Compiled by Mary Stulack
   Tell us about you. If your local nonprofit organization plans a special event and you would like to have the information published in the Hillsborough Beacon, drop a note to Mary Stulack, Calendar, 307 Omni Drive, Hillsborough, 08844. All items should be typed and must be mailed or faxed to our office at 359-3930 before 4 p.m. Friday. Please include a phone number for publication. Priority is given to Hillsborough organizations. For details, call Mary, 359-0850.
   Business networking. The Hillsborough chapter of BNI, Clients Plus, meets at 7 a.m. Tuesdays at Roycebrook Golf Club in Hillsborough. BNI is a "business to business" networking organization that provides a structured and supportive system to increase your business. Visitors are welcome. The cost is $10 per person for continental breakfast. For information call 281-1172.
   For Adoption Awareness Month, Children’s Hope International, a non-profit adoption and humanitarian-aid agency, is hosting a free information meeting on international adoption 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 18 and Dec. 9 at the Montgomery Evangelical Free Church 246 Belle Mead-Griggstown Road. Call 1-800-626-7232 or visit for more information.
   The Immaculata High School Class of 1981 will be holding their 25th reunion Nov. 25 at Madeline’s in Bound Brook. Dinner and music provided by Krazy Kat productions are planned for the event. Information on the reunion has been sent out. For more information , contact Janet Redmond Patullo at [email protected] (732-904-3493); Susan Stabile Pavlovich at [email protected] (908-707-4486); Caron Reers Kamm at [email protected] (908-369-9036).
Thursday, Nov. 2
   The Hillsborough Toastmasters Club meets the first and third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Center of Life Church, 32 New Amwell Rd. in Hillsborough. Meetings are open to the public. Stop by and see how you can improve your communication and public speaking skills. For more information, visit the Web site,
   Jim Springer, former president of the New Jersey chapter of the North American Butterfly Assocation, will give a talk and slide show on the common and uncommon, and rare butterflies found in New Jersey’s diverse habitats. The program begins at 8 p.m. in the Bridgewater Library. For information, call (732) 356-2428.
Friday, Nov. 3
   Somerset Valley Players located on Amwell Road in Hillsborough present "A Book of Days" (a murder mystery) at 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 12. Senior and student discounts on Friday and Sunday only. Tickets are $16 per person with a free senior citizens night at 8 p.m. Nov. 11. For reservations and additional information, call 369-7469.
   The Red-Headed League of Jersey, a society of Sherlock Holmes aficionados, will meet at the Union Hotel on Main Street in Flemington. Potential new members and guests are welcome. This meeting will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the League’s founding on Nov. 1, 1976. The evening begins with a cash bar at 6:30 p.m. followed by a buffet dinner. Cost is $23 per person and includes dinner, tax and gratuity. Reservations due by Oct. 27 by calling (215) 345-5754.
   The Harlingen Church Rummage Sale takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 3; and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 4 at the church, corner of Route 206 South and Dutchtown-Harlingen Rd., Belle Mead. For information, contact Gemma at 431-1125 or [email protected].
   The Montgomery United Methodist Church women’s fall rummage sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 4, at the church, 117 Sunset Road, Belle Mead. Fill a bag for $2 on Saturday. For information, call 904-0749 or (609) 466-1163.
   Divorce Recovery Seminar "How to Deal with Feelings" will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Princeton Chrch of Christ, 33 River Road, Princeton. Child care must be reserved by calling (609) 581-3889.
Saturday, Nov. 4
   Easy Thanksgiving dishes from celebrity chef Scott Maldonado will be shared at the showroom for DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen of Hillsborough. Mr. Maldonado has prepared meals for John F. Kennedy Jr. at the Broadway Grill and has earned several prestigious awards such as the ARAMARK Culinary Excellence silver medal in 2005. He will be providing tips as wells as recipes to ensure a savory Thanksgiving spread. Cameras are welcome during the event at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday. DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Hillsborough is located at 400 Route 206. Seating is limited to 10 guests per session. Reservations can be made by calling 904-9696.
   The Franklin Inn, 2371 Amwell Rd., East Millstone, will be displaying the personal antique doll collection of Lady Haight-Ashton, 1-4 p.m. Saturday. The collection consists of china, wax, and papier-mâché-head dolls from the 1790s to the Civil War era. Lady Haight-Ashton has been adding to her doll collection for more than a decade. Lady Haight-Ashton will be at the one-day show to speak about her dolls and their history, and share her knowledge and tips for doll collection. The event will offer a fine display of antique dolls that will give the interested a glimpse into the history of doll-making and dressing, from their very individual handmade doll bodies to their finely tailored garments. For more information please call (732) 748-7657 or contact Chris Retz at [email protected]
   The Manville Exempt Firemen’s Association will serve a Polish dinner from noon to 7 p.m. It will be held at Manville Fire Co. No. 1, South Third Avenue, Manville. The menu includes kielbasa and sauerkraut, stuffed cabbage, pierogis, cabbage and noodles, soda, coffee and desserts. Tickets are $10 per person and are available at the door. For more information, call 526-0439.
   The First Saturday of the month drop-off will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Somerset County Recycling Center, 40 Polhemus Lane. The Recycling Center will also accept any type of electronic equipment as well as scrap metal, used motor oil, oil filters, anti-freeze, and micro wave ovens. For information, call (732) 469-3363.
