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.
Work of Art Dance Theater Hurricane Relief Benefit • Dec. 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.
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.
Spaghetti Dinner • Dec. 15 from 3-6 p.m. – Friends of South Amboy is holding a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Sandy at the South Amboy High School cafeteria. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for children. Afterwards, South Amboy and Cardinal McCarrick high schools will play boys jv and varsity basketball games. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students. Info: 1-732-721-0853.
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
Elizabeth AARP • Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. – Elizabeth AARP Chapter 5439 will meet at the Stephen Sampson Senior Center, 800 Anna St., Elizabeth. New members welcome. Info: 1-908-355-3193.
Author Appearance • Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. – Author Rachelle Weisberger will speak about her book, “Biblical Beauty: Ancient Secrets and Modern Solutions,” at the JCC, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison. Admission: $8 for members, $11 for non-members. Send a check to JCC of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison, NJ 08820 and indicate “Biblical Beauty” in the memo section. Info: 1-732-494-3232 ext. 614.
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.
Lego Club • Dec. 20 at 3:30 p.m. – The Union Public Library Lego Club, for children ages 5-12, will meet at the main library, 1980 Morris Ave., Union. Bring your camera to document your creations. No registration required. Info: 1-908-851-5430 ext. 3.
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. Fee: $110 for members, $135 for non-members. 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.
Kwanzaa Ceremony & Celebration • Dec. 26 at 5:30 p.m. – The Union Public Library’s children’s department will hold a Kwanzaa ceremony and celebration at the Vauxhall Branch, 123 Hilton Avenue, Vauxhall. Registration required; call 1-908-851-5451.
Children’s New Years Party • Dec. 26 at 7 p.m. – Children of all ages and their caregivers are invited to a New Years Party at the Union Public Library, 1980 Morris Ave., Union. Info: 1-908-851-5450 ext. 3.
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.
Author Appearance • Dec. 27 at 7:30 p.m. – Author Holly Metz will talk about her book, “Killing the Poormaster: A Saga of Poverty, Corruption and Murder in the Great Depression,” at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave., Cranford. She will have copies available for purchase and signing. Info: www.HollyMetz.net
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.
Book Discussion Group • Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. – The Springfield Free Public Library’s (Really Good) Book Discussion Group will meet to discuss “Fall of Giants” by Ken Follett at the Palmer Museum. Refreshments. New members welcome. Info: 1-973-376-4930 x229.
Kid Cor Gymnastics • Jan. 4-Feb. 8 from 4-4:30 p.m. – Kid Cor Gymnastics will be offering an 8-session class for children ages 3-5 at the JCC, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison. Fee: $80. Info: 1-732-494-3232 ext. 619.
Freezing Cold Hash Run & Party • Jan. 5 at 10 a.m. – The Rumson Hash House Harriers will hold their annual Freezing Cold Hash Run. The non-competitive run through woods, grass, swamp and marsh is open to anyone 21 and older. Pre-register for $20 and receive a free t-shirt and open bar from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Day of event registration is $25. Start, registration and t-shirt pickup at Kenneth Vercammen Law Office, 2053 Woodbridge Ave., Edison. Info: 1-732-572-0500.
Open House • Jan. 5 at 9 a.m. – Benedictine Academy, 840 N. Broad St., Elizabeth, will hold an open house for young women currently in the 7th or 8th grade and their parents as they consider high school options. Prospective students may have a personal interview with the academy’s admissions director, but must call in advance to schedule. Info: 1-908-352-0670 ext. 104.
Story & Craft Activity • Jan. 5 & 19 at 11 a.m. – The Children’s Department of the Union Public Library, 1980 Morris Ave., Union, will hold a Saturday storytime & craft program for children of all ages and their caregivers. Info: 1-908-851-5450 ext. 3.
Theatre • Jan. 5 at 11:15 a.m. – The Bible Players will present “Midrash Meets Monty Python, The Jewish Exponent,” at Temple Emanu-El, 100 James St., Edison. There will be a Shabbat B’Shir musical service including the entire religious school at 10 a.m. and a light Kiddush luncheon at noon. Info: 1-732-549-4442.
Computer Training Classes • Jan. 7 – The Jewish Family and Vocational Service of Middlesex County, 32 Ford Ave., 2nd Floor, Milltown, will hold computer training classes in Microsoft Word, Power Point and Outlook. Each class is two hours per week for six consecutive weeks. Day and evening sessions available. Cost is $75, with reduced fees for women who qualify as displaced homemakers. Textbooks & flash drives available for purchase. To register, call 1-732-777-1940.
Theatre Arts Program • Mondays, Jan. 7-March 11 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. – The JCC of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison, will offer a theatre arts program for children 7-13. Learn singing, dancing and acting and the fundamentals of Broadway-style musical theatre. Registration deadline: Jan. 4. Fee: $160 for members, $180 for non-members. Info: 1-732-494-3232 ext. 619.
Preschool Craft • Jan. 8 at 11 a.m. – The Vauxhall Branch of the Union Public Library, 123 Hilton Ave., Vauxhall, will offer a craft program for children ages 3-5 (with their caregivers.) Signup required; call 1-908-851-5451.
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.
Job Readiness Workshop Series • Jan. 10 at 10:30 a.m. – The Women’s Center at Jewish Family and Vocational Service, 32 Ford Ave., 2nd Floor, Milltown, will hold a 12-session workshop series for women who qualify as displaced homemakers. To register, call 1-732-777-1940.
Shabbat Alive! • Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. – Temple Emanu-El, 100 James St., Edison, will host Shabbat Alive!, a participatory musical service. Info: 1-732-549-4442.
Homeschooling Group • Jan. 14 at 10:30 a.m. – The Union Public Library’s Homeschooling Group will meet at the library, 1980 Morris Ave., Union, to share information & ideas with other homeshchoolers. Families are encouraged to bring their own board games. Info: 1-908-851-5450 ext. 3.
Shabbat Gospel Service • Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. – Temple Emanu-El, 100 James St., Edison, will host a Shabbat Gospel Service in honor of Martin Luther King Day. New Hope Baptist Church leader Rev. Ronald Owens will be the guest speaker, and the New Hope Baptist Church Choir will provide music. At 6 p.m., the temple will offer Tot Shabbat, an age-appropriate learning program for children up to age six that includes a Jewish-themed art/craft session. Info: 1-732-549-4442.
Jersey Shore Rose Society • Jan. 26 – The Jersey Shore Rose Society, an affiliate of the American Rose Society, will meet in the Community Room, Kensington Court Assisted Living Facility, 864 Shrewsbury Ave., Tinton Falls. A beginning clinic will be held from 12:30-1:30 p.m.; the main meeting runs from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Stephen Scanniello, president of the Heritage Rose Foundation, will speak about the Heritage Rose District of New York City. Info: 1-732-688-4282.
Kids Movie • Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. – The Vauxhall Branch of the Union Public Library, 123 Hilton Ave., Vauxhall, will show “Disney’s Brave.” Children of all ages are welcome. Info: 1-908-851-5451.
Atlantic City Boat Show • Feb. 6-10 – The Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show will be at the Atlantic City Convention Center from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Feb. 6, 7 & 8, from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Feb. 9 and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Feb. 10. Tickets are $15; children 15 and under get in free if accompanied by an adult. Info: 1-718-707-0716.
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