The Weekender: Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, Love Liesel Grand Re-opening, Whealth Mother’s Day Brunch

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The world’s best sailors will race the fastest boats on the planet this weekend during the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, which you can watch right from the Jersey City waterfront. Plus, celebrate Love Liesel’s grand re-opening on Grove Street, treat mom to a healthy Whealth brunch on Sunday, and check out a free children’s concert by Con Vivo Music and The Tommai String Quartet.

 

What: 3rd Annual Memorial 5k Run/Walk
When: Saturday, May 7 at 8am (registration/packet pick-up); race begins at 10am
Where: Liberty State Park Freedom Way
The 3rd Annual Memorial 5k Run/Walk is a race (or walk) in honor of 9/11 First Responder, Jersey City Fire Captain Mark Lee. The fee for the 5k run is $35; participants in the 1-mile walk must pay $25.

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What: Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series
When: Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8 from 11am – 6pm
Where: Henry’s on the Hudson, Taphaus, Liberty State Park, Brookfield Place North Cove Marina, NYC
The America’s Cup World Series is coming to New York for the first time since 1920. The series is a run-up to the America’s Cup championship, which will be held in Bermuda in 2017. Competing countries include defending champions Oracle Team USA, Emirates Team New Zealand, Land Rover BAR for Great Britain, Artemis Racing for Sweden, SoftBank Team Japan, and Groupama Team France. You’ll be able to see the races from the Jersey City waterfront — including Taphaus and Henry’s on the Hudson — as well as Liberty State Park. Alternatively, Brookfield Place is heavily promoting the event and will be another great viewing option. The New York Times has a run-down of race-day events.

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What: Free Comic Book Day at FJB Comics and Games
When: Saturday, May 7 from 12pm – 5pm
Where: FJB Comics and Games at 17 Coles Street
Attention comic book fans: Saturday is Free Comic Book Day and local comic and games shop FJB Comics is celebrating with free comics, discounts, prizes, and more. The event will run from 12pm till 5pm. All are welcome.

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What: Love Liesel Grand Reopening
When: Saturday, May 7 from 6pm – 9pm
Where: Love, Liesel at 353 Grove Street
Celebrate the grand reopening of Love, Liesel — a curated jewelry, apothecary, and  home goods shop — at its new home just steps away from the Grove PATH station. All are welcome (including pets); beer and wine will be served.

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What: See Spot Rescued Adoption Event
When: Saturday, May 7 from 1pm – 4pm
Where: K9dergarten at 173 Newark Avenue
Chase the cloudy weather away with a four-legged BFF of your own at See Spot Rescued’s “May the Force Be With You” Adoption Event. SSR is a non-profit organization and all of the pups available (which you can check out here) are from near and local rescue shelters, including this little guy right here.

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What: Whealth Mother’s Day Brunch
When: Sunday, May 8 at 12pm
Where: 357 Third Street
Start off Mother’s Day with a healthy and delicious family-style brunch courtesy of Whealth. The 3-course brunch will include waffles, frittatas, croissant bread pudding, honey banana toast, and more. Tickets are $38 per person and the event is BYOB (Bloody Mary and mimosa mixes will be available).

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What: Con Vivo Music & The Tommai String Quarter Mother’s Day Children’s Concert
When: Sunday, May 8 from 2pm – 3.30pm
Where: The Barrow Mansion at 83 Wayne Street
Con Vivo Music is hosting a Mother’s Day concert for the entire family with the Toomai String Quintet. Toomai will perform an interactive children’s concert (you can check out a video here) exploring how improvisation manifests itself in music from various genres including works by Duke Ellington, Cachao, Perapeskaro, and Bach. The event is free for all to attend.

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What: Hilltop Mother’s Day Stoop Sale
When: Sunday, May 8
Where: 110 Magnolia Ave
The Residents of the Hilltop neighborhood in the eastern section of Journal Square will be hosting a  special Mother’s Day Stoop Sale this Sunday to raise funds for Hazel Bohn, a 2-year old girl who suffers from a rare disorder that results in weekly bouts of vomiting and monthly hospital visits. All funds raised will go toward Hazel’s medical expenses. Donation collection boxes will be set up at 110 Magnolia Ave., 19 Magnolia Ave., and at other area houses.

(Image: America’s Cup/Ricardo Pinto)