Recently we wrote about an unfortunate incident stemming from a disease called Leptospirosis. At the time we had never heard about, so we only highlighted the experience and decided to do a bit more research. What we found was alarming.

We expected to uncover that the bacteria commonly referred to as Lepto would only affect smaller animals with weaker immune systems. Instead we found that it is a zoonotic disease that can even affect livestock and people. (Thankfully, some animals such as cats have a natural immunity and rarely show signs)

It is even postulated as the cause of an epidemic among Native Americans along the coast of present-day Massachusetts that occurred immediately before the arrival of the Pilgrims in 1620 and killed most of the native population. (1)

Today, Lepto is still commonplace in impoverished nations but is growing in ubiquity as tourism and travel increases. It is even estimated that ten million peoples are infected by leptospirosis annually and was recently brought to national attention when former Olympic gold rower, Andy Holmes, succumbed to the disease in 2010. (1)

The disease has many strains and can enter the body through contact with infected urine, bite, or the ingestion of infected tissue. The bacteria then rapidly multiplies, spreading to the kidneys, liver, spleen, nervous system, eyes, and genital tract (2).

Symptoms devlop 4 to 12 days after exposure. (3)

Each strain can cause different physical and mental symptoms including:

  • Sudden fever and illness
    Sore muscles, reluctance to move
    Stiffness in muscles, legs, stiff
    Lack of appetite
    Increased thirst and urination, may be indicative of chronic renal (kidney) failure, progressing to inability to urinate
    Rapid dehydration
    Vomiting, possibly with blood
    Diarrhea – with or without blood in stool
    Bloody vaginal discharge
    Dark red speckled gums (petechiae)
    Yellow skin and/or whites of eyes – anemic symptoms
    Spontaneous cough
    Difficulty breathing, fast breathing, irregular pulse
    Runny nose
    Swelling of the mucous membrane
    Mild swelling of the lymph nodes

If the damage to the kidneys or liver is not too severe, the animal will begin to recover in 7 or 8 days. (4)

Treatment consists of Penicillin, subcutaneous fluids, and Doxycycline are used to treat the initial infection, correct dehydration, and the long term states respectively. (4)

Unfortunately, asymptomatic sufferers can still spread the infection and may intermittently shed bacteria for months or years.
Even with treatment, mortality rates can be as high as 10 to 50%. (1)

If the disease worsens, it can cause kidney failure and bleeding. At this stage, it is often referred to as Weil’s disease, named after Adolf Weil a prominent German physician who lost his life to what was later revealed as a variation of Leptospirosis.

Vaccines are available, but usually only for one or two of the more common strains. Unfortunately, vaccination against one strain does not protect against the other strains and a positive diagnosis can only be made through a blood test. (4)

A Leptospiral vaccination for dogs offer about 6 to 8 months of protection but it can be very traumatic so puppies should wait months before vaccination.

Be cautious of crowded areas such as kennels as this is a common way for animals to contract the disease. The best way to prevent spread is to keep animals out of contact with potential sources of infection including contaminated water sources, wildlife reservoirs, or domestic animals that are infected or chronic carriers. (4)

Typically we are an upbeat group at ADinLOS, but seeing how severe and grim the circumstance, we felt due diligence to educate ourselves and pass on what we learned. Our next post will be a much lighter and upbeat post.
[1] “Leptospirosis”. Wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2015-05-07

[2] “Bacterial Infection (Leptospirosis) in Dogs”. PetMD.com. Retrieved 2015-05-07

[3] “Leptospirosis in Dogs” DogzHealth.com. Retrieved 2015-05-07

[4] “Leptospirosis in Dogs” PetEducation.com. Retrieved 2015-05-07

Saying Goodbye

We lost a member of our family the other day.

