Jewish musicians to perform Dec. 24

Jewish musicians Neshama Carlebach and Josh Nelson will perform at concert at 7 p.m. on Dec. 24 at Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple, 222 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick.

Both musicians are known for transforming ancient Jewish prayers and texts into soulful live performances.

Tickets are $36 for adults or $18 for students.

At the door, tickets will be $45.

The optional Chinese food dinner at 5:30 p.m. is $12 for adults or $8 for children age 8 and younger.

Patrons who would like to have dinner beforehand and preferred seating can do so for $136.

For tickets, visit www.aemt.net or call 732-545-6484.

Auditions set for ‘The Music Man’ in North Brunswick Jan. 6, 7

The North Brunswick Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services has announced the Broadway classic “The Music Man” as this year’s 46th annual community theatre musical.

Director Michael Hritz is seeking principals as well as a diverse adult ensemble. No experience is necessary.

Vocal and dialogue auditions for children’s roles only including Winthrop, Amaryllis, Zaneeta, and Tommy will begin at 7 p.m. Jan. 6 in the auditorium and music room at North Brunswick Township High School, 98 Raider Road.

Auditions at 7 p.m. on Jan. 7 will be for adult principal and featured roles only, including Harold Hill, Marian Paroo, Mrs. Paroo, Mayor Shinn, Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn, Marcellus and the four members of the barbershop quartet.

Those auditioning should be ready to read from the script and must prepare at least 16 measures of a song from any Broadway show, though songs from “The Music Man” are preferred.

There will be a meeting of the entire company and all others interested in joining the cast or working behind the scenes at 10 a.m. on Jan. 9.

Production dates at the school are March 3, 4 and 5.

For more information, email mhritz@northbrunswicknj.gov or call 732- 247-0922, ext. 475.

Kids Club open for three- to five-year-olds

The North Brunswick Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services will hold a Kids Club for three- to five-year-olds, 9-11:30 a.m., Wednesdays and Fridays, Jan. 13 through March 18, at Sabella Park, 1453 Cozzens Lane, North Brunswick.

Children will have fun through learning and play.

The fee is $260 for residents or $270 for non-residents. To register, call 732-247- 0922, ext. 475.

Nominations accepted for Dr. MLK Jr. award

Nominations are being accepted for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Award, which is presented annually to a North Brunswick resident who lives their life with the characteristics that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reflected in his life. This includes strong character, concern for others and fairness to all.

The award will be presented on the evening of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Program, scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 15 in the North Brunswick Township Court Room, 710 Hermann Road.

Email submissions to Lou Ann Benson, director of Parks, Recreation & Community Services, at lbenson@northbrunswicknj.gov.

For more information, call 732-247- 0922 ext. 475.

Bake sale to benefit child with brain tumor

Sanzio Salon and Day Spa will hold its ninth annual Holiday Bake Sale from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 18 and 19 and from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 20 at the salon, 1008 Route 34, Matawan.

This year, Mikey Richert, a 10-year-old cousin of an employee, who attends schools at John Adams Elementary in North Brunswick, is suffering from a medulloblastoma brain tumor. The funds will also go toward the Jamie Levy Memorial Scholarship for Volunteerism and Community Service.

Volunteer bakers are needed. Contact Wendy Levy at 732-766-5578 or Sanzio Salon at 732-566-6800.

Islamic Society celebrates 40 years

SOUTH BRUNSWICK — The Islamic Society of Central Jersey (ISCJ) will celebrate its 40th anniversary.

The Muslim American organization was established as a non-profit in 1975 and has been at its present location at Promenade Boulevard and Route 1 south since the early 1980s.

Over the last 40 years, members of the ISCJ have distinguished themselves by volunteering at the Trenton Soup Kitchen and Elijah’s Promise in New Brunswick; spending hundreds of hours annually at area hospitals, senior centers and libraries; organizing fundraisers for several charities; and responded to natural disasters with fundraising and food, medicine and clothing drives.

The ISCJ community serves as teachers, engineers, lawyers, judges, businesspeople, social workers, cab drivers and in law enforcement and U.S. Armed Forces agencies.

For more information, visit iscj.org or www.facebook.com/ISCJ.

American Legion begins food drive

American Legion Post 401’s annual food drive in support of the South Brunswick Food Bank has begun.

Residents may drop off donations of non-perishable food items at the American Legion Post Home, 148 Major Road, Monmouth Junction, any time after 2 p.m., seven days a week.

Items needed include coffee, tea, juice boxes, water, Parmalot milk, vegetables, canned and boxed potatoes, rice, canned meats, beef stew, chili, canned and boxed pastas, cereal and oatmeal, boxed macaroni and cheese, boxed cake mixes and icing, pie crusts and filling, brownie mixes, muffin mix, and soups.