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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’s much like an Easter egg hunt, but you will be looking for as many chocolate turkeys as you can find. There will be music, prizes, free informational seminars and more as the Rotary Club of Belleville celebrates its 90th anniversary.

The #2326 Women’s Social Club of the Harrison/East Newark Elks will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 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. A bus ride to Showboat Casino, Atlantic City, will be held on Sunday, Dec. 11. The bus will leave from the Elks Lodge at 10 a.m. For reservations, call Shirley at 973-483-6451.

Heaven Cent Thrift Shop at First Presbyterian Church, 663 Kearny Ave., Kearny, announces the opening of its special Christmas room. The shop also has a good stock of quality fall and winter clothing. Hours are Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Use upper Laurel Ave. door.
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.
The Allupons with Archis Emerge, Agency of Record, and The Rebates will perform at the Irish American Association, 95 Kearny Ave., Kearny, on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. Admission is $9,or $8 with a food donation of a non-perishable food item for a Foodbank of New Jersey food drive.
For more information, call 973-600-7799 or email
A coat drive will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, in the lower church hall (enter through Washington Avenue). Donations of coats, sweaters and sweatshirts will be accepted. Items donated will be given to area shelters for men, women and children. Community members in need may stop by after 1 p.m. For more information, call 201-991-0670.
The Kearny Public Library Board of Trustees would like to invite all interested to come see the library’s new interactive toddler room at the branch library, 759 Kearny Ave., on Monday, Nov. 21, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.  A new preschool touch-screen early learning computer, and a new wall-mounted high definition television will be unveiled.  The library has also added several new collections including new board books, puzzles and puppets, as well as a new lendable DVD collection.  Light refreshments will be served.

Lyndhurst VFW Post 3549, 524 Valley Brook Ave., Lyndhurst, will have a Karaoke night on Friday, Nov. 18, starting at 7:30 p.m. The VFW hall is available for rentals for all occasions. For more information, call the post at 201-939-2080.
Lyndhurst Library’s book club will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss “Kissing Christmas Goodbye” by M.C. Beaton.  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.
Meadowlands Environment Center, DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst, will host “The Sun, the Moon and the Stars,” jazz concert with Nikki Parrott and Rossano Sportiello on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 1 p.m. Admission is $5 ($4 for MEC members). Call 201-460-8300 or visit for more information.

North Arlington
North Arlington Police Department will have its annual holiday toy drive. New, unwrapped toys may be dropped off at the police department from Nov. 27 to Dec. 11. Toys will be distributed to local families, hospitals and others in need.
On Wednesday Nov. 30, North Arlington Woman’s Club will host a Holiday Bazaar at the Knights of Columbus, 194 River Road, North Arlington, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.   There is still some room available for vendors!  Please email or call 201-577-1088 for additional information.

Gail’s Angels Foundation and the Nutley Family Service bureau have both registered for Healthy Chef Direct’s (HCD) Charity Program. HCD delivers affordable, healthy gourmet meals directly to your doorstep. Highly trained chefs prepare meals that are well under 500 calories using only the finest ingredients and freshest products.  The meals are packaged in vacuum-sealed containers so they are always fresh, ready to heat, and easy to store. HCD donates a large percentage of its total sales to the organizations their customer’s request.  When customers enter the code of their favorite charity or nonprofit during checkout, the organizations receive HCD contributions.  The charity code for the Gail’s Angels Foundation is C03M001. NFSB is C03S002.  You can sign your charity up at
Nutley Public Library will host “Presley in Concert,” a music sampler of top billboard hits from the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s, on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m.
Pen to Prose Writers’ Group will meet at the library on Monday, Nov. 21, 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.

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