Rebuild by Design open house to be Oct. 4

Community members of Jersey City, Hoboken, and Weehawken are invited to an Open House Event on the Rebuild by Design – Hudson River Project, according to an email from The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).
The event will take place on Oct. 4 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 pm at the Northwest Resiliency Pop Up Park, 1226 Adams St., Hoboken.
This event will highlight design process materials focused on the alignment in the North end of the project area including the Weehawken Tie-in, through Harborside Park, to Washington Street south of 14th Street.
During the open house, attendees will have an opportunity to get an inside look at the design process of the Landscape Architecture and Urban Design portions along the Resist Alignment; gain an understanding of the design concepts under consideration by the design team; and engage in discussions with members of the design team regarding questions about the materials and their thoughts about the direction of the design interventions in the northern design zones.
For those unable to attend, the materials for the open house will remain on display at the Northwest Resiliency Park until Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 5 p.m. For more information on Rebuild By Design go to Hudsonreporter.com and search Rebuild By Design for our past coverage.

Resident to perform acclaimed solo show

On Sept. 28 and 29, Hoboken resident Douglas Taurel, actor and creator of the acclaimed solo show The American Soldier, will perform both of his solo shows, The American Soldier and An American Soldier’s Journey Home, back to back at Union Performing Arts Center’s Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton St., Rahway.
The American Soldier is based on real stories and factual accounts from actual soldier and family member letters written from the American Revolution all the way through current day Afghanistan. It examines the internal struggles and problems that soldiers and their families face when warriors return home from combat.
The American Soldier’s Journey Home weaves together archival images, music, and diary excerpts to narrate a soldier’s entrance into the service and his experiences in World War 1 France. In period uniform and using minimum props, Taurel conveys the intensity and terror of trench warfare, the jubilation of the troops following the Armistice, and the soldiers love for his family.
For more information or to purchase a ticket go to http://www.ucpac.org/event/820dcf57665dcf95a8eff1d0d4cb7070.

Opening reception announced for new gallery exhibit

hob’art co-operative gallery, Suite E208 at 720 Monroe St., will host a new gallery show “FREE FALL.”
The exhibit will feature the newest work of Liz Ndoye as she continues to explore the world and culture of her “doll” creatures.
Always intrigued by the idea of dolls, Ndoye started creating a whole civilization based on the lives and beliefs of these two and three-dimensional beings. She makes them, along with their artifacts and tools, from found materials and fabric she has collected from travels around the world. The pieces reflect the myths and beliefs of this rich and complicated culture.
The show will include reverse glass paintings, sculpture, book art, and works on paper and canvas.
An opening reception will be held on Sept. 29 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Food and wine will be served and the event will be free and open to all. Parking and handicap access are available from the rear of the building.

Pizza Fest fundraiser for True Mentors

The second Annual Pizza Fest will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13 at Our Lady of Grace, 400 Willow Ave.
Pizza Fest will feature several Hoboken pizzerias including Napoli’s, Tony Boloney’s, The Brick, Hot House Pizza, and more. Attendees will be able to try pizza from every vendor, listen to live music, and participate in pizza-themed games and contests, including a pizza eating contest. Pizza Fest benefits the local nonprofit, True Mentors, an organization that offers one-to-one mentoring by patching children ages 7-17 with adult mentors in the community.
Tickets are $25 and roughly 700 people are expected to attend. More event details can be found at www.hobokenpizzafest.com.

Join the fight against suicide in Hoboken walkathon

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will host their annual Out of Darkness Walk on Oct. 28 at 9 a.m. at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken to help prevent suicide.
According to a press release from the foundation, suicide claims more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined.
It is estimated that 85 percent of people in the United States alone will know someone who has died by suicide and that one out of every five of those losses will be a close friend or relative.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention leads the fight against suicide.
Funds raised from The Out of the Darkness Walks will fund research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.
To register, donate, or become a sponsor go to https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.event&eventID=5758.

Volunteers needed for blood drives

New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS), which supplies blood to hospitals throughout the state, is in need of volunteers to help at blood drives. The blood drive volunteer is an integral member of the blood collection team whose task it is to assist donors with registration and/or at the refreshment area. No medical background necessary. Volunteers should have the ability to relate to the public, be able to perform different jobs as needed and have the willingness to follow the rules.
For additional information contact, Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Manager of Community Relations & Volunteer Services Sharon Zetts at (732) 850-8906.