Community Calendar: Dec. 6-Jan. 18

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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.

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 s-hanford@cranfordnj.org.

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.

Art Gallery Reception • Dec. 7 from 5-7 p.m. – Swain Galleries, 703 Watchung Ave., Plainfield, will hold an opening reception for “Christmas Miniatures,” an annual exhibition of small paintings by gallery artists. The show will be open during gallery hours through Dec. 31. Info: 908-756-1707 or swaingalleries.com.

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 croberts@marchofdimes.com

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.

Christmas Concert • Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. – The Gospel Shepherds will perform at First Baptist Church of Woodbridge, 130 Sewaren Ave., Sewaren. No reservations needed.

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.

Christmas Concert • Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. – The Starlite Chorale will present “Christmas from the Heart” at Osceola Presbyterian Church, 1689 Raritan Rd., Clark. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and free for children. Info: 908-276-5300.

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.

Christmas Tea • Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. – The Kearny Cottage Historical Society is sponsoring Christmas Tea at the Cottage, 63 Catalpa  Ave., Perth Amboy. Donations appreciated. Info: 732-293-1090.

Spaghetti With Santa • Dec. 15 from 1-6 p.m. – The Colonia VFW, 11 Dellwood Ct., will host Spaghetti with Santa to raise funds for the family of Irene McMahon, a Colonia resident who is battling pancreatic cancer. Tickets will be sold at the door and are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for children under 12. Bring a camera and have your photo taken with Santa.

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 loreli29@mac.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.

Flea Market • Dec. 21 fro, 9-5 p.m. – Clark UNICO will sponsor an indoor & outdoor holiday flea market at Arthur L. Johnson High School, 365 Westfield Ave., Clark. Free admission. Info: 201-998-1144.

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.

Christmas Eve Service • Dec. 24 at 5 & 7 p.m. – Oasis-Church-NJ.com will hold Christmas Eve services at the Regal Cinemas Hadley Theater, Stadium 16 Movie Theater, 1000 Corporate Ct., South Plainfield. Info: Oasis-Church-NJ.com

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

Open House • Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m. – Bendictine Academy, 840 North Broad St., Elizabeth, will hold an open house for 7th and 8th grade girls who are interested in attending the high school and their parents. Personal interviews with the Academy’s admissions director are available during the open house, but must be scheduled in advance. Info: 908-352-0670 ext. 104.

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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