Weekend Family Fun: Little Read, Duck Derby, Gardens Aglow, Halloween Spooktacular on the Green

BY  |  Friday, Oct 20, 2017 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The weekend is here! Not sure what to do? You’ll have an abundance of choices this weekend — there are so many terrific happenings for families to enjoy this weekend! Make your schedule and don’t miss out!

Montclair’s The Little Read 2017 will be held this weekend. It kicks off Friday evening in the Main Library Auditorium (South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) at 7:00 PM with Bedtime Stories from the Mayor. Additional events will be held around town beginning at 11:00 AM. For a full schedule of events, visit the Library’s website.

Presby Memorial Iris Gardens (474 Upper Mountain Avenue, Upper Montclair) will host Gardens Aglow on Friday from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. View the gardens at dusk as they come to life with artfully carved jack-o-lanterns supplied by local high school art departments. Activities, entertainment, and refreshments will be ongoing throughout the evening. This event is free and open to the public. Continue Reading

Montclair Groups Sponsor Free Parenting Workshop

Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017 2:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Members of the Montclair chapter of the NAACP, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Omicron Xi Omega Chapter and the Montclair Alumni Chapter Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. have joined to host a free parenting workshop, “Tips for Raising a Healthy and Happy Child,” featuring educator and social psychologist, Dr. Ansley W. LaMar, to be held at St. Marks United Methodist Church, 51 Elm Street, Montclair on November 2, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, contact James Harris at [email protected], Keshia Trotman at [email protected], or Jerry Roberts at [email protected].

MEA Tells Montclair BOE: “We Are Here” And Want A Seat At The Table

BY  |  Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017 5:08pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

Montclair’s Board of Education meeting was awash in a sea of blue Monday night as teachers and other staff wearing Montclair Education Association (MEA) shirts came out in force to let the board know, during public comment, that they are watching and listening.

The meeting began with interim superintendent Barbara Pinsak congratulating Montclair High School’s Center for Social Justice coordinator Jeff Freeman, as well as students Aja Bussey and Alexis Dickerson, for being honored at the Montclair NAACP Thurgood Marshall dinner.

Weston Science Scholars

The next presentation came from students who participated in Weston Science scholars program, a five-week summer program at Montclair State University. One group of students gave a presentation on the Michelson Interferometer, explaining constructive vs. destructive interference, past applications and their hypothesis and experiments (finding the wavelength of two lasers and measuring the index of refraction of air. A second group discussed RF Smog, the frequencies used for telecommunications, and a project to discern any possible health risks related to RF Smog.
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NCJW/Essex Lunch and Learn Features Experts in the Field of Transgender Children

BY  |  Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

NCJW/Essex is sponsoring a Lunch and Learn – Free to Be He, She, They: Children and Gender Identity – featuring Jamie Bruesehoff, a writer, speaker and mother of a 10-year-old transgender child and an advocate for transgender youth and adults, and Nicole Davis, a licensed Clinical Social Work and Clinical Associate with the Gender and Family Project in New York. The program will take place on Wednesday, November 8, from noon to 2:00 pm.

“Our program will be a unique opportunity to learn about what life is like for families with a transgender child,” explains Shari Harrison, President, NCJW/Essex. “We are thrilled to welcome Jamie Bruesehoff and Nicole Davis to educate and inspire us to look at children and gender identity from different perspectives.” Bruesehoff, an activist mother, and Davis, a family therapist, are leading advocates for transgender children.

Gender identity and expression are central to the way we see ourselves and engage in the world around us. Finding ways for families to support children and knowing where to turn for help can be critically important.

Free to Be He, She, They will be held at Temple B’nai Abraham, 300 E. Northfield Road, Livingston, NJ. Pre-registration is required. NCJW/Essex members: $20; Nonmembers: $25; includes a buffet lunch. To register, please call 973-740-0588 or visit www.ncjwessex.org.

