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SOMA – Two Towns For All Ages
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Catherine Rowe
SOMA Age Friendly Initiative Coordinator

574 Valley St.
Maplewood Township, NJ  07040

Ph: (973) 762-8120 ext. 4005
Fax: (973) 763-4202

Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Upcoming Events in Maplewood and South Orange

(Events are free unless otherwise noted, registration may be required)

Wednesday, April 5: Trip to Morris Museum
Leaves from Maplewood Community Center, 120 Burnett Ave, 11am.
Museum $5, lunch at Friendly’s (pay as you go)
Registration required, call Michelle at (973) 763-0750

Sunday, April 9: Annual Springtime Concert 
Featuring music from pianist Bingynu Liu
South Orange Public Library, 2pm

Saturdays, April 15 & 22: Introduction to Microsoft Word
10:30 – noon, Hilton Branch Library, 1688 Springfield Ave A 2-part workshop for intermediate computer users who can use a mouse. 
Registration required: or (973)-762-1688

Monday, April 17: Medication Reconciliation Program
Winchester Gardens Auditorium, 333 Elmwood Ave, Maplewood
Begins at 2:30pm, free and open to the public.  Make a 10 minute appointment by calling Carolyn at (973)378-5146.
Presented by St. Barnabas Medical Center.
Bring all of your current medications for review of safety and potential interactions.

Monday, April 17: Trip to the Cherry Blossoms in Branchbrook Park
S.Orange Jitney leaving the Baird parking lot at 10am.
Call by noon on April 13 to reserve seat. (973)378-7754 x1

Monday April 17: Knitting workshop
South Orange Public Library, noon

Tuesday, April 18: Computer Explorations
1:00 pm at Hilton Library
Computer beginners and intermediate users can get help from an instructor on your specific needs.

Wednesday April 19 and Thursday, April 20: Adult Health Screenings
Wednesday, 10:30-noon at the Maplewood main library; Thursday 10:00 – noon at Maplewood Town Hall

Wednesday April 19: Wednesdays at the Movies - “Jackie”
South Orange Public Library,  1 pm

Thursday, April 20:  Jersey Shore Trip
Leaves DeHart Community Center at 9am sharp!
Free but limited seats on bus, so reserve early (973)763-0750.
Bring money for lunch and comfortable shoes for walking.

Daily through April 22:  BOOKED 14- Annual Exhibition of Artists Books by Members of THE BOOK ARTS ROUNDTABLE
The Pierro Gallery at the Baird, 5 Mead Street, S. Orange.
10:00-4:00 daily, closed Sundays and April 14.

Saturday, April 22: What is Single-Payer Health Care ?
Bennet Zurofsky will present information about the single- payer system proposed by the NJ Universal Health Care Coalition .
Maplewood Memorial Library, 1pm, the Durand Room.

Saturday, April 22: Grandmothers as Caregivers – Taking Care of You!
Hosted by the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network and the Essex County Family Council, this health fair will focus on health issues of women over 50 who are raising or caring for grandchildren and other caregivers.
Newark Cityplex 12 Cinema, 360 Springfield Ave, Newark  10am – 2 pm

Wednesday, April 26: Lunch & Learn – How to Live Safely in Your Own Home
11:00 at 106 Burnett Ave.
Mia Kabea from Seniors in Place, LLC will share tools for making adjustments to stay in your home.
Free but limited seating, rsvp to (973) 763-0750.

Thursday, April 27: Trip to Greenwood Gardens, Short Hills and lunch at Basilico
Leaves the Maplewood Community Center, 120 Burnett Ave, 10:30 am
$26 per person ($10 for gardens, $16 for lunch)

Thursday, April 27:  Tornatore’s “Cinema Paradiso” (1988)  
South Orange Public Library, 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 29th: Prescription Drug Take Back Day, 10 am-2 pm
Maplewood Police Headquarters, 1618 Springfield Ave.  
Get rid of your prescription and expired over the counter medications safely at this event.

Saturday, April 29th: Maplewood Glee Club presents “Dance the Night Away”
St. Joseph’s Church- 767 Prospect Avenue, Maplewood, 8pm
Tickets for $12 with senior discount code SAVE3, includes refreshments.

Sunday, April 30: Senior Care Fair at The Woodland, 1-5pm
Come and meet providers of services for older residents and those who are caring for them, including health care support, Elderlaw, financial services, volunteer opportunities and age-friendly gadgets.
Free and open to all residents, all ages.

Ongoing Thursdays: South Orange Public Library Discussion Group, 1 p.m.      

  • April 6 - Speaker: Roger Foster, Professor of Philosophy at City College of New York. Topic: Authoritarianism in American Society
  • April 13 -  Speaker: Chris Sharrett, Professor of Communications at Seton Hall University; Topic: Talk & Film Screening of “Son of Saul”: The Holocaust and Its Representation
  • April 20 -  Speaker: Pauline Oden, Historian;  Topic: Growing Up Knowing My Place
  • April 27 – John Wargacki, Professor of English at Seton Hall University; Topic:   Nobel Prize laureate Bob Dylan: Poet & Songwriter

574 Valley St.
Maplewood Township, NJ 07040
Hours of Operation 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Ph: (973) 762-8120