Around Town


Belleville Public Library and Information Center, 221 Washington Ave., will host a special program “Three Kings Day,” co-sponsored by the Carl A. Paserchia Foundation and Cheer Me Up Foundation, on Monday, Jan. 6, at 3:30 p.m. in the children’s room. For more information, call 973- 450-3434.


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.

Join the Senior Citizens of Kearny to meet new friends. Due are $5 per year. This entitles members to five free parties, including a fish and chips dinner. Meetings are held Thursdays at the Henrietta Benstead Senior Center, 60 Columbia Ave., starting with a continental breakfast and socializing at 9 a.m., following by the business meeting at 11:30 a.m., and bingo at noon. Several speakers are brought in during the year. For club information, call Carol 201- 991-9369.

The Kearny Rotary Club meets Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. at La Fiamma Restaurant, 440 Harrison Ave., in Harrison. Business leaders from Harrison are invited to attend to learn about the work that Rotary International accomplishes around the world and in local communities. For more information about the club or to join them for a meeting, 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 an open house, every Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. at 286 Belgrove Drive. Guests are welcome.

Kearny UNICO meets on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 7:30 p.m. For more information about the group or to attend, contact Chapter President Lou Pandolfi at 201-368-2409. New members are welcome. Kearny UNICO is a member chapter of UNICO National, the largest Italian American service organization in the United States.

Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., will host a screening of the family film “Despicable Me 2” (PG/98 minutes) on Friday, Jan. 10, at 4 p.m., on the lower level. This sequel to the 2010 animated film catches up with Gru, the ex-scheming evildoer-turned-parent, as he attempts to work for the good guys. Popcorn and light refreshments will be served. This program is free and all are welcome. For more information on any library program, call 201-998-2666 or visit


The Lyndhurst Food Pantry, 253 Stuyvesant Ave., will be closed through Jan. 6. Regular hours – Monday to Thursday, 1 to 3 p.m. – will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 7. Food Pantry patrons must show proof of hardship and proof of Lyndhurst residency to qualify.

The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission announces the following programs:

• New Year’s Day Nature Walk, offered Wednesday, Jan. 1, at 10 a.m., is a free two-hour guided walk of Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus. Check for last-minute weather updates. Participants are asked to sign a standard liability release that is good for NJMC/BCAS events throughout the year. To R.S.V.P., contact Don Torino at or call 201-230-4983.

• Bill Bosenberg’s Snakesn- Scales: “Fish Tales” is a hands-on aquatic adaptation program for all ages, available on Sunday, Jan. 12, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., at the Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 De- Korte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst. Bosenberg uses his brand of jokes, stories and “animals’ eye views” to tell what it’s like to live in the water. Bosenberg will use a digital camera to display the smallest details of these denizens of deep and shallow waters. Admission is $5; $4/MEC members. Registration is recommended and appreciated. To register, visit For more information, call 201-460-8300.

Lyndhurst Public Library, 355 Valley Brook Ave., will offer these events this month:

• A 45-minute program for children ages 3 to 4 1/2 featuring stories, music, and crafts is available, beginning Feb. 20. Parents are welcome to participate. There are two sessions on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Required registration is from Jan. 2 to Feb. 14. Space is limited. Call in advance to register your child.

• Would your child like to make their very own winter accessories, such as scarves, hats and mittens? Children in grades 1 to 4 are welcome to attend on Thursday, Jan. 9, from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. for this craft. Call in advance to register.

• Children in pre-K to grade 3 are invited to a snowman craft session on Monday, Jan. 27, from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Call in advance to register. For more information or to register, call the library at 201- 804-2478.

Sacred Heart School, 620 Valley Brook Ave., sponsors a Tricky Tray on Friday, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 and non-refundable. No alcohol will be served. For tickets, call the school at 201-939-4277 or Patty at 201-803-9580 by Jan. 6. No tickets will be available at the door.

North Arlington American Legion Alexander Stover Post 37 will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 8 p.m. at NAFD Engine Co. 2, 550 Schuyler Ave. All veterans are invited. For more information, call 201-214-8253.


Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Dr., announces the following programs:

• Play Bridge every Tuesday at 1 p.m. No registration is required.

• Enjoy Conversational ESL on Wednesdays, starting Jan. 8, at 10 a.m. No registration is required. • Pop Up Teen Craft session is offered for grades 7 to 12 on Wednesdays, Jan. 8 and 22, at 3 p.m.

• Play Dungeons and Dragons on Thursdays, Jan. 9 and 23, at 7 p.m

• Play video games on Fridays, Jan. 10 and 24, at 3 p.m.

• High School Manga Club meets on Monday, Jan. 13, at 3 p.m.

The Nutley Parks and Recreation Department offers these events:

* Sign up for a Pilates fitness program, starting Jan. 4, for Nutley residents, on Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to noon, at the Recreation Annex, 65 Bloomfield Ave., for six consecutive weeks. There is a $30 fee. Participants are asked to bring a mat and a water bottle. Register online at https://nutleynj. or pick up forms at the Parks & Recreation office, 44 Park Ave. For more information, call 973-284-4966 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

* Join a ski/snowboarding trip to Shawnee, Pa., on Feb. 18. A bus will leave from 44 Park Ave., at 8 a.m., and is expected to return to Nutley at about 8 p.m. Information on ski rental and pricing for lift tickets is available through the department upon registration. Participation is limited and applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. To register or for more information, call 973-284- 4966, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., by Jan. 6.

The Observer Staff