Community Calendar

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.

Breakfast Buffet Fundraiser • Jan. 8 from 8-11 a.m. – The JFK Marching Mustangs will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet at the Woodbridge Elks Lodge, 665 Rahway Ave., to raise funds for a trip to Washington D.C. to participate in the 100th Anniversary Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. Adults: $6, Children (5-9) $3, children under 5, free. Tickets will be sold at the door.

Sports Card Show • Jan. 8 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – The Rahway Senior Citizens Center, 1306 Esterbrook Ave., Rahway hosts a monthly sports cards and collectibles show. Donation: $1 (children under 10 free if accompanied by adult) Info: 1-732-827-2094.

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.

Book Sale • Jan. 11 from 4-7:30 p.m; Jan. 12 & 13 from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Friends of the Cranford Public Library invite you to their used book sale in the library’s friendly book cellar, 224 Walnut Ave. Children’s & adult books, CDs, DVD & audio books. Most items priced between 25 cents and $2; Saturday is bag day – fill a bag with books for just $8. Proceeds benefit the library. Info: 1-908-709-7281.

Library Board Meeting • Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. – The Carteret Library Board of Trustees will meet at the library, 100 Cooke Ave. Info: 1-732-541-3830.

Woodbridge Widows Or Widowers • Jan. 11 at 6:30 p.m. – Woodbridge Widows Or Widowers will hold a business meeting at the Children’s Room of the Main Library, George Frederick Plaza, Rte. 35, Woodbridge. All widows and widowers welcome. Info: 1-732-381-3255 or 1-908-757-0515.

Author Presentation • Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. – Linden resident and screenwriter Sylvan Zeidman will be appearing at the Linden Library, 31 East Henry St., to discuss two of his scripts, “Rightful Heirs” and “Lucky with Leonardo.” To register, or for info: Call Dennis Purves at 1-908-298-3830, ext. 11.

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.

Dance • Jan. 13 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.

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.

Live Music • Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. – Jazz band Mass Transit will play at the Salem Roadhouse Café at Townley Church, 829 Salem Rd., Union. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Your $15 admission ($10 for students) includes gourmet coffees, beverages, hot and cold snacks and desserts. Show proceeds benefit YWVA of Elizabeth’s Domestic Violence Programs. Info: 1-908-686-1028.

Pro-Life Mass • Jan. 15 at noon – The Most Reverend Thomas A. Donato will preside over a pro-life Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral Basilica, 89 Ridge St., Newark. Info: 1-908-451-1249

Dance • Jan. 15 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

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.

Nursery School Open House • Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. – noon. – Calvary Nursery School and Child Care, 108 Eastman St., Cranford, will hold an open house and registration for the 2012/13 school year. Info: 1-908-272-3962.

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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