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Union Catholic Holiday Boutique will be held on November 27 from 9 a. m. to 4 p. m. at Union Catholic Regional High School.
J& C’s Giant Flea Market and Craft Collectible Show will feature over 75 quality vendors on November 28 at the Municipal Building in Clark. For more information, please call (201) 9979535 or visit www. jcmarketplaces. com.
Paper Mill Playhouse
in Millburn will present
Rags until Monday, December 13. For more information, please call (973) 3793717 or visit www. papermill. org.
Union County Arts Center
in Rahway will offer a presentation of It’s A Wonderful Life at 8 p. m. on November 26.
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Swain Galleries in Plainfield will feature the artwork of Westfield resident Patricia Brentano Bramnick from November 13 to 30. For more information, please call (908) 7561707.
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The 1999 Holiday Model Railroad Sound and Light Show will be held at The Model Railroad Club, 295 Jefferson Avenue, Union, on November 26, 27, 28, December 3, 4, 5, and 10. For more information, please call (908) 8649724 or visit www. tmrci. com.
Holiday Weekend Celebrations
will be presented in downtown Chester from November 26 to December 23. Free photos with Santa, carolers and special holiday lights will be featured. For more information, please call (908) 8794814 or visit www. chesternj. org.
Welcome Home to Westfield, which will feature musicians, carolers, pictures with Santa and Santa’s arrival will be held from November 28 to December 24. For more information, please call (908) 7899444 or visit www. westfieldnj. ataclick. com.
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David Louie to Perform As Violin Soloist For Cultural Association
WESTFIELD – David Louie, a sophomore at Westfield High School, will be a violin soloist for the South Plainfield Cultural Arts Association this Sunday, November 28, at 3 p. m.
at the Welsley United Methodist Church in South Plainfield.
David will perform three selections by Fritz Kreisler: “La Gitana,” “Melodie,” and “Praeludium and Allegro.” He will also play a violin duet by Luigi Bocherrini with his teacher, Stephen Wolsonovich of Westfield and Jane Yang.
A member of the Westfield High School Orchestra, the Region II High School Orchestra and the New Jersey AllState Orchestra, David is the first violinist with the New Jersey Youth Symphony. He also performed at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York City and with the ConcertoSoloist Orchestra at the First Congregational Church in Westfield.
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NEWARK – The Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey (PONJ) will present Handel’s
Messiah at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) on Thursday, December 2, at 7: 30 p. m. in Prudential Hall.
Soprano Erin Windle, MezzoSoprano Carla Wood, Tenor Mark Bleeke and Baritone David Arnold will join the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and Chorus for the performance.
In addition, Maestro George Maull will present a PreConcert Lecture on the Messiah on Monday, November 29, at 7: 30 p. m. at the Far Hills Country Day School. Tickets for the lecture at $10 each.
Concert tickets are $40, $30, $25, $20 and $10 with senior, student and group rates at $32, $24, $20, $16 and $8. Roundtrip bus transportation to NJPAC is available
from Warren at $10 per person. Tickets and bus reservations may
be ordered by sending a check made payable to “PONJ” and selfaddressed stamped envelope to: Philharmonic Orchestra
of New Jersey, P. O. Box 4064, Warren, 07059.
For credit card phone orders and further information, please call the PONJ at (908) 2267300.
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CRAFT SHOPPERS… Shoppers Jen Zegan and Tashera Perry of Westfield admire a natural wall hanging created by local artist Antonia Deike at the Trailside Nature & Science Center’s Holiday Nature Boutique. The event will be held this year on Sunday, December 5, from 11 a. m. to 4 p. m. at the Center in Mountainside.
MOUNTAINSIDE – Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside will sponsor a Holiday Nature Boutique on Sunday, December 5, from 11 a. m. to 4 p. m. Admission is free.
Framed pressed flowers and herbs, country decor and snowmen, homemade jams, jellies and relishes, herbal soaps, fresh green arrangements, wooden toys, honey and beeswax candles and jewelry will all be available for purchase.
