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Thrift Shop Sale • Feb 12 & 13 from 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Best Friend Dog & Animal Adoption will hold a 50% off sale at their thrift shop, located at 1750 E. Second St., Scotch Plains. Proceeds will support the rescue group and donations of dog and cat food is also welcome. For info, call 1-732-388-8930.

Kid’s Valentine Party • Feb. 13 from noon-3 p.m. – Kataluma Chai, 1470 Main St., Rahway, will host a pre-Valentine’s Day party for children ages 3+. A $5 per child fee includes a caricature, special Valentine dessert or drink, a take home craft and activities. Advance registration recommended but not required, call 1-732-713-1167.

Blood Drive • Feb. 13 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. and Feb. 14 from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Jersey Gardens Outlet Mall, 651 Kapkowski Rd., Elizabeth, will host a blood drive. For info, call 1-800-933-2566.

Blood Drive • Feb. 13 from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. – St. James Church, corner of Rt. 35 S. & Main St., Woodbridge, will host a blood drive. For info, call 1-800-933-2566.

Buffet Fundraiser • Feb. 13 from 6-9 p.m. – The upper level banquet hall in the Colonia Fire House, 250 Inman Ave., will be the site of a Roman Feast Buffet to raise money for Colonia resident Tiffany McDaniel. McDaniel has been invited to participate on the USA Athletes International Basketball Team that will compete in the 2010 Giro de España Tour crossing Spain this spring. Tickets are $10 per person. For info, call Risa DuPree at 1-908-930-2544.

Sweethearts Dinner Dance • Feb. 13 from 7-11 p.m. – The Avenel VFW Memorial Post 7164 will host a Sweethearts Dinner Dance. Tickets are $20 per person or $35 per couple and include dinner. For tickets or info, call 1-732-636-9615.

Live Music • Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. – Brian Fitzpatrick & The Band Of Brothers will perform original songs (rock, folk, pop) at the Salem Roadhouse Café, 829 Salem Road, Union. Admission: $15. Includes gourmet coffees, teas, snacks & dessert. A portion benefits local charities. For info, call 1-908-686-1028.

Read To The Dogs • Feb. 14 – New and reluctant readers between the ages of 4 and 9 are invited to read to a friendly, certified therapy dog at the Clark Public Library. Sessions are 15 minutes long; call 732-388-5999 to register.

Pancake Breakfast • Feb. 14 from 8-11 a.m. – The Prodigal Foundation will hold a pancake breakfast and bake sale at the Woodbridge Elks, 665 Rahway Ave. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 5-10. Children under 5 are admitted free. Proceeds will help the foundation continue its mission of helping Middlesex County children affected by cancer. For info, call 1-732-636-9200.

Club Meeting • Feb. 14 at 11 a.m. – Chug Ivrit (Hebrew Club) will meet at a private Highland Park area home. Chat in Hebrew and read a short Hebrew story or article. For info, call Helene Frankel at 1-732-572-0036.

Singles Dance • Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will hold a Valentine’s Day Singles Dance Party at the Woodbridge Hilton Grand Ballroom, 120 Wood Ave. South, Iselin. Ages 40 and up, proper attire required. $15 admission. For info, call 1-732-656-1801. For directions, call 1-732-494-6200.

Storytime • Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. – The Clark Public Library will offer story time for children ages 3-5. Call 1-732-388-5999 to register.

Teen Wii Tournament • Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. – Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to help the Clark Library beat other Union County libraries in a Wii Super Smash Bros. Brawl tournament. The top players in the county will receive Best Buy gift cards and the winning library will get a Wii console. Call 1-732-388-5999 to register.

Clark Seniors Meeting • Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. – The Clark Seniors will meet at the Brewer School Center, 430 Westfield Ave., Clark. For info, call Phyllis Cupo at 1-732-382-7134.

GOP Fundraiser • Feb. 18 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. – The Union County Republican organization will hold a Lincoln Day Buffet Dinner and Comedy Auction with Assemblyman Jon Bramnick at Solar do Minho, 147 W. Westfield Ave., Roselle Park. U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance is scheduled to be a special guest. Tickets are $80 per person or $150 per couple. For info, call 1-908-789-0200.

Team Captains Meeting • Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. – The American Cancer Society Relay For Life Of Clark invites all community members to join them for the first Team Captain meeting in the Ayers Room of the Clark Library, 303 Westfield Ave. RSVP To Raquel Nogueira at 1-732-407-8883.

