NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The weather is chilly, the air is festive and the Christmas lights line the streets of New Brunswick. See what’s going on across the city and get out and do something this week.
Tuesday, December 5
The Zimmerli Art Museum presents its monthly Art After Hours, the first Tuesday of every month. Featuring exhibition tours, demonstrations, live music and more. The event runs 5 to 9 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Free refreshments will be served. The museum is located at 71 Hamilton Street.
Wednesday, December 6
Visit the Rutgers Geology Museum for Deep Sea Late Night, where you’ll explore the many mysteries of the deep sea. Demonstrations will be set up around the museum for arts and crafts and other educational activities. All ages are welcome, no registration is required and admission is free. The event runs 4 to 8 p.m. and the museum is on the second floor of the Geology Hall, 85 Somerset Street.
Learn how to keep your gizmos and gadgets warm with the New Brunswick Free Public Library’s “Gizmo Cozy” event, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. You’ll be making a super easy cozy that’ll make sure your gadget's warm and keep it from getting scratched up. Free and open for all ages. The library is located at 60 Livingston Avenue.
In observance of Joyce Kilmer’s 131st birthday, the city is holding an open house at Kilmer’s birthplace house, located at 17 Joyce Kilmer Avenue. Learn more about this famous New Brunswick resident, well-known for his poetry and writings. Kilmer was killed in action in 1918 during World War 1, and had the nearby Camp Kilmer in Piscataway named after him.
Friday, December 8
Last chance to take part in the library’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Conversation Cafe for 2017. The cafe is an informal conversation group for adult language learners, which runs 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants are encouraged to take part in one-on-one or small-group conversations on a variety of topics. For more information, contact contact Librarian Kavita Pandey at email@example.com or call the Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 x20. The library is located at 60 Livingston Avenue.
Come on down for a winter wonderland at The Yard@College Ave, between 4 and 6 p.m. Featuring a giant snowglobe, holiday music, free hot chocolate and snacks. The Yard is located at 40 College Avenue.
coLAB Arts and the dance department of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers are partnering to bring you Motion: New Dance Works. In this two-day event, members of social service, environmental and community development organizations from New Brunswick and around the state will be teaming up to create dances inspired by community engagement.
Showings are at the Loree Dance Theater, 70 Lipman Drive, on December 8 at 7:30 p.m. and December 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for Rutgers students, $10 for seniors and Rutgers alumni and employees and $15 for the general public, and can be purchased by calling Mason Gross at 848-932-7511, or in person prior to the performance. Parking is available at the Douglass Parking Deck.
The Middlesex County 4-H program is accepting donations of new toys, clothing, games, gift cards and other items for childrens infant through 18 years old, as part of its Project GIFT event. Donations can be dropped off through December 8 at the first floor of the Middlesex County Administration Building at 75 Bayard Street.
Saturday, December 9
Santa Claus is pretty busy this time of year, but he’ll be making a pit stop at New Brunswick this Saturday! Stop by the United Methodist Church at New Brunswick, 323 George Street, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and you can get a photo with Santa.
The Old Bay will be hosting one last concert before they close down for good at the end of the December. This Saturday at 9:30 p.m., they'll be hosting a concert by The Do Rights.
Sunday, December 10
Just over the banks of the Raritan River at the East Jersey Olde Towne Village is the annual Seasonal Traditions Holiday Program. The event runs noon to 5 p.m. and features a 1 p.m. ceremony to honors those who’ve contributed to the history of the Raritan Valley. All day long, you can enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides through Johnson Park, children’s crafts and Christmas carolers in 19th century attire. There will also be a host of stories and music at the Indian Queen Tavern, but seating is limited. Admission and parking to this entire event is free and no registration is required The village is located at 1050 River Road in Piscataway. For more information, text CULTURE to 56512.