Ah, fall.

Many children bemoan its arrival. It signals the end of summer vacation and the start of a new school year.

Toss the young scholars a candy apple and hoist them onto a hayride, though, and chances are they'll leave their worries behind them.

Fall's crisp air can serve as a tonic. It strips days of humidity and ushers in a season of painted pumpkins, harvest festivals and Halloween. It's the time of year to watch the leaves change, complete a corn maze and trick-or-treat.

And southern New Jersey is the perfect place to enjoy it all. Here's a sampling of events that will put you in an autumn state of mind.

Fall Fun Events

Long Beach Island hosts its third annual Decorated Scarecrow Con-test during October. More than 50 local businesses, nonprofits and schools feature scarecrows outside their buildings. "(The entries) represent the organizations - The Country Kettle has a big chef scarecrow. The Pine Shores Art Association has a big scarecrow chiseling a sculpture," says Lori Pepenella, destination marketing director for the Long Beach Island region. "There are some really cool, cute scarecrows popping up all over the place." Online voting for best scarecrow closed Sunday, but the snazzy straw men will be on display until the end of of the month. To see them all, download the Scarecrow Sighting List from visitLBIregion.com

or pick it up at the Chamber of Commerce Vistitor Center, 265 W. Ninth St., Ship Bottom.

The Harvest Craft Festival comes to Atlantic City's The Walk Outlets from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The event will feature "handmade arts and crafts from artists and crafters all over the area, activities for children, entertainment and more," says Michael Bruckler, manager of media relations at the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority. It will take place in the plaza areas off Michigan Avenue. For more information, call 609-872-7002 or visit

Ocean City offers free hayrides from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Oct. 30. On what farm, you ask? None. The city is rolling the signature hay-stuffed tractor down a signature of its own - the Ocean City Boardwalk. Passengers may board at Eighth or 12th street, but either way, free pumpkins and face painting await them upon departure. For more information, call 609-399-1412 or visit www.oceancitychamber.com

Outdoor Activities

Outdoor autumn fun doesn't stop with corn mazes and hayrides. Oceanville's Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and Cape May's Bird Observatory provide opportunities to get outside and get exploring with three upcoming events.

The Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, 800 Great Creek Road, Oceanville, Galloway Township, hosts a Campfire Sing-along from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Oct. 30. Hosted by refuge volunteers, the family-friendly event will take participants on a nature walk that ends with a campfire and sing-along. Walkers are invited to bring dinner to enjoy in the refuge's picnic grove before they take to the trail.

The refuge also hosts weekly bird walks from 8 to 10 a.m. Fridays until Oct. 30. For $5, participants can hike with the refuge's experienced birders and learn about the local bird populations.

The walk departs from the Visitor Contact Station on Wildlife Drive. To learn more about either event at the refuge, call 609-652-1665 or visit

For an entire weekend of birding, check out the 64th annual Cape May Autumn Weekend at the Cape May Bird Observatory, 600 N. Delsea Drive, Cape May Court House. It takes place Oct. 29 to 31. Activities for the weekend include nature cruises, workshops, demonstrations and addresses from celebrated birder Bill Thompson III and bird photographer Kevin Karlson. For more information, call 609-884-2736 or visit

Halloween Events

The curtain can't fall on October without Halloween events creeping in. The holiday is as much a part of the season as apple cider and raking leaves, albeit a little less healthy and a lot more fun.

Smithville's PawDazzle Pet Bouti-que hosts its Eighth annual Costume Pet Parade starting at 11 a.m. Oct. 30, at Historic Smithville and the Village Greene in Galloway Township. The parade features more than 100 costumed pets annually. "Last year we had 102 dogs," says Tina Heffen-trager, co-owner of PawDazzle. "They come dressed, and we announce them by name - we have an emcee in the gazebo. They get to walk around the green and people applaud for them. … The dogs really love it." This year's proceeds will benefit the Beach Animal Rescue of Ocean View, Dennis Township, a no-kill shelter. The event kicks off on the Village Greene, in front of the Little Egg Harbor Soap Company and Ireland and Old Lace shops. "Usually, we raise anywhere between $600 and $700," Heffen-trager says. The event is free. A Chinese auction will take place on the Greene during the parade. For more information, call 609-748-7110 or visit

