Belleville Elks Lodge 1123, 254 Washington Ave., holds a blood drive on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donors must be age 17 and older, weigh at least 120 pounds, bring a signed form of ID and social security number and eat a light meal before donating. For more information, call the New Jersey Blood Center at 973-676-4700.
The Woman’s Club of Belleville hosts an arts, crafts and collectibles show on Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Senior Center, 125 Franklin Ave. The vendor fee is $25 per table. Contact Kathy at garden07109@ gmail.com or Joan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
High School bands, motorcycle clubs and all civic associations interested in participating in Belleville’s Veterans Day Parade on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m., are invited to contact Bill Steimel at 973-759-4692.
Belleville Public Library, 221 Washington Ave., announces:
• Halloween Bash on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m.
• Baby and Toddler Storytime every Tuesday at 11 a.m.
• Saturday Storytime and Craft on Nov. 16 at 11 a.m.
• Saturday Film Showing “Wall-E” on Nov. 9 at 2 p.m.
The Historical Society of Bloomfield (HSOB) presents “The History of the Ampere Parkway Area of Bloomfield” on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m., at the Bloomfield Civic Center, 84 Broad St. Refreshments will be served.
Visit www.hsob.org to download a membership form, or contact 973-743-8844, info@ hsob.org or HSOB1812@gmail. com for information about membership and upcoming meetings.
Bring your clean, gently used Halloween costumes to Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St., to receive a ticket for a costume swap (one swap ticket per child). Bring your tickets to the library to choose a costume on Oct. 19 from 2 to 5 p.m. No costume to donate? You can select a costume from 4 to 5 p.m. for a donation of $3. Leftover costumes are donated to Goodwill. For more information, call 973-566-6200, ext. 507.
Harrison American Legion hosts its 75th anniversary celebration and awards dinner on Nov. 9 at the Harrison-East Newark Elks, 406 Harrison Ave. Mayor Raymond McDonough, Elks Exalted Ruler Larry Bennett and Councilman Victor Villalta will be feted for the work they do for veterans. For information or reservations, call Ed Marshman at 201-998- 0662.
Kearny High School Baseball Booster Club hosts a comedy night fundraiser, featuring Jeff Norris and Renee DeLorenzo, on Friday, Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m., at Copestone Ophir Masonic Lodge, 225 Kearny Ave. Tickets are $30 (BYOB and snack). For ticket information or to make a donation, contact Carolyn Girdwood at 551-208-6227, Sandy Hyde at 551-265-8969, Clarence Hicks at 201-283-0515 or Wayne Walley at 201-376- 4882.
Kearny Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. at La Fiamma Restaurant, 440 Harrison Ave., Harrison. For more information, call Joe D’Arco at 201-955- 7400 or Jose Fernandez at 201-991-1040.
The Senior Citizens of Kearny meet every Thursday at the Henrietta Benstead Senior Center, 60 Columbia Ave. Doors open at 9 a.m. for breakfast and socializing; meetings begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by bingo at noon. For more information, call Carol at 201-991-9369.
Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 136 Davis Ave., hosts a 10-part series, “Catholicism 101.” There will be two sessions, held on Thursdays, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The first session will run from Nov. 7 to Dec. 5; the second, from Jan. 9 to Feb. 6. Contact Linda at 201-991-3870 to register or for more information.
Grace United Methodist Church, 380 Kearny Ave., hosts a turkey dinner on Friday, Oct. 18, from 5 to 6:45 p.m. Cost is $10. There is no charge to attend the live auction, which begins at 7 p.m. Dinner tickets may be purchased at the door. Take out orders will be available. For more information, call the church at 201-991-1132.
A Halloween costume party fundraiser for Cub Scout Pack 305 will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at Hedges Hall at St. Stephen’s Church, 676 Kearny Ave. This event is for ages 18 and over (BYOB). For advance tickets, call Beth Young at 201-600-1740 or email email@example.com.
Lyndhurst Health Department, 601 Riverside Ave., holds a free flu vaccine clinic on Monday, Oct. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. for ages 18 and over. Proof of township residency is required. Medicare recipients must present their cards. Additional dates will be announced, depending on vaccine availability.
New Jersey’s “Batman” Joe D’Angeli presents “Bats, Spiders and Snakes – Oh My!” for all ages on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at the Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza. Meet these creatures up close. Admission is $5; $4 for MEC members. For more information, call 201-460-8300 or visit www.njmeadowlands.gov/ec.
