Admit it, after a week like this, you're ready for a dinner out with a bunch of your neighbors, or maybe a chance to get a good laugh.
Both fire companies in Bernards Township have events on Saturday night — take your choice of a beefsteak dinner or comedy night.
The 14th annual Taste of the Hills on Sunday evening raises money for the Adult Day Center at the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills — and offers a lovely setting at the Basking Ridge Country Club and a great spread of foods and even some wine.
And don't forget about this Sunday's dedication of the Field of Honor for flags honoring the nation's veterans. Or jump into a pool and raise money for the Somerset Hills YMCA's Saturdays in Motion program to benefit autistic children and their families.
Fourth Annual Basking Ridge Fire Co. Beefsteak Dinner Safe
Where/When: At 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Basking Ridge Fire Co.'s firehouse, 30 Washington Ave., in Basking Ridge.
Why Go: After a tough week of trying to scare up a meal without power, let the firemen (and women) do the cooking for you. All you can eat beefsteak, beer, salad, fries, soda and dessert. Wine available for sale. Music by "The Second Chance." And help out these hard-working volunteers! Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Cost: $40 per person, $300 for table of 8. Call 908-766-9874, or email email@example.com
Liberty Corner Fire Co's Comedy Night
When/Where: Liberty Corner Fire Company's firehouse at 95 Church St. in the Liberty Corner section of Bernards Township. Doors open at 7 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 5, for those 21 and older.
Why Go: Because if you've ever needed a laugh, it's now! Comedy night in the spacious firehouse is usually a popular draw. This year’s show features a trio of comics who play from New York to California, HBO to Comedy Central, and star in films and theater. Plus help out a volunteer fire company.
Cost: $40, includes wine and beer available for purchase at the bar. For advance tickets or further information, call the firehouse non-emergency number and leave a message at 908-647-3530.
When/Where: Just in time for Veterans Day, the Bernards Township Beautification Task Force will dedicate a field of pre-purchased flags at the at 1 Collyer Lane. The 78th Army Division Brass Ensemble will provide music at the ceremony, at noon on Sunday, Nov. 6.
Why Go: To honor veterans and their families, who are invited along with officials and the public. To hear some patriotic music, too!
Where/When: The play by Bernards High thespians' rescheduled "snow" date of the comedic "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is at Bernards High School on Olcott Avenue in Bernardsville at 7 p.m. on Saturday night.
Why Go: Because it's funny, and because the kids worked too hard to let a little snow (and a big power outage) rain on their parade.
Cost: Tickets from last Saturday will be honored, or adults $15, $10 for seniors and students to be sold at the Bernards High Performing Arts Center that night.
A Taste of the Hills
When/Where: The Friends of the will hold their 14th annual "Taste of the Hills" to benefit the VNA's Adult Day Center in Basking Ridge at Fair Winds at from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday.
Why Go: Because the event also honors those volunteers who make the VNA's rummage sale possible. AND you can sample everything from appetizers to soups, desserts, entrees and wines from 35 food establishments offering a delicious 'taste.'
Cost: Tickets, $75 per person in advance and $85 at the door. For reservations and information, visit www.visitingnurse.org/events or call the event chair at 908-236-6632.
When/Where: 9 a.m. Saturday at Why Go: To see art pieces of native wildlife.
Saturday in Motion Swim Fundraiser
Where/When: From 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6, at the Somerset Hills YMCA in Basking Ridge. Warm-ups at 12:30 p.m.
Why Go: All proceeds benefit the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign that supports Saturday in Motion, a recreational program for kids with autism and their family. Open to all swimmers, who will be asked to donate at least $20, either by themselves or raised by supporters.
Cost: For more information, contact Art Raynes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where/When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday Evenings; 2 p.m. Sunday at the
Why Go: To watch a fuddy-duddy professor spent a summer in their Maine cabin connecting with nature and coping with changing family values.
Cost: Adults-$17; Seniors/Students $15.
When/Where: 9 a.m. Saturday at Somerset Medical Center.
Why Go: To learn how to perform CPR and first aid on adults, children and infants.
When/Where: Noon Saturday at in Hillsborough
Why Go: You need more of a reason than cats and kittens?
Price: Bring your wallet.
When/Where: 6 p.m. Saturday at 600 Washington Avenue, Manville.
Why Go: Because you like casino games and the proceeds from this event benefit People for Animals.
When/Where: 8 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Sunday at Why Go: Because blood donations are always needed, and it’s a excuse to eat cookies afterward.
When/Where: 8 a.m. Sunday at 14 North Doughty Avenue in Somerville.
Why Go: Because you can eat as many pancakes as you want at a historic Somerville Landmark, while also supporting the Raritan Valley Masonic Lodge #46.
When/Where: 3 p.m. Sunday at 169 North Eighth Avenue, Manville.
Why Go: To see performances of traditional Irish dances, while helping students at the school raise money to attend dancing competitions.
Cost: Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
When/Where: Friday from 6-11 p.m. at the Old Mt. Tabor Firehouse at 5 Simpson Ave., Parsippany
Why Go: Final chance to be scared out of your wits for Halloween while helping a good cause (Check for special kid-friendly hours!)
Cost: $6 per body; funds raised benefit the volunteer fire department
When/Where: Sunday at 8:30 am at the , 1 Campus Drive, Parsippany Why Go: To walk or run a 5K and raise funds to help people suffering from the dreaded disease. Cost: Free
Bones, Stones and the Undertaker
When/Where: 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5., at , Morristown
Why Go: This is the Morris County Tourism Bureau's last tour of the year, and they put on some excellent tours.Cost: $10
When/Where: 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at , MorristownWhy Go: You want to experience Miles Davis Cost: $27-$47 (or free )
Fall Rummage Sale
When/Where: At the on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Why Go: To sift through and purchase items such as clothing, furniture, toys books and more.