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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Poetry, Yoga, Music and Baseball Programs Coming up at Bridgewater Library. Theater, Puppetry, Nature and More around our Community. Tweens–Check out our “Lock In!”

 


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Teens – Summer Volunteer Sign Up   You can pick up the forms at the library or get them off of the Teen Section of our website.

All forms must be returned by the teen in person by April 30th.

April is National Poetry Month – Create a Poem and Post it on Our Bulletin Board and/or attend one of our Poetry Programs and get a Free “I’m a Poet and I Know It!” button.



What's Inside the Envelope?! (Ages 7-11) Thursday, April 4th 4:30-5:30pm Registration required and begins March 21 April is National Poetry Month, so let’s look at poems and poetry a whole new way! The secret? It’s inside the envelope! Read, write, create, enjoy!

Journal Making & Blackout Poetry (Grades 6-12) Wednesday, April 10th 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Registration required and begins March 20 It’s National Poetry Month! Come celebrate by making a unique journal and creating some blackout poetry (artistic poems created out of recycled book pages by selecting certain words and covering unwanted text with colorful sharpie markers).

Do You Have a Poem in Your Pocket? (All Ages) Thursday, April 18th All Day No registration required April 18th is Poem in Your Pocket Day! If we ask you, will you be ready?  There will be prizes, poems, and poetry throughout the library, so drop by with your best poems…and your biggest pockets!



More Programs for Children @ the Bridgewater Library:


Storytime Yoga for Children (Ages 6 and below) Friday April 5th 10 a.m. Registration required.

Join ACE certified Personal Trainer and Karma Kids certified Yoga Instructor,  Pamela Nixon, for our new Storytime Yoga series.  Animal characters come to life as stories are read and acted out with yoga poses. Through the use of songs, puppets, and fun, animated poses, children will learn what it’s like to hop like a frog, slither like a snake and roar like a lion!

Please note: If you have not participated in this program before, you must print out and sign a copy of our Program Release form, located here: http://www.sclsnj.org/PDFs/SCLSrlsformchild.pdf.


Friends Concert Series: Caryn Lin 'Bach to Rock' Saturday, April 6th 11am No registration required The Friends of the Bridgewater Library present Caryn Lin and the simplicity of the solo acoustic violin and its origins. Whisked into present day, Caryn uses the five string electric violin and sound effects to transcend that 'solo' sound by doing what is called 'looping,' creating sound loops live that she adds to and embellishes, playing in essence, live duos and trios with herself. This 3 dimensional sound magic is performed right before your eyes!! Audiences of ALL ages are captivated, and are always included and anxious to participate on stage.


image_thumb3_thumb1_thumbTake Me Out to the Ballgame (Ages 3-10) Monday, April 8th 4:30-5:30pm Registration required and begins March 25 Join us for stories, songs, and crafts celebrating America’s national sport.


Kids Club (Grades 3-4) Tuesday, April 9 4:30-5:30pm Registration required and begins March 26 We will celebrate National Poetry Month

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Sing-along: Sing Spring (All ages) Wednesday, April 10th 10am No registration required Join us as we celebrate the month with some high energy tunes!



Rocket Readers: 'Henry and Mudge in Puddle Trouble' (Grades 1-2) Wednesday, April 10th 4:30-5:30pm Registration required and begins March 13 An exciting program for brand new readers! At each program we will discuss a book, play some games, or create a story related craft. This month's book: 'Henry and Mudge in Puddle Trouble' By: Cynthia Rylant. For Henry and his big dog Mudge, spring means admiring the first snow glory, playing in puddles in the rain, and watching the five new kittens next door. **Students should read the book prior to the program. Copies of the book will be available at the Youth Services Reference Desk.**

Lego Club (Grades K-6) Thursday, April 11th 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Registration is required
Hey LEGO fans, here's a club just for you! Get together with other LEGO-maniacs, share ideas and tips on building, and have a great time!



Tail Waggin' Tutors: Children Reading to Dogs (For Children of All Ages) Thursday, April 11th, 4-5pm  Repeats Monday, April 15th. and Thursday, April 25th.  In-Person and Phone Registration Only. Did you know that dogs like listening to stories as much as kids do? Come to the Bridgewater Library for Tail Waggin’ Tutors, our new program where children will have the opportunity to practice their reading skills by reading a story to Xena the Therapy Dog, a friendly, six-year-old chocolate labradoodle. Each child will have 10 minutes to read a favorite story to his or her new, canine friend. For more information, please visit www.tdi-dog.org.**Please be on time for your time slot. If you can no longer make your scheduled time, please call the desk at 908-526-4016 ext. 126**

 

Toddler Dance Party (Ages 2-6) Monday, April 15th  4:30pm Registration required   Read, rock, and roll at the library! Toddlers, ages 2-6, and their caregivers are invited to get their groove on at the library. Shimmy and shake to your favorite toddler tunes!

Please Note: Our storytimes will resume April 16th. Family Storytimes (ages 2-6) Tuesdays at 10 and 1:30, Toddler Times (ages 18-36 months) Wednesdays at 10 & 11 and Thursdays at 10:30 & 11:30, Baby Times (Birth-18 months) Thursdays at 9:30. No registration is required but we ask that you only attend one session each week. Even though we have four Toddler Times each week, they are quite crowded. If your child is over 3 years old, we ask that they com to the Family Storytime instead. Thanks! Full details are posted our Calendar or you can call us at 908 526-4016 x126. We also offer a satellite storytime/craft on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. at the Neshanic Station Library.

Family Night Storytime (All Ages) Tuesday, April 16th 7-7:30pm No registration required

Wear your pj's to our new all ages nighttime storytime with Miss Gretchen!

Talk It Up: 'Love That Dog' (Grades 5-8) Wednesday, April 17  7-8pm.  Registration required If you love to read and talk about books, you are cordially invited to an hour of book talk and friendly company. Parents and parent substitutes are welcome to join the discussion.     This month's book: 'Love that Dog' by Sharon Creech  A young student, who comes to love poetry through a personal understanding of what different famous poems mean to him, surprises himself by writing his own inspired poem.

Do You Have a Poem in Your Pocket? (All Ages) Thursday, April 18th  All Day  No registration required  April 18th is Poem in Your Pocket Day!  If we ask you, will you be ready?  There will be prizes, poems, and poetry throughout the library, so drop by with your best poems…and your biggest pockets!

Advocacy: Recent Changes to Division of Developmental Disabilities Thursday, April 18th  7-8:30pm   Registration required  Presented by Maria Fischer, Esq., an attorney at Hinkle, Fingles, and Prior. Ms. Fishcer is committed to the field of disability law.  She earned her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bar. She has also been appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of The Arc of Mercer County.

The New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) provides public funding for services and supports that assist people with developmental disabilities. These services are offered in the community by more than 250 New Jersey agencies and in seven residential developmental centers. There is no entitlement for services funded by DDD. DDD determines through an application process who is eligible to receive services it funds. Ms. Fischer will highlight the DDD’s recent restructuring of Services for Children with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and outline how it will affect both children new to the system and those currently being served.

Tween Party: After Hours (Grades 4-6) Friday, April 19th 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm  Registration required and begins April 5 Tweens, grades 4-6, get locked in the library after hours!  We'll have a movie, video games, crafts and snacks!  No admittance after 6:15 pm.  Advance notice required if tween must leave the program early.

Garden Club Newspaper Planters (Ages 3+) 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM Registration is required and begins April 5 Children will be making planters from newspapers.  These planters will be filled with soil and seeds to plant.  These planters can be planted in the ground.

 

image_thumb1_thumb_thumb_thumb_thumb[1]Play Group (For parents or caregivers and children ages birth to 3 years) 10:00am Monday, April 22nd. No registration required. Join our new group where you can play with toys, dance to music, and meet new friends! Some weeks will have special speakers; inquire at the Youth Services Desk.

Picture a Tree: Earth Day Hooray! (Ages 5-11) Monday, April 22ndm 4:30-5:30pm  Registration required and begins April 8

Join us for stories, songs, and crafts celebrating these remarkable green giants.

Poetry Class for Kidz (Grades 3-5) Wednesday, April 24th 4:30-5:30pm Registration required and begins April 10 Flowers are in full bloom, and the warmer weather is finally here to say. Let’s say goodbye to those April showers and celebrate National Poetry Month by learning how to write our very own Haiku poems. Each child will learn exactly what a Haiku poem is as well as how to write one. Once we’re all Haiku experts, we’ll create greeting cards to show how excited we are about spring!

Winter’s almost through
We’ll all be together soon
See you in April!


If you register for a program and realize that you won’t be able to come, please call (908 526-4016x126) or email us (bwljuv@sclibnj.org) as early as possible so we can make someone on the waitlist very happy. Next time that waitlisted participant might be your child!
There are ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS at other system libraries for children & teens…find their online calendars under the “events/programs” tab on our home page. Planning ahead for April? -- Check out our library calendar.


@ Bridgewater Library for Teens:

Teens – Summer Volunteer Sign Up You can pick up the forms at the library or get them off of the Teen Section of our website.

All forms must be returned by the teen in person by April 30th.



SAT/ACT Combo Test (Grades 9-12) Saturday, April 6th 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm Registration required Deciding between the SAT and ACT? Kaplan's combo test will allow you to take both!
A free practice test is one of the best ways to get ready for the real thing. By taking this practice test, you will learn exactly what to expect on test day and receive a complete individual analysis of your results. Don’t forget a calculator and number 2 pencil! Scores will emailed 7-10 business days after the test. **Please note: The practice test begins at 1 PM and is 3.5 hours long. Please come to the library 15 minutes early so we can start the test promptly at 1 PM. The library closes at 5 PM on Saturdays. All participants must have a ride home at 5 PM.

Journal Making & Blackout Poetry (Grades 6-12) Wednesday, April 10th 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Registration required and begins March 20 It’s National Poetry Month! Come celebrate by making a unique journal and creating some blackout poetry (artistic poems created out of recycled book pages by selecting certain words and covering unwanted text with colorful sharpie markers).

image_thumb8_thumb_thumb_thumb2_thumOpen Mic Cafe Night (Ages 13+) Thursday April 11th, 2013 From 7-8:30pm. Registration required TO PERFORM. Think you’ve got what it takes to get up on stage in front of your peers with nothing but your voice and guitar? Want to share your poetry, comedy, or original music? Not an artist, but would like to witness some of the most inspiring artists Somerset County has to offer? Then join us for this one of a kind experience, and help local musicians and writers have their voices heard. Depending on registration, artists will receive 10-15 minute slots to play music or recite poetry. Sign ups will be on a first-come, first-served basis. **Please help support local artists and musicians – you don’t need to be an artist to enjoy our Open Mic Night!**

Talk It Up: 'Love That Dog' (Grades 5-8) Wednesday, April 17 7-8pm. Registration required If you love to read and talk about books, you are cordially invited to an hour of book talk and friendly company. Parents and parent substitutes are welcome to join the discussion. This month's book: 'Love that Dog' by Sharon Creech A young student, who comes to love poetry through a personal understanding of what different famous poems mean to him, surprises himself by writing his own inspired poem.

Tween Party: After Hours (Grades 4-6) Friday, April 19th 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Registration required and begins April 5 Tweens, grades 4-6, get locked in the library after hours! We'll have a movie, video games, crafts and snacks! No admittance after 6:15 pm. Advance notice required if tween must leave the program early.

TAB Meeting (Grades 6-8 Tuesday, April 23rd 5:30-6:30pm TAB Meeting (Grades 9-12) Tuesday, April 23rd 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM Registration required Do you want to make a difference at your library? Do you have suggestions for programs, new books, movies, or video games? Then come to one of our upcoming T.A.B. meetings! Community service hours will be awarded for attendance and snacks will be served!

5th & 6th Grade Volunteers Monday May 6th, 7-8pm Registration required. ATTENTION STUDENTS IN GRADES 5 AND 6: Here is your chance to make a difference by volunteering at the library! You can help the library with special projects including creating bookmarks for young children, organizing and tidying up the Children’s Room, and much more!

