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Blood Drive • Nov. 28 from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Knights of Columbus Council 857, 130 Main St., Woodbridge, will host a blood drive. For info, call 1-800-933-2566.

Train & Toy Show • Nov. 28 & 29 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Greenberg’s Train & Toy Show returns to the NJ Expo Center, 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison. Model railroad enthusiasts can view layouts on display and purchase hobby-related items. Adult admission: $7; kids 12 and under get in free. For info, call 1-630-279-4087.

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Casino Bus Trip • Nov. 30 at 10 a.m. – The Gran Centurion Twig of Robert Wood Johnson Hospital of Rahway Auxiliary will arrange a bus trip to the new Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pa. to raise money for the scholarship fund. Bus departs from the Gran Centurions, 440 Madison Hill Rd, Clark. Tickets are $25, which includes breakfast and $20 play money from the casino. For info, call Marge at 1-732-381-3686 or Kaye at 1-732-381-2008.

Swine Flu Information • Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. – The Reformed Church of Linden, 600 N. Wood Ave., will hold an information session on H1N1 (swine) flu. Refreshments. For info, call Marsha Pepe at 1-908-405-1172.

Club Meeting • Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. — Woodbridge AARP Chapter 3869 will meet at St. Andrew’s Church, 244 Avenel St., Avenel. Refreshments. Members asked to bring a non-perishable food donation.

Economic Forum • Dec. 3 from 8 a.m. – noon – The Edison Chamber of Commerce will hold an economic forum on “The New Normal” at the Sheraton-Edison, 125 Raritan Center Pkwy. $25 Members; $45 others. For info, call 1-732-738-9482.

Classic Film • Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. – The Cranford Library’s Classic Film Night will screen the 1933 film, “The Invisible Man” at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave. For info, call Fran Housten at 1-908-709-7272.

Health & Care Shabbat • Dec. 4 – Temple Emanu-El, 100 James St., Edison, will host a panel discussion to address health care options. For info, call 1-732-549-4442.

Bake Sale • Dec. 4 & 5 from 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Best Friend Dog & Animal Adoption will hold a holiday bake sale at its thrift shop, 1750 E. Second St., Scotch Plains. Take a 50% discount on all merchandise in the store too. For info, call 1-908-486-0230.

Club Meeting • Dec. 4 from noon – 4 p.m. – Linden AARP Chapter #1894 will hold a holiday luncheon at the Gran Centurions, 440 Madison Hill Road, Clark. Tickets are $28 per person. Call 1-908-925-0981.

Blood Drive • Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. – The Masons Lafayette Lodge, 1550 Irving Street, will host a blood drive. All donors will receive a pair of New Jersey Nets tickets as a thank you gift. ID necessary. For an appointment, call 1-800-933-2566. Walk-ins welcome.

Craft Fair • Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – The Parents’ Guild of Mother Seton Regional High School will sponsor their annual Peppermint Boutique Craft Fair. Over 100 crafters will display items at the school, 1 Valley Road, Clark. Free admission & parking.

Shabbat • Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. – Temple Emanu-El, 100 James St., Edison, will offer a morning service on the topic: “Helping Seniors: How Do The Health Care Options Affect You?” For info, call 1-732-549-4442.

Blood Drive • Dec. 5 from 1-6:30 p.m. and Dec. 6  from noon-5:30 p.m. – Jersey Gardens Mall, 651 Kapkowski Road, Elizabeth, will host a blood drive. For info, call 1-800-933-2566.

Blood Drive • Dec. 6 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. – Seventh Day Adventist Church, 260 State St., Perth Amboy, will host a blood drive. For info, call 1-800-933-2566.

Club Meeting • Nov. 29 at 11 a.m. – The Chug Ivrit Hebrew Club will meet at the home of Justin & Susan Hornstein, 701 S. 2nd Ave., Highland Park. Club members chat in Hebrew and read a short Hebrew story or article. RSVP to 1-732-214-9631 or email jhornstein@att.com

Mitzvah Day • Dec. 6 at noon – Come to Temple Emanu-El, 100 James St., Edison, and help sort and prepare clothing and other goods to give to the needy, send cards and letters to our soldiers and make sandwich lunches for area soup kitchens. For info, call 1-732-549-4442.

Blood Drive • Dec. 9 from 9:45 a.m.-3:45 p.m. – Middlesex County College, 2600 Woodbridge Ave., Edison, will host a blood drive. For info, call 1-800-933-2566.

