Community Calendar: Dec. 13-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.

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.

Carteret Democrats • Dec. 17 from 6:30-8 p.m. – The Carteret Democratic Committee will hold its monthly meeting and holiday party at the Carteret Craftsmen’s Club, 82 Elm St., Carteret. Friends and family are welcome, and light refreshments will be served. Donations of new, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items will be collected. Info: 1-888-541-3367 or info@danreiman.com

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 from 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.

Book Signing • Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Author Sarah Rice will sign copies of her book, “Surrogate Blessings,” at First Baptist Church, 225 N. 8th St., Kenilworth. Info: 888-361-9473.

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 Caroling • Dec. 24 at 11 a.m. – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders & County Manager Al Faella invite you to the 58th annual “Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long Around The Rotunda Christmas Tree” at the Union County Courthouse, 2 Broad St., Elizabeth. Info: 908-527-2576.

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.

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

Book Discussion Group • Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. – The Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., will host its (Really Good) Book Discussion Group to talk about Geisha: A Life by Mineko Iwasaki. Refreshments. New members welcome. To reserve a copy, call 973-376-4930 x229 or email questions@sfplnj.org

Blood Drive • Jan. 3 from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. – Elizabeth Fire Headquarters, 411 Irvington Ave., Elizabeth, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Blood Drive • Jan. 3 from 2:45 – 8:30 p.m. – Valley Road School, 150 Valley Rd., Clark, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Blood Drive • Jan. 4 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. and Jan. 5 from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – The Outlet Collection/Jersey Gardens, 651 Kapkowski Rd., Elizabeth, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Film Series • Jan. 6 at 1 p.m. – The Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., will host a “Science Fiction Classics” lunchtime film series. Admission is free and patrons can bring a brown bag lunch. Light refreshments served at 12:30. Info: 973-376-4930.

Blood Drive • Jan. 6 from 2-8 p.m. – Menlo Park Mall, 100 Menlo Park Dr., Edison, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Blood Drive • Jan. 7 from 1:30-7:30 p.m. – Old Bridge Civic Center, 1 Old Bridge Plaza, Old Bridge, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

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.

Blood Drive • Jan. 9 from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – City of Elizabeth Employees, 50 Winfield Scott Plaza, Elizabeth, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Jewish Celebrations 411 • Jan. 9, 16, 22 & 29 – The Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison, will hold a series of four interactive sessions for intermarried couples to explore Jewish holidays and customs. No prior knowledge needed. Fee: $72 per couple before Dec. 26; $80 per couple after Dec. 26. Call 732-494-3232.

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.

Blood Drive • Jan. 11 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. – St. Thomas RC Church, 333 Route 18, Old Bridge, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

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.

Estate Planning Program • Jan. 15 from 1-3 p.m. – The NJ State Bar Foundation will sponsor a free seminar on wills & estate planning at the New Jersey Law Center, One Constitution Square, off Ryders Lane in New Brunswick. To register, visit www.njsbf.org or call 1-800-FREE-LAW.

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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