Collingswood, New Jersey

CCT presents ANYTHING GOES!

ALL ABOARD for Collingswood Community Theatre's upcoming production of the saucy and splendid musical ANYTHING GOES! Performances are February 20, 21, 27 and 28, 2015 at 7:30pm with matinees on Saturday, February 21 and Sunday, March 1 at 2pm. Ticket prices are $20 adults and $15 students/seniors and seating is general admission. All performances will be held on stage at the historic Scottish Rite Auditorium, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, NJ  08107.

For more information  www.CCTArts.net

 

Marathon reading of A Christmas Carol, Dec 20

Come out to Dig This (717 Haddon Ave) for a marathon reading of "A Christmas Carol" starting at 5 p.m.on December 20! Stop in to enjoy snacks, drinks and a live reading of the holiday classic. Hear a few verses or Ebenezer’s whole journey.

This entertaining event is open to an audience that can sit and listen to all or as much of the story as they would like. The reading will take about four to five hours. Cookies and punch will be served and there will be a place to donate canned goods to a local food bank. Dig This will offer discounts  on purchases to readers and anyone that brings a donation. 

Readers needed - no experience required to participate. Contact Kenneth at kenneth.allendoerfer@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering as part of this special holiday get-together.

RSVP to this event on Facebook here! This event is part of Collingswood’s season of holiday events. Caroling, shopping, free parking, visits with Santa and more. Read about all the wonderful holiday events in Collingswood here!

Dec 9 - annual Community Chorus holiday concert

The Collingswood Community Chorus presents their annual free concert titled "CHRISTMAS IS THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR" directed by Dale Carey on Tuesday, December 9 at 7:15pm.

Come out and hear some of your favorite songs of this season and some music you’ve never heard as well as some familiar songs performed in not-so-familiar ways. "If you’ve been to our concerts before, you know we never do everything just like you’ve always heard it before. After all, the singers work for months on this music. Can you imagine how absolutely bored we’d be if we were singing the same songs in the same way year after year?" said Carey.

The concert takes place in the Scottish Rite Auditorium at 315 White Horse Pike, with plenty of seating and ample, well-lit parking. "Make sure you bring all of your friends. In fact, bring a bus load of friends. They’ll all fit in the theater!"

Seasonal toy drives in Collingswood

Tis the season for giving and there are plenty of opportunities to give back in Collingswood. Info on local toy drives below. 

Annual Collingswood Fire Department Toy Drive
The Collingswood Fire Department is asking for your help in providing a magical Christmas to some of our neighbors!

The Fire Department is collecting new, unwrapped toys to be distributed to families in need this Christmas Season.  The toys may be dropped off at the firehouse at 20 W. Collings Ave until December 15. The drive is collecting toys for children between the ages of 1-16, wrapping paper, tape and gift tags.

Families in need can contact Firefighter Ted Aurig at taurig@collingswood.com or by calling the firehouse  856-854-1043 x366.

Holiday Toy Magic Project
Want to make some magic? Help turn gently used toys, books, bikes and other fun stuff for kids and teens into holiday gifts by donating them to the annual Holiday Toy Magic Project.

Donations of gently used, nice condition toys and books will gladly be accepted at Dustless Hardwood Floors, 487 Haddon Ave, Ste A, Collingswood. Inside drop off hours are 9am to 2pm, Monday and Thursday and 9am to 1pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday or drop off any time on the covered porch. Items are brought inside several times a day. Donations will be accepted from Friday, November 28, 2014 to Saturday, January 3, 2015. First distribution of toys is scheduled for December 18th. 

New Visions Homeless Day Shelter in Camden will be moving to a brand new location over the holiday season and so this year, donations will be benefiting the classrooms and families of Head Start throughout the county. The toy drive benefited more than 500 families in Camden County last year. Dustless Hardwood Floors, Erlton Bike Shop, What’s On, The Retrospect, the Borough of Collingswood and Collingswood residents have been great supporters to this project. For more information, please contact Susan at 856-854-3882 or Donna at donna1193@comcast.net /856-833-0024.

Fight Hunger & Support the arts at Perkins' Empty Bowls 2014

Perkins Center for the Arts, Collingswood (30 Irvin Ave) will hold its fourth annual Empty Bowls fundraiser on Saturday, December 6 from noon to 3 p.m. With the mantra Feed the Body, Feed the Soul, Empty Bowls 2014 will connect local artists and restaurateurs with community members to raise awareness and financial support for hunger and for arts education.   Empty Bowls strives to ensure that everyone has enough food for a healthy diet, while helping the arts reach into the lives of everyone in the community, regardless of financial means.

“Each holiday season we look forward to this opportunity to give back and to reach out to our community in a meaningful way,” said Alan Willoughby, Executive Director, Perkins Center for the Arts. “This fundraiser reinforces our shared commitment to serve our community, help alleviate a desperate need, and improve arts education in South Jersey.”

