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Top Things To Do This Month: Bergen County, April 2012

Donald McDermott

PARENTGUIDE News April 2012

by Donald McDermott  and Samantha Chan                                                                                                                                  

Walking Together
Rockland County community members and all those who want to join to raise money to support the mission of the United Hospice of Rockland are invited to sign up for the Third Annual Walk to Remember. On April 22 at Rockland Lake State Park in Congers, New York, embark on a picturesque three-mile walk. Sign-in begins at 7:30am. Pre-register online at www.hospiceofrockland.org.

Frozen Exploration

Following the release of Frozen Planet on the Discovery Channel, BBC Home Entertainment releases the DVD and Blu-ray set of the hit series on April 17. Explore the four seasons as they take place at the polar opposites of the planet and how they affect different living creatures, including polar bears, penguins, starfish and various birds. Sets are available at local entertainment stores.

Best Day Ever
One of the Disney Channel’s most popular animated shows comes alive before your eyes this month in Phineas and Ferb: The Best Live Tour Ever. Viewers watch two creative brothers join up with their friends to make it the best summer vacation ever. Catch all of the excitement from April 20-22 at the Izod Center, 50 State Route 120, East Rutherford, New Jersey. For tickets and more information, call the box office at (201)935-3900 or visit www.izodcenter.com.


Animal Assistance
Animal lovers who are interested in teaching kids to read are invited to join the Hudson Valley Visiting Pet Program’s Reading Education Assistance Dogs program. On Saturday, April 21, 9am-2pm, at the Tolstoy Foundation, 104 Lake St., Valley Cottage, New York, adults discover how such a process is possible. This is a human-only event, but there are training sessions for animals. Visit www.hudsonvalleyvisitingpets.com for additional information.


Going to the Chapel
Revisit the 1980s during Porch Light Production of The Wedding Singer. Based on the popular film starring Adam Sandler, the live musical boasts a nostalgic soundtrack and eye-catching costumes to tell the story of Robbie Hart, New Jersey’s most premier wedding singer. Watch what happens when his own fiancée leaves Hart at the altar. Performances are held on April 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29 at 555 Broad St., Glen Rock, New Jersey. For times and prices, call (201)857-3520 or visit www.porchlightproductions.org.

Ahoy for Easter
Celebrate Easter on the water during Spirit Cruise’s Easter Lunch & Dinner Cruise. The excursion leaves from Lincoln Harbor in Weehawken, New Jersey, on April 8 for a two hour ride featuring breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. Passengers also enjoy live entertainment, DJ, dancing, an appearance by the Easter Bunny and a lunch buffet with kid-friendly items. To register or to find out more, call (866)483-3866.

Canines Against Cancer
Sign up today for the American Cancer Society’s Bark for Life on May 6 at Rockland County Community College, 145 College Road, Suffern, New York. The family-oriented event brings about the opportunity for people from around the community to join the fight against cancer and celebrate their love for dogs. Pair up with an existing team or make a donation and stop by for a day filled of fun activities. Visit main.acsevents.org/goto/caninecelebration for event details.

All’s Fair
Spend the day filled with old-fashioned festivities when the Maywood Street Fair comes arrives on April 22. The Maywood Chamber of Commerce hosts the celebration, which offers an array of activities and crafts. Highlighting the event is the Kids Traveling Shindig area, featuring an rides, animals, face painting and clowns. For full details, go to www.jcpromotions.info.

Investing in the Future
Support the Clarkstown High School North PTSA on April 17 during Clarkstown North’s Night at Del’Arte. Beginning at 6pm, enjoy a cooking demonstration by restaurant owner and chef John Carollo, a four-course meal, a raffle prizes and more. Funds benefit student scholarships, teacher grants, student programs and campus projects. RSVP at www.northptsa.com or (914)523-0716. Del’Arte is located at 20-F Mountainview Ave., Orangeburg, New York.


Run for Life
Opt-In For Life, the Bergen County based non-profit organization designed to help increase the number of registered organ donors, invites families to participate in the Opt-In 5K Run for Life on April 7. Veteran’s Park in Glen Rock, New Jersey, provides the perfect backdrop for the fundraiser. Sign up at www.optinforlife.com. 

Donald and Samantha are associate editors.