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Oakdale Loop Hike at South Mountain Reservation

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Location: South Mountain Reservation
112 Glenview Rd, South Orange, NJ
When: December 11, 2011
Time: 10:00 am–12:00 pm

A stroll of about 4 miles at a moderate pace with only one moderately uphill section. Meet at Oakdale Picnic Grove off of Cherry Lane, about 0.3 miles south of the light on Northfield Ave., or one mile north of the light on South Orange Ave. Leader: Lou Nocito: 973-953-7099 (cell).

You are invited to join a Conservancy hike and explore South Mountain Reservation.  No need to register; just come to the meeting point a little before the starting time.  Steady rain automatically cancels a walk, intermittent showers do not.  All hikes are appropriate for children 10 and older with their families.  Bring your own water.  Ending times are only estimates and may vary due to the weather, or the pace of a particular group.  Call the leader if you have questions. 

Phone: 973-953-7099 (cell).
Price: $0

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Adoption but Were Afraid to Ask

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Location: 80 Park St, Montclair, NJ 07042
When: December 11, 2011
Time: 6:00 pm– 8:00 pm

Featured topic: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

About Adoption, but Were Afraid to Ask

Speaker: Maris H. Blechner, M Ed LCSW,

Maris is an adoptive and birth parent, an educator, a

social worker, and a nationally respected speaker and

trainer on child welfare issues. She has more than 31

years of professional experience in public adoption.

Maris was one of the founders of Family Focus Adoption

Services, the high energy level NY State adoption

agency that she has directed for the last 24 years. She

has been the Vice President of the North American

Council on Adoptable Children and the NY State

Adoption Action Network and is a Board member

emeritus of NY State APC. She also sits on a variety of

work groups dealing with the improvement of

adoption. Most importantly, Maris defines herself as a

child advocate, well trained in grass roots community

activism.

Phone: (201) 920-0502
Email: newjersey@adoptiveparents.org
Price: Free

Seasonal Art Exhibit & Sale at Yema Gallery

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Location: 540b Freeman St, Orange, NJ 07050
When: December 4, 2011 / December 11, 2011 / December 17, 2011 / December 18, 2011
Time: 1:00 pm– 6:00 pm

fine art paintings, prints, photographs, crafts, jewelry & collectibles

Gallery Hours*: Thursday-Friday 4-6PM, Saturday-Sunday 1-6PM & by appt.

*Gallery closed Saturday, December 10

Price: $0

Seasonal Art Exhibit & Sale

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Location: 540b Freeman St, Orange, NJ 07050
When: Weekly on Thursdays and Fridays
Time: 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm

fine art paintings, prints, photographs, crafts, jewelry & collectibles

Gallery Hours*: Thursday-Friday 4-6PM, Saturday-Sunday 1-6PM & by appt.

*Gallery closed Saturday, December 10

Price: $0

Christmas Eve Program

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Location: South Orange Vailsburg United Methodist Church
150 S Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ
When: December 24, 2011
Time: 7:30 pm– 9:00 pm

Come celebrate with us the birth of Jesus Christ with a meditative reflection led by our Pastor.

Phone: 973-763-0655
Price: $0

New Year's Eve Celebration

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Location: South Orange Vailsburg United Methodist Church
150 S Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ
When: December 31, 2011
Time: 10:30 pm–12:00 am

Celebrate with us in bringing in 2012 & reflecting on the past year.  Join us in our traditional fellowship after the service.

Phone: 973-763-0655
Price: $0

Pancake Breakfast with Santa

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Location: Elks Lodge 1154
220 Prospect St, South Orange, NJ
When: December 11, 2011
Time: 9:00 am– 2:00 pm

All you can Eat Pancakes, Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Taylor Ham, Hash Browns and Rolls. And Santa!! If you wish to have Santa give your child a gift bring it with you. Make sure the child's name is clearly written on the gift.

Please bring a donation of non-perishable food for the local food banks. Sponsored by the S.O. Elks Club and the S.O. Lions Club

Phone: S.O. Elks 973-762-984
Email: southorangelions@yaoo.com
Price: Adults: $ 7.00 Children: FREE

Baird Arts Holiday Workshops

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Location: The Baird
5 Mead St, South Orange, NJ
When: December 10, 2011
Time: 12:00 pm– 4:00 pm

The Baird and Pierro Gallery: Book Arts and More* offers ativities for the whole family taught by professional artists under the direction of the South Orange Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs.

