BY Georgette Gilmore | Friday, Dec 06, 2013 12:00pm |
There are so many great events to enjoy with the family this weekend.
We’ve told you about local Santa Photo Ops, Local tree lightings, Holiday Sing-a-long with Dan Zanes and Friends, the Brother to Brother Family Winter Pancake Breakfast, and Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day—but there are many more!
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You can check our Calendar for all events this weekend, but here are this weekend’s highlights:
BY Georgette Gilmore | Friday, Dec 06, 2013 10:00am |
Montclair Cares About Schools, a group of parents, educators, and community members concerned about the direction of the township’s public schools, will host a free, interactive workshop on Sunday, December 15 on what they believe is “the kind of teaching and curricula that helps students in our diverse district become creative and critical thinkers with high intellectual and ethical standards.”
Three educators will lead the workshop which will be held at the township fire department’s meeting room at 1 Pine Street. The facilitators are:
BY Georgette Gilmore | Thursday, Dec 05, 2013 10:00am |
This event is postponed but will be rescheduled on a new date.
Jason Didner, host of the Cool Rockin’ Daddy Video Show and member of the Montclair-based Jungle Gym Jam, along with Key Wilde and Mr. Clarke, winners of the Parents Choice Gold Awards, will co-present “Rock ‘N Roll for Kids and Their Families,” as part of the Little V.I.P. Concert series, on Saturday, December 7 at Crossroads in Garwood, NJ.
Parents and kids will rock to favorite tunes from Jungle Gym Jam such as “Jungle Gym Jamming,” “This Little Light of Mine,”and a new piece — “The People Exhibit at the Zoo” — will make its premiere debut. Parents, grandparents, and kids will enjoy the fast-paced music event that encourages dancing, interaction, and making new friends, while sharing messages of anti-bullying, kindness, and friendship.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Thursday, Dec 05, 2013 8:00am |
Every year for the past five years, Brother to Brother, a non-profit mentoring program servicing all Essex County middle and high-school males in 6th through the 12th grades, has sponsored a family winter breakfast for the residents, school officials, and township representatives that have supported our program of uplift for young men in the Montclair community.
Go and enjoy a delicious breakfast. No speakers, no speeches, no pitches — just a great time for the family! Brother to Brother is also collecting winter coats, scarves, hats, gloves to those less fortunate. Proceeds from the breakfast benefit Brother to Brother students through our college scholarship program.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Wednesday, Dec 04, 2013 8:00am |
The first of several roundtable meetings dedicated to World Language Education in Montclair K-5 schools takes place on Wednesday, December 11 from 7 – 9 pm.
Chief Academic Officer Gail Clarke will discuss the current practices, state standards pertaining to world language instruction, and the results of the recent language survey to which more than 600 Montclair families responded. Edgemont and Bullock parents Darryle Bogan and Garrett Morrison will describe how immersion education works in the NJ schools they have visited along with a question and answer period that will be moderated by Bradford parent Elizabeth Emery. The evening will conclude with brainstorming about how to implement a quality K-5 World Languages program in Montclair.
BY Announcement | Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 8:00am |
Montclair High School School of Visual and Performing Arts (SVPA) presents Showcase 2014: Rockin’ Out, a rock musical revue beginning this weekend!
Director Corey Rubel said the concept of a rock revue came to him, given the recent rise of rock musicals. SVPA had never done a rock show and he thought Showcase 2014: Rockin’ Out was a chance to do something different. The show has the feel of a rock concert and he has pushed his actors to explore what it is to be a rock star. Rubel has focused the first half of the show on the theatricality of rock music and the stories it tells, with a lot of upbeat songs and full company dance numbers. The second act focuses on the emotional content of rock music. Audiences can expect a ballad or two.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Monday, Dec 02, 2013 12:00pm |
Newark Museum hosts Winter Festival of Lights, a holiday season kick-off celebration with performances, planetarium shows, tours, hands-on workshops, and holiday treats from around the world, on Thursday, December 5.
Activities for children and families include:
BY Georgette Gilmore | Saturday, Nov 30, 2013 12:00pm |
Elf on the Shelf – the special elf sent from the North Pole to help Santa manage his naughty and nice lists – will be making daily appearances throughout Decemebr on the Turtle Back Zoo Facebook page.
Each morning from December 1 through December 24, a photo of the Elf in a unique Turtle Back Zoo location – in an exhibit, on the grounds, with an animal – will appear on the Zoo’s Facebook page. Parents can tune in daily to share the fun photo with their children, and to get a reminder to move their own elf to a new location at home!
BY Georgette Gilmore | Saturday, Nov 30, 2013 8:00am |
If you celebrate Christmas, you’re getting ready to put up the tree (unless you’re an early bird and did it the day after Thanksgiving.) If you prefer the real deal and would never go artificial, you’re in luck. Around here, or not too far away, there are many choices. Want to go rustic? Head out to western Jersey or up to the border of New York state for a true cut-it-yourself tree experience. Looking for a quick pick-and-wrap experience? We’ve got you covered.
Here are places where you can cut or buy a real Christmas tree:
BY Georgette Gilmore | Friday, Nov 29, 2013 11:00am |
On Saturday, December 7, the annual Take Your Child To a Bookstore Day takes place, celebrating neighborhood bookstores and the love of reading.
Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day was created by Jenny Milchman, a local mom and author. Milchman loves bookstores. In fact, every summer, she packs her family in the car and they drive across the country visiting independent bookstores and spreading the word about Take Your Child to A Bookstore Day. Why? Because, explains Milchman: