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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 township’s annual 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., hosts a Thanksgiving craft program for all ages on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m. and a Halloween party on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 11 a.m.

Mayor Raymond Kimble and the Township Council invite the community to the annual municipal Halloween celebration on Saturday, Oct. 31, at Belleville High School stadium, from 6 to 9 p.m. This event features a pumpkin patch, costume contest, petting zoo, horse and carriage rides and more.


Job Haines Home, 250 Bloomfield Ave., is offering a free educational program on sleep apnea on Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. sleep apnea is a condition that causes people to stop breathing while they sleep. Dr. Lopa Patel, who has an office located in Montclair, will lead the discussion. Her practice specializes in Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine and Internal Medicine.

Older adults who have sleep apnea often go undiagnosed or are diagnosed having a snoring problem.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Donna Plotnick, 973-743-0972, ext. 133.


Harrison/East Newark Elks celebrate their 50th 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 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.

Harrison Health Department will offer free flu shots to all township residents age 18 and older at the Senior Center, 221-223 Harrison Ave. on Monday, Nov. 2, from 6 to 7 p.m. Bring ID and wear a short sleeve shirt. No appointments are necessary. Call 973-268-2464 or 973-268- 2441 for more information.

Harrison firefighters and Harrison /East Newark Elks are running a Halloween party, Friday, Oct. 23, from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m., at the Elks Lodge, 406 Harrison Ave. The $25 admission includes food, beer, wine, soda and music. Proceeds benefit colon cancer research and veterans.

For tickets, call Donna Pezza at 973-568-1945, Eric of the Harrison Fire Department at 908-420-5470 or Jim Lawless at the Harrison credit union 973-482-0963.


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.

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 UNICO sponsors an Oldies Night-Trick Tray on Saturday, 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. For tickets, contact Judy Hyde at 201-991-5812.

Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., screens 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.

Kearny High School Class of 2016 hosts its first-ever Students Made Film Festival on Oct. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is $10 for the public; students and senior citizens, $5. All proceeds will go to the Class of 2016.

A creative writing group meets on the second and four Mondays of every month at Bingo 2, 534 Kearny Ave., at 6:30 p.m. All writing genres are welcome. For more information, contact Karen at or stop by the restaurant, which is located by Lincoln School.


The Department of Parks and Recreation holds its annual Halloween parade on Saturday, Oct. 31, with a rain date of Sunday, Nov. 1. Children of all ages are welcome to participate. “Trick or Treaters” will assemble in the Town Hall Park on Delafield Ave. at 1 p.m. For more information, call the Recreation Department at 201-804-2482.

Lyndhurst Public Library, 355 Valley Brook Ave., announces the following programs for children. Registration is required for all. To register or for more information, call the library at 201-804-2478, ext. 3.

  • A Halloween craft program, 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.
  • Children of all ages are invited to a presentation on tree swallows on Nov. 6, from 2 to 3 p.m., followed by a birdhouse building activity.

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, 624 Page Ave., hosts 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 guidance 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.

The Woman’s Club of Lyndhurst sponsors a beefsteak, Karaoke and mini- Tricky Tray on Thursday, Nov. 12, at San Carlo’s Restaurant, 620 Stuyvesant Ave., at 7 p.m. Tickets are $45. To reserve a seat or table, call Janet at 201-935-1208.

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 firstcome, 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 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:

  • Helping Exception People (HEP) holds its annual potluck 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 those with special needs. 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. 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 to the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pa., on Tuesday, Nov. 10. 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, 19 River Road, at 10 a.m. Bring a photo ID 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.

The $30 admission includes 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 on the web and click on “Upcoming Events.”

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.

Senior Harmony Club of North Arlington sponsors a trip to Resorts Casino on Thursday, Nov. 19. Cost is $25. Resorts will provide $25 in slot play. For a reservation, call Florence at 201-991-3173.


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 not required. For more information, call 973-667- 0405 or visit

  • 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.
  • Teen Video Game Club, open to grades 7 to 12, meets Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m.
  • Manga/Anime Club, open to grades 7 to 12, meets on Friday, Oct. 30, at 3 p.m.
  • Dragons and Dreams Halloween Party, for all ages, is set for Saturday, Oct. 31, at 11 a.m.
  • Monday Night Book Discussion group meets on Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. Author Caroline Leavitt will discuss her book, “Pictures of You.”


The Mission Committee of the First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford invites crafters and vendors to participate in its fourth annual Christmas craft and gift fair on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Parish House, 32 Ridge Road. All proceeds from vendor fees and snack bar sales will go to support the Rutherford Community Pantry and to feed the homeless men and women served by the Bergen Family Promise shelter in Hackensack. For information, or to be a vendor at the event, contact Pat at or 201-390-8925.

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