Belleville Elks, 254 Washington Ave., host a Type O blood drive Wednesday, Aug. 27, 5 to 9 p.m., for Belleville residents and all surrounding communities. 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.
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. For more information, call Emma at 201-998-6828, Rosa at 201-246- 7750, Fatima at 973-485-4236 or email emidura2@ yahoo.com.
Holy Cross Church sponsors a bus trip to the Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, on Sunday, Aug. 31. The bus departs from Holy Cross School, 15 Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. S., at 10 a.m. Refreshments will be served in the school basement at 9:15 a.m. A $30 donation is requested, with a $25 return in slot play. For reservations, call Joan at 973-481-2434. (Leave your name, phone number and number of people attending).
The Class of 1964 of St. Cecilia High School is holding a 50th reunion dinner Saturday, Oct. 4, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., at Mama Vittoria Restaurant, 160 Franklin Ave., Nutley. Those interested in attending are asked to contact Kathy Mc- Court Jackes atkathyjackes@ yahoo.com or 908- 303-9993; Kathy Walsh Vecchio at katvec46@ gmail.com or 973-865- 0402 or Nancy Branin Waller at nancy.waller2@ verizon.net or 201-889-6229 by Sept. 25.
The community is invited to enjoy food and music at an Hispanic Festival Sept. 7 at St. Cecilia’s Church, 120 Kearny Ave., in the church’s parking lot. A Spanish Mass will be offered at the church at 12:30 p.m. and the festival begins at 2 p.m. Email ngonzalez@ stceciliakearny.org for more information.
Kearny High School’s classes of 1954 and January 1955 host a 60th reunion luncheon on Sept. 19 at the Spring Lake Manor, Spring Lake, at noon. For information and reservations contact Phyllis Glass McCartin at 732-458-5162 or phylpmae@ aol.com. Guests are welcome.
Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 136 Davis Ave., begins its annual nine-week St. Jude Novena with Monsignor John J. Gilchrist Monday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. All are welcome.
The Woman’s Club of Arlington hosts an Autumn Harvest Social Tuesday, Sept. 9, 1 to 3 p.m., at the Girl Scout House, 635 Kearny Ave. Admission is free. Members and non-members alike may bring friends interested in joining the club as well as children, grandchildren, sisters, mothers, etc. for a fun, social afternoon.
To attend, contact Jennifer Cullen at 201-991-6612 or Teddie Jablonski at 973-248-6500.
Kearny UNICO hosts these events:
• A bus trip to Caesars in Atlantic City departs Sunday, Sept. 14, from the parking lot of Kearny Federal Savings, 614 Kearny Ave., at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $30, with $25 in slot credit back from the casino. For tickets or additional information, contact Lou Pandolfi at 201-368-2409 or 201-693-8504.
• “Wheels for Vic,” a fundraiser to purchase a power wheelchair for Kearny resident Victor Muniz, will be held Sunday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m., in the former Boystown gym, 499 Belgrove Drive. Tickets are $30, which includes a raffle, lunch and live music. Muniz was paralyzed after a tree branch fell on him during a 2008 summer storm. For tickets or more information, contact Pandolfi, Joseph Sgalia at 201- 998-6879, Rossana McLaughlin at 201-407-7262, or Judy Hyde at 201-991-5812. The committee also welcomes both monetary and/or gift donations for this event.
Kearny Lions Club sponsors a bus trip to Sands Casino, Bethlehem, Pa., Sept. 27, leaving from 60 Kingsland Ave. at 9 a.m. Price is $35. Tickets include $20 for slots and a $5 food voucher. For tickets, call Alvin at 201-997-9371, ext. 18, or Jo Ann at 201-998-3018.
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 requested. 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 pick-up of the needed supplies. Be prepared to give child’s gender and grade level.
Lyndhurst Public Library, 355 Valley Brook Ave., has purchased vouchers to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City through its library membership program. Each voucher can be redeemed for free general admission and one special exhibition, film, or live animal exhibition of the visitor’s choosing. The vouchers are available in the library’s children’s room to patrons with a valid BCCLS Lyndhurst Library card. For more information, call the library at 201-804-2478, ext. 7, or email romeo@ lyndhurst.bccls.org.
