Santa Comes to Town (On a Fire Truck)

Monday, Nov 30, 2009 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

santa:backpack.jpgSanta’s coming to town! He’ll be visiting the business district (Orange Rd and Cedar Ave) in grand style on an MFD fire truck Saturday, Dec 5, bearing gifts and candy for all youngsters. Here’s his schedule for the day:
* 11:00 AM – South End Business District (Orange Rd & Cedar Ave.)
* 11:30 AM – Walnut Street Lot
* 12:00 PM – Watchung Plaza
* 12:30 PM – St. James Church (Bellevue Ave & Valley Road)

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Au Pairs Enjoy Feast of Thanks, Far From Home

Monday, Nov 30, 2009 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

DSC00439.JPGSome families in Montclair sat down to an extra special Thanksgiving feast last Thursday, with young international guests – their au pairs – many of whom experienced the holiday for the first time.
The au pairs, who can often be graduates, teachers or college students doing a year out, are part of a unique cultural exchange program and live with local families, helping to care for their children, as Kristen has reported recently.
Carolina, 20, from Mexico, joined her host family who live in Glen Ridge, for Thanksgiving lunch at a clubhouse.
“It’s a really nice holiday and the whole family gets together and has a chance to talk and thank each other,” said Carolina, who later that evening celebrated an all-American Thanksgiving at a girlfriend’s house with several other friends.

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Train Show at Grand Central a Hoot For One and All

Monday, Nov 30, 2009 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

IMG_1340.JPGThomas and Friends would have been envious – it was all aboard the mini trains at the Grand Central Terminal on Saturday. No confusion or delay at this annual Holiday Train Show organized by the NY Transit Museum. Kids and adults alike were mesmerized by the two-level layout of railtrack, measuring 34 feet long, through a miniature Manhattan and all the way to the North Pole.

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Giveaway Winner: 4 tickets to see LUMA at NJPAC

Monday, Nov 30, 2009 6:49am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Congratulations to dkollet, a Bloomfield mom of two girls! She won 4 tickets to see the LUMA lightshow on Saturday, December 5. Enjoy!

Giveaway: 4 Tickets to see LUMA at NJPAC

Friday, Nov 27, 2009 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

spinning lights w-silouette.jpgYou have until tomorrow to win 4 tickets to this cool light show by LUMA at NJPAC. Tell us why you want them here.

Local Black Friday Shopping Deals

Friday, Nov 27, 2009 6:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Today officially starts the holiday shopping season–Black Friday. Baristaville stores are offering some great deals and discounts. Here are the deals offered from our local children’s stores:
208 Glenridge Ave
Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 783-0035
Get 20% off all holiday dresses today.
Just Kidding Around
507 Bloomfield Avenue
Montclair, NJ, 07042
(973) 233-9444
Will stay open until 8 p.m. and offer 15% off storewide.
Little Shoebox
602 Valley Road
Montclair, NJ 07043
(973) 744-3007
Get 25%-50% off select styles and the Soles 4 Souls event – take 10% off your purchase with the donation of gently worn shoes through December 31.
Aunt Jean’s Toys & Treats
12 North Willow Street
Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 783-6100
Will stay open until 8 p.m. and Barista Kids readers get 20% off one item that day. Just mention BK! Can not be combined with any other offer.
Lili, Meili and Beau
33 Watchung Plaza
Montclair, NJ, 07042
(973) 746-0089
Will stay open until 7 p.m. and offer 10% off all holiday wear.

Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, Nov 26, 2009 7:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Barista Kids wishes everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy this Thanksgiving classic and tell us what you are thankful for in comments.

Take Your Kids to Broadway For Free

Wednesday, Nov 25, 2009 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

kids_night_broadway_3-BP.jpgSome of my best memories of childhood were going to see Broadway shows. We didn’t have much money, but it’s the one thing my dad splurged on for me. I couldn’t get enough of musicals and seeing them on Broadway was magical for me.
You don’t have to splurge to take your kid to Broadway if you take advantage of this offer. Kids’ Night on Broadway 2010 is coming to NYC in February and you can get your tickets now. Children ages 6 to 18 will get a FREE ticket with every adult ticket purchased. That’s not the only deal. Many restaurants will offer kids a meal when you purchase an adult meal and participating parking garges are offering discounted parking.
Order your tickets and get more info on the next page….

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This Week’s Highlights: November 25 – December 2

Wednesday, Nov 25, 2009 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

It’s a holiday weekend, but there are still some fun things to do around town. Check our calendar often for all local happenings and make sure you sign up for our newsletter to get Baristaville’s best deals. Here are this week’s highlights:
Attend a Family Festival
November 27
Newark Museum throws a Thanksgiving Family Festival today.
Get Some Culture
November 28
The Montclair Art Museum holds a special Saturday Park Bench today and it’s all about Cezanne.
Get Crafty
December 2
Make a craft at The Montclair Public Library after school today.

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Plans or No Plans for Thanksgiving?

Wednesday, Nov 25, 2009 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

DSC00610.JPGWhat are you doing for Thanksgiving? We’re not doing anything. I don’t even know what we’re eating. We’re almost out of milk.
A low-key Thanksgiving is a break from our usual frenzy of cooking and entertaining half of Sweden on my husband’s side and all of Kentucky on my side. Sweden and Kentucky visited us recently. My best friend and her family drove off to Block Island this week. So it’s just us–six people plus two critters.
Maybe we’ll go to Sylvia’s in Harlem. It’s less lonely in New York City.
Here is what Montclair mom Jen Chaky of Go Lightly said:
“I am very excited about this Thanksgiving. After 20 years of eating a plant-based diet, and having my own separate dishes for my daughter and myself, I convinced my mother, who hosts the holiday, to do all the side-dishes vegan! I don’t think she’s ready to forgo the turkey yet (although…maybe next year) but everything else can easily be made vegan. This is not only good for the animals, but with my uncle having just had a heart attack and my dad having type II diabetes, this will be way healthier for them and the rest of us!”
My other friend, Dionne Ford, told me:
“I love your quiet Thanksgiving idea. I am actually going to visit my big, noisy family like I do every year. I’m one of five kids (and my husband is one of seven), but we decided long ago that we would share Thanksgiving with my side, the Fords. My parents always have Thanksgiving at their house in Morristown. My-93-year old grandma will be there as well, so that will be a treat. The one little thing I’m doing different this year is that I’m bringing a pecan pie baked from Stuart pecans, named after my third great grandfather. Hope you enjoy your solitude with your family whatever you do!”
How do you plan to celebrate? Send us any great turkey photos. And let me know if you have a brilliant idea for our no-plans day of thanks.

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