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publisher’s note The holidays are the busiest time of year for most everyone, no matter what holiday you celebrate. My goal is to make this season easier on you. This issue provides you will find a “Gift Guide” including family-friendly local shops and top-notch national products. Also take advantage of the calendar where you will find Santa Sightings, Holiday Parades & Tree Lightings. Scrapbooking is a hobby of mine, and since the holidays equals family to me, I wanted to share a really fun way to highlight family. It’s always a great time to take family photos and look at old family photos, not just over the holidays but during the cold winter months when you‘re stuck in side. Don’t leave those pictures hidden in boxes or in digital files on your computer hard drive. Scrapbooks have come a long way from the old magnetic albums. Now it’s easy to upload those special memories to your favorite website and create online albums. One of my favorite websites for creating 12X12 album pages is now called MyPublisher.com. Try it by clicking on their link located at the JerseyShoreFamily.com homepage. Enjoy a free photo book from JSF. It’s as easy as uploading your photos, finding the product that fits your needs, and creating it with a click of the mouse. You can also create holiday cards and other unique photo gifts. The most common New Year resolution is getting in shape or staying in shape, so to start the New Year right JSF has included some ideas about keeping fit with the family this winter. Additional fun family activities are suggested for keeping busy over the two-week Winter Break. We have incorporated a new page in this issue—teen book reviews written by your local middle schools students. Hopefully these reviews will be just the thing to encourage your children to want to read. Maybe your child will even ask for a book for the holidays! Feel free to encourage your son or daughter to read a book and submit their review to JSF for publication. Please stop and visit our advertisers this Holiday Season. Let them know – “You saw it Jersey Shore Family!” After all, they are the reason you have so much great information at your finger tips.
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Things to do over winter break. ................ 4 Family Fitness during winter months............ 5 Gingerbread Houses: Fun Family Craft....... 7 Holiday Gift Guide. .......................... 8-11 Scrapbooking...................................... 12 Student Book Reviews. .......................... 13
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Things to do with the kids over winter break Enjoy these suggestions for family activities during Winter Break Make it a….
Exercise Day – Walk or bike the Atlantic County Park, climb the Absecon Light House, or walk the Cape May Zoo and say hi to the loveable animals. Walk out the old year on Saturday, December 31st, by taking a twohour FREE social hike through the Atlantic County Park in Estell Manor. Participants will meet at the Fox Nature Center at 1:30 p.m. The pace will be geared to ability. Advanced registration is encouraged and can be made by calling 645-5960. Check out more of Jersey Shore Family’s suggestions in “Family Fitness During the Winter Months, ” and don’t forget to check out the new “Parks & Playground” tab on the website, and let us know where you like to play!
Movie Day (or night) – Watch a FREE G or PG rated holiday movie, including cookies and hot chocolate, at the Library/ Hammonton Branch on December 19th at 6-8 p.m. This event is recommended for children eight and older, and younger than eight if accompanied by an adult. Check the calendar at www.JerseyShoreFamily.com for more movie dates and locations. Museum Day – Visit the Atlantic City Aquarium, Jersey Shore Children’s Museum, or even one of our many local Historical Societies . . . South Jersey has some great history! Arts and Crafts Day – Check out a local craft store, like Kidz Creations, or visit the Atlantic County Library for their FREE craft schedule. You can also Check their calendar at www.JerseyShoreFamily.com
Visit the Hammonton Branch Library on Dec. 27th for the “Holiday Break Crafts” to make a “First Night Hat.” Visit again for the Dec. 29th “Fly Catching Frog Craft.” Both are at 1:30 p.m. These activities are recommended for children ages 5 – 10. Registration is required. All materials will be provided. Train Display Day – Christmas is the season for local train displays at two locations. At the Shore Mall see the Atlantic County 4-H Model Railroad in December and January, Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In addition, the Patcong Valley Model Railroad on Route 40 in Richland is opened on December 3, 4, 10, 11, and on January 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25. Hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Family Fitness During the Winter Months by Deanne P. Walther, DRT
As we all know getting exercise is the key to good health, but during the winter months finding time to exercise as a family becomes a challenge. We have included some healthy recipes along with some fun ideas that will help families exercise together. Outside possibilities include tubing, sledding, skiing, and ice skating. Getting exercise inside to avoid the frigid weather may include: • Jumping jacks • Jog in place • Hula hoop contest • Dance party • Jump rope • Pilates • Yoga • Run up and down steps • High knees
• Push-ups • Indoor ice skating • Wii exercises • Bowling • Mall walking • Strength training • Treadmill • Stationary bike
Do these exercises for 25-30 seconds, then rest for 25 seconds. Repeat three times trying to increase your intensity with each repetition. These exercises can even be performed at commercial breaks while watching television! For more recipes and other resources on eating well for less, visit the OSU web site at www.healthyrecipes.oregonstate.edu. Source: Oregon State University Extension Service. This material was funded in part by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program of USDA.
