Maplewood Reporter Mark Mooney Spins Travel Yarn that Goes Around the World

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 18, 2017 12:15pm

If you like great storytelling with rich and vivid detail, carve out time to see Maplewood’s Mark Mooney talk about his book Three Cents a Mile, which recounts his travels around the world, at the Maplewood Memorial Library (51 Baker Street, Maplewood) on Saturday, July 29 from 3-4 p.m.

The veteran New York Daily News reporter learned to hitchhike while growing up in rural upstate New York and thumbed his way across the U.S. during the late 60s. In his book Three Cents a Mile Mooney chronicles his greatest hitchhiking adventure — 41,000 miles around the world — from 1978-80. Continue Reading

Sponsored: L3 Academy Spring Break Camp (April 21-23, 2015) – Limited Space

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 07, 2015 3:00pm

L3 Academy

Three-day STEM sampler…1/2-day AM/PM session or full-day. Ages PreK to 6th Grade.

Spring Break Mini

From Minecraft to Mystery, from Engineering to Early Simple Machines, campers will get a mini-sampler of STEM concepts with hands-on activities. Other activities include: Forensics Lab, LEGO® Robotics, STEM Arts & Crafts

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Sponsored: YMCA of Montclair Camp Registration Begins Saturday

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 12:00pm

YMCA OF Montclair

Are you ready for a summer of fun and adventure at YMCA of Montclair summer camps? Registration for ages 2-15 begins March 28 at 8 am.

Our camps offer children a safe and nurturing environment where they can feel confident pursuing their passions, learning new skills, making friends and creating lasting memories.

To view our 12 traditional and specialty camp options click here.

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Registration locations vary depending on the camp. For registration locations, click here.

Register early to ensure your child gets into the camps of their choice.



Sponsored: Time to Start Planning Early for Mother’s Day – 5 Great Tips!

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015 1:00pm

Frost Valley YMCA

There are many ways to say “Thank you, Mom” on Mother’s Day, but only a few will become memories she’ll never forget. Flowers wilt, cards get lost, and chocolates are lucky if they last until Monday. So this year, why not give mom a truly unforgettable experience?

Make her smile with an entire weekend to do whatever her heart desires – this year, give her a chance to get away from it all. Take her to an all-inclusive, low-cost family camp and retreat center, such as Frost Valley YMCA, located in the beautiful Catskills.

Why Frost Valley? Because Mom stays FREE from May 8-10 when she comes with a full paying guest for this all-inclusive, low-cost weekend. Whether she’s always up for an adventure, in need of a quiet weekend, or likes a little bit of everything, there’s something for everyone at Frost Valley. Here are five ways to make this Mother’s Day one that’s filled with new traditions and lasting memories.


Discover Nature’s Beauty

If mom’s a nature girl at heart, she’ll love being surrounded by the splendor of the Catskill Mountains in the springtime. She’ll take in the sights of tall evergreens, colorful wildflowers, wooded trails, shimmering lakes, and more — all within Frost Valley’s 5,500 acres. Frost Valley even has its own waterfall, High Falls, which is a stunning visual treat along a guided forest hike.

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Enjoy a Spa-like Experience

Breathe in; breathe out. Moms who would love a peaceful getaway can find their inner calm during a meditation or stretch class in Frost Valley’s new studio. She can enjoy a refreshing, natural facial and sip tea in her room at the Forstmann Castle or the hotel-inspired Lakeview Lodge, just two of many lodging options. Talk about queen for a day!


Get Crafty

Whether she’s a DIY fanatic or wants to try a new a craft, Mom will enjoy Frost Valley’s various arts and crafts programs. Candlemaking, recycled crafts, painting, and more are all within reach — and in a setting this inspiring, the creativity will be flowing.


Try a New Adventure

Some moms are thrill-seekers, and Frost Valley has something just for them, too. She can feel the wind in her hair as she soars down a zipline, tests her strength during rock climbing, feels her heart race as she crosses a cable bridge, or gets in touch with her inner warrior at Frost Valley’s archery range, among other exciting activities. You’re certainly welcome to try, too – but don’t be surprised if Mom outdoes you!


Celebrate as a Family

Of course, mom is welcome to treat the weekend as a solo getaway, but she can bring the whole crew along if she prefers — there’s something for everyone to enjoy (including a card-making station for those last-minute gifters). Enjoy five freshly prepared meals in the dining hall, which caters to a variety of dietary needs including gluten-free and vegetarian.


Frost Valley YMCA

Learn more about Mother’s Day Weekend and other Family Weekends at But book your stay soon, as spaces fill up fast. Call their friendly staff at (845) 985-2291 or email [email protected] today!





