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    Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

    Dine to Support the Rancocas Nature Center -- Charlie Browns Restaurant, Westampton

     

    Time & Place

    11:30am to 10:00pm
    Charlie Browns Steakhouse, 949 Route 541 and Burrs Road, Westampton, NJ

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    Great food for a great cause!

    Patrons who dine on Wednesday, December 3rd at Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse in Westampton will automatically help support the Rancocas Nature Center.

    When patrons mention “Rancocas Nature Center”, 20% of their food bill will be donated to the Center.

    Call 609-265-1100 for more information.

    This is the third Rancocas Nature Center Day hosted by Charlie Brown’s.

    More Information

    609-265-1100

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    Saturday, December 6th, 2014

    Pinelands: Today and Tomorrow

     

    Time & Place

    11:00 am
    Medford Leas Theater, One Medford Leas, Medford, NJ 08055

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    Carleton Montgomery, Executive Director of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, lays out challenges and opportunities for citizens who appreciate the unspoiled virtues of the Pine Barrens. Competing pressures from developers and other players in the economy continue to threaten this globally significant ecosystem.

    PPA is the only nongovernmental organization solely dedicated to the protection of the natural and cultural resources of New Jersey’s Pinelands.

    Meet at the Medford Leas Theater.

    More Information

    800-331-4302 | Web

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    Pinelands Preservation Alliance Annual Green Trading Post -- PPA Headquarters

    Runs through Sunday, December 7th, 2014 

    Time & Place

    12:00pm to 4:00pm
    PPA Headquarters, 17 Pemberton Road, Southampton, NJ

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    Tired of the mall? Fed-up with catalogs? Want to do something more with your holiday shopping? Then the Green Trading Post, offered by the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, is for you. Shop for books, clothing, notecards, photographs, honey and more!

    Local non-profit groups include:

    Rancocas Nature Center

    Pollination Station

    Woodford Cedar Run

    NJ Pineways -- Ann Marie and Steve Woods

    Pinelands Basketry Center

    Profits help support the missions of the various conservation groups participating in this program.

    Saturday -- author Barbara Solem will be signing copies of her newest book "Batsto Village: Jewel of the Pines" which can be purchased in the Visitor's Center.

    Sunday -- author and artisian Paul Evans Pedersen Jr. will be on hand to sign copies of his book, New Tales from Old Haunts: The Legendary Pine Barrens.He will also have his famousPine Barrens Diamonds for sale. These unique, handcrafted pieces come from deep within the Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey featuring "Pine Barrens Diamonds" ™. They are cut, shaped and expertly polished pieces of early 19th Century Glass that were abandoned from several World-famous Glass Works, including the Crowleytown Works, Isabella Works, The Tansboro Works, The Coffin and Hay Works, The Bulltown Works, and other old glass manufacturers from yesteryear.

    Pinelands photography by Ann-Marie Woods and Michael Neuhaus will also be available for sale.

    Tours of the historic 1753 farmhouse and circa 1930s dairy barn. Light refreshments will be served.

    Sponsored by Pinelands Preservation Alliance

    More Information

    Kristin or Mike | 609-859-8860 extension 11 or extension 15 | Email | Web

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    Sunday, December 7th, 2014

    Winter in the Pines -- Batsto Village

     

    Time & Place

    12:30pm
    Batsto Village, 31 Batsto Road, Hammonton, NJ 08037

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    The Hammonton High School Select Choir; under the direction of Marrissa Carrafiello, will present a musical celebration of the season “Winter In The Pines” in the Wharton State Forest Visitors Center beginning at 1PM. Admission is $5/ person and seating begins at 12:30 PM with the performance beginning promptly at 1 PM. For additional information, please call 609-561-0024 or e-mail: info@batstovillage.org.

    Adding to the festive atmosphere of the day, carolers from the Aurora Choir of St. Nick’s Church (Egg Harbor City) will stroll the Village from 1:45 to 4:00 PM.

    The stately Batsto mansion; dressed in the splendor of the winter season, will be available to tour for $3.00 and tickets are available on site at the Visitor Center.

    Visitors can bring their holiday cards; already stamped and addressed, and have them hand cancelled by a volunteer postmaster at the Batsto Post Office. Members of the Merchantville Stamp Club will be on hand to assist with this effort. Due to its age and historical significance, the Batsto Post Office (1852), a zip code is not required to be part of the hand postmark cancellation.

    Blacksmith Toby Kroll will demonstrate some of the techniques and tools of the trade in the Batsto blacksmith shop.

    Light refreshments will be served in the Exhibit Room that adjoins the Batsto Post Office. Several displays for both adults and children are available for viewing.

    More Information

    Batsto Visitors Center | 609-561-0024 | Email | Web

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    Hike with Santa -- Rancocas Nature Center, Westampton, NJ

     

    Time & Place

    2:00pm to 3:00pm
    Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Road, Westampton, NJ 08060

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    Santa is taking a break from his holiday chores to enjoy the outdoors. Join him as he hikes Rancocas’ trails looking for examples of Nature’s giving spirit.

    Please contact Racocas Nature Center for more information.

    More Information

    609-261-2495 | Email | Web

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    Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

    Wreath Making Workshop -- Rancocas Nature Center, Westampton, NJ

     

    Time & Place

    12:30pm to 3:00pm
    Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Road, Westampton, NJ 08060

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    Make your own holiday (or everyday) wreath at the Rancocas Nature Center.

    Optional nature hike to pick out items for your wreath will start at 12:30pm.

    The Center will provide instruction, grape vine wreath forms and various dried natural materials. Participants should bring: sturdy scissors, decorative materials of their choice, a glue gun (preferred) or Aileen’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue, florist’s wire, wire cutters, pruners if going on the nature walk to collect items, hairspray, and ribbon.