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Fun Holiday craft easy for the kids.. Gingerbread houses are a yearly tradition in our family like many of yours, I’m sure. This year the girls wanted to have full artistic license, so I took the easy way out and shopped for a pre-fab house. They loved it. We came close to having a whole gingerbread village to construct until I talked them out of that, knowing their ability to concentrate may not outlast the project. We brought our house home and daddy helped them glue it together with icing. I opened the candy that came with the house and, knowing it wouldn’t be enough for them, I brilliantly offered up their Halloween candy. They were so excited to decorate the house that they agreed. This was the girls’ project, and other than putting the structure together and squeezing the icing onto the house, they put it together themselves. This budget friendly project cost less than $10.00, courtesy of the Mother’s Club of Absecon and Galloway for their donation. Fortunately, the Halloween candy was free. Have fun with your pre-fab gingerbread house, and remember it does not have to be perfect. Just have fun, and let the children run wild with their creative abilities. Thanks to the Cooper Family.. See more of “Cooking with the Coopers” in upcoming issue of Jersey Shore Family!
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Up Close and Personal:
Elite Salon by Shiryle Seyler
Rarely is there a time when a business and community spirit come together with a common purpose. Christopher Longo, owner and Master Stylist/Colorist of Elite Salon of Linwood, has a vision: “At my business, I want to create an atmosphere where you’re a part of our family. I want to know your sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, and friends. I want this salon to be a meeting place, a gathering place where one feels welcome.” With his mother, Diane Longo, as the backbone of wisdom and support, this nice Italian family has set a course to transform the salon experience. At Elite Salon, one of the key elements of service is the art of listening: understanding a client’s vision of what they desire in a hairstyle, what overall “look” they want. “Hair is an accessory you wear every day; it’s important we get it right,” says Longo. Each client is evaluated by way of a consultation to identify his or her needs and hair-care goals. It is crucial that the stylist and client be on the same page. All stylists are licensed and rigorously trained in a unique, ninemonth apprenticeship program,
learning the A-Zs of cuts, color, and consultation. This ensures the stylist’s ability to handle any hair-care challenge that comes his or her way. The salon presently employs two full-time stylists, and four additional licensed stylists are actively engaged in the apprenticeship program. A professional barber and a full-time esthetician/skincare specialist are also employed. There are plans to engage a nail technician and certified massage therapist. With 11 hair stations and rooms dedicated to facials, massage therapy, and manicure/ pedicure, making this local salon a viable mini-spa experience. Christopher Longo of Elite Salon speaks from a heart determined to forge a strong bond with the community by offering his clients a warm family atmosphere, exceptional customer service, welltrained staff, and top-of-the-line hair and skin-care products. Elite Salon is open Tues. – Fri. 9am - 9 pm and Sat. 9am - 5pm Hair Care Tip: Always use sulfate free shampoos and paraben free conditioners. They are gentler on the hair and won’t fade color or strip the natural oils from the hair.
