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  • The Readers’ Circle Book Group Fall Schedule

    Throbbing with the rhythms of underground America, jazz, sex, drugs, and the mystery and promise of the open road, Jack Kerouac’s classic novel of freedom and longing, ON THE ROAD, defined what it meant to be “Beat” and has inspired generation after generation.

    The Readers’ Circle book group meets Thursday, September 17 at 7:00pm to discuss ON THE ROAD by Jack Kerouac.

    The Readers’ Circle is a community event open to all book lovers.    Meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00 in All Saints, 701 Washington Street, in Hoboken.   Free coffee and cake is served.  For more info write readerscircle123@nullaol.com.

    The Fall 2009 line-up is:

    September 17:   ON THE ROAD Jack Kerouac
    October 15:   THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY Patricia Highsmith
    November 19:   MR. IVES’ CHRISTMAS Oscar Hijuelos
    Have a fabulous summer and hope to see you in September!

  • Smocks and Giggles Bookworm Challenge 2009

    Each week, kids will be assigned a new, age-appropriate book. With each book, the children will take a comprehension quiz, create relevant crafts, and participate in science and math activities that go along with the book. At the end of the program, the children who have completed all of the assigned books will be invited to an end-of-summer party.
    Location: Symposia Book Store 510 Washington, Hoboken
    Dates: July 6 through August 27 (Makeup days: July 18, August 1, August 22)

    Mondays - Ages 4 and 5
    Tuesdays – Ages 6 and 7
    Wednesday – 3 years olds
    Thursday –Ages 8 and 9
    Friday -  Tweens

    Cost: $40 per day or $350 for the summer

    Register by emailing smocksandgiggle@nullaol.com. Children receive a book tote, book mark, and book list upon registering. Each class will be led by a certified teacher, teacher’s aid and capped at 10 students.

    Smocks and Giggles will donate $2 to the Freedom Mission School each time a child receives an 80% or higher on a comprehension activity.

  • Hoboken Museum Summer Camps

    Hoboken Summer Camps Combine History and Fun!

    Education Coordinator Sherrard Bostwick Leads Kids on Exploration of River City Life and History Through Fun Activities, Art, Music and Sports

    As the Hoboken Historical Museum’s latest exhibition, Up and Down the River: A History of the Hudson, 1609 – 2009, continues through the summer, the Museum is launching its first half-day, weeklong summer camps for kids.

    Education coordinator Sherrard Bostwick, who has developed and led the Museum's programs for hundreds of school groups, plus the spring and fall Family Fun Days, has put together an agenda packed with age-appropriate activities geared to 4- to 6-year-olds for the first session, “Go Explorers Go,” from July 13 – 17; and to 7- to 10-year-olds for the second session, “History Detectives,” from August 24 – 28.

    With a long teaching career in nursery through middle schools and degrees in early childhood education and museum education, Ms. Bostwick is tailoring the summer adventures to the children’s experience and interest level. The younger group will keep busy with stories, songs, puppets, woodworking, art activities, movement and sports. First-time “campers” are welcome. The older group will enjoy special tours and instruction in nautical-themed subjects, such as maritime science, boat-building, Lenni Lenape Indian football, nautical knots, compasses and the history of the Hudson River, from Henry Hudson’s first exploratory voyage, Robert Fulton’s steamboat invention and the Stevens family’s contribution to sailing and design.

    Both sessions will run from 9:15 am to noon, cost $175 for the week ($150 for Museum members) and are limited to a small number of participants. Depending on demand, additional sessions may be scheduled. For more information or to enroll, send an email to education@nullhobokenmuseum.org


  • LSC – $3 discount for HFA members*


    Attention Hoboken Families!

    Liberty Science Center and Hoboken Family Alliance has teamed up to offer a $3.00 discount off any Exhibition or Combination Ticket for up to 5 people for Hoboken Family Alliance Members.

    To redeem this offer, show your Hoboken Family Alliance membership card and a valid ID.

    * Special Abbott District Note:  If your child is enrolled in an Abbott District public school, you are eligible for free admission for up to 5 people upon showing proof of school enrollment and proper ID.

    (Proper ID includes proof of attendance to the Abbott District school, i.e., report card, school ID, etc.)

    This offer expires December 31, 2009.

    Please go the Liberty Science Centers website for information on upcoming events.


  • Farmers Market 2009 -uptown & downtown!

    Downtown:  In its thirteenth year this year, the Hoboken Farmers’ Market is located on Washington St. between Newark St. and Observer Hwy. The market opens on June 30th and runs through October on Tuesdays from 3:00 to 7:30PM

    The Hoboken Farmer’s Market serves three purposes. It helps small farmers in New Jersey sell their produce, by giving them a venue they would otherwise not have. Local fresh fruits and vegetables are brought to the residents of Hoboken by the people that actually harvest them. And last but certainly not least the Hoboken Farmer’s Market has served as a gathering place for the community, where people exchange smiles, thoughts, and recipes.

    Uptown:  A farmer's market is coming to uptown Hoboken.

