Whatever you want to do this weekend, this is a good place to start:
Where/When: From 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. on Thursday at in Hopatcong.
Why Go: To learn to defend yourself from a potentially life-threatening situation with the help of the Gen Lee Ju-Jitsu Club.
Pricing: $10 per class.
Where/When: From 11 to 12:45 a.m. on Thursday at the in Long Valley.
Why Go: Because the center will be offering two types of yoga classes, including “chair” yoga and “gentle” yoga, directed by instructor Charlene Gattuso.
Pricing: $10 per class, or $37 for six classes.
Where/When: From 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the .
Why Go: Because you are a beginner who wants to start running, regardless of age.
Where/When: From 10:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday at in Chatham.
Why Go: Mothers and their babies can come to this fun, social time and receive expert advice in a safe and supportive environment.
When/Where: At 7 p.m. Thursday at the field at in Warren.
Why Go: To view a heartwarming tale of Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, who overcomes the odds and fulfills his dream of playing for Notre Dame. Come early to "catch" a chance to throw a football with Ned Bolcar, who played on two Notre Dame Championship teams.
When/Where: From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at Raritan Valley Community College at Bridgewater in Bridgewater.
Why Go: Prospective students will learn about the admissions process, financial aid, career opportunities in technology and trades, and transfer opportunities after graduation from RVCC.
Where/When: At 11 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at in Morris Township.
Why Go: Because this exhibit, inspired by a collection of rare books at the arboretum, will focus on the roll of medical botanies during the Civil War.
When/Where: From 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the Lowes Promeande Shopping Center in Hillsborough.
Why Go: To visit one of the premier family fun events in Somerset County. The carnival will feature spectacular rides, games, food, nightly entertainment and more.
Pricing: Free admission. $25 wristbands for unlimited rides available on Friday.
Where/When: From 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday .
Why Go: To bring the whole family by and belt out some tunes with Kip.
Where/When: From 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday at .
Why Go: Because The Full Circle Band will bring its five-piece band to the gazebo for a summer concert series.
Where/When: From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday at the .
Why Go: Because families can enjoy the benefits of yoga by learning a variety of classic poses, presented by Michelle Magnotti of Yoga Flows Inc.
Where/When: At 6:30 p.m. on Friday at the in Morris Township.
Why Go: Because radio personality Pete Fornatale heads to the Morris Museum to celebrate the anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival.
Pricing: There will be no charge for admission, or to hear the program.
Where/When: At 1 p.m. on Friday at the .
Why Go: Because adults need some time to relax too, and this is the perfect spot for fantastic concerts and performances, holiday crafts and informational seminars.
When/Where: From 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday at the in Basking Ridge.
Why Go: Because children ages 4 to 6 will enjoy an expedition of the world of plants and animals with an exploration of fields, forests, and ponds.
Pricing: $40 per person. Registration required.
Friday Night Movie: The Conspirator
When/Where: At 7 p.m. on Friday at the in Bridgewater.
Why Go: To view a riveting thriller about a woman who would do anything to protect her family, and the man who risked everything to save her.
When/Where: From 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday at The Arc of Somerset County in Manville.
Why Go: For children ages 3 to 12 with developmental disabilities and their families to enjoy an evening of fun activities in a safe and caring environment.
Pricing: $15 for the first child, and $5 per sibling.
Where/When: From 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at 214 West Mill Rd. in Long Valley.
Why Go: The Fuzzbox is a place for students in grades 7 through 12 can hang out in a fun, supervised atmosphere where they can go to be involved in sports, games, music, art, and more, while being provided with free food and drinks. Fridays are for high school students and Saturdays are for middle school students.
Where/When: From 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the in Long Valley.
Why Go: Because it’s a celebration of Long Valley resident Michael Goodwin’s outdoor photography.
When/Where: From 9:30 a.m. to closing on Friday and Saturday at the in Warren.
Why Go: To drop in anytime and enjoy a variety of board games with library friends.
Where/When: From 8 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at in Madison.
Why Go: Because enjoying Dario Fo’s brilliantly funny, scathing political farce is a terrific way to spend your weekend.
Pricing: $32 to $55.
Where/When: From 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday at the Amphitheater, 81 Weldon Rd, Lake Hopatcong.
Why Go: Because enjoying a live show from guitarist Billy Hector outside sounds like a great Saturday night.
Where/When: At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at in Morris Township.
Why Go: Because the Morris Township Department of Parks and Recreation will wrap up its free Family Outdoor Movie Night series with a showing of “The Karate Kid.”
Where/When: From Noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday at The Green, South Street and West Park Place in Morristown.
Why Go: Because this free music festival will feature five top jazz and blues groups.
Where/When: All day on Saturday at in Morris Township.
