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

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.

Sponsored: The Secret to Making this Winter the Best for Your Family

Monday, Oct 30, 2017 3:45pm

What’s the secret to making winter wonderful? Getting out and embracing the cold!

When you’re looking for a memorable weekend away that’s both safe and easily accessible, Frost Valley YMCA hosts Family Winter Weekends that help you and your family enjoy the many benefits of getting outside – even when the temperature drops!

Located in the Catskill Mountains just 2.5 hours from New York City, Frost Valley offers access to a natural landscape that stretches across over 5,500 acres in the Catskills. The reasons your family should take advantage of the picturesque setting that makes up Frost Valley are many!

The Outdoors are Good for Your Health

Studies show that children who are active outside develop a stronger autoimmune system and a resistance to allergies. Outdoor play is also a great way to build muscle mass, endurance, and balance. During a weekend at Frost Valley, guests of all ages can explore the beauty of winter with recreational activities like snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing (weather permitting), which are excellent for working a variety of muscle groups while immersed in the splendor of the Catskills.

Family Time is Good for the Soul

Although keeping our bodies in shape is important, building a healthy spirit and mind is also crucial, since we can easily be disheartened by the dark winter days. Whether families are enjoying a musical performance by the Bronx Opera or making a winter-themed arts and crafts project, the staff at Frost Valley is sure to help your family form lifelong memories. And miles of hiking trails and peaceful forest ensure a stress-free environment, where meals and a variety of lodging are all taken care of.

Playing in Winter Keeps You Young!

Snowtubing, sledding, and ice-skating are other popular winter pursuits that make you feel like a kid again – no matter your age! Frost Valley also has indoor facilities such as a climbing gym, floor hockey arena, arts and crafts studio and archery range, so the fun never has to end.

Close Families Build Character

What’s the best part about all these activities? Enjoying them with family! According to a study by the University of California, spending time with family builds self-esteem, nurtures positive behavior and even lengthens life. Whether it’s watching Dad strap on a pair of skis for the first time or seeing Mom’s excitement as she builds the perfect snowman, these activities offer great opportunities to bond. Continue Reading

The YMCA Of Montclair Raises Money To Help Kids Discover Their Potential

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The fall is filled with potential for kids—a chance to start new routines and habits, build new friendships and discover new possibilities and interests. It’s an exciting time for them, however—at the end of the school day, 11.3 million kids head to homes where they are unsupervised until 6 p.m. according to Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness organization.

It can be challenging for parents and guardians to find a caring and safe environment during the critical after school hours. And, it can be especially difficult for those working with a tight budget. Jamie knows first-hand how difficult it can be.

“Being a single parent, I don’t have much money left over at the end of the month after I pay for essentials,” says Jamie. “I don’t know how I would keep my job that I love without the care that the Y provides my daughter Daisialyn.” Continue Reading

Troop 13 Celebrates Advancement, Honors Leader

Tuesday, Oct 24, 2017 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Boy Scout Troop 13 recently celebrated the progress through the ranks of several scouts and honored an adult leader for his lifetime of dedication to the troop at an October Court of Honor.

Toby Baer and Christian Uva both moved up to the Star Scout rank. Logan Bateman and Jonah Gelsi both progressed to Second Class. Andrew Press advanced to Tenderfoot. Charlie Bollinger, Nate Loewy and Reilly O’Sullivan all moved up to Scout.

In addition, 26 scouts received a total of 76 merit badges in areas ranging from First Aid and Geocaching to Space Exploration. Merit badges are awarded to scouts who complete requirements in a given area of study. Scouts can choose to work on merit badges in nearly 140 subject areas, from American Cultures to Wilderness Survival. Many of the Troop 13 scouts earned their merit badges at summer camp. Continue Reading

Halloween: Trick or Treat and Trunk or Treat in Montclair Center

Monday, Oct 23, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Participating Montclair Center merchants will be welcoming trick or treaters this Halloween (Tuesday, Oct 31) from 12-6 pm. Look for this Halloween Stop poster in downtown stores.

Also stop by the 1st Annual Trunk or Treat, with candy, games, prizes and music, from 4-7 p.m., Montclair Police Station, 647 Bloomfield Ave. (rear parking lot) 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].

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

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

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

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