Confidential documents will be shredded for free on Community Shred Day (Belleville residents only) on Saturday, Sept. 28, 9 a.m. to noon, in the Senior Center parking lot, 125 Franklin Ave. Proof of residency is required. Bring documents in paper bags or cardboard boxes weighing no more than 10 lbs. (limit: five banker boxes per person). No binders or magazines are accepted. This event will end before noon if the shredding truck reaches capacity.
Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Ave., will offer children’s art classes, for ages 7 to 17, beginning on Monday, Oct. 7, at 3:30 p.m. The $95 per month cost includes all supplies. To register, call 973-429-0960 or visit www.oakeside.org. Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St., is collecting clean, gently used Halloween costumes through Oct. 19 for a costume swap. Participants receive one swap ticket per child to bring to the library on Oct. 19, 2 to 5 p.m., to choose a costume. Don’t have any costumes to donate? Come during the last hour of the swap, from 4 to 5 p.m., and select a costume for a requested donation of $3. Leftover costumes will be donated to Goodwill. For more information, call 973- 566-6200, ext. 507.
West Hudson Brave Women Fighting Breast Cancer support group meets on the last Friday of every month, 7 to 9 p.m., at the East Newark Senior Center, 37 President St. For more information, call Emma at 201-998-6828, Rosa 201-246-7750, Fatima 973-485- 4236 or e-mail emidura2@ yahoo.com.
Special guest Mayor Raymond McDonough will address the Harrison business community with an update on the township’s Redevelopment Project at a Harrison Business Connections luncheon on Oct. 8 at 11:45 a.m. at the Hampton Inn and Suites, Harrison-Newark Riverwalk in Harrison. More information can be found at http://HBCevents.eventbrite.com.
Harrison East Newark Elks Lodge 2326, 406 Harrison Ave., hosts a pig roast on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 4 to 8 p.m. The $25 admission includes: beverage, D.J. music (country rock), pulled pork sandwiches, corn on the cob, etc.
Pathways to Independence sponsors a Walk-a-Thon on Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to noon, at West Hudson Park (Schuyler Ave entrance). Proceeds benefit adults with disabilities. For more information, call Pathways Executive Director Alvin Cox at 201-997- 9371, ext. 18.
Sacred Heart Church Chapel, 499 Belgrove Dr., Kearny, hosts “Blessing of the Animals” on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 10 a.m. on the church lawn.
Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., will host these events:
• Free screening of “Iron Man 3” (PG-13), 130 mins., on Friday, Sept. 27 at 3:30 p.m.
• Free Storybook Theatre Ride workshop, for all ages, celebrating Mem Fox’s book, “The Magic Hat,” on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 11 a.m.
• Preschool Play and Story Time, for ages 3 to 4 1/2, on Tuesdays, 11 to 11:45 a.m.
• Preschool Play and Story Time, for ages under 5, on Thursdays, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
• Baby Steps Story Time, for ages up to 2, on Wednesdays, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
• Preschool Play and Story Time, for ages under 5, on Thursdays, 10:15 to 11 a.m., at the Branch Library, 759 Kearny Ave.
Kearny UNICO sponsors a bus trip to Tropicana Casino, Atlantic City, on Sunday, Sept. 29, leaving at 8:30 a.m. from Kearny Federal Savings parking lot on Kearny Ave., at a cost of $30 per person ($25 back from casino). For tickets, contact Lou Pandolfi at 201- 368-2409. Proceeds benefit Kearny UNICO’s charitable activities.
Kearny UNICO meets on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. If interested in attending, contact Lou Pandolfi. The chapter hosts a Columbus Day wreath laying ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 10 a.m., at the Christopher Columbus statue in Kearny Riverbank Park (at the foot of South Midland Ave.).
West Hudson Detachment of the Marine Corps League, 286 Belgrove Dr., hosts an SOS Breakfast on Sunday, Oct. 6, 9 a.m. to noon.
Cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children under age 12. For more information, contact Al Frater at 201-906-1197 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Stephen’s Church, 141 Washington Ave., holds a coat drive on Oct. 5, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations of coats, sweaters and sweatshirts will be accepted in the lower church hall. If you know of a neighbor in need, stop by after noon. For more information, call 201-991-0670.
The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission announces the following programs and events:
* Final pontoon boat cruises of the season on Sept. 26 at 5 p.m.; $15 per person; for ages 10 and up. Departs from River Barge Park, 260 Outwater Lane, Carlstadt. Pre-registration is required. To register, visit www.njmeadowlands.gov/environment/tours.html, or call 201- 460-4640.
* The Zoo Keeper’s Daughter, for all ages, at the Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst, on Sunday, Sept. 29, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Join third-generation zoologist and author Lori Space Day and her animal friends, including snakes, turtles and tortoises. Admission: $5/person; $4/MEC members.
* Autumn Watercolor Series for adults at the Science Center, 3 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst, on Tuesdays, Oct. 1, 8, 15 and 22 (four sessions), 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Designed for beginners or those new to watercolors. Some drawing experience is recommended. Basic supplies will be provided to borrow or bring your own. Cost is $60/person; $40/ MEC members for the series.
* Comets and Asteroids: Do Rocks Really Fall from the Sky? on Saturday, Oct. 5, 1 to 2:30 p.m., for ages 8 to 12 at the NJMC Science Center. John Sloan, director of the William D. McDowell Observatory, gives a non-technical overview of comets and asteroids. Admission is free.
For more information on these programs, call 201-460- 8300 or visit www.njmeadowlands.gov/ec.
Lyndhurst Knights of Columbus hosts a communion breakfast on Sunday, Sept. 29, 10 to 11 a.m., at the Senior Building, 250 Cleveland Ave. Tickets are $7 each; no tickets sold at the door. Pick up tickets at Sacred Heart Rectory, 324 Ridge Rd., or call the rectory at 201-438-1147, Sal Russo at 201- 446-7244 or Nick Garafolo at 201-935-5988.
Lyndhurst Health Department, 601 Riverside Ave. , Suite 1, hosts a Women’s Health Clinic on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 9 a.m., in conjunction with Clara Maass Medical Center. Guests will learn about breast self-examination and receive a pelvic exam and a pap smear. The clinic is open to township residents ages 18 and older. Call 201- 804-2500 for appointments.
Lyndhurst Public Library’s Book Club, 355 Valley Brook Ave., meets on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 6:30 p.m., to discuss “Still Life” by Louise Penny. Call Diane Montefusco at 201- 804-2478, ext. 2, to get a copy of the book. Registration is required.
The Rosary Society of Queen of Peace Parish sponsors a Tricky Tray and luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 19, noon to 4 p.m., at San Carlo Fine Caterers, 620 Stuyvesant Ave., Lyndhurst, for ages 18 and older only. Admission is $40 per person.
For tickets, call Carol at 201-991-6454 or Pegeen at 201- 246-1030.
Senior Harmony Club of North Arlington sponsors a trip to Mount Airy Casino, Pa., on Tuesday, Oct. 8. Cost is $25 ($25 and $10 food voucher from casino). Call Florence at 201-991-3173 for more information or reservations.
Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Dr., hosts Saturday Story Time on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 10 a.m. Registration is not required. For more information on library programs, call 973-667-0405.
Padre Pio Prayer Society of Holy Name Church, Nutley, sponsors a dinner dance to honor St. Padre Pio at Hanover Manor, 16 Eagle Rock Ave., East Hanover, on Sunday, Oct. 20. Cocktail hour starts at 4 p.m. Donation is $75 per person. R.S.V.P. by Sept. 28. For more information, call President Giovanni Giacometti at 201-933-3262 or Vice President Eva Tanelli at 973-759-8692.