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The Center for Jewish Life will host a Hanukkah carnival on Dec. 6 from noon to 2 p.m. at 176 Route 79 North, Marlboro. There will be sports, arts and crafts, face painting, game booths, tattoos, moon bounces, donut decorating, a menorah lighting and a special performance by Hebrew school pupils. Admission: $15 for each child ages 2-12, which includes admission to all games and a pizza lunch. Details: 732- 316-7600.

Hope for the Holidays will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Freehold Township Senior Center, 116 Jackson Mills Road, Freehold Township. Cost is $35 and includes an information session, “Better Tomorrows for the Homeless!” Plus brunch, live music and a gift auction. Details:

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The Manalapan High School Marching Band will host breakfast with Santa from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the high school, 20 Church Lane, Manalapan. The cost for tickets purchased at the door is $10 for adults and $7 for children 2 to 12 years old. The event will include breakfast, photos with Santa, a craft, games, storytelling and a gift basket auction. Details or boop211

The Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District Board of Education will hold its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Lafayette Mills School, 66 Maxwell Lane, Manalapan. The meeting is open to the public. Details: 732-786-2500.

The Reformed Church of Freehold, 67 W. Main St., Freehold, will host a “Holly Berry All Seasons Boutique” from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 5. Details: 732-462-1717.

A book club meeting for children ages 8 to 12 will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at JEI Learning Center, 45 N. Main St. (Route 79), Marlboro. Jenna’s Book Club: To learn … to love … to read! is a free event that includes a book discussion, related craft and snack. For more information, visit

The St. Petersburg Russian Men’s Ensemble will perform at the First Presbyterian Church of Freehold, 118 W. Main St., Freehold, at 7 p.m. Dec. 16. The ensemble will present “The All-Night Vigil” Opus 37 by Sergei Rachmaninoff and Russian folk songs. Tickets are $20. Details: 732-333- 0699.

The Essential Tremor Support Group will meet from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Jack Aaronson Conference Center at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township. Details: 732-462-8304, after 10 a.m.

iPlay America, 110 Schanck Road, Freehold Township, will host a breakfast buffet with Santa Claus from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 5 and Dec. 19. The event will include photos with Santa, story time and interactive activities. The cost is $24.95 for adults and $14.95 for children 12 and younger. Each child’s ticket comes with a $5 game card, a candy cane and coloring book. Children 2 and younger are admitted free. For more information, visit

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