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Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Ave., announces the performance of “Songs From the Heart,” a cabaret starring Corinna Sowers-Adler on Sunday, June 26, at 3 p.m.
Join New York City cabaret singer and host of Bloomfield’s “Music at the Mansion” series Sowers-Adler as she performs an afternoon of newfound love songs we’ll never forget and the standards we’ll always remember.
Tickets are $15 per person and are available at the door. Seating begins at 2:30 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served.   For more information and to make reservations, please email or call Oakeside at 973-429-0960.

Harrison/East Newark Elks will have their annual Flag Day ceremony on Sunday, June 26, at 1 p.m. at the Harrison Library Park. All are invited to learn the history of the American flag and also to honor men and women serving our country in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The First Presbyterian Church, 663 Kearny Ave., announces the grand opening of the “Heaven Cent Thrift Shop” on June 22. Hours are Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop in June 22 and enter the free drawing.
Donations of new or gently used clothing and small household items are welcome and very much appreciated. Entrance on Laurel Ave.
The Kearny Recreation Department, in cooperation with the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission-River Restoration Division, is seeking participants for the third annual Town of Kearny canoe race, scheduled for Saturday, June 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Norman A. Doyle pavilion, next to the Kearny crew house. This event is open to Kearny residents only. Race participants must be no younger than age 12 and accompanied by an adult. Some canoe experience is preferred but not required. The cost to enter is $10 per person with a two-person canoe team necessary. The Essex County Environmental Commission will provide approximately 12 canoes. Participants are encouraged to provide their own canoes. For more information or to register, call Phil Martone at the Kearny Recreation office, 201-955-7983.
The Presbyterian Boys-Girls Club, 663 Kearny Ave., will be open during July and August on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. Most members and guests are between the ages of 8 and 15.
The summer program offers basketball, dodgeball, wiffleball, kickball, gymnastics, bowling, bumper pool, air hockey, foozball, arts and crafts, ping pong and electronic games.
Summer trips have been scheduled to the State Fair, Newark Bears, Red Bulls, Mountain Creek Water Park, Quebec vs. N.J. Jackals and pro wrestling. All trips are chaperoned by Kearny teachers.
The club will be supervised this summer by a professional staff, including Tom Fraser, Lincoln School guidance counselor, and members of the Board of Directors.

A free senior citizens program, “Diving into New Jersey’s Nautical History,” will be presented at the Meadowlands Environment Center, DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst, on Thursday, June 23, at 7 p.m.  Chet Nesley, a professional diving instructor, will discuss the history of shipwrecks off the Jersey Shore, presented with maps and underwater photos. Recovered artifacts will be on display.
On Tuesday, June 28, at 2 p.m., seniors are invited to a talk on  organic vegetable gardening. Master gardener Wanda Knapsik will teach you about heirloom tomatoes and herbs, and how to plant for diversity in vegetables, herbs, and flowers to attract beneficial insects.
Seating for both senior programs is limited, and registration is required. Call 201-460-8300, or go to, and click on “Community Programs.”
On Saturday, June 25,  at 10:30 a.m., author/illustrator Thomas F. Yezerski will present a free children’s  event, reading from his new book,  “Meadowlands.” The book is for children ages 6 and up. Registration required; to register call  201-460-4608 or register online at
NJMC Hackensack River two-hour pontoon boat cruises will be offered Wednesday, June 22, and Friday, June 24, departing at 5:30 p.m. For ages 10 and up. Suggested donation $15 per person. Registration required: 201-460-4640 or
A veterans’ ward party will be held on Tuesday June 28, at Chestnut Hill Extended Care facility, Passaic, starting at 2:30 p.m. The party is being held in memory of the late James Cantore, sponsored by his widow Frances Cantore and his daughter Vera Troncone. American Legion Post 139, Lyndhurst, will conduct games of chance and distribute treats to the veterans, including those who are bedridden. Anyone wishing to sponsor a party, please call 201-438-2255.

North Arlington
Special Angels and Lyndhurst Flag Football have gotten together and created a flag football program with a special twist, a football mentoring program for special needs children. Registration will be held Thursday, June 23, at the La Salle Center, 200 Ridge Road, North Arlington, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. (use the side ramp entrance between Dunkin Donuts and Queen of Peace Church). Registration forms can also be downloaded from and mailed to 85 Exton Ave., North Arlington, N.J. 07031 or call Debbie or Tara for more information at 201-966-8738 or 201-679-0569. Registration fee is $40. Please include a picture and short biography of your child with registration on or before June 23.

An Adult Summer Reading Club at the Nutley Public Library kicks off June 27.  Each book that you read or listen to gives you an opportunity to win fun prizes in weekly drawings. Readers are encouraged to include a review of their book on each raffle ticket or post a review on the Facebook page for the library. A grand prize drawing and party will be held at the end of the summer. Call 973-667-0405 for more information.
The library will have a Tween Video Game Challenge, open to grades 4 to 6, on the following Fridays: July 1, 15 and 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. Registration is required online at
BabyGarten, for children birth to 22 months and their caregivers, will be held at the library on the following Mondays, July 11, 18 and 25, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The group will enjoy books, nursery rhymes, play time and meet other babies from the Nutley area. Registration is required.
Frogs from Around the World, sponsored by the Friends of the Nutley Public Library, is scheduled for Wednesday, July 13, at 11 a.m. The program is for children in kindergarten to second grade. Registration is required.
Sock Creations, sponsored by the Friends of the Nutley Public Library, will be held on Thursday, July 14, at 11 a.m. This program is recommended for children in grades 3 to 6. Registration is required.
Hooked on Books, a book club for fifth and sixth graders, will meet at the library on Tuesday, July 19, from 7 to 8 p.m. At each meeting, the group will discuss a book, have a snack and play a game. Sign up at the children’s desk or register online at Next month’s book is to be decided.

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