Collingswood, New Jersey

Opera in the Park planned for July 16

It will be tuxes and tails -and flip flops!- for just one evening in Collingswood. The opera is coming to Knight Park.

The show, performed by La Diva Tenors, will stage a “popera” featuring arias from several operas, Neapolitan music and Broadway and pop crossover selections from modern performers like Josh Groban and Andrea Bocelli.

The group weaves opera and modern standards together with the goal of reaching all audiences. La Diva Tenors boasts their performance as “a sprinkling of opera and a unique blend of wit, personality and humor.”

Opera in the Park takes place in Collingswood’s iconic Knight Park on July 16 at 8 p.m. and is free to the public. Guests should bring blankets and chairs. Exact location in Knight Park is to be determined. Performance location will be shared on in June. The event is sponsored by Camden County.

“We’re bringing a little black tie tshirt to Collingswood,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. “Between our family movie nights in the summer, we’ll have an evening of couples and music lovers sprawled out on the grass, enjoying a little Carmen for a change.”

About La Diva Tenors:
The powerhouse quartet features tenors Antonio Buonauro, Thomas Betham and James Gafgen as well as soprano Donna Buonauro. Their careers have reached every continent and touched thousands of international audiences from Carnegie Hall to La Scala.

About Collingswood:
Collingswood is a historic NJ town 10 minutes outside Philadelphia. Known for its eclectic downtown and BYO restaurant scene it has taken home national recognition including being named a Top 10 Transformed Neighborhood by Forbes, the Best Place to Go Car Free by Men’s Journal magazine, a Classic Town of Greater Philadelphia by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, a Great Place in America (Haddon Avenue) by the American Planning Association and is home to the Collingswood Farmers’ Market, voted best in America by the American Farmland Trust.

Electronic recycling event, June 6

Looking for a chance to recycle your old electronics? Cherry Hill High School East and Magnum Computer Recycling will host an E-Waste collection event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 6, in the high school's main parking lot, 1750 Kresson Road. Collingswood residents are welcome to participate and reduce thier waste sream.
With the exception of TVs, you can recycle anything battery-operated or with a cord. The flier below lists accepted items. For more information, call (856) 333-0991.

Free library programs this summer!

Be a Reading Hero this summer! Join us for special programs, contests, story times, crafts, and take home packages. There is something to do for those as young as 18 months through adults! Come to as many programs as your schedule allows. Registration is required for some programs. Call Carol or Dot at 856-858-0649 from 9:30am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

Family Program with storyteller Mr. Malcolm
Thursday, June 18 – 4pm
Enjoy Mr. Malcolm’s humorous and interactive stories! No registration required.

Tiny Tots Story Time (for children 18-35 months old)
Friday, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 – 10am
This hour long program includes short stories, finger plays, songs, and playtime. Call to register. 

Story Time for 3-5 Year Olds
Thursday, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – 10am until 11:30am
Enjoy stories, songs, finger plays, snack, play period, and a take home craft. Call to register.

Preschool Activity Boards
For children age 3 to those entering Kindergarten: June 19-Aug. 28
Earn prizes at the Library by completing varied activities. Come to the Library to receive your board after June 18.

For those entering K, 1st, 2nd Grades: Wednesday, 4pm-5pm
Includes stories, crafts, and activities. Call to register.
July 1 - Animal Heroes
July 8 - Community Heroes
July 15 - Superhero Training Academy 

For those entering 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th Grades: Thursday, 4pm-5:15pm
Includes stories, crafts, and activities. Call to register.
July 2 - Environmental Heroes
July 9 - Tall Tales
July 16 - Here I Come to Save the Day 

Lunch and Legos (for those entering K-5th grades)
Wednesday, July 29, 11:30am-1:30pm
Bring a brown bag lunch. The Library will provide a beverage, dessert and lots of Lego fun. Call to register.

Take Home Activity Packages (for those entering 1st-5th grades)
June 19-Aug. 28
Come to the Library and pick up your summer activity package. Complete the four challenges through the summer. Bring in your results to collect prizes anytime during the summer.

Reading Log (for those entering 1st-5th grades)
June 19-Aug. 28
Read and record the books you have read. Turn your log in at the Library and you will receive a prize at the Book Festival Assemblies in September. Logs will be available at the schools and at the library in mid-June.

