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Each March, the Achieve Foundation coordinates a huge community get-together. It’s a simple concept: Volunteer hosts throw parties and invite their friends and neighbors. Instead of bringing a beverage or dessert, guests make a contribution to Achieve.

Over 1,000 people dine in dozens of homes in all neighborhoods each year, demonstrating the camaraderie and generosity of spirit of our two towns — all to benefit Achieve’s programs. Party-goers are entertained at murder-mystery evenings, birthday bashes, casino events, retro parties, ladies’ nights and other theme parties.

Since its inception in 2005, this Night of 100 Dinners series of fundraisers has brought in more than $500,000 to fund Achieve’s programs and benefit all the schools in the district. This year we’re extending our Night of a Hundred Dinners to a month-long event of dinners and much more! To volunteer or learn more, please contact 100dinners@achievefoundation.org.

MARDI GRAS IN SOMA
New for 2019: Achieve is inviting anyone and everyone in the community to help us kick off our annual fundraiser and celebrate as a community. Join us for a Mardi Gras soiree hosted by the Achieve Foundation and generously underwritten by Edrington.

 
Friday, March 1, 2019, 7-11pm • The Woodland
Music by Big Mamou • Food & Drink • $25 per person
Tickets at Eventbrite.com 

Thanks to the generous support of Edrington, the ticket price for the evening is only $25 per person and includes Cajun/BBQ food, music by Big Mamou, one drink ticket, and dancing.  This event will sell out. Grab your friends (adults only please) and purchase your tickets now.

Eventbrite link to purchase tickets and for further details: goo.gl/bhBsmL

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This year’s Nights of 100 Dinners includes a number of events that are open to the public throughout the month, hosted by generous local business owners. (Click on each link to register).

Learn to Knit at the Local Yarn Store  Saturday, March 2nd, 11:30am-1:30pm, 15 Village Plaza, South Orange

All materials will be provided for beginners, while experienced knitters are welcome to bring projects they have questions about or get help on new techniques at The Local Yarn Store. Evening session also available on March 16th at the home of veteran knitter Tina Kelley. Email 100dinners@achievefoundation.org for more info.

A Playdate with a Purpose with The Little Moving Artist at the Busy Bee Indoor Playground  Saturday, March 9, 3:30pm, 296 Millburn Avenue, Suite 102, Millburn

Children, ages 2-6, will enjoy an hour of imaginative play and getting the wiggles out with Eliza from The Little Moving Artist! Then, kids will be invited for more fun exploring the Busy Bee Indoor Playground

Sadie’s Brunch and Shopping  Sunday, March 10th, 10am, 65 Valley St, South Orange

Join Cat Fisher of Sadie’s for a cocktail style brunch and shopping event at Sadie’s, home to unique women’s & men’s apparel, gift and home goods that that have ethical and philanthropic goals in mind.  

Sweat and Sip with D&I Fitness  Friday, March 15th, 7-10:30pm, 9 West South Orange Ave, South Orange

Enjoy an invigorating workout at D&I Fitness from 7-8pm, followed by a short seminar conducted by health coach Deanna Fournier. Then enjoy light fare, drinks and dancing with DJ Willy.

Green Beauty Workshop with Erin’s Faces  POSTPONED: DATE TBD, 90 Laurel Ave, Union

Curious about clean beauty and how to shop smarter for you and for your family? Erin’s Faces, local maker of cruelty-free beauty products, will be hosting a Green Beauty Workshop with tips & tricks on how to refresh winter skin.

Makers’ Morning with Sew Léana and Wildly   Sunday, March 24, 2019 11:30am-2pm, Rebel Folk Studio, 12 West South Orange Ave, South Orange  (above Bunny’s Sports Bar)

Sew Léana and Wildly join forces to bring you Makers’ Morning: a hands-on, double workshop where you can enjoy a morning of textile marbling AND floral design. Brunch, snacks and beverages will be served. Space is limited.

Self Defense with New Jersey Tae Kwon Do  Sunday, March 24th, 6-8pm, 154 Valley Street, South Orange

Join New Jersey Tae Kwon Do to learn awareness, assertiveness, and verbal confrontation skills, as well as physical techniques to enable you to successfully prevent, escape, and resist attacks. Enjoy snacks and beverages after the class.

 

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