Maplewood Events

  Kick off the Achieve Foundation’s annual Nights of 100 Dinners fundraiser with a Mardi Gras party!  Everyone in the community is invited to an adults-only event to celebrate and support SOMSD students and teachers. Music by Big Mamou and BBQ from Ruthies of Montclair. $25 Admission includes food, one drink ticket, music and dancing. Additional drink tickets will be available for purchase. More information.

From SOMA Entrepreneurs of Color: Sankofa, a word in the Twi language of Ghana that translates to “Go back and get it.” Come join us as we celebrate and amplify African Diasporic cultural traditions that have shaped the people we have become today and inspires a collectively created future. Also, learn about our new community programs and Initiatives – SOMA Men’s Drum Council and SOMA Boys Rites of Passage Initiative. More information.

From TedxMaplewood: Ideas or experiences, perceived as fringe are likely more typical than suggested by social standards. Maplewood is a community which feels normal to those of us who live here but is, in fact a hub for those who are shattering social and racial “norms”. We embrace a diverse cross-section of people and perspectives, but the ideas emerging from the community come from challenging and debating the areas in which we fall short; and as such teasing out unique approaches and directions. Maybe you’re not thinking about normal ‘people’ at all! – maybe you’re thinking about a line of axis at right angles to a plane, standard deviation curves, maybe you’re thinking about geological faulting or the salinity of blood! Maybe your normal has been forever changed today! More information.

From Ethical Culture Society of Essex County and The Village Green Calendar: Jee-Hoon Krska is the founder of Keys 2 Success, a program that seeks to improve the lives of disadvantaged children in Newark through music education. She studied piano in the Juilliard pre-college program and at MIT (Ph.D. EECS). She has performed in concerts including at Boston Symphony Hall, Lincoln Center, and with Yo-Yo Ma. Dr. Krska spent twenty years in the semiconductor industry. During that time, she also actively worked to improve the lives of the youth in Pennington Court, a Newark Housing Authority (NHA) public housing community that is home to many of the poorest minority residents in Newark, through involvement in a series of projects aimed at fostering their intellectual development and social skills . It was through this experience that she saw firsthand the effects of generational poverty and developed a passion for investing in the lives of youth which ultimately led to her decision in 2016 to work full time with the children of Newark by founding Keys 2 Success. More information.

From TEDxMaplewood: Cat Delett and Jeremy Moss of Good Crowd Events have engaged with six amazing artists in our community. Their time and energy has brought together this original collaboration around our theme ‘normal’, for which we are incredibly grateful. Making art is a powerful form of sharing ideas and integral to our event. Thank you to all our contributing artists for sharing your time, talent and passion to enhance this experience and power the visual conversation. More information.

From SOMA Two Towns for All Ages: Looking for a place to share your time and talents? Come meet dozens of community organizations looking for volunteers. Are you volunteering for a group already? Please tell them to email SOMA2towns@gmail.com to get information about participating. More information.

From Nights of 100 Dinners: Join us! A $50 donation to Achieve gets you a fun evening learning a creative, fun and soothing craft, from veteran knitters. For beginners, we will provide the materials you’ll need for learning the basics. More experienced knitters are welcome to bring projects you have questions about or get help on new techniques you want to learn. Limited to 10 participants, for optimal personal service. Join the cult! More information.

From the Columbia Cougars: Kick off spring with the third Annual Columbia Cougars – Saint Patrick’s Day 5K Road Race! When: Saturday, March 14th – 9am Where: Dunnell Road in Maplewood, NJ Pre-register (by Tues, 3/10) for early bird price of $25 Day of/walk-up registration will be available onsite for $30/registrant starting at 7am. All packets and bibs can be picked up the day of the race starting at 7am. This race will be held Rain or Shine, and is a no-alcohol event. More information.