Book Signing • Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. – Rock historian Pete Fornatale will sign copies of “Back to the Garden: The Story of Woodstock” at the Barron Arts Center, 582 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge. Advance reservations are required; call 1-732-634-0413.

Classic Film • Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. – The Cranford Library’s Classic Film Night will screen the 1959 film, “North by Northwest” at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave. For info, call Fran Housten at 1-908-709-7272.

Blood Drive • Feb. 19 from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Bishop Ahr High School, One Tingley Lane, Edison, will host a blood drive. For info, call 1-800-933-2566.

Tot Shabbat • Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. – Temple Emanu-El, 100 James St., Edison, will host a short evening service geared toward children six and under. The regular evening service begins at 8 p.m., followed by a healing service.

Flea Market • Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – The Linden Knights of Columbus, 118 N. Park Ave., will hold a flea market. Kitchen open for breakfast & lunch. Next flea market: March 20 – tables are $20. Call 1-908-486-9518 or 1-908-374-5444.

Spaghetti Dinner • Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. – The St. Agnes Save Our School Committee will hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at 342 Madison Hill Rd., Clark. Tickets are $10; children ages 5-12 pay $5 and children under 5 get in free. There will be live Italian music.

Tricky Tray • Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. – The Madison School PTA will hold a tricky tray auction at the Rahway Recreation Center, 275 E. Milton Ave. to benefit the school. Tickets ($10 in advance and $12 at the door) include tea or coffee and one sheet of small prize tickets. For info, email mark.ericksen@comcast.net or curliredlox@comcast.net.

Blood Drive • Feb. 21 from 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – The Sacred Heart Council of Catholic Women will host a blood drive at the Sacred Heart School Cafeteria, located behind the convent on Walnut Street in South Amboy. For info, call 1-732-721-0040. The council will also be holding an Irish soda bread sale at this time.

Blood Drive • Feb. 21 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. – First Baptist Church of Metuchen, 225 Middlesex Ave., Metuchen, will host a blood drive. For info, call 1-800-933-2566.

Preschool Open House • Feb. 21 from noon –2 p.m. – Bright Beginnings Preschool will hold an open house at the Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison. Preschool children turning 2 ½ by Sept. 2010 are eligible to enroll. For info, call 1-732-494-3232 ex. 625.

Summer Camp Open House • Feb. 21 from noon-2 p.m. – The Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison, will hold an open house for summer camp programs for children ages 2 ½ – 13. Sessions from 1 to 8 weeks. Discounts available on this day. For info, call 1-732-494-2290.

Taste Of Cranford • Feb. 21 from 5-8 p.m. – The United Way of Greater Union County and The Cranford Community Council will host the Taste of Cranford at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door; proceeds benefit the United Way of Greater Union County’s Special Response Fund. For info, call 1-908-353-7171 ext. 112

Singles • Feb. 21 from 7-11 p.m. – Woodbridge Widows or Widowers will hold an open dance at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Morrisey Ave., Avenel. Light refreshments, all welcome. Members: $10; Guests $12. For info, call 1-732-381-3255 or 1-908-757-0515.

CPR Class • Feb. 22 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – The Metuchen Branch YMCA is offering an adult/pediatric CPR class. The $23 per person fee includes course manual and certification. Register at the front desk. For info, call Jean at 1-732-548-2044.

Blood Drive • Feb. 24 from 2-6 p.m. – Wardlaw-Hartridge Upper School, 1295 Inman Ave., Edison, will host a blood drive. For info, call 1-800-933-2566.

Blood Drive • Feb. 25 from 1:30-7:30 p.m. – The Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad, 875 Raritan Rd, Clark, will host a blood drive. For info, call 1-800-933-2566.

Classic Film • Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. – The Cranford Library’s Classic Film Night will screen the 1945 film, “State Fair” at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave. For info, call Fran Housten at 1-908-709-7272.

Health Class • Feb. 25 from 7-9 p.m. – Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County will hold a free class, 13 Ways To Eat More Fruits & Veggies For Better Health, at 300 North Ave. East, Westfield. Pre-registration required; call Digna Torres at 1-908-654-9854.

