Join The Big Read at Montclair Public Library

BY  |  Monday, Aug 25, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

In the Time of the Butterflies The Big Read is a project of the National Endowment for the Arts to provide communities nationwide with the opportunity to read, discuss, and celebrate a selection from U.S. and world literature. This year, Montclair Public Library is participating and invites you to join in.

MPL is one of 77 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive a grant from Arts Midwest to host a Big Read project between September 2014 and June 2015. The Big Read in Montclair will focus on Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies, with activities taking place between September 15 and October 26.

In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez transports us to the Dominican Republic in the mid-twentieth century when the country struggled under the brutal dictatorship of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. A work of historical fiction, the novel honors the lives of Patria, Minerva, and María Teresa Mirabal, who became icons of freedom and women’s rights when they were assassinated in the autumn of 1960 for their role in the underground movement against Trujillo’s regime.

The library will host a kick-off event on Saturday, September 20 and wrap up the literacy campaign with a virtual talk by Julia Alvarez in late October. Throughout the campaign, MPL will partner with Montclair High School to have its Honors Spanish students read In the Time of the Butterflies in Spanish. 

Along with adult, young adult and ESL book discussions and author events, the library will provide programming based on the thematic, cultural and historical aspects of the novel. Activities include a healthy Latin cuisine demonstration provided by Whole Foods, a merengue dance class, a screening of the film based on the novel,  citizenship classes and a Montclair State University Spanish guitar ensemble.

See the schedule of events below:

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The Weekend: Feasts, Films and Fun

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

St. Sebastian's feast and carnival

The dog days of summer are anything but slow in Montclair —okay, maybe a little bit slow — but there are still feasts, films and fun to enjoy this weekend.

Oh, and don’t forget about Matthew Thomas’s debut novel book signing at Watchung Booksellers tonight!

Here are some other weekend highlights:

The 88th annual St. Sebastain Feast and Carnival started yesterday at Kaveny Field in Montclair with rides, games, bocce, face painting and, my favorite, zeppoles! Festivities end on Sunday, August 24 with the Procession of the statue of St. Sebastian beginning at Our Lady of Mount Carmel through the streets of Montclair, where it will arrive at the feast at 6:30 pm.

St. Sebastian’s Feast and Carnival
Wednesday – Sunday, August 20 – 24
Kaveny Field, Grove and Walnut Streets, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Free admission
 

 

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Coffee With…Matthew Thomas, Author of We Are Not Ourselves

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Matthew Thomas

The new novel We Are Not Ourselves took Montclair resident Matthew Thomas 10 years to complete and considering the praise it has been receiving, the decade of work was worth it. Thomas will share his literary debut at his hometown bookstore, Watchung Booksellers, tomorrow, Thursday, August 21.

Baristanet spoke to Thomas about his life and his inspiration for We Are Not Ourselves:

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See You At The Montclair Jazz Festival Today!

BY  |  Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 7:14am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Jazz Festival

Today’s the big day and we will be there — at the Montclair Jazz Festival at Nishuane Park. Enjoy eight hours of FREE music performed by headliners including John Scofield, Chuchito Valdez and many more, as well as the next generation of jazz musicians from Jazz House Kids (check out today’s music schedule). And on the mic as Montclair Jazz Festival’s mistress of ceremonies? Law & Order star S. Epatha Merkerson.

There will be many wonderful food vendors (including Bonjour Montclair, Suzy Ques BBQ and Pig & Prince), the MAM Art Truck and North Coast Beer Garden! Park and ride the Jazz Festival shuttle which will run on a loop approximately every 20 minutes from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. between the parking area and the festival site. The Shuttle will pick up at Hillside School (Hillside Avenue side) and drop off at Nishuane Park Festival Site (Cedar Avenue Side) Free parking is also available at the Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Ave.) a short walk to the Hillside School shuttle stop. Besides great music, there will be also be activities for kids, too, including the Family Jazz Discovery Zone. Continue Reading

Senators Gillibrand and Booker To Visit Montclair in Special Book Discussion Event

BY  |  Friday, Aug 15, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

 Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World.  On Sunday, September 28, Watchung Booksellers and the Adult School of Montclair will host Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Cory Booker in a conversation around Ms. Gillibrand’s new book, Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World.

Off the Sidelines is an honest and inspiring account of Gillibrand’s personal journey in public service and a “call to action to encourage every woman and girl to make their voice heard on the issues they care about.” 

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The Weekend: Jazz Fest, Sounds of the City, Grateful Dead Tribute and More

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Jazz Festival

The biggest thing happening this weekend is the Montclair Jazz Festival. You’ll enjoy eight hours of FREE music performed by a stellar lineup of musicians on Saturday, August 16 in Nishuane Park. And, there will also be dozens of wonderful food vendors and North Coast Beer Garden! An added bonus? A shuttle will run on a loop approximately every 20 minutes from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. between the parking area and the festival site. The Shuttle will pick up at Hillside School (Hillside Avenue side) and drop off at Nishuane Park Festival Site (Cedar Avenue Side) Free parking is also available at the Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Ave.) a short walk to the Hillside School shuttle stop.

Montclair Jazz Festival
Saturday, August 16 from 12 pm – 8 pm
Nishuane Park. Montclair, NJ, 07043
Free

Other weekend highlights are:

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Park Free & Ride The Shuttle To The Montclair Jazz Festival!

BY  |  Monday, Aug 11, 2014 9:03am  |  COMMENTS (0)

shuttleThe Montclair Jazz Festival, produced by Jazz House Kids, as a courtesy has arranged for FREE parking for Montclair Jazz Festival attendees in the following locations:

Orange Road Parking Deck

41 Orange Road/34 Valley Road

*Enter from Valley Road

Hillside Square

8 Hillside Avenue

Hillside School

54 Orange Road

A Montclair Jazz Festival Shuttle with run on a loop approximately every 20 minutes from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. between the parking area and the festival site. The Shuttle will pick up at Hillside School (Hillside Avenue side) and drop off at Nishuane Park Festival Site (Cedar Avenue Side) Continue Reading

Go Enjoy a Dance on the Lawn in Montclair

BY  |  Friday, Aug 08, 2014 5:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Dance on the Lawn

Montclair will present the first annual free outdoor dance concert, Dance on the Lawn at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at 73 S Fullerton Avenue on September 6.

The concert will include a diverse group of artists from New York, state-wide from New Jersey, and some of Montclair’s own:

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Learn How to Vegetable Garden at Presby Iris Gardens

BY  |  Friday, Aug 08, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Presby Iris Gardens

Sure you can join a CSA, get your produce at the Montclair’s Farmer’s Market or the Montclair Community Farms, but think of the feeling of accomplishment you could have if you grew your own vegetables? Not to mention the money you’ll save. If you’ve ever thought about having your own vegetable garden, then this upcoming event is for you.

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The Weekend: Shopping, Beatlemania, Blues and More

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 07, 2014 9:22am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Center Sizzlin' Summer SaleSuper shopping events, outdoor concerts, Blues, and more are yours to enjoy this weekend.

Don’t forget about Outpost in the Burbs on Montclair Center Stage!  Here are some other weekend highlights:

Start your weekend today by going shopping at Montclair Center’s Sizzlin’ Summer Sale event.  Over 30 stores will be hosting the hottest deals of the summer from August 7 – August 9. Check the website for participating merchants and specials.

Montclair Center Sizzlin’ Summer Sale

Thursday, August 7 – Saturday, August 9

Montclair Center

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