Open Dance • Jan. 8 from 7:30-11:30 p.m. – Middlesex East Widows Or Widowers, Carteret Chapter, will hold an open dance at the American Legion Hall, 1155 Roosevelt Ave., Carteret. Live music and refreshments. Admission: $10 members, $12 guests. For info, call 1-732-541-2174 or 1-908-757-0515.
LINDEN—Senior citizen line dance classes, open to Linden residents age 50 and older, will begin Jan. 22 and continue through March 26, 2010 at the John T. Gregorio Recreation Center, 330 Helen Street, Linden, on Friday mornings from 10 – 11 a.m.
NEW BRUNSWICK—The Band of the Irish Guards and the Pipes and Drums of the Royal Regiment of Scotland will perform at the State Theater on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010.
If Jack Nicholson’s Col. Nathan R. Jessup (“A Few Good Men”-1992) was correct in assessing that you can’t handle the truth, then you may not like Jason Reitman’s “Up in the Air.” Caustic and whimsical, often at the same time, this character study of a free spirit extraordinaire, exemplarily portrayed by George Clooney, pulls no punches.
NEW BRUNSWICK – VSA arts of New Jersey announces spring program offerings for children with autism. Programs are open to children with autism ages 3 to 21 and their family members. The registration deadline is Jan. 11, 2010.
Thank you to all the readers who contributed to my column in 2009. I wouldn’t have been able to print my column without help.
This column is from my own accumulation of holiday research:
SOUTH AMBOY- Dec. 31, 1962, The Bottle Stop, which was located at 104 ½ Broadway, held a New Year’s Eve party with streamers, refreshments and fun galore.
HIGHLAND PARK – As the year is ending, it will be the start of something new for Highland Park – Nighthawk Books.
Blood Drive • Jan. 2 from 11:45 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. – Woodbridge Center Mall, 250 Woodbridge Center Drive, Woodbridge, will host a blood drive. For info, call 1-800-933-2566.
CLARK – The Polish Cultural Foundation will celebrate the Polish tradition of Christmas caroling known as “Koledy” on Sunday, Jan. 17 at 3 p.m.