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The Belleville Middle School Fine and Performing Arts Department is proud to announce its upcoming Spring Concert series. On May 15 the 7th and 8th grade choirs will perform selections of “Living on a Prayer,” “Man in the Mirror” and highlights from “Les Miserables.” The band, orchestra, and jazz band will take the stage on May 22. The performance will include selections from “Beauty and the Beast”, “Sing, Sing, Sing” and “Joyful, Joyful”. Both free concerts will be held in the BMS auditorium at 7 p.m. S

ave Monday, May 20, for Clara Maass Medical Center Foundation’s annual golf invitational. Held at the prestigious Montclair Golf Club, this event includes the opportunity to play on the course’s greens, brunch, cocktails, dinner and a silent auction. Proceeds from the Golf Invitational benefit the programs and services of Clara Maass Medical Center. To register, or for more information, visit or contact the foundation at 973-450-2277.


Neighbors Helping Neighbors Career Transition Support and Networking group will continue to meet at the Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St., on Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. The meetings are free and are open to all.

The Neighbors group offers support for people who are actively looking for work and want new insight into their job search. Attendees include the unemployed, those who have been laid off or are re-entering the job market, as well as recent grads, retirees, and those seeking a new career. The group meetings offer a comfortable and casual environment for diverse job seekers to share their experiences, trade tips and advice, network, and offer each other support.


Harrison American Legion will have an open house for viewing its collection of memorabilia assembled in connection with its 75th anniversary. Viewing dates are: May 15, from noon to 3 p.m. for school children; onMay 16 from 3 to 6 p.m. for the general public and senior citizens; and May 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. for the general public, Post Auxiliary and American Legion members. For more information, call Ed Marshman at 201-998-0662.


The Arlington Woman’s Club annual spring luncheon will be held on May 14 at 12:30 p.m. at the Roma Restaurant in North Arlington. Dorothy Meissner, who is coordinating the luncheon, can be reached at 201-997-5165 for further details. For further information about the club, contact Moira Crowell at 201-997-2781.

Kearny Community Garden is hosting its first annual Plant and Seed Exchange on Saturday, May 11, from noon to 4 p.m., at 487 Passaic Ave. All are welcome.

Divide your favorite plants, put them in labeled pots, come down and trade for new ones. You can also bring a packet of seeds to share with others. Or simply bring yourself down to look around, ask questions and satisfy your curiosity.

This is a fun, free event for the whole family. Free advice, free plants and seeds, free face painting for the kids. Rain date is the following Saturday.

At the Kearny Public Library Main library, 318 Kearny Ave., Preschool Play/Story Times for ages 2 1/2 to 4 1/2 will continue on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to noon, and also on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Baby Steps play/story time with music and bubbles for infants up to 35 months will continue on Wednesdays at the library from 10:30 to 11:15.

At the Branch library, 759 Kearny Ave., Preschool Play/ Story Times will continue on Thursdays at the library from 10:15 to 11 a.m.

Children ages 5 and older are invited to art class with Mrs. Mills at the library from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 23. The library will provide the materials for celebrating 20 years of The Magic Tree House book series. Registration is not required, but space is limited.

Grace United Methodist Church, 380 Kearny Ave., Kearny, will serve a pork dinner in its Fellowship Hall on Friday, May 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. Dinner includes roast pork and all the trimmings. Takeout orders will be available. Cost for adults is $10 and $5 for children under 12. For more information, call the church office at 201-991-1132.

Trinity Episcopal Church, 575 Kearny Ave., Kearny, will hold a flea market on Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Both new and used items as well as crafts will be available for sale. A snack bar will offer breakfast and lunch foods. Tables are still available at a cost of $15 each or two for $25. For more information, call the church office at 201-991-5894.


The Humane Society of Bergen County, 221-223 Stuyvesant Ave., Lyndhurst, has a supply of dog food both canned and dry available to anyone who, due to unemployment, disability or any other financial difficulty, cannot afford to feed your dog. Just stop by or call 201-896-9300. Hours are: Monday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Lyndhurst Elks are running a bus trip to the Sands in Bethlehem, Pa. on May 19. Cost is $30 per person; participants get $20 back in slots and $5 for food. A bus will leave the Lyndhurst Elks, 247 Park Ave., at 9 a.m. and return at 6 p.m. For tickets, call Julie 201- 424-2659.