Ocean City begins its Halloween celebration three days early during its Halloween Parade, 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The parade will line up at 6:30 p.m. at Asbury and Sixth avenues and will feature categories for floats, vehicles, cheerleading and drill teams, groups and individuals. It will span Sixth to 11th streets. This year's Grand Marshal is former Phil-adelphia Eagles player Riley Gunnels. The longtime Ocean City resident was a member of the 1960 NFL Championship team. For more information on the parade, call 800-813-5580 or visit http://www.ochp.blogspot.com" target= "_blank">www.ochp.blogspot.com

Registration is online only.

Halloween and southern New Jersey traditions combine during Absecon's Ghost Stories and Lighthouse Climbs, 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30. There's nothing like a southern New Jersey shore lighthouse. Throw in a haunting or two near Halloween and you've got the perfect ghostly combination. The Absecon Lighthouse, 31 S. Rhode Island Ave., Atlantic City, invites participants to check out SyFy Network's "Ghost Hunters" episode featuring the allegedly haunted landmark, then climb it for themselves. Tickets are $5. Reservations suggested. For more information, call 609-449-1360 or visit

Head north to Toms River for its 73rd annual Halloween Parade, kicking off 7 p.m. Oct. 30. Reputed to be one of the largest Halloween parades in the world, the event has welcomed more than 100,000 spectators and 6,000 participants in past years according to Toms River Online. Toms River Fire Company No. 1 sponsors the parade. Categories include floats, vehicles, groups, individuals and baby carriages. The parade begins at Main Street and Route 37 and ends at Hooper Avenue. For more information, call 732-244-7941 or visit

Farmer's markets

Fall offers plenty of opportunities to get outside - even if it's just to grocery shop. Farm markets provide fresh produce, breads, candies and other local products. But most local and regional markets pack up shop at the beginning of November, so get to one while you can.

Check out these local markets:

n Waretown Farmers' Market, Indian Plaza Shopping Mall, Route 9, noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays until Oct. 26. For more information, call 609-693-5407 or visit

n Ocean City Farmers' Market, Ninth and Asbury avenues, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays until Oct. 30. Call 609-398-4662 for more information.

Or travel a little further north to a markets:

n St. Paul's Farmers Market, Routes 9 and 166, Beachwood. 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays to Oct. 26. Call 732-633-4803 for more information.

n Toms River Farmers' Market, Huddy Park on Water Street, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays until Oct. 27. Go to

or call 732-946-2711 for more information.

n Red Bank Farmers' Market, Bridge Avenue and West Front Street, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. until Nov. 7. Go to

http://www.thegalleriaredbank.com/pages/events/events-farm.html" target= "_blank">www.thegalleriaredbank.com/pages/events/events-farm.html

or call 732-530-7300.

Happenings

Tuesday, Oct. 19

Millville,"Musical enemies - Brahms and Tchaikovsky," music lecture by Paul M. Somers, sponsored by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Millville Public Library, 210 Buck St., free and open to the public. 856-825-7087.

Thursday, Oct. 21

Atlantic City, National College Fair, 9 a.m. to noon and 6 to 8:30 p.m., Atlantic City Convention Center, One Convention Blvd., students and parents can set up college interviews and learn about financial-aid programs.Contact: NACAC at 703-836-2222, info@nanacnet.org.

Friday, Oct. 22

Brigantine, Marine Mammal Stranding Center's 14th Annual Golf Tournament, registration 10 a.m., shot-gun start at noon, The Links at Brigantine Beach, $145 registration fee. 609-266-0538.

Cape May, 10th Annual Cape May Film Festival, Oct. 22-24, Chalfonte Hotel, 301 Howard St., kickoff 7 p.m. opening reception Oct. 22, $10 per film, weekend passes available, for complete schedule 609-884-6700 or visit http://www.capemayfilm.org." target= "_blank">www.capemayfilm.org.

