French club to hold Jan. 5 meeting

Francophonie Metuchen will meet 7:45- 9:45 p.m. Jan. 5 at 243 Amboy Ave., Metuchen.

Discussions are in French. Participation is free.

Relaxed work meetings with moderate preparations and active participation in discussions are required.

For more information, call Sam Van Chama, using French, at 732-767-9372.

JCCMC to host new Men’s Group meetings

On Jan. 6 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. will be the first meeting of the JCC Men’s Group at the Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County (JCCMC) at 1775 Oak Tree Rd., Edison.

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. Topic for the first meeting: Where Were You: When World War II ended? When JFK was shot? When Neil Armstrong walked on the moon? When the 9/11 attacks happened? Tell your stories!

Bagels and coffee will be provided.

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

Diocese of Metuchen announces observances

Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski will open Holy Door at Metuchen Cathedral and celebrate Mass on Dec. 20.

The Diocese has announced 10 Doors of Mercy in the diocese will be open to pilgrims throughout the year. The Diocesan commission was formed to find ways to celebrate the Year of Mercy in the local Church and to blend Pope Francis’ observances into the diocesan calendar and planned activities.

The Diocese has established a section on its website dedicated to the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, which will highlight observances of the local church. For information, visit http://diometuchen.org/mercy.

Holiday luncheon set for Dec. 31

Edison AARP Chapter 3446 will meet at noon on Dec. 21 for an annual holiday luncheon. The meeting will be held at The Forge Inn, 1002 Highway 9 North, Woodbridge. Entertainment will be provided by The Elderly Brothers.

A trip is being planned to Doolan’s in Spring Lake on Dec. 31 for a New Year’s Eve day celebration.

Food for MCFOODS will be collected at the luncheon. For more information, call Mary Ann at 732-287-3659, or visit www.edisonaarp.org.

Center offers trip on Jan. 13

The Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Road, Edison, will offer a behind the scenes tour of the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City on Jan. 13. See production areas not seen by the general public and increase understanding of how the company works.

The bus leaves the JCC on Oak Tree Road, Edison, at 1:15 p.m. and returns approximately at 6 p.m.

The cost is $49 for Community Campus members, $55 for nonmembers, and includes bus transportation and guided tour. Space is limited.

For more information, contact Diane Mael, director of adult services, at 732-494- 3232, ext. 3614.

Church announces Christmas services

The First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen invites all to Christmas services on Dec. 20 and 24. All services will be held in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen, 270 Woodbridge Ave., Metuchen.

A Service of Lessons and Carols will be held at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 20. This Advent service combines scripture readings with Christmas anthems and hymns, and dates back to 1880, being adapted in 1918 for use in the chapel of King’s College, Cambridge.

Christmas Eve Services will begin at 6 p.m. Dec. 24 with First Presbyterian Church’s “A Christmas Story, Simply Told,” a re-telling of the history, mystery, miracles and special effects of the birth of Jesus as told in the Bible. With a cast made up entirely of church youth, adults and pastors, the pageant is a First Presbyterian tradition and perfect for both young and young at heart. Christmas Eve Services will continue with an 11 p.m. Service which features traditional candle lighting, the Senior Choir and Communion.

For more information, please contact the church office at 732-491-2300 or visit fpcweb.org.

Holiday Open House set for Dec. 13

Dragonfly Multicultural Arts Center will host a free Holiday Open House for all ages from 5-8 p.m. on Dec. 13 at the Forum Theatre Blue Room, 314 Main Street, Metuchen.

Cookies and hot chocolate will be waiting as visitors join Dragonfly performers in holiday songs, watch improv performances and participate in theatre games. Find out how to participate in one of Dragonfly’s many classes, Metuchen-based plays or touring shows. In addition to a meet-andgreet with the theatre’s staff, there will be drawings for prizes.