Sponsored Post: Explore the World with The Keiki Explorers Club!

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016 2:00pm

Keiki Explorers Club

Not sure what to do with your 8-11 year old this summer? What if they could spend their days riding a clipper ship up the Hudson River? Digging for fossils? Rafting the Delaware? Getting dirty at a local farm? Taking an ice cream tour of the tri-state area? Visiting Baltimore Inner Harbor? Exploring the nature trails of our state parks? Swimming in a waterfall? And still make it home in time for dinner!

The Keiki Explorers Club will take your child on all these adventures, and more. Their philosophy is that “nothing promotes growth like experience.” Each day the camp’s experienced and well trained staff lead safe excursions that are specifically designed for 8-11 year olds, providing daily opportunities for growth through fun experiences that push their limits and broaden their gazes. The results are always the same – a summer of fun that campers remember for years to come!

You may have known them as STJR, but this year the camp is embarking on a new adventure as The Keiki Explorers Club. The Montclair area’s premier adventure day camp for 8-11 year olds has a new name, but everything else is the same. They are proud to bring you the same great adventures, the same CPR and first-aid certified counselors, and the same incredible camp experience that the Montclair area has come to love for years.

unnamedKeiki (pronounced cake-ee) is Hawaiian for children. The camp brings Hawaiian values to children in the Montclair area: respect for nature and community, diversity, peace and acceptance, and adventure.

Registration is now open! 

Who: Adventurous 8-11 year olds.
When: 9:00 am-5:30 pm, Monday-Friday, for the 6 weeks of June 27-August 5 (no camp on July 4th)
Where: Pick up and drop off in Montclair, NJ. Take a look at the schedule for more details on where campers will be adventuring in between pick up and drop off!
How Much: The cost of each week is $500.00. Lunches are included.
Email: keikiexplorers@gmail.com
Phone: (973) 559-3109



Sponsored Post: 2016 Sweet Cheep Discount at Little Nest Portraits

BY  |  Monday, Jan 11, 2016 3:00pm



Little Nest Portraits is kicking off 2016 with a fresh new look and a super sweet deal! Our annual SWEET CHEEP sale is here for just a limited time with a brand new offering. It’s the perfect time to take advantage of some deep discounts on a one-of-a-kind experience and beautiful photos of your family.

Sweet Cheep Sessionette Package- $125
Special, Limited Time Offer $125 (value $300)

  • in-studio sessionette
  • 10-15 files to choose from
  • Same-day ordering
  • (1) custom retouched digital file
  • DIY Concierge Service
  • Additional Digital Files: $75 each
  • Value: $300

The offer ends on January 17th at noon, so book your Sweet Cheep Sessionette today!

Want to learn more?

Find out how you can win a Boutique Sessionette by sharing about our Sweet Cheep!





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Montclair, NJ 07042



Sponsored: Make Music Like a Pro with ACIEM Studios

BY  |  Monday, Dec 21, 2015 4:30pm

ACIEM StudiosStarting in 2016, ACIEM Studios in Little Falls will be offering Workshop Sessions to the public–for tweens, teens and adults. ACIEM has worked with some of the top names in the music industry, and now, you can add your own name to their roster.


Choose Your Package:

Tweens & Teens

ACIEM Studios

Tweens (ages 10-13) will be welcomed into ACIEM’s vocal booth to record popular songs in “Sing in the Studio.” At the end of the workshop, they will receive a CD of their performance with artist credit, an excellent gift for family and friends. Sessions integrate audio-visuals and age-appropriate activities. Teens (ages 14-18) will be taught how to mix and produce their own songs, and will cut a track in “Intro to Music Production.” Participants receive a mix of their professionally-produced song with co-producer credit.

Workshops for both tweens and teens include six sessions, two of which cover music production history and instruction in small group settings, with the remaining four in individual sessions with ACIEM’s production staff.



Adult musicians can take advantage of the “Song Incubator” workshop to record original songs using professional equipment. ACIEM’s experienced team will collaborate on artist decision-making and music production choices. Eight hours of studio time is included, culminating in the recording and mixing of one song, perfect for use as an artist demo.

About ACIEM Studios’ Community Workshops

ACIEM Studios

Brian Brodeur, founder of ACIEM Studios, established these workshops to fill a growing need in the area’s music community. “Though independent artists are increasingly producing their music at home, most do not have access to professional-level equipment and experienced engineers,” says Brodeur.

