December 16, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES IV • Page 19 Mahwah Minutes Library announces holiday closings The Mahwah Public Library will be closed Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. and closed Dec. 24, 25, and 26 for the Christmas holiday. For New Year’s, the library will be closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 and 2. The Mahwah Public Library is located at 100 Ridge Road. Call the library at (201) 529-READ for program information. Holy Cross plans services, concert Children from the nursery school and the Sunday school at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 125 Glasgow Terrace, Mahwah, will perform at this year’s Christmas Children’s pageant on Dec. 20 at 10:25 a.m. This year’s theme will be “The Twelve Secrets of Christmas.” Afterwards there will be refreshments in fellowship hall and a special guest appearance. Two candlelight services are planned for Christmas Eve, Dec. 24: a 5:30 p.m. family service and a 10 p.m. traditional Christmas service. Both services will have traditional Christmas carols, lessons, and candlelight. There will be special music at the first service. There will also be a Christmas morning hymn sing at 10:25 a.m. on Christmas Day, Dec. 25. Call (201) 529-2117 or visit for more information. PBA sponsors Toys for Tots The Mahwah Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local 143 will be collecting toys for the Marine Corps “Toys for Tots” campaign in tribute of retired Detective Lieutenant Michael Marozin, who passed away suddenly in 2005. Marozin served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam era before joining the Mahwah Police Department and Mahwah PBA Local 143 in 1972. New, unwrapped toys may be dropped in the collection boxes the Mahwah PBA has placed in various locations throughout the township or taken to the Mahwah Police Station at 221 Franklin Turnpike. The Toy for Tots program was created by the United States Marine Corps to collect and distribute toys to needy children in the areas where they are collected. The goal is to deliver a message of hope to needy youngsters that will motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens, and community leaders. During its WinterFest Celebration, the Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce will be assisting this cause by plac- ing boxes with merchants throughout the Veterans Park area. Angelou book to be discussed “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou will be discussed by both the Morning Book Discussion Group on Monday, Dec. 21 at 10:30 a.m. and the Evening Book Discussion Group on Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” is the first volume in an autobiographical series. Both the morning and evening adult book discussion groups are accepting new members. Interested individuals may call or visit the library at 100 Ridge Road. Call (201) 529-READ or visit for program information. Art displays at library The Mahwah Public Library is offering two exhibits during December. The public is invited to view works by photography hobbyist Irene Voce and by the Mahwah Senior Activity Center’s woodcarving group. Voce, a Suffern resident, is displaying her “Abstract Digital Artwork.” Her affinity for software coupled with her interest in photography and color, has evolved into a striking digital art form. Using software, she manipulates what were originally recognizable, colorful photographs into original abstract shapes and patterns. Occasionally, familiar objects can be found hidden among the maze of lines and angles. The woodcarvers, a dedicated group of Mahwah seniors, will display their comical figures, delightful animals, Santa Clauses, carousel animals, and more at the library. This group meets every Friday at the Mahwah Senior Center, open their fishing tackle boxes and start carving. Some the members have been carving for longer than they care to remember and belong to other area carving groups. The Mahwah Public Library is located at 100 Ridge Road in Mahwah. Call (201) 529-READ for additional information. Free clothing available The Clothing Closet Ministry at the Ramapo Reformed Church has free clothing available. Seasonal clothes for infants, children, and adults are currently in stock. For a referral, call the Mahwah Township Department of Human Services at (201) 529- 5757. Participants need not be Mahwah residents. An appointment will be made with volunteers of the Clothing Closet. The Clothing Closet is located at the rear of the Ramapo Reformed Church’s education building, located at the corner of Island Road and West Ramapo Avenue in Mahwah. Donations of in-season clothes are accepted Wednesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Seniors invited to body toning classes Body toning will be offered at the Mahwah Senior Center on Wednesdays. This class is designed to strengthen muscles, joints, and bones through light resistance training. Participants are asked to bring one-, two- or threepound handheld weights and a mat to class. Maria Quinn, a certified personal trainer with senior fitness certification, will provide instruction. This program is open to Mahwah seniors only. For more information, call (201) 529-5757, extension 213. Author visits Children’s author Dan Gutman (at right) visited Joyce Kilmer School in Mahwah. He is best known for his fiction books, including the popular ‘Baseball Card Adventure’ and ‘My Weird School’ series. The author discussed the writing process and answered questions. Gutman’s visit was made possible by a grant from the Mahawh Schools Foundation. 30 minutes of your time can save a life. Each year more than four million people ~ accident victims, patients undergoing surgery, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or other diseases ~ are in need of a blood transfusion. 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