those who perished in 9/11. All monies raised from the auction will be donated to Operation Shoebox New Jersey.
Pricing: 
$10 for special reserved seating. 


When/Where: 
At 12:45 p.m. on Sunday at in Bridgewater.
Why Go: 
To honor the 10th Anniversary of 9/11. In addition to the traditional program, there will be a Moment of RemembranceCome unite with neighbors and a nation.
Pricing: 
Free. 


When/Where: 
From 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the Somerset County Court House Green.
Why Go: 
Because over 30 artists will entertain you with the smooth sounds of Jazz. An array of affordable artwork and crafts as well as delicious food and beverages will be available. Help support our troops by donating personal care items for Operation Shoebox being collected at the JazzFest.
Pricing: 
Free admission.

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