Weekend Highlights: Labor Day Weekend Edition!

BY  |  Friday, Aug 31, 2012 1:30pm  |  Comments Off on Weekend Highlights: Labor Day Weekend Edition!

Go to the beach!

This is the last weekend before school starts. Get out and have some family fun!

There aren’t many local events going on, but the long Labor Day weekend will give you many options. You can take a Day Trip or two, head to the  Jersey Shore (we may try Seven President’s Oceanfront Park), or go spend the day running in the sprinklers at a spray park.

If you’re staying local, area museums and science centers are free if you’re a Bank of America/Merrill Lynch cardholder this weekend! (Saturday, September 1)

On Labor Day, pack a picnic and join the party at Van Vleck house & gardens Labor Day Potluck Picnic. (Monday, September 3)

Whatever you choose, have a great Labor Day weekend!

From the Farmer’s Market: Back to School Breakfasts

BY  |  Friday, Aug 31, 2012 11:30am  |  Comments Off on From the Farmer’s Market: Back to School Breakfasts

Who doesn’t love lazy summer mornings, sleeping a tad later and not worrying about feeding the kids’ (and ourselves) breakfast? Alas, the end is near. Just next week we’ll be setting our alarms and rummaging for healthy breakfasts to start our days on the right track. And as much as the kids will try to convince you otherwise, artificially sweetened cereals won’t cut it. What we need is quick, easy Back to School breakfasts!

As I wandered around the farmer’s markets and farm stands these last few weeks of summer, I couldn’t help but think about breakfast. Piles of zucchini triggered images of homemade bread, stacks of colorful carrots muffins, tart apples could so easily become a moist coffee cake and orange pumpkins would be yummy in spiced pancakes.

My kids like to start their days with something a bit sweet – a piece of banana bread, a crumbly muffin or pancake with maple syrup. That works for me, especially if I have my freezer stocked and ready to defrost and serve. Farm fresh ingredients – carrots, apples, pumpkin, zucchini, pears, peaches, blueberries – along with some whole wheat flour and all natural ingredients will result in a tasty, satisfying breakfast.  All it takes is a few baking dates and a bit of freezing knowledge to stock your freezer with a variety of easy, healthy and different breakfasts. A few seconds on defrost in the microwave and you’ll be starting your kids day with something bed and breakfast worthy.

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Science Lesson: Look For the Blue Moon Tonight

BY  |  Friday, Aug 31, 2012 9:30am  |  Comments Off on Science Lesson: Look For the Blue Moon Tonight

For the second time this month, we will have a full moon, but this one will be special. Whenever there are two full Moons in a calendar month, the second one is called a Blue Moon.

According to NASA Science News, it won’t really be blue. “Most Blue Moons look pale gray and white, indistinguishable from any other Moon you’ve ever seen. ”

Watch this video with your kids to learn about Blue Moons, then do some Moon-gazing tonight. Play this song in the background for the full effect…

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Parents Who Rock 6th Annual Backyarder Jam

BY  |  Friday, Aug 31, 2012 8:00am  |  Comments Off on Parents Who Rock 6th Annual Backyarder Jam

Every September, local talented parents, who happen to rock, congregate in a backyard and jam. The jam is always for a good cause, as Parents Who Rock‘s goal is to raise money for non-for-profit organizations throughout the community. This year, PWR will donate all money raised  to Montclair MESH to benefit those in need of food assistance.

Here’s a partial list of Parents Who Rock who’s going to be playing: In the Dreamlife, Rich Deans and The RainMakers, Andrew Klewan,Christine Kelly and DylanGeorge GreenfieldRob HalperThe No RehearsalsDavid Janowski and Aviva Patz, Sarah Wolman, Dan Sheehan Conspiracy, Ellen Paretti and Tim O’Connor, Lesley Scammel and Chris Mathews, Chris Kunstadter, Aliza and CiaranWest Essex Chamber Players, Jefferson Newman and the TNT Ramblers. Check back, because more performers may be added when confirmed.

Kids will enjoy face painting provided by Aunt Jean’s Toys and Treats, a kids’ yoga session and delicous Nick’s Shaved Ice, who will donate 25% of sales to Montclair MESH. In addition, School of Rock Montclair will donate a month of free lessons to one lucky winner!