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Totem Pole Stackers by Lamaze
Perfect for helping develop dexterity and hand-eye coordination, these fun, colorful stackers will engage and encourage baby. Smart magnets make these soft stackers an easy and non-frustrating way to help baby explore the concept of stacking and order. With bright colors, fun patterns and a rattle in each character, these toys are an adorable way to stimulate baby’s vision as well as engage baby’s hearing. Recommended Ages: 6+ months — $17.95 Available at: www.fatbraintoys.com
by Bear Hands & Buddies
Cute, adorable easy to get on infant and toddler mittens. Thinsulate lined polar fleece makes them cozy and warm. Kids love the unique paw design and want to keep these mittens on! — $12.99 Available at www.bearhands.net
Caterpillar Gears Toddler Toy by Melissa and Doug
Turn the gears slowly and watch each interlocking segment move the next, or see how fast your child can make the caterpillar “crawl” on the wooden base. Toddlers will be fascinated by the colors and movement of this charming toy. Promotes color recognition, hand/eye coordination and fine motor skills. Recommended Ages: 18+ months — $9.99 Available at: www.melissaanddoug.com
Explore & play peek-a-boo. Features hidden surprises. Peeko provides visual stimulation, auditory development, and a cuddly toy for security. — $22.00
Bunny Picnic Pal Wrist Rattles by Apple Park
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The Picnic Pal wrist and ankle rattles jingle when shaken. Soft baby velcro keeps them in place for continuous and drop-free playing. — $16.00
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Curious George™ Zoobies
Curious George™, the mischievous and adorable little monkey, is sure to become your child’s most adventurous playmate. From his soft brown fur to his bright red t-shirt, Curious George™ is easy to go bananas over. The Zoobies® team has worked hard to bring Margret and Hans Augusto Rey’s popluar storybook character to life. Not only is Curious George™ a plush toy, but also a pillow with a uniquely printed cozy coral fleece blanket zipped inside.. Ages: 3+ months — $38 .00 Available at www.amazon.com
Hand Puppet Gift Crates by Apple Park
Apple Park’s very special line of “Picnic Pal” books and plus animals are not only packed full of fun and happiness, but they are of extremely good quality and 100% organic. The gift crates make the perfect gift and both hand puppet and accompanying book come in a decorative gift box with grosgrain ribbon handle. Recommended Ages: 18+ months — $38.00
Super Sorting Pie
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by Learning Resources
Fat-free and filled with early math fun! What’s not to love about this pretend pastry that stretches the mind? Slip the activity cards into the bottom of the pan to focus on sorting, counting, color and number recognition. Jumbo tweezers help children practice fine motor skills. Durable plastic pie stores 60 counters (seven fruits indifferent colors); three double-sided sorting cards; removable divided insert and two jumbo tweezers. Includes Activity Guide. Ages 3 and up. — $27.99. Available at www.LearningResources.com
Night-time Glowberry Bears by Early
Learning Brainy Baby This cute and cuddly talking blue bear is filled with smiles and words of good cheer. Her tummy turns into a night light that automatically turns off after three minutes of inactivity. Ages: 3+ months — $26 .00 Available at www.amazon.com
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Ice Cream Shop by Learning Resources
Here’s a sweet way to get imaginations churning. Plenty of colorful pieces encourage creative thinking, sharing, teamwork, building connections and other important social skills. Includes four scoops of ice cream, two cones, two ice cream dishes, two spoons, a banana that “splits,” a scooper, apron, write & wipe menu card and chocolate syrup bottle that “squirts” mess-free pretend chocolate. Ages 3 and up. — $26.99. Available at www.LearningResources.com
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Mama, Papa, Brother and Sister Bear come to life as kids use the characters to race around the board. Ages 4+ — $23.99 Available at www.patchproducts.com
Chuggington Wooden Railway Trainee Roundhouse Set
