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** SPRAY PARK SUMMER OPERATING HOURS **
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Somerset County 4-H Fair
Wednesday, August 6 – Friday, August 8
Looking for a fun way to spend a day or evening close to home? At the Somerset County 4-H Fair you can enjoy farm animals, foods prepared on outdoor grills, 4-Hers’ projects, free family fun and a chance to stroll outdoors with family and friends.
The 4-H Fair runs Aug. 6 to 8, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, at the Somerset County 4-H Fairgrounds at North Branch Park on Milltown Road. For directions, go to somerset.njaes.rutgers.edu/4hfair/directions.html
Free shuttle buses will run from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. from Raritan Valley Community College on Route 28 in North Branch. Buses will drop visitors by the footbridge at the entrance to the fairgrounds.
Maps and schedules of daily events such as dog, horse and livestock shows are available in the information tent. Twirling, go karts, rockets, magic, line dancing, model airplanes, R.C. cars, model trains and other 4-H clubs compete and perform. The Arts Tent, Science Tent and Prep Tent (for the youngest 4-H'ers) are packed with exhibits, activities for visitors, demonstrations and performances. Ten other 4-H tents house a variety of animals including dairy cows, beef, alpaca, horses, dogs, herpetology, sheep, goats, poultry, rabbits and small animals. Most animal tents have a petting area and information about how to join 4-H.
Visitors are encouraged to stop by the 4-H Information Tent, across from the footbridge, to pick up a schedule of events and a layout of the fairgrounds before beginning their adventure. Visitors and volunteers may bring a canned food item to be donated to the Somerset County Food Bank Network. Blue bins will be at the entrance to the 4-H Information Tent.
Due to the crowds and hot weather, visitors are asked to leave their pets at home.
Visit the Somerset County Government tents to get a free instant souvenir photo. Photos will be taken each day from 6 to 8 p.m. While there, see demonstrations including:
Wednesday, starting at 10:30 a.m. until 3:15 p.m.: how to make paper flowers; butter making; Fatal Vision Goggles, which simulate visual impairment caused by drugs or alcohol
Thursday, 10:30 a.m. and3 p.m.: Amazing Adaptations - Explore how wildlife survives in the environment and see live critters. At 4 p.m. a demonstration on fragrant plants for your garden.
Friday, starting at 11 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.: What’s in your Go-Bag? demo on what to pack for an emergency; learn about various types of puppets and see a puppet show; experience Fatal Vision Goggles; and learn how to make your own natural rose oil and rose water.
At the Sheriff’s tent: Wednesday, Aug. 6: Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) fingerprinting for children from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., child seat safety installation at 1 p.m. and Special Response Team (SRT) from 5 to 9 p.m.Thursday, Aug. 7: Sheriff’s Sales information at 10 a.m., child seat safety installation at 1 p.m., BCI fingerprinting for children from 3 to 9 p.m., SRT from 5 to 9 p.m. and Project Lifesaver at 5 p.m.Friday, Aug. 8: child seat safety installation at 10 a.m., BCI fingerprinting for children from11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and SRT from 5 to 9 p.m.
The Library System will have crafting projects from 10:30 a.m. to noon and2:30 to 4 p.m. daily. They will provide information about their Museum Program, Seed Saver Program at the Peapack & Gladstone Library, Web App and more. Also, visitors can take “selfies” with life-sized cutouts of Albert Einstein and Jane Goodall.
On Wednesday, the Vocational & Technical Schools will have an inflatable soil tunnel behind their table for children of all ages to experience. Visitors will see what lives in the soil as they walk through it.
Also check out Rizzo’s Reptile Discovery on Friday, Aug. 8, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Prep Tent. An educator will blend nature, environment and conservation to teach how humans impact the environment. Also, the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office will have a K-9 Demonstration at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7, in the Clover Theater.A schedule for all three days will be posted outside the Main Tent.
For more information about the Fair, call the Ted Blum 4-H Center at 908-526-6644 or visit http://somerset.njaes.rutgers.edu/4hfair/. A schedule of events is available at http://somerset.njaes.rutgers.edu/4hfair/FairSchedules.html
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Programs for Children
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Fizz, Boom, Read! Summer Reading Club
It is not too late to come to the library and sign up to participate in our summer reading club – read or listen to books, play games, and win prizes! Details at the library!Gizmos, Gadgets, and Goo - Wacky Fun with Science (For students entering grades 1-5)
Grown-Ups – we have a club for you too – prizes include gift certificates and
Grown-Ups – we have a club for you too – prizes include gift certificates and
Squish! Polymers, Diapers, and Goo...oh my! Monday, August 11at 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Registration required.. Be prepared to get messy as we explore the powers of polymers by dissecting diapers and mixing up a batch of Oobleck - - a magical Newtonian solid (it behaves as both a solid and a liquid at the same time!)
