Around Town


As part of its Eight Great Live Monday Nights summer family series, co-sponsored by Friends of the Library, Belleville Public Library and Information Centers, 221 Washington Ave., presents the Hocus Pocus magic show with Joe Fischer on July 21 and a variety show featuring juggling, magic, puppets and more with Tom Burnium on July 28. Both events start at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required. Call 973-450-3434.


Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St., announces its schedule for its Monday and Thursday Afternoon Film programs. All films start at 12:15 p.m. in the barrier-free library theater. Admission is free. Following is a combined schedule of both programs:

July 10 – “Oz the Great and Powerful” (James Franco) (PG); July 14 – “The Wolf of Wall Street” (Leonardo DiCaprio) (R) for sequences of sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use, and strong language; July 17 – “Prometheus” (Charlize Theron) (R); July 21 – “Dallas Buyer’s Club” (Matthew McConaughey) (R); July 24 – “The Book Thief” (Geoffrey Rush) (PG-13); July 28 – “Catching Fire” (Jennifer Lawrence) (PG-13); and July 31 – “Saving Mr. Banks” (Tom Hanks) (PG-13).

The Essex County fireworks display and concert with The Infernos and Joe Piscopo, originally scheduled for July 3 in Essex County Brookdale Park, Bloomfield/ Montclair, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, July 15, at 7:30 p.m.


Holy Cross Church sponsors a bus trip to the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City on Sunday, July 13. The bus will leave at 10 a.m. from Holy Cross School, 15 Frank E. Rodgers Blvd S. Refreshments will be served starting at 9:15 a.m. in the school basement. The cost of the trip is a $30 donation, with a $25 return in slot play. For reservations, call Joan at 973-481-2434 or Marie (Spanish) at 973-481- 1799. Leave your name, phone number and the number of people attending.


Children ages 8 to 15 are welcome at the Presbyterian Boys-Girls Club (PBGC), 663 Kearny Ave., July and August, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m., for a summer program of basketball, dodge ball, arts and crafts, electronic games and more, under the supervision of a professional staff led by former Lincoln School counselor Tom Fraser.

The PBGC also sponsors the following events: Ice Cream Sundae Night, pie eating contest, Dunkin Donuts Night, Quick 5 Tournament, Tug of War, Bingo and Extreme Dodgeball.

Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., hosts these upcoming children’s programs:

• Monkey Music, starring Meredith LeVande, at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 11. LeVande’s music videos air on PBS stations in between shows like “Curious George” and “Sesame Street.” It’s recommended for ages 3 and up.

• All beginning and challenged readers ages 5 to 12 can register to read to a therapy dog on Wednesday, July 16, 10 to 11 a.m., in the lower level of the Main Library. Each session will be 10 minutes and will only be open to a limited number of children. Call the library at 201-998-2666 to reserve a spot.

• Princess double features will be shown downstairs at the Main Library on Fridays throughout the summer. Refreshments will be served. Here’s the schedule: July 11 – “Little Mermaid” (G) at 1 p.m. and “Sofia the First: The Floating Palace” (NR) at 2:30 p.m.; July 18 – “Sleeping Beauty” (G) at 1 p.m. and “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (G) at 2:30 p.m.; and July 25 – “Frozen” (PG) at 1 p.m. and “Tangled” (PG) at 3 p.m.

West Hudson Christian Center, 557 Kearny Ave., presents Weird Animals Vacation Bible School, Sunday, July 20, to Wed, July 23, 6:30 to 9 p.m. It’s open to ages 3 to 12. To pre-register in advance (space is limited!), visit or call 201-997-7762. Registration is also open each night at the door.


The Lyndhurst Library Children’s Room, 355 Valley Brook Ave., hosts these events:

• Crazy scientist Brian Richards will introduce some amazing experiments on Wednesday, July 23, at 3:30 p.m. Recommended for children ages 3 and up.

• Children in grades pre-k to 8 can discover more about making bubbles and even get to stand inside one of their own on Monday, July 28, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Registration is required for both events. Call the library at 201-804-2478 to register.

