Seniors offer trip to Hunterdon Hills

Our Lady of Victories (OLV) Seniors will sponsor a Feb. 13, 2016, bus trip to see “Rock ’n’ Roll USA” at the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse, Hampton.

The bus will depart at 4:45 p.m. from the OLV lower parking lot, Main Street, Sayreville. Return is scheduled for approximately 10 p.m.

Cost is $95 and includes the show, dinner, bus transportation, driver gratuity and snacks on the return trip.

For more information or to reserve, call Carmine at 732-254-9425.

District offering special-ed services

The Child Study Team for the Milltown School District is seeking to identify preschool age and school-age students who are in need of special-education and related services, as well as students with disabilities, regardless of the severity of the disabilities, who are attending nonpublic schools. In addition, the district is interested in identifying the needs of migrant and homeless children.

Any parent or guardian who believes that a child may be in need of special-education and related services should visit the Office of Student Support Services, Joyce Kilmer School, West Church Street; or call 732-214-2365 and press 4.

Library will hold Lizard Guys Dec. 27

The Lizard Guys, an educational-entertainment group, will offer a presentation beginning 12:30 p.m. Dec. 27 at the Old Bridge Public Library, Route 516 and Cottrell Drive. The event is aimed at ages 5 and up.

Group members will hold lizards, snakes, turtles, frogs and various bugs. They will explain where each creature comes from, provide information on its normal diet and life expectancy and answer audience questions.

For more information, log on to or call 732-721- 5600, ext. 5033.

Youngsters invited to programs at library

The Monroe Township Library, 4 Municipal Plaza, will offer a variety of upcoming children’s programs.

“Stay and Play,” for ages 2-4, is set for 10 a.m. Jan. 4 and 24. Story time, puppets and more will be followed by open play. Registration will begin 9:30 a.m. Dec. 29.

“Drop-In Lego Corner,” recommended for ages 5 and above, is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Jan. 4, 11 and 25. Registration is not required.

“Becky’s Cozy Corner,” open to ages 5 and above, is planned for 7 p.m. Jan. 4. Youngsters will sit and chat with Becky while she demonstrates a simple craft to make. Registration is not required.

“Music With Pat McKinley,” a musical program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, is set for 11:45 a.m. Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 26. Registration is not required.

“Starlight Express,” an alternative to daytime story time for ages 3-5, will be held 7 p.m. Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 26. Registration is not required.

“Story Time,” for ages 3-5, is set for 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4 and 11. Registration will begin 9:30 a.m. Dec. 29.

“Make Magnetic Slime,” open to ages 9 and above, is planned for 5 p.m., Jan. 7. Participants will make and experiment with magnetic slime, a concoction that reacts with magnets. Registration will begin 9:30 a.m. Dec. 29.

To register or for more information, visit the Youth Services desk at the library or log on to

House-decorating contest set in Monroe

The Monroe Township Recreation Department will sponsor its annual Holiday House- Decorating Contest for township residents.

Judges will view the entries through Dec. 31, depending upon weather conditions. Residents are asked to leave on their decorative lights during the course of the judging. Winners will be presented with their awards at the Jan. 11 meeting of the township Recreation Advisory Board.

To enter, interested individuals should call the rec department at the Monroe Township Community Center, 732-723-5000, and leave their name, home address and telephone number. Only registered decorated homes will be judged.

Adult Craft Night scheduled at library

The Sayreville Public Library, Washington Road, will present the next installment in its Adult Craft Night series 6-8 p.m. Jan. 14.

Theresa Chuntz will lead participants in making a Piece of My Heart Mirror using puzzle pieces, glitter and wooden-heart mirrors.

For more information or to register, email Alaina at; call 732-727-0212, ext. 25; or log on to

Donors needed for area blood drives

New Jersey Blood Services, a division of New York Blood Center (NYBC) is asking for help in maintaining an adequate supply of all blood types, especially O negative, the “universal” blood that can be transfused into anyone in an emergency. Current inventory is running below the desired target level for all types.

The upcoming blood-drive schedule is as follows:

 Dec. 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. — Jamesburg Elks, 74 W. Railroad Ave.;

 Dec. 20, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. — New Brunswick Donor Center, 167 New St.;

 Dec. 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. — Four Seasons at Historic Cranbury, 1 Labaw Drive;

 Dec. 22, 1:30-7:30 p.m. — Public Works and Utilities Building, 540 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick;

 Dec. 23, 1:30-7:30 p.m. — What’s the Scoop, 410 Main St, Metuchen;

 Dec. 23, 3-7:30 p.m. — East Brunswick Public Library, 2 Jean Walling Civic Center;

 Dec. 27, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. — New Brunswick Donor Center, 167 New St.;

 Dec. 29, 1:30-7:30 p.m. — United Methodist Church, 47 N. Main St., Milltown;

 Dec. 29, 2-9 p.m. — New Brunswick Donor Center, 167 New St.;

 Dec. 30, 2-8 p.m. — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4589, 33 Daniel Road, Spotswood;

 Dec. 30, noon-6 p.m. — Comfort Inn Hotel and Suites, 1275 Route 1 and 9 South, Avenel section of Woodbridge.

For more information on donating blood or organizing a blood drive, call 1-800-933- 2566 or log on to

Restaurant event to aid track teams

The East Brunswick High School (EBHS) track and field teams will host a fundraiser 2- 6 p.m. Dec. 20 at Chipotle, 609 Route 18, East Brunswick.

Diners should bring an event flier, display it on their smartphone or tell the cashier they are there to support the cause. More than 50 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the track and field teams.

Children’s book author to visit library

The Old Bridge Library will continue its Local Author series with a presentation by children’s book author Carmen Rubin at 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at the library Main Branch, Route 516 and Cottrell Road.

The Manalapan-based Rubin, who is known for her works including “The Gifted Guitar” and “Ashti Meets Birdman Al,” will read from her books, copies of which will be available for purchase and signing during the event. A founder of the Community Refuge Education and Recreation Center, a nonprofit youth organization, she also is a supporter of NBA player Dwayne Wade’s World Foundation, which aims to give “every child a shot at reading.” Her works are inspired by music and the lives of musicians.

For more information, call 732-721-5600, ext. 5033.

Bill Turner to perform at Elks’ NYE party

The East Brunswick Elks will present Bill Turner & Blue Smoke at its New Year’s Eve Party, beginning at 8 p.m., on Dec. 31 at the lodge, 21 Oakmont Ave., East Brunswick.

There will be a cocktail hour with hot and cold hors d’oeuvres followed by a hot buffet with salad, chicken Francaise, glazed ham, beef sirloin, cavatelli and broccoli, roasted red potatoes, vegetables and assorted desserts.

There will be a champagne toast at midnight, complete with party hats and noisemakers.

Tickets are $70 per person, including full open bar. Reservations are due by Dec. 23.

Contact Alice at or call 732- 991-6217.

There is no snow date. All monies are non-refundable.