Galloway Township, Open mic night, 7 to 9 p.m., fourth Friday of each month, Greenlight Coffeehouse, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Jersey Shore, 75 S. Pomona Road, live entertainment, free light refreshments. 609-464-0413 www.uucsjs.org.

Atlantic City, "Harvest Of Hope," 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Caesars' Palladium Ballroom, gala wine tasting, menu sampling, silent auction, benefits The Alcove Center For Grieving Children and Families, $100. 609-484-1133.

Saturday, Oct. 23

Atlantic City, Harvest Craft Festival at The Walk, Oct. 23, 24, Atlantic City Outlets, handmade arts, crafts, entertainment, activities for children, giveaways. www.acoutlets.com.

Galloway Township, Family Fun Day at The Noyes Museum of Art, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 733 Lily Lake Road, Oceanville, pumpkin painting, Halloween costume parade, ghost stories, artists' demonstrations, face painting, marine-life touch tank, food and beverages for purchase, $4 adults, $3 seniors, students, free ages 3 and younger; members free. 609-652-8848 or http://www.noyesmuseum.org." target= "_blank">www.noyesmuseum.org.

Sunday, Oct. 24

Cape May, 27th Annual Halloween Parade, 3 p.m., Lyle Lane to Emlen Physick Estate on Washington Street, registration from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Victorian Bandstand in Rotary Park, prizes awarded, games, refreshments. 609- 884 9565.

Tuckahoe, Donald Dowling Scholarship Fundraiser, 4 to 8 p.m., Levari's Seafood & American Grill, Route 50 and Tuckahoe Road, food, beer, wine, entertainment, door prizes, raffles, $20, must be 21. 609-427-6294.

Tuesday, Oct. 26

Cape May, Mini Ghost Hunting, in selected rooms at Elaine's Victorian Inn, 513 Lafayette St., hosted by Elaine's Dinner Theater and Haunted Mansion and Tri County Paranormal Research, reservations recommended due to limited availability each evening, $20. Visit http://www.elainescapemay.com" target= "_blank">www.elainescapemay.com or call 609-889-1199.

Cape May Court House, "Musical enemies - Brahms and Tchaikovsky," music lecture by Paul M. Somers, sponsored by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Cape May County Library, 30 Mechanic St., free and open to the public. 609-463-6350.

Thursday, Oct. 28

Margate, "Musical enemies - Brahms and Tchaikovsky," music lecture by Paul M. Somers, sponsored by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Margate Public Library, Bloom Pavilion, 8100 Atlantic Ave., free and open to the public. 609-822-4700.

Wildwood Crest, Halloween Weekend kickoff, 6:30 p.m., 5th Annual Centennial Trunk or Treat, Wildwood Crest Pier parking lot, Heather Road and Ocean Avenue, free but vehicles must be pre-registered to take part, call 609-523-0202.

Friday, Oct. 29

Wildwood, 30th Annual Halloween Parade, 6:15 p.m., from Wildwood and Pacific Avenues, south to Wildwoods Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, followed by free Halloween Fun Fair from 7 to 9:30 p.m. 609-522-4546.

Saturday, Oct. 30

Galloway Township, Costume Pet Parade, 1 p.m., pets must be registered by Oct. 23, Historic Smithville and Village Greene, Route 9 and Moss Mill Road, donations to benefit Beacon Rescue of Oceanview. 609-748-7110.

Millville, Day of the Dead and Halloween Celebration, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 30, 1 to 4 p.m. (4 to 8 p.m. Day of the Dead Celebration) Oct. 31, Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, 1501 Glasstown Road, free admission. 800-998-4552 or 856-825-6800.

Sunday, Oct. 31

North Wildwood, Halloween Haunted House, 5 to 8 p.m., Elks Lodge, 1st and New Jersey avenues, free. 609-729-2170.

Friday, Nov. 5

Cape May, Sherlock Holmes Weekend, Nov. 5 - 7, kickoff 8:30 p.m., murder mystery Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St., weekend includes Search for Clues Tour, closing lunch, weekend packages available. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, ext. 185.

Galloway Township, Holiday Bootcamp for Foodies, Nov. 5-6, Seaview, A Dolce Resort, 401 South New York Road, cooking classes, welcome reception, wine, dinner, breakfast, $650 couple, $425 individual, plus taxes. 609-652-1800, http://www.doceseaview." target="_blank">www.doceseaview.

