News Transcript Datebook, Nov. 6


• Old Tennent Presbyterian Church, 448 Tennent Road, Manalapan, will present its annual Christmas Drive Through from 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 7-8. All community members are invited to drive through the grounds of the Old Tennent Cemetery and see a portrayal of the Journey to Bethlehem in 12 live scenes. This is a free event. Details: or 732-446-6299.

• Because She Is, a nonprofit support organization, will sponsor a free program for trauma survivors. A process painting women’s group led by Elissa Arbeitman will be held from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 20 at Wild and Free Painting, Manalapan. No prior art experience is needed to enjoy the benefits of this process. All materials and tools will be provided. Attendance is free for trauma survivors through Because She Is. Space is limited to eight participants and reservations must be made in advance. Details: 732-962-3115.

• The Colts Neck Shade Tree Commission will hold public meetings at 7:30 p.m. on the following dates in the meeting room at Town Hall, 124 Cedar Drive, Colts Neck: Nov. 7 and Dec. 5. Details: 732-462-5470.

• A Colts Neck collectibles show featuring sports cards, coins, stamps and currency will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at Saint Mary’s Church, Route 34 and Phalanx Road, Colts Neck. There will be 40 dealer tables. Free appraisals and free admission. All are welcome to attend. Details: 904-910-3566.

• The B’nai B’rith Ketubah Unit (55+) will host its annual Hanukkah party from 1-5 p.m. Nov. 17 at  Fred & Murry’s Kosher Deli, Freehold Township. The cost is $34 per person. There will be entertainment by Dan Yates, a Tricky Tray and a full kosher deli meat buffet. Prospective Jewish couples and singles are welcome to attend. RSVP to Elaine at 908-232-0062 no later than Nov. 11.

• The 27th annual rummage sale will be held at the Morganville United Methodist Church, 215 Conover Road (off Route 79), Marlboro, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 8 and from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 9 (bag sale). Items available for purchase will include clothing, accessories, linens, home décor, housewares, toys, jewelry, electronics, holiday items, sporting goods and more. Breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase. Homemade bake goods will also be available. All are welcome to attend. Details: 732-598-4658.

• Monmouth County Park System will present a fall craft show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. Admission and parking are free. All are welcome to attend. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Monmouth County Park System will present a cookstove demonstration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9 and Nov. 23 at Historic Longstreet Farm, Longstreet Road, Holmdel. See what’s cooking on the wood stove and discover how recipes, cooking techniques and kitchens have changed since the 1890s. This is a free event. Details: 732-842-4000.

• The Heart of New Jersey Chorus will present “Silver Bells” with special guests The Trentones at 2 p.m. Dec. 7 (snow date, Dec. 8) at the Millstone Township Primary School, 18 Schoolhouse Road, Millstone Township. Doors open at 1 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets for seniors and students are $12. Details: 732-474-8529 or email [email protected]

• 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.

• Center Players Dessert Theater will hold auditions for “Same Time, Next Year” by Bernard Slade at Center Playhouse, 35 South St., Freehold, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 16 and 12:30-2:30 p.m. Nov. 17. Performances will run the weekends of Feb. 14 through March 8. Those auditioning should bring a headshot and resume if possible; sides from the show will be provided. Non-union, no pay. Details:

• Companion Animal Rescue and Education will hold a puppy adoption event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 9 at PetValu in the Manalapan EpiCentre, 55 Route 9 South, Manalapan (between Wegmans and Target). For more information and to see photos of pets that are available for adoption, visit

• The 2019 Discussion Series will continue with “Finding a Path to Lasting Happiness and Positive Thinking,” presented by Diane Lang, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Co-Cathedral of St. Robert Bellarmine, 61 Georgia Road, Freehold Township. Lang is a therapist, educator and life coach. The series is sponsored by Kathy Lo Bue, managing director, Glen Eagle Advisors, LLC. Events are free, non-sectarian and open to the community. Adults of all ages are invited. RSVP to 732-866-6660.

• A veterans benefit featuring Vinny Pastore’s Gangster Squad, Lance Larson and the Eddie Testa Band will be held at the Wonder Bar, Asbury Park, at 8 p.m. Nov. 9. The Wonder Bar now features Big Man’s Brew Hazy Groove IPA. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Details:

• “Big Brother” stars Tommy Bracco and Christie Murphy of Season 21 will visit The Event Center at iPlay America, Freehold Township, on Dec. 27 to greet fans and answer questions. The event is open to all ages. Tickets are on sale now and include general admission, VIP and a Super VIP 21+ pre-show party. Door times will vary and all lines will form outside. The event will start at 8 p.m. Details:

• Embroiderers’ Guild of America-Monmouth Chapter is dedicated to teaching and sharing the joys of needlework. Stitchers of all levels are welcome to attend a meeting. There are sit and stitch tables and special projects. Day stitchers will meet on Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Colts Neck Community Church, 25 Merchant Way, Colts Neck. Details: Toni, 732-462-5540, or

• Freehold Borough Arts Council’s seventh annual arts and crafts show will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Park Avenue Elementary School gym, 280 Park Ave., Freehold Borough. Artists and crafters are invited to visit the Facebook page to obtain registration information or contact Lynn Reich, 732-462-3357. Sales vendors will not be accepted.

• The Freehold Memorial Day Parade Committee, in conjunction with The Cabin, Route 33, Howell, will host a fundraiser from 5-10 p.m. Nov. 19. The Cabin will donate 20% of a guest’s pre-tax check to the committee to assist in putting on the Memorial Day parade in 2020. Inform the hostess you are there for the parade fundraiser. Click on the Fundraising tab at to download the flier.

• Join a Monmouth County Park System roving naturalist for a leisurely walk on well-maintained trails and discuss seasonal points of interest, search for signs of wildlife and identify a bird or two at 9 a.m. Nov. 23 at Perrineville Lake Park, Millstone Township. Meet in the Agress Road parking lot. This is a 90-minute to two-hour program, but feel free to join in or drop out at any point. Dress for the weather as light rain is not a deterrent. This is a free program. Details: 732-842-4000.

• See a 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Walnford Road, Upper Freehold Township, from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24. Presented by the Monmouth County Park System. This is a free event. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Take a one-horse open sleigh selfie from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 16-17 at Historic Walnford, Walnford Road, Upper Freehold Township. Guests may bring a camera and the Monmouth County Park System will provide the props, including a red sleigh, hats and bonnets for fun holiday photos outside. This is a free event. Details: 732-842-4000.

• 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.

• Samaritan Center, a joint ministry of St. Thomas More and Old Tennent Presbyterian churches, operates a food pantry to provide supplementary food for those in need in Manalapan, Marlboro, Englishtown and Millstone Township.  For information, call 732-446-1142 and make an appointment. Pickup dates are Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30-11:15 a.m. and Saturday from 9-11 a.m. Volunteers will gladly carry food to a client’s vehicle. Donations of funds and food are gratefully accepted to support the operation of the center. Volunteers are always welcome.

• The Jewish Home for Rehabilitation and Nursing, 1151 W. Main St. (in the Pond View Professional Park), Freehold Township, hosts a free monthly support group called the Jewish Caregiver’s Experience. The group meets at 7 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month. Caregivers of all ages seeking support, resources and a Jewish perspective on managing their responsibilities are welcome to attend. Kosher refreshments served. Details: Jolie, 732-202-1000 or email [email protected]

• The New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, is presenting “Preserving the Pinelands: Albert Horner’s Portraits of a National Treasure.” 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:

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