Around Town


The Bloomfield Art League is accepting new members. Sponsored by the Bloomfield Recreation Commission, the organization is open to all interested in availing themselves of the art league’s many programs, including classes, lectures and demonstrations held at the Civic Center. There are classes for oil painting, pastels, watercolor and drawing, for adults and children. The Bloomfield Art League meets from October till May (except for January) at the Civic Center. There will be two member exhibitions – in November at Green Hill Retirement Community and in March at Crane’s Mill Towne Square Gallery. Members and nonmembers are also invited to show their art at Bloomfield’s Town Paints “Art in the Park” on May 11.

Photographers are also welcome to join. For further information and/or a membership application please contact the Civic Center at 973-743-9074 or send an email to

The Chorus of Communities invites you to join for the fall season! Rehearsals begin Monday, Sept. 24. Auditions for all new members will be held beginning at 7 p.m. Rehearsals are each Monday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, Belleville. Parking is limited so arrive early! Please check the Chorus of Communities website at for information.

The Chorus of Communities will be performing G.F. Handel’s “Messiah” at St. Peter’s Church, Belleville on Dec. 9.

The Bloomfield Public Library will host a free SCORE seminar, on the topic of Internet Marketing and Social Media on Sept. 25, at 6 p.m. SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives, is a nonprofit association, providing free, confidential face-to-face and email business counseling to America’s entrepreneurs. For more information on this event or upcoming programs please call (973) 566-6200, ext 502.


Registration is open until Sept. 14 for Harrison Recreation co-ed soccer for grades 1 to 8. For more information, contact the Harrison Community Center, 401 Warren St., Harrison or call 973-268-2469 or 973-268-5859.

Harrison American Legion, 8 Patterson St., will host a tailgate party at on Saturday, Sept. 15, beginning at 6 p.m. The event will include a chicken wing contest and watching the Notre Dame/Michigan State game on a giant screen outside.


The First United Methodist Church of Arlington, 601 Kearny Ave., Kearny, will be having a farewell celebration, with a final church service on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 4 p.m. First United Methodist Church is 139-years-old, having been established in October 1873.

Registration is open for the Pathways to Independence Walk-a-Thon, to be held on Saturday, Oct. 6. The hourlong walk will begin at 10 a.m.

To participate, fill out a registration form, then ask friends, relatives or co-workers to sponsor you for the Walk-a-Thon, by pledging a specific dollar amount, $1 to $100 – whatever they want to give. For registration forms, you may visit Pathways to Independence, 60 Kingsland Ave., Kearny (corner of Bergen and Schuyler Avenues) or call 201-997-6155 to have them mailed to you. Registration will also be open the day of the walk at the Schuyler Avenue entrance of West Hudson Park, starting at 9 a.m. To encourage participation in the Pathways to Independence Walk-a-Thon, Investors Bank is sponsoring a free event T-shirt for each participant that turns in $100 or more in pledges. United Way of Essex and West Hudson is sponsoring the tote or sports bag for all participants that finish the race. Pathways to Independence is a not-forprofit organization that has been providing life skills, job training and work for developmentally disabled individuals for the past 35 years and serves Hudson, Bergen and parts of Essex County. For more information, contact Alvin Cox, executive director of Pathways to Independence at 201-997-9371, ext. 18.


The Lyndhurst Masonic Club, 316 Riverside Ave., Lyndhurst, will have its annual crab night event on Saturday, Sept. 15, starting at 6 p.m. The event features all-you-can-eat crabs and cole slaw. Chicken will be available for non-seafood lovers. Clams on the half-shell and steamers will also be available. R.S.V.P. by Sept. 8 by calling 201-933-1330.

Lyndhurst Knights of Columbus Communion Breakfast will be held on Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Lyndhurst Senior Building, 250 Cleveland Ave., Lyndhurst. Breakfast will be served from 10 to 11 am. Tickets are $7 each. No tickets will be sold at the door. Pick up tickets at Sacred Heart Rectory, 324 Ridge Road, Lyndhurst, (201) 438 1147 or Contact: Sal Russo (201) 446 7244 or Nick Garafolo (201) 893-2849.

The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission will host a special free screening of “The Lost Bird Project” on Thursday, Sept. 13, at The Meadowlands Environment Center, DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst, from 7-9 p.m. “The Lost Bird Project” is an acclaimed new documentary about the stories of five birds driven to extinction in modern times and sculptor Todd McGrain’s project to memorialize them. A question-and-answer session will be held afterward with McGrain, director Deborah Dickson, producer Muffie Meyer, executive producer Andy Stern, Jim Wright from the Meadowlands Commission, and Don Torino from Bergen County Audubon Society. The Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum will have specimens of the extinct Passenger Pigeon on display at the center. To R.S.V.P., go to event/3771873776

