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Summer Arts Workshops • Registration Open Until Aug. 6. – Arts Guild NJ, 1670 Irving St., Rahway, will offer arts workshops for kids and teens in four weekly sessions from July 16-Aug. 10. Cost is $65 (kids) and $75 (teens). Info: 1-732-381-7511.

Fish or Chicken & Chips Dinner • May 4 from 5-7 p.m. – Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church, 888 Stuyvesant Ave. (corner of West Chestnut St.), Union, will host a fish or chicken & chips dinner catered by Argyle Restaurant. Tickets are $13 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under. Info: 1-908-688-3164.

Singles • May 4 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. – The Professional and Business Singles Network will host a Business and Social Networking event for the 40 Plus Age Group at Snuffy’s Famous Steak House, 250 Park Ave. at Rte. 22 in Scotch Plains. Sharp casual to business attire. Cash bar with 25% discount on bar menu items. Just drop in. Info: 1-610-348-5544.

Blood Drive • May 5 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. – Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave., 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 Fair • May 5 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – The Greater Union County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America will hold a health fair and family fitness event at Plainfield High School, 950 Park Ave., Plainfield. There will be free screenings, fitness activities, and vendors. New Jersey Blood Services will also conduct a blood drive.

Book Signing • May 5 from 2-4 p.m. – Author Avalon Soulette Brown, RN, ASN, will sign copies of her book, “It Was The Devil All Along: A Memoir,” at Barnes & Noble, 240 U.S. 22, Springfield. Info: 1-888-361-9473.

Blood Drive • May 6 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.

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.

Widows Or Widowers • May 7 at 7 p.m. – Middlesex East Widows Or Widowers will conduct a members only business meeting at the Carteret Community Center, Pershing & Cooke Aves., Carteret. Info: 1-732-969-2228 or 1-908-757-0515.

Carnival • May 9-11 beginning at 6 p.m., May 12 beginning at noon – Amusements of America Presents the St. Agnes School Carnival at 342 Madison Hill Rd., Clark.

Carnival • May 9 & 10 from 6-10 p.m., May 11 from 6-11 p.m. & May 12 from 4-11 p.m. – The Green Brook Swim Club will hold a carnival at 59 Greenbrook Rd., Green Brook. Free admission. Enjoy rides and a wide variety of food vendors. Wednesday is wristband night; pay $20 and enjoy rides all night. Live entertainment Friday. Info: http://greenbrookswimclub.com

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.

Learn To Sell On eBay • May 9 at 7:30 p.m. – Mike Skara of Computer Training Service of Livingston will show you how to sell on eBay at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave. Free admission.

Tricky Tray • May 9 at 8 p.m. – Holy Trinity Eastern Orthodox Church will hold its semi-annual Tricky Tray Auction at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Center, 1400 St. Georges Ave., Rahway. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission: $5. Hot food will be available for purchase. Info & advance tickets: 1-908-232-7874 or 1-732-574-9799.

Blood Drive • May 10 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. – Roselle Catholic High School, 1 Raritan Rd., Roselle, 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.

Dance • May 11 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.

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.)

Safe Boating Course • May 12 from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Sea Scout Ship 228 BSA will hold a NJ Safe Boating Course for youth 13 years old or older at the Rahway Yacht Club, 1706 Paterson St. The cost is $10. Email dar228@verivon.net for info about the course or the Sea Scouts.

Meditation Class • May 12 from 10:30 a.m. – noon – Willow Grove Presbyterian Church, 1961 Raritan Rd., Scotch Plains, will host a free class in Medical QiGong, a course of meditation exercises. Arrive on time; the class may not be interrupted once it begins. Info: 1-908-232-5678

Hat Show & Luncheon • May 12 from 2-5 p.m. – The Season Saints Ministry will sponsor a pre-Mothers Day Hat Show & Luncheon at the Linden/Roselle Community Center, 1238 E. St. Georges Ave., Linden. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds will benefit the Promise Charter School for Excellence. New & gently-worn hats for men and women will be available for purchase.

Singles • May 12 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/shorts. $15 admission. Info: 1-862-397-4723.

Blood Drive • May 14 from 1-7 p.m. – Elizabeth PBA #4, One Police 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.

Library Board Meeting • May 16 at 4:30 p.m. – The Edison Township Public Library Board of Trustees will meets at the Main Library, 340 Plainfield Ave., Edison. This meeting was originally scheduled for May 9. Info: 1-732-287-2298 x222.