Lyndhurst Public Library, 355 Valley Brook Ave., sponsors the following children’s programs:
• Fit4Kids Anti-Bulling Show: Presented by Muscle Man Mike and his Super Hero Friends, for ages 3 to 10, on Friday, Oct. 25, at 4 p.m. Registration is required.
• Halloween Craft: Kids in grades 1 to 4 can make a witch’s cauldron on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Registration is required.
• Halloween Parade: Children in grades pre-k to 3 can wear their costume and collect treats on Thursday, Oct. 31, at 3:30 p.m. Registration is required. To register, call the library at 201-804-2478, ext. 7, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• “Fact, Hoax or Something Else”: This event is for grades 6 to 12 on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Space is limited, and registration is necessary. To register, e-mail email@example.com or call 201- 804-2478, ext. 4.
Lyndhurst Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3549, 527 Valley Brook Ave., hosts karaoke on Friday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. The VFW hall is available for all occasions. Call the post at 201- 939-3080 for more information.
Lyndhurst Woman’s Club sponsors a bus trip to Crossings Outlets and Mount Airy Casino on Tuesday, Oct. 23. A bus will leave from the N.J. Transit lot by ShopRite at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $30 (receive $25 in slot play and $10 food coupon from casino.) For tickets, call Janet at 201-935-1208.
Lyndhurst Disabled American Veterans will sponsor a veterans’ ward party at Chestnut Hill Extended Care Facility, Passaic, on Oct. 22 at 2:30 p.m. in memory of U.S. Marine Corps L/Cpl Frank Lopinto and Eugene and Madelyn Lopinto. To sponsor a ward party in memory of a loved one, call John Deveney, rehabilitation chairman, at 201-438-2255.
The Polish American Citizens Club, 730 New Jersey Ave., hosts its 90th anniversary celebration on Sunday, Nov. 9, from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $65. For more information, call 201-438-9723.
North Arlington Woman’s Club announces the following events:
• Pasta dinner and raffle fundraiser – Friday, Oct. 25, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Senior Center, 214 Ridge Rd. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children age 12 and under (raffle tickets sold separately). For tickets, call Mary Ann at 201-997-8915.
• Bus trip to Sands Casino, Bethlehem, Pa. – Saturday, Nov. 16. Bus departs Town Hall at 9 a.m. Cost is $30 ($20 slot credit and $5 food credit). Contact Eileen at 201-998-2501 for tickets.
The Rosary Society of Queen of Peace Parish sponsors a Tricky Tray and luncheon, Saturday, Oct. 19, from noon to 4 p.m., at San Carlo Fine Caterers, 620 Stuyvesant Ave., Lyndhurst, for ages 18 and older only. Admission is $40. For tickets, call Carol at 201- 991-6454 or Pegeen at 201-246- 1030.
The North Arlington Senior Activity Center, 11 York Rd., hosts a Halloween party on Friday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For information and reservations, call 201-998-5636. The North Arlington Public Library, 210 Ridge Rd., announces the following:
• Tween Book Club for grades 4 to 8 meets Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 3:30 p.m.
• Comics Club for grades 6 and up meets Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 3:30 p.m.
* Spooky Spectacular Workshop for grades K to 5 is slated for Thursday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m. Mad Science presents bubbling potions, wicked brews, and really cool special effects.
* YA Movie Day for grades 6 and up is held Friday, Oct. 25, at 3 p.m.
The Ironbound Irish-American Association presents “Finnegan’s Wake” on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 7 to 11 p.m., at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 194 River Rd. The Michael Byrnes Band is featured. Admission is $45. For tickets, call Ted Edwards at 201-628-2069 and 973-900-3160 or Mike Batty at 201-317-6200.
Nutley residents can safely discard unused prescription medication by bringing it to Nutley Police Headquarters, 228 Chestnut St., on Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., during the Nutley Police Department’s “Operation Take Back.”
Take a musical journey through Paris at the Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Dr., on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 3 p.m., with a concert program featuring compositions by Chopin, Debussy, Liszt and more, including information about the composers and the pieces performed. Call the library at 973-667-0405 for more information.
Holy Family Church youth group, 28 Brookline Ave., hosts a Tricky Tray and pasta dinner on Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $30. Proceeds benefit youth group projects and programs for those in need. For tickets, call Anna O’Reilly at 973-661- 3759. No tickets will be sold at the door.