around town


Clara Maass Medical Center will offer a series of parent education classes for which pre-registration is required. To register, call 1-888-724-7123, ext. 4. Here’s the schedule:

  • Weekend Childbirth Series is set for Saturday, Dec. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon, and Sunday, Dec. 20, from 10 a.m. to noon. This class provides information on the birth process, relaxation and breathing techniques, medication and postpartum adjustment.

Cost is $100 for couples who will be delivering at Clara Maass Medical Center and $120 for all other couples.

  • Baby Shower Infant Care Class takes place Wednesday, Dec. 23, from 7 to 9 p.m.

For families planning to deliver at Clara Maass, this program covers basic infant care, safety and postpartum concerns. A physician’s signature on the registration form is required to attend.

Belleville Elks Lodge 1123, 254 Washington Ave., will hold a blood drive on Tuesday, Dec. 29, from 5 to 9 p.m.

Donors must be at least age 17, in good health and weigh at least 110 pounds. All donors should eat a light meal before donating blood. Also donors must bring a signed form of ID and their social security number.

Donors over age 75 must have a note from their doctor permitting them to give blood. For more information, call the Blood Services of New Jersey at 201-444-3900.


The Harrison Senior Center, 221 Harrison Ave., will host the following programs:

  • A holiday party for the Harrison Senior Citizens will be held on Dec. 23 at 11:30 a.m. Guests will enjoy lunch with holiday music.
  • An Alzheimer’s Awareness seminar, led by Kristine Allen, president and cofounder of the ACT NOW Foundation, is set for Dec. 29 at 11:30 a.m.
  • SHIP-Medicare Forum will be held on Jan. 14, 2016, at 7 p.m.


Kearny High School Music Department invites the community to a free holiday/ Christmas concert on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m., in the school auditorium, 336 Devon St.

Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., will host a program on dinosaurs, open to grades K to 3, on Monday, Dec. 28, at 11 a.m., sponsored by the Morris Museum. Admission is free.

For more information on library programs, call 201-998- 2666 or visit

The Fraternal Order of Eagles will conduct a blood drive on Monday, Dec. 21, from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Kearny Aerie, 164 Midland Ave. To make an appointment, visit FOE2214BloodDrive. Walk-ins are welcome. Bring ID and eat before donating blood. All donors will receive a pair of movie tickets for donating. For information about donor eligibility, call the N.Y. Blood Center at 1-800-933-2566 or visit


Lyndhurst Public Library, 355 Valley Brook Ave., has once again purchased vouchers to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City through its library membership program. Each voucher may be redeemed for free general admission and one special exhibition, film, or live animal exhibition of the visitor’s choosing. The vouchers are located in the library’s children’s room and are available to patrons with a valid BCCLS Lyndhurst library card. For more information, call 201-804- 2478, ext. 7, or email romeo@

Sacred Heart Home-School Association, 620 Valley Brook Ave., will host its annual Tricky Tray on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. Tickets are $10 – no one under 18 will be admitted. Doors open at 6 p.m. Ticket includes one sheet for 1st level prizes, coffee/tea and dessert. For tickets, call 201-939-4277 or Patty at 201- 803-9580. Ticket deadline is Jan. 5. No tickets available at the door.

North Arlington 

North Arlington Elks Lodge 1992, 129 Ridge Road, will host a blood drive on Dec. 30 from 3 to 8 p.m.


A holiday flea market and gift show will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 19 and 20, indoors and outdoors, at Nutley High School, 300 Franklin Ave. This event is open both days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking is available in the municipal lots throughout the area. Proceeds support Nutley High Hockey

Learn more about the writer ...