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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.

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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.

K-9 Demonstration • Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. – At the Clark Public Library, Officer Ryan Wilson of the Search & Rescue Unit of the Union County Sheriff’s Office and his dog Lorcan will demonstrate the important role police dogs play in investigative police work. For persons age 5 and older; registration required. Call 1-732-388-5999.

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.

Storytime • Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. – Active listeners ages 3 to 5 are invited to enjoy theme-based stories, movement, songs and a craft at the Clark Public Library. Registration required; call 1-732-388-5999.

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.

AARP Meeting • Feb. 26 at 12:45 p.m. – Linden AARP Chapter 1894 will meet at the Linden Presbyterian Church, 1506 Orchard Terr. A social period with refreshments will begin at 11:45 a.m., and the Board of Directors will meet at noon. Members are asked to bring a non-perishable food donation.

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.

Benefit Concert • Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. – David Roth, Greg Greenway & Reggie Harris will perform a benefit concert for Contact We Care at First Baptist Church, 170 Elm St., Westfield. Tickets are $24 at the door.

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.

Flag Retirement Ceremony • Feb. 28 at 1 p.m. – The NJ Central District Elks will hold their annual Flag Retirement Ceremony in the Menlo Park Veteran’s Home in Edison. Area residents can bring their worn flags to their local Elks lodge. For more info, call Lynn Spurrier at 1-732-752-4088.

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.

Concert • March 2 at 1 p.m. – The Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Road, Edison, will continue the Various Sounds of Music series with a string quartet performance. Dessert will be served at 1 p.m., followed by the concert at 1:30 p.m.

Atlantic City Bus Trip • March 4 from 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Rahway’s AARP will hold its monthly trip to Atlantic City’s Showboat Casino. The cost is $22 with a $30 cash voucher. To reserve a spot, call Irene at 1-732-499-7740.

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.

Genealogy Presentation • March 6 at 1 p.m. – Catherine Stearns Medich, a reference librarian archivist at the State Library, will give a presentation on “Tracing Your Ancestors After The Civil War” at the Carteret Public Library, 100 Cooke Ave., Carteret. For more info, call 1-732-541-3830

Family Event • March 6 at 2 p.m. – Ann Coppola and Company will perform “The Cat In The Hat” at the Carteret Public Library, 100 Cooke Ave. The event is open to all. For info, call 1-732-541-3830.

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.

Blood Drive • March 7 from 9 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.

Blood Drive • March 7 from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. – Jersey Gardens Outlet Mall, 651 Kapkowski Rd., Elizabeth, will host a blood drive. For info, call 1-800-933-2566.

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.

Gift Auction • March 7 at noon – St. Ann’s Society of  Ukrainian Assumption Church in Perth Amboy is hosting a gift auction in the Ukrainian Assumption School auditorium, located at Meredith & Jacques streets. Free cake and coffee will be served and the kitchen will be open to sell lunch. Auction starts at 2 p.m.; admission $5.

Business Mixer • March 8 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. – The Edison Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a St. Patrick’s Day Business Mixer at Hailey’s Harp & Pub, 400 Main St., Metuchen. Build business relationships while celebrating the Irish festivities. Edison Chamber members and first time guests: $15; all others welcome: $20; at the door: $25. For info, call 1-732-738-9482.

Windows 7 Seminar • March 11 from 8-10 a.m. – The Edison Chamber of Commerce will arrange a Windows 7 seminar at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, 535 Route One South, Iselin. Live demonstrations of Windows 7. Breakfast included. Edison Chamber members: $20; all others welcome: $25. Call 1-732-738-9482 to register.

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.

Blood Drive • March 13 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Masons Mt. Zion Lodge #135, 483 Middlesex Ave., Metuchen, will host a blood drive. For info, call 1-800-933-2566.

Gala Fundraiser • March 13 from 7-11 p.m. – The Amici e Cugini American Cancer Society Relay for Life Team will sponsor the 4th annual Winter Gala at Gran Centurions, 440 Madison Hill Road, Clark. Tickets are $75 per person; buffet dinner, beer & wine included. Cash bar. Proceeds benefit Relay for Life. Call Cindy at 1-908-233-5683.

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.

Blood Drive • March 14 from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – St. Agnes Church, 332 Madison Hill Rd., Clark, will host a blood drive. For info, call 1-800-933-2566.

Train Show • March 13 & 14 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Greenberg’s Train & Toy Show will return to the New Jersey Expo Center in Edison. Admission is $7 for both days and kids under 12 get in free. For info, call 1-630-279-4087.

Blood Drive • March 14 from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – St. Stephen’s RC Church, 500 State St., Perth Amboy, will host a blood drive. For info, call 1-800-933-2566.

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.

Business Mixer • March 16 from 5:30-8 p.m. – The Edison Chamber of Commerce will participate in a speed networking business mixer at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center, 3050 Woodbridge Ave., Edison. Participating chamber members: $20; all others welcome: $35. Limited to 2 people from the same company. For info, call 1-732-738-9482.

St. Patrick’s Day Party • March 19 from 7-10 p.m. – The Rahway Republican Party will hold its annual St. Patrick’s Day Party at the Rahway Italian American Club, 530 New Brunswick Ave., Rahway. Enjoy traditional corned beef & cabbage, real Irish music and a performance by the famous Peter Smith Dancers. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $15 for children under 16. RSVP to Patrick Cassio by March 14 at 1-732-388-7671.

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.

Taste of Middlesex • March 22 from 5:30-8 p.m. – Pines Manor, 2085 Route 27, Edison, will be the site of the annual Taste of Middlesex. Sample food and drink from 40 area restaurants, caterers and food suppliers. Live entertainment & door prizes. Tickets are $45 in advance, $50 at the door. For info, call 1-738-9482.

Relay For Life Meeting • March 25 at 6:30 p.m. – The American Cancer Society Relay For Life Of Clark invites community members to learn about a fun and rewarding way to participate in the fight against cancer. The meeting will be held at the Ayers Room of the Clark Public Library, 303 Westfield Ave. RSVP to Raquel Nogueira at 1-732-407-8883.

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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