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

Samantha Chan

by Donald McDermott and Samantha Chan

PARENTGUIDE News March 2012

Under the Big Top
Performers from around the globe come together to showcase their talents in Dragons, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus latest show. The production combines mystical dragon lore and edge-of-your-seat circus feats. Catch all of the action and excitement from March 7-18 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.

Cultural Celebration
Put on your favorite green gear and get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit by checking out an afternoon of Irish folk dancing and live music on March 17. The holiday celebration features award-winning young dancers from the McLoughlin School of Dance and authentic Irish music. The festivities begin at 1pm at the Saddle River Valley Cultural Center, 305 West Saddle River Road, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. For details, call (201)825-3366.

St. Patrick’s Parade
Enjoy St. Paddy’s Day on the streets of Pearl River on March 18. Beginning at 1:30pm, a holiday parade commences at the Pfizer parking lot and travels through town, ending on South Main Street at 4:30pm. Cheer on the marchers, including the 50th grand marshal Ray Sheridan.

Prep for Purim

The JCC Rockland invites all to Celebrate Purim on March 6, 3:30-4:30pm. Create cards, sing songs, listen to stories and make mishloach manot (holiday gift bags) to share with war veterans at the VA Hospital. To register, call (845)362- 4400. Check out other programs at jccyofrockland.org. The JCC is located at 450 West Nyack Road in West Nyack, New York.

Get Creative
Fuel your child’s imagination and confidence with the Story Haven Creativity Workshop for Kids. Held on Saturdays from March 3-April 21, sessions include an original story that is followed by warmups, ensemble-building activities, improvisation, drama games and more. Classes take place at Art House Productions, 1 McWilliams Place, 6th Floor, Jersey City, New Jersey. For additional information or to register, dial (201)915-9911 or log onto www.arthouseproductions.org.

Pajama Party
Jeffrey and the Bossy Frog Band perform a concert at Grace Church in Nyack, New York, on March 3. Head to 130 First Ave. at 10am for the show that benefits the Nursery School of the Nyackcs. Guests are encouraged to dress in PJs for the ultimate experience. For tickets and information, contact Luise at (945)627-2318 or e-mail Lmerola@hotmail.com.

Meet Jack
Treat your little ones to a rocking contemporary retelling of a classic tale when Tic Toc Theatre and Art brings Jack and the Beanstalk to Bergen County. Join this modern-day hero as he uses his imagination to become the title character from the famous book. Go along for the ride on March 18 at 2pm at Benjamin Franklin Middle School, 335 North Van Dien Ave., Ridgewood, New Jersey. Call (201)447-9110 for tickets.

Almost in Bloom
Get set for spring at Glaze Art Studio, 34 Orangetown Shopping Center in Orangeburg, New York. On March 2, 5-6:30pm, children in grades 1-6 are invited to create mosaic designs on a flowerpot. Leave the event with a pot that’s ready for the upcoming season, as well as seeds for flowers. Guardians must accompany children to the workshop. Call (845)359-9020 for details.

Shake It
The Secaucus Recreation Center, 1200 Koelle Boulevard, Secaucus, New Jersey, welcomes families to move to the beat while supporting a good cause during the Shakin’ It for Odalys! event on March 25. Organized in honor of Hodgkin’s lymphona patient Odalys Giselle, the afternoon includes raffles, a live DJ, games, Zumba dancing and other festivities. Proceeds benefit the Tomorrow Children’s Fund. For tickets, log onto caringbridge.org/visit/odalysjimenezcastano.

Monkey Around
Curious George visits the Barnes & Noble store in the Palisades Center on March 9 at 7pm and March 10 at 11am. The lovable monkey joins story time to bring his tales to young listeners. After the reading session, kids enjoy family friendly activities with the special guest. The mall is located on Palisades Center Drive in West Nyack, New York.

Donald and Samantha are Associate Editors.