Tri-Town News Datebook, April 24


• Special Olympics New Jersey will present the Perlman Cup, a women’s golf tournament and fundraiser, on May 6 at Forsgate Country Club, Monroe Township. The event is open to women of all skill levels. The day will begin with brunch, followed by 18 holes of golf in a scramble format, or women may sign up for a two-hour clinic designed for beginners and instructed by an NJPGA professional. There will be a cocktail hour and awards dinner. Details: or

• The Jackson Library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson, will host a book sale presented by the Jackson Friends of the Library. The book sale will be open to the public on the following dates and times: May 1-2, 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; May 3-4, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; May 6-8, 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. There will be a preview sale for members of the Friends of the Ocean County Library from 5-8:30 p.m. April 30. Registration is not required for this program. Details: 732-928-4400.

• The Jackson Library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson, will host an exhibit titled “Chromosome” in honor of National DNA Day. The exhibit will be open to the public from April 25 through May 25 in the meeting room. The exhibit will feature paintings by local artist Meg Ruisch, based on the results of her DNA testing. The meeting room may be closed at certain times. Call 732-928-4400 to ensure access to the room.

• “Your Show of Shows, Part II,” a look at the 1950-54 live variety television show starring Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca, will be presented by Barry Jacobsen at 2 p.m. May 19 at the Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County, 310 Mount’s Corner Drive, Freehold Township. Cost is $8 for museum members and $10 for non-members. All are welcome to attend. Details: 732-252-6990.

• Members of the 1994 New York Rangers Stanley Cup championship team – Mark Messier, Brian Leetch, Adam Graves and Mike Richter – will appear at the Event Center at iPlay America, Freehold Township, on June 30. All ticket holders will have access to a Q&A experience with the former players. Doors open at 2:00 p.m. and the Q&A will start at 3 p.m. Various packages are available for purchase at

• The seventh annual Chhange Golf Classic will be held on June 11 at Forsgate Country Club, Monroe Township. Chhange is the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Education at Brookdale Community College. Cost to participate is $300 (individual) or $1,110 (foursome). Sponsorship opportunities are available. The event is co-chaired by Mike Yellin and Lloyd Stone. Non-playing volunteers are needed to help run the event. Details: Email [email protected] or the [email protected] or call Chhange at 732-224-1889.

• The Monmouth County Park System will host Earth Day events on April 27 at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell. There will be live animal shows featuring reptiles and amphibians and short walks led by a park system naturalist. Live animal shows at 11:30 a.m., 1 and 3:30 p.m.; nature walks at noon and 4 p.m. Details: 732-842-4000.

• A one-day event is planned for individuals and professionals who wish to broaden their understanding of hoarding disorder. Topics include assessment, case management models, intervention and more. The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 2 at the Middlesex Fire Academy, Sayreville. Cost is $125. Approved for 6.0 CEUs for social work and occupational therapy. Offered by Atlantic County Hoarding Task Force, MHANJ in Atlantic County and Stockton University. To register, call 609-652-3800 or email [email protected]

• On April 25 at 7 p.m., all Howell residents who are interested in saving the MacKenzie Museum and Library and the Ardena one-room schoolhouse are invited to attend a meeting at the Ardena Baptist Church Hall, 593 Adelphia Road, Howell. The agenda will be how to move forward as a society and how to be good keepers of the properties. All are welcome to attend the meeting. Light refreshments will be served.

• The Monmouth County Park System will host its annual Creative Arts and Music Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 4 at Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Road (Route 520), Lincroft. This juried arts festival features specially selected artists’ works of pottery, photography, jewelry, paintings and other mediums. In addition to the artwork, visitors will enjoy live music and free art demonstrations and activities. Admission and parking for the festival are free. Details: or call 732-842-4000.

• Rutgers Master Gardeners of Monmouth County will host their Spring Garden Days Plant Sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 17 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18 (rain or shine) at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Agriculture Building, 4000 Kozloski Road, Freehold Township. Cash or check only (no credit cards). There will be plants available for purchase, gardening presentations, garden tours, and a gardening Q&A with Master Gardeners. Details: 732-303-7614.

