Huggies & ShopRite Help New Jersey Combat Diaper Need

From July to October, ShopRite and Huggies donated 250,000 diapers to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, a member of the National Diaper Bank Network.  This helps the 1 in 3 families struggling with diaper need in New Jersey.

How you can help:

  • Donate leftover diapers – have leftover diapers your child outgrew? Your local diaper bank can use them! Opened packages are fine, too.
  • Volunteer at a lo200396155-003cal diaper bank – donate your time, skills, experience, education or man power to support (email info@diaperbanknetwork.org to find a place to volunteer near you)
  • Host a diaper drive – every package of diapers you collect and every dollar you raise will impact needy infants and toddlers

The initiative is part of a larger donation of 500,000 diapers and $10,000 to the National Diaper Bank Network to help tackle diaper need—the struggle to provide enough clean diapers to keep a baby or toddler clean, dry, and healthy.*

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JC’s Big Read

2018-11-06_12-46-54The Jersey City Arts Council’s Literary Arts Committee is actively raising funds to provide free copies of Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel to 100% of Jersey City’s high school and college students so they can participate in the 2019 NEA Big Read. Fundraising ends November 27, 2018.

Jersey City has selected to read Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel this coming March for the NEA Big Read. Mandel is the author of four novels, an Arthur C. Clarke award winner and a National Book Award Finalist. Her post-apocalyptic novel Station Eleven is a New York Times and international bestseller. The NEA Big Read will be celebrated as a month-long, citywide event, with more than three dozen programs, including literary readings, special workshops, slams, short films, art shows, and youth activities—all culminating in a visit from the writer Emily St. John Mandel on April 3.

The Arts Council’s campaign asks residents to donate just $5 to help ensure that every Jersey City high school and college student can participate in the NEA Big Read. The Literary Arts Committee has partnered with publisher Penguin Random House to print and deliver up to 25,000 copies of the book at cost, a savings of more than $250,000 from the cover price. Each $5 donation from the public will put a free copy of Station Eleven into the hands of a Jersey City student. The most generous donor will be thanked, with a logo if appropriate, on the back cover of all 25,000 books.

“The NEA Big Read is going to be filled with fun and thought-provoking events, all sparked by this wonderful novel,” said Robinson Holloway, Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Arts Council. “We want everyone in Jersey City to participate, and we know that for many students the purchase of an un-assigned book can be a luxury. Penguin Random House has been an extraordinary partner, and we can’t wait for 25,000 conversations to start.”

Fundraising ends November 27, 2018, to allow time to print and distribute the books for the start of the NEA Big Read festivities in March 2019.

HOW TO DONATE:
Donations of $5 (or more) can be made with a credit card at jerseycityartscouncil.org/big-read/ or a check made out to Jersey City Arts Council can be mailed to JCAC, 331 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07302.

The Jersey City Arts Council is registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

IMPORTANT LINKS:
www.jerseycityartscouncil.org/big-read
www.arts.gov/national-initiatives/nea-big-read
www.emilymandel.com

Biggest Surati Lights of Diwali 2018

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October 24th through the 28th 

Surati for Performing Arts  in partnership with  Art House brings the largest, most culturally relevant Diwali festival in the East coast to the people of Jersey City and beyond which will run for 4 days.

Diwali celebrates light over darkness and good over evil and this year people will celebrate three-fold with three distinct events.

Rimli Roy’s “RAMAAVAN” – A Musical – An original Broadway style production with world genres – songs, Indian classical and contemporary dance theater, drama, song, opera… that links the story of Diwali with Prince Ram from India and King Ravan from Lanka. Inspired by the Indian epic tale of love, courage, revenge and righteousness – “The Ramayana”.
Family-friendly.
Shows Wed Oct 24 – Fri Oct 26 at 7:30 pm, Sat Oct 27 at 12 pm
At the Art House theater, 262 17th St, Jersey City, NJ
Buy tickets at www.suratiinc.com
2. Diwali Ethnic Bazaar and Street fair
Inside all covered tents, Vendors, Kids Zone, Food, Drink, Sparklers, Interactive dance and music, Rangoli, Henna
Sat Oct 27, 11 am – 7 pm
17th Street, between Coles St and Jersey Ave, Jersey City
Entry is free
Online registration coming soon.
3. Diwali Spectacular – Indoor Gala style Diwali Party
Delicious Indian Dinner buffet spread, Live entertainment, DJ, Dance, Fashion Show, Cash Bar, Special Kids hang out room
At Art House, 262 17th St, Jersey City, NJ
Limited tickets go on sale soon at www.suratiinc.com

JCAST HQ Group Exhibition & Activities

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Thursday, October 4th from 6 PM – 9 PM at 84 Sip Ave

Start your journey through the 28th annual Jersey City Art & Studio Tour at JCAST HQ, a premier pop-up gallery featuring new and traditional media created by local and regional artists, as well as the main JCAST information hub. https://www.thejcast.com/jcast-events/

JCAST HQ 84 Sip Avenue, Jersey City, NJ
…steps from the Journal Square PATH station. Parking is available in the JSQ PATH garage, accessible via Summit Avenue.