    Starting Thursday, July 2, the market will be on the east side of Hudson Street between 13th and 14th streets. The market will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. every Thursday this summer, selling the usual fare -- fruits, fresh veggies (most of them locally grown in the Garden State) as well as breads, pickles and pastries.

  • Hoboken Parks – Make a Day of Them

    Hoboken residents are lucky to have a variety of great parks and playgrounds scattered throughout our mile-square city. Venture beyond your local park this summer and explore something new - for a few hours or a full day of fun. Plan ahead and bring lunch, blankets, bathing suits and sunblock and make the best of spending summer in our city.

    According to the Hoboken’s Department of Environmental Services, area water parks are typically open from Memorial Day to Labor Day 9am-6pm, with extended hours on especially hot days. Here’s a listing to guide you whether you’ve been here for years or are new to town and want to get acquainted with what Hoboken has to offer.

  • Free Ice Cream at Friendly’s

    Free Ice Cream Day
    Saturday, June 6th 12-5pm

    The one across from the Moorestown Mall and the one across from Prospectors in Mount Laurel are both participating.

    For other Friendly locations, click here. Please call ahead to see if they are participating.

    "With 26 flavors to choose from including Hunka Chunka PB Fudge, Black Raspberry, and ever-popular Vanilla, Friendly's offers a flavor for every taste," the company said in a press release. "This is the second annual Free Ice Cream Day at Friendly's. Last year, the company gave away more than 300,000 free cones."

    ''We want to give away as much ice cream as possible,'' Friendly's chief executive Ned R. Lidvall said in a statement. ''We hope that by getting the word out online, a record-breaking number of people will come in to enjoy one of our 26 flavors. After a winter that was grueling -- both because of the economy and because of the weather -- people deserve a cool, delicious treat to kick off the summer.''

  • Pete Seeger Concert- Thursday Night


    Pier A Park in Hoboken (follow First St. east across Sinatra Drive—at the very end of the pier is where the show will be)

    The City of Hoboken is sponsoring a concert celebrating the life, work and music of Pete Seeger, who just turned 90. Seeger wrote many familiar American folk songs and made many more widely popular. A lifelong political activist, he stood up to the House Un-American Activities Committee when they questioned his politics and to General Electric when they polluted his beloved Hudson River.

    Pete's upriver from us in Beacon, NY. He's done a lot with his boat, The Clearwater, to educate people about the ecology of the wonderful Hudson. The Clearwater sloop will be docked at Erie Lackawanna station from 7-9PM at the inlet between Pier A Park and New Jersey Transit. Crew members will be on hand to talk about their mission. http://www.clearwater.org/music.html

    The Demolition String Band, with Elena Skye, Boo Reiners, Dave Post (Swingadelic) and Clarence Ferrari (Blue Harvest), are the host band for the night.

    The All Hoboken Youth Chorus will kick off the concert. The Chorus includes children from nursery through high school, from our public, charter, and private schools.

    Other performers include:
    Kate Jacobs, Jon & Deena of The Cucumbers, jazz clarinetist Perry Robinson, Gene D Plumber, Abbe Rivers, Eddie Fogarty, Dave Lambert, Tom Vincent, Dave Calamoneri, Annalee Van Kleeck, Emily Turonis, and Ray Korona

    You know these songs! One of Pete Seeger's great passions is to get people singing together. So bring a blanket or beach chair and come prepared to sing into the night, out across the Hudson.

  • Think your kid has talent? On-line auditions for PBS

    Raggs, PBS' new educational pre-school show, is looking for children with talent. The Raggs Rockin' Kids Search kicks off today in search of 100 children, ages 3 to 7, to appear in the show. You can audition on-line by uploading a video or mailing the video into Raggs through June 30. further details on Raggs and the contest can be found at www.raggs.com.


    Winners will  represent the ideas, geographic regions and cultural backgrounds of kids across the U.S. Each half-hour program is based on one main theme that promotes social and academic readiness. The show also addresses specific preschool curriculum topics including literacy, visual arts, science and discovery, mathematics, social studies and movement, music and dance.


    Winners will be notified in early July and taping is scheduled for mid-August in Charlotte, N.C.


    Let HFA know if you audition and win and we can feature the experience in our newsletter and on-line.


  • Tune in for Cake Boss on June 1

    Remember the rainy day Easter Egg Hunt and giant yummy, bunny cake provided by Carlo's Bakery? Catch the making of the cake on June 1 on Buddy Valastro's reality show Cake Boss - only on TLC. You can see episode 103 of "Cake Boss" this coming Monday June 1st at 10pm EST on TLC (followed by a rerun of the season premiere).  Thanks to everyone, especially the entire staff of Carlo's and TLC crew, for letting the HFA be a part of the show.  Here's a preview from the folks at TLC: It's one of the busiest weeks of the year at Carlo's Bakery with orders pouring in for Easter and a last minute Easter Bunny cake turns into more than the team bargained for. And the family is nervous when Grace decides to cook Easter Dinner for everyone.