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Recent WWE TV star and Hall-of-Fame legend “Mr. U.S.A.” Tony Atlas will headline an all-star night of pro wrestling as National Pro Wrestling Superstars returns to  Belleville Knights Of Columbus Hall, 98 Bridge St., on Friday, Aug. 19,  at 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $19 for adults and $17 for children and seniors, and are available at the following local outlets: Belleville: Starlight Tattoo, 472 Washington Ave.; Rosebuds Sweet Shop, 528 Joralemon Ave.; and The Motorcycle Mall, 165 Washington Ave.; Kearny: New Linden Deli, 690 Kearny Ave.; Nutley: Mainiero’s Sports Shop, 234 Franklin Ave.   Tickets are also available by calling the NWS box office toll-free at 1 (866) 290-1232. All major charge cards are accepted, and group rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Remaining seats, if any, will go on sale at the door one hour before bell time.
Belleville Elks Lodge #1123 announces that entertainment books for 2012 are available for purchase. These discount books contain hundreds of coupons, ranging from fine dining and casual dining to fast food, dry cleaners, car washes, movies and more. The price of the book is $30. To purchase a book, call Jay Meglio at the Belleville Elks, any Monday or Friday, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., at 973-759-9623.
Attention high school students: Kaplan will be offering a free full-length practice PSAT and SAT this September at the Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St.  Students will receive a comprehensive analysis of their performance on the test, detailing individual strengths and areas of opportunity. The PSAT practice test is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. The SAT Practice Test is set for Saturday, Sept. 17, from 1 to 5 p.m.   Please call 1-800-KAP-TEST or visit to register or to find out about additional college preparation opportunities in the area.

A new installment of the “Music at the Mansion” concert series will be presented on Sunday, Aug. 21, at 3 p.m.  at Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Ave., Bloomfield. Performers will include 2009 Bistro, MAC and Nightlife Award winner Daryl Glenn with Broadway performer and Musical director Jo Lynn Burks, singer/songwriter Garry Novikoff and singer/songwriter DC Anderson.   Tickets are $10 per person and are available at the door.  Seating begins at 2:30 p.m.   For more information, please contact Corinna at or call Oakeside at 973-429-0960.
Bloomfield Public Library Book Club will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. in the conference room.  The topic of discussion will be “The Loved One” by Evelyn Waugh. This 1948 novel takes on the American funeral industry in a brilliantly satirical portrait of excess and eccentricity.   Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.  Interested patrons are invited to 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 #2326 Women’s Social Club of the Harrison/East Newark Elks will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 8 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 406 Harrison Ave., Harrison. Women, age 25 and over, interested in becoming a member are invited to attend this meeting.  The group has also scheduled a bus ride to Showboat Casino in Atlantic City on Sunday, Aug. 28, leaving the Elks Lodge at 10 a.m. For reservations, call 973-483-6451. Anyone, age 25 and over, is welcome to attend this trip.
The N.J. Blood Center will hold a blood drive on Monday, Aug. 22, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Harrison Community Center, 401 Warren St. All donors must bring ID,  know their Social Security Number and weigh at least 120. Donors are advised to eat a meal and drink plenty of water prior to donating. All donors will receive a $15 Shoprite gift card. For more information, call 973-676-4700, ext. 144.

Heaven Cent Thrift Shop at First Presbyterian Church, 663 Kearny Ave., Kearny, continues its 50% off clearance sale on summer clothing. Last chance for great bargains on warm weather clothes as the shop switches to fall items. Hours are Wednesday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations of new or gently used clothing and small household items are welcome and very much appreciated. Please use the entrance on Laurel Avenue.
Kearny Little League will have its annual Fun Fair at the Doyle Pavilion at Riverbank Park on Aug. 21, from noon to 6 p.m. The event includes a water slide, dunk tank, music, raffles and more, and is open to Little League participants, coaches, parents and siblings. Admission is free to players and coaches and a $10 donation per person for adults and $5 donation per person for children. The cost includes food and drinks. For more information, call Tom Witt, president of Kearny Little League, at 201-314-4924.
Kearny UNICO will have another summer bocce and pizza membership meeting on Monday, Aug. 22, at 6 p.m. at the Kearny bocce court, located in Riverbank Park. Anyone interested in playing bocce and enjoying some pizza and learning more about Kearny UNICO should come to the meeting.  Seating is limited, so bring a folding chair.
The Kearny Public Library Children’s Room announces free events for children in August: Play/Story Times for preschool age children will continue at the Main Library, 318 Kearny Ave., on Tuesdays through Aug. 23 from 11 a.m.- noon, and also on Thursdays  through Aug. 25 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Branch library, 759 Kearny Ave., hosts Play/Story Times for preschool age children through Aug. 18 on Thursday mornings from 10:15 – 11 a.m.  The Branch Library is located at 759 Kearny Ave.
Art classes will be held at the Main library from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Aug. 17 and 24. The library will provide the art materials. Children will create art to take home, and also art to decorate the library’s Children’s Room.
The following films are scheduled for Movie Mondays at the Main library: On August 22 at 2 p.m.: “Legends of the Guardians: the Owls of Ga’hoole” and on Aug. 29 at 4 p.m.: “Phantom Tollbooth”.
Registration is not needed for any program. For more information, visit or call 201-998-2666.
The library will welcome all knights and princesses in costume to the Royal Art Party from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24. The children will be taught how to make artifacts from medieval times. The library will supply the art materials. There is no registration; however, please do not arrive late, as space is limited. The event will take place in the lower level of the Main library, 318 Kearny Ave.
The Branch Library, 759 Kearny Ave.,  will host a special art project for children ages 4 and up on Friday, Sept. 2, at 3 p.m.  The program will be free and supplies will be provided by the library.  However, space is limited, so please call the Main Library Children’s Room at (201) 998-2666 to reserve your spot.
Visit the library’s website <> for more program information.

A Flea Market will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, 321 Second Ave., Lyndhurst (across from the train station.) The event will include new and used items, antiques, crafts and collectables. Free parking at the train station parking lot.
Two-hour guided Hackensack River pontoon boat cruises will be offered  by the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 24-25, both departing at 5:30 p.m.    For ages 10 and up. Suggested donation: $15 per person. Registration required: 201-460-4640 or

North Arlington
The Senior Harmony Club of North Arlington has scheduled the following trips to the Taj Mahal: Tuesday, Sept. 6, and Tuesday, Oct. 4. For more information or to make a reservation, call Florence at 201-991-3173.

Nutley Public Library announces its next cycle of ESL classes is scheduled to begin during the week of Aug. 22 and run through Dec. 29. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels are available, as is instruction for the citizenship test. Various classes meet on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Placement tests and registration began on Aug. 15 and continue this week. Fees are very reasonable. For more information, please call the library at 973-667-0405, ext. 2604 or visit
A new Scrabble club for adults is starting at the library on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. Scrabble Night will meet on the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. The dates will be Oct. 6, Nov. 3 and Dec.1. Prizes will be awarded for the highest scores.
Call the library at 973-667-0405 for more information on this and other programs at the Nutley Public Library. The schedule of programs is available at the library and on the library’s web site at
The library will have BabyGarten for infants and toddlers on Mondays, September 12, 19, 26, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Babies up through 22 months, and their caregivers enjoy great books, nursery rhymes, playtime, and meet other babies from the Nutley area. Registration is required.
The library’s book discussion group will meet on Monday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. The program will feature “A Mountain of Crumbs,” a memoir presented by author Elena Gorokhova. This event is free and open to the public.

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