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Blood Drive • Oct. 28 from 1 – 7 p.m. – Jersey Gardens Outlet Mall, 651 Kapkowski Rd., Elizabeth, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Blood Drive • Oct. 28 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.

Fish & Chips • Oct. 28 from 6-8 p.m. – The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7363, 6 Broadway, Clark, will host a fish and chips dinner by Thistles. Chicken will also be available. Dine in or eat out. Donations: $12 in advance, $15 at door. Children under 12: $10. Info: 1-732-428-4720 after 1 p.m.

Magic Show • Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. – The Reformed Church of Linden, 600 North Wood Ave., will present a Halloween Treat, the Mike Spade Magic Show. Tickets are $5 for individuals or $12 for the family package. Come in costume. Info: 1-908-486-3714.

Singles • Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will host a Halloween Dance at the Woodbridge Hilton, 20 Wood Ave. South, Iselin. Costumes optional; prizes awarded for best ones. Ages 40+. No jeans/t-shirts/sneakers. $17 admission. Directions: 1-732-494-6200. Info: 1-732-656-1801.

Flea Market • Oct. 29 & Oct. 30 from 9-5 p.m. – Lyndhurst United Methodist Church will hold a flea market, craft & collectible show at the New Jersey Transit Lot at New York Ave. Info: 1-201-998-1144.

Banking Solutions Program • Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. – Representatives from Valley National Bank will speak to parents about savings accounts for their children and banking solutions for seniors at the Union Public Library, 1980 Morris Ave. Info: 1-908-851-5450 ext. 5452.

Blood Drive • Oct. 30 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. – St. Mary’s Church, 256 August St., South Amboy, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

C.R.O.P. Walk • Oct. 30 at 1:15 p.m. – The Woodbridge Interfaith Clergy Council is sponsoring the Iselin-Woodbridge Community C.R.O.P. (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Walk at Fords Park. Call Rev. Jim Thomas for info: 1-732-283-1188.

Christian Movie • Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. – Calvary Assembly of God, 953 West Chestnut Street, Union, will host a screening of the film “The Ecounter,” a faith-filled family drama about five people who are brought face to face with Jesus and encouraged to examine the true condition of their lives. Info: 1-908-964-1133

Dance • Oct. 30 from 7-11 p.m. – Woodbridge Widows or Widowers will hold an open dance at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Morrissey Ave., Avenel. Light refreshments; all welcome. Admission: $10 members, $12 guests. Info: 1-732-381-3255 or 1-908-757-0515.

Singles • Oct. 31 from 5:30-9 p.m. – The Professional & Business Singles Network will hold a Halloween Singles’ Social at Arirang Steakhouse, Route 22 West, Mountainside. Costumes optional. $18 admission. Info: 1-610-348-5544

Business Seminar • Nov. 1 at 8 a.m. – Unity Bank will present a free business seminar, “How to Maximize the Discretionary Effort of Your Employees,” led by author Paul Marciano, Ph.D., at Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, 515 US Highway 1 South, Iselin. Seating is limited; register at www.unitybank.com/seminar

Lunch & Learn • Nov. 1 at noon – The YM-YWHA of Union’s J.O.Y. Program will present the first in a series of Lunch & Learn programs. Philip Cantor of the Jewish Historical Society of Central NJ will talk about “The Rise of Media in the Lower East Side.” The YM-YWHA is located at 501 Green Lane, Union. Info: 1-908-289-8112 ext. 34.

Senior Driving Classes • Nov. 2 & 3 from 1-4 p.m. – The YM-YWHA of Union, 501 Green Lane, will offer the 55 Alive Driving Program through the AARP to anyone over the age of 50 who wishes to improve their driving skills or potentially qualify for an auto insurance discount. Both sessions must be successfully completed. Cost: $10. To register, call 1-908-289-8112 ext. 34.

Blood Drive • Nov. 2 from 2:30 – 7 p.m. – Livingston Avenue School, 75 Livingston Ave., Cranford, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566. ID required; first time donors must know their Social Security number.

School Open House • Nov. 2 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. – Mother Seton Regional High School, Valley Road, Clark, will hold an open house for 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th grade girls and their parents. Info: 1-732-382-1952.

Atlantic City Bus Trip • Nov. 3 at 8:30 a.m. – Rahway’s AARP will hold its monthly bus trip to Atlantic City’s Showboat Casino. Cost: $22; receive a $30 cash voucher. To reserve a spot, call Irene at 1-732-499-7740.

Clark Seniors • Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. – The Clark Senior monthly meeting will be held at the Brewer Senior Center, 430 Westfield Ave., Clark. Philip Caruso, a community liaison for Accredited Health Services, will be the guest speaker. Refreshments. Info: 1-732-382-7134.