   Manville Veterans of Foreign Wars’ 75th anniversary celebration and dinner will begin at 6 p.m. at the post home located on Washington Avenue. Cost for the dinner is $35 per person and offers a choice of prime rib, stuffed capon or broiled stuffed flounder and music by John Nobile’s Summerswing Orchestra. For tickets and further information, call (732)545-2182, 581-5978 or 581-0671.
   The Rosary Altar Society of Mary, Mother of God Parish in Hillsborough is will hold their annual Holiday Craft Fair Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Over 50 vendors will be selling their homemade items. Santa Claus will make a special appearance. Call 623-6793 for more information.
   The Bound Brook United Methodist Women will hold their annual bazaar and craft fair. Lunch will be available. Call 732-469-4613 for further information.
   A craft show will be held at Branchburg Rescue Squad from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A bake sale, Entertainment Books and cookbook will also be sold. Admission $1. The Rescue Squad is located at 113 River Road. For additional information, call 526-0423.
Monday, Nov. 6
   YMCA winter program registration continues today for basic members; and Nov. 13 for guests at all three Somerset Valley YMCA locations. Classes run from Nov. 20 to Nov. 24. Call Hillsborough at 369-0490, Somerville at 722-4567 or Bridgewater Aquatic Center at 526-0688.
Tuesday, Nov. 7
   Hillsborough/Millstone recycling will be held.
   The Annual Election Day Turkey Dinner at Neshanic United Methodist Church, 301 Maple Ave., Neshanic Station, takes place at the church. Served family style. Serving: noon. Continuous servings from 5 to 7 p.m. Takeouts are available. Adults $12; Children under 12 years $7; and Seniors $10 at the noon seating only. Crafts and baked goods will also be sold.
Looking ahead
   "Getting Better with Age 2006" wine tasting tickets now on sale. The event will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 10 in Redwood Inn in Bridgewater. Tickets at $60 per person are available by calling 725-0068. All proceeds benefit Adult Day Center of Somerset County.
   A "Martial Arts for St. Jude" event benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will be held at Tae Kwon Do Elite 6-9 p.m. Nov. 10. The coordinator for this event is Master Arkadiy Nepomnishy, who encourages everyone to come and enjoy the festivities and support this worthy cause. The event will feature a kick-a-thon by the school’s students, with each participant pledging to do 200 or more kicks, while demonstrating proper kicking techniques. Self defense and board breaking demonstrations will also be highlights of the evening. Food and door prizes have been donated by local businesses. A donation of $5 at the door is suggested and will be appreciated. If you have questions about this event, or are unable to attend and wish to make a donation, please call Master Arkadiy Nepomnishy at 359-0441. For more information on St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, please visit
   A silent auction will be held Nov. 10 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, corner of Church and Franklin Streets, Bound Brook. Preview begins at 6:30 p.m. and the auction at 7:30. The $6 entry fee includes 25 tickets, a door prize ticket and refreshments. An additional sheet of tickets is $3, or four sheets for $10. There will also be a raffle. For information, call Kim, (732) 356-7341.
   A roast beef dinner and bake sale will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 11 at South Branch Reformed Church, 870 River Road, Hillsborough. Adults $12, children 6-12 $5, and children five and under free. Take-out available. Limited number of tickets available. For tickets and information, call 369-4956.
   Flip on over to Triangle Dance Center’s Cartwheel Clinic Nov. 11. Children ages 5-9 are invited to come learn the basics of a cartwheel or polish what they already know. The event is free and open to the public. Participants should wear dance or gymnastics attire and socks with hair pulled back in a ponytail or pigtails. No baggy clothes please. Forty-five minute clinics will be offered from 2:30-3:15 p.m. and 3:30-4:15 p.m. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Call 371-0010 to reserve your spot. Triangle Dance Center is located in the CVS plaza on Triangle Road. For more information about Triangle Dance Center’s classes or special events call 371-0010 or visit
   The Hillsborough-Montgomery Welcomers Club (HMWC) invites new and returning members to Crocheting for Dummies (aka our ladies’ social) at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Nassau Tennis Club (2nd floor). This month we’ll crochet granny squares into baby blankets for a local hospital or charity. No previous experience necessary! It will be a fun evening for both novices and experts! For more information on future events, call (866)826-0853 or visit us online at
   The Neshanic Garden Club will conduct a youth program for second and third graders at the Hillsborough Municipal Building. The children will create a floral centerpiece from 4 to 5 p.m. Nov. 15. Students must sign up no later than 3 p.m. on Nov. 13, the Monday prior to the workshop. The sign-up sheet is located at the library. For information, call 874-5463 or 359-7869.
   The regular meeting of the Neshanic Garden Club will be from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 at the Station House on Olive Street, Neshanic. Our program will be "Creating Seasonal Arrangements." Carmilla Shepley will share her knowledge and expertise by demonstrating arrangements that transcend Autumn into Winter. Members will be invited to create their own design. There will be a charge for the materials. For further information, call 359-5658.
   Tickets are sold out for the Basket Auction sponsored by The Manville Education Foundation and held on Nov. 17 at the VFW post on Washington Avenue. No tickets will be available at the door.
   The Somerset County Office of Volunteer Services is looking for volunteers for the Annual Fall Clean-up Program to take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 18. Volunteers are needed to rake leaves for elderly County homeowners, age 60 and older. All volunteers are then invited to lunch at the Office of Volunteer Services. For more information about volunteering or about benefiting from the leaf-raking project, call 541-5715.