HFA “Back to School” Annual Backpack & School Supply Drive, Aug 16-30, 2014

The Hoboken Family Alliance is hosting our Fourth Annual Back to School Supplies Drive through August 16 to 30, 2014 to benefit needy children in Hudson County. HFA is committed to helping children and youth succeed and ensuring every young person is ready to learn.

Children living at or below the poverty line will find it difficult to get enough to eat this summer as their parents struggle to keep the lights on and make rent – they simply cannot afford to buy backpacks and school supplies.

Our donations will go to children in need from the following organizations:  In Jesus Names Charities,  NJ Division of Youth & Family Services (DYFS) and York Street Project.

What’s Needed:
NEW Backpacks (Unisex backpacks are preferred if possible), lunchboxes, pencils, pens, pink erasers, two-pocket folders, binders, loose-leaf paper (wide rule), notebooks (both spiral & composition), scientific calculators, protractors, crayons, colored pencils, markers, calculators, rulers, pencil sharpeners with cover, pencil cases, glue sticks, scissors and index cards. Flash drives are also requested for the older children.
For your convenience, we will have a drop box at Big Fun Toys.  Big Fun Toys will be selling backpacks and some school supplies too.

Drop off details:
When:   Saturday, August 16 – Saturday, August 30, 2014
Where: Big Fun Toys, 602 Washington Street, Hoboken (Mon-Sat. 10-7pm, Sun . 11-6 pm ) Be sure to use your HFA CARD for a 10% discount off any purchase over $25 – www.bigfuntoys.com
Also ask about the new Big Fun Toy Rewards Program!

Cash donations:
If you prefer to financially donate, your donation of $25 will provide one backpack for a child, stocked with essential supplies. Cash donations are encouraged because HFA’s non-profit status allows it to purchase items without paying 7% sales tax. Also, it allows your donations to go directly toward the supplies.

If you wish to donate $25 toward a backpack, please do so today by using the PayPal link below. Please note Backpack in the memo line.  We will be ordering supplies as soon as possible, to ensure the children are prepared and ready to start the year right.

We will once again provide tax receipts for items donated on an as-requested basis. If you are making a cash donation, your tax receipt will be automatically generated. If you are dropping off items, please leave a copy of your receipt with donation items highlighted, along with your name and address. Please keep a copy of your donation for your records.

We feel that by being prepared for the first day of school with a backpack and the right school supplies, many children will have the confidence to work towards having a successful school year. With your partnership, we will be able to accomplish this together. Please join the Hoboken Family Alliance in our Fourth Annual Back to School drive. For more information, please email Michele at hfaphilanthropy@nullyahoo.com

High Holiday Family Event in Hudson County

The PJ Library of Hudson County is hosting a Pre-High Holiday kick off event on September 7.  This event is for any family raising Jewish children between the ages of 6 months and 8 years.

September 7, 2014
10am-2pm ( come any time; stay as long as you want!!)
The Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, 222 Jersey City Blvd.

Activities include:

Apple & honey tasting, make your own Shofar, hear the Shofar,  card making, Jewish holiday sing-a-long, story telling, learn about bees and honey and more!

PJ Library of Hudson County is a Jewish family engagement program providing free monthly Jewish books to families raising Jewish children ages 6 months to 8 years old.  This program is appropriate for both current PJ families and those interested in signing up.  RSVP to pjlibraryhudson@nullgmail.com with number of adults and children.  $10 per family online in advance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pre-high-holiday-buzzzzzzzzzz-off-tickets-12413187177 or $15 per family at the door. Full admission to Liberty Science Center after the program at reduced admission fee $7 adults, $5 children.  Science Center parking: $7.  Call 201-653-8666 for information.

Sponsors include:

PJ Library of Hudson County, Hudson Jewish, Temple Beth-El of Jersey City, United Jewish Appeal of Hoboken, The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, United Synagogue of Hoboken, Violet Zall Hordes Foundation, and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation

MiMi Kids Yoga – Teen Workshop

MiMi Kids Yoga

1001 Bloomfield Street hoboken, NJ
Between the ages of 13 – 18?
FREE TRIAL CLASS September 5th
4:30 – 5:30
De-Stress for tests, Improve Sports Performance
Create Strength and Flexibility, Build Confidence
OH and don’t worry. You don’t need to be flexible
Water, Mats and Props will be provided. Dress comfortably
or www.mimikidsyoga.com and click on Workshops!

