Many will be saying “Opa!” when the annual Jersey City Greek Festival is held on Saturday, Sept. 6, from noon to midnight, and Sunday, Sept. 7, from noon to 8 p.m., at the Evangelismos Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church, 661 Montgomery St, Jersey City.
Admission to the festival is free.
Entertainment will be provided by "Pete the Greek" Chatzopoulos, co-owner of Teddy's Place in Bayonne, who will be the event's DJ. Chatzopoulos will spin a mix of Greek and American music.
Saturday night's festivities, referred to as Taverna Night, will feature an indoor bar and several food stands. The Saint Demetrious Greek Orthodox Youth Dancers from Perth Amboy will treat attendees to a display of authentic Greek dancing in native costumes, performing between 8:30 and 10 p.m. that night.
A variety of homemade Greek dishes will be offered, including pastries, loukoumades, souvlaki sandwiches, and Greek platters. Ouzo and an assortment of Greek beers and wines will also be available. Sweets can be purchased at the bakery in the church’s Elenion Community Center. A tent will be available for outside dining.
Free parking for attendees will be available behind the church, as well as an overflow lot at Saint Peter's University, Montgomery Street and Jordan Avenue, across from the Jersey City Armory and one block from the festival.
Proceeds will benefit the cultural and community programs of the church, which serves Hudson County’s Greek Orthodox community.
For more information, contact festival spokesperson Christos M. Genes at (201) 436-3726 or email@example.com.
Bayonne Barks adoption and pet wellness clinic event
The Liberty Humane Society is inviting the public to the humane society’s first Bayonne event on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the 16th Street/DiDomenico Park’s lower level.
The Liberty Humane Society recently became the animal control and sheltering provider for the city.
Activities will include a low-cost pet wellness clinic, offering vaccines and microchipping on-site; a dog wash; an ice cream social; and raffles and prizes sponsored by PetFoodNetwork.com.
Also featured will be the “Name Your Price Pet Adoption Promotion.”
“When you meet your new best friend at our one-day adoption event at Bayonne Barks, you tell us how much you want to give for the adoption fee,” said spokeswoman Jessica Castellano. “Our mobile adoption unit will be onsite and we'll have dozens of adoptable cats and dogs all ready for homes.”
For more information, contact Castellano at (201) 547-4148, ext. 1005, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Superstorm Sandy legal clinic for Hudson residents
Those living in Hudson County and having legal issues arising from Superstorm Sandy may be eligible to receive free legal counsel or brief services from attorneys from Northeast New Jersey Legal Services, a nonprofit legal services organization.
The clinic will be held on Thursday, Sep. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Northeast New Jersey Legal Services, 574 Summit Ave., 2nd floor, Jersey City.
The organization handles cases including FEMA appeals, contractor fraud, insurance denials, and home repair.
To schedule an appointment, call Meredith Gemeiner at (201) 792-6363 ext. 3248.
“While appointments are not necessary, they are highly encouraged,” Gemeiner said.
Start gridiron season with Football Bird Walk in Meadowlands
Kick off the new National Football League season with the Back to Football Bird Walk on Sunday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. to noon in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst.
This free, two-hour guided nature walk is sponsored by the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and Bergen County Audubon Society and will allow participants to compete for prizes.
“We’ll walk around parts of the park, looking for shorebirds, raptors and other birds, and we’re offering prizes to the first people who see any bird species with the same name as a professional football team,” said spokesman Brian Aberback.
Birds include cardinals, ravens, falcons, eagles, seahawks (osprey), “giant” (great) egrets, and “giant” (great) blue herons. All seven team bird species can be seen in the park.
The walk is run by the BCAS.
Participants must sign a standard liability release that is good for NJMC/BCAS events throughout the year.
To RSVP, call Don Torino of the BCAS at (201) 230-4983.
Check meadowblog.net for last-minute weather updates.
Last call for Park Players auditions
The Park Players are hosting auditions for “Annie Warbucks” on Sept. 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. at The Church of the Good Shepherd, 1576 Palisade Ave., Fort Lee.
Annie Warbucks picks up where “Annie” leaves off, said spokesman John Fiorenza. All roles are open except for Annie, Daddy Warbucks, Drake, and Commissioner Doyle.
For more information, call (551) 206- 9772 or visit www.parkplayers.com.
Save the date for BHS Class of ’64 reunion
The 50th Reunion for the Bayonne High School Class of 1964 is scheduled for Oct. 25 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Chandelier Restaurant, 1081 Broadway.