Do-it-yourself comics contest at the library for Diary of a Wimpy Kid autographed book
Children aged 6 to 16 have an opportunity to win a signed copy of The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney, the seventh book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, at the Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center. Interested youths may enter the contest from now until Sept. 8.
“After meeting Kinney at the New Jersey Library Association Annual Conference, I was able to acquire The Third Wheel signed by the author and I am excited to offer this fun contest for the residents of Secaucus,” said Lanora Melillo, youth services librarian. “… I felt this was a great way to encourage children to create stories using art.”
To enter the contest, children must create an original comic on one side of an 8.5-inch by 11-inch piece of white paper. The comic must include the name, phone number and/or e-mail address, and birthday on the back side and must be delivered in person to the Children’s Department.
“Our library director, Jenifer May, and various members of the Friends of the Secaucus Library will be judging our contest,” Melillo said. “They will be looking for creativity, originality, humor, and the message conveyed through the comic.” The winner will be announced during the library’s annual mini-fair on Sept. 21.
For more information about the contest, visit the library website at secaucus.bccls.org or contact Melillo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Town animal shelter seeks photos for first pet calendar
Send your pet’s photo in and maybe make it a star. The Secaucus Animal Shelter will be producing a pet calendar for the first time and wants your contribution.
Dogs, cats, fish, birds, rabbits, and other pets will be showcased in the group’s 2014 calendar.
Send in your pet’s name and photo (your name and phone number on back) by Sept. 30 to: Friends of the Secaucus Animal Shelter, 42 Harmon Cove Towers, Secaucus NJ 07094.
Computer printouts are acceptable. Pictures will not be returned.
Calendars will be available for purchase starting in November at all Secaucus Animal Shelter
events for a $10 donation.
All proceeds go to the Secaucus Animal Shelter. For more information, call (201) 650-4225.
The Driftwoods this Thursday in Concert Series
On Thursday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m., the sounds of “The Driftwoods” will be heard at Buchmuller Park as part of the 2013 Secaucus Music & Movie Summer Series.
“This will be a Beach Boys tribute,” said Deputy Mayor John Bueckner, who planned the series.
Along with the free concert, there will be a classic cars show.
In the event of rain, the performance will be held at the Arthur F. Couch Performing Arts Center, 11 Mill Ridge Rd.
The concert series is sponsored in part by The Hudson Reporter.
Bakers invited to enter mini-fair’s baking contest
Adult Secaucus residents are invited to participate in the Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center’s Friends of the Library Annual Baking Contest held during their Mini-Fair/Used Book Sale on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Friends’ President Zinnia Miller noted that there are several categories for baking entries and that prizes will be awarded to the winners.
The categories are: cheesecakes, pies, cakes, cookies/bars/cupcakes, and miscellaneous.
Entries for the baking contest must be brought to the NBA Room on the library’s second floor no later than 9 a.m. for judging. In the event that the mini-fair is moved to Sept. 22, because of inclement weather, the baking contest will still take place on Saturday.
“In fairness to the bakers, who usually have their cakes baked the day before, we believe it is better to judge the entries on the Saturday while they are still fresh,” Miller said.
Those entering the baking contest must put their full name and phone number, or e-mail address, on the bottom of the dish holding their entry, so winners can be notified.
“There is no pre-registration required or forms to complete. Just show up by 9 a.m. on the day of the mini-fair with your baked goodies and we’ll do the rest,” Miller said. “Also, please plan to stay and enjoy a day filled with good food, vendors, children’s games and crafts, and lots more.”
Creative arts explored this weekend at Dinosaur park
Children can get instructions on how to draw dinosaurs – and help create a colossal mural – during Paleo-Art Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17 and 18, at Field Station: Dinosaurs in Secaucus.
In addition, young explorers can get their hands dirty while learning what it means to be a dig site sketcher.
Field Station is located at One Dinosaur Way. (Exit 15X off the New Jersey Turnpike, then left onto New County Road). For more information, call (855) 999-9010.
Third-Tuesday-of-the-month bird walk offered with the NJMC and BCAS
If bird watching is your passion, you may enjoy the free third-Tuesday-of-the-month bird walk on Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Harrier Meadow in North Arlington. The walk is sponsored by the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC) and the Bergen County Audubon Society (BCAS).
“We’ll walk around the 70-acre natural area, which is normally closed to the public, and look for herons, egrets, shorebirds, and ospreys and other raptors,” said New Jersey Meadowlands Commission spokesman Brian Aberback.
The walk starts at the meadow on Disposal Road near Schuyler Avenue. Attendees should park inside the fenced-in area.
Participants will have to sign a standard liability release that is good for all NJMC/BCAS events. To RSVP, contact Don Torino of the BCAS at email@example.com or (201) 230-4983. Check meadowblog.net for last-minute updates.