UNION — Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University will host the Darwin Victorian Luncheon, featuring a lecture and book signing with special guest Weslie Janeway, co-author of “Mrs. Charles Darwin’s Recipe Book Revived and Illustrated,” on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. Cost is $80 per person, formal attire suggested. Reservations are required. Seating is limited.
SCOTCH PLAINS – Have you ever been curious about Reiki, the Japanese use of touch to promote relaxation and healing? You can learn about Reiki in a free program at the RWJ Fitness & Wellness Center, 2120 Lamberts Mill Road, Scotch Plains.
Hide your soul. No identity is safe. Not as long as Meryl Streep plies her chameleon charms. Body-snatching gourmet legend Julia Child’s very essence in “Julie & Julia,” she endows Nora Ephron’s exercise in comparative destines with its key ingredient. If imitation is in fact the greatest form of flattery, then there could be no finer homage.
SOMERVILLE – Downtown Somerville will host its inaugural Somerville Jazz Festival on Sunday, Sept. 13 from 1 – 6 p.m., rain or shine, on the Somerset County Courthouse Green. Jimmy Heath will be headlining the festival, which will also include The Gretchen Parlato Band, Harry Allen Quartet and Sherman Irby’s “Organomics.”
Dear EarthTalk: What’s the story with the Florida Panther these days? Is it still teetering on the brink of extinction, or is it on the rebound? — Alex T., via email
CRANFORD—The Friends of the Cranford Public Library’s monthly documentary film series continues on Monday, Sept. 14, with “doxita.”
AVENEL –Woodbridge AARP Chapter 3869 sponsors bus trips to Atlantic City’s Trump Plaza Casino on the fourth Monday of each month. The next trip is planned for Aug. 24.
CARTERET – This morning, Mayor Daniel J. Reiman will join with county officials, senior artists, and art enthusiasts from throughout Middlesex County, for the conclusion of the 2009 Middlesex County Senior Citizen Art Contest & Exhibition.
CARTERET – The Carteret Serenaders entertainment group is seeking new members to join them in their one-hour variety shows.
UNION — Kean University and Liberty Hall Museum have collaborated to mount a new exhibit, entitled “Headline News: The Life and Transformation of the Great American Newspaper.” The exhibit opens on Sept. 10 and will feature newspapers from the Liberty Hall Museum collection spanning four centuries of American journalism.