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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Welcome to the Merry Month of May–Fun with Science, Theater, Art, and Other Activities at the Bridgewater Library and Around the Community.



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Programs for Children @ the Bridgewater Library:

April is National Poetry Month Sunday May 4th is the last day to turn in your solved secret message in the Poetry Treasure Hunt…..  Come to the Bridgewater Library, get the clue sheet, look for the poems, solve the puzzle, and win a prize!   More information is available at the Youth Services Desk!




Storytime (For Ages 3-6, siblings welcome) No Registration Required.  Tuesdays  10:00 a.m. Second session at 1:30pm. 

Toddler Time (For Ages 18 months-36 months) No Registration Required.  Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m., repeats at 11:00 a.m.  Also Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.    Baby Time (For ages birth - 18 months) No Registration Required.
Thursdays  9:30 a.m.


 

Play Group (ages Birth to 3 years) Monday May 5, 2014  10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Story Well.  No registration required.  Repeats May 12th.

Tail Waggin' Tutors: Children Reading to Dogs (Ages 4+) Tuesday, May 6th (Registration begins April 1) 4-5pm.  Phone or In-Person Registration Only

Family Night Storytime (All Ages) Tuesday May 6, 2014  Story Well  7-7:30pm  No registration required.

Lego Club (Grades K-6) Thursday, May 8  4:30 pm - 5:30 pm. Registration is required.

Rebel the Pirate Pony (For all ages)  Monday, May 12 from 4:30-5:30 pm. Registration required and begins on April 28. Ahoy Mate!  Come to the library to meet Rebel the 'Pirate Pony' from the Lord Stirling Stable.  Learn about horses and ponies, and listen to the story about Rebel's quest to become the most fearsome Pirate Pony Somerset County has ever seen.  Come dressed as a pirate and you too can be part of Rebel's crew!


Music and Movement (Birth to 3 Years) Monday May 19th. 10:00 AM & 11:00 AM (Ages Birth - 3 years)  No registration required.  

Click HERE for the complete calendar of May events.


@ Bridgewater Library for Tweens and Teens:


Make a Difference @ the Library! (Volunteer Opportunities for Grades 5 - 6) Monday, May 5th 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm  Registration required .  Want more info about upcoming programs? Check out the  May teen calendar here.


Open Mic Cafe Night (Ages 13+) on Thursday May 22nd
  from 6:45-8:45pm.  Registration required to perform.  


TAB Meeting (Grades 6-8)  Tuesday May 27th, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM. TAB Meeting (Grades 9-12) 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!  




Around the Community:


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PLANNING AHEAD FOR SUMMER…. if you are interested in other  Summer Camp Opportunities, check the lower portion of this blog: http://bwlibys.blogspot.com/2014/03/tonightmarch-20thcelebrate-world-day-of.html
PHILADELPHIA SCIENCE FESTIVAL PROMISES GREAT FUN FOR FAMILIES.
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Learn more about the festival HERE.

CLOSER TO HOME, CHECK OUT SUPER SCIENCE SATURDAY AT THE NEW JERSEY STATE MUSEUM IN TRENTON

Fun hands-on family activities, free admission and parking! Now open- Meet real scientists at the Museum’s new Innovation Lab and Learning Center! See Hadrosaurus foulkii- New Jersey’s very own State dinosaur.
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DINOSAUR DAY @ THE NEWARK MUSEUM

7th Annual Dinosaur Day
WHEN: Saturday, May 3, 10 AM–4:30 PM
ADMISSION: Activities free with suggested admission unless otherwise noted.

Join in a fun-filled day of activities for the entire family.

  • Roaring, breathing 15 ft. T-Rex from Field Station: Dinosaurs
  • Live Reptile & Bird shows
  • Geological Demonstrations
  • Fossil Rubbings
  • Shark Tooth Fossil Dig
  • Planetarium shows*
  • Meet Dora the Explorer
  • Hurricane Simulator* —Experience winds up to 80 mph
  • Enjoy "Dinosaur Sandwiches" from the restaurant-parter Dinosaur Bar-B-Que*.
    *With additional charge

 

Hooray for May! A Family Art Day in Bedminster

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Artwork by Dan Fenelon

“Hooray for May!”, a free family art day at The Center for Contemporary Art, will take place on Saturday, May 10th from 1-4 p.m.