On December 10th:

 Teens and Adults Illuminated Cards and Gifts, 12-1:45 
You don’t have to be a monastic scribe to learn the secrets of medieval manuscript technique! Create an embellished initial for the one you love using historically accurate pigments, mixed with gum arabic. This two hour workshop is for patient children 12 and up, and adults. Although similar in appearance to gouache or water color painting, this technique uses raw pigments for a very different painting experience. Liz Demaree ages 12 and up 

Great Things come in Small Packages: Accordion Book Workshop, 3-3:45 
This little 3” x 3” book is a treasure. Learn to fold a strip of paper into a perfect accordion and then embellish the pages with seasonal rubber stamps, nature inspired stamps etc. Write your text with pen or colored pencil, or use paper punches and make a counting book for the little one on your shopping list. You can design the strip first and then fold for a more serendipitous feel as you turn the pages. Finish it with a hard cover and ribbon. Adults 

Album Making Workshop for adults: 2:00 – 2:45 
While you are in the gallery, take some time to sit and learn to make an album, perfect for gift giving. All materials will be supplied to make this 6” x 6” book with pockets to hold a page of poetry, a collection of photographs for a relative or friend or a record of memories. Adults 
Family Friendly 


Mosaic Workshop 12-12:45
Make something unique for someone special. Try your hand at this festive craft. Joan Tamasco. Family Friendly 

Clay Workshop 1-1:45 
Go ahead, get your hands dirty! Create a small ornament, decoration, or gift in one of the most elemental mediums. Joan Tamasco. Family Friendly 

Holiday Music Jam 12-4pm
Drop in. Baird Musical Teaching Artists invite you to sing along, play along or just listen to festive tunes. Family Friendly 

Tae Kwon Do 1:45 and 2:45 
Work out seasonal stress in one of these sample classes. Family Friendly 

Ballet Stretch 3:00-3:45 
Stretch out the kinks and relieve seasonal stress. Family Friendly

Pre registration is strongly encouraged. Register on line, by phone, or in person. Workshop space is limited! $5 materials fee for each art workshop.

*In the Pierro Gallery: The Book Arts Roundtable Sale and More starts at 11:00 *

Phone: 1-973-378-7754, ext. 1
Price: $5 materials fee for each art workshop

Art Projects & Special Chanukah Treats

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Location: Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel
432 Scotland Rd, South Orange, NJ
When: December 18, 2011
Time: 9:00 am–11:30 am

Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel's Iris Family Center for
Early Childhood Education invites you to a morning of art projects and Chanukah treats.

"Peace Poles": Everyone who attends will be asked to contribute a word of peace or decoration in one of the many world languages. The poles will be used in our new outdoor classroom.


Recyclable Family Menorah contest: Start saving your odds and ends for our first ever contest!
Dreidel Sale: Our Seventh graders will be selling gorgeous mosaic dreidels for a charity they have chosen.


Please bring in a brown bag filled with food items to be donated to the Interfaith Food Pantry. Then take your brown bag & fill it with your art projects. We're assisting others & being green!

Phone: 973-763-4600
Price: $0

Holiday Gift Making Workshop at The Messy Artist

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Location: Messy Artist
60 Valley St, South Orange, NJ
When: December 16, 2011
Time: 4:00 pm– 5:00 pm
Holiday Gift Making Workshop at The Messy Artist Friday, December 16, 4:00-5:00pm Do your kids need a special gift to give to that special Grandma or Grandpa?We have the answer for you. Make Gifts with Us! 3-5 year-olds will decorate keepsake boxes 6-9 year-olds will make mosaic trivets $25 per Child Pre-Registration Required This is a Drop-off Program The Messy Artist 60 Valley Street, rear entrance South Orange, NJ 07079 973.378.2425 www.TheMessyArtist.com
Phone: 973-378-2425
Email: donna@themessyartist.com
Price: $25 per Child

Dog Adoption Event

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Location: 187 Millburn Ave, Millburn, NJ 07041
When: December 10, 2011
Time: 11:00 am– 4:00 pm

Dog Adoption Weekend, Saturday, December 10, from 11 am-4 pm, at PetSmart, 187 Millburn Ave, Millburn, Sponsored by Home for Good Dog Rescue. For more information on the adoption process and the dogs available for adoption, please visit our website at www.homeforgooddogs.org.  If you are considering adopting, please pre-apply on-line before the event. There is an adoption fee upon approval.

 

Home for Good is a volunteer-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit animal rescue. Our mission is to rescue, nurture and adopt dogs of all breeds into loving homes for good. We are a network of foster homes committed to the well-being of adoptable pets. Home for Good rescues dogs from local shelters as well as high-kill shelters. We strive to give the dogs another chance at life.

Price: $0

Baby Sign Language Classes

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My Smart Hands with Robbie
Location: 10 Durand Rd, Maplewood, NJ 07040
When: Weekly on Fridays
Time: 10:00 am–10:45 am

My Smart Hands™ is an internationally recognized and award winning sign language program for hearing babies & toddlers, using 100% ASL signs to teach parents how to communicate with their babies. Classes are fun for baby and caregiver; filled with music, games, books and more!

Research shows babies who use sign:

  • Have less frustration, crying and tantrums
  • Have stronger parent/child bonds
  • Show more interest in books
  • Have larger vocabularies
  • Express thoughts and feelings more confidently
  • Have great self-esteem and self confidence
  • Score higher on IQ tests as they grow older
Email: robbie@mysmarthands.com
Price: $130 for 8 week session (cost includes $25 full color manual and CD)

Unexpected Guesr

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Location: Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts
10 Durand Rd, Maplewood, NJ
When: January 9, 2012 / January 10, 2012
Time: 7:30 pm

Auditions for Agatha Christie’s Unexpected Guest, will be held by The Strollers on Mon., January 9th and Tues., Jan. 10th at 7:30 PM (with callbacks on Thursday, Jan. 12th at 7:30 PM) at the Burgdorff Ctr, 10 Durand Rd, Maplewood, NJ. (NJ Transit train station is right across the street.) This mystery opens as a stranger walks into a house to find a man murdered and his wife standing over him with a gun and includes roles for 7 men and 3 women. No appointment necessary. Come prepared to read from sides. Performances are March 16, 17, 23, 24 at 8:00 PM and 18th at 2:00 PM. For a complete cast breakdown and more information, go to www.TheStrollers.org.