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This 32-piece set features a 1-level roundhouse with over-the-top track layout. Includes Koko, Brewster, Vee, Chuggington sign and more! — $119.99 Available at www.amazon.com
Disney Pixar Cars 2 AppMates by Disney
Kimochis Bug Box Set byKimochis
Appmates are the first line of ground-breaking toys to interact and come to life with a digital interface. This fully interactive environment lets kids explore, collect and race. — $29.99 Available at www.amazon.com
Bug is a caterpillar who is afraid of change. This innovative product line succeeds in teaching children to identify and express feelings in a positive way. — $24.99 www.kimochis.com
Franklin AnyBook Reader
by Franklin Your voice. Your child. Your books. This flexible record and playback tool with 60 hours of recording time enables read-out-loud record and playback by parent and/or child, building experience, confidence and reading ability. —$59.99
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REAL-MONEY DELUXE SAVINGS GOAL ATM by ZILLIONZ™ Just like the real thing! Insert the ATM card to activate the screen and view savings. The coin slot recognizes the value of each coin and the automatic bill feeder accepts real currency. You can only access the vault with your digital access code. Stand it up or hang on a wall with its built-in wall mount. Age 5+ — $39.99 Available at www.summittoysshop.com 609.965.1181 • 609.457.2964
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Velociraptor and Pterosaur Building Set by Bloco Toys inc.
Unique foam and plastic construction set with 5 different dinosaurs both boys and girls can enjoy. High quality pieces are attractively colored to stimulate play and create an endless variation of creatures. Ages 5+ — $19.99 Available at www.amazon.com
by The Orb Factory Decorate tiaras, glass slippers, a carriage and more by matching sparkling tiles to a numbered legend. stick•to mirror,ORDERS PARTIESThey • BBQ’S SPECIAL windows, notebooks and more! Best of all, these stickers can be peeled right off with no residue and reused for years to come. Age 5+ — $9.99 Available at www.toysrus.com
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Whirl ‘n Wear Charms
Create custom jewelry in a flash with the Whirl ‘n Wear Charms Spectacular Spinner. This delightful jewelry kit comes with a spinner that automatically strings together charms and beads to create necklaces, Available at www.intplay.com bracelets, and more. Ages 5+ -- $24.99
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Roll the die and then drop the wooden pebble into the pond. Did any colorful shapes splash out? Be the first to fill up your board and then dry off with a win. Ages 4 + — $14.99 Available at www.shopatron.com
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Redakai is a ground-breaking innovation, taking trading cards to the next level with amazing Blast 3D technology, never before have trading cards contained 3D and animation effects like Redakai. New game technologies automatically track your progress and allow you to see the damaging effects of your attacks. Challenge your friends, defeat your enemies, and Conquer the Kairu! Perfect for ages 6 and up.— $29.99 Available at www.amazon.com
Zombie Lab by Doctor Dreadful
Zoobles Mama & Babies Playset by Zoobles The perfect place to raise and nurture your baby Zooblings! Mama and the twin babies have an incredible assortment of activities and accessories. Sit them in the baby swings as Mama sways them back and forth. Use your feeding and diaper changing stations to keep the twins well fed and clean. —$24.99 Available at www.Amazon.com
Turn into a mad scientist with the twisted mind of Doctor Dreadful. Perfect for ages 5 and up, Doctor Dreadful allows you to make heaps of horrifying treats that you create and eat! It looks gross and tastes great, leaving you completely disgusted that you want more! — $45.00 Available at www.amazon.com
IPhone/IPod Touch by SpinMaster Bring your app gaming to the next level. Lock and load your iPhone or iPod touch and use dual triggers, trigger-tap technology and augmented reality applications, the AppBlaster turns any environment into a virtual gaming experience. Appmates have revolutionized the way physical toys digitally interact with the Apple iPad. They are the first of its kind that transform the iPad tablets screen into a virtual playmat. — $41.99 Available at www.amazon.com