Book Club • May 16 at 7 p.m. – The Carteret Public Library’s book club will meet at the library, 100 Cooke Ave., to discuss Harlan Coben’s “Live Wire. Info: 1-732-541-3820.

Elizabeth AARP • May 18 at 1 p.m. – Elizabeth AARP Chapter 5439 will meet at the Stephen Sampson Senior Center, 800 Anna St., Elizabeth. New members welcome. Info: 1-908-355-3193.

Family Movie • May 18 at 3 p.m. – The Carteret Public Library, 100 Cooke Ave., will show the movie “Marley & Me: The Puppy Years.” Suitable for all ages. Info: 1-732-541-3820.

Tricky Tray • May 18 at 8 p.m. – The Union County Academy For Performing Arts High School will host a Tricky Tray fundraiser for the PTSO in the West Hall Cafeteria, 1776 Raritan Rd., Scotch Plains. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $12 in advance, and $15 at the door if space is available. No on under 18 admitted. Info: 1-908-377-4978 or 1-973-715-6170.

Blood Drive • May 19 from 12:30-6:30 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.

Concert • May 19 at 8 p.m. – The Coffee With A Conscience Concert Series will conclude its 12th season with a performance by Sean Altman, the “father of modern a cappella,” with the a cappella super group, the GrooveBarbers, at First United Methodist Church of Westfield, 1 East Broad St. Admission is $23.

Missionary Sunday • May 20 at 8:45 & 11 a.m. – Rev. Benny Ferguson, a field representative of Assemblies of God World Missions, will join the congregation of Calvary Assembly of God, 953 West Chestnut St., Union, for their Missionary Sunday services. Info: 1-908-964-1133.

Art Show • May 20 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. – RSI Bank, 1500 Irving St., Rahway, will hold a public reception for the winners of its inaugural art contest. Art will be on display through June 24.

Garden Fair • May 20 from noon-5 p.m. – The Master Gardeners of Union County will hold their 23rd annual Spring Garden Fair & Plant Sale at the Trailside Nature & Science Center, in the Watchung Reservation, at the corner of New Providence Rd. & Coles Ave., Mountainside. There will be plants, gardening books, crafts and other items for sale, demonstrations, vegetable & herb garden tours, children’s activities and more. Bring your own wagon; leave your pets home. Info: 1-908-654-9854.

Dance • May 20 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.

Health Fair • May 23 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – The Arc of Union County, 52 Fadem Rd., Springfield, will host a free health fair with screenings, health information and more. Info: 1-973-315-0006.

Pre-Shavuot Luncheon • May 23 at 11:30 a.m. – The Senior Department of the YM-YWHA of Union, 501 Green Lane, will hold a Pre-Shavuot Luncheon with entertainment by guitarist Lester Smith. The cost is $3 for members and $8 for guests. Call Susan at 1-908-289-8112 ext. 34 by May 21 to make your reservation.

Blood Drive • May 26 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. and May 27 from 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. – Jersey Gardens Outlet Mall, 651 Kapkowsi 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.

Spring Festival • May 27 from noon – 6 p.m. – The Deutscher Club of Clark, 787 Featherbed Lane, will host Fruhlingfest. There will be live music from the Bud Gramer Orchestra for your dancing and listening pleasure, and German American beer and food for sale. No outside food, pets, skates, skateboards or bicycles are permitted. Donation: $5 per person (children under 12 free.) Info: 1-732-574-8600.

Singles • May 27 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/shorts. $15 admission. Info: 1-862-397-4723.

Blood Drive • May 31 from 1:30-7:30 p.m. – Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad, 875 Raritan Rd., 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.

9-11 Memorial Bus Trip • June 4 from 8:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – The Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County will offer a bus trip to New York City to the 9/11 Memorial with an afternoon architecture and historical tour of lower Manhattan with tour guide Marty Schneit. The cost is $41 for JCC members and $45 for non-members. Lunch is not included, but there will be time to eat in area restaurants. Make reservations before May 25. Info: 1-732-494-3232 ext. 614.

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

55 Alive Driving Program • June 13 at 9:30 a.m. – The YM-YWHA of Union County, 501 Green Lane, Union, will offer the 55 Alive Driving Program to anyone over the age of 50. The class is taught be a certified AARP driving instructor and those who complete it may be eligible for an auto insurance rate reduction or to have points removed from the driving record. For more information, call Susan at 1-908-289-8112 ext. 34.

Blood Drive • June 27 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. – The Linden Public Library, 31 E. Henry St., will host a blood drive in the Columbia Bank Room. For questions about eligibility, call 1-800-NJBLOOD.


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