Community Calendar: Nov. 8 – Jan. 10

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Coat Drive • Now through Dec. 31 – AAA New Jersey Automotive Club, 135 Route 22 East, Springfield, will hold a community coat drive to collect donations of warm, gently-used coats. The office is open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. -4 p.m. Info: 973-467-2651.

Toy Drive • Now through Dec. 13 – Weichert, Realtors will hold their 35th annual toy drive. Donations are being accepted at any Weichert sales office. Visit www.weichert.com/offices to find a nearby location.

Total Join Replacement Education Session • Nov. 8 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 732-535-4746.

Men’s Socialization Group • Nov. 8 at 11 a.m. – Jewish Family and Vocational Service of Middlesex County offers a socialization group for men ages 60+ in its Monroe Twp. Office, 52 Concordia Shopping Center. Pre-registration required; 609-395-7979 or 732-777-1940. Fee: $3 per session.

Babysitter Safety Class • Nov. 8 from 5-8 p.m. – Raritan Bay Medical Center is providing a Babysitter Safety Class at the Raritan Valley Area YMCA, 144 Tice Lane, East Brunswick. The interactive class for ages 10-16 focuses on first aid, household safety and fundamentals of childcare. Cost: $35 (includes safety manual) Registration required; call 1-800-DOCTORS.

Craft Show • Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – The North Brunswick Woman’s Club is sponsoring a pre-holiday Craft Show and Tricky Tray Raffle at Our Lady of Peace Parish Hall, 1740 Rt. 130N, North Brunswick. Free admission. Raffles called at approximately 1:30 p.m. Must be present to win.

Flea Market & Craft Show • Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. –  St. Thomas Parish will host a flea market and craft sale at the Parish Center, 1407 St. Georges Ave., Rahway. Every attendee will receive a free raffle ticket for a gift drawing and the kitchen will be open for breakfast and lunch. For vendor info, call 908-217-6856.

Blood Drive • Nov. 9 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. – St. Michael School, 100 Alden St., Cranford, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Tricky Tray Auction • Nov. 9 at 4 p.m. – Calvin Hungarian Reformed Church, at the corner of School St and No. James St., will host a tricky tray auction. Hungarian food available for purchase. Free cake and coffee. Admission: $5. Bring a canned food donation and get one free “extra” ticket. Drawing begins at 6 p.m. Must be 18. Info: 732-828-3467.

Goods & Services Auction • Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. – Congregation Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Ave., Metuchen, will hold its annual goods and services auction, featuring designer bags, theatre and sporting event tickets, original fine art and more. Complimentary coffee and dessert. Admission: $5 per person. Info: Martha Mack, 732-548-2238 ext. 17.

Holiday Artisan Fair • Nov. 10 from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. – The Our Lady of Mount Virgin Holiday Artisan Fair will be held at the Parish Center, 450 Drake Ave., Middlesex. Interested vendors should email olmvholidayfair@gmail.com for more info.

Christmas Bazaar & Gift Auction • Nov. 10 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Assumption Catholic School, 380 Meredith St., Perth Amboy, will hold a Christmas bazaar and gift auction in its auditorium. Free admission. Info: http://assumptioncatholicschool.net or 732-826-8721.

Community Dinner • Nov. 10 from 4-7 p.m. – A.J. Community Center, One Olive St., Perth Amboy, will host a Sunday Community Dinner sponsored by local churches, organizations & businesses for those in need of a warm meal and good company. Info: 732-826-1690 ext. 4307.

Weight Loss Surgery Presentation • Nov. 11 from 7-8 p.m. – Raritan Bay Medical Center is sponsoring a seminar, “Is Weight Loss Surgery Right For Me?” at the Old Bridge location, in Suite 404 of the Medical Arts Building, adjacent to the hospital on Ferry Rd., between Routes 9 & 18. Info: 1-855-TIME-4-ME

Veterans Day Services • Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. – VFW Post #4699 will hold Veterans Day services at Sayreville Borough Hall on Main St.; all are invited to attend. Info: 732-264-3041.

Movie • Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. – The Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., will conclude its free lunchtime film series, “Even More Recent Hits!” Bring a brown-bag lunch; light refreshments will be served at 12:30 p.m. Info: 973-376-4930.

