Wednesday, June 19, 2024 at 06:00 PM
Village Cinema, SOPAC

Gabriel’s Daughter: The Life & Legacy of Clara Brown

This award-winning historic documentary uses narration and opera to tell the story of real-life pioneer, Clara Brown, an African American pioneer, and freed slave who became a community leader and entrepreneur in Colorado and launched a relentless search for her daughter who was sold away as a child. Lead performer/co-producer Lori Mirabal and co-producer Sharon Shepard-Levine are both SOMA residents, and they will hold a Q&A with attendees in the theater following the screening. Register here to attend.


Sunday, June 23, 2024 at 01:00 PM
Durand-Hedden House & Gardens

Juneteenth 2024

Celebrate Juneteenth at this annual community event with historical reenactors, performances, and children’s activities. Visit the museum display to learn about the history of enslaved people in New Jersey. The Durand-Hedden House & Garden Association and the South Orange-Maplewood Community Coalition on Race invite all to celebrate this important holiday on the beautiful grounds surrounding Durand-Hedden House, 523 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood. Food will be available for sale. Click here to register in advance.


Wednesday, July 03, 2024 at 06:00 PM
Baird Community Center, South Orange

Integrated Art Circle: Chairs of Harmony

Donna Drew-Pack PhotoJoin artist and designer Donna Drew in a unique art project to up-cycle, re-claim, reimagine, and re-create children’s chairs.  Collectively, participants will paint and collage chairs with colors, words, and images reflecting themes of harmony and community. Bring images and words that express your vision and create a memento to display in your home or to give to that special little person in your life. You will  also make new acquaintances to strengthen your sense of community while you learn a new art form. Register now for this free workshop meeting weekly from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Wednesdays in July (July 3. 10, 17, 24 and 31) at the Baird Community Center, 5 Mead St.,  South Orange NJ.