After School Programs at Bergen Equestrian Center at Overpeck Park Boys & Girls 7 – 13

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 15, 2017 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Do your kids love horses? The Bergen Equestrian Center at Overpeck Park in Leonia offers after school programs for boys and girls 7–13 years old (no horse experience necessary). Students will learn about horses, grooming, equipment and how to prepare for riding. Students will have the opportunity to ride horses with a specially tailored lesson to match their ability and experience.

Activities for students also include fun filled afternoons playing games, painting horse shows, barn scavenger hunts, and making horse centric arts and crafts.

For more information, visit, 201.336.3370 or email at [email protected]

FIAF Introduces New French Language Program for Toddlers in Montclair

Monday, Aug 14, 2017 12:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

This fall the Montclair branch of the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) introduces a new fun, enriching French language program for toddlers: à petits pas Excellence for children ages 2½–4. Parents can choose to enroll their child for two, three, four, or five days a week, for a morning or afternoon session.

Specially crafted for children ages 2½-4, with or without previous exposure to French, à petits pas Excellence provides children with all the proven benefits of bilingualism, while preparing them with skills and tools for Kindergarten.

Building on the success and popularity of FIAF’s current à petits pas program for toddlers, à petits pas Excellence was created specifically to meet parents’ demand for a French language program that meets more than once a week. Featuring three-hour classes offered Mondays through Fridays, à petits pas Excellence offers parents the flexibility to choose as many days per week (two days minimum) and any combination of days that they prefer. Continue Reading

Shoprite and Huggies Team Up To Help Local Babies In Diaper Need This Summer

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 08, 2017 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Some 50,000 babies in New Jersey living below the poverty line struggling with diaper need. – the inability to provide fresh, clean diapers for baby.

To help ensure babies in New Jersey – and nationwide – receive the diapers they need to thrive, Huggies and Shoprite have teamed up to donate up to 500,000 diapers to the National Diaper Bank Network, with a portion going to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.

Photo: Chris Cone/AP Images for Huggies

Now through October 31, 2017, for every pack of Huggies diapers purchased at Shoprite, Shoprite and Huggies will also donate a day’s worth of diapers to the National Diaper Bank Network. Continue Reading

YMCA of Montclair Dolphins Swim Team Tryouts

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 01, 2017 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Mark your calendar! Tryouts for the YMCA of Montclair Dolphins Swim Team are September 5-7. The Dolphins offer a year-round opportunity for swimmers ages 6 through high school to participate in both YMCA and USA swimming competitions. Swimmers are strongly encouraged to attend all 3 days of tryouts. Swim team is a great opportunity for kids to learn how to set goals and work to achieve them.

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Two Indian Block Printing Programs For Kids and Teens at Montclair Public Library, August 8

BY  |  Monday, Jul 31, 2017 12:31pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Don’t miss two traditional Indian Block Printing programs at Montclair Public Library, presented by Enjoy Explore India. Both are on Tuesday, August 8th.

Traditional Wood Block Printing Workshop with Enjoy Explore India (ages 6-11)

Use individually hand carved wood blocks by folk artists of Enjoy Explore India to create your own unique print design! The modern wood block designs included in these kits are a fun way for youth to relate to an ancient art form. Explore how the art of block printing connects us all and how cultures have used its potential in mass producing printed textiles and even revolutionized the way we share knowledge. Join us for an afternoon to explore your creativity and block printing skills!

Registration required
Ages 6-11
Tuesday, August 8 at 1pm

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Cool Down At New Essex County Watsessing Spray Park!

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 20, 2017 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Two playgrounds in Essex County Watsessing Park were completed today — just in time for kids to cook down during a week of hot wather. Water spray equipment was installed near Dodd Street and a cargo net climber and other new equipment have been installed at the play area near Prospect Street.

Standing in the Spray Park with Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and children at the official opening are Essex County Chief of Staff Phil Alagia, Friends of Watsessing Park President Gouri Sadhwani, Bloomfield Councilman Carlos Pomares, Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia, Bloomfield Council members Nicholas Joanow and Ted Gamble, Freeholder President Britnee Timberlake, Freeholder Cynthia Toro and Essex County Parks Director Dan Salvante. The upgrades are part of the County Executive’s ongoing initiative to provide modern facilities to meet the needs of the community.

Photo: Essex County

Montclair Art Museum Receives Program Support From The Montclair Foundation

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 19, 2017 2:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Art Museum (MAM) is grateful to The Montclair Foundation for its generous program support of ArtLink, a longstanding partnership between MAM and the Montclair Board of Education that invites students in grades 2 and 3 to explore the Museum and make connections to classroom themes, including storytelling and science.

ArtLink is a dynamic, integrative program linking Montclair students and teachers to the Museum. First, a MAM educator introduces relevant themes and art vocabulary in a pre-visit to the classroom, complemented by a comprehensive curriculum packet for further exploration. Then, students partake in a guided tour and inquiry-based conversation at the Museum, followed by a studio workshop where the children respond creatively to their experience. A staff development workshop at MAM for both classroom and art teachers further encourages the practice of making cross-curricular connections. Continue Reading

Operation Backpack: Fill A Backpack And Help A Child In Need

BY  |  Friday, Jul 14, 2017 7:12am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Operation Backpack is back again in Montclair this year. This year’s collection drive runs through August 4th. It’s Kimya Nilsen’s third year collecting backpacks in Montclair for this drive. The first year she collected 30 backpacks. Last year, she was able to donate 70 filled backpacks and more than $2000. This year’s goal is 100 backpacks and $3000.

Filled backpacks can be dropped off at the Park Street or Geyer branches of the Montclair YMCA (collection bins are in the lobby)
Monetary contributions can be made to the Montclair Team Crowdwise site.

Students in 12 Volunteer of America shelters in Northern New Jersey benefit from Operation Backpack.

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Superhero Summer Club with S.O.F.I.A. at Brookdale Park

BY  |  Monday, Jul 10, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Superhero Summer Club will bring children in the community together with fun, team building, superhero themed activities. The activities, facilitated by the Superhero Summer Club Volunteer Team, will promote positive interactions with peers, healthy self-esteem, and social skills. Every child is a superhero!

When: Sunday, July 30 & Sunday, August 27, 2017; 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Where: The Children’s Playground, Brookdale Park, Montclair-Grove St.entrance
Who: Children ages 6-12 years. Caregivers must be present for the entire session. Participation is encouraged.
Cost: FREE! Pre-registration is required. Register via email [email protected].

Please bring a water bottle, sunscreen, and bug spray. This event is organized by S.O.F.I.A.

StoryFaces, For Tweens and Teens, Coming To Montclair Public Library

Monday, Jul 03, 2017 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Christopher Agostino’s StoryFaces — Tales of Transformation and Wonder, a cool library program for tweens and teens, is coming to Montclair Public Library on Tuesday, July 11 at 4 p.m.

Agostino is a painter and a storyteller, and the stories come to life on the faces of the audience in an innovative performance, an inspiring fusion of theatre and visual arts. StoryFaces is an exciting and unusual storytelling show in which volunteers are brought on stage and face painted to illustrate stories as Christopher tells them, captivating the audience with folktales and his uniquely animated original stories — ranging from the comic adventure of The Amazing Face Story to the heroic tale of Punia and the King of the Sharks.


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