Annual Events February 7-10

FEBRUARY 7
 
The DCOS Annual Orchid Show will be held February 7-10 at the Dearborn Market in Holmdel. The 10,000 SF greenhouse houses the largest Orchid show in NJ. Attendees can purchase Orchids as well as learn about their care from Orchid professionals. For more information visit http://www.deepcutorchids.com
 
 
FEBRUARY 8
 
The Rutgers Film Co-op and the NJ Media Arts Center host two film festivals each spring. The NJ Film Festival and the mm Film and Digital Video Festival are held at Rutgers University at Vorhees Hall and the Ruth Adams Building on weekends thru out the spring. The NJ Film festival will run February 8-10, 15, 23, and March 1st. The 30th 8-MM and Digital Video Festival is held February 22-23. The films are selected by a panel of judges who include previous winners, Cinema Studies Faculty and students and members of the press/media. 400 films were submitted to the Festival and the panel of judges chose 29 finalists.
 
General admission is $10, $9 for students and seniors and $8 for members of the Rutgers Film Coop. Advance tickets are not sold in advance except for groups of three or more, For more details and to see a lineup of the films that will be shown at the festival, call them at 732 932-8482 or visit their website at http://www.njfilmfest.com
 
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GPK Auctions presents the 45th annual Atlantic City Auction & Car Show February 8-10. The auction is a three day event where over 400 cars will be auctioned off. Along with the auction, guests are able to enjoy a wide variety of vendors, a vast array of vehicles available for sale in the car corral, and the best casinos, restaurants, and shopping that Atlantic City has to offer. For more information http://acclassiccars.com
 
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St Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital holds its 8th Annual Gifts from the Heart Gala fundraiser to benefit children on February 8th. This 501c charity provides medical care to needy children and their families. The gala takes place at The Bowery Hotel and will feature a seated dinner, auction and live entertainment. For more information or to buy tickets visit http://www.stjude.org
 
FEBRUARY 9
 
January 7-8 will see the return of the Greenberg Toy Show to the Garden State Exhibit Center. It is one of the largest toy shows in the state, attended by over 6,000 people. Over 90 vendors will have over 400 tables full of trains, toys and more for sale. There will be slot car racing as well as workshops and demonstrations. The show is open from 10-4 both days, admission is $8.00 for both days and kids under 12 are free. The Garden State Exhibit Center is located at 50 Atrium Dr, Somerset. For more information visit http://www.greenbergshows.com or http://www.facebook.com/GreenbergShows
 
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The Morris Museum hosts its annual Chocolate Family Festival on February 9th. Children and adults are invited to enjoy a fun day of chocolate which included samples, chocolate-inspired games, delicious crafts and a live puppet and music show. There will also be vendors as well as a scavenger hunt. For more information visit http://www.morrismuseum.org.
 
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Alba Vineyard holds a Valentines Day wine and chocolate weekend, February 9-10th and the 16-17th. The tasting experience is $20 pp and includes samples of Alba’s award winning wines, culinary treats, special chocolates, and an etched Alba wine glass. For more information visit http://www.albavineyard.com
 
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Terhune Orchards holds its wine and chocolate weekend February 10-11th and 17-18th. Wine & Chocolate Weekends feature Pierre’s Chocolates, a local artisan chocolate maker specializing in high quality single-origin chocolates. Chocolate will specially paired with wines from Terhune Orchards Vineyard and Winery. These special tasting include a paired tasting of five Terhune Orchards wines paired with of Carol’s chocolates and a souvenir glass for $15 per person. For more information visit http://terhuneorchards.com
 
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The Black Maria Film Festival returns to NJ February 9th at Princeton University. The festival, now in its 38th year, is devoted to celebrating and preserving the diversity, invention, and vitality of the short film. The competition is a juried film competition. The subject matter is often provocative and crosses all genres including narrative, experimental, animation, and documentary that push the boundaries of film. The festival’s touring collection addresses topics such as the environment, public health, climate change, substance abuse, gun violence, sustainability, immigration, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ issues. Short films are celebrated as central to the festival – not as a sidebar to feature length films. For tickets an information visit http://www.blackmariafilmfestival.org
 
