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Belleville

Belleville Elks Lodge #1123 will hold its quarterly blood drive on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the lodge hall, 254 Washington Avenue. The blood drive is run by the New Jersey Blood Center, along with the Belleville Elks Lodge. The blood center continues to send 10 percent of all blood donations overseas to support the armed forces. All donors will receive a $10 gift card from Shop Rite.

Donors must be at least 17-years-old, be in good health and weigh at least 120 lbs. All donors are required to eat a light meal before coming to donate blood, donors are also required to have a signed form of identification and also know their social security number.

For more information regarding eligibility to donate blood, call the New Jersey Blood Center at 973-676-4700.

Bloomfield

The Bloomfield Public Library Board of Trustees has passed two new policies. The first policy states that if a library card holder has a blocked library card any other library card holders at the same address will also be blocked.

The second policy pertains to obtaining a courtesy card. If a person works in the Township of Bloomfield they need to show along with a picture ID either a most recent pay stub or a letter on letterhead from their employer. If the person is a nanny or a babysitter for a Bloomfield resident a picture ID with a letter from the employer is required. If a person owns property in Bloomfield but does not live here a person will need a picture ID and a tax or utility bill.

Harrison

Christ Episcopal Church, corner of Frank E. Rogers Boulevard and Cleveland Avenue, Harrison, invites everyone to participate in “The St Francis Project,” a collection of dog and cat food to benefit CARE of New Jersey. For information, call: 973-483-1260.

The Harrison East Newark Elks Lodge #2326 will be having their 2nd Annual “ Footie Fest “ on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Elks Lodge 408 Harrison Ave., Harrison, from 2 to 6 p.m.

Donation is $25: includes food, beer ,wine, soda and music. All proceeds will benefit Elks charities. For more information, contact the Lodge at 973-485-9478.

Kearny

The Presbyterian Boys- Girls Club, 663 Kearny Ave., will hold its annual Fall Fling Dance on Friday, Oct. 5, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Prizes will be given to the best dancers. Guests are restricted to teenagers.

The dance will be supervised by Tom Fraser, former Lincoln School guidance counselor, and members of the PBGC Board of Directors.

A coat drive will be held on Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Church, lower church hall (Hedges Hall) enter through Washington Ave. Coats, sweaters and sweatshirts (men, women and children) are being accepted to meet the needs of the community and local shelters. If you know of a neighbor or a community member in need, please stop by after 12 p.m. For more information, call 201-991-0670.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 7, Hudson County, meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Irish American Association, 95 Kearny Ave., Kearny. New members encouraged to attend !!!

Kearny Public Library will be having a book sale on Saturday, Oct. 13, to participate in the 3rd Annual Town-Wide Yard Sale. Come check out the library’s huge selection of donated and discarded hardcover books, paperback books and audiobooks. In an effort to move out as many as they can, they will be selling the books for 25 cents each or $1 a bag!

The book sale will be set up in the basement of the main library building, 318 Kearny Ave. It will be open during the Yard Sale hours on Saturday only – from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Please note that the library’s main floor will only be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the library’s normal Saturday hours.

Grace United Methodist Church, 380 Kearny Ave., Kearny, will sponsor a church fair on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will feature Scottish and other baked goods, packaged foods, jams and jellies, book table, Christmas and country craft tables, gift and jewelry tables, plants and pumpkins, toys and white elephant tables. The tea room and grill station will be open all day. This event will be held rain or shine. For more information, call the church office at 201- 991-1132.

First Presbyterian Church, 663 Kearny Ave., is having an Octoberfest beer tasting on Friday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. There will be a tasting of several beers and plenty of tasty food. The cost is $15 per person. Call 201-991-3513.

The Kearny American Legion Auxiliary welcomes all to the first annual pre- Election Day Pig Roast on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 3 to 9 p.m. at the American Legion Post 99, 314 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. The event will include live music, 50/50 raffle and a cash bar. Tickets are $30 in advance; $35 at the door (active duty military personnel and spouses are free!) Call 201-991-9699 for tickets. All proceeds benefit the Kearny American Legion Auxiliary and help support the new Kearny VOICE Initiative (Veterans Outreach Information Community Education).

Kearny library patrons can now set-up a one-on-one half-hour session with professional librarians for help with putting together and typing a resume and applying for a job online. The sessions will be held at the main library. To sign up, call (201) 998-2666.