The library will be closed July 14 to 19 for a woodwork restoration project. No items will be due during this period, and book/video drop items will be collected periodically. The library will re-open Monday, July 21. Call or email Director Donna Romeo with any questions or concerns at 201-804-2478, ext. 7, or romeo@lyndhurst.bccls. org.

New Jersey Meadowlands Commission hosts the following events:

• Seniors are invited to join staff from the Marine Mammal Stranding Center and learn about the mysterious lives of marine mammals and sea turtles, and the problems facing these creatures and their environment, Thursday, July 10, at 7 p.m., at the NJMC Science Center, 3 DeKorte Park. Registration is recommended and appreciated. To register, call 201-777-2431 or 201-460-8300.

• A two-hour birding cruise is set for Tuesday, July 15, at 10 a.m., departing from River Barge Park, 260 Outwater Lane, Carlstadt. There is a suggested donation of $15 per person.

Check for last-minute updates and weather advisories. Pre-registration is required. Contact Gaby Bennett-Meany at 201- 460-4640.

For information on regular pontoon boat tours, visit and click on “Parks & Nature Programs” and “Pontoon Boat Cruises,” or call 201-460-4677.

• Seniors can experience close encounters with birds of prey on Thursday, July 17, at 1 p.m., at the Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 De- Korte Park Plaza. Admission is free. Bring your grandchildren to see six live raptors, including falcons, and learn more about these awesome creatures of the northeast with Bill Streeter, director of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center. Registration is recommended and appreciated. For more information, call 201- 777-2431.

North Arlington 

North Arlington Public Library, 210 Ridge Road, will host a screening of the documentary “Men at Lunch” Friday, July 18, at 11 a.m. In the 78-minute film, director Seán Ó Cualáin tells the story of “Lunch atop a Skyscraper,” the iconic photograph taken during the construction of 30 Rockefeller Plaza.


Bring your family to an old-fashioned outdoor carnival at the Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, Saturday, July 19, noon to 3 p.m. Enjoy games such as ring toss, sack race, and more. The event includes prizes, refreshments and music by “Cracked Walnuts,” a musical duo of banjo and washboard who will stroll the grounds playing music of the early 20th century. In the event of rain, the carnival will move inside the library.

Call the library at 973-667- 0405 for more information on this and other programs. The complete schedule of programs is available at the library and on the library web site at http://nutleypubliclibrary. org.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 120 Prospect St., celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel on Sunday, July 13, at 12:15 p.m. The main celebrant and homilist of the Mass will be Archbishop Bernard Hebda. After Mass, there will be an outdoor procession featuring music by The Red Mike Festival Band. For more information about this and other events, call 973-667-2580, email olmcnutley@optimum. net, or visit

Total Soul takes the stage at Memorial Park I (Mud Hole) July 17 for a Nutley Recreation Department sizzling summer concert. The free show, which begins at 6:30 p.m., includes everything from Motown, to today’s pop and R&B, to the jazz/Big Band standards of the 1940s. The rain date is July 28. For more information, call 973- 284-4966 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, hosts these events: •

PJ Movie and Story for all ages is held Mondays, July 14 and 28, at 7 p.m.

• Movie and Craft features the film “Frozen” for all ages Tuesday, July 15, at 2 p.m. Children can drop by and make a craft while supplies last.

• Tech Workshop: “Little Bits” is open to children in grades 3 to 6 Wednesday, July 16 at 2:30 p.m. Registration is required.

• Children ages 2 and up are invited to paint a robot Thursday, July 17, at 2:30 p.m. Registration is for Nutley Library patrons only. Registration begins that day at 9 a.m.

• Essex County Environmental Center presents a workshop on “Beavers Boom,” for children ages 8 and up who are library patrons. Kids can learn a few remarkable things about beavers, their lifestyle, and the sounds they make Thursday, July 17, at 11 a.m., and then craft a personalized beaver mask. Registration is required.

• Science Workshop: “Glowing Putty,” open to children age 8 and up, is offered Monday, July 21, at 7 p.m. Registration is required.

Call the library at 973-667- 0405 for more information or to register for programs. The complete schedule of programs is available at the library and on the library web site at

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