Belleville Elks, 254 Washington Ave., hosts a blood drive on Thursday, Dec. 26, from 5 to 9 p.m. No appointment is needed. The drive is open to township residents and surrounding communities. Donors will be given a mini-physical. All donors must be at least age 17, weigh at least 120 pounds, be in good health and bring a signed form of identification. There is no upper age limit for donors provided they meet the health requirements. There is a 24-hour deferral for tooth cleanings and fillings. Those who have recently traveled outside of the U.S. are asked to call the Blood Center of N.J. at 973-676-4700, ext. 132, for eligibility criteria.
Kearny Health Department, 645 Kearny Ave., sponsors a blood drive on Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 2 to 7:30 p.m. All donors will receive a $10 gift card from ShopRite.
At the same time, The Gift of Life program will be conducting a bone marrow ID and sign-up program. A simple mouth swab will be able to match potential donors with those in need.
Both programs are open to anyone in good health over age 18.
Mary’s Theater Parties and Tours, Kearny, offers Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway” on March 19 at 8 p.m. The price is $157 with a deposit of $100 with reservation. Balance is due Feb. 15. Price includes: orchestra seat and dinner at 5 p.m. at San Carlo Restaurant, Lyndhurst, transportation, tax and tip. Seats are limited. Call 201-998-1030.
The Woman’s Club of Lyndhurst is collecting nonperishable food items, plus hams and lasagne, along with gift cards for ShopRite or Stop & Shop, as part of a food drive for the local Food Pantry, 253 Stuyvesant Ave. Monetary donations, payable to the Woman’s Club of Lyndhurst, may be sent c/o Diane Cichino, 481 Roosevelt Ave., Lyndhurst, N.J. 07071. Donations of unwrapped toys may also be brought to the Food Pantry.
Sacred Heart School, 620 Valley Brook Ave., sponsors a Tricky Tray on Friday, Jan. 17. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 and non-refundable. No alcohol will be served. For tickets, call the school at 201- 939-4277 or Patty at 201-803- 9580. Ticket deadline is Jan. 6. No tickets will be available at the door.
A Winter Solstice celebration will be held at the Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza, on Thursday, Dec. 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. Learn about the history of the solstice, make a solstice craft, and enjoy celebratory food and drink. Adults must accompany children. Admission is $5; $4 for MEC members. Registration is recommended. To register, visit www.njmeadowlands.gov/ec. For more information, call 201-460-8300.
Lyndhurst Knights of Columbus hosts a communion breakfast at the Senior Building, 250 Cleveland Ave., on Sunday, Dec. 29, from 10 to 11 a.m. Tickets are $7. No tickets will be sold at the door. Pick up tickets at Sacred Heart Rectory, 324 Ridge Rd., 201- 438-1147, or call Sal Russo at 201-446-7244 or Nick Garafolo at 201-935-5988.
The Nutley Department of Parks & Recreation will offer its Pilates fitness program starting Jan. 4, for Nutley residents, on Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to noon, at the Recreation Annex, 65 Bloomfield Ave., for six consecutive weeks. There is a $30 fee. Participants are asked to bring a mat and a water bottle. Register online at https:// nutleynj.my.gov-i.com/recreation or pick up forms at the Parks & Recreation office, 44 Park Ave. For more information, call 973-284-4966 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
The Nutley Parks & Recreation Department sponsors a ski/snowboarding trip to Shawnee, Pa., on Feb. 18. A bus will leave from 44 Park Ave., at 8 a.m., and is expected to return to Nutley at about 8 p.m. Information on ski rental and pricing for lift tickets is available through the department upon registration. Participation is limited and applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no online registration for the program. Register by Jan. 6. Call 973-284-4966, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., for more information.