Why spend a fortune on a Broadway show when you can see an amazing production of 13, The Musical by Gas Lamp Academy of Performing Arts right here in Baristaville? Treat your teens to a night out at the Glen Ridge High School black box theater and let the cast of 18 very talented young actors and actresses from all over Essex County share a classic coming-of-age story, as well as some sound advice for getting on with life.
13 is a musical tells the story of the life of 13-year-old Evan Goldman as he moves from New York City to Appleton, Indiana, and his dilemma when the move conflicts with the celebration of his Bar Mitzvah. It premiered in 2007 in Los Angeles and transferred to Broadway on September 16, 2008.
National Night Out is a unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. For the past 29 years, towns and cities all over the country have participated in the event, which is designed to “heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.”
It’s also a fun, family event and this year takes place on Tuesday, August 7, 2012
A full day of festivities for the entire family is planned for Friday, August 3, at the Caldwell Farmers’ Market. From cooking demonstrations, a bicycle safety rodeo by the Caldwell Police Department, a Cooking for Kids program with Chef Robin, and a live musical performance by Travis Fischbach…all free and open to all members of the community.
We told you about Emma Axelrod, Elena Tsemberis and Sammi Siegel back in early June here. They created a Change.org petition, which they called “It’s Time for a Woman Moderator: Equality in the 2012 Presidential Debates!” The girls are heading to Washington D.C. tomorrow to deliver 130,000 signatures from their petition, which is calling upon the Commission on Presidential Debates to appoint a woman to moderate at least one of three debates in 2012 between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney. (The last time a woman moderated a presidential debate was 1992.)
The petition will be given directly to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Republican National Committee (RNC), urging both President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney to support their call.
Montclair’s Bradford School PTA invites incoming kindergarteners and their parents and caregivers to come out and meet future friends and classmates at two play dates on the Bradford playground:
Saturday, August 11 from 10 a.m. – noon
Wednesday, August 22 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
In addition, Bradford’s new kindergartners and parents are invited to meet their teachers and principal, make new friends and enjoy some sweet treats at the Bradford Kindergarten Ice Cream Social, Wednesday, August 29, from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. on the Bradford playground. Siblings are welcome too!
Ah summer! When anything goes. Crafts, staying up late, sleepovers when I suggest that we all watch Jumanji and the kids are in my face all night because they think they hear drums—what the hell was I thinking? All good stuff. The best stuff though is when you can take a simple piece of paper and with a few folds turn it into a flower and watch a wonderful smile bloom on your child’s face.
Safe Yards Montclair and Whole Foods Montclair ran a poster contest for Montclair kids 11 years old and under. The kids had to create a poster that “tells the world why organic yard/lawn care is safer for kids to play, pets to sniff, critters to crawl, bees to buzz, and fish to swim.”
Here is the first batch of entries from our local talented kids. We’ll be running the others in the upcoming weeks and will announce the winner soon!
The winning poster will become a bit of a local star. The poster will be hung at Whole Foods Market Montclair through this summer and fall for all to see. Plus, the winning kids will receive a $20 gift certificate to use at Whole Foods and a $50 gift certificate donated by Barista Kids to use at Watchung Booksellers.
“There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home. No place…..” I am sure that many young campers empathized with Dorothy in the past the few weeks. I hope, by now, sleepaway camps are filled with young children who have turned that phrase around and feel that there’s no place like camp.
Last summer I wrote about “Those Summer Days” of my youth when I was sometimes thrilled to be at our swim club and sometimes overwhelmed with boredom, but never, ever envious of children at sleepaway camp. In fact, the one summer I did attend sleepaway camp, I suffered with extreme homesickness for the entire two week session. I can still feel the angst and sadness I endured when my parents said goodbye and drove off to Niagara Falls. “How could they leave me and go so far away,” I wondered over the ensuing 14 days of misery. I must have been almost delirious because I cried and screamed, “I need the nurse…let me see the nurse” as the Camp Sacajawea nurse attempted to comfort me. Eventually I settled into the camp routine, accepted my predicament and even decided to enjoy camp. The postcard my parents sent from their trip made me sad, but also gave me hope that they would return.
The talented kid musicians from School of Rock Montclair’s Summer Boot Camps will perform a series of Saturday lunchtime concerts at Just Jake’s in Montclair. The students, who range in age from 8 to 18, will present songs that they’ve learned in the school’s themed summer camp weeks, which are taking place at School of Rock Montclair in July and August.
“On the Mondays of each camp week, the campers are organized into bands,” explains Matt Sandoski, owner of School of Rock Montclair. “On Tuesdays, we have expert guest presenters, who provide the campers with history about the songs that they’re learning and stories about the original musicians who performed and wrote them. Fridays are final rehearsals, and on Saturday, the lights go on, the volume gets cranked, and bands are on stage! It’s a great way for our young musicians to learn new music, gain some valuable musical knowledge, make new friends, and best of all, have a blast.”
The schedule of the School of Rock Montclair Saturday summer concert series is as follows: