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Jersey City Challenge Race Saturday! 4/22

Here we are again – that time of year when The Jersey City Challenge Race returns to Exchange Place.

Think: 25 urban obstacles and challenges in a junkie adrenaline rush of a 3-mile race. Expect jumping over real police and taxi cars, plus cargo nets, rope climbing, walls, sand bags and other fun stuff.

Saturday, April 22 @9am. Full deets and sign-up here.

 

Go hard or go home,
JCG

2017: New Year, Better You

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Happy New Year Jersey City!!

Whatever your goals are, my advice is to pick one thing and achieve that. You cannot do 10 things really well at once. But YOU CAN do one thing really well if you focus on that for life-improvement. Once you’ve mastered the first goal, tackle something else. Keep it simple.

There is room for improvement throughout the year. Here are some Jersey City spots to find your “A-ha” inspiration during every quarter of 2017.

Fitness:
Take up Zumba, Yoga or Martial Arts
Workout for free in JC
Ice Skate here or here
Learn belly dancing, yoga, or Latin dancing for free at Kennedy Dancers
Jersey City Ballroom Dancing
Jivamukti Yoga
Blink
Get Salsa Fever

Learn something new:
Computer Courses
Jersey City Arts School
Sticth ‘n’ Bitch
Casa Colombo
Cork & Canvas
Spanish Blackbelt

Read something that expands your mind:
Jersey City Free Books
Jersey City Bookmobile & Library
WORD Jersey City

Get more work done:
AndCoWork
IndieGrove
Editing Services
Website Consulting

Volunteer:
Jersey City Cares
Liberty Humane Society
Dress For Success

Meet JC Peeps:
JC Fab Lab
Nextdoor
Singles in Jersey City
Geeks Who Drink
Jersey City Young Professionals

Pamper:
Serenity Day Spa
European Wax Center
Zeel Massage
Nails and Nails
Hair and Hair and Hair and Hair
My DIY trix here

Treat yourself to a statement piece:
Noellery
Love, Liesel
Vivi Girl Shop
Tia’s Place
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Another Man’s Treasure
Republic of Pigtails
Take care of your clothing

 

Be well & happy,
JCG

Project Jersey City Holiday Market 12/3-12/4

Jersey City Project Market

The Jersey City Project hosts its fourth annual holiday Project: MARKET this year on December 3rd & 4th, 2016 from 11am-6pm. The heated outdoor market features a variety of local vendors and is located next to City Hall (280 Grove Street to be exact) in the Historic Downtown section of Jersey City.

The kick-off event of Jersey City’s holiday shopping season highlights local businesses and food vendors, encouraging economic growth amongst small businesses. Eat, shop, drink, and be merry!

Keep it local JC!
JCG

All About Downtown Street Fair 2016

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Jersey City: Saturday, September 17th is the annual and all-out awesome All About Downtown Street Fair.

Stroll up or down Newark Avenue (between Grove St. and Jersey Ave.) to soak up live music, nosh on noms, sip adult bevvies, and shop from 11am-6pm.

There will be over 100 local vendors and plenty of fun activities for the kids, too.

FB info here.

Shop local. Support local.
JCG

Jersey City Craft Brew Fest 10/15/2016

 

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Jersey City is hosting its first Harborside Craft Brew Fest on Saturday, October 15, 2016.

Try over 150 craft beers from local breweries while overlooking the New York City skyline and listening to live music on the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway at the Harborside Plaza Atrium (34 Exchange Place).

It’s Jersey City’s own celebration of Oktoberfest. Find your new favorite brew from the eclectic offering of local beers and ciders, and have the chance to speak with brewery representatives.

And to soak up the beer, there will be plenty of food vendors on site.

Choose between two sessions: 12-4pm & 5:30-9:30pm.

TICKETS

*General Admission $60, which includes unlimited tastings and a souvenir tasting glass

*(Non-drinking) Designated Driver $15

*Tickets can be purchased online at jcbrewfest.com

*DISCOUNT WITH JERSEY CITY GAL PROMO CODE: jerseycitygal

*Early Bird Pricing available (check site for details)

*A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Morris Rugby, which raises funds and awareness for youth rugby throughout the region

NOTES

*Adults 21+ Only: No kids. No Dogs.

*Smoking allowed but only in designated area.

*Once you leave the premises, you cannot return.

For more information, click here.