Attendees are treated to live music and, in exchange for the purchase of a handmade bowl made by Perkins Center’s artists and volunteers, can enjoy samples of restaurant cuisine from the greater Collingswood area. Funds raised are donated to the Food Bank and support the scholarship fund at Perkins Center.

Led by the efforts of Paul Serena, more than 600 bowls of all shapes, sizes and colors have been created specifically for this year’s event. For months the ceramics studio has been busy with artists who have volunteered to form, trim, decorate and fire the bowls to prepare for the event.

Perkins Center proudly affiliates with the national Empty Bowls organization, supporting hunger awareness and relief efforts worldwide since 1990.  For more information, including volunteer opportunities, parking information and more, visit the website at perkinsarts.org or contact Paul Serena at pserena@perkinscenter.org.

This program is made possible in part by fund from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional Support provided by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and Borough of Collingswood.

Santa at The Pop Shop

Bring your wish list! Santa Claus is coming to town to welcome families at his Collingswood Headquarters in the front window of The Pop Shop Collingswood, 729 Haddon Avenue. Bring your camera for pictures! Stay to shop and dine Haddon Ave and enjoy carolers, snow and beautiful lights display.


There is no charge to visit with Santa in Collingswood! Parking is free in December!

Santa House hours are:

FRIDAY NIGHTS - 6 TO 9PM
SATURDAYS - 1 TO 3PM AND 5 TO 8PM
SUNDAYS - 1 TO 3 PM

Colls Youth Theatre registration is CLOSED!

Registration for the Collingswood Youth Theatre is CLOSED. 

The Collingswood Recreation Department is pleased to announce the 21st season of the Collingswood Youth Theatre workshop for all students who are currently in grades 3 thorugh 6.  The workshop is directed by Mrs. Patricia Benesch and Mrs. Annemarie Dunn.  The first 65 children who register will receive a part in the production and are requested to be at all rehearsals. 

For rehearsal schedule and other details, follow this link -http://www.collingswood.com/node/6572.  Scroll to the bottom of the page to download the registration form. 

Haddon Avenue opens to two-way traffic

The construction work to build a median on Haddon Avenue has cleared to allow two-way traffic. Concrete work is completed and Haddon Avenue will return to normal traffic in both directions as of early evening, November 22. Powell Lane and the LumberYard garage remains open as well. Atlantic Avenue remains a one way from Collings Avenue to West Knight Avenue.

Work to complete painting, signage, a decorative fountain and landscaping on and around the median will continue in November.

Collingswood PD launches traffic safety campaign

The Collingswood Police Department has launched a traffic violations campaign that will extend through at least the end of the year. The effort, known as Drive Safe, Collingswood!, is a strategic campaign targeting driving offences and traffic issues including rolling through stop signs, speeding and distracted driving.

"People are concerned with unsafe driving on their streets," said Collingswood Chief of Police Kevin Carey. "We are cracking down on drivers that are taking speed limits, crosswalks and stop signs as suggestions."

Drive Safe, Collingswood! addresses:

- Stop sign violations

- Speeding violations (especially in business districts & Collings Avenue)

- Increasing traffic patrols

- Targeting distracted drivers (texting/cell phone usage while driving)

The Police Department is focusing on areas that see frequent traffic issues by gathering information from residents. Residents can report traffic concerns in their neighborhood by emailing police@collingswood.com.

The campaign comes on the heels of the Collingswood Police Department making four new hires in the last two months, increasing police staff to 24 sworn officers. The Borough also launched a town-wide crosswalk striping program and increased pedestrian safety measures over the summer to improve conditions for drivers and pedestrians in Collingswood.

"The key thing is to remember to use common sense when driving," said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. "Too many people are rushing or distracted. Try to be more aware of everyone else's safety while driving because families, kids and pedestrians are on almost every block."

2014 Collingswood Holiday Ornament available!

The 2014 Collingswood Holiday Ornament order form is available! This 19th ornament in the series celebrates First Baptist Church of Collingswood's 125th Anniversary. Each year's ornament highlights a time, place or special event in our town. It's a great way to decorate your home or tree with something uniquely Collingswood.

If you've missed out on previous years, want to start a collection or just buy one or two ornaments that have special meaning to you, you're in luck! Select few ornaments from past editions are still available.   2014 Ornaments will be available for pick up at Arts Plus Gallery upon notification.  Past ornaments can be purchased at Collingswood Borough Hall, 678 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood.

Enjoy an ornament that celebrates our treasured Library, historic Zane School, stunning Scottish Rite, magestic Transfiguration Church, the family-favorite Holiday Parade and several other Collingwood landmarks. 

The 2014 ornament and each run of ornaments are limited in quantity - order now!

Previous ornaments still available for a special offer of just $10.
Thackara House (low inventory)    
Collingswood Manor                        
May Fair (low inventory)                  
Zane School (low inventory)               
Collingswood Theatre (low inventory)                       
Foster Warne                      
Transfiguration Church (low inventory)                      
Holiday Parade (low inventory)                               
Collingswood Library
Collingswood 125th Anniversary (low inventory) 
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