Blood Drive • Oct. 26 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 • Oct. 26 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.
Oktoberfest • Oct. 26 from 6:30-11 p.m. – The Old Bridge Sayreville Rotary is hosting their annual Oktoberfest at Sacred Heart Memorial Hall, Main St. & Washington Ave., South Amboy. Tickets are $30 and include Oktoberfest beers, seasonal wines, a traditional German dinner. A DJ and the band Reason for Being will provide music. Wear your lederhosen and receive a prize. Advance ticket sales only. Call Glenn at 1-732-921-1468 or Jeff at 1-732-921-1466. Proceeds will benefit local food banks.
Halloween Family Movie Night • Oct. 26 from 7-9 p.m. – Reformed Church of Linden, 600 North Wood Ave. will hold a free family movie night. Refreshments. Come in costume if you like. Info: 1-908-486-3714.
Kolbas Sandwich Sale • Oct. 27 – The Holy Name Society of Holy Trinity Church, Johnstone & Lawrie Sts., Perth Amboy, will hold a kolbas sandwich sale fundraiser in the parish hall after the 5 p.m. mass. Tickets, which are $8 per person, will include a sandwich, choice of beverage and cake, will only be sold at the door. Info: 1-732-721-5914.
Halloween Parade • Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Perth Amboy’s Halloween Parade and Costume Judging Contest will take place at the Train Station, Smith Street Side to Historic Ferry Slip on 300 Front St. Info: 1-732-826-1690 ext. 4305.
Jersey Shore Rose Society • Oct. 27 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. – The Jersey Shore Rose Society will hold its monthly meeting at the Community Room, Kensington Court Assisted Living, 864 Shrewsbury Ave., Tinton Falls. There will be a beginner clinic at 12:30, followed by the main meeting at 1:30 p.m. Whether you know nothing or a lot about roses, all are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Info: 1-732-688-4282
Elvis Tribute Show • Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. – St. Anthony of Padua, 436 Port Reading Ave., Port Reading, will host an Elvis Tribute Show starring Rick Alviti. Tickets are $45 and include a hot buffet, dessert, coffee, tea & soda. B.Y.O.B. Seats are limited; call Francine at 1-732-881-3619.
Halloween Bash • Oct. 29 from 5-9 p.m. – Law Explorer Post 629 will host a Halloween Bash fundraiser at the John T. Gregorio Recreation Center, 330 Helen St., Linden. There will be a buffet dinner, a costume contest (appropriate attire, no toy guns), karaoke, games, and more. Advance tickets are $7 for children 11 and older, $5 for children 6-10 and free for children 5 and younger. At the door, all tickets are $10, but children ages 5 and younger are still free. Info & tickets: 1-908-718-7877.
Seniors Halloween Party • Oct. 31 at 11 a.m. – The Perth Amboy Office on Aging is organizing a Halloween Party for seniors at the Alexander F. Jankowksi Community Center, 1 Olive St., Perth Amboy. To register, call 1-732-826-1690 ext. 4326 or 4307
Children’s Halloween Dance • Oct. 31 from 6-8:30 p.m. – There will be a Halloween Dance for children ages 5-10 at the Alexander F. Jankowski Community Center, 1 Olive St., Perth Amboy. Info: 1-732-826-1690 ext. 4305.
Atlantic City Bus Trip • Nov. 1 from 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Rahway’s AARP will hold its monthly bus trip to Atlantic City’s Showboat Casino. The cost is $24, and you will receive a $25 cash voucher. To reserve a spot, call Irene at 1-732-499-7740.
55 Alive Driving Class • Nov. 1 at 9 a.m. – YM-YWHA of Union County, 501 Green Lane, Union is offering the 55 Alive Driving Program to anyone over age 50 who wants to improve their driving skills or qualify for a discount of up to 5% on their auto insurance. Cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. To register, call Susan Silberner at 908-289-8112 ext. 34.
Bumble Bee Bazaar • Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – The Bumble Bee Bazaar returns to the Church of the Assumption, Roselle Park, Lower Chiego Hall, 113 Chiego Place. Handmade crafts, gifts, and more.
Holiday Bazaar • Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Academy, 170 Hussa St., Linden, will hold a Holiday Bazaar. Vendors wanted (new items only) – $25 per table. Call Yvette at 1-732-381-5561 or the school at 1-908-486-2507.
Harvest Fest • Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – There will be a Harvest Fest at the Historic Ferry Slip on 300 Front St., Perth Amboy. Info: 1-732-826-1690 ext. 4305.
Tricky Tray • Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. – Calvin Hungarian Reformed Church, at the corner of School Street and No. James St., Woodbridge will host its annual tricky tray auction. Doors open at 4 p.m., drawing at 6 p.m. Hungarian food avail. Free cake & coffee with $5 admission. Bring a non-perishable food donation, get one free “extra” ticket. Must be over 18. Use the Ross St. entrance. Info: 1-732-828-3467.
Financial Aid Workshop • Nov. 5 from 6-7:30 p.m. – First Baptist Church of Linden, 929 Dill Ave., Linden, will host a financial aid workshop for future college students. Free and open to the public. Info: 1-908-241-7653.
Diabetes Awareness Event • Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – HealthFirst, American Diabetes Association and Trinitas Regional Medical Center will hold a diabetes awareness event at the Physicians Conference Room, Administrative Services Building, Trinitas Regional Medical Center, 210 Williamson St., Elizabeth. HealthFirst members should bring their member ID cards. Call 1-908-994-8939 to register.
