Around town

Game night for adults and young adults will begin on Wednesday, July 13, at 6 p.m., at the Bloomfield Public Library. There will be a variety of games available, including chess, checkers, Chinese checkers and Scrabble. Bring your own game and bring a friend!  Game night will be held Wednesdays at 6 p.m. for the summer (and beyond if interest continues). For more information, call 973-566-6200, ext. 502.
The B4L (Books for Life) Book Club is open to anyone with a passionate interest in reading. The next meeting is July 14 at the library at 1 p.m. The group is organized by teens from Bloomfield High School, but anyone can join. For more information, visit!/groups/b4lbookclub.
On Friday, July 22, magician Mark Zacharia will visit the library’s Children’s Department. The first program, a magic show, is for children ages 4 and up and will run from 2 to 2:45 p.m. The second program will be a “Magic of the Mind” workshop, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., and will be limited to students age 10 and up. There is no charge for either program.
The next meeting of the BPL Book Club will be on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 7 p.m. in the conference room.  The topic of discussion will be “Cat’s Cradle” by Kurt Vonnegut.  Interested patrons may call the reference desk at 973-566-6200, ext. 502 or email 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 Essex County SummerMusic Series will present the Jumpers Orchestra and The Shirelles in concert Thursday, July 14, at 7:30 p.m. at Brookdale Park in Bloomfield.
Jumpers Orchestra is a big band that combines the musical styles of swing, jazz and rock. Recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Shirelles are universally credited as the originators of the Girl Group Sound that is beloved by the Baby Boomer generation and inspired a legion of female groups.
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. Contact Officer Joe Corio at 973-680-4116 or fax your requests to 973-680-4102. The local’s website is

First Presbyterian Church, 663 Kearny Ave., has opened the “Heaven Cent Thrift Shop.” Hours are Wednesday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The shop features good quality clothing for everyone in the family, household items, toys, books, CD’s. Donations of new or gently used clothing and small household items are welcome. Entrance is on Laurel Ave.
Calvary United Methodist Church, 342 Elm St., will host Vacation Bible School, from July 17 to 21, 6 to 8:30 p.m. On July 22, a special program will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. The program will include snacks, Bible stories, songs and crafts. Call Larie or Pat at 201-997-4375.
A “Draw Your Inner Lizard Bookmark” contest will be held at Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., from July 25 – 27, to go with the movie of the week, “Rango.” Children are invited to draw their inner lizards during those three days. Bookmark forms will be available in the main library’s children’s room. All contest entries must be returned no later than 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27. For more information, visit or call 201-998-2666.

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 10-02 will present a boating safety course on Wednesday, July 20, and Thursday, July 21, from 6 to 10 p.m., at the Lyndhurst Masonic Club, 316 Riverside Ave. Cost is $70 per person. Upon passing the test, participants will be entitled to operate a jet ski in New Jersey waters. Those interested must attend both sessions. For more information and to pre-register, call 201-933-1330.
The N.J. Meadowlands Commission’s Hackensack River two-hour pontoon boat cruises will be offered at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 13, Tuesday, July 19, Thursday, July 21, and Friday, July 22; at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, July 16; and at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 20.  For ages 10 and up. Suggested donation: $15 per person.
Registration required: 201-460-4640 or
On Friday, July 15, at 7 p.m., a program for special-needs children, adolescents and their parents will be presented by  Meadowlands Environment Center educator Laura Venner. In the lecture, “2012: A parent’s guide to addressing their children’s concerns,” Venner will highlight the most common questions she’s been asked about “the end of the world” and unravel the misconceptions and myths associated with 2012.  $20 per adult, 12 cents per child. Registration is limited and required. To register, go to and click on the link on the left side of the page, or call 201-460-4623.
A two-hour pontoon boat birding cruise on the Hackensack will sail Tuesday, July 19, at 10 a.m.
The guided trip has a suggested donation of $15 per person. Nature photographers are welcome, but you must be unobtrusive (no tripods). For ages 10 and up. Registration required; contact Gaby Bennett-Meany at 201-460-4640.
A free senior citizens’ program, “A Virtual Tour of Mayan Astronomy,” is set for 2 p.m., July 19, at the Environment Center in DeKorte Park.    Dr. Richard Russo will guide you through the vast mysteries in the cosmology of the pre-Columbian Maya. Seating limited; registration required.
To register call 201-460-8300, or to register online go to,  click on “Community Programs” and select “register for a program.”
On Wednesday, July 20, at 8:30 a.m., the NJMC will offer a three-hour guided canoe tour of Mill Creek, Secaucus.  For ages 10 and up.
$15 per person. Registration required: 201-460-4640 or

The Nutley Department of Parks & Recreation will present The Cameos oldies group in concert on Wednesday, July 13, at Memorial Park I (the Mud Hole) at 6:30 p.m. (Rain date July 27.) Bring your lawn chair or a blanket. Food items will be available for purchase.  For further information, contact the Recreation Department at (973) 284-4966, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Nutley Public Library’s Pen to Prose Writer’s Group will meet on Monday, July 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 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.
“Stretch Your Imagination” at the library with summer reading storytellers Carol Titus and Ken Galipeau on Tuesday, July 19, at 10:30 a.m. This program is open to all ages. No registration is required.
A program on book making, sponsored by the Friends of the Nutley Public Library, will be held on Saturday, July 23, at 1 p.m. This program is recommended for children in grades 3 to 6. Registration is required.
The World Habitats, a program for children in kindergarten to second grade, is scheduled at the library for Wednesday, July 27, at 11 a.m. Registration is required.
Wii Bowling for seniors is scheduled for Friday, July 29, at 2 p.m. at the library. Bowling shoes are not required. Please call, come in or email to register.
Ravenous Readers, a reading club for third and fourth graders, will meet at the library on Wednesday, Aug. 10, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. At each monthly meeting the group will discuss a book, cook or create food, and share refreshments. Copies of each selection will be available at the front desk. Next month’s book is to be decided.


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