Rolling Hills Day Camp Open Houses, Saturday, August 9th and 16th

We are having our Open Houses on SATURDAY, AUGUST 9th and SATURDAY, AUGUST 16th from 9am-12pm. All new families that are interested in attending Rolling Hills in Summer 2015 are welcome to tour our grounds, meet our staff and ask questions. FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY – bring your children – Air Games, Sky Trails, Go Karts and other activities will be open to play on – Cotton Candy, snacks and beverages will be served. PLEASE CALL TO SET UP A TIME FOR YOUR TOUR – 732.308.0405

Hudson Vibe Zumba Event: Erasing the Violence: A Night of Education and Empowerment

Hudson Vibe Dance and Fitness is hosting:

Erasing the Violence: An Evening of Empowerment and Education….

Sabrina Osso’s “HOME SWEET HOME?”, a riveting, educational, dancing, 1-woman play about erasing home violence on a mainstream level.

Susan Gala’s “Pelvic Wisdom”, a holistic, energizing session of body connection and awareness for women and men.

Susan Pascale, owner of HUDSON VIBE will lead an Energetic, Invigorating and Celebratory Zumba Class

Very Special Guest Rachel Lorin from TV’s “The Next Big Thing NY” reality show and stage productions of Disney’s “High School Musical 1 and 2″! Talking about anti-bullying and entertaining us through song!

DATE: Friday, August 8th, 2014
LOCATION: BOA NIGHTCLUB, 92 River Street (1 block from the PATH and all transit) Hoboken
TIME: 7pm SHARP – 9pm

Tickets: http://susanpascale.zumba.com/events-and-pictures

Be ready to be entertained, empowered and educated on how to erase the violence, removing it from the charity realm into the mainstream where both women AND men become part of the solution.

Hoboken Police to Host Annual Night Out Against Crime Event in Church Square Park -Tues, Aug 5

On Tuesday, August 5, 2014, The Hoboken Police Department, along with Chief Edelmiro Garcia Jr., will be hosting “National Night Out in Hoboken”.  National Night Out, also known as “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, is an annual, nationwide event that allows the City of Hoboken,  its’ first responders, and local businesses,  to give back to their community.  The annual event will take place in Hoboken’s centrally located Church Square Park, where a large slate of family and youth-oriented activities is scheduled to take place between the hours of 5:00pm and 9:00pm.  This year, The Hoboken Police Department will be dedicating the night in memory of Police Detective Madhu Chohan who lost a courageous battle with cancer on October 30th, 2013.

Novel Night 2014

Save the date — Saturday, October 18 — for Novel Night, Hoboken’s renowned literary dining event to benefit the Hoboken Public Library. This year, Novel Night’s fifth “edition,” guests will attend one of 20 dinners offered by local hosts, with each dinner featuring a menu inspired by a book of the host’s choice.

The Friends of the Hoboken Public Library, Novel Night’s sponsor, will issue invitations and begin accepting reservations for this year’s event in early September.

Please visit www.hobokenfol.org/novelnight.html for more information and, post-Labor Day, to make your reservation.

Friends & Family Day at Deer Mountain Day Camp, Saturday, August 9th

Friends & Family Day at Deer Mountain Day Camp!
Date & Time:  Saturday, August 9th from 11 am to 2 pm
Location:  Deer Mountain Day Camp – 63 Call Hollow Road, Pomona, NY 10970

RSVP:  August 4th – 845-354-2727 or info@nulldeermountaindaycamp.com

Details: Join us at our annual Friends & Family Day, current campers and prospective campers welcome! Bring a friend, bring your family!

All families can enjoy all our activities, and new families & friends can meet our staff and tour camp… Sign up for next year and get our best rates of the year! Refer friends and get a $200 credit on your family’s tuition.

Great activities include: Cool Pool Party & Games, BBQ Lunch & Raffle with great prizes, and a concert by TIM & THE SPACE CADETS, ranked #1 for 6 weeks on XMKids Radio! Register for the 2015 camp season and lock in our Early Bird Rates & receive a registration gift!


New Discount for HFA Members – Toni & Guy!

Toni & Guy Maxwell Place - 
TONI & GUY is an international icon offering the best in creative hairstyling suiting each client’s individual face, personality and lifestyle. Founded over forty years ago in London by the Mascolo brothers, TONI&GUY Hair Salons cater to the selective client who understands the value of our world-renowned reputation and services.

1125 Maxwell Lane, Unit 4A
(201) 876-2735
10% off salon services booked from Tues-Fri 10-4pm to all HFA members when they show their card.


6th Borough Market, Jersey City

6th Borough Market is a family friendly, highly-curated vintage, crafts, food and children activities open market that promotes community & local artisans. We bring together amazing makers and collectors, chefs and entertainers to create a gathering where you can taste, discover, enjoy, and – most importantly – spend time with friends, family, and neighbors. Free Admission. Next dates are July 20, August 10,September 14, and October 19. 11am -5pm.  Located behind City Hall Jersey City, Montgomery Street & Marin Blvd.