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Saturday, February 8, 2014: OLMSTED'S ANDERSON PARK AND HOW IT SHAPED MONTCLAIR Slide Show: Discover how this Essex County park was created a century ago as part of the first countywide park system in the nation, and how it influenced a push for green space throughout Montclair. Also learn about efforts to rejuvenate Anderson Park's landscape, on the National Register of Historic Places. Presented by Lisanne Renner, Historian, Friends of Anderson Park. Sponsored by the College Women's Club. 1-3 p.m. At the Montclair Public Library community room, 50 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair; (973) 477-7207.

Saturday, April 26, 2014: EXPLORE ANDERSON PARK'S WILDER SIDE: This walking tour will focus on the east side of this Anderson Park, near the brook. Discover trees and shrubs that date from the plantings of John Olmsted around 1905 or are descendants of those plantings. Learn how this little pocket of the park differs from other sections. See what plantings Friends of Anderson Park have been adding here. We will also discuss Toney’s Brook, which borders this edge of the park, and examine a map to trace its course through Montclair. Led by landscape historian Judith Earley. Free. Meet at the boulder at the park’s northeast entrance, 274 Bellevue Avenue, east of North Mountain Avenue, Upper Montclair. At 10:30 a.m. Light rain does not cancel, but heavy rain reschedules to Sunday, April 27, same time. Information: (862) 202-9251, earleyjudith@gmail.com.

Thursday, May 1, 2014: CARNEGIE'S GIFT TO MONTCLAIR: THE STORY OF THE BELLEVUE AVENUE LIBRARY. This slide show celebrates the centennial of the Bellevue Avenue Library, tells the story behind the creation of this Carnegie library, examines its architecture and the library's role in Upper Montclair, and explores the "free library" movement as an agent for social change. Free. Sponsored by Friends of the Bellevue Avenue Library. Presented by Lisanne Renner, historian for Friends of Anderson Park. 7:30-8:30 p.m., Montclair Art Museum, Whitehead Conference Room. Part of the museum's Free First Thursday Night presentations. 3 South Mountain Avenue. Details: 973-746-5555 or www.montclairartmuseum.org.

Friday, May 2, 2014: ARBOR DAY TREE PLANTING IN ANDERSON PARK: Youth groups will plant trees and shrubbery in Olmsted-designed Anderson Park. No rain date. For planting times: (973) 495-9056 or scott@friendsofandersonpark.com.

Saturday, May 3, 2014: HISTORIC WALKING TOUR OF UPPER MONTCLAIR BUSINESS DISTRICT. What building in Upper Montclair displays the words of a 17th-century mathematician chiseled in stone? What parking lot was designed by the Olmsteds? Where did Margaret Sanger and Eleanor Roosevelt speak out? Discover the answers on this 2 ½-hour walking tour of the historic Upper Montclair Business District, which will chronicle the development of the area from rural settlement in the 1880s to burgeoning suburban town in the 1930s. Reservations required. $5 suggested donation. At 10:30 a.m. (Raindate, Sunday, May 4, one hour later, at 11:30 a.m.) Meet at the Upper Montclair Train Station south porch, 275 Bellevue Avenue, Upper Montclair. Sponsored by the Montclair Historical Society & Friends of Anderson Park. www.MontclairHistorical.org, info@friendsofandersonpark.com. Reservations: (973) 744-1796; rain date confirmation or day-of-event queries: (973) 495-9589.

Saturday, May 10, 2014: HISTORIC WALKING TOUR OF ANDERSON PARK: Discover how this Olmsted-designed Essex County park was created a century ago and how it shaped Upper Montclair and led to the formation of other Montclair parks. Also hear about efforts to rejuvenate the landscape of this park, on the National Register of Historic Places. Free. Meet at the boulder at the park's northeast entrance, 274 Bellevue Avenue, east of North Mountain Avenue, Upper Montclair. At 10:30 a.m. Light rain does not cancel, but heavy rain reschedules to Sunday, May 11 (Mother's Day), same time. Information: (973) 477-7207, lisanne@friendsofandersonpark.com.

Saturday, May 10, 2014: ANDERSON PARK SPRUCE-UP. Join Friends of Anderson Park with springtime mulching, weeding, litter collection, and invasive-plant removal. Bring gloves, shovels and other tools if possible. Meet at 1 p.m. by the bathrooms near Parkside Road at the southeast corner of the park. Information: (973) 477-7207 or scott@friendsofandersonpark.com (No raindate).

September 20-21, 2014: FINE ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. A juried show free to the public featuring more than 185 fine artists and crafts people, as well as food vendors. Stop by the Friends of Anderson Park booth near Bellevue and North Mountain Avenues and try your luck on our raffle baskets. Details: www.rosesquared.com.

Sunday, December 7, 2014: UPPER MONTCLAIR HISTORIC BUSINESS DISTRICT SLIDE SHOW. Bellevue Avenue Library. Part of Bellevue Avenue Library Centennial series. Details to come.