Fly Fishing Show • Jan. 25-27 – The Somerset Fly Fishing Show is happening at the Garden State Exhibit Center, 50 Atrium Dr., Somerset. Hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday & 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $18 for one day, $28 for two days and $38 for all three days.
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.
Open House • Jan. 27 from noon – 3:30 p.m. – Assumption Catholic School, 380 Meredith St., Perth Amboy, will host an open house as part of its Catholic Schools Week celebrations. It serves students from PreK-8th grade. Info: 1-732-826-8721.
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.
Singles • Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will hold an upscale singles 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.
Open House • Feb. 3 from noon – 3:30 p.m. – Assumption Catholic School, 380 Meredith St., Perth Amboy, will host an open house as part of its Catholic Schools Week celebrations. It serves students from PreK-8th grade. Info: 1-732-826-8721.
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.
Timeline New Jersey • Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. – Noted New Jersey photographer and author Walter Choroszewski will present “Timeline New Jersey,” tracing the state’s history from the prehistoric past to the present, at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave., Cranford, in a free program sponsored by the Friends of the Cranford Public Library. Info: 1-908-709-7272.
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
Flea Market • Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – St. Thomas Parish, 1407 St. Georges Ave., Rahway, will host a flea market and craft sale. The kitchen will be open for breakfast and lunch. Info: 1-908-217-6856.
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.
L’Dor V’Dor Black & White Night • Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. – Members of L’Dor V’Dor are invited to come dressed in black and white to play black and white games, drink black and white cocktails, eat black and white snacks and watch black and white movies at a private home in East Brunswick. Cost is $10 per person or $18 per couple. Info: 1-908-227-4869.
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.
Chili Contest & Dinner • Feb. 10 at 5 p.m. – The First Presbyterian Church of Iselin, 1295 Oak Tree Rd., will hold a chili contest & dinner. Admission is $13 for adults and $10 for children and seniors. Info: 1-732-283-1188.
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.
Woodbridge Widows Or Widowers • Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. – Woodbridge Widows Or Widowers will conduct a business meeting in 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.
International Human Law Course • Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. – The American Red Cross, 321 Elm St., Westfield, will offer a free course, “International Humanitarian Law: Humanity in the Midst of War.” To save your seat, call 1-908-232-7090 x 2019.
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.
Concert • Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. – Father & son duo David and Adrian Mowry, Beaucoup Blue, will perform as part of the Coffee with a Conscience series at First United Methodist Church, 1 East Broad St., Westfield. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $23 at the door and proceeds benefit the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. Info: beaucoupblue2.eventbrite.com
Singles • Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will hold an upscale singles Valentines dance party at Snuffy’s, 250 Park Ave., Scotch Plains. Ages 40+, no jeans/t-shirts/sneakers. Admission: $15. Info: 1-862-397-4723.
Art Show • Feb. 17-March 14 – Arts Guild New Jersey, 1670 Irving St., Rahway, will feature an art exhibit, “By The Book.” Free admission, wheelchair accessible. There will be an opening reception on Feb. 17 from 1-4 p.m. Info: 1-732-381-7511.
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.
Spaghetti Dinner • Feb. 17 from 4-8 p.m. – Middlesex County 4-H will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the 4-H Center, 645 Cranbury Rd., East Brunswick to raise money for repairs. Tickets are $8 per person. To RSVP, call 1-732-398-5261.
Missionary Sunday • Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. – Calvary Assembly of God, 953 West Chestnut St., Union, will hold its monthly Missionary Sunday service, featuring guests Steve and Jill McCarthy, missionaries to Uruguay. Info: 1-908-964-1133.
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.
Hadassah • Feb. 19 at 1:30 p.m. – The Raritan Valley Chapter’s afternoon membership meeting will be held at the Highland Park Senior Center. Learn about “Aromatherapy and Herbs of the Bible.” RSVP to Nanette at 1-732-492-1911.
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.
NJ History • Feb. 20 at 1 p.m. - The Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County will sponsor Fort Lee Film Commission Executive Director Tom Meyers, who will talk about New Jersey’s role as the birthplace of the American film industry. The 1917 Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle film, A Reckless Romeo, which was shot in Fort Lee, will be shown. The program will be held in the Community Room at River Ridge, 30 South Adelaide Ave., Highland Park. Cost: $8 for members, $10 for non-members. Send a check to JCC, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison NJ 08820 and indicate “Tom Meyers” in the memo section. Info: 1-732-494-3232 ext. 614.
Book Signing • Feb. 23 at 10 a.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.
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.
Singles • Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will hold an upscale singles 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.
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.
Purim Carnival • Feb. 24 from noon-3 p.m. - The Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, Congregation Neve Shalom and Congregation Beth Mordecai will sponsor a Purim Carnival Extravaganza at the JCC, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison. Admission & games are free. Receive two prize tickets if you come in costume. Info: 1-732-494-3232 ext. 631.
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.
Record & CD Expo • March 10 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Greater NJ Record Shows is holding a Record & CD Expo at Hotel 304 West, Route 22 West, Springfield. Admission: $6 for adults, $3 for seniors, free for kids under 12. Info: GNJRecordShows@yahoo.com
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.
Record & CD Expo • June 9 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Greater NJ Record Shows is holding a Record & CD Expo at the NJ Expo Center in Raritan Center, 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison. Admission: $6 for adults, $3 for seniors, free for kids under 12. Info: GNJRecordShows@yahoo.com
Record Collectors • June 21-23 – The 39th Annual Jazz Record Collectors’ Bash will be held at the Hilton Woodbridge, 120 Wood Ave. South, Iselin. General admission for two days (Friday & Saturday) is $20. Early admission (Thursday evening after 7:30 p.m.) is $40. Info: 1-516-681-7102 or www.jazzbash.net
Record & CD Expo • Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Greater NJ Record Shows is holding a Record & CD Expo at the NJ Expo Center in Raritan Center, 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison. Admission: $6 for adults, $3 for seniors, free for kids under 12. Info: GNJRecordShows@yahoo.com
Record & CD Expo • Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Greater NJ Record Shows is holding a Record & CD Expo at the NJ Expo Center in Raritan Center, 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison. Admission: $6 for adults, $3 for seniors, free for kids under 12. Info: GNJRecordShows@yahoo.com