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The Best Bets for the Weekend: Mardi Gras Dance, Pre-Valentine’s Day Events

This new column is your go to guide for the top things to do this weekend.

It’s Thursday, and you’ve got no idea what you’ll do for the weekend. Now that you’re ready to kick back and relax, check out these events.

Thursday, February 10th the Fort Lee Public Library is having a free showing of the movie Some Like It Hot at 2pm in the meeting room.

From now until February 28th the Fort Lee Public Library presents Early 20th Century Art of New Jersey by Barry Schiff.

Save the date: Tuesday, February 15th the Fort Lee Historical Society is hosting a fundraiser at In Napoli restaurant celebrating the birthday of Fort Lee’s own legendary actor, John Barrymore. All proceeds go towards programs for the Fort Lee High School Academy of the Performing Arts. The party will be from 6pm-8pm and tickets are $15 each. Appetizers and cash bar. In Napoli, 116 Main Street.

Here’s what’s going on this weekend in and around Fort Lee:

Friday, February 11th:

Madonna Church 6th Annual Mardi Gras Dance at the Double Tree Hotel: This event is always a hot ticket! Come out of hibernation for an evening of friends, food, fun, dancing and laughter. Anthony Wayne Entertainment will D.J. this party. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased at the Parish Rectory, 340 Main Street (adjacent to the Fort Lee Ambulance Corps.) For more information call 201-944-2727. Double Tree Hotel, Route 4 East, Fort Lee.

Fort Lee Community Center: Music for Toddlers 9:15-10 & 10:15-11; Salsacise 9:30-10:30am; Bridge 10-4pm; Pilates 10:30am-11:30am; Zumba Gold 11:30-12:30pm; Open Gym 3:30-5:30 (MS); Jr. Boys Basketball 6-9 pm.

Volunteer Firefighter/EMT Night at Campgaw Mountain, Mahwah: Discount skiing for all volunteer Fire/EMS workers and families. 1pm-10pm. Campgaw Mountain, 200 Campgaw Road, Mahwah.

Sweetheart Princess Ball @ NJ Children's Museum: Dine and dance the night away with your favorite princesses. Cinderella, Ariel, Belle, Snow White, Jasmine and Sleeping Beauty will be there to sign autographs, pose for pictures and dance with all little sweethearts. 5:30pm-9pm. Tickets are $19.99 plus tax per person (children & adults) and are available online at www.njcmtickets.com. Dinner Sessions are at 5:30, 6:00,6:30 and 7:00. NJ Children's Museum, 599 Valley Health Plaza Paramus, NJ. www.njcm.com.

Disney's Cinderella Kids Presented by Glen Rock’s Porchlight Theater: The stage production of Disney’s animated classic Cinderella performed by Porchlight’s youth company. This musical will charm its way into your heart, and remind you that dreams really can come true. 7pm. Tickets: Adult/ $15.00;  Student/Senior: $12.00 www.porchlightproductions.org.

 

Puffin Cultural Forum Opening Reception: After the Flood: The New Orleans Portrait Project: Works by New Orleans native/accomplished photographer Lisa Silvestri, who provided portrait sittings without charge to those who had lost family photographs during Katrina. Conversation with artist and preview of concert by New Orleans native Warren Battiste included. Exhibit runs from February 11-March 1. Regular gallery hours: Mondays through Fridays, 1 to 5 p.m. or by appointment. Puffin Cultural Forum, 20 Puffin Way, Teaneck.

Super Pet Expo @ NJ Convention Center: Fri. 4-9pm; Sat. 10am-7pm; Sun. 10am-5pm. Tickets: $13 adults, $6 child. Free Childs ticket when you purchase online. http://www.njexpocenter.com/events/.  New Jersey Convention Center, Edison, N.J.

Saturday, February 12th:

Fort Lee Community Center: Soccer Sips / Elem 9am-11am; Fencing 9:30-11:30am; Line Dance 10-11am; Latin Zumba 11am-12pm; Soccer 12:30-9:30pm.

3rd Annual YWCA Heart Healthy Indoor 5K Walk: 9am. YWCA, 112 Oak Street, Ridgewood. For information call 201-444-6225.

Cupid’s Chase 5K Nationwide 5K Run for People with Disabilities:

Cupid’s Chase is a national 5K Run that takes place in 24 cities, throughout 10 states, on the same day and at the same time. Community Options, Inc.(COI) is the host of the national Cupid’s Chase 5K Run. COI is a national nonprofit that has been developing community-based homes and employment supports for people with disabilities since 1989. For more information call (973) 390-1027 or meredith.quinn@comop.org.  390 Doremus Avenue, Glen Rock.

