June 3, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • Page 23 Saddle River Valley Notes Mandarin Chinese class offered Saddle River Day School will offer a one-week program in Mandarin Chinese culture and language for students in grades six through 12 as part of the school’s new Summer Enrichment Program. With more than a billion speakers around the world, the Chinese language is becoming more important in the 21st century. A speaker of English and Mandarin can communicate with over half the world’s population. The course will be taught by Grace Hongjua, a full time professor from Shanghai Normal University in China, who is currently a visiting professor teaching Foundations of Chinese Language, Chinese Culture and Civilization, and Chinese Cinema at Ramapo College. She will use the communicative method to teach the language with the focus on listening and speaking. Through singing, games, movies, and other communicative methods, the students will be immersed in the language and the culture of China. The program will take place June 15 through 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Saddle River Day School, located at 147 Chestnut Ridge Road in Saddle River. Tuition is $300 per student. The Saddle River Day School Summer Enrichment Program is open to the public. For additional course descriptions and complete program details, contact Evan Strager at (201) 327-4050 extension 1107 or e-mail estrager@saddleriverday.org. Cub Scout Pack 133 holds registration Upper Saddle River Cub Scout Pack 133 is now accepting registration for 2009-10. All boys entering first through fifth grades are encouraged to join. The program fee is $90. Registration forms are available at the library or from the website usrscouts.com. Strawberry Festival returns The 52th Annual Strawberry Festival in Upper Saddle River will be held on Satur- ����������� Hair Care ����������� ��������������� ������� ���������������� day, June 13 from 1 to 7 p.m. The festival celebrates the area’s history of strawberry farming on the historic site of John Kroner’s strawberry farm, 318 West Saddle River Road. Kroner, who celebrated his 100th birthday this spring, donated the farmland to his church, the Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church, in 1975. Celebrate this event with local strawberries and ice cream, and homemade cakes. Other attractions will include hamburgers and hotdogs, a piñata for children, vendors, a special auction, and entertainment by a ventriloquist and local musical groups. Takeout will be available for the desserts. The traditional strawberry shortcake is made with freshly picked berries from a New Jersey farm. Strawberry experts watch the weather and follow news about the strawberry harvest to pick the best location for obtaining local berries on the day before our festival. In the wee hours of the festival morning, volunteers arrive to wash and cut the berries, which are then macerated in sugar for five hours before being made to order into a dessert which includes slices of freshly baked chiffon cake, strawberries, and local vanilla ice cream topped with whipped cream. This family oriented event is the church’s largest fundraiser each year, and the proceeds are used for missions. Call (201) 3273960. Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church is located at 318 West Saddle River Road in Upper Saddle River. Vacation Bible School offered Zion Lutheran Church in Saddle River is holding Vacation Bible School, Camp Edge, from June 22 to 28. Camp Edge will take place in Fellowship Hall, located behind the church, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Participants will meet for a light meal, games, crafts, music, and stories from the Bible. Cost is $10 per child or $25 maximum per family. RSVP to Donna at (201) 934-8491. The church is located at 96 East Allendale Road in Saddle River. Youth Triathlon set The Youth Triathlon, scheduled for Saturday, June 6, will incorporate swimming, biking, and running and is open to all children ages eight through 14. The children will begin their swim at the Saddle River Valley Swim & Tennis Club, bike to Lions Park, and finish the running portion of the triathlon at Lions Park. The swimming, biking, and running distances will be different for the two separate age groups of children. Special fundraisers, food, and prizes will be set up at the finish line in Lions Park. Sponsors and volunteers are welcome to help. 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