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Animated Film Festival • Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. – Arts Guild NJ, 1670 Irving St., Rahway, will show 21 short animated films varying in technique, style and subject. Some material may not be appropriate for children under 18. Admission: $3. Info: 1-732-381-7511

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.

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Spaghetti Dinner • Feb. 27 from 4-8 p.m. – Middlesex County 4-H will host a spaghetti dinner at the county 4-H Center, 645 Cranbury Rd., East Brunswick. Tickets are $8. Proceeds will go towards roof repairs. Info: 1-732-398-5261.

Consolidation Meeting • March 2 at 7:30 p.m. – Scotch Plains – Fanwood consolidation meeting, Brunner Elementary School, 721 Westfield Rd., Scotch Plains.

Atlantic City Trip • March 3 from 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Rahway AARP will hold its monthly bus trip to Atlantic City’s Showboat Casino. Cost: $22, with a $30 cash voucher. For info, call Irene at 1-732-499-7740.

Clark Seniors • March 3 at 1 p.m. – The Clark Seniors will meet at the Brewer Senior Center, 430 Westfield Ave., Clark. Guest speakers include schools Superintendent Kenneth Knops and Bill Caruso, who will discuss Clark Senior Housing. Info: 1-732-382-7134.

Medicare Seminar • March 3 from 1-3 p.m. – The State Bar Foundation will sponsor a free public seminar on navigating the Medicare-Medicaid Maze at the New Jersey Law Center, 1 Constitution Square off Ryders Lane in New Brunswick. Info: 1-800-FREE-LAW

Saving & Investing Class • March 3 from 7-9 p.m. – The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County will host a free workshop, “Saving, Investing and Surviving Tough Times,” at the new county building in Westfield. Registration required; call 1-908-654-9854.

Landlord-Tenant Seminar • March 3 from 7-9 p.m. – The State Bar Foundation will sponsor a free public seminar on landlord-tenant issues at the New Jersey Law Center, 1 Constitution Square off Ryders Lane in New Brunswick. Info: 1-800-FREE-LAW

Robotics Competition • March 4 and 5 - The 2011 NJ FIRST Robotics Competition will be held at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, beginning at 8 a.m. each day. It is free and open to the public. Info: www.nycfirst.org

Circus • March 4 at 7 p.m. – The New Shanghai Circus will perform at Kean University’s Wilkins Theatre, on the main campus at 1000 Morris Ave., Union. Tickets are $15; call 1-908-737-7469.

Gift Auction • March 4 at 7:30 p.m. – The Parents’ Guild of Mother Seton Regional High School. 1 Valley Rd., Clark, will hold a “Pot of Gold” gift basket auction. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Admission, which includes one sheet of tickets, coffee or tea and dessert, is $15 (advance only.) For info or tickets, call 1-732-382-1952.

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.

Concert • March 5 at 8 p.m. – 2011 Grammy-winner Esperanza Spalding will perform in an exclusive NJ/NY area engagement at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway. Tickets range from $32-$58. Call 1-732-499-8226.

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.

Taste of Cranford • March 6 from 5-8 p.m. – The Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave., will host the 2nd annual Taste of Cranford. Tickets are $40 and proceeds benefits the United Way of Greater Union County’s Special Response Fund. Info: 1-908-353-7171 ext. 138.

Widows Or Widowers • March 7 at 7 p.m. – Middlesex East Widows Or Widowers will conduct a business meeting at the Carteret Community Center, Pershing & Cooke aves. All widows & widowers welcome. Info: 732-969-2228 or 908-757-0515.

Book Sale • March 9-12 –Friends of the Cranford Public Library are holding a book sale at the library’s cellar, 224 Walnut Ave. More than 6,000 books, plus CDs, DVDs and recorded books will be on sale for prices between a quarter and $2. Saturday is bag day; fill a bag of books for $8. The sale is open from 4-7:30 p.m. on March 9, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on March 10 & 11, and 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on March 12.

Concert • March 9 at 7 p.m. –Mick Maloney will perform a free concert featuring Irish music at South Amboy High School, 200 Hoffman Plaza. Registration required: call 1-732-745-4489.

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.

Ceramic Class • March 10 – Linden recreation will offer a surprise ceramic class for city children and adults. The children’s class begins at 6 p.m. and the adult class begins at 7:35 p.m. Fee: $10. Info: 1-908-474-8627.

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.

Reading Club • March 10 at 7 p.m. – The Carteret Public Library Reading Club will meet at the library, 100 Cooke Ave., to discuss Emily Bronte’s “Wuthering Heights.” Info: 1-732-541-3830.