Youth Sports at the Y: Everybody Plays, Everybody Wins

BY  |  Sunday, Oct 15, 2017 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Did you know that fewer than half of children ages 6 to 11 meet the U.S. Surgeon General’s recommendation for engaging in at least 60 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week?

One way to address that is through sport activity, especially team sports, as children often enjoy playing in groups. But what do you do if your child is not team sports material?

The YMCA of Montclair can help. In their Youth Sports Program, everybody plays, so everybody wins.

Their Fall 2 program includes basketball, flag football, racquetball, volleyball and training for youth ages 6-17.

Their Fall 2 session begins October 30. Scholarships are available for those with demonstrated financial need.

Register today or learn more at http://www.montclairymca.org/youthsports/

Weekend Family Fun: Ponyo, Newsies, Storytime, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live: King for a Day

BY  |  Friday, Oct 13, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Happy weekend! There are plenty of things to do around town and beyond. Get ready for some fun the whole family can enjoy!

Aspire Performing Arts Company, in partnership with Music Theatre International (MTI) and Disney Theatrical Group, will present Newsies Jr. this weekend. Based on the 1992 motion picture and the hit Broadway musical, the cast includes young performers from around the area. Performances will take place on Friday evening at 8:00 PM and Saturday afternoon at 3:00 PM at Westminster Arts Center (449 Franklin Street, Bloomfield). Tickets are $15 plus service fee and are available online.

Also this weekend, Montclair Film Center (505 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair) will present another movie in their series featuring the work of director Hayao Miyazaki, Ponyo. This movie is perfect for audiences of all ages and centers on the friendship between five-year-old Sosuke and Ponyo, a magical goldfish who years to be a human. Tickets are $10 ($8 for members). Showtimes are Friday at 4:30 PM and Saturday at 2:00 PM and 4:15 PM.


Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) will host Saturday Morning Author/Illustrator Storytime on Saturday at 10:30 AM. This week’s story is Mice Skating by Annie Silvestro. Lucy the field mouse loves winter, the cold, snow, and especially skating. The other mice who prefer burrowing down and snuggling in don’t understand. Can Lucy help them come out and “mice skate” too? Continue Reading

Author Talk: Raising A Happy, Confident and Motivated Child at Fusion Academy Montclair

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 12, 2017 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

On Monday, October 16, at 7pm, Fusion Academy Montclair will host author Sandi Schwartz, joined by Melissa Schwartz, who will be speaking about Raising A Happy, Confident, and Motivated Child.

Sandi and Melissa Schwartz are a mother-daughter team supporting parents and teaching from their own research and experience. Learn how to transform your relationship with your child and their sense of self in the world. Walk away with tangible tools to help you re-define success, soothe your concerns and make your life easier.

Join other parents and community members for this evening of learning in a casual atmosphere. Bring friends, and any questions you may have. RSVP here.

Fusion Academy Montclair, 427 Bloomfield Ave, Third Floor, Montclair

Ninth Annual Little Read Returns to Montclair Public Library!

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 12, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

It’s back!

On Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21, the Montclair Public Library kicks off its 9th annual Little Read weekend, a free children’s read-aloud marathon in a town-wide celebration of literacy and community featuring public officials, authors, celebrities and local community members. The Library’s annual Little Read has become one of the fall’s must-attend events for families with young children.

Reading aloud to children is the single most important activity for promoting early literacy skills and language development. Each Little Read participant reads aloud in 10-minute slots scheduled throughout the two-day event, geared to children in pre-school through grade four.

Readings take place at different locations throughout Montclair, with a wide variety of books for readers to choose from. This year, some of the readers will include Mayor Robert Jackson, Library Director Peter Coyl, and Fire Chief John Herrmann (with firefighters).

Funds raised through sponsorships of this free event support the Children’s Department and the Children’s Summer Reading Program. Since the event’s inception in 2009, Scholastic has been a lead sponsor and provides a free book to each child attending the bedtime stories event. Josh and Judy Weston have joined as lead sponsors this year. Baristanet, Boiling Springs Savings Bank, Montclair State University, Rosemary and Al Iversen, Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center and Sparkles Dentistry are also contributing sponsors.

