Join award-winning author Karen Rostoker-Gruber and her puppet, Maria, for a playful reading of “Maddie the Mitzvah Clown” at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly, Monday, December 25, 11 a.m. The book is the story of a shy girl who decides to become a mitzvah clown to make her grandmother and her friends smile. Other activities include family fun with a real life mitzvah clown, balloon animal making, juggling, singing, and dancing. Leron, (201) 408-1467 or www.jccotp.org.