Thanksgiving Greetings from Woodbridge: 
The Best Town Around


Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Woodbridge E-News!!!  It’s our hope that everyone is Home-For-The-Holiday’s and able to share the bounty of the season with family and friends. We’ve put together a spectacular line-up of Festive events that will keep everyone – residents and visitors alike – entertained throughout the Thanksgiving and Holiday season.
Experience top-name entertainment appearing at The Avenel Performing Arts Center (APAC).  Plan your Holiday shopping at the best Buy Local stores and merchants… and, grab a bite to eat at any of our fantastic restaurants, delis, & pizzerias!!!  Explore the Barron Arts Center & Woodbridge Artisan Guild Gallery.  Get into Wellness and work-out at the Woodbridge Community Center (WCC) & The Club at Woodbridge.  And, there is much, much more to come!!!  

Stay-tuned to the WB E-News for all of the upcoming Holiday events.  

Visit us at: www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us for everything Woodbridge!!!

See You Around Town…
Mayor John E. McCormac




The Avenel Performing Arts Center (APAC) - the region’s newest performing arts center offering top-name theatre, stage productions and special performances – is welcoming theatre-goers with the very best entertainment venue in Central Jersey.  The APAC is a multi-disciplinary performing arts center located in Avenel (Woodbridge Township). Managed by the Woodbridge Arts Alliance (WAA), the APAC promises to energize Avenel and surrounding communities by programming exceptional, professional theatre, music, comedy, dance and more.  The APAC features seating for 200 patrons, a separate performance room and pre-function lobby area that opens to exterior space for larger gatherings and events.  APAC also features Curtains Restaurant – a stand-alone dining destination available for catered pre-performance and special events.

Avenel Arts This Weekend

TUES., NOV. 26 – SUN., DEC. 1

Visit: www.avenelarts.com or
call Box Office at:  732-314-0500                                                                                                                                                                                

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Holiday Stroll & Small Business Saturday ‘Light-Up’ Main Street on Saturday


Start your holiday shopping on Sat., Nov. 30 with the Downtown Merchants Association and the Woodbridge Recreation Department’s annual ‘Holiday Stroll’ on Main Street from 4:00 – 6:30 PM.  This year, the ‘Holiday Stroll’ serves as the featured event for Small Business Saturday - a national promotion to Buy Local at the premier Downtown Main Street businesses.  Plan to shop Small Business Saturday at the great specialty shops in any of our Downtown Shopping areas - Main Street in Woodbridge.  New Brunswick Avenue in Fords.  Inman Avenue in Colonia.  Oak Tree Road in Iselin. You'll be sure to find something for everyone on your shopping list!!!

 The Main Street Holiday Stroll features all-new and exciting holiday events… including horse-drawn carriage rides.  Ice Skating on Main Street.  Ice Sculptors.  Holiday Carolers.  Special Performances.  DJ Entertainment.  Don’t miss Santa and Mrs. Claus on their first visit of the season to Woodbridge.

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Home for the Holidays:  Plan to attend the Woodbridge Holiday Events & Happenings

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Barron Arts Center Hosts Official Woodbridge Christmas Tree Lighting 
Town Hall received a special news bulletin from the North Pole announcing that Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive in Woodbridge on Fri., Dec. 6 at 5:00 PM just in time to ‘light-up’ the official Woodbridge Township Christmas Tree at the Barron Arts Center (582 Rahway Avenue).  The annual tree lighting and holiday ceremony features seasonal holiday selections performed by the award-winning Woodbridge High School Choir and the Woodbridge High School Marching Band.  Following the tree lighting program, the Barron Arts Center opens to the region’s largest holiday train show which has become the singular stop for the ‘Season-of-Giving’ food drive.  This year, the Barron Arts Center holiday train display is ‘on track’ until December 30 (closed on Christmas Day.)  If you’re stopping by to see the incredible train exhibit, plan to drop-off a food donation at the holiday express.  Visit the Township web page at: www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us for all of the Woodbridge Township holiday events, programs and happenings.                                                                                                                                                                   



DEC. 1:  The 59th Annual Woodbridge Township Holiday Parade steps-off on Sun., Dec. 1 at 1:30 PM from Woodbridge High School.  The parade marches down Amboy Ave. to Main Street and concludes at the reviewing stand at Town Hall.  Join in this year’s parade as more than 75 contingencies, including unique holiday-themed floats, high school marching bands, holiday choirs, community organizations, student and veterans groups and surprise guests join in welcoming the holiday season to Woodbridge.     

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DEC. 3:  Port Reading Fire Department Hosts their First Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration on Tues., Sec. 3 at 6:00 PM.  


DEC.5:  The Colonia Business Community Holiday Festival & Christmas Tree Lighting is set for Thurs., Dec. 5 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at the Evergreen Center (400 Inman Ave., Colonia).  The Colonia Fire Department lights the Christmas Tree at 6:30 PM.  Meet Herbie the Camel and his friends at the holiday petting zoo!!! Holiday carolers.  Refreshments.  And More!!!  The CBC is collecting donations for Toys-for-Tots and non-perishable food items for the ‘Season of Giving’ food drive.                                                                                                                        


DEC.  7:  The Recreation Department Presents: Holiday Gingerbread Cookie Decorating at Parker Press Park.  11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  


DEC.  7:  The Fords Holiday Festival & Christmas Tree Lighting – sponsored by the Fords Business Community – is set for Sat., Dec. 7 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM at the Fords Public Parking Lot located at 555 New Brunswick Avenue (next to Olsen Towers).  Stroll & Shop the ‘Buy Local’ businesses on New Brunswick Avenue.  Holiday entertainment & Refreshments.  The Christmas tree lighting ceremony takes place at 5:30 PM. 


