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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, bring a signed form of ID and their social security number.

Donors older than 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.

East Newark

West Hudson Brave Women Fighting Breast Cancer meets the last Friday of every month, 7 to 9 p.m., at the East Newark Senior Center, 37 President St. For more information, call Emma at 201-998-6828, Rosa at 201-246-7750, Fatima at 973-485- 4236 or email emidura2@yahoo. com.


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 co-founder 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 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


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 first-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 will be sold at the door.

The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority conducts the next First Sunday of the Month Nature Walk on Jan. 3, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Mill Creek Marsh, Secaucus. Meet at the entrance to Mill Creek Marsh Trail. Park in the Mill Creek Mall next to Bob’s Discount Furniture. For more information, call 201-230-4983 or email

North Arlington 

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

Grace Lutheran Church, 223 Ridge Road, hosts a Christmas Eve service on Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. The community is invited to meet the church’s pastor, the Rev. Glenn L. Boisclair.

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