Hyperactives Pro Aero GX by Air Hogs
Shaun White Collection by Target
Limited-edition Shaun White 4 Target collection inspired by the pro-snowboarder is a hit with young men/boys. Music and travel themes, featuring denim, hoodies, jackets, graphic T-shirts, wovens, shoes and assessories. Entire line offers quality, stylish clothes at extremely affordable prices. Available at: www.Target.com
Defy gravity, and reach insane speeds of up to 20mph ! The high powered Air Hogs Hyperactive runs on a 2.4 Ghz controller for ultimate range and power. With its self-righting functionality, the Air Hogs Hyperactive always returns to its upright position giving you maximum racing time. Perfect for ages 12 and up. — $67.99 Available at www.amazon.com
Bead Style Studio by Bizu
Bizu is the fashion accessory that a modern girl can’t go without! Bizu is a Twist on Beads and the exclusive bead activity that allows girls to create magically transforming accessories. Make bracelets, charms, and necklaces anyway you want. Give the jewelry a twist and create cute, posable, and lovable characters! With 60 characters stylized in glam, wild, rock and funky designs- there’s a trend for everyone with thousands of possible combinations! Perfect for ages 6+ — $29.99 Available at www.target.com
The Whiplash Pink
by Street Surfing
A combination of Wave board technology and a traditional scooter, the Whiplash Pink’s caster design, flexing deck and handlebar fuse together to provide riders with a cool, side to side, whip-like ride. — $69.99 Available at www.Kmart.com.
Beautees Layered Tee and Hat Sets Brightly colored hats and flashy graphic tees combine for some super sassy style young fashion diva’s will love from Beautees. Prices start at just $14.99. Available at: www.Macys.com
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Video Games Battlefield 3
by Electronic Arts
This First-Person Shooter (FPS) is designed to attack your senses, delivering a visceral combat experience like no other FPS before it. Rated: Mature — $59.95
An off-the-wall non-stop action adventure where Disney worlds and characters mix up for the first time. Defeat enemies, collect coins and powerups Worlds inspired by numerous Disney and Pixar films. — $49.99
Power Rangers Samurai by Namco
Practice the ancient Symbols of Power, activate your Spin Swords and become your favorite Samurai Ranger. Use your special powers and weapons — $42.00
Need for Speed: The Run
by Electronic Arts
Put your consumer knowledge to the test. Show off your knowledge of popular brands in this hilarious family game of popculture. Ages 12+ — $31.93
City Square Off by Gamewright
Put your spatial thinking and strategic planning skills to the test as you try to fill your city grid in the most efficient pattern. Do your best to plan a few moves ahead. Ages 8 + — $19.99
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No speed limits. No rules. No allies. Weave thru urban centers & rocket down icy mountains racing from law. Rated: Mature — $59.95
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Lego Pirates of the Caribbean by Disney
Explore familiar locations filled with interactive LEGO objects, encounter more than 70 characters, find hidden LEGO treasures and learn new sword fighting moves. — $39.99
Fossil Fighters: Champions by Nintendo
2nd in the series; sort of a cross between Pokemon and Dragon Quest with Dinosaurs. Players unearth ancient vivosaurs to battle at their command and compete to become the greatest fossil fighter the world has ever seen. — $31.50
Board Games Logo Board Game by SpinMaster
Books & DVD s
Putumayo Kids “Kids World Party”
Get the party started with this global medley of fun tunes from Trinidad to South Africa! Putumayo Kids expands its globallythemed product offerings with three fun, educational coloring books and sticker collections with African, Latin American, and European themes. Visit www.putumayo.com for more information and prices.
The Night Before Christmas: Special Edition 2 pk.
12 beloved holiday stories come to life on 2 DVDs, with narration by Jane Curtin, Anthony Edwards, Christopher Lloyd, and others. — $19.95 www.newkideo.com
by Patch Products Inc.
