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Your weekend to-do list
What? You haven't made weekend plans yet? You have come to the right place if you need ideas for something to do over the next few days. This week, we have a wide variety of arts-related, charitable, educational, health-building or just plain fun activities throughout Parsippany and surrounding communities. We're sure you'll find something in our list that will give you a good reason this weekend to get out of the house.
When/Where: Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Ridge High School's Performing Arts Center in Basking Ridge
Why Go: To ease on down the road for a rousing musical version of "The Wizard of Oz" by Front & Center’s Junior and Senior Performing Arts Company
Cost: $20 and $25; buy tickets online or at the door
Free Self Defense Class for Women
When/Where: Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Master Kim's Tiger Tae Kwon Do, Kinnelon Mall, 25 Kinnelon Road, Kinnelon.
Why Go: Because women of all ages can learn easy techniques to defend themselves in potentially dangerous situations
Circle of Friends
When/Where: Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Evangelical Free Church, 5550 Berkshire Valley Rd, Oak Ridge
Why Go: Because women can meet other women and discuss women things and have coffee and tea
Watchung Arts Center Artistry of Dance
When/Where: 8 p.m. Friday at the Watchung Arts Center, 108 Stirling Road, Watchung
Why Go: To enjoy championship dancers Sergei and Olga Bezrodnov demonstrating the steps they'll teach in a new series of classes at the center
Manhattan Comedy Night
When/Where: Friday, 8 p.m. at Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown
Why Go: You need a little funny to end a busy week.
Leader of the Pack: The Ellie Greenwich Musical
When/Where: Friday and Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. at the Somerset Valley Playhouse
Why Go: To see the story of the woman who wrote 1960s pop-music classics like "Chapel of Love" and "Da Doo Ron Ron"
Cost: $17 adults; $15 seniors and students.
4-H Winter Train Show
When/Where: Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. at the 4-H, 310 Milltown Road, Bridgewater
Why Go: To watch trains move and celebrate the 4-H's train aficionados
Cost: $4 for adults, and $2 for children ages 12 and under
Colonial Cooking Contest
When/Where: Saturday, 10:00 am, Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, 9 Main St., Madison
Why Go: To research a historic recipe, cook it and enter it in the museum’s annual Colonial Cooking Contest.
Cost: $5 registration fee
Julie's Mindful Parenting Group
When/Where: Saturday, 10:30 a.m., Postpartum Place, 55 Main St, Chatham
Why go: To discuss the issues and problems you face as a working mom with experts and peers
Camp Fair Series
When/Where: Saturday at noon at the Parsippany Holiday Inn, 707 Route 46, Parsippany
Why Go: To get tips on finding the best summer camp for your kids from the New York Family and the American Camp Association
Meet the Patchfinder
When/Where: Saturday from noon-2 p.m. at Waverly Place, Madison
Why Go: To see Patch's own rolling newsroom RV, talk local news with Patch staff, and get T-shirts, water bottles and other must-have swag
Coffee Hour With Jesus
When/Where: Saturday at 6 p.m. at Lake Hopatcong United Methodist Church, 520 Howard Blvd., Lake Hopatcong
Why Go: Because you can hear some live music and bring your questions about Jesus
Intervale School Texas Hold 'Em Benefit Tournament
When/Where: Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Parsippany Police Athletic League, 33 Baldwin Road, Parsippany
Why Go: You want to hold 'em like they do in Texas, please.
26th Annual SCAN Concert
When/Where: Saturday, 8 p.m. at Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown
Why Go: You want to support their charity efforts that night; you want to hear good music.
Cost: $20 (BYOB)
When/Where: Sunday at 8 a.m. at Applebee's, 640 Promenade Blvd., Bridgewater
Why Go: To work with the Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital and Camp Bow Wow to raise money for Rawhide Rescue while enjoying a delicious meal of pancakes, sausage and scrambled eggs
Dog Adoption Day at Petsmart
When/Where: Sunday at 11 a.m. at Petsmart, 145 Promenade Blvd., Bridgewater
Why Go: To adopt your new best friend
Cost: Free admission, plus costs associated with adopting a pup
Panel Discussion on Ethics
When/Where: Sunday at 11 a.m., Temple Har Shalom, 104 Mt. Horeb Road, Warren
Why Go: To put on your thinking cap for an in-depth discussion of bio-ethical and legal issues faced by professionals today
The Intergalactic Nemesis
When/Where: Sunday, 7:30 p.m. at Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown
Why Go: You're curious about how potentially awesome a live reading of a graphic novel can be (and, if you're still not convinced, check out this preview).
Cost: $27 to $37