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Top Things To Do This Month: Bergen County, March 2014

Donald McDermott

A Good Cause
JulieDance is a performing arts organization founded in 1998 by the parents of Julie Elizabeth Vigon, a promising young ballet student who succumbed to a rare form of bone cancer at the age of 12. In the 16 years since its inception, JulieDance has contributed $430,000 to organizations combating childhood cancer. Their fabulous annual production of The Nutcracker has become one of Bergen County’s most endearing and entertaining holiday productions. Net proceeds from the production benefit pediatric cancer research, care and treatment. In order to increase donations and awareness, JulieDance will be sponsoring other shows in the future. Families are encouraged to find out more online at www.juliedance.org or by calling (201)670-4422. Donations can be made to: JulieDance, 85 Godwin Ave, Midland Park, NJ 07432.

The Big Picture
Art for Learning, LLC, invites you to be a part of The Complete Picture on April 3. Participants will take a trip to the museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, 227 West 27th Street, Manhattan, for an unforgettable day that includes meeting with a professor, a tour of the museum and its archival collections, followed by lunch at a French Bistro. For reservations and more information, call (201)503-9796 or visit www.artforlearning.com.

Moms’ Night

The Bergen YJCC, 605 Pascack Road, Washington Township, invites the moms and other women in your life to enjoy a creative good time during Claydies Night. Presented on March 4 and 11, 7-9:30pm, the event is held in the JCC’s Ceramics Studio and presents the wonders of working with clay in a fun, relaxed environment. To register, call (201)666-6610, ext. 5812, or go to www.yjcc.org.

Saturday Happenings

The Slocum/Skewes School in Ridgefield, New Jersey, hosts the popular Saturday Happenings series of enrichment classes. Dedicated instructors lead students through one-hour classes on March 15, 22, and 29, as well as April 5 and 12. Topics include reading, math, science, art, acting, drums, cheerleading, computers, foreign language, sports, and more. Advance registration required, so call (201)943-4299 to reserve your child’s spot.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Put on your favorite green gear and get into the holiday spirit by checking out the St. Patrick’s Celebration on March 15. The celebration of Irish heritage features authentically dressed youngsters from the McLoughlin School of Irish Dance accompanied by live music. The festivities begin at 1pm at the Saddle River Valley Cultural Center, 305 West Saddle River Road, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. Call (201)825-3366 to find out more.

All’s Fair
Enjoy a day filled with old-fashioned family fun when the Maywood Street Fair comes to town on April 7. The Maywood Chamber of Commerce hosts a day-long celebration with an array of arts and crafts, collectibles, and kids’ items. Highlighting the event is the Kids Traveling Shindig area featuring an array of rides, animals, face painters, clowns, and much more! For more information, go to www.jcpromotions.info.

Prep for Purim
The JCC Rockland is preparing for Purim Palooza 2014 on March 9 at 450 West Nyack Road in West Nyack, New York. The day includes special performances, bounce house, arts and crafts, face painting, snacks, and much more! Register by calling (845)362-4400. Check out other upcoming programs at www.jccyofrockland.org.

Discover Science
Children in grades K - 6 are encouraged to take part in a variety of exciting and educational programs at Destination Science. Programs for the spring season include: Rocking Gizmos & Rolling Gadgets, Music and 3D animation gizmos and gadgets, Robo-Dragon Techno Challenge, Robot Mania & Mysterious Techo Detectives, Astronaut Training, Physics Fun, and many more! Programs are offered in Paramus, Ridgewood, River Edge, Washington Township, and Westwood. Find the location near you by visiting www.destinationscience.org.

Feeling Fancy
A young girl and her friends are excited to perform in their very first show when Fancy Nancy: The Musical comes to the Bergen Performing Arts Center on March 8. Fancy Nancy has always dreamed of being cast as a mermaid. But when she is given a much smaller part, will she still bring her usual flair and energy to a role she didn’t really want? The Bergen Performing Arts Center is located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood. Call the box office or visit www.bergenpac.org for tickets and more information.

St. Patrick’s Parade
It’s St. Patrick’s Day on the streets of Pearl River on March 23. Beginning at 1:30pm, the parade begins in the Pfizer parking lot and travels through Pear River before ending on South Main Street. Cheer on all of those marching, including the 52nd grand marshal, James “Jim” McDonnell. The parade concludes at 4:30pm.

Discover Deerkill
Parents are invited to discover the best summer experience for your child during two special days at Deerkill Day Camp. Family owned and operated since 1958, Deerkill Day Camp offers a traditional coed day camp that offers a warm and supportive environment on a beautiful suburban campus. Drop in on March 2 or 16 to tour the impressive grounds and explore their endless array of summer programs. Deerkill Day Camp is located at 54 Wilder Road in Suffern, New York. Call (845)354-1466 or visit www.deerkilldaycamp.com to reserve your spot.

Down with Disney
The Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, is the place to be this spring when Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure comes to town on April 5 and 6. Grab your tiaras and doubloons and treat your family to an amazing live show filled with music, special effects, plenty of surprises and characters from popular Disney Channel shows, Sophia the First and Jake and the Never Land Pirates. For tickets, call (201)935-3900 or go to www.izodcenter.com.

Donald McDermott is the managing editor.