Holiday Business Mixer • Dec. 9 from 6-8 p.m. – The Edison Chamber of Commerce will hold a holiday party business mixer at the Mirage Banquet Hall, 1655 Oak Tree Road, Edison. Fees: $20 per person for 5 or more attendees. Additional $50 for reserved company table. $50 Display Table, $25 member, $45 non-member. Reservations required. Call 1-732-738-9482.

Poetswednesday • Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. — The Barron Arts Center, 582 Rahway Avenue, Woodbridge, will host a poetry reading by published poet Matt Borkowski. Refreshments will be available. Free admission; donations encouraged. For info, call 1-732-634-0413.

Dinner Dance Extravaganza • Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. – Middlesex East and Woodbridge Widows or Widowers will hold their annual dinner dance extravaganza at the Gran Centurions, 440 Madison Hill Road, Clark. Music by The Melody Men. Menu choice. Beer & wine included. Admission: $37. Everyone is welcome. For info, tickets and seating, call 1-732-381-3255 or 1-732-727-1410.

Blood Drive • Dec. 10 from 2:45-8:45 p.m. – Avenel Presbyterian Church, 613 E. Woodbridge Ave., will host a blood drive. For info, call 1-800-933-2566.

Classic Film • Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. – The Cranford Library’s Classic Film Night will screen the 1954 film, “Carmen Jones” at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave. For info, call Fran Housten at 1-908-709-7272.

Chanukah Family Service • Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. – Temple Emanu-El, 100 James St., Edison, will hold a Chanukah family service featuring youngsters from kindergarten through second grade. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. For info, call 1-732-549-4442.

Holiday Music • Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. – The Ebenezer A.M.E. Church Stewardess Board will host a Holiday Festival of Music at 253 Central Ave., Rahway. Choirs wishing to participate should call Myra Bowman at 1-732-388-0225.

Christmas Cantata • Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. – Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church, 888 Stuyvesant Ave., Union, will present “Comfort And Joy,” a contemporary musical cantata about the birth of Jesus. Free admission. For info, call 1-908-688-3164.

Blood Drive • Dec. 13 from 8:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m. – St. Genevieve RC Church, 200 Monmouth Road, Elizabeth, will host a blood drive. For info, call 1-800-933-2566.

Blood Drive • Dec. 13 from 8:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m. – St. Mary’s Church, Augusta St. & Steven Ave., South Amboy, will host a blood drive. For info, call 1-800-933-2566.

Blood Drive • Dec. 13 from 9:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m. – St. Mary’s, 244 Central Ave., Rahway, will host a blood drive. For info, call 1-800-933-2566.

Advent Service • Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. – Holy Family Parish of Carteret will offer an Advent Service of Lessons and Carols in the church on Emerson Street. The combined choirs of Holy Family and Sacred Heart of Jesus parishes will sing hymns and anthems. All are welcome. For info, call the rectory office at 1-732-541-5768.

Blood Drive • Dec. 14 from 2:45-8:45 p.m. – First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen, 270 Woodbridge Ave., will host a blood drive. For info, call 1-800-933-2566.

Menorah Lighting • Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. – Edison’s township Menorah Lighting & Chanukah Celebration will be held at the JCC of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Road. Mayor Jun Choi will be joined by Art Shamksy of the 1969 “Miracle Mets.” Music by the “Mama Doni” Band and the Kurt Mann Trio. For info, call Jennine Shpigel at 1-732-494-3232 ext. 621.

Chanukah Celebration • Dec. 16 at 3:30 p.m. – Mayor Richard Gerbounka invites community members to a Chanukah celebration at Linden City Hall, 301 North Wood Ave. A menorah will be lit and refreshments will be served. For info, call 908-289-0770.

Classic Film • Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. – The Cranford Library’s Classic Film Night will screen the 1959 film, “The Hanging Tree” at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave. For info, call Fran Housten at 1-908-709-7272.

Shabbat B’Shir Service • Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. – Temple Emanu-El, 100 James St., Edison, will offer the music of Peri Smilow. At 11 a.m., Dr. Jerry Ehrlich will present a human rights family education program. At noon, a light lunch will be served. For info, call 1-732-549-4442.

Book Club • Dec. 28 at 7:30 p.m. – Temple Emanu-El, 100 James St., Edison, will host a meeting of the book club. The next reading is “The Speed of Light” by Elizabeth Rosner. For info, call 1-732-549-4442.


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