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Something Earthy on Earth Day, Protect Your Neck Before Easter

Give these ideas a shot this weekend.

The weekend's almost here.

It's not just any weekend. It's Easter weekend, filled with food, family and fun.

Take a look at these suggestions for the last portion of that equation in "Get Out," Patch's weekly list of cool things happening around the borough. This week, you can karaoke in Hopatcong, learn to protect yourself or take a nice stroll in the woods with a bunch of your neighbors.


Where/When: From 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the  in Hopatcong on Thursdays.
Why Go: Because not only can you enjoy the diner-style menu or grab a drink, but you can also watch your friends attempt to sing.
Pricing: No cover.


Where/When: At Eves Sanctuary / Mountain Inlet parking lot off Lakeside Avenue at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday.
Why Go: Because you want to experience what earth's got to offer a day after Earth Day, checking out borough trails.
Pricing: Free


Where/When: At the  in Lake Hopatcong on Saturday, April 23 beginning at 10 a.m.
Why Go: To help clean up the beach and club area before the temperature warms up and people start to flock to the lake. If it rains, though, stay home, as the clean-up will be rescheduled for the 30th. Volunteers will get coffee and doughnuts in the morning and pizza and drinks in the afternoon.
Pricing: Free.


Where/When: From 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 21 at  in Parsippany.
Why Go: Because you’re a business owner who wants to learn how to speak with public officials. An associate professor of marketing and management at Monmouth University will lead the workshop.
Pricing: To register, call 908-269-8475, ext. 3.


Where/When: Beginning at 6 p.m., Thursdays at  in Morristown.
Why Go: If you’re a beginning runner, then the 10- to 11-minute-per-mile pace (walking breaks allowed), should not be too daunting.
Pricing: Free.


Where/When: At the  at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21.
Why Go: Vergano will lead a tour of an exhibit at the museum, which features her works, titled, “Beauty in the Brushstroke: Chinese Brush Painting.” 
Pricing: $5 for members, $7 for non-members.

Where/When: From 7:45 to 9:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 21 at the .
Why Go: Because you want to socialize, party, or dance. So why not do all three at the same time?
Pricing: Free for students; $15 for non-students.


Where/When: From 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at  in Long Valley on Friday, April 22.
Why Go: Because what would be more good on Good Friday than giving blood?
Pricing: Free and walk-ins accepted, but to make an appointment see The Blood Center of New Jersey’s website.


Where/When: Check-in at the  in Long Valley on Friday, April 22 at 10 a.m.
Why Go: Because you want to help clean-up parking lots and sidewalks, plant trees, and beautify the town.
Pricing: Free. Also: volunteers and donors are still needed.


Where/When: At 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23, at the Parsippany Playhouse in the Parsippany Community Center.
Why Go: Because, according to Alicia Ciccone’s , “the play is a perfect mix of emotional and comedic qualities that keeps the audience on its toes.”
Pricing: $18 for general admission, $15 for seniors.


Where/When: Starts at , 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.
Pricing: Free.


Where/When: From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the  on Saturday, April 23.
Why Go: Because, according to New Jersey Blood Services, the need for blood is constant and one in seven people entering a hospital will need blood. So, if you’ve got some to spare, why hold out?
Pricing: Free.


Where/When: At the  in Morristown at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 23.
Why Go: Because Sykes will be performing her unique style of stand-up comedy, which has made her one of the most recognized comics of the past few decades.
Pricing: Tickets range from $57 to $97.

Where/When: Saturday, April 23 at all Lowe's locations.
Why Go: You can plant your free tree in honor of Earth Day.
Pricing: Free.

Where/When: Saturday, April 23 at  in Hillsborough, at 9 a.m..
Why Go: It's a unique adventure to learn about bird species while enjoying the warmer weather with some excercise. 
Pricing: $15 per person, or $10 per person for members of the NJ Audobon Society.  Advanced registration is required.

GRAB & GO KIDS PLANNER


Where/When:
 From 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 21 at  in Hopatcong.
Why Go: Because students of all ages and or skill levels can learn self defense with a combination of martial arts. Visitors are also welcome.
Pricing: $10 per class. Sometimes times of classes vary, so it’s best to call ahead at 973-229-9881 or email genleejujitsu@optimum.net.


Where/When: At  in Oak Ridge on Saturday, April 23 at 1 p.m.
Why Go: Children between kindergarten and the fifth grade can hunt for Easter eggs with their families. What can be more fun than that on Easter? Make sure to bring food donations, too, as the church will be collecting food for the Jefferson Township Food Pantry.
Pricing: Free.


Where/When: At  at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 23. 
Why Go: Because there will be a 5K run, a fitness walk, and a race for kid’s too. But more importantly: proceeds will benefit The Valerie Fund, which helps children with cancer and blood disorders.
Pricing: $27.


Where/When: From noon to 2 p.m. at the  in Morris Townshipon Saturday, April 23.
Why Go: Because children ages 5 or older can grow a plant that never needs to be watered. How cool is that?
Pricing: $3 per child plus museum admission.


Where/When: At  in Morris Township on Saturday, April 23 from 1 to 2 p.m.
Why Go: Because the staff of Fosterfields Living Historical Farm will show how they keep a bee hive healthy during “The Buzz” at the hive.
Pricing: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors 65 or older; $4 for children 4 to 16; $2 for children 2 and 3. children younger than 2 are admitted for free.


Where/When: From 1 to 3:30 p.m. at  in Morris Township on Saturday, April 23.
Why Go: Because families (parents/guardians must be present) can make sheep toy crafts or play historic games.
Pricing: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors 65 or older; $4 for children 4 to 16; $2 for children 2 and 3. children younger than 2 are admitted for free.


Where/When: At  in Kinnelon on Sunday, April 24 beginning at 10 a.m.
Why Go: Because families with children three or older can enjoy this hike and egg hunt on Easter.
Pricing: $2.

Where/When: Saturday, April 23 at  in Bernards Township, at 11 a.m.
Why Go: 3,000 Easter eggs will be stuffed with surprises.
Pricing: Free.  RSVP online requested.

Where/When: Saturday, April 23 at the  in Basking Ridge.
Why Go: To enjoy the festivities of the holiday while benefitting children with cancer and blood disorders.
Pricing: $8 per adult or $5 per child, for presales. Ticket prices will be slightly higher at the door.

Cliff Lundin April 21, 2011 at 05:58 PM
Theres an error on Patch. The Hopatcong Earth Day hike starts at 9:15 Sat 4/23 at the Mountain Inlet/Eves Sanctuary Parking Lot off Lakeside Avenue (Sussex County Route 609) in Northwood. Not at Firehouse Number 3.
Brendan Kuty April 21, 2011 at 06:02 PM
Thank you for the heads up, Cliff.

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