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St. Anthony of Padua Church, 63 Franklin St., Belleville, will have its 110th anniversary celebration dinner and dance on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 2 to 7 p.m.
Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC) invites you to come out to a hospital health fair on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the medical center located at One Clara Maass Drive, Belleville. Stations will include: Stroke risk assessment, depression screenings, diabetic foot screenings, emergency department information, rehabilitation services, sleep center, imaging services, nutrition information, diabetes education, and blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and body fat analysis screenings.  You are welcome to bring a brown bag of your medications, as pharmacists will be present to review your meds with you. There is no cost to attend this event. Registration is suggested. Please visit or call 1-888-724-7123, prompt 4, to register.

Bloomfield Public Library Children’s Department needs your help collecting donations of craft supplies to be used in the library’s free programs for children of all ages. Some items they are looking for are construction paper, pipe cleaners, and solid colored tissue paper, but they’ll accept any relatively new craft materials in good condition. (Opened or partially used packages are fine as long as the remaining materials are in good shape.) For a longer list of what we need, give us a call at (973) 566-6200 ext. 507. Donations can be dropped off at the children’s library at 90 Broad St.
On Tuesday, Oct. 26, from 7 to 7:45 p.m., the library’s children’s department will have a reading of scary stories for children aged 5 to 12. Register for this free event in the children’s library, 90 Broad St., or by calling (973) 566-6200 ext. 507. Kids can wear a costume, just for fun! Please note that stories in the later portion of the program may be inappropriate for young children.

Project Graduation, a program to provide a safe graduation night for Kearny High School seniors, will hold a meeting Thursday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the KHS library (4th floor). The group is seeking new members. For more information, call Steve Dyl at 201-991-7467.
Heaven Cent Thrift Shop at First Presbyterian Church, 663 Kearny Ave., has fall and winter clothing now in stock. Men’s and women’s suits 50% off. Hours are Wednesday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations of new or gently used clothing and small household items are welcome and very much appreciated. Entrance on Laurel Ave.
Calvary Methodist Church, 342 Elm St., Kearny, will have a harvest party on Friday, Oct. 21, 7 to 9 p.m.
Children are invited to hear a Halloween story and then design a “skeletoni,” an artistic skeleton made entirely out of macaroni shapes, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the lower level. The library will provide the materials. Registration is not needed for this program at the main library, 318 Kearny Ave. For more information, visit or call 201-998-2666.
The 24th annual Kearny Halloween parade will take place on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m., rain or shine. Tots, youth, teens, adults and senior citizens are welcome to participate in the line of march. Registration forms for all age participants and groups will soon be available at all Kearny schools and at the Kearny Recreation Department, located in Town Hall, 402 Kearny Ave. Floats and bands are being accepted. Any civic or social organization interested in entering a float or marching in the parade this year can contact the Recreation Department at 201-955-7983. The parade route will start on Kearny Avenue at Dukes Street and travel north past Town Hall. The Kearny Police Department stresses that no bikes or skateboards are allowed along the parade route.
St. Stephen’s Seniors announces the following upcoming events: the annual Communion Breakfast – 10 a.m. Mass at St. Stephen’s followed by brunch at the Archdiocesan Center, 499 Belgrove Drive, Kearny.  For tickets call Vicki at 201-991-8345.  A. C. trips – Oct. 26 and Nov. 30.  For information call Peggy at 201-998-9443. Hunterdon Hills – Nov. 11 (waiting list only).  For information call Joan at 201-998-3578. The annual Everything Fair will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  This year the fair will feature attic treasures, a tricky tray, bake sale, jewelry sale, refreshments and a raffle for $150 in Shop Rite gift certificates. For further club information please call Tom at 201-998-8258.
The Rosary Society of Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 136 Davis Ave., will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Nov. 3, in the church hall. Guest speaker will be Rev. Michael Ward, parish administrator, who will speak on the changes to the prayers said during the Mass.

