Theatre • Weekends through Feb. 26 – Playhouse 22, located at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center, 721 Cranbury Rd., East Brunswick, will present a production of Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and students. Info: 1-732-254-3939.
Flower & Garden Show • Feb. 17 &18 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Feb. 19 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. – The New Jersey Flower & Garden Show, offering garden displays, a flower show and a garden marketplace, will be held at New Jersey Convention Center, Edison. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $6 for kids 12-17. Info:1-732-449-4004
Open Mic Night • Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. – Out of the Box is an open mic night for all types of performers, including poets, singers, comedians, tragedians, musicians, jugglers and others, at The Cave in the basebment of the Reformed Church of Highland Park, 19-21 South Second Ave., Highland Park. Featured performer: Peace Activist Sharleen Leahey. Suggested donation: $5-$10 ($3-$5 for students). Info: 1-732-718-0134.
Blood Drive • Feb. 18 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Lafayette Lodge #27, 1550 Irving St., Rahway, will host a blood drive. All donors will receive a complimentary cholesterol screening. Info: 1-732-388-0309
Maple Sugar Demonstrations • Feb. 18 & 19, 25 & 26, March 3&4 and 10&11 at noon and 2 p.m., and 10 a.m. on Saturdays – The Somerset County Park Commission invites children and adults to see how maple syrup is made from maple trees. The Sugar Shack is a half-mile walk through the forest from the Environmental Education Center building at 190 Lord Stirling Rd., Basking Ridge. Allow at least 20 minute to walk. Info: 1-908-766-2489.
Slavonic Festival • Feb. 18 from noon – 10 p.m. – St. Thomas the Apostle Byzantine Catholic Church, 1407 St. Georges Ave., Rahway, will hold its 25th annual Slavonic Festival with ethnic food specialties, a craft sale and spinning wheels of chance. Info: 1-732-382-5300.
Book Signing • Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. – Author Cristina Guarneri will sign copies of her novel “See No Evil” at Watchung Booksellers, 54 Fairfield St., Montclair. Info: 1-888-361-9473
Z Café • Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. –Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at the corner of Elm & Esterbrook aves. in Rahway, will hold its monthly Z Café open mic event, with a “movies” theme for February. Enjoy music, poetry and other forms of expression as well as light refreshments. $5 admission benefits the church’s general operating fund. Info: 1-732-388-3865.
Concert • Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. – Split Level Concerts presents Jim Boggia at THE LOFT at Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway. Tickets are $20; call 1-732-499-8226.
Seal Walk & Brunch • Feb. 19 from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Clean Ocean Action will hold a seal walk at Sandy Hook from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and a brunch at Merri-Makers in Sea Bright from noon-3 p.m. Tickets for brunch only are $50 for adults, $25 for children. Tickets for the seal walk and brunch are $100 for adults, $50 for children. The fundraiser is sponsored by Chapel Beach Club and Jenkinson’s Aquarium. For tickets and info, call Emily at 1-732-872-0111.
Great Backyard Bird Count • Feb. 19 from 11 a.m. –2 p.m. –Rutgers Master Gardners of Middlesex County invite you to take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park. Bring your binoculars and field guides. RSVP to evans@AESOP.Rutgers.edu
Chug Ivrit • Feb. 19 at 11 a.m. – Raritan Valley Chapter’s Chug Ivrit (Hebrew Club) will meet at the home of Rachel Weintraub, 120 Highland Ave., Edison. Info: 1-732-819-9298.
Concert • Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. – The New Jersey Workshop for the Arts Concert Band will play selections ranging from Renaissance to Ragtime favorites at Temple Emanu-El, 756 East Broad St., Westfield. Admission is $10 per person. Info: 1-908-789-9696.
Missionary Sunday • Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. – Calvary Assembly of God, 953 West Chestnut St., Union, has invited David and Cheryl Greco to the church’s monthly “Missionary Sunday” service to discuss their work in Mexico. Info: 1-908-694-1133.
Dance • Feb. 19 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.
Gamblers Anonymous • Feb. 19 from 7-9 p.m. – Gamblers Anonymous’ Union Sunday’s Chapter will meet at United Methodist Church, at the corner of Berwyn & Overlook Terrace, Union. Open to all who think they might have a gambling problem, and all family, relatives & friends. Free admission, refreshments. Info: 908-289-4641.
Singles • Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will hold an upscale dance party at the Woodbridge Hilton Grand Ballroom, 20 Wood Ave. South, Iselin. Ages 40+; no jeans/t-shirts/sneakers. Admission: $17. Info: 1-732-656-1801. Directions: 1-732-494-6200.
