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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.

Religion • Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. – The Church of St. Anne, 325 Second Ave, Garwood, will partner with Apostolica Ministries for a Lenten Parish Mission, “Journey to the Cross: An Intimate Walk With Jesus.” Info: 1-908-789-0280 ext. 10.

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.

African-American History Month • Feb. 25 from noon-4 p.m. –NAACP Perth Amboy Area Branch, in collaboration with the City of Perth Amboy’s Department of Human Services, will present an African-American History Month program featuring African percussion & dance, spoken word, gospel, interpretive dance, refreshments and vendors, at the Jankowski Community Center, 1 Olive St., Perth Amboy. Free admission. Info: 1-917-971-1849.

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.

Theatre • Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. – The Union County Performing Arts Center, 1601 Irving St., Rahway, will present “Defending the Caveman,” the longest running solo play in Broadway history. Tickets are $35, $40 and $45. Proceeds benefit the Clark Education Fund. Call 1-732-499-8226.

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

Dominican Independence Celebration • Feb. 26 – The City of Perth Amboy will hold a Dominican Independence celebration, starting with a flag raising ceremony at 2:30 p.m. at the City Hall Circle, 260 High St., Perth Amboy, followed by a reception with music and refreshments at 3:30 p.m. at the Community Center, 1 Olive St., Perth Amboy. Info: 1-732-826-1690 x 4306

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.

UCC Alumni Volleyball Night • Feb. 27 from 6-9:30 p.m. – The Union County College Alumni Association will host a volleyball night for all alumni and past students. Alumni members may bring friends to the event, at the gym on the college’s Cranford campus. Teams will be chosen prior to the start of games. For info or to RSVP, call Rebecca may at 1-908-709-7495.

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.

Book Signing • Feb. 29 from 10 a.m. – noon – Author Janet Pfeiffer will sign copies of her self-help book, “The Secret Side of Anger: The Quickest and Easiest Guide (Ever!) to Managing Anger) at William Patterson University, 300 Pompton Rd., Wayne. Info: 1-888-361-9473.

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

Clark Seniors • March 1 at 1 p.m. – The Clark Senior Monthly Meeting will be held at the Brewer Senior Center, 430 Westfield Ave., Clark. Refreshments. Info: call Phyllis at 1-732-382-7134.

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: 1-973-376-4930 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.

Religion • March 2 at 7:30 p.m. – The Church of St. Anne, 325 Second Ave, Garwood, will partner with Apostolica Ministries for a Lenten Parish Mission, “Journey to the Cross: An Intimate Walk With Jesus.” Info: 1-908-789-0280 ext. 10.

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 Signing • March 3 from 2-4 p.m. – Author Judith Hugg-Eckhard will sign copies of her book, “To See the Sky: Vignettes of Grace” at Mendham Books, 84 East Main St., Mendham. Info: 1-888-361-9473.

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.

Atlantic City Bus Trip • March 4 – The Union County College Alumni Association is organizing a bus trip to Atlantic City’s Showboat Casino. The cost is $30, which includes $30 in casino slot play and a light continental breakfast on the bus. Pickups are at 8 a.m. at the Elizabeth campus in front of the Kellogg Building and 8:30 a.m. in the Cranford campus’ Parking Lot #1. For info or to RSVP, call Rebecca May at 1-908-709-7495.

Living History • March 4 – Reenactors representing Company K of the 13th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry will meet visitors to the Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, 45 Macculloch Ave., Morristown, and help them learn about the Civil War era. Author Dominick Mazzagetti, author of “True Jersey Blues” will sell signed copies of his book between 1-4 p.m.

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.

Children’s Health Seminar • March 6 from 4-5:30 p.m. – St. Joseph’s Healthcare System will present a seminar, “Children and Obesity: An Alarming Epidemic” at William Paterson University, 1600 Valley Rd., Wayne. Fee: $20. Pre-register at www.wpunj.eu/cpe. Info: 1-973-720-2354.

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.

Crafts Festival • March 9-11 –The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival returns to the Garden State Exhibit Center, 50 Atrium Dr., Somerset with more than 250 of the nation’s most talented craftspeople selling their one-of-a-kind hand-crafted items. Admission is $7 if purchased online, or $9 at the door. Info: www.sugarloafcrafts.com

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.

Religion • March 9 at 7:30 p.m. – The Church of St. Anne, 325 Second Ave, Garwood, will partner with Apostolica Ministries for a Lenten Parish Mission, “Journey to the Cross: An Intimate Walk With Jesus.” Info: 1-908-789-0280 ext. 10.

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

Live Music • March 10 at 8 p.m. – The Salem Roadhouse Café, 829 Salem Rd., Union will present Pam Purvis and the Blue Skies Band. Admission is $15 ($10 students) and includes hot & cold snacks and beverages. Info: 1-908-686-1028.

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.

