Don’t miss the Palmyra Cove Nature Park’s Sustainability Fair on Saturday, April 25. Free and open to the public, this fun-filled, educational event teaches about goods and services that promote a sustainable lifestyle. Learn about alternative energy sources, composting and wildlife gardening and how small energy efficient changes can save big bucks. Electric cars will also be on hand for demonstration. For more information, go to www.palmyracove.org.
On Sunday, April 26, the YMCA of Burlington County invites the community to celebrate Healthy Kids Day, a nationwide celebration that teaches the importance of physical activity and how much fun it can be for the whole family, from 1 to 5pm. at the Y's Riverfront Branch at 302 Commerce Sq. Blvd. in Burlington.
Step back in time with a tour of Pomona Hall and the Camden County History Museum on either Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, or Sunday by appointment. Hosted by the Camden County Historical Society; please call 856-964-3333 for more information.
WheatonArts is hosting a number of special exhibits and always has interesting things to view and appreciate.
Sat., April 25 from 11am to 4pm: Crescent Moon Trunk Show, Spring Line by Gretchen Hulse (Brownstone Emporium)
April through December: “Make Your Own” experiences (Call ext. 152)
WheatonArts (formerly Wheaton Village) is located at 1501 Glasstown Road, in Millville. Operating hours for April through December are Tuesday through Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Admission is $10 for Adults; $9 for Senior Adults (62+); $7 for Students; Children 5 and under are free. The Museum of American Glass and all Museum Stores are open. There is no admission charge to shop or stroll, except during the Festival of Fine Craft which takes place the first Saturday and Sunday in October each year. Open Legal Holidays: Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day. Closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, (close at 3pm on Christmas Eve day) Christmas Day and New Year's Day. For more information, call 1-800-998-4552 or visit their website at www.wheatonvillage.org.
The Atlantic City Aquarium is open daily from 10am to 5pm. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children ages 4-12. Children under three are free. Located in Atlantic City’s Historic Gardner's Basin, at 800 North New Hampshire Avenue, the Atlantic City Aquarium offers a fun and educational look into more than 100 varieties of fish and marine animals. For more information, call 609-348-2880 or visit www.acaquarium.com.
Camden Children’s Garden is open for an exciting day of exploration and fun, and will be hosting their next event, the annual Earth and Arbor Day Family Festival, on Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26.Celebrate Earth & Arbor Day in the beauty of 4.5-acres of children's themed gardens and the Philadelphia Eagles Four Seasons Butterfly House. This festival includes planting activities, a ladybug release and crafts to help celebrate Mother Earth. The special event will run from noon until 4pm.
Camden Children’s Garden, located on the waterfront in Camden, is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am-5pm. The Garden is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day, and January 5 through March 21, except for the business office. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children (3-11), and free for children two and younger. There is a modest additional fee for the three amusement rides. School Group rates are available, as well as family memberships. Additional information is available online at www.camdenchildrensgarden.org, or by calling 856-365-TREE.
Adventure Aquarium, located at 1 Aquarium Drive on the waterfront in Camden, is open from 9:30am to 5pm daily; admission is $19.95 for adults and $15.95 for children ages 2-12 (prices do not include 7% NJ sales tax). To order tickets online, go to www.AdventureAquarium.com. For more information, call 856-365-3300 or go towww.AdventureAquarium.com.
Howell Living History Farm is hosting their annual Potato Planting event on Saturday, April 25. Each year the Farm invites the public to join forces with its staff and volunteers to plant a special crop of potatoes to be donated to the Greater Mercer Food Cooperative and other local hunger projects. Visitors to the Farm can join the field crew any time between 11:00am and 3:00pm, when help is needed planting seed potatoes in furrows opened with horse-drawn equipment.
Howell Living History Farm is located at 70 Wooden's Lane in Lambertville. For more information, call 609-737-3299 or visit their website at www.howellfarm.org.
The Garden State Discovery Museum is hosting Bringing it Home with a Native American Celebration on Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26. Join the Garden State Discovery Museum as they celebrate the Native American culture.
The GSDM will be closing early on Tuesday, April 28, at 3pm.
The Garden State Discovery Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:30am to 5:30pm and Saturday evenings until 8:30pm. The Museum is closed on Mondays except for Monday holidays. Admission is $8.95 for adults and children, and $7.95 for seniors. Children under 12 months are free. Family memberships are available. Changing tables and a snack area are on the premises. The Museum also offers the Discovermore Toy Store, activity rooms for private birthday parties and a full menu of educational workshops and performances. The Garden State Discovery Museum is located at 2040 Springdale Road in Cherry Hill. For more information, call 856-424-1233 or visit their website at www.discoverymuseum.com.
Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial is open daily and has some great tours and events for the entire family to enjoy. There are some exciting special events planned.
General tours are held on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, with the first tour launching at 10am and the last tour of the day departing at 3pm.
Guests can experience the newly-added Great White Fleet exhibit and recently re-opened areas such as the brig (a.k.a. jail), barbershop and Admiral “Bull” Halsey exhibit and stateroom as well as climb inside and experience the legendary 16-inch gun turrets, the Bridge, the Officers’ Wardroom, the Admiral’s or Captain’s Cabin, Seasprite Helicopter, the crew’s mess and sleeping quarters, and much more!
The Firepower tours begin at 10am, noon, 1pm and 3pm. The cost is $19/$13/free.
