Library Festival at Church Square Park
The Hoboken Library Festival takes place in Church Square Park on Saturday, October 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The annual community event celebrates reading and the fall season.
The day will be filled with activities for all ages and will showcase the many services the library offers in Mile Square City.
Visitors can borrow best-sellers and the latest films, buy gently used books from Friends of the Library and discover what’s new in the library.
A full list of events is available at hobokenlibrary.org/libraryfestival. Church Square Park is located at 400 Garden St., Hoboken.
Open Mic Paint and Sip for Breast Cancer Awareness
Collaboration Over Competition will host an Open Mic Paint & Sip Breast Cancer Awareness session at the Loft Art Lounge, a karaoke studio (BYOB) in Jersey City on Saturday, October 15, from 7-10 p.m. Tickets for the event are $30 and can be found online at Eventbrite at https://bit.ly/3Tez92f. The Loft Art Lounge is located at 683 Communipaw Ave., Jersey City.
Open House at Saint Peter’s Prep
Saint Peter’s Prep High School is hosting its Fall Open House on Sunday, October 16, from 1-4 p.m. Visitors can tour the campus; meet teachers, students and parents; and learn more about academics, admissions, financial aid, transportation, sports, and extracurricular activities.
No event registration is required. Saint Peter’s Prep is located at 144 Grand St., Jersey City.
Immigration sign at the Hoboken Museum
The Hoboken Historical Museum will have its third installment in the “Hudson County and Immigration: America’s Story” panel series on Wednesday, October 19 at 7 p.m.
The panel will be moderated by HHM Executive Director Bob Foster and includes immigrants from Italy, the Philippines and siblings whose heritage includes El Salvador and the Dominican Republic.
Panelists include Carmine Percontino, a first-generation American born in Monte San Giacomo, in the province of Salerno, in the Campania region of Italy; Patricia “Trixie” Ballesteros, a first-generation American who arrived in the United States from Manila, the Philippines, on an H-2B visa, to work at a hotel in Florida; and siblings Peter and Eve Gutierrez, who were born in Hoboken and are the grandchildren of Salvadoran and Dominican immigrants.
Dishes representing the cultures and traditions of the speakers will be made available to attendees free of charge and will include handmade pupusas by panelists Peter and Eve Gutierrez. Food will be served before the symposium.
The event is free and is sponsored by the Hudson County Office of Cultural Affairs and Heritage. You can register for the event on Eventbrite online at https://bit.ly/3eltOrj. The Hoboken Historical Museum is located at 1301 Hudson St., Hoboken.
Monthly meeting for the vision loss support group
The Jersey City Five Corners Branch Library will be hosting its monthly Vision Loss Adjustment Support Group with Increased Independence and Progress (Hip) on Thursday, October 27, from 12-2 p.m.
The Vision Loss Adjustment Project supports adults with vision loss through a network of peer support groups, where people newly diagnosed with vision loss, as well as those who have already made adjustments , can meet and talk to each other to gain emotional support, exchange helpful information, and learn practical solutions to the many challenges they may face.
The group is hosted by Joanna Benthall, who can be reached at 201-354-0098. The Five Corners Branch Library is located at 678 Newark Ave., Jersey City.
History and Nature Programs at LSP
History programs continue at Liberty State Park with the explosion at Black Tom on Wednesday, October 19, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. The program includes a tour and discussion of the dynamics of the earth known as Black Tom then and now and how the events leading up to the explosion served as the catalyst for America’s entry into the First World War. There will be a 45 minute Power Point presentation and discussion, an overview of the artifacts recovered from the site, and then a drive to the Black Tom site. You will need transportation to get there and the program is recommended for ages 10 and up. The group will meet at the information desk located inside the CRRNJ terminal at 1 Audrey Zapp Dr., Jersey City.
Liberty State Park’s Everlasting Autumn Wreath Workshop will take place Saturday, October 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The workshop will use natural materials found in Liberty State Park to create handmade ornamental wreaths that can be used to decorate a home or be given as a gift. There is a program fee of $5 per person and all materials will be provided. The group will meet at the Nature Center located at 275 Freedom Way, Jersey City, and the program is recommended for ages 10 and up.
Pre-registration is required for all programs as space is limited. For more information or to register for a program, contact the Nature Center at 201-915-3400 x503 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov. Children must be accompanied by an adult and you can register a maximum of six participants per booking. Pets are not permitted on programs unless they are service animals.