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The Belleville Public Library and Information Center offers English as a Second Language beginner and intermediate classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Classes are taught by qualified teachers from Belleville High School. There is a minimal fee of $5 per class. Those interested may sign up at any time. To register, call the library’s circulation desk at 973-450-3434.
A flea market, craft and collectible show will be held on Sunday, May 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Belleville High School, 100 Passaic Ave. Admission is free.
The Feast of St. Anthony of Padua will be clebrated Friday, June 10, from 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday, June 11, from 3 to 11 p.m. and Sunday, June 12, from 1 to 10 p.m. on Franklin St. in Belleville. There will be a Mass Friday at 5 p.m. and a procession on Saturday after the 5:30 p.m. Mass and on Sunday following the noon Mass. The event will include food, rides, raffles and live entertainment.

The Bloomfield Public Library Children’s Department hosts a book club for students in grades 4-6 on Tuesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. Students do not have to have read a book before they come and weekly attendance is not mandatory. For more information, call (973) 566-6200, ext. 502.
The library offers a Homework Helper program for students in grades 1-6. Students seeking help may come to the Children’s Department, 90 Broad St., on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. to sign up and to see the next available helper. For more information, call 973-566-6200, ext. 507.
A Poetry Club meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m. in the library’s conference room, 90 Broad St.  No registration required; all are welcome to attend.  Come and share your work! For more information, call 973-566-6200, ext. 502 or email reference@bplnj.org.

East Newark
West Hudson Brave Women Fighting Breast Cancer meets on the last Friday of every month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the East Newark Senior Center, 37 President St. The group will provide an atmosphere of warmth and comfort for patients and family. For more information, call Emma at 201-998-6828, Rosa 201-246-7750, Fatima 973-485-4236 or email emidura2@yahoo.com. Together we will fight this disease.

The Lyndhurst Library will be hosting “The Flag Raisers of Iwo Jima” on Wednesday, May 25, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  This is a slide lecture, and music presentation about the six Marines (one was actually a Navy corpsman) who entered immortality on a windswept island in WWII in the most famous photograph ever taken. Space is limited and registration is required. Call library Director Donna Romeo at 201-804-2478, ext. 7 or email romeo@bccls.org to register.
The Polish American Citizen’s Club of Lyndhurst, 730 New Jersey Ave., will have Memorial Day services on May 30, starting with a 9 a.m. Mass at St. Michael’s Church, followed by services at Lewandowski Park, followed by refreshments at the club. Everyone is invited.
Strawberry Fields Forever!: The New Jersey Strawberry is the name of the program to be held Saturday, June 4, at 1 p.m. at the Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst. Take a tour through the history of the beloved strawberry with food historian Judith Krall Russo as she discusses the folklore and roots of the crop in N.J. Enjoy a tasting of fresh strawberries, strawberry desserts, jams and tea. $5/person; $4/MEC members. For more info: www.njmeadowlands.gov/ec or 201-460-8300.
A walk-in story time for children in pre-k to grade 2 is held at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at Lyndhurst Library, 355 Valley Brook Ave.,  until June 17.
Storytime for age 3  is held at 10:30 a.m. and for ages 3 to 4 at 1:30 p.m. at the library. The last session will be on June 2. Registration will be open in August for the fall session of this program.
The library announces the following special programs: A puppet show will be held at 1 p.m. on June 23. The summer reading program liftoff will be held on June 28 at 1:30 p.m., featuring a special guest performing a magic show.
Registration is open for the library’s summer reading program, “One World, Many Stories,” which will be held from June 22 to Aug. 12 for children in pre-k to grade 6. Registration for this program will be open from June 15 to July 5.

North Arlington
The North Arlington Board of Health will sponsor a free skin cancer screening on Thursday, June 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. by appointment at the North Arlington Health Department, 10 Beaver Ave.  Dermatologist Dr. Rebecca Lu will be the screening physician.  For appointment, please call the Health Department at 201-955-5695.

Nutley Public Library’s Wednesday Afternoon Knitting Club meets weekly from 1 to 3 p.m.  Come share your love of knitting and crocheting with both beginning and experienced knitters. Please bring your own supplies.
The library will show films on the following Fridays:  June 3 – “The Social Network,” June 10 – “Dinner for Schmucks” and June 17 – “Red.” Each film starts at 2 p.m.
Monday Night Book Club will meet to discuss the “The Girl from Foreign” by Sadia Shephard on June 6 at 7 p.m. Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month. Newcomers are welcome.
Teen Advisory Council meetings are scheduled for June 7 and 24 at 3 p.m. This is a volunteer program for teens to get involved with their library and help out.
Hooked on Books, a book club for fifth and sixth graders, will meet Tuesday, June 7, from 7 to 8 p.m. At each meeting, the group will discuss a book, have a snack and play a game. Sign up at the children’s desk or register online through the library’s website. The book is “The Red Pyramid” by Rick Riordan.

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