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Passaic Churches to Celebrate 34th Annual Thanksgiving Service
NEW JERSEY – The 34th Annual Thanksgiving Service sponsored by the Passaic Ecumenical Committee will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at St. Mary’s Assumption Church, 63 Monroe St. (corner Market and Monroe Streets) in Passaic, N.J. The homilist will be Sr. Ann Marie Paul, S.C.C., Director of the Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women. Dr. Alex D. Blanco, Mayor of the City of Passaic, will be present and will extend the greetings of the Passaic community to those attending. The theme of the service is “Blessed are the merciful” relating to the Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis to extend from December 8, 2015 to November 22, 2016. The Ecumenical Choir comprised of members of the Passaic churches will lead the congregation in song. All those who attend are asked to bring an offering of non-perishable food items to be distributed to the need of the Passaic area. Refreshments will be served at a social in the Church Hall after the service. All are invited to attend. For more information call 973-772-5918. Submitted by Kathy Levendusky.


Wreathmaking Workshops
NJBG-DSC01128-1311wreathmakersNEW JERSEY – NJBG will sponsor two hands-on Wreathmaking Workshops at the New Jersey State Botanical Garden Carriage House Visitor Center, on Saturday, November 21, 2015, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The workshops are an annual tradition at NJBG. In these two workshops you’ll learn how to assemble and decorate holiday wreaths to grace your home, using a variety of fresh and dried plant materials. You’ll make a wreath to take home with you, and decorate it to suit your style with ribbons and ornaments from NJBG’s large collection. All materials are provided, but bring clippers, gloves and any special decorations you might wish to use. This popular program regularly sells out, so make your reservations early. For tickets and more information, please visit or call 973-962-9534. NJBG is located on Morris Road in Ringwood, NJ. The NJ Botanical Garden is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (to 6 p.m. in the winter). Admission to the Garden is always free; parking is also free in the fall, winter and spring. Call (973) 962-9534 or visit for more information on NJBG, membership, volunteer opportunities, events or directions. NJBG sponsors walks, hikes, programs, concerts and special events throughout the year at the Botanical Garden. Guided tours of the gardens are offered on Sundays at 2 p.m., May through the end of October, weather permitting, and guided tours of Skylands Manor are available one Sunday per month. Guided group tours are also available. Please call the NJBG office for more information. In photo: Come make a beautiful wreath to take home with you at NJBG’s Wreathmaking Workshops at the New Jersey State Botanical Garden. Photo courtesy of NJBG


Christmas Concert
NEW JERSEY – The Chopin Singing Society (Men’s Chorus) presents its annual Christmas Concert in Memory of Past Presidents John A. Budzinski and Stanley A. Kobylarz on Sunday, December 6th, 3 p.m. at the Polish Peoples Home, 1-3 Monroe St., Passaic, N.J. The chorus is under the direction of Anthony Tabash. Included in the ticket price is a hot buffet, guest choir and guest artists. The Chopin Chorus is singing 105 years! For tickets and information, please call President Brent Iskra at 973-546-3568. Ticket deadline is December 1st.


Celebrating Paderewski At The Polish Museum of America
PaderewskiRoomPMAChicago, IL — The Polish Museum of America (PMA) invites you to celebrate the 155th Anniversary of Ignacy Jan Paderewski Birth, in conjunction with the 2nd Ignacy Jan Paderewski International Festival. The evening will begin on Saturday, November 21, 2015, at 5:30 pm at the PMA (984 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60642), with a tour of the I.J. Paderewski Room. A concert performance by Marta Szlubowska, violin, and Svetlana Belsky, piano, will begin at 6:30 pm, and include works by Michał K. Ogiński, Grażyna Bacewicz, Fryderyk Chopin, and Paderewski. The documentary film, “Paderewski: The Man of Action, Success and Fame,” directed by Wiesław Dąbrowski (2013, in Polish with English subtitles), will be screened at 7:30 pm. Light appetizers and desserts will be available, as well as a cash bar. For more information and ticket price call 773-384-3352.
Did you know…
The Steinway piano that Ignacy Jan Paderewski played in his cross country tours is in Chicago?
The furniture from his last residence is displayed all in one room?
His personal items – from cufflinks and a cigarette case, to the pen used to sign the Treaty of Versailles, are on permanent exhibit?
The Ignacy Jan Paderewski Room at The Polish Museum of America explores the life of this great statesman and musician. In this dedicated space, carefully renovated in 2009, visitors are welcome to view the artifacts listed above, as well as: handwritten letters and speeches; photographs, paintings, and sculptures of Paderewski; original piano rolls of his compositions; and much more.
The Polish Museum of America is located at 984 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642. Hours: Friday-Tuesday, 11 am-4 pm; Wednesday, 11 am-7 pm; closed on Thursday. All visitors are welcome. For more information:


All You Can Eat Flapjack Breakfast
NEW JERSEY – The Pleasant Plains Volunteer Fire Department is hosting its 65th Annual ALL YOU CAN EAT FLAPJACK BREAKFAST on November 22nd on the Pleasant Plains Firehouse, 40 Clayton Avenue in Toms River. Breakfast includes flapjacks, sausage, juice, coffee, tea, milk or hot chocolate. All you can eat includes ONLY FLAPJACKS! Free refills on coffee & tea. For tickets call 732-349-0808 or 732-664-2237 (tickets at door). Yes, we make orders to go! No extra charge. Holiday cash 50/50 and gift auction, a large 7 ft. food basket with turkey valued over $1000.


