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Mark your calendars for International Night at 7 p.m. on April 3, at Belleville Middle School, 279 Washington Ave. The evening will feature a variety of dances, songs and foods from different cultures and countries. Middle school students will be dancing, singing, and bringing food from their culture. The school will also have world flags on display as well as drawings of world famous personalities designed by the students.


The Bloomfield Public Library Children’s Department announces the arrival of 46 new children’s titles, made possible by the donations of community members. The “Clark Avenue Crew” raised $355 last summer for the Children’s Library, enabling the library to purchase 37 new books; Demarest Elementary School recently donated five popular titles; and a donation from Dorothy and David Johnson, in memory of former Children’s Department staff member Jean Bryce Thompson, allowed for the replacement of six much-loved classics that were worn beyond repair.

East Newark

West Hudson Brave Women Fighting Breast Cancer meets on the last Friday of every month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the East Newark Senior Center, 37 President St. The group provides an atmosphere of warmth and comfort for patients and family. For more information, call Emma at 201- 998-6828, Rosa 201-246-7750, Fatima 973-485-4236 or email


A baby and toddler music class will be held at Harrison Public Library on Saturday, April 6, at 11 a.m. in the children’s room in the lower level of the library. This program is for children up to age 3 and their accompanying parent. For more information, call 973- 483-2366.


The Kearny Police Department will participate in the DEA Operation Take Back 2013 on April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kearny Police Department, 237 Laurel Ave.

Residents are invited to turn in unwanted, unused or expired medications, over the counter or prescription. This is an anonymous, no questions asked program.

The Kearny Public Library announces free, special entertainment during spring vacation.

Children from ages 2 to 8 are invited to enjoy “Swing Into Spring,” an interactive story play at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 4, at the Main Library, 318 Kearny Ave. Mother Goose (Ann Coppola) will guide the children through her fairy-tale kingdom, all through movement, sound and props.

It’s never too early to teach kids to eat healthy and to stay active, so Muscle Man Mike and his puppet sidekick, Sue, will teach children from age 2 to 8 about nutrition and fitness with easy exercises and music. The Fit4kids Show will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 5, at the Main Library.

The next meeting of the St. Stephens Seniors will be held on Tuesday, April 2, at 1 p.m. in Hedges Hall.

Upcoming events include an anniversary party April 19 at San Carlo, Atlantic City trip April 24, and a cruise to New England and Canada April 14-21.

For club information please call Tom at 201-998-8258; for A.C. call Peg at 201-998-9443; for trips call Joan at 201-998- 3573; for condolences call Vicki at 201-991-8345; and for cruise information call Pat at 201-991- 4771.

Kearny UNICO will be holding its next monthly membership meeting on Thursday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Chapter President Lou Pandolfi at 201-368-2409. New members are always welcome. Kearny UNICO supports scholarships, charities and the local community.

Kearny UNICO is sponsoring a 50-50 raffle as a fundraiser for its scholarship fund and other charities. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10. The raffle will be drawn at 8:30 p.m. at the Chapter’s May 2 meeting at Siena Ristorante (Kearny & Quincy Aves). Tickets may be obtained from any Kearny UNICO member or by contacting Pandolfi.

Kearny UNICO is sponsoring a “Flapjack Fundraiser” at Kearny Applebee’s on Saturday, May 4 from 8 to 10 a.m. Tickets are $10 each and include pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee or tea. Tickets may be purchased from any Kearny UNICO member or by contacting Pandolfi.

The Presybyterian Boys- Girls Club, 663 Kearny Ave., is currently signing up players for traveling basketball teams. Teams will consists of grades 5 to 8 and high school. Cost is $100 or whatever people can afford to pay.

Applications may be picked up at the PBGC. Mark Latka, head coach and supervisor, requires that all interested players report to the PBGC on Tuesday, March 26, at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call Mark Latka at 201-653-4693 or Tom Fraser at 201-991-6734.

The PBGC will also have a Tricky Tray on Saturday, April 27. Doors will open at 6 pm. And admission is $15. Please purchase tickets in advance. Refreshments will be served. For tickets, call Vanessa Vieira at 201-334-8336 or email v_


A spring auction, sponsored by Ladies Auxiliary of Masonic Club of Lyndhurst on Sunday, April 7, at noon at the Masonic Club, 316 Riverside Ave. Donation is $5. Call 973-743-0976 for more information.

The Humane Society of Bergen County, 221-223 Stuyvesant Ave., Lyndhurst, has a supply of dog food both canned and dry available to anyone who is unemployed, disabled or experiencing financial difficulty that prevents an owner from feeding his/her dog. Just stop by or, for more information, call 201-896-9300. Hours are: Monday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.’ and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Lyndhurst Public Library will host “Selling on EBay” on Thursday, April 11, 6:15 p.m. Learn from an eBay PowerSeller how to sell successfully. Topics include: how eBay works, choosing items that are hot to sell, learning the value of your items, pricing your merchandise, writing a description, using a PayPal account to process payments, the bidding and selling process, shipping your goods, fees and expenses, collecting payment, delivery confirmation and insurance, handling feedback, eBay Trading Assistant, and more. Space is limited and registration is necessary. To register, please email or call the library at or call 201-804-2478, ext. 7.

