Learn About Reiki Relaxation Technique

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.

“Julie & Julia” – Cooks Up a Scrumptious Story – 3 popcorns

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.

Judge’s Nazi Joke Stokes Ethics Complaint

STATE—The state Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct has accused Union County Superior Court Judge William L’E. Wertheimer of improper behavior for the third time, after he allegedly made a joke referring to an organization that supported Nazi Germany during the 1930s.

Inaugural Somerville Jazz Festival Set For September

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.”

Hillside Man Receives Revolutionary Heart Pump

NEWARK—Robert Drummond of Hillside lost count of the number of times his heart stopped. Pacemakers, defibrillators, medications and hope were not enough to keep his heart beating while he waited for a transplant. Now, an extraordinary new heart pump is bridging that gap.

Hands-On Green Learning In Store For Union County Students

SCOTCH PLAINS – Middle school students throughout Union County may learn about sustainability this fall by building their own wind turbines and cooking with solar energy. The hands-on activities took place during a “Green Boot Camp” for middle school teachers. The camp was developed through a partnership between Honeywell and Union County Vocational-Technical Schools, to help middle school teachers learn about the latest green education tools.

Hawaiian Luau

PERTH AMBOY – The city’s Office on Aging invites Perth Amboy seniors (60 and over) to a Hawaiian-style luau at the Alexander F. Jankowski Community Center, 1 Olive Street, at 11 a.m. on Aug. 26.