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Open Mic Night • Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. – Out of the Box will offer an open-mic for all types of performers at Stage Stars, 13 S. 3rd Ave., Highland Park. Admission: $5 ($3 students.) Info: 1-732-777-7877

Theatre • Nov. 18-19 at 8 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.

Blood Drive • Nov. 18 from 2 – 7:30 p.m. – McKinley School, 500 First St., Westfield, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

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.

Holiday Harvest Fair • Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Avenel First Presbyterian Church, 621 E. Woodbridge Ave., Avenel, will host a holiday harvest fair. Food, crafts, and other items for sale. Children’s magician/puppet show at 11 a.m. – $5 charge.

Turkey Drive • Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Heidi’s Cottage Country Gift Store, 445 North Ave., Dunellen, will collect frozen turkeys and other canned/boxed food for the Community FoodBank Of NJ’s Turkey Drive. Info: 1-732-698-1886.

Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar • Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. & Nov. 20 from 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. – The Sons of Norway will hold their 31st annual Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar at Old Bridge Township Municipal Center, 1 Old Bridge Plaza. Vendors will offer items including baked goods, embroidery, jewelry & hand-made sweaters. Info: 1-732-739-0588

Meditation Exercises • Nov. 19 from 10:30 a.m. – noon – Willow Grove Presbyterian Church, 1961 Raritan Rd., Scotch Plains, will offer a free course of Medical QiGong meditation exercises. Participants must arrive on time; the session may not be interrupted once it’s begun. Info: 1-908-232-5678.

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.

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre • Nov. 19 from 7 –11 p.m. – Flashback to the 50s as Without a Cue Productions presents “Who Killed The King of Rock N’ Roll” at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 600 Commons Way, Bridgewater. $70 per person; appropriate for ages 18 and older. For reservations, call 1-908-547-6050.

Holiday Shopping • Nov. 20 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. – The Coalition for Healthy Communities will hold its 2nd annual “Shop ‘Til You Drop” event at the DoubleTree by Hilton at 4355 U.S. Highway 1 at Ridge Rd., Princeton. A variety of vendors will offer holiday gifts, and Cash for Gold will be buying broken or unwanted jewelry on the spot. Info: 1-732-254-3344.

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.

Book Signing • Nov. 20 from 1-4 p.m. – Author Thomas Fox will sign copies of “New Jersey Goes To War” and his other history books at the Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, 45 Macculloch Ave., Morristown. Museum admission required; $6 adults, $5 seniors & students. Info: 1-973-538-2404.

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.

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service • Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. – First Presbyterian Church of Hightstown, 320 North Main St., will hold an interfaith Thanksgiving service featuring a combined choir from other area houses of worship. Attendees are encouraged to bring a canned food donation. Info: 1-609-448-0055.

Silent Film W/ Live Music • Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. – See the 1929 classic “The Iron Mask” with live music soundtrack provided by the Westfield Symphony Orchestra at Dolan Hall, The College of St. Elizabeth, 2 Convent Way, Morristown. Free pre-concert lecture. Tickets are $25-$75; call 1-973-408-3978.

Jewelry & Handbags Sale • Nov. 21 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Nicole’s Boutique will sell fashion jewelry and handbags at the multi-purpose room of Runnells Specialized Hospital, 40 Watchung Way, Berkeley Heights.

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

Black Friday Pet Adoption • Nov. 25 from noon-6 p.m. – Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter, 194 Route 10 West, East Hanover, will hold a Black Friday pet adoption promotion. All animals that are more than 50% black will have their adoption fees discounted by $50. Info: www.njshelter.org

The Nutcracker • Nov. 26-27; Dec. 2-4 – Roxey Ballet will present Tchaikovsky’s ballet, “The Nutcracker,” at the College of New Jersey’s Kendall Theatre in Ewing. Tickets range from $15-$50. Call 1-609-771-2775.

Holiday Tree Lighting • Nov. 27 from 3-6 p.m. – Clark’s tree & menorah lighting will take place at the Clark Recreation & Municipal Building, 430 Westfield Ave. There will be live music by the Clark school choirs and ALJ Band, horse-drawn hay rides, a petting zoo, and more. Bring your camera to take pictures with Santa. Donations for Toys For Tots will be collected.

Concert • Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. – Judy Collins and Arlo Guthries will perform as part of the “Home For The Holidays – Winter Tour 2011” at Union County Performing Arts Center, 1601 Irving St., Rahway. Tickets run from $45-$95 and are available by calling 1-732-499-8226.

Gallery Opening • Nov. 28 from 5-7:30 p.m. – The Casano Community Center Gallery, 314 Chestnut St., Rosell Park, will hold an opening reception for Leona Seufert’s exhibit of digital collages, “Roselle Park – My Home Town.” The show will be on display through Dec. 16 during normal gallery hours. Info: 1-908-241-5874.

Book Discussion • Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. – The Reader’s Forum will discuss “Cutting For Stone” by Abraham Verghese at the Cranford Public Library, 224 Walnut Ave. Info: 1-908-709-7272.