“We are offering these workshops and session packages at reasonable prices to help support students and independent musicians interested in high-level production.” Notably, ACIEM will not own or control any rights to original music produced during the classes, and will legally license any copyrighted music used in the workshops.

ACIEM Studios is a full-service, professional-level audio/video production company. The ACIEM team has produced projects featuring Keith Urban, Randy Jackson, Phish, Rod Stewart, Neil Peart (RUSH), Phil Collins, Frank Zappa, and dozens more. “We work with household name artists and huge entertainment companies, but have always welcomed independent musicians and local small businesses,” says Brodeur.


ACIEM Studios

How to Book Sessions

For more information and to reserve a space in a Music Production Class, go to www.aciemstudios.com/workshops  or call 973-256-7987. ACIEM is located at 101 East Main Street, Suite 1302 in Little Falls.



Sponsored Post: Easy Way to Holiday Cards + Gifts with Little Nest Portraits

BY  |  Monday, Nov 30, 2015 2:00pm

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The holiday season is officially upon us and the stress is starting to settle in, too. Little Nest Portraits is here to make your holiday cards and gifts easy and fun! Our Sessionettes are the simple way to get everyone checked off your list!

Little Nest Portraits


Call one of our Client Coordinators to schedule your Sessionette before December 14th to ensure you have all of your cards and gifts in hand by December 23rd (plenty of time for wrapping!). Well help you zero in on your goals for the session and cater to the needs of your entire family. One quick phone call and youre ready to go!

With just 15 minutes in the studio, our photographers will capture 8-10 photos for you to choose from. A short ordering meeting later and youll be on your way. All in about 90 minutes from start-to-finish. You will leave the studio with your cards designed and gifts picked out! Youll get an email notification when your order is ready. Pick it up at your convenience at our studio, wrapped and ready-to-go.

Save time at the mall and long lines and feel more rewarded with your gifts because you are documenting your beautiful familys faces!

Book Now

Little Nest Portraits

Looking for a quick and stylish alternative to the mall Santa? Reserve a Santa Sessionette!


Little Nest Portraits

This year, Little Nest Portraits is offering a modern and stylish alternative to the typical “mall Santa” photo for you and your family!

We hope you can join us on December 6th from 10-2 p.m!

For $125, your family will receive:

  • Low-res files for sharing on social media
  • Your choice of: 8 wallets, 2 5x7s or 1 8×10 print
  • Additional prints are $55 each
  • High-res files are $75 each

20% of proceeds from the event will directly benefit the YMCA of Montclair.

Our 15-minute time slots are VERY limited, so sign up below or give us a ring to make sure your family gets to take their photo with the big man in red!

Book now!

Little Nest Portraits

54 S. Park Street, Montclair, NJ 07042





Sponsored Post: One Savvy Design—Church Street’s Best Kept Secret

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 5:00pm


One Savvy Design Consignment Boutique

Discover the exciting world of consignment

and redefine your style with our new and consigned merchandise.

One stop shopping for you and all your holiday gifts.

One Savvy Design Consignment Boutique offers everything you need from women’s contemporary to luxury clothing, shoes, handbags, and accessories. This boutique carries a variety of new and consigned merchandise including J. Crew, Anthropologie, Diane Von Furstenberg, Kate Spade, Prada, Louis Vuitton and Chanel.

Check out their website to see featured items online. They also offer customers a rewards program where you earn points for every purchase.

Best of all, you can order online and plan to run in and pick it up at your convenience OR if you an out-of-towner, have it shipped free from now until the end of December.http://onesavvydesignconsignment.com

Arlene Carrini worked in the garment industry in NYC developing her extensive background in Sales, Merchandising and Buying. She had been consigning her clothing for years when she decided it was time to open her own store and put her expertise to use.

“I am excited to be a part of the Montclair community for the last 4 seasons” says Arlene. She loves what she does and you know it from the moment you walk in. “We want you to feel comfortable in our store and we welcome you as if you are walking into our home.”

Arlene and her staff can provide a personal shopping experience this holiday season, for you and your gift giving needs.

One Savvy Design Shabby Chic Furniture

Decorate for the holidays with our shabby chic furniture.

We carry an eclectic collection of up-cycled, hand painted furniture and mirrors.One Savvy Design Shabby Chic Furniture originated in 2008 in Arlene’s backyard. She came across an interesting piece of furniture and decided to refinish it herself.

The result of her efforts, and positive feedback, inspired Arlene to continue painting and refurbishing many more pieces, transforming One Savvy Design into what it is today.

