April is all but over and the arrival of May heralds the season of outdoor events in the Rose City. Here's a sampler of some of what's going on this weekend in Madison, much of it for a good cause. Make sure to check the Patch listings of events around the borough, or post your own.
April 29 — The Madison High School boys and girls lacrosse programs are hosting a Midseason Madness DJ Night at the Madison Elks Lodge from 7 - 11 p.m. Cost is $25 per person and includes beer, wine and appetizers. For more information, email Diane Anton at firstname.lastname@example.org or Liz Thompson at Liz@6thompsons.com.
April 30 — Madison Little League holds its annual parade and Opening Day ceremonies beginning at noon. The parade of teams starts on Wilmer Street at St. Vincent Martyr Church and moves to Green Village Road to Main Street, Greenwood Avenue, and Chapel Street to Dodge Field. Opening Day ceremonies will feature 2011 Wall of Fame honorees Ralph "Dukey" Sandello and Madison Fire Department Chief Lou DeRosa.
May 1-31 — A new event, Madison: Open for Art, features more than 80 works exhibited at businesses throughout the Rose City. A non-profit partnership between the Madison Arts and Culture Alliance, ILOVIT Gallery and Ira L. Black Photography, proceeds from sales benefit a scholarship for Madison High School students pursuing further study in the field of visual arts.
May 1 — The Madison Education Foundation will hold the Madison 5K Run/Walk/Kids’ Fun Run at Madison High School. Registration at 9 a.m., run starts at 10 a.m. The event will help raise funds for grants awarded to all five Madison schools. For more info contact Kathleen Fowler at email@example.com or to register, visit www.mefnj.org and click the "5k" tab at top of the page.
May 1 — March for Babies (formerly March of Dimes) at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the three-mile walk begins at 9 a.m., with festivities to follow.