DEC. 11:  The Barron Arts Center Presents:  Poets Wednesday Holiday Celebration with Featured Reader: Tina Kelley.  Holiday Poetry Workshop: 7:00 PM.  Holiday Poetry Readings: 7:30 PM.

DEC. 13:  Barron Arts Center Holiday Concert & Sounds of the Season.  The Jazz Lobsters Big Band.  7:30 PM.
DEC. 14:  The Woodbridge Recreation Department Presents: Pictures with Santa.  10:00 to 11:30 AM.  Parker Press Park.  


DEC. 25:  Annual Christmas Friendship Dinner will be served from 1:30 to 3:30 PM on Christmas Day at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Father Milos Parish Hall, 436 Port Reading Ave., Port Reading.  All are Welcome.  Please call St. Anthony’s Church at 732-634-1419 to confirm a seat at the table.  

Woodbridge Libraries Collect Food-for-Fines


During the week of November 24-30, the Woodbridge Public Library Board of Trustees invite library patrons to return long overdue materials, or visit to renew their cards with amnesty from overdue fees with the donation of food, one non-perishable item for each overdue item, to replenish the Woodbridge Health Department “We Feed Woodbridge.”  The library will require reimbursement for the value of lost materials, but processing and overdue fees will be waived during Food-for-Fines week.  Patrons will need to visit in person to donate nonperishables and reactivate their library card memberships.  Please visit the library website at http://woodbridgelibrary.org/locations for holiday hours.                                                                                  

Explore a Holiday Health & Wellness Membership at the WCC

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Check out the Holiday Membership packages at the Woodbridge Community Center (WCC) - Woodbridge Township’s family recreation, fitness/sport and entertainment center.  WCC membership packages are available in all shapes and sizes…  Sign-up for a Family Membership or an Individual Membership and receive a FREE WCC gift!!!                                                                


DID YOU KNOW???  The WCC is at the leading edge of what’s hot in the health, wellness and fitness industry!!!  WCC members are going strong and getting in shape with the popular LesMills Group Effect exercise classes and personal training program.  The WCC also offers a full aquatics program with swim lessons for all ages, a competitive swim team, roller and ice skating lessons, ice hockey, open skate sessions, weight and aerobic center, personal training & fitness programs, a full-court gymnasium, basketball court, indoor track, and so much more.  Perfect your swing – baseball or softball - at the 3-cage batting center.  And, after taking batting practice, tee-off at SkyLine Mini-Golf... the best and most challenging mini-golf course in Central Jersey.

The WCC hosts Corporate/Office outings and Birthday, Anniversary, Project Graduation, or any party for that special occasion.  Your special event party comes with the full-service, in-house WCC Café and catering.  Contact our Membership Services Coordinator at 732-596-4196.  Visit our webpage at: www.njwcc.com.  See us on Facebook.  Or stop-by the WCC at 600 Main Street, Woodbridge.  You’ll be glad you did!!!

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It’s All Happening at The Club

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The Club at Woodbridge is now part of the Woodbridge Township Recreation Family – and we’re offering an incredible menu of health, wellness, fitness and entertainment programs, events and happenings to members and guests!!!  The Club is the perfect complement to the Woodbridge Community Center (WCC) right across Main Street.  Both facilities have a pool, running track, cardio rooms, weight rooms, concession areas and child care functions. Both run summer camps for kids and personal training and other amenities. The Club has racquetball and badminton, while the WCC has a hockey rink, roller rink, mini-golf course and batting cages.   Explore all The Club has to offer at: www.theclub.org.

WB Events & Happenings


SAT., NOV. 30
Woodbridge Animal Group “Pet Photos with Santa.”  Holiday Pet Gifts & FREE Refreshments.  11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  Parker Press Park..


SUN., DEC. 1
Breakfast Fundraiser for Nicole Rista Fitzpatrick.  Sponsored by:  Woodbridge Elks Lodge #2116.  8:00 – 11:00 AM. Tickets: $8.00 Adults.  $4.00 Children (5-9).

WPL Presents:  From Saint to Santa: Trace the History of Santa Claus.  Woodbridge Main Library.  7:00 PM                             

FRI., DEC. 6
Road to Hope Presents:  Holiday Fundraiser at the Columbian Club of Avenel.  Enjoy an evening of dinner & dancing.  Entertainment Provided By:  Smoke & Mirrors.  Tickets: $25.00 (Advance).  $30.00 (Door).  Proceeds benefit the Woodbridge Township Addiction Services Program.


School News

There are many events, programs and happenings every day that focus on our schools, students and extra-curricular activities.  The WB E-News encourages residents, parents, students and visitors to support the various school-related activities - without community sponsorship, many of the student programs, events and activities would not be able to take place.  Plan to attend.


DEC. 5
Ford Avenue School #14 Presents:  Winter Concert.  7:00 PM.

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