Giveaway: Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band Cinco de Mayo Party Pack

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam BandLucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, the Latin GRAMMY-winning, all-ages, nationally touring indie rock band from Los Angeles, will release a new Spanish language album on Cinco de Mayo:  Aqui, Alla. This collection of celebratory tunes blends Chicano rock, indie pop and Tejano sounds to engage a new generation of kids and families.

The album opens with the blazing accordion of Flaco Jimenez and Tejano flavors of “Viva la Pachanga” (Long Live the Party). Next up is “Órale” (Listen Up!), an exclamatory song paying homage to the southern California “Rampart Sound” of the 1960’s. The band provides the first-ever Spanish language version of the old nursery song about a certain ambitious itsy bitsy spider on “La Pequeña Araña,” and with “El Cucuy,” a Los Lobos inspired cumbia offers just enough spine chills in its warnings about the Mexican version of the bogeyman. “Vamos a Cantar” (Let’s Count) teaches Spanish words for numbers 1 to 10 in in a super fun doo-wop 50’s rock and roll style (featuring Disney Jr.’s Genevieve Goings). The tender “Aqui, Alla,” represents the diverse heritage of Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band and so many Americans today, providing the defining track of the album.

Aqui, Alla is crafted as a musical journey toward discovering, transforming and celebrating the experience of being a Latino and ultimately an American.

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Montclair HOMECorp and Glenfield School’s House Schwartz Host Poetry Slam

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Poetry Slam

This year HOMECorp and 73 See Gallery teamed up with Glenfield Middle School’s House Schwartz to celebrate the poetry skills of middle school students. Over 30 students participated in the first Poetry Slam held at 73 See Gallery and Design Studio on April 16 sponsored by HOMECorp’s Julius Foster Fund.  The Julius W. Foster Fund provided scholarships to Montclair’s Glenfield Middle School students who successfully completed the former “Read Your Way” program.  This year the funds were used to host and to provide prizes for the Poetry Slam.

The 1st place winner of the poetry slam will be featured in the 1st Annual Montclair Poetry Festival which will take place on May 30 – June1.

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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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Our Favorite Parenting Tweets This Week

BY  |  Monday, Apr 21, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

parenting tweetsOur favorite parenting tweets from this past week, many from local moms and dads:

 

 

 

 

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Have Fun at Daffodil Day at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

BY  |  Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Daffodil Day

Enjoy a fun-filled day celebrating spring at Daffodil Day at Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit next Sunday, April 27.

This year’s celebration has you step back to the 1970′s with a ”Flower Power” celebration, featuring activities that the entire family can enjoy!  There will be spring–themed games, nature crafts, and a guided parade through the Daffodil Bowl.  A professional photographer will be on hand to take family photos.  Food and refreshments will also be available in our Outdoor Flower Power Flea.  Registration is not required.

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Teach the Kids Some History with Sugar Free Allstars Vinyl Release of “My Daddy’s Record Collection”

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

My Daddy's Record Collection

National Record Store Day is on Saturday, April 19, and kindie rockers Sugar Free Allstars are celebrating indie stores with their first-ever vinyl 45 release of the single My Daddy’s Record Collection.

My Daddy’s Record Collection celebrates the joys of analog music, from the perspective of a young child who digs his dad’s “vinyl connection.” The song’s retro feel-good vibe reflects the vintage funky soul sound of the Sugar Free Allstars:

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More TV Equals Less Sleep for Kids

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

More TV Equals Less Sleep for Kids

Letting your kids watch too much TV could be making them tired.

A recent Pediatrics study looking at the possible impact of television on children’s sleep, found that the more television a child watches, the less sleep he/she had each night. The effects seemed to be especially pronounced in boys, compared with girls. And having a TV in the bedroom was associated with a lot less sleep for minority children, according to the Pediatrics study.

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Motherhood Out Loud Makes New Jersey Premiere

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Motherhood Out LoudDreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, professional theatre in residence at the Oakes Center in Summit, is presenting the New Jersey premiere of Motherhood Out Loud, a play about parenting.

This collection of pieces about motherhood from every angle comes to Dreamcatcher fresh from its recent Off-Broadway run at Primary Stages in New York City. Both heartbreaking and hilarious, Motherhood Out Loud features the stories of fourteen writers. Utterly unpredictable, Motherhood Out Loud shatters traditional notions about parenthood, unveils its inherent comedy and celebrates the deeply personal truths that span and unite generations.

Variety called the show “Chicken Soup for the Mom,” while BackStage summed it up as “storytelling at its sweetest.”

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Go on the Montclair Bike Scavenger Hunt

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bike Scavenger Hunt

 

Save the date! On May 18 Bike&Walk Montclair and Diamond Cycle invite families to participate in the first ever Montclair Bike Scavenger Hunt!

Solve all the clues and you’ll be entered to win the $1,000 Cash Grand Prize or one of our other prizes, including a new Cannondale bicycle or jet simulator ride valued at $2,500.

The Bike Scavenger Hunt is not a race. It’s a family-friendly event with additional fun activities throughout the day at Lackawanna Plaza, which will be closed to cars throughout the event.

Here’s how it works:

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Easter Round-Up 2014

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

Easter

Easter is this Sunday, April 20. We’ve put together a round-up of our Easter stories through the years. We also have a great Everything Easter board on Pinterest that has great food, crafts and decor ideas. Be sure to check it out!

Here is our Easter Round up of events, crafts, recipes, and more:

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