Scleroderma Foundation Support Group • Nov. 12 from 7-8:30 p.m. – The Scleroderma Foundation will hold the initial meeting of its newly revitalized Union County NJ Support Group at RWJ – Rahway Fitness & Wellness Center, 2120 Lamberts Mill Rd., Scotch Plains. Info: 908-889-7424 or UnionCounty@scleroderma.org

Technology for Exceptional Children • Nov. 12 from 7-8 p.m. –  Learn about the latest technology in physical, occupational and speech therapy for children, including Brainwave Safari, Interactive Metronome and Xbox Kinect at Trinitas Children’s Therapy Services, Echo Executive Plaza, 899 Mountain Ave., Suite 1A, Springfield. Call 973-218-6394 ext. 13 or email knelson@trinitas.org to register.

Total Joint Replacement Education Session • Nov. 13 from 8-11 a.m. – 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 Old Bridge location, 3 Hospital Plaza. Registration required; call 732-535-4746.

Dine-In Fundraiser • Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. –  Denny’s, 1286 St. Georges Ave., Avenel, is helping the American Cancer Fund raise money with a “Dine for a Cause” fundraiser. The restaurant will donate 15% of the check (pre-tax) if customers bring in a flyer, which can be downloaded at http://njtoday.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Dennys-flyer.pdf Customers can also show the flyer on their smart phone.

Maternity Pavilion Tour • Nov. 13 at 5, 6 or 7 p.m. – Raritan Bay Medical Center’s monthly tour of the Berkow Maternity Pavilion will allow newly expectant parents to see what the maternity unit has to offer. Participants will meet in the main lobby of the hospital’s Perth Amboy location, 530 New Brunswick Ave. Registration required; call 1-800-DOCTORS.

Health Information Program • Nov. 13 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Get the facts about total joint replacement so you can make an informed decision in the Physicians Conference Room, Lower Level, Trinitas Regional Medical Center, Administrative Services Building, 210 Williamson St., Elizabeth. Call 908-994-8939 to register.

Civics Program • Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. – The Springfield Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield, will present the Benchmarks Civics Project, which aims to foster a better understanding of civics and our courts. Info: 973-376-4930 or www.sfplnj.org

Income Tax Program • Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. – Mary Baker of Baker Tax & Accounting Services, LLC, will present “The ABCs of Income Tax” at the Linden Public Library, 31 E. Henry St. Registration requested; sign up at the circulation desk or call 908-298-3830.

“Enchanting Ireland” Program • Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. – Dr. James P. Kane will present “Enchanting Ireland,” a music, slide and lecture program celebrating the Irish people and history of Ireland, at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave. Free admission. Info: 908-709-7272.

Surgery Preparation Workshop • Nov. 14 from 11 a.m. – noon – The Division of Integrative Medicine at Raritan Bay Medical Center is offering a Prepare for Surgery, Heal FasterTM workshop at the Raritan Bay Area YMCA, 357 New Brunswick Ave., Perth Amboy. Ideally suited for patients scheduled for surgery in one to two weeks. Cost: $25 per person; a family member or friend may attend for no charge. Registration required; call 1-800-DOCTORS.

Blood Drive • Nov. 14 from 11:45 a.m.-5:45 p.m. – Kean University Center, 100 Morris Ave., Union, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Film • Nov. 14 at 1 & 7 p.m. – Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., will continue its Fall International Film Festival with The Sapphires (PG-13), a story of four Australian aboriginal girls who entertain U.S. troops stationed in Vietnam. Info: 973-376-4930 or www.sfplnj.org

Babysitter Lessons Discussion Group • Nov. 14 from 4-5 p.m. – Raritan Bay Medical Center is sponsoring a free Babysitter Lessons Discussion Group at the Raritan Bay Area YMCA, 357 New Brunswick Ave., lower level, Perth Amboy. The discussion group focuses on safe babysitting, child growth and development, and play. Info: 1-800-DOCTORS.

