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Top Things To Do This Month: Morris 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.

Family Festivities

Celebrate your Jewish heritage and enjoy a day out with family and friends when the annual Purim Carnival returns to the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC, 775 Talamini Road, Bridgewater. The March 9 event has something for everyone, from costumes and games, to music, prizes and much more. For times and more information, or to hold your place in advance, contact the JCC at (908)725-6994 or online at www.ssbjcc.org.

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.

Run for a Cause
Freehold Township and the Freehold Area Running Club encourage families to support a good cause as they present the annual Shamrock 10K and Leprechaun 5K. Presented on March 23 at Michael Tighe Park in Freehold, this scenic run through the back roads of Freehold Township benefits the NJ Special Olympics, Freehold Township Recreation and the FARC Matthew Stuper Scholarship Fund. A post race brunch and awards are also included. To reserve your spot, call (732)701-1211 or email imok97@msn.com.

Creepy Crawlies
Find out what life is like for a bug on the first day of school in Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly at the South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. Presented by the Omaha Theater Company on March 16, the delightful family-friendly show follows three quirky crawler friends as they deal with a few of the challenges and obstacles that are common to us all. For times, tickets and more information, call (973)275-1114 or visit www.sopacnow.org.

Big Top Ballpark
Luminocity, the latest innovative show from the Big Apple Circus, sets up its one-ring tent at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater through March 16. Audience members of all ages watch aerial feats, flawless jugglers, astounding acrobats and playful pooches - all no more than 50 feet from the stage. Contortionists and archers also lend their talents to make the production extraordinary. For tickets, directions and information, call (800)922-3772 or visit www.bigapplecircus.org.

Playhouse Performances
Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, is the place to be for great live entertainment for the whole family. Upcoming shows include: Aesop’s Fables on March 19, Red Riding Hood and Other Stories on March 20, and Junie B. Jones on March 22. For times and tickets, call the box office at (973)376-4343. For a full schedule of future events, visit www.papermill.org.

Sweet as Sugar
More than 250 top artisans will display and sell their unique creations when the 20th Annual Sugarloaf Crafts Festival comes to town on March 21, 22, and 23. Stroll through endless displays featuring a multitude of fine pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, furniture, home decor, garden accessories and much, much more. The Festival will be open to the public from 10am-6pm at the Garden State Exhibit Center, 50 Atrium Drive, Somerset. To find out more, call (800)210-9900.

Spring Performances
Get into the spirit of the season during the highly anticipated spring performance series at The State Theatre. Shows on the horizon include: Rock of Ages on March 7, Animal Tales with Julie Pasqual on March 15, Leo Lionni’s Swimmy Frederick on March 24, Cirque Dream Rocks on April 3 and 4, and Dinosaur Zoo Live on April 10. The State Theatre is located at 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick. For tickets and more information, call the box office at (732)246-7469 or visit www.StateTheatreNJ.org.

Golden Opportunity
Have a good time and support a great cause when St. Bartholomew Academy presents the 4th Annual Pot of Gold Family 5k Run/Walk. Presented on March 22 at St Bartholomew Academy, 2032 Westfield Ave., Scotch Plains, the day includes a 5K run/walk, as well as medals and awards, T-shirt, continental breakfast after the race, giveaways, raffles and more. All proceeds will benefit the St. Bartholemew Academy. For more information or to register, call (908)577-7088 or send an email to blancheryder@comcast.net.

Acrobatic Action
Treat your whole family to a fast-paced, totally innovative and beautifully presented new show when Cirque Ziva comes to the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank. The internationally-acclaimed members of The Golden Dragon Acrobats present this unforgettable live show featuring amazing sets, a large cast of performers, captivating music, and spectacular acrobatics. Call (732)842-9000 or go to www.countbasietheatre.org for tickets and more information.

Donald McDermott is the managing editor.