around town

Belleville 

Belleville Public Library, 221 Washington Ave., holds Storytimes for toddlers and preschoolers every Wednesday at 11 a.m., beginning March 11. There is also a special St. Patrick’s Day program set for Saturday, March 14, at 2 p.m. For more information, call the library at 973-450-3434.

The Woman’s Club of Belleville meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at their clubhouse, 51 Rossmore Place. Prospective members are welcome. For more information, contact Terry Landon at 973-751-6529.

Belleville Elks Lodge 1123, 254 Washington Ave., announces the following:

  • A corned beef and cabbage dinner will be held on Saturday, March 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is $15 and $10 for children under age 12.
  • The monthly breakfast is set for Sunday, March 15, 9 a.m. to noon. Admission is $6 for adults; $3 for children under age 10; and free for children under age 3. In case of inclement weather, the breakfast will be cancelled. Call the lodge at 973-759-9623 to check if the event is still on.

Bloomfield 

Bloomfield Public Library’s Book Club, 90 Broad St., has released its program schedule for March:

  • An adult craft program is held the second Wednesday of each month, beginning March 11, at 6 p.m. Materials needed: discarded books, magazines, newspapers, paper, scissors, various scissors, various beads, decoupage glue. If you have extra supplies, feel free to bring them for the other crafters.
  • Actress Maggie Worsdale portays Martha Washington March 14 at 2 p.m. Through March 14, the library is accepting donations of new or lightly used prom dresses which will be distributed to young women who might otherwise not be able to afford a prom gown. Dresses may be dropped off in the main library. All sizes and styles are welcome.

Harrison 

Holy Cross Church sponsors a trip to Las Vegas, April 29 to May 5. The group departs Newark Airport Wednesday, April 29, at 7:15 a.m., for a nonstop flight via United Airlines and returns Thursday, May 5, at 6:15 a.m. The group will stay at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino. The $771 per-person cost covers air, hotel and taxes. A $250 per-person deposit is required to guarantee reservations. Call Gina at European Travel, 973-484-4023, or Joan at 973- 481-2434.

Harrison Recreation Department announces Little League, Minor League and Tee-Ball registrations will be held at the Community Center, 401 Warren St., through March 20. All children who are age 5 and will not turn age 13 before May 1 are eligible to register. Children must be age 9 or older to be placed on a Little League team. All returning Little League players must also register at this time. A registration fee is required when the child picks up his or her uniform. For more information, contact the Recreation Department at 973-268-2469.

Kearny 

The Kearny High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee is seeking candidates for induction at a dinner to be held in November. Nominees must have graduated at least five years ago.

Teams to be inducted at a dinner to be held at the Lithuanian Catholic Community Center April 17 will include the 1977 boys soccer team, 1985 boys baseball team, 1980 girls relay team, 1986 boys lightweight crew team, 1980 girls basketball team and the 1968 football team.

For information on the team dinner or on nominating individuals, contact John Millar at 201-955-5051 or Zibbie Viscuso at 201-998-5961.

Kearny UNICO meets Wednesday, March 4, at 7 p.m. To arrange to attend, contact Chapter President Lou Pandolfi at 201-368-2409. Kearny UNICO is a member chapter of UNICO National, the largest Italian American service organization in the U.S.

St. Stephen’s Church, 141 Washington Ave., is selling tickets for a raffle set for Friday, March 20. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15. For tickets email cyndie1522@verizon. net or call St. Stephen’s rectory at 201-998-3314.

Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., announces the following programs:

  • A new series of Lego Robotics Workshops, for children in grades 2 and up, will meet for four weeks on Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m., beginning on March 11 on the lower level of the Main Library.

Class size is limited and registration is required. While the library is contributing most of the funding needed, there will be a $10 registration fee per child for the four-week session. Registration is currently open online by following this link: http://www.blockscool.com/class-locations/ kearny-public-librarykearny- nj.

Make sure you apply coupon code ‘kpl0315’ at the check-out screen to get a special discounted rate. Call the library or stop in if you have any issues with the registration system. Register soon to save your spot!

  • A free screening of the blockbuster sequel Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (PG-13 / 123 minutes) is set for 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13 on the lower level of the Main Library. For more information on any of our many programs, call the library at 201-998-2666 or visit our website at www.kearnylibrary.org.

Lyndhurst 

A benefit dinner for Jennie Gossweiler-Renna, now in her fifth year with ovarian cancer, will be held March 28, 5 to 9 p.m., at the Amvets post hall, 323 New York Ave. The $45 admission includes dinner, dancing and support for a wonderful person. For tickets, more information, or to make a donation, call Melissa Alfano at 201-736-1584 or visit www. jenniebenefit.myevent.com.

Dress in the style of your favorite decade for “Dancing through the Decades” March 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lyndhurst firehouse, 299 Delafield Ave. Admission is $35. All proceeds go to the Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. For tickets, call Cristy at 201-742-2411.

