The Belleville Irish American Association is sponsoring a trip to Wildwood/Smithville/ Ocean City/Atlantic City/ Cape May from Sept. 8 to 12. The $465 per person cost includes hotel, transportation, four breakfasts, four lunches and four dinners. The trip is open to everyone. For itinerary or information, call Pat at 973-751-5308.
Belleville Historical Society will hold its annual Independence Day ceremony July 4 at 10 a.m. in the cemetery at Belleville Dutch Reformed Church, Main and Rutgers Sts. The historic cemetery is the final resting place of 66 soldiers of the American Revolution, one of the largest group of 1776 veterans in the United States. The 40-minute ceremony will include a roll call of the troops, raising the colors, the National Anthem, and a 21-gun salute.
The Historical Society is producing a Patriot Handbook/ Ad Journal to support its work. To place an ad, or for more information, call Mike Perrone at 973-789-7852.
Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St., will continue its genealogy/class workshop this summer, moving to the second Wednesday of the month, from 4 to 6 p.m. Registration is not required. Community volunteer Miguel Ramos, a certified teacher of social studies and American history, will explain how to research your family tree.
For more information on this event or upcoming programs, call 973- 566-6200, ext. 502, or visit www.bplnj.org. Follow the library on Facebook, Twitter or Google.
The library’s book club, “Finance for Beginners,” will continue throughout the summer with a workshop series on Tuesdays at the library and Thursdays at Panera Bread in Montclair at 5:30 p.m. both nights. Using the book “Financial Intelligence. . . Knowing What the Numbers Really Mean,” the workshop will cover the basics of the income (budget) statement, the balance sheet (net worth) and cash flow statement and their impact on daily financial decisions and selection of investment securities.
The workshops are for general information only – no professional, legal or financial advice is given. For more information, call the library.
The library will host screenings of the following films for its Thursday and Monday Afternoon at the Movies programs. Movies for both programs start at 12:15 p.m. in the library theater. Admission is free.
Thursdays – July 4 – Library closed; July 11 – “True Romance” (Christian Slater) (R); July 18 – “Seven Psychopaths” (Colin Farrell) (R); “Steel Magnolias” (Queen Latifah) (NR).
Mondays – July 8 – “Gangster Squad” (Sean Penn) (R); July 15 – “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” (Logan Lerman) (PG-13); July 22 – “Parental Guidance” (Billy Crystal) (PG); and July 29 – “Safe Haven” (Julianne Hough) (PG-13).
New Jersey Audubon presents a birding hike in Essex County Branch Brook Park, Mill St., on Saturday, July 20, at 8:30 a.m. Walk some of the paths of this varied park scene that holds a surprising variety of birdlife, from forest birds to ducks and herons. Meet at the Essex County Cherry Blossom Welcome Center on Branch Brook Drive between Heller Parkway and Mill St. Admission is $6 for NJA members and $8 for non-members. Space is limited. Contact Kelly Wenzel at 973-226-6082 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to register.
A free birding hike will be held on Thursday, July 25, at 8:30 a.m. in Essex County Brookdale Park, Bellevue Ave. Tour the rose garden and search for late summer birds and hummingbirds. Meet in the parking lot at the top of the soccer/football grandstands via the Bellevue Ave. entrance. Space is limited. Contact Kelly Wenzel at 973- 226-6082 or visit email@example.com for more information.
Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Ave., will run a bus trip to Caesar’s Casino in Atlantic City on Wednesday, Aug. 28. The bus will leave Oakeside at 9 a.m. and depart at 5 p.m. Participants will enjoy a bagel and juice on the bus and receive $25 in slot play at the casino. The cost is $30 per person. Oakeside will sponsor a trip to Broadway to see the Tony award winner for Best Musical, “Kinky Boots,” on Thursday, Oct. 10. Participants will enjoy a buffet dinner at the Oakeside Mansion starting at 4:30 p.m., then board a bus directly to the theater. The cost of the trip is $156 per person and includes dinner, round-trip bus transportation, mezzanine seats, and all taxes and tips.
