Around town

Belleville Public Library and Information Center, 221 Washington Ave., is offering patrons tutoring on surfing the Internet and setting up an email account. Call librarian Karyn Gost at 973-450-3434.

The library’s Children’s Department hosts a book club for students in grades 4-6 on Tuesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. Students do not have to have read a book before they come and weekly attendance is not mandatory. For more information, call (973) 566-6200, ext. 502.
The Bloomfield Public Library’s Poetry Club meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m. in the conference room, 90 Broad St.  No registration required; all are welcome to attend. For more information, call 973-566-6200, ext. 502 or email
The Bloomfield Public Library will kick off its summer reading program on Wednesday, July 6, at 2 p.m.  Singer/storyteller Kurt Gallagher will perform in the library’s theater. The event will include face painting, balloon animals and refreshments. Children can also meet with librarians to register for the reading program, which begins the week of July 11.
A free concert by Kenny Vance & The Planotones and The Brooklyn Bridge will be presented Thursday, July 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Brookdale Park, Bloomfield, as part of the 2011 Essex County SummerMusic series.
A former member of Jay and The Americans, Vance originally founded The Planotones for the movie “American Hot Wax.” The Brooklyn Bridge was formed in 1968 and has been entertaining audiences for five decades.
Bloomfield PBA Local #32 is hosting its 10th Annual Golf Tournament on Aug. 2 at the Crystal Springs Golf Course in Hardyston.  This event is open to the public, and registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The cost is $150 per person, which includes green fees, golf carts, continental breakfast, door prizes, lunch and refreshments as well as range balls.  The PBA would like to encourage sponsors and has several packages ranging from  $100 to $1,000. The deadline for participation is July 1. Contact Officer Joe Corio at 973-680-4116 or fax your requests to 973-680-4102. The local’s website is

Essex County College will begin offering classes to job seekers at the Harrison Public Library to improve their computer and job search skills. Classes are scheduled as follows: July 7, 14, 21 and 28. To register or for more information, call the library at 973-483- 2366.

St. Stephen’s Seniors will meet on Tuesday, July 5, at 1 p.m.  There will be a board meeting at 10:30 a.m. Upcoming trips include Monmouth Racetrack – July 15, Atlantic City – July 27 and Hunterdon Hills – Aug. 23. Members are reminded that dues for this year are past due. For club information, call Tom at 201-998-8258; Atlantic City trips, call Peggy at 201-998-9443 and all other trips, call Joan at 201-998-3578.
Cecilian Seniors announce the following trips: Mount Airy Casino on July 13. Cost is $30 and the bus will leave at 9:30 a.m. from in front of St. Cecilia’s Church; Wildwood –Sept. 18 to 22. For more information on both trips, call Johnnie B., 6 to 9 p.m., at 201-997-9552.
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.
The Kearny Rotary Club meets every Wednesday afternoon at 12:15 at La Fiamma Restaurant, 440 Harrison Ave., in Harrison. Business leaders from Harrison are invited to attend to learn about the work that Rotary International accomplishes around the world and in local communities. For more information about the Kearny Rotary Club or to join them for a meeting, call Joe D’Arco at 201-955- 7400 or Jose Fernandez at 201-991-1040.
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.
The Kearny Senior Thursday Club is sponsoring a trip to Rocking Horse Ranch from Oct. 3 to 7. For more information, call Jenny at 201-991-8123.

The Humane Society of Bergen County, 221-223 Stuyvesant Ave., Lyndhurst,  has a supply of dry dog food, available to anyone in need who is unable to feed their dog due to unemployment, disability or any financial difficulties. Please stop by or call 201-896-9300 to pick up a supply of these goods.
A free two-hour guided nature walk will be held in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst on Sunday, July 3, starting at 10 a.m. The walk is run by the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and the Bergen County Audubon Society. Check for last-minute updates and weather advisories. To R.S.V.P., contact Don Torino at or 201-636-4022.
The NJMC also announces the following free senior citizens programs to be held at the Meadowlands Environment Center, DeKorte Park:
Thursday, June 30, 7 p.m. – A Night of Bluegrass with The Mark Miklos Group, featuring traditional bluegrass with a semi-modern kick that gets the audience on their feet.  Enjoy an evening of down-home music!
Tuesday, July 5, 2 p.m. – Telling Your Story. Performance artist and storyteller Faye Lane leads a workshop in reminiscing and sharing your tales of significant events in your life.
For the senior programs, seating is limited and registration is required. Call 201-460-8300 or go to,  click on “Community Programs” and select “register for a program.”
Lyndhurst Library will host Tea Knowledge: A Basic Tea Primer on Saturday, July 16, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Food historian Judith Krall-Russo will teach the differences among teas, what to look for when buying tea and methods of brewing and correct storage. The program includes a brewing demonstration and tasting of several teas. Space is limited and registration is necessary.  To register, please call Library Director Donna Romeo at 201-804-2478, ext. 7 or email
The library is collecting nonperishable food items for the Lyndhurst Health Department’s Food Pantry. The drop-off box is located inside of the library’s back entrance and it will remain there year-round. For questions regarding the Food Pantry, call the Lyndhurst Health Department at 201-804-2500.

North Arlington
The North Arlington Woman’s Club holds monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the North Arlington Senior Center, behind Borough Hall.  Guests are welcome.
Queen of Peace Class of 1981 will have a reunion on Saturday, Nov. 19, at LaReggia in Secaucus. For more information, email

Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, will show films on the following Fridays this month: July 1 – “City Island,” July 8 – “Grown Ups,” July 15 – “Knight and Day,” and July 22 – “Eat, Pray, Love.” Each film starts at 2 p.m.
Saturday story time, featuring stories and crafts for children of all ages, will be held every Saturday at the library at 10 a.m. Registration is not required.
Patrons may stop by the library to play bridge on the following Tuesdays, July 5, 12, 19 and 26 at 1 p.m.

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