As pet parents we recognize the finite relationship we have with our pets. Yet the day always hits too soon, we mourn, heal, remember, and begin the journey again with a spriteful new companion. Many people don’t understand why we put ourselves through the torment, knowing there is little our pets will outlive us. But, the prospect of building another wonderful relationship is what always brings us back. Asking a pet parent which pet was their favorite is much like asking a real parent about their children. They are all amazing for different reasons.
Unfortunately, for our good friends, this too soon experience, happened too soon. Five years young, a dear friend of the family lost Noah, a beautiful Pitt Bull & Boxer mix.

Noah was a good dog. A little rambunctious, but more importantly, a good friend.
Monday morning, they noticed Noah was not feeling well, and as most of us would do, let her be. After all, it’s pretty frequent that our pets have an irritable stomach. Simple diet change, the wrong food fell on the floor, or merely rummaging through something bad outside. We’d love to monitor everything, but it’s impossible.
A few hours later, expecting a vivid return to action they returned home to find Noah still not feeling well. On the morning of the next day, still no better. Upon closer inspection, you could see visible signs, more than discomfort. Yellow skin & gums.
Off to the vet.
After a series of tests, what we found out next was shocking. The symptoms were much more serious than we could imagine.
Leptosiris is an infection transmitted through consuming infection urine. More than likely due to a raccoon, opossum, or rat urinating in a puddle or on some grass. Noah then scoured up an afternoon snack leading to her gravely unfortunate situation. It could have happened anywhere, even on a walk.

The worst part is, it is almost always fatile. In this case, it was.
5 years young, years too soon.
We will miss you Noah. Rest in peace.

Montclair Top 10 Things to Do in April


The George Segal Gallery Presents: “The Enchanting Art of Japan”

When: March 12th – April 18th, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 11 AM – 6 PM, Thursday, 12:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Where: George Segal Gallery, College Ave, Montclair, NJ 07043
Who: No Listed
Price: Free
We can’t get enough art and learning about new culture, so when we learned about the George Segal Gallery at Montclair State University, we had to go. Combining three centuries (18th, 19th, & 20th) of Japanese culture, the exhibit captures printmakers who inspired Van Gogh and Degas to sculptures on loan from the Helene Kosloski Collection. In addition, the gallery is presenting a lecture showcasing the importance of tea in Japan called, All the Tea In Japan/History and Culture, which takes place on Saturday, April 11 from 3 PM to 4 PM. 
For more information click here.
Van Vleck Daffodils

Landscape By the Yard – Think Spring

When: Wednesday, April 1st @ 7 PM
Where: Van Vleck Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St, Montclair, NJ 07042
Who: Not Listed
Price: $30 Members – $35 Non-Members
A spring workshop by Mierop Design and Terra Graphics Landscape Services. All-Season Formal garden. Educational to apply to their own gardens. Special interest to new homeowners who need help getting started. Designing/preparing outdoor space for planting – Basics in every project: finding light, the right place for a patio, optimizing small spaces, disguising unwanted views and organizing for kids, cars and pets (yay!). Plus what to expect when hiring a professional.
For more information click here.
Shen Yun

Shen Yun

When: Friday, April 10th @ 8 PM, Saturday, April 11th @ 2:30 PM & 8 PM, Sunday, April 12 @ 1:30 PM
Where: NJPAC, One Center Street, Newark, NJ 07102
Who: 4+
Price: $64-$184
For the past few years, Shen Yun has been getting bigger and bigger and we’re hoping this year we’ll finally get to go. Chinese culture prohibits the presentation of the ancient culture which makes this event so special. Taking you on a journey to the ancient empires, Shen Yun explores colorful, classical dance with vivid backdrops.
For more information click here.
Gala of the Arts

Gala of the Arts

When: Saturday, April 11 @ 6:30 PM
Where: Montclair Art Museum, 3 S Mountain Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042
Who: Not listed
Price: $500
Continuing in the tradition of art, the Gala of the Arts at MAM sounds amazing, but we probably won’t be going. At $500, the price may be steep, but every event they do is so wonderful and unique, this must be good. The gala will showcase contemporary art, a cocktail reception, and a seated dinner.
Find out more information here.
MFEE Chili Cook Off

