Community Calendar: Feb. 16-Dec. 8

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calendarArt Exhibit • Now – Feb. 23 – Hamilton Street Gallery, 6 Hamilton St., Bound Brook, will present “Too Eclectic!” a showcase of art by Brian McCormack. Gallery hours are noon-5 p.m. on Thursdays, 5:30-8 p.m. on Fridays, 1-5 p.m. on Saturdays and by appointment. Info: 1-732-748-2092 or www.hamiltonstreetgallery.com

Summer Camp Registration • Now – May 1 – Registration is underway for the YMCA at the Woodbridge Community Center’s 2013 Summer Camp Program, offering a variety of activities and specialty camps. Early registration discount before May 1. Info: sue.kelly@ymcaofmewsa.org or www.ymcaofmewsa.org

Theatre • Feb. 8-24 – The Villagers Theatre, 475 DeMott Lane, Somerset, will present “Next To Normal” with performances on Fridays & Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 ($18 for seniors & students.) Info: www.villagerstheatre.com or 1-732-873-2710.

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.

Library Book Sale • Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Feb. 17 from 1-4 p.m. – The Friends of the South Brunswick Public Library will present their annual “Love Them & Read Them Book Sale” at the library, 110 Kingston Lane, Monmouth Junction.

Photo Event • Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Customers who purchase at least $75 worth of Smashbox cosmetics from Sephora on the lower level of Menlo Park Mall on Route 1 South and Parsonage Rd. in Edison will be eligible to have their makeup done by a professional makeup artist for a photo shoot with fashion photographer Steven Khan. Participants will receive a CD of their headshots. Appointments are encouraged. Visit the store or call 1-732-635-0023 ext. 3.

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.

Play Reading • Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. –  Members of the Theater Project, a NJ-based professional theater group, will present a script-in-hand, staged reading of “Inventing the Wheel” by Joseph Vitale, at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave., in a program presented by the Friends of the Cranford Public Library. Info: 1-908-709-7272.

Fish & Chips Dinner • Feb. 16 from 5-8 p.m. – The Church of the Assumption in Roselle Park will hold its annual fish & chips dinner. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for children 12 and under. Info: 1-908-245-1107 or www.assumptionrp.com

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.

Tip-A-Pint Fundraiser • Feb. 17 from 3-7 p.m. – The South Amboy St. Patrick’s Day Committee will hold a fundraiser at the Landmark Tavern, 117 N Broadway St., South Amboy. Admission is $20 and includes music, food, beer, wine & soda.

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.

Chili Contest & Dinner • Feb. 17 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.

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.

Dance • Feb. 17 from 7:30-11 p.m. – Woodbridge Widows Or Widowers will hold an open dance at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Morrisey Ave., Avenel. All welcome. Admission: $10 members, $12 guests. Refreshments. Info: 1-732-381-3255 or 1-908-757-0515.

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.

Blood Drive • Feb. 18 from 2 – 8 p.m. – What’s The Scoop, 410 Main St., Metuchen, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

HIV Support Group • Feb. 18 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.

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.

Purim Luncheon • Feb. 20 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – The Senior Dept. of the YM-YWHA of Union, 501 Green Ln., Union, will hold its annual Purim Luncheon. Featured guest Tuvia Zimber will play Israeli music, Yiddish classics and popular songs. Cost: $5 for members, $7 for non-members. Includes lunch. RSVP to Susan at 1-908-289-8112 ext. 34 by Feb. 18.

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.

Friends Of The Perth Amboy Free Public Library • Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. – The Friends of the Perth Amboy Free Public Library will meet at Kearny Cottage, 63 Catalpa Ave., Perth Amboy. Library renovations, plans for a new website and plans for the library’s future will be discussed. All welcome to attend. Info: 1-732-293-1090.

Author Presentation • Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. – The Cranford Public Library invites you to meet John Hartnett, author of the collection of humor essays about everyday life, The Barber’s Conundrum and Other Stories, at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave. Attendees will be able to purchase copies of the book & get it signed. Free admission. Info: 1-908-709-7272.

Black History Month • Feb. 21 at 10:30 a.m. – “Stamping Thru History” at the Jankowski Center, 1 Olive St., Perth Amboy, will offer an exhibit by philately specialist Clarence McKnight celebrating African-American heritage and the unveiling of the Rosa Parks stamp, which went on sale Feb. 4. Free event. Info: 1-732-826-1690 ext. 4301.

Bridal Bonanza • Feb. 21 from 6-9 p.m. – Menlo Park Mall, located on Route 1 South & Parsonage Rd. in Edison, is hosting the American Bridal Expo with the latest in bridal fashions, wedding related good and services on display. Free admission. Info: www.shopmenloparkmall.com

Joint Replacement Information Session • Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. – noon – The Human Motion Institute at Raritan Bay Medical Center is holding a free Total Joint Replacement Education Session at the medical center’s Perth Amboy location, 530 New Brunswick Ave. To register, call 1-732-535-4746.

