Heading into the second weekend in May, the celebration of Motherhood is in full display under a waxing Moon in Taurus. As an symbol of the feminine, the moon is a creature of cycles and fertility, quietly keeping time and creating order as the tides absorb its gravitas. Like so many mothers in the world, it is the moon that shapes our daily rituals and keeps us on our game. When we align ourselves with its phases, it can also help us find our purpose, identify our triggers, and understand why sometimes things just go off the rails. The waxing crescent is a time of intention, a period of planning and shaping before taking action as the quarter moon emerges. By the next time we reach this period again next month, Trenton’s fate will be in the Governor’s hands if a budget is not delivered. Let us hope the City Council is taking advantage of this moment in the lunar sequence to brain-storm and problem solve, because like Mom, the Moon and the State, no one’s got the patience for this nonsense.
Friday May 10
Springin’ into Jazz @Ellarslie: with Tom Chiola and Deborah Ford, accompanied by George Sinkler: Celebrate love and treat the mothers in your life to an evening of jazz from Broadway to the Blues. Tom Chiola, a resident of the Glen Afton Neighborhood in Trenton for over 15 years has been performing songs regionally on stage and in concert. Deborah Ford is an award-winning soprano who has traveled the world performing in various venues. A lover of jazz and American music, who is well known for her work with sacred music, she takes greatest pride in directing the Absalom Jones Inspirational Choir at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton. George Sinkler has played piano full-time for 40 years, playing in jazz groups, performing solo and often with Tom Chiola when the two perform Songs from the American Songbook. Tasty Hors D’Oeuvres, Signature cocktail, and beverages included in the ticket price. Trenton City Museum, Ellarslie Cadwalader Park, Trenton, 7-9 p.m. $45 guaranteed seating; $40 general admission ellarslie.org/springin-into-jazz/
Saturday May 11
Yoga in the Garden: Join Sheltered Yoga teachers for a FREE yoga class in the Library Garden. Healthy snacks are provided after class! Trenton Free Public Library, 120 Academy St., Trenton, 11 am, Weekly, Weather Permitting, facebook.com/events, facebook.com/ShelteredYoga/
Gardening Day at Riverview Cemetery: Grab your garden gloves, edgers, hoes, rakes, and shears to help clean and maintain the Taylor lot (that’s the John Taylor of Taylor Pork Roll fame), consisting of two beds of our beautiful Yucca flaccida, and maybe a few more. Lunch consisting of hoagies, chips, and soda and water, will be provided. Riverview Cemetery, 870 Centre St., Trenton, 10 am-2pm, Weather permitting, Volunteer Opportunity, Sign-up: facebook.com/events
Mothers Day Poetry event/open mic Kelli Nobles and Akylah:
Bring your mom or mother figure out to enjoy the show, get on the mic pay tribute to your mom with Louise Salley Cheryl Jones and Marian Parish featuring Kelli Nobles and Akylah Lott (mother and daughter team). Brought to you by The library and hosted by Son of Black. Trenton Free Public Library 120 Academy St., Trenton. 12:30-2pm, Free and Open to the Public; facebook.com/events
Sunday May 12
Morir Sonyando: Genesis left her past behind long ago. But her mother’s release from prison forces them both to confront long-buried pain – and to wonder if they can ever become a family again. Mill Hill Playhouse, Front St., Trenton NJ, 3 pm, $33, $28 Senior, $13 Students, Other Performance Dates: May 10/17th, 7:30pm, May 11/18th 3pm, 7:30pm, May 19th, 3pm; passagetheatre.org
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Photo/Artist Credit: Kelly Nobles and daughter Akylah will perform at the Mother’s Day Poetry Event and Open Mic at the Trenton Free Public Library on Sat. May 9 12:30-2pm