Weekend Family Fun: Snow White, New Jersey Comic Expo, The Laurie Berkner Band, Family Art Adventure

BY  |  Friday, Nov 17, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Happy weekend! There are plenty of fun things to do around town and we’ve gathered up a sampling right here. Check ‘em out!

Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) will host Saturday Morning Author/Illustrator Storytime on Saturday at 10:30 AM. This week’s guest is author and illustrator, Paulette Bogan. Her book, Bossy Flossy, is about a bossy girl who meets a boy just as bossy as she is who learns to be a friend.

This weekend, New Jersey Comic Expo will be held at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center (97 Sunfield Avenue, Edison). Enjoy comics and pop-culture icons, cosplay, and kid’s activities with Liberty Science Center. Show hours are 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM Saturday and 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Sunday. Doors open at 9:30 AM to advance ticket holders. Day and Weekend passes are available online (discounted) and at the door.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host “Bear Says Thanks” Storytime at 11:00 AM on Saturday. Bear decides to throw a feast for his friends, but his cupboards are bare. What is he to do? Activities to follow the story.

Also on Saturday, Michaels of Clifton (348 Route 3 West, Riverfront Center, Clifton) will host a Kids Club Felt Banner workshop from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Children ages 3 and up can make a quick project. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises. Cost is $2 and includes supplies.

Visit Montclair Public Library (50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) on Saturday at 2:00 PM for It’s the Holidays with Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats! This lively performance includes original and familiar songs to commemorate Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Continue Reading

Gas Lamp Players Present Legally Blonde: The Musical and Elf Jr.

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 2:18pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Gas Lamp Teens will present Legally Blonde: The Musical with four performances November 17-19, 2017. Gas Lamp Juniors will usher in the holiday season with a production of Elf Jr. with four performances December 1-3, 2017.

“Our aim is for experienced and novice performers alike to get their chance to shine,” says Kristy Graves, Gas Lamp Artistic Director. “Our younger performers will tell heartwarming stories and portray memorable characters, with 12 weeks of rehearsals culminating in live shows with production-value costumes, props and sets.”

In Legally Blonde The Musical, forty-five teens, grades 7-12, will sing and dance the roles of fun and determined Elle Woods and her Harvard law school cohorts. Kristy Graves is director. Continue Reading

Giveaway: New Jersey Comic Expo, Nov. 18-19

BY  |  Monday, Nov 13, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

New Jersey Comic Expo returns to Edison for its third straight year. On November 18 and 19, comic and pop culture fans can expect to see everything they love at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center. This event boasts a number of talented writers, artists, illustrators, and creators showcasing their work. In addition to vendors and exhibitors, attendees can meet and greet some of their favorite celebrities and attend guest signings.

NJCE offers everything that fans of comic conventions want without the overwhelming nature of large shows like New York Comic Con. The smaller setting means fans can meet and interact with the comic creators much more easily.

Recently announced guests include co-writer Keith Giffen and artist Kevin Maguire who will participate in a rare panel appearance spotlighting their work on the Justice League franchise. With the new Justice League movie opening right before NJCE, it’s perfect timing for longtime fans and the newly-initiated alike.

For those interested in a behind-the-scenes look at comics, there’s plenty of programming available at NJCE. Dynamite Entertainment will present a panel discussing how a comic comes together. Another panel, “Storytelling on the Page,” will feature multiple artists illustrating the same comic script in real time, showing how an artist’s vision impacts a comic.

Other panels planned for the show cover a range of topics including how real-world issues impact comics, the horror comic genre, and more. A panel focusing on some of Dynamite’s top writers will include Gail Simone, NJCE’s first-ever Guest of Honor. Apex Comics Group and Papercutz, two more publishers, will be hosting panels as well, including one on Sunday morning on the topic of kids’ comics.

NJCE has always had an area specifically geared toward children and this year takes that concept and builds on it. The Liberty Science Center Pavilion will feature an assortment of hands-on activities, demonstrations, and shows. Activities focus on electricity, liquid nitrogen, the strength of air, the science of smell memory, and more, all with comic-related themes. Continue Reading

Weekend Family Fun: Film Fest, Open Cockpit, MAM Family Day, Storytime and More!

BY  |  Friday, Nov 10, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The weekend is here! It’s time for some fun family time. We’ve rounded up plenty of things to do. Here’s a sampling!

Catch Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at My First Film Fest 2

This weekend, the Film Society at Lincoln Center (165 West 65th Street, NYC) will present My First Film Fest 2. This festival aims to bring the excitement of a film fest to young movie lovers and offers 12 movies over three days. Tickets start at $7 each and packages are available.


The Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey (400 Fred Wehran Drive, Teterboro) will host its final Open Cockpit Weekend of the year on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The display includes a variety of aircraft. Get an up-close look at these planes, helicopters, and more. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children and seniors. Access to the museum is included. Continue Reading

Montclair Film Emerging Filmmaker Competition Now Open

Wednesday, Nov 08, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Submissions are now open for the annual Montclair Film Emerging Filmmaker Competition (EFC), open to students from around the world interested in submitting short films in the Narrative, Documentary, Comedy, and Experimental film categories. EFC also offers special Social Impact Awards for young filmmakers who engage with social issues in their work. This year’s competitive divisions are: Continue Reading

Glen Ridge Marching Band Finishes Season, Wins Esprit de Corps Award at Nationals

Tuesday, Nov 07, 2017 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Glen Ridge High School Marching Band has completed another successful award-winning season with its final two shows, both held on November 4.

