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John Bellew 5K/Kids Run
When/Where: Saturday, April 14. Kids Run begins at 10 a.m. Adult 5K run starts at 11 a.m. at Pearl River Hook and Ladder on Central Ave in Pearl River
Why Go: Children and adults will have their chance to run in the 8th annual run, which raises funds for the John Bellew Memorial Fund. Lt. Bellew was a Pearl River resident and fireman with the FDNY who was killed in the line of duty in 2005. All children who run will receive medals. There will also be medals for the top male and female finishers in each age group. There is a post-race party with food, beverages, face painting and other entertainment.
Cost/Contact: Entry is $25 for adults, $12 for kids. Pre-registration is appreciated. For more information or to register, visit www.johnbellew.com.
Teen Game Day
When/Where: Thursday April 12 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Pearl River Public Library community room.
Why Go: Game consoles including Wii and PS3 will be available for teens in grades six through 12.
Cost/Contact: Free, but registration is required. Contact Christina Linder at (845) 735-4084 ext 138.
When/Where: Wednesday, April 11 at 11 a.m. at the Lafayette Theater—97 Lafayette Ave, Suffern
Why Go: Rockland's only animal shelter, is facing financial difficulties and needs help with upgrading the current condition of the building. There is a movie fundraiser benefitting Hi Tor. Go enjoy a screening of "Napoleon," the adventures of Labrador puppy, and special guest appearance of Jeffrey & The Frog of The Bossy Frog Band.
Cost/Contact: Tickets $10 each, proceeds benefit Hi-Tor Animal Care Center, Inc. / judy@hitor or firstname.lastname@example.org
Blockbuster Liquidation Sale
When/Where: / Now through April 15, Sunday
Why Go: This is the last Blockbuster in the county and it’s closing at the end of this week. The liquidation sale has plenty of good children’s movies and TV shows for great prices. Used DVDs are $2.99 or less. They are mostly movies, but there are also TV shows, games, poster art and movie snacks. Take the family and browse through the hundreds of movie titles still available.
Cost/Contact: Cost varies /
When/Where: Sunday, April 15, 10:00 am/Nyack Village Hall, 9 N Broadway, Nyack
Why Go: This annual event features over 150 vendors offering fine crafts, jewelry, art, photography, collectibles, antiques, quality handmade crafts, unique gifts and much more
When/Where: Saturday, April 14, 2012, 9:00 am/675 Oak Tree Rd, Palisades
Why Go: Go grocery shopping for the freshest, locally-grown good around
School’s Out Movie
When/Where: Thursday, April 12 at 3 p.m./New City Library, 220 N Main St, New City,
Why Go: “FernGully: The Last Rainforest,” for ages: 6 & up.
Great American Clean-Up
When/Where: Saturday, April 14 at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m./Commuter Parking Lot on Route 304 & Squadron Blvd, New City
Why Go: Join Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski (D-New City) and his team to clean up a section of Route 304 and Squadron Boulevard as part of the Great American Clean-Up, a two-week-long event that works to clean up and improve communities throughout the country.
The event, sponsored by Keep America Beautiful, is the country’s largest annual community involvement program, drawing an estimated 3.8 million volunteers each year. In 2011, volunteers donated over 5.3 million hours to clean up and improve more than 16,500 communities nationwide.
Cost/Contact: Free/Assemblyman Zebrowski’s office at 845-634-9791