Community Calendar: Jan. 3 – March 3

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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.

Mentalist • Jan. 4 at 8 p.m. – Playhouse 22, 721 East Brunswick Rd., East Brunswick, will present mentalist Anthony Rose for a one-night event. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Playhouse22.org or at the door.

“Tu B’Shvat & Me” • Jan. 5 from 2:30-4 p.m. – Neve Shalom Nursery School, 250 Grove Ave., Metuchen, will hold a hands-on program for children ages 2-6 and their families exploring the meaning of Tu B’Shvat, the birthday of the trees. Free admission. RSVP to Martha Mack at nurseryschool@neveshalom.net or (732) 548-2238 ext 17.

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.

Health Lecture • Jan. 7 at 6:30 p.m. – Learn about new treatment options for knee pain at Robert Wood Johnson Fitness and Wellness Center, 2120 Lamberts Mill Rd., Scotch Plains. Info: 732-499-6193.

Healthy Cooking Class • Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. – Chef Diane Weeks, RD, will teach about “500 Calorie Meals: Satisfaction For Less” at Robert Wood Johnson Fitness and Wellness Center, 2120 Lamberts Mill Rd., Scotch Plains. Info: 732-499-6193.

 

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.

Live Music • Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m. – Radam Schwartz & The Conspiracy For Positivity will perform at the Salem Roadhouse Café, 829 Salem Rd., Union, following opening act Audra Mariel. Admission is $15 ($10 students). Info: 908-687-1028 or www.roadhousecafe.org

Singles • Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will hold a dance at the Woodbridge Hilton Grand Ballroom, 120 Wood Ave. South, Iselin. No jeans/t-shirts/sneakers. Admission: $15. Info: 973-343-6994 or www.steppinoutsingles.com.

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

Event Cancelled 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.

Healthy Cooking Class • Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m. – Vegan Cook Lauren Defreest, will teach about Vegan Soups and Stews at Robert Wood Johnson Fitness and Wellness Center, 2120 Lamberts Mill Rd., Scotch Plains. Info: 732-499-6193.

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.

Tu B’Shvat Seder & Dinner – Congregation Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Ave., Metuchen, will hold a Tu B’Shvat Seder and Dinner with songs, prayers, readings and special foods. Info: Hazzan Levin at 732-548-2238 ext. 14

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.

Health Lecture • Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. – Learn about “Carbs and Weight: Sorting It Out” at Robert Wood Johnson Fitness and Wellness Center, 2120 Lamberts Mill Rd., Scotch Plains. Info: 732-499-6193.

Estate Planning Program • Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. – The Cranford Public Library has arranged a program on “What Everyone Should Know About Wills, Estates and Managing Assets for Loved Ones” at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave., Cranford. Info: 908-709-7272.

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.

Religion • Jan. 18 at 9:30 a.m. – Congregation Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Ave., Metuchen, will present Rabbi Kerry Olitzky to speak about “The Most Important Mitzvah: Welcoming The Stranger” following services and lunch. Free and open to the public. Info: Hazzan Levin – 732-548-2238 ext. 14.

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.

Community Presentation • Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. – Congregation Neve Shalom will present “Fulfilling the Dream: Jewish ‘Takes’ On Social Justice” featuring speakers from Neve Shalom, Temple Emanu-El, Beth Mordecai and the Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County at Temple Emanu-El, 100 James St., Edison. Free and open to the public. Info: Hazzan – Levin – 732-548-2238 ext. 14.

Film • Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. – The Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County will screen the award-winning film “Monsieur Lazhar.” Dr. Susan London will lead a discussion afterwards. Refreshments will be served. The cost is $8 for members ($11 for non-members). To register, send names of participants and a check payable to the JCC to: JCC of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison, NJ 08820 attn: Diane Mael and write “Monsieur Lazhar” in the memo section. Info: 732-494-3232 ext. 3614.

Singles • Jan. 19 at 8 p.m. – Steppin’ Out Singles will hold a dance at the Woodbridge Hilton Grand Ballroom, 120 Wood Ave. South, Iselin. No jeans/t-shirts/sneakers. Admission: $15. Info: 973-343-6994 or www.steppinoutsingles.com

Movie • Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. – The Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield, will continue its lunchtime Science Fiction Classics film series. Light refreshments served at 12:30 p.m. Patrons invited to bring a bagged lunch. Info: 973-376-4930.

Healthy Cooking Class • Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. – Chef Diane Weeks, RD, will teach “Confused About Carbs? Good Carb Meals That Work For You” at Robert Wood Johnson Fitness and Wellness Center, 2120 Lamberts Mill Rd., Scotch Plains. Info: 732-499-6193.

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

Book Club • Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. – The Reader’s Forum will meet at the Cranford Public Library, 224 Walnut Ave., Cranford to discuss “The Age of Miracles” by Karen Walker. New members welcome. Info: 908-709-7272 or library@cranfordnj.org

Healthy Cooking Class • Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. – Chef Diane Weeks, RD, will teach about “Fabulous Seafood” at Robert Wood Johnson Fitness and Wellness Center, 2120 Lamberts Mill Rd., Scotch Plains. Info: 732-499-6193.

Movie • Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. – The Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield, will continue its lunchtime Science Fiction Classics film series. Light refreshments served at 12:30 p.m. Patrons invited to bring a bagged lunch. Info: 973-376-4930.

Bus Trip • Feb. 9 from 9:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – The Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County is offering a bus trip to the Neue Galerie in New York City to see the special exhibit “Vasily Kandinsky: From Blaue Reiter to the Bauhaus, 1910-1925.” The cost is $50 for members ($55 non-members) which includes bus transportation, admission, and a private docent tour. The bus will leave from the JCC on Oak Tree Rd., Edison. To register, mail the names of the participants and a check payable to the JCC to JCC of Middlesex County, 1885 Oak Tree Rd., Edison, NJ 08820, attn: Diane Mael and write “NEUE GALERIE” in the memo section. Info: 732-494-3232 ext. 3614.

Movie • Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. – The Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield, will continue its lunchtime Science Fiction Classics film series. Light refreshments served at 12:30 p.m. Patrons invited to bring a bagged lunch. Info: 973-376-4930.

Movie • March 3 at 1 p.m. – The Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield, will continue its lunchtime Science Fiction Classics film series. Light refreshments served at 12:30 p.m. Patrons invited to bring a bagged lunch. Info: 973-376-4930.


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