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Harrison-East Newark Elks, 408 Harrison Ave., sponsors a charity motorcycle run for veterans on Aug. 16. Check in at the Elks at 11 a.m. Entry fee is $20. Contact the Elks at 973-485- 9478. Return to the Elks after the run for a buffet, pig roast, barbecue and live music. Proceeds benefit the East Orange Veterans Hospital.

Harrison Recreation Little League hosts its annual awards barbecue at Harrison Little League Saturday, July 18, starting at noon. All Little League, Minor League and T-Ball players are welcome to attend. For more information, call the Harrison Community Center at 973-268-5859.


Lady Kards Softball Skills Camp takes place Monday, Aug. 3, to Thursday, Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. to noon each day. The camp is open to all females ages 7 to 14 and is designed to develop skills, fundamentals and team play. The program is directed by Kearny High School varsity staff and players. For more details, contact Jim Pickel at

West Hudson Christian Center, 557 Kearny Ave., offers its free Vacation Bible School July 19 to 23, 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. each day. The program, open to ages 3 to 12, includes games, Bible songs and treats. For more information, call the center at 201-997-7762.

Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., offers the following programs:

  • Art class for ages 6 to 8 is scheduled July 15 and 29, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., and art for ages 9 to 14 will be held July 22, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. • “Let’s Sing – Cantemos” is set for Friday, July 17, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • A traditional Gypsy trio (guitarist, violinist and dancer), will perform Thursday, July 16, at 5 p.m., in the Reading Garden. Admission is free. In the event of rain or inclement weather, the performance will be in the lower level assembly room.
  • “Zoom Balloons” – magic, music and dancing with Earl Hicks – takes place Thursday, July 23, 4 to 5 p.m.
  • Superhero Film Festival: Films will be screened on the following Fridays at 1 p.m. each day: July 17 – “Big Hero 6” (102 minutes / PG); July 24 – “How To Train Your Dragon 2” (102 minutes / PG) and July 31 – “The Lego Movie” (100 minutes / PG).
  • Pianist Steven Jon Kaplan performs Thursday, July 23, at 3:30 p.m., at the Reading Garden. Admission is free. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be rescheduled.
  • A free butterfly garden project, presented by members of the Kearny Community Garden, is set for Saturday, Aug. 1, at 10 a.m. This program is open to ages 10 and up. Participants will learn about butterfly habitats, how to create their own butterfly garden, and then help plant a new butterfly garden in front of the library. The library will provide most materials, but guests should bring a trowel and some gardening gloves, if possible.

Registration is not needed for library programs, but seating is limited.

For more information, call 201-998-2666 or visit For more information on the Kearny Community Garden, check out its Facebook page at


The N.J. Sports & Exposition Authority announces the following events. To register for these events, go to and click on “Events.”

For more information, email communications@njmeadowlands. gov or call 201-460-4619. All these events take place at the Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza.

  • National Moth Night is set for Monday, July 20, 8:30 to 10 p.m. Industrial-strength lamps and white sheets will be set up and “sugaring” will be used to attract moths. Admission is free.

The next free Third-Tuesday- of-the-Month Nature Walk is scheduled for July 21, starting at 10 a.m. For more information, contact Don Torino at or call 201-230-4983.

Lyndhurst Public Library, 355 Valley Brook Ave., announces the following events for children. For more information or to register for these programs, call the library at 201-804-2478.

  • A magic show, open to ages 3 and up, takes place Thursday, July 23, at 3:30 p.m. Registration is required.
  • The Young Adult Department hosts a superhero trivia night Wednesday, July 22, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Call 201-804-2478, ext. 4, to register.

For adults:

  • A presentation on Manhattan bridges is offered Wednesday, July 22, at 6:30 p.m. Register by calling 201-804-2478, ext. 7, or email romeo@lyndhurst.

Knights of Columbus Council 2396 sponsors a communion breakfast Sunday, Aug. 30, at 10 a.m., at the senior building on Cleveland Ave. Admission is $7. No tickets will be sold at the door. For tickets, call Steve Cortese at 201-657-0800 or Nick Garafolo at 201-893-2849.

North Arlington 

The following films will be screened at North Arlington Public Library, 210 Ridge Road: “To Kill a Mockingbird on Tuesday, July 12, at noon, and the documentary “Art and Craft” on Friday, July 24, at 11 a.m.


Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, announces the following programs. For more information, call 973-667-0405 or visit

  • Saturday Drop-in-Craft is set for July 18 and 25 at 10 a.m. while supplies last.
  • Tech Playground, open to all ages, takes place Saturdays, July 18 and 25, at 2 p.m.
  • Reptiles and Amphibians and their Amazing Powers Environmental Workshop is offered Monday, July 20, at 11 a.m., for families and children ages 5 to 9. Participants must be Nutley residents. Registration is required.
  • Children of all ages are invited to play a live action superhero game Tuesday, July 21, at 6 p.m.
  • Tech Workshop: Lego, for grades 3 to 6, is set for Wednesday, July 22, at 11 a.m. Registration is required. Only Nutley residents may attend.
  • Ocean Animals and their Amazing Powers Environmental Workshop, for family and children ages 5 to 9, takes place Monday, July 27, at 11 a.m. Only Nutley residents may attend. Registration is required.
  • Tech Workshop: Snap Circuits, for grades 3 to 6, is set for Wednesday, July 29, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Registration is required. Only Nutley

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