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

PARENTGUIDE News January 2012

by Donald McDermott and Kayla Mossien

Creative Kids
The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 68 Elm St., Summit, continues to provide students of all ages and abilities with a broad selection of classes and workshops. A professional staff of instructors leads kids in programming involving painting, drawing, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, digital media, printmaking and special subjects. The winter session of classes begins on January 9. For schedules and further details, call (908)273-9121 or log onto www.artcenternj.org.

Sweet Treats
Delight in the Chocolate Festival at the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, on February 11, 11am-4pm. The festivities include transforming lollipops into superheroes, creating the festival mascot, playing chocolate-themed games, tasting different types of cocoa treats, watching demonstrations, composing cupcake creatures and stick puppets, making a love bug and celebrating delicious eats by drawing them on the museum’s community dessert tray. Access www.morrismuseum.org to savor further information.

Live on Stage
Start the year off with an unforgettable live show at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), 1 Center St., Newark.Eye-catching colors, twirling ribbons and thunderous martial arts highlight the production Year of the Dragon for grades 4-8 on January 18, 19 and 20. Then take the plunge when master puppeteer John Tartaglia presents an undersea adventure for grades kindergarten-3 in ImagineOcean on January 27 and 28. Call the box office at (888)GO-NJPAC for tickets.

Resolving to Get Fit
FUZE Fitness Studio, inside the Annex off Forest Street, 65 Chestnut St., Montclair, invites families to enjoy being active in two programs that kick off during the new year. First, master Pedro Goncalves teaches how cool kung fu can be during Eagle Claw Kung Fu sessions on January 6, 13, 20 and 27. The fun continues during the Zumba Fitness Party that uses Latin rhythms to burn calories, dance away stress and energize the body. Call or visit www.fuzefitnessnj.com to register.

Lace Up
Unite with runners, joggers and fitness enthusiasts on Thursdays at 6pm throughout the winter for a three-mile jog. Fleet Feet Montclair hosts these weekly get-togethers open to people of all pace levels. The runs start and end at the Fleet Feet Store at 603 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair. Upcoming runs occur on February 2, 9, 16 and 23. Registering in advance is recommended. For more information, sprint to www.fleetfeetmontclair.com.

Work It Out
On January 22, 11am-noon, attend the Prenatal Class at Studio Yoga, 2 Green Village Road in Madison. The seminar teaches women how to enjoy yoga while pregnant and why the practice is important during this exciting time. For a full list of classes at the studio, see www.studioyoganj.com.

Kiddie Fare
The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts at 9 Main St. in Madison offers many familyfriendly events this month. Among them are the Harp Ensemble Concert on January 8, 2pm, and the Dragon Tales Pajama Party on January 14, 4-5pm. During the concert, join musician Odarka Stockert as she gathers other harpists for an incredible afternoon of music. The pajama party encourages patrons to attend in their PJs, create a dragon craft and listen to themed-appropriate stories. Pre-registration, which is suggested, can be done by dialing (973)377-2982.

Playtime and Pajamas
Express Yourself Studios, 1912 Springfield Ave., Maplewood, has a ton of great programming in store starting with Painting-N-Pajamas on January 6. Children should don their most comfortable PJs for a night of nonstop entertainment complete with a creative project to do and take home as well as pizza to eat. And every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in January, children ages 2-4 may play with paint, shape clay, experiment with collage and explore other art materials in the Crafty Toddlers program. A different project is presented each week. To reserve your child’s place, call (973)763-5256 or visit www.expressyourselfstudios.com.

Loving the Library
Books and Bagels at Randolph Township Free Public Library, 28 Calais Road in Randolph, returns on January 28, 9:30-10:30am. The Friends of the Randolph Library resumes its sponsorship of this informal discussion in the Quiet Study Room. Come meet your neighbors, sip a cup of coffee and nosh on a bagel while discussing great reads. Simply stop by as registration is not required for this adult-only event. Call (973)895-3556 for directions. Supportive Gathering Newton Medical Center at 175 High St. in Newton offers a Stroke Support Group on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6pm. Meetings give emotional support and encouragement to those who have experienced a stroke. Caregivers are more than welcome to attend. The next session is January 24. For details on this and other available support groups at the faciltiy, log onto www.nmhnj.org.

Donald McDermott and Kayla Mossien are Associate Editors.