around town


Belleville Elks Lodge 1123, 254 Washington Ave., hosts a blood drive on Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 5 to 9 p.m. Donors must be at least 17, weigh at least 120 pounds, bring a signed form of ID and know their social security number. For more information, call Community Blood Services at 201-444-2900.


Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., hosts a free musical performance by jazz quartet Joel Perry and Friends in the library’s reading garden Thursday, Aug. 13, at 3 p.m.

Perry has performed in more than 15 countries and has worked with dozens of well-known artists, including Joni Mitchell, Rosemary Clooney and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

In the event of rain or inclement weather, the performance will move to the lower level assembly room.

For more information, call the library at 201-998-2666 or visit

The Junior Woman’s Club of Arlington is holding a toy drive to benefit local children this holiday season. The drive runs through Aug. 15. Toys can be placed in the donation boxes during regular business hours at the following locations throughout Kearny: Arlington Realty, Yo-Lish, World Marshal Arts Academy and the Main Branch of the Kearny Public Library. For information on the Toy Drive and the other projects of the Junior Woman’s Club of Arlington, visit or contact info@jwcarlington. com. Club meetings are held September to May, on the third Friday of the month, at 8 p.m., unless otherwise posted, at the Henrietta Bensted Senior Center, 60 Columbia Ave., Kearny.


Lyndhurst Public Library, 355 Valley Brook Ave., hosts an under the sea mobile craft, open to grades 1 to 4, on Monday, Aug. 24, from 2:30 to 3:15 pm.

Registration is required. To register or for more information, call the library at 201- 804-2478.

Lyndhurst Garden Club holds a plant show and garage sale on Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Senior Building, 250 Cleveland Ave., with registration for the plant show beginning at 10 a.m. The event includes plant displays and sales. Show off your best vegetable, fruit, flower or plant. For more information, call Maryann at 201-939-0033.

The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority offers pontoon boat rides this month. All tours launch from River Barge Park, 260 Outwater Lane, Carlstadt. The schedule is as follows: Aug. 14, 18, 20 and 26 at 5:30 p.m.; Aug. 19 at 10 a.m.; and Aug. 22 at 8:30 a.m. The program is recommended for ages 10 and up. Advance registration and payment is required. The cost is $15 per person.

For registration forms, go to and click on “2015 River Tour Season.” For more information and to register, call 201- 460-4640.

North Arlington 

Senior Harmony Club of North Arlington sponsors a trip to Resorts on Sept. 10. The cost is $25 and participants receive $25 in slot play at the casino. Call Florence for details and reservations at 201-991-3173.

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