BY Georgette Gilmore | Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 1:30pm |
The Fourth of July, aka Independence Day, is just a little over two weeks away! There are many ways to celebrate. Parades, parties, fireworks… The choices of patriotic fun are endless.
Here’s where to celebrate the Fourth of July:
Montclair’s 63rd Annual 4th of July Parade, Picnic and Fireworks
Who: All ages.
What: Montclair’s 63rd annual town parade and picnic to celebrate Independence Day. Enjoy food from local vendors, live music by Jungle Gym Band will perform for the young and young at heart, face painting, bouncy house, train rides and more! That night, take the family to see the fireworks!
Where: The parade route is 1.6 miles traveling west on Bloomfield Avenue to Midland Avenue, continuing to Watchung Avenue, west to Valley Road and ending at Edgemont Park where immediately following will be a family picnic. The Montclair July 4th Fireworks display will take place at Yogi Berra Stadium on Montclair State University campus. Gates open at 7:00 p.m.
When: Thursday, July 4. Parade begins at 11 am (rain or shine) The picnic starts immediately after the parade. (no rain date) Fireworks at 9:15 pm.
BY Announcement | Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 11:30am |
Girls Learn International is a non-profit organization that gives American students a voice in the movement for universal education. U.S. High Schools are paired with schools in developing countries that do not normally educate girls. The Montclair High School chapter has a relationship with the Tambea High School in Kenya. For the chapter’s big fundraiser this year, they are hosting their second annual Yoga Class in Sunset Park in on June 22 from 10 am – 12 pm.
After an hour-long class, participants are invited to check out a raffle, eat home-made baked goods and learn about the wonderful work that Girls Learn International has accomplished. Help make this year the best yet for the girls at Tambea High School by coming out to show your support! All proceeds from the event will go to the Tambea School. Tickets are $12 at the door. Bring your own mat. All levels are welcome.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 9:30am |
We ran a ticket giveaway to the Dan Zanes & Friends concert at SOPAC coming up on June 29 back in April. Since then, DZ decided to make the show a Song Gusto Hour, a chance for families and people of all ages to gather and sing at the top of their lungs with Dan and the band. The Song Gusto Hour atmosphere will be loose, communal, and festive. Songbooks are available online to download and families are invited to bring their own instruments so they can sing and play along!
Dan Zanes and Friends, my personal all time favorite family band, perform exuberant, handmade 21st century social music for enthusiastic crowds of families. These Grammy Award Winners occupy a unique place in American music where sea shanties, English music hall, North American and West Indian folk music, Mexican Son Jarocho, the spirit of early rock-and-roll and soulful originals collide. It is an old-fashioned interactive experience where people of all-ages sing and dance with wild abandon to the sound of drums, upright bass, mandolin, electric guitar, trumpet, fiddle and spoons. A Dan Zanes show is always a big musical party.
Thanks to the generosity of SOPAC, we have two more Family 4-Pack of tickets to give away for the Dan Zanes Song Gusto Hour at SOPAC on Saturday, June 29 at 11 am.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Monday, Jun 17, 2013 8:00am |
There is no excuse for your kids to stop reading just because school is out. Your local library and bookstores are making it easy and enjoyable with summer reading programs and incentives. Unearth some great children’s books and summer programming ideas for this year’s underground theme, Dig into Reading:
MPL Summer Reading Kickoff
Who: All ages.
What: This year’s theme is “Dig Into Reading” and Montclair Public Library kicks off its’ summer events with the deep down and groovy sounds of The Bossy Frog Band! Kids and their families will be flabbergasted by Bossy Frog Band’s high energy banjo driven show which includes a 6 foot tall dancing frog! Hop and sing along to their silly tunes as these wacky characters get you ready for a summer of reading joy. After the show be sure to enroll in the Summer Reading Club at the 3rd floor Youth Services Department!
Where: Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ.
When: Friday, June 28 at 11 am and 1 pm.
Cost: Free. No registration required. In the auditorium. Please come to one show only.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Saturday, Jun 15, 2013 8:00am |
The community gathered on Pine Street in Montclair last Saturday to join the first Pine Street ArtsFest.
Music and arts were the focus and an interactive Chalk Art project allowed all ages to join together.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Friday, Jun 14, 2013 1:00pm |
There’s so much to do with the family this gorgeous Father’s Day weekend.
We’ve told you about MHS Astronomy Club Observation Night, and Friday Night Family Flicks at Kip’s Castle—but there’s more!
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Here are your weekend highlights:
The inaugural Hat City Streets Festival reflects the spirit and diversity of the region and celebrates the creativity of Orange. Enjoy music, art, family activities, food, and fun! (Saturday, June 15)
BY Georgette Gilmore | Friday, Jun 14, 2013 11:00am |
On Thursday, June 20, Montclair B.A.B.Y. and The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health Of NNJ are joining forces to offer a free Mommies and Moms-to-Be Night Out of education, community, food, drinks, giveaways and more for moms of infants and moms-to-be.
Several health care experts, such as doulas, massage therapists, lactation consultants, will be in attendance, with the goal being to provide a safe space for women to come to talk and ask questions about pregnancy, delivery and infant care. It will also be a fun night out with free food, drinks, gift bags and a raffle of Boba wraps!
BY Georgette Gilmore | Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013 12:45pm |
Dr. MacCormack, Montclair Superintendent of Schools, sent out the following message “personally inviting” parents to attend the next Board of Education meeting on June 17:
BY Georgette Gilmore | Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013 2:30pm |
The Astronomy Club at Montclair High School is hosting its first ever Observation Night this
Friday, June 14 Saturday, June 15 and is inviting families to stargaze.
All are welcome to go look through the club’s telescopes, learn about the science of the cosmos, and listen to timeless legends inspired by the stars. Go for five minutes or stay for two hours!
BY Georgette Gilmore | Monday, Jun 10, 2013 7:00am |
WINNERS: Congratulations to dantheman and conhan13!
State Fair Meadowlands, the largest fair in the New York metro area, with over 150 rides and attractions on over 35 acres of fairgrounds, is back in town from June 21 – July 7! For families looking for some Jersey fun, State Fair 2012 is where it’s at. Just think about all the zeppoles to be eaten!
“We’ll have something for everybody this year, from returning favorites such as the Racing Pigs, Big Cat Show and Petting Zoo to the all-new NBA Nation Tour, Circus Maximus and music acts. Most of our attractions are free with entry ticket, providing families with an affordable day of fun and entertainment,” said Michele Tartaglione, Managing Director of State Fair. “Fans of old-fashioned fair attractions will also love our array of sideshows, including the Girl-to-Gorilla show, which is appearing for the first time since 1996 to delight curious fairgoers.”