 

Want more info about upcoming programs? Check out our April teen calendar here.


Around the Community:

ANNUAL CHILDREN’S BOOK CELEBRATION IN PRINCETON THIS SATURDAY FEATURES “JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH”

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Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Are you ready to ROCK? Gear up for Princyclopedia, Cotsen’s huge, annual event where we bring a book to life through tons of activities, live shows, and demonstrations.

This year we're digging deep with Journey to the Centre of the Earth! Explore the world beneath your feet, lunge up a 26 foot climbing wall, gape at gemstones, and learn from live bats. Dirt! Rocks! Crystals! Volcanoes! Ancient Pre-Columbian instruments! And of course, dinosaurs! Meet a “live” life-size baby Tyrannosaurus Rex (and a smaller, gentler baby Hadrosaur for younger dinosaur enthusiasts). Dig it!   

SATURDAY, APRIL 6
10:00am to 3:00pm
Open to public
Free of charge
All Ages

•    Event occurs at Dillon Gym on the Princeton University campus.
•    Free parking available nearby in Lot #7 (also called West Garage) Click here for map.
•  For More Information, http://www.princeton.edu/cotsen/gallery-programs/princyclopedia/

 

Transportation Day at The Children’s Museum in Bridgewater this Sunday…

Teen volunteers are welcomed! Please 908-725-4677 if you can come by and help out – or just show up and give them a hand!
This program is drop-in – both kids and teen volunteers can come and go anytime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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Newark Museum - Always New10th ANNUAL AMERICAN GIRL DOLL WEEKEND @ THE NEWARK MUSEUM

 

American Girl modelWHEN: Saturday & Sunday, April 6 and & 7; 10:30 AM & 3:30 PM (each day)
WHERE:
Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark
TICKETS: $45

The tenth annual American Girl Weekend will soon be here. Proceeds from the two-day event are used to support children's programs and exhibitions at the Museum. The Weekend is also an opportunity to introduce new people to the Newark Museum, which in its 100-year history has served multiple generations.

Ice cream social in Engelhard CourtEach show consists of a two-part runway fashion show, highlighting the historical American Girl characters and their unique stories as well as contemporary fashions.

At intermission, everyone is invited to an ice cream social in our elegant Engelhard Court.
Intermission is also a time to purchase tickets for a chance to win an American Girl doll or other prizes. Each show has its own raffle of dolls and accessories.

ENJOY NATURE PROGRAMMING AT THE ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER.  SUMMER CAMPS ALSO AVAILABLE.

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For a list of upcoming programs at the EEC, go to: http://www.somersetcountyparks.org/parksfacilities/eec/EEC.html

"GROUNDS FOR SCULPTURE" IS A GREAT  DESTINATION FOR ALL AGES -- ESPECIALLY  IN THE SPRING.

Everyone from age two to ninety-two will love this beautiful and interactive sculpture park in Hamilton, NJ.  Go anytime or check out their events guide for classes and special events.   Note: The library also offers free guest passes as part of our museum pass program!

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BELOVED BOOK HEROINE COMES TO THE GROWING STAGE THIS APRIL

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Book by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann
Music and lyrics by John Gregor, Elizabeth and Victoria Kann
Directed by Lori B. Lawrence, The Growing Stage’s Director of Educational Programming
Choreography by Jillian Petrie
Musical direction by Laura Petrie

WHEN: April 12 through May 12 with performances Friday evenings at 7:30 PM, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 4:00 PM
WHERE:
The Growing Stage, The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey, located in the Historic Palace Theatre on Route 183 in Netcong
TICKETS: The Growing Stage continues FUN-tastic Fridays with all tickets $15! Saturday and Sunday tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children and seniors.
To place your reservation, please contact the Growing Stage Box Office at 973.347.4946 or e-mail at boxoffice@growingstage.com
Group rates and Birthday Party packages are available

PINKALICIOUS the MUSICAL is the tale based on the popular children’s book of Pinkalicious, who can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe—a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this pink predicament.PINKALICIOUS the MUSICAL is about learning the power of self-control and the importance of moderation.