Everyone rolls at the same time to try and score the most points. Press down the funky Bubble Hub to bounce the common die. Roll to collect scoring dice on the stepped Dice Risers, and race to fill yours first! Ages 8+ — $21.99
Flip Out by Gamewright
Using real-life footage combined with animation, this family favorite follows the popular Smurfs through adventures in the Big Apple. (2-Disc Combo:Blu-ray 3D/ Blu-ray/DVD) — $45.99
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS by Hallmark
Switch, swap, and flip cards in order to get at least four-of-a-kind in a row. Sounds easy, but the cards in your hand are not necessarily your own! Ages 8+ — $19.99
Perfect for parents or grandparents to kids, or for the family to record together. — $29.95 Available at Hallmark Gold Crown & other Hallmark retailers (in stores only)
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As you gather with family and friends this holiday season, I would guess that you will not only take lots of photos, but you may dig out some old photos to look at and reminisce. Isn’t it fun to capture your kids’ faces as they open presents or spend time with grandma? And don’t we get a great laugh at what we looked like in years past, and remember things that at the time seemed disastrous, but in retrospect are funny? Photos help us celebrate the present and remember the past, but do the mounds of digital photos or the piles of printed pictures overwhelm you? As the cold weather approaches, why not think about doing something about your photo dilemma! Cozy up indoors and make a plan. You could start by choosing the pictures you most recently took and print them to place in an album. You can choose the best ones; there is no need to use every shot you took. Write the highlights of the pictures and your feelings as you look at them; it’s a tangible way to preserve your memories. Then add those photos and journal boxes to an album page. A scrapbook album doesn’t need to be complicated, and creating it can be good therapy for the after-holiday blues. Gather some friends for a scrapbooking party and share ideas while you make a keepsake album and have some fun.
There are all sizes and types of albums to choose from, including digital books. You can choose a theme (a vacation or holiday), or a person (a parent or child), or a chronological time line. My first scrapbooks were “life books” for my children, and they became one of their college graduation gifts. And, NO, I didn’t start when they were little – my oldest son was 20 when I decided to tackle this project. How special it was to see his face as he opened those albums and poured over the pictures and journals of his growing-up years. I was able to document the things we did together as a family and portray his incredible value as part of our family. It was his family history. In the process of creating life books for my daughters as well as my son, my life was enhanced by reliving those precious memories we all share. I have also completed vacation albums, a Christmas album with annual Christmas letters and photo cards I have sent out each year since I’ve been married, and a heritage album with vintage family photos. But my favorite albums are the ones I have given as gifts. Do you know someone who would love an album honoring them? www.JerseyShoreFamily.com December 2011/January 2012
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December 2011/January 2012
December 3, 4, 10, & 11 Patcong Valley Model Railroad, Rt. 40, Richland. 10am-4pm December, 4, 11, & 18 SUNDAY FAMILY FUN DAYS at
December thru January 16 Atlantic Co. 4-H Model Railroad TRAIN display
at the Shore Mall: Wed. 10a-3:30p, Thurs. 7-9pm, Fri. 7-9pm, Sat. 10a-5pm, Sun.11a-5p
December 1 Holiday House Tour
Historical Society of Hammonton
December 2 Arrival of Santa & Lighting of the Town Tree in
Downtown Hammonton Live Musical Entertainment, Carriage Rides, Strolling Carolers, Living Nativity, & Storytellers
December 2 Linwood Holiday Tree Lighting at Linwood
Wheatons Villiage.children 17 and under will be admitted FREE! Scheduled details www.wheatonarts.org
EHT Pal Winter Fest
& 17 December 8 , 9, 10, 15, 16
Families will enjoy smores making, animated light show, pictures with Santa, train display, crafts & more. 6-10pm • 609.645-8413
Arboretum Belhaven. 7pm
December 3 Dickens of a Holiday – Full day event in Mays Landing 8-11am Breakfast & pictures with Mr. & Mrs. Santa at the Masonic Lodge then 125pm pictures with Santa in the park with vendor, food, train rides & fun.
