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Plenty to do Before, or Instead of, the Big Game

Like, how about a 4-mile run?

What's that? You want to know what to do besides plop in front of the TV and watch some game on Sunday?

Well, you have come to the right place. Read on.

Lovin' Cole: A Cole Porter Revue
When/Where: Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. at 140 South Finley Ave in Basking Ridge.
Why Go: You want 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.


When/Where: Friday, 7 p.m., , Hopatcong.
Why Go: Because you love hip-hop and want to see "The Butcher."
Cost: $6


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: Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., , 32 Skyline Drive, Montville.
Why Go: It's your last chance to see Scott McPherson's play about a family's experience dealing with illness.
Cost: $15. Tickets can be ordered by calling 973-334-9320. The box office is staffed every Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. For more information visit BarnTheatre.org.


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.
Cost: Free


When/Where:
Saturday at 9 a.m. at  , 1180 Route 46, Parsippany
Why Go:
Because there are few things more life-affirming than giving kids the chance to sing Journey songs as a chorus
Cost:
 $275 for a five-week session ending March 3


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.
Cost: $10


When/Where: Saturday at 1 p.m., , 39 Keep St.
Why Go: Because you can't get enough North Jersey swing, R & B and blues.
Cost: Free

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.
Cost: $2

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.

'The Lost Patrol' at Architekt
When/Where: Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at  in Butler
Why Go: To catch a live performance of the band most well-known for songs featured on the CW hit show Gossip Girl and new television show Chronicle.
Cost: $12

When/Where: Saturday, 7:30 p.m., 94 Fairmount Ave, Chatham
Why Go: Because how often do you get to see your church minister rocking out on the guitar? Rev. Shawn Garvey and Talley Summerlin play alternative acoustic music for congregants. Plus, there's food.
Cost: $15


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.
Cost: $36


When/Where: Sunday, 12:30 p.m. (previously scheduled for 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.
Cost: $30

NJ Camp Fairs
When/Where: Sunday at noon 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.
Cost:
Free


When/Where: Sunday, 2 p.m., , 356 Main Road, Montville
Why Go: Because you've often wondered "Do Dead People Watch You Shower?" and "Do Dead People Walk Their Dogs?" (the titles of Bertoldi's two books)
Cost: $15. Proceeds donated to Gilda's Club of North Jersey. For reservations, contact Terry Cavanaugh at 973-265-4303 or tccavanaugh@optonline.net.


When/Where: Sunday, 3 p.m., .
Why Go: Take in a little classical music before the Super Bowl begins.
Cost: $20

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