The library hosts “The Daily Life of the Civil War Soldier” Wednesday Sept. 10, at 6:15 p.m., presented by speakers from LetHistoryLive.net. Space is limited and registration is necessary. To register, call or email the library.
The Lyndhurst Health Department announces the following programs. To register, call the department at 201-804- 2500.
• Registered dietician Elizabeth Nossier offers healthy diet tips at a breakfast forum hosted by Clara Maass Medical Center, but held at the Health Department, Friday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m.
• A bi-annual chiroprac tic screening, conducted by Lyndhurst chiropractor Marco Ferrucci, is also set for Sept. 12 at 8:45 a.m. The screening includes a digital postural analysis.
• A bi-annual women’s health clinic, arranged through a partnership with Clara Maass Medical Center, is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 9 a.m. It includes education on breast self-examination and a PAP test and is open to township residents ages 18 and over.
The Township of Lyndhurst hosts a Labor Day Weekend Antique and Craft Fair on Sunday, Aug. 31, at Town Hall Park. There’ll be 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 robin.brystra@ gmail.com.
Guest of the fair are invited to give blood at the Blood Center of New Jersey’s bloodmobile 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.
Registration is open for a walk to benefit the American Diabetes Association set for Sunday, Oct. 5, at Riverside County Park, Riverside Ave. (entrance on Valley Brook Ave.) Participants must check in at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 11 a.m. The event will include vendors, health seminars and activities for kids. To register, visit www.diabetes. org/lyndhurstwalk.
Interested participants may register now for Lyndhurst Police Emergency Squad’s 3rd annual 5k run set for Sunday, Oct. 5, beginning at 8:30 a.m., at the Recreation Center, Valley Brook and Polito Aves.
Water stations and emergency personnel will be set up throughout the course.
Visit www.lpes5k.com to register online, for a printout and mail-in application, or to get an application by mail. Anyone interested in being a sponsor is invited to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kick off the NFL season by joining the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and the Bergen County Audubon Society on a free, 2-hour guided Back to Football bird walk Sunday, Sept. 7, 10 a.m. to noon, in DeKorte Park. Prizes will be awarded to the first people who see any bird species with the same name as a pro football team, such as: cardinal, raven, falcon, eagle, seahawk (osprey), giant (great) egret and giant (great) blue heron. All seven team bird species can be seen in the park. Check meadowblog.net 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 RSVP, contact Don Torino of the BCAS at Greatauk4@aol.com or call 201-230- 4983.
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.
North Arlington Senior Activity Center, 11 York Road (at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church), hosts a fall bingo luncheon Friday, Sept. 5, starting at 10:30 a.m., with lunch at noon, followed by bingo, games and special prizes from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information and reservations, call 201-998-5636.
Tickets are now on sale for North Arlington Woman’s Club’s beefsteak fundraiser set for Friday, Oct. 24, 7 to 11 p.m., at the Knights of Columbus hall, 194 River Road. Tickets are $40. Proceeds benefit various local charities. For tickets and more information, call Christine at 201-577-1088 or Fran Sardoni at 973-818-6421.
Join Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, for a film screening, story time and more. A list of scheduled programs follows. To register for programs, or for more information, call the library at 973-667-0405. No registration is required unless otherwise noted:
• Adult library patrons are invited to join bridge Tuesdays at 1 p.m., Conversational ESL class Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and Wednesday Afternoon Knitters at 1 p.m. (Bring your own supplies).
• The film “Non-Stop” will be September’s installment of the library’s “First Friday Films” program Sept. 5 at 2 p.m.
• Registration is required for Back to School Story Time, set for Monday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. School-age children up to grade 6 can enjoy stories, songs, crafts and snacks.
• Ages 10 and up can learn how pop-up books are made and even create a pop-up character for their own book with Patti Ann Harris, executive art director for Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Saturday, Sept. 13, at 11 a.m. Registration is required.
• Children in grades 2 and up can learn the basics of computer coding, the foundation for “programming literacy,” Sept. 17 and 24, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Registration is required.