MFEE Chili Cook Off

When: Saturday, April 11 @ 7 PM
Where: Women’s Club of Upper Montclair, 200 Cooper Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07043
Who: Not Listed
Price: $35 (all guests will receive a fun commemorative bandana)
Do you love chili? We do! And what’s better than enjoying good chili and good drinks with good friends in the community. Locals will get to try their hand at different categories and get judged by some pretty impressive culinary minds; Karen Schloss Diaz, Restaurant & Food Trends columnist for The Montclair Times/NorthJersey.com; New Jersey Monthly magazine’s Rosalie Saferstein and Andrew Zimmer, Thrillist’s New York Editor. All while the rest of the hungry and thirsty patrons enjoy beer, music, dessert, and of course, chili. As so many Montclair events are, it’s all for a good cause – the Montclair Public School system.
For more information click here.
Branch Brook Park

Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival

When: April 11th – April 22nd

Where: Branch Brook Park, 115 Clifton Ave, Newark, NJ 07104
Who: Anyone
Price: Free
There are few things in Essex County more magnificent than Branch Brook Park in the spring. If you haven’t been, definitely check it out. Try to go during the week, or prepare to walk a bit. The first time we entered off 280 over by the beautiful cathedral church, parked and were underwhelmed. The scene of the church on the water lined with Cherry Blossoms is beautiful, but certainly not the one that supposedly surpassed the D.C. festival. Not nearly as crowded either. Then we found out the festival is on a whole other side of the park. You really don’t realize just how big the park is, until you’ve driven (or walked) from end to end. Stretching over 365 acres, the park boasts 4,000 cherry blossom trees, with 10 different species. All week long there are different events, but we prefer just to do our own self-guided tour of the magnificence. It is much different than D.C. too, much more of a natural approach rather than lining streets and paths with the trees which is beautiful in it’s own right. Just different.
This year could be a little interesting though. In recent years the event has been happening earlier and earlier, so the event adjusted it’s dates. Due to this years cold weather, the trees look to blossom the next week.
For more information click here.
Cameron Adoption Event

Cat/Kitten Adoption Event

When: Sunday, April 12 @ 12
Where: Cameron Animal Hospital, 417 Bloomfield Ave. in Montclair, New Jersey
Who: Anyone
Price: $125 per cat
We loved Dr. Cameron. He is so wonderful with all animals, especially cats. This is the first adoption event of many he is hosting this year. Others will take place on Sunday, May 3rd and Sunday, May 17. All adoptions include FeLV/FIV testing, deworming, vaccination, microchipping, and spay/neuter surgery. Of course everything goes to a good cause to, helping the provide  shelter, food, medical care, vaccinations, enrichment and behavioral rehabilitation.
Family-owned and in Montclair since 1936, Cameron Animal Hospital caters to more than just cats, but mostly small animals and have always been involved in the Essex County rescue community.
For more information click here.
Van Vleck

Landscape By the Yard – Planting and Caring for Unusual Plants

When: Wednesday, April 15th @ 7 PM
Where: Van Vleck Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St, Montclair, NJ 07042
Who: Not Listed
Price: $30 Members – $35 Non-Members
This is part two of the Landscape By the Yard series, conducted by Mierop Design and Terra Graphics Landscape Services. The portion goes in to depth we have always been uncomfortable with ourselves, unusual plants. They are so beautiful, so exotic, yet how are they cared for. Highlighted will be unusual or unique trees, shrubs, and perennials. Including advice on how to install and care for new additions.
Fore more information click here.
Guffaws for PAWS

Guffaws for PAWS – An Evening of Comedy

When: Friday, April 17th @ 7 PM
Where: First Congregational Church, 40 S. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042
Who: Not Listed
Price: $25
An evening of comedy supporting PAWS, a rescue and shelter organization in Montclair for the past 37 years. PAWS finds forever homes for at-risk pet, promotes spay-neuter, and humane education. Sounds good to us.
For more information click here.
Price is Right Live

The Price is Right Live!

