Community Calendar: Sept. 21-Oct. 14

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Blood Drive • Sept. 21 from 1 – 7 p.m. – The Outlet Collection / Jersey Gardens, 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.

Elizabeth AARP • Sept. 21 at 1 p.m. – Elizabeth AARP Chapter 5439 will hold their monthly meeting at the Stephen Sampson Senior Center, 800 Anna St., Elizabeth. New members welcome. Info: 1-908-355-3193.

Bras For A Cause Auction • Sept. 21 from 6-9 p.m. – The Middlesex County chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors is partnering with the American Cancer Society for an auction of specially-decorated bras modeled by men. Info: 1-908-310-3587.

4-H Open House • Sept. 21 from 7-9 p.m. – The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County 4-H Youth Development Program will hold an open house for new members at the Union County Services Building, 300 North Ave. East, Westfield. Learn about a variety of 4-H clubs open to students from 1st through 12th grades. Info: 1-908-654-9854.

Charity Beer Fest • Sept. 22 from 1-5 p.m. – Woodbridge’s 6th annual charity Central Jersey Beer Fest will be held at Parker Press Park, 400 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge. There will be live entertainment & food. Tickets are $25 for drinking adults & $15 for non-drinkers. Info: 1-732-634-2929.

Chug Ivrit • Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Chug Ivrit Hebrew Club, sponsored by the Raritan Valley Chapter of Hadassah, will meet at the home of Terry Guy, 93 Gaskill Ave., Edison, off of Suttons Lane. RSVP to Terry at 1-732-371-6350 by Sept. 21

Vendor Sale • Sept. 23 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Topical Solutions 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

South Amboy ArtsFest & Street Fair • Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. – The South Amboy ArtsFest & Street Fair will offer crafters, artists, food vendors, hands-on activities and entertainment on Broadway. Rain date: Sept. 30. For vendor info, email events@southamboynj.gov or call 1-732-525-5932.

Tea With “Ben Franklin” • Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. – Enjoy tea and cake with “Dr. Ben Franklin” at the Proprietary House Museum, 149 Kearny Ave., Perth Amboy. Barry Stevens will offer a presentation on the life and contributions of Philadelphia’s most famous citizen. Reservations required; call 1-732-826-5527 and leave a message. Cost: $15 per person.

Free Concert • Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. – Human Wheels will play a John Cougar Mellancamp Tribute Show at the Raymond Wood Bauer Promenade, 400 N. Wood Ave., Linden (next to the Post Office & across from City Hall). Prior to the concert, there will be hot dogs and giveaways as part of Fire Safety Night from 5-7:30 p.m. In case of rain, the show will be at Linden High School, 121 W. St. Georges Ave. Info: 1-908-474-8600.

Blood Drive • Sept. 26 from 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Middlesex County College, 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 • Sept. 26 from 1:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Metuchen Public Library, 480 Middlesex Ave., 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.

Farmers Market • Sept. 26 from 3-8:30 p.m. – The Woodbridge Farmers Market at Parker Press Park, on Rahway Avenue offers fresh fruit, vegetables, baked goods and more. Info: 1-732-634-4500 ext. 6494.

Book Signing • Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. – Author Katherine Massopust will sign copies of her new book, “Stories From Perth Amboy,” at the Raritan Bay Coffee Company inside the Perth Amboy Train Station. Free parking.

Family Game Night • Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. – The First Presbyterian Church of Iselin, 1295 Oak Tree Rd., will host a family game night. Info: 1-732-283-1188.

Nutrition & Wellness for Older Adults • Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. – Join Lauren Purdy, R.D. from ShopRite of Clark and Norman Zong, Registered Pharmacist for a seminar at the Clark Public Library discussing nutrition and wellness specific to the older adult population. Learn about the foods you can incorporate into your diet to better your health. Registration required; call 1-732-388-5999

Blood Drive • Sept. 28 from 3:30 – 8 p.m. – Menlo Park Mall, 100 Menlo Park Dr., 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.

Job Preparation Event • Sept. 28 from 7-9 p.m. – The Reformed Church of Linden, 600 North Wood Ave., will host a free Friday night job preparation series open to young people ages 16-21. Learn how to search for jobs, write your resume and ace the interview. To register, call 1-908-486-3714.