JCAST Kick-Off Celebration
@ JCAST HQ | 84 Sip Ave
October 4, 6-9 PM
This event is free and open to the public.

HOURS OF OPERATION
* Kick-Off Celebration: Thursday, October 4, 6-9 PM
* Open Gallery: Friday, October 5, 12-8 PM
* Open Gallery: Saturday, October 6, 12-6 PM
* Open Gallery: Sunday, October 7, 12-6 PM

JCAST HQ is FREE and open to the public for the Kick-Off Celebration and during Open Gallery hours. Select artwork will be available for sale.

JCAST HQ GROUP EXHIBITION
Amanda Thackray | Andre Russell | Angela Costanzo Paris | Ben Weathers | Brendan Carroll | Chris Lesnewski | Daren Kendall | Dylan Egon | Emily Knowles | Enrique Figueredo | Esteban Jimenez | Fabricio Suarez | Gale Sasson | Gocha Tsinadze | Jane Westrick | Janet Jeun-Gourley | Jaqueline Arias | Jasmine Hsu | Jerome China | Jesumar Legada | Joachim Marx | Jong Henry Kim | Ken Huston | Laia Cabrera & Isabelle Duverger | Lawrence Ciarallo | Loren Abbate | Lorenzo Irico | Michael DiFeo | Nabilia Dadabhoy | Natalee Cayton | Niccolo Baldi | Norm Kirby | Nyugen Smith | Paul Federico | Ray Arcadio | Simon Rigg | Swati Rastogi | Vidhi Mehrotra

Curated by Tina Maneca
Special thanks to Mike Grabowski for helping us light the show!

https://www.thejcast.com/jcast-events/

JCAST HQ FEATURES

*Artist Meet-and-Greet: JCAST HQ participating artists will be on-site to talk about their artwork, the artistic process and more. Stop by, say hi and buy some art! FRI, SAT & SUN

*JCAST HQ Promenade Live Art: GET CREATIVE! Bring paint, Sharpies or any other media and get arty on the white boards lining the walkway along the JCAST HQ. All are welcome to participate! THUR, FRI, SAT & SUN

*We Are with Krishna Chavda: Krishna, of Nanu Illustration, will be out on the JCAST Promenade painting live portraits. Jump on in and color in your own portrait, contributing to a community painting. SAT & SUN 12-4 PM

*Henna Art: Artist Swati Rastogi will be hand-painting gorgeous henna tattoos in a mix of traditional and new styles. FRI 4-7 PM | SAT 2-5 PM

*Silkscreen Pop-Up Shop: Artist Andre Russell of Rated Real Clothing will be on-site hand screening shirts and other textiles made-for-order. FRI 12-8 PM | SAT 12-6 PM

*Hear it Whisper: Veteran Jersey City curator & artist Brendan S. Carroll will premiering the launch of his new book Hear it Whisper, an 84-page Polaroid documentary-style telling of Jersey City. Brendan will be selling signed copies of the limited-edition press. SAT 1-5 PM

*JCAST Kids: All weekend, there will be hands-on activities for the youngsters and those young at heart. Featured activities include the Newell creativity table, Harmony of the Spheres interactive art exploration with Janet Jeun-Gourley, paint a leaf interactive tree art with the Jersey City Parks Coalition, and more. Check out the
JCAST Kids tab for other activities taking place across Jersey City. https://www.thejcast.com/jcast-events/

*Curated Tours: Hop on a JCAST Curated Tour for a customized JCAST experience. The Curated Tour Bus Depot is located on the corner of Sip and Bergen Ave, adjacent to JCAST HQ.

*Yelp’s Photo Tour of Jersey City: Stroll on over to the JSQ Plaza to check out a super rad photo installation created by Yelp featuring photos by locals of local spots. It’s groovy!

A big shout out to the Jersey City Department of Public Works for helping us transform 84 Sip Ave into a stunning gallery space. Thanks to the Journal Square Special Improvement District for providing plants, beautifying the JCASt HQ Promenade.

 

There Goes the Neighborhood Opening Reception

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Sunday, September 30th from 3 pm – 7 pm at 107 Bowers Gallery & ArtSpace

Opening Reception for There Goes the Neighborhood
Curated by Ryan Bonilla

Featuring artists:
Dan Ziv
Maria de Los Angeles
Rebecca Johnson
Susan Sechler Luss
Ray Sunwoo
Angel J. Davila
Christa Pratt
James Gortner
The Dixon’s
Zoe Sua Kay
Irving Rodriguez
Sarah Faux
Buket Savci
Tina Sarno
Spenser Zalkin
Camille Hoffman
Chris Dunn
Gillian Wainwright
Kate Kaiser
Robert Buckminster Kaiser
Ron Ferguson
Austin Baehr
Michael Steele
Brittany Pellon
Meghan McKee
Dan Bassini
Jesse Caldwell
Sureshot Skateboards

107 Bowers Gallery & ArtSpace
107 Bowers Street
Jersey City Heights, NJ 07307

Want more information? Please reach out to:
Kristin J. DeAngelis
kd@107bowersgallery.com

PierFest: Free Friday Night Concert Series

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RiverviewJazz.Org and Exchange Place Alliance Special Improvement District are partnering on a new Friday night series: PierFest.

