Community Calendar

Christmas Play • Dec. 16 at 8 p.m.; Dec. 17 at 4 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. – Playhouse 22, located at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center, 721 Cranbury Rd., will present a theatrical production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Tickets are $12; call 1-732-254-3939 or visit

Concert • Dec. 16 at 8 p.m.– Kenny Vance and the Planotones will perform at the Forum Theatre, 314 Main St., Metuchen. Tickets are $38; call 1-732-548-5600 or visit

Open Mic Night • Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. – All types of performers (poets, singers, comedians, tragedians, musicians, jugglers, etc.) are invited to an open mic night at Stage Stars, 13 S. 3rd Ave., Highland Park. Admission: $5 ($3 students)

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.

Meditation Class • Dec. 17 from 10:30 a.m. – noon – Willow Grove Presbyterian Church, 1961 Raritan Rd., Scotch Plains, will offer a Medical QiGong meditation exercise class. Arrive on time; class may not be interrupted once begun. Info: 1-908-232-5678.

Visit From Santa • Dec. 17 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Linden 5th Ward Councilwoman Rhashonna Cosby-Hurling and 5th Ward residents invite you to visit Santa Claus at the Linden Multi-Purpose Center, 1025 John St. Refreshments.

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. 27 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.

Widows Or Widowers • Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. – Middlesex East Widows Or Widowers will hold a business meeting at the Carteret Community Center, located at Pershing & Cooke aves. All widows or widowers welcome. Info: 1-732-969-2228 or 1-908-757-0515.

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

Clark Seniors • Jan. 5 at 1 p.m. – The Clark Seniors will hold their monthly meeting at the Brewer Senior Center, 430 Westfield Ave., Clark. Refreshments. Info: 1-732-382-7134.

Book Discussion Group • Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. – Springfield Free Public Library’s (Really Good) Book Discussion Group will meet in the Palmer Museum to discuss “The Postmistress” by Sarah Blake. New members welcome. Info: 1-973-376-4930 ext. 229.

Israel Info Evening • Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m. – Are you between 16-26 and interested in traveling to Israel for a summer, semester or year? Join the Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County and the Israel Awareness Committee of Congregation Neve Shalom at 250 Grove Ave., Metuchen for an “Israel Info Evening.” Refreshments. RSVP to Jennine at 1-732-494-3232 ext. 621 or Linda at 1-732-906-0737 by Jan. 2.

Blood Drive • Jan. 6 from 7 a.m.–1 p.m. – Elizabeth Fire Headquarters, 411 Irvington Ave., will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Art Exhibit • Jan. 7-27 – See the exhibit “Nexus NJ” at Arts Guild New Jersey, 1670 Irving St., Rahway. Info: 1-732-381-7511.

Freezing Cold Hash Run & Party • Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. – Join off-road runners of the Rumson Hash House Harriers for the annual Freezing Cold Hash Run & Party. The course travels through woods, grass, swamp and marsh in the Edison area. $15 to run; $20 day of the event. Info: 1-732-572-0500.

Blood Drive • Jan. 11 from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. – Elizabeth City Employees, 50 Winfield Scott Plaza, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Blood Drive • Jan. 12 from 2–7:30 p.m. – Roselle Catholic High School, 1 Raritan Rd., will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Blood Drive • Jan. 14 from 12:30–6:30 p.m. & Jan. 15 from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Jersey Gardens Outlet Mall, 651 Kapkowski Rd., Elizabeth, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Author Appearance • Jan. 14 at 1 p.m. – John Siegfried, author of “Six Degrees of the Bracelet: Vietnam’s Continuing Grip,” will share stories from his interviews with Vietnam veterans and families of prisoners of war at the Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center, 1 Memorial Lane, Holmdel (GSP Exit 116). Admission is $5 (students & seniors, $3) RSVP to 1-732-335-0033 ext. 101.

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.

Closing Reception • Jan. 29 from 1 – 4 p.m. – Arts Guild New Jersey, 1670 Irving St., Rahway, will hold a closing reception for the Nexus NJ exhibit. Info: 1-732-381-7511

Atlantic City Boat Show • Feb. 1-3 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Feb. 5 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – The Atlantic City Convention Center, One Miss America Way, will host the Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show. See all varieties of boats and accessories and enjoy a variety of demonstrations, clinics, and other activities. Admission: $14. Info: 1-718-707-0716 or

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