Around Town


Belleville Public Library, 221 Washington Ave., sponsors a Saturday Storytime and Craft on Dec. 14 at 11 a.m.


Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St., announces the following programs:

• Friday morning Knitting Club meets weekly at 11 a.m.

• Get it Write writing workshop meets on the second and fourth Saturdays, Dec. 14 and 28, at 2 p.m.

• Neighbors Helping Neighbors Job Support Group meets on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. •

Monday and Thursday Movies – Thursdays: Dec. 5 – “A Country Christmas” (PG) (Kevin Pollack); Dec. 12 – “Christmas Kiss” (NR) (Laura Breckenridge); No movies will be shown on Dec. 19 and Dec. 26. Mondays: Dec. 9 – “Stingiest Man in Town”(NR) (Basil Rathbone).

Films start at 12:15 p.m. in the library theater for both programs. Admission is free.

The library will close at 3 p.m. on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 and will be closed on Dec. 25 for Christmas.

Brookdale Reformed Church, 16 Belleville Ave., holds an Advent candlelight prayer service on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. For more information, call the church at 973-338-7676 and ask about the Advent Prayer Service.


Presbyterian Boys-Girls Club, 663 Kearny Ave., hosts its annual carnival on Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. The club encourages the entire community to attend.

Kearny UNICO meets on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. Those interested in attending or learning more about Kearny UNICO are invited to contact Chapter President Lou Pandolfi at 201-368-2409.

First Baptist Church of Arlington hosts a bake sale and bizarre on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Flea market vendors are invited. For more information, call the church at 201-991-7669.

Kearny High School PTA presents “Shop ‘til You Drop Night” on Dec. 6 from 6 to 10 p.m in the high school gym. The event will include over a dozen vendors and a free raffle giveaway. Tickets are $5 per person. Call Denise Hasenfus at 201-997-3521 or 201-428-8572.

The West Hudson Arts Theater Co. will present an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 7, at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m., at the W.H.A.T. Theater, 131 Midland Ave.

Tickets are $12; seniors and students, $10.

They are available online at or by calling 201- 467-8624. Tickets also may be purchased at The Angry Coffee Bean Cafe, 85 Ridge Road, North Arlington.

Mary’s Theater Parties and Tours, Kearny, offers Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway” on March 19 at 8 p.m. Price is $157 per person with a deposit of $100 per person with reservation. Balance is due Feb. 15. Price includes: orchestra seat and dinner at 5 p.m. at San Carlo Restaurant, Lyndhurst, transportation, tax and tip. Seats are limited. Call 201-998- 1030.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 7, Hudson County, meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Irish American Association, 95 Kearny Ave.

A flea market will be held at St. Cecilia Church, 114 Chestnut St., in the school building, Dec. 7 and 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. For more information, call 201-991-1116. Vendors are welcome. All proceeds benefit the parish. Donations are kindly accepted.


Lyndhurst Health Department, 601 Riverside Ave., Suite 1, hosts a blood screening on Friday, Dec. 6, in the recreation room. Appointments begin at 8 a.m. The screening includes a chemistry profile, cholesterol level, blood count, and thyroid level. This service is available to Lyndhurst residents ages 18 and older for a $20 fee. To preregister, call 201-804-2500. Payments can be submitted in cash or by check, payable to Medical Laboratory Diagnostics.

The Health Department is collecting new, unwrapped toys on behalf of Sebastian Saraiva’s third annual toy drive for families and children spending Christmas in the hospital. Donations can be dropped off at the Health Department on Dec. 6. Donations will go to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Newark Beth Israel. Any donations collected after Dec. 6 will benefit children and families of the Lyndhurst Food Pantry.

If you’ve tried to quit smoking or are thinking about it, join Roland Romano, LPC, CTTS, RRT from the St. Barnabas Lung Cancer Institute to get advice on how to stay smokefree, at the Health Department on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 10 a.m.

Call the Health Department at 201-804-2500 to reserve a seat. Coffee will be served.

Lyndhurst Public Library Children’s Room, 355 Valley Brook Ave., hosts the following events:

• Santa Visit: Children can take a picture with Santa on Monday, Dec. 9, at 6:45 p.m. Registration is required. • Holiday Stocking Craft for children in grades 1 to 4 will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Registration is required.

