Sights, sounds and smells of the holidays

By AUBRIE GEORGE | The Cherry Hill Sun

While the shopping and the traffic that come with the holiday season can make it a stressful time for some, it’s important to take a few moments to enjoy the sounds, smells and sights that make this a special time of year. There are several fun, family-friendly events scheduled to take place before the New Year that are sure to help residents and families enjoy the holidays.

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Cherry Hill’s senior citizens are invited to celebrate the holidays on Sunday, Dec. 6 at the 35th annual Senior Advisory Board Holiday Party. From noon to 4 p.m., guests are invited to partake in a festive afternoon of music, dinner, dancing and prize giveaways. Tickets, for $15 each, are available to Gold Card holders and must be purchased by Tuesday, Dec. 1. From Nov. 18 through Dec. 1, guests can obtain tickets from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at town hall, which is located at 820 Mercer St. For more information call the recreation department at 488–7868 or e-mail events@CHTownship.com.

Guests are invited to the Croft Farm Arts Center to enjoy a luncheon and a movie featuring “Love Actually” on Thursday, Dec. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Through the movie, viewers will follow the lives of eight different couples dealing with their love lives in various interrelated tales that take place the month before Christmas in London. The afternoon will feature a hotdog lunch, followed by the movie and a short discussion. Tickets are $3 each. For more information or to purchase tickets contact The Cherry Hill Arts Board at 661–4810, Arts@CHTownship.com or visit www.cherryhillarts.blogspot.com.

Several events at the Cherry Hill Library are sure to keep children entertained and engaged throughout the holidays.

Registration is not required for the “Books to Movies Marathon”, scheduled for Friday, Nov. 27. Guests are invited to enjoy four movies that will be playing throughout the day at the library. “The Tale of Despereaux” will play at 10:30 a.m., “Kit Kittredge — An American Girl” will go on at 1 p.m., watch “Coraline” at 3 p.m., and “Inkheart” at 7 p.m.

At The Garden State Discovery Museum, there are plenty of events going on this season to keep kids, and parents, happy.

Nov. 27 to 29 from noon to 3 p.m., children are invited to come to the museum and have fun with Thanksgiving leftovers. Culinary crafts include painting with cranberry sauce, pointillism with corn and bread bird feeders.

On Saturday, Dec. 5 children are invited to enjoy a holiday show from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The show, put on by The Fusion School of the Performing Arts, will spread holiday cheer.

On Saturday, Dec. 12 and Saturday, Dec. 19, from noon to 3 p.m., Discovery Theatre and the Collingswood Foundation for the Arts will present a story in which Winnie-the-Pooh and friends help Eeyore have a happy holiday. On Saturday, Dec. 19 children can meet Santa and the Winnie-the-Pooh characters following the performance. Children will also enjoy stories and have cookies and milk.

Celebrate Hannukah on Sunday, Dec. 13 with “Hooray for Hannukah!” at the museum with drop-in crafts from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and a concert at 3 p.m. Children will listen to Hanukkah stories, create holiday snacks and enjoy hands-on Hanukkah crafts. The event tops off the afternoon with a sing-along.

Celebrate Kwanzaa on Saturday, Dec. 26 and Monday, Dec. 28 at 1 p.m. with the museum’s “Kwanzaa Festival with Queen Nur”. Children will experience the symbols and principles of this important African American celebration as Queen Nur offers storytelling and song in a joyous celebration.

Ring in the New Year with the Discover Museum’s early, kid-friendly rendition of New Years Eve. “New years at Noon” will take place on Thursday, Dec. 31 at 10 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. This New Year’s celebration involves singing, dancing and celebrating as kids count down until 2010.

The Garden State Discover Museum is located at 2040 Springdale Road.

Admission is $9.95 for adults and children 12 months and over and $8.95 for seniors. All programs are free with admission unless otherwise noted. More information can be obtained through their Web site, www.discoverymuseum.com.

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