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  Tuesday, February 7, 2017 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: ICE AGE IN MONTCLAIR: What did Montclair and the surrounding area look like during the height of the Ice Age, 20,000 years ago? Imagine a thousand feet of blue ice covering First Mountain, chilly lakes of meltwater, a frigid gale roaring off a glacier, and mastodon and reindeer roaming the tundra. A presentation by Greg Pope, a Montclair State University geology professor, will explore this strange prehistoric Montclair landscape with current landscape scenery, maps, and analogous locations. Nearby, the Great Falls of Paterson was a spillway for Glacial Lake Passaic, and the Meadowlands were Glacial Lake Hackensack. In Montclair, signs of the Ice Age are still around us, from Anderson Park's boulders to the cliffs of Mills Reservation. At the Montclair Public Library auditorium, 50 S. Fullerton Ave. Free. Sponsored by Friends of Anderson Park.

Friday, April 28, 2017 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: ARBOR DAY: Friends of Anderson Park will plant several trees in the park with Scouts and youth groups. For information and inquiries about participating contact Lisanne Renner at

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. (Raindate: May 7, same time): HISTORIC WALKING TOUR OF ESSEX COUNTY ANDERSON PARK: Before Anderson Park existed, three houses and a fire station sat on the property. Find out where they went and other surprising stories about how this Olmsted-designed Essex County park came to be created over a century ago, how it shaped Upper Montclair, and how it led to the formation of other Montclair parks. Also hear about efforts to rejuvenate the landscape of this park, on the National Register of Historic Places. Free. Meet at the boulder at the park's northeast entrance, 274 Bellevue Avenue, east of North Mountain Avenue, Upper Montclair. Sponsored by Friends of Anderson Park. Information: (973) 477-7207 or,  

Saturday, May 14, 2017: MOTHER'S DAY ROSE PLANTING: For Mother's Day, honor your mother with a gift that won't wilt: A rose bush to be planted in Anderson Park, on the National Register of Historic Places. For a $50 donation, Friends of Anderson Park will plant a rose bush in your mother's honor (or remembrance) and provide a certificate. The roses will be the wilder varieties, similar to the type planted in 1904 by the Olmsted Brothers, who designed Anderson Park. We can plant the roses for you or you can participate in planting on Mother's Day. Orders must be placed by Monday, May 8. Contact Scott Kevelson: (973) 495-9056 or

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: MOUNT HEBRON CEMETERY HISTORIC WALKING TOUR: A 30-acre beauty on the eastern slope of First Mountain, Mt. Hebron Cemetery is the final resting spot of notable Montclair residents. Find out who lives in this silent city, discover the symbolism behind grave imagery and decoration, and learn about the role "rural cemeteries" played in urban planning. Please park on Valley Road near the cemetery entrance at 851 Valley Road, Montclair, as parking within the cemetery may be limited. Meet near cemetery office. Tour led by Lisanne Renner/Historian, Friends of Anderson Park and Helen Fallon/Trustee, Montclair Historical Society. Suggested donation $10. Registration required to or 973-744-1796. Space is limited.

  Saturday, JUNE 10, 2017: MUSIC UNDER THE JUNE MOON: Bring a picnic, a blanket, and a bottle of wine and enjoy the Chamber Music Society of North Jersey playing Beethoven, Mozart and Shostakovich under the historic Olmsted Oak in Anderson Park. 8 p.m. FREE. Anderson Park, 274 Bellevue Avenue, east of North Mountain Avenue, Upper Montclair. Sponsored by Friends of Anderson Park and the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs. (Raindate, June 11, same time.) (Check the Friends of Anderson Park Facebook page for weather updates.)

Saturday & Sunday, September 16-17, 2017 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. both days: FINE ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR: A juried show free to the public featuring more than 185 fine artists and crafts people, as well as food vendors. Stop by the Friends of Anderson Park booth near Bellevue and North Mountain Avenues and try your luck on our raffle baskets. Details:

Saturday November 4, 2017 1-3 p.m. (Rain date, Sunday Nov. 5, same time): TULIP PLANTING: Help Friends of Anderson Park plant more than 500 May in Montclair tulip bulbs. Bring a shovel, trowel or tulip digger if you have them. (Shovels are most useful.) We have lots of gloves. Meet at the north end of Anderson Park, near Bellevue Avenue. Information: (973) 477-7207 or