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February 3, 2015Feb 03, 2015

Tuesday, February 3rd - Today, the Dunkin Donuts inside the New Brunswick train station and located at 335 George Street is going to contribute 50% of all proceeds to Elijah's Promise, as a part of their Dough Raiser campaign to help local organizations. Please make a trip to get your afternoon coffee or afternoon snack at the Dunkin Donuts to help support a local organization that provides shelter and food to the needy of New Brunswick. 

Feb 10Feb 10, 2015

 February 10th - Have you made your reservations for Valentine's Day? What are you waiting for? With so many dining options in downtown New Brunswick it's easy, and the mouth watering specials are endless. Delta's is having a Week of Love with special events starting tonight for Tini Twosday. Christopher's at The Heldrich, Hotoke, Steakhouse 85, Panico's, Glass Woods Tavern, Catherine Lombardi's, Clydz and Tumulty's are all hosting special Valentine Dinner plates - so pick up the phone and make a reservation today! And if you haven't purchased that special gift, Coast to Coast Jewelry & Safa's are running specials - many of the downtown businesses offering only 3 1/2% sales tax. And if you prefer to send a gift, Bunch-a-Balloons and Redwood Florist are the perfect locations to contact and have something delivered to the office or home. 

February 23, 2015Feb 23, 2015

Monday, February 23rd - The New Brunswick Free Public Library will ring in the Year of the Sheep with an afternoon of crafts and performances on Sunday, March 1, 2015 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the library's Carl T. Valenti Community Room. Sponsored by the Confucius Institution of Rutgers University, this festive program will feature Chinese calligraphy, Chinese knotting, paper cutting, colorful folk dancing, Chinese Yo-Yo performances and delicious food. Bring the whole family to learn about Chinese culture and celebrate the new year with us. Chinese New Year falls on February 19th in 2015 and is the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar with many traditions. Some of the typical practices are: families gather together for dinner, eating dishes that symbolize good fortune and health, children wear new clothes and receive red envelopes with money that will bring them good luck for the upcoming new year, and clean up their clutter to "remove the old and welcome the new." The Confucius Institute of Rutgers University(CIRU) was formed in partnership with Jilin University in China and with support from the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban)/Confucius Institute Headquarters.  CIRU aims to broaden Chinese language instruction, promote Chinese culture, spur the development of Chinese Studies, and advance a wide range of cultural exchanges of the U.S. and China.

December 21, 2016Dec 21, 2016

Wednesday, December 21st - Crossroads Theatre Company was recently awarded the First Place Gold Award for "Best Place to See a World/NJ Premiere" for the 2nd year in a row by New Jersey Stage magazine and website. Beating out the Papermill Playhouse and Premiere Stages at Kean University in the category, Crossroads Theatre Company was awarded the honor for presenting 50+ Original New Plays in its 38 year history. Check out what new and exciting things are upcoming for the Crossroads Theatre Company by visiting their website at www.crossroadstheatrecompany.org. 

December 28, 2016Dec 28, 2016

Wednesday, December 28th - The 28th Annual Festival of Trees at the Museum of the American Hungarian Foundation at 300 Somerset Street is going on now. The exhibit runs through Friday, January 13, 2017. For more information, visit www.ahfoundation.org.

January 3, 2017Jan 03, 2017

Tuesday, January 3rd - The Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting their monthly Happy Hour at Bar Louie in the Brunswick Square Mall. Come enjoy this opportunity to experience a great atmosphere and make new connections! The happy hour is free for Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce members and $10 admission for all non-members. The event will be on Wednesday, January 11th from 5:30PM-7:30PM. To register now, go here

January 9, 2017Jan 09, 2017

Monday, January 9th - New Brunswick Rotary Club is hosting a Rags to Runway Student Fashion Show on Thursday, March 2nd at 6PM at George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ. Student teams in Fashion/Costume Design programs will compete by creating designs from materials purchased at local thrift shops. The evening also features catered hors d'oeuvres by area restaurants, music and entertainment. Tickets are $60 each and can be purchased online at www.georgestplayhouse.org. For more information, contact Pamela Stalcup at Prevent Child Abuse NJ at pstalcup@preventchildabusenj.org.

