July 15, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • Page 17 Saddle River Valley Notes Presentation seniors host train trip The seniors’ group from the Church of the Presentation in Upper Saddle River will host an Essex, Connecticut steam train and riverboat excursion on Tuesday, July 28. There will be a two-and-a-half hour excursion via train and riverboat with views of the picturesque Connecticut countryside. Afterwards, there will be a three course lunch at the Griswold Inn, one of the oldest continuously operated inns in the United States. Opened for business in 1776, the “Gris” is so much more than an inn and restaurant. It is often thought of as a museum, housing an important art collection, many antique artifacts, and period furniture. Members and friends welcome. The bus will leave the church parking lot at 8 a.m. for the two-and-a-half hour ride to Essex, Connecticut, where the group will board the train. The group will return to Upper Saddle River at approximately 6 p.m. The all inclusive cost is $79. Checks should be made payable to “Presentation Seniors” and left at the church office. Include phone number on check. Reservations can be made by check only. For reservations or questions, call Ina at (201) 3916475 or Milli at (201) 327-1313 extension 12. Club to discuss Mann book The Novels at Night book club will discuss “Buddenbrooks” by Thomas Mann on Thursday, July 29. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Upper Saddle River Library located at 245 Lake Street. Copies of the book can be picked up at the circulation desk. For a list of future novels and meeting dates, pick up a flyer at the library or view one online at uppersaddleriverlibrary. org. Vacation Bible School set Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church in Upper Saddle River offers children from age three through elementary school to its Vacation Bible School, which will be held Aug. 3 through 7 from 9 a.m. to noon. The theme is “Crocodile Dock: Where Fearless Kids Shine God’s Light.” All children are welcome at this interdenominational Christian program. Children will participate in God’s amazing Bible adventures and learn to watch for God in everyday life. Each day, the children will sing songs, play teambuilding games and enjoy snacks at the Snack Shack. They will collect Bible Memory Buddies like Jacques Le Croc, the friendly crocodile who shows that God is powerful. They will also create Crawfish Crafts to take home. Preschoolers will enjoy a special program designed just for them. The children will join nearly a million other kids by taking part in a mission project of providing stuffed turtles, known as Comfort Critters, to children worldwide who have been victims of natural disasters. The cost for the week is $25 for Bergen Highlands children, and $35 for all others. After July 15, the cost increases to $45 for non-Bergen Highlands children. Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church is located at 318 West Saddle River Road, Upper Saddle River. Visit the church website at www.gbgm-umc.org/ bergenhighlandsumc or call (201) 327-3960. Yoga classes offered Get in shape mentally and physically with Jennifer Cece, BA, MM and RYT, certified yoga instructor. A multi-level class will be held every Tuesday morning at 9:45 a.m. At 11 a.m., Cece will lead a brand new seniors’ class called Gentle Stretch Yoga. Classes will run approximately one hour. Registration is required. Cece’s classes are designed to develop strength, coordination, and flexibility, and to relieve stress and anxiety and sharpen mental focus. Enrollment is limited. The Upper Saddle River Library is located at 245 Lake Street. Wandell School Pre-K offers new options The Wandell School will be offering two new preschool options in September 2009. The four-year-old class will meet Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. The three-year-old program will meet Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon with the option of extended days one or two days per week. Tuition for the four-year-old program will be $8,000. Tuition for the three-year-old program will be $4,000, with tuition of $4,800 with one extended day and $5,600 with two extended days: Tuesday and/or Wednesday until 2 p.m. The Wandell School preschool curriculum is aligned with the New Jersey Department of Education Preschool Teaching and Learning Expectations: Standards of Learning. The program encompasses many areas of development including, social, physical, cognitive, and language. Parents are welcome to visit the program with their child. Children must be three or four respectively for the three- or four-year-old program by Oct. 1, 2009 and must be toilet trained. The program is open to out-oftown residents. For details call (201) 327-0727. Chat & Stitch at the library Drop in and relax with a current needlework project and join in conversation with other stitchers on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. at the Upper Saddle River Library, 345 Lake Street in Upper Saddle River. Whether it is a knitting, quilting, needlepoint, embroidery, beading, or crocheting project, everyone is welcome to join this Chat & Stitch program. Refreshments will be served. The library is located at 245 Lake Street in Upper Saddle River. Lions Club recycles eyeglasses For more than 60 years, Lions clubs have been collecting used eyeglasses for recycling. Donated glasses are either given to support local eyeglass recycling efforts or shipped to one of seven official Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers. The Saddle River Valley Lions Club has placed “eyeglass collection boxes” through the club area. White boxes with the Lions logo can be found at the following locations: Allendale: Northern Highlands Regional High School; Mahwah: Fleet Banks, Route 17 South and center of town, Town Hall, Library; Ramsey: Town Hall, Library, Ramsey High School; Saddle River: Hardware Store, Fleet Bank; Upper Saddle River: Library, Elmer’s. For information on the Saddle River Valley Lions Club, write to PO Box 333, Saddle River, NJ 07458. Free health consultations offered The Valley Hospital Community Health Department in conjunction with the Saddle River Board of Health will continue to conduct free adult health consultations for Saddle River residents on the first Wednesday of each month from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at its new location of 10 Wolf Run, Saddle River. The sessions consist of blood pressure, pulse, and weight monitoring. Information including such health concerns as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and a review of medications will also be discussed. 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