December 2, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES II • Page 25 Ridgewood Notes Blood Drive planned The Ridgewood Community Blood Drive, held in cooperation with Community Blood Services, has been scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This drive is sponsored by The Church of God, 305 Godwin Avenue, Ridgewood. To schedule an appointment, call (201) 251-3703. All types of blood are needed especially types O- and O+. Any healthy individual age 17 through 75 and weighing at least 110 pounds can donate blood. Donors should eat a moderate meal before donating and must bring identification showing signature. All donors receive a complimentary cholesterol screening with every blood donation. ‘Fancy Nancy’ tea party set The Friends of the Ridgewood Public Library will team up with Neiman Marcus at Garden State Plaza to host a holiday fundraiser benefiting the library. The event will be held Dec. 17 at 4 p.m. and will feature acclaimed “Fancy Nancy” author Jane O’Connor, who will read from her new book, “Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas.” The event will include a Fancy Nancy Holiday Tea Party in The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus, with a special guest appearance by Fancy Nancy. The Holiday Tea Party is appropriate for children ages four through seven. Guests are encouraged to wear their finest Fancy Nancy attire. Seating is limited, and reservations are required. Ticket prices are $15 per adult and $10 per child, with a $5 discount available with the purchase of a Friends of the Library family membership. Reservation forms are available at the Ridgewood Public Library Children’s Center. For details, contact Jin Lee at (201) 612-6608. OLMC MOMS form new group, go caroling OLMC MOMS group invites working mothers to join its special evening group on Monday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at 147 John Street, Ridgewood. Dennis Corcoran, pastoral associate for worship, community, and outreach at Christ the King, New Vernon, will be the guest speaker. E-mail Jennifer Hogan at for more information. MOMS and their children interested in Christmas Caroling during the month of December in Ridgewood for the sick and suffering, are invited to contact Stephanie Budelman at OLMC MOMs is a group of women of all ages and faiths who strive to make spirituality the center of their family life through supporting, ministering to, and learning from one another. A variety of adult and child-centered activities are offered. For information, visit Holiday festivities announced The YWCA Ridgewood Newcomers Club will host a Holiday Decorating and Cookie Exchange on Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. when attendees will get together to view a variety of tablescapes and mantles on display in a host’s home created by Newcomer Kelly Buchsbaum and a local decorator who will be on hand to answer questions. Members may also participate in a cookie exchange. Prizes will be awarded. “Holidays at the Movies” is planned for Saturday, Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Warner Quad Ridgewood Cinema, 190 East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood. Enjoy a favorite holiday movie and bring a friend or two. This event is open to non-Newcomers as well as club members. Admission price includes movie ticket and unlimited popcorn and soda. All proceeds to benefit the YWCA and its programs. For membership information, contact Laura Gallagher at HILT celebrates the holidays The annual HILT Holiday Party will be held this year at Macaluso’s in Hawthorne, on Thursday, Dec. 10. The event includes a one-hour open bar followed by a five-course meal and musical entertainment by DJ Dick Scott. The cost of this members only holiday event is $35 per person. The bus will begin loading at 11:15 a.m. from the Graydon Pool parking lot. All interested HILT members must register by Dec. 4 at the Stable, 259 North Maple Avenue. For additional information, call (201) 670-5560. Broadway meets Chanukah at Temple Israel Temple Israel of Ridgewood will become a concert hall at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, with the inaugural program sponsored by Music at Temple Israel. “Light the Lights,” will feature traditional and modern Hebrew, Yiddish, and Ladino songs as well as Broadway standards performed by cantors from three synagogues and several outstanding musicians from Temple Israel’s membership. Headlining the concert will be Cantor Caitlin Bromberg of Temple Israel, Cantor Faith Steinsnyder of The Village Temple, Congregation B’nai Israel of New York City, and Cantor David Perper of Beth Haverim Shir Shalom in Mahwah. The performance will include songs from Jewish sacred and secular folk music, musical theater, Ladino tunes, and Chanukah music, including well-known Chanukah songs with which the audience can sing along as well as classical cantorial Chanukah pieces and very contemporary choral art music. Everyone in the community is welcome. Ticket prices are $15 for Temple Israel members, $20 for non-members, and admission is free for children 12 and under. Checks, payable to Temple Israel, should be mailed to 475 Grove Street, Ridgewood, NJ 07450. For more information, email to or call (201) 444-9320. Valley offers class for babysitters The Valley Hospital Center for Women, Children and Family Education is offering a Babysitters’ Preparation class on Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. This class gives caregivers the necessary information they need to safely care for a child. Topics to be presented include feeding, holding and changing a baby; infant safety concerns; and where and how to contact the police, parents, pediatrician, poison control centers, and other emergency personnel. The fee for this two-hour course is $35. For more information, call (201) 291-6151. Ridgewood Singers present Christmas program The Ridgewood Singers will present its winter concert, “Christmas around the World,” on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood. Holiday music from France, Spain, Germany, Ukraine, Austria, Africa, and Appalachia will be featured. Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” will also be performed. This 40-member community chorus performs and practices in Ridgewood. Established in 1953, the chorus mounts a spring and winter concert annually with a repertoire that ranges from the classical choral to popular show tunes. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for senior citizens, and will be available at the door. For advanced sales, call Barbara at (201) 447-0209 or visit the website at Christmas music offered at Ridgewood UMC The Ridgewood United Methodist Church is sponsor- ing a concert of music for Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. James A. Wynne will direct “The Christmas Story in Anthems and Carols” along with the Ridgewood UMC Chancel Choir and the Jefferson Township High School Chamber Choir. There is no admission charge, but a freewill donation will be taken. The Ridgewood United Methodist Church is located at 100 Dayton Street, Ridgewood. Sunday worship service and Sunday school begin at 9:45 a.m. The Children’s Choir meets on Sundays at 11 a.m. and the Family Bell Choir at 11:30 a.m. The Youth Group meets Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. Call the church at (201) 652-2868 for information. Family Havdalah musical celebration planned A musical Havdalah Celebration is planned for the whole family at 7 p.m. on Saturday night, Dec. 5 at Temple Israel in Ridgewood. There will be singing for young children and their parents, jazz standards performed by Cantor Caitlin Bromberg, and a sing-along, followed by dancing to recorded music. Admission is free, and all members of the community, especially prospective members, are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Havdalah is a Jewish religious ceremony that marks the symbolic end of Shabbat at nightfall on Saturday. On completion of Shabbat, spices, often stored in a decorative container, are handed around so everyone can smell the fragrance. Located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood, Temple Israel and JCC is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue with members from over a dozen Bergen County communities. West Side hosts book fair, fundraiser West Side Nursery School, 6 South Monroe Street in Ridgewood, is hosting its annual book fair, featuring highquality Scholastic books and CDs. The fair will take place Dec. 1 through 3 in the West Side Presbyterian Church narthex. The event also will include a special fundraiser with a wide range of prizes, from gift baskets and gift certificates to children’s parties and personal services. Clifford the Big Red Dog will make a special appearance on Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Music teacher Lynette Parks will host a sing-along on Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 3:15 to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Cindy Hardt at (201) 4473501 or New home for Chess Club After decades in Dumont, The Dumont Chess Club has moved to Ridgewood. The club now meets at the United Methodist Church at 100 Dayton Street on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 11 p.m. For details, contact Lawrence Constance at, (201) 914-1719, or (201) 568-1506. 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