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Top Things To Do This Month: Bergen County, December 2011

Samantha Chan

 by Samantha Chan

PARENTGUIDE News December 2011

Dancing for a Cause
Share the heartwarming story of a young girl and her magical wooden soldier during three performances of The Nutcracker in support of a great cause. Charitable organization JulieDance unites more than 100 performers from Miss Patti’s School of Dance and The Donetsk Ballet for this fabulous fundraising event. Proceeds from the production go toward pediatric cancer research, care and treatment. The curtain rises on December 9, 10 and 11 at Paramus Catholic High School, 425 Paramus Road, Paramus. For times and ticket prices, dial (201)670-4422 or log onto www.misspatti.com.

Under the Big Top
The Big Apple Circus presents Dream Big for its 34th season production. The new show features some of the world’s greatest circus performers, including jugglers, trapeze artists, acrobats and a singing ring mistress. Making the spectacle even more special is that this is the final season for legendary clown Grandma. Performances appear at Lincoln Center, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza in New York City, through January 8. For tickets, dial (800)922-3772 or see www.bigapplecircus.org.

Merry at the Museum
Jolly old St. Nick comes to the Imagine That! Children’s Discovery Museum, 4 Vreeland Road, Florham Park, on December 3, 4 and 18. Take pictures and have some pre-holiday fun with the family. In addition, the museum hosts an Olive Oil Press demonstration on December 26. To make a reservation, call (973)966-8000 or log onto www.imaginethatmuseum.com.

Shopping Extravaganza
Local vendors showcase seasonal offerings, baked goods and other festive fare at the Brick Church Christmas Fair on December 3. From 10am to 2pm, the event takes place at the Parish House at 220 Brick Church Road in Spring Valley. Guests enjoy a white elephant table and raffles as well as lunch. For information, call Eileen in the church office at (845)354-6131.

Light My Fire
Children ages 5 and older can bundle up with mom and dad during the next Family Campfire at the Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly. Families gather around a warm, cozy campfire on December 17 to learn about seasonal changes, listen to stories and roast marshmallows for s’mores. If the weather isn’t cooperating, the campfire takes place at the fireplace in the pavilion. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Dial (201)568-6093 or see www.tenaflynaturecenter.org to reserve your spot.

Winter Wonderland
The New Jersey Children’s Museum, 599 Valley Health Plaza, Paramus, gets magically transformed this month with an eye-catching holiday display for visitors of all ages. Highlighting the festivities, Santa invites families to breakfast on certain days. Call (201)262-5151 for dates and further details.

Musical Time of Year
On December 4 at 3pm, delight in traditional Irish songs, original tunes and holiday favorites performed by Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul. Ivers has been called the Jimi Hendrix of the violin, performing all over the world and receiving endless praise for her talent. The concert takes place at Pearl River High School, 275 E. Central Ave. in Pearl River. For additional tour dates and to purchase albums by Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul, log onto www.eileenivers.com.

Holiday Happening
Mama Doni and the Mama Doni Band hit the road this holiday season, bringing funky tunes with a Jewish twist. On December 11 at 4pm, take the clan to see Chanukah Fever and dance along to new songs like “Honey, This Ain’t Money” and “Challah-Day.” Melodies conjured up by Mama Doni feature reggae tunes, blue grass twists, Latin beats and other blends of musical styles. The performance takes place at the JCC of Rockland, 450 West Nyack Road in West Nyack. Get your tickets by phone at (845)362-4400 or online at www.jccofrockland.org. For information on Mama Doni, log onto www.mamadoni.com.

It’s Show Time
Upcoming seasonal performances at the Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood, include the New Jersey Ballet’s rendition of The Nutcracker on December 3 and 4, a performance from The Von Trap Singers and the Empire Brass Quintet on December 10, Darlene Love’s Love for the Holidays concert on December 17 and a touching adaptation of A Christmas Carol from Theatreworks/USA on December 18. Call (201)227-1030 or see www.bergenpac.org for tickets.

Small Wonders
The 36th Annual Miniature, Dollhouse and Art Exhibition returns to the Historical Society of Rockland County through February 26. On display are the works of artists specializing in miniatures, fine arts, quilts and doll houses. Whether you’re an art buff, a lover of toys or simply one who appreciates the handy work of crafty individuals, head to 20 Zukor Road in New City, Wednesdays through Sundays, noon-4pm. For details, log onto www.rocklandhistory.org.

Tree of Life
It’s a perfect time of year to celebrate life. December 14 brings about the opportunity with the lighting of the Hospice 2011 Tree of Life at the Palisades Center Mall, 1000 Palisades Center Drive in West Nyack. From 7:30-10pm on the first floor of the mall near Lord & Taylor, entertainment and light refreshments abound. Guests may purchase a star to place on the tree in memory of or to honor a loved one. To do so, contact Laurie Bandremer at (845)634-4974 or lbandremer@hospiceofrockland.org.

Samantha is an associate editor.