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'Teddy Bear Sleepover,' Fitness Activies and More Coming Up

'Nature Through A Child's Eye' art show continues at Environmental Education Center.

This week is filled with library events, open gyms and more.

Below is the combination of our weekly pick of upcoming activities, offering both fun and educational activities and family-friendly events at the same time.

Here are this week's picks, including events at the Bernards Township Library on Thursday night and Friday afternoon:

Teddy Bear Sleepover
When/Where:
Friday from 4 to 4:45 p.m. at the Bernards Township Library, 32 S. Maple Ave., Basking Ridge.
Why Go:
The library's teen department is hosting this teddy bear sleepover event. Children ages 4 and up are invited to bring their teddy bear or another stuffed animal to storytime from 4:00 to 4:45 PM. Then they'll tuck their friend in for the night before they head home. Children should return the next day when your bear will be full of library-at-night tales. (Please note that no humans will be spending the night in the library!) Second-favorite stuffed pets may be dropped off for children who think they might miss their favorite too much that night.
Cost:
Free, but register ahead at the library.

'Nature Through a Child's Eye' Art Show
When/Where:
Art pieces interpreting what nature means to more than 500 children from throughout Somerset County will remain on exhibit through Jan. 27 at the Somerset County Environmental Education Center at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge.
Why Go:
See how children view the world of nature, including elementary and middle school students from the Somerset Hills School district, Bernards Township and Bridgewater.
Cost:
Free

Connected: Film and Discussion
When/Where:
Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bernards Township Library at 32 S. Maple Ave. in Basking Ridge, for all adults and young adults.
Why Go:
Have you ever faked a restroom trip to check your email? Or become so overwhelmed that you just unplugged from it all? In this funny, eye-opening, and inspiring film, Director Tiffany Shlain takes audiences on an exhilarating rollercoaster ride to discover what it means to be connected in the 21st century. Stay for a Skype discussion with one of the film's co-writers.
Cost:
Free, but register online or by calling 908-204-3031 ext. 116.

The Brementown Musicians
When/Where:
Saturday at 10:15 a.m. at the Bernardsville Public Library, 1 Anderson Hill Road in Bernardsville.
Why Go:
Come see an entertaining program of the Brementown Musicians as performed by the Basking Ridge-based Trilogy Repertory Co. Note: The performance will also be given at the Bernards Township Library in Basking Ridge at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26.
Cost:
Free, but pick up tickets beforehand at either library.

Acclaimed Young Vocalists in Recital
When/Where:
Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Church of St. John in Bernardsville.
Why Go:
Through Music in the Somerset Hills, soloists will be performing arias and art songs, with performers including Dashon Burton, winner of the 2012 NY Oratorio Society Competition, and Laquita Mitchel, a MET Opera National Council Auditions Grand Prize Winner.
Cost:
$20.

Exercise at your Library: Zumba Fitness
When/Where:
Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Bridgewater Township Library on Vogt Drive.
Why Go:
Marleen Corner is a licensed instructor in Zumba, and will be teaching a class at the library. Registration is required.
Cost:
Free.

Youth Open Gym
When/Where:
Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Bradley Gardens Primary School on Pine Street in Bridgewater.
Why Go:
Students in grades seven through 12 are invited to attend the open gym to play basketball and other games, while also feasting on pizza and soda.
Cost:
Free.

Dog Adoption Event at Raritan PetCo
When/Where:
Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Raritan PetCo on the Somerville Circle.
Why Go:
Because so many dogs are looking for their permanent families, and there will also be lots of merchandise available through the People for Animals event.
Cost:
Free.

Youth Open Gym
When/Where:
Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Adamsville Primary School on Union Avenue in Bridgewater.
Why Go:
Students in grades seven through 12 are invited to attend the open gym to play basketball and other games, while also feasting on pizza and soda.
Cost:
Free.

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