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Belleville Elks will sponsor a special Type O blood drive on Wednesday, Dec. 26. The blood drive will be conducted inside the Belleville Elks Hall, 254 Washington Ave., Belleville, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., no appointments needed. Although this is a special Type O blood drive, all types of blood will be accepted for donations. All donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 120 lbs. and be in general good health. There is no upper age limit for donors provided they meet the health requirements. Donors must bring a signed form of identification. People with a fever or sore throat should wait until they are feeling better before donating and there is a 24-hour deferral for tooth cleanings and fillings. For those who have recently traveled outside the United States, call the Blood Center of N.J. at 973-676-4700, ext. 132 for eligibility criteria.

Starting Wednesday, Jan. 4, the Centro Romeu Cascaes Portuguese American Community Center, 308 William St., in Harrison, will resume regular Zumba classes on Mondays and Thursdays and Zumba Toning class on Wednesdays.  The one-hour class starts at 7:30 p.m.  For more info or to register, please call Maria Marieiro at 973.482.0631 or 201-401-0826 or email

On Friday, Dec. 30, at 4:00 p.m. Art Teacher Mrs. Mills will host a special winter scene art project for children ages 4 and up at the Kearny Branch Library, 759 Kearny Ave.  The program is provided free of charge and supplies will be provided by the library.  For further information, please call the Main Library at (201) 998-2666.  Visit for more program information.
First Lutheran Church, 65 Oakwood Ave., Kearny, will have a Christmas Eve service at 7:30 p.m. No service will be held Christmas morning. All other Sunday worship services are held at 11 a.m.

The Lyndhurst Health Department, in conjunction with Clara Maass Medical Center, will begin a monthly health lecture series, starting on Friday, Jan. 20, at 10:00 a.m.  A light breakfast will be served.  January’s lecture topic will be: First Aid for seniors.  Please call the Lyndhurst Health Department at 201-804-2500 to reserve a seat.
Lyndhurst Health Department will hold its annual rabies vaccination clinics on Jan. 12 and 19, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  All dogs and cats must be licensed each year by New Jersey State Law.  Residents will be able to license their dogs and cats at this event.  Rabies vaccination must be current through October 31, 2012 in order to obtain a 2012 license.  Please call the Lyndhurst Health Department at 201-804-2500 for more information.
Lyndhurst Public Library announces its monthly book club will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss “True Blue” by David Baldacci. Please 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.
Galino Bello of Lyndhurst won first place in the Essex County Gingerbread House Contest held on Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Essex County Environmental Center. Bello’s brother Vincent the 3rd took 3rd Place honors, while brother Charlie received Honorable Mention.  The intricately detailed and 100% edible houses took more than two weeks to construct.

North Arlington
The North Arlington Helping Exceptional People (H.E.P.) organization announces a bus trip on Monday, Jan. 16, to the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pa.  The initial cost is $30.  Upon arriving at the casino you will receive $20 in Slot Play and a $5 Food Voucher.  Please bring a Photo ID, which is needed to get the Slot Play money. The bus will leave at 10:00 a.m. from the Knights of Columbus parking lot located at 194 River Rd. North Arlington. For tickets, please contact Nicholas Cerchio at 201- 230-3428.

Nutley Public Library will host a Teen Video Game Tourney: Wii, Xbox or bring your DS to play each other on Friday, Jan. 13 and 20 at 3:00 p.m., and Tuesday, Jan. 17 and 24, at 3:00 p.m.

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