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For the Kids: Winter School Concerts, Book Club

Check out this week's family-friendly best bets.

Each week, we'll give you the info on the 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. 

Look for the kids' planner each Wednesday, and help us build the planner with your own suggestions and tips‚ just add them to the comment box. We want to hear from you.

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Pearl River Schools Winter Concerts
When/Where: Pearl River Middle School, 7 p.m. today (at Pearl River High School); Franklin Ave. Elementary, Wednesday Dec. 19 at 9:30 a.m.; Pearl River High, Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.; Evans Park Elementary, Thursday Dec. 20 at 9:30 a.m.; Lincoln Ave. Elementary, Friday, Dec. 31 at 9:30 a.m.
Why Go: Studetns from each of the Pearl River District’s five school buidlings will put on their winter concerts beginning with the middle school tonight. Each school holds the concert in its own building except for the middle school students, who will be at Pearl River High School.
Cost/Contact: Free/www.pearlriver.org

Girls Book Club
When/Where: Pearl River Public Library Friday, Dec. 14 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Why Go: For girls in grades four through six to read and share books. The group will discuss favorite types of books and choose the first one to read at this first meeting. The second meeting of the club is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 18. Participants are asked to plan to attend both.
Cost/Contact: Free/Contact Pamela Gunning at 845-735-4084 ext 126 for more information or to pre-register.

Caroling Cocoa and Cookies
When/Where:
Friday, Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Clarkstown Reformed Church
Why Go: They meet at 6:30 p.m. in the church. Bring cookies or a cake, or just yourself and a flashlight. Dress warmly in red and green. We'll meet in the Disciple's Room and head out for some fun caroling. Then, we'll come back for delicious cocoa and cookies. If you are unable to go caroling but would like to join us for cocoa, cookies and fellowship, come to the church at about 7:45. Everyone is welcome!
Cost/Contact: Free / (845) 358-4320 / akara­ssik6@­gmail.­com

Fresh Christmas Tree Sale Benefits Fire Company
When/Where: Friday, Dec. 14
Open from 9-3 on weekdays and  9-9 on weekends at Orangetown Fire Company No. 1
Why Go: Bought your Christmas tree or wreath yet? You can buy Christmas trees and wreaths from the  trees range from the Orangetown Fire Company No. 1. Proceeds go back to the fire department
Cost/Contact: $30-80 / Orangetown Fire Company No. 1

Coming Up: Nanuet Schools Winter Concerts
When/Where:
Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. (Grades 7 & 8), Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. (Grade 6), Thursday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. (Grade 5) at Nanuet High School
Why Go: Try to catch these winter concerts. The students have worked very hard, so come out and enjoy some festive holiday music.
Cost/Contact: Free / Nanuet High School

New City Jewish Center Hanukkah Party

When/Where: Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m./New City Jewish Center, 47 Old Schoolhouse Rd # A, New City
Why Go: Arts and Crafts & Sing-a-Long at 5 p.m. including construct a popsicle stick Jewish star to decorate your home and create edible Dreidels. Sing Chanukah songs together. Community Menorah Lighting at 5:30 p.m. 6:15pm - Light dinner sponsored by the NCJC Men's Club at 6:15 p.m. with Kid-friendly selections and lots of Latkes.Youth Lounge Night for Grades 3-12 from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m.
Cost/Contact: Free/ Rabbi Ruberg at (845) 638-9600 x 110 or rabbiruberg@newcityjc.org

Christmas Concert
When/Where: Friday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m./Congers United Methodist Church, 3 Old Haverstraw Rd, Congers
Why Go: Come and join us for an evening of carols celebrating Jesus' birth and salvation! Listen to the angelic voices of children singing. Be uplifted by the sound of the Garnerville UMC Children's Bell Choir. Violin, cello, guitar and the piano sets the tune and you know Christmas is in the air. Isabella Palacpac, teen-cellist, semi-finalist of this year's Tchaikovsky Classical Music International Competition once again will play for this wonderful occasion. After the concert, there is a Christmas Potluck Dinner.
Cost/Contact: Free/congersnyumc@gmail.com

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