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KIDS TO ‘FACE THE MUSIC’ – Over 50 children from Union City Music Project (UCMP)’s After School Orchestral Music Program will take the stage on Sunday, March 30 at 4 p.m. with nationally-renowned youth orchestra “Face The Music” and the Union City High School Jazz Ensemble at the Union City Performing Arts Center, 2500 Kennedy Blvd, Union City (see briefs).
KIDS TO ‘FACE THE MUSIC’ – Over 50 children from Union City Music Project (UCMP)’s After School Orchestral Music Program will take the stage on Sunday, March 30 at 4 p.m. with nationally-renowned youth orchestra “Face The Music” and the Union City High School Jazz Ensemble at the Union City Performing Arts Center, 2500 Kennedy Blvd, Union City (see briefs).
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Weehawken spring tennis registration for adults and children

Spring tennis registration will be held on Wednesday, April 2 at Weehawken Town Hall from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Registration must be in person and classes must be paid for when registering.

Children’s weekday classes begin Monday, May 5. Classes meet twice a week for 6 weeks. Total cost $60. There are different times and days for different ages. Saturday classes begin Saturday, May 3. Classes meet once a week for 6 weeks. Total cost is $50.

Adults’ weekday classes begin Monday, May 5. Classes meet twice a week for 6 weeks. Total cost $120. Some are Monday and Wednesday and some are Tuesday and Thursday. Saturday classes begin Saturday, May 3. Classes meet once a week for 6 weeks. Total cost is $60.

All classes are held at the Weehawken Waterfront Complex. Any questions, email: weehawkentennis@gmail.com or call 201-319-6061.

Weehawken resident to perform in Verismo Opera's La Traviata on April 6

Fred Frabotta of Weehawken returns to the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's (Verismo Opera) stage to perform in La Traviata. He will assume the role of Gastone de Loiterres in the company’s new production at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, on Sunday, April 6 at 3 p.m.

In 2012, Frabotta debuted with Verismo Opera as Goro in Madama Butterfly. He has performed numerous character tenor roles with opera companies throughout the eastern United States. Among them are the Witch in Hansel und Gretel, Spoletta in Tosca, Borsa in Rigoletto, Gastone in La Traviata, Messenger in Aida, and Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors.

After a hiatus from singing, during which he served as the musical director for more than 100 professional musical theater productions, he resumed his singing career in 2011. Notable performances since have included the tenor soloist in the Messiah, the Evangelist in St. Matthew Passion, Betush in The Merry Widow, Spiridione in Il campanello, and Elder Gleaton in Susannah.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.bergenpac.org, at the bergenPAC box office, and by calling (201) 227-1030 or toll-free at 1-888-PACSHOW. Senior citizens, ages 65 and over, purchasing regular-priced tickets on non-sale dates receive a 10 percent discount. The company is offering a reduced rate of $10 on all tickets for children, ages 12 and under, when accompanied by a ticket-holding adult.

The special senior citizen and children’s discount tickets are available at the box office only and must be requested before the purchase. For special rates for group sales, call (201) 224-2809. Discount tickets are not available for purchase online.

The bergenPAC is handicapped accessible. Hearing assist systems are available upon request at the bergenPAC to the house manager in the lobby.

Weehawken Library hosts local author Inspirational author and Weehawken resident Theresa Borrelli will visit the Nutrition Center, 201 Highwood Avenue, on Thursday, April 3 at 7 p.m. for a discussion and book signing of her most recent work Faithful Expressions: Prayers for Inspiration and Hope, it was announced by Mayor Richard Turner.

Her first book published in 2011, I Am Myself: A Woman Growing Up with Tourette Syndrome she recounts her journey from a diagnosis at age 7 through her current state of acceptance living with a rare disorder for which there is no cure. Her second work is the children’s book, Why Jamie is Different, which chronicles the struggles of a child who has the syndrome as she tries to make friends in school.

Now in the recently published Faithful Expressions, Theresa delivers readers a collection of short inspirational prayers to help with many of life’s challenges. The book is dedicated to her sister Rose, who recently passed away due to complications of Tourette.

For more information on Theresa Borrelli’s appearance at the Library call 201-863-7823.

WNY Cuban Lions Club health fair set for April 13

The West New York Cuban Lions Club has teamed with Palisades Medical Center to present its annual Community Health Fair. The event, which is free and open to the general public, will be held on Sunday, April 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the New Community Room, 515 - 54th St., West New York. Please use back entrance. (All welcome.)

Free health tests and screenings will include: Blood Pressure, cholesterol, dental exams, diabetes, mental health/depression, vision/glaucoma, and more.

Several physicians will also be in attendance to answer questions. Attendees will also receive free samples and giveaways.

Union City music organization joins national orchestra in concert on March 30

The joint concert, “UCMP and UCHS Present Face the Music,” will benefit Union City Music Project (UCMP), a bilingual non-profit organization serving at-risk children in Union City through afterschool orchestral and vocal instruction and regular performances of UCMP’s children’s orchestra and chorus. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.

UCMP’s child musicians, ages 5 to 11 years old, will be joined by 160-member Face the Music, the country's only 18-and-under ensemble solely devoted to music of living composers, and about 20 high school students in the UCHS Jazz Ensemble.

The combined musical ensembles will perform Dean Deng’s new piano concerto, “Soliloquy,” described as a piece in which “orchestra and soloist move through a variety of moods and atmospheres,” as they “share a collection of thoughts with the audience in an intimate, personal setting.”

Since 2012, UCMP has provided free instruments and low-cost afterschool musical instruction at Robert Waters Elementary School to Union City’s low-income public school students from preschool through 5th grade. Besides learning violin, cello, percussion, flute, clarinet and vocals, the UCMP musicians perform throughout the tri-state area in their growing orchestra and chorus.

UCMP is grateful to the Union City Board of Education and UC Mayor / NJ State Senator Brian P. Stack for their support, as well as funders such as the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Turrell Fund, D’Addario Music Foundation, Target, and Wells Fargo and Oritani Banks.

For more information about the March 30 concert, visit the UCMP website (www.ucmusicproject.org) or call Melina Garcia at (646) 831-7719, or email her at mgarcia@ucmusicproject.org.

The UCHS Theater is at 2500 Kennedy Blvd. in Union City.

Three out of four ‘top hospitals’ in NJ are in Hudson County

Inside Jersey magazine and Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. released their annual survey of “Top Hospitals” in the state of New Jersey, and among hospitals with 350 beds or fewer, three of the top four hospitals were in Hudson County. Bayonne Medical Center and Jersey City Medical Center were ranked #2 and #3 respectively, with Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen coming in at #4. The prestigious “Top Hospitals in New Jersey” list was tabulated based on votes from 2,076 licensed physicians in the state.

Eight-week hospice training course beginning

Do you want to do volunteer work that really makes a difference in the lives of the terminally ill and their families? Volunteer roles include companionship for the patients, emotional support for patient and family, errands, and telephone reassurance.

This volunteer training program consists of eight classes on eight consecutive Tuesdays. Participants MUST attend all eight classes, beginning April 1 and ending May 20.

Classes take place on Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon or Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hudson Hospice Office, 93 Clerk St. in Jersey City.

For further information call Sister Carol at (201) 433-6225.

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