Sunday, Nov. 7

Toms River, Neil Sedaka, at children's story time, 2 p.m., Ocean County Library, Toms River branch, 101 Washington St., performance and book signing, free. To register 732-349-6200 or www.theoceancountylibrary.org.

Tuesday, Nov. 9

Ocean City, Movie Night with the Ocean City Fine Arts League, "My Left Foot - Portrait of Christy Brown," 6:30 p.m., Free Public Library, 1735 Simpson St., free and open to the public. 609- 992-9497. Dec 7: "Basquiat." Call for 2011 titles.

Friday, Nov. 12

Atlantic City, RV and Camping Show, noon to 8 p.m. Nov. 12, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 13, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 14, Atlantic City Convention Center, One Convention Blvd., $10 adults, $7 children 12 to 17, free children 11 and younger.

Saturday, Nov. 13

Galloway Township, Christmas Craft Fair, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 13, 14, Assumption Regional Catholic School, 146 S. Pitney Road, crafters, crafts for kids, food, photos with Santa 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 14 only, free admission. www.arcsgalloway.org.

Richland, 26th Annual Model Railroad Open House Shows, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 13, 14, Dec. 4, 5, 11 ,12, Jan. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, Patcong Valley Model Railroad Club, 1308 Harding Highway, across from Richland Carpet, free admission, www.patcongvalley.com.

Friday, Nov. 26

Galloway Township, Holiday Light Show, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 26-Jan. 3, on Lake Meone, Historic Smithville and Village Greene, Route 9 and Moss Mill Road, free. 609-748-6160.

Millville, Holiday Glass Extravaganza, 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., Nov. 26-28, in the Glass Studio, 1501 Glasstown Road, $10 adults, $9 senior adults, $7 students, free children 5 and younger (Sunday admission free age 17 and younger). 856-825-6800 or 800-998-4552 or visit http://www.wheatonarts.org." target= "_blank">www.wheatonarts.org.

Tuesday, Nov. 30

Atlantic City, Holiday Kickoff Party, 5 to 7 p.m., Atlantic City Outlets, The Walk, refreshments, holiday entertainment, tree lighting ceremony. Admission: Donation of an unwrapped toy to the Atlantic County Toys for Kids Program.

Saturday, Dec. 4

Cape May, 24th Annual Crafts at Christmas, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cape May City Elementary School, 921 Lafayette St. 609-884-9565.

Kids

Friday, Oct. 29

Egg Harbor Township, Trick-or-Treat-Weekend, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 29-31, Storybook Land, 6415 Black Horse Pike, kids get free trick or treat bag with paid admission, collect treats at different stations, come in costume. 609-641-7847 or 609-646-0103, ext. 5, http://www.storybookland.com." target= "_blank">www.storybookland.com.

Sunday, Oct. 31

Egg Harbor Township, Halloween at Shore Mall, noon to 4 p.m., Black Horse Pike, children 10 and younger in costume collect treats from participating stores, magic show by Mark Wurst at noon, Infinity Martial Arts show 12:30 p.m., free. 609-484-9500.

Saturday, Nov. 6

Elmer, The Story Pirates, 2 p.m., Family Fun Series, Appel Farm Arts & Music Center, 457 Shirley Road, pre-show workshop offered, tickets $8 to $10. 800-394-1211 or visiting www.appelfarm.org.

Saturday, Nov. 13

Egg Harbor Township, Christmas Fantasy with Lights Parade, 2 to 9 p.m., rain date Nov. 14, Storybook Land, 6415 Black Horse Pike, with paid admission. 609-641-7847 or 609-646-0103, ext. 5, www.storybookland.com.

Saturday, Nov. 20

Elmer, Cinderella's Fairy Godmother, 2 p.m., Family Fun Series, Appel Farm Arts & Music Center, 457 Shirley Road, interactive theater, post-show costume parade, tickets $8 to $10. 800-394-1211 or visiting www.appelfarm.org.