UNMASK For Teens entering 7th-12th Grades
Tuesday, 5pm-7pm. No registration required
July 7 - Mutants Among Us: Celebrate your favorite outsider comic book heroes with crafts, pizza, and trivia contest with prizes.

July 28 - Behind the Mask: Create your own comic book super-villains. Pizza provided.

ESCAPE THE ORDINARY For Teens and Adults
June 19-Aug. 28
Enter raffle tickets for those books you have read. Winners will be randomly chosen throughout the summer winning Collingswood Cash and a book. No registration required.

Jordan’s Love Letters Literacy Project

We will be making alphabet packages which will be given to pre-readers who need help learning their ABCs.

Wax Paper Stain Glass Window
Help us make the largest stain glass window that we can manage!

“Super Magic Show” (for ages 3 and up)
Friday, July 17 – 4pm
Brian Richards combines storytelling and magic to tickle your funny bone!
No registration required. 

These programs are sponsored by The Friends of the Library, The Board of Trustees, and the Municipal Alliance.

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Dinner and a show with CCT this summer

Collingswood Community Theatre fans get discounts on Wednesday night meals before July 15 & 22 show

This summer, Collingswood Community Theatre is staging two great shows – and they’re partnering with Collingswood restaurants to make it a night on Wednesday evenings!

Guests will receive 15 percent off dinner at one of seven Collingswood restaurants before enjoying the Wednesday night performance of RENT on Wednesday, July 15 and Nunsense II on Wednesday, July 22. Tortilla Press, The Pop Shop, Indiya, IndeBlue, Oasis Mexican Grill and Clay Oven Palace are all participating in the dinner and a show program called CCT Wednesdays.  

“So many people dine at one of Collingswood’s amazing restaurants before seeing our performances,” said Collingswood Community Theatre Director Mary Baldwin. “This is a little bonus for those that are supporting CCT and local business. It’s a little incentive for folks to enjoy a night out in Collingswood.”

About Collingswood Community Theatre’s summer performances:

The Tony Award winning Best Musical RENT is loosely based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera “La Bohème”.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, friends in Manhattan’s East Village struggle to build the lives of their dreams. Pennilessness, drug abuse, HIV/AIDS, social tension, and political unrest, among other hardships, challenge the group physically and emotionally. Facing the problems head on, they make personal self-discoveries and find what really matters most in life.

Performances are July 15, 16 and 17 at 7:30pm in the blissfully air-conditioned Grand Ballroom at the Scottish Rite, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, NJ  08107.  Tickets are $15 adults/$10 students and seniors.   

Keeping the fun coming, CCT will stage the hilarious musical NUNSENSE II. Dan Goggin has attributed the phenomenal popularity of Nunsense (more than 3000 performances) to the fact that his nuns are as glad to be nuns as the rest of us are to be stockbrokers or school superintendents.  True or not, the Little Sisters of Hoboken are back again and zanier than ever. Is the show irreverent and provocative? No. Satirical? Not really. Profound? Are you kidding? Is it sweet, and silly, and laugh-out-loud funny? You bet your beads and wimple. And The Padre Polka is headed for the charts. The critics say “another smash hit…habit-forming…heavenly!”  Nunsense II is suitable in language and subject matter for all audiences.

Performances are July 21, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on Wednesday, July 22 at 2 p.m.  All performances are in the Grand Ballroom of the Scottish Rite, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, NJ  08107. Tickets are $15 adults/$10 students and seniors.

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Bee worskhop at the Collings-Knight House

2015 marks the 190th year since construction of the Collings-Knight House began in 1825, so organziers are planning almost two years of special programs leading up to the 190th anniversary of its completion in 2017. Join them for a series of exciting programs from every decade in the life of the house, beginning this fall. Until the anniversary programs begin, plan to visit for one of our exciting Spring 2015 programs:

The June program will showcase something of critical importance to the world: Bees! Specifically, honeybees - on June 13 from 2 to 4 pm, local beekeeper Lou Introcaso will share his expertise on these amazing creatures with a family-friendly demonstration and talk. This program is free to members of the Collings-Knight House; non-members $5 individuals, $10 families.

