Community Calendar: Jan. 4-Feb. 10, 2013

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calendarBlood Drive • Jan. 4 from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Elizabeth Fire Headquarters, 411 Irvington Ave., will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Theatre Fundraiser • Jan. 4 & 5 at 8 p.m. – Villagers Theatre will present “Contemporary Sounds, a Night of Up and Coming Talent,” on the main stage at 475 DeMott Lane, Somerset. The caberet will feature contemporary musical theatre songs, with some classics mixed in, performed by artists from Middlesex and Somerset counties. Tickets are $15; call 1-732-873-2710 or email boxoffice@villagerstheatre.com for reservations.

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. 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.

Singles • Jan. 7 from 5:30-9 p.m. – The Professional and Business Singles Network will sponsor a Singles Casual Social at Hat Tavern at the Grand Summit Hotel, 570 Springfield Ave, Summit. $15 admission. Ages 40s, 50s & 60+ Membership not required, just drop in. Info: 1-610-348-5544. Author Mike Noll, Ph.D. will present a singles workshop “What is Flirting?” from 7:30-9 p.m.

HIV Support Group • Jan. 7 from 6-8 p.m. – Raritan Bay Medical Center sponsors an HIV Support Group meeting for anyone diagnosed with or caring for someone who has the disease. Meetings are held at the hospital’s Perth Amboy location, 530 New Brunswick Ave. To register, call 1-732-324-5352.

Middlesex East Widows Or Widowers • Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. – Middlesex East Widows Or Widowers will conduct a business meeting at the Carteret Community Center, located at Pershing and Cooke Aves., Carteret. All widows & widowers welcome. Info: 1-732-969-2228 or 1-908-757-0515.

Elmora Youth League Registration • Jan. 7 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. and Jan. 10 & 15 from 7-9 p.m. – The Elmora Youth League will hold 2013 baseball and softball registration at the Elmora Racquet Club, 23 Fernwood Terr., Elizabeth. Forms are available at www.elmorayouth.com and on the registration dates. Baseball is open to ages 5-14 and girls softball is open to ages 6-16.

Health Program • Jan. 7 at 7:30 p.m. – Richard Perlmutter will present “Learning From The Obesity Epidemic: What Not To Eat” at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave. Free admission. Info: 1-908-709-7272.

Lunch & Learn • Jan. 8 at 10:30 a.m. – The YM-YWHA of Union, 501 Green Lane, Union, will begin its Lunch & Learn series with Cantor William Walton speaking about the Golden Age of Jewish Opera Singers. Lunch will be served following the discussion. Fee: $3 for members, $5 for guests. Info: 1-908-289-8112.

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.

Film • Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. – The Union Public Library, 1980 Morris Ave., will show “Moonrise Kingdom” (2012). Free admission. Info: 1-908-851-5450.

Joint Replacement Info Session • Jan. 9 from 8-11 a.m. – The Human Motion Institute at Raritan Bay Medical Center is sponsoring a free “We’ll Keep You Moving” Total Joint Replacement Education session at the medical center’s Old Bridge location, 3 Hospital Plaza. Registration required; call 1-732-535-4746.

Budgeting Workshop • Jan. 9 at 10 a.m. – The Women’s Center at Jewish Family and Vocational Service of Middlesex County, 32 Ford Ave., 2nd Floor, Milltown, will host a workshop, “Money Management: Learn to Budget Your Money and Pay Down Debt.” Registration required; call 1-732-777-1940.

Book Sale • Jan. 9 from 4-7:30 p.m., Jan. 10 & 11 from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. & Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – The Friends of the Cranford Public Library will hold a used book sale in the basement of the library, located at 224 Walnut Ave. On the last day, fill a bag of books for just $8. Info: 1-908-709-7272.

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.

Woodbridge Widows Or Widowers • Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. – Woodbridge Widows Or Widowers will conduct a business meeting in the Children’s Room of the Main Library, located at George Frederick Plaza, Rte. 35, Woodbridge. All widows and widowers are welcome to attend. Info: 1-732-381-3255 or 1-908-757-0515.

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.

Blood Drive • Jan. 10 from 2 – 7:30 p.m. – Roselle Catholic High School, 1 Raritan Rd., Roselle, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Seminar For Women Entrepreneurs • Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m. – Lion Vision Productions Worthy Women’s seminar series will present Marsha Webb of New Century Tax to discuss the 10 biggest tax advantages of home-based businesses at the Boys and Girls Club of Union, 1050 Jeanette Ave., Union. Info: 1-908-687-2697. Online registration required; visit www.lionvisionproductions.com

Joint Replacement Info Session • Jan. 11 from 9 a.m. – noon – The Human Motion Institute at Raritan Bay Medical Center is sponsoring a free “We Keep You Moving” Total Joint Replacement Education session at the medical center’s Perth Amboy location, 530 New Brunswick Ave. Registration required; call 1-732-535-4746.