Open Auditions • Feb. 20 & 21 at 7 p.m. – Playhouse 22, East Brunswick’s Community Theater, will hold open auditions for its spring production of “Gypsy” at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center, 721 Cranbury Rd. Info: 1-732-254-3939 or www.Playhouse22.org.
Shrove Tuesday Potato Pancake Supper • Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. – The Reformed Church of Linden, 600 N. Wood Ave., will host a Shrove Tuesday Potato Pancake Supper. Tickets (advance only – Feb. 17 cutoff) are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Info: 1-908-486-3714.
Irish Business Association • Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. – The Irish Business Association of New Jersey will host motivational humorist Tommy Hilcken at their meeting at Molly Maguire’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, 1085 Central Ave., Clark. Members: $20; first-time guests: free; returning non-members: $30. Info: 1-908-353-0900.
Heart Health • Feb. 22 from 5:30-7 p.m. – A Trinitas Regional Medical Center cardiologist will speak at a “Joyful Heart” tea, which will include a light, heart-healthy dinner, at Echo Executive Plaza, Suite 1A, 899 Mountain Ave., Springfield. To register, call 1-908-994-8939.
Author Presentation • Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. – Saloma Furlong, author of the memoir, “Why I Left The Amish” will speak at the Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave. Info: 1-973-376-4930.
Dining To Donate • Feb. 23 from 2-8 p.m. – Broadway Bistro, 26 North Broadway, South Amboy, will hold a Dining To Donate fundraiser for the Dowdelll Library Foundations. If patrons present a flier for the event, 10% of their check will be donated. Fliers are available from the bistro and the library. Info: 1-732-316-1078.
Black History Month • Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. – The Plainfield Area NAACP will hold a Black History Month program/awards night honoring the city’s “Middle School Over-Achievers” at 1st Park Baptist Church/New Covenant Christian Academy, 315 W. Sevent St., Plainfield. Free admission, light refreshments. Info: 1-908-230-9319.
Book Signing • Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. – Author Cristina Guarneri will sign copies of her novel “See No Evil” at Rock N Joe, 339 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell. Info: 1-888-361-9473
History Lecture • Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. – Stephen Schoeman, Ph.D., will lecture on the history of the U.S. Presidency from colonial times to the present at the Union Public Library, 1980 Morris Ave. Info: 1-908-851-5450 ext. 5452.
Elizabeth AARP • Feb. 24 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.
Black History Month • Feb. 24 from 6:30-9 p.m. – United Way’s African-American Leadership Initiative’s “Making A Mark” event will celebrate A Journey of Black Dance, with a performance by the Plainfield High School Dance Ensemble with special guests, The New Jersey Orators Group. Tickets for the event, which will be held at Kean University’s University Center Little Theater, 1000 Morris Ave., Union, are $25. Info: 1-908-353-7171 ext. 136.
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.
Book Signing • Feb. 25 from 9 a.m. – noon – Author Jennifer Lynn Pereyra will sign copies of her juvenile fiction book, “Mommy and Daddy Work to Make Some Dough” at The Cupcakery (Homestead Plaza II), 23203 Columbus Rd., Columbus. Info: 1-888-361-9473.
Black History Month • Feb. 25 from 1-3 p.m. – The Union County College S.I.G.N. Club invites the public to a forum with Claudia Gordon, the first deaf African-American lawyer from Washington, D.C. The free event will be held at the Roy Smith Theater on the college’s Cranford campus, 1033 Springfield Ave. A reception will follow. Info: www.ucc.edu.
Jazz Concert • Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. – LightSoundSpace, 1591 Irving St., Rahway, will host a jazz concert by bassist Gregg August and pianist Alex Brown. Tickets are $20 at www.hamiltonstage.org.
Blood Drive • Feb. 26 from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 300 Central Ave., Mountainside, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.
Blood Drive • Feb. 26 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Liberty Tax Service of Parsippany and the American Red Cross will hold a roadside blood drive at 92 North Beverwyck Rd., Lake Hiawatha. Liberty Tax Service will offer free tax preparation services to blood donors at the event. Info: 1-973-917-3661
Spaghetti Dinner • Feb. 26 from 4-8 p.m. – Middlesex County 4-H will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the County 4-H Center, 645 Cranbury Rd., East Brunswick. Tickets are $8 per person, and proceeds will help pay for needed repairs at the Middlesex County 4-H Center. The Hub Kings will play soul/jazz music during part of the evening. To reserve your seat, call 1-732-398-5261.