January 12, 2017Jan 12, 2017

Thursday, January 12th - Love hockey? Join CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Middlesex County at the Prudential Center on February 6, 2017, to watch the New Jersey Devils play against the Buffalo Sabres! Each ticket purchased will support the CASA cause. Tickets, being sold at a discounted price of $38, include a New Jersey Devils commemorative poster and a $10 food voucher. To buy tickets, go to this website. Indicate that you are purchasing tickets to support CASA of Middlesex County. 

January 17, 2017Jan 17, 2017

Tuesday, January 17th - SAVE THE DATE! The Heldrich Craft Beer & Spirit Festival is Saturday, January 28th from 4PM-8PM! 25 local craft brews and spirits will be at the event, benefitting Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Please call Cindy at 732-214-2206 to purchase tickets directly!

January 20, 2017Jan 20, 2017

Friday, January 20th -  The New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra will be performing on Sunday, January 29th at the Zimmerli Art Museum, 71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. Time TBA. A musical exploration of the universe from the subatomic to the alpine is the goal of the first NBCO@ Zimmerli Salon of 2017. In “Dark Matter,” New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra players will perform short works by Mendelssohn, Bartok, John Adams, Pavel Haas, and Jeffrey Ryan.   This free afternoon of passionate music will take place in the informal setting of the Zimmerli Art Museum’s main hall. Between short performances there will be a chance to chat with the musicians and orchestra staff over light snacks and complimentary wine and cheese.  Free parking is available behind the museum off of George Street just off the intersection with Somerset.

January 26, 2017Jan 25, 2017

Thursday, January 26th - 

Presidents Day is Family Day!

Mark your calendar: Monday, February 20, 10am-3pm

 

Back for its 11th year, State Theatre New Jersey’s Family Day festival has become a much-anticipated event for families looking for an exciting way to spend the Presidents Day holiday. Enjoy dozens of activities (many of which are free) in this day-long celebration, including:

  • Performances
  • Workshops
  • Games
  • Drum Circle
  • Ice Sculpting Demonstrations
  • Face Painting
  • Photo Booth
  • Balloon Animals
  • Crafts
  • Costumed Characters
  • Philadelphia Zoo’s “Zoo on Wheels”



There’s so much to do on Family Day that we can’t fit it all into the State Theatre! Additional venues include Crossroads Theatre and the United Methodist Church, both just steps away.





Family Day Media Sponsor

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January 31, 2017Jan 30, 2017

Tuesday, January 31st - In observance of Black History Month, the New Brunswick African American Heritage Committee will present a program and exhibit on Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the New Brunswick Free Public Library’s Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

The speaker and expert panel will focus on the historical forces that led from slavery to present issues affecting family and society. Local issues will be specifically addressed. The speakers will include Dr.

Raynard Smith, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care/Pastoral Theology at New Brunswick Theological Seminary. He is a board-certified chaplain and pastoral counselor working in hospitals, hospice, and medical clinic contexts. Dr. Smith is currently working on a book entitled Come Sunday

Morning: Black Churches as Healing Communities. Nicole B. Simpson, CFP®, a practitioner with over 25 years of experience in the securities industry, and a compelling empowerment speaker, television/radio personality and author. Evelyn Mamman, Director of Title 1 and supplemental education programs for New Brunswick Public Schools with over 18 years’ experience in education. Reggie Johnson, agent for the Middlesex County Prosecutor and leader in the Metuchen-Edison NAACP, who has been involved in the justice system for many years. As well as Muhammad Abdul Rahman, founder of Project Self and an experienced educator of African American youth. Interestingly, Prof. Rahman taught at New Brunswick’s Nyerere Institute.