RHINO THEATRE OPENS A MUSICAL FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES THIS SATURDAY!

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Join the Rhino Castle as they go on a magical journey into royal castles, grand kingdoms and pirate ships alongside your favorite princesses and heroes. 

enchanted talesThis is a live theatre event for children of all ages! Come see some of your favorite childhood storybook costumed characters performing live while they sing and dance their way to your hearts. You’ll be singing along to your favorite songs!

Meet the characters after the show in person, right on the stage. 

Princesses, Princes and Heroes are encouraged to come dressed to the performance. 

There’s a little something for everyone, boys and girls alike.  This will be an event to be remembered for years to come.

Purchase your tickets in advance by calling 973.248.9491.
Visit Rhino Theatre’s website at www.RhinoTheatre.com



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Somerset County 4H has lots of opportunities for children & teens – here’s a sampling, check out their newsletter for more information about their numerous clubs and community activities!
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ZIMMERLI ART MUSEUM TO HOLD SUMMER ART CAMP FOR KIDS 7-14

SUMMER ART CAMP
WHEN: June 24 to July 26, 9 AM-Noon & 1-4 PM

WHERE: Zimmerli Art Museum, 71 Hamilton St., New Brunswick

During the hot days of summer, the Zimmerli is the place to be for budding young artists between the ages of 7 and 14. Join us for the museum’s popular summer art camp program.

Each year, new classes are added to stimulate, challenge, and delight the many students, both veterans and newcomers, who participate in the program.

For a list of classes and the reservation form, visit their webpage.


LOOKING FOR OTHER SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMS? WE ALWAYS HAVE THIS LINK IN THE “USEFUL LINKS FOR FAMILY” ON THE RIGHT HAND SECTION OF THE BWLIBYS BLOG.

LIBERTY HALL MUSEUM TO REOPEN TO PUBLIC ON APRIL 1

Liberty Hall Museum has announced it will resume public tours on Monday, April 1, signaling a welcome end to the Museum’s traditional winter break, which featured an ambitious slate of seasonal and special programming but limited access to day visits.

WHERE: Liberty Hall Museum, 1003 Morris Ave., Union

The Museum will also extend its fascinating ongoing exhibit, Ring for Service: The Role of Servants in a Country House, until November 16. This scintillating look “behind-the-scenes” enables guests to follow in the footsteps of a real-life servant working at the Kean mansion over a century ago, and offers a rare glimpse into Liberty Hall’s attic, where two servants’ quarters have been opened to the public for the first time in the Museum’s history.

LH_TeaBeginning April 10, Liberty Hall Museum will also host its stylish Afternoon Tea twice a month. In the grand tradition of the former lady of the house, guests are invited to Liberty Hall’s signature tea service the second and fourth Wednesday of every month (2:00 PM – 4:00 PM). Tea will be served in the Museum’s comfortable glass-enclosed porch, overlooking Liberty Hall’s stunning formal English gardens. For two tranquil hours, guests will sit back, relax, and enjoy three of life’s simplest but enduring pleasures: good food, good drink, and breathtaking scenery. Liberty Hall Museum's Blossom into Spring Tea (April 10 at 2:00 PM)has already reached full capacity, but reservations are still available for Arbor Day Tea on Wednesday, April 24 at 2:00 PM by calling 908.527.0400.

Fashion Show 2012Mothers and daughters of all ages are encouraged to join the Museum for The Girls of Liberty Hall Tea and Fashion Show on Saturday, April 13. From 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, guests will be treated to a luncheon of scones, dainty finger sandwiches, sweet treats, lemonade, iced tea and sherbet punch on real china while enjoying a fashion show of reproduction historic children’s clothing from colonial times through the early 20th century. This delightful afternoon will also feature a children’s dress-up and play tent, games and prizes. Admission is $25.00 per person, and reservations are required.