• Marty’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary, Upper Freehold Township, will sponsor a “Bingo and Basket Raffle for Barking Seniors” from 5-10 p.m. April 27 at the New Egypt Elks Lodge, 105 Lakewood Road, Plumsted. Doors open at 5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds will support Marty’s Place residents and their care. Admission (adults 18 and over) is $25 and tickets must be purchased by April 24. Admission includes one bingo square per game and dauber, plus soft drinks and dessert. Entrée items will be available for purchase from the Elks. Tickets may be purchased online at or by mail with cash or check mailed to 118 Route 526 Upper Freehold, NJ 08501. Details: or 609-259-1278.

• Monmouth County will hold a paper shredding event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18 the Memorial/Adelphia schools, 485 Adelphia Road (Route 524), Howell. County residents may bring up to 100 pounds of documents to be shredded. Details: See the recycling section of the county website at or call 732-683-8686, ext. 6721.

• New Jersey Blood Services will conduct a blood drive from 2-8 p.m. April 25 at the Howell Elks, 84 Ramtown‑Greenville Road, Howell. To donate blood, call 1-800-933-2566.

• The James Volpe Foundation will host its eighth annual golf outing and luncheon on May 13 at the Eagle Ridge Golf Club, Lakewood. Check-in begins at 7:15 a.m. Scramble start at 8:30 a.m. To register, visit Details: The James Volpe Foundation on Facebook.

• The Monmouth County SPCA will celebrate its 25th anniversary dog walk and pet fair on April 27 at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The theme will be “My Dog is a Superhero.” There will be dogs available for adoption, live music by The Wag, vendors, food trucks, games and activities for children of all ages, plus fun photo ops with comic book characters. The “Disc-Connected K9’s Frisbee Dog Team” will perform throughout the day. Details:

• Demonstrations of a 19th century gristmill will be presented at Historic Walnford, Walnford Road, Upper Freehold Township, from 1-4 p.m. April 27-28. Demonstrations run through November. This is a free event. Details: 732-842-4000.

• The Friends of the Howell Municipal Alliance meets on the first Monday of each quarter at 7 p.m. at the Echo Lake Pavilion, Howell. Attendees may share their ideas and perspective in an informal environment to enrich the community’s commitment to substance abuse prevention. No membership is necessary. Details: 732-938-4500, ext. 4012.

• The Jackson Library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson, will host various events during April. “Mindfulness Meditation: On Conscious Relationships” will be presented at 11 a.m. April 25. The meditation program is open to novice and advanced practitioners. Comfortable clothes required. A film will be shown at 2 p.m. April 27 in conjunction with National Poetry Month. No admission fee. Call the library for film information. Registration is required for these free programs. To register, call 732-928-4400.

• The Jackson Library will host “Knit-Chat-Chain Volunteers” on Mondays. Guests are welcome to join fellow hook and needle enthusiasts and create items to donate to charitable organizations, and to work on their own projects. Knitters and crocheters of all skill levels are welcome. Yarn will be provided. Meeting times alternate between 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Call 732-928-4400, check the monthly brochure, or visit for specific dates and times.

• John P. Stevens High School, Edison, Class of 1969 will hold its 50-year reunion on Aug. 10 at Galloping Hills Caterers, Union. Cocktail hour from 6-7 p.m., dinner from 7-11 p.m. Cost is $75 per person. Payment and RSVP to Donna Ciccone, 9 Anita Ave., Edison, NJ 08820. Details: Debbie DeMauro Bava, email [email protected]

• The Jackson group of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, Ocean County, will meet from 12:30-2 p.m. each Wednesday at the Brighter Days Community Wellness Center, 268 Bennett’s Mills Road, Jackson. DBSA is dedicated to helping those who suffer from depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder. Supportive family members or friends of people who suffer from mental health difficulties are also welcome to attend. No registration, dues or fees are necessary. Details: Maureen, 732-536-5826, or [email protected]

• Ocean County veterans meet monthly to discuss relevant subjects and to plan recreation opportunities. Topics include the transition to civilian life, the VA system, substance use, PTSD/other mental health issues and more. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at Journey to Wellness Center, 25 S. Shore Drive, Toms River.  Details: 732-244-0940 or email [email protected]

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