The library has invited local pre-schools to the Bellevue Avenue Library during the morning of Friday, October 20th to enjoy stories read by members of the community. Those attending include St. James Preschool, Lacordaire Academy, Pilsbury School and St. Cassian School. Concurrently, the Montclair Community Pre-K and the Fulton Street location of the Montclair Child Development Center will hear stories at the Main Library. Beginning at 2 pm, Montclair Public Library Foundation board members, Montclair Library Friends and library staff will read aloud at the Baldwin location of the Montclair Child Development Center.

The Little Read continues that evening at the Main Library with its traditional “Bedtime Stories” event from 7-8 p.m. Children can enjoy their cookies while watching Mayor Robert Jackson and Library Director Peter Coyl read from the “Big Red Chair.” Bringing down the house yet again will be the woodwind quartet from the Cali School of Music who will perform Peter and the Wolf.

On Saturday, October 21st at 11:00 am, Fire Chief John Herrmann and his firefighters will read aloud their favorite stories at the Upper Montclair Firehouse at 588 Valley Road. The Little Read will continue at the Montclair Art Museum at 1:00 pm where little ones can hear fabulous stories read by Montclair Art Museum staff. New as a location is the Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation Community Center at 11 Pine Street. From 2:00-3:00 pm

The day concludes at the Main Library at 50 South Fullerton Avenue from 3-5 p.m. with many of our Montclair neighbors, writers, local heroes and celebrities. Applegate Farms will be providing apple cider donuts for all the children attending.

The 2017 Little Read public event schedule is as follows:

Friday, October 20
7:00-8:00 pm: Bedtime Stories at the Main Library Auditorium

Saturday, October 21
11:00 am: Montclair Fire Department, Valley Road
1:00-2:00 pm: Montclair Art Museum
2:00-3:00 pm: Montclair Neighborhood Development Corp Community Center 11 Pine Street
3:00-5:00 pm: Main Library

Montclair Cooperative School to Host Forest Street Festival, 10/21

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 11, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Cooperative School, 65 Chestnut Street in Montclair, will host the Forest Street Festival on Saturday, October 21 from 10 am – 3 pm (rain date October 22).

The Festival will take place on Forest Street between Chestnut Street and Sylvan Place and on the campus of Montclair Cooperative School.

A selection of talented crafters will be showcasing their specialties throughout the day. Guests can participate in yoga classes for both adults and children, and a full musical lineup is planned.

Younger attendees will enjoy the bouncy house, face painting, and a magic show. There will also be a costume swap, just in time for Halloween. Bring your clean, gently used costume, and trade it for a “new to you” costume. If you don’t have a costume to swap, bring a donation of canned goods for the Human Needs Food Pantry, which serves the Montclair community.

Local favorites, Ruthie’s BBQ & Pizza and Mary’s Happy Camper, will be on-site adding flavor to the festivities. Continue Reading

MAU Duck Derby and Fall Fest Return To Edgemont Park, Saturday, 10/21

BY  |  Tuesday, Oct 10, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Join Montclair Ambulance Unit at Montclair Recreation’s Fall Fest on Saturday, October 21, at Edgemont Park for the Second Annual MAU Duck Derby. This family-fun event quacks up the young and young at heart while supporting Montclair Ambulance Unit, Montclair’s only EMS provider serving since 1953.

The Fall Fest starts at Noon, when you can enjoy FREE family-friendly entertainment, food trucks, kids’ activities, and much more. At 3:00 p.m., hundreds of yellow rubber ducks will race through Edgemont Park, all vying to cross the finish line first and be named Top Duck. Adopt your ducks and cheer them on to victory and the chance to win fantastic prizes.

Schedule of Events

Ongoing from 12pm-3pm
Children’s inflatables, food trucks, hay rides from Applegate Farm and much more fun for the entire community! Continue Reading

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