Things to do today: Aug. 11, 2012

Oktoberfest • Aug. 11 & 12 • The Deutscher Club Of Clark, 787 Featherbed Lane, Clark, will hold an Oktoberfest celebration. Bernie’s Orchestra will provide live music from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, and The Adlers will play from 1-6 p.m. on Sunday. Donation: $5 per person each day. Children under 12 free. No outside food, beverages, bicycles, skates or pets. Info: 1-732-574-8600.

Deadline For Independent Foreclosure Review Extended Through Dec. 31

UNION COUNTY – The Union County Foreclosure Task Force advises local residents whose homes were undergoing a foreclosure process in 2009 or 2010 that the deadline to participate in the federal banking agencies’ Independent Foreclosure Review has been extended to Dec. 31.

Things to do today: Aug. 10, 2012

Blood Drive • Aug. 10 from 3:30 – 8 p.m. – Menlo Park Mall, 100 Menlo Park Dr., Edison, will host a blood drive in conjunction with New Jersey Blood Services. Donors must be 17, or 16 with parental permission, weigh at least 110 lbs., and present photo or signed ID. Donors over 75 can keep donating with a note from their doctor. First time donors must know their Social Security number. Info: 1-800-933-2566.

Reintroduced Bills To Transform Foreclosed Properties Into Affordable Housing Clear Committee

TRENTON – The Senate Economic Growth Committee approved a pair of bills sponsored by committee chairman Raymond J. Lesniak yesterday which aim to address New Jersey’s foreclosure crisis by creating an expedited process for foreclosure on abandoned, dilapidated properties, and by creating a mechanism to transform abandoned properties to affordable and market-rate housing.