The week ahead
First Friday Ride: Today, 5:30
p.m., at Newark Shopping Center. A casual community bike ride sponsored by Bike Newark begins at the shopping center and travels a 6.7mile course through the city. After the ride, participants will meet at Margherita’s Pizza for food. Participants may park for free at the shopping center.
Chapel Street Players: Tonight, Saturday and Thursday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m., at Chapel Street Playhouse, 27 N. Chapel St. The
Chapel Street Players will perform
George Orwell’s “1984.” Adults $18, seniors $12, students $5. Fall flea market: Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at George Wilson Center, 303 New London Road. The Newark Parks and Recreation Department will host the annual fall flea market. A number of vendors will have items for sale. Museum anniversary: Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Pencader Heritage Museum, 2029 Sunset Lake Road. Event marks Pencader Heritage Museum’s 10th anniversary. Event includes yard sale, car show, re-enactors, food vendors, raffles and admission to the museum. Free. Main Street Mile: Saturday, 9 a.m., on Main Street. Annual 1-mile race down Main Street raises money for the Newark Police Department K-9 unit. Registration $20 at www.fusionracetiming.com. Grainfest: Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., at Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen, 270 E. Main St. Five bands will perform, and 25 craft breweries will serve beer. Food trucks will be available. Free parking at the One Easton garage behind Newark Shopping Center. $15. Kids under 16 free. Imagination Runway: Saturday, 7 p.m., at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark,
420 Willa Road. A fundraiser for the Newark Arts Alliance, the event includes a buffet dinner, a wearable art fashion contest and more. Barb Hughes, costume director for the UD REP Theater, will dress Mayor Polly Sierer in a gown made of toilet paper. $50 at the door, $45 in advance at www.newarkartsalliance.org. Mayor’s Harvest Festival: Sunday, 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Olan Thomas Park, 89 Paper
Mill Road. Festival includes hay rides, crafts, music, food trucks, games, a movie screening and more. Free admission but fees apply for some activities. Free parking available at Curtis Mill Park, Old Paper Mill Park, Newark Toyota World and Newark Shopping Center. Blessing of the animals: Sunday, 4 p.m., at St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church, 276 S. College Ave. The church will bless animals in celebration of St. Francis of Assisi feast day. City council meeting: Monday, 7 p.m., at city hall, 220 S. Main St. Council will vote on the proposed stormwater fee, among other issues. Coffee with a cop: Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at McDonald’s, 374 E. Main St. Join the Newark Police Department for coffee and conversation. Free. For more events, visit newarkpostonline.com/calendar. To submit listings, go online or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Information runs in the print edition as space is available.
The Main Street Mile returns Saturday.