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Clara Maass Medical Center is offering free Chi Kung classes for women who have or have had breast cancer.  Two eight-week sessions are being offered: Tuesdays, beginning Nov. 1, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Education Room at 50 Newark Ave., Belleville, and Thursdays, beginning Nov. 3, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Center for Healthy Living, 292 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair.
Chi Kung uses breathing techniques, gentle movement and meditation to promote healing of the body and mind. To register, or for more information, call Anabela Cunha-Almeida at 973-844-4173.

The Bloomfield Department of Health & Human Services is collecting clean, wearable coats (and scarves and gloves) to be distributed to needy residents.
If you have an extra coat (any size) in your closet, you can drop it off in the collection box in Room 213 at 1 Municipal Plaza from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For more information, call (973) 680-4017.
Bloomfield Public Library announces the following films will be shown as part of its Thursday Noon Films program: Nov. 3 – “Everybody Sings” (NR) (Judy Garland), Nov. 10 – “Say Anything” (PG-13) (John Cusack), Nov. 17 – “By the Light of the Silvery Moon” (NR) (Doris Day), Nov. 24 – Library closed for Thanksgiving.
The following films are scheduled as part of the library’s Monday Afternoon at the Movies program: Nov. 7 – “Morning Glory” (PG-13) (Rachel McAdams), Nov. 14 – “Destry Rides Again” (NR) (James Stewart), Nov. 21 – “Finding Neverland,” (PG) (Johnny Depp) and Nov. 28 – “Holiday Affair” (NR) (Janet Leigh).
Admission is free. Each film begins at 12:15 p.m. For information or directions, call 973-566-6200.
SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives, will present a free workshop on financing your small business at the library on Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. SCORE will return to the library on Dec. 14 to discuss social media and the Internet for your small business at 6 p.m. For more information, call (973) 566-6200, ext. 502.
A writing workshop for teen girls will be held at the library on Nov. 9 at 6 p.m., presented by Carol Forbes, an award-winning screenwriter with an MFA in film from Columbia University. Find her blog online at  Follow her blog on twitter @carolftwin. This workshop series is for girls ages 12 to 18 to help them start writing a first novel. For more information on this event or upcoming programs please call (973) 566-6200, ext. 502.
A trip to Mt. Airy Lodge Casino is set for Saturday, Dec. 3, at 9 a.m., leaving from the Knights of Columbus, 190 State St., Bloomfield. Cost is $30. Please make checks payable to the Knights of Columbus, ATTN: Nick Lucivero, 190 State St., Bloomfield, N.J. 07003 or call 973-743-1688. Please leave a message or email
The Knights of Columbus, Bloomfield, announce a trip to Hershey, Pa., on Saturday, Dec. 10. Price is $55 per person. The trip includes a free chocolate making tour in Hershey Chocolate World, a visit to Hershey Park Christmas Candylane and the Hershey Sweet Lights Spectacular.  Please make checks payable to the Knights of Columbus, ATTN: Nick Lucivero, 190 State St., Bloomfield, N.J. 07003; or call 973-743-1688 or email

The Harrison/East Newark Elks request the community’s help to help defray the cost of flood damage repairs to the Lyndhurst Lodge. All donations are tax deductible and would help support the Elks charities such as the veterans, special needs, scholarships given to high school students, etc. To make a donation, call 201-507-1505 and leave a message.
Essex County College will be offering free classes at Harrison Public Library for job seekers  to improve their computer and job search skills. The classes will focus on the basic computer skills needed by every job applicant today. All courses will be delivered at a basic user level, are four hours and built around workforce development skills.
Classes are scheduled as follows: Nov. 15 – Word, Nov. 22 – Email, and Nov. 29 – Internet. All classes will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Includes certificate upon completion. To register for the classes or for more information, call the library at 973-483- 2366.
Harrison Cancer League is having a Thanksgiving pie sale fundraiser with fresh-baked 10” deep dish pies by Harvest House Brick Oven Bakery. Choice of apple, cherry, blueberry, lemon meringue, three berry, peach, key lime, pumpkin and coconut custard. (All fruit pies are available with crumb topping). Pies are $12 each. All pie orders and payments must be received by Wednesday, Nov. 16. (Orders sent in by mail must be marked by Monday, Nov. 14.) For more information, call Maria Bradley at 973-485-5143 or 862-763-0047. Pies will be available for pick-up on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at the Harrison Senior Citizens Center, 221 Harrison Ave., Harrison, from 2 to 5:30 p.m.

The Salvation Army, 28 Beech St., Kearny, is offering computer classes on Monday and Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon. A $30 fee is charged per 12 hours of instruction. The classes cover basic computer skills (mouse, keyboard, Internet), email, as well as Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
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.
Kearny Rotary is sponsoring a flea market and collectible show on Saturday, Nov. 5, outdoors, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Frank V. Marina, 205 Passaic Ave., Kearny (next to Applebee’s and Burger King). Admission is free.
St. Stephen’s Seniors announce its annual Everything Fair will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Hedges Hall (lower church).  There will be a tricky tray, bake sale, attic treasures, jewelry table, gift certificates table, book, tapes and CD sale, and refreshments.  Please call Tom for further information, at 201-998-8258.
The 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.
Kearny High School Booster Club and Kearny Generals Football and Cheerleading will host an adult dance on Friday, Nov. 4, at the Scots American Club, 40 Patterson St., Kearny, starting at 8 p.m. Cost will be a $25 donation. For more information or for tickets, contact Christine Nee at 201-965-4258, Robin Esteves 201-805-3546, Tom Witt 201-314-4924, Maureen Witt 201-314-5182 or Tony Esteves 732-299-5042.
Tables are still available at a cost of $15 each or two for $25 for a flea market at Trinity Episcopal Church, 575 Kearny Ave., Kearny, on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call the church office at 201-991-5894.
First Presbyterian Church, 663 Kearny Ave., Kearny, will host its annual Holiday Fair on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fair features baked goods, pictures with Santa at 11 a.m., Tricky Tray, Christmas crafts, lunch from 11:30 a.m.  to 1:30 p.m. and dinner at 5 p.m. Call 201-991-3513 for more information.
Heaven Cent Thrift Shop at First Presbyterian Church, 663 Kearny Ave., announces the opening of its special Christmas room on Nov. 5, featuring a good stock of quality fall and winter clothing. The shop is open Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Use upper Laurel Ave. door.
Cecilian Seniors announce a trip to Sands Casino, Bethlehem, Pa., on Nov. 9, leaving at 9:30 a.m. from in front of St. Cecilia’s Church. If interested, call Johnnie B. at 201-997-9552, after 6 to 9 p.m. Cost is $30.

