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Top Things To Do This Month: Morris County, November 2009

Kayla Mossien

by Kayla Mossien

PARENTGUIDE News November 2009

An Oldie But Goodie
This holiday season, capture the spirit of Christmas with a copy of Miracle of 34th Street (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment). Now on Blu-ray disc, the Academy Award-winning 1947 classic and 1994 John Hughes Production remake offer bonus materials and commentary by Maureen O’Hara. Find the film at most entertainment stores.

Cuisine and Crafts
The Frelinghuysen Arboretum’s Haggerty Center, located at 53 East Hanover Ave. in Whippany, offers up the workshop Food and Cuisine— Winter Squash on November 15, 1-3pm. Participants explore the many different and delicious varieties of seasonal squash while preparing curried butternut squash, pumpkin bread pudding and other dishes. For the craft-lover comes Create a Hollyday Card on November 22, 12:30-4:30pm. Artist Mindy Lighthipe leads this workshop where participants create a drawing or painting of a holly wreath. To register, visit www.arboretumfriends.org.

Trainloads of Fun
Thomas & Friends: Holiday Express (Liongate and Hit Entertainment) chugs its way to DVD on November 3. Packaged with an exclusive collectible Thomas holiday train, the DVD allows little ones to watch their favorite blue engine steaming down the tracks while playing with Thomas. Viewers also enjoy new-to-DVD episodes and special features that complement the winter and holiday stories.

Mining Your Business
At Sterling Hill Mining Museum’s Rock, Mineral and Fossil Identification Day on November 14, 10am-12:30pm, have someone assist you in identifying a rock, mineral or specimen. Or head to the museum’s Fossil Discovery Center, where a paleontologist is available to lead young people in fossil hunting during a 30-minute dig. The Mining Museum is located at 30 Plant St., Ogdensburg. Call (973)209-7212 for further details.

Holiday Classic
The Growing Stage Theatre’s adaptation The Story of the Nutcracker transforms the holiday ballet into a fully formed theatrical production laced with the music of Tchaikovsky. Little ones and their parents watch as mysterious Uncle Drosselmeir brings his niece Clara a very special gift— a nutcracker. For tickets to this magical performance, dial (973)347-4946. The November 27-December 20 production runs at the Historic Palace Theatre, 7 Ledgewood Ave., Netcong.

Are You Chicken?
No villain is safe from the kung-fu capers of three crime-fighting chickens on Chop Socky Chooks Volume One (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment), now on DVD. The quirky team battles an evil arch-nemesis, attempting to foil his diabolical plots to become a one-man global superpower, and fights bonsai shrink rays and deadly zombies. The DVD contains 13 episodes that originally aired on Cartoon Network. The entertainment is available at local entertainment stores.

Grin and Bear It
Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day at the Teddy Bear Picnic at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, 9 Main St., Madison. On November 14, 1-3pm, bring along your teddy bear and honor the holiday while listening to bear-themed stories and participating in a teddy bear craft project. The event is appropriate for children ages 2-6 years. Advanced registration is recommended. Call (973)377-2982, ext. 12, to attend.

What’s Up at the Y
The Summit YMCA invites one and all to its Saturday Family Night: Family Sock Hop on November 14, 7-9pm. Put on your bobby socks and roll up your jeans for a night filled with fare, raffles, music, dance contests and more. Also stop by on November 16, 7pm, and November 19, 1pm, for Maintain Don’t Gain...Tips for Preventing the Holiday Weight Gain, a free lecture on nutrition. Summit YMCA is located at 67 Maple St. and can be reached by dialing (908)273-3330.

Time-Honored Tale
Travel through time with Ebenezer Scrooge via song and story at Spring Lake Community House’s Scrooge. Held on December 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18 and 19, the show reunites Tiny Tim, the Cratchets, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. For tickets to this uplifting play, dial (732)449-4530 or see www.springlaketheatre.com. The theater is located at Third and Madison Avenues in Spring Lake.

All Aboard
It’s that time of year when Santa Claus calls on all to celebrate the holiday season by riding the rails aboard the Whippany Railway Museum’s Santa Claus Special excursion trains. Rides are scheduled to depart on December 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20. The ten-mile, 45-minute trip lets riders enjoy the decorated trains and enthralling views. The museum is located at 1 Railroad Plaza at the intersection of Route 10 West and Whippany Road, Whippany. To order tickets, visit www.whippanyrailwaymuseum.net.

Kayla Mossien is an associate editor.