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Tricky Tray • March 18 at 6 p.m. – Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Academy, 170 Hussa St., Linden will host its 8th annual Tricky Tray. Tickets: $17 at the door. 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.

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National Anthem Auditions • March 19 at 1 p.m. – The Newark Bears will hold auditions for singers who want to perform the Star-Spangled Banner before home games at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium, 450 Broad St., Newark. Singers should email kim@aggressivepromotions.com to secure their spots and bring a headshot to the audition. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

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.

St. Patty’s Day Comedy Show • March 19 from 7-11 p.m. – Avenel VFW Memorial Post #7164, 60 W. Park Ave., will host a St. Patrick’s Day dinner comedy show. Tickets are $25 and include at corned beef dinner. Cash bar. Info: 1-732-636-9615.

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

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.

AARP • March 25 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. – The Official Elizabeth AARP Chapter will hold a celebration at the Stephen Sampson Senior Center, 800 Anna St., Elizabaeth. Refreshments.

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 at 1 p.m. – Pianist Harriet Steinberg will perform her show “Popular Songs from Classical Music” at the YM-YWHA of Union County, 501 Green Lane, Union. Free admission. Info: 1-908-289-8112 x 34.

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.

Women’s Health Seminar • March 29 at 5:30 p.m. – “Understanding Abnormal Uterine Bleeding” Speaker: Labib E. Riachi, MD, Board Certified OB/GYN, Specialist in Advanced Pelvic Surgery and Female Incontinence, Trinitas Regional Medical Center. Cervantes Restaurant, 24 North Ave., East, Cranford. To register, call 908 994 – 8939.

Live Music • March 29 at 7:30 p.m. – Musician Gordon Wells will talk about the pedal steel guitar and play music from pop to swing and light jazz at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave. Free admission. Info: 1-908-709-7272.

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

Train Expo • April 2 & 3 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Greenberg’s Train & Toy Show is coming to the NJ Expo Center in Edison. Admission is $7, good for both days. Children 11 & under get in free. Info:www.greenbergshows.com

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.

Health Seminar • April 4 at 5 p.m. - “The Diabetes Epidemic” Speaker: Ari Eckman, MD, Director, Trinitas Regional Medical Center Diabetes Management Center. YM-YWHA, 501 Green Lane, Union. Healthy refreshments. To register, call 1-908-994 – 8939.

Open House • April 4 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. – Mother Seton Regional High School, Valley Rd., Clark will hold an open house for 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th grade girls and their families. Info: 1-732-382-1952.

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.

Friends Of UCPAC • April 6 at 7 p.m. – The Friends of the Union County Arts Center will meet in the UCPAC café, 1601 Irving St., Rahway. Eric Rickles, a former president and founder of the original Landmark group that renovated and re-opened the arts center, will be the guest speaker.

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

Concert • April 7 at 8 p.m. – The Concert Artist Program of Kean will present “From Behind the Iron Curtain,” featuring sonatas and chamber music by Soviet composers, at Kean Hall on the school’s main campus, 1000 Morris Ave., Union. Tickets are $25; call 1-908-737-7469.

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

Rummage Sale • April 8 from 1-4 p.m. & April 9 from 9 a.m. – noon – The Reformed Church of Linden, 600 N. Wood Ave., will hold a rummage sale with men’s, women’s & children’s clothing, household items, books & toys.

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

Celebrity Appearance • April 9 from 1-3 p.m. – Actor Tony Sirico, known for playing Paulie Walnuts on HBO’s The Sopranos, will be signing bottles of Sopranos Wines at Joe Canal’s Discount Liquor Outlet, 489 Rt. 1 South, Woodbridge. For every bottle sold, $1 will be donated to The Wounded Warrior Project & St. Jude Children’s Hospital. No outside memorabilia will be signed. Info: http://www.jcanals.com/pauliewalnuts.php

Singles • April 9 at 8 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will hold an upscale singles dance party at the Crowne Plaza Clark, 36 Valley Rd., Clark. Admission: $17. Ages 40+ No jeans/sneakers/t-shirts. Info: 1-732-656-1801.

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.

Family Theater • April 10 at 3 p.m. – Kean Stage will present “Frindle,” a heartwarming story of a resourceful and gutsy 5th grader who decides to put what he learns in school to the test. Recommended for children ages 7-11. Tickets are $15; call 1-908-737-7469.

Fish Fry • April 10 from 4-6 p.m. – Trinity Episcopal Church, 650 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge, will hold their annual fish & chips dinner. Dine in or take out. Info: 1-732-634-7422 x10.

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.

Religion • April 11 – 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.

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.

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.

Singles • April 15 at 8 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will hold an upscale singles dance party at the Woodbridge Hilton, 20 Wood Ave. South, Iselin. Admission: $17. Ages 40+ No jeans/t-shirts/sneakers. Info: 1-732-656-1801.

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.

Men’s Health • April 25 from 6-7:30 p.m. - Prostate Cancer Support Group. Speaker: Dr. Brett Opell, Urologist. Trinitas Comprehensive Cancer Center, Conference Room, First Floor, 225 Williamson Street, Elizabeth. To register, call Grisela Hidalgo, LCSW, at 1-908-994-8535.

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.

Singles • April 30 at 8:30 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will hold an upscale singles dance party at the Woodbridge Hilton, 20 Wood Ave. South, Iselin. Admission: $17. Ages 40+ No jeans/t-shirts/sneakers. Info: 1-732-656-1801.

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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