“Hooray for May!” will bring together families from the local community for a fun and interactive day of making art. A variety of hands-on art activities for kids of all ages and parents alike will take place in The Center’s three art studios and in the outdoor pavilion, and include a variety of creative projects to keep or give on Mother’s Day.

A highlight of “Hooray for May!” will be a unique art experience led by renowned New Jersey artist and muralist Dan Fenelon, who will work directly with families to help them create large, vibrantly-colored banners that will be prominently displayed in local business locations throughout the Bedminster area. Fenelon has created murals across the United States including the Peace Mural that welcomed the Dalai Lama to the 2011 Newark Peace Summit.

Rounding out the afternoon will be family-friendly guided gallery tours of The Center’s current exhibitions, an art story time, a community hula hoop weaving project, and a creative do-it-yourself photo booth. Light refreshments including Friendly’s ice cream, cupcakes from Pirate Cupcake Baking Company, and Herr’s potato chips in a variety of flavors will be available. All children attending “Hooray for May!” will receive a “swag bag”, and student members of The Center will receive a special gift. Free t-shirts will be given out to the first fifty children.

Participation in “Hooray for May!” is free thanks to the generous support of Lead Sponsor Investors Bank.



30TH ANNUAL FAMILY FUN DAY at LORD STIRLING STABLE IN BASKING RIDGE

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Games on horseback are the centerpiece of this fun-filled day at Lord Stirling Stable, but that's not all we've got! Free pony rides and hayrides make horses accessible to everyone; local vendors offer their specialties for sale; and child-friendly arcade games ensure that everyone is a winner. The Friends have food and beverages available for purchase, so bring the kids, bring your appetite, and enjoy a day on the farm.  (co-sponsored by the Friends of Lord Stirling Stable) May 4 8am – 4pm  Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue Basking Ridge
908 766 5955

BELOVED CLASSIC SET TO MUSIC ONSTAGE @ THE STROLLERS IN MAPLEWOOD

Little Women—The Musical
Book by Allan Knee
Music by Jason Howland
Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein
Adapted from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

WHEN: May 2 – 17; Fridays and Saturdays, 8 PM; Sundays, 2 PM
WHERE:
The Strollers @ The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood   TICKETS: $20; $16 seniors & students

Little Women, based on Louisa May Alcott's classic 1869 semi-autobiographical novel, focuses on the four March sisters—brassy, tomboy-like, aspiring writer Jo; romantic Meg; pretentious Amy; and kind-hearted Beth—and their beloved Marmee, at home in Concord, Massachusetts while the family patriarch is away serving as a Union Army chaplain during the Civil War. Intercut with the vignettes in which their lives unfold are several re-creations of the melodramatic short stories Jo writes in her attic studio. It is a heartfelt story about the importance of family and how life and love changes you. It is a family-friendly musical appropriate for ages 8 and up.


TRUE AMERICAN CLASSIC TO RUN @ GEORGE STREET PLAYHOUSE APRIL 22–MAY 25

An American Classic Our Town April 22 - May 25


 



IRREVERENT LOOK @ ROBIN HOOD LEGEND @ DUNELLEN SKYLIGHT THEATRE

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CIRCLE PLAYERS TO PRESENT “ROMEO & JULIET” IN CONTEMPORARY SETTING

 

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by William Shakespeare
directed by Erik Hall
produced by Faith Dowgin

WHEN: April 25-May 10; 8 PM Fridays and Saturdays; 3 PM matinee Sunday, May 4. A wine and cheese reception and a celebration of William Shakespeare’s birthday will follow the opening night performance.
WHERE:
416 Victoria Ave., Piscataway
TICKETS: www.circleplayers.com. ($1 per ticket discount online.)

One of Shakespeare’s most well-known tragedies, it is the story of two star-crossed lovers whose untimely deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. This contemporary production places the Bard’s timeless words into a modern setting—a private school. (This is a perfect opportunity to introduce teenagers to the 16th century world of Shakespeare while still making the play relevant to their lives.)

BIG DOINGS @ UCPAC & HAMILTON STAGE

 
CHATHAM PLAYERS CONCLUDES 92nd SEASON WITH “BARNUM”: COME JOIN THE CIRCUS!

