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Christmas Parade, Chanukah Concert, Shakespeare

Your family's best bets for the week

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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When/Where: Friday, December 9, 8:00 pm, , 10 Park St, Nyack, NY

Why Go: Check out local thespians put on Shakespeare

Cost/Contact: $21

When/Where: Friday, December 9, 9:00 pm, 4270 Palisades Center Dr, West Nyack, NY,

Why Go: Exercise and fun, locally

Cost/Contact: $15

When/Where: 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at .

Why Go: This concert is a great family outing to get into the Christmas spirit. Proceeds will benefit the church.

Cost/Contact: Stop by the St. Anthony Rectory M-F 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. to buy your tickets or call 845.623.7657. It's $13 for pre-concert sales, $15 at the door

When/Where: Saturday, December 10 from 10 a.m. to 5:00 pm/140 Rockland Plaza, Nanuet

Why Go:  The Clarkstown North High School PTSA holds its second annual Book Fair at the Barnes & Noble in Nanuet. This all-day event will feature prizes (including a Nook reading device), student-run story-times , face painting and activities, as well as student musical performances and an art exhibit.
The day's activities include: Story time for five to 10 year olds happens at 10 a.m, 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. along with facepainting, tattoos and crafts. Enjoy a violin duet at 1 p.m. and vocal performance at 3 p.m.  
A percentage of in-store net sales on December 10th and online sales from December 10th to December 16th will be donated to the CHSN PTSA. A percentage of Nook net sales will also be donated to the school. Shoppers must use a special voucher or voucher number when making purchases. Vouchers can be downloaded from www.northptsa.com.

Cost/Contact: Free/www.northptsa.com

Live Nativity Drive Thru

When/Where: Saturday, Dec. 10 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Why Go:  Drive-thru Nativity program with live actors and animals and chorus.  

Cost/Contact: Free/845-634-3353, www.parkefc.org, office@parkefc.org

Koeing Family Chanukah Concert: Mama Doni Presents Chanuka Fever

When/Where:  Sunday, Dec. 11 from 4 to 5 p.m./ JCC 450 West Nyack Road, West Nyack

Why Go: Musical program for families with children one to six years old. The Mama Doni Band delights familes throughout the country. “The singer-songwriter breaks the mold of traditional Jewish music, bringing a blend of reggae, rock, folk, country, klezmar and “Jewgrass” to her shows…” Quirky, funny and always unpredictable, Doni’s music brings a fun new twist to Chanukah as she ventures through dance beats, Latin pop, “Jewgrass” hoe-downs, and dazzling disco ditties to make latkes, deridels and Yiddish expressions cooler than ever. Winner of the 2008 Simcha Award at the International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam, Holland. Check her out mamadoni.com. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Early Childhood Coalition.

Cost/Contact: Advance tickets: JCC Members $8, Public $12, at door sales: JCC members $10, Public $15./www.jccofrockland.org

Share Christmas and the Holidays

When/Where: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 in Braunsdorf Park in Pearl River

Why Go: The Rotary Club of Pearl River puts together this annual holiday celebration. Floats will go through the town before arriving at Braunsdorf Park at 7:30 p.m. There will be entertainment and caroling starting at 7 p.m. there will be visits with Santa starting at 7:30 p.m., hot chocolate, mulled cider and cookies. Characters such as Mickey and Minnie, Rudolph, Frosty, Donald and Daisy Duck and Alvin the Chipmunk will make appearances. The club will be accepting unrwapped toys to donate to needy children here and at various locations in town.

Cost/Contact: Free.

20th Annual Orangetown Santa Claus 5K Run

When/Where: 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 in Veteran’s Memorial Park in Orangeburg.

Why Go: Take part in age group competitions and get a little holiday-season exercise. Divisions are Jingle Bell (ages 9-under), Elf (10-14), Reindeer (15-19), Snowflake (20-29), Gingerbread (30-39), Candy Cane (40-49), Santa’s Helpers (50-59), The Eggnoggers (60-69), The Giftwrappers (70-plus)

Cost/Contact: Pre-registration, which is due Dec. 8, cost is $12. Late registration $18.

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