Around town


Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC) and Bethany Lutheran Church will present a breast health awareness program on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 4 to 6 p.m., at Bethany Lutheran Church, 188 New St., Belleville. Anabela Cunha-Almeida, RN, will discuss the importance of breast health awareness and answer your major questions and concerns. Light dinner will be served. To register, please call Anabela Cunha-
Almeida at 973-844-4173.
The Chorus of Communities presents its 21st Christmas concert “Gaudete!” Midnight Mass for Christmas by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, based on French carols and other Christmas music, on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. The concert will be held at the Church of St. Peter, 155 William St., Belleville. Advance tickets are currently on sale for $15, seniors and students $12 and at the door on concert day $15. For reservations, call 201-472-9362.

Bloomfield Public Library announces the following schedule for its Monday Afternoon at the Movies program: Dec. 5 – “The Bishop’s Wife” (NR) (Cary Grant; Dec. 12 – “White Christmas” (NR) (Bing Crosby); Dec. 19 and 26 – Library closed for the holidays.
The library’s Thursday Afternoon at the Movie schedule is as follows: Dec. 8 – “A Christmas Carol” (NR) (Alastair Sim), Dec. 15 – “March of the Wooden Soldiers” (NR) (Laurel & Hardy). The library will be closed on Dec. 22 and 29. All films start at 12:15 p.m. in the library theater. Admission is free and all are welcome.
Bloomfield Recreation Department will have its annual tree lighting ceremony on Monday, Dec. 5, at Bloomfield Municipal Plaza at 7 p.m. The Recreation Department will also host its children’s holiday celebration on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Civic Center. Residents are welcome to drop by to join the festivities and to meet Santa Claus.

Harrison Lions Club will host a Winter Wonderland fair on Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to
4 p.m. at the Harrison Community Center, 401 Warren St. Over 40 tables of vendors
will be available. Santa will also be there to take pictures for $5 a picture and Harrison
High School’s Soundwaves will perform Christmas carols. Spots are still available for
interested vendors for $25 for a 6 ft. long space. Vendors must supply their own tables and chairs. Interested vendors can reserve their spots by emailing, visiting the Harrison Lions Facebook page or calling 201-618-9545.

Paula Reyes and George Rosko of Coccia Realty, are currently conducting a Toys
for Tots Drive, in conjunction with the United States Marines. New and unwrapped
toys are being collected until Dec. 20 at local Coccia Realty locations: 636 Kearny Ave.,
Kearny; 273 Ridge Road, Lyndhurst; 11 Park Ave., Rutherford. For more information call Paula or George at 201-320-2958 or Coccia Realty’s Lyndhurst office at 201-939-8900.
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.
West Hudson Christian Center, 557 Kearny Ave., presents “A Night in Bethlehem”
on Friday, Dec. 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. Visitors are invited to journey through time as they tour live nativity scenes. Bring the family and receive a special gift (one per family) and a complimentary photo.
The Presbyterian Boys-Girls Club, 663 Kearny Ave., will host its annual carnival on Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3, from 7 to 9 p.m. The event will include over 100 games of skill, an arts and crafts table, homemade toys and baked goods. The carnival is under the direction of PBGC Executive Director Thomas Fraser, Co-Chairman Richard Wagner and Chairman of the Board Paul Vieira.
The Friends of the Kearny Public Library will host a special event at the Kearny
Public Library to salute and celebrate our veterans on Dec. 7, the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. At 10 a.m., light refreshments will be served and at 10:30 a.m., “The Story of the Intrepid,” a documentary on the history of the famed aircraft carrier, will be shown. All are welcome to this special event, which will take place at the Main Library, 318 Kearny Ave.
The library also announces the continuation of the free museum pass program, which
includes a pass to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City. For more information, contact the library at (201) 998-2666 or visit
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.
Lunch With Santa will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Boystown Gym, 499 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. The event will include lunch, door prizes, bouncy ride, pictures with Santa – don’t forget your camera, 50/50, Christmas movies, and bringyour-own decorated ornament contest. Admission is $10 per person. For more information, call 201-998-0088, ext. 4145 or register at (All children must be accompanied by an adult.)
The next meeting of the St. Stephen’s Seniors will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the church’s Hedges Hall. There will be a board meeting at 10:30 a.m. The St. Nicholas party will begin at noon for paidup members only. Scheduled events include a trip to Atlantic City on Dec. 28. Bus leaves at 9:30 a.m. sharp. For club information, please call Tom at 998-8258.

St. Michael’s Senior Leisure Club, Lyndhurst, announces a bus ride to Showboat Casino in Atlantic City on Wednesday, Dec. 28, leaving the church parking lot, 624 Page Ave., Lyndhurst, at 10 a.m. Cost is $20 with $30 slot cash-back. For information, call Georgiana at 201-438-7847.
The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and Bergen County Audubon Society will
have its first Sunday-of-the-month Nature Walk on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m. This free two-hour program at DeKorte Park features a short talk and slide show on raptors and winter waterfowl of the Meadowlands by the NJMC’s Jim Wright, followed by a walk along Disposal Road. We’ll meet just inside the Meadowlands Environment Center in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst. Check http://meadowblog.
for last-minute updates and weather advisories. You will
have to sign a standard liability release for 2011 if you haven’t already. For further information, contact Don Torino of the BCAS at: or at 201-230-4983.
The Home School Association of Sacred Heart School, Lyndhurst, will host its annual
Tricky Tray on Friday, Jan. 20, at Sacred Heart School, 620 Valley Brook Ave., at 6 p.m. No alcoholic beverages will be allowed. Raffles are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person and are non-refundable. No one under 18 will be admitted. Ticket deadline is Jan. 10. For tickets, call Patty at 201-939-4277 or 201-803-9580.

North Arlington
Queen of Peace Knights of Columbus will have a celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7
p.m. at the council hall, 194 River Road, North Arlington. The event will include the
lighting of the manger scene, Christmas carols and refreshments.

Thursday, Dec. 1, is Adult Scrabble Night at Nutley Public Library, starting at 7 p.m. Prizes are awarded for first and second place scores. Films are shown every Friday at the library at 2 p.m. Please check the monthly calendar, flyer or Facebook for the titles of the films.
Nutley High School student Danielle Louise Ciminnisi will perform solo compositions
from her CD “Piano Sketches” at the library on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. Saturday Story Time and crafts for all ages is scheduled at the library for the following Saturdays: Dec. 3, 10, 17 and 31 at 10 a.m. Registration is not required.
BabyGarten, for children from birth to 22 months and their caregivers, is scheduled
at the library for the following Mondays: Dec. 5, 12, 19 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Enjoy great books, nursery rhymes, playtime, and meet other babies from the Nutley area. Registration is required.
The library’s Manga and Anime Club will meet on Mondays, Dec. 5 and 19, from
3 to 4:30 p.m. The group will watch anime, read Manga and advise the library on its Manga collection.
Pajama Story Time, for children of all ages is scheduled at the library for Mondays, Dec. 5, 12, 19, at 7 p.m. Registration is not required. Experienced and non-experienced
players are welcome to play Bridge at the library every Tuesday at 1 p.m. No registration is required.
The library’s Tuesday Evening Knitting Club will meet on Dec. 6 from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Both beginning and experienced knitters are welcome. Please bring your own supplies. The group meets on the first Tuesday of every month.
The Wednesday Afternoon Knitting Club meets every week at the library from 1 to 3 p.m. Both beginning and experienced knitters are welcome. Please bring your own supplies.
An origami holiday ornament workshop will be held for teens only at the library
on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. Registration is required online through the Teen Blog.

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