Young people are particularly invited. There will be an exhibit curated by the Rutgers University Public History students of Dr.

O’Brassill-Kulfan. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

Funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission. Additional information, please contact the library at

732-745-5108 x20 or nbfpl@lmxac.org.

February 2, 2017Feb 02, 2017

Thursday, February 2nd - Garden of Healing Yoga & Wellness Center has expanded their offerings to now include classes for Spanish-speaking people. Meditacion (meditation) is offered at 5:30PM and yoga is offered 6:30PM-7:15PM on Tuesdays. Yoga is open to all New Brunswick children up to 12 years old for free with accompanying parents paying $5.00 each. For more details, view the flyer below or visit their website at www.agardenofhealing.us. 

February 6, 2017Feb 06, 2017

Monday, February 6th - On Thursday, February 9th, the New Brunswick Free Public Library hosts NJ Career Connections to help with job searches and effectively setting career goals from 6:00PM-7:00PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room. To register, please call 732-745-5108, Ext. 20. 

February 9, 2017Feb 09, 2017

Thursday, February 9th - Comedian Tracey Conway to Headline RWJ’s Annual Matters of the Heart Event

 

As an Emmy Award-winning actress and comedian, Tracey Conway is often described as “drop-dead funny.” But when she collapsed on stage from sudden cardiac arrest in 1995, Conway’s comedy sketch about the ER became real life, requiring six defibrillator shocks to bring her back to life. Conway, a former writer/performer on Comedy Central’s Almost Live! uses her reclaimed life to retell the story of her sudden death and miraculous recovery through a touching, yet witty, program titled “Drop Dead Gorgeous.” Now living a healthy and active life thanks to a life-saving Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Conway is set to prove that there is indeed life after a heart attack and will share her story at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s annual Heart Month event, “Matters of the Heart,” on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the Imperia in Somerset.

 

Through Conway’s personal account, “Matters of the Heart: Dying to Go On”, along with RWJ physicians, Subhashini Gowda and Issam Moussa, who will share the latest tips and techniques for maintaining a healthy heart, we will  take an informative look at cardiovascular health and wellness to raise heart health awareness in the local community.

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“Matters of the Heart: Dying to Go On” will begin at 5:30 p.m. and includes dinner. Registration opens Friday, January 13. Tickets are $20. Registration is required as seating is limited. To register, please call 1-888-MD RWJUH or 1-888-637-9584.  The Imperia is located at 1714 Easton Avenue in Somerset, NJ.

February 15, 2017Feb 15, 2017

Wednesday, February 15th - Do you want to buy or sell cultural Latino foods and goods at the Community Market in New Brunswick? Please join Elijah's Promise, New Brunswick Tomorrow, and coLAB Arts and offer your feedback for the Esperanza Mercado Feedback Forum! We need your feedback to make this project successful and to best serve the needs of your community. The feedback forum will be held on Thursday, February 16th from 6:30pm-8:30pm at St. Joseph's Church at 15 Maple Street in New Brunswick. Dinner will be served and all are welcome. 

February 22, 2017Feb 22, 2017

Wednesday, February 22nd - "An Evening of Gospel Choirs" - The Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission and the Folklife Program for New Jersey, in association with New Jersey Folk Festival, Inc. presents An Evening of Gospel Choirs. This annual gospel music program presents some of the best local church choirs performing traditional hymns sung to inspire and uplift the human spirit. This program is said to be the oldest continuous and best attended Black History Month event in Middlesex County. The event is under the direction of Professor Angus Kress Gillespie and a student committee. The program will be taking place on Saturday, February 25th at 7PM at the Busch Student Center on the campus of Rutgers University at 604 Bartholomew Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854. This program is free of charge; registration is required though by calling 732-745-4489 or by emailing culturalandheritage@co.middlesex.nj.us. 

