February 4, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES II • Page 15 Ridgewood Notes Blood drive planned Westside Presbyterian Church, in conjunction with Community Blood Services, will hold a blood drive on Sunday, Feb. 8 at the church located at 6 South Monroe Street in Ridgewood from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call (201) 251-3703. All types of blood are needed especially types O- and O+. Any healthy individual age 17 through 75 and weighing at least 110 pounds can donate blood. Donors should eat a moderate meal before donating and must bring identification showing signature. All donors receive a complimentary cholesterol screening with every blood donation. Prayer workshop offered Father Vincent Fortunato will lead a Saturday morning workshop, “When the Well Runs Dry, Where Do We Get the Water?” on Feb. 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parish center of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Ridgewood. A registration fee of $20 is requested and will include a light breakfast. Fr. Fortunato is a Capuchin Franciscan priest who has served his community for over 20 years in the formation ministry and as provincial minister for six years. He also teaches spiritual direction at Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall. Contact Linda English (lenglish@olmcridgewood.com) at (201) 444-2000 extension 204 for more information. Chocolate Festival at West Side Presbyterian An inaugural Chocolate Festival open to the public will be held on Saturday, Feb. 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at West Side Presbyterian Church. This five-hour family-friendly chocolate event offers participants a lecture on chocolate and chocolate making demonstrations, contests, crafts, chocolate fountain, chocolate egg-creams, cakewalks, and tours. The community is invited to attend. There will be three amateur bake-off contests open to the public. The contest categories are chocolate cakes, chocolate cookies, and chocolate or fudge. Contestants must bring their sweets to the festival by 1 p.m. on Feb. 7. The cakewalk, a form of musical chairs, offers attendees the opportunity to win a delicious cake. Special events for children include an Oreo-stacking contest and Valentine craft sessions. The Chocolate Café will offer sandwiches and choco- late drinks, including chocolate egg creams, for purchase. A Chocolate Fountain will offer various foods to be dipped in a delicious running stream of chocolate. “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” featuring Gene Wilder, will be shown. The festival will open at 11 a.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by the opportunity to tour the inner workings of the magnificent new West Side pipe organ. The organ holds 3,734 pipes – from smaller than a pencil to 16feet long and as big around as a person. Admission is free; some activities carry a nominal charge. A complete list of activities and schedule of events is listed at www.westside.org. For more information email chocolate@westside.org or call (201) 652 1966 extension 50. Parking is free, and West Side Presbyterian Church is barrier-free. The church is located at Varian Fry Way, 6 South Monroe Street in Ridgewood. West Side Presbyterian Church is a regional church, drawing members from throughout Bergen, Passaic counties and Rockland County in New York. OLMC MOMS host events All mothers and families are invited to the following winter events sponsored by OLMC MOMS. On Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 9:15 a.m. there will be a presentation by Glen McCall, director of youth ministry for OLMC, as he discusses ways to foster spirituality among adolescents and teenagers. The presentation will be held in the OLMC Parish Center located at 1 Passaic Street in Ridgewood. For more information about the event, contact Christy Kearney at (201) 857-4136 or clkearney@optonline.net, or visit the website at www.olmcmoms.org. To reserve babysitting for walking children, contact Maggie McCormick by e-mail at childcare@olmcmoms.org. All families are invited to simplify their Ash Wednesday by joining OLMC MOMS at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25, for a prayer service for children and families, followed by a simple meal in the OLMC parish center. A pasta dinner, drinks and family crafts and handouts will be provided. The cost is $5 per person, or $15 per family. For more information, and to RSVP for the event, contact Maureen Meyer (201) 251-3872 or Lisa Kuczkowski at (201) 445-0590, or e-mail meatlessdinner@olmcmoms.org. Both events are sponsored by OLMC MOMS, a group of women of all ages and faiths who strive to make spirituality the center of their family life through supporting, ministering to, and learning from each other. MOMS offers a variety of adult-and child-centered activities that offer mothers and families the opportunity for social interaction, emotional support and spiritual growth. Fall in love with books The Friends of the Ridgewood Public Library will host “Fall in Love with Books” on Sunday, Feb. 8 in the library’s Belcher Auditorium. The event will be a family celebration of Libraries, Literacy and Lifelong Learning. Admission is free and all are welcome. The program of events includes an appearance by children’s book author and illustrator David Gordon at 1:30 p.m., Fairy Trials presenting “Little Red Driving Hood” at 2:20 p.m. and Record National Baseball Columnist Bob Klapisch “Talkin’ Baseball” at 3:30 p.m. The afternoon’s festivities will also include live action storytimes, balloon animals, clown fun and demonstrations of the library’s new databases Tutor.com and Worldbook.com. The Ridgewood Public Library is dedicated to providing information, education, culture and inspiration. For more information, visit http://www.ridgewoodlibrary.org/. The Ridgewood Library is located at 125 North Maple Avenue in Ridgewood. Newcomers host luncheon The Ridgewood Newcomers Club of the YWCA of Bergen County will be hosting a luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 11 from 12:45 to 2:45 p.m. at Meads Hall located at 112 Oak Street. A personal shopper from Neiman Marcus will discuss the latest trends in women’s fashion. The YWCA can provide childcare for $7 per child. Contact Carrie Giordano at (201) 857-4130 to join the Ridgewood Newcomers Club. Animal songs sing along planned Musical artist Heather Mulvey is welcomed by Ridgewood Parks and Recreation Department as she invites participants to join in fun songs about alligators, frogs, cats, dogs, monkeys, fish, and more. This show is geared for toddlers through fifth graders. The show will be held Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 11 a.m., at the Community Center, Village Hall, 131 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood. Admission is $5 for children ages two and up. 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