The Lyndhurst Library is once again collecting coats and clothing for the First Cerebral Palsy Center’s Coat Drive to help the homeless of St. John’s Soup Kitchen through the fall. New and gently used coats for all seasons, fall and winter clothing, and shoes in all sizes from adult to infant are being accepted. The drop-off boxes are located at the main entrance of the library.  For more information, please call the Lyndhurst Library at 201-804-2478, ext. 7.
St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church will hold an indoor flea market on Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will be held in the building next to the church on the corner of Stuyvesant and Forest Aves., Lyndhurst. All proceeds go to the church.
Lyndhurst V.F.W. Post 3549, 527 Valley Brook Ave., will have a Karaoke night on Friday, Oct. 28, starting at 7:30 p.m. The VFW hall is also available to rent for all occasions. For more information, call the Post at 201-939-3080.
A veterans ward party will be held on Oct. 25,  at 2:30 p.m. at Chestnut hill Extended Care Facility, Passaic. The event will be sponsored by John and Marilyn Faziola. In memory of Frank Lopinto, brother of  Marilyn. The party also is in memory of Eugene and Madelyn Lopinto, parents of Marilyn and Frank. Frank Lopinto was a  Lance Corporal in the U.S. Marines who was killed in Vietnam on July 2, 1967 at age 19. He had been born Oct. 1, 1947. He was awarded two Purple Hearts (for wounds suffered in combat), National Service Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Service Medal and the Military Merit and Gallantry Cross with Palms.
Join Clara Maass Medical Center for a light breakfast at the Lyndhurst Health Department on Friday, Oct. 21, at 10 a.m. for a First Aid for Seniors discussion. There is no cost to attend this event. Registration is suggested. Please or call 1-888-724-7123, prompt 4, to register.
The N.J. Meadowlands Commission and Bergen County Audubon Society will sponsor a free two-hour nature walk Sunday, Oct. 23, starting at 10 a.m.
Meet at the entrance to the Mill Creek Marsh trail, just off Park Plaza Drive in Secaucus. You can also meet at the visitors’ parking lot at DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst at 9:30 a.m. to carpool. Check for last-minute updates and weather advisories. To R.S.V.P., contact Don Torino at or 201-230-4983.
At 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 23, a “Music of the Universe” concert, featuring ethereal Musicora (piano, voice, violin, cello and guitar) will be presented at the Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza. $5; MEC members, $4. Call 201-460-8300 or visit
The Masonic Club of Lyndhurst, 316 Riverside Ave., will have its annual Halloween party on Saturday, Oct. 29, starting at 6 p.m. The party is open to all ages for a donation of $15 per person. Children under 12 will be admitted free. Reservations are recommended! For reservations, call the club 201-933-1330.
The Lyndhurst Health Department announces that its meditation classes will continue weekly. The meditation program, which began in September, was scheduled to run eight weeks. Due to community interest, meditation will continue every Monday night from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Lyndhurst Health Department. Parbatie Singh, certified meditation trainer and Lyndhurst resident, is donating her time to lead these free workshops. Pre-registration is required. Please call the Lyndhurst Health Department at 201-804-2500 to register. Residents of surrounding towns are welcome.
The Lyndhurst Library would like to invite the community to its monthly Book Club meeting. Make new friends who also have the same love for books while enjoying some refreshments. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 6:30 p.m. The book to be discussed will be “Second Chance” by Jane Green. Please contact Diane Montefusco at 201-804-2478, ext. 2, for more information and to obtain a copy of the book. Space is limited and registration is necessary.

North Arlington
The North Arlington High School Competition Cheerleaders will be holding a clothes drive on Saturday, Oct. 22.  The clothes will be collected in front of the high school, 222 Ridge Road, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, as well as shoes, belts, handbags and home linens will collected.  Please place clothing and shoes in separate plastic bags. For more information, please call 201-320-1141.  Cheerleaders will be available to help unload the bags from your cars.
Living Water Church, 119 Biltmore St., North Arlington, is hosting a Harvest Fun Festival on Sunday, Oct. 23, beginning at 2 p.m. The events will include free games, free food, free gift baskets, prizes and entertainment.  Biltmore Street will be closed from Gold Street to High Street during the festival. For more information on the Harvest Fun Festival, visit
There will be a North Arlington Public Library Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. This meeting is in addition to the regularly scheduled 2011 meetings.
Girls interested in playing softball next spring can sign up for the North Arlington Girls Softball League on Nov. 2 and 3 at the high school cafeteria from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The cost to join the league is $65 for girls between the ages of 5 and 8 and $75 for girls between 9 and 14 years old. There is a $50 fee for each additional child per family. Proof of residence is required at registration. There will be a $25 fee added for late registrations.
North Arlington Recreation Commission will host its annual Halloween Parade and town-wide Trunk or Treat on Thursday, Oct. 27.  Participants will assemble at Boston Market on Ridge Road at 6 p.m. and kick off at 6:30 p.m. The Trunk or Treat will follow at the end of the parade behind Borough Hall.  Children 10 years old and younger can also attend the NAVES Annual Halloween Party at 7 p.m. at the North Arlington High School cafeteria. If you would like to donate candy or use your trunk for the Trunk or Treat please call North Arlington Events Coordinator Tara Banuls at 201-679-0569. You must sign up to be a part of the Trunk or Treat.

The Tuesday Evening Knitting Club will meet at the Nutley Public Library, 83 Booth Drive, on Nov. 1, from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Come share your love of knitting and crocheting with both beginning and experienced knitters. Please bring your own supplies. This group meets on the first Tuesday of every month.
Experienced and non-experienced players are welcome to play bridge at the Nutley Public Library on the following Tuesdays: Nov. 1, 15, 22 and 29 at 1 p.m. No registration required.
Wednesday Afternoon Knitting Club meets every week at the library from 1 to 3 p.m. Please bring your own supplies.
Nutley Little Theatre invites area residents interested in community theater to attend the group’s membership meeting Friday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m., at the NLT Barn, 47 Erie Place, Nutley.
A brief business meeting will be followed by a workshop featuring readings of Halloween-themed monologues written by NLT member Joe Del Priore. NLT is an all-volunteer organization that stages five productions annually. Open auditions encourage newcomers to try out for roles, and there are also backstage roles to be filled, as well as administrative and support positions. Membership dues are $15 annually; $20 for two persons at one address. For information, call 973-667-0374.

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