• Monmouth County Park System will present Navesink Brass in concert at the Thompson Park Theater Barn, Lincroft, on September 25 from 5 pm to 6:45 pm The performance will include songs from The Beatles, an arrangement by Paul Nagle to celebrate the Roaring Twenties, the tune “Nessun Dorma “from Puccini’s latest opera” Turnadot “and many other iconic songs from various genres. Spectators should bring chairs or blankets, food and non-alcoholic drinks, and a face covering when social distancing cannot be maintained. The concert is free, however, pre-registration is required. To register, visit www.MonmouthCountyParks.com or call 732-842-4000.
• The Lions Club Colts Neck will host its 27th Annual Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon on October 30 at Colts Neck Community Church, 25 Merchants Way, Colts Neck. Breakfast will cost $ 5 per adult, $ 3 per child, and $ 3 for seniors. Everyone is welcome to attend. Proceeds will be donated to two causes: Kateri Day Camp, a summer camp for children ages 5 to 13, which is a program of Collier Youth Services in Marlboro; and funding for a service dog for an injured veteran. Follow the club’s Facebook page for current information or visit www.coltsnecklionsclub.us
• A Howl-o-Ween family festival The Dog Festival will be celebrated at Marty’s Place, 118 Route 526, Upper Freehold Township, from noon to 4 p.m. on October 23 (rain date October 24).
There will be dog costume competitions, a walk, hay walks, a pet photo booth, K-9 police dog demonstrations, live music, food trucks, games and activities for the kids. , adults and dogs. Adults, children and dogs are welcome to dress up and participate in a variety of competitions. Admission is $ 5 for adults; children under 6 are free. All proceeds will go to senior dogs in the care of Marty’s Place. Details: www.martysplace.org or call 609-259-1278.
• New Jersey Blood Services will organize blood drives on the following dates: September 24, Freehold Raceway Mall, Freehold Township, 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. To donate blood or to find out how to organize a blood drive, call 1-800-933- 2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org
• Monmouth County The Retired Educators Association will meet at 11 a.m. on October 12 at the Jumping Brook Golf Club in Neptune. Guest speaker will be Mary Beth Beichert from
NJEA Government Relations. At 10:30 a.m., PAC approved candidates will be available for members to meet and voice their concerns. Members are encouraged to make a non-perishable donation for the food bank. For lunch reservations, contact Sue at 732-995-7754 or email [email protected] Checks payable to MCREA for $ 34 can be mailed to Sue Shrott, 162 Harbor Circle Drive, Freehold, NJ 07728, received by October 1. Check the association’s Facebook page or website, monmouthcrea.org, for updates. New
members are always welcome.
• Jewish heritage The Monmouth County Museum presents an informal Yiddish course (via Zoom), “Kibbitz and Schmooze: Exploring The Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten”. This program is for people interested in sharing their knowledge and love for the Yiddish language. The program is scheduled for September 26 from 7 to 8 p.m., hosted by JHMOMC Chairman of the Board, Larry Gurman. Admission is free (donations welcome). To make a reservation, call 732-252-6990 or visit http://www.jhmomc.org. A Zoom link will be sent on the day of the program.
• The 2021 discussion series will continue with “Self-Care – Fill Your Cup – Build Your Emotional Toolbox”, presented by Diane Lang, Therapist, Educator and Life Coach. The series is sponsored by Kathy Lo Bue, Managing Director, Glen Eagle Advisors, LLC. The discussion will take place as a Zoom webinar at 6:30 p.m. on September 28. The series is free, non-sectarian, and open to the community. Call 732-866-6660 for the registration link.
• Monmouth County Park System will present Historic Battery Lewis Tours, September 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and September 26 from 1 to 3 p.m., Hartshorne Woods Park – Rocky Point section, Highlands. Visit the restored historic Lewis Battery and learn about this important ancient coastal defense site. Free event. Details: www.MonmouthCountyParks.com or 732-842-4000.
• Monmouth County Park System will present a windmill demonstration September 25-26 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Historic Walnford, Walnford Road, Upper Freehold Township. See the 19th century flour mill in action. Free event. Details: www.MonmouthCountyParks.com or 732-842-4000.
• Monmouth County Park System will present the Casual Birder on September 28 at 9 a.m. at the Dorbrook Recreation Area, Route 537, Colts Neck, meet in the parking lot of the soccer field. Join a park system naturalist for a relaxed morning bird walk. Open to 10 years old and over; under 18 with adult. Free event. Details: www.MonmouthCountyParks.com or 732-842-4000.
• Monmouth County Park System will be hosting a Harvest Home Festival on September 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. This old-fashioned fair is reminiscent of the 1890s. Visitors can enjoy games, competitions and shows. Entrance and parking are free. Details: www.MonmouthCountyParks.com or 732-842-4000.
• Embroiderers Guild of America – Monmouth Chapter is dedicated to teaching and sharing the joys of sewing. The organization welcomes embroiderers of all levels. Evening stitchers will meet via Zoom on the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Daytime stitchers will meet via Zoom on the third Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. organization
• Medical Center The Center has launched a new online bereavement support group run by licensed clinical social workers and certified in bereavement counseling to help those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. The group is open to adult members of the community who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Private groups provide a safe, non-judgmental space for participants to share their emotions and struggles. The group meets via Zoom on the first and third Thursday of each month at 3 p.m. To register, call 732-303-5170 or email [email protected] or [email protected]
• Samaritan Center, a joint ministry of the Presbyterian churches of St. Thomas More and Old Tivent, operates a pantry to provide additional food to those in need in Manalapan, Marlboro, Englishtown and Millstone Township. For more information, call 732-446-1142 and make an appointment. Donations of funds and food are gratefully accepted to support the running of the center. Volunteers are always welcome.
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