• St. Monica’s Church, Jackson, will hold a gift auction at the AMVETS Hall, 1290 Route 571, Jackson, on Oct. 25. Doors open at 5 p.m., calling begins at 7 p.m. Prizes include tickets to Billy Joel in concert, the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular, a Coach bag and more than 250 baskets and gift certificates. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Entrance tickets are $25, which includes a sheet of Level 1. For tickets, call Rosalie, 732-928-3961, or Caroline, 732-833-0002.
• The Howell Heritage and Historical Society will present Civil War speaker and re-enactor Rich Silvani at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Ardena Baptist Church Hall, Adelphia Road, Howell. Silvani will provide a look back in time to “Life as a Civil War Soldier.” This program is free and all are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
• New Jersey Blood Services will conduct blood drives which are open to the public: Oct. 24, 2-8 p.m., Howell Elks, 84 Ramtown‑Greenville Road, Howell. To donate blood, call 1-800-933-2566 or visit nybloodcenter.org
• The Monmouth County Park System is hosting “Hula: Sacred Dance of Hawaii” from 6-7 p.m. on Mondays, Oct. 28 through Dec. 2, at the Dorbrook Recreation Area Activity Center, Route 537, Colts Neck. The class will be taught by a native Hawaiian instructor. The cost is $80 per person and pre-registration required. To register, call 732-842-4000, ext. 1.
• The Jackson Library will host several business-related programs presented in partnership with SCORE of Ocean County. “Website Design Tips for Your Business,” 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23. Internet marketing specialist Maureen Rushalski reviews design techniques and tips to improve a website. “How to Launch a Successful Small Business,” 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4, presented by Glenn Harris. Registration is required for these free programs. To register, call 732-928-4400.
• The Monmouth County Park System will present Thompson Park Day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 20 at Thompson Park, Route 520, Lincroft. There will be pumpkin painting, wagon rides, children’s races, entertainment and more. Some activities have a fee. Admission and parking are free. Details: 732-842-4000.
• The Jackson Library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson, is seeking yarn donations. The Knit-Chat-Chain volunteers make items with yarn to donate to individuals in need. Donations of four-ply worsted yarn may be dropped off at the Circulation Desk during the library’s hours of operation. Details: 732-928-4400.
• The Jackson Library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson, will host the following events during November: “Brain Joggers” at 10 a.m. Nov. 4. Exercise your mind by playing games and working puzzles. “It’s Cranberry Time!” at 7 p.m. Nov. 13. Andrew Anderson of Double Trouble State Park will discuss the history of Ocean County’s cranberry industry, specifically the production of the fruit in Jackson. “Armchair Traveling Series: Ultimate China (Globe Trekker)” at 10 a.m. Nov. 14. Explore the world without leaving the library. Registration is required for these free events. To register, call 732-928-4400, ext. 3808.
• Colts Neck Volunteer Fire Company No. 2 will present a live professional wrestling fundraiser featuring Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake on Oct. 26 (doors at 6:30 p.m., bell at 7:30 p.m.) at the Bucks Mill Recreation Center, Bucks Mill Road (off Route 537), Colts Neck. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Details: 732-526-7337.
• A Classic Model Toy and Train Expo will be held at Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 27. There will be operating layouts, spare parts for vintage and newer train models, a Lionel Tech representative available for repairs and more. Tickets are $7 for adults. Children under 10 are free with an adult and/or parent. Details: 201-207-2522 or 732-845-5966.
• The Jackson Library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson, will present the following events:
“Prose & Ink Writers Group,” 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4, 11 and 18. This writers’ group will help get your manuscript in shape whether you are a beginner or a seasoned veteran. All genres are welcome. Participants should bring three to five pages of a work in progress for constructive critique. Registration is not required.
“Ed Goldberg and the Odessa Klezmer Band,” 7 p.m. Nov. 6.
“Estate Planning, Wills and Living Wills,” 2 p.m. Nov. 18. Durmeriss Cruver-Smith of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation will discuss wills, living wills and estate planning.
“Human Sex Trafficking 101: Overview and Prevention,” 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18. Dawne Lomangino-DiMauro, co-chair of the Anti-Trafficking Task Force, New Jersey, will
provide an overview of human trafficking in New Jersey, with a particular emphasis on
the commercial sexual exploitation of minors.
“Coloring for Adults,” 10 a.m. Nov. 19. Rediscover the joy of coloring. Coloring sheets and art supplies will be provided.
“Holiday Trimming Centerpieces,” 2 p.m. Dec. 9. Tracy from Whiting Flower Shoppe will help attendees create their own holiday flower arrangement.
Registration is required for these events unless otherwise noted. To register, call the
branch at 732-928-4400.
