Friends Indeed USA, Inc.’s 10th anniv. ‘Charity’ grand ball

SEPT. 20—Friends Indeed USA, Inc. will hold its Friendship “Charity” Grand Ball starting at noon at the grand ballroom of Astoria World Manor, 25-22 Astoria Blvd., Astoria, NY 11102. Donation is $85. Proceeds to benefit the organization’s 2015 medical and humanitarian missions. Strictly black tie. For tickets and other info, call Dr. Dolly Rivera 908.963.6963, Dr. Linda Pelayo 917.843.7124, Betty Buenviaje 336.251.7968, Drs. Rod and Elma Castillo 201.320.0794, Josie Cicotto 646.338.8382 or Gerry Austria 201.238.1785.

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Deadline for Outstanding UP Alumni in New Jersey Award

SEPT. 20—Deadline for submission of nominations for the Outstanding UP Alumni in New Jersey Award in the following categories: Professional Achievement (Science, Mathematics and Technology; Social Sciences and Education; Arts, Letters and the Humanities; Business and Economics); Public Service; Service to the Association. Winners will be honored at the UPAANJ’s Biennial General Assembly on Nov. 23. For eligibility criteria and instructions for nominating, call 732.991.2395 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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‘Hotdog’ concert in Lodi, N.J.

SEPT. 21—The legendary OPM band “Hotdog” is holding a concert at Breslin Theater, Felician College at 262 South Main St., Lodi, NJ 07644, with special guests OPM icon Joey Albert and the Filharmonic Band, with ace musical director Lerrick Santos. Proceeds of the 3 p.m. concert will help rebuild Assumption College in Passi, Iloilo. Tickets are $58, $48 and $38. Call any of the following: 917.294.6783, 914.659.9670, 347.738.3025, 646.932.0272, 917.482.6813, 908.265.1430, 914.282.7662 or 908.906.9788.

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Camden, N.J. to present International Day festival

OCT. 11—Sample ethnic food, embrace cultural diversity and watch dancing and displays at the International Day presented by Camden County Board of Freeholders, Voorhees Township Cultural and Diversity Advisory Committee and Camden County Human Relations Commission. It will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Eastern Regional High School at 1401 Laurel Oak Road, Voorhees, NJ 08043. Admission is free. For more information, call chairwoman Gwed DeVera at 856.751.1364 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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UPAANJ biennial assembly at Double Tree Newark, N.J.

NOV. 23—UPAANJ’s Biennial General Assembly, Election and Honoring Outstanding UP Alumni from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Double Tree Hotel, Newark, N.J. Admission is discounted at $55 per person for payments received on or before Nov. 10. Ticket is $65 after Nov. 10, and at the door. Check payable to UPAA New Jersey and must be mailed to Tatess Abad at 220 Howard Street, Dumont, NJ 07628 (Tel. 201.486.5852).

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Free rondalla lessons

On Sunday afternoons 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Regular lessons offered by the University of the Philippines Alumni & Friends Rondalla in Linden, N.J. (off Garden State Parkway Exit 136). Learn to play a traditional rondalla string instrument such as the bandurria, laud, octavina, guitar and double bass. Everyone from all age groups with all musical abilities (beginners to experienced players) are welcome. For more information, please contact Diane Valencia, UPAFR president at 732.317.3364 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please visit the University of the Philippines Alumni & Friends Rondalla Facebook Page, or its website at http://home.comcast.net/~uprondalla/.

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