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December 2013

In the Spirit...

“Messy Church” Dec. 15 From 5 to 7 pm at Readington Re- formed Church. Includes creative stations for young and old to make ornaments, nativity sets and much more. The worship portion of Messy Church will involve singing Christmas carols that tell the story of the birth of Christ. “Souper” sup- per will be served for all to enjoy. Reserve a spot at www.readington- or call the church of- fice 908-534-2077.

Emergency Volunteers to Escort Santa

Santa, along with some elves from the Branchburg Rescue Squad, during a tour of the township last December. –photo by Carol Waechter. Below is a listing of some Santa appearances and other fun planned for this year:

Christmas Concert Dec. 1 4 pm at First United Methodist Church, 48 West High St., Somer- ville. Chancel Choir and Heavenly Handbells. Free will offering. For info: (908) 526-4507 or (908) 725- 1473.

SCVTHS Breakfast with Santa Dec. 7

The Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School Skill- sUSA student organization holds its Breakfast with Santa event, Dec. 7 at the school at 14 Vogt Dr. in Bridgewater. Includes a perfor- mance by the SCVTHS Tap Com- pany, crafts for children, nail and face painting, gifts and a visit with Santa. Two seatings: 8:30 and 10 am. Admission is $10/adult and $5/children over two years old. To reserve, email SKILLSUSA@ or call 908-526-8900 ext. 7161. Provide your name, tele- phone number, number of adults and children attending and your preferred seating time.

SBRC Preschool Breakfast with Santa Dec.7

The South Branch Reformed Church Preschool (near the south end of the Studdiford Bridge) is having its annual Breakfast with Santa 8-10:30am. Breakfast in- cludes a printed complimentary picture and an emailed picture to share with friends and family. To reserve tickets call (908)369-7885 or email: Preschool@SBRChurch. org.

Weichert Realtors 35th Annual Toy Drive Through Dec. 13 Members of the community are in- vited to drop off new, unwrapped toys at Weichert’s sales offices through Dec. 13. The toys will be delivered throughout the holidays in conjunction with local charities that assist financially and physi- cally disadvantaged children. We- ichert’s Brancburg office is at 3290 Rt 22 West, just past “Post Office Point.” 908-526-5444.

Kangaroo Kids

Winter Wonderland Dec. 13 From 6:30 to 8 pm at Kangaroo Kid Child Care & Learning Cen- ter in North Branch Village. Hear a professional story teller present tales from the season, make arts and crafts projects, take your photo with Santa, and join in on a sing- a-long. Event is free to the public and geared to children under 9 years of age. Call 908-231-7800 or like Kangaroo Kids Child Care on Facebook for more info.

The Raritan Valley Symphonic Band has been making and enjoying music since 1983

Historic Open House Dec. 15 From 1 to 4 pm, the 1790 Andrew Ten Eyck House will be dressed up for an old Dutch Christmas. House tours will be given by the Branch- burg Historical Society. The re- stored brick and frame house is located on Old York Road in front of LifeCell. Open Houses will con- tinue to be on the third Sunday of every month in 2014.

For more events, including Recreation’s “Carols by Candlelight,” see page 3

The Raritan Valley Symphonic Band (RVSB) will present its an- nual winter concert on Sunday, Dec.8 at 3 pm in the Bridgewater- Raritan High School auditorium. Address is 600 Garretson Road in Bridgewater. Admission is free and open to the public.

The 80-member adult symphonic band – including some Branchburg members – will perform a concert titled, “A Symphonic Celebration” under the musical direction of three guest conductors. The band will liven up the holiday season during this program by perform-




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ing “Suite from the Nutcracker,” by Peter Tchaikovsky arranged by James Curnow, “A Chanukah Celebration” arranged by David Bobrowitz, as well as Leroy An- dersons’ “A Christmas Festival” and “Sleigh Ride”. A few featured


songs will also include “Wil- liam Bryd Suite” by Gordon Jacob and Robert Sheldon’s “Rhapsodic Celebration.” For more info visit www., or call 908-359- 3136.

It’s always a thrill when Santa comes down the street with sirens blaring and lights flashing. On the northern side of town, North Branch Volunteer Fire Company (NBVFC) will carry Santa through the streets at various times. Sirens will announce his arrival. Elves from the Branchburg Rescue Squad plan to pull Santa around town on Dec. 21. Rain date: Dec. 22. On the southern side of town, Santa is ex- pected to drive through Neshanic Station neighborhoods on Dec. 14 (rain date Dec. 22) sirens of the Neshanic Volunteer Fire Company (NVFC) will announce his arrival, and his helpers will be handing out candy canes. —info provided by Brian Pauli of NBVFC, Carol Waechter of the Branchburg Res- cue Squad and Carol Suarez of NVFC

Super Bowl XLVIII is Feb. 2 in East Rutherford, but before it happens, the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl Host Committee is helping to create excite- ment about the game throughout the region. One its projects is visiting towns with its Huddle Shuttle interactive tour. -Photo courtesy of NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee.

Get ready for some football on Dec. 30 when the Super Bowl XLVIII Huddle Shuttle interac- tive tour touches down at the Branchburg Sports Complex. The free event offers football fun for the whole family. Experience combine drills like a rookie, cre- ate your own touchdown dance or step into the shoes of an NFL official. The “Join the Huddle” Tour, presented by P.C. Richard & Son, will be at the BSC from 3 to 7 p.m. Fans attending can visit the replica stadium locker room with NY Jets, NY Football

Giants, Super Bowl, and Vince Lombardi memorabilia, as well as the broadcast booth. Fans can also participate in the stations out- side the structure where they can perform a host of basic football drills. Visit www.jointhehuddle- to see video of the tour.

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Super Bowl Tour

Symphonic Band Offers Free Concert on Dec. 8


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