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.

Hypnosis Workshops • Nov. 29 – The Hypnosis Counseling Center will offer workshops at the Edison JCC, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., to help people lose weight or stop smoking. The smoking cessation workshop begins at 6:30 p.m.; the weight loss workshop begins at 7:30 p.m. $45 per workshop; to register, call 1-908-996-3311.

Blood Drive • Nov. 30 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Middlesex County College, 2600 Woodbridge Ave., Edison, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Israel Travel Presentation • Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. – The JCC of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison, will host a presentation “Israel Travel For Every Budget”. RSVP to Jennine at 1-732-494-3232 ext. 621 by Nov. 23.

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

Healthcare Community Meeting • Dec. 1 at 1:30 p.m. – St. Barnabas Medical Center will hold a community meeting to discuss the state of healthcare in the region at the Islami Auditorium at the medical center, 94 Old Short Hills Rd., Livingston. RSVP to 1-888-724-7123.

Book Discussion Group • Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. – Springfield Public Library’s (Really Good) Book Discussion Group will discuss “Cutting For Stone” by Abraham Verghese at the Palmer Museum. New members welcome. Info: 1-973-376-4930 x 229.

Christmas Party • Dec. 2 from 5-7 p.m. – Business owners and professionals are invited to Ken Vercammen’s Christmas Party and Holiday Social at Bar Anticipation, 703 16th Ave., Lake Como/Belmar. RSVP to vercammenlaw@njlaws.com and bring a canned food donation for the St. James Food Bank Hands of Hope.

Dance Performance • Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. – The Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company will present “Speaking Through Dance: The Magic of Metaphor” at the Academy of Performing Arts at UCVTS, 1776 Raritan Rd., Scotch Plains. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. Info: 1-908-687-8855

Messiah Sing • Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. – The Choral Art Society of New Jersey will hold their annual Messiah Sing holiday event at The Church of St. Anne, 325 2nd Ave., Garwood. Admission: $10. Info: 1-908-654-5737.

Shabbat Service • Dec. 2 at 8 p.m.– Temple Emanu-El, 100 James St., Edison, will hold a special Shabbat service to honor all of the temple’s past presidents. Info: 1-732-549-4442.

Art Show • Dec. 3 – Jan. 5, M, T, W, F from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Th from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sa from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – The Guild of Creative Art, 620 Broad St.-Route 35, Shrewsbury, will hold an all-members show featuring multi-media art. Free; donations appreciated. Info: 1-732-741-1441.

Breakfast With Santa • Dec. 3, 10, 11 & 18 from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Maggiano’s Little Italy, 600 Commons Way, Bldg. E, Bridgewater, will offer a breakfast buffet & a chance to meet Santa Claus. $18 per adult, $15 per child (ages 5-11). Call 1-908-547-6050 for 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.

Bazaar • Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Morning Star Community Development Corporation will hold a bazaar at the Linden/Roselle Community Center, 1238 St. Georges Ave., Linden. Vendors wanted. Call 1-877-260-4660.

Bumble Bee Bazaar • Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Church of the Assumption, 113 Chiego Pl., Roselle Park, will hold a bazaar in Lower Chiego Hall. Vendors will offer a variety of handmade crafts and other items. Info: 1-201-522-8022.

Holiday Shopping • Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. –1 p.m. – The Academy for Information Technology and the Union County Technical High School will hold a Holiday Shopping Spectacular fundraiser at the west hall cafeteria on the campus at 1776 Raritan Rd., Scotch Plains. Local vendors will offer a variety of holiday gifts. Info: 1-908-403-3865.

Sample Sale • Dec. 3, 10, 17 & 24 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. – The World Enterprises Wholesale Showroom, 990 Raritan Rd., Clark, will hold a holiday sample sale featuring ladies handbags, jewelry, scarves, athletic apparel and more at below retail and clearance prices. Preview sale on Nov. 26. Info: 1-732-388-4001.

Shabbat B’Shir • Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. – Temple Emanu-El, 100 James St., Edison, will host a Shabbat B’Shir service. Info: 1-732-549-4442.

Book Signing • Dec. 3 from noon-5 p.m. – Author Cristina Guarneri will sign copies of her novel “See No Evil” at the Fair in the Square, Verona Civic Center, 600 Bloomfield Ave., Verona.

Blood Drive • Dec. 3 from 12:30– 6:30 p.m. & Dec. 4 from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.– Jersey Gardens Outlet Mall, 651 Kapkowski Rd., Elizabeth, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Live Music • Dec. 3 at 8, 9 & 10 p.m. – The Hub Kings, an instrumental soul-jazz trio, will entertain diners at La Tavola Cucina, 700 Old Bridge Turnpike, South River. Reservations suggested; 1-732-238-2111.

Breakfast With Santa • Dec. 4 at 8:30 & 11 a.m. – Middlesex County 4-H is hosting a breakfast with Santa at the Middlesex County 4-H Center, 645 Cranbury Rd., East Brunswick. There will be two separate seatings; admission is $7 for adults and children ages 10+, $5 for children 9 & under. Breakfast, 1 photo per family & petting zoo included. Call 1-732-398-5261 to register.