Go Red Heart Program • Nov. 14 from 5:30-7 p.m. –  Cardiologist Fayed Shamoon, MD, will talk about how to assure cardiac health and help prevent  a hospital admission at the Trinitas Regional Medical Center, CORE Building, 1164 Elizabeth Ave., Elizabeth. Call 908-994-8939 to register.

Free Parenting Workshop • Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. – The Wardlaw-Hartridge School and the JCC will hold a free interactive presentation, “How to Say No to Children in Positive Ways,” led by Caryn Mandel. For more information and to RSVP, call Linda Coleman at 908-754-1882.

Total Join Replacement Education Session • Nov. 15 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 732-535-4746.

Men’s Socialization Group • Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. – Jewish Family and Vocational Service of Middlesex County offers a socialization group for men ages 60+ in its Monroe Twp. Office, 52 Concordia Shopping Center. Pre-registration required; 609-395-7979 or 732-777-1940. Fee: $3 per session.

Medicare Options Program • Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. – The Cranford Public Library is sponsoring a program, “Unraveling Medicare: Explaining Your 2014 Medicare Health Care Options” at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave. Info: 908-709-7272 or library@cranfordnj.org

Karaoke Dance • Nov. 15 at 8:30 p.m. – American Legion Post 401, 148 Major Rd., South Brunswick, will host a karaoke dance with DJ Bruce. Free and open to the public. Info: 732-329-9861.

Religious Presentation • Nov. 16 – Professor Gary Rendsburg will speak about “Dialectic In Judaism: Differing Viewpoints In The Torah,” during 9:30 a.m. services and after lunch at Congregation Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Ave., Metuchen. Free and open to the public. Info: Hazzan Levin, 732-548-2238 ext. 14.

Craft Fair • Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Osceola Presbyterian Church, 1689 Raritan Rd., Clark, will host a craft fair. Free admission.

Concert • Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. – The Coffee with a Conscience concert series continues its 14th season at First United Methodist Church of Westfield, 1 East Broad St. (corner of North Ave.) with a performance by Lucy Kaplansky. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. and tickets are $30. Info: lucykaplansky3.eventbrite.com

Singles • Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will hold a Saturday Night Dance Party at the Woodbridge Hilton, 120 Wood Ave. South, Iselin. No jeans/t-shirts/sneakers. Admission: $15. Info: 973-343-6994 or www.steppinoutsingles.com

All You Can Eat Breakfast • Nov. 17 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. – The Holy Name Society of Ukranian Catholic Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary will hold an “All You Can Eat Breakfast” in the church’s school cafeteria on Meredith St., Perth Amboy. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children 12-17, free for children under 12.

Live Music • Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. – Grammy-nominated artist Rachel Millman, a Springfield native, will perform at the Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave. Info: 973-276-4930 or www.springfieldpubliclibrary.com

Concert • Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. – Congregation Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Ave., Metuchen, will present “HALLELUYAH!,” a joyful concert featuring NJ Cantors Concert Ensemble, Hazzan Sheldon Levin, conductor; HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir; HaZamir New Brunswick & HaZamir North Jersey Cantors Joel Caplan and Anna West Ott, conductors, and Neve Shalom Children. Patrons: $50 per person, General Admission: $20, seniors and students, $10. Tickets available at Neve Shalom. Info: Hazaan Levin, 732-548-2238 ext. 14 or hazzan@neveshalom.net

Community Dinner • Nov. 17 from 4-7 p.m. – A.J. Community Center, One Olive St., Perth Amboy, will host a Sunday Community Dinner sponsored by local churches, organizations & businesses for those in need of a warm meal and good company. Info: 732-826-1690 ext. 4307.

Missionary Sunday • Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. – Neil & Kathy Vanaria, missionaries to Papua, New Guinea, will visit Calvary Assembly of God, 242 Shunpike Rd., Springfield, as guests during the church’s monthly Missionary Sunday worship service. Info: 973-467-4600 or www.CalvaryAssembly.tv.

Health Fair • Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – The YM-YWHA of Union County, 501 Green Lane, Union, will hold a health fair with free health screenings and flu shots for Medicare recipients. You do not have to be a Y member to participate, and the nutrition site will be open, offering lunch for $1.75. Info: call Susan at 908-289-8112 ext. 34.

