Belleville Elks will hold a Type O blood drive, open to Belleville and the surrounding communities, on Wednesday, July 24, at 254 Washington Ave., from 5 to 9 p.m. No appointments are needed. All donors must be at least age 17, weigh at least 120 pounds and be in general good health. There is no upper age limit for donors provided they meet full health requirements. Donors must bring a signed form of ID. People with a fever or sore throat should wait until they are feeling better before donating and there is a 24- hour deferral for tooth cleanings and fillings. For those who have recently traveled outside the United States, call the blood center at 973-676- 4700, ext. 132, for eligibility criteria.
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 depart Oakeside at 9 a.m. and return 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 musical “Kinky Boots” on Thursday, Oct. 10. After a buffet dinner at the Oakeside Mansion at 4:30 p.m., participants will board a bus to the theater. The $156 per person cost includes dinner, round-trip bus transportation, mezzanine seats, taxes and tips.
Oakeside will also sponsor 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 does not include meals.
Reservations are required for all events and must be paid within five days of booking to ensure a place. There are no refunds on paid reservations. Call the Oakeside office at 973-429-0960.
The Stylistics will perform on Friday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Essex County Brookdale Park, Watchung Ave., as part of the Essex County Free Summer Music Concert Series. Founded in 1966, The Stylistics’ first album was titled “The Stylistics” and from that album came Stop, Look, Listen to Your Heart,” “You Are Everything” and “Betcha By Golly Wow” and earned them the reputation as the Philly group with the sweet love songs. Today, original members Herbert Murrell and Airrion Love, friends since junior high school, lead the group and keep their popular sounds of the 1970s alive.
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 provides 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 email@example.com. Together we will fight this disease.
The Harrison Public School District will participate in the 2013 Summer Food Service Program through 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.
Harrison American Legion Post 282, located on 8 Patterson St., is celebrating Christmas in July with a $10 barbecue at 4 p.m. through July 27. This event includes a visit from Santa with a Christmas present auction.
The Presbyterian Boys-Girls Club, 663 Kearny Ave., is open July and August on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. and offers members and guests ages 8 to 15 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 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.
Mary’s Traveling Seniors of Kearny is organizing a trip to Wildwood Sept. 8-12 (five days, four nights). Price includes: four nights, accommodations in Wildwood, four breakfasts and dinners, three nights of entertainment, a dolphin watch cruise, visit to Cape May and Atlantic City with a bonus rebate, transportation, all taxes, gratuities and luggage handling. Package price is $475 (double occupancy), single occupancy is $90 extra. Deposit is $150. Seats are limited. Call Mary at 201-998- 1030.
Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., will host a classic Disney double feature. Films will be shown downstairs. Popcorn and light refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome.
The schedule: July 29, at 1 p.m., “Mulan” (88 minutes/ rated G) 15th anniversary DVD release of this Disney classic and at 2:30 p.m. the 2004 sequel “Mulan II” (79 minutes/ rated G) will be shown.
Lyndhurst Food Pantry, on the first floor of the Municipal Annex, 253 Stuyvesant Ave., is re-stocking. This pantry, which currently serves more than 140 Lyndhurst families in need, welcomes donations of canned vegetables, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, applesauce, condiments, and paper products. No expired items will be accepted. All donations can be dropped off at the pantry. Anyone interested in holding a food drive for the pantry is invited to contact Sarah Anderson with the Lyndhurst Health Department at 201-804-2421.
Lyndhurst Youth Roller Hockey League is seeking boys and girls of all ages and levels. Beginners are welcome. The following divisions are available: Mites (grades K-2), Midgets (grades 3-5) and Juniors (grades 6-8). Registration fee is $45 for Lyndhurst residents ($55 after Aug. 1) and $55 for non-residents ($65 after Aug. 1). Applications are available at www. leaguelineup.com/lyhl. Mail or drop off completed applications to: Lyndhurst Youth Hockey League, c/o Lyndhurst Parks Dept., 250 Cleveland Ave., Lyndhurst N.J. 07071. For more information, visit www.leaguelineup.com/lyhl or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lyndhurst Elks will host an Elvis tribute on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m., at the Polish National Home, 730 New Jersey Ave. Donation is $20 and includes a light dinner and show. Advance tickets are $20 and $25 at the door.
For tickets or more information, call Julie at 201-424-2659 or Chris at 201-438-2750. Bring a canned good for the Lyndhurst Food Pantry.
A Big Swap Bonanza, a flea market and collectible show, will be held outdoors on Sunday, July 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the New Jersey Transit Lot on New York Avenue (off Ridge Road). Admission is free. This event is sponsored by the Lyndhurst High School Athletic Booster Club.
More than 50 exhibitors will be selling an array of new merchandise such as handbags, jewelry, gift items, sports collectibles, sun catchers, Tshirts, socks and more.
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 25 at 5:30 p.m. Experienced NJMC staff will discuss the region’s human and environmental history and point out birds and other wildlife along the way. The cruise leaves from River Barge Park, 260 Outwater Lane, Carlstadt.
Pre-registration is required. Admission is $15 per person; it’s open to ages 10 and up.
For a complete schedule, directions, and to register, visit www.njmeadowlands.gov/environment/tours.html, or call 201-460-4640.