The Lyndhurst Health Department is having a Holiday Food Drive, collecting frozen turkeys, canned vegetables, gravy, cranberry sauce, canned/boxed potatoes, stuffing mix, and frozen lasagna. Items can be dropped off Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you are a Lyndhurst resident in need, please bring proof of Lyndhurst residency and proof of need. Food Pantry hours are Monday through Thursday, from 1 to 4 p.m. The Lyndhurst Food Pantry is staffed by the Woman’s Club of Lyndhurst. Please call 201-804-2500 for further information.
The Health Department collaborates with Clara Maass Medical Center to provide free health dinner forums at which residents have the opportunity to ask questions of medical experts in the field. The next dinner forum, Heart Healthy Cooking, will be held on Nov. 9 at 5:30 p.m. and will include a cooking demonstration, meal, and question and answer session.  Pre-registration is required; call 201-804-2500 to reserve your seat.  Residents of surrounding towns are welcome to attend.
The Health Department will offer assistance with food stamp applications on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to noon. A representative from Bergen County Board of Social Services will offer individual support with completing the applications. For further information about Bergen County social services, please call 201-368-4200.
The Lyndhurst Public Library has joined Library Ideas’ network of Public Library websites that offer access to songs from Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists.
Under the terms of the agreement, registered cardholders can download a select number of Sony Music tracks in the MP3 format each month at no direct cost via   The library will underwrite the purchase of the music. For further information please call or email Library Director Donna Romeo, 201-804-2478, ext. 7 or

North Arlington
H.E.P.  (Helping Exceptional People) is having a Big Band Dance on Friday, Nov. 11, from 6:30 to 10 p.m., at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 194 River Road, North Arlington.  Come and enjoy swing music and the sounds of the big bands for only $20 per person. For tickets, call 201-997-2086 .
North Arlington Health Department, 10 Beaver Ave., announces a blood pressure and health risk assessment are held on the second and fourth Tuesday every month, from 1 to 2:45 p.m.  No appointment is necessary.
A Child Health Conference, free immunization and Well-Baby Care, for infants and pre-school children, will be available by appointment on Thursday, Nov. 17 at the Health Department. Required school-age immunizations are available for those without health insurance coverage. For appointments, call 201-955-5695.
The health department is hosting a free three-part series on diabetes, beginning at 10 a.m. on three consecutive Thursdays, Nov. 3, 10, and 17, in conjunction with Clara Maass Medical Center, covering important topics such as diabetes detection, blood sugar control, and medication management.  A light breakfast will be served.  Open to surrounding communities.  Registration required by calling the health department at 201-955-5695.
The department will also host, Dealing with Holiday Stress, a free program in conjunction with Clara Maass Medical Center, Wednesday, Nov. 16, beginning at 6 p.m. A light dinner will be served.  Open to surrounding communities.  Registration required by calling 201-955-5695.
On Sunday, Nov. 6, at 10 a.m., the N.J. Meadowlands Commission and Bergen County Audubon Society will host a free two-hour guided nature walk at the legendary Harrier Meadow  in North Arlington. The 70-acre site, usually off-limits to the public, features ponds and tidal impoundments and birds aplenty. Meet at 10 at the entrance to Harrier Meadow on Disposal Road. You can also meet at the visitors’ parking lot at DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst at 9:40 a.m. and carpool. Check for last-minute updates and weather advisories. To R.S.V.P., contact Don Torino at or 201-230-4983.
The American Legion Alexander Stover Post 37, 222 River Road, North Arlington, will meet on Monday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m. All veterans are welcome. For more information, call 201-214-8253.

Saturday Story Time and crafts, for children of all ages, is held at Nutley Public Library every Saturday at 10 a.m. Registration is not required.
The library’s Manga & Anime Club will meet on Mondays, Nov. 7 and 21, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., to watch anime, read Manga and advise the library on its Manga collection.
Pajama Story Time. Story time for children of all ages is held every Monday at the library at 7 p.m. Registration is not required.
The Strange World of Reptiles, a live animal show, is scheduled at the library for Thursday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m. No registration is required.
Nutley Fit Kids and the Mayor’s Wellness Initiative present “Little Giants,” a family friendly football movie, at the library on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m.
St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus #2346 will host a Big Band Swing Night, featuring the Studio 312 Big Band on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 150 Chestnut St., Nutley. Admission is a $30 per person donation and includes a buffet dinner with beverage and dessert. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and show starts at 7 p.m. For tickets or more information, contact Rob Ciocco at 973-667-6760. Proceeds will support the St. Mary’s Council Charity Fund.

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