Highland Park is a happening and happy town this season

The holiday season is chock full of wonderful celebrations in the Highland Park Community. Most are events, thanks to the Reformed Church of Highland Park (RCHP),   Main Street Highland Park, and Congregation Anshe Emeth. One “happening” simply celebrates the generosity of Highland Park’s merchants supporting a high school mentoring program. Please let us know what is happening in your part of the planet and we will tell the rest of the world.

RCHP welcomes the community to its famous Holiday Bazaar, Sat. Nov. 19

The Annual Holiday Bazaar at the Reformed Church of Highland Park, 19 S. Second Avenue features lunch, dinner and fabulous arts and crafts made by members of the congregation. The all day family affair gets started at 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the dinner going from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. But the best part is gathering and laughing with your friends and neighbors. http://www.rchighlandpark.org/


Main Street Highland Park takes the joy to the street Sat., Nov 26.

  • SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY Saturday November 26, all day

All day throughout downtown Highland Park, Main Street Highland Park (MSHP) will be participating in Small Business Saturday, celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Shoppers are encouraged to “shop small” and patronize downtown bricks-and-mortar businesses.

  • DOWNTOWN TREE LIGHTING Saturday November 26, 6 pm – 7 pm

At 6pm, join us in the municipal lot next to Main Street Highland Park’s office at 212 Raritan Avenue for our annual tree lighting, complete with music, hot chocolate, candy canes, and Santa.


Congregation Anshe Emeth features Sephardic music and culture, Sat. Dec. 17

On Saturday December 17, 2016, the Highland Park Conservative Temple Congregation Anshe Emeth at 201 S. Third Avenue will present a wonderful event celebrating Sephardic music and culture.

At 6:30 PM, there will be a special viewing of Flory’s Flame, a one-hour documentary weaving the life story of 90-year old Sephardic US National Heritage Fellow musician Flory Jagoda with her 2013 Celebration Concert at the US Library of Congress.  The combined personal and musical overviews open a window on pre-Inquisition Spanish Jewish life. http://www.florysflamemovie.com/

At 8 PM, Trio Sefardi will celebrate Sephardic music with three amazing musicians including Susan Gaeta (vocals, guitar), who apprenticed with Flory Jagoda,  Howard Bass (lute, guitar) and Tina Chancey (bowed strings).  Trio Sefardi brings a unique perspective to this historic Ladino musical heritage that has been preserved through the efforts of Flory Jagoda and Trio Sefardi.  www.triosefardi.com

For more information: http://hpct-cae.org/

Ticketed event, $25. Open seating. Purchase tickets by Dec. 15 for $5 discount.  Student tickets available.  Children 12 and under are free.

Sponsorships available and include two reserved seats; send in your check, payable to HPCT-CAE, noting Shiranu Sponsor in the memo line or call the Temple office (732-545-6482) to pay by credit card.


Local Merchants are the shining lights within HPHS GLOW Program

The GLOW Program (Growth and Learning Outside Walls) is a new Highland Park School District initiative designed to teach Highland Park High School (HPHS) students the skills necessary to lead a meaningful and independent life. To support this endeavor, local business owners have generously taken their own time to work with HPHS students as mentors and teach them the skills necessary to succeed in their particular industry.

June Miller, as the Structured Learning Experience Teacher in the Highland Park High School, said on behalf of the GLOW Program that “I would like to give a huge shout out to our local partnering retailers. Together, we have created a successful and meaningful connection to allow our students to gain real life experiences within our community….

“We cannot thank these individuals enough for their patience, guidance and eagerness to help our students. We …acknowledge these businesses for their partnership and dedication to ensuring the growth and success of each of our amazing students.”

  • Bridge Mediterranean Grill

315 Raritan Avenue

  • Cyber Knight Computers

433 Raritan Avenue

  • Highland Park Public Library

31 North 5th Avenue

  • Highland Park Senior Center

200 South 6th Avenue

  • Linx 8

413 Raritan Avenue

  • Modern Art Solutions

421 Raritan Avenue

  • Noah’s Ark Preschool

900 Raritan Avenue

  • Ten Thousand Villages

320 Raritan Avenue

  • Yellow Brick Road Nursery School and Day Care Center

15 South 3rd Avenue

Any business that would be interested in making a difference and joining the GLOW efforts, please visit:  http://www.hpschools.net/district/education_services/g_l_o_w_program


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