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At One Savvy Design, you’ll find a collection of up-cycled, re-purposed vintage dressers, servers, buffets and vanities. All pieces are carefully selected and hand painted with quality low voc chalk paint. In this creative process is the commitment to create a more eco-friendly everyday lifestyle.

In addition to the finished pieces on the showroom floor, Arlene offers custom painting for any unpainted piece in inventory or for a piece of furniture of your own.

Stop by One Savvy Design’s showroom and discover a unique find!

You can find us in the Orange House on Church Street.unnamed (3) 

One Savvy Design

One Savvy Design Shabby Chic Furniture

74 Church Street (One block west of Starbucks), Montclair, NJ


Tuesday-Saturday 10-6

Friday Extended Holiday Hours 10-8

Sunday 12-5






Sponsored: Live Nation’s VIP Ticket Program at Wellmont Theater

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 11, 2015 2:00pm

Live Nation

Do you love live entertainment ?  Music, comedy, battle of the bands, family shows? Looking for a fantastic holiday gift? If so, we have the perfect solution.

<>Whether you like entertaining established customers, prospective clients, employees, family or friends, Live Nation’s VIP Ticket Program at Wellmont Theater in Montclair offers the ultimate live entertainment experience and perks!

As a member of our VIP program, we’ll reserve a block of premium seating for all shows you’ve selected – even the hard to get concerts. When you arrive, special parking awaits; by-pass the lines for easy entry, and enjoy the best concert viewing. You’ll also be able to order additional tickets and many more member benefits will be announced for each show. Concert-going has never been easier.

To discuss available seat locations, acts that are touring, or for more information call 732-203-2500 ext 3VIP or email us at VIPQuestions@livenation.com



Sponsored: Minecraft, LEGO®, Robotics, Coding and Science MADNESS for all!!!!

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 03, 2015 1:30pm

L3 Academy

A seriously fun STEM learning center and unique birthday party venue, L3 Academy strives to make learning an interactive, hands-on exercise that’s loads of fun. We want squeals, dancing and curiosity.  If our students and party-goers can internalize one fact or take a deeper dive in a subject area, we’ve met our objectives. Find out more about the Winter STEM programs, vacation camps, Robotics Club, Competitive Programs and Birthday Parties.

Winter STEM Programs (Early bird discount until 11/30/15)

Our winter program is now taking registration. New courses include 3D design and printing; L3 Robotics Club; LEGO Robotics Jr.; an expansion to the Intro to Programming class; Intermediate Chess; Minecraft Math and more. See schedule. Promo code: Barista16


Robotics Club (Winter activity only)

Children who love LEGO®, learning and imaginative play will love our robotics club. A non-competitive activity, kids work in a group to meet the challenges issued by US First. On April 2, the teams will present their work to a review panel at the Glen Ridge STEMfestival. Read more.

Vacation Camps

When school is closed, we’re opened! Check out our Young Scientists and Minecraft camps during the Nov. 5 and 6 NJ Teacher’s Convention. During the Christmas/New Year’s holidays (Dec. 28-31), we’re running Super Gross Science, Marvelous Math and Minecraft camps throughout the week.

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Competitive Programs

L3 Academy will be offering Kangaroo Math, an international math competition that more than 40 countries and 5 million students compete in. L3 will be hosting the competition day and offers participant training. Student grades 1 through 12 qualify. All participants will receive a t-shirt, diploma, special memento and an L3 filled goody bag. Deadline for registration ends 12/12/15.

Birthday Parties

Let us do the work! L3 Academy offers a number of themes for ages ranging from 3 to 15 including:

  • LEGO® Robotics
  • Minecraft Madness
  • Super Scientists
  • Bot Party
  • CSI Lab: Solve a Mystery
  • Geologist Adventures: Become a Rock Star
  • Harry Potter Potions Party
  • Jr. Engineers
  • Minion Mayhem


Every party comes with goody bags, L3 t-shirt and surprise gift bag for child, paper goods, decorations and more.

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Videos: See our YouTube Channel

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L3 Academy, One Greenwood Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042
Ph: 973-783-8333


Sponsored: MAM’s Yard School of Art Offers Vacation Camps During School Breaks

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 22, 2015 3:00pm

MAM’s Yard School of Art

The Montclair Art Museum’s Yard School of Art, whose SummerART was named #1 for Favorite Art Camp in the 2015 Discover Jersey Arts People’s Choice Awards, is now offering Vacation Camps during school breaks! School Vacation Camps provide students with the opportunity to be engaged and enriched with art while school is out.