Pack a picnic, bring a blanket and join the Backyard Jam!

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The Modern Village: A Continuing Education Series For Today’s Parents

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 30, 2012 1:30pm  |  Comments Off on The Modern Village: A Continuing Education Series For Today’s Parents

The fine people of  The Parent du Jour, a project telling the stories of today’s families—one day, and one parent at a time, have announced their launch of  The Modern Village: A Continuing Education Series For Parents.

If you’re a parent, you know that we do not, and shouldn’t be expected to, have all the answers. The Modern Village believes:

Today’s parenting requires an entirely new set of skills, from managing multiple childcare arrangements to coaching teenagers about living IRL.The roles of mothers and fathers are evolving too, requiring a new cultural literacy for the entire family.

In offering these parenting education courses, The Modern Village aims to help moms and dads of today. Think of them like your child’s enrichment courses, only for you!

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Family Day: O’Keeffe in the Garden With Montclair Art Museum at Van Vleck

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 30, 2012 12:00pm  |  Comments Off on Family Day: O’Keeffe in the Garden With Montclair Art Museum at Van Vleck

I am so excited for the special Family Day: O’Keeffe in the Garden with Montclair Art Museum at Van Vleck House and Gardens. The free event is in anticipation of the Museum’s fall exhibition Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam, and the Land, which will be on view from September 28 – January 20, 2013 .

I love O’Keeffe, so much so that I have a tattoo of her sunflower painting on my ankle. I still love the painting, the tattoo—not so much, but I was a kid. But I can’t wait to share her work with my children at this fun event.

Families can create artwork and explore the garden through the eyes of the artist Georgia O’Keeffe. In addition, there will be scavenger hunts, storytime, live music, and an interactive dance performance occurring throughout the gardens.

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Back to School Donation Drive in Maplewood

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 30, 2012 10:00am  |  Comments Off on Back to School Donation Drive in Maplewood

For most kids, the first day of school is exciting and usually comes with some jitters. Foster children and families in need have the added burden of returning to school with empty backpacks, or no backpack at all.

Umojawa, a Maplewood based business that aims to help nonprofits more effectively manage their organizations, is holding a  Back to School donation drive that will help hundreds of students in our area start the school year confident, prepared, and ready to learn. The items collected will go to children in need via the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County New Jersey.

Drop off your supplies at 515 Valley Street, Suite 2, Maplewood NJ. For more information, email here or call 973.762.4488

Johari Fuentes: Designer, Dreamer, Entrepreneur, Wife & Mother

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 30, 2012 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (9)

Johari Fuentes loves beauty. As a graphic designer, she sees a world of beautiful possibilities in everything around her. Since moving to Montclair from Puerto Rico a year ago, Johari (Jo) has gone from being a mom of one to a mom of two. Then, on top of growing her family, she has also grown her business, Fizgig Studio. Jo also recently added clothing designer to her portfolio with a wonderful collection of gender-neutral children’s shirts at MyJoshu. She’s definitely a busy Montclair Mom!

We spoke to Johari about moving to our area and balancing her business and growing family. In addition to answering our questions, she graciously agreed to a giveaway of one of her adorable children’s t-shirts!

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Relive Your Teen Years At Montclair Film Festival’s Screening of The Breakfast Club

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

If you don’t go to Montclair Film Festival’s free outdoor screening of the best 80s movie, The Breakfast Club, then you’re a  “neo maxi zoom dweebie.”  Sorry to be harsh, but you will be if you miss the last in the Cinema Montclairismo series.

While it’s difficult to choose from all the awesome John Hughes films, The Breakfast Club is my favorite. When I first saw the film, I felt so understood. I even had a huge crush on a kid in my class who looked so much like Judd Nelson’s character.

“To the outside world they were simply the Jock, the Brain, the Criminal, the Princess and the Kook, but to each other, they would always be the Breakfast Club.”

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4H LEGO Club In Montclair

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 12:00pm  |  Comments Off on 4H LEGO Club In Montclair

Montclair LEGO fans rejoice! A 4H Lego Club is being organized to begin in September held in Montclair Center (exact location TBA) area for kids in grades kindergarten through 2nd grade.

The club will meet from 5 – 6 pm on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, beginning September 11 is free. To register, call the 4-H office at  973-353-1338 x 109 or email here.

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