Oakeside will organize a bus trip to Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, a 35-acre sculpture garden with over 270 sculptures on Sunday, Oct. 13. Participants can take a selfguided tour or join a docentled tour at 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Lunch is available at several venues on site, or participants can pack a picnic lunch. After the sculpture garden, the bus will stop at a nearby Cracker Barrel restaurant and gift shop and will leave at about 6:30 p.m. The cost is $55 per person, which includes the bus and admission to Grounds for Sculpture but not meals.
Reservations are required for all events and must be paid within five days of booking. There are no refunds on paid reservations.
A Chinese brush painting exhibit by the Hsin-Ruey Art Group of the N.J. Chinese Cultural and Art Association will be on display at Oakeside July 2-30, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A meet the artists opening reception will be held on July 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, call Oakeside at 973-429-0960.
A “Long Live the Beatles” Show, featuring brothers Tim and Brian Mahoney, will be held on Friday, July 5, at 7:30 p.m., at Essex County Brookdale Park, Watchung Ave., as part of the Essex County Free SummerMusic Concert Series.
Harrison Senior Center, 221 Harrison Ave., will host a picnic on July 3 at 11 a.m. The event features performances by Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin impersonators. Bring senior ID. For more information, call Rita at 973-268-2463.
The Harrison Public School District will participate in the 2013 Summer Food Service Program from July 8 to Aug. 8 (Monday to Thursday only from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.).
The Summer Food Service program, sponsored by the USDA’s Food And Nutrition Services, provides all children up to age 18 with the same free meal in accordance with a menu approved by the state agency regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age.
Harrison East Newark Elks Lodge #2326 will hold a 4th of July Tar Beach party on July 6 from 2 to 6 p.m. There will be draft beer, wine, soda and food. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and $10 for children.
The Smile and Implant Center, 837 Kearny Ave., is offering a One-Day Summer Special on Zoom Advanced ® (a One-Hour Professional Tooth Whitening System) on Wednesday, July 17. The price will be $199 plus tax. Call 201- 991-1055 and ask for Cesar for an appointment or for more information.
Vacation Bible School at Calvary United Methodist Church, 342 Elm St., will be held from Sunday, July 14 to Friday, July 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The program is free and for all ages and will include songs, crafts, games, snacks and prizes.
The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 7, Hudson County, meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Irish American Association, 95 Kearny Ave. New members are encouraged to attend.
Join the Senior Citizens of Kearny to meet new friends. Dues are $5 per year. This entitles members to five free parties, including a fish and chips dinner. Meetings are held on Thursdays at the Henrietta Benstead Senior Center, 60 Columbia Ave. Doors open at 9 a.m. for a continental breakfast and socializing. The business meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by Bingo at noon. Several speakers will be brought in during the year. For club information, call Carol 201-991-9369.
The Presbyterian Boys-Girls Club, 663 Kearny Ave., will be open during July and August on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. Most members and guests are between ages 8 and 15.
The summer program offers basketball, dodgeball, wiffleball, kick ball, gymnastics, bowling, bumper pool, air hockey, foozball, arts and crafts, ping pong and electronic games.
Summer trips are scheduled to KC Royals vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium (July 10), Mountain Creek Water Park (July 17), Seaside Heights rides and water park (July 31), Bow Craft Amusement and Miniature Golf (Aug. 7) and the Jersey Jackals vs. Newark Bears in baseball (Aug. 14).
All trips are chaperoned by PBGC directors. The club will be supervised this summer by Tom Fraser, Paul Vieira, Mark and Tonia Latka and Ryan Fraser.