The Friends of Collings-Knight House Annual Membership Campaign is continuing through the Spring. If you’re a recent member, look for a renewal invitation in the mail and consider renewing your support. If you haven’t been a member recently, please join the Friends in their efforts to restore this important local historic site and provide interesting, entertaining history programs for area residents. An individual membership is $15, and family is $25, but support at any level is appreciated goes entirely to support restoration and programming at the house. Make donations payable to Friends of Collings-Knight House and mail to PO Box 357, Collingswood, NJ 08108. Thanks for your support; we look forward to your visits this year!

Street sweeper schedule

Collingswood has a new street sweeper and we’re coming to make your neighborhood shiny! In May, DPW will visit neighborhoods based on regular leaf routes. “It may take a few weeks to get to all streets in a section,” said Public Works superintendant Carl Jubb. If you have questions about when the sweeper will visit you, call Public Works at 858-0533.

May 27 Mummers concert cancelled

Due to a severe thunderstrom warning, the May 27 Summer Mummer performance is cancelled.
We will continue the concert series on June 24 with the South Philadelphia String Band. Details on the Summer Mummer Concert Series are here:

Collingswood Community Chorus presents Spring Medley

On Tuesday, May 5, the Collingswood Community Chorus directed by Dale Carey will present Spring Medley, a fun collection of tunes including medleys of Broadway hits, patriotic medleys and a medley of the familiar pop tunes by Lieber and Stoller as showcased in Smokey Joe's Cafe. The Chorus takes the stage at the Scottish Rite Auditorium (315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood 08107) before 7:28pm. Plan to be seated by 7:15pm to get the best seats and parking spots as well as to enjoy performances by featured soloists before the choral program begins. The concert is FREE; no tickets are required or even available. For further information call 856-854-6024.

The "Music of Sinatra" at the Scottish Rite, May 1

Celebrate the Sinatra Centennial with Dave Damiani, Spencer Day & Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr of America's Got Talent and NBC's Maiya Sykes. On Friday, May 1, hometown hero Dave Maiani returns to South Jersey to celebrate the release of his new hit CD "Midlife Crisis." His new album has begun national airplay on radio and XM 71 Sitiusly Sinatra. He will be joined by NO VACANCY ORCHESTRA from Los Angeles.

Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster and the Scottish Rite Box Office
for $30 all seats. You can purchase tickets through Ticketmaster HERE.

Check out the Facebook event page here. 

For more information on shows at the Scottish Rite, visit thier event page here!

About Dave Damiani:
This year at the Scottish Rite Auditorium Frank Sinatra will be honored in a special tribute.  Sinatra's Centennial Birthday Celebration officially begun last December and events are scheduled all over the country in 2015 to celebrate the "Chairman of the Board."  

South Jersey native Dave Damiani is returning to the east coast to celebrate the release of his new hit CD "Midlife Crisis" and the life of Frank Sinatra.  The event will be held at the Scottish Rite Theater in Collingswood, NJ at 8:00PM on Friday May 1st, 2015 at 8:00PM.

His new CD "Midlife Crisis" includes a brand new song from the Grammy and Oscar Winning team of Johnny Mandel, Marilyn & Alan Bergman (Nice 'N' Easy, Windmills of Your Mind, Where Do You Start?, What Are You Doing For The Rest of Your Life?).  The new song is called "I've Been Around" and was originally intended for Tony Bennett.  

Just recently, Dave Damiani has become a featured artist on XM 71 Siriusly Sinatra.  For this very special show he has teamed up with 2011 America's Got Talent Winner - Landau Eugene Murphy Jr, Jazz Artist - Spencer Day & NBC The Voice's - Maiya Sykes.  

Dave Damiani will be flying out his big band from Los Angeles, CA for this amazing show on May 1.  They will be paying tribute to the 100th birthdays of Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra.  They have been doing a string of sold out shows all over the country in cities like Las Vegas, San Francisco, New York, Bethesda, MD and many more...


FOL scholarship available to Collingswood seniors

Attention High School Seniors! The Collingswood Friends of the Library Annual Scholarship application deadline is April 30.
A scholarship of $750 will be awarded to a 2015 college-bound senior from Collingswood High School (or to a Collingswood resident who will attend college this fall). The application form is available at Collingswood Public Library's circulation desk. It's a great opportunity!
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