Sponsored: Want Your Teen To Learn How To Find A Job, Go On Awesome Trips And Do Other Cool Stuff? You’re In Luck.

BY  |  Thursday, May 14, 2015 1:00pm

YMCA of Montclair

Have your teen “turn off” their electronic devices and “tune in” to fun by enrolling in summer camp at the YMCA of Montclair.

Voyagers (for ages 12-14): Your teen can spend the summer going to Broadway shows, riding on a speed boat, and an overnight trip to the Adventure Aquarium. Trips change weekly. Teens also make an impact in their local community and choose other weekly activities like drama, art, sports and cooking programs. Check out the trip list here.

YMCA of Montclair

Summer Quest (ages 14-15): Finding a first job can be exciting and scary all at once. Empower your teen to gain tools and skills to land that first job and have fun doing so. Activities include resume writing and practice interviewing. Teens can also earn Red Cross first aid and babysitting training certifications and go on fun field trips. During the last week of the session, they get to put their newly acquired skills and self confidence into action during a one week internship position at the Y.

What are you waiting for? Register your teen today!

For more info about Voyagers, Summer Quest and all YMCA of Montclair camps click here.

YMCA of Montclair



Sponsored: Thirty Years of Beautiful Fine Art and Fine Crafts

BY  |  Wednesday, May 13, 2015 4:00pm

Fine Art and Crafts at Verona Park

Art by Smadar Livne

Come join the many new fine artists and fine craftspeople, along with veteran exhibitors, to celebrate thirty years of Fine Art and Crafts at Verona Park on May 16 & 17 from 10 am to 5 pm rain or shine.

Enjoy the beauty of Verona Park as it is once again transformed into a craft boutique and art gallery by 140 exhibitors with handcrafted jewelry, clothing, clay, metal, wood, photography, sculpture and artwork to satisfy every taste.

Fine Art and Crafts at Verona Park

Watch demonstrations by Helen Weichman as she sculpts her whimsical dogs or by Don Hart as he creates stunning turned pens. See truly hand-crafted work and chat with exhibitors to understand the inspiration for creating their art.

Fine Art and Crafts at Verona Park

Bring the family to enjoy creating sand art bottles or necklace pens, to have fun on paddle boats on the lake, or to simply take a break on the great playground. Be sure to check out the adult puzzles by Kate Jones of Kadon Enterprises.

Whimsical, large sculpture by Patti and Bob Stern

Whimsical, large sculpture by Patti and Bob Stern

Sample and be sure to bring home some gluten free granola, jams, dips, olive oils and balsamic, salsa and very locally made sweet potato cakes.

Fine Art and Crafts at Verona Park

Co-sponsored by Essex County Department Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and Janet and Howard Rose of Rose Squared Productions, Inc, the show is located on the corner of Pleasant Valley Way/Lakeside and Bloomfield Avenue. Go to www.rosesquared.com for additional info and a gallery of creations of participating exhibitors.

Ceramic menorah by Olga Goldin

Ceramic menorah by Olga Goldin



Sponsored: The Summer Theatre Camp of Montclair 2015!

BY  |  Friday, May 01, 2015 1:00pm

The Summer Theatre Camp of Montclair

Offering Joyful & Excellent Acting Training for Kids of All Ages
www.stagekids.us 973-746-8686

Sign up in May for free ticket to Broadway’s smash hit Matilda!

*First Registered; First Served. Limited Availability.

FREE BEFORE & AFTER CARE! Sibling &Bring-a-Friend Discount!