Sisterhood Membership Night Out • Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m. – Congregation Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Ave., Metuchen, will present “Conversations with Anne,” a live performance adapted from Anne Frank’s diary entries. All Neve Shalom Sisterhood members are invited. Cost: Paid sisterhood dues ($36); members may bring guests for $18. Dinner will be served. RSVP by Nov. 11 to Barbara at 732-321-0670 or barbmcs@aol.com

Cardiac Club • Nov. 18 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. Info: 732-324-5178.

Free Blood Pressure Screenings • Nov. 19 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. – Raritan Bay Medical Center will offer free blood pressure screenings at the Woodbridge YMCA, 600 Main St., Woodbridge.

Holiday Safety Event • Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. – Home Safe For The Holidays will be a celebration of good sense, respecting one another and loving yourself. The event at Kenedy Park School #24, 150 Goodrich St., Iselin, will feature essay contest winners, holiday fire safety, internet safety, traffic safety, anti-bullying information, and more. Info: 732-283-1188 or revjfthomas@comcast.net

Total Joint Replacement Education Session • Nov. 20 from 8-11 a.m. – 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 Old Bridge location, 3 Hospital Plaza. Registration required; call 732-535-4746.

Free Blood Pressure Screening • Nov. 20 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Raritan Bay Medical Center will offer free blood pressure screenings for senior citizens at the Old Bridge Senior Citizen Center, 1 Old Bridge Plaza.

Networking Luncheon • Nov. 20 at noon – Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno is scheduled to be the guest speaker at the Cranford Chamber of Commerce networking luncheon at Atria Senior Living, 10 Jackson Dr., Cranford. Cost is $10 for members, $15 for guests. RSVP to 908-272-6114 by Nov. 15.

Louis Armstrong Lecture • Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. – Author Ricky Riccardi will speak about Louis Armstrong at a JCC lecture in the Community Room at River Ridge, 30 South Adelaide Ave., Highland Park. Light refreshments. Cost: $8 for JCCMC members, $10 for non-members. To register, sent a check payable to JCC to Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison. Attn: Diane Mael and include “Louis Armstrong” in the memo section. Info: 732-494-3232 ext. 3614.

Financial Seminar • Nov. 20 from 5:30-7 p.m. – John C. Gibardi, president and CEO of Entertainment Industries Federal Credit Union, will present a free seminar on Credit Reports and Scores – What They’re Really All About, at the Trinitas Regional Medical Center CORE Building, 1164 Elizabeth Ave., Elizabeth. Light dinner will be served. Call 908-994-8939 to register.

Memory Presentation • Nov. 20 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Stress management educator Frank Mathews will present “Memory: Did You Forget Something?” at the Rahway Public Library, 2 City Hall Plaza, Rahway. Free admission.

Memory Program • Nov. 20 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Frank Mathews, community health educator at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Rahway, will present a talk, “Memory: Did You Forget Something?” at the Rahway Public Library, 2 City Hall Plaza. Info: 732-340-1551 ext. 212.

Film • Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. – The Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield, will screen the award-winning documentary “Stories We Tell” (PG). Free admission. Info: 973-376-4930 or www.sfplnj.org

Blood Drive • Nov. 21 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. – Roselle Park High School, 185 West Webster Ave., Roselle Park, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Blood Pressure Screening • Nov. 21 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Raritan Bay Medical Center will offer free blood pressure screenings for senior citizens at the Sayreville Senior Citizen Center, 435 Main St.

YM-YWHA Luncheon • Nov. 21 at 11:30 a.m. – The YM-YWHA of Union County , 501 Green Lane, Union, is holding its annual Thanksgiving luncheon with tenor Salvatore Chiarelli. Cost is $5 for members; $7 for non-members. Call 908-289-8112 ext. 34.

Blood Drive • Nov. 21 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Roselle Catholic High School, 1 Raritan Rd., Roselle, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Student Play • Nov. 21, 22 & 23 at 7 p.m. – The Linden High School Drama Club will present a production of Twelve Angry Jurors in the auditorium of Linden High School, 121 W. St. Georges Ave. Tickets are $7 and may be purchased at the door.