You can take the self-guided tour at any time during the day. The cost is $15/$10.50/free.
Don’t miss the 4D Flight Simulator (weekends only); $6.50 per ride, or $5 when purchased with a tour.
Looking for some unique family fun? A mini-getaway close to home that's fun, educational and totally different, not to mention doesn't cost a fortune? Well, get your deck shoes, duffels and sea legs ready, because the Battleship New Jersey has the perfect solution!
Overnight Encampments will be held every Friday and Saturday night throughout the year. Overnight Encampments include dinner and breakfast served chow-line style, tour of the ship, ride on the 4-D flight simulator and a bunk for the night- right where the sailors used to sleep! Space is limited--reservations must be made at least 3 weeks in advance. Call 856-966-1652 x203 to reserve a space.
The historic ship museum opens at 9:30am year- round! 2008 tour hours are as follows:
2009 tour hours are as follows: The Battleship will open every day from 9:30am to 3pm. From May 1st through Sept. 6th, the Battleship will open for tours every day from 9:30am to 5pm. From Sept. 7th to Dec. 31st, the ship will open every day from 9:30am to 3pm.
The Battleship New Jersey is closed for tours on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. The Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial is located at 62 Battleship Place, on the waterfront in Camden. For more information, call 866-877-6262 or visit www.battleshipnewjersey.org.
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In honor of national Law Day (May 1), the Burlington County Historic Prison Museum in Mount Holly will be open to the public for free on Saturday, May 2 from 10am to 4pm. Museum quality copies of the original plans for the prison done in 1809 by renowned architect Robert Mills will be on display for the first time. The plans include Mills’ ideas, written in his own hand, about operating principles to reform the prisoners, which was a revolutionary idea at the time. The museum will also have a cell devoted to paranormal studies, with the NJ Paranormal Inquest Alliance there from 10am to 4pm and the Ghost Hunters television episode which featured the jail played throughout the day. Local author Dennis Rizzo will be on site starting at 11am to answer questions and sign copies of his new books, Mount Holly: Hometown Reinvented and Parallel Communities: The Underground Railroad in South Jersey. The prison, completed in 1811, is a National Historic Landmark located on High Street next to the Historic Burlington County Courthouse. One of Robert Mills' first designs as an independent architect, the interior vaulted ceilings of poured concrete and brick and stone construction made the building virtually fireproof. It was so well constructed that it remained in constant use until 1965. For more information, call the prison museum at 609-265-5476 or the Historic Prison Museum Association at 609-518-7667.
More than five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive brain disorder that destroys memory, steals identity and burdens families. With the Baby Boom generation growing older, that number is about to soar into figures that will constitute a public health crisis. A new documentary examines the personal and societal effects of Alzheimer’s while detailing the latest research developments and the lack of public attention afforded the disease. Camden County College’s Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility is sponsoring a screening and discussion of this film to inform the public about the devastating illness. Alzheimer’s Disease: Facing the Facts will be shown at 7pm May 7 in Civic Hall of the Connector Building. The venue is located on Camden County College’s Blackwood Campus. The one-hour film is narrated by Tony- and Emmy award-winning actor Edward Herrmann, whose voice will be familiar to viewers of the History Channel. Conducting the discussion session will be executive producer Carol Edwards and a physician from the University of Pennsylvania Alzheimer’s Disease Center and Penn Memory Center. Audience members will be able to ask questions. CCC is an official New Jersey Professional Development Provider and Pennsylvania Department of Education Act 48 Professional Provider. As a result, state-certified teachers can earn approved professional development for attending. The event is free and open to the public, but attendees should reserve a seat by calling Dianne Van Haitsma at (856) 227-7200, ext. 4256, or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Directions and a campus map are available at www.camdencc.edu/about/locations.htm. For further details about the event, contact Barbara Laynor at (856) 874-6001.
Start your engines!! Main Street, Medford, in the heart of Burlington County, will be the place to be on Saturday, May 16th as the Medford Township Council has proudly announced that this will be the date of the sixth annual Blast from the Past Classic Car Show. This free event marks Medford as a true regional destination for car show enthusiasts and their families. The Lakes Corvette Club and the Union Fire Company are again partnering with Medford Township to present this event. From 10am until 4pm, more than 250 antique, classic, and muscle cars will line historic and scenic Main Street for a judged show. While strolling Main Street to check out the cars and the wonderful shoppes, galleries and antique stores, patrons can stop by the stage at Main and Bank Streets to enjoy live music and other family friendly activities. For lunch or a snack while you’re in town, visit one of Medford’s fine restaurants on Main Street, including Braddock’s Tavern, Ted’s on Main, Bain’s Deli, and the Mulberry Tea Room. In addition, refreshments will be sold in the unit block of South Main Street by volunteers of the Union Fire Company to benefit their operations. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held on Sunday, May 17th from noon until 5pm. For more information, directions, or to obtain an entry form for the Blast from the Past Car Show, go to www.medfordcarshow.com, or call 609-654-2512. Pre-registration is $15, and the first 200 vehicle owners that register will receive a commemorative T-shirt. In addition, registrations will also be accepted as space allows on Saturday morning, May 16th from 8:00 am until 10:00 am at the Medford Public Safety Building, located at 91 Union Street. The day of show registration fee will be $20. Partial proceeds will benefit the Union Fire Company.
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Author: R. Cohen