Save the date! The 1st Annual Pine Street ArtsFest will take place on Saturday, June 8 from 1 pm – 9 pm offering a celebration of art and community for all ages.
ArtsFest will invite kids of all ages (grown-ups too) to create chalk street art throughout the day—Barista Kids is a sponsor of the activity! Photographers will be taking photos of the chalk art as it progresses both from the street level and rooftops. Other free art activities will be origami and simple jewelry making.
Families will enjoy live music from local musicians like Oxygen Box, Felicia Moss, the Montclair Opera Theatre, Ulysses Dunmore, spiritual drumming, and many more for non-stop musical entertainment.
Several vendors will be on hand with hand crafted items and specialty foods for sale.
The 14th Annual Rubber Duck Race in Maplewood will be held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. The annual tradition brings hundreds of people to go out to cheer on their rubber ducks as they race down the brook in Memorial Park.
There will be prizes for the top 12 ducks in each race. The race begins at the Memorial Park Bridge between Oakview Avenue and the duck pond.
The UGotBrains Champion Schools Programoffers an opportunity for students and staff of New Jersey high schools to develop campaigns to address teen driving safety. Each school develops its own project based on a topic the school chose pertaining to teen driving safety. The campaigns need to be creative and cutting edge projects that will raise awareness and make an impact on new drivers. Schools can utilize social media, videos, blogs, traditional media and other means to help spread their message.
Fifty-five schools from New Jersey were chosen to participate as 2012-2013 UGotBrains Champion Schools Program and Montclair High, Bloomfield High, Cedar Grove High, SOMA’s Columbia High, Nutley High, and West Orange High are included. You can vote for your favorite school campaign until May 31, so read each one below and vote!:
It’s the season to pick your own strawberries and other berries! Strawberry picking begins in late May/early June and lasts till the end of June or early July. Blueberries are available mid-June and raspberries are available starting in August. Instead of buying your berries in a plastic container, take a day trip to a farm that lets you pick your own. Of course you can get delicious berries at your local farmer’s market too, but picking them is a family event.
Beside juicy berries, these farms offer a variety of family activities. Playgrounds, pony rides, picnic tables, and wagon rides are some of the things you will find to make the kids happy.
The drizzly, overcast weather didn’t stop Montclair families from having fun at Nishuane School’s annual community Mayfair yesterday. There was cotton candy to be eaten, bouncy houses to be bounced in, teachers to dunk, games to be played and fun to be had.
Chanda Hall captured the fun with her wonderful photos.
On Sunday, May 26, West Orange will hold its 9th annual Downtown Street fair. This is a great event, filled with vendors, activities, music, and an old-fashioned street fair quality. And we can’t forget the food—zeppoles, kebabs ice cream and more! This great yearly event is organized by the Downtown West Orange Alliance.
Ethan Coplan with a calligrapher in Xi’an, the city in west central China where the Terracotta Warriors were unearthed. The calligrapher wrote him a poem which says, “To see far, you must climb high.” This is an ancient poem which means: Study hard! It is hanging now in Ethan’s room.
Last year, when he was in third grade, MCPK graduate Ethan Coplan spent the year living in Beijing, China while his mother had a job in a university. He wanted to share his experience with the Montclair Community Pre-K student community and MCPK Executive Director Eve Robinson kindly invited Ethan to visit the school to present his 15-minute slideshow to the students, with a Chinese musical soundtrack, called, ”An American Boy in China.” The children were fascinated by Ethan’s presentation.
Ethan shared what it looked like in Beijing, a giant city of 23 million people, much bigger than NYC. The slideshow showed what it looks like on Beijing’s busy subway, how to makedumplings, and what it looks like when you visit a Chinese farms, bike in a mountain village, or pray at a Buddhist and Taoist temple. The children saw slides of Ethan hiking on the Great Wall. He showed the children that some days, he had to wear a face mask because the air pollution was bad.
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Here are your weekend highlights:
Bring your American Girl Dolls to the Geyer Family YMCA for a special Friday night event. (Friday, May 17)
“Tee off” with your friends and family at the first ever Mini Golf Day at the MPL. (Saturday, May 18)
There are new animals at Turtle Back Zoo! Sea Lion Sound Exhibit recently opened, the largest exhibit to be developed in the zoo’s history.
The Grand Opening was on April 10, and featured special guests Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Essex County Executive, and Governor Chris Christie, who is pictured below cutting the ceremonial ribbon, and also exploring the new Touch Tank: