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Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St., announces a new Financial Book Club for beginners. The first meeting will be on Feb. 5 at 5:30 p.m. Registration is not required and all are welcome to stop by at any point. Each month, the group will read a book, perhaps schedule some miniworkshops to practice lessons learned during the meetings and listen to guest speakers.

For this session, please bring your cell phones, laptops or tablet computers, a calculator, a pen or pencil and a pad, as well as a recent credit card statement (this is for personal use and will not be viewed by the facilitator).

The Book Club’s first reading selection will be “The Richest Man in Babylon” by George S. Clason. This book gives financial advice through fictional stories of merchants from Babylon, suggesting that the sound financial principles which apply to these merchants are just as applicable in modern society. It emphasizes universal principles such as building savings, controlling expenses and working within your competency.

The facilitator is Chris Taylor, entrepreneur, and personal financial organization consultant. For more information, call 973-566-6200, ext. 502.

The Bloomfield Public Library Book Club will meet on Monday, Feb. 4, from 6:45 to 7:50 p.m. in the conference room to discuss “Houskeeping” by Marilynne Robinson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning first novel. The book was adapted into a film starring Christine Lahti.

When their grandmother dies, sisters Ruth and Lucille go to live with their Aunt Sylvie. A vague, gentle drifter, Sylvie loves her orphaned nieces, but her idea of “housekeeping” is unlike anyone else’s. Lucille wants to live a normal life, but Ruth sees her aunt as a kindred spirit.

For more information or to request help in locating a copy of the book club selection, please call the Reference Desk at 973-566-6200, ext. 502.

Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.


Centro Romeu Cascaes, 308 William St., in Harrison, hosts new high-energy Zumba classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The one-hour class starts at 7:30 p.m. New Year specials include class and subscription discounts and a free class if you bring a friend and free bottled water. For more info, call 201-401-0826 or email


Registration for the spring 2013 semester of the Kearny Adult School will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 28-30 from 6:40 to 8:30 p.m. each night in the main office of Kearny High School, 336 Devon St. Brochures listing course offerings are currently in the mail. If you did not receive one, you may pick up a copy at The Observer, the Kearny Public Library or the Kearny Board of Education at 100 Davis Ave. For more information, call Kearny Adult School at 201-955-1392.

Presbyterian Boys and Girls Club, 663 Kearny Ave., will hold its annual winter dance on Friday, Jan. 18, from 7 to 10 p.m. The dance is for teenagers only and will be supervised by club executive director Tom Fraser and members of the board of directors.


St. Michael’s Angel Academy, 624 Page Ave., Lyndhurst, will host an open house with registration for the 2013-2014 school year. Come visit and ask about the pre-K age 3 and pre-K age 4 programs on Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Use the door on Page Ave. next to the Angel Academy sign. For more information, call 201-438-3809.

Take a glimpse into the life and times of Albert Einstein with the Meadowlands Environment Center’s Dr. Victoria Madden on Thursday, Jan. 24, from 2 to 3 p.m. This program is for all ages. Learn about the revolutionary physicist’s education, philosophy and family life. Although he is well known for his contributions to science, Einstein also led a fascinating and at times mysterious, personal life. A collection of Einstein memorabilia will be displayed. Admission is $5, MEC members $4.

For more information, contact 201-460-8300 or

Sacred Heart Home-School, Lyndhurst, is sponsoring its annual Mega 50/50. Tickets are $50 each for a chance to win $5,000. Tickets are available in the Sacred Heart School office, 620 Valley Brook Ave., Lyndhurst, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Drawing will be held at the Home-School beefsteak dinner in March. For more information, call the school office at 201-939-4277.

On Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 2:30 p.m. a Veterans Ward Party will be held at Chestnut Hill Extended Care Facility, Passaic, sponsored by Friends from Butler. Veterans unable to attend will have treats delivered to their rooms. Anyone interested in bringing cheer to these veterans by sponsoring these monthly ward parties, please call John Deveney, rehabilitation chairman, at 201-438-2255.

Lyndhurst High School students will present the musical “The Wedding Singer” Feb. 7 to 9 at 7 p.m. nightly in the school auditorium. “The Wedding Singer” relates the story of Robbie Hart, New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer. He’s the life of the party until he’s left at the altar, and then makes every wedding he sings at as disastrous as his own. He meets an engaged waitress, falls in love and well…you’ll have to come to the musical to find out what happens next.

Tickets are $10 each, and can be purchased in advance through the Lyndhurst High School Main Office, or at the door, each night of the show. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.


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