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calendarArt Exhibit • Now through Feb. 28 – An exhibit of paintings, drawings and photography Dawn Gilmore will be on display at Les Malmut Art Gallery, on the lower level of the Union Public Library, 1980 Morris Ave., Union. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours. Info: 1-908-851-5450. A reception will be held on Jan. 26 from 1-4 p.m.

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.

Filmmaker’s Showcase • Jan. 12 at 1:30 p.m. - The Old Bridge Public Library, 1 Old Bridge Plaza, will hold a Filmmaker’s Showcase, showcasing three works by Joey Huertas, a.k.a. Jane Public, including “Nice People,” a documentary about a dancer who suffers from Body Dysmorphic Disorder. There will be a question and answer session with the filmmakers and dancer Suzana Stankovic. Info: 1-732-721-5600 ext. 5039.

Concert • Jan. 12 at 8 p.m. – The Coffee With A Conscience Concert Series continues with a performance by power-pop trio GrooveLily at the First United Methodist Church of Westfield, 1 East Broad St. (corner of North Ave.) Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Admission is $23 online at http://groovelilly.eventbrite.com or $27 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Plainfield Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Info: 1-908-412-9105.

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.

Wills & Estate Planning Seminar • Jan. 16 from 12:15-1 p.m. – The Law Office of Ken Vercammen, 2053 Woodbridge Ave., Edison, will host a free seminar on wills and estate planning. Complimentary sandwiches and materials provided at noon. Limited to 15 people; pre-registration required. Call 1-732-572-0500.

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.

Folk Music Café • Jan. 17 from 7-8:30 p.m. – Mountainside Library, Constitution Plaza, will hold its monthly folk music café. Odarka Stockert will play Celtic harp music and there will be a song-share to let you dust off your instruments and try a song. Free. Info: 1-908-233-0115

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.

Grand Opening • Jan. 19 at noon – Elements Therapeutic Massage, 18 North Ave. West, Cranford, will be holding a grand opening in conjunction with the Cranford Chamber of Commerce featuring a light lunch & facility tour. Elements will offer a 55 min. massage at a special $49 price. RSVP to 908-276-1099 for a reservation.

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.

Missionary Sunday • Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. - Calvary Assembly of God, 953 West Chestnut St., Union, will hold its monthly Missionary Sunday service with guest Diane Lewis, missionary to the South Pacific. Info: 1-908-964-1133.

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.

Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute • Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. – The Woodbridge Interfaith Clergy Council, Woodbridge High School Choir and the choir of First Baptist Church of Woodbridge, as well as students, community groups and others will come together at the Woodbridge Community Center, 600 Main St., to remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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.

AARP Meeting • Jan. 25 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.

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.

Employment Bootcamp Workshop • Jan. 28 from 6-9 p.m. – The Academy for Workforce Empowerment and Perth Amboy Alliance for Community will present an employment bootcamp workshop at Delaney Recreation Center, 701 Chamberlain Ave., Perth Amboy. Learn how to overcome barriers and move forward towards employment and reaching your career goals. RSVP required; call 1-732-376-0501.

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.

Open House • Jan. 28 from 7:30-9 p.m. – Mother Seton Regional High School, 1 Valley Rd., Clark, will hold an informal open house for 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th grade girls and their parents who are interested in learning about their high school options. Registration for the 2013-14 school year will take place on Feb. 2 at 9 a.m. Any 8th grade girl who wishes to be considered for admission should apply immediately; acceptance letters are mailed Jan. 17. Info: 1-732-382-1952.

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.

Seeing Eye Guide Dog Program Presentation • Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. – Mike Kirnash will talk about the Seeing Eye guide dog program at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave., in a free program sponsored by the Friends of the Cranford Public Library. Info: 1-908-709-7272.

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.

Prayer Service • Feb. 3 at 4 p.m. – To commemorate the annual World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life, the Diocese of Metuchen will host an evening prayer service at the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, 32 Elm Ave. Metuchen. Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski will join members of the faith community to celebrate the gift of consecrated life and honor men and women in the diocese who are celebrating significant milestones of their religious profession this year. Info: 1-732-562-1990 x1102.

Live Music • Feb. 3 at 4:30 p.m. – Celebrate the month of Valentine’s Day with the Harmonium Outreach Chorus’ performance of “Love and Peace” at the Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, 45 Macculloch Ave., Morristown. The performance requires a separate ticket ($12) from museum admission. Info: 1-973-538-2404.

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.

Book Group • Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. – The Springfield Free Public Library’s (Really Good) Book Discussion Group will meet at the Palmer Museum to discuss “State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett. Info: 1-973-376-4930 x229.

Concert • Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. – The All Seasons Chamber Players will present “Basically Baroque” at the Barron Arts Center, 582 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge. Reservations required; call 1-732-634-0413. Suggested donation: $5

Live Music • Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. – Salem Roadhouse Café, 829 Salem Rd., Union, will host Jason Green & The Labor Of Love. Music starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $15, $10 for students with ID, and includes coffee, tea and snacks. Proceeds benefit a selection of local charities. Info: 1-908-687-1028.

Poetswednesday • Feb. 13 from 8-10 p.m. – Marilyn Mohr and Adele Kenny will be featured at Poetswednesday at the Barron Arts Center, 582 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge. Info: 1-908-272-3141.

Craft Show • March 8 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., March 9 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and March 10 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – More than 250 artists and craftspeople will come to the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival at the Garden State Exhibit Center, 50 Atrium Drive, Somerset. Admission is $8 online or $10 at the door. Children under 12, free. Info: www.sugarloafcrafts.com or 1-800-210-9900.

Poetswednesday • March 13 from 8-10 p.m. – Nicole Greenwood and Alissa Pecora will be featured at Poetswednesday at the Barron Arts Center, 582 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge. Info: 1-908-272-3141.

 


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