Wayne Hills Harvest Craft Show
NEW JERSEY – The Wayne HIlls Harvest Craft Show will be held on November 22 at 272 Berdan Ave., Wayne, New Jersey, 07470. There will be over one hundred quality exhibitors with booths featuring all kinds of unique holiday gift giving ideas.  Some of the items featured at the show will be hand painted slates and crocks, personalized items, hand craft silver, brass, bead and crystal jewelry, holiday florals, candles, soaps, lighted trees, apparel for women and kids, hand knitted scarves, hats and blankets, hand crafted totes and pillows, doll clothing, photography and 20th century train station prints. There will also be home-made chocolates, soft sculpture, home-made pickles and honey and olive oil products will be available.  Admission is $3.00. Full Event Information:


Paramus High School Presents “Thanksgiving Craft Show”
NEW JERSEY – Paramus High School will present its Thanksgiving Craft Show on Sunday, November 29, Paramus, NJ. This long running popular show will feature 115 booths of great crafts and art ready for holiday shopping.  Some of the crafts featured at the show will be hand painted sleds and country items, lighted glass blocks, hand crafted jewelry, origami, pottery, personalized ornaments, ceramics, paper art, fiber, apparel for women and kids, soft sculpture and quilts. There will also be designer hair accessories, turned wood pens and inlaid wood cutting boards, soaps, pet items, potpourri, gourmet dips, olive oils and chocolates and so much more. Along with a breakfast and lunch menu, kettle korn and home-made pickles will also be available. The event takes place at Paramus High School, 99 E. Century Rd, Paramus, NJ 07652. Admission is $4.00. Full Event Information:


Bergen County Audubon Nature Walk at NJBG – Nov. 22, 2015
NJBG-DSC05662-wild%20turkeysNEW JERSEY – NJBG invites you to explore and enjoy the wonderful world of birds and plants on a Fall Audubon Nature Walk at the New Jersey State Botanical Garden on Sunday, November 22, 2015, at 10 am. Members of the Bergen County Audubon Society will lead a walk through the gardens, meadows and woodlands at NJBG, visiting a rich and varied ecosystem of plants and animals. This program is free. Wear comfortable shoes, dress for the weather, and bring binoculars if you have them. Meet at the Carriage House Visitor Center in the New Jersey State Botanical Garden, Morris Road, Ringwood State Park, Ringwood, NJ. This program is sponsored by the NJBG/Skylands Association and the Bergen County Audubon Society. The New Jersey State Botanical Garden at Skylands, which appears on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places, is open from 8 am to 8 pm every day. Admission to the Garden is always free. Parking fee on summer weekends and holidays: $5/car for NJ residents; $7/car out-of-state.; summer weekday parking is free. Parking is also free in the fall, winter and spring. NJBG/Skylands is located on Morris Road in Ringwood, New Jersey. For an event schedule, membership brochure, directions or more information, please call 973-962-9534 or visit
PHOTO: Wild turkeys hunt for acorns on the edges of the North Lawn at the New Jersey State Botanical Garden. Photo by Maja Britton.


“Salute To The Veterans” Concert
NEW JERSEY – The Clifton Recreation Department will be conducting their “Salute to the Veterans Concert” on Monday, November 23th at the Clifton Boys and Girls Club Bingo Hall (181 Colfax Ave) at 6:30 p.m. This concert is a special tribute to the Veterans and their families. The concert will feature “The Silver Starlite Orchestra” and their “Salute to America” program which has been featured at numerous Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day concerts throughout the Metropolitan area. The annual veteran’s processional, veteran’s gifts, food, beverages, desserts and dancing in a USO canteen type setting. Join us as we take you back in time for this wonderful tribute to our veterans and their families. Please bring non-perishable food items to be donated to St. Peter’s Haven, or any of the needed supplies being collected by Clifton Cares for our soldiers abroad, as your admission ticket into the concert. Financial donations are always welcomed. Please note that there will be no parking in the Clifton Boys and Girls Club parking lot until 6:00 p.m. A shuttle bus will run from City Hall parking lot and Elks Lodge for those having to arrive proper to 6:00 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering, contact the Clifton Recreation Department at (973) 470-5956. “This project is funded, in part, by the Passaic County Cultural and Heritage Council at Passaic County Community College, through a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of the State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts”.


America’s Largest Holiday Parade of Lighted & Decorated Fire Trucks
Good%20MickeyWALLINGTON, NJ – Wallington Fire Department is happy to announce that they will be presenting their 14th Annual Holiday Parade on Saturday, November 28, 2015, which is the Saturday following Thanksgiving, at 6:00 pm.. This is the nation’s largest parade of lighted and decorated fire trucks and floats. This nighttime parade will include over 2500 participants and 300 fire trucks from the tri-state area. Co-Chairman Rich Pelcher says, “Firefighters look forward to our parade, as it is a time to celebrate their time, energy and effort they put into protecting their towns during the past year, and the parade is our way to showing our respect to all these first responders. Our department is especially happy to include organizations, businesses, and friends, who wish to participate in the parade, but they must have floats that celebrate the holiday season. So bring out the your whole to honor our firefighter’s who served our and your community.” Thousands of spectators line the parade route, including our residents, who have huge yard parties all in anticipation of this 2-mile long parade that kicks off the Christmas season. The parade begins on Mt. Pleasant and Roehrs Drive and concludes at the Veteran’s Monument on Union Boulevard and Paterson Ave. The after-parade ends at the Centennial Field, where participants will enjoy entertainment, refreshments and the presentation of various parade trophies. Besides firefighters any organization can participate please visit our website at or call (973) 473-7612 for more information. Wallington is in Bergen County, NJ and is situated 1 mile west of the Meadowlands Complex