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Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, at 7 p.m. THE BELLEVUE THEATER: FADE TO BLACK OR DOUBLE FEATURE? From the days of silent movies to digital projectors, the Bellevue has played a prominent cultural role in Montclair and is an architectural anchor of the Upper Montclair business district. This slide show chronicles this theater's development, explores how Montclair came to have three major movie houses operating at once, and what the future might hold for the Bellevue as it nears its centennial. Sponsored by the Montclair History Center and presented by Lisanne Renner, historian for Friends of Anderson Park. Suggested donation: $5. At the Montclair History Center's Crane House and Historic YWCA, lower level Founders' Room, 110 Orange Road, Montclair; montclairhistory.org or FriendsOfAndersonPark.com.

Friday, April 27, 2018: ARBOR DAY Friends of Anderson Park will plant several trees in the park with Scouts and youth groups. 2-4:30 p.m. For information and inquiries about participating contact Lisanne Renner at Lisanne@FriendsOfAndersonPark.com.

Saturday, May 5 at 10 a.m.: UPPER MONTCLAIR HISTORIC WALKING TOUR Developed and co-led by the Friends of Anderson Park and the Montclair Historical Society. This 2 ½-hour walking tour chronicles the development of the area from a rural settlement in the 1880s to a burgeoning suburban town in the 1930s. For reservations and starting location, contact mail@montclairhistorical.org or 973-744-1796 or register online at www.montclairhistory.org. $10. For day-of-event inquiries, call 973-495-9589.  

Saturday, May 12, 2018: HISTORIC WALKING TOUR OF 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. At 10 a.m. Sponsored by Friends of Anderson Park. Information: (973) 477-7207 or Lisanne@friendsofandersonpark.com, FriendsOfAndersonPark.com. (Check the Friends of Anderson Park Facebook page for weather updates.)

Sunday, May 13, 2018: MOTHER'S DAY ROSE PLANTING 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. Supply is limited. Orders must be placed by Monday, May 7. Contact Scott Kevelson: (973) 495-9056 or Montclairtrees@aol.com.

Friday, June 9, 2018: MUSIC UNDER THE JUNE MOON Bring a picnic and a blanket and enjoy the Chamber Music Society of North Jersey playing 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 10, same time.) (Check the Friends of Anderson Park Facebook page for weather updates.) www.FriendsOfAndersonPark.com, (973) 477-7207.

Sept. 15-16, 2018: FINE ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. 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: www.rosesquared.com.

Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018: TULIP PLANTING 1-3 p.m. (Rain date, Nov. 4, same time) Help Friends of Anderson Park plant more than 600 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 lisanne@friendsofandersonpark.com, www.FriendsOfAndersonPark.com.