Community Bulletin Board: the Sentinel


The Milltown Education Foundation will hold a clothing drive from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at Gloria Bradford Park Gazebo, 80 Violet Terrace, Milltown.

Acceptable items include clothing, belts, handbags, linens, blankets, stuffed animals, small toys, bicycles, scooters, car seats with base and strollers.

Shoes must be bagged separately.

No pillows will be accepted.

For more information, visit

Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church will hold its annual Fall Ethnic Festival, set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 9 in the church hall, 9 Jeffrie Ave., South River
Free ethnic entertainment will be provided by Neli and Stacys. The festival will feature stuffed cabbage, pierogies, kielbasa, sauerkraut and desserts. There will also be basket raffles.



One Steep at a Thyme will hold its third annual Halloween Witches Twilight Tarot Tea from 7-10 p.m. on Nov. 2 at the tea room, 170 Gatzmer Ave., Jamesburg.

Enjoy five course high tea along with a personalized tarot card reading.

Cost is $49.99 per person.

Costumes and/or witch’s hats encouraged.

For reservations, call 732-641-2570.



The Henry Ricklis Holocaust Memorial Committee, in cooperation with the Friends of the Monroe Township Library, will welcome Rabbi Peter H. Grumbacher speaking on Sharing the Silence: The Child of a Survivor Tells His Father’s Story, at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 10 at Monroe Township High School, 200 Schoolhouse Road, Monroe

Ernst Grumbacher was arrested by the Gestapo and thrown into the Dachau Concentration Camp on Nov. 9, 1938, during Kristalnacht, “The Night of Shattered Glass.” He spent six weeks in the camp and got out miraculously.

Admission is free.




The East Brunswick Woman’s Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 12 at East Brunswick Fire District 1, 310 Rues Lane, off Civic Center Drive, East Brunswick.

In additional to the general meeting where upcoming club activities are discussed, Jennifer Apostol will speak on food insecurity in Middlesex County.

Refreshments will be served.

A charity brunch in support of Elijah’s Promise will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 4, which includes door prizes and activities related to the patriotic theme. A $10 donation and covered dish are requested.

On Nov. 10 at 3 p.m., club members will attend a fundraiser and reception for “Bye Bye Birdie” at Playhouse 22.

For additional information, contact Laura at 732-254- 5742 or Linda at 732-522-1314.


Immaculate Conception School will hold its annual tricky tray on Nov. 8 at the school, 23 Manalapan Road, Spotswood.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Calling begins at 7:45 p.m.

Admission is $15.

Email [email protected] or call Rosemary at 732-586-4933 for tickets.



Aldersgate United Methodist Church will hold its fifth annual pumpkin patch from noon to 8 p.m. every day through Oct. 31 at the church, 568 Ryders Lane, East Brunswick.

Credit cards, cash and checks will be accepted.

Choose from a variety of sizes, shapes and colors.



Temple B’Nai Shalom will hold a holiday boutique and craft sale from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 3 at the temple, 15 Fern Road, East Brunswick.

Items will include fashion jewelry, handbags, cosmetics, skin care products, clothing, food and kitchen products, candles, stationery, home décor and party accessories.

There will also be a 50/50 raffle and tricky tray.

Free admission.

Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Email [email protected] to become a vendor.


The East Brunswick Woman’s Club will sponsor a charity brunch at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 4 at the East Brunswick VFW, 485 Cranbury Road, behind University Radiology, East Brunswick.

The cost is $10 per person along with a covered dish to share. All donations will benefit Elijah’s Promise in New Brunswick.

All are welcome to join in activities, door prized, and a silent auction. The events‘s theme is Patriotic Red, White & Blue.

For more information, call Sara at 732-698-0380.


The East Brunswick Public Library will host “Immigrant State: New Jersey’s Influential Gate” at 7 p.m. on Nov. 7 at the library, Civic Center Drive, East Brunswick.

Led by professor Carlos Decena, this program focuses on the diverse populations that immigrated to New Jersey.

For more information, visit



Elmwood Cemetery’s annual Luminaria will be held on Nov. 3.

All are invited to drive through the cemetery, located at 425 Georges Road in North Brunswick, from 6-8 p.m. to see the cemetery beautifully lit by candlelight.

To dedicate a personal luminary to a loved one, email the name of the person and the sentiment you wish printed on the luminary to [email protected]. Personal luminaries will be placed in a special section of the cemetery.

For more information, call the cemetery office at 732-545-1445.



East Brunswick AARP Chapter 4855 will hold a general meeting at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 12 at the East Brunswick Firehouse, Civic Center Station, 310 Rues Lane, East Brunswick.
Guest speaker Dr. Sandy Milgraum, a dermatologist in East Brunswick, will speak on lowering drug costs. Dr. Milgraum has information on how to minimize costs and what to be aware of when purchasing medications.
Attendees are encouraged to participate in MCFOODS (Middlesex County’s Emergency Food Distribution Network) Fall Food Drive by bringing non-perishable food items to the meeting.
Refreshments and a short general meeting will follow the program. Guests are welcome.
For more information, call 732-238-6326.


