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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.

Girl Scout Cookies • March 17 at noon – Girl Scout Troop #41312 will sell Girl Scout cookies in front of Witty’s on St. Georges Ave., Rahway. Info: email ginah920@aol.com

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.

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.

Garden Workshops • March 24 – Middlesex County’s office of Rutgers Cooperative Extension will host two garden workshops at the EARTH Center in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick. From 9-11 a.m., learn A-Z Lawn & Mower Maintenance. From noon-3 p.m., learn Organic Lawn & Landscape techniques. The cost for each workshop is $20. Call 1-732-398-5262 to register by March 21.

Blood Drive • March 24 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. – The Deutscher Club of Clark, 787 Featherbed Lane, is hosting a blood drive in conjunction with the Blood Center of New Jersey. Donors will receive a $10 Shop Rite gift card and can enjoy a continental breakfast or light German lunch. For questions of eligibility to donate, call 1-973-676-4700 ext. 140. For info or to sign up, call 1-800-652-5663 ext. 155.

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.
Live Music • March 26 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. – The Rahway Public Library, 2 City Hall Plaza, will host a performance by the Rahway Valley Jerseyaires. Enjoy barbershop, bebop, doo-wop and other music. Info: 1-732-340-1551 x212.

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.”

Flapjack Fundraiser • March 31 from 8-10 a.m. – The Bishop Ahr High School Music Department is sponsoring a flapjack fundraiser at Applebee’s, Route 1 North, Edison, to support the students’ competition trip to Busch Gardens, Va. Enjoy a complete breakfast for $10 per person. For info or tickets, call Lisa at 1-732-642-1323.

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.

Employment Forum • March 31 from 1-3 p.m. – The NAACP Perth Amboy Area Branch, in collaboration with the Perth Amboy Dept. of Human Services, will hold an employment forum where job seekers can get tips on searching for employment, resume writing, and interview readiness at the Raritan Bay YMCA, 357 New Brunswick Ave., Perth Amboy. Info: 1-908-305-8519.

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.

Nutrition Workshop • April 3 at 7 p.m. – Rita Genovese, a nutritionist and holistic health coach, will conduct a workshop on controlling your sugar at the Union Public Library, 1980 Morris Ave., Union. Info: 1-908-851-5450.

Passover Program • April 3 at 7 p.m. – Janice Samuels-Sienna will explain the meaning and origin of the Seder Meal at the Evergreen Multi-Service Center, 400 Inman Ave., Colonia. Info: 1-732-726-6262.

Blood Drive • April 4 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. – City of Elizabeth Employees, 50 Winfield Scott Plaza, 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.

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.

Clark Seniors • April 5 at 1 p.m. – The Clark Senior monthly meeting will be held at the Brewer Senior Center, 430 Westfield Ave., Clark. Guest speaker Bob Barrett will present a Colonial Williamsburg Revolutionary adventure video. Refreshments. Info: call Phyllis at 1-732-382-7134.

Blood Drive • April 6 from 1-7 p.m. – Calvary Tabernacle-Harvest Training Center, 69 Myrtle St., Cranford, 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.

Easter Egg-Stravaganza • April 7 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – The First Baptist Church of Metuchen, 225 Middlesex Ave. (Route 27) will host a free Easter Egg-stravaganza, with egg hunts, face painting, games, crafts and more for children ages 2-11. An adult must accompany children. Info: call Deb at 1-732-396-8291. To pre-register, call 1-732-548-4279.

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.

Holocaust Memorial • April 18 at 7:30 p.m. – The Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison will host an interfaith Yom Hashoah Holocaust memorial program in conjunction with the Metuchen Edison Interfaith Clergy Association. There will be musical selections and readings to remember those who perished, as well as a photo exhibit. Info: Jennine at 1-732-494-3232 ext. 621.

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.

College Open House • April 21 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. – First Baptist Church, 929 Dill Ave., Linden, will host an open house featuring representatives from local colleges. Info: 1-908-241-7653.

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.

Songfest 2012 • May 6 at 4 p.m. – Holy Spirit Church, located at the corner of Morris Ave. and Suburban Rd., Union, will host the Schwäbischer Sängerbund Mixed Chorus and Sängerchor Men’s Chorus for Songfest 2012. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance at Frederic’s Jewelers, 1083 Raritan Rd., Clark or by calling Edda at 1-908-687-3357 or Allen at 1-908-687-2322. Tickets will be $22 at the door.

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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