Around Town

It’s time for the second annual Belleville Rotary Club Chocolate Turkey Hunt on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 9:30 a.m. at the Clermont Field, Belleville School #8, 183 Union Ave.  Join Rotary for this free event.  It is just like an Easter egg hunt, but you will be looking for as many chocolate turkeys as you can find.  There will be music, prizes and more as the Rotary Club of Belleville celebrates its 90th anniversary.
Free informational seminars on bariatric (weight-loss) surgery are offered the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Clara Maass Medical Center Founders Room (located off the main lobby), 1 Clara Maass Drive, Belleville. The next session is scheduled for Nov. 16. Dr. Naveen Ballem, medical director of the Weight Loss Institute of New Jersey, will discuss what to expect before and after surgery.  At 7 p.m., following the seminar, there is a support group for post-bariatric patients. For more info or to register, call Kathrine Berdebes at 973-289-7127 or e-mail

The Bloomfield Public Library , 90 Broad St.,  is pleased to present Financial Aid and Admission Workshop/Express College Tune-Up Workshop on Nov. 16 from  5 to 6:30 p.m. The Urban League of Essex County will provide current high school students with tips and advice for the admission process with the assistance of college admission representatives.
For more information on this event or upcoming programs please call (973) 566-6200, ext. 502.
The Bloomfield Public Library will host a seminar on personal finance on Tuesday Nov. 15, at 3 p.m.  The seminar will be presented by Nutley’s Citibank. For more information on this event or upcoming programs please call (973) 566-6200, ext. 502.
On Saturday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m., the library will present a concert featuring award-winning saxophonist Shenole Latimer. The program is entitled “Our Music, Our Culture,” a journey through jazz history from the early 1900’s to today, exploring the lives and struggles of many jazz artists including Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and John Coltrane.  Visit the African American roots of jazz.  Learn why jazz has been called, “America’s Classical Music.”
The Bloomfield Public Library will celebrate all superheroes on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m.  After sharing a superhero story, Superheros ages 4 and up will design their own super logo, make and race their superhero figures, then enjoy face painting and refreshments. Come in costume! Remember that pillowcases and old sheets make great capes! Please register at the children’s desk or by phone at 973-566-6200, ext. 507.
Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Ave., Bloomfield, will host “Murder under the Mistletoe” on Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. Toy company owner Harry Humbug has been murdered and it will be up to the audience to help the detective figure it out as they form mini CSI teams at each table and try to win clues before time runs out. Tickets are $64.95 per person and includes dinner, show, tax and gratuity. A cash bar will be available. Call 973-429-0960 for reservations or more information.
Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center is hosting “Tea with Mrs. Claus” on Saturday, Dec. 3. Participants will enjoy a story, tea and finger sandwiches, cookies, and more with Mrs. Claus. There will be two seatings: at noon and at 3 p.m. The event will include arts and crafts, while each child will receive a framed picture with Mrs. Claus. The event is recommended for children ages 2 to 8. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Seating is limited. Tickets are $12 for adults and $15 for children. Payment must be received within five days of reservation. For more information or to make reservations, call Oakeside at 973-429-0960.
A Veterans Day celebration will be held on Friday, Nov. 11, in Bloomfield at the Township Hall at 10 a.m. The group assembled will march to the Veterans Monument at Broad and Liberty Sts. for the ceremony.

East Newark
The East Newark Senior Club will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Senior Center, 37 President St., East Newark, at 1 p.m. The following topics will be discussed: identity theft prevention, medical identity theft and senior fraud. All seniors are invited to attend.

Harrison Cancer League is holding a Thanksgiving pie sale fundraiser with fresh-baked 10-inch-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. Mail orders must be postmarked by Monday, Nov. 14. Checks should be mailed to: Harrison Cancer League, PO Box 741, Harrison, N.J. 07029. 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.
Harrison Cancer League is sponsoring a toy drive for The Valerie Fund, for young people (infants to age 21) who have been diagnosed with cancer and are undergoing treatment. Donations of unwrapped new gifts and gift cards can be dropped off at the following locations, Monday through Friday, now through Nov. 30: Harrison Community Center, 401 Warren St., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Harrison Board of Health, 318 Harrison Ave. Annex, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Harrison Senior Center, 221 Harrison Ave., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Harrison Veterans Association will hold its Veterans Day tribute on Friday, Nov. 11, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Plaza on Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. South. The program will include Mayor Raymond McDonough and Town Council members, VFW Post 340, American Legion Post 282, Harrison/East Newark Elks Lodge and members of the community.