When: Friday, April 17th @ 5 PM
Where: NJPAC, Once Center St., Newark, NJ 07012
Who: 18+
Price: $39.50 – $49.50
We grew up watching The Price is Right on CBS. So when we heard it’s coming to NJ, it had to make the list. One of the longest running shows on network television, TPIR and Bob Barker always have a special place in our heart imploring everyone spay and neuter pets to keep the pet population down. In kind, Drew Carey continues the tradition.
So Come on down. You’re the next contestant on The Price is Right Live!
For more information click here.
Man of La Mancha

The Montclair Operetta Club Presents Man of La Mancha

When: Friday, April 17th @ 8 PM, Saturday, April 18th @ 8 PM, Sunday April 19th @ 2PM, Friday, April 24th @ 8 PM, Saturday, April 25th @ 8 PM, Sunday, April 26th @ 2 PM
Where: Westminster Arts Center, 449 Franklin Street, Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Who: Student+
Price: $4 Bllomfield College Student – $25 Adult
Do you know the story of Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha? Probably about the same as we do. I know the premise, but not the whole story. The Montclair Operetta Club does just this, teaches us the fable of Alonso Quixano turned Don Quixote, the chivalrous knight. Predicated on Cervantes, Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha is a bitter story of a dying man whose dream takes over his mind as he fights imaginary monsters. The book is later haled one of the classic pieces of literature.
Find out more information here.



When: April 5th
Where: Anywhere
Who: Anyone
Price: Free
(I am not Jewish, otherwise Passover could easily take this) Any holiday bringing friends and family and food together has to be on a top events list. Besides, who doesn’t love a good egg hunt. Many of our friends would probably say that eating the hard boiled eggs is the best part, but I love dying them and coming up with creative combinations.

Earth Day

When: Wednesday, April 22nd
Where: Everywhere
Who: Everyone
Price: Free

You love the Earth. I love the Earth. Do something nice for it. Plant a tree, donate electronics, don’t drive, turn off the electronics, reuse items, and buy locally! The smallest things help, and if we all do our part, the Earth will be around for a much longer time.

Arbor Day

When: Friday, April 24th
Where: Everywhere
Who: Everyone
Price: Free

You love the Trees. I love the Trees. Do something nice for them. Ok, this sounds extremely familiar. Probably because it is. Most things in Earth day are the same. That doesn’t mean these are the only days we should participate, just do your part and spread the word.

Cold January Continued

Edgemont Elementary School

A Cold January in Montclair

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Anderson Park on a cold January day

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Looking down Bloomfield Avenue

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Hockey at Edgemont Memorial Park

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More cold action at Anderson Park

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Construction of the MC Hotel

Upper Montclair Firehouse

Firestation #2 in Upper Montclair

Turkey in Montclair

Turkeys by the Montclair Art Museum

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Breakfast at Pig and Prince

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Bow Tie Clairidge Cinema

National Train Your Dog Month

Dog On Leash

As a child I always thought of dog training in a very simple and amusing manner; ask Molly to do a trick, give Molly a treat. Much to my mom’s chagrin I would repeat until Molly’s belly was upset. All I wanted to do was keep her happy.

Thankfully, Molly was very food motivated and we grew up on a quiet side street, never having to cross a busy street. Obviously, even though I attended puppy training, I never understood the need for proper dog training. Hopefully, my parents understood training’s true purpose.

In honor of National Train Your Dog Month, ADinLOS would like to share some important techniques, commands, and yes, even tricks.

The first thing every pet parents should understand is how important the relationship between pet and master. Despite what we may believe, dogs not only need order, they want order. Order begins with listening to a someone they respect. When we allow our pets to tell us what to do, the likely-hood that our pets will listen to us when it really matters lessens. This doesn’t mean we need to force our dogs into submission, rather we need to lead them by enforcing proper technique.

Many people focus on negative reinforcement to keep our dogs from doing what we don’t want rather than positive reinforcement to keep them doing what we do want. The reality is, we need a combination of the two.