Lyndhurst Public Library, 355 Valley Brook Ave., invites the community to join in a continuous program “Connecting With Your Inner Self,” geared for those ages 50 and older. Participants will be invited to talk about topics such as fears, aging, changing obstacles into opportunities, dealing with problems optimistically and appreciating where you are in life. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, May 16, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. For more information, call the library at 201-804- 2478, ext. 7.

The Lyndhurst Library will host “Life at an Edwardian Manor-Inspired by Downtown Abbey” presented by Food Historian Judith Krall-Russo on Saturday, May 11, from 11 a.m. to noon. The critically acclaimed TV series, “Downton Abbey,” has renewed popular interest in the Edwardian era, when King Edward VII reigned in the United Kingdom.

Though you don’t have to be a “Downton Abbey” fan to enjoy this program, devoted fans may take more notice of certain details in the show after attending. Space is limited. Call the library at 201-804-2478, ext. 7 or email to register.

The Woman’s Club of Lyndhurst is sponsoring a trip to Mt. Airy Casino and shopping at the Commons on Monday, June 3. The bus will leave the New Jersey Transit Lot at 8:30 a.m. and return at 7 p.m. Cost of the trip is $30. Anyone interested call Janet Ritigliano at 201-935-1208.

Drawing Flowers with a Splash (of Color) will be held on Thursday, May 9, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Meadowlands Environment Center, Two De- Korte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst. Adults of all experience levels will be introduced to drawing flowers, beginning with basic shapes. Basic art supplies will be provided for the session, or bring your own if you wish. Cost is $15/person; $10/MEC members. For more information, call 201-460-8300 or visit

The Birdsong Project Trio, a program for all ages, will be held at the Environment Center on Saturday, May 11, from 8 to 9 p.m. In the summer of 2008, Diane Moser spent five weeks at the Mac- Dowell Colony for artists in New Hampshire, listening to birds to create compositions based on the songs of robins, sparrows and chickadees, and the natural soundscape. Also featured is a reworking of “A Hermit Thrush at Eve” by composer Amy Beach. The concert will be preceded at 7:30 p.m. by a talk with Moser on “Deep Listening and Acoustic Ecology.” Admission is $15/person; $10/seniors; $8/MEC members. For more information, call 201-460-8300 or

The N.J. Meadowlands Commission and the Bergen County Audubon Society will host the 5th annual Mother’s Day Walk on Sunday, May 12, at 10 a.m. The free two-hour event begins at the Ridgefield Nature Center in Ridgefield and features a walk around the 5.4-acre center (once the home of the Great Bear Bottled Water Co.), and a visit to Skeetkill Creek Marsh in Ridgefield, with a stop to see Monk Parakeets on the way. Check for last-minute weather updates. You will have to sign a standard liability release for this event. To R.S.V.P., contact Don Torino of the BCAS at greatauk4@ or 201-230- 4983.

Due to electrical work, De- Korte Park in Lyndhurst will be closed from Friday morning, May 10, to approximately 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 11 — even to World Series of Birding participants. The park will reopen in time for the 8 p.m. Birdsong Project Trio concert at the Meadowlands Environment Center.

In addition, Valley Brook Avenue also will be closed near DeKorte Park on Saturday, May 11, until approximately 4 p.m. For more information, call 201-460-1700.

The Polish American Citizens Club, 730 New Jersey Ave., Lyndhurst, will sponsor a trip to Nashville, Tenn., (seven days, six nights; six breakfasts and four dinners). The bus will leave on July 28 at 8 a.m. and return Aug. 3.

Cost is $625 with a $75 deposit at signing; final payment is due May 21. For more information, call Alice at 201-935-3830.

North Arlington

North Arlington Elks Lodge #1992, 129 Ridge Rd., will host a Mother’s Day breakfast on May 12, from 8 a.m. to noon. Breakfast will include eggs or pancakes, bacon or sausage, home fries, toast, fresh fruit, coffee, tea or juice. For more information, call Cheryl Clune at 201-923-3268.


The local theatre troupe, ‘cherryblossomplayers:LLC’, seeks 10-16 females and 12-20 males (age range: 14 to 70) for their 2013 summer musical production of Frank Loesser’s “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

Auditions will take place May 8 and 10 in the meetings rooms of Vincent United Methodist Church, 100 Vincent Pl., in Nutley (behind Nutley football field). Possible callbacks are scheduled for May 11. Email <> or call 201-563-1746 for confirmation of your preferred date/ time of appointment and vocal specifics. Appointments are available between 7 to 10 p.m. (Wednesday) and 6:30 to 10 p.m. (Friday). Open call or walk-in auditions are not recommended. Performances are planned for mid-August

The Observer Staff