JCFPL wants your opinion during a virtual meeting
The Jersey City Free Public Library will hold a virtual town hall on Wednesday, August 18 at 6:30 p.m. You’ll hear directly from library leaders and staff to learn about back-to-school initiatives, Biblioteca Criolla, and more about the new Johnston Avenue branch project. In addition, you will also have the opportunity to meet JCFPL’s social worker, Jessica Campbell.
The Library also wants to hear from the public. You can submit your questions and concerns in advance to [email protected] You will also have the opportunity to submit questions during the live Zoom an event. You can register for the webinar at https://bit.ly/3l5XuJP.
Open auditions for the North River Sing Community Chorus
For those who love show tunes and jazz standards, auditions are open for the North River Sing Community Chorus, a choral group of about 40 friends and neighbors from Jersey City, Hoboken and beyond.
The group rehearses on Sundays from 6 to 8 p.m. from September to early June and performs every winter and spring. No choral experience is necessary, just the ability to sing on key and learn the harmonies. The auditions last 10 minutes and are discreet. For more information and to register, go to NorthRiverSing.org/auditions.
Auditions are Saturday, August 7 from 4-6 p.m. at 83 Wayne St., Jersey City.
Rabies vaccines, community chat conversations
Liberty Humane Society is hosting a free rabies vaccination clinic this Saturday, July 31. You can book an appointment to register your dog or cat with Jersey City and receive a free rabies vaccination at https://bit.ly/3l9tP2d. You can also choose to add other vaccines or a microchip to your appointment. Liberty Humane Society is located at 235 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City.
Following that, there will be a moderated chat on Zoom with national cat policy experts who will talk about effective cat management on August 11 at 6:30 p.m. You can register on https://bit.ly/37bKPwN.
The conversation will share research on new policies and answer questions posed by municipalities, residents and members of the relief community.
The event will feature Maddie’s Feline Lifesaving Director, Monica Frenden; Danielle Bays, HSUS Principal Analyst, Cat Protection & Policy; and Executive Director of Stray Cat Alliance, Christi Metropole.
Red Cross still seeking donations despite shortage
The American Red Cross continues to experience a severe shortage of blood as the number of trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries increases. There is an urgent need for donors to donate now to ensure blood is on hospital shelves when patients need it.
A blood drive will be held at the Hank Gallo Community Center, One Lincoln Park, Jersey City on August 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Those who come to donate from August 1 through August 15 will automatically be entered for a chance to win a VIP trip for two to the sold-out Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 2021. Those who donate throughout August will also receive a free 4-month subscription offer to Apple Music via email (new subscribers only). More details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/FeelTheBeat.
Nature, History Programs at Liberty State Park
Liberty State Park’s Shorebird Walk, which features a search for a variety of shorebirds, takes place August 1 and 21 from 10 a.m. to noon. The number of binoculars for this event is limited, so it is advisable to bring your own if you have them. Sunscreen and water are recommended if it’s hot. The program begins at the Nature Center at 275 Freedom Way.
On Saturday, August 7, explore the wildlife of the Hudson River Estuary at Caven Point Beach from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at Lot 1 at 300 Morris Pesin Drive, then walk to the beach. There is a mile of walking involved.
Pioneer Volunteer Day takes place on August 14 and 28 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. LSP Pioneers are focused on removing weeds and non-native vines from trails in the Richard J. Sullivan Natural Area. Other activities include planting native shrubs and improving trails to improve habitat and access. Long sleeves, pants and sturdy shoes are recommended. Meet at the Nature Center.
The Volunteer Shoreline Cleanup takes place August 15, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Richard J. Sullivan Natural Area, where volunteers will remove trash and debris that has come in with the tides. Meet at the Maison de la Nature at 9 a.m. before the walk to the beach.
The Low Tide Beach Walk, a beach walk and scavenger hunt at Caven Point Beach, takes place August 29, from 10 a.m. to noon. Go to Lot 1, then walk to the beach.
It is recommended that you dress appropriately for the weather outside during nature programs. Wear old shoes that can get wet or muddy and bring sunscreen and insect repellent if needed.
The following history programs will also take place: The Architecture of the CRRNJ Terminal, Wednesday August 4; Explosion at Black Tom, Wednesday August 18; and Trail of the Blue Comet, Wednesday, August 25. All history programs take place from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Pre-registration is required for all programs and masks are required inside the CRRNJ terminal. To register, contact the Nature Center at 201-915-3400 x503 or email [email protected] Children must be accompanied by an adult and groups are limited to a maximum of six people.