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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. 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.
Christmas Tree Sale • Beginning Nov. 29 – South Amboy Elks #784, 601 Washington Ave., will sell cut Christmas trees and grave blankets to benefit Elks-sponsored charities. Sales will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 3:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Info: 732-727-7140.
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 pets welcome.) Singer/songwriter Carolyn Messina will provide entertainment. Info: www.gfnj.org
Holiday Concert • Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. – Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. – Playhouse 22, 721 Cranbury Rd., East Brunswick, will present a one-night-only performance by Patsy Palma and friends, performing a collection of holiday songs and standards from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and others. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Playhouse22.org, 732-254-3939 or the theater box office.
Blood Drive • Dec. 1 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. – Our Lady of Peace Church, 1740 Route 130, North Brunswick, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.
Blood Drive • Dec. 1 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. – Hillside Presbyterian Church, 1141 Salem Ave., Hillside, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.
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.
Job Seekers Program • Dec. 2 from 7-8:45 p.m. – Eunice Colmon will present a program on how to get the job in today’s market at the Dowdell Library, 100 Harold G. Hoffman Plaza, South Amboy. Info: 732-721-6060 or email email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Middlesex East Widows Or Widowers • Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. – Middlesex East Widows Or Widowers will hold a business meeting at the Carteret Community Center, located at Pershing & Cooke avenues. All widows or widowers are invited to attend. Info: 732-541-4380 or 908-757-0515.
Blood Drive • Dec. 3 from 2-6:30 p.m. – Kessler Rehabilitation Center, 190 Elm St., Westfield, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.
“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 email@example.com with your name, telephone number and email address.
Photo Lecture • Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. – Author and photographer Kevin Woyce will offer a digital tour of The Palisades, one of New Jersey’s landmarks, at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave. Free admission; all are welcome.
Atlantic City Bus Trip • Dec. 5 from 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Rahway’s AARP will hold its final bus trip of the year to Atlantic City’s Showboat Casino. Cost is $24, and returns a $30 cash voucher. To reserve your spot, call Irene at 732-499-7740.
Blood Drive • Dec. 5 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.
Traffic Club Of Newark • Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. – The Traffic Club of Newark will hold its holiday meeting at the Galloping Hill Inn & Catering Service, Galloping Hill Rd. & Chestnut St., Union. Reservations are due by Dec. 2. Call Donna Lyons at 908-941-7135 or visit www.newarktrafficclub.org
Book Discussion Group • Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. – The Springfield Free Public Library’s (Really Good) Book Discussion Group will meet to discuss “A Friend of the Family” by Lauren Grodstein. New members are welcome. To reserve a copy of the book, call 973-276-4930 x228 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Holiday Entertainment • Dec. 5-15 – “Holiday Jubilee 2013,” Crossroads Theatre Company’s annual multicultural holiday show for all ages, featuring the music of Motown and holiday favorites, directed by Rick Sordelet. The show brings diverse cultures and communities together to celebrate holiday traditions; with audience participation. Performances: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 3 p.m. Sundays; and 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14; Tickets: $40; $20 for children under 12; one child under 12 free with adult admission for onstage seating. Crossroads Theatre Company, 7 Livingston Ave. New Brunswick. Info: (732) 545-8100; Crossroadstheatrecompany.org
Spaghetti Dinner • Dec. 6 from 6-9 p.m. – The Knights of Columbus – San Salvador Council #299, 228 High St., Perth Amboy, will hold a spaghetti dinner to raise money for the Knights of Columbus Christmas Fund for Underprivileged Children. Tickets are $8 per person ($5 for seniors), and children under 5 eat free. New toys and new clothing donations will be collected. Info: 732-925-3751.
Pancake Breakfast • Dec. 7 from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Community United Methodist Church of Roselle Park, 301 Chestnut St., Roselle Park, will host the Rotary Pancake Breakfast. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for kids under 10, and will be sold at the door. Approximately a dozen crafters will also have their wares for sale. Info: 908-245-2237.
Books & Bagels • Dec. 7 from 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. – Books & Bagels, Cranford Public Library’s monthly book chat program for adults, will meet in the Raddin Room of the library, 224 Walnut Ave. Bring a few of your favorite reads and tell the other members what you like about them. Info: contact Sally Hanford at 908-709-7272 ext. 2104 or email@example.com.
Pictures With Santa • Dec. 7 from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Have your photo taken with Santa at O’Johnnie’s Hallmark Shop, 170 Westfield Ave., Clark. Free candy canes & other giveaways. Enter the free kids’ coloring contest for a chance to win a gift certificate. Info: 732-574-2193.
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.
