Page 2 THE VILLADOM TIMES I, II, III & IV • August 19, 2009 Villadom Happenings Club to discuss contemporary gothic novel The Waldwick Library Book Club will open its new season on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 7:15 p.m. with a discussion of Diane Setterfield’s “The Thirteenth Tale.” In this haunting and suspenseful novel, a bookish loner is summoned to the house of England’s most popular novelist, and commanded to write her biography. Written in the vein of the best gothic classics, this story-within-a-story is tinged with the eeriness of “Rebecca” and the willfulness of “Jane Eyre.” Copies of the book are available at the library circulation desk. The club welcomes new members and drop-ins regardless of residency. The library is located at 19 East Prospect Street in Waldwick. For more information, call (201) 652-5104. Red Cross offers Braille transcription classes The American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey is sponsoring free Braille transcription certification training classes beginning Sept. 15 and 16. Volunteers are welcome. The 20-week class will be held at the headquarters for the American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey and in North Haledon. Classes start at 1 p.m. at both locations. The course includes a two-hour class and 12 hours of homework weekly. The no charge training also provides all needed materials and equipment. After completing the course, participants prepare and submit a trial manuscript for final certification. With certification, the transcriber will be ready to prepare textbooks for Braille readers worldwide. Transcribers for the American Red Cross are non-paid volunteers and typically work from home on a flexible schedule. These books are primarily used to enable blind children to be mainstreamed in schools. Volunteers interested in becoming certified Braille transcribers should contact Nancy Jost at the American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey at (973) 797-3359 for further information. Scout collects gently used dance shoes Girl Scout and Ramapo High School student Micaela Moffa is collecting gently used dance shoes for her Silver Award project. All types of dance shoes are welcome. Donations will be brought to inner city schools. Collection boxes are located at the Wyckoff Family YMCA and at The Dance Bag in Ridgewood. Barracudas hold swim team tryouts The Bergen Barracudas Swim Team is holding tryouts for residents of Bergen, Passaic, and Rockland counties who are six years of age through high school. Tryouts will be held at the Ramapo College Bradley Center Pool in Mahwah. Tryouts are scheduled for Sept. 10 and 11 from 5 to 7 p.m., and Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Bergen Barracudas, a parent-run organization, competes in US Swimming Association meets. The team’s approach is one that does not emphasize team wins, but celebrates individual effort. For more information, contact Head Coach Jeff Noonan at (201) 741-2134, Mark Sadowski at (201) 848-0786 or log onto Dancers welcome newcomers The North Jersey English Country Dancers welcome newcomers to their last Sunday afternoon dance of the Summer Series on Aug. 23. All dances are taught and called and the music is live. Come with or without a partner. The program is held at the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, 113 Cottage Place in Ridgewood. Beginners’ instruction is at 1:30 p.m. and the main dance is from 2 to 5 p.m. For more information go to or call Nancy at (201) 445-4497. Singers sought for a cappella chorus The Harmony Celebration Chorus of Ridgewood is seeking new singers to join its ranks. The all-woman a cappella chorus is a local chapter of Sweet Adeline International. Rehearsals are held from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Temple Israel, 475 Grove Street, Ridgewood. For more information, call (877) 220-1651 or send an e-mail to Visit Harmony Celebration Members of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. recently made a generous donation of $2,500 and baby products to Children’s Aid and Family Services’ Baby Basics program during its annual conference in Teaneck. The Baby Basics program provides free nutritional formula and diapers to low-income families in Bergen County with children under two years of age. Children’s Aid and Family Services President and CEO Bob Jones, Ph.D., noted that the Baby Basics program has been a lifeline for many families. Jones expressed his organization’s gratitude to Jack and Jill of America. Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is a national children’s organization founded in 1938 to provide educational, cultural, civic, recreational, and social activities for youth between the ages of two and 19. Today, there are over 218 chapters in 35 states, united through national initiatives to enhance the quality of life for youth. Children’s Aid and Family Services is one of the leading nonprofit human services organizations serving northern New Jersey. The agency is fully accredited and has served the community for more than 100 years. For more information on the agency or Baby Basics program, call (201) 261-2800 or visit Pictured: Some of the members of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. with their donations to Children’s Aid and Family Services’ Baby Basics program. Support for Baby Basics Chorus on the Web at Grief series continues Valley Hospice will offer “Anger, Guilt, and Fear: Handling the Intense Emotions” on Sept. 9. This presentation is the fourth in the Conversation on Grief Series. The Social Services Department of Valley Hospice will provide helpful strategies and tips for coping with loss. The program is open to anyone who has experienced a significant loss through serious illness or death. The program will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Dorothy B. Kraft Center, 15 Essex Road, Paramus. Parking is available and light refreshments will be served. Suggested donation is $10. Registration is required by Sept. 2. Call Maria Salerno, coordinator of volunteers and bereavement, at (201) 291-6246 to register and for more information on future programs in the series. Defensive driving course offered to seniors The Northwest Bergen Senior Activity Center in Midland Park is hosting a one day defensive driving course through AARP on Tuesday, Aug. 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The AARP Driver Safety Program has helped millions of drivers remain safe on today’s roads and save money on insurance premiums. Most drivers qualify for an automobile insurance premium reduction or discount. Cost of this course is $16 per person and includes lunch and refreshments. Call (201) 445-5690 to register for the course. Participants must bring their New Jersey Driver’s License to the class. Northwest Bergen Regional Senior Center is located at 46-50 Center Street in Midland Park. Performers sought for Y production The Wyckoff Family YMCA’s Y Arts Theatre Company is seeking adults and children to participate as actors, singers, and dancers in this fall’s upcoming production of “The King and I.” Performances are scheduled for Dec. 3 through 6. The company will also need backstage crew and general volunteers. Come be a part of the Y Arts Theater family. Open audition calls are scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Performers are asked to prepare a song that best demonstrates their range and to bring their sheet music; an accompanist will be provided. Resumes and headshot will also be welcome. Visit for more information or e-mail Auditions will be held in the Wyckoff Y’s Community Room at 691 Wyckoff Avenue in Wyckoff. ��������������������������� Published every Wednesday by The Villadom TIMES Inc. P Box 96 (333 Godwin Avenue) .O. 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