Spring Day at Liberty Hall 2012Liberty Hall’s newest venture, the Liberty Hall Museum Community Farmers Market, will celebrate the advent of spring on Saturday, April 20 by offering a free planting activity for children, the Kids’ Spring Seedling Event. From 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, children will tour Liberty Hall’s farm, enjoy healthy snacks and live storytelling, and plant seeds in portable containers they may take home to nurture and watch grow. Admission to the event is free, but capacity is limited; please e-mailinfo@njmomsguide.com by April 15 to reserve your space.

Finally, Liberty Hall Museum’s elegant Downton Abbey Brunches continue to defy expectations, with all scheduled Downton Abbey-themed brunches and luncheons sold out from now through May 19. The wildly popular events are often attended by trivia-savvy Downton fans enthusiastically attired in vintage or reproduction Edwardian-era clothing. Each brunch features a sumptuous buffet, party favors, a champagne toast, and access to Ring for Service: The Role of Servants in a Country House.

Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University chronicles more than 240 years of American history. The museum also houses extensive collections of furniture, ceramics, textiles, toys and tools owned by seven generations of the Livingston and Kean families. The Firehouse Museum, built in 2004, houses three antique fire engines, including a rare 1911 American LaFrance Metropolitan Steam Engine. Public tours of the Museum resume Monday, April 1, and are available Monday through Saturday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Tours begin on the hour (last tour departs at 3:00 PM), and are conducted by the Museum’s friendly and knowledgeable staff in exquisite reproduction clothing from the early-20th century era.  

For reservations and further information, please call 908-527-0400, e-maillibertyhall@kean.edu or visit www.kean.edu/libertyhall.  More information on Liberty Hall Museum’s Community Farmers Market is available at https://www.facebook.com/libertyhallfarmersmarket.

All photos courtesy of Liberty Hall Museum.


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RVCC Planetarium Public Star Shows

  • Admission / General Policies
  • All shows run approximately 40 minutes.
    Admission: $7 for one show, $12 for two shows on the same day Call 908-231-8805 for reservations

Perfect Little Planet
Perfect Little Planet (Brand New Show!)
Sunday, April 21 2:00 p.m.
A family from another star system is seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known Dwarf Planet. Dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms on Jupiter. And walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose? Recommended for ages 6-12.
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Laser Pop Rock Sunday, April 21 3:00 p.m. Songs by One Direction, LMFAO, the Beatles, and more musicians are featured in this popular laser concert.

 

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The Sky Above - A planetarium show for families with children on the Autism Spectrum or with other developmental disabilities. Sunday, April 21 or Sunday, May 19 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Ticket Price: $5.00 per person. All ages are welcome to this one-hour sensory-friendly program. The show will provide a comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming to all families. The doors will remain open so that children will be able to come and go. Lights will be left dim and audio will be lowered and at a consistent level. The sky show will include:
music, videos, planets, the Moon, constellations and laser lights. Please call 908-231-8805 to make a reservation as we are limiting the number of visitors for each show.
Reservations are recommended for all shows by calling the Planetarium @ 908-231-8805.

RVCC is located between Routes 78 and 22.
Directions to the College here.
On campus, park in Lot #7 or #1 and proceed up the steps to the Planetarium.

SHAKESPEARE’S TALE OF BITTERSWEET LOVE, LOSS & BETRAYAL @ ACTORS SHAKESPEARE COMPANY IN JERSEY CITY

THE WINTER’S TALE
by William Shakespeare

WHEN: April 4-21, Fridays at 7:30 PM and on Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00 PM
WHERE:
NJCU’s West Side Theater, 285 West Side Avenue in Jersey City
TICKETS: $20, seniors $15, students $10
BUY TICKETS HERE

Wednesday and Thursday matinees are available for school groups by calling 201.822.1623.
For more information,call ASC at NJCU at 201.200.2390 or visit www.ascnj.org.

A jealous tyrant, a queen on trial, two simple shepherds, young romance, a divine oracle, a singing con man and one hungry, hungry bear make The Winter’s Tale a magical journey of loss, renewal and the promise of spring.

Bethany Reeves, director of ASC’s 2007 hit King John, directs The Winter's Tale.  “Shakespeare is exploring the territory of myth and fairy tale, “ says Reeves. “He tells a story full of magic and wonder with a warm, human heart.”