Giveaway: Family Tickets to See Jack and the Beanstalk at SOPAC

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (6)

 Jack and the Beanstalk

WINNER: Congratulations to redcat!

South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)  will host a musical adaptation of the classic fair tale Jack and the Beanstalk om March 21 and Baristanet has a Family 4-pack to give away to one lucky reader!

This rollicking retelling of the classic fairy tale, (Recommended for ages 4-10) Jack and the Beanstalk, tells the story of the  modern-day hero as he uses his imagination to become the famous character Jack from the book he is reading. Watch as Jack spins the tale of trading the family cow for three magic beans and witness the giant beanstalk grow before your very eyes. Let your imagination soar as Jack climbs through the clouds to meet an ill-tempered giant, find fabulous treasures, and experience more adventures than you can shake a stalk at!

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The Montclair Film Festival Kids Art Project

Monday, Mar 16, 2015 11:00am

Montclair Film Festival Kids Art Project

Get out the crayons and markers! It’s time for The Montclair Film Festival Kids Art Project.

For the 4th consecutive year, children in Montclair are invited to draw and color a picture of their favorite movie. This year MFF is aiming to have 2,000 pictures displayed in businesses all around the township before and during the Film Festival. The event is open to all children up to, and including, Middle School students.
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Weekend Highlights: Your Guide To Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, Mar 13, 2015 12:45pm

Hey, hey, it’s the weekend! Here are some fun and family-friendly events happening in our area:

loveybunnyOn Saturday, visit Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) for Saturday Morning Storytime with Kristine A. Lombardi as she presents Lovey Bunny. Lovey Bunny borrows Mama Rabbit’s new dress without permission and then accidentally ruins it. Can she show Mama she’s sorry? Find out how things turn out in Ms. Lombardi’s debut picture book. Storytime begins at 10:30 AM.


Van Vleck House & Gardens (21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair) will host a Saturday Garden Exploration event between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM. The topic will be Sensory Exploration. Visit the Education Center at any time during the session for a simple craft, an overview of the topic and supplies for a self-guided scavenger hunt around the property. The activities are designed for children ages 4 and up, but all are welcome. No registration is required for this drop in event. Admission is $5 per child ages 4 and up; $10 per family (2 or more children).

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Saturday Storytime with Montclair Illustrator Kristine Lombardi: Lovey Bunny

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 9:30am

Lovey BunnyMontclair illustrator and graphic artist Kristine Lombardi will share her book Lovey Bunny at this week’s Saturday Storytime at Watchung Booksellers in Montclair.

Lovey Bunny is the happiest little girl around. She loves just about everything – her family, art, watching her mama make things and especially dress-up. But when she borrows Mama Rabbit’s new dress without asking and ruins it, Lovey Bunny learns that not everything always goes as planned. Will Lovey Bunny find a creative way to show Mama that she’s sorry? Kristine Lombardi’s picture book debut reveals an effervescent new character whose talent for crafts and love of fashion, family, and fun will touch the hearts of little girls everywhere.
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Weekend Highlights: Your Guide To Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, Mar 06, 2015 11:00am

Welcome to the weekend and our roundup of fun and family-friendly things to do in our area.

Dr Seuss

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, the Morris Museum (6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown) will host a Dr. Seuss Family Festival from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The day’s events include a LEGO-Seuss Challenge, readings of Dr. Seuss classics by the Cat in the Hat, and the opportunity to create a batch of Oobleck, the Lorax and his Truffala Tree, and other craft items you might find in a Dr. Seuss story. At 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM, catch Seussology, a fun, interactive program at the Bickford Children’s Theatre featuring the Seussology Game Show and a Dance Party. For admission prices for the Festival, as well as tickets to Seussology, visit the website for details.

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Renowned Beatles Expert and “Fest for Beatles Fans” Founder Mark Lapidos to Present at School of Rock Montclair

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015 11:30am

Mark LapidosMark Lapidos, a nationally recognized Beatles expert and the founder of The Fest for Beatles Fans, will visit School of Rock Montclair on Saturday, February 21 at 3 pm. Lapidos will discuss the importance of the Beatles’ albums “Rubber Soul” and “Revolver”, and how they represented a significant artistic transition in the band’s career.

“The creation of ‘Rubber Soul’ and ‘Revolver’ marked the point in the Beatles’ history when they went from being rocking pop stars to the greatest recording artists and innovative musical creators in the history of rock n’ roll,” says Kevin March, Creative Director of School of Rock Montclair. “Mark’s vast knowledge of Beatles history, as well as his relationships with all four Beatles and their collaborators, will offer facts and insights about both albums that will surely thrill our students and guests.”
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