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Book by Mark Bramble, lyrics by Michael Stewart, and music by Cy Coleman
Directed by Jeffrey Fiorello
Musical Director Jack Bender
Choreographed by Megan Ferentinos

WHEN: May 9 – 24; Friday and Saturday 8 PM; Sunday 3 PM
WHERE:
Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham
TICKETS: ccp.ticketleap.com. What happens when you set a Broadway musical at the circus? Let’s just say you may want to “Join the Circus like you wanted to, when you were a kid.”

“SHREK” COMES TO COUNT BASIE THEATRE TO DELIGHT CHILDREN & THEIR FAMILIES

SHREK—THE MUSICAL

WHEN: April 25 – May 4; Friday and Saturday at 8 PM; Sunday at 3 PM
WHERE:
The Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, New Jersey
TICKETS: visit the website! or call 732.747.0014

 

Spelling Bee opens this Friday, May 2nd!

May 2nd - 18th at Chester Theatre Group

Six young people in the throes of puberty vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves. Along the way, they learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. A hilarious tale of overachievers angst set to music.

AFFORDABLE SUMMER CLASSES FOR AGES 5–17 @ GEORGE STREET PLAYHOUSE IN NEW BRUNSWICK

2014 Summer Theater Academy June 30 – July 25, 2014

View Class Descriptions and Prices for Ages 5 - 8
View Class Descriptions  and Prices for Ages 9 - 12
View Class Descriptions and Prices for Ages 13 – 18

George Street Playhouse’s Summer Theater Academy celebrates each student’s creative expression; providing a fun, engaging environment to explore theater, develop self-confidence, and collaborate with others. Contact Diana Gundacker 732.846.2895 x117 for more information.

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Public Star Shows

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Thanks to Ruth Ross of njartsmaven.com for some of these listings….

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Teens: Last week to bring in Summer Volunteer Forms. Kids: Pete the Cat is coming to visit & storytimes resume next week.



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Also we’ve gone to a new format, with just the titles of the programs, please click on the titles to read more and register.
 
Programs for Children @ the Bridgewater Library:

April is National Poetry Month Thursday April 24th is “Poem in Your Pocket” Day.  Come by the library for a treat.  Also there is still one more week to do a Poetry Treasure Hunt…..  Get the clue sheet, look for the poems, solve the puzzle, and win a prize!   More information is available at the Youth Services Desk!



Advocacy: Theater, Music, and Self-Regulation: How the Arts Can Help Kids and Teens with Special Needs Come Out of Their Shells! Thursday, April 24  From 7:00 -8:30 pm  Registration required.


Tween Hippie Party After Hours (For students in grades 4-6) Friday, April 25  from 6:00 - 8:00 pm  Registration required.



Trees Are Terrific (Ages 3 and up) Saturday, April 26  at 10:00 am  Registration required.


Music and Movement (Birth to 3 Years) Monday April 28, 2014 10:00 AM & 11:00 AM (Ages Birth - 3 years)  No registration required.   Repeats on Monday May 19th.

Pete the Cat Party (For ages 3-8)  Monday, April 28  4:30 - 5:30 pm  Registration required.  Rock out in your cool shoes and groovy buttons!  We will have games, crafts, stories and a special visit from our friend Pete!


STORYTIMES RESUME THE WEEK OF APRIL 29TH:

Storytime (For Ages 3-6, siblings welcome) No Registration Required.  Tuesdays  10:00 a.m. Second session at 1:30pm. 
Toddler Time (For Ages 18 months-36 months) No Registration Required.  Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m., repeats at 11:00 a.m.  Also Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.    Baby Time (For ages birth - 18 months) No Registration Required.
Thursdays  9:30 a.m.



Rocket Readers: 'Iris and Walter and the Field Trip' (Grades 1-2 Tuesday, April 29th 4:30-5:30pm  Registration required. 



Play Group (ages Birth to 3 years) Monday May 5, 2014  10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Story Well.  No registration required.  Repeats May 12th.

Tail Waggin' Tutors: Children Reading to Dogs (Ages 4+) Tuesday, May 6th (Registration begins April 1) 4-5pm.  Phone or In-Person Registration Only

Family Night Storytime (All Ages) Tuesday May 6, 2014  Story Well  7-7:30pm  No registration required.

Lego Club (Grades K-6) Thursday, May 8  4:30 pm - 5:30 pm. Registration is required.