NJMC will host a pontoon boat tour on Sept. 14, 18 and 20, all starting at 5 p.m. Get an up-close view of the Meadowlands District’s spectacular scenic beauty and wildlife with a two-hour guided pontoon boat cruise of the Hackensack River and its surrounding marshes. Experienced NJMC staff will discuss the region’s human and environmental history and point out birds and other wildlife along the way. Pontoon boat cruises depart from River Barge Park, 260 Outwater Lane, Carlstadt. Admission is $15. The tour is recommended for ages 10 and up. Pre-registration is required. For a complete schedule, directions and to register visit or call 201-460-4640. All are welcome to attend a free program “Should I tell my children and grandchildren to eat the fish and crabs they catch?” at the Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst to be held on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The topic is safe seafood consumption – how much is enough to affect your health. What is a part per million? Join MEC Director Dr. Angela Cristini as she introduces you to the seafood you eat and discusses the benefits, risks and preparation of seafood. Compete for prizes in our “Marsh Jeopardy” game.

For more information call 201-460-8300 or visit

The Third-Tuesday-of-the- Month Natural Walk will be held on Tuesday, Sept.18, 10 a.m. with the NJMC and Bergen County Audubon Society. This free, two-hour guided nature will take place at the egendary Harrier Meadow in North Arlington. The group will meet at 10 a.m. at the entrance to Harrier Meadow on Disposal Road or at the visitors’ parking lot at De- Korte Park in Lyndhurst at 9:40 a.m. to carpool. Check for lastminute updates and weather advisories. You will have to sign a standard liability release that is good for NJMC/ BCAS events throughout the year. To R.S.V.P., contact Don Torino of the BCAS at or 201- 230-4983.

Lyndhurst Public Library announces Superhero Day, scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., for ages three to nine. This event will include superhero stories. Children will also create their own superheroes and make him/her come to life with superhero crafts and activities. There may also be surprise guests (you may want to bring your camera!) Register by calling the library’s children’s room at 201-804-2478, ext. 3 or email

The Lyndhurst Health Department will hold a breakfast forum hosted by Clara Maass Medical Center. Raylene Languish, A radiation oncology R.N., will be available to discuss and answer questions related to leukemia and lymphoma. The forum takes place Friday, Sept. 21, at 10 a.m. at the Lyndhurst Health Department. Breakfast will be served. Please call 201-804- 2500 to reserve a seat.

North Arlington

North Arlington Elks Lodge #1992 will conduct its annual fund-drive for physically disabled children all-day Saturday, Sept. 15 and Sunday, Sept. 16. Members will be out at locations throughout North Arlington to collect donations from local businesses and residents.

Queen of Peace Knights of Columbus Council #3428, 194 River Road, North Arlington, will have its fifth annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a night of authentic German food, beer and desserts, along with party favors and live music. Tickets must be purchased by Oct. 19, at the Queen of Peace rectory or by calling Nicholas Cerchio at 201-230-3428. Attendees are requested to bring a non-perishable, unexpired food item for the Knights of Columbus Food for Families 1,000 pounds of food collection.


Nutley Public Library’s Pen to Prose Writers’ Group will meet on Monday, Sept. 17, 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.

A horticulture therapy workshop, “The Therapeutic Nature of Plants,” will be held at the library on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 11 a.m., hosted by Master Gardener and Horticultural Therapist Dorothy Beesley. The presentation will include a discussion and slides of beautiful gardens. Attendees will create and take home an ivy topiary. Books and other materials will be available to learn more about this fascinating area of gardening. Registration is required and limited for this event. Call 973-667-0405 ext. 2604 by Sept. 20th to register.

The library will host a book fair workshop, a free presentation on how to have a successful book fair, on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 9 a.m.

Patrons are invited to “Feel the Force” at the library allday Saturday, Sept. 29, when the 501st Legion Star Wars Group visits for Q&A and photos. Registration is not required. Geeks of all ages are welcome. Feel free to dress-up –best-dressed will win a prize.

Nutley Department of Parks and Recreation announces “Project Healthy Bones,” a program through the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services for any person with or at risk of osteoporosis. The program includes exercises that target the body’s larger muscle groups to improve strength, balance and flexibility. The curriculum also has an interactive educational component on the importance of safety, exercise, nutrition, drug therapy and lifestyle factors that relate to osteoporosis.

Physician release form and personal waivers are required. Classes will be held at the Parks and Recreation Department, 44 Park Ave., beginning on Thursday, Sept. 20. Limited space is available and applications will be accepted on a first come-first served basis. There is no fee for classes but participants must purchase a manual and weights for a minimal charge.

Art Workshop for children in grades one to six, will resume at the Nutley Recreation Department, 44 Park Ave., beginning Oct. 6. Classes will be held on Saturdays and will continue for 10 weeks. Please note that class size is limited and applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Online registration will be available at www. The registration fee for this class is $30per child. If you are interested in this or any other recreation program, please call (973)284- 4966, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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