Total Join Replacement Education Session • Nov. 22 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 732-535-4746.

Men’s Socialization Group • Nov. 22 at 11 a.m. – Jewish Family and Vocational Service of Middlesex County offers a socialization group for men ages 60+ in its Monroe Twp. Office, 52 Concordia Shopping Center. Pre-registration required; 609-395-7979 or 732-777-1940. Fee: $3 per session.

Student Musical • Nov. 22 & 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. – Mother Seton Regional High School, One Valley Rd., Clark, will present its production of “The Sound of Music.” A special 50th Anniversary reception follows the Saturday performance. Tickets: $10 adults/students; $8 children under 12/senior citizens. Info: 732-382-1952 or www.motherseton.org

Blood Drive • Nov. 23 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. – Knights of Columbus-Council 857, 130 Main St., Woodbridge, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Childbirth Education Class • Nov. 23 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Raritan Bay Medical Center is sponsoring a one-day childbirth education class at the Raritan Bay Area YMCA, 357 New Brunswick Ave., lower level, Perth Amboy. Fee: $125 per couple. Registration required; call 1-800-DOCTORS.

Flea Market/Christmas Bazaar • Nov. 23 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. –  American Legion Post 119 Ladies Auxiliary and Post 119 Scouts are hosting an indoor flea market and Christmas bazaar at the Post, 137 New Market St., Dunellen. Vendor spaces are $15 (space only) or $25 (space & table); call 732-968-9899.

Fishing Flea Market • Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. – The Rahway Fall Fishing Flea Market will celebrate its 17th year at St. Thomas Church Hall, 1400 St. Georges Ave. A variety of salt & fresh water fishing tackle will be available. Door prizes every half hour. Food & refreshments sponsored by St. Thomas Holy Name Society. Admission: $4 (children 12 & under free). Info: www.fishingfleamarkets.com or 732-381-2165.

Book Signing • Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Author Azuka Zuke Obi will sell and sign copies of his self-help book, “The Power to Excel: Reaching For Your Best” at Church of the Assumption, Lower Chiego Hall, 113 Chiego Place, Roselle Park.

Play Reading • Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. – Members of The Theater Project will read Act II of By the Shores of Alluvtoomey, by Michael McGoldrick, a crazy family comedy that investigates why story telling is so important to our lives, at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave. A synopsis of Act I will be presented for those who missed last month’s reading. Free admission.

Climate Change Day Of Action • Nov. 24 from noon-2 p.m. – New Jersey Organizing For Action’s Climate Reality Project will hold a Day of Action about Climate Change at the DeHart Community Center, 120 Burnett Ave., Maplewood. 973-763-0750.

German Christmas Market • Nov. 24 from noon – 5 p.m. – The Deutscher Club of Clark, 787 Featherbed Lane, will hold an authentic German Christmas market with imported German holiday items and gifts. Dinners available. Info: 732-574-8600.

Gift Boutique • Nov. 24 from noon-5 p.m. – The Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County will hold a gift boutique, children’s concert and food drive at Trayes Hall in the Douglass College Center, 100 George St., New Brunswick. Free admission. Info: 732-588-1800 or www.JewishMiddlesex.org/supersunday.aspx

Community Dinner • Nov. 24 from 4-7 p.m. – A.J. Community Center, One Olive St., Perth Amboy, will host a Sunday Community Dinner sponsored by local churches, organizations & businesses for those in need of a warm meal and good company. Info: 732-826-1690 ext. 4307.

Kindle Book Giveaway • Nov. 25 & 26 – Author Azuka Zuke Obi will give away the Kindle version of his self-help book, “The Power to Excel” at Amazon.com for two days as his way of giving back during Thanksgiving week.

Film • Nov. 25 at 1 p.m. – Springfield Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., will begin its new lunchtime series, “Vincent Minelli – A Short Retrospective.” Bring a brown bag lunch; light refreshments are available at 12:30 p.m. Free admission. Info: 973-376-4930.