Holiday Concert • Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. – The NJ Festival Orchestra will perform a Home For The Holidays concert at The Presbyterian Church, Westfield. Tickets range from $25-$75. Call 908-232-9400 or www.NJFestivalOrchesta.org
Christmas Party • Dec. 7 from 7 p.m. – midnight – Our Lady of Victory Knights of Columbus #2061, 775 Washington Rd., Parlin, will host its annual Christmas Party for adults. Tickets are $35 and include dinner, an open bar, DJ, door prizes and more. Info: 732-254-8896.
Blood Drive • Dec. 8 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. – St. Genevieve R.C. Church, 200 Monmouth Rd., Elizabeth, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.
Blood Drive • Dec. 8 from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Neve Shalom of Metuchen, 250 Grove Ave., will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.
Blood Drive • Dec. 8 from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Our Lady of Victory Knights of Columbus, 775 Washington Rd., Parlin, will hold a blood drive. Info: 732-257-2061.
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.
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
Tricky Tray • Dec. 8 at 12:20 p.m. – The St. Lawrence Alter Society will hold its annual tricky tray in the Parish Hall, Laurence Pkwy., Laurence Harbor. Bids will start at 2 p.m. Refreshments for sale. Tickets are $10 and include 2 cards. No one under 18 admitted. Info: call Maria at 732- 290-3002 or Karen at 732- 721-3774.
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.
Library Open House • Dec. 9 from 6:30-9 p.m. – Dowdell Library, 100 Harold G. Hoffman Plaza, South Amboy, will hold an open house. Info: 732-721-6060.
Blood Drive • Dec. 10 from 7:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m. – Union Catholic High School, 1600 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.
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
Benefit Night & Toy Drive • Dec. 10 from 6 p.m. – midnight – The David’s Touch Foundation Annual Benefit Night & Toy Drive will be held at The Shannon Rose, 855 St. Georges Ave., Woodbridge, featuring a $5 special food menu and exclusive drink features.
Cooking Class • Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. – Lauren DeFreest will teach a free healthy cooking class on vegan soups at 2120 Lamberts Mill Rd., Scotch Plains. Info: 732-499-6193.
Open House • Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. – Mother Seton Regional High School, 1 Valley Rd., Clark, will hold an informal open house for 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th grade girls who are considering the school and their parents. Parents or students may attend alone if the evening is not convenient for both. Info: www.motherseton.org or 732-382-1952.
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.
Music Program • Dec. 11 at 10:45 a.m. – The CAMEO Senior Nutrition Group, of Jewish Family & Vocational Service of Middlesex County, will meet at the Highland Park Conservative Temple, 201 So. 3rd Ave., to hear holiday selections by violinist Deb Biderman. A glatt kosher lunch will be served ($4 suggested donation). Pre-registration requested; call 732-777-1940.
Community Health Lecture • Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. – Dr. Jill Harris of Children’s Specialized Hospital will discuss autism spectrum and ways to support and encourage people with autism at a free program for parents, relatives and friends of people with autism at the RWJ Rahway Fitness & Wellness Center, 2120 Lamberts Mill Rd., Scotch Plains. Call 732-499-6193 to register.
Woodbridge Widows Or Widowers • Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. – Woodbridge Widows or Widowers will conduct a business meeting in the children’s room of the Woodbridge Main Library, George Frederick Plaza, Rte. 35, Woodbridge. All widows & widowers welcome. Info: 732-381-3255 or 908-757-0515.
Film • Dec. 12 at 1 & 7 p.m. – Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., will show The Matchmaker (2010) as part of its Fall International Film Festival. In Hebrew with English subtitles. Free admission. Refreshments. Info: 973-376-4930.
Blood Drive • Dec. 13 from 7:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m. – Bishop Ahr High School, 1 Tingley Lane, Edison, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.
Jewish Harlem Presentation • Dec. 13 at 10:45 a.m. – The CAMEO Senior Nutrition Group, of Jewish Familiy & Vocational Service of Middlesex County, will meet at the Highland Park Conservative Temple, 301 So. 3rd Ave., to hear a presentation on Jewish Harlem by historian Marty Schneit. A glatt kosher lunch will be served ($4 suggested donation). Pre-registration requested; call 732-777-1940.
Celebration Of New Beginnings Breakfast • Dec. 13 at 8 a.m. – The March of Dimes will hold its Celebration of New Beginnings breakfast, honoring government and corporate leaders for supporting the organization’s mission of preventing premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality. The event will be held at the Pines Manor, Edison. For tickets or info, call 973-296-8808 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Children’s Holiday Party • Dec. 13 from 3-4:30 p.m. – Dowdell Library, 100 Harold G. Hoffman Plaza, South Amboy, will hold a children’s holiday party. There will be refreshments & prizes. Info: 732-721-6060.
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.
