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

Samantha Chan

by Samantha Chan and Donald McDermott

PARENTGUIDE News January 2012

Fitness First
Keep your kids happily moving while giving them the tools to combat childhood obesity in the new Fit Kidz Challenge Class on January 19 at American Eagle Martial Arts Academy, 500 Barnett Place, Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey. Designed to instill a healthy lifestyle and outlook in children, the intense 30-minute class develops cardiovascular fitness, athletic ability, core strength, flexibility and body awareness. For registration and further information, dial (201)612-1429.

Mid-Winter Night’s Dream
Hey parents: Call your trusted babysitter and delight in a night of romance when you head to the Elmwood Playhouse from January 13-February 4 to see Almost, Maine. Travel to a remote, mythical town where residents fall in and out of love. Hearts are bruised and broken, and almost mended, in this often humorous production. The playhouse is located at 10 Park St. in Nyack, New York. For tickets, log onto www.elmwoodplayhouse.com or dial

Rising Musicians
High school students from around Rockland County perform with the Pomona String Quartet on January 7, 1:30pm, at the Suffern Free Library, 210 Lafayette Ave. in Suffern, New York. The afternoon features classical chamber music, solos and jazz. The performers have taken the stage around the world and are the recipients of countless awards for their excellence in music and academics. For more information on library programs, log onto www.suffernfreelibrary.org.

Disney Magic
Join Mickey and Minnie Mouse on a trip into the wonderful realms portrayed in The Little Mermaid, The Lion King and other cherished films when Disney on Ice presents Mickey & Minnie’s Magical Journey. Imagination is the destination in this amazing show filled with captivating music, beautiful costumes and lots of laughs. The production runs from January 19-22 at The Izod Center, located directly across from the MetLife Stadium at 50 Route 120, East Rutherford, New Jersey. For tickets, call (201)935-3900 or visit www.izodcenter.com.

Live Entertainment
Kick off the new year with music and merriment at the Winter Concert on January 22. “The Teaneck Community Chorus Goes Wii” is the theme as music from movies, cartoons and video games plays out on stage. The song fest begins at 3pm at the Teaneck High School, 100 Elizabeth Ave., Teaneck, New Jersey. Call (201)836-8623 or visit www.teaneckcommunitychorus.org for tickets.

Art Party
The Hasbrouck Heights Public Library, 320 Boulevard, Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, welcomes kids in grades 4-6 to get in touch with their creative sides during the Craft Night for Children on January 9. The evening program includes making a handmade craft to take home. The library also hosts a Crafts-to-Share event for adults on January 18. For details and to RSVP for either workshop, call the library at (201)288-0484 or contact the children’s room at (201)288-8911.

Soul Satisfaction
Warm up to Black History month with an introduction to soul food at the Nyack Library’s Community/Meeting Room at 59 S. Broadway in Nyack, New York. On February 4, 3-5pm, all are invited to sample the satisfying fare. For a complete upcoming schedule, dial (845)358-3370, ext. 244.

Juggling Joy
Treat your little ones to an unforgettable afternoon when The Gizmo Guys stop in Bergen County. Tic Toc Theatre and Art present two wacky comedy jugglers who mesmerize audiences with a winning combination of dazzling techniques and side-splitting humor. The show occurs at Benjamin Franklin Middle School, 335 North Van Dien Ave., Ridgewood, New Jersey, at 2pm. Call the school at (201)670-2780 or visit www.thegizmoguys.com to be thrilled.

Rev Your Engines
The 26th Annual Tri-State International Auto Show returns to the Rockland County Community College Field House, 145 College Road in Suffern, New York, from January 27-29. If you’re an automobile enthusiast, you’ll surely want to check out the 200-plus domestic and international vehicles, such as new cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs. Compare models and prices and have questions answered by industry professionals. For additional information and ticket discounts, log onto www.rocklandexpo.com/auto-show-exposition.htm.

Relax and Release
What better way to release tension after a long work week than with a relaxing yoga class? CGI Holistic Fitness, 111 Homans Ave., Closter, New Jersey, is offering a Free Community Yoga Class for all ages on January 28. Participants have an opportunity to stretch and open their bodies while learning breathing techniques that work to let go of physical tension, calm the mind and relieve mental stress. Dial (201)784-5575 or log onto www.cgifitness.com to reserve your place.

Samantha Chan and Donald McDermott are associate editors.