All posts tagged environment

“Make Art Out of Recyclables at the Sayreville Library” April 15, 2015

Published April 16, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_7108Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta (left)

All photos used with parents’ permission

Children were thrilled to make flags that represented their favorite countries out of chopsticks, recycled paper and origami paper. This program was created by Bridget Briant, of YogaToGo (http://www.yogatogonj.com/) and available through Pear Tree Enterprises (https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/).

SAM_7109Lorraine Brown (far left, standing)

All photos are used with parents’ permission

SAM_7110Diane Barros (standing)

All photos are used with parents’ permission

Bridget Briant and myself give special thanks to Lorraine Brown and Diane Barros for their extra hands. Lorraine will be creating new recyclables programs beginning April 27. Diane will also be on board as a fill-in.

Find out which libraries we’ll be presenting at for the rest of the month in New Jersey by visiting Pear Tree (https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/). All events are free and open to the public. There are many bookings this month in celebration of Earth Day.

Our program is available to schools and for private children’s parties. For pricing and availability, contact Maryanne at maryannechristiano@gmail.com

Seeking Artist/Crafts Person for Children’s Environmental Program

Published April 9, 2015 by Maryanne

Bridget Briant ArtSnowman design by Bridget Briant

I’m seeking a freelance artist/crafts person to participate in an environmental program making art out of recycled materials for library events in New Jersey. Position is on-going (up to three events per week) and starts immediately.

Must be friendly, dependable and able to work with a group of up to 20 children.

Please be available week days. Experience with children a must. Need dependable car.

Send cover letter and a link to your work. No resume necessary. My email is: maryannechristiano@gmail.com

Make Art Out of Recyclables at Garwood Library

Published February 8, 2015 by Maryanne


“Make Art Out of Recyclables”

(Photo of children used by permission from parent)

“Make Art Out of Recyclables” was held yesterday at the Garwood Library, Garwood, New Jersey.

This program is available for libraries, schools and private parties.

For pricing and availability, contact Maryanne at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com

“Make Art Out of Recycables” is affiliated with Pear Tree Enterprises (www.peartreeenterprises.com)


Recycling is not only good for the environment. When creative sparks fly, old junk and trash can become a child’s masterpiece!

Whether it’s making robots out of old cereal boxes, dolls out of Q-tips, puppets from old socks, or “designer” footwear from old buttons, children will have a blast at this informative, fun, inter-active class which is geared towards children ages 6 to 10.

Each class is different, according to seasons and materials available. Classes are limited to 20 children, so must have a sign-up sheet. And so that no child gets left out, we do offer discounted “back-to-back” programs.

Class is conducted by award-winning journalist, author and public speaker, Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta with assistance from various artists and teachers who have worked with children.

Baggy Maggy and Friends Save Stinkville

Published April 22, 2013 by Maryanne

BAGGYMAGGY_032212_gh_tif_New Jersey author Paulette Szalay’s book “Baggy Maggy and Friends Save Stinkville” 

This morning I had the honor to meet and interview Paulette Szalay who wrote the environmentally conscious book, “Baggy Maggy and Friends Save Stinkville.”

It’s a great book to inspire children to recycle!

For more information, visit: http://www.baggymaggy.com/