Blood Drive • Nov. 3 from 2 – 6 p.m. – Wardlaw-Hartridge Upper School, 1295 Inman Ave., Edison, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566. ID required; first time donors must know their Social Security number.

Book Discussion Group • Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. – The Springfield Free Public Library’s (Really Good) Book Discussion Group will meet to talk about “Nemesis” by Philip Roth. The group meets in the Palmer Museum. The library is located at 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield. New members welcome. Info: 1-973-376-4930 x 229

Hypnosis Weight Loss & Smoking Cessation • Nov. 3 –The Hypnosis Counseling Center will offer workshops to help people lose weight and stop smoking at the North Brunswick Municipal Building, 710 Hermann Rd. The smoking cessation workshop is from 6:30-7:30 p.m.; the weight loss workshop is from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Fee: $45, plus $18 for optional CD. Info: 1-732-247-0922 x264.

Ski Club Open House • Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. – The Watchung Amateur Ski Club will host its annual open house at the Mountainside Elks Club, Route 22 East. Door prizes & refreshments. Info: www.watchungskiclub.com

Bazaar • Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Christ United Methodist Church, 485 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, will hold its annual fall bazaar, with crafts, baked goods, attic treasures, toys, clothing and more for sale. Proceeds benefit mission projects. Info: 1-732-752-4212 or 1-732-463-2156.

Flight School Open House • Nov. 5 at noon – American Flyers Flight School at Morristown Airport, 50 Airport Rd., Suite 120, will hold an open house, with a free barbecue lunch and facility tour. A flight instructor will conduct a free FAA WINGS seminar. Info: 1-973-267-3223.

Religious Service • Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. – Pastor James Tate, founding pastor of Evangel Church (Scotch Plains) and Calvary Tabernacle (Cranford) will minister at Our Father’s House, 2 Denman Ave., Clark. Info: 1-848-250-1574.

Arts Fundraiser • Nov. 5 at 5:30 p.m. – Chestnut Street Community Church, 303 Chestnut St., Roselle, will host an Expression of the Arts evening featuring writers, dancers, musicians, singers and more to raise money for the church’s dance ministry. Donation: $10. Info: 1-908-241-6470.

Afternoon Tea • Nov. 6 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – His Lordship, the Royal Governor of the Colony of New Jersey, William Franklin, invites you to tea at the Proprietary House, 149 Kearny Ave., Perth Amboy. Suggested $7 donation includes tea, homemade desserts and a guided tour. Info: 1-732-826-5527.

Chug Ivrit • Nov. 6 at 11 a.m. – Chug Ivrit (Hebrew Club) will meet at a private Highland Park-area home. Chat in Hebrew & read a short story or article. Info: 1-732-819-9298.

Klezmer Music • Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. – David Aaron will discuss and perform Klezmer music at the YM-YWHA of Union, 501 Green Lane. Cost is $3 for Y members; $5 for non-members. Info: 1-908-289-8112 ext. 34.

Museum Bus Trip • Nov. 8 – The YM-YWHA of Union will offer a bus trip to the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. The trip cost, which includes transportation, museum admission and a brown bag lunch, is $25 for Y members and $50 for non-members. Info: 1-908-289-8112 ext. 34.

Library Trustees • Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. – The Carteret Library Board of Trustees will meet at the library, 100 Cooke Ave. Info: 1-732-541-3830.

Jewish Festival Bus Trip • Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. – The Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison, will hold a bus trip to the Fiesta Banquet House in Wood-Ridge for lunch and a Jewish Festival. Cost is $69 for members & $65 for JCC Senior Adult Club members. Info: 1-732-494-3232 x603. Register by Nov. 2.

Film • Nov. 10 at noon & 7 p.m. – Springfield Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., will show “The Swimsuit Issue” (2008) as part of its international film festival. Swedish with English subtitles. Info: 1-973-376-4930.

Dance • Nov. 11 from 7:30-11:30 p.m. – Middlesex East Widows or Widowers, Carteret Chapter, will hold an open dance at the American Legion Hall, 1155 Roosevelt Ave., Carteret. Refreshments; all welcome. Admission: $10 members; $12 guests. Info: 1-732-969-2228 or 1-908-757-0515.

Theatre • Nov. 11-12, 18-19 at 8 p.m.; Nov. 13 at 3:30 p.m. – Mystic Vision Players will present the holiday comedy “Nuncrackers” at the Reformed Church of Linden, 600 N. Wood Ave. Tickets: 1-908-925-9068.