The boutique will also feature nature photography, authentic Native American dream catchers, pottery, gift baskets, unique natural wreathes, angels, walking sticks, wildlife carvings, birdhouses, feeders, ornaments, puppets and a variety of stocking stuffers.
In addition to the items available from crafters, science toys, stuffed animals and natural history books will be on sale at Trailside’s gift shop. Visitors will also have the opportunity to purchase tickets to win quality craft items in a door prize drawing.
The planetarium at Trailside will present two shows for children ages 6 and up who are accompanied by an adult. “Sacred Sky” will
be offered at 2 p. m. and “Winter Wonder World” will be presented at 3: 30 p. m.
Admission to the planetarium is $3 per person.
For more information, please call (908) 7893670.
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LENDING A HAND… Members of the Washington Rock Girl Scout Chorus recently organized a collection for donation of food, supplies and money to aid the North Plainfield Animal Shelter in conjunction with PetSmart management and patrons. Pictured, left to right, are: back row, Krista Burslem, Joan Migton, Harriette Koved, Arlene Zegan, Chantel Quesada and Chris Quesada; front row, Christine Migton and Jennie Zegan.
WESTFIELD – Christine Migton, Washington Rock Girl Scout Chorus President, spearheaded a project to support the North Plainfield Animal Shelter.
In conjunction with PetSmart management and patrons, chorus members set up a collection spot for donations of food, supplies and money, which were delivered to the shelter.
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WESTFIELD – The Chansonettes of Westfield will present a tour for the holiday season entitled, “The Gift of the Season,” from Wednesday, December 1, to Tuesday, December 14.
The tour will begin at Brighton Gardens in Mountainside on December 1; Rahway Hospital on Tuesday, December 7; The Chelsea of Fanwood on Thursday, December 9; Villa Marie in Plainfield on Monday, December 13, and Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Scotch Plains on December 14.
The program will include “Mary Had a Baby,” “Lights of Hanuk kah” and “All Through the Night.”
The Chansonettes, a women’s singing group, are always looking for new members – especially altos.
For membership information, please call Nancy Lau, President, at (908) 6545130.
The group meets every Wednesday at 8 p. m. at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield.
To reserve a performance for the spring program, please call Louise Loffredo, Vice President, at (908) 2328213.
The Chansonettes are under the direction of Jean Schork, accompanied by Mary Ellen Freda.
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Last week, The Dining Table listed an incorrect phone number, (908) 2338378, for Acquaviva in Westfield. Although the number was given to us by 411, Information, the correct number is (908) 3010700. We regret the error.
The chorus is an intergenerational group whose service focuses on bringing music to various groups.
Currently, the chorus is planning its program to sing at the Lyons Veterans’ Hospital and the Westfield Neighborhood Council in December.
For membership information, please call (908) 2323236.
Film Festival On Tap At Fanwood Library
FANWOOD – The Fanwood Memorial Library will present its film series on Friday evenings, December 3, 10 and 17, at 7: 30 p. m. in the Fanwood Room of the library.
Science fiction thriller, Dark City,
will be shown on December 3,
Never Cry Wolf will be presented on December 10 and We’re No Angels will be shown on December 17.
Admission is free. For more information, please call (908) 3226400.
a club and the ball started rolling. “We never have to say ‘stop playing and focus back’” confided host, club member and Board of Education member, Annmarie Puleio, adding that the club has truly evolved with the girls making it “their own tradition.”
Annie Puleio Sinisi, a sixth grader at Roosevelt Intermediate School and the daughter of Ms. Puleio, spearheaded last Friday’s meeting which involved discussions on the book, “Holes,” by Louis Sachar – a John Newbery Medal Winner.
“Holes” revolves around Stanley Telnats who is sent to a brutal boys detention center in the Texas desert. The boys must dig a hole every day, five feet deep and five feet across, as their punishment. The story teaches honesty, friendship and selfesteem.
After relishing bookbased foods such as apple cider or “Muddy Water,” pizza with onion topping and a bowl of fresh fruit salad, Annie led her friends on a scavenger hunt throughout the Puleio household. The girls anxiously and enthusiastically collaborated to find the next clue based on their knowledge of the characters and circumstances in “Holes.”