• The League of Women Voters of Monmouth County will present a candidates forum featuring candidates for Monmouth County freeholder and sheriff at 6:45 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan. Meet the candidates and hear discussion of the issues. Light refreshments will be served. Details: www.lwvnj.org
• The Deep Cut Orchid Society will hold its annual orchid show and sale from Feb. 6-9 in Dearborn Market’s 11,000-square-foot greenhouse, 2170 Route 35 South, Holmdel. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Visitors will view an array of orchids vying for American Orchid Society ribbons and trophies. There will be free guided tours, and educational and orchid-themed workshops for enthusiasts of all levels. Orchid experts will be on hand to answer questions. Admission and parking are free. Dearborn Market offers fresh food and deli selections for purchase.
• The New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, will present “Preserving the Pinelands: Albert Horner’s Portraits of a National Treasure,” opening Oct. 12. The exhibition features images by photographer Albert Horner which capture the quiet beauty and intimate landscapes of New Jersey’s Pinelands National Reserve. A number of artifacts and scientific specimens from the museum’s collections help tell some of the stories of the land, animals, people and industries that make this unique area a state and national treasure. “Preserving the Pinelands” will be on view through June 28, 2020. Details: www.statemuseum.nj.gov
• The Jackson Library will host “Friends Fun Fair” from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 22. Celebrate National Friends of the Library Month with fun, games, raffles, crafts for children and adults, refreshments and more. Face painting from 10 a.m. to noon. Registration is not required for this event. Details: 732-928-4400.
• Vendors are still being sought for the Jackson Liberty High School Lion Band’s seventh annual vendor and craft fair to be held at the high school, 125 North Hope Chapel Road, Jackson, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8. The event will feature vendors, free admission, free parking, a mega 50/50 and refreshments. Details: email@example.com
• The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County, 310 Mount’s Corner Drive, Freehold Township, will present a talk by Susan Addelston, “The Elite Eight Jewish Supreme Court Justices,” at 2 p.m. Oct. 27. Admission is $8 for museum members and $10 for non-members. To make a paid reservation (non-refundable), call 732-252-6990, or visit www.jhmomc.org
• The Monmouth County Park System will sponsor The Casual Birder on Oct. 31 at 9 a.m. at the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell. Meet in the Environmental Center parking lot. Join a naturalist for a laid-back morning bird walk. Open to ages 8 and up; under 16 with adult. This is a free event. Details: 732-842-4000.
• Jackson Rotary Club will sponsor a bus trip to the Tropicana Casino, Atlantic City, on Dec. 2 for the Christmas show. Cost of the trip is $65 and includes bus transportation, show ticket, buffet, $15 in slot play and gratuity for the bus driver. The bus will leave Jackson at 10:30 a.m. and return at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from the trip will go to Rotary Club charities. Space is limited. Contact Tom Barchie at 732-207-4029 or 732-849-6309 for reservations.
• The Jackson Library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson, will host various events during October. “Evening Film,” 6 p.m. Oct. 28. No admission fee, call 732-928-4400 for additional information. Registration is required for these free events unless otherwise noted. To register, call 732-928-4400.
• The Lakewood Historical Society and the Lakewood Heritage Commission are inviting the public to “An Afternoon with Boxing Icon Joe Louis” presented by boxing historian Eamo Clyne from Dublin, Ireland, at the Lakewood Historical Museum, Pine Park, at 2 p.m. Oct. 27. During World War II, Joe Louis lived and trained in Lakewood. He competed from 1934-51 and was the world heavyweight champion from 1937-49. Tickets are $5 and include light refreshments. For tickets, contact Sheila Hager at 848-240-5184 or firstname.lastname@example.org
• iPlay America, Freehold Township, will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 2-7 p.m. Oct. 24. The event will be sponsored by the Sunrise Optimist Club of Freehold. Appointments to donate are preferred, however, walk-ins are welcome. Individuals interested in donating blood may call Maureen at 732-616-2193 or email email@example.com
• A craft fair will be held at the Freehold Township Senior Center, 116 Jackson Mills Road, Freehold Township, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9. Vendor tables are available ($15 for a 6-foot table). A variety of craft and holiday items will be available for purchase. Details: 732-294-2029.
• New Jersey State Museum, 205 W. State St., Trenton, is presenting “Many Inspired Steps” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Currently on view through Nov. 10, the exhibition uses a variety of objects and images to examine the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union, the pioneers of space travel and other state connections to the landing and the space program. Admission is free; donations requested. Details: 609-292-5420 or visit statemuseumnj.gov
• “New Jersey Baseball: From the Cradle to the Major Leagues” is on exhibit at the Morven Museum and Garden, Princeton, until Oct. 27. The exhibition tells the story of New Jersey’s role in the history of early organized baseball through artifacts, text, images and other visuals. There are interactives that offer educational opportunities, as well as demonstrations with hands-on experiences. Details: morven.org
• 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.
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