Girl Scouts Host Camplified, a Summer Music Festival at South Mountain

BY  |  Monday, Jul 14, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


Experience an afternoon of live performances, games and activities, giveaways, and more at Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey’s Camplified on Saturday, July 19!

The Summer Family Music Festival will bring several talented emerging artists to the stage during the festival including, Seconds ApartBad Seed Rising, and Go Down Moses.

A DJ will also be on hand to entertain the crowd between sets.

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Get Ready to ‘Get Down’: Glitz & Glam Kids Family Dance Parties in Montclair

BY  |  Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Glitz & Glam KidsLet’s be honest. Music classes eventually lose their magic and toddler tumbling sessions can become a drag. Sometimes we need a new activity to shake up our schedules. So when Barista Kids learned about the new Glitz & Glam Kids family dance parties in Montclair, we were eager to learn more.

Barista Kids sat down with event planner and Glitz & Glam Kids creator Keyana Tennant who told us all about these fun events.

BK: What are Glitz & Glam Kids family dance parties?
Tennant: These are monthly themed parties that the whole family can enjoy. We always have entertainment, like face painting and balloon twisters and characters as well as games, free raffles, food and drinks. We also have a DJ and, of course, dancing.  If you schedule a birthday party during one of the events, your guests can enjoy pizza and cake. Every family also leaves with a free family photo and free giveaways from local businesses.  And we have vendors just in case our attendees want to do a little shopping in between the fun.

BK: Sounds like all the makings of a fabulous time.
Tennant: It truly is. And the parties are inspiring, too. We carve out time between dancing and entertainment to showcase the children’s talents. Last month we had tumblers and at the June 29th party we will have a two year old DJ.

BK: Did you say that a two year old will be DJ’ing part of your next party?
Tennant: Yes… he dances, too.

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Madison Square Kids Free Concerts in NYC All Summer

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 05, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Madison Square Kids Free Concerts

If you’re looking for a summer activity to fill up the day, head over to Madison Square Park in NYC for the 11th season of Madison Square Kids, a series of free outdoor performances for children and their families that takes place rain or shine in the Park on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30 am until August 8.

The line-up is this year is great and includes many of our personal favorite kindie artists:

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Gustafer Yellowgold Returns to Montclair

BY  |  Friday, May 23, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Gustafer Yellowgold

Gus, Morgan, Slim, and the full Gustafer Yellowgold band return to Montclair to perform a free show at the Montclair Public Library on Saturday, May 24!

We first were introduced to the creative combination of catchy original songs accompanying beautifully animated on-screen illustrations of a sun creature named Gustafer Yellowgold and his earthly friends when the band performed at the Montclair Public Library back in March 2009. We interviewed Morgan Taylor, the creator and singer/songwriter of Gustafer and learned all about the band. Not only did my girls love the show and Gustafer — they each have a stuffed Gustafer doll—but my husband and I loved it as well.

Gustafer’s latest adventures are all about cake, but not any cake — a cakey robot with a surprising personality:

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Montclair Police Department Offers Junior Police Academy Program

BY  |  Thursday, May 08, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

montclair police departmentAre you a Montclair middle school student interested in learning all about law enforcement? If yes, the Montclair Police Department’s Junior Police Academy wants YOU!

The Montclair Police Department’s Community Service Unit, in cooperation with the Montclair Police Athletic League, presents: The Junior Police Academy, a program for 6th, 7th or 8th grade Montclair students who are interested in law enforcement.

Participants will spend ten two-hour sessions with Montclair Police officers and learn all about the many different jobs within the Department. Participants will have fun learning in a safe environment similar to an actual police recruit training program, complete with some physical training and exercises with an emphasis on teamwork and responsibility.

Topics of instruction include:

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Celebrate Free Comic Book Day at The Comic Book Market in Bloomfield

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day is coming! It’s is an annual event held on the first Saturday in May by most specialty comic book stores across the nation. Locally, The Comic Book Market in Bloomfield is the place to go score free comics when it hosts Free Comic Book Day on May 3.

Scores of comic books for all ages are available for free, with no purchase necessary!

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Celebrate Parenthood at North Jersey’s own Listen to Your Mother

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Listen to Your Mother 2014When was the last time you were told to “Listen to your mother”? In May, Baristaville will have a chance to listen to many stories of motherhood from all points of view. After several days of auditions that narrowed down almost 100 stories about mothers and motherhood, the selected authors for the inaugural year of the North Jersey Listen to Your Mother cast are getting ready to share their words with all of us at the South Orange Performing Arts Center on May 10th at 5 PM.

Organizers Sandy Rustin and Deborah Goldstein narrowed down the scores of auditions to fifteen authors and performers, many from the Maplewood/South Orange area. Each performer will share their personal stories, some humorous, some heartbreaking, as Listen to Your Mother (LTYM) continues its tradition of giving motherhood a microphone — this time in New Jersey!

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Warmer Weather = School Dress Code Violations

BY  |  Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (9)

dress codeWarmer weather brings flowers, sunny days, and less clothing. And less clothing often causes schools to deal with dress code violations. Typically, it’s girls who get the violations because the rules are against length of shorts and skirts. Other than boys wearing saggy shorts and jeans revealing their underwear, the violations sway towards girls. Sexist? Some parents think so. Recently a school in Illinois banned leggings for being “too distracting to boys” to be fit for the classroom.”

This week, I followed several Facebook discussions of Montclair Glenfield Middle School parents complaining that their daughters were made to change for what teachers/administrators felt were too short shorts, while the parents thought they were “modest” and appropriate. Some parents said that their daughters were told they couldn’t wear leggings or knee socks as well.

We reached out to Dr. Joseph Putrino, principal of Glenfield School for clarification:

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Lacordaire Academy Upper School Presents SHOUT!

BY  |  Monday, Apr 07, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Talented students of Lacordaire Academy in Montclair will present their spring musical SHOUT! on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12.

SHOUT! follows five fab gals on a high-energy, hip-shaking, non-stop vibrant trip through the Swingin’ 60s that gave birth to such hits as Downtown, To Sir With Love, Son of a Preacher Man, and Georgy Girl — songs that express the changing attitudes and dawning liberation of women. This fun-filled musical is an irresistible blend of foot-stomping songs, eye-popping fashions and psychedelic dancing that will make you want to throw your head back and SHOUT!

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Montclair Kids Collecting Gently-used and New Sporting Equipment for Lets Play It Forward

BY  |  Friday, Apr 04, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

let's play it forward


Lucas Cooperman and his friend Ben Bloomstein, both 7th graders at Glenfield Middle school in Montclair, are collecting gently-used and new sporting equipment for the organization Let’s Play It Forward.

LPIF was founded by high school students from Somers, NY and the goal is to donate all collected sports items to worthy organizations in need.  To date, they have donated over 11,000 items and Lucas and Ben want to make that number even higher!

The tweens have sent out hundreds of emails to friends and their parents’ friends and worked to get a mention at the top of the school’s daily House Lofrano email that goes out to about 100 parents every day. Barista Kids wants to help too.

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