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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

Community Open House • Dec. 12 from 6-8:30 p.m. – The Dowdell Library of South Amboy, adjacent to the high school on O’Leary Blvd., will hold a community open house with entertainment by the Rave On Band, refreshments and door prizes. Info: 1-732-721-6060.

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.

Blood Drive • Dec. 17 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. – The Blood Center of New Jersey is holding a blood drive at Lafayette Lodge #27, 1550 Irving St., Rahway. Donors will receive a $10 ShopRite gift card. First time donors must know their Social Security number.

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.

Pre-Kwanzaa Program • Dec. 20 from 4-7 p.m. – Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage and Councilwoman-at-Large Patricia Perkins-Auguste will take part in a pre-Kwanzaa intergenerational program at the Stephen Sampson Senior Center, 800 Anna St., Elizabeth. Info: 1-908-820-4704.

Movie • Dec. 20 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. – The Clark Public Library, 303 Westfield Ave., will screen the 2010 film “Beginners,” starring Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor. Rated R. Info: 1-732-388-5999.

Classic Holiday Film • Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. – Watch the 1951 version of “A Christmas Carol” starring Alastair Sim at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave. Free admission. Info: 1-908-709-7272.

Holiday Tree Lighting • Dec. 21 at 6 p.m. – Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage and Councilman Carlos Cedeno will take part in the 4th Ward Holiday Tree Lighting at Wilson Park. There will be caroling, music and a visit from Santa. All are invited to Robert Morris School #18 for additional activities at 7 p.m. Info: 1-908-531-3043.

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.

Classic Film • Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. – Watch the 1939 film “You Can’t Cheat An Honest Man” starring W.C. Fields at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave. Free admission. Info: 1-908-709-7272.

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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