September 9, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES IV • Page 27 Mahwah Minutes First responders’ benefit set On Sept. 11, Michael Grassi, with the support of the Mahwah PBA 143 and the New York Sports Club, will be teaching a minimum of six spin classes at the Mahwah location. Spin class consists of approximately 50 minutes on a stationary bicycle with adjustable resistance. This event is a fundraiser for the 9/11 first responders who were injured and are ill from the events that day and the months that followed. All proceeds will go to Fealgood Foundation, a charity that supports members of FDNY, FDNY EMS, NYPD, PAPD and others who assisted in the 9/11 recovery operation. To sign up for the class, call (201) 848-0015. Refreshments and giveaways will be provided. Participants will also have an opportunity to meet some of the responders. Those who are unable to make the class may make a donation at fealgoodfoundation com. Elks to sponsor Charity Ball The Mahwah Elks Lodge #1941 will be hosting its 36th annual Special Needs Children’s Charity Ball at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 at the lodge, 1 Fox Lane in Mahwah. The event starts with a cocktail hour followed by a prime rib dinner and dessert. Dancing to live music and an open bar are included until 11 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. All proceeds benefit the Mahwah Elks Special Needs Children’s Program, which assists physically challenged children in the area throughout the year. The program also sends 12 children each summer to Elks Camp Moore. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available by calling the Mahwah Elks Lodge at (201) 529-2906 or (201)529-5545. Auxiliary sets tournament On Oct. 23, the Mahwah Branch of the Valley Hospital Auxiliary will host a No Limit Texas Hold’em Tournament and Casino Night. This event will feature a buffet, open bar, and prizes. Festivities will begin at 7 p.m. at the Mahwah Elks Club on Fox Lane in Mahwah. There will also be various casino games, auctions, and fundraisers. Visa gift cards will be awarded to first, second, and third place finishers. There is a $100 buy-in. Tournament seats are limited, so reserve early. Contact Jane at (201) 684-1230 or Louise (201) 327-6072. Swing into the public library Swing into the Mahwah Public Library with the Skyliners Big Swing Band on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. Enjoy the sounds of Big Band Swing with this 14-member band. Though first made popular over 70 years ago, the big band swing sound has a popularity that spans the years. Swing has recently been rediscovered by a new generation. The concert is free. No tickets are necessary. Seats are on a “first come” basis. The Mahwah Public Library is located at 100 Ridge Road. Call (201) 529-READ for program information. Barracudas hold 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 age. 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 www.bbswim.org. Spiritual book discussion group to meet “Not by Bread Alone,” a spiritual book discussion group will meet on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 5 p.m., at Panera Bread, 1300 State Route 17 in Ramsey. This month’s selection is Graham Greene’s “The Power and the Glory.” The novel portrays a vicious persecution of the clergy in Mexico, where a worldly priest is on the run. With the police closing in, his routes of escape are being shut off, but compassion and humanity force him along the road to his destiny, reluctant to abandon those who need him. Participants are urged to read the book before attending the meeting. Copies are available from the local library system and bookstores. Sponsored by the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Mahwah, the group aims to explore novels and other literary works with spiritual meaning in a relaxed atmosphere. For information, contact Jennifer at (201) 327-1276 or paicc@yahoo.com. Preschool offers Open House Prime Time Early Learning Centers, a family owned and operated group of preschools and child care centers, invites area families to its Open House events which will be held every Thursday in September from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Prime Time Early Learning Center offers early childhood education with preschool programs for children ages three through five, state licensed infant and toddler care starting at six weeks of age, after-school enrichment classes for elementary school students, and summer camp. Parents and caregivers will have the opportunity to visit the school, meet the staff and director, and get information about the curriculum. Prime Time offers a creative preschool experience and makes learning fun through games, art and music, with instruction by experienced well-trained teachers in a nurturing environment. Reservations for the Open House events are requested and may be made by calling (201) 828-9555. Piercy novel to be discussed The Mahwah Public Library Morning Book Discussion Group will meet on Monday, Sept. 21 at 10:30 a.m. and the Evening Book Discussion Group will meet Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. to discuss Marge Piercy’s “He, She, and It.” The time is the middle of the 21st. The place is what used to be North America, now Norika, a vast toxic wasteland dotted with huge environmental domes that are enclaves of the monolithic corporations that have replaced governments. Piercy creates an extraordinary vision of the future and ties it to the past. Both the morning and evening adult book discussion groups are looking for new members. Anyone interested may call or visit the library. The library is located at 100 Ridge Road. Call (201) 529-READ. 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