Paws 4 A Cause Seeing Eye Puppy Club • Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. – The Paws 4 A Cause Seeing Eye Puppy Club will meet at the Summit Public Library, 75 Maple St., Summit. Info: Ricki Stochaj, 908-464-9181; Loreli Stochaj, 908-464-0815 or loreli29@mac.com; Katie Letson, 845-962-5145

Free Blood Pressure Screening • Nov. 26 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.

Thanksgiving Food Basket Distribution • Nov. 26 from noon-7 p.m. – Morning Star Community Christian Center, 1009 Chandler Ave., Linden, will distribute Thanksgiving food baskets to those in need who pre-registered. Call 908-925-7979.

Total Joint Replacement Education Session • Nov. 27 from 8-11 a.m. – 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 Old Bridge location, 3 Hospital Plaza. Registration required; call 732-535-4746.

Blood Drive • Nov. 27 from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. – Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad, 875 Raritan Rd., Clark, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Bariatric Weight Loss Support Group Meeting • Nov. 27 from 6-7 p.m. – Raritan Bay Medical Center is sponsoring a Bariatric Weigh Loss Support Group meeting at its Old Bridge location for individuals who have had or are contemplating weight loss surgery. Meeting location: Suite 404, Medical Arts Building, adjacent to the hospital on Ferry Rd., between Routes 9 & 18. Info: 1-855-TIME-4-ME.

Weight Loss Surgery Presentation • Nov. 27 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. – Raritan Bay Medical Center is sponsoring a seminar, “Is Weight Loss Surgery Right For Me?” at the Old Bridge location, in Suite 404 of the Medical Arts Building, adjacent to the hospital on Ferry Rd., between Routes 9 & 18. Info: 1-855-TIME-4-ME

Singles • Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will hold a Thanksgiving Eve Dance Party at the Woodbridge Hilton, 120 Wood Ave. South, Iselin. No jeans/t-shirts/sneakers. Admission: $15. Info: 973-343-6994 or www.steppinoutsingles.com

Total Join Replacement Education Session • Nov. 29 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 732-535-4746.

Men’s Socialization Group • Nov. 29 at 11 a.m. – Jewish Family and Vocational Service of Middlesex County offers a socialization group for men ages 60+ in its Monroe Twp. Office, 52 Concordia Shopping Center. Pre-registration required; 609-395-7979 or 732-777-1940. Fee: $3 per session.

Craft Show & Pet Expo • Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. & Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – The Greyhound Friends of New Jersey will hold their 17th annual craft show & pet expo at the Westfield Armory, 500 Rahway Ave., Westfield. Vendors will offer a variety of items for people & pets, and Santa Claus will be on hand to pose for photos with pets. (Leashed pet welcome.) Singer/songwriter Carolyn Messina will provide entertainment. Info: www.gfnj.org

Live Music • Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. – The Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., will offer an afternoon of your favorite Broadway show music. Big band leader and clarinetist David Aaron, Lew Leabman on drums and Danny Schwartz on keyboard will perform at this free program. Info: 973-276-4930.

Holiday Winter Festival • Dec. 1 from 3-6 p.m. – Clark Township’s 10th annual winter festival, featuring the township’s tree and menorah lighting, will be held outside the Municipal Building. The Clark school choirs and ALJ band will provide entertainments, and there will be horse drawn hay rides and buggy rides, a petting zoo and more. Bring your camera for a picture with Santa Claus. Toy donations for Toys for Tots will be collected.

Book Signing • Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. – The Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., will host authors Arielle Eckstut and Joann Eckstut for a book discussion and signing of The Secret Language of Color. The book explores color’s countless manifestations, providing insight into such phenomena as the visible spectrum, light absorption and reflection, how humans see color, how vision evolved, and the use of color in human religion, ritual, design, navigation, communication, and personal identity. Info: 973-276-4930.

Menorah Lighting • Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. – The Edison Township Menorah Lighting & Chanukah Celebration will be held at the Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison. The Avi Maza orchestra will provide entertainment, and there will be crafts and light Chanukah refreshments for all. Free admission, but nonperishable food items (no meat items) will be collected for the JFVS Food Pantry. Info: 732-494-3232.