Sing-along with Carol - Summer Songs (For all ages) Tuesday, August 12 at 10:00 am No registration requiredJoin us for a bucketful of songs celebrating all things summer!
SUMMER CARNIVAL - Mad Science Laboratory! (For all ages)
Thursday, August 14 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. No registration required. Step right up...and into the library's own mad science laboratory! There will be games, prizes, and activities for chidlren of all ages!
Afternoon Movie: Meet the Robinsons (G) (For families with children ages 3+) Monday, August 18 at 3:30 pm. No registration required. Lewis is a brillant young inventor who sets off on a time-traveling quest to save the future and find the family he never knew. With the help of the wonderfully wacky Robinson family, Lewis learns to keep moving forward and never stop believing in himself.
Toddler Dance Party (For ages 2-6) Wednesday, August 20 from 4:30-5:30 pm. No 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!
Play Group (Ages birth to 3 years) 10am Monday Aug. 25th. No registration required. Come and play with toys, dance to music, and make new friends!
Wheel Away - Story & Craft! (For ages 4-9) Tuesday, August 26 at 10:00 am. Repeats at 11:30. Registration required and begins on August 12. Did you learn to ride a bike or tricycle this summer? Or take a trip or travel by car or bus or train to a distant destination? We'll celebrate all forms of transport, then design our very own vehicle.
Mad Scientist Club (For children entering grades 2 & 3). Registration required for each session. Are you curious? Do you like to conduct experiments? Sign up for the Mad Scientist Club where we will explore and celebrate the ordinary wonders of everyday science.
August 26 from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm (Registration begins August 12) - Cool Science Experiments: This session will explore some weird and unusual experiments; a Mountain Dew lantern, fireworks in a glass, and rainbow reflections.
@ Bridgewater Library for Tweens and Teens:
Tween Dinosaur Party (For Students entering Grades 4-6) Friday, August 8 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Registration required. Tweens, grades 4-6, get locked in the library after hours! We'll magically transport ourselves to the days of the dinosaurs with dino-inspired games, crafts, snacks and more! Board games and video games will also be available.
End of Summer Party (For students entering grades 6-12) Monday, August 25 from 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Registration required and begins on August 4. Come celebrate the end of summer! Ice cream sundaes will be served and our teen volunteers will be honored for all of their hard work over the summer! We'll also be raffling off special prizes!
Tween Advisory Board (Students entering grades 4-6) Tuesday, Aug. 26 6:00 - 7:00 pm. Registration required. Make the library a better place for you and your fellow Tweens! We'll talk about the books you're reading now, and your favorite movies and video games. You'll even get a chance to talk about what programs you'd like at the library! Community service hours will be awarded for attendance.
Teen Advisory Board (For Students entering Grades 7-12) Tuesday, Aug. 26 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. Registration required. TEENS: YOUR OPINION MATTERS! Do you have suggestions for programs, new books, movies, or video games? Then come to one of our TAB meetings! Community service hours will be awarded for attendance!
Open Mic Night (For ages 13+) Thursday August 28 From 6:45-8:30pm
Registration required to perform and begins on August 14. 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.
Want more info about upcoming programs? Check out the August calendar here.
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Last chance to see: THE HONEY AND THE HIVE: THE SWEET STORY OF HONEYBEES AT THE MORRIS MUSEUM
VISIT THE MORRIS MUSEUM FOR FREE – CHECK OUT THE LIBRARY’S MUSEUM PASS! -- INFO HERE.
through August 16, 2014
Honeybees are responsible for at least 30% of the foods we eat everyday! Busy bees are the great pollinators of the world and are essential to so many aspects of our lives and culture. Celebrate the sweet story of these incredible insects and learn how vital they are to our survival and how you can help to protect and conserve bees and their habitats. Learn about the life cycle of a bee and how different cultures revere this tiny architect.
RELATED PROGRAMS (SEE LINKS FOR REGISTRATION AND TICKETING INFORMATION):
- Bee Hive Inspection, every Saturday through August 16
- Honey Bee Family Festival, July 26
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in New Jersey And The Surrounding States 2014
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Thanks to Ruth Ross of njartsmaven.com for some of these listings.
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