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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

Family Movie • March 11 at 3 p.m. – The children’s department of the Carteret Public Library, 100 Cooke Ave., will show the film “16 Wishes.” Info: 1-732-541-3830

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Art Reception • March 11 from 6-8 p.m. – The Tomasulo Gallery, located on the 1st floor of MacKay Library on Union County College’s Cranford campus, 1033 Springfield Ave., will host an opening reception for artist Joan Grubin’s “Propositions in Paper” exhibition. The exibit will be on display until April 16. Info:1-908-709-7155.

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.

Medical QiGong • March 12 from 10:30 a.m. – noon – Willow Grove Presbyterian Church, 1961 Raritan Rd., Scotch Plains will offer a course of meditation exercises. Info: 1-908-232-5678.

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.

St. Patrick’s Day Party • March 12 from 6:30-10:30 p.m. – Church of the Assumption, 113 Chiego Pl., Roselle Park, will host a St. Patrick’s Day party with food and entertainment. Fee: $20 per person. Info: 1-908-245-1107

Live Music • March 12 at 8 p.m. – Jazz singer Carrie Jackson will perform at the Salem Roadhouse Café, 829 Salem Rd., Union. Admission: $15 / $10 for students. Includes snacks/desserts/coffee. Info: 1-908-686-1028

Singles • March 12 at 8 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will host an upscale singles dance party at the Woodbridge Hilton, 20 Wood Ave. South, Iselin. Ages 40+, no jeans/t-shirts/sneakers. Admission: $17. Info: 1-732-656-1801.

Blood Drive • March 13 from 7:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. – St. Agnes Church, 332 Madison Hill Rd., Clark, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566

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.

Record Show • March 13 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Hotel 304 West, Route 22 West, Springfield, will host a Record & CD Expo. Admission: $6 adults; $3 children

St. Patrick’s Day • March 13 at 1:30 p.m. – The 38th Annual Woodbridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off from Woodbridge High School, moves to Freeman St., onto Linden Ave., Amboy Ave. (Rt. 35) and Main St., concluding in front of Town Hall.

Corned Beef Dinner • March 13 from 3-7 p.m. – Middlesex County 4-H will host a corned beef and cabbage dinner at the county 4-H center, 645 Cranbury Rd., East Brunswick. Tickets are $10 per person. Call 1-732-398-5261

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 14 from 2-8 p.m. – Raritan Bay Area YMCA, 365 New Brunswick Ave., Perth Amboy, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566

Library Program • March 14 at 2 p.m. –The New Jersey Mental Health Players are coming to the Rahway Public Library, 2 City Hall Plaza, to teach about the signs and symptoms of coping with changes related to aging. Call 1-732-340-1551 x212 to register.

Health Program • March 14 from 2-4 p.m. – If you’re concerned about falling, learn to view falls as controllable and how to avoid risks at “A Matter of Balance” offered at the Perth Amboy Fire Dept., 375 New Brunswick Ave. To register: 1-732-826-1690 ext. 4307

Business Networking • March 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. – The Edison Chamber of Commerce will hold a St. Patrick’s Day business networking event at Hailey’s Harp & Pub, 400 Main St., Metuchen. Registration required; call 1-732-738-9482. $15 members/$20 non-members.

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 2-8 p.m. – Iselin American Legion, 25 Brown Ave., Iselin, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566

Blood Drive • March 15 from 2-8 p.m. – Theodore Roosevelt Masonic Lodge, 82 Elm St., Carteret, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566

Book Sale • March 15 from 2 –8 p.m. – Friends of the Perth Amboy Free Public Library will hold a book sale at the library, 196 Jefferson St., Perth Amboy. Buy a bag of books for $5. Info: 1-732-826-9466 or 1-732-293-1090.

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.

Hadassah • March 15 at 7 p.m. – The Highland Park Conservative Temple-Congregation Anshe Emeth Sisterhood & Raritan Valley Chapter of Hadassah will hold their annual joint meeting at the Highland Park Conservative Temple, 201 South Third Ave. Nanette Cohen of “The Shana Rose” will talk about  “Herbs of the Bible & Hot Times in Harem In which Esther (Hadassah) prepares for her Marriage to King Achashveirosh.” For info or to RSVP, email Teri Manes at Tjmanes1@hotmail.com.

Purim Party • March 16 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – The Senior Dept. of the YM-YWHA of Union, 501 Green Ln., will hold its annual Purim Party featuring music by Tuvia Zimber. A roast chicken lunch is included. $5 members, $7 guests. Reservations required by March 14; call Susan at 1-908-289-8112.