Positive Technique 1 – Motivational :
Motivational Training involves the use of food and other valued treats. Typically, the treat, combined with verbal praise is used to entice the dogs into repeating positive behaviors. Eventually after enough repetition, dogs will repeat without the need for treats.
Positive Technique 2 – Koehler:
The Koehler Method focuses on a dogs desire to enact behaviors of choice. When a dog is rewarded, it’s learned experience becomes positive and more desirable then uncomfortable situations, therefore the likelyhood to repeat is increased.
Positive Technique 3 – Marker:
The Marker Training revolves around the use of a sound to express a desired behavior. Once the dog completes the action, a clicker or other cue is used to show satisfaction. This is usually followed by verbal praise or possibly a treat.

Though each involve food or praise, food should not be used overly frequent, or the dog will come to expect it and lose focus. Also, many critique the use of verbal cues as most dogs react and understand non-verbal cues better. Ultimately, the positive technique is the choice of the leader, but it is important to understand the different positive methodologies.

Negative Technique 1 – Replacement:
Replacement technique is used to counter a dogs desire to do a negative incompatible action. When a dog lunges, replace the action with a conflicting action such as a sit and stay. Through repetition, the inappropriate action becomes the new standard.
Negative Technique 2 – Undesirable Consequences:
Undesirable Consequences involves the removal of an inappropriate action. Often confused with adverse punishment,it actually involves a variety of possibilities, including removal of rewards, instilling a positive punishment (stepping on a leash when a dog attempts to jump), or removing the negative until the behavior stops.

Negative techniques often are more difficult to carry-out as the involve two difficulties; our desire to keep our dog happy and time. Usually these habits have grown and became the new standard which requires constant attention and dedication.

Most important commands:
Leave it
Bring It
Drop it
Take It
Our favorite tricks:
Put Toys Away
Have realistic expectations – Fido is a dog, not a human. Make sure your goals are attainable and dog driven, not human driven.
Be consistent – If your goal is get Fluffy to stop jumping on the couch, don’t let him jump in your lap
You get what you reinforce – Pay close attention to what you do and what you say. Often we are doing something different…and negative.
Keep sessions short and simple – Attention spans are short (on both ends). Make sure you and Fido don’t lose focus and frustrated. Try short repeated sessons.
Good body language – Dogs understand body language before they can understand English. If you have poor body language and cues, odds are it might not work.

Remember, every dog is different, do what works for you. Just because your friend told you all terriers are stubborn and won’t listen, doesn’t mean you should give up or not try a technique usually suited for Labradors.

Everyone has heard the cliche phrase of you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but I disagree. My dogs teach me something new every day.

Fall’s End 2

Crane's Mill

Crane’s Mill



St. Lukes of Montclair

St. Lukes of Montclair

Church Street

Church Street

St. Lukes of Montclair

St. Lukes of Montclair

Union Congregational Church

Union Congregational Church

Brookdale Park

Brookdale Park


First visit to Villalobos. Chef Adam accidentally photo-boming us

First visit to Villalobos. Chef Adam accidentally photo-boming us

Fall’s End

Enjoy some of our favorite pictures from this fall in Montclair

December Pet Care Do’s and Dont’s

In a new series for ADinLOS, we are featuring monthly pet care do’s and dont’s . As we approach the winter months and the temperature drops it is a good time to develop some good habits. Without further ado:

Walk dogs in parks. Usually, heavily trafficked streets have high salt concentration and other chemicals which can be tough on your dogs paws. People tend to exaggerate about salt burning paws, but it can be a major irritant, or even worse if ingested. Also, most parks have higher tree lines which will cut down on the amount of wind you and your pet experience.