Tricky Tray • Feb. 26 at 5 p.m. – Bishop Ahr High School, One Tingley Rd., Edison will hold a tricky tray benefit, “Welcome to the Jungle.” Prize calling begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and advance purchase is recommended. Call 1-732-317-9425 or 1-732-423-2206. No one under 18 will be admitted.

Gospel Jazz Night • Feb. 26 from 7-11 p.m. – Ebenezer A.M.E. Church, 253 Central Ave., Rahway, will sponsor Friday Night Live Gospel Jazz, with poetry, comedy, music and food. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For info, call 1-732-382-0541.

AC Bus Trip • Feb. 27 at 9 a.m. – The Linden Knights of Columbus, 118 N. Park Ave., are arranging a bus trip to Atlantic City’s Showboat Casino. Your $35 donation includes $30 in coins, a t-shirt and snacks during the ride. Call 1-908-486-9518.

Blood Drive • Feb. 27 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. – Linden Reformed Church, 600 North Wood Ave., Linden, will host a blood drive. For info, call 1-800-933-2566.

Singles Dance • Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will hold a “dress down” upscale dance party at the Woodbridge Hilton Grand Ballroom, 120 Wood Ave. South, Iselin. Ages 40 & up; neat jeans ok. Admission: $15. For info, call 1-732-656-1801. For directions, call 1-732-494-6200.

Blood Drive • Feb. 28 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. – St. Andrew’s Church, 244 Avenel St., Avenel, will host a blood drive. For info, call 1-800-933-2566.

Pancake Breakfast • Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. – noon – The Colonia VFW 6061 Ladies Auxiliary is sponsoring a pancake and egg breakfast and mini auction at the Post Home, 606 Inman Ave., Colonia. Adults: $7; children under 10: $3.50. For tickets, call the Post Home at 1-732-574-9783.

Purim Service & Carnival • Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. – Temple Emanu-El, 100 James St., Edison, will host a Purim Service and Megillah Reading, as well as Schpiel (games). The carnival will begin at 10:45 a.m. and there will be prizes for those who come in costume. Attendees are asked to bring a canned food donation.

Purim Carnival • Feb. 28 from 1-4 p.m. – The JCC of Middlesex County will host a Purim Carnival Extravaganza at 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison. There will be food, games, swimming, a live animal show and more. Free admission. For info, call 1-732-494-3232 ext. 621.

Gift Basket Auction • March 5 at 6 p.m. – The Parents’ Guild of Mother Seton Regional High School, One Valley Rd., Clark, will sponsor a “Paris Evening” Gift Basket Auction. Admission is $10 and tickets must be purchased in advance. Call 1-732-382-1952. Prize calling begins at 7:30 p.m.

Concert • March 5 at 10 p.m. – Come out for Mike Findeis’ Birthday Bash and a night of great acoustic covers by True Acoustic at The Lemontree, 350 New Brunswick Ave., Fords. Call 1-732-738-7722 for info.

Gift Auction • March 7 at 11:30 a.m. – Holy Family Parish will hold a gift auction in the Parish Center, 215 Pershing Ave., Carteret. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.; first number called at 2 p.m. Admission: $7; no one under 18 may enter. For info or tickets, call Lori at 1-732-541-5616.

Jagerfest • March 6 from 5-11 p.m. – The Deutscher Club of Clark, 787 Featherbed Lane, will hold a traditional German hunter’s dance. German-American dinners will be available from 5-9 p.m.; no outside food or beverages. Music by the Adlers from 7-11 p.m. German outfits encouraged; no jeans or sneakers. Admission $3 members; $6 non-members. For info, call 1-732-574-8600.

Craft Festival • March 12-14 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – More than 275 craftspeople will showcase contemporary crafts and fine art at the Sugarloaf Craft Festival at the Garden State Exhibit Center, 50 Atrium Drive, Somerset. Admission is $8 and is good for all three days. For info or directions, call 1-800-210-9900.

Casino Night • March 12 from 8 p.m. – midnight – Colonia High School’s PTO will hold a casino night fundraiser at the Gran Centurions, 440 Madison Hill Rd., Clark. Tickets are $58 per person and include buffet with dessert as well as $100 in “play money.” Cash bar. Proceeds will be used for scholarships. Call 732-499-8163 for tickets; no one under 21 admitted.

Irish Night • March 13 at 7 p.m. – Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Linden Knights of Columbus, 118 N. Park Ave. Enjoy great Irish food, music, Irish dancers & bagpipers. Tickets are $38 per person. Call 1-908-370-3764.

