Blood Drive For Local Little Girl on May 10

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Blood DriveKatelyn, a 21 month old little girl from Glen Ridge, was diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma (liver cancer). There is a shortage of blood in this area and Katelyn will require blood during her treatment. Her family has a blood drive scheduled for Saturday, May 10 from 9 am – 2 pm at Forest Avenue School, 287 Forest Avenue in Glen Ridge.

If you can donate you can schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-RED  CROSS and mention Katelyn or sign up online and enter sponsor code: KatelynMay10. Appointments are preferred but not necessary.





Tony Award Winner Laura Benanti Headlines May 1 Benefit for Autism at Montclair State

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Laura Benanti Tony award winner Laura Benanti will headline Montclair State’s third annual concert to benefit Autism New Jersey, set to take place in the University’s Memorial Auditorium on Thursday, May 1 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. The event will also star comic Sunda Croonquist, 11-year-old musical prodigy Jodi DiPiazza, stage performer Gia McGlone, and students from Montclair State’s Musical Theater program. Tickets are available on eventbrite for $15. Montclair state alumni and students can purchase tickets for $10  at the door.

Hosting the show will be students from both of the Montclair State and Fairleigh Dickinson Public Relations Student Society of America chapters.

The money raised from the evening will help Autism New Jersey provide education and support for teachers and other professionals responsible for educating and caring for children and adults with autism.

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Brighten a Child’s Rainy Day With Zoubaby Personalized Monogrammed Rain Boots

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


It’s the last day of April, but springy showers continue and bright, fun rain boots always bring some sunshine on a cloudy day. That’s why I’m loving these personalized monogrammed rain boots for kids from Zoubaby, which were provided to me for review. My girls love them too, because they were able to design them from the color choices and monogram style. My 6 year old chose bright pink and orange trim and my 10 year old went “cool” with black and white trim. They both liked the Copperplate font for the monogram the best out of the five choices.

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Thumbprint Necklace for Mother’s Day

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Heart Thumbprint Necklace for Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 11, so now is the time to start thinking of a gift for Mom from the kids. There’s nothing a mother loves more than something handmade from her child, so we guarantee she will treasure this sweet and simple Thumbprint Necklace for a lifetime.

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Bike Bonanza Extravaganza on Saturday

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bike Bonanza Extravaganza

Bike&Walk Montclair will offer a Bicycle Ride Rodeo and Learn To Ride Class in a 3-hour Bike Bonanza Extravaganza this Saturday, May 3 at Montclair State University.

Kids can learn how to ride a bike in a class that uses a“balance first” method. The facilitators help get children rolling while the child does most of the work. Kids will learn the basics of balancing, starting, stopping, and steering a bike, as well as proper helmet fit and adjustment. Most children learn to ride their bike while taking the class, but even if they don’t, they will leave with an easy and low-stress way to learn to ride.

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Garden Club of Montclair Plant Sale to Benefit Nishuane School

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

plant saleIt’s spring, May in Montclair, Mother’s Day is coming up, and who doesn’t love flowers? Those are some reasons you should attend the Garden Club of Montclair’s Plant Sale. The other big reason? The Garden Club is donating the proceeds to Nishuane Elementary School!

They will be selling annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, and deer-resistant plants.

It all takes place at the Montclair Historical Society at 108 Orange Road:

  • Thursday, May 1 from 9 am – 8 pm
  • Friday May 2 from 9 am – 5 pm
  • Saturday May 3 from 9 am – 3 pm




Lacordaire Academy Presents Annual Art Exhibition: Healing the Planet Through Art

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Lacordaire AcademyLacordaire Academy Fine Arts Department presents the school’s annual Museum Art Show from Friday, May 2  through Tuesday, May 6 with the unveiling of The Tree of Life installation.

Healing the Planet Through Art and creating a sustainable future is an exhibition from the artistic perspective of students in grades Pre-k – 12. The students combined non-biodegradable and biodegradable objects to create, “The Tree of Life.” The show opens on May 1st at 6 pm. The art is on display from May 2-May 6 from 9 am – 2 pm. Student work is juried and awards are presented at 6:30 pm on May 1st. Refreshments will be served.

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Montclair High School’s SVPA Presents In The Heights

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

In the heights

This Friday’s opening night of In the Heights, Montclair High’s School of Visual and Performing Arts (SVPA) spring production, marks exciting  new musical territory for some of Montclair High’s finest performers.

According to one cast member, about half of the numbers in this Tony-Award winning musical are Rap or Hip Hop, which is a major departure from the more traditional scores of their previous shows. And if one new genre wasn’t enough for these ambitious performers, Salsa dominates much of In the Heights’ score, another mostly uncharted musical style for the SVPA cast.

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Junie B. Jones Coming to Montclair on Her Stupid Smelly Bus Tour

BY  |  Monday, Apr 28, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Junie B. Jones stupid smelly bus tourWowie, Wowie, wow! Junie B. Jones is riding into Montclair on Monday, May 12, in her giant stupid smelly bus, with Mr. Woo in tow!

With over 55 million books sold the New York Times bestselling Junie B. Jones series is a classroom favorite that has been keeping kids and their parents laughing and reading for over 20 years. Author Barbara Park has won multiple children’s choice awards. With thirty titles and translated into over a dozen languages, Junie B. Jones continues to win the hearts of young readers — and their grownups — all over the globe.

Join the super-fun, live theatrical performance by Junie B. Jones and Mr. Woo as they travel in their Smelly Bus. Junie will share her “Trunk of Junk” Show and Tell and chats with the kids in this interactive show, followed by a “meet and greet” and individual book stamping session with her signature stamp and ink stamp.  It will be a hoot, I tell you!

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Giveaway: Mabel’s Labels Make Camp Prep Easier

BY  |  Monday, Apr 28, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (10)

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WINNER: Congratulations to fencing!

Summer camp season is almost upon us, and parents know that all the camp gear — all the socks and flip flops and extra sets of clothes and lunch bags — need to be labeled before it accompanies children to summer fun. For families sending offspring to sleep away camp, you can quadruple all that labeling. If you cringe at the thought of using a fine point sharpie to print names over and over, there is a quick and ultra-readable solution! Mabel’s Labels has tags and sticky labels of every size and style your child could want.

While there are many different packs and sticky label choices from Mabel’s Labels, they’ve brought back their popular Limited Edition Camp Combo pack to help with decision making. It includes two bag tags, for lunch bags or duffels, as well as over 90 labels in various sizes. Socks, jackets, toothbrushes, sneakers and flip-flops will all have your child’s name securely identified. Even swimsuits can be labeled because Mabel’s Labels are both waterproof and UV resistant to prevent fading of the many fun and colorful camp-oriented images available.

If you’re interested in the Limited Edition Camp Combo pack — act before April 30th and get a discount!

Mabel’s Labels has also generously offered to send a Limited Edition Camp Combo pack to one lucky Barista Kids reader!

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