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All military units, local first responders, police, civic organizations, classic cars clubs, motorcycle clubs and bands are invited to participate in the annual Belleville Veteran’s Day parade, set for Sunday, Nov. 8. Line-up will be at 12:15 p.m., dignitaries kick-off at 12:30 p.m. and the parade begins at 1 p.m. For more information, contact Bill at 973-759-4692.

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.

The Filipino-American Community of St. Anthony of Padua Church, 63 Franklin St., invites the community to the enthronement of Sto. Nino de Cebu on Sunday, Oct. 18. The procession begins at 3 p.m. and the enthronement Mass is at 5 p.m. Those attending are welcome to bring an image of Sto. Nino for the procession.


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 larrybee1953@ or PER/ 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.


St. Stephen’s Church will conduct 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.

Grace United Methodist Church, 380 Kearny Ave., hosts a barbecue chicken dinner on Friday, Oct. 16, from 5 to 6:45 p.m. The cost is $12 for adults and $7 for children under age 12. There is no charge for those who want to attend a live auction, which begins at 7 p.m. Dinner tickets may be purchased at the door. Take-out orders are available. For more information, call the church office at 201-991-1132.

Kearny TNR (Trap-Neuter- Return) is in need of cat food donations. Food drop boxes are located at Bone Appetit Barkery and Spa, 463 Elm St., Kearny, and FoodTown, 1 Schuyler Ave., North Arlington.

Kearny Lions Club sponsors a flea market and collectible show on Sunday, Oct. 18, outdoors at the Frank Vincent Marina, 205 Passaic Ave., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Any school/local organization that would like to participate with an exhibitor space to sell their items and/ or promote their club are welcome to reserve one of the four spaces that will be offered free. For information, call 201-998-1144 or

Kearny UNICO sponsors an Oldies Night-Tricky Tray on Sunday, Nov.14, at the Henrietta Benstead Senior Center, 60 Columbia Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m. The event features a dinner buffet, live music, a 50/50 raffle and the tricky tray. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased by sending a check, payable to Kearny UNICO, to Kearny UNICO, c/o Judy Hyde, 154 Magnolia Ave., Kearny, N.J. 07032.

The PBGC, 663 Kearny Ave., will conduct a Tricky Tray on 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. Among the large prizes are a flat screen TV, iPad, PS4 and Giants tickets. There will be a 50/50 and packets will be sold. Purchase tickets in advance. Tables accommodating eight or 10 are available. For ticket information, email pbgckearny@ or call 201- 334-8336.

The Evening Membership Department of the Woman’s Club of Arlington meets on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m., at the Benstead Center, 60 Columbia Ave. Chloe Wiggins, a senior at High Tech High School, will speak about her experience as the club’s Girl’s Career Institute delegate. In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, there will be a presentation by Meg Paradise of Women Rising, a domestic violence shelter. All are welcome.

Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., hosts a screening of Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” (PG), on Monday, Oct. 26, at 4 p.m.

Join the library’s Board of Trustees at the Kearny Halloween Parade on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 4 p.m., where they will show off their new Alice in Wonderland float. A flea market is set for Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the St. Cecilia’s Church school building, 114 Chestnut St. For more information, call 201-991-1116.

W.H.A.T., 65 Oakwood Ave., (in residence at First Lutheran Church) announces auditions for “Elf Jr.” on October 19 and 21 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

No experience, membership or fee is required to audition/ perform. Download the audition form, complete it and bring it with you when you audition. Copies of the form will be available at the audition. Auditions are open to all ages. Prepare 32 measures of a musical theater song of your choice and bring music in the appropriate key. An accompanist will be provided. Performances are Dec. 4 to 12.


Lyndhurst Public Library, 355 Valley Brook Ave., announces the following programs for children. Registration is required for both. To register or for more information, call the library at 201-804-2478.

  • A Halloween craft session, open to grades pre-k to 4, is set for Monday, Oct. 26, from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.
  • A Halloween parade for grades pre-k to 3 will be held on Friday, Oct. 30, at 3:30 p.m.

