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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.

Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting • Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. – Perth Amboy’s annual Christmas Celebration Parade will begin at 5 p.m. at the corner of Wilson and Smith streets, with the tree lighting ceremony to follow at City Hall Circle at approximately 5:45 p.m. Refreshments & gift bags will be available for children, and Santa will be on hand to take photos. Rain date: Dec. 9. Info: 1-732-826-1690 x4305.

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.

Book Signing • Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. – Newark resident Josefina Hernandez will sign copies of her Christian fiction book, “Chief Prince Archangel Michael of the Heavenly Wars,” at Fresh Anointing International Church, 23-25 Washington St., Newark. Info: 1-888-361-9473.

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.

Vendor Sale • Dec. 5 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Runnells Specialized Hospital, 40 Watchung Way, Berkeley Heights, will hold a vendors sale featuring merchandise from Mary Kay and The Jewelry Lady.

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.

Caroling For Cranford • Dec. 6 from 5-10 p.m. – Kilkenny House, 112 South Ave. East, Cranford, will host Caroling for Cranford by the Cranford Madrigal Choir. High school students will serenade diners to encourage donations to Toys For Tots and raise money for the high school music program. 10% of the evening’s sales will go to the school’s music program. Info: 1-908-276-3414.

Trivia Game Contest • Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. – Edison Recreation will hold a local version of the trivia game “Lucky Guess” at the Edison Senior Center, 2963 Woodbridge Ave., Edison. Call 1-732-248-7345 to register as an individual player, family team (3-4 players) or audience member.

Seminar • Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. – Americans For Prosperity Foundation will hold a “Courts Gone Wild” seminar to share information about how court decisions have affected New Jersey’s economy at the Scotch Hills Country Club, 820 Jerusalem Rd., Scotch Plains. Info: www.CourtsGoneWild.com

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.

Singles • Dec. 10 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. $17 admission. Info: 1-732-656-1801.

Flea Market & Craft Sale • Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – St. Thomas the Apostle Byzantine Catholic Church, 1407 St. Georges Ave., Rahway, will host a flea market and craft sale. Free raffle for gift basket will be drawn at 1 p.m. Kitchen open for breakfast & lunch. Info: 1-908-217-6856.

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.

Library Board Meeting • Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. – The Carteret Public Library Board of Trustees will meet at the library, 100 Cooke Ave. Info: 1-732-541-3830.

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.

Blood Drive • Dec. 17 from 12:30–6:30 p.m. & Dec 18 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Jersey Gardens Outlet Mall, 651 Kapkowski Rd., Elizabeth, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

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.

Christmas Concert • Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. – The Mystic Vision Players will perform a Yuletide Concert at the Reformed Church of Linden, 600 North Wood Ave., Linden. Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door.

Dance • Dec. 18 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: 1-732-381-3244 or 1-908-757-0515.

Vendor Sale • Dec. 19 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. – The Volunteers Guild of Runnells Specialized Hospital, 40 Watchung Way, Berkeley Heights, will host a vendor sale with items from The Glove Lady, Reese Fine Jewelry and Joe the Toy Man in the multi-purpose room. Volunteer Info: 1-908-771-5847.

Blood Drive • Dec. 19 from 1–7 p.m. – Elizabeth PBA #4, One Police Plaza, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Blood Drive • Dec. 22 from 1:30–7:30 p.m. – Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad, 875 Raritan Rd., will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

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.

Blood Drive • Dec. 28 from 2–8 p.m. – Theodore Roosevelt Masonic Lodge, 82 Elm St., Carteret, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Blood Drive • Dec. 29 from 1–7 p.m. – JEC, 330 Elmora Ave., Elizabeth, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Singles • Dec. 30 at 8 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will hold a pre-New Year’s Dance Party at the Woodbridge Hilton, 20 Wood Ave. South, Iselin. $17 admission; ages 40+ No jeans/t-shirts/sneakers. Info: 1-732-656-1801.

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.

Blood Drive • Jan. 3 from 12:30 – 6:30 p.m. – The Linden Public Library, 31 East Henry St., will host a blood drive in the Columbia Bank Room. Info: 1-908-298-3830 ext. 11

Author Appearance • Jan. 17 at 5:30 p.m. – Author Nadeen Brown will discuss her book, “I Shall Live And Not Die” at the Linden Public Library, 31 East Henry St. To sign up, call 1-908-298-3830 ext. 11.


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