BARD BANTER, lively group discussions between audience and the cast, will be held after matinee performances on April 6, 13 and 20

The cast of The Winter’s Tale includes ASC resident artists Elizabeth Belonzi,Terence MacSweeny, James Rana, Artistic Director Colin Ryan, and ASC newcomers Gabriel Fuentes, Shannon Harris, John Xavier Miller, Bradley Mott, Chelsea Niven and David Price.

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AMERICAN CLASSIC NOVEL TAKES TO THE STAGE THIS WEEKEND @ HUDSON THEATRE WORKS

This novel is beloved in high school literature classes. Take your teenager to see a dramatization at Hudson Theatre Works:

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WHEN: April 5-21, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 PM; Sundays at 2 PM; Saturday at 2 PM:  April  20 only
WHERE:
Park Performing Arts Center Union City, NJ (CLICK FOR DIRECTIONS)
TICKETS: $25 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students
BUY TICKETS HERE

OF MICE AND MEN features a talented ensemble of actors lead by Randy Noojin(Boardwalk Empire, Royal Pains) and Greg Erbach (On The Waterfront, The Shannon Doyle Incident). They will co-star as the play's iconic leads, George and Lennie. 

Also in the cast as Candy is Stuart Rudin(Stake Land, Silence of the Lambs).  His theatre credits include Rimers Of Eldrich at Second Stage and Measure for Measure at NY Shakespeare Festival.  

Other cast members include actors Kevin Huelbig, Keith Chambers, Darci Smith,Frank Bläuer, Ian McGonigle, Victor Gallo and Jeff Foote

OF MICE AND MEN will be directed by Frank Licato, whose credits include the Off-Broadway productions of Requiem for a Heavyweight and Lamppost Reunion, as well as another Steinbeck classic,Grapes of Wrath

The creative team includes scenic/lighting designer John Shimrock, costume designer Anne Lowe, sound designer Donald Stark, Stage Manager D'Arrigo and producers Karen Brady and Sally Ponzio.

Hudson Theatre Works is committed to bringing its audiences a memorable experience in the theatre this year. Established in 2011, Hudson Theatre Works is a professional-level theatre company committed to ensemble collaboration as well as artistic risk through its work with its permanent company, guest artists, partner institutions and the surrounding community.  Its primary focus is in bringing a living theatre community to the area of Hudson and North Jersey through performance, outreach and theatre arts education.



ACTING WORKSHOPS FOR ADULTS & KIDS @ LUNA STAGE


ACTING WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN
Little Luna Ages 4-7
WHEN: April 6 through May 25, Saturdays 10 AM – 11 AMWHERE: Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange
TUITION: $120
Theater education is a dynamic part of Luna’s commitment to the future of live theatre. In the Little Luna program, young performers discover the creative elements of drama through a basis in story-telling. Through fun games and exercises, Little Luna participants learn about different theatrical elements (sets, costumes, props, scripts, etc.) and how they combine to create a performance. The class culminates in a play performed and designed by the Little Luna students.
To register please visit www.lunastage.org or call 973.395.5551
Creative Drama Ages 7-10
WHEN: April 6 through May 25, Saturdays 11 AM – 12 PMWHERE: Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange
TUITION: $120
This class is specially designed with creative minds and play as the focus. The 8 week series will be a comprehensive study of the various aspects of acting and performing, all taught through the use of theatre games and mini-performance workshops. Topics will include voice and speech, character development, interpreting music through movement and solo and group improv, just to name a few. Actors will have an opportunity to perform for each other every class, and will work together to develop self-confidence, team/group dynamic, body and spatial awareness, and will experience being an important member of a group.
To register please visit www.lunastage.org or call 973.395.5551

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GREAT THEATER FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
For more information, visit http://rvccarts.com/

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TWO SCHOOL-TIME PERFORMANCES AT RVCC:
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Hitler's Daughter
Hitler's Daughter Monkey Baa Friday, April 12 at 11AM Grades: 4 & up
Does responsibility (guilt) transfer? To whom, how far and for how long?
These are the general questions raised by Hitler's Daughter. More specifically, the young character, Mark, who is very much affected by speculation that Hitler had a daughter, asks several questions in conversation with his father:

  • What if you were a man as bad as Hitler?
  • What if I was a mass murderer?
  • Did we take this land from the Aborigines?