The Summer Theatre Camp of Montclair

THE MAIN STAGE PROGRAM (ages 8-11 & 12-16)
Dynamic personalized acting training, theatre games and rehearsal culminating in a professionally staged final performance! 4 weeks Begins Monday, June 29-Ends Saturday, July 25 (Final Performance)


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Calling all Princesses &; Pirates!
Introduction to acting in a joyful & dynamic environment of safety, camaraderie and fun! Exciting theatre games, rehearsal and a rousing final performance.
3-week Program Begins Monday, June 29-Ends Friday, July 17 or 2 week Program Begins Monday, July 6-Ends Friday, July 17


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Dynamic week of improvisation, theatre games and audition techniques. Gain audition skills, comprise a theatrical resume and take a trip to New York City to see a Broadway production! (One or Two Weeks) Two Week Option Begins Monday, July 27-Ends Friday, August 7 or Week One Option Begins Monday, July 27-Ends Friday, July 31 or Week Two Option Begins Monday, August 3-Ends Friday, August 7


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ACTING BOOT CAMP (intensive acting skills for 13-18 year olds)
Intensive immersion into acting process. Meisner, Method and Other Acting Techniques, monologue and scene work. Intensive and demanding, excellent preparation for college auditions. 1 week only Begins, Monday, August 10, Ends Friday, August 14



Summer is the perfect time to make great friends while building acting skill and personal confidence!


  1. A Challenging, Supportive, Fun, Dynamic Environment.
  2. A Caring Staff Committed to the Personal Development of Each Camp Participant.
  3. A Beautiful Camp Site, Air-Conditioned and Conveniently Located.
  4. A Professionally Produced Play in which all Cast Members Significantly Perform.
  5. Daily Theatre Related Games and Rehearsal, that include vocal, acting, movement and dance training with professionals.


The Summer Theatre Camp of Montclair is located in the heart of downtown Montclair, in the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 67 Church Street, Montclair, New Jersey, 973 746-8686



Sponsored: The BEST Way to Enjoy Memorial Day Weekend!

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 2:00pm

Frost Valley YMCA

If you’re considering a Memorial Day Weekend getaway, now’s the time to think about where you want to go and what you want to do. Should you make it a family experience, or an escape for two? Have an adventure, or just kick back and relax?

Many consider Memorial Day Weekend to be the unofficial start of summer, and while thousands will be crowding the coast, fighting for a sandy space to soak up some sun, we have a better idea — why not experience quality time with loved ones in the beautiful Catskill Mountains? Frost Valley YMCA in Claryville, NY — a gorgeous, 5,500-acre retreat center and summer camp — is offering an all-inclusive Memorial Day Weekend event with activities to suit your needs, no matter what sort of getaway you choose to have.

Frost Valley YMCA

And by “all-inclusive,” we mean from check-in to check-out, all you need to do is enjoy yourself. Welcome the warmer weather by having an adventure that includes ziplining, canoeing, archery, climbing, and guided hikes (check out High Falls, Frost Valley’s stunning waterfall, or challenge yourself with a half-day hike to scenic Giant’s Ledge.)

Frost Valley YMCA

If you just need a little me-time, Frost Valley can help you slow down. Nourish your spirit, mind, and body with stretch and meditation classes, natural facials, crafts, and stargazing at a mountaintop observatory. Or, just breathe in the clean mountain air during a stroll around glistening Lake Cole.

Programs for kids abound, too, and young ones will love Frost Valley’s arts and crafts room, outdoor activities, and the annual Family Field Day, a fun-filled program that’s become such a family favorite that it’s known as the “signature event” for Memorial Day Weekend.

Frost Valley YMCA

Frost Valley accommodations range from cozy cabins and earthy Mongolian yurts, to the hotel-style Lakeview Lodge, and even include a historic mansion, known as Forstmann Castle. Hearty and healthy meals are served daily in their spacious, modern-rustic dining hall, with options to satisfy dietary restrictions including gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan. (And their delicious Fair Trade-certified coffee flows all day.)

Build new traditions, make new memories, and skip the city traffic for Memorial Day Weekend. Visit frostvalley.org to learn more or make your reservations now by calling (845) 985-2291 or emailing reservations@frostvalley.org.



Sponsored: Kids’ Science & Engineering Festival this Saturday April 18

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


STEM Festival!
Saturday, April 18 from 10 am – 3 pm!
Math Museum traveling exhibits will be on display.
Pre-purchase tickets by Friday 8 pm and save!
Click here to pre-pay for entrance fee.