December 3 Visit Santa at the Cardiff Vol. Fire Department on the Black Horse Pike in EHT. Free admission, safety tips, children activities, refreshments, photos with Santa & much more. 11 am-3 pm
December 9 Atlantic City Ballet:The Nutcracker-Nutcracker
is a family tradition that embodies the holiday spirit. At Richard Stockton College Performing Arts Center Children’s Show 10:30 am. visit acballet.org for more show times.
December 10, 11, 17, & 18 FREE Horse & Carriage Rides,
12pm-3pm at City Hall, 9th & Asbury Ave., Ocean City.
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8:30am – 11:30am Every weekend at a different restaurant downtown:
Sat 12/3 Arlene’s, 624 Asbury 609.399.3639 Sun 12/4 Yianni’s, 841 Asbury 609.391.1113 Sat 12/10 Yianni’s, 841 Asbury 609.391.1113 Sun 12/11 The Shore Thing, 1018 Asbury 609.398.6379 Sat 12/17 The Shore Thing, 1018 Asbury 609.398.6379 Sun 12/18 The Shore Thing, 1018 Asbury 609.398.6379 Sat 12/24 Casa del Dolce, 947 Asbury 609.398.9300
December 10, 17 Breakfast with SANTA. At Fred & Ethel’s
Lantern Light in Smithville Village Buffet Breakfast and picture with SANTA. 9 am Call 609.3652.0544
December 11 Winter Concert - The Messiah, Stockton
Performing Arts Center. 7:00 pm
Hanukkah at sun down
INGS T H G I S A SANT Hamilton Mall: Breakfast Dec. 3, 8:30am & Photos Mon.- Sat. 10am-9pm & Sun. 11-6pm
Storybook Land: Photos with Mr. & Mrs. Santa till Dec. 23
Shore Mall: Photos several dates available till Dec. 24 see mall website for details.
Mays Landing: Breakfast & photos Dec. 3
Hammonton Breakfast: Dec. 3, 8-10am Smithville: Breakfast & Photos Dec. 10 & 17, 9am Smithville: Free Story Time with Mrs. Claus Thurs-Sun. in Dec. 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Ocean City Music Pier: Photos Dec. 10, 11, 17, 18, 12pm-3pm And for the furry kind-... Hamilton Mall: photos Dec. 4, 6-9pm Shore Mall: photos Dec. 4 & 11
FAA Clears Santa for Takeoff
Well, the FAA has inspected Santa’s sleigh at the North Pole and cleared the man-in-the-red-suit for U.S. flight operations. In fact, this year the sleigh has been outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment that ensures he only will land at the homes of those children who have been nice. The Tech Center’s Operations Center will be tracking Santa on December 24, and you and yours can follow his progress by dialing (609) 485-6000. Reports will be updated at 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Merry Christmas December 2011/January 2012
Twp of Hamilton Historical Society, Mays Landing
National Eye Care Month
December 31 First Night New Years Eve Celebration in Ocean City
A complete schedule of entertainment leading up to fireworks at midnight. For more information call 609-525-9300.
January 1 – HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! January 9 Free Women’s self defence classes 7 pm at Komar Jiu Jitsu, 3330 Bargaintown Rd EHT Call to reserve your spot 609-412-3093.
