The Harlem Wizards Coming to Montclair

BY  |  Friday, Jan 31, 2014 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

The Harlem WizardsSave the date! The Harlem Wizards are coming to Montclair on Saturday, March 22!

The event, organized by The Watchung PTA and sponsor Roberta Baldwin and The Baldwin Dream Team at Keller Williams NJ Metro Group, will have The Harlem Wizards vs. The Montclair Magic at Montclair High School. The Montclair Magic team will be made up of teachers, principals, parents, and community leaders district-wide.

They will take on the Wizards in a fun and entertaining game including a half-time show featuring Hillside School’s Drums of Thunder!

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Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, Jan 31, 2014 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

footballWhat to do, what to do? It’s a super busy, mostly football-themed, weekend full of family events!

We’ve told you about Lunar New Year events, Maple Sugaring events,  Groundhog Day with Essex Ed, the Montclair Film Festival and MFEE’s screening of Undefeated, the Montclair 2014 Big Game Winter Family Festivalbut there’s even more!

To make sure you’re always in the know when it comes to family events, parenting resources and discussion, sign up for our newsletter, which offers a great recap of our best stories, event information, guides and exclusive giveaways. And make sure to “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check out our  Pinterest page. We post a lot of important information over there, so you don’t want to miss out.

You can check our Calendar for all events this weekend, but here are this weekend’s highlights:

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Ella Jenkins Freshens Up ABCs and 123s

BY  |  Friday, Jan 31, 2014 11:00am  |  Comments Off on Ella Jenkins Freshens Up ABCs and 123s

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Young children never tire of learning and re-learning their ABCs and 123s. It’s the parents who groan inwardly when Again! is demanded before the last book or song has even ended. That’s why comfortable and inventive collections like Ella Jenkins: 123s and ABCs is perfect for listening in the car or actively playing with your young children at home.

More like eavesdropping on an entertaining preschool class than a CD, “First Lady of Children’s Music” Ella Jenkins takes children through sixteen songs and games that include counting in Spanish, Swahili, and Hebrew. In addition to ABC songs, Ella teaches simple counting games like One Potato, Two Potato and Ten Green Bottles.

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Xīn Nián Kuài Lè

BY  |  Friday, Jan 31, 2014 9:00am  |  Comments Off on Xīn Nián Kuài Lè

Year of The Horse

Happy New Year–The Year of the Horse! Check here for local Chinese and Lunar New Year events and celebrations.

Montclair High School’s SVPA Presents The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

BY  |  Friday, Jan 31, 2014 8:00am  |  Comments Off on Montclair High School’s SVPA Presents The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

The Prime of Miss Jean BrodieThe Montclair High School of Visual and Performing Arts brings “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,” to The Little Theater at MHS for three shows from February 7 through 9.

The classic three-act play by Jay Presson Allen, adapted from the novella by Muriel Spark that is considered one of the great English-language works of the 20th century. Performed and produced by students, under the direction of SVPA’s Brenda Pepper  and with technical direction from Ken Cleerdin, the play, set in Scotland in the 1930s, portrays the profound influence that an unconventional teacher, Miss Brodie, has on a select group of girls.  Miss Brodie is determined to introduce the girls, known as “the Brodie set,” to the finer things in life, including art, sex and fascism.

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Top 10 Tips for After Birth

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 12:00pm  |  Comments Off on Top 10 Tips for After Birth


Congratulations, you’re having a baby!  Here are 10 tips for after birth that will help you feel prepared, confident, and empowered during labor, recovery and with your new baby:

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How To Make A Birthday Lunchbox

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (4)

My daughter, like many kids, has a birthday that more often than not falls on a school day. This year, I wanted to make her a special lunch to have at school. After looking on Pinterest for ideas, I decided to make her a special birthday lunchbox by wrapping her favorite foods like presents.

Here’s the lunchbox transformation from regular to birthday spectacular!:

Birthday Lunchbox

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Back in the Day Hearth Cooking Class at Montclair Historical Society

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 8:00am  |  Comments Off on Back in the Day Hearth Cooking Class at Montclair Historical Society

Hearth Cooking Class

On Saturday, February 8, Montclair Historical Society will offer families a  hands-on hearth cooking class at the Israel Crane House ’s 1796 home. Children and adults will learn first-hand how meals were prepared for centuries before the advent of modern equipment and technologies. You will use historic tools, recipes and ingredients, hone your open-fire cooking skills and enjoy delectable dishes of the past.

It’s a wonderful opportunity  in experiencing a slice of life from our not-so-distant past to enjoy a truly fun, intimate, eye-opening experience that will change the way they think about our modern luxuries. It’s also a window into the lives of women in pre-modern times, and an opportunity to think about our relationship with food; as well as the relationship between our modern food culture and the technologies that make it possible.

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Montclair Celebrates Two Jubilee Anniversaries with Art

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

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Two well-known Montclair establishments are celebrating their anniversaries this year. The Montclair Cooperative School (“Montclair Co-Op”), noted for its mission to foster a lifelong enthusiasm for learning, is celebrating its Golden Jubilee or 50 years in education.  And the Montclair Art Museum (“MAM”) is celebrating their Platinum Jubilee or 100 years in the art community.  These Montclair “residents” share more than just an anniversary. They share a unique association anchored in art and education that continues with the support of Montclair Co-Op’s Art teacher, Debbie Harner, and the Museum’s Director of Education, Gary Schneider, and that culminates on the Museum’s February 1 Family Day.

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Groundhog Day With Essex Ed at Turtle Back Zoo: A Weather Forecast and Super Bowl Prediction

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 12:00pm  |  Comments Off on Groundhog Day With Essex Ed at Turtle Back Zoo: A Weather Forecast and Super Bowl Prediction

Groundhog DayOn Sunday morning, Turtle Back Zoo will bring out Essex Ed to celebrate Groundhog Day and make his Super Bowl prediction!

Essex Ed has been very accurate in his weather predictions and he correctly predicted that the Ravens would win the Super Bowl last year. I’m more concerned with if he’ll see his shadow. I hope not. I can’t take anymore of this horrible winter.

Take the kids over to Turtle Back Zoo on Sunday and join the festivities!

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