Belleville Elks Lodge No. 1123, 254 Washington Ave., hosts its monthly breakfast on Sunday, Jan. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon. The breakfasts are held the third Sunday of every month through May. The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children under age 3 and children under age 3 are admitted free. If there are 3 or more inches of snow, the breakfast will be cancelled. For more information, call the lodge at 973-332-8129.
Oakeside Mansion, 240 Belleville Ave., holds an open house on Sunday, Jan. 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. No R.S.V.P. is required – just stop by. Enjoy complimentary beverages and sample foods from Frungillo Caterers, Oakeside’s resident caterer. Talk with staff about the possibility of Oakeside Mansion hosting your next event: weddings, social events or meetings, etc. For more information, call 973-256-9380.
Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St., will meet on Monday, Feb. 3, from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m., to discuss two short novels, “Miss Lonelyhearts” and “The Day of the Locusts” by Nathanael West.
“Miss Lonelyhearts” tells the story of an advice columnist who is overcome by the pitiful lives of the people who write to him during the Great Depression. “The Day of the Locusts” skewers the culture of Hollywood – the writers, the actors, the directors – all those who were willing to compromise their art for money in the service of the movie-going public.
For more information or for help in locating a copy of the book club selection, call the Reference Desk at 973- 566-6200, ext 502. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.
Calvary Chapel of Kearny, 156 Oakwood Ave., will hold a blood drive on Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kearny Salvation Army is offering computer classes in basic computer skills, and in programs such as Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Classes are held on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. The fee is $30 per 12 hours of instruction. For more information, contact Pete at 201-889-1352.
Kearny Health Department, 645 Kearny Ave., reminds pet owners to renew their dog/ cat licenses. License fees are as follows: Non-neutered/ non-spayed $21 and $18 for animals that are neutered/ spayed (with proof). An additional $25 late fee will be assessed for licenses renewed after March 31.
Licenses can be obtained at the Health Department, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by mail. Proof of a rabies shot, valid for the entire licensing year, is required.
The Health Department is also offering a free rabies clinic on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Kearny Water Department garage, 570 Elm St. Previously licensed pet owners will receive a rabies vaccination certificate by mail that must be filled out and brought to the clinic with their pets.
For more information, call the Health Department at 201-997-0600, ext. 3506 or 3505.
Kearny UNICO has scheduled a fundraising bus trip to the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City for Sunday, Jan. 26. The bus will depart from American Legion Post 99 on Belgrove Drive at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are $30 with $25 in slot play back from the casino. Monies raised by this trip will help fund scholarships and other charitable donations.
Master Gardner Carolyn Gretchen will talk about suitable plants for local gardens at a meeting of the Evening Membership Department of the Woman’s Club of Arlington on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Henrietta Benstead Center, 60 Columbia Ave. The executive board will meet at 6:45 p.m.
St. Stephen’s Seniors will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 21, starting with a board meeting at 10:30 a.m. and refreshments served at noon.
The group’s anniversary party will be held on Friday, April 11, at the San Carlo Restaurant.
For more information, contact Tom at 201-998-8258.
Registration for the spring semester of the Kearny Adult School will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 27, 28 and 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Main Office of Kearny High School, 336 Devon St. Brochures listing course offerings are currently in the mail. They are also available at The Observer, 39 Seeley Ave.; Kearny Public Library or the Board of Education office at 100 Davis Ave. For more information, call the Kearny Adult School at 201-955-1392.
Lyndhurst Police Emergency Squad sponsors a Tricky Tray on Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Fiesta, 255 Rt. 17 South, Wood-Ridge. Doors open at 7 p.m. Raffle drawing starts at 8 p.m. Pre-sale prize tickets can be purchased from any LPES member and will also be held at the door.
The $40 admission includes dinner, buffet, soft drinks, dessert, tea and coffee, a sheet of 20 regular prize tickets and five medium prize tickets.
Other ticket packages are available through pre-sale only.
For more information, call 201-804-2469 or visit www.emergencysquad.com/trickytray. Tickets can be ordered online via http://www.eventbrite. com/e/lpes-1st-trickytray- fundraiser-tickets- 9930115242?aff=efbevent.
New Jersey Meadowlands Commission Science Center, 3 DeKorte Park Plaza, hosts “The Milky Way,” a program for all ages on Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 3 to 4 p.m. Join John Sloan, director of the NJMC William D. McDowell Observatory, for an introduction to our planet’s neighborhood in space. Learn how the Milky Way got its name, how many stars it contains, if it might contain a black hole and other fascinating information about our home galaxy.
Admission is free. Registration is recommended and appreciated.
To register, visit www.njmeadowlands.gov/ec. For more information, call 201- 460-8300.
Lyndhurst Public Library, 355 Valley Brook Ave., offers these upcoming events:
• A 45-minute program for children ages 3 to 4 1/2 featuring stories, music, and crafts begins Feb. 20. Parents are welcome to participate. There are two sessions on Thursdays in January at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Required registration is held through Feb. 14. Space is limited. Call in advance to register your child.
• Children in pre-K to grade 3 are invited to a snowman craft session on Monday, Jan. 27, from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Call in advance to register.
For more information or to register, call the library at 201-804-2478.
Lyndhurst Health Department, 601 Riverside Ave., reminds pet owners to renew licenses for domesticated cats/dogs by Jan. 31. A $10 late fee is assessed for any animal registered after Jan. 31. Renew licenses in Suite 1 of the Health Department or at the free rabies clinic on Thursday, Jan. 16, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the recreation room at 601 Riverside Ave. Per state law, the rabies certificate must be valid through Oct. 31, 2014, in order to receive a 2014 animal license.
The Order of the Amaranth sponsors a Tricky Tray on Feb. 16 at noon at the Masonic Temple, 321 Second Ave. A $5 donation is requested. For more information, call 201- 997-4402.
North Arlington Senior Activity Center, 11 York Road, hosts a Valentine’s Day luncheon on Friday, Feb. 14, beginning at 10:30 a.m. with a free bingo special, followed by lunch at noon, the crowning of the king and queen at 1 p.m. and bingo at 1:30 p.m. For more information and reservations, call 201-998- 5636.
The North Arlington Seniors, Inc. (Tuesday Club) has scheduled a trip to the Showboat Casino on Feb. 6. The bus will leave the Municipal Building at 9 a.m. Trips are also planned for the following dates (casino unknown at present) – March 6, April 23, May 8 and June 5.
The group will sponsor a St. Patrick’s Day celebration at LaGrecia, Staten Island, N.Y., including show, dancing and lunch. The bus will leave at 9:30 a.m. For information or reservation, call Rose at 201-991-2423. Non-members are welcome to attend trips.
Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Dr., announces the following programs:
• Library Catalog 101 teaches the latest tips and strategies to effectively search for and request items, how to share what you are reading on Facebook and how to manage your online library account on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m.
• The library hosts a discussion of two short stories by Nutley authors, Frank Stockton and Henry (H.C.) Bunner on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 2 p.m. Participants will discuss “The Lady or the Tiger?” and “Love Before Breakfast” by Frank Stockton and “The Pointers” and “The Story of a Path” by H.C. Bunner.
Copies of the stories are available at the library. This special event begins a yearlong celebration of the 100th anniversary of the library with monthly events and contests.
For more information, call the library at 973-667-0405.
• Utilizing Yahoo, Y Not? offers a guided tour through the many different services and tools offered by Yahoo, including My Yahoo, Ymail, the blog site Tumblr and the photo sharing site Flickr on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. Participants will not have access to a computer. Call the library at 973-667-0405, ext. 2604, to register no later than one week before each presentation.