Community Calendar: Dec. 1-31

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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.

Singles • Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will host an upscale dance party at the Woodbridge Hilton, 20 Wood Ave. South, Iselin. Ages 40+, no jeans/t-shirts/sneakers. Admission: $15. Info: 1-862-397-4723.

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.

Speed Dating • Dec. 2 from 11:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – The Professional and Business Singles Network is presenting a speed dating brunch buffet at Grand Summit Holiday, 570 Springfield Ave., Summit. Age 45+ $75 admission. Info: 1-610-348-5544.

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.

Weight Loss Seminar • Dec. 3 from 7:20-9 p.m. - Dr. Muhammad Feteiha and Advanced Surgical Associates will be holding a no-cost weight loss surgery seminar at Overlook Hospital’s Bouras Auditorium (formerly the Wallace Auditorium). Visit www.advancedweightlossnj.com to reserve a seat.

HIV Support Group • Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. – Raritan Bay Medical Center is sponsoring an HIV Support Group for anyone diagnosed with or caring for someone who as the disease at the hospital’s Perth Amboy location, 530 New Brunswick Ave. To register, call 1-732-234-5352. Free, confidential rapid HIV resting is provided by the center, with results in 30 minutes. Call 1-732-324-5346 for info.

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.

Health Education Program • Dec. 5 from 7-8 p.m. – Raritan Bay Medical Center’s Division of Integrative Medicine is offering an educational program, “Melt Away Holiday Stress,” at the hospital’s Old Bridge location in Auxiliary Hall C, located on the lower level of the Medical Arts Building adjacent to the hospital on Ferry Rd between Rts. 9 & 18. Learn simple massage techniques. Cost: $10 per person. For info and registration, call 1-732-442-3700 ext. 5861.

Atlantic City Bus Trip • Dec. 6 from 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Rahway’s AARP will hold a bus trip to Showboat Casino in Atlantic City. Cost: $24 (receive a $25 cash voucher). Call Irene at 1-732-499-7740 to reserve your spot.

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.

Meditation Program • Dec. 8 from 10:30 a.m. – noon – Willow Grove Presbyterian Church, 1961 Raritan Rd., Scotch Plains, will host a free program on Medical QiGong, a course of meditation exercises. Info: 1-908-232-5678.

Singles • Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will host an upscale dance party at the Woodbridge Hilton, 20 Wood Ave. South, Iselin. Ages 40+, no jeans/t-shirts/sneakers. Admission: $15. Info: 1-862-397-4723.

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

Chug Ivrit • Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. – Hadassah’s Hebrew Club for intermediate to advanced speakers, Chug Ivrit, will meet at a Highland Park area home. Info: 1-732-819-9298.

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.

Weight Loss Seminar • Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. – Drs. Joao and James Lopes will be presenting a no-cost informational seminar on weight loss surgery at the Advanced Surgical Associates office, 155 Morris Ave, 2nd Floor in Springfield. Visit www.advancedweightlossnj.com to reserve a seat.

HIV Support Group • Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. – Raritan Bay Medical Center is sponsoring an HIV Support Group for anyone diagnosed with or caring for someone who as the disease at the hospital’s Perth Amboy location, 530 New Brunswick Ave. To register, call 1-732-234-5352. Free, confidential rapid HIV resting is provided by the center, with results in 30 minutes. Call 1-732-324-5346 for info.

Weight Loss Surgery Presentation • Dec. 10 from 7-8 p.m. – Raritan Bay Medical Center is sponsoring a seminar, “Is Weight Loss Surgery Right For Me?” at its Old Bridge location in Auxiliary Hall B&C, located on the lower level of the Medical Arts Building, adjacent to RBMC Old Bridge on Ferry Rd. between Rts. 9 & 18. Info: 1-855-846-3463.

Woodbridge Widows Or Widowers • Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. – Woodbridge Widows Or Widowers will hold a business meeting at the Children’s Room of the Main Library, George Frederick Plaza, Rte. 35, Woodbridge. All widows & widowers welcome. Info: 1-732-381-3255 or 1-908-757-0515.

Health Education Program • Dec. 12 from 7-8 p.m. – Raritan Bay Medical Center’s Division of Integrative Medicine is offering an educational program, “Breathe Your Way Through Holiday Stress,” at the hospital’s Old Bridge location in Auxiliary Hall C, located on the lower level of the Medical Arts Building adjacent to the hospital on Ferry Rd between Rts. 9 & 18. Cost: $10 per person. For info and registration, call 1-732-442-3700 ext. 5861.