Why Go: Because you can come by with your own dahlias to be judged, or just mosey by to admire these splendid flowers on display and soak up knowledge from the folks who grow them.
Where/When: At 6:30 p.m. Saturday at in Morris Township.
Why Go: Because this 5k will benefit The Goryeb Children's Hospital at Morristown Medical Center and the Morris Township Fire Department, and also include a one-mile Kids Fun Run.
Where/When: Starting at at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 12 and trekking 20 miles through Harding and Chatham, then back to Morristown.
Why Go: Because you’d like a workout to start your Saturday morning, or because the weather is warming up. Rain or snow cancels.
Where/When: From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at Railroad Plaza and Fairmont Avenue in Chatham.
Why Go: To get some of the best Jersey Fresh produce, Jersey Shore seafood, pasture-raised meat, poultry and eggs, honey, baked goods, fresh mozzarella, specialty prepared foods of all kinds, and more. The market will also have cooking demonstrations.
Pricing: Bring your wallet.
Where/When: From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at 79 Carlton Drive, Parsippany.
Why Go: Who knows what goodies you’ll find?
Pricing: Bring your wallet.
Where/When: From 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at ,.
Why Go: Because the Parsippany Christian Chruch is partnering with Lifeline Christian Mission to raise funds to build a house in Haiti.
When/Where: From 7:30 to 11 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday atThe Villagers Theatre in Somerset.
Why Go: Because each artist will showcase works inspired by the word "element." Paintings, photography, and print work will be available for purchase and a silent auction and a Friday night artist meet and greet will be included in the event. The works of Addison Vincent, Jake Petraitis, and Jennifer List will be showcased.
Pricing: Free admission. Donations gratefully appreciated.
When/Where: At 9 p.m. on Saturday at Maestro206 in Hillsborough.
Why Go: Because everyone can use some comedy to erase the weekday stress and award winning Mike Newman from 94.5 WPST Morning Show will have you laughing out loud and stress free.
Pricing: $10 cover or $35 for a dinner-show combo.
When/Where: From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at in Hillsborough.
Why Go: For children ages 3 to 5 to be introduced to the imaginative and educational world of dance. Choose from Nursery, Tiger, Kindercombo, or Mini-Broadway classes.
Pricing: Free. Registration required.
When/Where: From 8 p.m. on Saturday to Sunday morning at in Warren.
Why Go: To grab a tent and sleeping bag and enjoy good times, family and friends, and of course, smores.
Pricing: Free with membership.
Where/When: From noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday at in Morris Township.
Why Go: Because this is the 15th annual afternoon on the River Queen with an all-star band including Ed Polcer, Joe Midiri, Paul Midiri, Don Stein, Frank Tate, Kevin Dorn and singer Judy Kurtz
Where/When: From 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday around in Morristown.
Why Go: Because you can pick up fresh produce and fruits (including organic), flowers, herbs, eggs, cheese, baked goods, pickled products, honey, fish, poultry, pork, and grass-fed beef.
Pricing: Bring your wallet.
Where/When: 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the on Sunday.
Why Go: Because you can discover how butterflies can help a garden grow and learn to use nature journaling to really “look” closely at these special insects.
Pricing: $3 to $7.
Where: From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday at in Basking Ridge.
Why Go: To meet with a design specialist and leave with a great new idea to improve or create your own outdoor oasis. Don't forget to bring your pictures.
Pricing: Free. Register online.
When/Where: At 5 p.m. on Sunday at in Basking Ridge.
Why Go: Because it's a "treat" hunt for dogs and their human companions with prizes for all.
Pricing: $10 per dog and handler. $2 per additional person. Registration required.
When/Where: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday at in Hillsborough.
Why Go: To help support the Cub Scouts and drive off shining.
Pricing: Donations appreciated.
When/Where: At 7 p.m. on Sunday at in Bridgewater.
Why Go: To sing a long to "Cracklin Rosie" and "Sweet Caroline." It's the ultimate Neil Diamond Tribute.
When/Where: From 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday at in Bridgewater.
Why Go: Because this craft makes back to school easier with name tags and labels for books and supplies.
When/Where: At 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Colorado Cafe in Watchung.
Why Go: To meet singles in your age group and enjoy a night of free dance lessons, appetizers, games and raffle prizes. It's an evening of fun and a chance to meet that someone special.
Pricing: $30 for tickets purchased via 8MinuteDating.com with promo code 8mdnynj5.
When/Where: From 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday at in Hillsborough.
Why Go: To bring your camera and binoculars as you walk through acres of sunflowers in bloom and observe the beauty and wildlife.
Pricing: $5 per person with the maximum charge not to exceed $15 per family. Registration requested.