around town


Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St., announces the following:

  • Free movie screenings are set for Mondays and Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. Here’s the schedule for this month: April 9 – “Lucy” (R), April 13 – “Winter’s Tale” (PG-13), April 16 – “No Place on Earth” (PG- 13), April 20 – “Tyler Perry’s Single Moms Club” (PG-13), April 23 – “A Most Wanted Man” (R), April 27 – “Blue Ruin” (R) and April 30 – “Obvious Child” (R).
  • Union City Chamber Players perform Saturday, April 18, at 2 p.m. The program includes Beethoven’s “Spring” Sonata, Romantic French and Italian Songs by Massenet, Faure and more.

St. Thomas the Apostle Home and School Association sponsors a Tricky Tray fundraiser Thursday, April 30, at Valley Regency, Clifton. Admission is $50, which includes dinner and an evening of extravaganza. The event is open to adults over age 21 only. Send ticket payment to St. Thomas the Apostle School, 50 Byrd Ave., Bloomfield, N.J. 07003. This year’s theme is “Run for the Roses, Kentucky Derby.”


Belleville Elks Lodge 1123, 254 Washington Ave., holds a blood drive Saturday, April 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donors must be age 17 or older, be in good health and weigh at least 120 pounds. Donors must eat a light meal before donating blood, bring a signed form of identification and know their social security number.


Holy Cross Church sponsors a bus trip to the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City Sunday, April 12, leaving from Holy Cross School at 10 a.m. Refreshments will be served in the school basement starting 9:15 a.m. Cost is $30 with a $30 rebate (ID required). For reservations, call Joan at 973-481- 2434 or Maria at 973-481-1799 (Leave name, phone number and number attending).


The Presbyterian Boys-Girls Club, 663 Kearny Ave., hosts a spring dance Friday, April 10, 7 to 10 p.m. Guests are restricted to teenagers only. The dance will be supervised by former Lincoln School guidance counselor Thomas Fraser and club board members.

The Salvation Army, 443 Chestnut St., offers computer classes Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $30 per 12 hours of instruction. For more information, call the office at 201-991-1115 or Pete at 201-889-1352.

Kearny Lions Club hosts a brotherhood luncheon Wednesday, April 22, at noon, at the Salvation Army, 443 Chestnut St. For more information, call Joann at 201-998- 3018.

The Kearny Public Library announces special events for children:

  • Kids in grades 2 to 4 are invited to submit one original poem for a poetry contest during vacation week, April 6 to 10. Contest entry forms are available in the children’s room. Submission deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, April 10. Winners will be notified by phone.

Contestants must live in Kearny, submit original work, (no more than one poem per entry), and include the poem’s title on the entry form and on the page with the poem.

Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded on or after Monday, April 20. For more information, contact the children’s room at 201-998-2666.

  • Music Together of Rutherford will present a demonstration class Wednesday, April 8, at 11 a.m.
  • Kindergarten and first graders are invited to read aloud and discuss a funny book, “Henry and Mudge and the Big Sleepover,” Friday, April 10, 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. A craft and a snack will be provided. Registration, limited to Kearny residents, is required and will begin at 11 a.m. on April 10.
  • Friends of the Kearny Public Library host “A Night of Magic” fundraiser Friday, April 24, 7 to 11 p.m., at Michael’s Riverside Italian Restaurant, 528 River Road, Lyndhurst. Proceeds benefit the library.

The $50 admission includes appetizers, a full buffet dinner, and dessert.

To secure a seat or to make a donation to the Friends of the Kearny Public Library, mail a check to Friends of the Kearny Public Library, 759 Kearny Ave., Kearny, N.J. 07032. For more information, call Jennifer Cullen at 201-991- 6612 by April 20.

For more information on any library programs, call 201-998-2666 or visit


Lyndhurst Public Library Children’s Room, 355 Valley Brook Ave., hosts Muscle Man Mike’s “Going Green” (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) show Wednesday, April 15, at 3:30 p.m. Registration is required. To register, call 201-804-2478.

Lyndhurst Knights of Columbus hosts “A Taste of Poland” Saturday, April 18, at 2 p.m., at the Senior Center, 250 Cleveland Ave. Admission is $15. For tickets, call Steve Cortes at 201-657-0800 or Nick Garafalo at 201-893-2849.

Ladies Auxiliary of the Masonic Club hosts its annual Tricky Tray Sunday, April 12, at the Masonic Club, 316 Riverside Ave. Doors open at noon. Calling starts at 1 p.m. Admission is $5. For more information, call Kathy at 201- 997-1997.

N.J. Meadowlands Commission announces:

  • A free two-hour “Birding for Beginners” class with the Bergen County Audubon Society is set for Sunday, April 12, 1 to 3 p.m., at the Meadowlands Environment Center (MEC), 2 DeKorte Park. Participants are asked to sign a standard liability release that is good for NJSEA/BCAS events throughout the year. To register, contact Don Torino of the BCAS at 201-230-4983 or email him at
  • Grab your lunch and join Don Torino of the Bergen County Audubon Society as he demonstrates how to create a butterfly habitat in your own backyard Tuesday, April 14, at noon, at the MEC. Cost is $6; $5 for MEC members. Registration is recommended and appreciated. To register, visit and click on “Events.”
  • The Art Safari: An Interactive Exploration of the World Around Us, open to teens and adults, is set for Saturdays, April 18 and 25, and May 2, 2 to 4 p.m., at the MEC. Participants will learn how to use the traditional mediums of graphite and charcoal in an interactive way. Pre-registration is required. To register, visit and click on “Events.”

The $35 cost ($30 for MEC members) includes all three sessions and supplies.

Mary Lou Mullins’ monthly bus trip to Resorts Casino in Atlantic City is set for Sunday, April 26. Cost is $30 and cash return is $30. For reservations and more information, call Mary Lou at 201-933-2186.

North Arlington 

Queen of Peace High School holds its annual Golf Outing May 5 at the Knoll West Country Club in Parsippany. The $175 admission includes green fees, golf cart, buffet lunch and dinner and prizes. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are also available. The due date for advertising is April 28.

Golfers and sponsors may register for the event by contacting the outing coordinator, Daniel Short, at 201-998- 8227, ext. 217, or by visiting All checks should be made payable to Queen of Peace High School.

North Arlington Public Library, 210 Ridge Road. announces:

  • Celebrate the library’s 75th anniversary Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event includes music, giveaways, refreshments and activities for children.
  • A craft program, sponsored by the Woman’s Club, is set for Tuesday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m. This program is open to grades K to 5. Registration is required. To register, visit

For more information on library programs, call 201- 955-5640.


The Nutley Health Department has announced that the township was notified by the State of New Jersey that the rabies vaccine will not be available for the rabies clinic that was scheduled for April 13-14. The clinic for April is postponed until further notice.

The Health Department advises that if your pet license has expired, you will have to obtain the vaccine from your veterinarian.

Residents with questions can call 973-284-4976.

Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, announces:

  • Twinkle Star Dance Class, open to ages 15 months to 6 years, takes place Monday, April 20, at 10:30 a.m. Registration is required.
  • The Friends of the Library announces a book sale, April 23 to 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come out and stock up on hardcover books, paperbacks, CDs and DVDs at this semiannual sale. Donations are welcome April 20 to 22.

For more information or to register for programs, call the library at 973-667-0405.

The Observer Staff