Poetry Reading • Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. – Raritan Bay Coffee Company, located inside the Perth Amboy Train Station (on the northbound side) at 233 Smith St., will host a poetry reading with South Amboy poet Charles Lobaito. There will also be a mini writing workshop and an open mic period. Info: 1-732-343-1717.
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
Dr. King Ceremony • Jan. 16 at 11 a.m. – First Baptist Church, 929 Dill Ave., Linden will host the 27th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Ceremony. Rev. Dr. Jesse Wendell Mapson, Jr. will be the guest speaker.
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.
Nutrition Program • Jan. 18 from noon-2 p.m. – The Middlesex County Cancer Coalition invites you to Nutrition for a Better Start at the Carteret Public Library, 100 Cooke Ave. Info: 1-732-541-3830.
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.
Toddler Story Time • Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. – Anne Lemay will host a lively story time for toddlers ages 0-4 at the Carteret Public Library, 100 Cooke Ave. Info: 1-732-541-3830.
Civil War Presentation • Jan. 24 at 1:30 p.m. – Rutgers University Professor William Gillette will talk about New Jersey’s role in the Civil War at the Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison. Free and open to all. To register, call Sue Horowitz at 1-732-494-3232×603.
Czech Experience • Jan. 24 from 6:30-8 p.m. – Raritan Bay Coffee Company, located inside the Perth Amboy Train Station (on the northbound side) at 233 Smith St., will host a free presentation by Paul Kosar, director of the National Czech Tourism Authority. Info: 1-732-343-1717.
Blood Drive • Jan. 26 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.
Blood Drive • Jan. 26 from 1:30–7:30 p.m. – Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad, 875 Raritan Rd., Clark, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.
Elizabeth AARP Meeting • Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. – Elizabeth AARP Chapter 5439 will hold their monthly meeting at the Stephen Sampson Senior Center, 800 Anna St., Elizabeth. New members welcome. Info: 1-908-342-6920.
Blood Drive • Jan. 27 from 2:30–7:30 p.m. – Valley Road School, 150 Valley Rd., Clark, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.
Blood Drive • Jan. 28 from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. – Edison YMCA, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.
Casino Night • Jan. 28 from 6-11 p.m. – The Eric LeGrand Patriot Saint Foundation, in conjunction with Woodbridge Little League, will be sponsoring a “bELieve” Casino Night at the Gran Centurions, 440 Madison Hill Rd., Clark. $40 per person admission includes 50 chips plus food and soda, beer and wine. For tickets & info, call Donna Bruno at 1-732-887-2362
Singles • Jan. 29 from 11:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – HAT Tavern, 570 Springfield Ave, Summit, will host a speed dating brunch buffet. $75 admission, 45 plus age group. Rotate among 8 or more guests. Reservations required; call 1-610-348-5544.
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
Dance • Jan. 29 from 7-11 p.m. – Woodbridge Widows Or Widowers will hold an open dance at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Morrisey Ave., Avenel. Refreshments; all welcome. Admission: $10 members, $12 guests. Info: 1-732-381-3255 or 1-908-757-0515
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 www.ACBoatShow.com
Ceremony To Honor Servicemembers • Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m. – The City of Rahway and the Rahway Black History Committee will honor servicemen and women at the Union County Performing Arts Center, 1601 Irving St., during the opening reception of Black History month. The keynote speaker will be Master Sgt. Shade Lee, USAF (Retired) H.M. “Killer Cox” Chapter, TAI-DOTA, and Pioneer Tuskegee Military Aviation. Uniforms encouraged but not necessary. Info: 1-732-669-3600 or 1-732-827-2014.
Art Workshop • Feb. 25 – Arts Guild NJ, 1670 Irving St., Rahway, will present an Encaustic Painting Workshop. Fee: $70 + $25 materials fee. Registration required; call 1-732-381-7511.
Art Workshop • March 3 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Arts Guild NJ, 1670 Irving St., Rahway, will present an Alla Prima Painting Technique Workshop. Fee: $70. Registration required; call 1-732-381-7511.
Art Workshop • March 10 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Arts Guild NJ, 1670 Irving St., Rahway, will present a Dynamic Figure Drawing and Anatomy Workshop. Fee: $95. Registration required; call 1-732-381-7511.
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