Medicare Options Program • Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. – The Cranford Public Library is sponsoring a program, “Unraveling Medicare: Explaining Your 2014 Medicare Health Care Options” at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave. Info: 908-709-7272 or library@cranfordnj.org

“Small Business Checkup” Program • Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. – Representatives of SCORE will present a free seminar, “Small Business Check-Up,” at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave. Registration required; call 908-709-7272 or email lbrary@cranfordnj.org with your name, telephone number and email address.

NYC Bus Trip • Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. – The Edison Recreation Department is offering a bus trip to Manhattan, with drop off and pick up near Rockefeller Center. Tickets are $20 and are on sale at the Edison Recreation Office, 100 Municipal Blvd. Info: 732-248-7312.

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

Breakfast With Santa • Dec. 8 at 8:30 and 11 a.m. – Middlesex County 4-H will host a “Breakfast With Santa” at the Middlesex County 4-H Center, 645 Cranbury Rd., East Brunswick. There are two seatings, and admission ($8 for adults, $6 for children ages 9 and under) includes breakfast, a family photo with Santa, a petting zoo and more. Call 732-398-5261 to make reservations.

Film • Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. – Springfield Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., will continues its lunchtime series, “Vincent Minelli – A Short Retrospective.” Bring a brown bag lunch; light refreshments are available at 12:30 p.m. Free admission. Info: 973-376-4930.

Avoiding Fraud & Identity Theft • Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. – Agnieska Belch of Garden State Community Bank will present a program on Avoiding Fraud & Identity Theft at Linden Library, 31 E. Henry St. Registration requested; sign up at the circulation desk or call 908-298-3830.

Municipal Alliance Advisory Committee • Dec. 10 from 4-5:30 p.m. – The Municipal Alliance Advisory Committee will meet at the Alexander F. Jankowski Community Center, 1 Olive St., Perth Amboy. To learn more about the Perth Amboy Municipal Alliance To Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, visit  http://ci.perthamboy.nj.us/perth-amboy-municipal-alliance.html

Museum Trip • Dec. 11 from 8:45 a.m. – 4 p.m. – The Jewish Community Center of Middlsex County will run a bus trip to the James A. Michener Art Museum in Pennsylvania to see the “Grace Kelly: Beyond The Icon” exhibit. Cost is $55 for members, $60 for non-members, and includes transportation, docent-guided tours, gratuities and boxed lunch from The Orchid in Metuchen. To register, call Diane Mael at 732-494-3232 ext. 3614.

Italian Christmas Concert • Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. – Italian tenor Michael Castaldo will perform at a benefit for the National Shrine of St. Gerard at Saint Lucy’s Church, 118 Seventh Ave., Newark. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at http://castaldochristmasconcert121313.bpt.me/, or by calling 1?800?838?3006.

Blood Drive • Dec. 16 from 1-7 p.m. – Linden Public Library, 31 E. Henry St., Linden, will host a blood drive in the Columbia Bank Room. All eligible donors will be entered into a sweepstakes for a pair of Super Bowl tickets. Info: 1-800-NJBLOOD.

Paws 4 A Cause Seeing Eye Puppy Club • Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. – The Paws 4 A Cause Seeing Eye Puppy Club will meet at the Summit Public Library, 75 Maple St., Summit. Info: Ricki Stochaj, 908-464-9181; Loreli Stochaj, 908-464-0815 or loreli29@mac.com; Katie Letson, 845-962-5145

Film • Dec. 23 at 1 p.m. – Springfield Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., will begin concludes its lunchtime series, “Vincent Minelli – A Short Retrospective.” Bring a brown bag lunch; light refreshments are available at 12:30 p.m. Free admission. Info: 973-376-4930.

New Year’s Eve Luncheon • Dec. 31 from noon-4 p.m. – Union Township Active Retirees is sponsoring a New Year’s Eve luncheon at Galloping Hill Caterers, 5 Points, Union. The full course, sit down meal is open to the public, and there will be DJ music for ballroom and line dancing. Deadline: Dec. 16. Info: 908-687-2418.

Student Musical • Jan. 10 & 11 at 7:30 p.m. – The Rahway High School Musical Theatre Class will present a production of Jason Robert Brown’s “Songs For A New World.” Tickets are $8; call 732-396-2966.


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