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Belleville Public Library and Information Center, 221 Washington Ave., continues its Pajama Story Time program Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. This program is open to all ages and no registration is required.

For more information, call the library at 973-450-3434 or visit or

Belleville High School hosts a “Masquerade Senior Fashion Show” on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m., in the school’s Connie Francis Theatre as a fundraiser for Project Graduation. The show features senior class students. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door or in advance from students. All funds generated will be donated to the senior class to attend Project Graduation, a drug- and alcohol-free school trip held after the graduation ceremony.

Belleville Elks Lodge 1123, 254 Washington Ave., holds its monthly breakfast Sunday, Nov. 16, 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $6 for adults; $3 for children under age 10; and free for children under age 3.

Silver Lake Baptist Church, 166 Franklin St., celebrates 100 years of ministry with a special service on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 11 a.m. with refreshments to follow. For additional information, contact areyousure@aol. com or call the Rev. Vincent Milano at 732-947-7766.


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

  • Free yoga class is held Nov. 24 at 6 p.m.
  • Financial Book Club meets Tuesdays at 6 p.m.
  • A Knitting Club meets Fridays at 11 a.m.
  • Book Club meets Monday, Dec. 1, 6:45 to 7:45 p.m., to discuss “Time and Again” by Jack Finney.

For more information, call the library at 973-566-6200 or visit For help in locating a copy of the book club selection, call the library and dial ext. 502 for the reference desk.

Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Ave., offers these programs:

  • The Great American Songbook, songs from Broadway and movies, is slated for Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15.
  • Tea with Mrs. Claus, open to ages 2 to 8, is set for Saturday, Dec. 13, with two seatings at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This event features arts and crafts plus a picture with Mrs. Claus. Seating is limited. Tickets are $12 for adults and $15 for children. Payment must be received within five days of reservation. There will be no refunds on paid reservations.

For tickets, reservations or more information on these programs, call Oakeside at 973-429-0960.


Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate/Coccia Realty continues a coat drive for the area’s less fortunate, through Nov. 15, at its Kearny, Lyndhurst and Rutherford offices. Drop off gently used or new coats between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays or from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends at any of these participating offices: 636 Kearny Ave., Kearny; 273 Ridge Road, Lyndhurst; or 11 Park Ave., Rutherford. For more information, call Randy Wine at 201-939-0001.

A motorcycle run/toy drive for St. Claire’s Homes for Children kicks off at the Elks Lodge, 601 Elm St., Sunday, Nov. 30, at 1 p.m. Registration is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants are asked to bring a $20 registration fee and a new, unwrapped toy. No stuffed animals please. The lodge hosts an after-run party for riders.

Those who don’t wish to participate in the run can still drop off donations at the lodge or at Arlington Lawn Mower, 483 Schuyler Ave., on Nov. 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, call Paul at 201-991-1076 or 201-726-2315. Visit

The Elks Lodge also conducts its Hoop Shoot, open to ages 8 to 13, starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Presbyterian Boys/ Girls Club, 663 Kearny Ave. Participants must bring their birth certificate. For more information, call Tom Fraser, executive director of the PBGC at 201-991-6734 or Ron Pickel at 201-463-8447.

First Presbyterian Church, 663 Kearny Ave., hosts a Geek Flea Market Saturday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Over 40 vendors will be selling comics, collectibles, art and more for all ages. Admission is free.

The Kearny Public Library presents a book signing and sing-a-long led by local author Cynthia Dreeman Meyer at the Main Library, 318 Kearny Ave., on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 11 a.m.

Meyer shows what goes on the night before Christmas in her book, “Merry Stirring Mice.”

Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis, so guests should arrive early. Call the library at 201-998- 2666 or check out our website for more program information.

The Woman’s Club of Arlington meets Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 1 p.m., at the Girl Scout House, 635 Kearny Ave. There will be a baby shower to benefit the Salvation Army. Participants are asked to bring unwrapped gifts suitable for infants or toddlers.


N.J. Meadowlands Commission offers the following programs:

  • Third-Tuesday-of-the- Month Nature Walks continue on Nov. 18, 10 a.m. to noon, at Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus. The walk is run in conjunction with the Bergen County Audubon Society. Check for last-minute weather updates. Walkers are asked to sign a standard liability release that is good for NJMC/ BCAS events throughout the year. To R.S.V.P., contact Don Torino of the BCAS or call 201-230-4983.
  • All About Turkeys, open to all ages, serves up facts and history about the star of Thanksgiving dinner Saturday, Nov. 22, 1 to 2 p.m., at the Science Center, 3 DeKorte Park Plaza. This program includes a scavenger hunt for kids (with prizes) and a cranberry sauce demonstration and take home recipe. Admission is $5; $4/MEC members. Registration is recommended and appreciated. To register, go to For more information, call 201-460-8300.