Concert • March 10 at 8 p.m. – Kean University’s Concert Artist Program will present a jazz concert featuring alto saxophonist Andy Fusco and drummer James Musto at the University Center Little Theatre on the school’s main campus, 1000 Morris Ave., Union. Tickets are $15 and may be obtained by calling 1-908-737-7469.

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.

Singles • March 11 from 7:30 – 11:30 p.m. – Middlesex East Widows Or Widowers, Carteret Chapter, will hold a St. Patrick’s Day dance at the American Legion Hall, 1155 Roosevelt Ave., Carteret. Admission: $10 members, $12 guests. Info: 732-969-2228 or 908-757-0515.

Craft Fair • March 12 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – The Middlesex County 4-H Spring Fling Craft Fair will take place at the county 4-H Center, 645 Cranbury Rd., East Brunswick. There will also be a bake sale. Info: 1-732-723-9968.

Chess Tournament • March 12 at 1 p.m. – The Carteret Public Library, 100 Cooke Ave., will host a chess tournament for all ages. Info: 1-732-541-3830.

St. Patrick’s Day • March 12 at 2 p.m. – South Amboy’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will march along S. Pine Ave., Bordentown Ave., Stevens Ave. and Main St. before finishing up on Broadway. For more information, visit saparade.com. If you would like to march, call Betty Sturgis at 1-732-261-7350.

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.

Blood Drive • March 15 from 2:30-8 p.m. – The American Legion T. Nulty Post #471, 25 Brown Rd., Iselin, will sponsor their inaugural blood drive. Walk-ins welcome. Appointments can be made by calling 1-732-634-9119.

Networking • March 16 at noon – The Cranford Chamber of Commerce will hold a networking event at the Cranford Hotel on Walnut Ave. There will be a guest speaker from Northeast Planning. Members and guests are invited. Admission: $10. RSVP to 1-908-272-6114 by March 11

Concert • March 17 at 7:30 p.m. – The Watoto Children’s Choir from Africa will present a free Concert of Hope at the Christ United Methodist Church, 485 Hoes Lane, Piscataway. A free-will offering to benefit the Watoto ministry in Uganda will be collected. Info: 1-732-463-1517

Jewish Singles • March 17 from 8-10:30 p.m. – The Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison will host a Jewish Singles Purim Party for people ages 30-45 and 45-60. Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Info: 1-732-494-3232.

Fishing Flea Market • March 19 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. –St. Thomas Church Hall, 1400 St. Georges Ave., Rahway will host the Spring Fishing Flea Market. Door prizes every half hour. Admission: $4, children 12 & under free. Info: 1-732-381-2165.

Purim Carnival • March 20 from 1-4 p.m. –The Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison will host a Purim Carnival. Free admission. Games, magic shows, food, swimming and more. Come in costume & get 2 prize tickets. Info: 1-732-494-3232 ext. 621.

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 • March 31 at 8 p.m. – Jefferson Starship will perform a 40th anniversary concert at the Forum Theatre Arts Centre, 314 Main St., Metuchen, with founders Paul Kantner and David Freiberg, longtime drummer Donny Baldwin, Grammy-nominated Broadway singer Cathy Richardson, lead guitarist Slick Aguilar and keyboardist Chris Smith. Tickets are $40 & $35. Info: 1-732-548-5600.

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

Concert • April 2 at 8 p.m. – Frontiers, a Journey tribute band, will perform at the Forum Theatre Arts Center, 314 Main St., Metuchen. Tickets are $16. Info: 1-732-548-5600.

Government Classes • April 6 from 7-8 p.m. – The JCC of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison, will offer U.S. Government classes taught by a state-certified U.S. history teacher. A six-week session costs $75, while an 8-week session is $100. Citizenship test information will be provided upon request. Info: 1-732-494-3232 x619

Concert • April 8 at 8 p.m. – Singer/songwriter Aimee Mann will perform at the Forum Theatre Arts Center, 314 Main St., Metuchen. Tickets are $45. Info: 1-732-548-5600.

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.

Author Appearance • April 14 at 6:30 p.m. – Local author Leo J. Battenhausen will talk about his self-help book, “Defeating Depression: The Calm and Sense Way to Finding Happiness and Satisfaction,” at the Linden Public Library on East Henry St. Info: 1-908-298-3830.

Concert • April 16 at 8 p.m. – THE British Invasion, a 1960s tribute band, will perform at the Forum Theatre Arts Center, 314 Main St., Metuchen. Tickets are $16. Info: 1-732-548-5600.

Magic Show • April 27 – Linden recreation is offering a free magic show for children in pre-school though 5th grade at the McManus Middle School, 330 Edgewood Rd. There are two sessions: 10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. Info: 1-908-474-8600.

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.


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