Green Living Group Meeting • Feb. 27 from 7-9 p.m. – Rutgers professor Dr. Joseph Heckman will present “Anonymous Commodity Producer or Artisan Farmer with a Face: Who is Your Farmer and Why? At the East Brunswick Public Library, 2 Jean Walling Civic Center, in meeting room 1. Info: www.friendsebec.com.
African Art Presentation • Feb. 29 at 7 p.m. – The Newark Museum Speakers Bureau will offer a PowerPoint presentation on “Exploring African Art” at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave. Free admission. Info: 1-908-709-7272.
Women’s History Month Film Festival • March 1-3 – Women in Media-Newark will present “FootPrints in the City” with a kickoff event at the Newark Public Library and films at the Paul Robeson Student Center, Rutgers-Newark, on March 2 & 3. Info: www.wim-n.com
Book Discussion Group • March 1 at 7 p.m. – The Springfield Public Library’s (Really Good) Book Discussion Group will meet in the Palmer Museum to discuss Tea Obreht’s “The Tiger’s Wife.” Refreshments are served, and new members are welcome. Info: 1-973-37604930 x229.
Gift Auction • March 2 at 7:30 p.m. – The Parents Guild of Mother Seton Regional High School. Valley Road, Clark (GSP Exit 135) will sponsor a “Bon Voyage” Gift Auction. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Admission: $15. No tickets sold at the door. For tickets and info, call 1-732-382-1952.
Circus • March 3-18 – The Big Apple Circus will hold a limited engagement at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater. Tickets range from $15-$50; call 1-888-541-3750.
Craft & Vendor Fair • March 3 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Middlesex County 4-H will hold a craft fair fundraiser at the 4-H Center on Cranbury Rd., East Brunswick. Info: 1-732-723-9968.
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.
Book Reading • March 3 at 7 p.m. – Author Suzann Brocato will read from her book, “Matriarch: A Journey Through Tradition” at the Kathryn Barnett School of Dance, 37 East Front St., Red Bank. Signed books will be available for purchase. Refreshments. Open to adults only. Registration suggested; email MatriarchJourney@mindspring.com.
Book Signing • March 4 from 1-4 p.m. – Author Dominick Mazzagetti will sign copies of his book, “True Jersey Blues” at the Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, 45 Macculloch Ave., Morristown. Museum admission required. Info: 1-973-538-2404.
Gift Auction • March 4 at 2 p.m. (snow date: March 11) – Divine Mercy Parish, 213 Pershing Ave., Carteret, will host its annual gift auction. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Admission: $8 (no one under 18 admitted.) For info or tickets, call Lori at 1-732-541-5616 or Debbie at 1-732-541-5736.
Widows Or Widowers • March 5 at 7 p.m. – Middlesex East Widows Or Widowers will hold a business meeting at the Carteret Community Center, Pershing & Cooke Aves. All widows or widowers are invited to attend. Info: 1-732-969-2228 or 1-908-757-0515.
Theatre • March 6 at 10 a.m. – “Astonishment – A Life in the Slow Lane” by Jan Slepian will be performed at the YM-YWHA of Union County, 501 Green Ln., Union. Open to the community. Info: 1-908-289-8112 ext. 34.
Library Book Sale • March 7 from 4-7:30 p.m, March 8 & 9 from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and March 10 from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Friends of the Cranford Public Library will hold a used book sale in the “Friendly Book Cellar at the library, 224 Walnut Ave. Prices range from a quarter to $2 for most items. Saturday is bag day; fill a bag for $8. Info: 1-908-709-7281.
Business Seminar • March 7 from 7-9 p.m. – The state Bar Foundation will hold a free public seminar, “Starting and Succeeding with a New Business” at the New Jersey Law Center, One Constitution Square, off Ryders Lane in New Brunswick. To register, call 1-800-FREE-LAW.
Singles • March 9 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. – The Professional and Business Singles Network will hold a casual singles social at Snuffy’s Famous Steak House, 250 Park Ave. at Rte. 22 in Scotch Plains. $18 admission, cash bar. Sharp casual business attire. 40+ age group. Info: 1-610-348-5544.
Dance • March 9 from 7:30-11:30 p.m. – Middlesex East Widows Or Widowers, Carteret Chapter, will hold a dance at the American Legion Hall, 1155 Roosevelt Ave., Carteret. Admission: $10 members, $12 guests. Info: 1-732-969-2228 or 1-908-757-0515.