The next activity, a highlyspirited forum with mothers and daughters seated comfortably in the Puleio living room, featured a question and answer session, led by Annie, to analyze all portions of the book.
Sometimes, the mothers and daughters had the opportunity to ask themselves introspective questions, putting themselves in the shoes of a character in “Holes.” Other questions tested reading comprehension, causing the group to almost quote portions of the book in unison.
The girls then retired to the Puleio kitchen to craft special terra cotta pots with Lifesaver “Holes” glued to the sides and miniature shovels to dig holes through potting soil to plant hyacinth bulbs resembling onions.
When asked how reading a book as a requirement in the school system differs from reading it for the book club, Carolyn Mulvey, a fifth grader at Tamaques Elementary School responded, “In the school, it’s kind of pressure to have to finish the book and answer the questions.”
Carolyn added that the activities they derive from the book help to refresh their memories about the book’s components and increase their enjoyment of the story and its characters.
Annie, Carolyn and fellow members Erin McCarthy, a fifth grader at Tamaques School and Erica Greene, a sixth grader at Roosevelt School, told
The Westfield Leader and The Times of Scotch PlainsFanwood about one memorable activity that they shared after reading “The Summer I Shrunk My Grandmother” by Elvira Woodruff.
The chronicles of a granddaughter who shampoos a magic potion to keep her grandmother younger, inspired the girls to spend the book club meeting shampooing each others hair.
The girls surmised that they learned a great lesson from reading the book and connecting it with this activity: growing older isn’t such a bad thing and there are benefits to aging.
“The Phantom Toll Booth” by Norton Juster, “The Black Cauldron” by Lloyd Alexander and “Sarah Plain and Tall” by Patricia MacLachlan are some of the books which have been examined by club members.
Sixth grader at Edison Intermediate School, Ally Psyhojos and seventh grader at Edison, Katie Rae Mulvey, are also included in the club.
“Anne of Green Gables” by Lucy Maud Montgomery is the next tale on tap for club members.
Ms. Puleio proposed holding a special sleepover in the spring to watch the videos based on the books read by members and a movie outing to see the upcoming Harry Potter film.
To become a member of this book club, please contact Ms. Puleio at (908) 7891549.
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Holiday Tree Lighting, Charity Drive Slated At Watchung Stable
MOUNTAINSIDE – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders will sponsor the county’s annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Charity Drive on Friday, December 3, from 6: 30 to 9: 30 p. m. at the Watchung Stable in Mountainside.
“There is a lot of fun planned for this festive evening,” said Freeholder Chairman Nicholas P. Scutari. “In addition to illuminating a beautiful 30foot tall tree, there will be a holiday singalong, petting zoo, demonstrations by the K9 unit of the Union County Sheriff’s Office, a m o u n t e d drill team presentation by the Watchung Stable, a visit from Santa Claus and refreshments. Those planning to attend this event are encouraged to bring cameras for taking pictures with Santa.”
Freeholder Scutari continued, “We are asking those who attend to please bring along an item of canned or dry food, or a new, unwrapped toy in lieu of an admission fee.”
For more information on the Union County Tree Lighting Ceremony and Charity Drive, please call the Division of Parks and Recreation at (908) 5274900.
In the event of rain, the program will be presented on Saturday, December 4, at the same time and place.
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The Crossroads in Garwood will welcome Juggling Suns to the stage on December 1, with Sister Frenzy performing on December 2. New Years Eve 2000 Tickets are also available. Monday Night Football is offered on a 10 foot screen. A Jazz Jam is held every Tuesday night. For more information, please call (908) 2325666.
Holiday Gift Market & Craft Fair
For more information, call (908) 889-9475 Admission $1 for Door Prize Over 200 Tables With an Assortment of
Holiday & Seasonal Gifts
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Lunch Menu Sandwiches & Platters of Freshly-Carved Turkey and Baked Ham, Gourmet Desserts • Coffee, Tea, Soda
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