Yardley Youth Ballet presents first annual production of ‘The Nutcracker’

by June Portnoy

The Yardley Youth Ballet, in affiliation with Dance Arts of Yardley, has announced its first annual production of “The Nutcracker.” It will be held Saturday, December 20th at 11:00am and 4:00pm at Villa Victoria Academy Theatre at 376 W. Upper Ferry Road, in Ewing, NJ, just minutes over the bridge from Yardley.

“This is a professional full-length ballet primarily performed by our most serious ballet students,” explains Melissa Profy, owner of Dance Arts of Yardley and Director of The Yardley Youth Ballet.

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Pennsbury High School presents ‘White Christmas’

Over 55 cast members, a 30-piece orchestra, and a technical crew of more than 30 students will be presenting Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” at Pennsbury High School beginning Friday, December 19th at 7:30pm, Saturday, December 20th at 7:30pm, and Sunday, December 21st at 2:00pm. All performances will take place at Pennsbury’s East campus located at 705 Hood Boulevard in Fairless Hills. Ticket prices are $15, $10 and $7.

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NJ State Museum holding holiday food drive

The New Jersey State Museum, located at 205 Route 29, Trenton, is holding a holiday food drive to benefit the Trenton Soup Kitchen. Visitors can bring a nonperishable food item (no glass containers) or personal care item (soap, razors, deodorant, etc.) to the Planetarium lobby through Sunday, January 4th. As a thank you, those that donate will receive $1 off admission to a Planetarium show, including the Holiday Laser Lights show.

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Pennsbury Community Chorus to carol ‘Round the World Dec. 14th

The Pennsbury Community Chorus (PCC) will celebrate its 15th season on Sunday, December 14th, singing about “Christmas Around the World” and vocally visiting such countries as Russia, Nigeria, Wales, Sierra Leone, Germany, Spain, England and the USA, among others.

The concert, which begins at 3:00pm, will be held in Keller Hall on the West Campus of Pennsbury High School, 608 South Olds Boulevard in Fairless Hills. Tickets, available at the door, will be $12 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $6 for students.

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YHA Christmas events, December 6th & 7th

The Old Library by Lake Afton will be dressed in its holiday best as the Yardley Historical Association celebrates “A Dickens of a Christmas.” This year’s festivities include two events. A Community Open House will be held on Saturday, December 6th from 2:00 to 5:00pm, and there will be a Holiday Gathering on Sunday, December 7th at 5:00pm.

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Simple steps to a quick pantry makeover – Free McCaffrey’s nutrition program

What food items should be in your pantry to make a healthy meal? How can you maximize space in your cupboards? Do you know the shelf life of your groceries? If you’ve ever asked yourself these questions, attend a free nutrition program at McCaffrey’s in December.

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Conwell-Egan hosts first MiniTHON

by Tess Konnovitch, junior, Conwell-Egan Catholic High School

With the school year in full swing, everyone is as busy as ever, especially a group of excited Conwell-Egan Catholic students. They have had countless bake sales, ping pong tournaments, pie eating contests, and Twitter wars in order to fundraise their goal of $10,000. They have even brought a real live cow onto the school’s soccer field to play a round of Cow Chip Bingo. These determined students have already raised over $8,000. And what’s all of this for? MiniTHON of course!

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The splendor of Christmas comes alive in song!

Cantus Novus, an auditioned chamber choir based in Bucks County, will be performing “What Sweeter Music,” a moving holiday program at several locations in early December. “What sweeter music” are words that especially resonate during the holiday season. They evoke feelings of warmth and delight, helping us to recall special times with family and friends. The splendor of Christmas comes alive in song as Cantus Novus presents beautiful, sonorous choral music from across the ages, accompanied by strings and piano.

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Four days of holiday cheer

O’ So Inviting and Yardley Jewelers will host a fun-filled four days of free gifts, food, wine, shopping and discounts.

Wednesday, December 3rd: “Make-It-Mine” Personalization Event with guest, Judi Jamison of Judi Painted It. Free ornaments and refreshments from 5:00 to 8:00pm

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Bring on holiday cheer with the Trenton Brass Quintet Plus One

The Bucks County Performing Arts Center (BCPAC) has a decades-long reputation of presenting top-notch, festive performances to usher in the winter holiday season. On December 6th, 7:30pm, at the Yardley Community Centre, 64 S. Main Street, Yardley, BCPAC brings the ‘Trenton Brass Quintet Plus One’ for just this joyous purpose.

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