 

Taste & Enjoy,
JCG

The Ultimate Summer Packing List: Ladies Now Let’s Get (on) VACATE-TION

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It’s time for our last summer hurrahs Jersey City. If you’re like me and have chosen air-conditioning and money-making over humidity so you could be a baller during September/October and tail it everywhere when most people go back to work…oh wait, you’re not me.

Anyway, now that I’m planning for two months of adventure, I thought it high time to share my quick checklist of packing needs for most of you who are last-minute shove-in-the-suitcase peeps. These are my summer necessities, but the list is adaptable.

If you leave your house, it’s “phone, wallet, keys.” But traveling for a weekend or a week requires more preparation.

The Gal’s Guide to Traveling Light:

In your purse/carry-on tote (Besides phone, wallet WITH CASH, keys):

*ID/Passport

*WaterWipes. The “world’s purest baby wipes” will save your life at the airport, on a boat, at the pool, on the beach and taking your makeup off at night. I always carry these in my purse, but they are especially essential during travel. Most hand sanitizers and wipes have a lot of alcohol and other harsh chemicals that ruin my skin. WaterWipes are 99.9% purified water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract. So gentle.

*Lotion that works for face and hands because…dryness. I like Aveeno.

*Light makeup: Your basics. I like to keep blush & a brush to quickly freshen my pale look.

*Something to read. While we’re all connected to interesting soundbites of info via the Internet every day, vacation allows us the time to disconnect (please disconnect!) and get into a story, a journal, or a good magazine. So be prepared. Here are Jersey City’s Summer Reading Picks.

In Your Suitcase:

*Toiletrees: toothbrush, toothpaste, razor(s), shampoo, conditioner, detangling spray, hair pick (hello beach waves! and tangles!), soap, Advil, Neosporin, Visine, Aquaphor, Banana Boat Aloe Vera After Sun Gel & Repel 100 for insects. The generic versions of most of these products are just as good.

*Sun care: Sunscreen!!! After surviving melanoma, I use Neutrogena SPF 70, but I also use Walgreens watermelon SPF 50. For some color on my legs, I use the best: Bain de Soleil Orange Gelèe SPF 4 and for my stomach, Hawaiian Tropic SPF 8. Do not forget UV 400+ sunglasses and a good hat (some have SPF material built in…like these beauts here).

*Bathing suits: Bring 3 for a quick weekend and 5 for a week-long stay. You can always mix & match! (Or buy a new one, yaaas!)

*3-5 Cover-ups that can be scarves, shirts, skirts or dresses.

*2 going out outfits, max. Because you’ve got the above to work with.

*Shorts/tees/tanks: PJs that can double as beach coverups/lounge wear and can triple as workout gear.

*A hoodie, zip-up or jacket because there are cold beach/ lake nights and/or blasting indoor ACs.

*Shoes: Flip flops, sneakers, going out shoes. I’ve found that shoes take up the most space. So if you are strictly going to a beachy or tropical place, only pack flip flops and fancy flip flops. If you’re attending a wedding, event, or a  chi-chi nightclub, you’ll need your strappy heels. If you plan on exercising or know you’ll be doing a lot of walking (especially on cobblestone streets or any rough terrain), bring your sneaks. Otherwise, save your suitcase space and just bring your flips. Great for getting through the airport security line quickly, too.

*Undies, bras, socks (<—-if you’re bringing sneaks or you like to sleep in foot-covers, like me).

*Hardware: Chargers, laptop (only if you need it; as a constant writer with multiple projects, I often do), “real” camera (if you want better than phone-quality photos).

*Accessories: earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets, anklets, head scarves that can double as belts, all of which should coordinate with your shizzaz. Since most accessories don’t take up space, you should maximize here to minimize your outfits. Accessories change your look. Period. (Emphasis on punctuation here needed.)

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Groove on Grove. Because, Jersey City.

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Groove on Grove is that awesome live music event that happens every Wednesday during the warm season at Grove Street Plaza. Different bands and musical acts are featured each week.

I used to go religiously, but this year has been hyper busy. Anyway, a shout out for their event tonight (8/17):

The Lineup:
Walter Parks
The Bottomless Mimosas
Bible Gun

Beyond the music this Wednesday, the Artist & Maker Market is back!

Let’s just hope the rain is minimally invasive;)

Get your groove on Grove,
JCG

Movies In The Park 2016

moviesintheparkjerseycityInhale the last month of hot summer air under the stars with lazy days…and nights of movies and theater in all your favorite parks. Below is the schedule from here (July 18th) on out.