St. Stephen’s Church, 676 Kearny Avenue, Kearny invites the community to an event on Saturday, Oct. 13, for the beginning of a year-long observance of the Year of Faith.

Starting in October, Pope Benedict XVI declared a year-long observance of the Year of Faith in which all the faithful have been called to rediscover their faith and deepen and strengthen the commitment to sharing their faith with others.

Following is a schedule of events: 8:30 a.m. – Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, 9 a.m. – Buffet-style breakfast and presentation in Hedges Hall (lower church hall) with Vinny Flynn as the featured speaker. Flynn is an internationally- know Catholic bestselling author and popular speaker and singer on EWTN. The topic will be “Responding to God: Person to Person.” Tickets are $15 per person and may be purchased by calling Deacon Earl at 201-835-6171 or at the door.

The West Hudson Detachment of the Marine Corps League invites all former and active duty Marines and FMF Corpsmen to attend an open house, which will be held every Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. at 286 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. Guests are welcome.

Lyndhurst

The Humane Society of Bergen County, 221-223 Stuyvesant Ave., Lyndhurst, has a supply of canned, dry foods and treats for dogs and special diet foods available to anyone (free of charge) who due to unemployment, disability or any other financial difficulty cannot afford to feed their dog. Just stop by or call 201-896-9300 for more information.

The Food Pantry at the Lyndhurst Health Department will have new hours for the pantry beginning after Labor Day. The new hours are as follows: Monday through Thursday 1 to 3:30 p.m. The Food Pantry is available to Lyndhurst residents who can show proof of hardship and proof of residence.

Join Clara Maass Medical Center at the Lyndhurst Health Department, 601 Riverside Ave., on Friday, Oct. 12, at 10 a.m., to discuss proper respiratory care.

Heart and lung disorders can be treated with proper respiratory care.

There is no cost to attend this event. Light breakfast will be served. Registration is suggested. Please visit www.barnabashealthcalendar.org or call 1-888-724-7123, prompt 4, to register.

The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission’s William D. McDowell Observatory, DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst, is open to the public year-round for free stargazing through its research-grade telescope on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 8 to 10 p.m. in September and October, weather permitting and excluding holidays. No registration required.

“Let’s Talk Astronomy” learning sessions are held on Tuesday nights from 7 to 9 p.m., with registration and fee required. Visitors must be able to climb 25 steps. For information on the observatory and the “Let’s Talk Astronomy” programs, as well as details on what can be seen in the weeks ahead, visit www.njmeadowlands.gov/ec or call 201-460-8300.

The First-Sunday-of-the- Month Nature Walk with the NJMC and Bergen County Audubon Society will be held on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 10 a.m. at Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus. See raptors and waterfowl – and those amazing ancient cedar stumps. The group will meet at the trail’s entrance, just off Park Plaza Drive. You can also meet us at the visitors’ parking lot at DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst at 9:30 a.m. and carpool. Check meadowblog.net for last minute updates and weather advisories. You will have to sign a standard liability release that is good for NJMC/ BCAS events throughout the year. To R.S.V.P., contact Don Torino of the BCAS at greatauk4@ aol.com or 201-230- 4983.

Family Science Night – Fish, Fish, Fish will be held at the Meadowlands Environment Center, Two Dekorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 7 to 9 p.m. Learn the difference between Chondrichthyes and Osteichthyes, plus all you ever wanted to know about fish. Bring a T-shirt and make a fish print!

Admission is $5 per person; $4 for MEC members.

While the program is geared toward those ages six to 12, families are welcome to bring children of all ages. For more information, call 201-460-8300 or visit www.njmeadowlands.gov/ec

Join Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC) for a Women’s Health Clinic at the Lyndhurst Health Department, 601 Riverside Ave., in Lyndhurst, on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 9 a.m. CMMC will also offer Pap screenings, limited to Lyndhurst residents only.

Pap screenings are important in the prevention and early detection of cervical cancer. They look for abnormalities that may indicate changes in the cells of the cervix. A woman should start getting regular Pap tests by the age of 21.

There is no cost to attend this event. Registration is required. Please call the Lyndhurst Health Department at 201-804-2500 to register.

The Lyndhurst Woman’s Club will sponsor an indoor Garage Sale on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Senior Citizen Building on Cleveland Avenue, Lyndhurst.

