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Events and Activities in Northwest New Jersey

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November

Saturday, 1; Hackettstown

ALEXIS P. SUTER BLUES BAND. Benefit concert also features the VooDUDES. 7 - 11pm. $25. Sitnik Theater at Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave.

WNTI Centenary Radio; 908/979-4355

Saturday, 1; Morristown

FROM ROMANCE TO TRAGEDY; GREAT MOMENTS IN BALLET. New Jersey Ballet’s Season Opening Night 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Saturday, 1; North Branch

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Saturday, 1; Ringwood

Gentle Giants Dog Rescue and Sanctuary;

Saturday, 1-2; Somerset

BRICKFAIR NJ 2014. LEGO Fan Festival celebrates the most awesome toy ever, with displays, games, building and creating, prizes, and more. 11am - 4pm. $10. Garden State Expo Center, 50 Atrium Drive.

BrickFair LEGO Fan Festivals; 240/481-7998

Sunday, 2; Lebanon

OPEN HEARTH COOKING DEMO. Learn about 18th century cooking 1 - 4pm. Free. 114 Dreahook Road.

Readington Museums; 908/236-2327

Friday, 7; Morristown

VOCA PEOPLE. No instruments, no sound effects - just eight incredible, talented singer-comedians. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Saturday, 8; Hackettstown

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Saturday, 8; Morristown

DOG EXPO. Join local rescue groups and business owners for a celebration of all things dog. 11am - 3pm. 6 Normandy Heights Rd..

Morris Museum; 973/971-3700

Saturday, 8; Sussex

YOGA ON THE MOUNTAIN. Enjoy the view while relaxing your mind and body. All levels of experience are welcome. Bring your own yoga mat. Registration is suggested, but not required. 9:30am. $5 suggested donation. Interpretive Center, 1480 State Route 23.

Friends of High Point State Park; 973/702-0488

Saturday, 8-9; Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon

NOT JUST WINE TRAIL. Visit Vintage North Jersey wineries this weekend to receive coupons, discounts and directions to nearby restaurants, hotels, farm markets and stands, specialty food stores, unique shops and more.

Vintage North Jersey Wine Trail ; www.vintagenorthjersey.com

Sunday, 9; Hackettstown

NJ BALLET: PETER & THE WOLF-BEAUTY & THE BEAST. The power of courage and kindness are at the heart of this delightful double feature. 2pm. Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave..

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Sunday, 9; North Branch

10 HAIRY LEGS. Randy James’ all-male repertory dance company. 8pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Tuesday, 11; Morristown

NJ350 LECTURE: TRAVELS ACROSS NEW JERSEY: THE BOLD, THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE UNUSUAL. Pete Genevese reveals some of New Jersey’s best known, least known and most interesting Jerseyanna. 7:30pm. Free, reserve tickets. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Wednesday, 12; Morristown

AN EVENING WITH MARIO BATALI. Co-host of TV’s The Chew will speak on all things food 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Thursday, 13-16; Hackettstown

KEN WALDMAN ALASKAS FIDDLING POET: PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST AS SANTA CLAUS. One-part Appalachian-string band concert, one-part riveting storytelling, one-part poetry reading, and one-part early Christmas gift exchange. 8pm. Kutz Theater of the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave..

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Saturday, 15; Blairstown

PETER ROWAN. 8:30pm. $30. 30 Main Street.

Historic Blairstown Theatre; 908/362-1399

Saturday, 15; Branchburg

CRAFT SHOW & BAKE SALE. Crafters and vendors, tricky tray raffles. Refreshments available. Benefits students and charitable donations. 10am - 4pm. Free. Central School, 220 Baird Rd.

Branchburg Womans’ Club; 908/866-1824

Saturday, 15; Chester

HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA. Fair trade gifts, handmade crafts and home baked goodies, Soups to G, and more! Tea with Savories and Sweets will be available. 10am - 3pm. 220 Main Street.

Community Presbyterian Church; 908/879-5859

Saturday, 15; Hackettstown

IF YOU GIVE A PIG A PANCAKE. Young Audience Series The Little Theater.

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Saturday, 15; North Branch

MANXMOUSE: THE MOUSE WHO KNEW NO FEAR. Sampler Series: Recommended 6+ 1 & 3:30pm. $10. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Saturday, 15-16; Shawnee-On-Delaware

ART ON THE MOUNTAIN. The Hope Lodge will house more than sixty artisans on two floors. The artwork on sale will fit any budget. 11am - 5pm. Free. I 80, Exit 309.

Shawnee Mountain; 570/421-7231

Sunday, 16; Morristown

RAINBOW MAGIC LIVE!. Children's books come to life in a musical stage production, ages 4-10 1:30 & 4pm. Free, reserve tickets. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Tuesday, 18; Morristown

BEADS FOR PEACE. Artist Maya Bloom leads this beading workshop using natural materials and dove beads symbolizing peace. 1pm - 3pm. $20/ $25 member. 353 East Hanover Ave..

Frelinghuysen Arboretum; 973/326-7603

Wednesday, 19; Morristown

GROW, COOK, EAT. Monthly garden series concentrates on winter roots: Turnips, Rutabagas, Parsnips. 7 - 8:30pm. $20/ $15 members. 353 East Hanover Ave..