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.

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.

Registration and advance payment are required and online only. 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.

St. Michael the Archangel Church in Lyndhurst will hold an “All Saints› Day Party” on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 10 p.m. The $40 admission includes entertainment, buffet dinner, dessert, coffee, tea, and soda. Come dressed as your favorite saint, or dress casual. There are also 50/50 raffle tickets available at $10 each. Call the rectory at 201-939-1161 for more information.

“Let’s Put Lyndhurst on the Map with Google,” a workshop for business owners, is set for Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands, 1280 Wall St. West. Google experts will be on hand to get your business listed on Google and Google Maps and to give tips to help your business succeed. Business representatives will receive $100 towards AdWords and can register for a workshop with Starfish Global to learn how to create a website using Google’s site builder. Both the site and domain are free for a year. Space is limited. Register online at For more information, call Shirley at 201-612-5360. Non-Lyndhurst businesses are also welcome.

North Arlington

The New Jersey State Organization of Cystic Fibrosis will hold its annual Bowl 4 Cystic Fibrosis Awareness on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m., at the New North Arlington Bowl, 200 Schuyler Ave. Lanes are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis Once payment is received, the lane will be assigned. To learn more about sponsorships and to obtain participation forms, call George McDermott at 201-954- 6144 or email gmcdermott_1@ or contact the NJASOCF at 973-595-1232. A response is requested by Nov. 1.

Queen of Peace Knights of Columbus, 194 River Road, announce the following:

  • A living Rosary is set for Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m., in celebration of the Blessed Mother giving the Rosary to the three children at Fatima and also in observance of “Right To Life Month.” This year’s prayer is for persecuted Catholics around the world, especially in the Middle East.
  • Helping Exceptional People (HEP) holds its annual pot luck dinner at the Knights of Columbus hall on Friday, Oct. 23. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 6 to 12 (kids under 6 go free). Tickets can be purchased at the Queen of Peace rectory, the Columbian Club hall, or by calling 201-463-2151. All proceeds will benefit local programs serving special needs citizens. Those attending are asked to bring a nonperishable, non-expired food item for the Queen of Peace Food Pantry.
  • The annual Grand  Knight’s Dinner is set for Saturday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m., at the Columbian Club Hall, 19 River Road.The Knights will honor the 2015 Knight of the Year, Marc Metzinger, and the H.E.P. Volunteer of the Year, Maureen Metzinger. Tickets are $30 for adults, $10 for children ages 6 to 12, and no charge for kids under 6. Tickets are available at the Queen of Peace Rectory, the Columbian Club Hall, or by calling 201-463-2151. Attendees are asked to consider donating a non-perishable, non-expired food item for their Food for Families Project.
  • The Queen of Peace  Knights of Columbus Council 3428 is running a bus trip on Tuesday, Nov. 10, to the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pa. The initial cost is $32 and upon arrival each player will receive $20 in slot play money and a $5 food voucher. The bus leaves from the Columbian Club Hall parking lot at 10 a.m. Bring a photo I.D. to get the slot play money. For tickets and information, contact Nicholas Cerchio at 201- 230-3428.
  • The Ironbound  Irish-American Association sponsors a dinner/ dance on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 7 to 11 p.m., at the Columbian Club Hall.

Tickets cost $30 per person and include draft beer, wine, soda, and sandwiches. A cash bar for mixed drinks will be available. For tickets, call Teddy Edwards at 1-973-900-3160 or visit and click on “Upcoming Events.”

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 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.

American Red Cross Nutley, 169 Chestnut St., hosts a blood drive on Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 3 to 8 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

  • P.J. Story Time,  open to all ages, takes place on Mondays, October 19 and 26 at 7 p.m.
  • Hooked on Books  Reading Club, open to grades 4 to 6, meets on Friday, Oct. 23, at 3:30 p.m. Registration is required online. Nutley residents will receive priority registration.
  • Pumpkin painting, open to ages 20 months and up, is set for Thursday, Oct. 29, at 11 a.m. Registration is required. Participation is limited to Nutley residents.

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