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Belleville Public Library, 221 Washington Ave., offers a candy corn art craft program, open to all ages, on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 2 p.m.

AARP Chapter 2051 hosts an afternoon of singing, dancing and comedy on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 1 p.m. at the Senior Center, 125 Franklin Ave. Dessert, coffee and tea will be served. Admission is free. For more information, call Marie at 973-759-3912 or email

Woman’s Club of Belleville hosts a new member night and pot luck supper on Monday, Oct. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the clubhouse, 51 Rossmore Place. For information, call Terry Landon at 973-751-6529.


Harrison Cancer League sponsors a bus trip to the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City on Sunday, Oct. 11. All profits go to Harrison Cancer League. The bus leaves from Holy Cross School at 10 a.m. Refreshments will be served in the school basement starting at 9:15 a.m. Cost is $30 ($25 return in slot play). Call ahead for reservations. Leave your name, phone number and number attending with Joan 973-481-2434 or Maria (Spanish) 973-481-1799. Bring identification.

Harrison/East Newark Elks celebrate their 50th golden anniversary with a gala dinner on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 7 to 11 p.m., at The Chandelier in Belleville. Tickets are $60. Make checks payable to the Harrison/East Newark Elks Lodge 2326. For tickets or ad information, contact Exalted Ruler Larry Bennett at 973-865-9990 or email or Past Exalted Ruler/Trustee Larry Kelly at 201-407-9513 or, Vicky Villalta at 973-449-3610, Libby McInnis at 973-481-2118 or Trustee Skippy Starr 973-277- 2651. Deadline for ads is Oct. 9.


Community members are invited to have “Coffee with a Cop” on Oct. 8, at Applebee’s, Passaic Ave., from 4 to 8 p.m. Meet with Kearny police officers in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee.

Check for updated information. Contact Officer John Fabula for more information at

St. Stephen’s Church will host a coat drive on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sweaters, sweatshirts, small blankets, hats, gloves or scarves will also be accepted. Drop off donations at the church’s lower hall (use Washington Ave. entrance). Those who know of a neighbor or community member in need are invited to stop by after noon. For more information and early pick-up, call 201-991-0670.

Woman’s Club of Arlington meets on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 1 p.m. at the Girl Scout House, 635 Kearny Ave. The meeting includes a presentation by the 2015 Girls’ Career Institute (GCI) Delegates and feature local tea expert, Irene Greenhalgh, founder of the “Sereni-Tea” Room along with the members of the United Methodist Women from Grace United Methodist Church in Kearny.

Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., announces the following events:

  • An adult cooking class is set for Saturday, Oct. 10, at 11 a.m., in the lower level kitchen. The recipes offered will take food allergies into consideration. Guests with food restrictions are advised to alert the library. All ingredients will be provided. There will be no charge, but the number of students will be limited to 15. Call the library at 201-998-2666 to reserve a spot or for more information. For a listing of the library’s many programs, visit
  • A children’s book reading and signing by local author Diane Blevis, author of “My Three Best Friends,” is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10, at 11:30 a.m., followed by a raffle, book sales and a signing. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • A screening of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (PG-13) is set for Friday, Oct. 16, at 3:30 p.m. The Presbyterian Boys & Girls Club, 663 Kearny Ave., announces the following:
  • A Tricky Tray is set for Saturday, Oct. 17. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 (no children). Admission includes a sheet of small prizes, coffee, soda, water and dessert. There will be prizes, including a flat screen TV, iPad, PS4 and Giants tickets, a 50/50 and packets will be sold. Purchase tickets in advance. Guests may book a table of eight or 10. For ticket information, email or call 201-334-8336.
  • The annual Fall Fling Dance will be held on Friday, Oct. 9, from 7 to 10 p.m. Prizes will be given to the best dancers. Guests are restricted to teenagers. The dance will be supervised by Tom Fraser, former Lincoln School guidance counselor, and members of the PBGC Board of Directors.

The Salvation Army of Greater Kearny, 443 Chestnut St., accepts donations of canned soup and vegetables to keep on serving neighboring families in need. Donations of brass instruments are also sought for a music program open to ages 7 to 17. Donations may be dropped off at 443 Chestnut St., between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information, call 201-991-1115.

Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, 136 Davis Ave., hosts a seven-week series on “Discovering Christ” on Wednesdays, Oct. 7 to Nov. 18, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. There will be a retreat day, including a light lunch, on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 11:30 to 4 p.m. The program includes dinner, a talk and small group discussions. The program is free. Registration is continuing. For more information, call the parish center at 201-998-4616.