We will paint, draw, sculpt, work with clay, mixed media, and collage in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Students will learn fine art techniques while exploring a variety of exciting and stimulating themes. Taught by the Museum’s professional art educators, vacation camps are the perfect activity for your young artist!

Camps fill fast so register early! Register online or by calling 973-259-5139.


November 5–6: 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

  • Superhero Green Screen Vacation Camp (Ages 8–12)
  • Animals and Friends Vacation Camp (Ages 6–12) inspired by MAM’s current exhibition Eric Carle: Animals and Friends
  • Pottery Vacation Camp (Ages 6–12) SOLD OUT


MAM’s Yard School of Art

December 28–30, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Register for individual days, or all three!

  • Adventures in Studio Art (Ages 5–12)
  • Pottery Camp (Ages 6–12)


MAM’s Yard School of Art

April 11–14, 9:30 a.m.–1:45 p.m.

  • Monet and Friends: Exploring Impressionism (Ages 5–12) inspired by the forthcoming exhibition Visions of America, 1870–1940: Works from the Bank of America Collection
  • Pottery Camp (Ages 6–12)


Access full descriptions on MAM’s website and reserve your child’s spot today!



Brookdale Parks Hosts 16th Annual Arts Festival

BY  |  Tuesday, Oct 13, 2015 3:00pm

Fall Fine Art and Crafts at Brookdale Park

There will be no better way to spend this upcoming weekend than by visiting the 16th annual Fall Fine Art and Crafts at Brookdale Park show in Bloomfield/Montclair where you will meet over 150 juried fine artists and fine crafters, taste a variety of foods, and enjoy a jazz concert all at Essex County’s Brookdale Park.

Fall Fine Art and Crafts at Brookdale Park

Co-sponsored by Rose Squared Productions, Inc. and the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs,  from 10 am to 5 pm, rain or shine, this free to the public show celebrates American Craft week by exhibiting American made, hand crafted work, in jewelry, fiber, leather, glass, metal and wood as well as fine art, sculpture and fine photography.

PenwahPenwah, singer and actor, will host and perform at the jazz concert both days from noon – 4pm. Anita Gates of the New York Times called Penwah “a considerable stage presence.” Penwah is a Grammy nominee and a 2X Audelco Award Winner and has had a recurring role on Family Matters as well as appearances on Blue Bloods and The View. Saturday will feature Cynthia Holiday, Richard Reiter and Antoinette Montague and Sunday will feature Linda Bianchi and the Rutgers University Jazz Band in addition to Penwah performing.

New photographers Ken Smith and Debra Placky, new fine artist Emily Ennulat-Lustine and new fiber artists Melinda Czeczon and Carl Mateo will be joining many other new exhibitors attending this year’s show to delight the senses with their creations.

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Debra Plackey

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Ennulat Lustine

The show is located on Watchung, Bellevue and Grove Avenues in Bloomfield/Montclair. (For GPS – use 473 Watchung Ave, Bloomfield). There is unlimited parking within the park. For additional information and a slide show of exhibitor’s work go to www.rosesquared.com.



Sponsored: Last Call—Don’t miss out joining for FREE!

BY  |  Friday, Sep 25, 2015 2:30pm


Is your September off to the right start?

School’s back in session, which means the holidays are just around the corner – that’s why the YMCA of Montclair is giving you a reason to make time for yourself today.

Now through September 30, we’re waiving the Joining Fee and offering your third month free to new adult Members. That’s right, you’ll enjoy access to all the great benefits of a YMCA of Montclair membership to help you feel fit, fabulous and FIERCE – for FREE during your third month! (New adult members only, restrictions apply.)

Whether it’s before work, on your lunch break or after the kids are in bed, we’re here to help connect you with others, adopt healthier habits, or, simply, burn off the day’s stress. As a YMCA of Montclair Member, you’ll discover that by fulfilling your own needs, you can continue taking care of everyone else with more energy and strength.

But, there are only 5 days left to get in on this deal, so don’t wait. With tons of programs, unlimited access to 150 + group fitness classes weekly, swimming and babysitting available while you work out, there’s no better time to join the Y.

This fall, transform with us!

Please visit the Welcome Center at our Park Street Branch to learn more. And since working out is more fun with others, you can also share this great deal with friends and family.

More Info: www.montclairymca.org/septemberpromo15


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