Rebel the Pirate Pony (For all ages)  Monday, May 12 from 4:30-5:30 pm. Registration required and begins on April 28. Ahoy Mate!  Come to the library to meet Rebel the 'Pirate Pony' from the Lord Stirling Stable.  Learn about horses and ponies, and listen to the story about Rebel's quest to become the most fearsome Pirate Pony Somerset County has ever seen.  Come dressed as a pirate and you too can be part of Rebel's crew!

Click HERE for the complete calendar of May events.


@ Bridgewater Library for Tweens and Teens:


Make a Difference @ the Library! (Volunteer Opportunities for Grades 5 - 6) Monday, May 5th 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm  Registration required .  Want more info about upcoming programs? Check out the  May teen calendar here.


Open Mic Cafe Night (Ages 13+) on Thursday May 22nd
  from 6:45-8:45pm.  Registration required to perform.  


TAB Meeting (Grades 6-8)  Tuesday May 27th, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM. TAB Meeting (Grades 9-12) 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!  




Around the Community:

EXPERIENCE OUR STATE UNIVERSITY FOR FREE THIS SATURDAY
Rutgers Day  New Brunswick and Piscataway, NJ Enjoy performances, tours, exhibits, hands-on activities, and the NJFolkFest.

PHILADELPHIA SCIENCE FESTIVAL PROMISES GREAT FUN FOR FAMILIES.
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Learn more about the festival HERE.

SIMPLE MACHINE FUN AT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM IN BRIDGEWATER THIS SUNDAY  - THE LAST CHILDREN'S MUSEUM PROGRAM FOR THIS SCHOOL YEAR:

The Children’s Museum’s next program, Simple Machines, will be held this coming Sunday April 27th from 1PM to 4PM at The PeopleCare Center, 120 Finderne Ave. Bridgewater 08807. Planned activities include demonstrations of many simple machines (Lever arm, Inclined Plane, Pulley, and Block and Tackle), some giant gears, and a see-saw where you can gain a mechanical advantage and lift your parent off the ground!!!  Plus our scale model Cyclone roller coaster, and an opportunity to build and launch your own (very simple) paper rocket! 


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Fun for Kids -- Volunteer Opportunity for Teens.  Teens, if you are interested in volunteering, please email somersetcminfo@gmail.com .

For more info:  http://childrensmuseumnj.org/

BELOVED CLASSIC SET TO MUSIC ONSTAGE @ THE STROLLERS IN MAPLEWOOD

Little Women—The Musical
Book by Allan Knee
Music by Jason Howland
Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein
Adapted from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

WHEN: May 2 – 17; Fridays and Saturdays, 8 PM; Sundays, 2 PM
WHERE:
The Strollers @ The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood   TICKETS: $20; $16 seniors & students

Little Women, based on Louisa May Alcott's classic 1869 semi-autobiographical novel, focuses on the four March sisters—brassy, tomboy-like, aspiring writer Jo; romantic Meg; pretentious Amy; and kind-hearted Beth—and their beloved Marmee, at home in Concord, Massachusetts while the family patriarch is away serving as a Union Army chaplain during the Civil War. Intercut with the vignettes in which their lives unfold are several re-creations of the melodramatic short stories Jo writes in her attic studio. It is a heartfelt story about the importance of family and how life and love changes you. It is a family-friendly musical appropriate for ages 8 and up.


TRUE AMERICAN CLASSIC TO RUN @ GEORGE STREET PLAYHOUSE APRIL 22–MAY 25

An American Classic Our Town April 22 - May 25


 



IRREVERENT LOOK @ ROBIN HOOD LEGEND @ DUNELLEN SKYLIGHT THEATRE

RHflyer


CIRCLE PLAYERS TO PRESENT “ROMEO & JULIET” IN CONTEMPORARY SETTING

 

circleplayers001001.gifROMEO AND JULIET
by William Shakespeare
directed by Erik Hall
produced by Faith Dowgin

WHEN: April 25-May 10; 8 PM Fridays and Saturdays; 3 PM matinee Sunday, May 4. A wine and cheese reception and a celebration of William Shakespeare’s birthday will follow the opening night performance.
WHERE:
416 Victoria Ave., Piscataway
TICKETS: www.circleplayers.com. ($1 per ticket discount online.)

One of Shakespeare’s most well-known tragedies, it is the story of two star-crossed lovers whose untimely deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. This contemporary production places the Bard’s timeless words into a modern setting—a private school. (This is a perfect opportunity to introduce teenagers to the 16th century world of Shakespeare while still making the play relevant to their lives.)