Lyndhurst Public Library, 353 Valley Brook Ave., hosts the following events:

  • Cornucopia Mobile Craft, open to grades 1 to 4, is offered on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.
  • Turkey Headband Craft, for pre-k to grade 3, is set for Monday, Nov. 17, 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.
  • A screening of “It’s Thanksgiving Charlie Brown,” open to pre-k to grade 4, is slated for Monday, Nov. 24, 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Registration is required.

Registration is required for all of these events, unless otherwise noted. To register, call the library at 201-804-2478.

  • The library now offers free drop-in citizenship classes on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Classes will be held in the ESL Room on the 3rd floor. For more information, contact Michele Kelly at 804-2478, ext. 5.

Lyndhurst Health Department, 601 Riverside Ave., Suite 1, holds these programs:

  • A flu shot clinic is set for Wednesday, Nov. 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with free shots available to township residents ages 18 and older. Medicare recipients must bring their card. Wear clothes with loose-fitting sleeves. No appointments are needed.
  • A blood screening is slated for Friday, Dec. 6, at the Community Center on Riverside Ave. Appointments begin at 8 a.m. This service is available to Lyndhurst residents over age 18 for a $20 fee. Preregistration is required and appointments can be made by calling 201-804-2500. Payments can be submitted in cash or checks may be made payable to Medical Laboratory Diagnostics.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3549, 527 Valley Brook Ave., hosts karaoke on Friday, Nov. 21, starting at 7:30 p.m. The post hall is available to rent for all occasions. For more information call 201-939- 2080.

North Arlington 

North Arlington Senior Activity Center, 11 York Road, hosts a holiday celebration on Friday, Dec. 12. Bingo starts at 10:30 a.m., lunch is served at noon and dancing begins at 1:30 p.m. For more information and reservations, call 201-998- 5636.

North Arlington Public Library, 210 Ridge Road, announces:

  • Historical Fact and Fiction Book Club meets Thursday, Nov. 20 at 10 a.m.
  • Friends of the Library Book Club meets Friday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m.
  • Woman’s Club Craft, open to grades K to 5, begins at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18.
  • Comics Club, open to grades 6 and up, meets on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 3:30 p.m.
  • Tween Book Club, open to grades 5 to 7, meets on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 3:30 p.m.
  • Thanksgiving Story Time, open to grades 4 to 7, commences at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20.
  • Lego Club, open to grades 1 and up, meets Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 6:30 p.m.

North Arlington Emblems Lodge 1992, 129-131 Ridge Road, presents Comedy Club Night on Friday, Nov. 14, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30. Proceeds benefit Elks charities. The show features Moody McCarthy and Dan Shaki. McCarthy has made numerous TV appearances, including “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Shaki was featured on XM radio’s “New Rascal’s Comedy Hour” and was runner-up in Caroline’s World Series Tournament.

North Arlington Woman’s Club sponsors a trip on Dec. 6 to the Sands Casino, Bethlehem, Pa. The bus leaves from Borough Hall at 9 a.m. Cost is $30 with $20 slot return and $5 food voucher. For information, call 201-889-2553.


The Nutley Health Department, in partnership with Clara Maass Medical Center and the Montclair Health Department, will present a free Diabetes Expo on Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Dr. Free blood glucose and vision screenings will be available. For additional information, call 973-284-4976.

The Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, announces the following programs.

(Registration is not required unless otherwise noted. Call the library at 973-667-0405.)

  • Manga/Anime Teen  Club, open to grades 7 to 12, meets Friday, Nov. 14, at 3 p.m.
  • An Evening at the  Library, celebrating the library’s centennial, kicks off at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15. Enjoy champagne, gourmet foods, and entertainment. Tickets are $100 per person. Call 973-667-0405 for more information.
  • Babygarten, open to ages  23 months and under, offers books, nursery rhymes and playtime, on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Registration is required. Must be a Nutley resident.
  • Cook-With-a-Book Reading Club, open to grades 4 to 6, meets on Friday, Nov. 21, at 3:30 p.m. The group discusses a book and cooks up something fun to eat.

Registration is required.

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