Around town

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 22, Belleville- Nutley, will formally dedicate
its building at 612 Mill St., Belleville, in honor of its commander, Joseph T.
Fornarotto, at a ceremony Saturday, June 18, at 11 a.m. Fornarotto supervised the completion of the building, which was constructed thanks to a state grant and labor, equipment and supplies donated by union workers and businesses, as well as donated professional services. Lunch will follow the dedication.

The next meeting of the Bloomfield Public Library Book Club, 90 Broad St., will be on Tuesday, July 5, at 7 p.m. in the conference room. The topic of discussion will be “Outliers: the Story of Success” by Malcolm Gladwell. In this entertaining work, the author asks, “what makes high-achievers different?” High achievement, for everyone from Bill Gates to The Beatles, is not just the result of ability or intelligence. Opportunity and “demographic luck” can be just as crucial. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend. Interested patrons may call the reference desk at 973-566-6200, ext. 502 or email reference@ for help in locating a copy of the book club selection. To join the Book Club email notification list, please contact Linda Esler at
The library will be offering a new Chess Club and a Recipe Swap Club. The Chess Club for children will meet Mondays at 2 p.m. this summer. The library now has an adult Chess Club, which will most likely meet on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday evenings during the summer. Don’t play chess? Come and learn or bring your own game and a friend and just enjoy a game night with the community.
The Recipe Swap Club will meet on a weekday afternoon at the library and give local cooks the opportunity to share ideas and recipes. Not a great cook? Come and pick up some tips from local residents.
To sign up for these clubs, please contact the information desk at 973-566-6200, ext. 502 or email Include yourname, phone number or email address plus the most convenient meeting time for you. Patron responses will assist the library in determining the meeting times for the clubs. Admission is free and
all are welcome.
In October the library will be starting a crocheting/ knitting club. Patrons with an idea for a club or program may contact Lisa Cohn at

The Centro Romeu Cascaes Portuguese American Community Center, 308 William
St., Harrison, will offer Zumba classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
for five weeks, starting Monday, June 13. The one-hour class will start at 7:30 p.m.
For more information or to register, please call Maria Marieiro at 973-482-0631 or

First United Methodist Church, 601 Kearny Ave., is having a Strawberry Festival
on June 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission for adults is $7.50, senior or child under age 12 is $5 and children under age 5 will be admitted free.

On Wednesday, June 18, beginning at 8:30 a.m., the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission will offer a threehour guided canoe tour of the Saw Mill Creek Wildlife Management Area. For ages 10 and up, there is a $15 fee. Registration is required. Call 201-460-4640 or visit www. tours.html.
A free, two-hour guided bird walk at DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst will be held
Tuesday, June 21, starting at 10 a.m. Check meadowblog. net for last-minute updates and weather advisories. To R.S.V.P., contact Don Torino of the Bergen County Audubon Society at or 201-636-4022.
Also on Tuesday, June 21, a free senior citizens’ craft program, “Wheat Weaving,” will be held at 2 p.m. Master weaver Linda Beiler will teach the history and techniques of this ancient art. Seating limited; Registration required. Call 201-460-8300 or to go to, click on “Community
Programs” and select “register for a program.”
Hackensack River pontoon boat cruises depart at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 22, and Friday, June 24, for two-hour NJMC guided tours of the Hackensack River and its surrounding marshes. For ages 10 and up. Suggested donation $15 per person. Registration is required. Call 201-460-4640 or visit tours.
Due to the overwhelming response to Mary Lou Mullins’ monthly bus trip to Atlantic City, a 55-passenger bus will be booked for the last Sunday of June, July and August. Cost is $25 with a cash return of $22. The bus will leave St. Michael’s Church parking lot, Lyndhurst, at 10:30 a.m. Please make reservations early.
Seats are limited. Call Mary Lou at (201) 933-2186.

North Arlington
North Arlington Knights of Columbus announces a bus trip on Monday, July 11, to
Mt. Airy Casino. The initial cost is $30. Upon arrival at the casino you will receive $30 in slot play and a $10 food voucher. The bus will leave at 10:30 a.m. from the Knights of Columbus Council Hall parking lot, 194 River Road. Please bring photo ID, which is needed to get the slot play money. For tickets, please contact Nicholas Cerchio at (201) 230-3428.

The Pen to Prose Writers’ Group will meet on Monday, June 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive. The group was formed to read works in-progress, share accomplishments, critique works, give writing instruction and provide encouragement and inspiration to aspiring authors. The group is free and open to the public.
Wii bowling for seniors is set for Friday, June 24, at 2 p.m. at the library. Bowling shoes are not required. To register, call 973-667-0405, email or stop by the library.
The library’s Monday Night Book Club will meet on July 11 at 7 p.m. to discuss “Honeymoon in Tehran: Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran” by Azadeh Moaveni. The group meets on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Newcomers are welcome.
Ravenous Readers, a reading club for third and fourth graders, will meet at the
library on Wednesday, July 13 and 27, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. At each monthly meeting the group will discuss a book, cook or create food and share refreshments. Register at the library’s website and pick up a copy of the book at the front desk. The book is to be decided.

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