Alzheimer’s Conference • Nov. 12 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – The Greater New Jersey Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will hold a half-day conference for caregivers at Union County College in Cranford. Seating is limited; call 1-973-586-4300 to register before Nov. 10.

Singles • Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will hold an upscale 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.

Holiday Bazaar • Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church, 888 Stuyvesant Ave. & West Chestnut St., Union, will hold a holiday bazaar with hand-crafted gifts, holiday decorations, homemade cookies & cakes, etc. Table rentals $25-$35. Info: 1-908-245-0562.

Live Music • Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. – The Salem Roadhouse Café, at Townley Presbyterian Church, 829 Salem Rd., Union, will host jazz vocalist Gil “Bop” Benson. Admission is $15; students $10, which includes unlimited hot and cold snacks and beverages. Info: 1-908-686-1028.

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.

Book Sale • Nov. 13 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Nov. 14-17 from 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. – The Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison, will hold a used book sale. Donations will be accepted Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. & Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. – noon. Funds will benefit senior citizen programs. Info: 1-732-494-3232 x603.

Bridge Class • Nov. 14 from 7-9 p.m. – The Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison, will offer a 6-session Bridge class for advanced beginners. Last session: Dec. 19. Come alone or with a partner. Fee: $36 members, $46 non-members. Registration required; call 1-732-494-3232.

Chamber Cocktail Party • Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. – The Cranford Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a complimentary cocktail party at Café Lia, 117 North Union Ave., Cranford. Live entertainment, hors d’ouvres and cocktails.

Bridge Class • Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. – noon – The Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison, will offer a 6-session Bridge class for intermediate players. Last session: Dec. 21. Fee: $36 members, $46 non-members. Registration required; call 1-732-494-3232.

Reading Club • Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. – The Carteret Library Reading Club will meet at the library, 100 Cooke Ave., to discuss “The Tea Rose” by Jennifer Donnelly. Info: 1-732-541-3830.

School Play • Nov. 18 & 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. – Mother Seton Regional High School, Valley Rd., Clark, will present “Cinderella.” Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students & seniors, & $8 for children under 12. Info: 1-732-382-1952.

Bingo • Nov. 19 at 6:15 p.m. – Bingo is back at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Academy, 170 Hussa St., Linden. Doors open at 5 p.m.; must be 18. Info: 1-908-327-5775.

Fisherman’s Flea Market • Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. – The Rahway Fall Fishing Flea Market will be held at St. Thomas Church Hall, 1400 St. Georges Ave., Rahway. Salt & freshwater fishing tackle will be for sale. Admission: $4 (children 12 & under free). Info: 1-732-381-2165.

German Christmas Market • Nov. 20 from noon-5 p.m. – The Deutscher Club of Clark, 787 Featherbed Lane, will host an authentic Christkindlmarket. Imported German linens & gifts, handmade items, cookies & candies, etc. Info: 1-732-574-8600.

Dance • Nov. 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.

Blood Drive • Nov. 21 from 3:30-7:30 p.m. – The Carteret Public Library, 100 Cooke Ave., will hold a blood drive. Info: 1-732-541-3830. ID required; first time donors must know their Social Security number.

Write-In • Nov. 21 from 6-8 p.m. – The Linden Public Library, 31 East Henry St., will host a write-in for National Novel Writing Month. Participants are trying to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Info (&RSVP): 1-908-298-3830 ext. 11.

Singles • Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will hold a pre-Thanksgiving upscale singles dance party at the Woodbridge Hilton Grand Ballroom, 20 Wood Ave. South, Iselin. Ages 40+; no jeans/t-shirts/sneakers. $17 admission. Info: 1-732-656-1801

Tax Appeal Seminar • Nov. 28 from 7-8:30 p.m. – Prudential New Jersey Properties Sales Associate Peter Jordan will lead a seminar on how to appeal NJ property taxes at the Scotch Plains Library, 1927 Bartle Ave. Call 1-732-910-1301 to make your reservations.

Craft Fair • Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – The Parents’ Guild of Mother Seton Regional High School, 1 Valley Rd, Clark, will hold their annual “Peppermint Boutique” craft fair. More than 100 crafters will display handmade items & holiday decorations. Free admission.

Film • Dec. 8 at noon & 6:45 p.m. – Springfield Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., will “Bride Flight” (2008) as part of its international film festival. Swedish with English subtitles. Info: 1-973-376-4930.

Santa Train • Dec. 10 at 9 a.m. & 1 p.m. – The Jersey Central Railway Historical Society will run a Santa Train for families, leaving from the Westfield Train Station. Adults: $13; children 1-12; $11, infants under age 1 are free. For tickets, call 1-908-233-3603.

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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