Bee My Valentine Kids’ Cooking Class at WannaBee Chef: Homemade Pizza, Marinara Sauce, Red Velvet Cupcakes, Chocolate Dipped Meringues. 3:30pm-5:30pm. $40. www.wannabeechef.com. WannaBee Chef, 18 Union Ave, Cresskill.

Disney's Cinderella Kids Presented by Glen Rock’s Porchlight Theater: The stage production of Disney’s animated classic Cinderella performed by Porchlight’s youth company. This musical will charm its way into your heart, and remind you that dreams really can come true. 1pm and 7pm. Tickets: Adult/ $15.00;  Student/Senior: $12.00 www.porchlightproductions.org.

Teaneck’s St. Mark's Episcopal Church Music Concert Series Presents A Special Concert to Benefit Family Promise of Bergen County: 7:00 pm. The program will feature selections by Donizetti, Bellini, Massenet, and Mozart. Tickets for this special event are $20.00, with proceeds to benefit Family Promise of Bergen County. St Mark's Church, 118 Chadwick Road, Teaneck.

Mrs. Parker & George S.K. at Teaneck's Garage Theater: Saturday 8pm and Sunday 3pm. It’s New York, November,1936. George S. Kaufman, Broadway's most successful director and playwright, is writing a play with New York's sharpest wit, Dorothy Parker. George and Dottie don't like each other but they are working together, creating an evening of wisecracks, gags, literary humor, and urbane wisdom. Garage Theater Group, 960 River Road, Teaneck. For tickets www.garagetheater.org.

Sunday, February 13th:

Fort Lee Community Center: Med Men’s BB/Volleyball 9am-12pm; Soccer 12pm-9pm.

Valentine’s Day: Naturally Sweet @ the Tenafly Nature Center: 10am-1:30pm. Celebrate Valentine’s Day and learn about the maple sugaring process. Meet at Greenbrook Sanctuary before hiking to the TNC visitor center to learn how to make maple syrup at 11:00 am. After a sweet taste the group will hike back to Greenbrook by 1:30 pm. Program intended for adults and families with children 8 years or older. Pre-registration requested. www.tenaflynaturecenter.org. Greenbrook Sanctuary, Route 9W north, 0.8 miles north of East Clinton Ave. on the right side, Tenafly.

The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc. Concert: For ticket info, please call 201-947-3923 or email: dgcello@aol.com. All Saints Episcopal Church, 150 Park Avenue, Leonia.

Gilda's Club: Cooking From the Heart: Kids and teens touched by cancer, as well as their parents and caregivers, are invited to attend a fun and nutritious cooking class. 2pm-4pm. To register, call or email Brooke: 201-457-1670 ext. 111, blaster@gildasclubnnj.org.

Carole & Paula of TV’s Magic Garden @ Wyckoff YMCA: It’s 1970 all over again with Carole and Paula singing their favorites. Tickets $12. 2pm. Wyckoff YMCA, 691 Wyckoff Avenue, Wyckoff. www.wyckoffymca.org.

Kidz Cabaret - Audra Rox Live! At bergenPAC: Shows at 1pm and 4pm. Time Out New York Kids Readers Choice Award winning band seen daily on cable TV’s “Noggin” channel. Audra Rox is “the Queen of the NYC kid-rock scene”! bergenPAC, 30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood. www.bergenpac.org.

Disney's Cinderella Kids Presented by Glen Rock’s Porchlight Theater: The stage production of Disney’s animated classic Cinderella performed by Porchlight’s youth company. This musical will charm its way into your heart, and remind you that dreams really can come true. 1pm. Tickets: Adult/ $15.00;  Student/Senior: $12.00.  Porchlight Theater, 555 Broad Street, Glen Rock www.porchlightproductions.org.

Mrs. Parker & George S.K. at Teaneck's Garage Theater: Sunday 3pm. It’s New York, November,1936. George S. Kaufman, Broadway's most successful director and playwright, is writing a play with New York's sharpest wit, Dorothy Parker. George and Dottie don't like each other but they are working together, creating an evening of wisecracks, gags, literary humor, and urbane wisdom. Garage Theater Group, 960 River Road, Teaneck. For tickets www.garagetheater.org.

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