February 26, 2017Feb 26, 2017

Sunday, February 26th - The Hub City Jazz Festival presents "Higher Ground" - a musical salute to 39 Years of Artistic Excellence at Crossroads Theatre Company. Jazz, theatre and dance performances by the Tap Dance Sensation Omar Edwards, SAGE with International Jazz greats Ragan Whiteside and Jazzmeia Horn, a special performance by teen phenomenon Khailah Johnson and our future Jazz greats, the New Brunswick District Schools Jazz Band. Enjoy the pre-show cocktail reception courtesy of NUVO and the post-show champagne toast, courtest of Luc Belaire Champagne. The event will take place on Friday, March 31st at 8PM. Tickets are available at http://www.crossroadstheatrecompany.com/show/higher-ground. 

February 28, 2017Feb 28, 2017

The Rutgers Leadership Academy, an entity of Rutgers Athletics, is partnering with Soles4Souls Organization to plan a service trip to Honduras for our Rutgers student-athletes! 

Soles4Souls is a non-profit global social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing. These shoes go to individuals, schools, local churches, orphanages and more!  

Honduras is one of the poorest, most vulnerable countries in the world. 62.8% of Hondurans live in poverty and 6 out of 10 of households are subject to extreme poverty of incomes less than $2.50 per day. Homes are generally one-room adobe structures with animals living in close proximity. Very few children have shoes. Many families do not have toilets and simply use the outdoors. Our goal is to distribute these shoes and clothes, relieving the Hondurans of the trauma and oppression their country is currently experiencing.  

There is so much to be done and YOU can help us get there to make that difference. The Rutgers Leadership Academy is putting forth every effort to fund raise for their student-athlete participants. We would love your support in allocating the proper funds. This is the first year that Rutgers Athletics is planning a service trip for their student-athletes; please take this opportunity with us to be a part of something BIG. This trip is changing the lives of people overseas that are in desperate need and this would not be possible without giving individuals like you. No matter the size of the donation, any amount will help and every dollar allocated will contribute to our services during this fulfilling journey.  

Here are a few of the student-athletes that are traveling for this amazing experience!



Michelle Amoresano, Gymnastics


I want to attend this trip because I would like to physically see what other countries living situations are like. I think it is really good to get out and see how other people are living in different countries. And it’s a great opportunity to the help others who aren’t as fortunate as us. We will be working with Soles4Souls to supply the communities with new pairs of shoes. We will help wash their feet and size their feet for shoes. Then we will have fun with the children and things of that nature.

 

Joey Downes, Men’s Basketball

My older sister has had the opportunity to take service trips to South Dakota during her time at Fairfield University and she has communicated with me her amazing experiences. I come from a Catholic family where we believe in the importance of giving back and value learning about the world. I have a strong interest in traveling the world and giving back to those who need it. My goal is to attend multiple service trips before my time is done in college and this will be a great first experience.

Erin Ender, Women’s Rowing

I am extremely interested in this service trip because it has always been a dream of mine to be able to travel to a new location and put myself outside of my comfort zone by immersing myself in a new culture while giving back to a community in need. Honduras, being the second poorest country in Central America, is a country that I feel could be greatly benefited by our service there. Helping put smiles on people's faces, making a difference their lives, even if only for a few days, and having an opportunity to speak Spanish with native-speakers are all motivation factors that have drawn me to this amazing trip.

Alanna Gollotto, Field Hockey

My aunt and uncle are both doctors who have traveled to countries, such as Haiti, to help them in their times of need. That has inspired me to want to also go abroad to help in any way that I possibly can. My major is Public Health because, although I am unsure of which path I will pursue, I know that helping other people makes me happy and I will pass on my joy to the children and all citizens of the Honduran community.

 

Christy Monroy, Women’s Soccer

I would love the opportunity to travel to Honduras and serve in an underprivileged community. I have never been outside of the country and would like to immerse myself in an unfamiliar environment to learn more about other cultures and assist in any way possible. I hope that I can contribute to the local community, not just through organized service, but through empowering words and a spirit of friendship.

 

 If you would like to make a donation you can visit our fundraising site at one.rutgers.edu/soles4souls. 