Saturday, Dec. 4

Elmer, The Gizmo Guys, 2 p.m., Family Fun Series, Appel Farm Arts & Music Center, 457 Shirley Road, tickets $8 to $10. 800-394-1211 or visiting http://www.appelfarm.org." target= "_blank">www.appelfarm.org.

Music

Tuesday, Oct. 19

Rowan University, Horn quartet concert, works of composer Robert Schumann, 8 p.m., Pfleeger Concert Hall, Wilson Hall campus, Route 322, Glassboro, $10 general admission, $5 seniors, non-Rowan students, faculty and staff, Rowan students free. 856-256-4545 or www.rowan.edu/fpa.

Wednesday, Oct. 22

Toms River, Midweek jazz series - Frank Vignola Trio, 8 p.m., presented by Ocean County College, at Mancini Hall, Ocean County Library, 101 Washington St., $13 advance, $15 door. 732-255-0500.

Friday, Oct. 22

Wildwood, Country Music Weekend, Oct. 22, 23, kickoff 8 p.m. Oct. 22 Starlight Roadhouse Dance Party in Wildwoods Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, $12 plus tax; Country Festival 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 23 in Fox Park, across from Convention Center, live music, pickup truck show, vendors, crafts, free admission; Country Showcase Concert 7 p.m. Oct. 23 featuring Sawyer Brown in Convention Center, $42.95 to $52.95. 609-465-7181 or www.WildwoodsCountry.com or 888-448-7641.

Saturday, Oct. 23

Atlantic City, 1920s Jazz Concert and Lecture with the Shenole Latimer Quartet, 2 p.m., Atlantic City Free Public Library, One North Tennessee Ave., free. 609-345-2269

Manahawkin, Movie at the library "The Nightmare Before Christmas," 2 p.m., October 23rd Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library, 129 N. Main St., free. Rated PG-13. 609-597-3381 or visit http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org." target= "_blank">www.theoceancountylibrary.org. Rated PG.

Monday, Oct. 25

Richard Stockton College, Edgardo Cintron Latin Jazz Band, 7:30 p.m., Alton Auditorium, main campus, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, $15. 609-652-9000 or http://www.stockton.edu/pac." target= "_blank">www.stockton.edu/pac.

Friday, Oct. 29

Elmer, Janis Ian and Tom Paxton, 8 p.m., Appel Farm Arts & Music Center, 457 Shirley Road, 7 p.m. pre-show wine-tasting and dinner at Auburn Road Vineyards & Winery, Pilesgrove, $30 concert, $20 wine-tasting and dinner, advance reservations recommended. 800-394-1211.

Sunday, Nov. 7

Richard Stockton College, Bay Atlantic Symphony, 2 p.m., "Concersatin with the Conductor" 1 p.m., Performing Arts Center, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, $25. 609-652-9000 or www.stockton.edu/pac.

Saturday, Nov. 13

Avalon, Jack Melton Band, 8:30 to 11 p.m., Big Band Dance at Community Hall, 30th and Avalon Avenue, doors open 8 p.m., $7.50, reservations required. 609-967-3066.

Wednesday, Nov. 17

Toms River, Midweek jazz series - Jeff Barnhart at the piano, 8 p.m., presented by Ocean County College, at Mancini Hall, Ocean County Library, 101 Washington St., $13 advance, $15 door. 732-255-0500.

Saturday, Nov. 20

Cape May Court House, "Winter Wonderland" with the Jersey Shore Pops, 7:30 p.m., music celebrating movie themes, Middle Township Performing Arts Center, 212 Bayberry Dr., $20 adults, $18 seniors, children. 609 463-1924.

Monday, Nov. 29

Richard Stockton College, Gina Roch�, 7:30 p.m., Alton Auditorium, main campus, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, $15. 609-652-9000 or http://www.stockton.edu/pac." target= "_blank">www.stockton.edu/pac.

Saturday, Dec. 4

Richard Stockton College, Dan� Ensemble: "Christmas in Ireland," 7:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, $40 orchestra, $25 mezzanine. 609-652-9000 or www.stockton.edu/pac.

