Library sets Blood Drive for Jan. 3

The Teen Advisory Board of the Metuchen Public Library, 480 Middlesex Avenue, will host its eighth annual Blood Drive from 10 a.m-3 p.m. Jan. 3 at the library.

To schedule an appointment online visit www.redcrossblood.org and click on the blue box on the top right that reads “Make a Blood Donation Appointment” and enter the sponsor code: Metuchen Public Library.

To sign up or for more information, call Kathy at 732-233-3843. Walk-in donors are encouraged to stop by the Library on the day of the drive. All presenting donors will receive a $5 gift card from Dunkin’ Donuts. Please consider donating blood during the holiday season when blood supplies drop to critically low levels beginning in mid-December and throughout the winter.

Free six-week diabetes workshops slated

The Sycamore Senior Center, 290 Old Road, Port Reading, will hold free six-week diabetes self-management workshops. The workshops will be held Mondays, Jan. 4, 11, 25 and Feb. 1, 8, 22, from 1-3:30 p.m.

Learn about the role of diet and exercise, how to prevent health problems, dealing with pain and fatigue, and much more.

To register, call Woodbridge Township Senior Services at 732-726-6262.

Model Train & Toy Expo slated for Jan. 10

The Model Train & Toy Expo will be held at St. Joseph High School, 145 Plainfield Road, Metuchen, on Jan. 10 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Children under 10 are admitted free with an adult. A special presentation will also be held at 11 a.m. by Frank Duke on “Questions on Model Railroading.” View numerous operating layouts, get spare parts for both vintage and newer train models and visit with the train doctor for repairs or purchase new boxed sets of the “Polar Express.”

Classic Toy Train Magazine has donated numerous other prizes including magazine subscriptions and train related introductory booklet “giveaways” to the public.

Other highlights include Greenberg Book Store, as well as several other club layouts with multiple train gauges and tables of toy trains in every gauge. Door prize drawings will be announced every half hour including the Grand Prize Winner of a “Thomas the Play Station Train Set” at 2:30 p.m. (winner need not be present to win).

View train layouts operated by members of Central New Jersey “N” Track Club, the Independent Hi-Railers and the Staten Island Society of Model Railroaders. Chat with scenic specialists and learn about wiring techniques and the art of displaying a landscape filled with farm and mountain scenes for your trains.

Tickets for the show are $7; children under the age of 10 are admitted free with a parent. Visiting hours of the expo are Sunday only from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Jan 10. For more information, call 201-327-5254 or 732-845-5966.2

Unity Bank donation benefits Edison food pantry

EDISON — Unity Bank and its employees have donated a total of $15,000 to 15 food pantries in Central Jersey, including one in Edison, and Easton, Pennsylvania.

The St. James Food Pantry & Soup Kitchen received $1,000 from the Edison branch.

The funds were donated by Unity Bank employees and matched by the bank as part of a special holiday community service project.

“As a community bank, it is our responsibility to serve those in need in the towns and neighborhoods where we have branches,” said Unity Bank President and CEO James A. Hughes. “We are all so busy these days that it is easy to forget there are many people who are struggling to make ends meet so I am very proud of Unity Bank’s employees for their generosity. The food pantry drive is just another way that Unity Bank and our employees show that we are committed to serving our communities.”

JCCMC to hold new Men’s Group meetings

The JCC of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Road, Edison, will hold the first meeting of the new JCC Men’s Group from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Jan. 6.

This new group is devoted to semi-retired and retired men who are looking for a meaningful social activity for relaxation, learning and friendly interaction with men of a similar age. Topics for the first meeting are: Where were you when World War II ended, when JFK was shot, when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon and when the 9/11 attacks happened? Tell your stories. Bagels and coffee are provided.

The cost is free for JCCMC members and $5 per session for non-members. For more information, contact Lincoln Richman at 732-494-3232, ext. 3627.

Services announced for Jan. 9

Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Ave., Metuchen, will hold Multiple Minyanim on Jan. 9. Shabbat morning services start at 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. At 10:15 a.m., participants can choose to stay in the sanctuary for a traditional service, or they may choose one of the following options. Yoga Minyan, led by Wendy Kushner, will combine yoga postures with prayers and will take place in the ballroom. Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear comfortable clothing. The other option is a popular Torah study session led by Steve Gross, which will take place in the Beit Midrash. At 11:30 a.m., the Multiple Minyanim will conclude and all will return to the sanctuary for Musaf. A Kiddush lunch will follow services.

Center announces presentation on Jan. 5

The Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Road, Edison, has announced Perry Leavell, Ph.D. will present Alexander Hamilton at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 5.

An abbreviated version of the life of Alexander Hamilton, his life and work and facts and opinions about what made Alexander Hamilton great will be offered.

The cost is $11. For questions, contact Sue Horwitz at 732-494-3232, ext. 3603.