March 2, 2017Mar 02, 2017

Thursday, March 2nd - The New Brunswick Free Public Library is partnering with the New Jersey State Library and the Department of Taxation to host a Small Business Workshop for small business owners. The hope is that this workshop can help many New Brunswick business owners to register new businesses, understand the state tax laws, and instruct business owners how to file business income. For more information, please see the flyer below: 

March 6, 2017Mar 06, 2017

Monday, March 6th - The official line-up of the Spring 2017 Downtown Lunchtime Recital Series has been announced. Come to First Reformed Church for this FREE performance and lunch! Please click "View All Entries" to be able to view the accompanying flyer for this program. 

March 10, 2017Mar 10, 2017

Friday, March 10th - To commemorate National Poetry Month, April 2017, the New Brunswick Free Public Library will publish its 19th annual Poetry Month Celebration Anthology.

The Poetry Anthology is open to all poets – from novice to previously published, and from New Jersey or across the globe. All poets are invited to read their published poems at the Poetry Reading at the New Brunswick Free Public Library on Monday, April 24th. 

For details on submitting poems, a Poetry Submission Form is available at the Library’s Reference Desk or it can be downloaded from the library’s Web site at www.nbfpl.org. Interested persons can contact Librarian Jackie Oshman at nbpoetry@gmail.com or call the library at 732-745-5108, ext. 20, for more information. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 17th.

March 15, 2017Mar 14, 2017

Wednesday, March 15th - The New Brunswick Free Public Library will be celebrating its Eight Annual Indian Holi Festival on Saturday, April 1 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the library’s Carl T. Valenti Community Room. The performances will begin after remarks by Mr. Upendra J. Chivukula, Commissioner of the Board of Public Utility.

Holi is an exuberant festival of colors usually celebrated in the month of March. Originally called Holika, Holi is meant to be a festival that brings people together. Meeting and greeting friends and relatives and exchanging sweets and gifts are integral parts of Holi.

The celebration will begin at 1:00 p.m. with Mehndi, the Indian henna tattoo that is applied to the hands. This is a temporary tattoo that plays varied roles in Indian culture. After henna is applied and dries, it leaves an ornate, brownish orange design which will stay on for a few days. From 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., there will be a display of regional dresses, an Indian jewelry display, children’s activities, free raffle, and music & dance performances by Rutgers students and Kalyanni Performing Arts Education. In addition, a variety of Indian food and delicacies will be provided for sampling. At the end of the program, Holi color play (throwing colored powder) will take place on the library’s front lawn (weather permitting). If you want to participate in color play, please understand that we will be unable to have you back inside the library building. Also, be sure to wear old clothes that you do not mind getting dirty! Please come and join us for this wonderful, family-friendly community event, which is free and open to the public.

This program has been organized in conjunction with the Rutgers Indian Graduate Students Association (RIGSA), the South Asian Total Health Initiative (SATHI), and Kalyanni Performing Arts Education. RIGSA organizes a number of social gatherings and cultural shows each semester. SATHI is a program based out of UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School for improving the health and well-being of the South Asian community.

Kalyanni is a non-profit dance company with a vision to promote performing arts, with a focus on charitable causes and community events.

The food for this program has been generously donated by Bollywood Tadka Restaurant in East Brunswick, Mirchi Restaurant in North Brunswick, and Chapati House Restaurant in New Brunswick. Other program sponsors are New Brunswick Cultural Center Inc., Rutgers Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service, and PRAB Harmony Family Success Center. This event will be covered by TV Asia, WRSU 88.7 FM Rutgers Radio, and WWRL 1600 AM Radio Zindagi South Asian’s Voice.

This program is funded by Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Middlesex County Office of Culture & Heritage/ Folklife Program for New Jersey, New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information about this event, please contact librarian Kavita Pandey at 732-745-5108 x20 or kavita@lmxac.org or visit www.nbfpl.org/events.html#special.

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