Each week, we'll give you the info on the five best family activities or events for the week.
You're time-pressed enough, so we're happy to do the research and find the best things to do and places to go, both locally and within reasonable striking distance.
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Orangetown Patriots Cheerleading Fundraiser—Dine at Bella Luna
When/Where: All Day Wednesday /Bella Luna Brick Oven Pizzeria & Restaurant
Why Go: Two cheerleading teams from the Orangetown Patriots have advanced to compete in Disney Orlando, FL for Nationals. They will compete in December. Bella Luna will donate 10 percent of their sales to the Orangetown Patriots today.
When/Where: Friday November 30 at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble at the Palisades Center.
Why Go: Owen the baby hippo and his mama were best friends. They loved to play hide-and-seek on the banks of the Sabaki River in Africa. That was all before the tsunami came and washed Owen's world away. Children will get to make a tortoise just like Mzee.
Cost/Contact: Free/Barnes & Noble
Annual Holiday Lights of Nyack Event
When/Where: Friday, November 30 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the Veterans Park Gazebo on Main and Cedar Streets in the center of Nyack.
Why Go: There will be Live Caroling, Free Refreshments, Tree Lighting, Santa Visit, Special Holiday Story Reading Local Businesses Contribute and Offer Special Deals at this annual holiday lighting
Cost/Contact: Free/ www.nyackchamber.org
Family Movie Night
When/Where: 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30/ Nanuet Library
Why Go: Enjoy a movie on our big screen: The Lorax. Bring blankets, pillows, and whatever makes you most comfortable. The library will provide snacks. An adult must accompany children into the Library and remain with them in the Community Room during the movie presentation.
Cost/Contact: No registration required. Free / Nanuet Library
When/Where: Saturday December 1 at 11 a.m./ Barnes & Noble at the Palisades Center
Why Go: Please join us for stories and music hosted by Nursery School of the Nyacks.
Cost/Contact: Free/ Barnes & Noble
Dance Central Annual Performance
When/Where: Saturday, Dec. 1 at 4 p.m./Pearl River High School
Why Go: Dance Central will put on its annual Nutcracker Performance with sales of public tickets going to benefit the Chanin Family. There will also be a raffle for a $500 gift certificate.
Cost/Contact: $10 per ticket to the show and $5 per raffle entry. Tickets are available at Dance Central after 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
When/Where: Saturday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m./Street School Community Center, 31 Zukor Rd, New City
Why Go: Pre-schoolers will sing carols and a very important visitor will be there. Enjoy entertainment and light refreshments. Come out and enjoy a festive evening! Snow Date: Monday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Benefit Concert For Hurricane Sandy Victims
When/Where: Sunday, Dec. 2 at 9:30 a.m./Temple Beth Sholom, 228 New Hempstead Rd, New City
Why Go: Members of adult and children's choirs, TBS Band and other talented members of Temple Beth Sholom will participate in the special benefit concert to raise funds to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.
When/Where: Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m./ Pearl River Room at the Pearl River Public Library
Why Go: Teens choose from a selection of books, read for a month and come back the first Tuesday of the following month to answer trivia questions. Share the books, trivia and snacks.
Cost/Contact: Free/For more information, contact Christina Linder at (845) 735-4084.
When/Where: Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m./ Pearl River Public Library
Why Go: For ages four to 12, to share in being creative with the library’s Lego collection. No registration necessary.
Cost/Contact: Free/For more information, contact Pamela Gunning at (845) 735-4084.