The Band, under the direction of Dr. Darren Gage and Drum Major Oliver Turiano, placed 2nd at the State Championships in Middletown, New Jersey and also earned awards for Best Music and Best Overall Effect. At the National Championships in Allentown, Pennsylvania, the Glen Ridge Band fought its way up from a 7th seed to earn 2nd place and win the award for Best Music. GRHS was also chosen out of all competing bands to receive the prestigious “Esprit de Corps” award, an honor given by the U.S. Marine Corps to the band that best exemplifies the qualities of pride, professionalism and patriotism. Throughout each competition, the band’s scores steadily increased, culminating in the final two shows of the 2017 season. This year’s show, “Open Wide To The World: The Music of Don Ellis” was conceived and designed by Dr. Gage.

Drum Major Oliver Turiano and the trophy at Nationals (photo credit: Osvaldo Umana)

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MAM Family Day: Exploring Our Environment, Nov. 12

BY  |  Monday, Nov 06, 2017 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Arm-of-the-SEA Theater company performing their new show-“CITY THAT DRINKS the MOUNTAIN SKY, PART II.” Photo by Jim Peppler. Copyright/Jim Peppler-2017.

Sunday, November 12, 1-4 p.m.
$10 Nonmember Families (up to 6 people) / FREE for Family-level Members and above

Participate in a day of themed exploration with many dynamic activities reflecting MAM’s current exhibitions, Charles E. Burchfield: Weather Event and Philemona Williamson: Metaphorical Narratives.

Selected activities include:

Watercolor painting en plein air!
Stitch your own cloud pillow
Storytime with local children’s book author Kristine Lombardi
Tours with junior docents from Montclair Co-op School
Essex County Environmental Center sensory table
Science demonstrations with The Talking Lab at Montclair State University

Special additional activity:

2–3 p.m. Arm-of-the-Sea Theatre presents The City That Drinks The Mountain Sky. Enhance your Family Day experience with this special puppet performance that traces life’s quintessential liquid—water—from mountain-tops to city taps. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Continue Reading

Sponsored: Fusion Academy, A Life-Changing School Option in Montclair

BY  |  Friday, Nov 03, 2017 2:30pm

Fusion Academy

What do you do when your child doesn’t fit into their traditional school? It can be a tough, scary, and challenging thing to think about moving schools, but it could be the key to your child’s success. There’s no right or wrong school choice, only what is the right fit for your child and family.

What I love about the Montclair community is that it is very inclusive. The people here are creative, artistic, and they color outside the lines. We’re the ones that are out-of-the-box, and those are the people that make change in the world. That’s what Fusion Academy is. Fusion is a non-traditional middle and high school that meets every student where they are and embraces who they are.

I don’t have the fondest memories of high school, and I never thought I would be able to be a teacher, let alone a school administrator. Back when I was an in-home therapist, a friend of mine at Fusion Morristown wanted to show me around campus to introduce me to a good resource for my clients. As soon as I walked on campus, I got it. It made complete sense to me that this is how education could be for the students that need a different type of environment.

Fusion Academy

After that tour, I wanted to work at Fusion. It took about a year for a position to open up, but I started by teaching one class at the Morristown campus. I’ve since worked at three Fusion campuses: Morristown, Englewood, and now at Montclair.

Before Fusion, I felt I wouldn’t fit in as a teacher. I had to face a lot of fears, but at Fusion I was totally accepted for who I am. As I helped the kids, I was also discovering more about myself. I knew I belonged. That’s something we want every Fusion student, family, teacher, staff member, administrator, and visitor to feel when they come to campus. Continue Reading

Weekend Family Fun: Storytime, Theater, Canine Cabaret, Film, Art and More

BY  |  Friday, Nov 03, 2017 8:28am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Happy weekend! Not sure what to do? We’ve rounded up some fun and family friendly events in the area. Check ‘em out!

Glen Ridge Public Library (240 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge) will host Tick-Tock Make a Craft on Saturday. Drop in to the Children’s Area any time between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM to make a fun clock craft in honor of Daylight Saving Time. This craft is appropriate for all ages.


Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) will host a Saturday Morning Author/Illustrator Storytime at 10:30 AM. New York Times bestselling author Beth Ferry’s picture book “A Small Blue Whale” is about a lonely blue whale who learns the meaning of friendship. Continue Reading

NJ Teachers Convention Camps For Kids!

Thursday, Nov 02, 2017 4:07pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Looking for something for your kids to do during New Jersey Teacher’s Convention when schools are closed on November 9 & 10?

Why not escape an Egyptian Tomb, build robots, build bridges and tunnels or even solve a mystery? During L3 Academy’s two-day camp, your child can do all that and more. Grades K-6. Hosted at Glen Ridge Congregational Church (195 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge). $155, 8:30 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Montclair Art Museum offers a two day Studio Art Camp, where kids can paint, draw, collage, sculpt and print using a variety of materials and techniques to create their own original works of art, inspired by those on view in the galleries. $260, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Bass Arts Studio offers a two day camp where kids, age 7-13, can explore the art of the indigenous peoples of Australia and New Zealand and create art inspired by these rich cultures. Pizza included. $225, 9 a.m – 2 p.m.

Montclair’s Y offers Staycation camps on both days, with games, art, language, history, nutrition, physical play, video, free time and so much more. $65 per day for youth members, 7:30 a.m.- 6:30 p.m.

Montclair Culinary Academy offers one day mini camps with different themes on Nov. 9 & 10, including a fun Chopped Jr. Baskets! Camp on the 10th from 10 am-2 pm. Call (973) 498-8436 for more info.

Jazz House Kids is offering a two day Junior Jazz Camp for students kindergarten through third grade with singing, music, storytime, movement and yoga. $180 for both days includes lunch, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Contact Allison at [email protected] or 973-744-2273.

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Sad. Let's hope that this is not its "Last Tango." One of the most beautiful and iconic buildings in town. Valentino, Garbo, Keaton must have played there.

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