• Fit4Kids Magic Show: Muscle Man Mike presents a magic/puppet show for children ages 3 to 10, on Monday, Dec. 16, at 3:30 p.m. Registration is required.

To register, call the library at 201- 804-2478.

The Woman’s Club of Lyndhurst is collecting non-perishable food items, plus turkeys, hams and lasagne, along with gift cards for ShopRite or Stop & Shop, as part of a food drive for the local Food Pantry, 253 Stuyvesant Ave. Monetary donations, payable to the Woman’s Club of Lyndhurst, can be sent c/o Diane Cichino, 481 Roosevelt Ave., Lyndhurst, N.J. 07071.

The club will also sponsor a pizza contest on Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Lyndhurst Senior Building, 250 Cleveland Ave. Many local pizzerias are donating pizzas to be judged. Cost is $5 per person. The winning pizzeria will receive a banner to display in their front window. Money raised for this event will benefit the club’s charitable projects. For tickets, call Janet Ricigliano at 201-935-3796. For more information on membership in the Woman’s Club, contact Marilyn Falcone at 201-933-6459.

“Mapping Out Meadowlands History,” presented by Meadowlands Museum Trustee Frank Godlewski, will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Meadowlands Environment Center, Two DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst. This program is geared towards adults. Godlewski will demonstrate how to use maps to help understand the evolution of the Meadowlands through time. Admission is $5 per person; $4 for MEC members. Registration is recommended and appreciated. To register, go For more information, call 201-460-8300.

North Arlington

Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, will hold a National Night of Prayer for Life on Sunday, Dec. 8, following the 5:30 p.m. Mass until 10 p.m. with Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction. There will be quiet time and prayers recited as follows: 6:45 p.m., Divine Mercy Chaplet; 7 p.m., Joyful Mysteries; 8 p.m., Sorrowful; and 9 p.m., Glorious. For more information, contact the rectory at 201-997-0700.

North Arlington Public Library, 210 Ridge Rd., announces the following:

• Storytime for ages 2 to 5 will be held on Wednesdays, Dec. 4, 11 and 18, at 11:45 a.m.

• Bedtime Story Time for ages 4 to 6 is held on Thursdays, Dec. 5 and 19, at 6 p.m.

• Girl Scout Recruitment will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m. for girls in grades K-3. Come make a craft.

Craft project for grades K to 5, sponsored by the Tootharium on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m. Call 201-955-5640, ext. 126, to register. Registration is recommended for the above programs.


The annual Holiday Treasure Chest Adopt A Family Program to provide gifts to Nutley families in need continues through Dec. 18. Individuals, civic organizations and clubs are encouraged to get involved by adopting a family. Local businesses have adopted families in lieu of purchasing individual staff gifts. Gift cards from local stores will also be accepted. Residents interested in adopting a family or making a contribution are asked to call Annmarie Nicolette at 973- 284-4975.

Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Dr., announces the following programs:

• “The Great Gatsby” will be shown on Friday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m.

• Joe Fischer’s Holiday Magic Show for all ages is set for Saturday, Dec. 7, at 11 a.m. No registration is required.

• Read to Dogs – Improve your literacy skills by reading to certified therapy dogs on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. This is recommended for independent readers ages 6 to 11. Registration is required online. Participants may attend one or more sessions. Questions? Call Children’s Services Desk at 973-667-0405 x2623 or email michelle.albert@bccls. org.

• P.J. Story Time is open to children of all ages. Put on your pajamas and meet in the children’s room on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. Registration is not required.

• Babygarten – For township residents only on Dec. 10 at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 p.m. Registration is required.

• Play Bridge at the library on Tuesdays, Dec. 10 and 17. No registration is required.

• Pop Up Teen craft session will be held on Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. for grades 7 to 12.

•Pre-School Storytime will be held on Dec. 11 at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Registration is required. • Conversational ESL is held on Wednesdays, Dec. 11 and 18, at 10 a.m. No registration is required. • Wednesday Afternoon Knitters meet at 1 p.m. on Dec. 11 and 18.

• Two-year-old Storytime, for township residents only, will be held on Friday, Dec. 13, at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 p.m. Registration is required.

For more information on library programs, visit or library@nutleynj. org or call 973-667-0405.

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