Additional Festival dates include February 10th in the AMC Theatre in Essex Green, Madison, February 16th at the Hoboken Historical Museum, February 22 at Ramapo College, February 28th in the Rotunda at William J Brennan Courthouse in Jersey City, March 6th at the Hoboken Historical Museum, April 3rd at the Hoboken Historical Museum, May 1st at the Hoboken Historical Museum, and concludes on June 5th at the Hoboken Historical Museum.
 
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The Second Saturday Record and CD Collectors Expo is held (when else?) but the Second Saturday of every month. It is held at the Wayne Firehouse, 95 Parish Dr and runs from 10-4, admission is $6. There are early bird hours starting at 8am, tickets are $15. For more information visit them at http://www.showsandexpos.com
 
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Community Options is an organization which helps people with Autism and other disabilities learn important life and social skills. Operating in 11 states they provide valuable assistance to the disabled and their families. Their primary fundraiser is the Cupid’s Chase 5K held around Valentines Day. This year it will be held on February 9th. For more information visit http://www.comop.org/cupidschase/.
 
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Ryan’s Quest, an organization devoted to raising funds to fight Muscular Dystrophy, holds it annual Valentine’s Ball Wonder On February 9th at the Hyatt regency in Princeton. The all features acocktail hour, live music, a full dinner dancing and a silent auction. For more information http://www.ryansquest.org/vball2018.
 
 
FEBRUARY 10
 
The 48th Ocean County Bluegrass Festival will be held at Albert Music Hall February 10th. Enjoy a live stage concert of bluegrass music, Pinelands style. Refreshments available. For information call 609-971-1593 or visit http://www.alberthall.org
 
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January and February will see the return of the annual West Orange Classic Film Fest, now celebrating its 32th year. The festival features 8 classic films, shown each Sunday afternoon at the AMC theater in the Essex Green Shopping Center. Movie lovers can watch classic films such as Double Indemnity an the Deer Hunter for $10 which includes a film chat to follow, led by film scholars and critics. Members of the West Orange Arts Council can get discounted tickets for $7.00.
 
The series continues with The Black Maria Film Festival 2/10, Batman 1966 2/17, and then ends February 24 with A Face in the Crowd. Film critics who have participated in previous years suggest films for each years festival, and previous attendees are polled as well. Stephen Witty, entertainment columnist and movie critic for the Star Ledger will be hosting two different screenings this year. After each film is a discussion among attendees and the guest speakers, which usually last about 30-60 minutes. Come down to the festival at AMC Theater 495 Prospect Ave, West Orange, 973 731-6692. For more information visit http://www.woarts.org or visit them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/182685978621/
 
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For over 25 years NJ Camp Fairs have provided parents an opportunity to learn more about the different summer camps and educational opportunities that are available in NJ. At the fair, parents can meet camp directors and counselors and find out about different programs, cost, and benefits of sending their children to summer camp, both sleep over and day camps. Similar to a job fair or college fair, different day camps are represented to help parents learn more about what makes their program unique in a crowded field of options for parents and children. In addition people looking to work at a camp can learn more about the job opportunities and even apply for open positions.
 
There are several held thru out the winter and spring and more information is available on their website at http://www.njcampfairs.com. Dates and locations are noted below. Note that camps at a specific fair are located in that area and will serve families from that region.
 
The Grand Summit Hotel, February 10
 
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The Clifton Community Rec Center holds a monthly comic book show, this month its February 10th. Dealers on hand to sell, and theres an auction as well. The show is located 1232 Main Ave, Clifton. For information visit http://www.njcomicbookshows.com/clifton.htm.
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