Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 31, 2016 7:09pm

There is plenty to do in the area to keep the whole family entertained this weekend and we’ve rounded it all up just for you. Check ‘em out!


East Side Mags (7 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) will kick the weekend off right with a screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Friday from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM. Admission is free, but a donation of healthy canned for Toni’s Kitchen is requested. Cosplay in your favorite Star Wars costume or just wear your favorite T-shirt! The East Side Mags website even hints at an appearance from Chewbacca!

georgie-and-the-ants-in-the-pantsOn Saturday, Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) will host Saturday AM Storytime at 10:30 AM. Join Jolie Della Valle, author of Georgie and the Ants in the Pants. Georgie the Ant teaches kids to believe in themselves, follow their dreams, and embrace the ants in their pants.

bennybenack_200The WBGO Free Kids Jazz Concert Series kicks off on Saturday at Newark Symphony Hall (1020 Broad Street, Newark). See Benny Benack III & The Benny Benack Band present “Jazz and Democracy.” Trumpeter and vocalist Benny Benack III shows how jazz is democracy in action. While showing the role of various instruments, they will draw parallels to freedom and government. Doors open at noon and the concert starts at 12:30. Admission is free but each adult must be accompanied by at least one child.

The Womens Club of Glen Ridge (219 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge) will host the 2016 STEMfestival on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Exhibitors include The Franklin Institute, Super Scientific Circus, several LEOG groups, NJIT, Ramapo College, Northeast NJ Beekeepers Association and many more. Participate in interactive demos and hands-on activities. Tickets are $10 cash per person at the door; kids under 3 are free. Discount tickets can be purchased online before 8:00 PM Friday evening.

BFGSouth Orange Performing Arts Center (One SOPAC Way, South Orange) will present The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) on Saturday at 2:00 PM. From the book, The Big Friendly Giant by Roald Dahl, the show comes to life through people and puppets. A 15-foot tall giant and a little orphan girl devise a plan to save the children of England from giants. Like other Roald Dahl stories, exciting things happen along the way is sure to please. Recommended for children ages 7-11. Stick around after the show for a post-performance Q&A. Tickets are $25 for children and $30 for adults.

Saturday is Astro Day at the Morris Museum (6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown). Join the Morris Museum Astronomical Society for a day of programming from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM and night sky observing from 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM. There will be hand-on space crafts, an exhibits on meteorites, and an exploration of brass instruments of the orchestra. This event is free with museum admission ($10 adults/$7 children).

PeachRGB-300x283This is the final weekend of James and the Giant Peach: The Musical at The Growing Stage, the Children’s Theatre of New Jersey (7 Ledgewood Avenue, Netcong). Based on the book by Roald Dahl and designed for the whole family to enjoy, the story centers on James who finds himself inside the center of a giant peach among human-sized insects. Performances are Friday at 7:30 PM, Saturday and Sunday at 4:00 PM. There will be a special pre-show activity on Saturday at 3:00 PM. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children.

Beverly ClearyOn Sunday, Thalia Kids’ Book Club will present A Celebration of Beverly Cleary at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway, NYC). Cleary, the author of over 30 books, including the Ramona Quimby series, Dear Mr. Henshaw, and The Mouse and the Motorcycle, will be celebrated on the occasion of her 100th birthday. An all-star cast of actors will pay tribute in this event suitable for children ages 8-12. Tickets are $15.

For more upcoming events, check out the family friendly events, showcased in green, on Baristanet Calendar.

Upper Montclair Boxing Club: A New Gym With Punch

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 31, 2016 3:46pm

Upper Montclair Boxing ClubThe Upper Montclair Boxing Club, a boxing and movement studio dedicated to specialized personal and group training, has opened and will host an Open House this Saturday, April 2 from 10 am – 12 pm.

UMBC is founded by Ian Bate, a former member of the U.K. Olympic Boxing Team, Regional U.K. Champion and Hong Kong Champion, who moved to Montclair four years ago. Bate is passionate about boxing, its art and its ability to make a positive impact on the lives of people who practice from kids to adults. Bate has also partnered with NJAPE, an awarded inclusive movement organization that provides direct sports and fitness training for adults and kids with and without disabilities, and currently has 5 clients with special needs who train with him. 

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Montclair Police Department Community Service Unit Citizens Police Academy

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 31, 2016 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

The Montclair Police Department presents the return of the Citizens Police Academy. The program will consist of ten (10) two hours sessions for adults age 21 and over.