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.

Pancake Breakfast • Jan. 12 from 8 a.m. – noon – Cub Scout Pack 145 of Clark will hold its annual pancake breakfast at the Clark Recreation Center, 430 Westfield Ave., Clark. Tickets are $3 in advance and $5 at the door. Info: www.cubpack145.info

Blood Drive • Jan. 12 from 12:30 – 6:30 p.m. and Jan. 13 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.

Wellness Weight Resolutions • Jan. 12 from 1-5 p.m. – Raritan Bay Medical Center is offering a free Wellness Weight Resolutions event at the Woodbridge Mall, 350 Woodbridge Center Dr., Woodbridge.

Cuban Night • Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. – Dr. Alan Goldsmith will present “The Life and Culture of Cuban Jews” at the Young Israel of Aberdeen, 479 Lloyd Rd., Aberdeen. A Cuban-themed dinner is included. $10 per person, $18 per couple, $7 for students. Info: 1-732-583-3765.

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.

Disaster Relief Info Session For Small Business Owners • Jan. 14 from 6-9 p.m. – Assemblywoman Annette Quijano will host a bilingual information session for small business owners who were affected by Superstorm Sandy at the Elizabeth I. Kellogg Building, Union County College, 5th Floor, 40 West Jersey Ave., Elizabeth. RSVP to rsvpquijano@gmail.com or 1-908-327-9119.

HIV Support Group • Jan. 14 from 6-8 p.m. – Raritan Bay Medical Center sponsors an HIV Support Group meeting for anyone diagnosed with or caring for someone who has the disease. Meetings are held at the hospital’s Perth Amboy location, 530 New Brunswick Ave. To register, call 1-732-324-5352.

Weight Loss Surgery Presentation • Jan. 14 at 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 Routes 9 & 18. Info: 1-855-846-3463.

Free Blood Pressure Screenings • Jan. 15 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. – Raritan Bay Medical Center is offering free blood pressure screenings at the Woodbridge YMCA, 600 Main St., Woodbridge.

Exercise for Stress Program • Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. – Gwen Falco, a licensed physical therapist at Kessler Rehabilitation Center, will conduct an “Exercise for Stress” program at Union Public Library, 1980 Morris Ave. Free admission. Info: 1-908-851-5450.

Film • Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. – The Union Public Library, 1980 Morris Ave., will show “The General Died At Dawn” (1936). Free admission. Info: 1-908-851-5450.

Joint Replacement Info Session • Jan. 16 from 8-11 a.m. – The Human Motion Institute at Raritan Bay Medical Center is sponsoring a free “We’ll Keep You Moving” Total Joint Replacement Education session at the medical center’s Old Bridge location, 3 Hospital Plaza. Registration required; call 1-732-535-4746.

Snow Ball Luncheon • Jan. 16 at 11:30 a.m. – The Senior Dept. of the YM-YWHA of Union County, 501 Green Lane, Union, will host its annual Snow Ball Luncheon, with music by Ted O’Connor and a lunch menu of chicken with all the trimmings. Fee: $5 for members, $7 for non-members. Call Susan at 1-908-289-8112 ext. 34 to make your reservation.

College Info Session • Jan. 16 from 5-7 p.m. – Union County College representatives will hold an information session for prospective students at the Linden Public Library, 31 E. Henry St., Linden. Info: 1-908-709-7518.

Marketing Seminar • Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. – A representative of SCORE will present a free seminar on sales/marketing strategies and actions at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave. Registration required; call John Malar at 1-908-709-7272.

Knitting Club • Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. – Chicks with Sticks, a knitting club affiliated with the Raritan Valley Chapter of Hadassah, will meet at 118 Donaldson St., Highland Park. Assistance is given to those new to knitting or crocheting. Bring size 7 and 8 knitting needles. Yarn & instructions will be provided. Info: 1-732-339-8492.

Breast Cancer Support Group • Jan. 17 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. – Raritan Bay Medical Center is sponsoring a Breast Cancer Support Group Meeting at the Medical Pavilion at Woodbridge, 740 Route 1 North, Iselin. For info or to register, call 1-732-324-5135.

Climate Change Program • Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m. – Cranford Green Team Captain Mary Reilly will present “Irene, Sandy and Global Climate Change” at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave. Free admission. Info: 1-908-709-7272.

Joint Replacement Info Session • Jan. 18 from 9 a.m. – noon – The Human Motion Institute at Raritan Bay Medical Center is sponsoring a free “We Keep You Moving” Total Joint Replacement Education session at the medical center’s Perth Amboy location, 530 New Brunswick Ave. Registration required; call 1-732-535-4746.

Singles • Jan. 18 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. – The Professional and Business Singles Network will hold a Singles Casual Social at Snuffy’s Famous Steak House, 250 Park Ave. at Rte. 22 in Scotch Plains for the 40s, 50s and 60+ age group. Sharp casual to business attire. $15 admission, membership not required. Just drop in. Info: 1-610-348-5544.

