Coat Drive • Oct. 16 & 17 – The Sacred Heart Council of Catholic Women will hold a coat drive for the Rescue Mission of Trenton. Coats can be dropped off at the entrance of the church, Washington Ave., South Amboy after the 4:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday and between 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sunday.
Fall Fair • Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – The Wardlaw-Hartridge Parents’ Association will host its annual Fall Fair at 1295 Inman Ave., Edison. The free event is open to the public and includes vendors, children’s activities, antique appraisals ($5 per item) and food for purchase. For info, call 1-908-754-1882.
Garden Tips • Oct. 16 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. – Learn to winterize your garden at the Elizabeth Public Library, Main Library Auditorium, 11. S. Broad St. Info: 908-354-6060 x7203
Dance • Oct. 16 from 8-11:30 p.m. – Community members are invited to attend a dance social at the Douglas College Campus Center, Trayes Hall, 100 George St., New Brunswick. Admission is $10. Info: 1-732-932-8204.
Blood Drive • Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. – First Presbyterian Church, 1295 Oak Tree Road, Iselin, will host a blood drive. For info, call 1-732-283-1188.
Blood Drive • Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – The Woodbridge Center Mall, 250 Woodbridge Center Dr., Woodbridge, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933- 2566
Singles • Oct. 17 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. Admission: $10 members, $12 guests. Info: 732-381-3255 or 908-757-0515.
Pumpkin Festival • Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m. – Children in Pre-K through 2nd Grade are invited to enjoy stories, crafts & activities at the Elizabeth Public Library, Elmora Branch, 740 W. Grand. Info: 908-353-4820
Pumpkin Festival • Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m. – Children in Pre-K through 2nd Grade are invited to enjoy stories, crafts & activities at the Elizabeth Public Library, LaCorte Branch, Peterstown Community Center, 434 Palmer St. Info: 1-908-820-4298.
Business Mixer • Oct. 20 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. – The Edison Chamber of Commerce will hold a wine & cheese business mixer at Raritan Bay Federal Credit Union, 1581 State Highway 27, Edison. Free for chamber members; $15 non-members. Info: 1-732-738-9482.
Travel Presentation • Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. – Learn about low-cost ways to tour Israel at the JCC of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Road, Edison. RSVP to 1-732-906-0737 or 1-732-494-3232 x 621 by Oct. 18.
Concert • Oct. 21 at noon – The Elizabeth Public Library, Main Branch, 11 S. Broad St., will host a Kean University Classical Guitar & Piano Showcase. Info: 1-908-354-6060 x7154.
Political Fundraiser • Oct. 21 from 7-11 p.m. – State Sen. Tom Kean Jr. will join Union County Republican candidates and Patrick Cassio’s team of Rahway candidates at the Firehouse Pub, 455 St. Georges Ave., Rahway for a fundraiser dinner. Tickets are $50. RSVP To 1-732-388-7671 or 1-908-419-7033 before Oct. 17.
Blood Drive • Oct. 23 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. – The Deutscher Club of Clark, 787 Featherbed Lane, will hold a blood drive. Donors will receive a $15 gas card. Info: 1-800-652-5663 x140.
Arts Festival • Oct. 23 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. – South Amboy & the Hernandez Theater Workshop will present the 1st annual Festival of the Arts with crafters, artists, food vendors and entertainment on Broadway. For info, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Scleroderma Forum • Oct. 23 at 11:30 a.m. – Learn about new scleroderma research and treatments at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, 1 Robert Wood Johnson Place, New Brunswick. Info: 1-800-867-0885
Singles • Oct. 23 at 8:30 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles Upscale Dance Party will be held at the Crowne Plaza Clark, 36 Valley Road. Ages 40+; no jeans/sneakers. Admission: $15. Info: 1-732-656-1801.
Blood Drive • Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – The Raritan Turkish-American Cultural Foundation, 1 Ethel Road, Edison, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933- 2566
Lecture • Oct. 24 at 11 a.m. – Milton Heumann, Ph.D. of Rutgers University will present a lecture “Peeking Over the Wall of Separation Between Church and State” at the Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison. Pre-registration requested: 732-494-3232 x603.
CROP Walk • Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. – The Woodbridge Community CROP Walk will take place at Fords Park. Help fight hunger. For info, call the First Presbyterian Church of Iselin at 732-283-1188.
Astrology For Beginners • Oct. 25 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Learn how to read an astrological birth chart at the Elizabeth Public Library, Main Library Auditorium, 11 S. Broad St. Info: 1-908-354-6060 x7203.
Pumpkin Festival • Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. – Children in Pre-K to Grade 2 are invited to enjoy stories, crafts & activities at the Elizabeth Public Library, Elizabethport Branch, 102-110 Third St. Info: 908-289-9032.
Business Forum • Oct. 26 from 8-9:30 a.m. – Ira Cohen, CPA, will speak about measuring profits & productivity at the Edison Chamber of Commerce Conference Room, 336 Raritan Center Parkway, Campus 6, Edison. Free for chamber members; non-members $25. Register: 1-732-738-9482.
Concert • Oct. 28 at noon – Performers from the Rutgers University Mason Gross School of Arts will give a concert at the Elizabeth Public Library, Main Library Auditorium, 11 S. Broad St. Info: 1-908-354-6060 x7154.
Blood Drive • Oct. 28 from 1:30-7:30 p.m. – The Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad, 875 Raritan Rd., will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933- 2566
Crafts Festival • Oct. 29-Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Nearly 300 artisans will showcase contemporary crafts and fine art at the Garden State Exhibit Center, 50 Atrium Drive, Somerset. Admission: $9; children under 12 admitted free. For info, call 1-800-210-9900.
Book Club • Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. – The Food For Thought Friday Book Club will discuss “The Beautiful Cigar Girl by Danile Stashower at the Elizabeth Public Library, Main Library Auditorium, 11 S. Broad St. Info: 1-908-354-6060 x7203.
Pumpkin Festival • Oct. 30 at 2:30 p.m. – Children in Pre-K to Grade 2 are invited to enjoy stories, crafts & activities at the Elizabeth Public Library, Main Library Children’s Room, 11 S. Broad St. Info: 1-908-354-6060 x7209
Singles • Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles Halloween Dance will be held at the Woodbridge Hilton, 20 Wood Ave. South, Iselin. Ages 40+; no jeans/sneakers. Costumes optional; prizes for best costumes. Admission: $15. Info: 1-732-656-1801.
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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