Monday, Dec. 6

Richard Stockton College, "Twas the Night Before Christmas," South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, all seats $10, featuring "side by side" concert with high school and college honors music students. 609-652-9000 or http://www.stockton.edu/pac." target= "_blank">www.stockton.edu/pac.

Saturday, Dec. 11

Avalon, John Clark Dance Band, 8:30 to 11 p.m., Big Band Dance at Community Hall, 30th and Avalon Avenue, doors open 8 p.m., $7.50, reservations required. 609-967-3066.

Wednesday, Dec. 15

Toms River, Midweek jazz series - Mona's Hot Four, 8 p.m., presented by Ocean County College, at Mancini Hall, Ocean County Library, 101 Washington St., $13 advance, $15 door. 732-255-0500.

Theater

Tuesday, Oct. 19

Richard Stockton College, Mummenshanz - "3x11," 7 p.m., Performing Arts Center, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, $40 orchestra, $25 mezzanine. 609-652-9000 or http://www.stockton.edu/pac." target= "_blank">www.stockton.edu/pac.

Wednesday, Oct. 20

Beach Haven, Neil Simon's "Last of the Red Hot Lovers," comedy, 8 p.m. Oct. 20-23, 2 p.m. Oct. 21, 24, Surflight Theater, Engleside and Beach avenues, $30 adults, $20 children. 609-492-9477.

Friday, Oct. 22

Atlantic Cape Community College, Shakespeare's "The Tempest," 8 p.m. Oct. 22, 23; 2 p.m. Oct. 24, In-House Players, Walter Edge Theater, main campus, Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, $15 adults, $12 students, senior adults. 609-442-0626.

Hammonton, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, rock musical, 11:59 p.m., Oct. 22, 23, 29, 30, performed by eXposed Theatre Company, The Eagle Theatre, 208 Vine St., $20, must be 18 to attend. 609-704-5012.

Thursday, Oct. 28

Richard Stockton College, Atlantic City Ballet's "Dracula," 7 p.m., Performing Arts Center, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, $35 orchestra, $20 mezzanine. 609-652-9000 or www.stockton.edu/pac.

Sunday, Oct. 31

Beach Haven, Jimmy Stewart – A Humorous Look at His Life, starring Rich Little, 2 and 5 p.m., Surflight Theater, Engleside and Beach avenues, $39.50. 609 492 9477.

Friday, Nov. 5

Cape May, "Sherlock Holmes' Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle," vintage radio broadast, 8 p.m., Nov. 5, 6, East Lynne Theater Company, First Presbyterian Church, Decatur and Hughes streets, $13 adults, free ages 18 and younger. 609-884-5898 or www.eastlynnetheater.org.

Thursday, Nov. 4

Vineland, "Girls Night: The Musical," 7:30 p.m., Landis Theater, 830 E. Landis Ave., $45. 856-691-1121or www.landistheater.com.

Saturday, Nov. 6

Richard Stockton College, Frank Ferrante: An Evening with Groucho Marx, comedy, 7:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, $35 orchestra, $20 mezzanine. 609-652-9000 or www.stockton.edu/pac.

Tuesday, Nov. 23

Richard Stockton College, Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company, 7 p.m., Performing Arts Center, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, $40 orchestra, $25 mezzanine. 609-652-9000 or www.stockton.edu/pac.

Thursday, Dec. 2

Richard Stockton College, "A Christmas Carol," 7 p.m., Nebraska Theatre Caravan, Performing Arts Center, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, $40 orchestra, $25 mezzanine. 609-652-9000 or www.stockton.edu/pac.

Friday, Dec. 10

Richard Stockton College, "The Nutcracker," Atlantic City Ballet, 7 p.m. Dec. 10, 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 11, Performing Arts Center, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, $35 orchestra, $20 mezzanine. 609-652-9000 or www.stockton.edu/pac.

Sunday, Dec. 12

Cape May Court House, The Nutcracker, performed by New Jersey Ballet, 1 and 4 p.m., Middle Township Performing Arts Center, 212 Bayberry Dr., at Middle Township High School, $20 adults, $18 senior, $10 children. 609-463-1924 or http://www.middlepac.com." target= "_blank">www.middlepac.com.