Sponsored: Greater Newark Mini Maker Faire

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 08, 2015 4:30pm

Greater Newark Mini Maker Faire

Join the celebration of creativity and ingenuity on Saturday. A celebration of New Jersey Makers–from woodworkers to gardeners, from robotic engineers to 3D-printing artists.

Greater Newark Mini Maker Faire

The Greater Newark Mini Maker Faire is a showcase of creativity and innovation in New Jersey. The event invites makers (individuals, groups, industries and K-12 to universities) to present their projects that explore DIY (do-it-yourself) thinking, reveal their process and show how materials are pushed to their limits.

Greater Newark Mini Maker Faire

For a sneak peak at this year’s presenters, speakers and exhibitors, click here

Bring the entire family and find the Maker in you!

Advance Tickets: February 23 – April 9
Adults: $12
Children, Seniors and Veterans with valid ID: $7
Newark Residents and College Students with valid ID: FREE
Newark Museum Members: FREE *

Day of the Mini Maker Faire
Adults: $15
Children, Seniors and Veterans with valid ID: $10
Newark Residents and College Students: $5
Newark Museum Members: FREE *

* Tickets for Newark Museum Members are free at all times. Register online in advance to take advantage of the express entry area.

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Sponsored: L3 Academy Spring Break Camp (April 21-23, 2015) – Limited Space

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 07, 2015 3:00pm

L3 Academy

Three-day STEM sampler…1/2-day AM/PM session or full-day. Ages PreK to 6th Grade.

Spring Break Mini

From Minecraft to Mystery, from Engineering to Early Simple Machines, campers will get a mini-sampler of STEM concepts with hands-on activities. Other activities include: Forensics Lab, LEGO® Robotics, STEM Arts & Crafts

For more detailed information, click here. Register online. Continue Reading

Sponsored: Aikido Classes Starting in Montclair. Free Demonstration, Discussion and Class

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 02, 2015 5:00pm


Are you curious about Aikido, or do you want to find out more?

Community Aikikai and the New Jersey Center for Healthy Living are hosting two free demonstrations: April 10 and April 12 at the Center 292 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair.

Observe this fascinating martial art up close, then listen to a brief talk followed by a Q & A.  Finally, those who wish, may participate in an informal class in street clothes.

Scheduled classes begin on Monday, April 13.

For Further Details on demonstrations & classes, click here.




Fundamental posture, footwork, breathing and positioning will be covered. Students will learn how to safely apply and receive basic techniques. At first, there will be no throwing or falling, only balancing and safe immobilization. Emphasis on relaxation and centering as a response to aggression, rather than fear or rigidity. Students practice in comfortable street clothes and sneakers. No special experience or degree of physical fitness is required.

Classes are held on a drop-in basis. You need not attend each class because the same fundamental principles are covered in every class. An important feature of all classes is that they are conducted in an anxiety-free atmosphere so maximum learning can take place.

Aikido practice is a partner practice; it is a collaborative experience. Partners alternate as “attacker” and “defender” and help each other to advance. We are trying to prove the hypothesis that gentle, flexible, energy-efficient movement is effective and we need each other to do this. It is not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game. In our physically confrontational practice scenarios, only one partner is fighting. The other is reconciling, and that is perhaps the most important piece.



It’s easy to feel relaxed and capable on a warm, sunny day when everything is going smoothly. On an inhospitable, dark and stressful day, not so much. Wouldn’t I like to prepare a place inside myself from which I could feel and act with relaxed intention no matter what the weather or the environment presented? A no-brainer!

And what about securing my personal space? Am I comfortable in my own skin? The best solution would be to develop my centeredness and self-control and to feel the freedom of positive self-expression.

  • Aikido is a holistic martial art that I practice for this purpose. It has multiple benefits:
  • I learn about myself and I learn how to express myself in accordance with my highest values.
  • I learn how to harmonize my centers and to communicate harmony to my practice partner.
  • I get plenty of physical exercise without being brutalized.
  • And throughout all of this, as I am practicing and developing mindfulness, and my inner and outer functioning become more effective.

