Sponsored: The 27th Fine Art and Crafts at Brookdale Park Show, June 20-21

Sunday, Jun 14, 2015 9:00am

Come explore the 27th Fine Art and Crafts at Brookdale Park show, June 20-21, to find creations for the home and body that reflect the talent of over 170 juried professional artists, photographers and craft artisans from throughout the country displaying and selling their hand-crafted work, on Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to 5PM rain or shine.

Walk through Essex County’s beautiful Brookdale Park, on the border of Bloomfield and Montclair, to see how it is transformed into a fine art and fine craft gallery featuring handcrafted jewelry, furniture, glass, wearable fiber, sculpture, wood, pottery, leather, fine art, photography and so much more.

Don’t miss seeing the work of new jewelers and fiber artists. Watch demonstrations by glass jeweler Lori Henninger, wood turner Don Hart, and metal jeweler Jeffrey Jobe.

Fine Art and Crafts at Brookdale Park

Take a trip around the world and into nature with the stunning images of this year’s photographers. Continue Reading

Sponsored: August Camp Options at the YMCA of Montclair

Thursday, Jun 04, 2015 1:00pm

YMCA of Montclair

The YMCA of Montclair has multiple camps running in August. Sports, swimming, art, drama, canoeing, basketball, archery, academic enrichment programs, field trips…it’s all at the Y. Act quickly, they’re filling up fast!

YMCA of Montclair

  • I’m A Big Kid Now: Ages 2–3
  • Early Adventures: Ages 3–6
  • Afternoon Specialty: Ages 4-7
  • New Discoveries: Ages 4–9
  • Camp at the Lake: Ages 5–13
  • Summer Sparks: Ages 6–12
  • ACE: Ages 7-10
  • Explorers: Ages 8–12
  • Voyagers: Ages 12–14
  • Quest: Ages 14–15

YMCA of Montclair

They’ll also have camp options available the week of August. 31. Details will be available in early July.

YMCA of Montclair

For info about August camp options at the YMCA of Montclair visit online here or call 973-744-3400.




Sponsored: Go ‘N Groove, Adventurous Woman Guided Tours Offers it All

BY  |  Thursday, May 28, 2015 3:00pm

Cycling trips, culinary tours, great shopping, fabulous food with great wines, cooking classes, outdoor activities, wine tastings, etc. You will find these and more with any Go ‘n Groove trip.

Go 'N Groove, Adventurous Woman Guided Tours


(3) rooms left for Go ‘n Groove’s to the CT Coast, an exciting cycling tour based out of Old Saybrook CT, July 12 – 15. Don’t bike but want to join in for the fun? Non-Biking Options Are Available. Great shopping (boutiques, antiques & consignment), fabulous food options, beaches, stunning scenery and more!

Go 'N Groove, Adventurous Woman Guided Tours

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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. Continue Reading

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


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

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