With Thanksgiving approaching, the Woman’s Club of Lyndhurst is collecting turkeys and all non-perishable foods (canned vegetables, canned fruit, beans, canned potatoes, coffee, soups, dry cereal, tuna and juices, etc.) All donations would go to the Lyndhurst Food Pantry, staffed by Woman’s Club volunteers and located at the Lyndhurst Health Department, 253 Stuyvesant Avenue, from Monday to Thursday, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Gift cards to Shop-Rite and Stop and Shop are also being accepted. Drop all items off at the Lyndhurst Health Department.

St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church will hold its annual Tricky Tray on Friday, Oct. 12, at the Senior Citizens Building, Cleveland Avenue, Lyndhurst. The $10 ticket price includes one free sheet of tickets and refreshments. Doors open at 6:30 p.m For tickets or additional information, call the church office at 201-438-5668, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or Beverly at 201-304- 9172.

North Arlington

The North Arlington Woman’s Club third annual pasta dinner and raffle will be held on Friday, Nov. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the North Arlington Senior Center (behind library and Borough Hall). Dinner price is $10 for adults and $5 for children age 10 and under. Raffle tickets are sold separately. Proceeds will help support groups such as North Arlington Volunteer Fire Department, emergency squad, HANDS Inc., North Arlington High School and Queen of Peace graduation awards and many other local and state groups.

For tickets, call 201-997- 8915 or 201-997-5041.

What can you do to prevent falls around the house and outdoors? Join Clara Maass Medical Center for a fall prevention seminar at the North Arlington Health Department, 10 Beaver Avenue, on Thursday, Oct.11, at 12 p.m.

Taking a fall is one of the leading causes of injury in people over 60. With a little guidance, you can reduce the risk of falling, thus reducing your risk of injury. There is no cost to attend this event. Lunch will be served. Registration is suggested. Please visit www.barnabashealthcalendar.org or call 1-888-724-7123, prompt 4, to register.

The Senior Harmony Club of North Arlington has scheduled a trip to the Taj Mahal on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Call Florence at 201-991-3173 for information. Membership in the club is not necessary to attend.

North Arlington Junior Vikings invite all alumni (Leaders/Vikings) to their game vs. Harrison on Oct. 13, at Rip Collins Field. Kick-off time is 7 p.m.

At half time, the team would like to bring out on the field all who have ever played, cheered, coached supported The Leaders/Jr.. Vikings in any way will be invited onto the field. Invite old buddies, friends, and family to the event in order to celebrate the lasting Leaders/ Vikings tradition. All Alumni players, cheerleaders, coaches, volunteers are welcome.

The celebration doesn’t’ stop at the game, all Alumni are invited to the Elks for a post game reunion. The cost is $10 a person for food and drinks.

If you are planning on joining, please contact Michele Stirone by phone 201-852-0119 or email northarlingtonjuniorvikings@ aol.com by Saturday, Oct. 6, so we can get a head count on how many people will be attending.

Nutley

Nutley Library patrons are invited to play Bridge Tuesdays at 1 p.m. No registration is required.

Conversational ESL classes will be held at the library on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 at 10 a.m. No registration is required.

The library will host Teen Gaming on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 10, 17. 24 and 31 at 3 p.m.

Teen Video game tournaments will be held at the library on Thursday, Oct. 4, 11 and 18 at 3 p.m.

The library will host Adult Scrabble Night on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for first and second place scores. No registration is required.

Registration is required for the library’s Two-Year-Old Storytime, set for Friday, Oct. 5 and 26 at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

“Snow White and the Huntsman” will be shown as part of the library’s monthly Friday Film program on Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. A new film is shown the first Friday of each month. Please check the library’s calendar for names of films.

The library’s Manga/Anime club will meet on Friday, Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26 at 3 p.m.

The library will host Saturday Story Time on Oct. 6 and 27 at 10 a.m. No registration is required.

Young library patrons, ages five to 11, can improve their literacy skills by reading to a certified therapy dog on Saturday, Oct. 6, 13 and 27, at 2 p.m. Registration is required. Due to space limitations, Nutley Library cardholders will receive priority registration.

The library will host an art reception for wildlife photographer Herb Houghton on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m.

Online registration is open for pumpkin painting at the library. The program is set for Thursday, October 25, at 1 p.m. This program is limited to Nutley and BCCLS patrons due to high demand.

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