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The Belleville Irish American Association is sponsoring a trip to Wildwood/Smithville/ Ocean City/Atlantic City/ Cape May from Sept. 8 to 12. The $465 per person cost includes hotel, transportation, four breakfasts, four lunches and four dinners. The trip is open to everyone. For itinerary or information, call Pat at 973-751-5308.


The Essex County Free SummerMusic Concert Series will present Louis Prima Jr. and The Witnesses on Friday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Essex County Brookdale Park, Watchung Ave. The Witnesses are a tribute band to Louis Prima Jr.’s father, a songwriter and trumpet player who led a New Orleans-style Jazz band in the 1920s.

A birding hike, presented by New Jersey Audubon, will be held in Essex County Branch Brook Park, Mill St., on Saturday, July 20, at 8:30 a.m. See a variety of birdlife, from forest birds to ducks and herons. Meet at the Essex County Cherry Blossom Welcome Center on Branch Brook Drive between Heller Parkway and Mill St. NJA members pay $6; it’s $8 for non-members. Space is limited. Contact Kelly Wenzel at 973-226-6082 or for more information and to register.

Another birding hike is planned for Thursday, July 25, at 8:30 a.m. in Essex County Brookdale Park, Bellevue Ave. Tour the rose garden and search for late summer birds and perhaps hummingbirds. Meet in the parking lot at the top of the soccer/football grandstands via the entrance Bellevue Ave. This is a free hike. Space is limited. Contact Kelly Wenzel at 973-226-6082 or kelly.wenzel@njaudubon. org for more information.

Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Ave., will run a bus trip to Caesar’s Casino in Atlantic City on Wednesday, Aug. 28. leaving Oakeside at 9 a.m. and returning at 5 p.m. Participants will enjoy a bagel and juice on the bus and receive $25 in slot play at the casino. The cost is $30 per person.

Oakeside will sponsor a trip to Broadway to see the musical “Kinky Boots” on Thursday, Oct. 10. After a buffet dinner at the Oakeside Mansion at 4:30 p.m., participants will board a bus to the theatre. The $156 per person cost includes dinner, round-trip bus transportation, mezzanine seats, taxes and tips.

Oakeside will also sponsor a bus trip to Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, a 35-acre sculpture garden with over 270 sculptures on Sunday, Oct. 13. Participants can take a self-guided tour or join a docentled tour at 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Lunch is available at several venues on site, or participants can pack a picnic lunch. After the sculpture garden, the bus will stop at a nearby Cracker Barrel restaurant and gift shop and will leave at about 6:30 p.m. The cost is $55 per person, which includes the bus and admission to Grounds for Sculpture, but does not include meals.

Reservations are required for all events and must be paid within five days of booking to ensure a place. There are no refunds on paid reservations. Call the Oakeside office at 973-429-0960.

Learn about the Cold War Era, Vietnam War and Civil Rights Movements and the Counterculture of the 1960’s through American music at the new American History Through Music 1946-1975 course at the Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St. The course, which began July 8, is held Mondays at 4 p.m. and will be taught by community volunteer Miguel Ramos, a certified teacher of social studies and American History.

To register, call 973-566- 6200 or stop by the library.

“Defending Jacob,” a suspense novel by William Landay, will be discussed at the next meeting of the Bloomfield Public Library’s book club on Monday, Aug. 5, from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m.

When the body of a 14-yearold boy is found in the woods outside of Newton, Mass., local Assistant District Attorney Andy Berber decides to prosecute the case as murder. He must step down, however, when his own teenaged son, Jacob, becomes a suspect. The book explores the issues of nature versus nurture and the limits of parental responsibility.

For more information or for help in locating a copy of the book club selection, call the Reference Desk, ext 502. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.


The Harrison Public School District will participate in the 2013 Summer Food Service Program through Aug. 8 (Monday to Thursday only from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.).

The Summer Food Service program, sponsored by the USDA’s Food And Nutrition Services, provides all children up to age 18 with the same free meal.


The Smile and Implant Center, 837 Kearny Ave., is offering a One-Day Summer Special on Zoom Advanced (a One-Hour Professional Tooth Whitening System) on Wednesday, July 17, for $199 plus tax. Call 201-991-1055 and ask for Cesar for an appointment or for more information.

Vacation Bible School at Calvary United Methodist Church, 342 Elm St., will be held July 14-19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The program is free and for all ages and will include songs, crafts, games, snacks and prizes.

The Presbyterian Boys- Girls Club, 663 Kearny Ave., will be open during July and August on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. Most members and guests are between ages 8 and 15.

The summer program offers basketball, dodgeball, wiffleball, kick ball, gymnastics, bowling, bumper pool, air hockey, foozball, arts and crafts, ping pong and electronic games.

Summer trips are scheduled to Mountain Creek Water Park (July 17), Seaside Heights rides and water park (July 31), Bow Craft Amusement and Miniature Golf (Aug. 7) and the Jersey Jackals vs. Newark Bears in baseball (Aug. 14). All trips are chaperoned by PBGC directors.

The Kearny Recreation Department and New York Red Bulls are accepting registrations for a free three-day soccer clinic for Kearny children ages 7 to 14 at Harvey Main Soccer Field on July 16, 17 and 18 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Those interested may register at the Recreation Department, 402 Kearny Ave. (Town Hall) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The camp is open to the first 90 children on a first come, first served basis. No walk up registrations will be permitted at Harvey Field on clinic days.

For more information, call the Recreation Department at 201-955-7983 or Ralph Cattafi at


Lyndhurst Food Pantry, on the first floor of the Municipal Annex, 253 Stuyvesant Ave., is in need of donations. This pantry, which currently serves more than 140 Lyndhurst families in need, welcomes donations of canned vegetables, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, applesauce, condiments, and paper products. No expired items will be accepted. All donations can be dropped off at the pantry. Anyone interested in holding a food drive for the pantry is invited to contact Sarah Anderson with the Lyndhurst Health Department at 201-804-2421.