Women’s Health Seminar • Nov. 7 from 5:30-7 p.m. – Learn about robotic advancements in minimally-invasive surgeries for women at the CORE Building of Trinitas Regional Medical Center, 1164 Elizabeth Ave., Elizabeth. (Enter parking lot from South Broad St., next to the fire house.) Light dinner will be served. Call 1-908-994-8939 for reservations.
Girl Scouts • Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. – noon & 1-3 p.m. – Central Service Center, 201 Grove St. East, Westfield, will host Girl Scouts Rock!, a Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey recruiting event. Light refreshments. Info: 1-908-518-4406 or 1-908-518-4417.
Job Preparation Event • Nov. 9 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.
Concert • Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. – British a cappella ensemble The King’s Singers will perform at Kean University’s Wilkins Theatre, 1000 Morris Ave., Union. Tickets are $20 & $30. Call 1-908-737-7469.
Concert • Nov. 11 at 4 p.m. – Olfray Gutierrez will perform Spanish Latin American Art Romanzas accompanied on classical guitar by Francisco Roldan at the Church of St. Anne, 325 2nd Ave., Garwood. Suggested offering: $10, $5 seniors and students. Info: 1-908-789-0280 ext. 10.
Health Workshop For Cancer Patients • Nov. 13 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Learn accupressure techniques of stress reduction and pain management at a program intended for cancer patients and their families in Conference Room A, First Floor, Trinitas Comprehensive Cancer Center, 225 Williamson St., Elizabeth. Light refreshments. To register, call Sharon Kurtz at 1-908-994-8730.
NJ Boat Regulation Commission • Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. – The Raritan Yacht Club, 160 Water St., Perth Amboy, will host an open public meeting of the New Jersey Boat Regulation Commission. Info: www.njsp.org/maritime
Networking • Nov. 14 at noon – The Cranford Chamber of Commerce will hold a networking event at Tony’s Café, 21 N. Union Ave., Cranford. Lunch will be served. Guest speaker: Dr. Gayle M. Carrick, superintendent of Cranford schools. Fee: $10 members, $15 non-members. Bring business cards. RSVP by Nov. 9 to 1-908-272-6114.
Women’s Heart Health Seminar • Nov. 14 from 5:30-7 p.m. – Learn about cardiac health for women at the CORE Building of Trinitas Regional Medical Center, 1164 Elizabeth Ave., Elizabeth. (Enter parking lot from South Broad St., next to fire house.) Light dinner will be served. Call 1-908-994-8939 for reservations.
Open House On Sleep Health • Nov. 15 from 4-7 p.m. – Learn about the benefits of having a supervised sleep study at the Trintas Regional Medical Center Comprehensive Sleep Disorders Center at Homewood Suites by Hilton in Cranford. Call 1-908-994-8694 for more info and to register.
Health Presentation • Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. – Nutritionist Richard Perlmutter will give a talk, “Learning from the Obesity Epidemic: What Not to Eat” at the Union Public Library, 1980 Morris Ave., Union. Info: 1-908-851-5450 x5452.
School Theater • Nov. 16 & 17 at 7:30 p.m. – Mother Seton Regional High School, 1 Valley Rd., Clark, will present its school play, “Godspell.” Tickets are $10, with a $2 discount for children under 12 and senior citizens. Info: 1-732-382-1952.
SAT Review • Nov. 17 from 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Morning Star Community Development Corporation is sponsoring an SAT review session for high school students at the Linden/Roselle Community Center, 1238 E. St. Georges Ave., Linden. The $10 non-refundable registration fee includes a continental breakfast. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fisherman’s Flea Market • Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. – St. Thomas Church Hall, 1400 St. Georges Ave., Rahway will host a fisherman’s flea market with a variety of salt & fresh water fishing equipment. Refreshments available for purchase. Admission: $4 (children under 12 are free). Info: 1-732-381-2165.
German Christmas Market • Nov. 18 from noon-5 p.m. – The Deutscher Club of Clark, 787 Featherbed Lane, Clark, will hold a Christmas market with imported German linens & gifts, handmade items, candies, and more. Info: 1-732-574-8600.
Vendor Sale • Nov. 20 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Cellular Needs 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
Vendor Sale • Dec. 4 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. – N&N Linnens & LGE 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
CD & Record Show • Dec. 9 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
Menorah Lighting • Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. – The Edison Township Menorah Lighting and Chanukah Celebration will be at the Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison. Enjoy musical entertainment, crafts and light refreshments at this free event. Non-perishable food donations (no meat items) will be accepted and given to the JFVS Food Pantry. Info: 1-732-494-3232 x621.
Vendor Sale • Dec. 18 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. – In the Bag 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
Lego® Enrichment/Workshop • Dec. 26-28 – The JCC of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison , will offer a Lego Enrichment/Workshop for students in grades K-2 from 9 a.m. – noon and in grades 3-6 from 1-4 p.m. For registration info, call Susan Katz at 1-732-494-3232 x619.
Lego® Enrichment/Workshop • Wednesdays from Jan. 9-March 13 from 4:30-6 p.m. – The JCC of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison, will offer a Lego enrichment/workshop. Registration deadline: Jan. 4. Fee: $200 per family for members, $225 for non-members. Info: 1-732-494-3232 x619.