Technology Presentation • March 13 from 6-7 p.m. – Dave Marra, a senior systems engineer for Apple, will talk about iPads and iPhones and provide cool tips for users at the Carteret Public Library, 100 Cooke Ave. Info: 1-732-541-3830

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.

Health Seminar • March 14 from 5:30-7 p.m. – Learn about colon cancer prevention from a Trinitas Regional Medical Center doctor at the Center for Regional Education (CORE), Trinitas Regional Medical Center, 1164 Elizabeth Ave., Elizabeth (enter from South Broad St., next to fire house.) Light dinner, complimentary parking. Reservations required. Call 1-908-994-8939.

Library Meeting • March 14 at 6 p.m. – The Carteret Public Library Board of Trustees will meet at the library, 100 Cooke Ave., Carteret. Info: 1-732-541-3830.

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.

Widows Or Widowers • March 14 at 6:30 p.m. – Woodbridge Widows Or Widowers will conduct a business meeting in the children’s room of the Woodbridge Main Library, George Frederick Plaza, Rte. 25, Woodbridge. All widows or widowers welcome. Info: 1-732-381-3255.

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.

Peace Corps Presentation • March 14 at 7:30 p.m. – Cranford resident Matt Clemente will give a PowerPoint® presentation about his recently completed stint as a Peace Corps volunteer at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave. Free admission. Info: 1-908-709-7281.

Health Seminar • March 15 from 5:30-7 p.m. – Learn about the effects of sleep on childhood learning from Vipin Garg, MD, medical director of the Trinitas Comprehensive Sleep Disorders Center at Echo Executive Plaza, Suite 1A, 899 Mountain Ave., Springfield. Light dinner will be served. Reservations required, call 1-908-994-8939.

Book Club • March 15 at 6:15 p.m. – March 15 at 6:15 p.m. – The Carteret Public Library Reading Club will meet to discuss “Walking on Broken Glass” by Christa Allan. The discussion will include a Skype presentation with the author. The library is located at 100 Cooke Ave., Carteret. Info: 1-732-541-3830.

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.

Kids Movie • March 16 at 3 p.m. – The Carteret Free Public Library, 100 Cooke Ave., will show the film, “Alvin & the Chipmunks.” Info: 1-732-541-3830.

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.

Tricky Tray • March 16 at 6 p.m. – Saints Mary & Elizabeth Academy, 170 Hussa St., Linden, will host its 9th annual tricky tray fundraiser. Advance tickets are $15 ($50 for advanced value pack.) Must be 18+. Info: 1-908-486-2507.

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.

Landscaping Seminar • March 20 from 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Rutgers Cooperative Extension will present “Introduction to Organic Land Care” at the Middlesex County 4-H Center, 645 Cranbury Rd., East Brunswick. Registration deadline: March 16. Fee: $50, which includes lunch. Call 1-732-398-5273.

Elder Law Seminar • March 20 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. – The law firm of Benjamin D. Eckman, Esq., will offer a free interactive seminar on elder law, special needs and disability planning at the Linden Public Library, 31 E. Henry St. Register for whichever session is more convenient by calling 1-908-298-3830 ext. 11.

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.

Civil War Presentation • March 21 at 7 p.m. – Dr. David Martin will present “Nurses, Spies and Warriors: Women in the Civil War,” at the Cincinnati Masonic Lodge No. 3, 39 Maple Ave., Morristown. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students. Info: 1-973-538-2404.

Art Exhibit • March 25-April 26 – Arts Guild New Jersey, 1670 Irving St., Rahway, will host “Part & Parcel: The Deconstruction of the Female Form in Contemporary Art.” There will be a free opening reception on March 25 from 1-4 p.m. Info: 1-732-381-7511

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

Theatre • March 25 at 6 p.m. – Villagers Theatre, located in the Franklin Municipal Complex at 475 DeMott Lane, Somerset, will present “The True Story of Cinderella” (opera buffa). Tickets are $20. Call 1-732-873-2719,
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.

Health Seminar • April 2 from 2-4 p.m. – Trinitas Regional Medical Center will present a seminar for cancer caregivers, “Caregivers: Learning to Care for Ourselves,” at the first floor conference room at Trinitas Comprehensive Cancer Center, 225 Williamson St., Elizabeth. Reservations required, call 1-908-994-8535.

Health Seminar • April 4 from 5:30-7 p.m. – Learn about the basics of colon cancer, how it’s diagnosed and treated, and the importance of screening, at the Center for Regional Education (CORE), Trinitas Regional Medical Center, 1164 Elizabeth Ave., Elizabeth (enter from South Broad St., next to fire house). Light dinner will be served. Info: 1-908-994-8939.

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.

Opera • April 20 at 7:30 p.m. & April 22 at 3 p.m. – The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera will present Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” at the Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood. To purchase tickets, call 1-201-227-1030.

 


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