If you are a soprano, alto, tenor or bass and would like to join the Monroe Township Chorus, rehearsals are from 9-11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Monroe Township Senior Center, 12 Halsey Reed Road, Monroe.

Anyone age 18 and over residing in Monroe is welcome to prepare for the Nov. 17 concert.

For more information, call Sheila Werfel at 609-619-3229.



“Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story,” an award-winning documentary about food waste and its devastating consequences around the globe, will be screened at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 at East Brunswick Library, Civic Center Drive off Ryders Lane, East Brunswick.

A facilitated discussion will follow.

The program is free and open to the public. Children 8 and older are welcome.

The program is part of the Option Green lecture series presented by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission in partnership with the library.

For more information, visit or email [email protected].



Temple B’Nai Shalom and The Daniel Pearl Education Center will present “Intersection Point: A Conversation on Religion and Race” with Rabbi Tiferet Berenbaum of Temple Beth Zion in Brookline, Massachusetts, during Shabbat services at 8 p.m. on Nov. 8 at the temple, 15 Fern Road, East Brunswick.

Email [email protected] for more information.



New Beginnings Animal Rescue of East Brunswick will hold a Fall Harvest Shenanigans event on from 6-10 p.m. on Nov. 16 at Sayreville VFW Post 4699, 575 Jernee Mill Road, Sayreville.

There will be a buffet dinner, dessert, DJ Mike the Apeman, trivia, games, tricky tray and a 50/50 raffle.

Must be 21 or older to attend.

Tickets are available at

For more information, contact Kim at [email protected].


Christmas Con will be held from 5-11 p.m. on Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 9 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 11 at the N.J. Convention & Exposition Center, 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison.

Celebrity guests include Lacey Chabert, Jonathan Bennett, Cameron Mathison, Jackee Harry, Alicia Witt, Nikki DeLoach, Erin Krakow, Paul Greene, Holly Robinson Peete, Ryan Paevey, Chad Michael Murray, Melissa Claire Egan, Jack Wagner, Melissa Joan Hart, Andrew Walker, Jill Wagner, Rachel Boston and Danica McKellar.

Catch Alicia Witt in concert at 8 p.m. on Nov. 9, an ugly sweater contest posted by Jonathan Bennett on Nov. 9, and Gingerbread Wars hosted by Bennett on Nov. 10.

Varying ticket packages range from $10-$170.

For more information, visit


St. Mary’s Altar Rosary Society will hold its Thanksgiving babka sale through Nov. 17.

The cost is $11.50 for cheese, cinnamon crumb, prune, raisin, poppy seed or chocolate. The cost is $13 for apricot and cheese or raspberry and cheese.

Orders, with payment, may be left during normal business hours at the parish office; enclosed in an envelope and dropped in the collection basket at church during all Masses; or mailed with checks made payable to St. Mary’s Altar Rosary Society, 30 Jackson St., South River.

Babkas will be available for pickup only from 3-6 p.m. on Nov. 21 in the Parish Center.

For more information, call Christine at 908-391-3355.


One Steep at a Thyme will hold its seventh annual Dickens’ Christmas Tea from Dec. 6-22 at the tea room, 170 Gatzmer Ave., Jamesburg.

Evening, twilight or brunch tea service with a one-hour reading of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens by professional actors.

Evening and twilight teas include seven courses at $75 per person, all-inclusive. Brunch teas are five courses at $60 per person.

For the complete schedule and to make reservations, visit For more information, visit



Spotswood Reformed Church is seeking crafters for a craft fair planned for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 7 at the church, 429 Main St., Spotswood.

Handmade crafts only. Tables are $25 each.

Call 732-251-9277 for reservations or more information.

East Brunswick VFW 133’s Auxiliary will hold a tricky tray to benefit the VFW National Children’s Home on Nov. 1 at the VFW, 485 Cranbury Road, behind University Radiology, East Brunswick.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Drawing starts at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is $10, which includes tier one sheet.

For tickets, call Robin at 908-331-7193.



Ss. Peter & Paul RO Church will hold its annual babka sale through Nov. 3.

Flavors include cheese, chocolate, cinnamon crumb, prune, poppy, raspberry, apricot and raisin, at a cost of $12 each; or raspberry cheese, apricot cheese and chocolate cheese, at a cost of $13 each.

To order, call Judy at 732-828-0076.

Pick up will be from 3-7 p.m. on Nov. 7 in the church hall, 7 Jeffrie Ave., South River.



Spotswood Reformed Church will hold its annual bazaar and ham dinner on Nov. 8 at the church, 429 Main St., Spotswood.