The Lyndhurst Health Department will hold its biannual women’s health clinic on Wednesday, April 17, at 9 a.m. This free event, made possible through our partnership with Clara Maass Medical Center, includes education on breast self-examination and a pelvic exam performed by Dr. Consetta Cheatam. The Lyndhurst Women’s Health Clinic is open to all female Lyndhurst residents ages 18 and over. Call 201-804-2500 to make an appointment.

The Belleville Elks have donated their lodge on the first Sunday of every month for a breakfast fundraiser to help keep the Lyndhurst Elks “afloat” after damage done by Hurricane Sandy. Come out and support the Lyndhurst Elks at the Belleville Elks lodge, 254 Washington Ave., the first Sunday of the month starting April 7, from 9 a.m. to noon. Admission is $6 per person.

The Polish American Citizens Club will hold a polka dinner dance at the club, 730 New Jersey Ave., Lyndhurst, Saturday, April 13, from 7 to 11 p.m. Admission is $30 per person or $35 if purchased at the door. For tickets, call Stella 201-939-1038 or Tony at 201- 246-8340 or Alice at 201-935- 3930.

North Arlington

Stop by and enjoy a great breakfast, lunch or dinner at The Angry Coffee Bean, 89 Ridge Rd., North Arlington, on Monday, April 1, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., with 10% of the proceeds donated to the National M.S. Society in observance of MS Awareness Month. For more information, call 201-772- 5554.

American Legion Alexander Post 37, 222 River Road, North Arlington, will meet on April 1 at 8 p.m. All veterans are invited. For more information, call 201-214-8253.

North Arlington Health Department announces the following upcoming programs: Blood pressure/health risk assessment is offered on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, from 1 to 2:45 p.m. with no appointment necessary. “Allergies: Nothing to Sneeze About,” a free Lunch and Learn program, in conjunction with Clara Maass Medical Center, will be held on Thursday, April 4, beginning with lunch at noon at the Senior Center, 10 Beaver Ave., at the rear of the Health Department building. Learn about the treatment and prevention of seasonal allergies. Registration is required. The program is open to surrounding communities. A child health conference, free immunization and well baby care, for infants and preschool children will be available by appointment on Thursday, April 18. Required school-aged immunizations are available for those without health insurance coverage. For more information and appointments, call the Health Department at 201-955-5695.

The Health Department has been advised that a free low-dose CT screening program is being offered by the St. Barnabas Lung Cancer Institute for individuals who are at high-risk for developing lung cancer to identify abnormalities earlier. Certain criteria must be met in order to qualify for this life-saving test. Roland Romano, LPC, CTTS, RRT, will speak at the North Arlington Senior Center on April 12 at noon to offer further information on the program including eligibility critera. Romano is a licensed respiratory therapist and professional counselor certified in tobacco treatment. This program is open to surrounding communities. Seating will be limited, so registration is required. Call the North Arlington Health Department at 201-955-5695.

North Arlington will host a paper shredding day on Saturday, March 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the borough hall parking lot on Ridge Road. Residents are invited to bring any personal documents they no longer need to the shredder, which is on loan through Bergen County Utilities Authority. The borough will be selling blue, 25 gallon recycling barrels to residents for $10 each on shredder day.


Friends of the Nutley Library will sponsor a trip to see Roald Dahl’s musical “Matilda” on Wednesday, April 17, at the Shubert Theatre in New York. The $150 price includes transportation to and from the library, dinner at American Bistro in Nutley and the theatre ticket. Please make checks payable to: The Friends of the Nutley Public Library. Signup forms are available at the Nutley Library. Seating is limited, first come, first serve.

For more information, call Gioya McRae at 973- 667-0405, ext. 2636.

BabyGarten for infants and toddlers will be held on Monday, April 1, 22 and 29 at the Nutley Library at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Babies, up to 22 months, and their caregivers enjoy great books, nursery rhymes, playtime, and meet other babies from the Nutley area. Registration is required.

P.J. Story Time will be held at the library on Monday, April 1, 22 and 29, at 7 p.m. No registration is required.

Patrons are invited to play Bridge at the library on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. No registration required.

Preschool Story Time will be held at the library on Wednesdays, April 3, 10 and 24 at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Registration is required.

Conversational ESL is held on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. No registration is required.

Wednesday Afternoon Knitters meet every week at 1 p.m. at the library. Please bring your own supplies.

Teen Video Game tournaments are held at the library on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. and Thursdays at 3 p.m.

The library will host Adult Scrabble Night on Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place scores. No registration is required.

Two-Year-Old Story Time will be held at the library on Friday, April 5, 12 and 26, at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Registration is required.

“Taken 2” will be screened as part of the library’s First Friday Films program on April 5 at 2 p.m.

A new film is shown the first Friday of each month. Check the library’s event calendar for scheduled films.

The library’s Manga Anime Club meets on Fridays at 3 p.m.

The library will host Saturday Story Time on Saturday, April 6, 13 and 27 at 10 a.m. No registration is required.

Nationally recognized author Lisa Verge Higgins will speak and sign copies of her latest book, “The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship” on Monday, April 1, at 7 p.m., at the library. Books will be available for sale.

Copies of this book and its discussion guide are available at the library. Professional credit is available for educators attending. Refreshments will be served. Registration is recommended. For reservations, call the library at 973-667-0405, ext. 2604, or visit: for more information.

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