    Pre-registration is required. Cost is $20; members $15. Call 609-261-2495 to pre-register.

    More Information

    609-261-2495 | Web

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    Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

    Burlington County and the American Revolution -- BurlCo Lyceum, Mt. Holly

     

    Time & Place

    3:00pm
    Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences, 307 High Street, Mount Holly, NJ 08060

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    This interactive presentation will focus on Burlington County's involvement in the American Revolution and the integral role that the area played in securing our independence.

    Contact Marisa Bozarth via email or phone to reserve your spot.


    Program will also be offered on December 11th at 6:30pm.

    More Information

    Marisa Bozarth | 609-265-5858 | Email

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    Wednesday Walk in the Woods -- Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

     

    Time & Place

    9:30am
    Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, 800 Great Creek Road, Galloway, New Jersey 08205

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    Bass River State Forest’s 2014 “Wednesday Walk in the Woods” series continues with a free, guided hike at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.

    Meet Volunteer Master Naturalist Kathy Gardiner at the refuge at 9:30 a.m. Bring lunch and drink. Be prepared for mostly flat walking. Severe weather cancels.

    Register and get directions to the meeting place by contacting Kathy.

    Save the date for our upcoming “Walk in the Woods” dates on January 14 and February 11 (weather permitting).

    More Information

    Kathy Gardiner | 609-296-6574 | Web

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    Thursday, December 11th, 2014

    Burlington County and the American Revolution -- BurlCo Lyceum, Mt. Holly

     

    Time & Place

    3:00pm
    Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences, 307 High Street, Mount Holly, NJ 08060

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    This interactive presentation will focus on Burlington County's involvement in the American Revolution and the integral role that the area played in securing our independence.

    Contact Marisa Bozarth via email or phone to reserve your spot.


    Program will also be offered on December 10th at 3:00pm.

    More Information

    Marisa Bozarth | 609-265-5858 | Email

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    Wreath Making Workshop -- Rancocas Nature Center, Westampton, NJ

     

    Time & Place

    12:30pm to 3:00pm
    Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Road, Westampton, NJ 08060

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    Make your own holiday (or everyday) wreath at the Rancocas Nature Center.

    Optional nature hike to pick out items for your wreath will start at 12:30pm.

    The Center will provide instruction, grape vine wreath forms and various dried natural materials. Participants should bring: sturdy scissors, decorative materials of their choice, a glue gun (preferred) or Aileen’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue, florist’s wire, wire cutters, pruners if going on the nature walk to collect items, hairspray, and ribbon.

    Pre-registration is required. Cost is $20; members $15. Call 609-261-2495 to pre-register.

    More Information

    609-261-2495 | Web

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    Saturday, December 13th, 2014

    Acoustic Stories Paul Pedersen, Jr. -- Batsto

     

    Time & Place

    1:00pm
    Batsto Village, 31 Batsto Road, Hammonton, NJ 08037

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    Paul E. Pedersen, Jr. captivates his audience with a gallery of weird and colorful characters in tales and songs that run the gamut from offbeat explanation of natural phenomena, to unconventional takes on popular legends, to strange doings in mysterious Piney towns and taverns. Paul puts his unique spin on such legendary local subjects as the infamous Jersey Devil, dancing bandit Joe Mulliner, and the mysterious Blue Hole of Winslow. He gives a brief history of the early glass making industry, and discusses the several ways that much of the Pine Barrens region was almost lost through the ages.

    Beyond the Barrens: A Pinelands Speaker Series (2014) takes place on the Second Saturday of each month and will focus on natural, cultural, and historical aspects in and around Batsto. Programming begins at 1:00pm in the Batsto Visitor Center Auditorium. Admission is $2.00 per person.

    More Information

    609-561-0024 | Email | Web

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    Friday, December 19th, 2014

    Winter Solstice Hike -- Historic Whitesbog Village

     

    Time & Place

    4:00pm to 6:00pm
    Whitesbog Village, 120 Whitesbog Road, Browns Mills, NJ 08015

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    Enjoy the last days of autumn as we hike on sandy roads through forests and along cranberry bogs. Learn of the strategies used by plants and animals to survive the cold and often dry conditions of the Pine Barrens in winter. Please bring a flashlight.

    Pre-registration is required. Fee $10. To register, call (609) 894-9311 x3027.

    Course # CFG 468-80

    Sponsored by Burlington County College Pinelands Institute for Natural & Environmental Studies

    More Information

    BCC Pines | 609-893-1765 | Web

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    Saturday, December 20th, 2014

    Christmas Show -- Albert Hall

     

    Time & Place

    7:30pm
    Albert Music Hall, 131 Wells Mills Road (Rt. 532), Waretown, NJ 08758

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    The program feature a live stage concert of bluegrass, country, and traditional music by regional bands from the tri-state area.

    During the 8 PM musical set, Santa will a lead a Christmas sing-a-long. Santa will have a gift for children 11 years and under. (Cameras are welcome)

    More Information

    609-971-1593 | Web

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    Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

    Winter Woodland Safari -- Rancocas Nature Center, Westampton, NJ

     

    Time & Place

    2:00pm to 3:30pm
    Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Road, Westampton, NJ 08060

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    Explore the newly reopened trail behind the conifer forest as we search for Rancocas wildlife, including deer, turkey, beaver, and more.

    This is an outdoor program, so please dress for the weather. Not suitable for children under six years of age.

    Cost: members, $7/person, $15/family (limit 5); nonmembers, $9/person, $21/family (limit 5).

    More Information

    (609) 261-2495 | Email | Web

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