BY Georgette Gilmore | Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 12:00pm |
New Jersey Ballet Company is teaming up with Montclair-based Jazz House Kids for an evening of dance and music built around America’s original music form — jazz — on Saturday, March 15. It’s all a part of the NJ350 celebrations. The Garden State is celebrating 350 years of history this year!
The program will include four world premiere dances celebrating New Jersey jazz legends from the past and present — Count Basie, James P. Johnson, Wayne Shorter and Christian McBride — and a concert performance with the award- winning Jazz House Big Band directed by Julius Tolentino. The Big Band will be joined on stage by very special guest 11-time GRAMMY winning legend Paquito D’Rivera.
We can’t think of a better way to celebrate New Jersey!
BY Jen Lange | Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 10:00am |
Celebrate St Patrick’s Day by creating your very own Shamrock Bookmark to use when reading a great holiday book!
This craft is great for all ages. Younger children can use glue and older kids can make it a bit more advanced by sewing together and adding embellishments.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 8:00am |
Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of the book Lean In, is spearheading the #BanBossy campaign arguing the negative put-down of “bossy” stops girls from pursuing leadership roles.
She’s been joined by Girl Scouts USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, First Lady Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Jennifer Garner, Jane Lynch, and other prominent women taking a stand against the term “bossy” and what it stands for in regards to female empowerment:
BY Georgette Gilmore | Monday, Mar 10, 2014 11:00am |
St. Patrick’s Day is in one week. Celebrate the Irish holiday with one of these books about leprechauns, shamrocks, and everything green:
BY Georgette Gilmore | Monday, Mar 10, 2014 9:00am |
As a member of the Netflix Stream Team, this is my monthly post about Netflix Kids offerings.
It all starts with a science fair packet buried at the bottom of your child’s backpack. Depending on the type of parent you are, you’re either thrilled to get started
doing helping your kid with her project, or you’re dreading it.
Before you Google “easy science projects for kids,” Netflix Kids has a variety of science-themed TV shows and movies for kids of all ages that might help jump start your kids’ imaginations and get the whole family excited about a winning science fair idea.
Here are some Netflix picks for science fair inspiration:
BY Eileen Lundberg | Monday, Mar 10, 2014 7:00am |
The recent spate of articles debating the qualities and brain cortex thicknesses of introverts versus extroverts offer great insight into our own behaviors. But our own social habit can take a back seat when we become a parent because thoughts about socializing shift primarily to our little one. Parents are somewhat forced out of their shells to mingle at the playground, learn about activities and schools and make the sometimes highly stressful PLAYDATE even if they would rather stay home. Our social network, in whatever fashion adults manage it, provides support, a sounding board and sometimes just a good old chance to vent. Preschools, elementary schools, kids’ classes and activities are all great social outlets. Typically, one could also head to a local park after school or on weekends and meet parents and kids pretty easily. This icy Winter has really cancelled that option.
If you are new to Montclair or switching schools, it can be difficult to find ‘your peeps’ when everyone is busy with their daily routines, chaos and now shut in their homes. The Adult School has great classes. The YMCA, gyms and yoga studios offer a variety of group classes.
It seems like there should be a modern welcome wagon or “Buddy Bench” spot in town for adults. The heart warming “Buddy Bench” concept that a little boy created is basically a designated playground spot where children can sit if they want to play or talk with other children. Some of our Montclair schools have created the bench spots.
As the Montclair Public Library opens its doors to everyone, I asked Grace Grund of its Terra at the Isabel Rose Cafe about hosting a weekly informal drop-in and meet-a-new-friend session there. Of course Grace jumped at the idea as she is one of those very friendly, together people that make Montclair a warm place to live.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 3:00pm |
Our favorite parenting tweets from this past week, many from local moms and dads:
BY Announcement | Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 1:00pm |
On Saturday March 1st, Edgemont Montessori School held their annual “Green Eggs and Ham” breakfast fundraiser. There were arts & crafts, singing, a magic show and a book fair. Students and parents also participated in silent auctions, raffle baskets and even a live auction which included the chance to be Principal for a day! The fundraiser comes at the end of a month-long Read-A-Thon, designed to inspire and encourage Edgemont students to enjoy reading and have fun at the same time.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 11:00am |
On Monday, April 21, the First Family will host the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. This year’s theme is “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape,” and more than 30,000 people will assemble on the South Lawn to join in the fun. The event will feature live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and, of course, Easter egg rolling. In addition to all of the fun, the day’s activities will encourage children to lead healthy, active lives in support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative.
Want to celebrate Easter with President Obama and his family at the White House Easter Egg Roll on April 21? Then quick—enter the lottery for tickets today because the deadline is Monday, March 10 at 10 am! Click right here and enter the ticket lottery to be chosen to attend.