Book Signing • Dec. 4 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Author Joyce Ann Staples will sign copies of her book, “Cooking With A Jersey Girl,” at North Brunswick High School, 98 Raider Rd. Info: 1-88-361-9473.

Spaghetti Dinner • Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. – Temple Emanu-El, 100 James St., Edison, will host a spaghetti dinner. Info: 1-732-549-4442.

Widows Or Widowers • Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. – Middlesex East Widows Or Widowers will conduct a business meeting at the Carteret Community Center, at Pershing & Cooke aves. All widows or widowers welcome. Info: 1-732-969-2228 or 1-908-757-0515.

Blood Drive • Dec. 6 from 11:45 a.m.– 5:45 p.m. – Kean University Center, 1000 Morris Ave., Union, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Jewish History • Dec. 6 from 8:30-9:30 p.m. – Rabbi Bravo will delve into the history of Reform Judaism at Temple Emanu-El, 100 James St., Edison. Info: 1-732-549-4442.

The Environment & Your Health • Dec. 7 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. – Scientists from the University of Medicine and Dentistry and Rutgers University will discuss how environmental issues affect your health over a light dinner at Temple Emanu-El, 100 James St., Edison. RSVP to 1-732-549-4442.

Concert • Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. – The Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison, will host the Israel Defense Forces Musical Ensemble in Concert. Adults: $25, youth/seniors: $12. Info: 1-732-494-3232 x 621.

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. Dutch with English subtitles. Info: 1-973-376-4930.

Shabbat Service • Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. – Temple Emanu-El, 100 James St., Edison, will hold Shabbat Alive, a family service that includes a three-piece band. Info: 1-732-549-4442.

Holiday Concert • Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. – The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will join Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell for a holiday concert at the State Theatre in New Brunswick. Tickets range from $20-$85; call 1-800-255-3476.

Live Music • Dec. 9 at 10 p.m. – The Hub Kings, an instrumental soul-jazz trio, will play at The Stanhope House, 45 Main St., Stanhope. Info: 1-973-347-7777.

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.

Cantata • Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. – Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church, 888 Stuyvesant Ave., Union, will hold a cantata performance. Free admission, open to all. Info: 1-908-688-3164.

Christmas Brass Concert • Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. – The Christmas Brass Concert by the NY Staff Band of the Salvation Army will be held at Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers University, 85 George St., New Brunswick. Tickets are available at the door for $20. Info: 1-908-851-8304.

Blood Drive • Dec. 11 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. – St. Cecilia’s Church, 1 Wilus Way, Iselin, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Blood Drive • Dec. 11 from 8 a.m.– 2 p.m. – St. Genevieve RC Church, 200 Monmouth Rd., Elizabeth, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

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

Blood Drive • Dec. 13 from 7:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Union Catholic High School, 1600 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Jewish History • Dec. 13 from 8:30-9:30 p.m. – Rabbi Bravo and Cantor Shuchat-Marx will talk about the real story of Chanukah at Temple Emanu-El, 100 James St., Edison. Info: 1-732-549-4442.

Health Screening • Dec. 14 – LifeLine Screening will offer preventative health checks at Temple Emanu-El, 100 James St., Edison. For details including pricing & to register, call 1-888-653-6441.

Blood Drive • Dec. 14 from 1–7 p.m. – Woodbridge Community Center, 600 Main St., Woodbridge, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Caregivers Support Group • Dec. 15 from 1- 2 p.m.- Runnells Specialized Hospital of Union County, 40 Watchung Way, Berkeley Heights, will offer a support group meeting for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and dementia-related diseases. RSVP to 1-908-771-5828.

Shabbat Service • Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. – Temple Emanu-El, 100 James St., Edison, will hold a Tot Shabbat service geared towards children up to 6 years old. It includes a Jewish-themed craft project. The regular adult service will also be held at this time. Info: 1-732-549-4442.

Ballet • Dec. 17 & 18 at 1 & 4:30 p.m. – The State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, will present the American Repertory Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker featuring a live orchestra and the Princeton Girlchoir. Tickets are $32-$57; call 1-732-246-SHOW.

Concert • Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. – The Saint Mary Choral Society & Chamber Orchestra will present Handel’s Messiah at St. Mary Church, 256 August St., South Amboy. $15 suggested donation. Info: 1-732-721-0179 or 1-732-261-8979.

Chanukah Dinner • Dec. 23 at 6 p.m. – Temple Emanu-El, 100 James St., Edison, will host a festive Chanukah Shabbat dinner. Call 1-732-549-4442 to reserve your place. A Shabbat service will follow at 7 p.m.

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre • Dec. 31 from 8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. – Without a Cue Productions presents Dead Men Don’t Speakeasy, a murder mystery dinner theatre show set in the roaring 20s, at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 600 Commons Way, Bldg. E, Bridgewater. $125 per person; call 1-908-547-6050 for reservations.


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