BIG DOINGS @ UCPAC & HAMILTON STAGE

IMPORTANT EVENTS @ THE NEWARK MUSEUM FOR ALL AGES

The Making of A Civil Rights Icon:
The Problem We All Live With by Norman Rockwell

WHEN: Sunday, April 27, 2:30 PM
WHERE:
Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark
ADMISSION: FREE to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.Guest speakers: Laurie Norton Moffat, Director of the Norman Rockwell Museum; and Robert Snyder, Director of the Graduate Program in American Studies at Rutgers-Newark.  Complimentary Shuttle Service provide on Saturdays & Sundays, noon-5 pm (every 20 minutes) to and from Newark Penn Station and Broad Street Station, courtesy of Prudential for the Norman Rockwell exhibition.

Surrounded by U.S. Marshals, six-year-old Ruby Bridges became the very first black student to attend the all-white William Frantz Pubic School in New Orleans, Louisiana on November 14, 1960. Perhaps never had so much hatred been directed at so perfect a symbol of innocence.

Norman Rockwell captured this moment in our history 50 years ago and it continues to have a profound hold our collective consciousness today. Explore the social context, the making of this work of art, Rockwell’s process, the public reaction and its on-going impact. Explore the power of visual language to prompt cultural transformation.

The Problem We All Live With, Illustration for Look, January 14, 1964, ©Norman Rockwell Family Agency. All rights reserved. Norman Rockwell Museum Collection

7th Annual Dinosaur Day
WHEN: Saturday, May 3, 10 AM–4:30 PM
ADMISSION: Activities free with suggested admission unless otherwise noted.

Join in a fun-filled day of activities for the entire family.

  • Roaring, breathing 15 ft. T-Rex from Field Station: Dinosaurs
  • Live Reptile & Bird shows
  • Geological Demonstrations
  • Fossil Rubbings
  • Shark Tooth Fossil Dig
  • Planetarium shows*
  • Meet Dora the Explorer
  • Hurricane Simulator* —Experience winds up to 80 mph
  • Enjoy "Dinosaur Sandwiches" from the restaurant-parter Dinosaur Bar-B-Que*.
    *With additional charge
CHATHAM PLAYERS CONCLUDES 92nd SEASON WITH “BARNUM”: COME JOIN THE CIRCUS!

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Book by Mark Bramble, lyrics by Michael Stewart, and music by Cy Coleman
Directed by Jeffrey Fiorello
Musical Director Jack Bender
Choreographed by Megan Ferentinos

WHEN: May 9 – 24; Friday and Saturday 8 PM; Sunday 3 PM
WHERE:
Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham
TICKETS: ccp.ticketleap.com. What happens when you set a Broadway musical at the circus? Let’s just say you may want to “Join the Circus like you wanted to, when you were a kid.”

“SHREK” COMES TO COUNT BASIE THEATRE TO DELIGHT CHILDREN & THEIR FAMILIES

SHREK—THE MUSICAL

WHEN: April 25 – May 4; Friday and Saturday at 8 PM; Sunday at 3 PM
WHERE:
The Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, New Jersey
TICKETS: visit the website! or call 732.747.0014

 

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Public Star Shows

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image_thumb5Registration begins May 7th --  more details here: http://www.somersetcountyparks.org/parksFacilities/eec/EEC.html
PLANNING AHEAD FOR SUMMER…. if you are interested in other  Summer Camp Opportunities, check the lower portion of this blog: http://bwlibys.blogspot.com/2014/03/tonightmarch-20thcelebrate-world-day-of.html
RESERVE YOUR SEATS FOR STUDENT MATINEES @ STNJ
Attention all high school teachers: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has student matinees for every one of their productions.  Call now to reserve a spot:
Reserve your tickets for the 2014 Student Matinee Series today! Student Matinees for The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's 2014 Season include "The Tempest" (June 4), "Wittenberg" (September 24), "Henry VII" (October 22 & 29 and November 5), and "Much Ado About Nothing" (December 10 & 17). Visit ShakespeareNJ.org/Education for additional information, or call 973-845-6742 to reserve your seats.
Thanks to Ruth Ross of njartsmaven.com for some of these listings….
 
image_thumb111 Check out this fascinating article on parenting here:  http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/03/hey-parents-leave-those-kids-alone/358631/

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