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 email@example.com.
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.
Polar Dip • Jan. 26 – The 7th annual A.J.’s New Jersey Polar Dip to benefit Camp Sunshine will be held at the Avenue Beach Club in Long Branch. Participants are encouraged to raise a minimum of $100 in pledges. Info: 1-207-655-3800.
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.
(Postponed until Feb. 23) Book Signing •
Jan. 26 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. – Milltown resident William Koch Jr. will sign copies of Patriotic Passion, at the Milltown Public Library, 20 West Church St. Info: 1-888-361-9573.
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.
Trivia Night • Jan. 31 from 6-10 p.m. – Connect for Bleeding Disorders, the National Hemophilia Foundation’s young professionals group, will hold a pop culture Trivia Night hosted by TrivWorks Live Trivia Entertainment at Social Bar NYC, 795 Eighth Ave (between 48th & 49th Streets) in Manhattan. Trivia begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free for members and $25 for non-members. Info: http://nhftrivianight.eventbrite.com/
Sacred Aging, Sacred Care Giving • Beginning Feb. 1 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. – Temple Emanu-El, 100 James St., Edison, will offer an adult education course ever Friday morning through May to look at what Judaism has to offer to help adult children who are now called upon to care for their aging parents. Free to temple members, $90 for non-members. Info: 1-732-549-4442.
Murder Mystery Fundraiser • Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. – The Roselle Park High School PTSA will host a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater Fundraiser event at the Union Elks Club, 281 Chestnut St., Union. Tickets are $50 per person & include dinner buffet. Not recommended for children under 16. Space is limited. Call 1-908-241-3726.
Scrapbooking Fundraiser • Feb. 1 & 2 – Middlesex County 4-H will hold a “Crop-Til-You-Drop” scrapbooking fundraiser at the 4-H Log Cabin, 645 Cranbury Rd., East Brunswick. The Feb. 1 session from 7-11 p.m. is $5. Participants on Feb. 2 can attend the full day, from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., for $40 (which includes meals and refreshments) or half day sessions from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. ($25, includes lunch) or 4-10 p.m. ($25, includes dinner.) Registration & prepayment deadline: Jan. 25. Info: 1-732-398-5265.
Religion • Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. – Temple Emanu-El, 100 James St., Edison, will host Shabbat B’Shir, a song-filled intergenerational Shabbat morning service. Info: 1-732-549-4442.
Film • Feb. 3 at 1:30 p.m. – The Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison, will host a screening of the award-winning film, The First Grader. It’s the story of an 84-year-old Kenyan man who fights government bureaucracy, ageism and tribal prejudice in his bid to take advantage of a universal education law to learn how to read. Refreshments. Admission: $5 for members, $8 for non-members. To register, send a check payable to JCC, to the JCC, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison NJ 08820, attn.: Diane Mael and marked “The First Grader film” in the memo section.
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.
Widows Or Widowers • Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. – Middlesex East Widows Or Widowers will conduct a business meeting at the Carteret Community Center, Pershing & Cooke aves. All widows or widowers welcome. Info: 1-732-969-2228 or 1-908-757-0515.
Singles • Feb. 5 from 5:30-9 p.m. – Professional and Business Singles Network will host a singles casual social at Cervantes of Spain, 24 North Ave. East, Cranford. For the 40s, 50s & 60+ age group. Sharp casual attire. $15 admission. Info: 1-610-348-5544.
Business Seminar • Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. – SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives, will present a free business counseling seminar at the Union Public Library, 1980 Morris Ave., Union on Sales/Marketing Strategies and Actions. To register, call 1-908-851-5450 ext. 5452.
Religious Adult Education Class • Beginning Feb. 5 from 8:30-9:30 p.m. – Temple Emanu-El, 100 James St., Edison, will offer an adult education class, “Jews Say The Darndest Things – Rabbinic Texts 101” every Tuesday night through May. No Hebrew knowledge required. Free to temple members, $90 for non-members. Info: 1-732-549-4442
Tax Seminar • Feb. 6 from 7-9 p.m. – The New Jersey State Bar Foundation will sponsor a free public seminar on estate and federal income tax at the New Jersey Law Center off Ryders Lane in New Brunswick. Registration required; call 1-800-FREE-LAW.
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.
Religion • Feb. 8 at 10 a.m. – Temple Emanu-El, 100 James St., Edison, will host Shabbat Alive, a joyous and participatory musical service. For all ages. Info: 1-732-549-4442.
Dance • Feb. 8 from 7:30-11:30 p.m. – Middlesex East Widows Or Widowers, Carteret Chapter, will hold an open dance at the American Legion Hall, 1155 Roosevelt Ave, Carteret. All welcome; refreshments. Admission: $12 members, $14 guests. Info: 1-732-969-2228 or 1-908-757-0515.
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.
Film • Feb. 10 – Temple Emanu-El, 100 James St., Edison, will show highly acclaimed Israeli film “Restoration – Boker Tov Adon Fidelman” as part of its Israeli and Jewish film series. Free and open to the community. Info: 1-732-549-4442.
Mardi Gras Pasta Dinner • Feb. 10 at 1:30 p.m. – The St. Theresa Women’s Club of St. Adalbert’s R.C. Church, Third and Marshall sts., Elizabeth, will hold its 7th annual Mardi Gras Pasta Dinner in the church’s auditorium lower hall. Tickets are $10 per person and include unlimited baked ziti, meatballs, salad, bread and butter, homemade desserts, coffee, tea and soda. Take out available. Info: 1-908-355-4832 or 1-908-965-1727.
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.
Religion • Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. – Temple Emanu-El, 100 James St., Edison, will host Tot Shabbat, an age-appropriate and fun learning program for children up to six years old which includes a Jewish-themed arts & crafts session. Info: 1-732-549-4442.
Opera • Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. – The Opera at Florham cabaret series continues with “Passion of Verismo: Selections from the Operas of Puccini’s World” in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall, at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham in Madison. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $10 for students under age 22. Call 1-973-443-8620.
Family Program • Feb. 18 – Macculloch Hall Historical Museum will hold a family program to trace the route of Abraham Lincoln’s famous whistle-stop train trip that brought him to Washington D.C. for his inauguration in 1861. Two sessions are available, from 10 a.m. – noon and from 1-3 p.m. Activities are recommended for children between 7-12 years old. Pre-registration required. Call 1-973-538-2404 ext. 16. Fee: $6 per child for museum members, $8 per child for non-members. The museum is located at 45 Macculloch Ave., Morristown.
Business Seminar • Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. – SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives, will present a free business counseling seminar at the Union Public Library, 1980 Morris Ave., Union on Starting and Managing a Successful Business. To register, call 1-908-851-5450 ext. 5452.
Purim • Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. – Temple Emanu-El, 100 James St., Edison, will offer a Purim service, spiel & celebration geared to the 18+ crowd. After the service, there will be music, snacks, dancing and a mask competition. Info: 1-732-549-4442.
Purim Carnival • Feb. 24 from 11:30-1:30 p.m. – After a kid-friendly Purim Service at 11 a.m., Temple Emanu-El, 100 James St., Edison, will hold a Purim Carnival with games and prizes. All who come in costume will receive a prize. Bring a canned or boxed food donation for the temple’s food pantry. Info: 1-732-549-4442.
Comedy Night Fundraiser • March 1 at 7:30 p.m. – The Metuchen Parent-Teacher Council will present a Comedy Night fundraisers at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick. There will be a silent auction and light snacks. Admission is $50 per person, and a cash bar is available. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.