Gift Auction • March 9 at 8 p.m. – The St. John the Apostle Parent Faculty Guild is sponsoring a gift auction at the school’s auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $12 at the door or $10 in advance. The school is located on Valley Road, Clark. Info: 1-908-276-0498.
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.
Farmers Market • March 10 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – The first East Brunswick Winter Farmers Market will be held a the East Brunswick Community Arts Center, 721 Cranbury Rd.
ONE VOICE Coalition Breakfast • March 10 at 10 a.m. – The Italian-American ONE VOICE Coaltion will hold a special breakfast for new members at Brix Tapas Bar & Grill, 371 Franklin Ave., Belleville. Breakfast is $25; ONE VOICE membership is $60. Info: 1-973-759-9259.
CD & Record Show • March 11 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – The Greater NJ Record Show returns to Hotel 304 West on Route 22 West in Springfield. Dozens of music dealers will sell records, CDs, DVDs and memorabilia. Admission: $6 for adults, $3 for kids. Info: GNJRecordShows@yahoo.com
Purim Carnival • March 11 from noon-3 p.m. – The Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison, will hold a Purim Carnival Extravaganza. Free admission and games. Come in costume & receive two prize tickets. Info: 1-732-494-3232 ext. 621.
Blood Drive • March 13 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 or 1-800-NJBLOOD.
St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon • March 14 – St. Genevieve’s Leisure Group will hold their St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon at the Kenilworth Inn, at a cost of $32. Reservations may be made by calling 1-908-352-6942.
Gardening Workshop • March 14 at 6:30 p.m. – Middlesex County’s Rutgers Cooperative Extension office will present a workshop on “Attracting Birds & Butterflies To Your Garden” at the EARTH Center in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick. Fee: $20. Registration deadline: March 9. Call 1-732-398-5262.
Pet Behaviorist Presentation • March 14 at 7 p.m. – Pia Silvani, CPDT-KA, will speak about pet behavior modification at the Union Public Library, 1980 Morris Ave. Free admission. Info: 1-908-851-5450 ext. 5452.
Landlord/Tenant Issues Seminar • March 15 from 7-9 p.m. – The state Bar Foundation will sponsor a free public seminar on Landlord-Tenant Issues at the New Jersey Law Center off Ryders Lane in New Brunswick. To register, call 1-800-FREE-LAW.
St. Patrick Happy Hour • March 16 from 5-7 p.m. – Ken Vercammen is inviting Central Jersey business owners and professionals to a St. Patrick Happy Hour at Bar Anticipation, 703 16th Ave., Lake Como / Belmar. RSVP to VercammenLaw@Njlaws.com and bring a canned food donation.
Fishing Flea Market • March 17 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. – The Rahway Fishing Flea Market, now in its 16th year, returns to St. Thomas Church Hall, 1400 St. Georges Ave. Saltwater & freshwater fishing items and boating items will be for sale. Admission: $4 (Children under 12 free) Info: 1-732-381-2165.
St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance • March 17 from 7:30-11:30 p.m. – Knights of Columbus #4815, 61 Pine St., Old Bridge, will hold a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance. Tickets are $25 (advance only) and include a traditional dinner, wine/beer/soda, and desserts. Cash bar. DJ music by Tony V. Info: 1-732-251-0970.
Cancer Presentation • March 21 at 7 p.m. – The Northern NJ Affiliate of the Young Survival Coalition will sponsor an event, “Reinventing Your Life After Cancer,” with guest speaker Gail Tyrrell, executive director of the Ruby Heals Foundation, at Morristown Memorial Hospital’s Carol G. Simon Cancer Center. To register, call 1-201-843-6695.
Fish Fry • March 25 from 4-6 p.m. – Trinity Episcopal Church, 650 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge, will hold their annual fish & chip dinner in the Parish Hall. If you would prefer chicken, call the Parish Office and leave your name and phone number. Takeout orders available. Advance sale tickets may be purchased from the Parish Office. Adults: $14; children under 8: $8. Info: 1-732-634-7422 ext. 10
Nonviolent Communication Workshop • March 31 from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. – The Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, will host “Moving Beyond Enemy Images in Peace & Justice Work” presented by Eliane Geren, CNVC Trainer. Registration is $60 and participants should bring a bagged lunch. Info: 1-973-838-8576.
Disabilities Awareness Day • April 15 from noon-4 p.m. – The North Brunswick Abilities Council will host its 4th annual Disabilities Awareness Day at North Brunswick Township High School, 98 Raider Rd. Free admission; refreshments. Info: 1-732-247-0922 ext. 619.
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