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South Amboy Elks Lodge 784 will hold “Howely Night” beginning at 7 p.m. on Feb. 3 at the lodge, 601 Washington Ave., South Amboy.

Hot roast beef sandwiches will be served after the fifth race, along with coffee and cake.

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Donation is $7.

For more information, call 732-727-7170.

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The Old Bridge Library will host “Operation Barbarossa” at 2 p.m. Feb. 3 at the library, 1 Municipal Plaza at the corner of Cottrell Road and Route 516.

On June 22, 1941, Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union using the largest armed force ever assembled. More than 3 million troops, 600,000 vehicles, 750,000 horses, 3,580 tanks and 1,830 aircraft were hurled against the Russians in an enormous operation code-named Barbarossa.

This session will cover all aspects of the massive assault, and will be presented by Paul Zigo, a history professor, author and military historian, and founder and director of the World War II Era Studies Institute.

For more information, call 732-721-5600, ext. 5033 or visit www.oldbridgelibrary.org.

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The Old Bridge Library will resume its full schedule of monthly book discussion groups in February, with programs designed for SciFi fans, women and adults.

The Bookenders book discussion will be held on the second Monday of the month at 4 p.m. This group is geared for adults and features popular works of fiction from the recent past. The Feb. 12 session will feature “Our Souls at Night” by Kent Haruf.

The Ladies Book Discussion Group will meet on the fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m., and is moderated by a librarian. “Our Souls at Night” is also the selection for the Feb. 26 session.

Lastly, the independently organized SciFi Book Discussion Group will meet on the fourth Thursday every other month. The “Left Hand of Darkness” by Ursula K. Le Guin will be featured at the March 22 discussion at 7 p.m.

Copies of books for the Ladies and Bookenders groups are available at the circulation desk several weeks before the meeting. Copies of books for the SciFi group can usually be found at the Old Bridge Library or through inter-library loans.

The library is located 1 Old Bridge Plaza at the corner of Route 516 and Cottrell Road in the Municipal Center.

For more information, call 732-721-5600, ext. 5033.

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The Old Bridge Library will host a presentation on the history and symbolism of Ukrainian embroidery at 1 p.m. Feb. 17 at the library, 1 Municipal Plaza at the corner of Cottrell Road and Route 516.

Local artist Olga Kobryn will share her knowledge of this art form and how it varies from region to region. She will also discuss the contemporary use of Ukrainian embroidery in clothing design today, and explore various embroidery stitches, patterns and motifs used to decorate clothing and other items.

Following the presentation, there will be a hands-on workshop at 2:30 p.m. Interested participants should know how to use a needle and thread, and must register at www.oldbridgelibrary.org or by calling 732-721-5600, ext. 5033. Space is very limited.

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The Old Bridge Library will host a presentation on Ulysses S. Grant and his friendship with President Abraham Lincoln at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at the library, 1 Municipal Plaza at the corner of Cottrell Road and Route 516.

Historian and actor Ken Serfass, an expert on the life and times of Ulysses S. Grant, brings his reenactment of Grant to the library. A question-and-answer period will follow.

For more information, call 732-721-5600, ext. 5033 or visit www.oldbridgelibrary.org.

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VFW Post 133 East Brunswick and The Pipes & Drums of the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh Old Bridge will present Cherish the Ladies in concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at Joyce Kilmer American Legion Post 25, 4 JFK Dr., Milltown.

Tickets are $35. Call 908-705-1606.

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The Old Bridge Library will host motivational speaker Charles Breitweiser and his poetry from Inspiration of Time” at 2 p.m. Feb. 25 at the library, 1 Municipal Plaza at the corner of Cottrell Road and Route 516.

At 17 years old, a serious car accident left Breitweiser in a coma for six months, and he endured years of physical therapy to re-learn how to walk, talk and live a normal life. To survive these painful times, he turned to poetry, and developed a philosophy of endurance and a positive attitude by learning to disregard his losses and embrace his gains.

Copies of his book will be available for purchase after the presentation.

For more information, call 732-721-5600, ext. 5033 or visit www.oldbridgelibrary.org.

 

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