Phone: 973-761-8453
Email: info@thestrollers.org
Price: $0

Senator Menendez to Speak at Dr. Marcia Robbins-Wilf Lecture

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Location: Seton Hall University
400 S Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ
When: December 11, 2011
Time: 2:00 pm

New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez will be the featured speaker of the Dr. Marcia Robbins-Wilf Lecture Series, a program of the Sister Rose Fund for Education in Jewish-Christian Studies, on Sunday, December 11 at 2 PM.

Senator Menendez will address The Legacy of Sister Rose for this first Robbins-Wilf Lecture. 

Dr. Marcia Robbins-Wilf, a trustee of the Sister Rose Thering Fund, endowed the lecture series that bears her name in 2009.  Her vision for the series is to present meaningful speakers and programs that will further the work of the late Sister Rose, whose lifelong efforts built important bridges of understanding, compassion and trust between Jews and Christians.

The December 11 Dr. Marcia Robbins-Wilf Lecture is open to the public and free of charge.

Phone: 973-761-9006
Email: srtf@shu.edu
Price: $0

Winter Happy Hour

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TribeFest is THE event for Jewish young adults nationwide where an anticipated 2,500 people will gather in Vegas! TribeFest 2012 is March 25-27 at The Venetian in Las Vegas. www.tribefest.org
Location: 3 South St, Morristown, NJ 07960
When: December 15, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm

Grab a drink with your friends and make new ones on  Thursday, December 15 at 7 p.m.  Come find out about an exciting opportunity to go to TribeFest, a 2-day conference in Las Vegas celebrating Jewish culture, food and music.

Not interested in TribeFest?  No worries, grab a drink and join us anyway!

The Office Bar & Grill, 3 South Street in Morristown.  For more information, contact Dana Lichtenberg at dlichtenberg@ujcnj.org.

Phone: (973) 929-2936
Email: dlichtenberg@ujcnj.org
Price: $0

Christmas at Clearview

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Location: Clearview Cinemas
1 Trenchard Pl, South Orange, NJ
When: December 25, 2011

Come see the beautiful Christmas decorations at Clearview Cinemas. While you're here why dont you enter our raffle that benefits the ALS association of Greater New York.

Price: $0

Bilingual Buds Mandarin and Spanish Preschool - Grade 3 Open House

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Location: 587 Springfield Ave, Summit, NJ 07901
When: December 9, 2011
Time: 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Bilingual Buds Immersion Preschool-Grade 3

Info Sessions & Tour Dates

Come meet our Directors, learn about our philosophy, and visit our classrooms.

Our next admissions events:
NEW JERSEY OPEN HOUSE
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 10AM - 12PM

Mandarin and Spanish Preschool - Grade 3
587 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ

http://www.bilingualbuds.com/

Phone: (908) 598-8088
Email: info@bilingualbuds.com
Price: $0

Boot Camp for a Cause

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Location: Memorial Park
124 Dunnell Rd, Maplewood, NJ
When: December 17, 2011

Local fitness and health expert Carlos Sanchez, owner of Maplewood Boot Camp has introduced a novel way to get people moving by motivating them with donations to Share Our Strength from his own pocket. He has created “Boot Camp for a Cause.”

Sanchez explains, “I am motivating my members to bring along friends and challenge their fitness, and I will personally contribute $5 to Share Our Strength for each newcomer in the workout.” Share Our Strength is a national nonprofit organization whose goal is to end childhood hunger in America.

Email: carlos@maplewoodbootcamps.com
Price: $0

Flower Arranging Workshop

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Location: Geralyn's Art Studio
103 Baker St, Maplewood, NJ
When: December 16, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm– 9:00 pm

Peggy Excell-Stone of Lotus Petals Floral Design Baker St will conduct a Boxwood Tree Workshop, just in time for the holidays. Cost is $55 per person which includes all supplies & refreshments. 
Call to register 973-275-1966.

Phone: 973-275-1966
Price: $55

Shooting Star by Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre

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Location: The Baird
5 Mead St, South Orange, NJ
When: January 13, 2012 / January 14, 2012 / January 20, 2012 / January 21, 2012 / January 27, 2012 / January 28, 2012
Time: 8:00 pm

Snowed in overnight at a middle-America airport, college lovers Elena Carson and Reed McAllister have an unexpected and life-altering reunion. As the night gives way to laughter, banter, remembrance and alcohol, Elena and Reed revisit a past that holds more surprises than they imagined—and a present that neither of them could have predicted. Filled with laughter and ache, SHOOTING STAR takes a funny, candid look at the middle days of our lives, and how we got there.

Price: $25-$30