Monthly Oldies Dance • Jan. 18 from 8-11 p.m. – Knights of Columbus #4815, 61 Pine St., Old Bridge (one turn off Route 18 south) will hold its monthly oldies dance with complimentary coffee, tea, soda & desserts. Cash bar. Admission: $10 per person. Info: 1-732-251-0970.

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.

Staged Play Reading • Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. – The Friends of the Cranford Public Library will present a script-in-hand staged reading of “Mike’s Play,” a romantic comedy by Iselin native Michael McGoldrick that investigates how politics and religion intersect in ordinary life. Members of the Maplewood-based Theater Project will read the play at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave., Cranford. The reading will be followed by a discussion among the author, actors, director and audience. Free admission. Info: 1-908-809-8865.

Hebrew Club • Jan. 20 at 11 a.m. – A Hebrew Club for intermediate to advanced speakers affiliated with the Raritan Valley Chapter of Hadassah will meet at a private home on 120 Highland Ave., Edison. Chat in Hebrew and read a short story or article. For info or to RSVP, call 1-732-819-9298 or email rachel@weintraubworld.net.

Big Band Swing Dance & Concert • Jan. 20 from 1-3 p.m. – The YM-YWHA of Union County, 501 Green Lane, Union, will hold a dance & concert with the 18-piece Full County Big Band. Admission is free to seniors, their families and youth; all others, suggested donation: $10. Info: 1-908-289-8112.

Open Dance • Jan. 20 from 7:30-11 p.m. – Woodbridge Widows or Widowers will hold an open dance at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Morrisey Ave., Avenel. Refreshments; all welcome. Admission: $10 members, $12 guests. Info: 1-732-381-3255 or 1-908-757-0515.

HIV Support Group • Jan. 21 from 6-8 p.m. – Raritan Bay Medical Center sponsors an HIV Support Group meeting for anyone diagnosed with or caring for someone who has the disease. Meetings are held at the hospital’s Perth Amboy location, 530 New Brunswick Ave. To register, call 1-732-324-5352.

Cardiac Club • Jan. 21 from 7-8:30 p.m. – Raritan Bay Medical Center’s Cardiac Club will meet at the hospital’s Perth Amboy location, 530 New Brunswick Ave., in Centennial Hall. Learn about heart conditions and healthy living. Refreshments. Info: 1-732-324-5178.

Blood Pressure Screenings • Jan. 22 from 10 a.m. – noon. – Raritan Bay Medical Center is offering free blood pressure screenings at the South Amboy YMCA, 200 John T. O’Leary Blvd.

Blood Drive • Jan. 22 from 2:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Orange Ave. School, 901 Orange Ave., Cranford, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Film • Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. – The Union Public Library, 1980 Morris Ave., will show “The Senator Was Indiscreet” (1948). Free admission. Info: 1-908-851-5450.

Joint Replacement Info Session • Jan. 23 from 8-11 a.m. – The Human Motion Institute at Raritan Bay Medical Center is sponsoring a free “We’ll Keep You Moving” Total Joint Replacement Education session at the medical center’s Old Bridge location, 3 Hospital Plaza. Registration required; call 1-732-535-4746.

Blood Drive • Jan. 23 from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – City of Elizabeth Employees, 50 Winfield Scott Plaza, Elizabeth, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

NJ History • Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. – Vincent Gariulo will give a presentation on the history of Palisades Amusement Park, sponsored by the Friends of the Cranford Public Library, at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave., Cranford. Free admission. Info: 1-908-709-7272.

Blood Drive • Jan. 24 from 11:45 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. – Kean University Center, 1000 Morris Ave. Union, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Blood Drive • Jan. 24 from 1:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad, 875 Raritan Rd., Clark, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Joint Replacement Info Session • Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. – noon – The Human Motion Institute at Raritan Bay Medical Center is sponsoring a free “We Keep You Moving” Total Joint Replacement Education session at the medical center’s Perth Amboy location, 530 New Brunswick Ave. Registration required; call 1-732-535-4746.

Blood Drive • Jan. 25 from 2:45 – 8:30 p.m. – Valley Road School, 150 Valley Rd., Clark, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

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.

HIV Support Group • Jan. 28 from 6-8 p.m. – Raritan Bay Medical Center sponsors an HIV Support Group meeting for anyone diagnosed with or caring for someone who has the disease. Meetings are held at the hospital’s Perth Amboy location, 530 New Brunswick Ave. To register, call 1-732-324-5352.

Film • Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. – The Union Public Library, 1980 Morris Ave., will show “A New Life” (1971). Free admission. Info: 1-908-851-5450.

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.

Blood Drive • Feb. 4 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. – The Linden Public Library, 31 E. Henry St., Linden, will host a blood drive in the Columbia Bank Room. For questions about eligibility, call 1-800-NJBLOOD.

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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