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

Estate Planning Seminar • March 16 from 12:15-1 p.m. – Attorney Ken Vercammen will offer a free seminar on estate planning at his office, 2053 Woodbridge Ave., 2nd Floor, Edison. Call 1-732-572-0500 to pre-register. A canned food donation for St. James Food Bank is requested.

Blood Drive • March 17 from 2-8 p.m. – Ben Franklin School, 2485 Woodbridge Ave., Edison, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566

Live Music • March 17 from 7-9 p.m. – Mountainside Library’s monthly folk music café will feature Spook Handy & Paul Prestopino. Free. Info: 1-908-233-0115 or folkmusiccafe@yahoo.com.

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.

Tricky Tray • March 18 at 6 p.m. – Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Academy, 170 Hussa St., Linden will host its 8th annual Tricky Tray. Advance tickets: $15 ($17 at the door.) Value packs offering $75 worth of tickets are $50 before March 11.) Must be 18+ to participate. Info: 1-908-486-2507

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.

Benefit Concert • March 19 at 7 p.m. – The Rose of Sharon Church, 825 W. 7th St., Plainfield, will host a benefit concert. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Info: 1-732-253-9038.

Ballet • March 19 at 7:30 p.m. – Kean Stage will present the Moscow Festival Ballet’s production of “Sleeping Beauty” at the Wilkins Theatre on the main campus, 1000 Morris Ave., Union. Tickets are $30 for adults & $20 for students and children. Call 1-908-737-7469.

Blood Drive • March 20 from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Our Lady of Peace Church in Fords will host a blood drive at the Middle School Building, Franklin Ave. off of Amboy Ave., Edison. Complimentary cholesterol screening. Signed or photo ID required. Info: 1-732-738-7940.

Blood Drive • March 20 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. – St. Stephen’s R.C. Church, 500 State St., Perth Amboy, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566

Local History • March 20 from noon-4 p.m. – The Dr. William Robinson Plantation & Museum, 593 Madison Hill Rd., Clark, will host a sheep shearing & wool spinning demonstration.

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.

Singles • March 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.

Taste of Middlesex • March 21 from 5:30-8 p.m. – The 14th Annual Taste of Middlesex fundraiser, featuring approx. 40 restaurants & caterers, will be held at the Pines Manor, 2085 Lincoln Hwy., Edison. Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door. Info: 1-732-738-9482.

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

Cooking Program • March 22 at 7 p.m. – Dietitian Diane Weeks will show you how to prepare allergen free meals, focusing on egg, gluten and dairy allergies, at the RWJ Rahway Fitness & Wellness Center, 2120 Lamberts Mill Rd., Scotch Plains. RSVP to 1-732-499-6193.

Hadassah Knitting Group • March 22 at 8:15 p.m. – Chix with Stix, the Raritan Valley Chapter Hadassah knitting group, will meet at a home at 514 Braun Ave., Highland Park. Info: 1-732-339-8492.

Library Program • March 23 at 6:30 p.m.–The New Jersey Mental Health Players are coming to the Rahway Public Library, 2 City Hall Plaza, to teach about the signs and symptoms of family anxiety issues. Call 1-732-340-1551 x212 to register.

NCAA® Open Practice • March 24 from noon-4 p.m. – The Prudential Center, 165 Mulberry St., Newark, will open its doors to allow the public to watch some of the nation’s top college basketball players practice for the NCAA® Tournament. Info: www.GoNewark.com/HoopFest

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

College Basketball Fanfest • March 24 from 5-9 p.m; March 25 from 3-10 p.m.; March 26 from noon-6 p.m. & March 27 from noon – 7 p.m. – A festival of free family-oriented, basketball-themed & entertainment activities will take place in Championship Plaza next to the Prudential Center in Newark. Info: www.GoNewark.com/HoopFest

Solar Energy Presentation • March 24 at 7 p.m. – 1st Light Energy will hold a presentation on solar energy at the Swagath Gourmet Restaurant, 1700 Oak Tree Rd., Edison. Info: 1-866-83-SOLAR.

Youth Wellness Class • March 24 from 7-9 p.m. –Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County will offer a free class, “Youth Wellness: How Can Parents Help?” at the county building, 300 North Ave. East, Westfield. Pre-registration required; call Digna Torres at 1-908-654-9854.

Concert • March 24 at 8 p.m. – Kean University will present the concert version of Verdi’s “Rigoletto” at Enlow Hall on the graduate school campus, 215 North Ave., Hillside. Tickets are $25. Call 1-908-737-7469.