Ignore those back-to-school-enthusiasts. Hello, commerce, we are still in full summer swing, thankyouverymuch.

SO, here’s what’s screening & showing from now through fall:

July 18: Goosebumps [Washington Park,Jersey City/Union City border]

July 20: Big Hero 6 [Lincoln Park, West Side Ave. entrance]

July 20: Zootopia [Van Vorst Park]

July 20: Star Wars: The Force Awakens [Newport Green]

July 20: Brooklyn [Pier A Park in Hoboken, 9 pm]

July 21: Shakespeare in the Park: Edward III [Hamilton Park Gazebo, 7 pm]

July 21: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day [Riverview Park]

July 25: Cars [Columbia Park]

July 25: Happy Feet [Audubon Park]

July 25: Star Wars: The Force Awakens [Mama Johnson Field, 4th Street between Jackson and Harrison Streets in Hoboken, 9 pm]

July 27: Jurassic World [Pier A Park, 9 pm]

July 27: Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl [Newport Green]

July 28: Hook [Hamilton Park]

July 28: Shakespeare in the Park: Edward III [Van Vorst Park]

August 1: Planes: Fire & Rescue [Berry Lane Park]

August 3: Finding Vivian Maier [Van Vorst Park]

August 3: Shakespeare in the Park: As You Like It [Newport Green, 6 pm]

August 3: Minions [Pier A Park, 8:30 pm]

August 4: The Wizard of Oz [Ercel Webb Park, 264 Van Horne Street]

August 8: Toy Story [Pershing Field]

August 10: The Peanuts Movie [Pier A Park, 8:30 pm]

August 10: The Lorax [Washington Park]

August 17: Audience Choice! Email filmsinvanvorst@aol.com to vote! [Van Vorst Park]

August 17: Inside Out [Pier A Park, 8:30 pm]

August 18: Shakespeare in the Park: Henry IV [Hamilton Park, 7 pm]

August 18: Planes [Arlington Park, situated in the triangle between Grand St., Arlington and Bramhall Aves]

August 18: Inside Out [Lincoln Park Soccer Field]

August 22: Finding Nemo [Hamilton Park]

August 25: Life of Pi [Hamilton Park]

August 25: ET [Harsimus Cemetery, 435 Newark Ave.]

August 29: Big Hero 6 [Colombia Park]

August 31: Joy [Van Vorst Park]

September 1: Inside Out [Berry Lane Park]

September 7: Star Wars: The Force Awakens [Van Vorst Park]

September 8: Inside Out [Bayside Park]

September 12: Paddington [Pershing Field]

September 15: Jaws [J. Owen Grundy Pier]

September 23: Inside Out [Hamilton Park]

October 14: Wizard of Oz [Hamilton Park]

Other notes: Parks in the Jersey City and Hudson County area host these films and live performances thanks to The Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association, the Van Vorst Park AssociationJersey City Cultural Affairs, the City of Hoboken and the County of Hudson. All events begin at sundown, unless otherwise noted. Be sure to bring your own blankets and chairs!

Indulge Your Imagination,
JCG

Jersey City Freedom & Fireworks Festival

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YAAAS, Jersey City. Shout out your Fourth of July Freedom from the rooftops, or just join the party on ground level at Liberty State Park for the Freedom & Fireworks Festival.

Here we have live bands, carnival rides, food & drink, and of course…fireworks on the Hudson River.

The best way to get to Liberty State Park is probably by bike, considering the long walk you will have by car or PATH methods. The next best option is the Light Rail. Please read NJ Transit Advisories for the Fourth of July Freedom & Fireworks Show to plan your trip for maximum fun.

See you there!
JCG

 

Jersey City Surf Club

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Learn to surf this summer Jersey City!

Jersey City Surf Club begins July 2nd and continues every Saturday into September (water conditions permitting). Lessons are provided by Eastern Lines Surf Shop and held at Belmar Beach (@ 10th Ave.) and includes round-trip transportation from Jersey City, a surf lesson with an instructor, a lifeguard and surfboard rental—all for $89! [Non Jersey City residents are $175]

The group meets at 6:15am at the Grove Street PATH station for 6:30am departure. By 7:30am you are already getting your surfing intro, followed by a two-hour water lesson.

You’ll be back in Jersey City by 11:30am to enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Surf Club is making it extremely easy for you, a Jersey City resident, to learn surfing. Take advantage! Register here.

Don’t forget: Sunscreen, towel, water.

 

Hang 10 in 16,
JCG

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