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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.

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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.

Breakfast With Santa • Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. – noon – Boy Scout Troop 88 will host a breakfast with Santa Claus at the American Legion, 1155 Roosevelt Ave., West Carteret. Tickets are $7 and include breakfast, a photo with Santa, crafts & games. To purchase tickets, call Amy Krapf at 1-732-541-1749 after 6 p.m.

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.

Tricky Tray • Dec. 5 at 12:30 p.m. – The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 87 will host their annual tricky tray auction at the Post Hall, 314 Berry St., Woodbridge. Calling begins at 2 p.m. Admission is $8 and includes coffee, dessert and one sheet of prize tickets. Entrance limited to 75; no children or pets. Tickets available at Post. For info, call 1-732-634-9705.

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.

Singles Dance Party • Dec. 5 at 8:30 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will hold an Upscale “Dress Down” Dance Party at the Woodbridge Hilton, 120 Wood Ave. South, Iselin. Ages 40 and Up. Neat jeans ok. Admission: $15. Info: 1-732-656-1801. Directions: 1-732-494-6200.

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 • Dec. 6 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.

Gift Auction • Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. – The Mothers’ Guild of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will hold a gift auction at the Parish House, 183 Rector St., Perth Amboy. Admission: $4. Free dessert & beverages. For info, call 732-826-1594.

Club Meeting • Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. – Middlesex East Widows Or Widowers will hold a business meeting at the Carteret Community Center, Pershing & Cooke aves. Light refreshments. All widows & widowers are welcome to attend. For info, call 1-732-541-2174.

Arts Lecture • Dec. 8 at 1:30 p.m. – The Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Road, Edison, will present a talk on American Jewish literature by Dr. Michael Rockland, a professor at Rutgers University. To register, call 1-732-494-3232 x603.

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.

Club Meeting • Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. – The Carteret Public Library Reading Club will meet at the library, 100 Cooke Ave., to discuss “Dead Sleep” by Greg Iles.

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 Concert • Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. – The Singing Pastors will perform at the First Baptist Church, 130 Sewaren Ave., Sewaren. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated and reservations are encouraged. Call the Barron Arts Center at 1-732-634-0413. Refreshments will be served.

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.

Blood Drive • Dec. 16 from 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Ingersoll Rand, 95 Newfield Ave., Edison, will host a blood drive. For info, call 1-800-933-2566.

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.

Healing Mass • Dec. 16 at 7:45 p.m. – St. John the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, 1805 Penbrook Terrace on the border of Clark and Linden, will hold a Healing Mass for those in need of physical, emotional, relational and spiritual healing. For directions, call 1-908-486-6363.

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.

Blood Drive • Dec. 19 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Metuchen Branch YMCA, 65 High St., Metuchen, will host a blood drive. For info, call 1-800-933-2566.

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.

Singles Pre-Holiday Bash • Dec. 19 at 8:30 p.m. –  Steppin’ Out Singles will host a “Pre-Holiday Bash” at the Woodbridge Hilton, 120 Wood Ave. South, Iselin. Ages 40 and Up. No jeans/sneakers. $15 admission. Info: 1-732-656-1801. Directions: 1-732-494-6200.

Blood Drive • Dec. 20 from 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m. – Neve Shalom of Metuchen, 250 Grove Ave., Metuchen, will host a blood drive. For info, call 1-800-933-2566.

Live Nativity • Dec. 20 from 7-9 p.m. – First Presbyterian Church of Avenel invites you to experience the meaning of Christmas by driving through a live nativity scene at the corner of Avenel St. & Woodbridge Ave. For info, call 1-732-634-1631.

Blood Drive • Dec. 22 from 1:45-7:45 p.m. – Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad, 875 Raritan Rd., Clark, will host a blood drive. For info, call 1-800-933-2566.

Blood Drive • Dec. 26 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. and Dec. 27 from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Jersey Gardens Outlet Mall, 651 Kapkowski Road, Elizabeth, will host a blood drive. For info, call 1-800-933-2566.

Singles Dance Party • Dec. 26 at 9 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will host an upscale dance party at the Woodbridge Hilton, 120 Wood Ave. South, Iselin. Ages 40 and Up. No jeans/sneakers. $15 admission. Info: 1-732-656-1801. Directions: 1-732-494-6200.

Blood Drive • Dec. 27 from 8:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m. – St. Andrew’s Church, 244 Avenel St., Avenel, will host a blood drive. For info, call 1-800-933-2566.

Blood Drive • Dec. 28 from 1:45-7:45 p.m. – Elizabeth PBA #4, One Police Plaza, Elizabeth, will host a blood drive. For info, call 1-800-933-2566.

Blood Drive • Dec. 28 from 1:45-7:45 p.m. – Metuchen Public Library, 480 Middlesex Ave., Metuchen, will host a blood drive. For info, call 1-800-933-2566.

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.

Blood Drive • Dec. 29 from 1-7 p.m. – JEC, 330 Elmora Ave., Elizabeth, will host a blood drive. For info, call 1-800-933-2566.

Blood Drive • Dec. 29 from 2-8 p.m. – Colonia Fire Dept., 250 Inman Ave., will host a blood drive. For info, call 1-800-933-2566.

Blood Drive • Dec. 29 from 2:30-7:30 p.m. – Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave., Cranford, will host a blood drive. For info, call 1-800-933-2566.

Blood Drive • Dec. 30 from 2-8 p.m. – What’s The Scoop, 410 Main St., Metuchen, will host a blood drive. For info, call 1-800-933-2566.


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