Community Calendar: Dec. 20-Jan. 26

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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. 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

New Year’s Eve Party • Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. – The South Amboy Elks, 601 Washington Ave., South Amboy, will hold a New Year’s Eve party with a hot buffet dinner, dancing and music provided by Rambo Productions. Tickets are $50 and will not be sold at the door; visit the lodge or call Joyce at 908-614-8139.

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.

Books & Bagels • Jan. 4 from 10:15-11:15 a.m. – Books and Bagels, the Cranford Public Library’s monthly book chat program for adults, will meet in the library’s Raddin Room. Bring a few of your favorite books and tell group members what you like about them. Refreshments. Info: Call Sally Hanford at 908-709-7272 ext. 2104 or s-hanford@cranfordnj.org.

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.

Middlesex East Widows Or Widowers • Jan. 6 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 and widowers welcome. Info: 732-541-4380 or 908-757-0515.

Live Music • Jan. 6 at 7:30 p.m. – Friends of the Cranford Public Library will present “Ella & Sinatra: A Tribute” featuring vocalist Rhonda Denet and the Silver Fox Trio at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave., Cranford. Free admission.

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.

Book Sale • Jan. 8 from 4-8:30 p.m.; Jan. 9 & 10 from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Jan. 11 from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Friends of the Cranford Public Library will hold a used book sale in the “Friendly Book Cellar” of the library, 224 Walnut Ave., Cranford. Most items will be priced from 25 cents to $2. On Saturday, fill a bag with books for just $8. Proceeds benefit the library.

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.

Woodbridge Widows Or Widowers • Jan. 8 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.

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.

Clark Seniors • Jan. 9 at 1 p.m. – The Clark Senior Monthly Meeting will be held at the Brewer Senior Center, 430 Westfield Ave., Clark. Refreshments. Info: Call Phyllis Cupo at 732-382-7134.

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.

Art Show Opening • Jan. 12 from 1-4 p.m. – Arts Guild New Jersey, 1670 Irving St., Rahway, will hold a free opening reception for “Community: Members/Faculty/Student Art Show.” The exhibition will be on display through Feb. 6. Info: 732-381-7511 or www.agnj.org

Wellness Seminar • Jan. 13 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. – A representative from Robert Wood Johnson Fitness and Wellness Center will talk about “The Secret to Setting Effective Fitness Goals” at the Rahway Public Library, 2 City Hall Plaza. The event is free and open to the public.

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.

Business Program • Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. – Mary Baker of Baker Tax & Accounting Services, LLC, will present “Ten Tips On How To Avoid A Tax Audit For Small Business” at the Linden Public Library, 31 Henry St., Linden. To register, call 908-298-3830 or visit the circulation desk.

College Recruitment Drive • Jan. 17 from 3-4:30 p.m. – Union County College will hold a recruitment drive at the Linden Public Library, 31 E. Henry St., Linden. Info: 908-709-7518.

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.

Live Music • Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. – Rhonda Duvet and the Silver Fox Songs Trio will perform “Mostly Motown” at the Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield. Free admission. Info: 973-376-4930 or email questions@sfplnj.org


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