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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.

Singles • April 7 at 8 p.m. – Steppin; Out Singles will hold an upscale singles 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.

Woodbridge Widows Or Widowers • April 11 at 6:30 p.m. – Woodbridge Widows or Widowers will hold a business meeting in the children’s room of the Main Library, George Frederick Plaza, Rte. 35, Woodbridge. All widows & widowers welcome. Info: 1-732-381-3255 or 1-908-757-0515.

Colorectal Education • April 12 from 10 a.m. – noon – Watch a short video about colorectal cancer and have your questions answered by healthcare professionals from Overlook Hospital at the Westfield Board of Health, 425 East Broad St., Westfield. Call 1-800-247-9580 to register.

Blood Pressure Screening • April 13 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Health professionals will conduct blood pressure screenings at the Home Depot, Springfield Ave., Union. Call 1-800-247-9580 to register.

Open Dance • April 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.

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.

Flea Market • April 14 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Divine Mercy Parish will hold a spring flea market with new and used items for sale at the Holy Family Parish Center, 213 Pershing Ave., Carteret. $15 to rent a table inside, or $10 to rent a space outside (supply your own table.) Breakfast & lunch for sale. Info: 1-732-541-5736.

Volleyball Fundraiser • April 14 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Academy, 170 Hussa St., Linden, will host a volleyball fundraiser, “Volley For Wishes,” to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of NJ. Teams (elementary-adults) are invited to participate at $50 per team. Admission is $2 ($1 for children 13 and younger.) Info: 1-908-486-2507 or Facebook.com/volleyforwishes2012

Medical QiGong • April 14 from 10:30 a.m. – noon – Willow Grove Presbyterian Church, 1961 Raritan Rd., Scotch Plains, will host Medical QiGong, a course of meditation exercises. Participants must arrive on time because the class cannot be interrupted once it has begun. Info: 1-908-232-5678.

Aviation Seminar • April 14 at noon – American Flyers Flight School, 50 Airport Rd, Suite 120, at the Morristown Airport will host an open house and cookout, followed by a facility tour. A flight instructor will conduct a free FAA WINGS seminar, covering the latest changes in U.S. airspace regulations. Guests are encouraged to arrive early. Info: 1-973-267-3223.

Build A Birdhouse • April 14 from 1-3 p.m. – The Carteret Public Library, 100 Cooke Ave., invites children of all ages to build a birdhouse in an activity sponsored by Home Depot of Woodbridge. Info: 1-732-541-3830.

Earth Day Event • April 15 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – The Edison Wetlands Association will celebrate Earth Day at the Triple C Ranch, Tyler Road, Edison with the grand opening of the Triple C Nature Center, a petting zoo, live music, eco-tours of the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area, raffles, arts & crafts for kids and more. Rain Date: April 21. Info: www.EdisonWetlands.org

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.

Dance • April 15 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.

Blood Drive • April 17 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. – Middlesex County College Campus Center, 2600 Woodbridge Ave., Edison, 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.

Blood Drive • April 18 from 11:45 a.m.-5:45 p.m. – Kean University Center, 1000 Morris Ave., Union, 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.

Blood Drive • April 18 from 2:30-7 p.m. – Coldwell Banker, 600 North Ave. W., Westfield, 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.

Diabetes Screening • April 18 from 5-7 p.m. – Learn your blood sugar and risk factors for Type 2 diabetes when healthcare professionals from Overlook Hospital conduct screenings at Westfield YMCA, 220 Clark St., Westfield. Call 1-800-247-9580 to register.

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.

Film • April 19 at 1 & 7 p.m. – The Springfield Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield, will continue its international film festival with “Toast” (2010). Free admission, refreshments. Info: 1-973-376-4930.

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.

Oldies Dance • April 20 from 8-11 p.m. – The Knights of Columbus Monthly Oldies Dance will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 61 Pine St. (one turn off Route 18 South), Old Bridge. DJ music by Tony V. Admission: $10 per person. Info: 1-732-251-0970.

Clothing Drive • April 21 from 8–11:30 a.m. – Divine Mercy Parish will collect usable, unstained clothing, linens, shoes, stuffed animals, belts and handbags in plastic garbage bags at the Parish Center parking lot, 213 Pershing Ave., Carteret. Info: 1-732-541-5736

SAT Review • April 21 from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – The Constine Evans Scholarship Fund of the Morning Star Community Development Corporation will host an SAT Review session at the Linden/Roselle Community Center, 1238 E. St. Georges Ave., Linden. There is a $10 reservation fee; deadline: April 8. Continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m., and lunch will be served. Info: scholarship@mscdc.org

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.

Art Workshop • April 21 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Arts Guild NJ, 1670 Irving St., Rahway, will host a one-day Linoleum Block Printing workshop for adults. All skill levels welcome. Fee: $75 Info: 1-732-381-7511.

Blood Drive • April 21 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. and April 22 from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 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.

Vendor Sale • April 24 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Ideal Jewelry will hold a vendor sale at Runnells Specialized Hospital, 40 Watchung Way, Berkeley Heights, in the multi-purpose room. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the hospital’s Volunteers Guild. Info: 1-908-771-5847

Talent Showcase Auditions • April 24 from 7-9 p.m. & April 28 from 2-4 p.m. – Westfield Community Players will hold auditions for the 5th Annual Talent Showcase, to be held June 9. Actors, singers, dancers, instrumentalists & comedians welcome. Info: www.westfieldcommunityplayers.org/WCPauditions.html.

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.

Blood Drive • April 26 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.

AARP Chapter 5439 • April 27 at 1 p.m. – AARP Chapter 5439 will meet at the Stephen Sampson Senior Center, 800 Anna St., Elizabeth. New members welcome. Info: 1-908-355-3193.

Blood Drive • April 28 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. – Edison Knights of Columbus Council 4885, 71 Council Place, Edison, 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.

Singles • April 28 at 8 p.m. – Steppin; Out Singles will hold an upscale singles 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.

Spaghetti Dinner • April 29 from 1-5 p.m. – American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit #5 will hold a spaghetti dinner and tricky tray as a fundraiser to support our veterans at the American Legion, 581 Maple Ave., Rahway. Admission is $20, which includes 1 sheet of tickets.

Dance • April 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.

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.

Art Exhibit • May 6 – June 7 – Arts Guild New Jersey, 1670 Irving St., Rahway, will showcase “Prismatic,” a light-hearted celebration of rich, lustrous color and its influence on our senses. There will be a free reception on May 6 from 1-4 p.m. to open the exhibit.

Live Music • May 9 at 7 p.m. – 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.

Rabies Vaccination Clinic • May 12 from 9 a.m. – noon – Perth Amboy and the Middlesex County Office of Health Services are providing an annual rabies vaccination clinic that is free for Perth Amboy pet owners. Bring your dog or cat to the Public Works Garage at the foot of Fayette St. (behind Shop Rite.)

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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