Dance Night • Sept. 28 from 7:30-10 p.m. – There will be a Motown Night dance night at the Raymond Wood Bauer Promenade, 400 N. Wood Ave., Linden (next to the Post Office & across from City Hall). In case of rain, the event will be cancelled. Info: 1-908-474-8600.

Grand Opening • Sept. 29 from noon-4 p.m. – The Jewish Renaissance Foundation’s Family Success Center, located at 242 Madison Ave., Perth Amboy, will hold a grand opening with refreshments, raffles, giveaways, face painting and more. Info: 1-732-324-2114 x128.

Oktoberfest • Sept. 29 from 7-11 p.m. – Our Lady of Victories Parish of Sayreville will hold a parish Oktoberfest in Monsignor Dalton Hall. Bernie’s Orchestra will provide German music and the Bayern Verein dancers will entertain throughout the evening. Tickets are $35 and include a German dinner, beer, wine, soda and water. Info: 1-732-727-7639 or 1-732-257-4351.

Singles • Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will hold a singles dance party at the Woodbridge Hilton, 120 Wood Ave. South, Iselin. Ages 40+ No jeans/t-shirts/sneakers/shorts. Admission: $15. Info: 1-862-397-4723.

Blood Drive • Sept. 30 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. – St. Mary’s Church, 256 Augusta St., South Amboy, 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.

Taste Of Perth Amboy • Oct. 2 from 6-9 p.m. – St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church will be the site of the third annual Taste of Perth Amboy, a fundraiser for the Friends of the Perth Amboy Free Public Library. Info: Barbara 1-732-826-9466 or Rozalia 1-973-763-4273.

Garden Club • Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. – The Royal Garden Club by the Bay will meet at St. Peter’s Rectory, 188 Rector St., Perth Amboy. New members welcome.

Book Discussion Group • Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. – Springfield Free Public Library’s (Really Good) Book Discussion Group will meet to discuss “1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created” by Charles C. Mann in the Palmer Museum. Refreshments. New members welcome. Info: 1-973-376-4930 x229.

Woodbridge GhostWalk • Oct. 5 & 6 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. – The annual Woodbridge Historic Ghost Walk offers a tour of downtown Woodbridge that reveals NJ’s oldest municipality’s supernatural side. First tour starts at 6:30 p.m., last tour leaves at 9:30 p.m. Fee: $5. Free cookie & hot chocolate for all walkers courtesy of QuickChek. Groups of 10 or more may make reservations by calling European School of Dance at 1-732-738-6022.

Blessing Of The Animals • Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. – noon – The First Presbyterian Church of Iselin will hold a Blessing of the Animals. Info: 1-732-283-1188.

Octoberfest • Oct. 6 from 7-11 p.m. – The Deutscher Club of Clark, 787 Featherbed Lane, will hold an indoor Octoberfest event with music by Bernie’s Orchestra and German & American dinners available for purchase between 6-9 p.m. No outside food, jeans or sneakers. German attire encouraged. Admission: $6 non-members, $3 members. Info: 1-732-574-8600.

Singles Dance Party • Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will hold a singles dance at the Woodbridge Hilton, 120 Wood Ave. South, Iselin. Ages 40+, no jeans/t-shirts/sneakers/shorts. Admission: $15. Info: 1-862-397-4723.

Vendor Sale • Oct. 9 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. – R&K Fragrances 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

Fish Fry • Oct. 12 from 5-7 p.m. – The First Presbyterian Church of Iselin, 1295 Oak Tree Rd., will host Argyle’s Fish & Chicken Fry. Meal includes salad, beverage & dessert. Donation: $13 adults, $12 seniors & children under 12. Info: 1-732-283-1188.

Dance • Oct. 12 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. All welcome. Refreshments. Admission: $10 members, $12 guests. Info: 1-732-969-2228.

Coat Drive • Oct. 13 & 14 – The Council of Catholic Women, Church of the Sacred Heart, 531 Washington Ave., South Amboy, will be collecting coats for the Rescue Mission of Trenton. Coats may be dropped off at the church entrance or in a receptacle located across the street in front of Memorial Hall. Info: 1-732-525-2696.


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