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Gift Wrap Event • Dec. 11 & 12 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. – Summit Animal Rescue Association will wrap Christmas gifts at First Baptist Church, 170 Elm St., Westfield, to raise money. Bring your own wrapping paper or use available donated paper. There will also be a bake sale. For info, call 1-908-578-4354.

Breakfast with Santa • Dec. 12 from 8:45 a.m. –11 a.m. –The Anthony V. Ceres School in Perth Amboy is hosting a Breakfast with Santa. $2 for kids and $3 for adults. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at the school via a Perth Amboy Fire Truck to visit all the families during breakfast. In addition to the breakfast families will have the opportunity to take a picture and children will be able to complete an activity. (Breakfast includes: scrambled eggs, bacon, toast, juice, coffee).

Holiday Festival • Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – The Colonia High School choirs will hold a “Winter Wonderland” festival at the school, 180 East St. For $5, kids get 10 activity tickets, a picture with Santa Claus, snacks and more. Adult admission is free.

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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.

Living Nativity • Dec. 12 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Zion Luthern Church, on Elm & Esterbrook avenues in Rahway, will host a living Nativity. Visitors will be able to drive through the church parking lot and experience events and scenes surrounding the birth of Jesus. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. For info, call 1-732-388-1815.

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.

Record Show • Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Greater NJ Record Shows’ Record and CD Expo will be held at the Holiday Inn, Route 22 West, Springfield. Admission: $6 adults, $3 seniors, kids under 12 get in free.

Lessons & Carols • Dec. 13 at 10:30 a.m. – St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 183 Rector St., Perth Amboy, will present the annual Lessons & Carols service organized and conducted by R. Douglas Sheldon. It will include Christmas classics and Biblical readings from the Christmas story. For info, call 1-732-826-1594.

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.

Holiday Concert • Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. – Madison Elementary School, 944 Madison Ave., Rahway, will hold their holiday concert.

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.

Holiday Concert • Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. – Rahway Middle School, 1138 Kline Place, will hold their winter choral/jazz concert.

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.

Holiday Concert • Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. – Franklin Elementary School, 1809 St. Georges Ave., Rahway, will host their holiday concert.

Holiday Play Dec. 18 & 19 at 7:30 p.m. – Perth Amboy High School,300 Eagle Ave., will present Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.” Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children under 10. The Holiday Lane Marketplace opens at 5 p.m. For tickets, call Anita Dowd at 1-732-376-6200 ext. 23463

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.

Candlelight Service • Dec. 20 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. – Second Presbyterian Church, 1221 New Brunswick Ave., Rahway, will hold the annual candlelight service to celebrate Jesus’ birthday. Bring a gift for Project Prepare, a women’s shelter in Elizabeth. Suggestions include supermarket and discount store gift cards, health and beauty aids, baby items, and kitchen, bath & bed items. For info, call 1-732-388-1136.

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.

Roller Skating • Dec. 25 from 4-7 p.m. – United Skates of America will open for Christmas Day roller skating at the Woodbridge Community Center, 600 Main St. There will be music, games, prizes and a light show. For info, call 1-732-596-4103.

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.

New Year’s Eve Party • Dec. 31 from 6-10 p.m. – United Skates of America will hold a family New Year’s Eve party at the Woodbridge Community Center, 600 Main St. For $15, get roller skating admission, skate rental, unlimited pizza and soda. For info, call 1-732-596-4103.

Irish Music • Jan. 5 at 1 p.m. – Celtic singer, fiddler & dancer Jennifer Johnson will perform contemporary and traditional music at the Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Road, Edison. Pre-register before Dec. 30, 2009 by calling 1-732-494 -3232 x603

Beginners Bridge Class • Jan. 13 from 10 a.m. – noon – Learn to play bridge in a six-week class at the Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Road, Edison. Come alone or with a partner. Fee: $36 members; $46 non-members. Registration required; call 1-732-494-3232 x603. Class will be cancelled if there is insufficient registration.

Lecture • Jan. 26 at 10:30 a.m. – Lena Feld will give a lecture on “Growing Up In Shanghai” at the Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Road, Edison. Call 1-732-494-3232 to register.


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