Throughout March, the Best Western Robert Treat Hotel will host a variety of events, ranging from music and dance, to fashion shows, to faith-based meetings and training. The Berger Organization's flagship property will welcome diverse audiences to downtown Newark during the month.

• Fri., March 2 - First Friday's Global Impact Training Institute will begin at 6 p.m. in the hotel's Atlantic/Hudson Room. Scheduled for the first Friday of every month, the event will feature "fellowship, worship, word, and refreshments."

• Fri., March 2 - The Global Impact Training Institute will be followed, at 8 p.m. by "The Color Purple at First Friday New Jersey," an evening of dialogue, networking, and beginning new relationships.

• Sat., March 3 - The first weekend in March continues with the Red & Black Ball, an annual event presented by Jeffrey D. Cleveland. Festivities will begin at 9 p.m.

• Fri., March 9 - The annual Newark Association of Mathematics Educators(NAME) Fundraiser Dance will kick off at 7 p.m.

• Fri., March 16 - The Global Impact Training Institute, presented by Jesse McCree Ministries, Inc. will begin at 6 p.m. The program focuses on involving the community and faith-based leadership in the restorative process of young people.

• Fri., March 16 - "3rd Friday New Jersey," adult networking and afterparty, will be held in the hotel's Maize Restaurant. The event, co-hosted by Joe Chandler and Eric Livsey, will be highlighted by a Pisces/Aries birthday celebration and music by Stephon Johnson.

• Sun., March 18 - JT Productions presents the 23rd Annual Ms. Full-Figured USA Pageant and Fashion Show, beginning at 6 p.m. Judges will award $5,000 in cash and prizes to the titlists in three categories, including Ms. Full-Figured USA.

• Sat., March 24 - La Explosiva Productions Dance will begin at 8 p.m., an event that will bring Jason "El Chivito de la Bachata," the number one - and youngest - bachata artist to Newark.

• Sun., March 25 - "Hair Game," the 2012 Hair Show, will feature top salons and designers, beginning at 5 p.m.

For more information on these and other events, the Best Western Robert Treat Hotel can be reached at (973) 622-1000.

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