Around town

Belleville Elks Lodge is holding a holiday bazaar on Sunday, Dec. 11, a t 254 Washington Ave., Belleville, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The kitchen will be open and there will be a bake sale, music and more. All proceeds will benefit special needs children and veterans.
The Chorus of Communities presents its 21st Christmas concert “‘Gaudete!’
Midnight Mass” by Marc- Antoine Charpentier – based on French carols and other Christmas music, on Sunday, Dec. 11, a t 4:00 p.m. at the Church of St. Peter, 155 William St., Belleville. Advance tickets are currently on sale for $15, seniors and students $12. Door tickets will be available on concert day for $15. For reservations,
call 201-472-9362. Proceeds go to Clara Maass Medical Foundation and the new state-of-the-art cancer center.

Harrison Public Library will celebrate its 100th anniversary on Dec. 15, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.
Santa will arrive at the Harrison Library, on Dec. 17. Harrison and East Newark
children are all welcome to come and have pictures taken with him between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Santa is looking forward to reading your letters and Christmas lists.

A holiday drive to collect new toys for infants and children as well as new coats, hats, gloves and scarves for all ages, including adults, is currently being conducted at three different locations: Mid-Realty, Inc., 572 Kearny Ave., Kearny; Distano Chiropractic and Rehabilitation, 655 Kearny Ave., Kearny, and West Hudson Family Success Center, 655 Kearny Ave., Kearny.
Arlington Dog and Cat Hospital, 857 Passaic Ave., Kearny, will have pet pictures
with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. Donations are requested to benefit Orphaned Pets, Inc. For more information, call 201-991-3664.
The Kearny Public Library Children’s Room announces free events for children in December: Main library Play/Story Times for preschool-age children will continue on
Tuesday mornings from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, and on Thursday mornings from
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (No classes on Dec. 27 and 29)
Branch library Play/Story Times for preschool-age children will continue on Thursday mornings from 10:15 – 11:00 a.m. (N o class on Dec. 29) The Branch Library is located at 759 Kearny Ave.
“Art with Mrs. Mills” for ages three-and-a-half and up is scheduled for Thursday,
Dec. 22, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Children are invited to hear a winter holiday story and also design an art project to take home for the holidays. The library will provide the art materials. This event will take place in the lower level of the Main library.
“Getting Ready for Winter” will be held from 4:30-5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28, in the lower level of the main library. The group will read “The Gingerbread Man” and then each child will decorate a big, gingerbread man cookie to take home. Enjoy wintertime music while you decorate your cookie. Everyone is welcome.
Registration is not needed for any program. The Main Library is located at 318 Kearny Ave. For more information, visit us on the web at or call 201-998-2666.
Library patrons can now schedule a one-on-one half-hour session with professional
librarians for help with assembling 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 next business meeting of the Scots American Club, 40 Patterson St., Kearny, will be on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3:00 p.m.
Kearny UNICO will meet on Monday, Dec.12, 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.
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 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at 286 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. Guests are welcome.
Registration is open for CYO Winter Camp, to be held for one week only, from Monday, Dec. 26, to Friday, Dec. 30, at the Archdiocesan Youth Retreat Center, Kearny. Cost is $125 for the week. Enrollment is limited, open to the first 20
children age 4 – 5 and 130 campers age 6 -12. Winter camp cost includes: Camp
hours 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., free after-camp until 5:30 p.m., lunch each day, snack
at after-camp, Wednesday trip for all campers age 6 -12 to go bowling and a special
guest for kinder campers age 4-5 on Wednesday, and sports, art, computers and
other activities. Early morning care is available for $30 for the week from 7:00-8:00
a.m. The fee includes breakfast.
Please note: There are no refunds on winter camp due to illness, absence or weather-related issues. For more information, visit

Grace United Methodist Church, 380 Kearny Ave., Kearny, will have a Christmas Spree and Supper on Dec. 9, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Enjoy a chance for a one-stop shopping spree for those quaint gifts for co-workers, neighbors, hostesses or teachers, etc., Handcrafted Christmas ornaments, decorations, candies, cookies, wreaths,
centerpieces and more will be available.
Cecilian Seniors announces a trip to Mt. Airy Casino on Dec. 14. If interested, call Johnnie B. at 201-997-9552, between 6 and 9 p.m. Bus leaves at 9:30 a.m. in front of St. Cecilia’s Church.

Lyndhurst Public Library is collecting nonperishable food items for the Lyndhurst Health Department’s Food Pantry. The drop-off box is located inside the library’s back entrance. It will remain there year-round. For questions regarding the Food Pantry, call the Lyndhurst Health Department at 201-804-2500.
Lyndhurst VFW Post 3549, 527 Valley Brook Ave., Lyndhurst, will host a Karaoke
night on Friday, Dec. 16, from 7:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. The VFW hall is also available for all occasions. For more information, call the post at 201-939-3080.
Mary Lou Mullins Special Christmas Party bus trip to Atlantic City will depart on
Sunday, Dec. 18, to Resorts Casino. Cost is $25; cash return is $25. The bus will leave from St. Michael’s parking lot at 10:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served coming and going. Please book early – only 20 seats are left. Call Mary Lou Mullins at 201-933-2186 for more information.
Lyndhurst Elks are hosting a holiday party on Friday, Dec 10, at 7:30 p.m. at Doublebarrels Bar, 442 Lewandowski St., Lyndhurst to benefit the rebuilding effort
of the Lyndhurst Elks Lodge. The Elks are also collecting toys and clothing and /or money to be distributed to a local orphanage. Admission is a donation of $10. For information, call 201-926-2398.
A special Winter Solstice family celebration will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 7:00 p.m. at the Meadowlands Environment Center, DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst.
The event will start with a discussion on the winter solstice’s significance for people in ancient times, followed by several family activities. Children will have the opportunity to create sticky rice bowls (in Asia the rice bowls are a symbol of the coming winter solstice), Yule logs (traditional Scandinavian representation of the solstice), and Native American prayer sticks (Prayer sticks are created in the days leading up to the solstice). Admission is $5. MEC members, $4. For more information, call 201-460-
8300 or visit

North Arlington
North Arlington Health Department wishes to remind residents that flu vaccine is still available and will be administered by appointment only.
The vaccine is offered free of charge for those covered by traditional Medicare Part
B. Medicare card must be presented at the time of immunization. There will be a
$20 fee for those not covered by Medicare. For appointment or further information, please call the Health Department at 201-955-5695.
The North Arlington Woman’s Club holds monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the North Arlington Senior Center, behind Borough Hall. Guests are welcome.
Queen of Peace Knights of Columbus, North Arlington will celebrate D.J. Teen Angel’s farewell performance. If you’re familiar with Teen Angel, you know you’re in
for a night to remember while rocking to your favorite oldies. The event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 7:00 p.m., at the Council Hall, 194 River Road, North Arlington. Tickets are $35, which includes a catered buffet, beer, wine and soda. For tickets, call Nick at 201-230-3428 or email

Nutley Public Library will host a preview and discussion of a documentary film in-
progress on the success of Newark Abby and its school, St. Benedict’s Prep on Friday, Dec. 9, at 6:30 p.m.
Big Jeff ’s Holiday Musical Show for young children will be presented at the library on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 11:00 a.m. No registration required.
The library will host an artist’s reception for Karen Floriani on Saturday, Dec.
10 at 2:00 p.m. Floriani’s photography and paintings will be displayed in both the
gallery and showcases.

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