January 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, & 25 Patcong Valley Model Railroad, Rt. 40,
Richland. 10am-4pm, www.patcongvalley.com
January 16th Winter Semester starts for Music Together of Galloway. Music Classes for Newborn to Age 5 www.musictogetherofgalloway.com
Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King
Say Hi to Dr. Fuerman and tell him JSF sent you (see his ad on page 13)
January 20-22 Scrapbook event
Join us for an incredible view of the ocean from the 5th floor scrapping room - watch the sunsets/sunrises and see the dolphins swimming off shore! You will enjoy the peaceful and beautiful setting scrapping with friends and can work the weekend at your own pace. TheGrandHotel, 1045BeachAvenue, CapeMay (609)884-5611or 800-257-8552 www.grandhotelcapemay.com
2012 Guest Speaker series at the Fellowship Hall of the Presbyterian , 6001 Main Street Mays Landing. Each program will start at 7:30 pm and refreshments will be served following the lecture. This program is open to the public and free of charge. For more information (609) 909-0272. Wednesday January 11, 2012 Fred Akers, Administrator Great Egg Harbor River Watershed Association Program: How the streams and creeks connected to the Great Egg Harbor River once supplied water power for saw mills, grist mills, cotton mills and electric power mills in Mays Landing. Wednesday February 8, 2012 Dennis Niceler, Local Historian Program: The History of Railroads in the Mays Landing area. Wednesday March 14, 2012 Glen Liepe, Division Fire Warden New Jersey Forest Fire Service Division C Program: The History of the New Jersey Forest Fire Service in Mays Landing. Including lookout towers, air fields and fires of interest in the Mays Landing area. Wednesday April 11, 2012 Mark Demitroff, Pinelands Geographer Department of Geography Program: Ethnic Settlements in the Pines. The History of German, Italian, and Jewish settlements in the Mays Landing area.
Dennis Twp. Christmas Parade Dec. 1, 7pm Wildwood Jaycees Christmas Parade Dec. 2, 7pm Hammonton Fireman Christmas parade Dec. 10, 7pm
in December until Christmas at
Historic Smithville & The Village Greene December - January 2
Free Light Show at Historic Smithville- Village Greene Thurs, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 5:30 - 8:30 pm 120 Christmas trees floating on Lake Meone, a magical maritime display. The parade of trees seems to dance to a show of lights and music…
Christmas Train Ride The Christmas Train will take you on a ride to see the whimsical decorated Village
Free Magical Talking Tree Noon - 5 pm The Magical Talking Tree wakes up every weekend to talk to the young and young at heart.
December 2011/January 2012
shake thiNgs UP this holiday seasoN T’was the night before Morey’s Piers’ Holiday Sale, The kids dream of summer - sunny days without hail, Coasters and tubes, games and tasty treats too, River adventures and racer slides - they are both NEW! Don’t spend next summer on the couch, dry and pale, Save BIG on rides and slides during Morey’s Holiday Sale!
the new expedition into family fun! Explore NEW for 2012! Enjoy an endless and wild Raging Waters and race to a wet at e tur ven Ad er Riv ed rov imp and e Racer at Ocean Oasis. finish on the ALL-NEW ProSlid
rides and slides On sale nOvember 28, 2011 thru January 6, 2012 seasoN Pass
$260 Good for one ride wristband per day and one 3 hour session per day at one of our two waterparks.
easy rider $195 Offers the same privileges as the Season Pass at a special price for children under 42” (in shoes) at the time of activation or for adults over 25 years of age. Great for parents!
$50 • Includes 3 Xtreme Ride admissions
$25, $50, $75 or $100 can be applied towards any purchase at any morey’s Piers’ ticket booth, guest services, waterpark ticket office or retail store(s).
sightseer tram car 25 rides $35 Tickets do not expire. Sightseer Tram is owned and operated by Wildwoods’ Boardwalk S.I.D.
Palace of sweets
4 admissions for $110 • 10 admissions for $200 Includes all day waterpark (general admission). Only available during our sale.
morey’s Piers gift cards
$35 • includes 70 tickets plus coupons.
4 admissions for $39 • 10 admissions for $79 Includes unlIMITeD same day admission to Adventure Maze and one same day admission to lazer maze.
Breakfast iN the sky
Breakfast for 2 for $85 • Breakfast for 4 for $165 Gift Certificates for a delicious breakfast served in style on the Giant Wheel. Advance reservations required. limited availability.
Order a gift fOr sOmeOne special Online at www.mOreyspiers.cOm or by dialing 1866-moreys1 (1-866-667-3971) during sale dates, 7am to midnight, 7 days a week. add $10 UPs or $3 first class mail shipping fee. walk up purchases start November 28 at morey’s mariner’s landing Pier located on the Boardwalk at schellenger avenue,wildwood. monday through friday, 10am to 3pm.
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