Live Music • March 13 at 7:30 p.m. – Carla Ulbrich, “The Original Smart Aleck” will perform original music and comedy at the Salem Roadhouse Café, 829 Salem Road, Union. Admission: $15. Includes gourmet coffees, teas, snacks & dessert. A portion benefits local charities. For info, call 1-908-686-1028.

Disabilities Awareness Day • March 14 from noon-4 p.m. – The Carteret Office For The Disabled will present the 26th annual Carteret Disabilities Awareness Day at St. Demetrius Hall, 681-691 Roosevelt Ave., Carteret. There will be informational displays as will as entertainment by S R Productions and music by Billy Drew Entertainment. For info, call 1-732-541-6925.

Fishing Flea Market • March 20 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. – The Rahway Spring Fishing Flea Market will be held at St. Thomas Church Hall, 1400 St. Georges Ave., Rahway. For info, call 1-732-381-2165.

Roast Beef Dinner • March 28 from noon – 5 p.m. – The Knights of Columbus Linden Council 2859 will hold their annual roast beef dinner at 118 Park Ave., Linden. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and younger. For info, call Daryn Bogart at 1-609-968-1738 or 1-908-486-9518. There will be a raffle for autographed sports memorabilia.

Live Music • April 10 at 7:30 p.m. – The Torpedoes, Unplugged! will perform original music and Tom Petty classics done acoustically at the Salem Roadhouse Café, 829 Salem Road, Union. Admission: $15. Includes gourmet coffees, teas, snacks & dessert. A portion benefits local charities. For info, call 1-908-686-1028.

Flea Market • April 24 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Holy Family Parish will hold a flea market at the Parish Center, 215 Pershing Ave., Carteret. Vendors inside & outside. Call Debbie at 1-732-541-5736 for vendor info.

Sports Dinner • April 25 at 2 p.m. – The Linden Athletic Hall of Fame will induct new members and present scholarships at Amicis III Ristorante, 1700 West Elizabeth Ave., Linden. For tickets and info, call Santa Goleme at 1-908-486-8250 weekdays between 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Clothing Drive • May 1 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. – Holy Family Parish, 215 Pershing Ave., Carteret, will hold a clothing drive in the parking lot. Clean clothing, linens and sneakers will be accepted in plastic garbage bags. For info, call Debbie at 1-732-541-5736.

Live Music • May 8 at 7:30 p.m. – The Christine Santelli Band will perform original blues and rock at the Salem Roadhouse Café, 829 Salem Road, Union. Admission: $15. Includes gourmet coffees, teas, snacks & dessert. A portion benefits local charities. For info, call 1-908-686-1028.

Live Music • June 19 at 7:30 p.m. – Mike Pek will perform original folk and rock at the Salem Roadhouse Café, 829 Salem Road, Union. Admission: $15. Includes gourmet coffees, teas, snacks & dessert. A portion benefits local charities. For info, call 1-908-686-1028.

Live Music • July 10 at 7:30 p.m. – Eldad Tarmu will perform original jazz at the Salem Roadhouse Café, 829 Salem Road, Union. Admission: $15. Includes gourmet coffees, teas, snacks & dessert. A portion benefits local charities. For info, call 1-908-686-1028.

Live Music • Aug. 14 at 7:30 p.m. – Bradford Hayes will perform jazz at the Salem Roadhouse Café, 829 Salem Road, Union. Admission: $15. Includes gourmet coffees, teas, snacks & dessert. A portion benefits local charities. For info, call 1-908-686-1028.

Live Music • Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. – Red Reyne will perform original folk, rock and blues at the Salem Roadhouse Café, 829 Salem Road, Union. Admission: $15. Includes gourmet coffees, teas, snacks & dessert. A portion benefits local charities. For info, call 1-908-686-1028.

Live Music • Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. – Pam Purvis and the Blue Skies Band will perform smooth jazz at the Salem Roadhouse Café, 829 Salem Road, Union. Admission: $15. Includes gourmet coffees, teas, snacks & dessert. A portion benefits local charities. For info, call 1-908-686-1028.

Live Music • Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. – Trysette will perform original folk and rock at the Salem Roadhouse Café, 829 Salem Road, Union. Admission: $15. Includes gourmet coffees, teas, snacks & dessert. A portion benefits local charities. For info, call 1-908-686-1028.


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