Belleville Public Library and Information Center, 221 Washington Ave., offers the following programs. No registration is required.
• Storytime for toddlers and preschoolers is offered, starting Oct. 8, and every Wednesday at 11 a.m.
• Pajama Storytime is held on Tuesdays, Oct. 14, Nov. 18 and Dec. 9, all at 6 p.m.
• Saturday crafts are planned for Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13, all at 3 p.m.
• Children’s computer classes on Microsoft Word and online research skills is available by appointment. To make an appointment, call 973-450-3434.
Nutley-Belleville Columbus Day Parade will step off Sunday, Oct. 12, with special guest Kacy Catanzara of “American Ninja Warrior,” a sports entertainment competition series. Catanzara will kick off the parade at School 7 at 1:30 p.m.
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 Public Library, 90 Broad St., hosts a program on hypnosis with certified hypnocounselor Kathy Lindert on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m. Oakeside
Bloomfield Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Ave., announces the following events:
• A Garden of Pink Dedication celebrating the center’s “Sponsor a Tulip” program for its Breast Cancer Awareness garden is slated for Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. A one-time $25 fee buys a bulb and assures its care.
• Children 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. For tickets, reservations or information, call 973-429- 0960.
Mayor James Fife and Harrison Town Council announce its second annual Harrison Community Day on Saturday, Oct. 11, in the library park and soccer court. The event begins at Guyon Drive and Peter Higgins Blvd. (Red Bull Arena) with a walk for Autism Speaks, starting at 10:15 a.m. Registration for the walk begins at 9:30 am. The event also includes a children’s soccer tournament and a Health and Business Expo.
A rummage sale is slated for Saturday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Church (lower basement), 16 Church Square.
The Kearny Fire Department will host an Open House on Sunday, Oct. 12, noon to 4 p.m., at Fire Headquarters, 109 Midland Ave. View the fire apparatus and equipment, meet the firefighters and see live demonstrations, including a “Jaws of Life” automobile extrication. A Fire Safety House from The Burn Center at St. Barnabas and the Fire Sprinkler Burn Trailer will also be there. There will be free handouts and light refreshments.
The Woman’s Club of Arlington meets on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 1 p.m. at The Girl Scout House, 635 Kearny Ave.
The Salvation Army of Greater Kearny, 443 Chestnut St., offers classes in basic computer skills plus Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. The fee is $30 for 12 hours of instruction. For more information, call 201-991-1115 or Pete at 201- 889-1352.
Good Shepherd Church, 780 Kearny Ave., will conduct a blood drive, in conjunction with New Jersey Blood Services, Oct. 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Grace United Methodist Church, 380 Kearny Ave., sponsors a turkey dinner Friday, Oct. 17, from 5 to 6:45 p.m. Admission to the dinner is $10 but there is no charge for a live auction beginning at 7 p.m. Dinner tickets may be purchased at the door. Takeout orders will be available. For more information, call 201- 991-1132.
Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., will offer free nobake cooking classes for ages 4 to 8, every Wednesday, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., beginning Oct. 22. The class will meet for four weeks. Recipes will take food allergies into consideration. Space is limited. To reserve a spot or for more information, call 201-998-2666.
The Rosary Society of Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 136 Davis Ave., sponsors an Oktoberfest, with live music and food, Friday, Oct. 24, in the church basement. (BYOB). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $25. For tickets, call 201-991-2808 or 201-998-4616.
A Doggie Halloween Parade and Festival, sponsored by the Kearny Urban Enterprise Zone program, is set for Saturday, Oct. 25, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Arlington Depot Park, off Midland Ave., between Forest and Elm Sts. Dogs can be registered for a costume contest. Current dog license and proof of rabies vaccine are required. Forms are available at www.kearnynj.org, the KUEZ office at 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.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1302 and American Legion Post 99, in conjunction with the Kearny Police and Fire Departments, host Octoberfest Saturday, Oct. 18, noon to 6 p.m., at Veteran’s Field, Bergen Ave. and Afton St. Proceeds will be used to send items to send N.J. National Guard soldiers deployed overseas. Bring non-perishable items to send to troops. The event features live music, food and displays from both the Kearny Fire Department and the N.J. National Guard. Vendors and sponsors are needed. Contact the post at 201-991-9645.