The Woman’s Club of Lyndhurst sponsors a children’s Tricky Tray, open to grades pre-k to 5, on Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Senior Center, 250 Cleveland Ave. Doors open at noon and the raffle begins at 1 p.m. Lunch items will be sold. No outside food is permitted. For tickets or more information, call Janet at 201-935-1208.

Lyndhurst Health Department, 601 Riverside Ave., sponsors a breakfast seminar on back pain on Friday, Oct. 9, at 10 a.m. After breakfast in the recreation room, guests will be treated to a free chiropractic screening. Registration is required. To register, call 201-804-2500.

A flea market and collectible show, sponsored by Lyndhurst United Methodist Church, is set for Sunday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., outdoors at the New Jersey Transit Lot, New York Ave. and Ridge Road. Admission is free. For information, call 201-998-1144 or

Lyndhurst Public Library, 355 Valley Brook Ave., welcomes dentist Dr. Michael Neiman of Tootharium to talk about healthy teeth, gums and much more on Thursday, Oct. 15, from 1 to 1:45 p.m. This program is open to grades pre-k to 4. Registration is required. To register or for more information, call the library at 201-804-2478.

Knights of Columbus Council 2396 will serve a chicken dinner on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Senior Center, 250 Cleveland Ave. Menu includes: half roasted chicken, parsley potatoes, cake, coffee and soda. Doors open at 2 p.m. Dinner is served at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. For tickets, call Steve Cortese at 201-657-0800 or Nick Garafolo at 201-935-5988.

The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority hosts “Halloween at the Meadowlands” on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at DeKorte Park. This event includes games, crafts, hayrides and Halloween stories in the Witch’s Den. A 40-minute guided “Creepy Creatures of Halloween and Why They’re Not So Bad Once You Get to Know Them” spooky walk is suitable for kids ages 5 to 12 accompanied by an adult. Throughout the walk, kids will meet bats, cats, spiders, and other spooky creatures.

Online only registration and advance payment are required. Sign up for your Spooky Walk time slot and come early to enjoy all the fun. Space is limited so register early at Admission is $8.

North Arlington 

Queen of Peace Rosary Society hosts a dinner and Tricky Tray on Friday, Oct. 16, from 6 to 11 p.m., at San Carlo Fine Caterers, Lyndhurst. Admission is $40. For details, call Betsy 201-997- 3914.

North Arlington Health Department, 10 Beaver Ave., hosts “Healthy Eating on a Budget,” presented by Shop- Rite of Lyndhurst’s Registered Dietician Julie Harrington, on Thursday, Oct. 8, at noon, at the Senior Center, behind the Health Department building. This program is open to surrounding communities.

Registration is required. To register, call 201-955-5695.

North Arlington Senior Activity Center, 11 York Road, hosts a Halloween celebration on Friday, Oct. 23, starting with a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m., followed by bingo at 10:30 a.m., lunch at noon and an entertainment/ costume contest from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information and reservation, call 201-998- 5636.


Nutley’s Franklin Fall Festival is set for Friday, Oct. 23, on Franklin Ave., between Vreeland Ave. and High St., from 6 to 10 p.m. The event includes live music, food, a gaming trailer, face painting and more.

For more information, contact 973-284-4966 or 973-284- 4935 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, announces the following programs. Registration is required only where noted. For more information, call 973-667-0405 or visit

  • Patrons are invited to play  Bridge at the library every Tuesday at 1 p.m. No registration required.
  • Wednesday Afternoon  Knitters meets every week at 1 p.m. Bring your own supplies.
  • Babygarten, open to ages 3  to 22 months, is set for Tuesdays, Oct. 13, 20 and 27, at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Registration is required. Only Nutley residents may attend.
  • Tuesday Night Graphic  Novel Club meets on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. Sample food from local eateries while discussing the latest book, “Game of Thrones  Vol. 1” by Daniel Abraham and George R. R. Martin. Copies  are available at the library. Register online at or by phone at 973-667-0405, ext. 2604.
  • Preschool Story Time,  open to ages 3 to 5, is set for Wednesdays, Oct. 14, 21 and 28, at 10 a.m. Participants must be  Nutley residents. Registration is required.
  • Two-Year-Old Story Time,  open to ages 23 to 36 months, is set for Fridays, Oct. 16, 23 and 30, at 10 a.m. Only Nutley residents may participate. Registration is required.

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