BY Georgette Gilmore | Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 10:00am |
At the Geyer Family Branch of the YMCA of Montclair children ages 6 months to age 6 can learn how to swim, dance, play sports, explore art and cook—all under one roof. While registration for their Spring II session begins on April 7, if you’re new to the Y, you can visit their Open House on Saturday, March 15 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to learn about their unique offerings for young children.
BY Brian Glaser | Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 8:00am |
This is the latest installment of an ongoing series, “Dads Rock!,” talking to otherwise responsible and upstanding local fathers who have grown up without outgrowing their desire to rock.
One of the things can make it hard to be a musician in the suburbs is all the driving. “The best songs tend to come when I’m walking around,” says Pete Cenedella, the Maplewood resident who writes, sings and plays guitar for American Ambulance. “Living in the city it was easy because I walked around a lot. Something about the rhythm of walking would inspire phrases and rhythms and sounds and melodies. I’ve had to adapt to suburban life where I don’t walk around as much. I walk around the house.”
But Cenedella is happy to be writing songs at all. After a five-year run from 2000-2005 during which American Ambulance cut four records filled with rocking Americana tunes and played regular gigs around New York City, the band hit a crossroads and Cenedella had to face what making music that matters to him would require.
“We all have kids, life is calling,” he says of that moment. “For me, it was a lot easier to go from 8 to 0 on the dial, rather than 8 to 3. To make it a hobby was impossible; let’s just put this stuff away for awhile.”
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 Georgette Gilmore | Monday, Mar 10, 2014 1:00pm |
Jeepers! A trouble-making ghost is haunting a local theater and Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, Velma and Scooby are on their way in the Mystery Machine to help solve it! See Scooby Doo Live!, which features groovy musical numbers and outrageous antics, at Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown on April 18.
Thanks to The Mayo Performing Arts Center’s generosity, Barista Kids has a family 4-pack of tickets to see Scooby Doo Live! at 4 pm on Friday, April 18 to give to one lucky reader:
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 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.
BY Announcement | Saturday, Mar 08, 2014 10:00am |
Go enjoy fresh, hot pancakes, sausage, juice, and coffee at the 44th Annual Glen Ridge Pancake Breakfast, a time-honored tradition sponsored by the Glen Ridge Music Parents Association on Saturday, March 15 from 8:30 am – 11 am.
You will be served to you by members of the Glen Ridge High School Chorus and Bands, so don’t be surprised if they break out in song! (Well, maybe not before coffee…) This heart-warming breakfast will be served at the Glen Ridge Congregational Church on Ridgewood Avenue, in the Lower Hall. Tickets are still only $5, at the door or purchased in advance at www.grmpa.org.
It’ll warm your hearts that all proceeds benefit the award-winning Glen Ridge High School music programs. Now that’s something to sing about!
BY Georgette Gilmore | Saturday, Mar 08, 2014 8:00am |
With spring just around the corner, it’s a great time to look through your things to see what you can part with and what you need. You can do that spring cleaning at the Hillside Free Community-Wide Swap and Bike Swap, which helps you clear out your closets and/or score some “new to you” items. The 22nd swap will take place on Saturday, March 22 from 9 am – 11 am, with drop off of donations on Friday, March 21. As always, the swap is free and open to everyone.
Please be sure donated items are clean and useable – something you would want to use or wear, and bikes must be rideable. Donate items on Friday and take ones that you can use on Saturday, all absolutely free, including:
- Adult and Children’s Clothing
- DVDs, Videos, CDs
- New/Unopened (or taped shut) Toys, Games, Puzzles
- Sports Equipment
- Baby Gear
- Household Items
They CANNOT take: car seats, booster seats, potties, cribs, helmets, skis, computers, printers, computer manuals, outdated software, manuals, textbooks, furniture and any large items.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Friday, Mar 07, 2014 12:00pm |
There are some great events to enjoy with the family this first weekend in March.
Don’t forget about St. Patrick’s Day festivities, Mi Casa, Tu Casa at Luna Stage, the Build LEGO in Montclair event, Purim festivities, and the Maple Sugaring fun to be had!
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Kids ages 6 – 12 can join Mr. Mike for “Friday Night Science Night” at the Geyer Family YMCA in Montclair. This month’s theme is “Tye Dye!” (Friday, March 7)
BY Anna Sandler | Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 10:00am |
Purim, one of the most festive of the Jewish holidays, begins Saturday night March 15, and continues through sundown on Sunday, March 16.
For those not familiar with Purim, it is a holiday that commemorates the story of the heroic Esther, who was was able though her courage and devotion to Judaism to bring down Haman and his evil plans to destroy the Jewish people.