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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.

Open Mic Night • May 18 from 8-10:30 p.m. – Out of the Box is an open mic event for all types of performers, poets, singers, comedians, musicians, etc. at the Cave (in the basement of the Reformed Church of Highland Park, 19-21 South Second Ave., Highland Park. Requested donation: $5-$10 / $3-$5 for students. Info: 1-732-718-0134

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 $15 at the door if space is available. No on under 18 admitted. Info: 1-908-377-4978 or 1-973-715-6170.

Open House Preview • May 19 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and May 20 from noon-4 p.m. – Get your first look at the new Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts, 360 Hamilton St., Rahway. Meet Nai-Ni Chen, watch at StrangeDog Theatre Company Rehearsal, meet Angelina Ballerina, take a beatboxing class and more. Free admission. Info: 1-732-499-8226.

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.

Live Music • May 19 from 2-4 p.m. – Circle Around The Sun will perform and eclectic mix of folk songs as part of the Rahway Public Library’s Café Music Series. The library is located at 2 City Hall Plaza, Rahway. Info: 1-732-340-1551 x 212

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.

Book Signing • May 20 at 11 a.m. – Author Danielle Kirrane will sign copies of her children’s book, “The Fish Who Swam Too Far” at the 5th Annual Dog Walk and Pet Fair, 195 Woodbridge Ave., Sewaren. Info: 1-888-361-9473.

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.

Women’s Surgery Seminar • May 22 from 6-7:30 p.m. – Learn about Robotic Advancements in Minimally Invasive Surgeries for Women at Echo Executive Plaza, Suite 1A, 899 Mountain Ave., Springfield. Speaker: Labib E. Riachi, MD, Interim Chair, OB/GYN Department, Trinitas Regional Medical Center. Light dinner included. Seating is limited. Reservations: 1-908-994-8939.

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.

Wills & Estate Planning Seminar • May 23 from 12:15-1 p.m. – The Law Office of Kenneth Vercammen, 2053 Woodbridge Ave., Edison, will host a free lunch & law seminar to discuss wills and estate planning for Accountants, Business Owners, HR staff, Financial Planners, Insurance Agents, Nursing Home Staff, Hospital and Nursing Home Social Workers, Office of Aging Personnel, Senior Club Presidents, and Medicaid Workers. Attendees are asked to bring a canned food donation. RSVP to VercammenLaws@NJLaws.com. Info: 1-732-572-0500

Baseball • May 25 at 7 p.m. – Attend the 2nd Annual Miracle Night with the Somerset Patriots at TD Bank Ball Park, 860 East Main St., Bridgewater and support the Playball For Miracles charity. You can purchase tickets in person the Elizabeth NJ Firemen’s Credit Association, Fire Headquarters, 411 Irvington Ave., Elizabeth or email playball4miracles@yahoo.com for more information.

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.

Blood Drive • June 1 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.

Festa di San Antonio • June 2 from noon-9 p.m. – Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Church, 625 Florida Grove Rd., Hopelawn, will host its annual Festa honoring St. Anthony in the Msgr. Gambino Hall. Enjoy Italian food and desserts, raffles, games and activities for kids, and more. Festa goers are asked to bring a non-perishable food donation for a local food pantry. Info: 1-732-826-2771.

Live Music • June 2 from 2-4 p.m. – Roia Raiefeyan will perform on the keyboard and with guitar and vocals as part of the Rahway Public Library’s Café Music Series. The library is located at 2 City Hall Plaza, Rahway. Info: 1-732-340-1551 x 212

Blood Drive • June 3 from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – St. Bernadette’s Church, 20 Villanova Rd, Parlin, 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.

Chug Ivrit • June 3 at 11 a.m. – Raritan Valley Chapter’s Chug Ivrit (Hebrew Club) will meet at the home of Rosey Bell and Eli Leiter, 134 Highland Ave., Edison. Chat in Hebrew, and read a short Hebrew story or article. For info or to RSVP, email roselynbe@gmail.com or call 1-732-819-0593.

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.

Women’s Health Seminar • June 6 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. – Learn about Pelvic Disorders in Women at Center of Regional Education (CORE), Trinitas Regional Medical Center, 1164 Elizabeth Ave., Elizabeth. Speaker: Labib E. Riachi, MD, Interim Chair, OB/GYN Department, Trinitas Regional Medical Center. Light dinner included. Seating is limited. Reservations: 1-908-994-8939.

Atlantic City Bus Trip • June 7 from 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Rahway’s AARP will hold its monthly trip to Atlantic City’s Showboat Casino. The cost is $24, and you will receive a $25 cash voucher. To reserve your spot, call Irene at 1-732-499-7740.

Clark Seniors • June 7 at 1 p.m. – The Clark Seniors will hold their monthly meeting at the Brewer Senior Center, 430 Westfield Ave., Clark. The Highsteppers dance group will provide entertainment, and refreshments will be served. Info: 1-732-382-7134.

Dance • June 8 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. Music by Sommers and Steele. Refreshments. All welcome. Admission $10 members, $12 guests. Info: 1-732-969-2228 or 1-908-757-0515.

Singles • June 8 at 8 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will hold an Upscale Singles Dance Party at the Woodbridge Hilton Grand Ballroom, 20 Wood Ave. South, Iselin. Ages 40+, no jeans/t-shirts/sneakers/shorts. Admission: $15. Info: 1-862-397-4723.

Blood Drive • June 9 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. and June 10 from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Jersey Gardens Outlet Mall, 651 Kapkowski Road, 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.

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

Art Exhibit • June 10 from 1-4 p.m. – Arts Guild New Jersey, 1670 Irving St., Rahway, will hold a free opening reception for its exhibit, “COMMUNITY: Members/Faculty/Student Art Show.” The show will remain open through June 30. Gallery hours are 1-4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Blood Drive • June 12 from 3:30-8 p.m. – Woodbridge Center Mall, 250 Woodbridge Center Dr., Woodbridge, 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.

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.

Singles • June 16 at 8 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will hold an Upscale Singles Dance Party at the Woodbridge Hilton Grand Ballroom, 20 Wood Ave. South, Iselin. Ages 40+, no jeans/t-shirts/sneakers/shorts. Admission: $15. Info: 1-862-397-4723.

Talent Show • June 18 from 6-8 p.m. – Kennedy Park School 24 will hold a talent show, the 2nd Annual Night Of Fun For Funds, at Iselin Middle School Auditorium to raise money for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

Citywide Yard Sale • June 23 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – The City of South Amboy will be holding a citywide yard sale. Participating homes will be displaying blue and white balloons outside to alert shoppers.

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.

Jazz Record Collectors Bash • June 29 & 30 at 8 a.m. – Buy, sell, swap, trade & schmooze at the 38th annual Jazz Record Collectors Bash at the Hilton Woodbridge in Iselin. In addition, enjoy rare vintage jazz films each day. General admission is $20 for two days; after 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday admission is $10.

Live Music • June 30 from 2-4 p.m. – Mindy Schmitt will perform music with an indie folk rock and bluegrass flavor as part of the Rahway Public Library’s Café Music Series. The library is located at 2 City Hall Plaza, Rahway. Info: 1-732-340-1551 x 212

Singles • June 30 at 8 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will hold an Upscale Singles Dance Party at the Woodbridge Hilton Grand Ballroom, 20 Wood Ave. South, Iselin. Ages 40+, no jeans/t-shirts/sneakers/shorts. Admission: $15. Info: 1-862-397-4723.


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