Around Town

Belleville

Belleville Public Library and Information Center, 221 Washington Ave., offers storytime for toddlers and preschoolers beginning Oct. 8 and every Wednesday at 11 a.m. No registration is required. For more information, call the library at 973-450-3434.

All civic associations, classic cars and motorcycle clubs are invited to participate in the Belleville Veterans Day Parade slated for Sunday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. Those interested may contact Bill Steimel at 973-759- 4692 (home) or 973-955-7211 (cell) no later than Oct. 17.

Bloomfield 

Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St., hosts the following events:

  • Join certified Hypnocounselor Kathy Lindert and learn more about using hypnosis to help manage stress, lose weight and more on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m.
  • Movie Screenings: “Jobs” (Ashton Kutcher) (PG-13) on Oct. 2, “Olympus Has Fallen” (Aaron Eckhart) (R) on Oct. 6, “What Maisie Knew” (Julianne Moore) (R) on Oct. 9, “Labor Day” (Kate Winslet) (PG-13) on Oct. 16, “Noah” (Jennifer Connelly) (PG-13) on Oct. 20, “The Spectacular Now” (Miles Teller) (R) on Oct. 23, “About Time” (Domhnall Gleeson) (R) on Oct. 27, “The Haunting” (Richard Johnson) (NR) on Oct. 30. All films start at 12:15 p.m.

Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Ave., announces the following events. For tickets, reservations or more information, call the Oakeside office 973-429-0960.

  • Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra performs a selection of traditional Italian music on Oct. 5 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15.
  • Garden of Pink Dedication celebrates the center’s “Sponsor a Tulip” program for its Breast Cancer Awareness garden on Oct. 18 at 10 a.m.
  • Kids ages 3 to 9 are invited to Party with the Great Pumpkin and enjoy snacks, crafts and a chance to take a picture with the pumpkin on Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. Reservations are required.

Harrison 

Harrison Lions Club will conduct its White Cane fundraiser from Thursday, Oct. 2 to Saturday, Oct. 5, at various locations throughout Harrison. Club members will be in front of Red Bull Stadium from 4 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 5, accepting donations and old eyeglasses. For more information, visit http://e-clubhouse.org/ sites/harrisonnj/index.php or e-mail harrisonlionsclub@ yahoo.com.

Kearny

The annual Blessing of the Animals, marking the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, will be held Saturday, Oct. 4, at 10 a.m. at the Archdiocesan Youth Retreat Center (formerly Boystown), 499 Belgrove Drive. The pets (cats, dogs, birds, goldfish, etc.) will be gathered on the front lawn by the St. Francis statue. For more information, call 201-998-0088.

Trinity Church, 575 Kearny Ave., hosts a fish, chicken and chips dinner Friday, Oct. 3, 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and two for $30. Take-out will also be available. Tricky Tray will be held 8 to 9 p.m. For tickets, call Annamarie at 201-998- 2368 after 5:30 p.m. or the parish office at 201-991-5894.

Grace United Methodist Church, 380 Kearny Ave., sponsors a fair on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The church’s tea room will be open all day. For more information, call the church office at 201-991-1132.

Good Shepherd Church, 780 Kearny Ave., holds a blood drive, in conjunction with New Jersey Blood Services on Oct. 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Rosary Society of Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 136 Davis Ave., sponsors an Oktoberfest on Friday, Oct. 24, in the church basement. The event includes live music and food. (BYOB). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $25. For tickets, call 201-991-2808 or the rectory at 201-998-4616.

Kearny UNICO hosts “Wheels for Vic,” a fundraiser to purchase a power wheelchair for Kearny resident Victor Muniz, Sunday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m., in the former Boystown gym, 499 Belgrove Drive. The $30 admission covers 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 Lou Pandolfi at 201-368-2409, 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.

Pathways to Independence sponsors its 13th annual Walk-a- Thon Saturday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m. to noon, at West Hudson Park, Schuyler Ave. entrance. All are welcome. Proceeds benefit adults with disabilities who attend Pathways programs. Registration forms are available at Pathways, 60 Kingsland Ave. or before the walk, starting at 9 a.m. This event includes refreshments, raffles, a free T-shirt for participants donating $100 or more in pledges and much more. For more information, call Pathways Executive Director Alvin Cox at 201-997-9371, ext. 18.

A Doggie Halloween Parade and Festival, sponsored by KUEZ, is set for Saturday, Oct. 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Arlington Depot Park, off Midland Ave. between Forest and Elm Sts. Dogs can be registered to participate in a costume contest. Current dog license and proof of rabies vaccine are required. Forms are available at www.kearnynj.org, KUEZ, 410 Kearny Ave. or K-9 corner, 169 Midland Ave. For more information, call 201-955-7985 or email Halloweenpawrade@ kearnynj. org. All dogs either attending or participating in the festival must be leashed.

Presbyterian Boys-Girls Club, 663 Kearny Ave., is open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m. Children ages 8 to 17 are welcome to use the club’s gym, pool tables, electronic games and more. The club also plans to offer a teen basketball league and monthly dances, among other activities. For more information, call 201- 991-6734.

Lyndhurst

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.