Lyndhurst Girls’ Association hosts a pancake breakfast Sunday, March 22, 8 a.m. to noon, at the Senior Center, 250 Cleveland Ave. Proceeds go towards maintaining and operating Libbie Lindsay House, a meeting place for Girl Scouts and leaders in Lyndhurst. Admission is $5 and tickets may be purchased at the door.

New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (now part of the N.J. Sports & Exposition Authority) announces “Owls Alive,” presented by Flat Rock Brook Nature Center, is set for Sunday, March 8, 2 to 3 p.m., at the Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park. See some of these amazing nocturnal raptors and learn about these feathered ambassadors’ behavior, physiology, adaptations and natural history. Admission is $8; $6 for Meadowlands Environment Committee members.

Pre-registration is recommended and appreciated.

To register, go to www.njmeadowlands.gov and click on “Events.”

Woman’s Club of Lyndhurst sponsors a children’s Tricky Tray for grades pre-k to 5 Saturday, March 28, at the Senior Citizens building on Cleveland Ave. Admission is $5. Doors open at noon and the raffle begins at 1 p.m. Lunch items will be sold. No outside food is permitted. For tickets or more information, call Janet at 201-935-1208.

The Lyndhurst Health Department holds its bi-annual Women’s Health Clinic on Wednesday, April 1, at 9 a.m. This free event, made possible through a partnership with Clara Maass Medical Center, includes education on breast self-examination, a PAP test and a pelvic exam. The Lyndhurst Women’s Health Clinic is open to all female Lyndhurst residents age 18 and over. Call 201-804-2500 for an appointment.

Sacred Heart School, 620 Valley Brook Ave., hosts a spring auction Tricky Tray Friday, March 13. Proceeds benefit the Sacred Heart School Margaret Engle Endowment Trust. Tickets are $10 and nonrefundable. Deadline to purchase is March 4. No one under 18 will be admitted and no alcoholic beverages are permitted. For tickets, call Patty at 201-803-9580 or the school at 201-939-4277.

Lyndhurst Public Library, 355 Valley Brook Ave., hosts a St. Patrick’s Day craft program, open to grades 1 to 4, Monday, March 16, 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Registration is required for both. To register, call the library at 201-804-2478.

The library offers a museum pass for World of Wings Butterfly Museum and Children’s Play Land. The pass can be used for free general admission for up to four people (two adults and two children or one adult and three children). The pass is available in the library’s children’s room to patrons with a valid Lyndhurst Library card. For more information, call the library at 201-804-2478, ext. 7, or email romeo@lyndhurst.bccls.org.

North Arlington 

Hayden’s Heart third annual 5K run/walk is set for Saturday, March 7, at Riverside County Park South. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the 5K run/walk starts at 11 a.m. Entry fee is $35. Hayden’s Heart raises awareness for congenital heart disease and helps families struggling with CHD in their time of need. To register in advance, visit haydensheart.org.

North Arlington Elks Lodge 1992, 129 Ridge Road, hosts a St. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage dinner on Tuesday, March 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. Cost is $12 for a dinner and $8 for a sandwich. Eat-in or to-go orders will be available.

North Arlington Public Library, 210 Ridge Road, announces the following:

  • Irish music performance with Clarence Ferrari begins at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 7.
  • A screening of the film “From Here to Eternity” is set for Monday, March 9, at 6 p.m.
  • A motorcycle jacket themed photography exhibit by Bobby Travieso is on display at the library through March 7. The exhibit includes photos of people of all walks of life wearing the photographer’s old leather jacket along with a brief statement about who the person is and how they came to put on the jacket. For more information, visit Travieso’s website www.hairyhand.net.
  • Sit and Stitch Knitting  and Crochet group meets Tuesday, March 10, at 7 p.m.
  • Basics of Computing Class meets Mondays, March 16, 23, 30 and April 6, at 6 p.m. each day. For more information, call the library at 201-955-5640.

North Arlington High School Crew announces its 2015 season kick-off party fundraiser Saturday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m., at the Pourhouse, 584 Ridge Road. The $40 admission includes three hours of open bar, light food and music. Bring your family and friends (age 21 and over). North Arlington Senior Activity Center, 11 York Road, hosts a St. Patrick’s Day celebration Friday, March 13, starting at 8:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast, followed by bingo at 10 a.m., lunch at noon and dancing at 1 p.m. For more information and reservations, call 201-998-5636.

Nutley 

Shelter Love Events hosts a comedy night fundraiser March 14 at The Old Canal Inn, 2 E. Passaic Ave., with proceeds going to help purchase items needed by Happily Efur After, a not-for-profit, no-kill, all-volunteer cat rescue and adoption group. The event features a prize raffle, 50/50 raffle, and the comedic stylings of emcee Jeff Howard, Ken Perlstein, Joe Messina, Paul Goldenberg, Mike Celona and Steve Schwarz. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Food orders and raffle ticket purchases will not be available once the show starts. Tickets are $25, which includes a $5 food voucher. Tickets can be purchased at http://slecomedynight.brownpapertickets.com.

The Observer Staff