Community Calendar: Nov. 21 – Dec. 31

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Singles • Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will hold a Thanksgiving Dance Party at the Woodbridge Hilton Grand Ballroom, 20 Wood Ave. South, Iselin. Ages 40+; no jeans/t-shirts/sneakers. Admission: $15. Info: 1-862-397-4723.

Blood Drive • Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – The Jewish Community Center, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566

Singles • Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will hold an Upscale Dance Party at the Woodbridge Hilton Grand Ballroom, 20 Wood Ave. South, Iselin. Ages 40+; no jeans/t-shirts/sneakers. Admission: $15. Info: 1-862-397-4723.

Diabetes Screening • Nov. 26 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Learn your blood sugar and risk factors for Type 2 diabetes with a non-fasting finger stick that gives immediate results at Overlook Downtown, 357 Springfield Ave., Summit. Following the screenings, a nurse educator will discuss symptoms and available treatments for pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. Call 1-800-247-9580 to register.

HIV Support Group • Nov. 26 from 6-8 p.m. – Raritan Bay Medical Center, 530 New Brunswick Ave., Perth Amboy, will host a support group for HIV patients and caregivers. To register, call 1-732-324-5352. Free and confidential rapid HIV testing is available at the medical center. For info, call 1-732-324-5346.

Diabetes Screening • Nov. 27 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Learn your blood sugar and risk factors for Type 2 diabetes with a non-fasting finger stick that gives immediate results at ShopRite, 76 Central Ave., Clark. Following the screenings, a nurse educator will discuss symptoms and available treatments for pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. Call 1-800-247-9580 to register.

Annuities Presentation • Nov. 27 from 6-7 p.m. – Learn about annuities from Jose Riba of New York Life Insurance Company at Raritan Bay Coffee, 233 Smith Street, inside the Perth Amboy train station. The presentation will be conducted in English and Spanish. Info: 1-732-877-4608.

Holiday Stress Workshop • Nov. 27 from 7-8 p.m. – Raritan Bay Medical Center’s Division of Integrative Medicine will show you how to Melt Away Holiday Street with simple massage techniques at the Raritan Bay Area YMCA, 537 New Brunswick Ave., Perth Amboy. Fee: $10. To register, call 1-732-442-3700 ext. 5861.

Hypnosis For Weight Loss • Nov. 27 from 7-9 p.m. – Learn how to permanently lose weight using hypnotic suggestions and proven behavior modification techniques at Conference Room, Overlook Medical Center, 99 Beavoir Ave., Summit. Fee. $70. Call 1-800-247-9580 to register.

Investing Lecture • Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. – Financial advisor David Larkin will speak about “Investing Strategically in Today’s Market” at the Union Public Library, 1980 Morris Ave. Info: 1-908-851-5452.

Blood Drive • Nov. 28 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Middlesex County College, 2600 Woodbridge Ave., Edison, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566

Weight Loss Surgery Presentation • Nov. 28 from 7-8 p.m. – Raritan Bay Medical Center will host a seminar “Is Weight Loss Surgery Right For Me?” in Auxiliary Hall B&C on the lower level of the Medical Arts Building, adjacent to RBMC Old Bridge on Ferry Rd. between Routes 9 & 18. Info: 1-855-846-3463.

Diabetes Screening • Nov. 29 from 10 a.m. – noon – Learn your blood sugar and risk factors for Type 2 diabetes with a non-fasting finger stick that gives immediate results at Westfield Board of Health, 425 East Broad St., Westfield. Following the screenings, a nurse educator will discuss symptoms and available treatments for pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. Call 1-800-247-9580 to register.

Blood Drive • Nov. 29 from 1:30-7:30 p.m. – The Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad, 875 Raritan Rd., Clark, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566

Hypnosis For Smoking Cessation • Nov. 29 from 7-9 p.m. – Learn how to quit smoking for good using hypnosis and behavior modification at Conference Room 2, Overlook Medical Center, 99 Beauvoir Ave. Summit. Fee: $70. Call 1-800-247-9580 to register.

Live Music • Nov. 30 from 6:30 – 9 p.m. – Mansour Diof and his partners will play Afro Funk music at Raritan Bay Coffee, 233 Smith St., inside the Perth Amboy train station. Free will donation. Free parking.

Open House • Dec. 1 at 9 a.m. – Benedictine Academy, 840 North Broad St., Elizabeth, will host an open house for 7th and 8th grade girls and their parents who are considering high school options. Prospective students may have a personal interview with the academy’s admissions director during the open house, but must call in advance to make an appointment. Info: 1-908-352-0670 ext. 104.

Hurricane Relief Benefit • Dec. 1 from 1-4 p.m. - The Downtown, 10 West Front Street, Red Bank, will host a “Restore The Shore” benefit to help the families of Sea Bright affected by Hurricane Sandy. There will be live music, food, drink specials and more. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at http://restoretheshore.splashthat.com/ or at the door.

Blood Drive • Dec. 2 from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – The Outlet Collection/Jersey Gardens, 651 Kapkowski Rd., Elizabeth, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Family Theatre • Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. – The State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, will present the Enchantment Theatre Company’s performance of The Velveteen Rabbit. Tickets range from $15-30; call 1-732-246-7469.

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

Holiday Tree Lighting • Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. – South Amboy will hold its annual holiday tree lighting and fire truck parade at the Transit Plaza on Broadway. Santa Claus will arrive at 6:30 p.m. and there will be free hot chocolate, cookies, candy and holiday entertainment. Bring a non-perishable food donation for local food banks.

Tricky Tray • Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. – La Ferrara Properties and La Famiglia Sorrento Restaurant of Westfield will sponsor the Arc of Union County’s 8th annual tricky tray. Admission is $40 and includes dinner and one sheet of tickets. Info: 1-973-315-0020.

Entrepreneurship Workshop • Thursdays from Dec. 6-Jan.17 from 6-9 p.m. – The UCEDC will hold a six-week entrepreneurship workshop for aspiring business owners at 75 Chestnut Ave., Cranford. For info or to register, call 1-908-537-1166.

Holiday Happy Hour • Dec. 7 from 5-7 p.m. – Kenneth Vercammen invites friends, Central Jersey business owners and professionals to a Christmas party/holiday happy hour at Bar Anticipation “Where Summer Never Ends”, 703 16th Ave., Lake Como/Belmar. There will be a free hot & cold buffet with carving station. Email VercammenLaw@NJlaws.com to RSVP. Bring a canned food donation,

Holiday Bazaar • Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Academy, 170 Hussa St., Linden will host a holiday bazaar with vendors selling new items. Tables are $25. Info: 1-732-381-5561

Santa Train • Dec. 8 at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. – The Jersey Central Railroad Historical Society will sponsor a Santa train ride leaving the Westfield train station. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for children 1-12 and free for children under 1. Info: 1-908-233-3603.

Blood Drive • Dec. 9 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. – St. Genevieve RC Church, 200 Monmouth Rd., Elizabeth, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Blood Drive • Dec. 9 from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Neve Shalom of Metuchen, 250 Grove Ave., will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

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.

Blood Drive • Dec. 14 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Bishop Ahr High School, One Tingley Lane, Edison, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Blood Drive • Dec. 14 from 1 – 7 p.m. – Elizabeth PBA #4, One Police Plaza, Elizabeth, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Blood Drive • Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Metuchen Branch YMCA, 65 High Street, Metuchen, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Blood Drive • Dec. 15 from 12:30–6:30 p.m. – The Outlet Collection/Jersey Gardens, 651 Kapkowski Rd., Elizabeth, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

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.


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