How responsible are we for the actions of others, especially those from distant times and/or places? These are difficult issues and they raise questions to which the answers are elusive. But, they also are the basis of rich conversation.

Based on the novel by Jackie French, this award winning show tells the story of Hitler's daughter through the eyes of four Australian children. As the friends wait for the school bus, Anna begins to tell the tale of Heidi, daughter of the most hated man in history. The play switches between 1940s Nazi Germany and contemporary Australia as one of the friends Mark, becomes engrossed in Anna's story. Could Heidi have stopped the atrocities of genocide, war and hate her father waged on the world during World War II? Would he have acted differently in her place? Heidi's story leads him to question his own identity and the world around him.

imagePROJECT Trio returns with a musical message set to a beat that drives and inspires your students.
PROJECT Trio PROJECT Trio Friday, April 26 at 12PM Grades 7 & up Tickets: $10
Hailed as a Trio "packed with musicianship, joy, and surprise," PROJECT Trio is a passionate, high-energy chamber music ensemble comprised of three virtuosic composers/performers, flutist Greg Pattillo, cellist Eric Stephenson, and bassist Peter Seymour. Blending their classical training with an eclectic taste in musical styles, PROJECT Trio has made an impact on audiences of all ages. Of special note is the unique style of beatbox flute, performed by Greg Pattillo. It is a mix of traditional flute playing with the beats and rhythms of human beatboxing. Bass drum, cymbal, and snare sounds blend together seamlessly with the flute into a forceful, gritty sound capable of delivering the illusion of multiple performers playing at once.



Speaking of books – Don’t forget to check out the new Continuous Book Sale near the Adult Music collection. The sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Bridgewater Library. 

image  The Friends will  be accepting donations April 25-28th.

 

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Ready to explore?Experience New Jersey’s State University

Come as a family. Come with a group. Come by yourself. Just come to Rutgers Day! No registration required. Lively activities, interactive demonstrations, vibrant stage performances, and an array of food choices await visitors on every campus.


Review event listings by your area of interest.

Jersey Roots
Jersey Roots Rutgers is woven into the New Jersey community. Learn about the ways we help and strengthen the ties.
Global Reach
Global Reach The world lives on our campuses: a kaleidoscope of cultures.

Get to Know Rutgers
Get to Know Rutgers What’s it like on the inside? Here’s a peek for prospective students and their parents.
Experience the Arts & Humanities
Experience the Arts & Humanities Thought, expression, and the lively scene at the center of the Garden State.

Science & Technology
Science & Technology The joy of understanding, the thrill of invention.
All Things Green
All Things Green Respecting the environment that enriches our lives.

Walk into History
Walk into History Rutgers was here when the U.S. was born. Discover a rich heritage through tours, talks, and lectures.
World of Work
World of Work Rutgers experts help you hone your job-search skills and identify promising fields.

Health, Sports & Recreation
Health, Sports & Recreation Caring for ourselves, exercising our minds and bodies.
Kids’ Stuff
Kids’ Stuff Exploration, fun, and learning for children.

Click HERE for more information



Thanks to Ruth Ross at NJARTSMAVEN.COM for some of these listings.
There are lots more things to do around our community. Look at the “Useful Websites for Families” (on the right side of this blog – click the headline if you are reading this as an email) for many more options!
Looking for events around our community? Check out the “Events” links under the “Useful links for families” list on the right side of this blog listing. (If you are getting this as an email, click on the headline title to open it as a webpage and then you’ll see all these useful links!)

Let Your Fingers Do More Walking:
 
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Looking for Great Family Websites? Check out the American Library Association’s site: Great Websites for Kids  http://gws.ala.org/
This site has also been added to the “Useful Websites for Families” section of this blog – if you are getting this blog delivered by email, click on the headline title to open it as a webpage and then you’ll see all these useful links!

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