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

Concert • Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. — The Barron Arts Center will host a concert/dance performance at Woodbridge Middle School. 525 Barron Ave., to celebrate Chinese New Year. Reservations required; call 1-732-634-0413.

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Ballroom Dance • Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. – The Westfield Symphony Orchestra will present “Shall We Dance,” a ballroom spectacular with Carolina Jaurena and Friends, at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway. Tickets are $25-$70. (Students: $10) Call 1-908-232-9400.

Concert • Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. – The Rahway Public Library will host a performance by the Rahway Valley Jerseyaires a cappella chorus. Enjoy barbershop, bebop, doo-wop and other music. Info: 1-732-340-1551 x212

Business Networking • Feb. 9 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – The Edison Chamber of Commerce will hold a business mixer at Chris Michaels Steakhouse, 40 Oakwood Ave., Woodbridge. Members: $15; guests: $30. Advance registration required: call 1-732-738-9482.

Library Board Meeting • Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. – The Carteret Public Library Board of Trustees will meet at the library, 100 Cooke Ave., Carteret.

Poetry • Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. – Poet Laura Boss will be the featured reader at Poetswednesday at the Barron Arts Center, 582 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge. Free admission, donations encouraged. There will be an open reading following the featured poet. There is a poetry workshop from 7-8 p.m. for a nominal fee. Info: 1-908-272-3141.

Book Club • Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. – The Carteret Public Library Reading Club will meet at the library, 100 Cooke Ave., Carteret to discuss One Police Plaza by William J. Caunitz.

Employer Legislative Forum • Feb. 11 from 8-9:30 a.m. – The Edison Chamber of Commerce will hold a Middlesex County Employer Legislative Forum at the Renaissance Woodbridge, 515 Route One South, Iselin. $20 per person fee includes breakfast. Advance registration requested: call 1-732-738-9482.

Library Activity • Feb. 11 at 3 p.m. – The children’s department at Carteret Public Library, 100 Cooke Ave., Carteret will screen the movie Shrek Forever After The Final Chapter. Light refreshments.

Art Reception • Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. – The Barron Arts Center, 582 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge, will host an opening reception for a Chinese art exhibition. Reservations recommended; call 1-732-634-0413.

Information Session • Feb. 12 – Morning Star Community Christian Center, 1009 Chandler Ave., Linden will hold an information session for homeowners, home buyers and tenants. Info: 1-908-282-0781 ext. 1146 or email jackie.j@bndcdc.org

Blood Drive • Feb. 12 from 8:30 a.m. –2:30 p.m. – St. James Church, 145 Grove Ave., Woodbridge, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566

Concert • Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. — The Ritz Theatre, 1148 E. Jersey St., Elizabeth, will present Disco Fever, featuring Boney M, Trammps, Anita Ward, Maxine Nightingale and Thelma Houston. Tickets are $45-$89. Call 1-908-352-1919

Jewish Singles • Feb. 12 from 8-11 p.m. – The Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County will hold a dance party for Jewish singles ages 30-45 at the Days Hotel, 195 Rt. 18 South, East Brunswick. Live DJ, cash bar. Admission: $25. Info: 1-732-494-3232 ext. 621.

Live Music • Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. – Jazz musician Janice Friedman will perform at Salem Roadhouse Café, 829 Salem Rd., Union. Donation: $15 per person ($10 students). Includes hot & cold snacks & beverages. Info: 1-908-686-1028.

Singles • Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will hold an upscale singles dance at Crown Plaza Edison, 2055 Lincoln Highway (Rt. 27). Ages 40+, no jeans/sneakers/t-shirts. Admission: $17. Info: 1-732-656-1801.

Sports Card Show • Feb. 13 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – The Rahway Senior Citizens Center, 1306 Esterbrook Ave., will hold a sports card show. Suggested donation: $1 Info: 1-732-827-2094.

Hadassah Meeting • Feb. 15 at 1:30 p.m. –Raritan Valley Hadassah will hold a general meeting at the Highland Park Temple, 201 South Third Ave. A local psychotherapist will lead members through the techniques of Bibliodrama, an encounter between the inner worlds of Biblical characters and the inner worlds of ourselves.

