Category Archives: Community Events

Green Film Series: One Big Home

Montclair’s office of Environmental Affairs and Community Green proudly present the 80th free screening of their 7-year old Green Film Series, on Thursday, July 20, 6:30 p.m., at the Public Library, 50 So. Fullerton Avenue. All events at the Library are free.

In “One Big Home”, we see how a community can determine its own destiny, and explores over-development of communities as a complex cultural issue.

Gentrification comes in many forms. On the tiny island of Martha’s Vineyard, where presidents and celebrities vacation, trophy homes threaten to destroy the island’s unique character.

Twelve years in the making, “One Big Home” follows one carpenter’s journey to understand the trend toward giant houses. When he feels complicit in wrecking the place he calls home, he takes off his tool belt and picks up a camera. Bumping up against angry homeowners and builders who look the other way, he works with his community and attempts to pass a new bylaw to limit house size.

Bring the family, a neighbor, or a good friend for this moving documentary and take part in our open discussion after the film. For further questions, please contact the office of Environmental Affairs at 973-509-5721, or grussell@montclairnjusa.org

Montclair Celebrates Arbor Day with Events & Seedling Giveaway!

Montclair residents looking to enrich their yards and benefit the environment by planting and preserving shade trees on their properties can join the Montclair Environmental Commission for an Arbor Day event on Sunday April 30th between 9am and noon. The Montclair Town Council officially approved a proclamation naming April 28th as Arbor Day in Montclair. The event will be held on the northeast edge of Edgemont Memorial Park.

Between 9am and noon, Montclair residents can come by to pick up free tree seedlings. Families can also participate in a tree scavenger hunt and earn the chance to win prizes donated by Montclair’s American Royal Hardware and Learning Express as well as a Watchung Booksellers gift basket worth $50 for one winner. They will also learn about participation in the Montclair  poster contest, If Trees Could Speak, running from April 28th through May 8th for children in grades K-5th-. This poster contest is co-sponsored by the Montclair Environmental Commission and Whole Foods Market Montclair.

Education materials will be available on planting, caring for trees and managing potentially diseased trees on residential properties.

The tree seedling giveaway is offered as part of the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign, a project overseen by the state and organized in coordination with the Township Community Services Department. The exact species that will be available to Montclair have not yet been released by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. Last year 350 seedlings were distributed to residents.

The seedlings will come with instructions on how to store, care for and where to plant them. The guides help residents choose the right place on a property to plant a tree while keeping in mind the tree’s full-grown size.

Residents should plant the seedlings within two days after receiving them to prevent the roots from drying out.

The giveaway is open to all Montclair residents and property owners.

The Tree Recovery Campaign is a collaboration that includes Montclair, New Jersey State Forestry Services, New Jersey Soil Conservation Districts, Sustainable Jersey, Arbor Day Foundation, Brothers International, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Wyndham Vacation Resorts and FedEx.

The Tree Recovery Campaign’s intention is to distribute more than 500,000 tree seedlings to New Jersey residents during the five years that it is active. This is its third year running.

Green Film Series: Landfill Harmonic

In celebration of Earth Day this month, Montclair’s office of Environmental Affairs and Community Green present Landfill Harmonic, the next free movie in their Green Film Series, on Thursday, April 20, 6:30 p.m., at the Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue. All events at the library are free.

This compelling documentary follows the ingenuity and shining talent of the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group of young people who play instruments made entirely out of garbage.

When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. The movie follows the troupe from landfill to sold-out concerts, even through natural disasters.

Favio Chavez, their music director, must find a way to keep the orchestra intact and provide hope for their town. The film is a testimony to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit. Bring the family, a friend, or your favorite young musician to this uplifting film and take part in our open discussion afterwards.

For further questions, please contact Environmental Affairs at 973-509-5721. RSVP & share on Facebook, here!

« Older Entries Recent Entries »