Winter may not officially be over, but it's time to get out and about again and shake off that post-holiday lethargy.
You can sample some music that will make you appreciate the talent we have in our own back yard, dance, adopt a kitty, bike or laugh.
You can also stop by in downtown Basking Ridge to meet Bernardsville native Katie Meyler and hear her talk about how her "More Than Me" foundation has grown to provide 100 scholarships to get children off the streets in Liberia.
An opening reception for the Community Arts Show, to be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the in Basking Ridge, will welcome all artists and announce the 2012 Mayor’s Arts Awards.
Other charitable/fun events also are on the schedule through this weekend.
As always, PLEASE add events we may have missed in the comments section at the end of this column.
Community Art Show Opening & Reception
When/Where: Reception 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday for the Bernards Township Community Art Show at the in Basking Ridge. The exhibit of artwork by Bernards Township residents will remain open from this Saturday, Feb. 4, through Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Closed on Feb. 13 and 20.
Why Go: The reception will welcome all artists and announce the 2012 Mayor’s Arts Awards. The Mayor’s Arts Awards, first established in 2011, honors those demonstrating leadership and dedication to the fine and performing arts in Bernards Township.
More Than Me
When/Where: On Sunday at 1 p.m. at Melick Hall, in Basking Ridge.
Why Go: Meet Bernardsville native, Katie Meyler, founder of "More Than Me Foundation," whose mission is to bring opportunity to children in developing countries through education while raising global awareness at home. In war-torn Liberia, "More than Me" has gotten children off the streets and into school by providing uniforms, school supplies, and scholarships.
Lovin' Cole: A Cole Porter Revue
When/Where: Performances are at 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday at at 140 South Finley Ave in Basking Ridge.
Why Go: Because you don't have to go far to see Ridge Light Opera of New Jersey's original production of Lovin' Cole, a Cole Porter revue of the American composer's music in a cabaret setting.
Cost: Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and students, and are available online.
N.J. Young Professionals Cocktail Party
When/Where: Friday at 7 p.m. at the 185 Madisonville Road, Basking Ridge.
Why Go: Are you a local young professional interested in a fun night out that will also benefit the United Way of Northern New Jersey? Join the United Way for the third Annual Cocktail Party and dance all night long to music played by Award-Winning DJ Paul Anthony or possibly work on a project for someone in need.
Cost: $65, http://www.scuw.org, or call 908-253-6528
Knit a Square
When/Where: Saturday at 1 p.m. at the 32 S. Maple Ave., Basking Ridge.
Why Go: Come see examples of eight by eight-inch squares knit for our February charity campaign, Knit-A-Square, and knit your own! Basic knitting help and yarn will be available for those participating. All ages and knitting skill levels welcome; please bring your own size US10 needles if you have them.
Cost: Free, call 908-204-3031 ext. 6, with any questions.
"The Philadelphia Experiment" - Ridge High School Art Show
When/Where: Weekends, 1-4 p.m. Feb. 4 to 29, at the 650 King George Road in Basking Ridge.
Why Go: “The Philadelphia Experiment” is the title of an art show that includes drawings, paintings, and photos by the talented art and photography students at . The artwork is inspired by a field trip to Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary, Reading terminal, and the surrounding area.
When/Where: On Friday, 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Bridgewater Sports Arena, in Bridgewater.
Why Go: The Ridge Ice Hockey Association is hosting its annual skate night, an evening of ice skating whether you are a beginner or a pro. Bring a friend; you may even get to skate with your favorite Ridge Ice Hockey player! Please help support our team and skate with seniors, Tom Carpenter, Keith Knapp, Chris Mastroianni, Ryan Klingert, Oliver Peloso, Nigel Wardrop, and Derek Vogt. All profits benefit the Ridge Ice Hockey Association, a non-profit volunteer group that supports and fund the ice hockey teams at Ridge High School as well as two teams for middle school age players.
Cost: The cost is $7 per skater at the door or $10 including skate rentals.
Weave a Valentine's Day Heart at Long Hill Library
When/Where: Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Long Hill Township Library, 917 Valley Rd, in the Gillette section of Long Hill Township.
Why Go: Grades 2 through adults can stop by to learn how to make a woven Valentine's Day heart that you can give to your sweetie (or favorite friend or family member.)
Cost: Free, call 908-647-2088.
Meow-Wow 2012 Cat Show
When/Where: Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the on Milltown Road in Bridgewater.
Why Go: Because who doesn't love cute kittens? Check out the Whiskers, Paws & Claws with the 4-H Club as the top felines compete in the Meow-Wow Cat Show.
Carol's Creative Chocolatez
When/Where: Saturday at 2 p.m. at the .
Why Go: There is nothing better than a little bit of chocolate. Come out to learn about the candy, taste samples and look at some award-winning edible chocolate paintings.
Cost: Free, but registration is required by either caling 908-526-4016, ext. 105, or visiting the Adult Reference Desk.
N.J. Camp Fairs
When/Where: Sunday at 12 p.m. at the .
Why Go: Because there are so many camps to choose from, and we could all use a little help. Camp directors will be on hand to give free DVDs about the programs, free brochures, possible jobs and other giveaways. There will be many different camps represented, including day, overnight, adventure, computer, special interest, baseball, soccer and others. For a list of all the participating camps, visit the website at njcampfairs.com.
Vo-Tech Open House
When/Where: Saturday at 9 a.m. at the on Vogt Drive in Bridgewater.
Why Go: To check out the offerings of the Vo-Tech, and take part in a celebration of Career and Technical Education Month, as students lead campus tours, demonstrate what they have learned and take part in a Skills USA competition.
Camp Riverbend Saturday Club
Where/When: Camp Riverbend, at 116 Hillcrest Road in Warren, hosts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
Why Go: Kids from 3 to 6 can enjoy games, sports, crafts, cooking, nature and music—just like summer camp, without the humidity!
When/Where: Long Hill Library, 917 Valley Road in Gillette, at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Why Go: Get a glimpse of Korean culture, presented by the Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project. Food, music and a wedding ceremony will be presented.
When/Where: Friday, 8 p.m. at Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown
Why Go: You like cool jazz, Latin and classical sax and clarinet from a master of the craft.
Cost: $37 to $67
When/Where: Saturday, 8 a.m. from Marty's Reliable Cycle, Morristown
Why Go: You refuse to take the winter off from your training regimen.
When/Where: Saturday, 9 a.m. at Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Morris Township
Why Go: You want to enjoy nature and have an adventure in a beautiful place.
When/Where: Saturday, 8 p.m. at Morristown Jewish Center - Beit Yisrael
Why Go: Three professional comedians, dessert, coffee and tea makes for a nice night out.
When/Where: Sunday, 11:30 a.m. from 31 South St., Morristown
Why Go: Before you plop in front of the tube for the Super Bowl, put on your running shoes and join 1,000 other runners for this inaugural event.
Where/When: Saturday at 1 p.m., , 39 Keep St., Madison.
Why Go: Because you can't get enough North Jersey swing, R & B, and blues.
When/Where: 5 p.m. Saturday at , 36 Madison Ave. in Madison.
Why Go: A weekend wine-tasting to benefit Grace's community services.
Cost: $85 per person
Where/When: At at 7 p.m. Friday
Why Go: Because you love hip-hop and want to see "The Butcher."