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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Calling all Authors & Illustrators -- November is National Writing Month–Get Your Creative Juices Flowing at Our Kickoff Next Monday or Come by the Library Anytime to get the Materials to Write your own Book. Plus ideas for Teacher’s Convention Break…

Note: Starting in January, this blog will no longer be affiliated with the Bridgewater Library branch, however Carol Simon Levin ("Miss Carol") will continue to blog about Bridgewater Library branch programs and area events as "Out & About in Bridgewater" on this site. The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey will also be launching a new Youth Services electronic newsletter in January 2017. Sign up here (http://eepurl.com/cfWDTT) to receive the new SCLSNJ Youth Services Newsletter hot off the virtual press!



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Bridgewater Mayor Dan Hayes Announces Diwali Celebration

Township Senior Citizens Club and the Bhaarat Nritya Academy of Bridgewater to Host Holiday Celebration

Bridgewater Mayor Dan Hayes invites all residents to attend the 3rd Annual Township Diwali Celebration. The “Festival of Lights” signifies the victory of light over darkness and celebrates hopes and new beginnings and will take place on Saturday, November 5, 2016, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Bridgewater Township Senior Citizens Center. The Center is located at 455 Somerville Road, Bridgewater.  

The free performance event will include dance and musical entertainment by the Bhaarat Nritya Academy, a fashion show and a special performance of Dandiya or the stick dance. An optional luncheon provided by Bombay Spice will follow the performances for the nominal fee of $5.00. It is requested that tickets for the luncheon be purchased in advance at the Senior Citizens Center. For more information or to reserve tickets for the optional luncheon please visit the Center or contact the Township Senior Coordinator by telephone at (908) 575-8021 or through email at seniors@bridgewaternj.gov.   

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HomeRaritan Valley Community College’s Youth Program will offer daytime classes for school-age children during the Teachers’ Convention break, November 10 and 11.
A variety of classes for students ages 6-17 will be offered at the College’s Branchburg campus. Programs will focus on such areas as robotics, science, technology, engineering, fine arts, exam preparation, comic book creation, and more. Two-day, single day, and half-day programs will be offered November 10 and 11.
To register for Youth Program classes, visit www.raritanval.edu/youth. For information only, email youth@raritanval.edu or call 908-526-1200, ext. 8404. The Youth Program office is located on the first floor of Somerset Hall, in room S147.

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Children's Theatre: The Stinky Cheese Man (Ages 3 – 9)

Thursday, November 10, 11:00AM and 1:30PM -School Vacation Day
Take a musical journey to see some of the zaniest fairy tales ever told, including Chicken Licken, the Really Ugly Duckling, Little Red Riding Shorts, and, of course, the Stinky Cheese Man. Based on a Caldecott Honor book. Tickets: $10 for adults; $7 for children get tickets

Children's Theatre:
Miss Nelson Has A Field Day

Friday, November 11, 11:00AM and 1:30PM
School Vacation Day
Ages 3 - 9

The Horace Smedley Tornadoes have never won a football game. Miss Nelson enlists the notorious Coach Viola Swamp to whip the team into shape for the big Thanksgiving game. A perfect fall musical!  Tickets: $10 for adults; $7 for children get tickets

Wild New Guinea!

Thursday, November 10, 2:30PM

School Vacation Day

See some of New Guinea's incredible creatures live and up close with Turtle Back Zoo staff! Advanced registration required.  Tickets: $5 per person learn more

Studio Art Workshops

November 10 and November 11
School Vacation Days Ages 6+ 

Looking for a fun activity for your kids during the November school vacation days? Sign them up for a studio art workshop! We are offering Pastel PlayA Day with Van Gogh and Quirky Sculptures during the morning hours, and A Day with O'Keefe in the afternoon. Advanced registration required. Fee: $40 for Members; $45 for Non-members learn more

Lenape Family Day

Saturday, November 12, 11:00AM - 4:00PM

November is Native American Heritage month. Come to the Museum to hear Native American legends, play Native American games, and make Lenape inspired crafts. Free with Museum admission. learn more



The National Park Service will officially re-open the renovated video theater in the Thomas Edison NHP visitor center at 211 Main Street at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, November 2, 2016. All are invited.  A variety of films are shown throughout the day in the theater. In addition to Thomas Edison’s 1903 classic, The Great Train Robbery, The Invention Factory, The Story of Thomas Edison and his West Orange Lab, and Glenmont: A Historical Tour, Thomas and Mina Edison’s West Orange Home, we are also showing our newest film: The Wizard of West Orange (2016).

Fee Free Days 2016:  Friday, November 11 is the last Fee Free day of 2016. Read more: www.nps.gov/edis

November Planetarium Schedule
During the holiday season, there are many things to be thankful for: Friends, Family, and RVCC Planetarium being a place to gather with those loved ones.  

Weather permitting, the 3M Observatory will be open to the public on Saturday evenings from sunset to about 9:15 p.m. 
November 5, 12, & 19 
  3:00 pm
~Laser Pop Rock
4:00 pm
These shows are for ages 3-8.
Thursday, November 10
~Magic Tree House: Space Mission 
2:00 pm
~The Little Star That Could 
3:00 pm
These shows are for ages 6-12.
(Check our website for full details of shows and age recommendations) 
Adult Astronomy Shows
(Ages 10 and above)
Astronomy Tonight
7:00 pm November 5
One Ocean, One Sky
7:00 pm November 12 & 19
(Check our website for full details of shows and age recommendations) 
One Ocean, One Sky
7:00 pm November 12 & 19

Before there were GPS signals available on our hand-held devices, people on the move used the sky to find their way.  Produced by the Imiloa Science Center in Hawaii, "One Ocean, One Sky" introduces us to the sky of the Pacific seafaring navigators, who were able to sail from Hawaii to Japan and many islands in between.  We will also discover how different the sky looks from our 40 degrees north latitude to theirs at 20 degrees north. 
(Check our website for full details of shows and age recommendations) 
Saturday Adult Laser Shows
Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon
8:00 pm November 5 & 19
Laser Grateful Dead
8:00 pm November 12
(Check our website for full details of shows and age recommendations) 

The Sky Above
Saturday, November 5, 5:00 pm

A Sensory-Friendly show for visitors with Autism or other developmental disabilities.


New Jersey Family

The Best Free Things to Do in November

Free Things to Do in November

Keep your budget in check and still have a blast at these free events.

NJ Teacher Convention Camps

NJ Teacher's Convention Camps

Make a fun plan for the kids when they're off from school.


Preschooler Fun in November

Our Favorite NJ Places to Take Preschoolers This Month

Plan something special with your little one!

Things to this Weekend

Best Things to Do THIS Weekend With the Kids

You won't want to miss these indoor and outdoor events!



The November full moon - visible on Nov 13-14, is not only the closest full moon of 2016, NASA said, but also the closest full moon since 1948 (which is still the last time the Cleveland Indians won the World Series).

Supersized! November supermoon will be biggest in nearly 70 years

A record-breaking supermoon will brighten the night sky later this month. USATODAY.COM


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