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. 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, call 1-800-933- 2566 or log on to

Elder-law attorney to speak at meeting

East Brunswick AARP Chapter No. 4855 will meet 10:30 a.m. Jan. 12 at East Brunswick Fire District No. 1, Civic Center Station, 310 Rues Lane.

Guest speaker Gary B. Garland, certified elder-law attorney, will offer a program titled “Powers of Attorney, Advance Directives, Living Wills and Trusts.”

Refreshments and a general meeting will follow. Guests are welcome to attend.

For more information, call 732-238- 6326.

Tickets on sale for Daddy-Daughter gala

The South Amboy-Sayreville Rotary Club will sponsor its 11th annual Daddy- Daughter Date Night 7-10 p.m. Feb. 19 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4699, Jernee Mill Road, Sayreville.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to community activities and humanitarian projects. Dads, uncles, granddads and stepdads may escort their little girl to dinner and dancing. There will be a child-friendly buffet, raffles and gifts.

Cost is $55 per couple, $25 each additional young lady, if payment is received by Jan. 23. Seating is limited. Early reservations are recommended.

To reserve or for more information, call Greg at 732-721-0400 or email

Organizing digital photos to be topic

Tech-gadget guru Hank Loch will offer a program titled “How to Access and Organize Your Digital Photos” 6-8 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Sayreville Public Library, Washington Road.

Participants will learn how to move pictures from digital cameras to computers and vice versa, how to manage photos on smartphones and tablets and how to create print pictures from digital photos.

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

B.D. Lenz to offer concert at library

Composer and jazz guitarist B.D. Lenz and his trio will perform in concert 2:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Old Bridge Public Library Main Branch, Route 516 and Cottrell Road.

Lenz has released eight recordings as a leader, and his music has been featured in television shows including “Breaking Bad,” “Catfish” and “Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations.”

Joining Lenz at the library will be James Rosocha on bass and Joe Facey on drums. The group will perform a mix of original music and jazz standards from greats including Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Duke Ellington.

The event is part of the library’s Second Saturday series of free concerts.

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

Volunteers sought for auxiliary police

Sayreville Auxiliary Police is seeking new members to join its volunteer force.

Interested applicants must be 18 years of age or older, be able to pass a criminal background check, and possess a valid New Jersey driver’s license.

Applications may be downloaded from, or a letter of interest may be sent to Sayreville Police Department, Attn.: Auxiliary Police, 1000 Main St., Sayreville, NJ 08872. The applicant’s full legal name, address, telephone number and a brief summary about himself or herself must be included.

Pajamas needed for hospitalized children

A Pajama Donation Drive is being held for children ages infant to 18 who are battling cancer at Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital in New Brunswick.

Drop off new pajamas or monetary donations through Dec. 23 to Jersey Physical Therapy, located at 3228 Route 27, Suite 2A, Kendall Park; 3 Liberty St., Suite 1032, Plainsboro; or 180 Tices Lane, East Brunswick.

For more information, call 732-297-0032.

Twelfth Night gala scheduled at church

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 90 Leonardine Ave., South River, will hold its first Twelfth Night Celebration 5-10 p.m. Jan. 9, 2016.

The event is designed as an evening of music, magic and mirth for all ages. Highlights will include Renaissance-inspired foods and festive nonalcoholic drinks. Jesters, magicians, singers and musicians will entertain. Twelfth Night historically marked the end of the Christmas season.

Cost is $15 for adults, $7 for seniors and youngsters ages 5-12, $40 for families; children under age 5 will be admitted free of charge.

Tickets may purchased in advance by calling the church at 732-254-1734 or at the door on the night of the event.

Church choir to offer holiday lessons, carols

The United Methodist Church of Milltown Sanctuary Choir will present its holiday service, “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols for the Christmas Season,” 5 p.m. Dec. 20 at the church, 47 N. Main St.

The event will feature works by Paul Manz, John Rutter, Thomas Attwood Walmisley, David Willcocks and others.

The concert is the fifth in a series of fundraising events to finance the installation of the church’s new pipe organ.

Admission is free of charge. The public is invited to attend.

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