The Kearny Rotary Club meets Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. at La Fiamma Restaurant, 440 Harrison Ave., in Harrison. Business leaders are invited to learn about the work that Rotary International accomplishes locally and globally. For more information, call Joe D’Arco at 201-955- 7400 or Jose Fernandez at 201-991-1040.
The West Hudson Detachment of the Marine Corps League invites all former and active duty Marines and FMF Corpsmen to attend an open house, which will be held every Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. at 286 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. Guests are welcome.
The Food Pantry, located at the Lyndhurst Municipal Annex, 253 Stuyvesant Ave., has new hours: Tuesday through Thursday from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The pantry is available to Lyndhurst residents who can show proof of hardship and proof of residency.
The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and Bergen County Audubon Society will host its First-Sunday-of-the- Month Bird Walk on Sunday, July 7, at 10 a.m. at DeKorte Park.
Check meadowblog.net for last-minute weather updates. Walkers must sign a standard liability release that is good for NJMC/BCAS events throughout the year. To R.S.V.P., contact Don Torino of the BCAS at greatauk4@aol. com or 201-230-4983.
Join the NJMC and BCAS for “Butterflies For Beginners,” a 30-minute talk and slide show, on Sunday, July 7, at 1 p.m. at the Meadowlands Environment Center, DeKorte Park. The group will then search for butterflies around the park.
The Meadowlands Environment Center (MEC) is hosting two one-hour pontoon boat trips for seniors Tuesday, July 9 (rain date July 16) at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. at River Barge Park, 260 Outwater Lane, Carlstadt. MEC staff will discuss the natural and cultural history of the region and point out fauna and flora. On land (while you wait – or when you return), MEC Director Angela Cristini will discuss the ecology of the Hackensack River. Bring a camera and wear sneakers.
Pre-registration and payment are required. Admission is $7 per person. To register, call 201-460-8300. The pontoon boats cannot accommodate wheelchairs.
Get an up-close view of the Meadowlands District’s spectacular scenic beauty and wildlife with a two-hour guided pontoon boat cruise of the Hackensack River and its surrounding marshes on July 10 at 10 a.m. and July 11 at 5:30 p.m. Pontoon boat cruises depart from River Barge Park, 260 Outwater Lane, Carlstadt.
NJMC staff will discuss the region’s human and environmental history and point out birds and other wildlife along the way. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $15 per person for ages 10 and up. For a complete schedule, directions and to register, visit http://www.njmeadowlands. gov/environment/tours.html or call 201-460-4640.
“Flight of the Raptor,” a free program for seniors, will be held at the Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 De- Korte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst, on Thursday, July 11 at 2 p.m. Jennifer Pena, master falconer, will host this bird of prey demonstration. For more information, call 201-460-8300 or visit www.njmeadowlands.gov/ec.
Take a three-hour guided canoe tour exploring the Hackensack River and its marshes with the NJMC on July 13 at 8:30 a.m. The tour launches from Mill Creek Point Park, Secaucus.
Paddlers will learn the basics of salt marsh ecology and enjoy the magnificent natural and man-made scenery while rowing past wetlands and down creeks. Pre-registration is required. Admission is $15 per person for ages 10 and up. For more information or to register, visit www.njmeadowlands.gov/environment/tours.html or call 201-460-4640.
The Lyndhurst Library Children’s Room, 355 Valley Brook Ave., invites children in grades pre-k to 2 for a walk-in story and coloring time on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. No registration is required.
Children in grades pre-k to 6 are welcome at the library every Monday and some Wednesdays (July 6, 24 and 31) from 3 to 4 p.m. to make an origami animal zoo. Registration is required.
Eliot the Super Magic Man will be at the library with jokes, magic tricks and more magical entertainment on Wednesday, July 10, at 4 p.m. The show will also include Super Bunny and Super Bird. Children ages 3 to 10 are welcome. Registration is required.
The library will host “Outrage Hisss…Pet,” an animal show, on Wednesday, July 17, from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Children in grades pre-k to 6 can learn some cool facts about animals. Registration is required.