Assume that because your pets have ‘fur’ coats they are naturally immune to cold temperatures. The reality is, smaller bodies usually have weaker immune systems and are therefore more susceptible to the cold. A lot of people think animals look ridiculous dressed up, but imagine if you had to walk around naked all year. To some people it might be nice in the summer, but I don’t know anyone who would be okay in the winter. Your local pet shop should have a decent selection of gimmicky articles of clothing, but clothes may be easier to make with your own articles of clothing and a few stitches.

Build adequate shelter for outdoor pets. Typically ADinLOS frowns on outdoor pets, but we’ll admit that we have a few. What can we say, kittens and injured animals just seem to find us. Outdoor pets do not get used to the cold. Stay outside for a day or two in December without a coat. Did you get used to it? Didn’t think so. Make sure the shelter is at least twice as large as your pet. Keep the enclosure elevated in a sunny area away from wind. When building the inside, prepare an area towards the back with straw for warmth, not towels or hay which absorb moisture and can mold.

Neglect ears and paws. A large portion of heat is lost through these areas of the body. If attention isn’t paid here, you may be fighting a losing battle. This means booties and hoods.

Keep temperatures consistent when we leave the house for an extended period of time. Energy is expensive, but it’s nothing compared to the importance of our pets health.

Ignore the water temperature of our aquariums. Goldfish tend to be hearty, but when they get used to a what we consider room temperature, low temperature is a huge shock and needs to be addressed.

Pay extra attention to travel demands. Travel is stressful on everyone, but it is especially stressful on our pets. Be cautious and take a trip to the vet to ensure pets are healthy, and all medications and vaccinations are current. Depending on the method of travel, familiarize them with their temporary housing. Keep comfortable blankets, dishes, and toys. The day of, feed them hours before travel to avoid upset stomachs. All will help reduce the amount of stress and stride for happy travel.

Assume pets diets remain unchanged. Ensure pets are hydrated and nourished. Pets burn more energy in extreme temperatures and will need extra attention in the winter months. The winter months tend to hide perspiration better and encourages dehydration and lethargy quickly.

Avoid certain classic holiday decorations. Most of us have heard that Poinsettias are poisonous to eat, and though this is largely exaggerated, mistletoe is the real danger. Poinsettieas need to be injested in large quantities to be harmful, but mistletoes symptoms can be mild to moderate depending on the variety. The European variety usually has more toxins than the American variety, but it is always wise to do your homework.

Forget to kitty-proof your Christmas Tree. This means tying it down. Aside from falling and breaking all of your precious ornaments, it can break your precious kitten as well. We tend to assume that cats have 9 lives and always land on their feet. Unfortunately, this is not always the truth. Extensive research has been done on a phenomenom known as ‘High Rise Syndrome’. Below three feet, cats do not have the ability to ‘right’ themselves and will not always land on their feet. Three feet doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you think that every cat is different, these 3 feet can be increased to 2 stories. Be careful and don’t assume your cat can ‘right’ itself. So please, tie up your tree.

Comments are always encouraged. Do you have any additional tips or advice? Concerns about an item on our list? A lot of pet care can seem like common sense, but we find that we are always learning and even the simplest of ideas can open our mind.

December’s Top 10 Things To Do In Montclair


December 2nd

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday

Black Friday began in the 1960 as a term to express the time of year when business books went from red to black. Now it’s a polarizing day most Americans dread or anticipate. Thankfully, a truly altruistic event has spawned from the overly commercial, Black Friday; Giving Tuesday. Organized in 2012 and only picking up speed, Giving Tuesday is estimate to process over 30 million dollars in donations in 2014.

When: December 2nd, all day
Who: Anyone
Where: Anywhere
Cost: Any Amount

Update: Although Giving Tuesday has passed, it’s never too late to donate. Here are a few of our favorites:
Human Needs Food Pantry
Paws Montclair
Salvation Army
Care Plus NJ

December 3rd


Newark Boys Chorus  at Montclair Art Museum's First Free Thursday Night in December

First Free Thursday Montclair Art Museum

December continues the tradition with free admission and special activities featuring exhibits including tours of the African Quilt display, a workshop, and a holiday trunk show in the MAM store. Enterntainment includes the Silver Fox Songs Quartet and the Newark Boys Chorus, paired with drinks from Pig & Prince and food from The Empanada Guy and Oink & Moo.