The bazaar will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. A raffle for the ‘Cherished Memories quilt will be drawn around 7:30 p.m. The bake shop, attic treasures and gift items will remain open until 8 p.m.

The family style dinner will be served from 4:30-7 p.m. Take out will be available after 5 p.m. 

Tickets cost $15 for adults, $9 for children ages 6-12, and free for children five and younger.


The Monroe Township Cultural Arts Commission will present “Popular Classics with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra,” led by conductor Nell Flanders, at 4 p.m. on Nov. 10 at the Richard P. Marasco Center for the Performing Arts, 1629 Perrineville Road, Monroe.

The full orchestral concert features Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, and the music of Johann Strauss, Jr. and Ennio Morricone.

The cost is $25 for patrons, $30 general admission, or free for students with ID.

Tickets are available at, by calling 1-800-514-3849 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., by calling 732-521-4400 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or by calling 877-77CLICK.


The Sons of American Legion Post 25 will hold an All You Can Eat Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon on Nov. 17 at the post, 4 JFK Blvd., Milltown.

The menu features pancakes, French toast, pierogies and an omelet bar.

Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 10, and free for children under 5.

For more information, call 732-828-7125.



The East Brunswick Public Library and the East Brunswick Arts Commission will offer a multicultural dance workshop series at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center, 721 Cranbury Road.

East Brunswick choreographer Phil Solomon leads a hip hop dance class on Nov. 10 for ages eight and up.

The series ends on Nov. 17 with an Israeli dance workshop. Led by Vera Galleid, the program shares circle, line and partner dances set to Israeli music, for ages eight and up.

All three dance workshops start at 12:30 p.m. These programs are free and open to the public.

For more information, visit

A New Jersey Sales Tax Seminar and Online Businesses and New Jersey Tax Seminar will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 15 at the Monroe Township Library, 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe.

The combined course will teach you about the taxability of products and services, New Jersey exemption certificates, collecting New Jersey sales tax, sales inside and outside of New Jersey, shipping products, and filing sales and use tax returns.

Register at the Welcome Desk.

For more information, call 732-521-5000 or visit


“Veterans’ Voices” is a new documentary film (2019, 84 minutes) made by Central New Jersey 16-year-old Theodore Blume. The film captures stories of service spoken by nearly two dozen Monroe residents serving during World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

“Veterans’ Voices” premieres at 1 p.m. on Nov. 17 at the Monroe Township Public Library, 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe.

Preview the film at


The Monroe Township Cultural Arts Commission, in collaboration with the Monroe Township Public Library, will present Boheme Opera, with a lecture by Jerry Kalstein, at 1 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the Monroe Township Public Library, 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe.

“From Opera to Broadway” focuses on the origins and development that occurred over the centuries that begin with classic opera, change into Victorian era operetta and then become classic and modern Broadway. Focus will be given to both the style and form that begins with operatic arias and becomes modern songs. Composers will include Mozart, Puccini, Lehar, Strauss, Kern and Gershwin.

Admission is free.


Travel through creepy-crawly musicals from the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” to “The Addams Family” at 11 a.m. on Nov. 22 at the Monroe Township Library, 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe.

Register at the Welcome Desk.

For more information, call 732-521-5000 or visit


The Boheme Opera NJ Lecture Performance Series, “I’ve Grown Accustomed – The Broadway of Lerner and Loewe,” will be led by Jerry Kalstein at 1 p.m. on Nov. 13 at the Monroe Township Library, 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe.

Admission is free.



Playhouse 22 announced its 2019-20 season lineup:

“Bye Bye Birdie” will be Nov. 8-25.

“A Christmas Carol” will be Dec. 13-22.

“The Mystery of Edwin Drood” will be Feb. 7-23.

“Harvey” will be March 20 to April 5.

“Camelot” will be June 12-28.

All performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets for the main stage are $22 for adults or $20 for seniors and students.

A season subscription of three shows is $63 per person, or $57 for seniors and students. A select package of four shows is $80 per person or $72 for seniors and students. An elite package of five shows is $95 per person, or $85 for seniors and students.

 Special times will be announced for “A Christmas Carol.” All tickets to “A Christmas Carol” and other special events and concerts are $15.

Playhouse 22 is located at the Community Arts Center, 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick.

For tickets, visit

The Altar Rosary Society of Immaculate Conception will hold a fall festival and craft fair, formerly known as Granny’s Cellar, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 30 at the church, Manalapan Road, Spotswood.

There will be photos with Santa.

The kitchen will be open for breakfast and lunch.

Free admission and parking.





The United States Census Bureau is seeking applicants for jobs for the 2020 Census.

For information on how to apply, visit or call 1-855-JOB-2020.


T A Sprinkler, Inc. will hold its annual Winter Wonderlights Spectacular from Nov. 30 to Jan. 5, 2020, at the Middlesex County Fairgrounds, 655 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick.

There will be Christmas lights, food, hot chocolate and photo opps with Santa.