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Belleville High School Music Department presents its spring music concert series, starting with a vocal concert, featuring the BHS concert choir, chorus and acapella chorus on May 13, and concluding with an instrumental music concert, featuring the BHS orchestra, chamber orchestra, concert band and wind ensemble, on May 20. Both concerts will be held at 7 p.m. at the high school’s Connie Francis Theater. Admission is free.

Belleville High School will hold a new Scholarship Pageant competition for 11th-graders May 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school’s Connie Francis Theatre. The scholarship program is being funded by the Paserchia Family Scholarship Foundation. BHS educator Gary Politano, program coordinator, said competitors will learn interviewing skills and how to address an audience. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to the winners.

New Jersey Women Business Owners (NJAWBO) hosts its annual Diversity Luncheon on Tuesday, May 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Nanina’s in the Park, 540 Mill St. This year’s theme is “Communicating Across Differences.”

To reserve a seat, register online at or contact the NJAWBO State Office at 609-308-2530. Questions? Contact info@ and for more about NJAWBO MetroEast, visit www.

For more information, contact Deb Martin at or 973- 953-7768 or Suzanne Buggé at Suzanne@AFocusedAdvantage. com or 973-951- 6258.


Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St., hosts a talk by Reiki master/author Shirl Knobloch May 10 at 1 p.m. Knobloch will explain how Reiki is used to help animals, color therapy and energy chakras of animals and will share information on her book and her work as an animal communicator. If pets are extremely well behaved, licensed and current on shots, they are welcome.

Monday and Thursday Movies at the library resume mid-month: “Blue Jasmine” (Cate Blanchett) (PG-13) will be screened May 12; “Captain Phillips (Tom Hanks) (PG-13), May 15; “All is Lost” (Robert Redford) (PG-13), May 19; “Enough Said” (Julia Louis- Dreyfus) (PG-13), May 22; Memorial Day, May 26, Library closed; and “The Great Gatsby” (Toby Maguire) (PG-13), May 29. The library accepts donations of new or slightly used DVDS, CD’s, newspaper and magazine subscriptions and Bloomfield public school yearbooks.

To join Friends of the Library, download the application at friends.html or pick up a copy at the library and mail to: Friends of the Library, c/o Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St., Bloomfield, N.J. 07003. Learn more about support at www.bplnj. org/giving.html.

Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Ave., hosts a Tricky Tray fundraiser Friday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, available only in advance, are $25. To purchase tickets, call 973- 429-0960.

St. Valentine Church, 125 N. Spring St., will hold a Spanish Mass on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11, at 3 p.m.


Kearny Cub Scouts Pack 305 hosts a beefsteak dinner fundraiser, with a Tricky Tray and comedian on Friday, May 9, at St. Stephen’s Church, 676 Kearny Ave., at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35. For tickets, contact Thomas Gingerelli at KearnyCub- or 201- 316-3115. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Kearny High School PTA sponsors a clothing drive on May 10, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the school. Use the King Street entrance. Curtains, blankets, clothing, belts, shoes, pocketbooks and stuffed animals will be accepted. Bring your items in a bag. For more information, call Denise at 201-428- 8572.

Kearny UNICO sponsors a Super 50-50 Raffle to be drawn May 15. Tickets are $5 each or three tickets for $10. To purchase a ticket, contact any member of Kearny UNICO or call chapter President Lou Pandolfi at 201-368-2409.


Lyndhurst Library Children’s Room, 355 Valley Brook Ave., holds registration for its summer science-oriented reading program, “Fizz, Boom, Read,” through June 14. The program is open to pre-k to grade 6. Activities may include science experiments, robot building, nature explorations and more.

For more information, call the library at 201-804-2480, ext. 3, or visit http://www.

The N.J. Meadowlands Commission and Bergen County Audubon Society co-sponsor the sixth annual Mother’s Day Walk Sunday, May 11, at 10 a.m. The free two-hour event begins at the Ridgefield Nature Center in Ridgefield and features a walk around the 5.4-acre natural area (once the home of the Great Bear Bottled Water Co.), and a visit to Skeetkill Creek Marsh in Ridgefield, with a stop to see Monk Parakeets on the way. Check meadowblog. net for last-minute weather updates. To register, contact Don Torino of the BCAS at greatauk4@aol. com or 201-230-4983.

Lyndhurst Health Department, 601 Riverside Ave., Suite 1, hosts a senior health fair on Friday, May 9, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. This event features free screenings, free promotional items and opportunities to learn about estate planning, long-term care planning, and Medicare fraud. For more information, contact the Health Department at 201-804-2500.

A free chair yoga session will be held after the fair.

North Arlington 

North Arlington Youth Center, 1 Legion Place, (behind Borough Hall) conducts registration for the 2014 summer program through Wednesday, June 11. People can sign up Monday to Friday, from 2 to 5 p.m. This seven-week program is for borough residents only between the ages of 5 and 10, costs $40 per week and runs Monday to Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Fridays, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Space is limited and registrants can pick and choose their weeks of enrollment. For more information, call 201-997-7709.

North Arlington Health Department, in conjunction with Clara Maass Medical Center, hosts a noon luncheon talk on high blood pressure May 15 at the borough Senior Center (next to Borough Hall).

North Arlington Public Library, 210 Ridge Road, announces the following events:

• Are you a Bruce Springsteen fan? Learn a little bit about photography, the Boss and the Garden State with Debra Rothenberg, the photojournalist behind the book “Bruce Springsteen In Focus 1980-2012” Thursday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m.

• “Coins for a Cause,” the spring fundraiser for Friends of the Library, will be held Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Lyndhurst branch of the Boiling Springs Savings Bank, 753 Ridge Road.

• SAT Practice Test- Kaplan is offered Saturday, May 17, from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sign up via this link: forms/?1686851-DWur9MjZPt.

Only students who live in North Arlington are eligible.

The library will close at 1 p.m. There will be no library services after that time; the library is only open for registered students taking the practice test.

• Story Time for ages 2 to 5 is offered Wednesdays at 11:45 a.m. (unless otherwise noted).

• Lego Club for grades 1 and up meets Tuesday, May 13 and 27, at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required.

• Woman’s Club Craft for K to grade 5 is held Monday, May 12, at 6 p.m. Registration is required.

• Computer Basics for adults is available Mondays, May 12 and 19. and Thursdays, June 5, 12, 19 and 26, from 6 to 7 p.m. Registration is needed.

Call 201-955-5640, ext. 126, to register for these programs.


Enjoy a fun and informative multimedia presentation about the history of the Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, presented by Nutley Museum Director John Simko, Tuesday, May 13, at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Call the library at 973- 667-0405 for more information on this and other programs.

The library also offers:

• Read to Dogs Saturdays, May 17 and 31, at 2 p.m., for ages 5 to 12. Registration is required.

• P.J. Storytime for children of all ages, Mondays, May 12 and 19, at 7 p.m. Registration is not required.

• Babygarten for ages 23 months and younger, Tuesdays, May 13, 20 and 27 at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Registration is required.

• Preschool Storytime, for ages 3 to 5, Wednesdays, May 7, 14 and 28 at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Only Nutley residents are admitted. Registration is required.

• Pop-up craft sessions, Wednesdays, May 14 and 28, at 3 p.m.

• Two-Year-Old Storytime, Fridays, May 16 and 30. This is only for Nutley residents. Registration is required.

• Knitting Group meets Thursdays, May 15 and June 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. No registration necessary.

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