School of Rock Montclair Summer Camps to feature Tributes to The Beatles, Punk, Soul, and More

BY  |  Saturday, May 20, 2017 3:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

School of Rock Montclair will offer eight weeks of music camps during June, July, and August. The camps will present a variety of themes, including tributes to The Beatles, punk rock, the British Invasion, Pink and Adele, and soul.

“This is the first year that we’ll be offering two separate camps for each theme – one camp for younger kids and another for teens – to better accommodate their different learning styles,” says Kevin March, General Manager at School of Rock Montclair. “The weekly goals for the two groups will be exactly the same: fun, energy, and fist-pumping loudness!” Continue Reading

Strong Swimmers = Confident Kids Thanks to YMCA of Montclair Swim Lessons

BY  |  Tuesday, May 16, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

May is National Water Safety Month, and the perfect time to get children involved in swim lessons. As America’s Swim Instructor, the Y is the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of swimming—teaching more than one million kids a year swimming and water safety skills.

This year, the YMCA of Montclair has updated its lessons to increase the accessibility and enjoyment of swimming to all ages and skill levels. The latest evolution of Y Swim Lessons accommodates varying abilities to help foster a sense of achievement as swimmers’ progress between levels. Through this approach, advanced swimmers flow more easily to higher levels while swimmers who need more instruction can learn at their own pace. These results in more confident swimmers who stick with lessons and develop a love for swimming that can last a lifetime. Continue Reading

Troop 13 Scouts on the Move Through the Ranks

BY  |  Thursday, May 11, 2017 1:46pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Boy Scout Troop 13 recently celebrated the progress of several scouts at a spring Court of Honor, with many of them advancing through the ranks. Continue Reading

Sponsored: Best Summer Camps For Your Child

BY  |  Thursday, May 04, 2017 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

School is still in session, but summer is almost here. It’s never too early to start seeking out the best summer camps to send your kids to for an experience they’ll always remember.

Now more than ever, kids need a good summer camp where they can unplug and experience adventure, healthy fun, personal growth, friendships and make memories. If you’re looking for a great summer camp for your child, the YMCA of Montclair has 10 great camps to choose from for ages 3-15. Here is a sampling. To learn about all 10 camps and to register, click here. Continue Reading

Montclair and Whole Foods Market Poster Contest for Kids Who Love Art and Trees!

Wednesday, May 03, 2017 2:39pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair kids in grades K through 5 can participate in an exciting poster contest in celebration of Arbor Day and our wonderful shade tree canopy. “If Trees Could Speak” invites children to create a poster depicting the benefit that trees provide for our community. This contest, co-sponsored by the Montclair Environmental Commission and Whole Foods Market Montclair, and supported by the Montclair Public Library, is running through May 8th. Continue Reading

Jazz House Kids WeBop Classes Are Back in Swing!

BY  |  Wednesday, May 03, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Jazz House Kids welcomes back WeBop®, a Jazz at Lincoln Center early-childhood jazz education program for children 18 months to five years. Held in the Jazz House studios in downtown Montclair, young children with their adults swing and strut to the rhythms of jazz as they learn about core concepts, instruments, and some of the great performers of jazz. Each class inspires creative learning and student participation with customized curriculum, creative movement, storytelling and live jazz music.

Jazz House Kids is now registering new and returning Weboppers and their adults for its spring session which begins May 7.
Class Schedule:

May 7- July 2, 2017
Sundays: 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. (ages 18 months- 3 years)
Sundays: 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. (ages 3 years- 5 years)
Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. (ages 18 months- 3 years)

Tuition is $250, including the $10 registration fee. For more information and to register, call 973-744-2273 or email [email protected].

Montclair Schools Host Talk About Drugs and Alcohol For Parents of Middle and High School Students

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

The Montclair Health and Wellness Partnership, along with Sister to Sister, and the Montclair School District will once again be putting on a panel on Drugs and Alcohol for parents of Middle and High School students, to be held at Montclair High on May 2nd at 7PM. Continue Reading

Girl’s Empowerment and Girl Power At Dirt & Noise – Saturday, April 8

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 06, 2017 12:05pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Dirt & Noise, a Montclair children’s boutique located on Church Street, is hosting a fun event for girls age 5 to 12 to promote Girl’s Empowerment and Girl Power on Saturday, April 8,from 2-4 p.m.

The event caps off an exciting weeklong roster of events for Women’s Empowerment organized by Montclair Center Bid.

Montclair entrepreneur Rachel Crampsey from Montclair Bread Company will talk about creativity and setting out to do whatever you want to do in this life. She will also be bringing DIY doughnuts for all the kids that attend (while supplies last). Continue Reading

YES! A Workshop About How To Talk to Teens & Tweens About Sex

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 05, 2017 10:10am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Isy Abraham-Raveson, a Montclair native and graduate of Montclair High School, wants to give back to Montclair. That’s why she is bringing her expertise in sexuality wellness education to local parents and caretakers. Isy, with a group of fellow Montclair friends, founded YES! Your Empowered Sexuality to run workshops and a website that focus on high-quality, sex-positive, consent-based education to youth about every aspect of sexuality.

Talking to Teens and Tweens About Sex, offered this Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Montclair, aims to help adults clarify their own values about sexuality so that they can take advantage of teachable moments without the awkwardness sometimes associated with “sex talks.” Parents and caretakers with children of all ages will benefit from this interactive workshop that seeks to overcome any discomfort or shame associated with discussing and responding to sexuality.

Striving to be inclusive with language, responses, and empathy for discomfort and questions is one area the workshop will focus on. Helping attendees to become comfortable with validating curiosity and using it to create teachable moments based on their own values is another workshop goal. The underlying belief is that open, honest discussions will help young people make healthier, safer, and more positive decisions about their own sexuality. In addition to values discussions, topics will include current topics like consent, how to be queer- and trans-inclusive, how to normalize young people’s bodies and desires, and how to counteract rape culture. Continue Reading

Book Review: The Stone Heart Keeps Middle Readers on the Edge of their Seats

BY  |  Monday, Apr 03, 2017 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Whether your family has been waiting for the next graphic novel in Faith Erin Hicks’ The Nameless City series, or if this is the first you’ve heard of it, THE STONE HEART will captivate your middle-readers (and everyone else in the household) with its action, character development, drama, and gorgeous full-color illustrations.

The main story features Kaidu and Rat, two children who have formed a friendship despite being from very different backgrounds. Their adventures are exciting, filled with danger, and the youngsters remain the heroes throughout. Rat’s background is developed, as she reveals details about her painful past, and Kaidu struggles with not fitting in to the expectations of his war-like people. They depend on each other and learn from each other as their friendship grows.

THE STONE HEART continues adding characters rich in diverse backgrounds and personalities. The place names, traditions, clothing, and setting is based in the Yuan Dynasty and the Silk Road, but there is a fantastical aspect that will pique each reader’s interests and imaginations as well.

The twists and turns in the plot and the detailed discovery about various background characters will keep readers captivated through multiple readings. It is not necessary to have read the first book in the series, The Nameless City, but it makes the story feel even more epic to know how Rat and Kaidu met and how they first began their adventures.

As with most books in a series, THE STONE HEART ends with a cliffhanger that will leave readers on the edge of their seats. To take the edge off the anticipation, the author’s note and concept drawings at the end of the book highlight both the writing process and the research used in developing The Nameless City’s world. It also lets readers know that the final book in the series is already in the works.

Recommended for ages 9-13, THE STONE HEART includes some fighting scenes, and an instance of patricide that may especially upset younger readers.

THE STONE HEART by Faith Erin Hicks is available on April 4th, 2017.

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