Lyndhurst Youth Roller Hockey League is now seeking boys and girls of all ages and levels. Beginners are welcome. The following divisions are available: Mites (grades K-2), Midgets (grades 3-5) and Juniors (grades 6-8). A registration discount is available for those registering before Aug. 1. Registration fee is $45 for Lyndhurst residents ($55 after Aug. 1) and $55 for nonresidents ($65 after Aug. 1). Applications are available at Mail or drop off completed applications to: Lyndhurst Youth Hockey League, c/o Lyndhurst Parks Dept., 250 Cleveland Ave., Lyndhurst NJ 07071. For more information, visit or email

Lyndhurst Public Library, 355 Valley Brook Ave., will host “Planting the Stars” on Saturday, July 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., presented by food historian Judith Krall-Russo. Bio-dynamic farmers believe that the movements of all heavenly bodies, moons, planets, and stars have an influence on the growth and development of all plants. So the time you choose to sow, plant, harvest, or even weed will affect the plants’ progress and quality. On a lighter side the stars can reveal what foods are best for certain Zodiac signs from spices, meats, vegetables and even “junk” food! Space is limited and registration is necessary. Call the library at 201-804-2478, ext. 7, or email to register.

The library will host “Outrage Hisss…Pet,” an animal show, on Wednesday, July 17, from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Children in grades pre-k to 6 can learn some cool facts about animals. Registration is required.

Science meets art in a hands-on special event at the library on July 25 at 4:30 p.m. for children ages 7 to 14. Students will get an up-close look at fossils from around the world. Kids will play archaeologist as they create fossil rubbings, dig through sand to uncover “dinosaur bones” and even create a fossil impression out of clay. Registration is required.

Master Falconer Jennifer Pena will host “Flight of the Raptor,” a free bird of prey demonstration for seniors on Thursday, July 11, at 2 p.m. at the Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza. For more information, call 201-460-8300 or visit

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 on July 11 at 5:30 p.m. NJMC staff will discuss the region’s human and environmental history and point out birds and other wildlife along the way.

Admission is $15 per person for ages 10 and up. The boat departs from River Barge Park, 260 Outwater Lane, Carlstadt. Pre-registration is required. For a complete schedule, directions, and to register, visit html, or call 201-460-4640.

Take a three-hour guided tour exploring the Hackensack River and its marshes during a canoe trip with the NJMC on July 13 at 8:30 a.m. Paddlers will learn the basics of salt marsh ecology and enjoy the scenery while rowing past wetlands and down creeks. Admission is $15 per person for ages 10 and up. The tour departs from Mill Creek Point Park, Secaucus. Preregistration is required. For more information or to register, visit or call the NJMC.

Join author Tim Austin and relive the days of “Bill Miller’s Riviera: America’s Showplace in Fort Lee.” This free program for seniors will be held at the Meadowlands Environment Center on Thursday, July 18, at 7 p.m. Perched on the edge of the Palisades, The Riviera attracted the most sought-after performers of the day, and closed in the 1950s to make way for the Palisades Interstate Parkway. For more information, call 201-460-8300 or visit

Tickets are available for an Elvis tribute, hosted by the Lyndhurst Elks on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Polish National Home, 730 New Jersey Ave., Lyndhurst. Donation is $20 and includes a light dinner and show. Advanced tickets are $20 and $25 at the door.

For tickets or more information, call Julie at 201-424-2659 or Chris at 201-438-2750. Bring a canned good for the Lyndhurst Food Pantry.


Applications for the 2013 Senior Farms Market Nutrition program vouchers are now available at Nutley Department of Public Affairs, 149 Chestnut St. Nutley residents ages 60 and older, and income eligible, must pre-register to receive vouchers for the 2013 season. Vouchers will be distributed on Friday, July 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Essex County Branch Brook Park Cherry Blossom Welcome Center where the county will host a Farmer’s Market kickoff event. Transportation to the event will be provided on an as-need basis. Applicants need valid ID, as well as proof of income. (Income eligibility: annual income of $21,257 or less, or $1,772 monthly or less, for a single applicant). Residents can also pre-register for the program at the Public Affairs office, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Approved residents will receive four $5 coupons, which can be redeemed for fresh fruit and vegetables only, at any farmers market in the state, from July through November. For more information, call 973- 284-4976.

Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Dr., invites patrons to play Bridge at the library every Tuesday at 1 p.m. No registration is required.

Conversation ESL classes are offered at the library every Wednesday this month at 10 a.m. No registration is required.

Wednesday Afternoon Knitters meet weekly at the library at 1 p.m. Both beginning and experienced knitters are welcome. Bring your own supplies.

Drop in to play video games at the library on Fridays, July 12, 19 and 26 at 2 p.m. and Wednesdays, July 10, 17 and 31 at 2 p.m.. No registration is required.

Babygarten is set for Tuesday, July 16 and 30 at 10 a.m. at the library for Nutley residents only.

The library will host Preschool Story Time for Nutley residents only on Wednesdays, July 10, 17 and 31. No registration is required.

Patrons are invited to play Dungeons and Dragons at the library on Thursday, July 11, 18 and 25 at 7 p.m.

The library will offer a 2-year-old story time for Nutley residents only on Friday, July 12 and 19, at 10 a.m. No registration is required.

Play the Harry Potter board game at the library on Tuesday, July 16, at 2 p.m. No registration is required.

Paint a dinosaur at the library on Thursday, July 18, at 1:30 p.m. Registration is required.

For more information on library programs, call 973- 667-0405.

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