Linguini Dinner • Feb. 22 from 5-7:30 p.m. – Our Lady of Peace Knights of Columbus Council #9199 of Fords will hold a linguini dinner every Friday during Lent at the Our Lady of Peace Church Annex on the corner of Amboy Ave. & Walsh Ave., Edison. Tickets are $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors & $5.50 for children under 12. Special family price: $20 (eat in only – includes 2 adults & any children under 12). Info: 1-732-233-4473.

Free Concert • Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. – Baritone Casey Molino Dunn and pianist Tony Bellomy will perform An Evening of Arias, Art Songs and Musical Theatre at Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church, 286 Main St., Chatham, as the inaugural performance of Concerts on Main, a free series sponsored by the church. Info: www.concertsonmain.org

Jersey Shore Rose Society • Feb. 23 – The Jersey Shore Rose Society will meet in the Community Room, Kensington Court Assisted Living, 864 Shrewsbury Ave., Tinton Falls. From 12:30-1:30 p.m., there will be a beginner clinic. The main meeting is from 1:30-3:30 p.m., with a lecture on “cooking with roses.” Free admission. Info: www.jsroses.com/map.html or 1-732-688-4282.

Flea Market & Collectibles Show • Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Arthur L. Johnson High Schook, 365 Westfield Ave., Clark, will host a flea market & collectibles show sponsored by Clark Unico. Info: 1-201-998-1144 or events@jcpromotions.info

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.

Blood Drive • Feb. 24 from 7:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Sacred Heart Church, 531 Washington Ave., South Amboy, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

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.

Employment Bootcamp Workshop • Feb. 25 from 6-9 p.m. – The Jewish Renaissance Foundation’s Perth Amboy Alliance For Community and Academy for Workforce Empowerment are partnering to present a workshop at Delaney Recreation Center, 701 Chamberlain Ave., Perth Amboy, to show jobseekers how to accentuate their positives and eliminate your challenges. Light refreshments. Registration required; call 1-732-376-0501 or email sherri.goldberg@jrfnj.org. Provide your name, address, phone & email.

HIV Support Group • Feb. 25 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.

Readers’ Forum • Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. – Cranford Public Library’s Readers’ Forum will meet at the library, 224 Walnut Ave., to discuss Rachel Simon’s 2011 novel, The Story of A Beautiful Girl. New members welcome at any time. Info: 1-908-709-7272 or library@cranfordnj.org

Blood Drive • Feb. 28 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.

Blood Drive • Feb. 28 from 2 – 6 p.m. – Wardlaw-Hartridge Upper School, 1295 Inman Ave., Edison will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Student Theatre • Feb. 28, March 1 & 2 at 7:30 p.m. – Metuchen High School, 400 Grove Ave., will present the musical South Pacific. Tickets are $10 ($7 for senior citizens).

Linguini Dinner • March 1 from 5-7:30 p.m. – Our Lady of Peace Knights of Columbus Council #9199 of Fords will hold a linguini dinner every Friday during Lent at the Our Lady of Peace Church Annex on the corner of Amboy Ave. & Walsh Ave., Edison. Tickets are $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors & $5.50 for children under 12. Special family price: $20 (eat in only – includes 2 adults & any children under 12). Info: 1-732-233-4473.

Gift Auction • March 1 at 6 p.m. – The Parents’ Guild of Mother Seton Regional High School, Valley Road, Clark, will sponsor a “Malt Shop Memories” gift auction. Admission is $15 in advance, and no tickets will be sold at the door. Info: 1-908-468-0422.

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: ptocomedynight@yahoo.com

Spaghetti Dinner • March 2 from 5-8 p.m. – American Legion Post 401 and Boy Scout Troop 10 will host a spaghetti dinner at the Post Hall, 148 Major Rd., South Brunswick to raise funds for Patrick Hurley’s Eagle Scout Project to refurbish areas of the Tall Timbers Park off Culver Rd. Tickets are $10, kids under 5 are free. Info: 1-732-329-9861

Medicare-Medicaid Seminar •March 4 from 1-3 p.m. – The New Jersey State Bar Foundation will present a free public seminar on navigating the Medicare-Medicaid Maze at the New Jersey Law Center, One Constitution Square, off Ryders Lane in New Brunswick. Registration required; call 1-800-FREE-LAW. Info: www.njsbf.org

Widows Or Widowers • March 4 at 7 p.m. – Middlesex East Widows Or Widowers will conduct a business meeting at the Carteret Community Center, Pershing & Cooke aves., Carteret. All widows or widowers welcome. Info: 1-732-541-4380 or 1-908-757-0515.