Supper & Show • Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. – Jewish Family & Vocational Services of Middlesex County will present Supper & Show featuring comedian/magician John Pizzi at the JFK Hospital Conference Center, 70 James St., Edison. Tickets are $50 per person (adults only.) Register online at www.jfvs.org or call 732-777-1940.
Music Program • Dec. 15 at 1:30 p.m. – The Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., will present “Generations of Jazz,” performed by members of the NJ Jazz Society. The holiday program will use music of the season to teach about the different forms that jazz takes. The program will also include a holiday song “scat” lesson. Free admission. Info: www.springfieldlibrary.com
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 email@example.com; Katie Letson, 845-962-5145
Readers’ Forum • Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. – The Readers’ Forum will meet at Cranford Public Library, 224 Walnut Ave., to discuss Karen Walker’s 2012 novel, The Age of Miracles. New members are welcome. Call 908-709-7272 for more information, or visit the “Readers’ Forum” section of the library’s online events calendar at cranford.com/library/special.asp
Blood Drive • Dec. 17 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. – Cranford High School, 201 West End Place, Cranford, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.
Cooking Class • Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. – Diane Weeks will teach a free healthy cooking class on seafood at 2120 Lamberts Mill Rd., Scotch Plains. Info: 732-499-6193.
Jewish History Lecture • Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. – The Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County will present Bruce Tucker, who will speak about the Jews of Spain in the Community Room at River Ridge, 30 South Adelaide Ave., Highland Park. All are welcome, and refreshments will be served. Cost: $8 for members, $10 for non-members. Send a check payable to the JCC to: Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison, NJ 08820 attn: Diane Mael and include “Bruce Tucker in HP” in the memo section. Info: 732-494-3232 ext. 3614.
Blood Drive • Dec. 20 from 2-8 p.m. – Raritan Bay Area YMCA, 365 New Brunswick Ave., Perth Amboy, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.
Seminar • Dec. 21 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Varsha Singh, MSN, APN-C, will present an educational seminar, Stroke Prevention for the Asian Community, at 2120 Lamberts Mill Rd., Scotch Plains. Info: 732-499-6193.
Film • Dec. 23 at 1 p.m. – Springfield Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., 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.
Blood Drive • Dec. 26 from 1-7 p.m. – JEC High School, 330 Elmora Ave., Elizabeth, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.
Blood Drive • Dec. 26 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 • Dec. 26 from 1:30-7:30 p.m. – Metuchen Public Library, 480 Middlesex Ave., Metuchen, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.
Singles • Dec. 27 at 8 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will hold a Friday Night Pre-New Years Dance Party at the Woodbridge Hilton Grand Ballroom, 120 Wood Ave. South, Iselin. Admission: $15. Couples welcome too. No jeans/t-shirts/sneakers. Info: 973-343-6994. Directions: 732-494-6200.
Blood Drive • Dec. 28 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Metuchen Branch YMCA, 65 High St., Metuchen, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.
Blood Drive • Dec. 29 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. – Cranford United Methodist Church, 201 Lincoln Ave., Cranford, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.
Blood Drive • Dec. 29 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. – St. Theresa School, 540 Washington Ave., Kenilworth, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.
Blood Drive • Dec. 29 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. – YMCA-Westfield, 220 Clark St., Westfield, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.
Blood Drive • Dec. 30 from 2-8 p.m. – Woodbridge Center Mall, 250 Woodbridge Center Dr., Woodbridge, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.
Blood Drive • Dec. 31 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. – The Outlet Collection/Jersey Gardens, 651 Kapkowski Rd., Elizabeth, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.
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.
Concert • Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. – The NJ Festival Orchestra will present “An’ All That Jazz!,” a review of Broadway classics and jazz favorites, featuring guest vocalists direct from the Broadway stage. Tickets are $40-$70. Info: 908-232-9400 or www.NJFestivalOrchestra.org
Lego Enrichment/Workshop • Jan. 8-March 12 – The JCC of Middlsex County, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison, will offer a “Fundmentals of Lego® Engineering workshop for children in grades 3-6 on Wednesdays from 4:30-6 p.m. Cost: $225. Register before Jan. 3 at the JCC facility. Info: 732-494-3232 ext. 3619.
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.
Girls Softball Registration • Jan. 11, 18 & 25 from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. – The Colonia Girls Softball League will conduct in-person registration for the 2014 season at Evergreen Center, 400 Inman Ave., Colonia. Signups are open to girls in kindergarten through eighth grade. Refer a new player and both girls receive 25% off registration fee.
Book Signing • Jan. 18 from 4-6 p.m. – Author Azuka “Zuke” Obi will sell and sign copies of his self-help book, “Power to Excel: Reaching for your Best” at Second Baptist Church, 200 Locust St., Roselle. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Students Scholarship Fund. Info: 908-245-1187.
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