A performance by the Library Players, a children’s acting troupe, on Aug. 18 and a Science Fun Workshop on Aug. 25 will be the next installments of the Eight Great Live Monday nights series at Belleville Public Library and Information Center, 221 Washington Ave. Both programs begin at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required. Call 973-450-3434. These programs are for the entire family.
Registration begins Aug. 20 for the library’s Music Together class for babies and toddlers. The class will run Sept. 25 to Dec. 4, with two sessions to choose from on Thursdays at 9:45 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. Space is limited. To register call the library.
Belleville UNICO sponsors a bus ride to the Taj Mahal Sunday, Aug. 24. Cost is a prepaid donation of $30 or $35 if paid the day of the trip. A continental breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. at the Senior Citizens Center, 125 Franklin Ave. A bus will leave from the center at 8:50 a.m. Call 973-759-9259 to reserve seats (no last minute cancellations). Mail checks, payable to Belleville UNICO, to: Gene Antonio, 436 Joralemon St., Belleville, N.J. 07109.
Belleville Elks, 254 Washington Ave., sponsor a Type O blood drive Wednesday, Aug. 27, 5 to 9 p.m. No appointment is needed. Priority is for Type O blood but all types of blood will be accepted. The entire process takes less than one hour. Donors must be at least age 17, weigh at least 120 pounds and be in generally good health. The drive is open to Belleville residents and all surrounding communities.
The Harrison Downtown Community Development Partnership and Neighborhood Preservation program co-sponsor a flea market and collectible show Saturday, Aug. 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the parking lot at 401 Bergen St. Admission is free. Any school/local organization that wants an exhibitor space to sell their items and/ or promote their club can reserve one of the four spaces that will be offered free. Call 201-998-1144 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation.
American Legion Post 99, VFW Post 1302 and West Hudson Marine Corp Detachment 209 sponsor a pancake breakfast to benefit the local Salvation Army Sunday, Aug. 17, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 314 Belgrove Drive. Cost is $8 and $5 for children age 10 and under. The breakfast features military-style SOS (chip beef) pancakes, sausage, bacon coffee and juice. The bar will be open to all members and their guests.
Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., presents a screening of the film “Divergent” (PG-13), based on Veronica Roth’s bestselling young adult novel, at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18. The film will be shown downstairs. Popcorn and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 201-998-2666.
The Lyndhurst Health Department is collecting donations for students in need. Backpacks, marble composition books, notebooks, dividers, loose paper, crayons and 3-ring binders are welcomed. Drop off donations at the Health Department, 601 Riverside Ave., Suite 1, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., through Aug. 31. People with children in need of school supplies are asked to contact the Health Department at 201- 804-2500 to schedule a pickup of the needed supplies. Be prepared to give child’s gender and grade level.
Registration runs from Aug. 18 to Sept. 12 for Fall Storytime at the Lyndhurst Public Library, 355 Valley Brook Ave. Open to ages 3 to 4 1/2, this 45-minute program features stories, music and crafts. The program begins on Thursday, Sept. 25, with two sessions available at 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. Space is limited. To register, call 201-804-2478.
A sea crab craft program for grades 1 to 4 is offered at the library on Monday, Aug. 18, 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. Registration is required. Call the library to register.
The library hosts “Introduction to Maum Meditation” on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 6:30 p.m., presented by a representative from Lyndhurst Meditation on Ridge Road. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, please email romeo@ lyndhurst.bccls.org or call the library.
The Lyndhurst Garden Club hosts a plant show and garage sale Saturday, Aug. 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Senior Citizen Building, 250 Cleveland Ave. Admission is free. Local gardeners of all ages are encouraged to enter their best flower, fruits and vegetables for judging. Plant registration is at 9:30 a.m. with awards scheduled for 2 p.m. For more information, call 201-939-0033.
The Township of Lyndhurst hosts a Labor Day Weekend Antique and Craft Fair Sunday, Aug. 31, at Town Hall Park. The event includes live music throughout the day, a wide selection of specialty foods and a children’s play area. For more information, call 201-321-2756 or email email@example.com.
The Blood Center of New Jersey’s bloodmobile will be at the fair from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Donors must be at least age 17, bring a sign or picture form of ID and know their Social Security number. There is no upper age limit for donors provided they meet health requirements. For those who have recently traveled outside the U.S. and for other eligibility questions, call the blood center at 973-676-4700, ext. 132, or 1-800-652-5663. T
he New Jersey Meadowlands Commission hosts the following events:
• 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. Upcoming cruises are set for Aug. 19, 21 and 27, at 5:30 p.m. each day, and at 10 a.m. on Aug. 20, all departing from River Barge Park, 260 Outwater Lane, Carlstadt. Pre-registration is required.
Admission is $15. Cruises are recommended for ages 10 and up. For a complete schedule of trips, directions, and to register, visit www.njmeadowlands.gov and go to the Parks and Nature Programs tab at the top of the page or call 201- 460-4677.
• Check out the shorebirds on this summer bird walk at Harrier Meadow on Disposal Road near Schuyler Avenue, in North Arlington Tuesday, Aug. 19, 10 a.m. to noon. Check meadowblog. net for last-minute 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 of the BCAS or call 201-230-4983.
The Lyndhurst VFW Post, 547 Valley Brook Ave., hosts a karaoke party Friday, Aug. 22, at 8 p.m. The VFW hall is available for rentals for all occasions. For more information, call the post at 201-939-5080.
The Lyndhurst Health Department holds a breakfast forum, hosted by Clara Maass Medical Center, Friday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m. Registered Dietitian Elizabeth Nossier will discuss how a healthy diet can enhance quality of life and longevity. Breakfast will be provided. Call the department to register at 201-804- 2500.
Openings are available for the Queen of Peace Ladies Bowling League. The season starts Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 12:45 p.m., at North Arlington Bowl, 200 Schuyler Ave. To join, call Betsy at 201-997-3914.
The North Arlington Woman’s Club holds a flapjack breakfast Saturday, Aug. 23, 8 to 10 a.m., at Applebee’s Restaurant, Kearny. The cost is $10. For tickets, call 201-889- 2553.
The fall season of book discussions at the Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, begins Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. The group meets the first Monday of each month. Since the group does not meet during summer, no book was chosen to discuss for this meeting. Instead, the meeting will be a reader’s potluck, an informal discussion on books read during the summer. This event is free and open to all members of the community. Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit http:// nutley.bccls.org or call 973- 667-0405, ext. 2604.