The first Sunday of the month free two-hour nature walk with the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and the Bergen County Audubon Society, is set for Sunday, Oct. 5, at 10 a.m., at the Mill Creek Marsh, Secaucus. Check meadowblog. net for last-minute weather updates. You will have 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.

American Legion Post 139, 217 Webster Ave., announces its eighth annual Clam Lover’s Family Barbecue is slated for Oct. 4, 1 to 6 p.m. Advance tickets cost $25. Includes all-you- can-eat clams steamed and on the half-shell and much more. For tickets or more information, call the Post at 201-933-4120.

Lyndhurst Public Library, 353 Valley Brook Ave., hosts the following events:

  • Walk-in Story is open to kids in pre-k to grade 2 every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. No registration is required.
  • Fit4Kids Magic Show for children ages 3 to 10 is offered Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 3:30 p.m. Registration is required. Call the library at 201-804-2478.

The Woman’s Club of Lyndhurst sponsors a children’s Tricky Tray on Oct. 18, at the Senior Building, 250 Cleveland Ave., at noon. Tickets are $5. For tickets, call Janet at 201- 935-1208.

Lyndhurst Health Department, 601 Riverside Ave., hosts a dinner and osteoporosis seminar on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m., at the Senior Center, 250 Cleveland Ave. Call the department at 201- 804-2500 to register.

North Arlington

American Legion Alexander Stover Post 37 meets on Monday, Oct. 6, at 8 p.m. at the VFW hall, 222 River Road. For more information, call 201-214- 8253,

North Arlington High School Competition Cheer Squad sponsors a clothing drive on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the high school’s front entrance on Ridge Road. Clothes, coats, shoes, handbags, linens, towels, comforters, curtains and toys will be accepted.

Queen of Peace Rosary Society sponsors a Tricky Tray on Friday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m., at San Carlo Fine Caterers, Lyndhurst. Admission is $40 and includes four-course dinner and one sheet of small prize tickets. Prizes include gift baskets, gift certificates and more. Grand prize values start at $500, which includes an iPad and much more. For more information and tickets, call Betsy at 201-997-3914 or Pegeen at 201-246-1030.

North Arlington Public Library, 210 Ridge Road, offers the following programs. For more information, call the library at 201-955-5640

  • Carole King tribute show is set for Saturday, Oct. 4, at noon.
  • The annual Friends of the Library Attic Treasures Sale is set for Saturday, Oct. 4 and Sunday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Senior Center, located behind the library.
  • Learn all about self-publishing on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m.
  • Attend a lecture on coin collection on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 11 a.m. • SAT practice test is open to grades 9 and up on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 1 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.formstack.com/ forms/?1774866-DWur9MjZPt.

North Arlington Elks, 129 Ridge Road, hosts a fish fry on Oct. 10 from 4 to 7 p.m. Cost is $12. Shrimp cocktail and clams on the half-shell will also be available for $5 for a half-dozen and $8 for a dozen.

The Senior Harmony Club of North Arlington sponsors a trip to Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, Tuesday, Oct. 21. Cost of the trip is $25. Attendees will receive $30 in slot play and $5 for food. Non-members are welcome to attend. For reservations or more information, call Florence at 201-991-3173.

North Arlington Woman’s Club sponsors a beefsteak fundraiser 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.

Nutley

Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, offers the following programs. For more information, call 973-667-0405.

  • For children: • Preschool Story Time,  featuring picture books and crafts, is held Wednesday, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Registration  required.
  • Two-Year-Old Story Time  meets Friday, Oct.3, 10, 17, 24, at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Registration is required. • Play Fridays is open to all  ages to play board and video games on Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. No registration required.
  • Manga/Anime Teen Club  for grades 7 to 12 meets Friday, Oct. 3 and 17, at 3 p.m.
  • Lego Tech Club for grades  2 to 6 meets Monday, Oct. 6 at 3:30 p.m. • P.J. Story Time is open to  all ages on Monday, Oct. 6 and 20, at 7 p.m. Registration is not required.
  • Babygarten is open to 23  months and under, every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. and includes books,  nursery rhymes and playtime. Registration is required. Only residents may attend.

For adults:

  • First Friday Films presents  “Heaven Is for Real” Oct. 3 at 2 p.m.
  • Meet Nutley’s Catherine  Greenfeder, author of “Wildflowers,” a western historical romance, on Monday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.
  • A Touch of Sinatra, a musical show about the life and music of Frank Sinatra is set for Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. Seating is limited.

The Department of Parks and Recreation, 44 Park Ave., offers an art workshop open to grades 1 to 6. This eight-week program resumes Oct. 11. Classes will be held Saturdays at the department. The fee is $30 per child. Class size is limited and applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Online registration is available at https://nutleynj.my.govi. com/recreation. For more information, call 973-284-4966, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The Department of Public Affairs, in collaboration with the Fine Art Alliance of Nutley, hosts the Kingsland Manor Experience on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Kingsland Manor, 3 Kingsland Road. Artists will be creating new work using various media as patrons walk the grounds of the manor. A suggested donation of $5 per person will be collected at the door, with all of the proceeds going to the Kingsland Manor.

The Observer Staff