ShopRite of Lyndhurst, an Inserra Supermarkets store, 540 New York Ave., hosts the following free programs, each led by in-store registered dietician Julie Harrington, R.D. Advance registration is not required, unless otherwise noted. For more information or to pre-register for a program, contact Harrington at 201-419-9154 or email julie. firstname.lastname@example.org. ShopRite’s retail dietitians can serve as guest speakers/ instructors at wellness events hosted by local organizations.
• Walking Club, a one-mile trek through the store, starting at Dietician’s Corner, is held every Thursday at 8 a.m. Membership cards and prizes are awarded to all participants.
• Flu-Fighting Foods, an opportunity to learn and taste foods that will help keep you healthy during cold and flu season and all year-round, is offered on Thursday, Oct. 9, noon to 2 p.m.
• Produce Pick presents Harrington preparing a new dish featuring October’s produce pick on Tuesday, Oct. 14 and 21, noon to 2 p.m.
• Cooking Class with Chef Joe will help you learn how to cook up a healthy dish on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 1 p.m. Recipe cards will be available. Pre-registration is required.
• Fall Harvest Cooking Class teaches how to use fall’s fresh bounty to prepare a delicious and nutritious meal on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Pre-registration is required.
• Scary Facts about Sugar are shared at the Dietitian’s Corner on Thursday, Oct. 23, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• High Fiber Friday at the Dietitian’s Corner explains how to meet your fiber requirements on Friday, Oct. 24 and 31, noon to 2 p.m.
• Soups and Stocks Cooking Class offers tips on how to make a tasty stock and a new soup recipe on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Pre-registration is required.
Lyndhurst Public Library, 353 Valley Brook Ave., hosts the following events:
• Fit4Kids Magic Show is open to ages 3 to 10 Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 3:30 p.m.
• “Belinda Bumble Bee” author Jennifer Katafigotis meets with children ages 3 to 10 Wednesday, Oct. 22, 4 to 4:30 p.m. Registration is required for both events. To register, call 201-804-2478.
The Woman’s Club of Lyndhurst sponsors a children’s Tricky Tray 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 Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m., at the Senior Center, 250 Cleveland Ave. Call 201-804-2500 to register.
Queen of Peace Rosary Society sponsors a Tricky Tray Friday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m., at San Carlo Fine Caterers, Lyndhurst. The $40 admission includes a four-course dinner and one sheet of small prize tickets. Among the prizes are 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:
• A lecture on coin collecting will be held Saturday, Oct. 11, at 11 a.m.
• An SAT practice test open to grades 9 and up is offered Saturday, Oct. 18, at 1 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.formstack.com/ forms/?1774866-DWur9MjZPt.
Note that the library will be closed to the general public after 1 p.m., as usual and will only be open for students taking the practice test.
• Story Time for ages 2 to 5 is held every Wednesday at 11:45 a.m.
• Pumpkin Decorating is available Tuesday, Oct. 14, for kindergarten to grade 5. Registration is required. To register, call 201-955-5640, ext. 126.
• Music and Craft for ages 2 to 5 is held Thursday, Oct. 9, at 11:45 a.m.
• Young Adult Movie Day features a screening of “The Fault in Our Stars” for grades 6 and up Friday, Oct. 10, at 3 p.m.
• Teen Girls Group, moderated by a licensed social worker, is offered for grades 7 to 12 Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 3:30 p.m.
• Tween Book Club, open to grades 4 to 7, meets Thursday, Oct. 16, at 3:30 p.m.
• Origami, open to grades 4 to 7, is held Friday, Oct. 17, at 3:30 p.m.
For more information, call 201-955-5640.
North Arlington Elks, 129 Ridge Road, hosts a fish fry Oct. 10, 4 to 7 p.m. Admission 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. Nonmembers are welcome. For reservations or more information, call Florence at 201-991-3173.
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.
The Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, offers the following programs.
• For children:
• Drop-In Craft is open to all ages every Saturday while supplies last. Drop in anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
• Teen Book Club meets Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 3:30 p.m.
• Conversational ESL meets every Wednesday at 10 a.m. No registration required.
• Wednesday Afternoon Knitters meets weekly at 1 p.m. Bring your own supplies.
• Play Bridge at the library every Tuesday at 1 p.m. No registration required. For more information, on any program, call 973-667- 0405
The Tri-County Camera Club meets Tuesdays two-to-three times per month in the teacher’s cafeteria at Nutley High School, 300 Franklin Ave., at 8 p.m.Beginners and advanced photographers are welcome. For more information and a full schedule of meetings, visit: tricountycameraclub.com.