Science meets art in a hands-on special event at the library on July 25 at 4:30 p.m. for children ages 7 to 14. Students will get an up-close and personal look at different fossils from around the world. Kids will play archaeologist as they create fossil rubbings, dig through sand to uncover “dinosaur bones” and even create a fossil impression out of clay. Registration is required.
Children in grades 3 to 6 can learn checkers at the library on Tuesday, July 9 and Thursday, July 11, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on both dates. Registration is required. A checkers tournament will be held at the library in three rounds (children must be committed to all three rounds) on the following dates, from 2:30 to 4 p.m.: first round – July 16; semifinal round – July 18; final practice – July 23; and final round –July 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. Space is limited and registration is required.
The library is offering basic to intermediate computer classes to the public. Registration is required to pair up tutors with learners. To register, call the Reference Department at 201-804-2478, ext. 4.
St. Michael the Archangel Parish, 624 Page Ave., is participating in the Fortnight for Freedom, 14 days of prayer and fasting for religious liberty ending July 4. The Fortnight for Freedom events conclude on July 4 with prayers after 7 a.m. Mass and 9 a.m. Mass.
Queen of Peace High School, 191 Rutherford Place, announces head football coach Robert Kearns will offer a free football camp for all boys entering grades 5 to 8 July 22-24, 9 a.m. to noon, at the school’s football field. The camp will center on fundamentals, rules, weight room instruction, in and out of season training, nutrition and game preparation. Campers should wear T-shirt, shorts and sneakers. Water and Gatorade will be supplied. Registration is not required. For more information, contact Ed Abromaitis at 201-998-8227, ext 31.
North Arlington Public Library, 210 Ridge Rd., is registering for its summer reading program through July 5, on a first-come, first-served basis, in person or online at http://bit.ly/11uEKUz. Children who complete the reading portion of the Summer Reading Club will be recognized at a ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 15, at 6 p.m.
The library is offering the following children’s programs from July 8 to Aug. 9:
Ages 2-5: Library Lullabies- Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and Bookworm Babies- Thursdays at 10 a.m.
Ages 6-10: Dig into Crafts- Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m.
Ages 10-13: Tween Book Club- Thursdays at 3:45 p.m.
Ages 14-18: YA Book Club- Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.
Special events for children will be held weekly at the library on Wednesdays from July 10 to Aug. 7. Registration for these programs will open up a week before the scheduled event date.
The library will present these drop-in programs for all ages: Board Games- Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and the Family Morning Movie- Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
The Senior Harmony Club of North Arlington has scheduled trips to the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City on Tuesday, July 9 and Tuesday, Aug. 13. The cost is $25. Participants receive $25 in slot play. Call Florence at 201-991-3173 for more information or reservations.
Applications for the 2013 Senior Farms Market Nutrition program vouchers are now available at Nutley Department of Public Affairs, 149 Chestnut St.
As per the Essex County Division of Senior Services, all Nutley residents ages 60 and older, and income eligible, are now required to pre-register to receive vouchers for the 2013 season. Vouchers will be distributed on Friday, July 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Essex County Branch Brook Park Cherry Blossom Welcome Center where the county will host a Farmer’s Market kickoff event. Transportation to the event will be provided on an as-needed basis. Applicants need valid ID, as well as proof of income. (Income eligibility: annual income of $21,257 or less, or $1,772 monthly or less, for a single applicant). Residents can pre-register for the program during office hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Approved residents will receive four $5 coupons, which can be redeemed for fresh fruit and vegetables only, at any farmers market in the state, from July through November. For more information, call 973-284-4976.
Join Nutley Public Library for story times and songs at the Farmer’s Market, in Municipal Lot #1 (on William St., on the east side of Franklin Ave.), on Library Outreach Day, July 7, at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Kids of all ages are welcome. There will also be a raffle. Summer reading program participants receive extra points for participation. This event is free.