LIVINGSTON, NJ -The 20th annual Livingston Youth Appreciation Week, organized by the Healthy Community Healthy Youth Initiative of Livingston, Livingston Youth and Leisure Services, and the West Essex YMCA, will run from Sunday, May 17 to Memorial Day, Monday, May 25. The event recognizes children’s achievements and contributions to the community.

The program will offer a Diversity Festival, NJ Hall of Fame mobile, Color Wars, Stuff the Bus, Mr. Ray children’s concert, LANCETalks, Ga-Ga tournament, Lego events, visit by a well-known author, Movie Under the Stars, and Cole Bros. Circus. See schedule below.

Organizers said, “The young people of Livingston are really special and they keep proving just how special they are time and time again. They are involved in all aspects of Livingston life, from working with seniors and people with special needs, helping to ‘green’ the town, to long-term planning; they are committed and can be counted on to volunteer and serve the community. ”

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THE SCHEDULE:

Sunday, May 17:

From 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., there will be a Diversity Festival in Livingston at the West Essex YMCA (the New Jersey Hall of Fame Mobile Museum will be parked at Town Hall by the Skate Park too). Those interested in participating should call 973-992-7500, send an email to cfrancione@metroymcas.org or bmw5283@gmail.com.

There will be live Music and Cultural Performances, a kids Fashion Show and food samples from around the world. Entry is FREE. All members of the public are invited and encouraged to attend. Come enjoy diversity at its best! This is an excellent opportunity for children to learn about other cultures, take pride in their own heritage or just hang around with friends. There are several ways families can participate in this town-wide event.

  1. International Fashion Show: Bring one’s siblings and friends – no experience is necessary.
  2. Cultural Performances: Call 973-992-7500 with details of the performance.
  3. Setting up a Country Display with Food: Those interested in volunteering for the event should bring a few display items and/or some sample food from the country they will be representing.

Not sure what to do? Call 973-992-7500 to discuss opportunities.

Visit by NJ Hall of Fame Mobile Museum

The same day, the community will have a visit by the NJ Hall of Fame Mobile Museum. This event follows the morning Run for Rachel. The NJ Hall of Fame mobile will be open all day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It will be parked in the Town Hall Parking Lot, next to the Skate Park and adjacent to the Diversity Festival at the YMCA.

The NJ Hall of Fame mobile welcomes thousands of visitors in communities across the state. Through the power of images, artifacts, film and a suite of interactive tools, New Jersey’s leaders and legends are made accessible the public. 

The visit was donated by Livingston Public Schools, who won the visit, on behalf of the New Jersey School Insurance Group.

Alan Karpas, organizer of the week-long activities said, “We are excited about the NJ Hall of Fame Visit and expect the entire community will be equally excited to visit it.”

Monday, May 18

3:00 – 4:15 pm: Adopt a Grandparent at Ingelmore

7:00 – 8:00 pm: Livingston TV Youth Appreciation Week Kick Off

Tuesday, May 19

3:00 – 4:15 pm: Adopt-a-Grandparent event at CareOne

4:30 – 7:30 pm: Building Kidz – Lego Connects Us Together. 

Click here for the Building Blocks Workshop 2015 (flyer).NOTE: LEGO projects will not sent home.

Grades K-2: Build a WeDo LEGO project with motors, gears and sensors. The project will connect to laptops, and children will learn how to program with a picture-based system to make their model move and make sounds!

Grades 3-5: Build a Mindstorms LEGO robot with motors, gears and sensors. Programming is done directly on the NXT brick to make the robot come to life! Robots will engage in a “Bot Battle” once they are ready!

Register for one of the two sessions. Registration includes pizza and refreshments:

  • 4:30 – 5:45 pm
  • 6:15 – 7:30 pm

Up to 40 children in grades K – 2 may participate in each session. Up to 20 children in grades 3 – 5 may participate in each session. All CHILDREN must pre-register for the event.

Fee: The cost for each child is $15.00 and that does include Pizza and drinks. Location: SCC, 204 Hillside Ave, Lower Level Rm T-3. Pre-register online with CommunityPass HERE or in person at the SYLS office, located at 204 Hillside Avenue, by Tuesday, May 20. No walk-in registration will be accepted at the door.

Wednesday, May 20

4:00 – 6:00 pm: Livingston COLOR WARYAW 2015 Color WAR (flyer)

  • Grades K-2: 4:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Grades 3-5: 5:00 – 6:00 pm

All events will be held at the Gazebo (The Oval). Registration deadline is May 11 to get a free T-shirt.

6:00 – 8:00 pm: LACD Program at YMCA

6pm-7pm: Wiffle Ball Clinic

7pm-8pm: Balloon Artist and Music Clinic

Location: West Essex YMCA, 321 South Livingston Ave, Livingston NJ, 07039

FREE of charge. For children with Special Needs and their families. Call 973-970-4441 for more information. Click HERE for more information.

