With all the rain this week, you'd think it was still April, but the humidity (and the last day of school) is a reminder that summer has arrived. In celebration of the start of summer, here are 13 events happening in Middlesex County to usher in the season and have that summer fun with family and friends. 

Medicare Workshop

Monroe library, 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe
June 21, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Mike Salum of Senior Advisors presents the changes for 2019, the 5 biggest mistakes made by Medicare beneficiaries, original Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage Plans, How Medicare Supplement Policies (Part D) Work, Medicare Prescription Programs, and proposed future changes. Register at the welcome desk.

Rizzo's Wildlife World

East Brunswick library, 2 Jean Walling Civic Center, East Brunswick
June 21, 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

Get ready for an up-close encounter with some unique animals. Meet a chinchilla, alligator, python, and other wonderful creatures. Learn about where they come from and what they eat. Ages 3 and up. Free tickets 30 minutes before the program begins.

Summer Solstice Jazz and Wine

Rutgers Gardens, 112 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick
June 21, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

They Roy DeBoer Evergreen Garden will host the Summer Solstice Jazz and Wine event featuring music by Swingadelic and wine from Unionville Vineyards for purchase by the glass. Due Mari will also provide food. $10, members free. More information

Plays in the Park: Evita

Stephen J. Capestro Theater, 1 Pine Drive, Edison
June 21 and 22 at 8 p.m.

The 1980 Tony Award winner for best musical, EVITA is the smash pop opera about a passionate woman who went from the streets of Argentina to show business stardom, to the highest levels of influence in Buenos Aires. At once both a saint and a villain, Eva Peron’s dramatic, meteoric rise from poverty to prosperity is a groundbreaking – and heartbreaking – depiction of populism, politics and celebrity. $0-$7. More information

Man of La Mancha

Playhouse 22, 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick
June 21-23

Inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ seventeenth-century masterpiece Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha is one of the most successful musicals in Broadway history. The celebrated score includes “The Impossible Dream,” “I, Don Quixote,” “Dulcinea,” “I Really Like Him,” “Little Bird,” and “To Each His Dulcinea.” Tickets

Vendor and Craft Fair

Jamesburg Fire Department, 82 W. Railroad Ave., Jamesburg
June 22, 9 a.m. to noon

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Jamesburg Fire Department will hold its annual vendor and craft festival. There will be more than 60 vendors and crafters, food, drinks, games, raffles and more.

Animals are Out of This World

Plainsboro library, 9 Van Doren St., Plainsboro
June 22, 1-3 p.m.

Kick off summer reading with a presentation by Eyes of the Wild, a traveling zoo. This show will feature animals, both familiar and strange, that the audience can touch! It will also describe the contribution of animals to human understanding of the natural universe, including the effects of space travel on living organisms. All ages. No registration required. Doors generally open ten minutes prior to events, and close when room capacity is reached.

South American Folk Traditions

George Street Playhouse, 103 College Farm Road, New Brunswick
June 22, 2-4 p.m.

Join Middlesex County Office of Arts and History for an exciting program on music and dance traditions from the Interandean Valleys of Northern Argentina and Bolivia. The program will include a music program with Folk musicians Los Trovadores del Folklore and a participatory dance workshop led by Ballet y Escuela de Folklore Sol Cuyano. More information

Latin History for Morons

State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
June 22, 8-10 p.m.

State Theatre New Jersey presents the Tony-nominated hit Broadway show seen by tens of thousands, Tony Award-winner John Leguizamo’s one-man play "Latin History for Morons" on June 22 at 8 p.m. "Latin History for Morons" is inspired by the near total absence of Latinos from his son’s American History books. $29-$119. More information

Snack Attack Comedy Show

George St. Co-Op, 89 Morris St., New Brunswick
June 22, 8-10 p.m.

Snack attack is a comedy show combined with a cooking competition. Part gut-busting laughs, part gut-filling snacks, this show will leave you fully satisfied. Over the course of the show, the hosts will serve up hilarious comedians while simultaneously making a snack from scratch, and you will decide the winner. This month's snack: cookies. Featuring: Matt Maran Angelo Gingerellie Christiana Jackson Jimmie Allinder Tiz Irie Ryan Berry Akash Anand. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 8:30. Tickets are $5. 

Fire Truck Parade and Firematic Flea Market

Thompson Park, Jamesburg
June 23, 10:30 a.m.

The Tri-Counties Fire Association’s will hold its annual Fire Truck Parade and Firematic Flea Market. Fire trucks will parade and be on display, as well food, music and other activities, including the flea market.

Musician’s Showcase: TC Carpenter

Monroe library, 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe
June 23, 2 p.m.

Coming down from the mountains, TC Carpenter will perform his unique style of American Folk Rock at the library. 

Stan & Ollie

South Brunswick library, 110 Kingston Lane, Monmouth Junction
June 23, 2-5 p.m.

One of the world's great comedy teams set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. Diminished by age and with their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them, they face an uncertain future. As the charm and beauty of their performances shine through, they re-connect with their adoring fans. The tour becomes a hit, but Stan and Ollie can't quite shake the specter of Laurel and Hardy's past.

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