A free concert series 6-9pm on the J. Owen Grundy Pier spanning from September 21 through October 12. These concerts will feature killer bands with a bit of latin flavor, accompanied by food trucks and beer!

In the case of inclement weather we will make an announcement and the location will be moved to Harborside Atrium at 200 Hudson Street.

JCTC Connection Art Show Opening

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Friday, October 5th at 6PM at Jersey City Theater Center

What are the social, political and personal ramifications of hyper-communication? Through technology we can connect with people all over the world, yet why do we so often seem disconnected to our communities, families and each other? Join JCTC as we begin our next series topic “Connection”. Immerse your senses in this collaboration between Kati Vilim (MFA University of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary/Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ) and Brooklyn-based artist Thomas Lendvai (MFA SVA).
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Oct 5-7 ONLY:
The Connection series opens with an immersive art installation at Merseles Studios in conjunction with the 28th
annual Jersey City Art & Studio Tour (JCAST).
In the Blackbox theater we will have a temporary light installation with projections and sound. DJs, schedule below:
*Fri Oct 5, 6PM – 12AM, Octonomy and DJ Kevin /Dot/ Galaxy
*Sat Oct 6, 5-10PM, Screening of digital animation by Kati Vilim with the music of Nicolas Namoradze
*Sun Oct 7, 1-5PM, DJ Joya Angola Thompson The Wild Woman of House Music
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ARTIST TALK Fri. Oct 12, 7-9pm
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Installation by Kati Vilim and Thomas Lendvai runs through November 30, 2018

In keeping with the spirit of the studio tour, Merseles Studios resident artists will have their studios open to the public during the JCAST weekend.

Open Mic TONIGHT!

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It’s the Friggin Fabulous Open Mic TONIGHT at Corkscrew Bar, 61 Congress Street, Jersey City. Sign Up at 8:30PM. No Cover

Musicians, Poets, Comics, Contortionists and all creative types welcome!

*Corkscrew bar has slamming food and quite possibly the best wings and burgers in Jersey City and an awesome craft beer and cocktail selection!

Red Cross holds fourth annual Jersey City Police and Fire 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive

2018-09-11_10-24-49To commemorate the solemn anniversary Sept. 11, the American Red Cross, in partnership with the Jersey City Department of Public Safety and Suburban Propane, will hold its Fourth Annual Jersey City Police and Fire 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive. Close to 200 first responders and community members are expected to participate. All presenting donors will receive a Red Cross first aid kit, courtesy of Suburban Propane, a proud national sponsor of the American Red Cross Blood Services.

WHAT: Fourth annual Jersey City Police & Fire 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. The blood drive will take place between 8 a.m.-6 p.m. A special program with Jersey City, Red Cross and Suburban Propane officials will be held between 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Media are invited to attend the program and/or stop by throughout the day for interview and photo opportunities.

WHERE: Hyatt Regency Hotel, 2 Exchange Place, Jersey City, New Jersey.

Parking will be validated for attendees at One Parking, located at 10 Exchange Place. The blood drive will be held in the Hudson Ballroom; the program will be held in the Riverside Room.

DETAILS: All presenting donors will receive a Red Cross first aid kit*, courtesy of Suburban Propane, a proud national sponsor of the American Red Cross Blood Services. Continue reading

8th Annual All About Downtown Street Fair

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Saturday, September 15th from 12 pm – 8 PM at the Grove St. PATH Plaza

The Annual All About Downtown Street Fair is back!

Celebrate Downtown Jersey City on Saturday, September 15th with the Historic Downtown Special Improvement District’s 8th Annual All About Downtown Street Festival from Noon-8pm!

We are hosting over 300+ unique vendors from The Grove Path Plaza all the way to Coles Street!

DayTrippers NJ will provide a shuttle bus service to and from the fair. (Location will be announce soon)

Our kid’s area will be packed with rides, face painting, games and shops for the little ones. (First Street) Sponsored by Smile Preschool and Nursery.

The (The) Rock-it Docket Stage (Bay & Newark):
Live musical performances throughout the day

Music On The Plaza (Grove Path Plaza):
Rotating DJs in the Chillax Zone

Looking for a spot to kick back and enjoy a cocktail or brew?
The SOUTH HOUSE Bar & Restaurant where you can kick it Southern Style (Bay Street)
Lucky 7 between Newark and Coles will host live music and cool cocktails.
Or grab a good ol’ burger and a beer at The Left Bank Burger Bar Backyard (Jersey Ave.)

As always, our Fair ends with the amazing Grassroots Drum Parade.

Looking to be a sponsor? Contact Rachel @Rachel.hdsid@gmail.com
201-547-3554
www.jcdowntown.org

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