Small Business Seminar • Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. – A representative of SCORE will present a free seminar on Small Business Opportunities at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave. Registration required; call John Malar at 1-908-709-7272 or email library@cranfordnj.org.

Work of Art Dance Theater Hurricane Relief Benefit • Dec. 12-14 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. – Christmas production of “Spellbound”- The story of the nativity in song and dance. Hamilton Stage For The Performing Arts, 1591 Irving St., Rahway. Proceeds from opening night performance will go towards Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at www.woadancetheater.com or at the door.

Healthy Eating Program • Dec. 12 from 7-8 p.m. – Raritan Bay Medical Center’s Division of Integrative Medicine is offering an educational program, “The Holiday Weight Creep: Eating Healthy Through The Season,” at the hospital’s Old Bridge location in Auxiliary Hall C, located on the lower level of the Medical Arts Building adjacent to the hospital on Ferry Rd between Rts. 9 & 18. For info and registration, call 1-732-442-3700 ext. 5861.

Pearl Harbor History • Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. – Dr. James Kane will present a program on the attack on Pearl Harbor that drew the United States into World War II at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave. Free admission. Info: 1-908-709-7272.

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. & Dec. 16 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.

Blood Drive • Dec. 16 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. – St. Mary’s Church, 256 Augusta St., South Amboy, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Zumbathon® • Dec. 16 from noon – 3 p.m. – The Carteret Craftsmen Club will sponsor a Zumbathon® at the Theodore Roosevelt Lodge #219, 86 Elm St., Carteret to raise money for local families affected by Hurricane Sandy. Admission is $17. There will be vendors, prizes & raffles. Info: 1-973-464-4660.

HIV Support Group • Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. – Raritan Bay Medical Center is sponsoring an HIV Support Group for anyone diagnosed with or caring for someone who as the disease at the hospital’s Perth Amboy location, 530 New Brunswick Ave. To register, call 1-732-234-5352. Free, confidential rapid HIV resting is provided by the center, with results in 30 minutes. Call 1-732-324-5346 for info.

Blood Drive • Dec. 18 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Cranford High School, 201 West End Place, 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

Civil War History • Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. – Historical researchers Bruce and Mira Form will present a program about Jews and the Civil War at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave. Free admission. Info: 1-908-709-7281

Blood Drive • Dec. 20 from 12:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Linden Public Library, 31 East Henry St., will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Breast Cancer Support Group • Dec. 20 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. – Raritan Bay Medical Center will sponsor a Breast Cancer Support Group Meeting for women currently in treatment or who have completed treatment at the Medical Pavilion at Woodbridge, 740 Route 1 North, Iselin. To register, call 1-732-324-5135.

Flea Market & Craft Show • Dec. 22 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Clark UNICO is sponsoring a holiday flea market and craft show at Arthur L. Johnson High School, 365 Westfield Ave., Clark. Free admission. Info: 1-201-998-1144

Singles • Dec. 22 at 8 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will host an upscale dance party at the Holiday Inn Clark, 36 Valley Rd, Clark. Ages 40+, no jeans/t-shirts/sneakers. Admission: $15. Info: 1-862-397-4723.

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.

Blood Drive • Dec. 26 from noon – 6 p.m. – Woodbridge Center Mall, 250 Woodbridge Center Dr., Woodbridge, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Bariatric Weight Loss Support Group • Dec. 26 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Raritan Bay Medical Cetner is sponsoring a Bariatric Weight Loss Support Group meeting at its Old Bridge location, in the cafeteria of the Medical Arts Building, adjacent to the hospital on Ferry Rd. between Routes 1 & 9. Info: 1-855-846-3436.

Weight Loss Surgery Presentation • Dec. 26 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. – Raritan Bay Medical Center is sponsoring a seminar, “Is Weight Loss Surgery Right For Me?” at its Old Bridge location in Auxiliary Hall B&C, located on the lower level of the Medical Arts Building, adjacent to RBMC Old Bridge on Ferry Rd. between Rts. 9 & 18. Info: 1-855-846-3463.

Blood Drive • Dec. 27 from 1 – 7 p.m. – JEC, 330 Elmora Ave., Elizabeth, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Blood Drive • Dec. 27 from 1:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad, 875 Raritan Rd., will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Blood Drive • Dec. 28 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave., will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Singles • Dec. 29 at 8 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will host an upscale dance party at the Woodbridge Hilton, 20 Wood Ave. South, Iselin. Ages 40+, no jeans/t-shirts/sneakers. Admission: $15. Info: 1-862-397-4723.

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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