Classes will be instructed by certified law enforcement officers from the Montclair Police Department, as well as officers from other agencies. The program offers no police certification; however, classes will provide a better understanding of modern police practices and participants will gain an insight to the functions and responsibilities of police departments as well as criminal law and legal procedure.
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On The Move Montclair: Tour From Brooklyn to NJ for Prospective Homebuyers

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 31, 2016 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (3)


On The Move Montclair

Calling all Brooklynites who are thinking of moving to the ‘burbs! On The Move, a group of New Jersey Realtors, will help you make the decision by taking you on a tour of the Montclair area.

On Saturday May 14, you can join a group of travelers to New Jersey to spend the day touring homes on the market, eating and seeing all that these towns have to offer. And, it’s free of charge — travel, coffee and snack, and lunch are included.

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Montclair: Are Your Kids Getting Too Much Homework?

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 31, 2016 10:01am  |  COMMENTS (13)

rp_homework-300x220.jpgDeirdre Birmingham, a Montclair mom, shared this letter to the editor with the Montclair Times, entitled Too Many Homework Headaches.

Birmngham describes how homework time has been increasing and how she knows “a fifth-grader who dropped most afterschool activities because she has too much homework.”

My kids are teens, and for them, it’s often hard to balance after school commitments and activities with the amount of homework they take home some nights (as evidenced by my kids sometimes bringing their homework to the dinner table or staying up long after I’ve gone to bed). But what about parents of younger kids — are you seeing an increase of homework in elementary school and in the younger grades? Or do you like the structure and academic time your child spends doing homework?

The letter has been circulating on social media and is striking a chord. So we ask you readers — what do you think about the state of homework in Montclair. Take our poll: Continue Reading

Mountainside Hospital Redevelopment Plan Still Has a Long Way to Go

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 31, 2016 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

TonyplanThe Montclair Planning Board met on Monday evening to discuss recommended changes to the draft Redevelopment Plan for the HUMC/Mountainside Hospital complex.

The Board’s main task for the evening was to go over a memo Township Planner Janice Talley had prepared, summarizing concerns raised at the February 29th joint meeting of the Montclair and Glen Ridge Planning Boards that took place at the Montclair Fire House. Numerous members of the public and other stakeholders saw the presentation of the draft plan by H2M, the consultant that had been hired to create the plan, based on the needs of the hospital and input from the community and others. During the public comment period, the attendees addressed what they saw as shortcomings or opportunities presented in the draft version of the plan.

At that time both towns’ boards agreed to go back and digest the various issues that were raised and then let the consultants know their recommendations for changes so that they could be incorporated into the draft redevelopment plan prior to the next joint board meeting. Continue Reading

The Weekend: Parties, Theater, Music, Museums, and More!

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 31, 2016 9:00am

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

There are so many great events to enjoy this first weekend in April!

We told you about:

Here’s what else is happening this weekend:
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Cooking Up Fun This Summer: Montclair Culinary Academy Camp

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016 3:48pm

Cooking Up Fun This Summer: Montclair Culinary Academy Camp

Montclair Culinary Academy will be hosting summer culinary camp this year for ages 7 and up. Each 5–day week-long camp will feature a specific theme (so no two weeks will be the same) but each will include a great mix of learning, cooking and fun, featuring: Continue Reading

Montclair Film Festival Announces 2016 Emerging Filmmaker Competition Winners

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016 3:01pm

Emerging Filmmaker

The Montclair Film Festival (MFF) today announced the winners of the 2016 Emerging Filmmaker Competition (EFC). This year’s competition, the festival’s 5th annual, features 20 winning films from 17 different area schools. The winning films will be screened at MFF’s the annual Emerging Filmmaker Competition ceremony on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 11:00 AM the Wellmont Theater. A complimentary after party for all attendees follows the screening.

The MFF assembled a jury of local film and television professionals to adjudicate a record number of film submissions. All films were placed in groups based upon the age of the filmmaker; Cinemaniacs (Grades 4-6), Storytellers (Grades 7-9), and Visionaries (Grades 10-12). Awards were given to films in each group in the Narrative, Comedy, Documentary, Experimental film categories, as well as a special award for films that seek to make a social impact. Continue Reading

Bloomfield Police Arrest Suspect in Postal Thefts

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016 1:30pm

crimeA man was arrested on suspicion of stealing several packages that were delivered to Bloomfield Township residents over the past several weeks, Bloomfield Police Department reports:

Michael Ramos age 31 of Newark NJ was arrested Wednesday by members of the Bloomfield Detective Bureau with the assistance of the Belleville Police Department.

The package thefts were all reported in the south end of the township occurring during the afternoon hours. The packages were delivered by US Postal and left on the front door of the residences. Video footage of the suspect was obtained from one of the locations, which led investigators in identifying Michael Ramos. Subsequently, Michael Ramos admitted to several of the reported package thefts. The total value of packages stolen were over $700.00 dollars. None of the items were recovered at this time.
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