Business Seminar • Feb. 15 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Learn about buying a business or franchise at a free seminar conducted by Jack Armstrong of Frannet at the Westfield Memorial Library, 550 E. Broad St. Pre-register by emailing sbdc@kean.edu or call 1-908-737-4220.

Chix With Stix • Feb. 16 at 8:15 p.m. – The Raritan Valley Hadassah Knitting Group, Chix with Stix, knits hats for preemies and ill infants in local and Israeli hospitals. For info, call Natalie Herbin at 1-732-339-8492. To participate by knitting at home, call Tillie Pass at 1-732-572-0753.

Blood Drive • Feb. 17 from 7:30 a.m. –1:30 p.m. – Bishop Ahr High School, 1 Tingley Lane, Edison, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566

CEO Roundtable • Feb. 18 from 8-10 a.m. – Pam Wassermann, Shulman & Associates will talk about increasing your revenue source at the Edison Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s CEO Roundtable at Metuchen Golf and Country Club, 244 Plainfield Rd., Edison. Edison Chamber Members Senior Management only. $20. Register at www.EdisonChamber.com

Blood Drive • Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. –4 p.m. – Woodbridge YMCA, 600 Main St., Woodbridge, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566

Blood Drive • Feb. 20 from 8 a.m. –2 p.m. – First Baptist Church of Metuchen, 225 Middlesex Ave., will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566

Blood Drive • Feb. 20 from 8 a.m. –2 p.m. – St. Andrew’s Church, 244 Avenel St., Avenel, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566

Chug Ivrit • Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. – Chug Ivrit Hebrew speaking club will meet. Contact Rachel Weintraub at rachel@weintraubworld.net or 1-732-819-9298 for location.

Singles • Feb. 20 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: 1-732-381-3255 or 1-908-757-0515

Book Group • Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. – The Raritan Valley Hadassah book group is reading “The Pity of It All” by Amos Elon. Call Gustine Matt at 732-545-3147 for meeting place and further info.

Singles • Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will hold an upscale singles dance at Woodbridge Hilton, 20 Wood Ave. South, Iselin. Ages 40+, no jeans/sneakers/t-shirts. Admission: $17. Info: 1-732-656-1801.

Blood Drive • Feb. 23 from 2–6 p.m. – Wardlaw-Hartridge Upper School, 1295 Inman Ave., Edison, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566

Blood Drive • Feb. 23 from 2–8 p.m. – What’s the Scoop, 410 Main St., Metuchen, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566

Blood Drive • Feb. 24 from 1:30–7:30 p.m. – Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad, 875 Raritan Rd., Clark, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566

Blood Drive • Feb. 27 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 St., South Amboy. There will also be an Irish soda bread sale. Info: 1-732-525-2696.

Concert • March 4 at 8 p.m. – The Barron Arts Center, 582 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge, will host a concert by the Spook Handy Trio. Suggested donation: $5. Reservations required; call 1-732-634-0413.

Fundraiser Brunch • March 6 at 11 a.m. – Raritan Valley Hadassah will hold a Youth Aliyah Brunch honoring Sissy Princz at Congregation Ahavas Achim, 216 South First Avenue, Highland Park. Proceeds benefit Hadassah’s Youth Aliyah Villages for at-risk youth in Israel. Donation categories; $36, Shalom Advisor, $50 New Life, $100 Guardian Donor, $500 Mitzvah Donor, $1000 Ima or Abba Donor. RSVP by no later than Feb. 20 by writing a check payable to Hadassah and mailing it to Roseyln Bell, 134 Highland Ave, Edison, NJ 08817.

Poetry • March 9 at 8 p.m. – Poets Rene Ashley and Kate Greenstreet will be the featured readers at Poetswednesday at the Barron Arts Center, 582 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge. Free admission, donations encouraged. There will be an open reading following the featured poet. There is a poetry workshop from 7-8 p.m. for a nominal fee. Info: 1-908-272-3141.

