• Tree-lighting ceremony Dec. 4 at 4:30 p.m. at Jackson town hall, 95 West Veterans Highway. Festivities will include entertainment, refreshments and Santa.

• Rummage sale at First Baptist Church of Lakewood, First Street and Clifton Avenue, Dec. 5-6, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Details: (732) 363-0885.

• Weekly dinners at the Millstone Elks Lodge No. 2613, Burnt Tavern Road in the Clarksburg section of Millstone Township. Fish Fry, Dec. 5, Dec. 19, Surf and Turf (reservations required for this date). Call (609) 259-8911 for details.

• Crafters/vendors wanted for Market Madness, Dec. 6, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Southard School gym, 115 Kent Road, Howell. Details: (732) 901-7014.

• Free rabies vaccination clinic for cats and dogs, sponsored by the Monmouth County Health Department, 9 a.m. to noon, Dec. 6 at the Howell public works building, Old Tavern Road. All New Jersey residents may participate in the clinic. Details: (732) 431-7456.

• Seventh Annual Toyland at the Melvin Cottrell Center (Jackson Senior Center), 45 Don Connor Blvd., Jackson, Dec. 6-7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission includes seeing Santa and visiting Grandma in her kitchen, with food samples. Craft items for sale by "elves." Details: (732) 928-2313.

• Gift Auction hosted by the Jackson Women of Today, Dec. 6 at the Larsen Road Firehouse, New Prospect and Larsen roads, Jackson. Items include crystal, electronics, Snowbabies, gourmet baskets and more. Proceeds will benefit community projects and the food pantry. Donation: $5. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Details: (732) 886-3062.

• Free lectures at Georgian Court College’s Little Theatre, 900 Lakewood Ave., Dec. 8 presented by Marsha I. Lester, professor of natural sciences at University of Pennsylvania. "My Life as a Chemist"’ will commence at 9:30 a.m. and "Chemis-try and Physics of the Atmosphere," will be held at 7 p.m. Call (732) 364-2200, ext. 339 for reservations.

• Blood drive Dec. 10, 2-8 p.m., sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and New Egypt Elks No. 2457, at the Elks Lodge, 105 Lakewood Road, New Egypt section of Plumsted. Donations will be taken by appointment only. Call (609) 758-2344.

• Jackson Memorial High School football awards banquet will be held Jan. 18 from 1-5 p.m. at the Circle Landmark, Route 70, Lakehurst. The cost for nonplayers is $22 for the buffet-style meal. All are welcome. Tickets must be ordered by Dec. 12. Call (732) 833-9298.

• Sugarplums Boutique, Dec. 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. hosted by United Methodist Women of Central United Methodist Church, 729 Arnold Ave., Point Pleasant Beach. Details: (732) 892-1233.

• Breakfast With Santa will be hosted by the Jackson Football Parents Club, Dec. 14 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Central Jersey Italian American Club, County Line Road. Santa will arrive at 9 a.m. Donation of $5 for pancakes, eggs, home fries, bacon and sausage. Proceeds to benefit the Jackson Memorial High School football team. Details: (732) 833-9298.