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Belleville 

Belleville Elks Lodge 1123, 254 Washington Ave., holds its monthly breakfast Sunday, Dec. 21, 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $6 for adults; $3 for children under age 10; and free for children under age 3.

Kearny

Presbyterian Boys and Girls Club, 663 Kearny Ave., hosts its annual Christmas dance for teenagers only on Friday, Dec. 19, 7 to 10 p.m. Music will be provided by a DJ. PBGC Executive Director Tom Fraser and PBGC board members will supervise.

The Children’s Room of the Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., presents a family concert Tuesday, Dec. 30, at 4 p.m., by Susan Goodman (Sooz), a saxophonist/ songwriter/educator whose presentation on bias, bullying and bystanders uses music to cultivate compassionate communities. The compelling lyrics and eclectic blend of jazz, pop, Latin and Afro-beat highlight original songs that shines a light on the biases behind bullying. Light refreshments will be served.

Lyndhurst 

The N.J. Meadowlands Commission hosts a Winter Solstice celebration on Thursday, Dec. 18, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Science Center, 3 DeKorte Park Plaza. All ages are invited to welcome the first day of winter. Learn about the shortest day of the year, make a solstice craft, and enjoy solstice-themed food and drink. Adults must accompany children. Admission is $5; MEC members $4. Registration is recommended and appreciated. To register, go to www.njmeadowlands.gov/ec. For more information, call 201-460-8300.

Lyndhurst Health Department announces the following:

• Flu vaccine is available for township residents. Call 201- 804-2500 to make an appointment. The CDC recommends that everyone ages 6 months and older receive a yearly flu vaccine.

• Rabies Clinics are set for Thursdays, Jan. 8 and 15, at the Community Center on Riverside Ave. (behind the Little League fields), 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Township residents can also license their dogs and cats at these clinics. Licensing deadline is Jan. 31, 2015. Call the Health Department for more information.

The Lyndhurst Historical Society showcases a sampling of the many businesses that contributed to the community and beyond in its newest exhibit, “Lyndhurst Business: Building a Community,” which runs through August 2015 at The Little Red Schoolhouse, 400 Riverside Ave.

The exhibit is free and open to the public, but a small donation to the Society is appreciated. The Little Red Schoolhouse Museum is open on the second and fourth Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m.

For more information, leave a message at 201-804-2513 and your call will be returned. For more information about the Lyndhurst Historical Society, readers can visit www.lyndhursthistoricalsociety.org. Like them on Facebook.

Knights of Columbus Council 2396 sponsors a Tricky Tray Friday, Jan. 16, at the Senior Center, 250 Cleveland Ave. The $15 admission includes coffee plus one prize sheet of tickets. No alcohol is permitted. No tickets will be sold at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, call Steve Cortese at 201-657-0800 or Sal Russo at 201-446-7244.

North Arlington 

North Arlington Public Library, 210 Ridge Road, hosts the following programs. No registration is required. For more information, call the library at 201-955-5640:

• Lego Club, open to grades 1 and up, meets Tuesday, Dec. 23, at 6:30 p.m., and Monday, Dec. 29, at 2 p.m.

• New Year Story Time, open to ages 4 to 7, takes place Monday, Dec. 29, at 7 p.m.

The Observer Staff