A Festival of Lights at the Library

Kulture Kool, an Indian cultural center dedicated to developing creative potential in performing arts for children and adults, will be hosting a series of programs at the Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center starting next month.
The “A Festival of Lights Celebration” will be held on Friday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m.
Library Director Jenifer May said this is the first event of many in the “One World” series, presented by Kulture Kool and the library.
“The event will kick off with food, beverages and crafts at 6 p.m. and have a live show at 7 p.m., with professional performer Aditi Bhagwat and students from Kulture Kool,” May said. Bhagwat has performed in dance and music festivals around the world, and holds an MA in Psychology.
Those wishing to participate in the celebration are invited to register using the library’s online calendar at or by calling (201) 330-2083. When calling, indicate the number of guests you will be bringing.

North Jersey mayors to attend mDest13 conference on Super Bowl

On Tuesday, Oct. 29, the Meadowlands Liberty Convention and Visitors Bureau (MLCVB) will host a lineup of speakers at its “mDest13: The Pregame Show,” in East Rutherford. The event will feature a panel of mayors from northern New Jersey municipalities.
The ninth annual conference, which takes place at the Lexus Club at MetLife Stadium, will kick off at 12:30 p.m., when Jack Groh, director of the NFL’s Environmental Program, gives his keynote speech about his experiences from previous Super Bowls, conveys what we can expect as the hosting region, and shares some behind-the-scenes information about the environmental aspects of the game.
“We’ve got area business and municipal leaders who are eagerly gearing up for the visitors and attention that will come to the area for the Super Bowl,” said Jim Kirkos, president and CEO of the MLCVB. “MDest2013 is a great opportunity for them to share best practices and concerns so that we ensure that the Meadowlands Liberty region puts its best face forward in February.
“MDest 2013 is designed to give our members a feel for the types of entertainment that typically surround the game,” Kirkos said, “and be able to envision how their businesses can make sure every visitor’s experience is special while they are here.”
For more information, call (201) 939-0707 or visit

Volunteers needed at New Jersey Blood Services

New Jersey Blood Services, which supplies blood products and services to 60 hospitals throughout the state, is in need of volunteers at blood drives.
“The blood service volunteer is an integral member of the collection team, whose task it is to assist donors with registration, escorting, and canteen duties, and to watch for post-donation reactions,” said R. Jan Zepka, manager of community relations.
Volunteers should have the ability to relate to the public, be able to perform different jobs as needed, and have the willingness to follow rules.
For additional information, contact Zepka at (732) 616-8741 or

‘Drawing Nature’ course being offered by NJMC Science Center

A “Drawing Nature” beginner/refresher course for adults and teens will be offered by the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC) on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the NJMC Science Center, 3 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst.
“Sketching and drawing are the foundations of visual media,” said NJMC spokesman Brian Aberback. “If you’ve never drawn, or if it’s been awhile, this class will begin to unlock the secrets of realistic illustration. Exercises will focus on ‘seeing’ natural objects for their visual components; shape, proportions and values, and using pencil techniques to translate what you see onto paper.”
Take-home supplies will be provided.
Tickets are $20 for the public; $15 for Meadowlands Environmental Commission members.
For more information, call (201) 460-8300.
“Valley Brook Avenue will be closed on November 2nd,” Aberback said. “Participants must take the alternate to DeKorte Park route via Schuyler Avenue to Disposal Road.” A map of the alternate route can be found at

Weehawken High hosting band festival Nov. 3
On Sunday, Nov. 3, the 5th Annual Weehawken High School Band Festival will take place at Louis A. Ferullo Stadium, Park Avenue in Weehawken, at 1 p.m.
Approximately 10 high school bands from across New Jersey will perform, and the day will be capped off with a performance by the award-winning Indians Band.
Tickets are available for a donation of $5 each (children age 5 and younger enter free).
Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the event.

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