Around Town


Belleville Public Library, 221 Washington Ave., announces the following programs:

• Saturday Storytime and Craft meets Dec. 14 at 11 a.m.

• Saturday Film Showing features “The Polar Express” on Dec. 21 at 2 p.m.

Belleville Elks Lodge 1123, 254 Washington Ave., hosts its monthly breakfast on Sunday, Dec. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon, featuring a visit by Santa. Bring cameras. The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children under age 10 and children under age three are free. Three or more inches of snow cancels the event. Breakfasts are held on the third Sunday of every month from September to May.


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

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

• Book Club meets on Monday, Jan. 6, from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. in the Quiet Study Room to discuss “The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure: The ‘Good Parts’ (abridged version)” by William Goldman.

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


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 West Hudson Detachment of the Marine Corps League invites all former and active duty Marines and FMF Corpsmen to attend an open house, which will be held every Friday, from 7 to 10 p.m., at 286 Belgrove Drive. Guests are welcome.

The Kearny Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. at La Fiamma Restaurant, 440 Harrison Ave., in Harrison. Business leaders from Harrison are invited to attend to learn about the work that Rotary International accomplishes around the world and in local communities. For more information about the Kearny Rotary Club or to join them for a meeting, call Joe D’Arco at 201-955-7400 or Jose Fernandez at 201-991- 1040.

Join the Senior Citizens of Kearny to meet new friends. Dues are $5 per year. This entitles members to five free parties, including a fish and chips dinner. Meetings take place every Thursday at the Henrietta Benstead Senior Center, 60 Columbia Ave. Doors open at 9 a.m. for a continental breakfast and socializing, with a business meeting at 11:30 a.m. and bingo at noon. Guest speakers appear periodically. For club information, call Carol at 201- 991-9369.

Grace United Methodist Church, 380 Kearny Ave., will host a Christmas shopping spree sale and a supper on Dec. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. The supper consists of soup, sandwich, dessert and beverage for $7. For more information, call the church office at 201-991-1132.

Washington School Chorus will perform for the Evening Membership Department of the Woman’s Club of Arlington at its meeting on Wednesday, Dec.11, at 7:30 p.m., at the Henrietta Benstead Center on Columbia Ave. Members are reminded to bring a $10 grab bag gift.


Lyndhurst Historical Society has a new exhibit, “Let’s Play: An Exhibit of Beloved Toys,” at the Little Red Schoolhouse Museum, 400 Riverside Ave. The museum is open on the second and fourth Sundays of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. A china-head doll and a Lionel train are among the many toys on display. The exhibit is free and open to the public, though a small donation to the Society would be appreciated. For more information, call 201-804-2513.

Lyndhurst Public Library, 355 Valley Brook Ave., hosts Fit4Kids Magic Show on Monday, Dec. 16, at 3:30 p.m., in the children’s room. Muscle Man Mike presents a magic/puppet show for children ages 3 to 10. Registration is required.

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

The Woman’s Club of Lyndhurst is collecting nonperishable food items, plus 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. Donations of unwrapped toys may also be brought to the Food Pantry.

N.J. Meadowlands Commission announces the following programs:

• Third-Tuesday-of-the- Month Nature Walk, cosponsored by the Bergen County Audubon Society, is slated for Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 10 a.m. This free two-hour guided walk in DeKorte Park includes a stretch of nearby Disposal Road. The group will meet just inside the Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst. Check for last-minute updates and weather advisories. To R.S.V.P., contact Don Torino of the BCAS at or 201- 230-4983.

• Winter Solstice Celebration welcomes the first day of winter and the return of the sun on Thursday, Dec. 19, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Environment Center. Learn about the history of the solstice, make a solstice craft, and enjoy celebratory food and drink. Adults must accompany children. Admission is $5/person; $4/MEC members. Registration is recommended. To register, visit For more information, call 201-460-8300 or visit

Lyndhurst Knights of Columbus hosts a communion breakfast at the Senior Building, 250 Cleveland Ave., on Sunday, Dec. 29, from 10 to 11 a.m. Tickets are $7 each. No tickets will be sold at the door. Pick up tickets at Sacred Heart Rectory, 324 Ridge Rd., 201-438-1147, or call Sal Russo at 201-446-7244 or Nick Garafolo at 201-935-5988.

North Arlington

North Arlington Police Department’s Crime Prevention/ Community Relations Unit will conduct its annual holiday toy drive. New, unwrapped toys and gift cards may be dropped off at the Police Department. The collection continues through Dec. 18. The toys will be distributed with the assistance of the North Arlington Woman’s Club to local families and others in need.

North Arlington Public Library, 210 Ridge Rd., is offering these programs:

• Origami Club, for grades 4 and up, meets on Friday, Dec. 13, at 3:30 p.m.

• Holiday Craft, for grades K to 5, sponsored by the NA Women’s Club, meets on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 6:30 p.m. Call 201-955-5640, ext.126, to register.

• YA Movie Day, for grades 6 and up, is held on Friday, Dec. 20, at 1 p.m.

• Comics Club, for grades 6 and up, meets on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 3:30 p.m.


The annual Holiday Treasure Chest Adopt A Family Program which provides gifts to Nutley families in need continues through Dec. 18. Individuals, civic organizations and clubs are invited to participate. 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:

• Saturday Drop-In Craft. Stop by the children’s room on Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. to make a craft while supplies last. No registration is required.

• High School Manga Club meets on Monday, Dec. 16, at 3:30 p.m.

• Pen to Prose Writers’ Group meets on Monday, Dec. 16, at 6:30 p.m. The group is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 973-667-0405 or visit:

Children are invited to drop off letters to Santa at the “Santa Express Mailbox” at the Nutley Oval entrance on Chestnut St. through Wednesday, Dec. 18, allowing Santa enough time to respond to each letter. Parents/guardians are asked to have children include their age and return address on each letter. For more information, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 973-284-4976.

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