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Farmers Market • March 10 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – The first East Brunswick Winter Farmers Market will be held at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center, 721 Cranbury Rd.

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.

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.

Fossil Dig • March 11 at 2:30 p.m. – Join John Miller of the Pearl Observatory and find your own fossils in the Clark Public Library, 303 Westfield Ave. Whatever you find, you keep. For ages kindergarten and up; registration required, call 1-732-388-5999.

Taste Of Cranford • March 11 from 5-7:30 p.m. – The 3rd annual Taste of Cranford will be held at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave., Cranford. Sample food from nearly 30 area restaurants, bakeries, chocalatiers and others. Tickets are $40 at the door. Proceeds benefit the United Way’s Special Response Fund. Info: 1-908-353-7171 ext. 129

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.
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.

Open Mic & Art Reception • March 15 from 6:30-8 p.m. – Raritan Bay Coffee Company, inside the train station at 233 Smith St., Perth Amboy, will host an open mic night for music, song and spoken word, as well as an introduction of the new art exhibit, “Reflections on the Great Beds Lighthouse,” by Perth Amboy Adult Education Center art students.

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.

School Theatre • March 15, 16 & 17 at 8 p.m. – Linden High School’s drama department will present the musical “Barnum” in the high school auditorium at 121 W. St. Georges Ave., Linden. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. There will be a special Senior Night on March 14 at 7 p.m., when seniors receive free admission. Info: 1-908-486-5432.

Blood Drive • March 16 from 1-7 p.m. – Jersey Gardens Outlet Mall, 651 Kapkowski Rd., Elizabeth, will host a blood drive in conjunction with New Jersey Blood Services. Donors must be 17, or 16 with parental permission, weigh at least 110 lbs., and present photo or signed ID. Donors over 75 can keep donating with a note from their doctor. First time donors must know their Social Security number. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

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.

Blood Drive • March 16 from 3:30-8 p.m. – What’s The Scoop, 410 Main St., Metuchen, will host a blood drive in conjunction with New Jersey Blood Services. Donors must be 17, or 16 with parental permission, weigh at least 110 lbs., and present photo or signed ID. Donors over 75 can keep donating with a note from their doctor. First time donors must know their Social Security number. Info: 1-800-933-2566

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.

Dance • March 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. $10 members, $12 guests. Info: 1-732-381-3255 or 1-908-757-0515.

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.

Alzheimer’s Association Program • March 21 & 28 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. – The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter, will present a two-part program “Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers – Moderate Stage” at the RWJ Rahway Fitness & Wellness Center, 2120 Lamberts Mill Road, Scotch Plains. To register, call 1-973-586-4300.

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.

Blood Drive • March 22 from 1:30-7:30 p.m. – Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad, 875 Raritan Rd., Clark, will host a blood drive in conjunction with New Jersey Blood Services. Donors must be 17, or 16 with parental permission, weigh at least 110 lbs., and present photo or signed ID. Donors over 75 can keep donating with a note from their doctor. First time donors must know their Social Security number. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Film & Discussion • March 22 from 1:30-4 p.m. – The Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison, will host a film and discussion for baby boomers and beyond, with Dr. Susan London, who will be showing “Conversaciones con Mama,” a film (in English) directed by Santiago Carlos Oves. Admission: $5 members / $8 non-members. Register before March 16; call 1-732-494-3232.

Alzheimer’s Association Program • March 22 from 6-7:30 p.m. – The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter, will present a program “Know the 10 Signs” at the Linden Public Library, 31 East Henry St. To register, call 1-973-586-4300.

AARP Chapter 5439 • March 23 at 1 p.m. – Elizabeth AARP Chapter 5439 will hold their monthly meeting at the Stephen Sampson Center, 800 Anna St., Elizabeth. New members welcome. Info: 1-908-355-3193.

St. Patrick’s Day • March 23 from 7-10 p.m. – The Rahway Republican Committee will hold its annual St. Patrick’s Day Party at the American Legion Post 5, 581 Maple Ave., Rahway. Live music by Irish minstrel Brian McGeough and entertainment by the Peter Smith Dancers. Dinner includes corned beef & cabbage, beer & soda, and dessert. Tickets are $40 per person, $60 per couple or $225 per table of 8. Seniors only $20 per person. Info: 1-732-388-7671.

Singles • March 24 at 8 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will host an upscale singles 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.

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.

Book Week • March 27 from 6:30-8 p.m. – Raritan Bay Coffee Company, inside the train station at 233 Smith St., Perth Amboy, will host author Beverly Samuelson, who will describe her inspiration and work process for her murder mystery “Eyes of Greed” set in South Amboy.

Book Week • March 28 from 6:30-8 p.m. – Raritan Bay Coffee Company, inside the train station at 233 Smith St., Perth Amboy, will host writer/publisher Marion Corbet of New York, who will describe “Raw Voices,” a female-generated anthology which includes a work by Perth Amboy resident Tracy Jordan.

Book Week • March 29 from 6:30-8 p.m. – Raritan Bay Coffee Company, inside the train station at 233 Smith St., Perth Amboy, will host author Kristyann D’Errico of Woodbridge, who will discuss her book “Color Him Crazy: Dating Memoirs of a New Jersey Hairdresser.”

Easter Bunny Breakfast • March 31 from 9-11 a.m. – Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church, 888 Stuyvesant Ave. & Chestnut St., Union will hold breakfast with the Easter Bunny. Donation: $5. Tickets available at the door. Have your picture taken and enjoy breakfast, games & prizes. Info: 1-908-688-3164.

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.

Easter Cantata • March 31 at 7 p.m. – The Choir of Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church, 888 Stuyvesant Ave. & Chestnut St., Union, will present “Raise The Crown,” a musical for Easter. Free admission, but a free will offering will be collected. Info: 1-908-688-3164.

Singles • March 31 at 8 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will hold an upscale dance party at the Woodbridge Hilton, 20 Wood Ave. South, Iselin. Ages 40+ no jeans/t-shirts/sneakers. Admission: $17. Info: 1-732-656-1801

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.

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

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.

Women’s Self-Defense • April 13 and 20, from 7:30-9 p.m. – The Gregorio Recreation Center, 330 Helen St., Linden will host a self-defense course for Linden women ages 18 and older. The cost for both classes is $26. Register at any Linden recreation center or online at www.linden-nj.org. Info: 1-908-474-8627.

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.

Gala Dinner • April 15 from 3-8 p.m. – “Eyes on the Arts,” Arts Guild New Jersey’s 4th annual gala dinner, will be held at Luciano’s Italian Ristorante and Lounge, 1579 Main St., Rahway. Tickets are $75 per person. There will be musical entertainment and the 2012 Art Star Award will be presented. Info: 1-732-381-7511,

Rain Barrel Workshop • April 18 at 6:30 p.m. – Build a rain barrel to collect water from your gutter’s downspout for use in your garden at the Earth Center, Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick. $45 payment required one week in advance of workshop. Call 1-732-398-5273 to register.

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.

Live Music • April 25 at 7 p.m. – Rosalind Grant will give a jazz performance at the Linden Library, 31 E. Henry St. To sign up, visit the circulation desk or call Dennis Purves at 1-908-298-3830.

Live Music • May 9 – Carol Erickson will perform jazz music at the Linden Library, 31 E. Henry St. To sign up, visit the circulation desk or call Dennis Purves at 1-908-298-3830.

CD & Record Show • June 10 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


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