Concert • March 10 at 7 p.m. – The Linden Public Library, 31 East Henry St., will host jazz singer Carol Erickson. Registration required; Linden residents have priority. Call 1-908-298-3830 ext. 11.

Craft Show • March 11-13 – The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival will feature approximately 275 artisans at the Garden State Exhibit Center, 50 Atrium Drive, Somerset. Info: www.sugarloafcrafts.com

Art Reception • March 11 at 7:30 p.m. – The Barron Arts Center, 582 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge, will host an opening reception for an art show by Paul Kiesche, “Off the Beaten Path.” Reservations recommended; call 1-732-634-0413.

Sports Card Show • March 13 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – The Rahway Senior Citizens Center, 1306 Esterbrook Ave., will hold a sports card show. Suggested donation: $1 Info: 1-732-827-2094.

St. Patrick’s Day • March 13 from 4-6 p.m. –The Barron Arts Center will hold their annual “Irish Afternoon” St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser at the Trinity Church Hall, 650 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge. Corned beef and cabbage dinner will be served. Adults: $12, children: $6. Takeout available. For info or to buy tickets: 1-732-634-0413.

Blood Drive • March 15 from 1-7 p.m. – The Linden Public Library, 31 East Henry St., will host a blood drive. Info: 1-908-298-3830 ext.11.

Concert • March 21 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. – The Rahway Public Library will host a performance by the Rahway Valley Jerseyaires a cappella chorus. Enjoy barbershop, bebop, doo-wop and other music. Info: 1-732-340-1551 x212

Library Event • March 30 at 7 p.m. – Author Dale K. Nelson will discuss his book, “Born Innocent” at the Linden Library, 31 E. Henry St. For info or to sign up, call 1-908-298-3830 ext. 11.

Arts Lecture • March 30 at 7:30 p.m. – Anabel Tortorel will discuss the film “Ellis Island: Island of Hope, Island of Tears” at the Barron Arts Center, 582 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge. Reservations required; call 1-732-634-0413.

Concert • April 1 at 8 p.m. – The Barron Arts Center, 582 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge, will present a concert by Tom Brislin. Suggested donation: $5. Reservations required; call 1-732-634-0413.

Sports Card Show • April 10 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – The Rahway Senior Citizens Center, 1306 Esterbrook Ave., will hold a sports card show. Suggested donation: $1 Info: 1-732-827-2094.

Sports Card Show • May 8 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – The Rahway Senior Citizens Center, 1306 Esterbrook Ave., will hold a sports card show. Suggested donation: $1 Info: 1-732-827-2094.

Sports Card Show • June 12 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – The Rahway Senior Citizens Center, 1306 Esterbrook Ave., will hold a sports card show. Suggested donation: $1 Info: 1-732-827-2094.

Sports Card Show • July 10 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – The Rahway Senior Citizens Center, 1306 Esterbrook Ave., will hold a sports card show. Suggested donation: $1 Info: 1-732-827-2094.

Sports Card Show • Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – The Rahway Senior Citizens Center, 1306 Esterbrook Ave., will hold a sports card show. Suggested donation: $1 Info: 1-732-827-2094.

Sports Card Show • Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – The Rahway Senior Citizens Center, 1306 Esterbrook Ave., will hold a sports card show. Suggested donation: $1 Info: 1-732-827-2094.

Sports Card Show • Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – The Rahway Senior Citizens Center, 1306 Esterbrook Ave., will hold a sports card show. Suggested donation: $1 Info: 1-732-827-2094.

Sports Card Show • Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – The Rahway Senior Citizens Center, 1306 Esterbrook Ave., will hold a sports card show. Suggested donation: $1 Info: 1-732-827-2094.

Sports Card Show • Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – The Rahway Senior Citizens Center, 1306 Esterbrook Ave., will hold a sports card show. Suggested donation: $1 Info: 1-732-827-2094.

Jewish Singles • Feb. 5 from 8-11 p.m. – The Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County will hold a dance party for Jewish singles ages 30-45 at the Days Hotel, 195 Rt. 18 South, East Brunswick. Live DJ, cash bar. Admission: $25. Info: 1-732-494-3232 ext. 621.

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