Pathways to Independence is sponsoring a flea market and collectible show on  Sunday, Nov. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., outdoors, at Frank V. Marina, 205 Passaic Ave., Kearny (next to Applebee’s and Burger King). Admission is free.
The Kearny Public Library Children’s Room announces free events for children in November:
At the main library, 318 Kearny Ave., Play/Story Times for preschool age children will continue on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to noon, and also on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Branch library, 759 Kearny Ave., will have Play/Story Times for preschool age children on Thursdays from 10:15 to 11 a.m.
Children are invited to hear a Thanksgiving story and design a Thanksgiving art project to take home for the holiday. The library will provide the materials. This program will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the lower level of the main library.
On Thursday, Nov. 17, at 5 p.m. the library will host a special Thanksgiving placemat art project for children ages 4 and up at the branch library, 759 Kearny Ave.  The program will be free of charge and supplies will be provided by the library.  However, space is limited.  Please call the main library children’s room at (201) 998-2666 to reserve your spot. Check the library’s website for more program information.
A musical puppet show will be held from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the main library. Uncle John of Uncle John’s Puppets will perform with his puppet friends, Hershey the Chocolate Lab, Ollie the Owl and characters from Sesame Street. Enjoy music and comedy to warm the heart on a chilly day. Registration is not needed.
For more information, visit or call 201-998-2666.
The Rotary Club of Kearny will have Richard Dwyer of PSE&G at its meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 12:15 p.m. to speak about PSE&G’s investments in the replacement and upgrade of electric transmission systems. Come join us to find out more about the grid that powers your businesses and homes and how PSE&G wants to make it better for the future. Kearny Rotary meets at La Fiamma Italian Restaurant Bar and Grill at 440 Harrison Ave., Harrison (Corner of 5th Street). Call President José Fernandez at 201-991-1040 to let him know you are coming or for additional information about Kearny Rotary.
Trinity Episcopal Church, 575 Kearny Ave., Kearny will hold a flea market on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Tables are still available at a cost of $15 each or two for $25.  For more information, call the church office at 201-991-5894.
Kearny UNICO will meet on Monday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m.  Anyone interested in attending the meeting and/or learning more about Kearny UNICO should contact Chapter President Lou Pandolfi at 201-368-2409.  New members are welcome.

The Polish American Club, 730 New Jersey Ave., Lyndhurst, will hold a beer pong tournament on Friday, Nov. 25. All players must be signed in by 9:15 p.m.  The price is $20 per person to play. The first 16 teams will be guaranteed a spot to play. Call Amy at 201-927-0833.
The Polish American Club of Lyndhurst, 730 New Jersey Ave., will host Lunch with Santa on Dec. 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. Those attending are requested to bring a wrapped gift with your child’s name on it. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children. For tickets, call Amy at 201-927-0833 or call the club at 201-438-9723.
The Lyndhurst Health Department will offer a blood screening on Saturday, Dec. 3, beginning at 8 a.m.  This program is open to all Lyndhurst residents age 18 and over.  There is a $20 fee, payable by cash or check, to cover lab costs.  Please call 201-804-2500 to make an appointment.
Join Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC) nutritional and medical experts for a heart healthy holiday cooking demonstration on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m. at the Lyndhurst Health Department, 253 Stuyvesant Ave. Bring your appetites to sample the chef’s heart healthy creations and questions for a heart health discussion with a panel of CMMC medical experts. There is no cost to attend this event. Registration is suggested. Please visit or call 1-888-724-7123, prompt 4, to register.
The Meadowlands Environment Center, DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst will host “Astrobiology: The Search For Life” on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m.  This lecture will introduce audience members to some amazing creatures that would make good spacefaring candidates and will delve into some of the planetary objects that may have the right stuff to support life. Admission is $5 per person and $4 for NJMC members. For more information, call 201-460-8300 or visit
“Planting by the Stars: Bio-dynamic Gardening And Plants of the Zodiac” will be held at the Meadowlands Environment Center, DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 1 p.m.  Food historian Judith Krall Russo will lead the discussion. Admission is $5 per person and $4 for NJMC members. For more information, call 201-460-8300 or visit
The Third-Tuesday-of-the Month nature walk, with the NJ Meadowlands Center and the Bergen County Audubon Society, is set for Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m., at Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus. The group will meet at the trail’s entrance or at the visitor’s parking lot at DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst at 9:30 a.m. Check for last-minute updates and weather advisories. You will have to sign a standard liability release for 2011 if you haven’t already. To R.S.V.P., contact Don Torino of the BCAS at or 201-230-4983.
Meadowlands Environment Center, DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst, will host Art of the Heavens with Dr. Victoria Madden on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m.  Learn how early humans created art from inspiration from the cosmos.  Admission is $5 per person and $4 for MEC members. For more information, call 201-460-8300 or visit

North Arlington
Join Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC) medical experts for a diabetes education series to be held at North Arlington Health Department, 10 Beaver Ave.  You may register for one or both of the classes, scheduled for Thursdays, Nov. 10 (Control Your Blood Sugar) and 17 (Diabetes Medication Management) at 10 a.m. Light breakfast will be served at each event. There is no cost to attend these events. Registration is suggested. Please visit or call 1-888-724-7123, prompt 4, to register.
North Arlington High School Varsity cheerleaders are hosting an event to celebrate cheering on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. at North Arlington High School. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Participating along with the cheerleaders will be the North Arlington Junior Vikings. All of the teams will be performing their routines. Members of the community are invited.
Queen of Peace CYO is sponsoring its second annual alumni basketball game to benefit the Timothy Nolan CYO Scholarship Fund on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Sonny Connors Gymnasium at Queen of Peace High School.  Doors open at 6 p.m.   All CYO basketball alumni of the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s are welcome to participate in the basketball game.  The $30 admission covers entry to participate in game, T-shirt and post-game party.  This will be a co-ed game and any monetary donation would be greatly appreciated.   For registration information, contact the Rev. Scott Attanasio at Queen of Peace Church at 201-997-0700 or Ed Foster at 201-991-3280. Visit for additional details.

A program on navigating through Nutley Public Library’s BCCLS website will be held at the library on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. Do you want to improve your library catalog search or renew your borrowed items from home? Get answers to these and other questions as we help you navigate through the BCCLS catalog and site. Registration is not required.

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