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Belleville 

Sons of the American Legion host an “all you can eat” breakfast on the second Sunday of each month at American Legion Post 105, 621 Washington Ave., 8 a.m. to noon. A $7 donation is requested. Proceeds will be used for building improvements at the post hall.

Belleville Public Library and Information Center, 221 Washington Ave., holds a “Let’s Make Music” program, open to grade 5 and under, Saturday, April 18, at 3 p.m.

Bloomfield 

Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St., hosts these events:

  • 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.
  • Book Club meets Monday,  May 4, 6:45 to 7:45 p.m., to discuss “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern. For more information or for help in locating a copy of the selection, call the reference desk at 973- 566-6200, ext. 219 or 220.
  • During National Library  Week, April 13-18, borrowers can clear fines on overdue books by helping the local food bank. For every dollar in overdue fines, donate a non-perishable boxed or canned food item whose expiration date is still valid. Delinquent borrowers  cannot use food to satisfy lost materials or to pay for fines from other libraries. Food will be donated to the Church on the Green’s food pantry.

Harrison 

American Legion Post 282, 8 Patterson St., hosts these events:

  • Police and Firemen awards  will be presented Saturday, April 25, at 4 p.m.
  • Karaoke is every first Friday of the month at 7 p.m.

Kearny 

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.

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 in formation, call Jennifer Cullen at 201-991-6612 by April 20.

The library invites beginning and challenged readers, ages 5 to 12, to spend some time reading to Fosse, a registered therapy dog, Wednesday, April 22, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Each session will last 10 minutes and will only be open to a limited number of children. Call the library at 201-998-2666 to reserve a spot.

Kearny UNICO sponsors a  Flapjack Fundraiser Saturday, May 2, 8 to 10 a.m., at Applebee’s, 175 Passaic Ave. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs and a beverage. Tickets are $10. To purchase tickets, contact Judy at 201-991-5812. Proceeds benefit the chapter’s scholarship fund and other charities.

First Baptist Church of Arlington, 650 Kearny Ave., holds  a free clothing give away Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m. to noon. (Raindate is May 9).

The Woman’s Club of Arlington hosts a spring tea luncheon with award-winning mystery author Eleanor Kuhns Sunday,  April 19, 1 to 4 p.m., at Courtyard Marriott, 1 Polito Ave., Lyndhurst. Autographed books will be available for sale. The event includes a 50/50 drawing and gift basket raffles. Part of the proceeds will go to local organizations for scholarships and the rest to NAMI NJ, a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.

To attend, send a check for $35, payable to the Woman’s Club of Arlington, to: Julie McCarthy, 25 Columbia Ave., Kearny, N.J. 07032.

Lyndhurst 

The Lyndhurst Health De partment, 601 Riverside Ave., hosts these programs:

  • A Clara Maass Breakfast  Seminar, “Forget Me Not: an Alzheimer’s Discussion,” will  be held Friday, May 8, at 10:30 a.m.
  • A free skin cancer screening is set for Monday, May 11, at 9:30 a.m. This screening is open to all Lyndhurst residents aged 18 and over.

Call 201-804-2500 to register for these programs.

Lyndhurst Knights of  Columbus host “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.

Lyndhurst Girl Scouts, Lyndhurst Girls Association and the Township will honor Libbie Lindsay for her 88 years of service and leadership in the Lyndhurst Girl Scouts Saturday, April 25, at 11 a.m. (rain or shine), at the Girl Scout meeting house, 238 Livingston Ave. For more information, email teresa.casadonte@ gmail.com.

Area residents are invited to check out the dusty trunks in their attics and bring their treasures to be appraised at the Lyndhurst Historical Society’s Antiques Roadshow-Style Appraisal Fair Saturday, May 2, noon to 5 p.m., at the Senior Center, 250 Cleveland Ave.

Advance registration is required by April 22. The $15 admission includes the appraisal of two items only. For more information and/or reservations, call Lois Hussey at 201-935-7575 or email info lyndhursthistoricalsociety.org. Checks, payable to Lyndhurst Historical Society, P.O. Box 135,  Lyndhurst, N.J. 07071, must be received no later than May 1.

N.J. Sports and Exposition Authority (which recently absorbed the N.J. Meadowlands Commission) sponsors these events:

  • The Art Safari: An Interactive Exploration of the World Around Us, open  to teens and adults, is set for these Saturdays: April 18 and 25, and May 2, 2 to 4 p.m., at the Meadowlands Environment Center, DeKorte Park.  Participants will learn how to use the traditional mediums of graphite and charcoal in an interactive way. Pre-registration is required. To register, visit www.njmeadowlands.gov and click on “Events.”

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

  • Free Birding for Beginners  class is set for Sunday, April 19, 1 to 3 p.m., at the MEC, De – Korte Park.
  • Free Third-Tuesday-of-the-  Month Nature Walk, co-sponsored by the Bergen County Audubon Society, takes place Tuesday, April 21, 10 a.m. to noon, at Harrier Meadow bird walk in North Arlington. The group meets outside the MEC and carpools to the site.
  • An Earth Day Walk is set  for Wednesday, April 22, 10 a.m. to noon, in DeKorte Park. The  walk starts outside the MEC.

To register for the birding class and nature walks, contact Don Torino of the BCAS  at 201-230-4983 or go to www.njmeadowlands.gov and click on “Events.”

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. The

Humane Society of Bergen County, 221-223 Stuyvesant Ave., will elect officers at its annual general meeting April 28 at 7 p.m. The public may attend. The society will also present its annual report and show the animals it shelters. Refreshments will be served. For more information, stop by or call 201-896-9300.

North Arlington 

The Senior Harmony Club sponsors a trip to Resorts Casino in Atlantic City Tuesday, May 12. Cost is $25. Non-members are welcome. Call Florence at 201-991-3173 for reservations or more information.

North Arlington Public Library, 210 Ridge Road, offers these activities:

  • 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 http://northarlington.bccls. org/children.html.
  • The Origami Club, open  to grades 4 and up, meets on Friday, April 24, at 3:30 p.m.
  • National Poetry Month  Celebration, open to all ages, is set for Saturday, April 25, at 11 a.m. Read your own work, listen and appreciate poetry.

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

Nutley 

Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, presents these  programs:

  • Twinkle Star Dance Class,  open to children from 15 months old to 6, takes place Monday, April 20, at 10:30 a.m. Registration is required.
  • Friends of the Library hold  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 semi-annual sale. Donations are welcome April 20 to 22.
  • Cook with a Book, open  to grades 4 to 6, meets Friday, April 24, at 3:30 p.m. Each month the group discusses a selected book and “cooks-up” something fun to eat. Selected books can be picked up and borrowed at the circulation desk. Read the book prior to the meeting. Registration is required.
  • Paw Day, story times,  crafts and reading to dogs is set for Saturday, April 25, at 1:30 p.m.

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

The Women’s Auxiliary of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel  Church, sponsors a pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in  Middletown, N.Y., Thursday, May 14, leaving by bus from the church, 120 Prospect St., at 9:30 a.m. The day includes Mass, a hot lunch, a tour of the shrine, free time to visit the gift shop, private meditation, visiting outdoor shrines or relaxing. The $40 cost includes lunch and transportation. The group departs from the shrine at about 3:30 p.m. For more information or for reservations, call Linda at 973-661-0090.

The Observer Staff