Frelinghuysen Arboretum; 973/326-7601

Thursday, 20; Newton

ERIC JOHNSON AND MIKE STERN. 8pm. $29 - $39. 234 Spring Street.

The Newton Theatre; 973/383-3700

Saturday, 22; Morristown

GOT SWAG? . Make your own outdoor holiday swag under expert tutelage. 10am - 12pm. $40/ $30 member. 353 East Hanover Ave..

Frelinghuysen Arboretum; 973/326-7603

Sunday, 23; North Branch

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER. First airing in 1964, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has become a beloved Christmas classic – capturing the hearts and wonder of generations of fans. 2pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Monday, 24; Morristown

THANKSGIVING CENTERPIECE WORKSHOP. Make a stunning low arrangement in an attractive container using a selection of autumn foliage, seasonal berries, pods, wheat, vegetables, and of course flowers. 10am - 12pm. $75/ $65 member. 353 East Hanover Ave..

Frelinghuysen Arboretum; 973/326-7603

Thursday, 27-29; Flemington

Liberty Village Premium Outlets; 908/782-8550

Friday, 28-29; Port Murray

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE. Special demonstrations, greenhouse tour, complimentary hot mulled cider and cookies. 9am - 5pm. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Friday, 28-7; Clinton

FESTIVAL OF TREES. Donated, decorated trees on view in the mill with holiday music/entertainment. Weekends. 10 - 4pm. $5. Red Mill, 56 Main St..

Red Mill Museum Village; 908/735-4101

Saturday, 29; North Branch

SHADOWS OF THE 60S. A tribute to Motown super groups: The Four Tops, Temptations & Supremes. 8pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Sunday, 30; Allamuchy

TWO TENORS FROM PHILLY. Rutherfurd Hall, 1686 Route 517 (Mountain Villa School).

Rutherfurd Hall; 908/852-1894x138

Sunday, 30; Morristown

MOOSELTOE. Enchanting holiday “moosical” for ages 4-10 11am, 1:30 & 4pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

December

Wednesday, 3;

HAPPY HOLIDAYS BUS TRIP TO LONGWOOD GARDENS & WINTERTHUR. Winterthur Yuletide: guided tour, Costumes of Downton Abbey exhibit. Wander on your own at Longwood Gardens Christmas. Lots of shopping! Info & to register: website or email $77.

DIG IT! Magazine;

Friday, 5; Blairstown

CHERYL WHEELER & PATTY LARKIN. 8:30pm. $30. 30 Main Street.

Historic Blairstown Theatre; 908/362-1399

Friday, 5; Morristown

DAVE KOZ & FRIENDS. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Friday, 5-14; Morristown

GINGERBREAD WONDERLAND. What started as a small display of gingerbread houses has now become an incredible 10-day exhibit of over 200 edible structures. 9:30am - 5pm. 353 East Hanover Ave..

Frelinghuysen Arboretum; 973/326-7601

Saturday, 6; Blairstown

Gallery 23; 908/362-6865

Saturday, 6; Morristown

CELTIC THUNDER: SYMPHONY. Irish vocal group, backed by a symphony, performs traditional carols and cherished contemporary favorites 7:30pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Saturday, 6; Port Murray

HOLIDAY CENTERPIECE. Using holly and various types of fresh greens, create a delightful centerpiece for your holiday table. 2 - 4pm. $34. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Saturday, 6-7; Wantage

HOLIDAY BENEFIT AT LUSSCROFT FARM. Explore the Turner Mansion & Manager's Dwelling, festively decorated and filled with vendors, farmers, a bake sale, a gift shop. 50 Neilson Road.

Friends of Lusscroft Farms; 973/702-2289

Saturday, 6-14; Ringwood

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS AT RINGWOOD MANOR. 11am - 5. $8 adults; $6 seniors; $5 children. 134 Sloatsburg Road.

North Jersey Highlands Historical Society; 973/962-2240

Sunday, 7; Chester

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING. Santa visits, refreshments 5pm. Free. Routes 206 & 24/513.

Historic Chester Business Association; 908/897-2900

Sunday, 7; Lebanon

DUTCH CHRISTMAS. Sint Nikolaas Day. 1 - 4pm. Free. 114 Dreahook Road.

Readington Museums; 908/236-2327

Sunday, 7; North Branch

AN IRISH CHRISTMAS. Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul 4pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Friday, 12; North Branch

THE GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER. Moscow Ballet 4 & 8pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Friday, 12-14; Morristown

NEW JERSEY BALLET’S NUTCRACKER. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Friday, 12-14; Morristown

HOLIDAY CRAFTMORRISTOWN. Handmade gifts. $9. Morristown Armory.

ArtRider; 845/331-7900

Sunday, 14; North Branch

A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Moscow Ballet 2pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Thursday, 18; North Branch

DAVE LEONHARDT TRIO. A Jazzy Christmas 7pm. $25. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Friday, 19-21; Hackettstown

THE NUTCRACKER. The New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave..

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Saturday, 20; North Branch

FROSTY. Can Frosty the snowman help Billy find his real family in time for Christmas? Sampler Series: Recommended 4+ 1 & 3:30pm. $10. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Sunday, 28; Allamuchy

HARRY ALLEN QUINTET. Rutherfurd Hall, 1686 Route 517 (Mountain Villa School).

Rutherfurd Hall; 908/852-1894x138