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Top Things To Do This Month: Bergen County, July 2009

Samantha Chan

Dinosaurs on Parade
Giant dinosaur puppets take the stage on February 18 at 2:30pm in the Hudson Vagabond Puppets performance of Mammoth Follies. The production runs at the Rockland Community College Cultural Arts Theatre, 145 College Road in Suffern, New York, as dinosaurs tell the wondrous tale of evolution complete with original songs, jokes and dances. To order tickets, call (845)359-1006 or log onto www.hvpuppets.org.

Nursing News
New and expecting moms may attend the La Leche League’s informative presentation on breastfeeding. Instructor Elly Gail Egenberg schools guests on nursing benefits and obstacles, weaning and other breastfeeding essentials on February 7 and additional dates in upcoming months from 10am-noon at the JCC of Rockland, 450 West Nyack Road, West Nyack, New York. For all dates, call (845)362-4400, ext. 103, or see www.jccrockland.org.

A Race with Heart
Support a great cause, get fit and maybe even make a love connection in time for Valentine’s Day when the Cupid’s Chase 5K Run comes to the Glen Rock Pool, 390 Doremus Ave., Glen Rock, New Jersey, on February 11. Proceeds from the race support Community Options, Inc., a national nonprofit organization that creates housing and employment for people with developmental disabilities. Find out more by going to www.active.com. 

Can’t Wait to Skate
The Englewood Field Club, 341 Engle St., Englewood, New Jersey, hosts DJ Skate Night on February 3 and 10 at 6pm. Perfect for people who love to be on the ice, the event allows patrons to ice skate and enjoy hockey. The evening festivities also include a DJ, organized skating activities and family-themed games. For further details or
to reserve your place, call (201)568-7212 or visit www.englewoodfieldclub.org/skating/events.

Big Dunks, Bigger Trucks
Come in from the cold for two hot winter events. The fun begins February 3 and 4 when the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam welcomes some of the biggest and baddest performers on four wheels for two days of larger than life entertainment that won’t break your family’s budget. Then on February 17, the Harlem Globetrotters provide memorable moments on the basketball court and introduce a new roster of rookie players. Programming occurs at the Izod Center, which is across from MetLife Stadium at 50 State Route 120, East Rutherford, New Jersey. Call (201)935-3900 or visit www.izodcenter.com for tickets and more information.

Puppet Playtime
The Saddle River Valley Cultural Center, 305 West Saddle River Road, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, adds a twist to favorite fairy tales in Three Little Pigs, Red Riding Hood and Other Tales. Staged on February 11 for kids ages 3 and older, the puppet show follows big bad Mr. Wolf on some of his most well-known adventures. Call the box office at (201)825-3366 or log onto www.srvcc.org for tickets.

Loving Life
Celebrate love and life at the Nyack Film Center, 58 Depew Ave. in Nyack, New York, during a screening of the documentary The Loving Story. The film delves into the story of two unsung heroes of the Civil Rights Era, Mildred
and Richard Loving, whose interracial marriage was a crime in their home state of Virginia. The dramatic tale of the couple’s determination to stay together and not live in shame culminated in a landmark trial in 1967. Log onto www.rivertownfilm.org to order tickets for the showing on February 22 that starts at 8pm.

Stretch It Out
A Mother/Daughter Yoga class at the Sukha Arts Center, 76 Schraalenburgh Road, Harrington Park, New Jersey enables parents and children to exercise together, develop self-confidence and enjoy a comfortable setting while practicing a variety of poses, meditation and relaxation techniques. Mother/Daughter Yoga classes are held on the first Sunday of each month, with the next class taking place on February 5 from 4-5pm. No previous yoga experience is necessary. Call (201)857-2455 for details.

Last Chance
The 36th Annual Miniature, Dollhouse and Art Exhibition is coming to a close on February 26 at the Historical Society of Rockland, 20 Zukor Road, New City, New York. The popular showcase highlights the fine work of miniature artists, quilters and dollhouse creators. Log onto www.rocklandhistory.org or call (845)634-9629 for details on this and other area events.

Building Bonds
Bob is back to get the job done in Bob the Builder: Here to Help. The Lionsgate DVD features the animated adventures of Bob and his Can-Do Crew in episodes such as “Scrambler’s Stage Surprise,” “Wendy’s Birthday” and “Scratch Star Turn.” These and other episodes on film emphasize the importance of teamwork. Pick up the DVD beginning February 21 at local entertainment retailers.