Wine Tasting • March 25 – The Clark Education Fund will hold the annual Wine Tasting & Microbrew Extravaganza at the Gran Centurions in Clark. For info & tickets, email info@clarkeducationfund.org.

Chug Ivrit • March 27 at 10 a.m. – The Raritan Valley Chapter Hadassah Chug Ivrit Hebrew speaking club will meet. Open to men & women, regardless of Hadassah membership. Info: 1-732-819-9298.

Vendor Expo • March 27 from noon – 4 p.m. – Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva, 2 Harrison St., Edison, will host a vendor expo with over 30 vendors offering Judaica, toys, crafts, jewelry, bags, children’s fashion and more. Free admission. Info: 1-732-239-9434

Live Music • March 27 from 1-4 p.m. – Friends of the Cranford Public Library, 224 Walnut Ave., will host three musical groups from Cranford High School: The Madrigal Choir, Jazz Ensemble and String Orchestra. Free admission; refreshments.

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.

Easter • April 2 – Middlesex County’s 4-H Junior Council will present “Breakfast with the Bunnies” at the Middlesex County 4-H Center, 645 Cranbury Rd., East Brunswick. Parents and children (ages 2-8) can enjoy a pancake breakfast and children’s activities for $5 (children 8 and under) or $8 (ages 9 and up). There are two sessions: 8:30-10 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. – noon. Info: 1-732-398-5261

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.

Concert • April 3 at 8 p.m. – Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Fred Hersch will perform a solo concert at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway. Tickets are $20; call 1-732-499-8226.

Hadassah • April 6 from 8:45 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Hadassah will hold its annual regional education symposium, Israel: The Power of the Nation, at the Forsgate Country Club, Monroe. Hadassah members: $46; non-members $48. Sign up early: 1-732-643-1100.

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

Clark Seniors • April 7 at 1 p.m. – The Clark Seniors Monthly Meeting will be held at the Brewer Senior Center, 430 Westfield Ave. Schools superintendent Kenneth Knops will be the guest speaker. Info: 1-732-382-7134

Passport Fair • April 8 from 10 a.m. –2 p.m. –The Alexander F. Jankowski Community Center, 1 Olive St., Perth Amboy will host a passport fair. Info: 1-732-826-1690 ext. 4326

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.

SAT Review • April 9 from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. –The Constine Evans Scholarship Fund of the Morning Star Community Development Corporation will sponsor an SAT test review at the Linden/Roselle Community Center, 1238 E. St. Georges Ave, Linden. $10 registration fee; deadline March 26. Registration & continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m.; lunch will be served. Info: scholarship@mscdc.org

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.

Police Dog Demonstration • April 11 at 3:30 p.m. – The Linden Public Library will host a police dog demonstration in the Columbia Bank Room. Sign up at the circulation desk or call 1-908-298-3830 ext. 11.

Israel Presentation • April 12 at 7 p.m. – The Israel Awareness Committee of Congregation Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Ave., Metuchen, will host “Meet the IDF.” Meet Israel Defense Forces soldiers, watch a short film and take part in an question & answer session. Free admission. Info: 1-732-494-3232 ext. 621.

Religion • April 13 – The Sacred Heart Council of Catholic Women will present “Mary’s Way of the Cross” after the 7 p.m. Mass at Sacred Heart Church, 531 Washington Ave., South Amboy. Info: 1-732-525-2696.

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.

Local History • April 17 from noon-4 p.m. – The Dr. William Robinson Plantation & Museum, 593 Madison Hill Rd., Clark, will offer tours.

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.

Musical • April 28 at 8 p.m. – The national touring production of the perennial Broadway favorite “The Music Man” will stop at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway for one night only. Tickets range from $32-$60. Call 1-732-499-8226.

Bake Sale • April 30 & May 1 – The Sacred Heart Council of Catholic Women will hold a bake sale with homemade pies, cakes, breads and cookies after all Masses across the street from the church, located on Washington Ave., South Amboy. Info: 1-732-525-2696.

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.

Bicycle Tour • May 22 at 7:30 a.m. – Groundwork Elizabeth’s 8th annual Tour de Elizabeth event will be held, rain or shine. Info: www.groundworkelizabeth.com or 1-908-289-0262

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.

Record Show • June 12 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Hotel 304 West, Route 22 West, Springfield, will host a Record & CD Expo. Admission: $6 adults; $3 children

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.

Record Show • Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Hotel 304 West, Route 22 West, Springfield, will host a Record & CD Expo. Admission: $6 adults; $3 children

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.

Record Show • Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Hotel 304 West, Route 22 West, Springfield, will host a Record & CD Expo. Admission: $6 adults; $3 children


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