Around Town

Belleville

Belleville UNICO sponsors a bus ride fundraiser to the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City on Sunday, March 9. A pre-paid donation of $30 is requested ($35 at the door). A continental breakfast will be served before the trip at 8 a.m. at the Disabled American Veterans Post, 612 Mill St. The bus will leave at 8:50 a.m. Call 973-759- 9259 to reserve seats (no last minute cancellations). Send checks, payable to IAOVC, to Gene Antonio, 436 Joralemon St., Belleville, N.J. 07109.

Belleville Boy Scout John Greco will conduct a blood drive for his Eagle Scout project on Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fewsmith Presbyterian Church, 444 Union Ave. The blood drive is being held inside the auditorium of the church. (Use the side entrance on Little Str.) Greco is a Life Scout from Troop 350, sponsored by the church.

Snacks will be provided for all donors, courtesy of Walgreens. Door prizes will be drawn at random for those who have successfully donated blood.

Donors must be at least age 17; 16-year-olds must get consent from a parent or legal guardian to donate blood.

Bloomfield

Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St., hosts:

• Financial Book Club & Workshops on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.

• Neighbors Helping Neighbors (Job Search Support Group) on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. • Knitting Club on Fridays at 11 a.m.

• Regular Storytime series/ Preschool Storytime and Craft, for ages 3 and up, on Wednesdays at 11 a.m.

• Baby and Me Lapsit Time, for ages up to 18 months, on Thursdays at 11 a.m.

• Toddler Time Story and Craft, for ages 18 months to 3, on Fridays at 11 a.m.

There is no registration required for Storytime.

In case of inclement weather, call 973-566-6200 to check on possible cancellations.

East Newark

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 will provide 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 emidura2@yahoo.com. Together we will fight this disease.

Kearny

Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., will screen these Academy Award-nominated films: “Captain Phillips” (PG- 13) (Tom Hanks), Thursday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m.; “Gravity” (PG-13) (Sandra Bullock) Friday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m.; and “Despicable Me 2” (PG) (Steve Carell) Saturday, March 1, at 11 a.m. All films will be shown downstairs. Popcorn and light refreshments will be served. For more information on library programs, call 201-998-2666 or visit www.kearnylibrary.org.

Kearny Community Garden invites town residents to register to join the garden on Saturday, March 1, at the Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., from noon to 2 p.m. Family membership for the entire growing season is $20.

Gardeners can also sign up Sunday, March 2, or Friday or Saturday, March 7 and 8 at the Kearny Community Garden, located on River Road, just south of Midland Ave. from, noon to 2 p.m.

Gardeners are urged to reserve garden space and bales as early as possible.

The Community Garden is also conducting a sweatshirt fundraiser through March 4. Fertilizer is the garden’s biggest and most important expense. With a little help from the community, the garden can purchase enough to get through the season. All funds raised will be paid directly to The Town of Kearny, Recreation Department for The Kearny Community Garden. To order a sweatshirt, visit https://www.booster.com/kearnycommunitygarden.

The Roosevelt School PTA will hold a fundraiser dance/ mini tricky tray on Saturday, March 1, featuring an acoustic performance by Marliana Depasquale and the Screaming Nudes duo at the Copestone Masonic Lodge, 225 Kearny Ave. Tickets are $30. B.Y.O.B. For ticket information, contact Lynn Michaels at 201-997- 8794.

Lyndhurst

A winter auction Tricky Tray, sponsored by Adoniram Court #22 Order of the Amaranth is set for Sunday, March 2, at noon at the Masonic Temple, 321 Second Ave., Lyndhurst. Requested donation is $5. For information, call 201-997-4402.

Sacred Heart Home School hosts a spring auction Tricky Tray fundraiser to benefit the school’s Margaret Engel Endowment Trust on Friday, March 14. The event will be held at the school, 620 Valley Brook Ave., Lyndhurst. Tickets are $10 per person and non-refundable. Ticket includes one sheet for first level prizes, coffee, tea and dessert. For tickets, call Patty at 201-803-9580 or the school at 201-939-4277. Ticket deadline is March 9.

Explore the history of the universe with John Sloan, director of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission’s William D. McDowell Observatory, at the NJMC Science Center, 3 DeKorte Park Plaza, on Wednesday, March 5, from 3 to 4 p.m. This program is for all ages. Admission is free.

Registration is recommended and appreciated. To register, go to www.njmeadowlands.gov/ec.

For more information, call 201-460-8300.

The Lyndhurst Public Library Children’s Room, 355 Valley Brook Ave., hosts the following events:

• Children in pre-k to grade 3 are invited to create their own Mardi Gras masquerade mask on Tuesday, March 4, from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Registration is required.

• Children in pre-k to grade 4 are invited to a screening of the movie “The Cat in the Hat Up and Away” on Wednesday, March 5, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., as part of Dr. Seuss’ birthday week observance. Registration is required.

• St. Patrick’s Day Craft for children in grades 1 to 4 is offered on Monday, March 17, from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Advance registration is required.

To register for these programs, call the library at 201- 804-2478.

North Arlington

North Arlington Public Library, 210 Ridge Rd., hosts these events:

• Clarence Ferrari, a local musician and music teacher with the Boys Club of New York, presents “A History of Irish Music,” for all ages, on Saturday, March 1, at 11 a.m.

• Celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss and Read Across America with a story time and activities for children in pre-k to grade 5 on Monday, March 3, at 4 p.m. To register, call 201- 955-5640 and leave a message.

• Amateur historian/photographer Bill Coughlin offers a New Jersey history program for all ages on Tuesday, March 18, at 6:30 p.m. This program is sponsored by the Woman’s Club of North Arlington.

American Legion Alexander Stover Post 37 meets on Tuesday, March 4, at 8 p.m. at the NAFD Engine Co. 2, 550 Schuyler Ave. All veterans are invited. For more information, call 201-214-8253.

North Arlington Elks, 129 Ridge Rd., hosts a fish fry on Wednesday, March 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. Price is $12 per dinner and includes fried or broiled fish or fried shrimp, French fries, clam chowder, baked clam and cole slaw. Shrimp cocktails and clams on the half shell are also available for $5 for half and $8 for a dozen.

Nutley

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

• Play Bridge on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. No registration is required.

• Conversational ESL classes are held every Wednesday at 10 a.m. No registration is required.

• Wednesday Afternoon Knitters meets weekly at 1 p.m. Bring your own supplies.

• Story Time with Therapy Dog Rodney, open to ages 18 and under, is a one-hour program that includes a discussion with Rodney’s guardian Carol Schinski on Rodney’s role and experience as a therapy dog, plus a craft, set for Saturday, March 15, at 11 a.m. Registration is required. Only children need to be registered. Adults do not need a ticket.

Register online at the Children’s Room website at http:// nutleypubliclibrary.org/youthservices/, or call the library at 973-667-0405, ext. 2623.

The Nutley Recreation Department’s Art Workshop for grades 1 to 6 resumes March 15 for an eight-week spring session. Classes will be held on Saturdays at the department, 44 Park Ave. The fee is $30. Class size is limited and applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Register online at nutleynj.my.gov-i. com/recreation. For more information, call 973-284- 4966 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Registration is now open for the Nutley Department of Parks and Recreation spring fitness classes, including Core Cardio, Zumba, Pilates, Yoga and Positive Fitness. For dates and times and online registration, visit nutleynj.org. Applications also are available at the Recreation Department, 44 Park Ave. For further information, call 973-284-4966 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The Observer Staff