Explore the history of bottles in all their shapes and colors during a free senior program at the Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 De- Korte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst, on Thursday, July 25, at 7 p.m.
Chet Nesley, master scuba instructor and avid underwater artifact collector, will present a brief history of glass, the bottle making industry and clues for dating bottles. Various bottles salvaged from the Jersey shore will be on display. Register by phone 201-777-2431 or 201-460-8300. For more information, call 201-460-8300 or visit www.njmeadowlands.gov/ec.
Take a three-hour guided tour exploring the Hackensack River and its marshes with the NJMC during a canoe trip on Saturday, July 27, at 8:30 a.m. Participants will learn the basics of salt marsh ecology and enjoy the magnificent natural and man-made scenery while paddling past wetlands and down creeks. Admission is $15 per person; ages 10 and up. Departs from Laurel Hill Park, Secaucus.
Pre-registration is required.
For more information or to register, visit www.njmeadowlands.gov/environment/tours. html or call 201-460-4640.
Join the NJMC and Bergen County Audubon Society and the North Jersey Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association for a free one-day butterfly fest on Sunday, July 28, (rain date Aug. 4) at 10 a.m. at DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst. The event will include butterfly walks, slide shows and tables with information on identification, binoculars and gardening to attract butterflies – plus contests and great door prizes. To R.S.V.P., contact Don Torino of the BCAS at greatauk4@ aol.com or 201-230- 4983. (Rain date is Sunday, Aug. 4).
Tom Bernardin, former National Park Service Ellis Island tour guide and author of “The Ellis Island Immigrant Cookbook,” will present “Ellis Island – The Golden Door,” a free program for seniors at the Meadowlands Environment Center on Tuesday, July 30, at 2 p.m.
Bernardin will show a slidelecture program presenting the story of the immigrants’ journey with authentic photos of the immigration process and the recently restored facility. To register, call 201-777- 2431 or 201-460-8300. For more information, call 201-460-8300 or visit www.njmeadowlands.gov/ec.
Grab a partner or come alone – join the NJMC at River Barge Park, 260 Outwater Lane, Carlstadt, for its second annual Old-Fashioned Barn Dance, a free senior program on Thursday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m. To register, call 201-777-2431 or 201-460-8300. Remember to wear your sneakers. Try to carpool since parking is limited. For more information, call 201-460-8300 or visit www.njmeadowlands.gov/ec.
Children in grades pre-k to 2 are welcome to Lyndhurst Library Children’s Room, 355 Valley Brook Ave., for a walkin story time on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6:30p.m. There will be coloring time. No registration is required. Children of all ages can visit the library for a screening of “Despicable Me!” on Monday, Aug. 5, from 2:15 to 4 p.m. Registration is required. Popcorn will be served.
Register now for the library’s scuba diver craft for children in grades pre-k to 3 on Monday. Aug. 12 at 2:30 to 3:15 p.m.
To register for library programs or for more information, call 201-804-2478.
The Lyndhurst Health Department is collecting donations for students in need. Items of interest are backpacks, dividers, and 3-ring binders. Donations can be dropped off at the Health Department, 601 Riverside Ave., Suite 1, from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. Donations should be delivered prior to Aug. 31. Parents with a child in need of school supplies, contact the Health Department at 201- 804-2500 to schedule a pickup of the needed supplies.
The Angry Coffee Bean hosts a creative writing meeting group on the second and fourth Monday of each month. An open mind and notebook are required. For more information, call 201-772-5554.
American Legion Alexander Stover Post 37, 222 River Rd., North Arlington, will hold its monthly meeting on Aug. 5, at 8 p.m. All veterans are invited to attend. For more information, call 201-214-8253.
Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Dr., will offer PJ Story Time on Monday, July 29, at 7 p.m. No registration is required.
The library will also host a drop-in craft activity on Wednesday, July 24, and Friday, July 26, at 10 a.m. on both dates. No registration is required.
Children in grades 3 to 8 can learn to “Tackle Like a Pro” with Coach Thurmond Moore during a one-day clinic on Aug. 10, from 1:30 to 5 p.m., at Msgr. Owens Field in Nutley (rain or shine).
Moore brings 29 years of experience from the NFL, UFL, college and high school programs. He also trains prospects for the NFL draft. The clinic will demonstrate safe and productive tackling techniques and provide valuable resources for coaches on how to teach, diagnose and assess.
There is a fee of $35 per participant. Online registration is available at www.nutleynj. org. Out-of-towners are welcome. For more information, call the Department of Parks and Recreation at 973-284- 4966 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
In recognition of Jersey Fresh Peach Month in August, the Nutley Farmers Market will host a peach party on Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Municipal Parking Lot 1 (on William St. on the east side of Franklin Ave.).
The Greenutley Information Booth will have peach samples, brochures, recipe books, and activity worksheets for the kids. Quantities are limited. Visit the booth for a chance to win a peach basket.
Owners of local eateries wishing to participate in the recognition of Jersey-Fresh Peach Month are asked to contact Meredith Blank of the Public Affairs Department at 973-284-4976. For information about the Nutley Farmers Market, or any of the other Greenutley Initiatives, visit the Greenutley page of the official township website at www.nutleynj.org or email Greenutley@nutleynj.org.