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

Kayla Mossien

by Kayla Mossien

PARENTGUIDE News September 2009

Fall Workshops

VSA arts of New Jersey announces fall program offerings including creative drama and inclusive workshops for kids with autism. The programs are open to autistic individuals ages 3-21, and registration begins September 8. Programming features storytelling, prop making, theater and more. Each ten-week workshop meets for one hour a week at locations in Morris County. To sign up, dial (732)745-3885 or e-mail info@vsanj.org.

Heat Up the Night
New Jersey grill masters will delight in attending the Champions of the Grill Festival on September 20, 5:30pm. Sponsored by the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce, the event boasts a classic car show, an American Idol-like contest, crafts, delicious food, prizes and more. For details, contact the office for the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce at (973)579-1811 or e-mail mail@sussexcountychamber.org.

Walking for a Cause
The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) Walk for Food Allergy: Moving Toward A Cure takes place in Long Branch on September 12. Local celebrities, politicians and affected community members meet at 10am at the Great Lawn, north of Pier Village. Check-in is at 9am, and more than 1,000 walkers are expected to stroll the Long Branch Boardwalk in support of the cause. A free concert follows the walk. To register, visit www.foodallergywalk.org/longbranch or e-mail longbranch@foodallergy.org.

Dive Into Learning
What’s 90 feet, 180 tons and has a heart the size of a Volkswagon? Find out in the DVD The Big Blue (Smithsonian Networks and Infinity Entertainment Group). This documentary lets viewers dive into the big blue sea to learn all about the blue whale and its home in a unique spot off of southern Australia. The Big Blue is currently sold at www.smithsonianchannel.com.

Tea Time
Enjoy a splendid afternoon at Acorn Hall’s Harvest Tea event. Guests dine during the three-course, sit-down tea service. Jersey-grown foods are highlighted while the event celebrates the harvest season. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call (973)267-3465 for details about the festivities, which take place at 68 Morris Ave., Morristown.

Casino Crazy
Experience a fun-filled evening featuring gaming tables, a live auction, dinner and raffle prizes at Morris Museum’s Kaleidoscope Ball. Held on September 26, the Monte Carlo-themed casino night runs throughout the museum’s exquisite spaces, including the dramatic new glass Grand Pavilion, as well as the sky-lit museum court. The museum is located on Normandy Heights Road in Morristown. To request an invitation, dial (973)971-3733.

Y Not Get Involved?
The Summit Area YMCA is offering free membership to all 7th graders in the Y’s service area. This membership is effective September through June 2010, and features special membership hours, training on equipment, teen group exercise classes, social opportunities and more. Also stop by the Y’s Health workshops: Healthy Eating for a Healthy Family on September 21, 7pm, and Quick and Healthy Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Ideas on September 24, 1pm. The Summit Y is located at 67 Maple St. and can be reached at (908)273-3330.

Rockin’ Time
Science buffs congregate for Rock, Mineral and Fossil Identification Day at Sterling Hill Mining Museum, located at 30 Plant St., Ogdensburg. On September 12 from 10am to 12:30pm, a geologist assists visitors with identifying different rock, mineral and fossil specimens. Also, the museum’s Zobel Hall Main Exhibit is now open on the last Sunday of the month from 10am to noon. This is done for those who wish to view the exhibits at leisure, rather than take the full tour. For more information, dial (973)209-7212.

Seeing Stars
The Bickford Theatre— 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown— presents Movies and the Morris Museum. Catch the 1973 flick American Graffiti on September 9. This film captures the coming of age of four teenagers on their last summer night before college. For the full schedule of films, dial (973)971-3700.

Catch the Beat
Hot Peas ‘N Butter, a band favored by Nickelodeon and Noggin, releases a new collection of upbeat music on Best of the Bowl, Ingles y Espanol. The CD’s 11 songs, some in English and some in Spanish, boast a range of Caribbean styles. Best of the Bowl and the band’s other four CDs are available at Barnes & Noble and Borders as well as online at www.hotpeasnbutter.com.

Kayla Mossien is an associate editor.