7:00 – 8:00 pm: Library Event - Wendy Mass Book Signing 2015

7:00 pm: Lance Talks at LHS

Thursday, May 21

9:00 am – 2:00 pm  Stuff the Bus food drive to support C.H.O.W. Listing of the bus stops to coming soon

6:00 – 8:00 pm Family Building Blocks Workshop, at the Senior/Community Center (204 Hillside Ave). Limit 50 families. Fee: $25 per family (up to a family of six). Pre-registration required.

Friday, May 22

4:00pm – 6:00pm: Little People’s Concert with Mr. Ray at the Senior/Community Center (204 Hillside Ave) in the T-rooms

6:00 – 9:00 pm: Parents Night Out 2015. FREE child care at the Monmouth Court Community Center (26 Monmouth Ct). Event is sponsored by SYLS and YMCA. Registration required on CommunityPass or in person at the SYLS office at 204 Hillside Ave.

Saturday, May 23

Family Festival Day at the Oval, which is a community-wide celebration and a key event during Youth Appreciation Week, is scheduled for May 23, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.  The event offers many family- friendly activities including pony rides, a petting zoo, craft tents, face painters, a giant blow-up obstacle course and slides, fire trucks, adopt-a-pet, and a chalk walk, among others. The Family Festival ends in the evening with a Movie under the Stars.

While the event is free of charge, this year organizers are asking the community to donate to the Family Festival Day’s Food Drive as suggested admission and help us Stuff the Bus with Food For C.H.O.W (Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse). This is a community wide challenge to fill a large school bus with food. 

The food drive is being run by The Livingston Robotics Club and will be located at the Club’s Jr. FLL (Junior First Lego League) Expo. The Expo, which is the largest outdoor Jr. FLL event in the nation, will be held at the entrance to the Oval by the Library. It will showcase science research projects and LEGO robotics designed by groups of six to nine year olds from many Northern New Jersey towns.

Featured events:

9:00 – 11:00 am: Stuff the Bus

10:00 – 11:00 am: Chalk Walk

10:00 – 3:00 pm: Petting Zoo, Ponies, Face Painters, Brandon DJ, Crafts Corner, Pottery Mr. Nose, Fire Trucks and Ambulance, Force Homestead, Police Dept IDs, Inspection of Car Seats, Adopt-a-Pet Tent, Go Karts, Balloon Maker, Robotics Club Exhibition, Mad Science, Starbucks, LYCS Mirror Project, New World Manga, Maurice Blow up Slides and more…

12:00 – 1:00 pm and 2:00 – 3:00 pm: Fun and Games with the YMCA

1:00 – 3:00 pm: Bike Rodeo This is a great opportunity for kids who are new to riding a bicycle or those with a few years of experience. Riders will gain experience riding in simulated traffic conditions, maneuvering around obstacles and obeying signals. Children will also be challenged in slow races. Course instructors will perform a safety inspection, teach proper riding etiquette, and promote the health benefits associated with safe cycling. All ages are welcome to learn the rules of the road for healthy safe riding. All cyclists must wear a helmet and bring a bicycle in good working condition!

3:00 – 5:00 pm: YAW 2015 GaGa Challenge at the Gazebo (The Oval). Registration deadline is May 11

  • 3:00 – 4:00 pm Grades 1 – 4 - Gaga
  • 4:00 – 5:00 pm grades 5 – 8 -Gaga

3:00 – 5:00 pm: Ultimate Frisbee Competition sponsored by The Landroids High School age and older. Open to “Livingston Ultimate Frisbee” Facebook Members Only

4:00 – 8:00 pm: All Livingston families are invited to bring their tents to the under the stars. Boy Scout Troops 12 and 16, along with Cub Scout Pack 16, will be leading the evening’s events to include: 4:00 – 5:30 pm Tent set-up; 5:30 – 7:30 pm Scout group games for kids including classics like Tug-of-War, Water Balloon Slingshot and Silent Speedball; 7:30 pm Camp fire. The Scouts will light the fire and put on a routine of skits for all to see. Refreshments will be sold on-site throughout the evening. Families are invited to spend the night at The Oval in their tents. Pre-register online and register through CommunityPass under “Youth Appreciation Week 2014.” Pre-registration is not mandatory, but it does help properly prepare for the event. All are welcome.

8:30 – 10:00 pm: Movie Under the Stars

Sunday, May 24

The Cole Bros. Circus will be in town. Tickets are available at the SYLS office (204 Hillside Ave) Cash only

7:00 am Raise the Tent

Performances
2:30 pm and 5:50 pm

Monday, May 25

This year’s Memorial Day Parade will start at 9:30 am with a ceremonial service at the Oval to commemorate those who have died defending the United States.  At 10 am, after the ceremony, the parade will start on S. Livingston Avenue and will end at Congressional Way. In the event of inclement weather the Ceremonial Service will be held at the LHS Auditorium. Donations are greatly appreciated and can be sent to: Memorial Day Parade Committee, 204 Hillside Avenue, Livingston, NJ 07039, Attn: Liliana Branquinho. Make checks payable to Memorial Day Parade Committee.