Clark Senior Meeting • March 7 at 1 p.m. – The Clark Seniors will hold their monthly meeting at the Brewer Senior Center, 430 Westfield Ave., Clark. Dr. Robert Fishberg of the Associates in Cardiovascular Disease will be the guest speaker. Info 1-732-382-7134.

Book Discussion Group • March 7 at 7 p.m. – The Springfield Free Public Library’s (Really Good) Book Discussion Group will meet to discuss Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption, at the Palmer Museum. Refreshments are served and new members are welcome. To reserve a copy of the book, call 1-973-376-4930 x229 or email questions@sfplnj.org

Landlord-Tenant Issues Seminar • March 7 from 7-9 p.m. – The NJ State Bar Foundation will sponsor a free seminar, “Landlord-Tenant Issues,” at the New Jersey Law Center off Ryders Lane in New Brunswick. Open to the public. To register, call 1-800-FREE-LAW.

Linguini Dinner • March 8 from 5-7:30 p.m. – Our Lady of Peace Knights of Columbus Council #9199 of Fords will hold a linguini dinner every Friday during Lent at the Our Lady of Peace Church Annex on the corner of Amboy Ave. & Walsh Ave., Edison. Tickets are $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors & $5.50 for children under 12. Special family price: $20 (eat in only – includes 2 adults & any children under 12). Info: 1-732-233-4473.

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.

Spring Fling Craft Show • March 9 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Middlesex County 4-H will hold its Spring Fling Craft Fair at the 4-H Center on Cranbury Rd., East Brunswick. There will be crafters and vendors with items for sale, hands-on crafts for kids, a bake sale and snacks for sale from the kitchen. Info: 1-732-723-9968 or 4Hfundraising@gmail.com

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.

Student Theatre •March 14-16 at 8 p.m. – Linden High School will present its production of Seussical in the school auditorium, 121 W. St. Georges Ave., Linden. Tickets are $12. To reserve yours, call 1-908-486-5432.

Linguini Dinner • March 15 from 5-7:30 p.m. – Our Lady of Peace Knights of Columbus Council #9199 of Fords will hold a linguini dinner every Friday during Lent at the Our Lady of Peace Church Annex on the corner of Amboy Ave. & Walsh Ave., Edison. Tickets are $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors & $5.50 for children under 12. Special family price: $20 (eat in only – includes 2 adults & any children under 12). Info: 1-732-233-4473.

Tricky Tray • March 15 at 6 p.m. – Saints Mary and Elizabeth Academy, 170 Hussa Street, Linden is holding its 10th Annual Tricky Tray. Purchase advance tickets for $15 ($17 at the door), Value Packs $50 in advance for $75 worth of tickets before March 1. Call 1-908-486-2507, email smeacademynews@yahoo.com or visit smeacademy.org

Freestyle Motocross • March 16 at 7:30 p.m. and March 17 at 2 p.m. – Nuclear Cowboyz®are coming to the IZOD Center in East Rutherford to offer a show with  fearless freestyle aerial feats, gravity-defying stunts, and electrifying pyrotechnic and laser displays synchronized to an energizing soundtrack. Tickets start at $45 for adults and are $15 for kids. Call 1-800-757-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

Taste Of Middlesex • March 18 – More than 50 local businesses are expected to provide food or beverages at the 16th annual Taste of Middlesex, hosted by the Edison Chamber of Commerce and the Pines Manor, Edison. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased from C.A.R.E: Dora – 1-732-299-7332;  Hands of Hope: Jackie – 1-732-236-3330; Hugs for Brady: Sherrie – 1-908-334-7740; Ronald McDonald House: Lynne – 1-732-225-8755; Women Aware: Patricia – 1-732-249-4900 ext 105; and Edison Chamber of Commerce: 1-732-738-9482.

Linguini Dinner • March 22 from 5-7:30 p.m. – Our Lady of Peace Knights of Columbus Council #9199 of Fords will hold a linguini dinner every Friday during Lent at the Our Lady of Peace Church Annex on the corner of Amboy Ave. & Walsh Ave., Edison. Tickets are $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors & $5.50 for children under 12. Special family price: $20 (eat in only – includes 2 adults & any children under 12). Info: 1-732-233-4473.

Flea Market • April 20 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Kiddie Keep Well Camp, located in Roosevelt Park, Edison, will hold its 9th annual spring flea market. Baby items, furniture, household items, clothing, etc. A 10×10 space is $30, two spaces are $45. Info: 1-732-548-6542.

Linguini Dinner • March 29 from 5-7:30 p.m. – Our Lady of Peace Knights of Columbus Council #9199 of Fords will hold a linguini dinner every Friday during Lent at the Our Lady of Peace Church Annex on the corner of Amboy Ave. & Walsh Ave., Edison. Tickets are $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors & $5.50 for children under 12. Special family price: $20 (eat in only – includes 2 adults & any children under 12). Info: 1-732-233-4473.

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


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