Zaniac: Grand Opening

Have you ever wished you studied math or science more when you were younger – how much these subjects, with constantly changing technology, are integral to your own adult life?

Zaniac is a new after-school, extra-curricular program in Jersey City aimed to intrigue students K-8 to dig deeper into these subjects. Like how to code computer programs or how to build video games – not just play them.

Added bonus: Acquiring these skills at an early age is obviously a good thing for future life success, but Zaniac’s curriculum may encourage children who don’t like typical classroom settings to start to enjoy learning – and perhaps gain more confidence.

The Jersey City campus on 125 First Street opens its doors June 3. Read about some of the programs here.

Always strive to learn more,
JCG

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Interactive Kids Show 5/8


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Jersey City: You need not miss this.

Con Vivo Music invites Jersey City families on Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 8th) for an interactive kids show with The Toomai String Quintet at the Barrow Mansion (83 Wayne St.) at 2pm.

Toomai will lead an exploration of how improvisation manifests itself in music of different styles, featuring works by Duke Ellington, Cachao, Perapeskaro, and J.S. Bach.
Toomai has performed in many capacities throughout the United States, with appearances at Lincoln Center, the 92nd St. Y, Philadelphia Arts Alliance, and for the Miami Civic Music Association, among others.

The quintet was a pilot ensemble for Carnegie Hall’s “Musical Connections” program, and they continue to perform regularly in schools, hospitals, and alternative care facilities throughout New York City. In addition, the Toomai String Quintet has brought its array of educational programs to students in California, Florida, and across the Northeast, and has presented interactive concerts in collaboration with organizations such as California Institute of the Arts, The Juilliard School, and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.

 
 
Watch them here:

 
Best of all, the event is free, because some awesome organizations still believe in the arts.
 
 
See you on Sunday!
JCG
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Con Vivo Kids Show! 3/29/15

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Con Vivo is hosting a special event just for kids!

Enjoy family-friendly music, interactive performances, and learning designed for young audiences on Sunday, March 29 at 3pm at The Barrow Mansion (83 Wayne St.)

Children will have the opportunity to build their own instruments out of tubes, balloons, and tape and join in the concert’s grand finale. All materials are provided. And after the concert the children can bring their creations home!

 
I Heart Music & I Love You, Jersey City!
JCG
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Help Get Kids Off The Streets

CAM01960Hey Jersey City,

The International Taekwon-d0 Academy (523 Palisade Ave; 201.356.9918) is raising money for a student scholarship.

I befriended owner Vic Teran when he opened the school in the heights a little over a year ago. Vic is Marine Corps Veteran and former U.S State Department – High threat Diplomatic protection overseas officer.

When he returned to the states and opened his studio, his goal was to provide a positive haven for inner-city and underprvileged children to learn leadership, perseverance, team work and self worth. The Academy offers Taekwon-do, TRX, Bootcamp, Yoga, Zumba, Core training (Kickboxing), and self-defense—which will be my next class after getting mugged on my block!

Vic will take it from here:

Our short term goal for the program is to provide a one year scholarship to 50 inner city kids. Long term, I wish to provide this program as a continuous affordable, publicly funded service to the underprivileged children of Jersey City and surrounding impoverished areas.

At the academy, students will learn the tenets of Taekwon-Do: Courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, indomitable spirit, honor, courage and commitment. My goal is to give a haven where I can share my experience andserve as a role model for others to emulate. With every donation, you are helping shape a child’s life. Let’s create a better future and great leaders by focusing our positive energy onto these young children. Every child deserves to start over.  Join our team and help us give back to the community by reaching out to children and giving them a location where they can learn self-value and taking them off the streets!

 

Learn more about the effort and donate here.

 

Thanks Jersey City!
JCG

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Holiday Toy Drive!

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The United Way of Hudson County needs your help in its toy drive supporting children and teenagers in low-income families or living in foster care homes through the NJ Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP).

Toys are needed for children ranging in age from 0 to 18 years old, both girls and boys. As one of the most diverse areas in the United States, they encourage people to select gifts appropriate for children of all races and ethnicities. If you are unsure what to buy, teenagers particularly enjoy gift cards.

Items needed include: toy cars, trucks, fire trucks, police trucks, puzzles, games, books, DVD’s, electronics, bikes, baseball gloves, footballs, basketballs, soccer balls, coloring books, crayons, earrings, jewelry sets, belts, and socks. Baby items include clothes, snow sets, gloves, scarf and hat sets. Baby swings, bassinets, walkers, diapers, and toys.

Toys should be new and unwrapped in order to match the correct toy with the right child.

Toys should be delivered by Friday, December 19 to United Way of Hudson County, 857 Bergen Avenue, Jersey City, NJ  07306.  To contribute online, please go to www.unitedwayhudson.org.

 

Make it a happy holiday for all,
JCG

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