Aikido is NOT fighting. Aikido is NOT FIGHTING.

The founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, known as O’Sensei, created his martial art-form from traditional sources. He was often challenged but never defeated. Halfway through his life, he had a deeply transformative spiritual experience, after which he dedicated his life and his art to promoting peace in the world.

Aikido became a (meta)physical metaphor for reconciling human dysfunction using laws of nature in a compassionate framework. Recognizing that our “opponents” are connected to our own being and that violence has ignorance and fear at its core, we meet aggression without resistance and guide the misguided disturbance of the peace into a peaceful resolution. We are beating swords into plowshares.


Law enforcement personnel, doctors and musicians all need training to be effective and do as little harm as possible. Similarly, those of us who train in Aikido, the Art of Peace, need practice in promoting peace.

Repeated Aikido practice affects your whole being. If you have peace in your heart, if you think peace is the intelligent person’s solution, if you enjoy balance, movement, centeredness and creativity, you should investigate Aikido: the Art of Peace. 


Everything gets better. Every-body gets better: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual vitality.  A community of like-minded people. An atmosphere of civility and peace. Not bad for a martial art.

Practicing Aikido is like living the meaning of Namaste. And, heaven forbid, you are ever in a tense situation, you are more likely to have the presence of mind and the physical flexibility to make the best of it with your principles intact.


The older one is the instructor.

ROBERT FRIEDMAN, LCSW, A 35-year Montclair resident has been teaching Aikido for twelve years at Aikido Centers of New Jersey in Morristown and East Hanover. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker working in three Northern New Jersey nursing homes and holds multiple black belts from Aikido World Headquarters, the Aikikai Foundation and Aikido Centers of New Jersey.








Sponsored: YMCA of Montclair Camp Registration Begins Saturday

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 12:00pm

YMCA OF Montclair

Are you ready for a summer of fun and adventure at YMCA of Montclair summer camps? Registration for ages 2-15 begins March 28 at 8 am.

Our camps offer children a safe and nurturing environment where they can feel confident pursuing their passions, learning new skills, making friends and creating lasting memories.

To view our 12 traditional and specialty camp options click here.

YMCA OF Montclair

Registration locations vary depending on the camp. For registration locations, click here.

Register early to ensure your child gets into the camps of their choice.



Sponsored: Spring Break & Summer Camp STEM Camp @ L3 Academy

BY  |  Friday, Mar 20, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

L3 Academy offers 1/2-day and full-day STEM camps that offer a creative combination of learning, community and physical activity that can all be combined for a great camp experience.

Spring Break STEM Sampler Camp (Grades PreK*-6) / LIMITED SPACE
Session I: April 7-9
Session II: April 21-23
Click here for more info. Download info here.

Summer STEM Camp Rising K-8
Click here for more detailed information

July 20-24, 2015
Wacky Science
Jr. Engineers

July 27-31, 2015
Robotics Camp: Roaring & Roving
Minecraft Madness Camp

August 10-14, 2015
The Art of Science & Engineering
Videogame Programming

August 10-14, 2015 (in Scotch Plains, NJ)
Wacky Science @Creative Kids NJ (Scotch Plains, NJ)

August 17-21, 2015
The Art of Invention
Toy Engineering & Prototyping

August 24-28, 2015
Robotics: Roaring and Roving
Minecraft Madness

Snacks are included in pricing. Sibling* and full-day registrations have discounts. For summer camp, the grade requirements are based on the grade level the child is starting in Sept. 2015.

L3 Academy is a seriously fun learning center focused on STEM. On Fridays and weekends, L3 hosts unique birthday parties including super scientists, crazy chemistry, LEGO® Robotics, and much, much more.



Contact us with any questions at 973.783.8333 or Info@L3-Academy.com. Register with us in-person or online.



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