When: December 3rd, 5 PM to 9 PM
Who: All are invited. Alcohol is served, so you must bring your ID.
Where: Montclair Art Museum, 3 S Mountain Ave Montclair, NJ 07042
Cost: Free

Update: As always, we had such a great time. The Newark Boys Chorus blew us away.

December 5th


Tree Lighting

What’s more emblematic of Christmas than a Christmas Tree. One our favorite Christmas traditions was always watching the lighting of the tree, and it still is.The annual Montclair tree lighting this year will be held on Friday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m., in Church Street Plaza.

When: December 5th, 6 PM
Who: Anyone
Where: Church Street Plaza Montclair, NJ 07042
Cost: Free

December 6-27th


Free Parking in Montclair

Not really an event, but it’s still exciting. Keep in mind, this is to promote local business and only refers to 2-hour bagged meters, not 3-hour meters.

When: December 6th – 27th
Who: Anyone with a driver’s license
Where: Montclair, NJ 07042 and Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
Cost: Free for 2-hour meters


December 9th


Wrap & Roll

Third annual Wrap & Roll event on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Charles H. Bullock School, 55 Washington Street, Montclair. Continuing in the season of giving, Montclair Schools team up to provide gifts to the underprivileged. Bringing donated and unwrapped gifts, volunteers from all around the community come together wrapping and bonding around refreshments and festive delights.

When: December 9th, 4:30 PM to 7 PM
Who: Aimed at families, anyone can attend
Where: 55 Washington Street, Montclair 07042
Cost: Free to attend, just make sure you bring a gift to donate

December 11th


Google “Solve for X” Initiative

Think you have an a mind blowing scientific or technological idea aimed at benefiting the world. Google wants to hear about it. Selected as 1 of 12 sites in the world, North Jersey and Montclair State University are hosting Google’s Solve For X initiative 2014. The best part, it’s open to anyone.

When: December 11th, 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Who: All aspiring brilliant scientific and technological pioneers
Where: Montclair State University, 55 Washington Street, Montclair, NJ 07043
Cost: Free

December 12th


Autumn Garden Tour

Laura Roberts, Garden Manager of the beautiful Van Vleck leads a tour through the final few days of autumn. Tours can be given individually or as a group.

When: December 12th, 1 PM – 2 PM
Who: Anyone
Where: Van Vleck Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St, Montclair, NJ 07042
Cost: $5 Friends; $7 others Series Rate: All four tours (Sept – Dec) for $15 Friends or $20 others.

December 12th – December 31st

Turtle Back Zoo Holiday Lights

Holiday Lights

The Turtle Back Zoo is an amazing place any time of year. The amount of changes the zoo and the surrounding area has gone through is incredibly impressive. We are especially excited to visit this year, as they have added many new exhibits. and December is an entirely different experience. The Turtle Back Zoo entertains families from all over, decorating the entire zoo in festive lights. A truly impressive display.

When: December 12th – December 31st, 5PM – 9PM
Who: Anyone
Where: Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052
Cost: Free admission, donations are encouraged

December 25th

Christmas Day

“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presenece of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” – Burton Hillis

December 26th and 27th

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer The Musical

Recreating the 1964 TV special, NJPAC brings Rudolph the epic characters, music, costumes, and effects to the stage. Before the show, meet in the lobby for photos, face painting, art, and refreshments (free for ticket holders).

When: December 26th & 27th
Who: Anyone
Where: NJPAC, 1 Center St, Newark, NJ 07102
Cost: $29.50 to $39.50

December 31st

New Years Eve

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice.” – T.S. Eliot

Many restaurants are putting on festivites for New Years, including some of our favorites:
Pig and Prince
Orange Squirrel
The Yellow Plum
Ariane Kitchen & Bar
McLoone’s Boathouse
Restaurant Blu

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