Tri-Town News Datebook, Feb. 26


• 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 will host the following events in March: “Prose & Ink Writers Group,” 6:30 p.m. March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. All genres are welcome. Bring three to five pages of a work in progress for discussion; “Knit Chain Volunteers,” 6:30 p.m. March 2, 16, 30. Items are donated to hospitals; “Book Discussion,” 7 p.m. March 3. “My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry” by Frederik Backman; AARP Tax Assistance, 9 a.m. March 5, 12, 19, 26. No age restrictions, but registration and appointments are required. Bring previous tax returns, photo ID, Social Security or I-Tin Card and all tax documents relevant to the tax years under preparation. Call 732-702-0663 to schedule an appointment; “Book Discussion,” 1 p.m. March 10. “The Life She Was Given” by Ellen Marie Wiseman; “Jackson Friends of the Library Meeting,” 7 p.m. March 19. All are welcome to attend. Except where noted, registration is not required for these free programs. To register, call 732-928-4400.

• “Someone Must Wash the Dishes,” a satire written in 1912 by social reform pioneer
Marie Jenny Howe, will be presented at the Jackson Library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson, at 2 p.m. March 14. This performance is part of a Women’s History Month celebration. Free admission, but registration is required. Details: 732-928-4400.

• Howell Elks No. 2515, 84 Ramtown-Greenville Road, Howell, will present comedy hypnotist Leo Chase on March 7. Dinner served at 6 p.m. Admission is $25 and audience is limited to 100 people. The event is open to the community; membership in the Elks Club not required. To purchase tickets, call 732-458-2515.

• Designer Handbag Bingo benefiting CONTACT of Ocean and Monmouth Counties’ 24/7 Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Hotline will be held on March 27 at the Southard Firehouse, 4611 Route 9 north, Howell. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and Bingo begins at 7 p.m. Sandwiches, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages are welcome. Desserts, coffee, tea and water will be available for purchase. Tickets: $30 in advance, $35 at the door (cash or credit card only). Price includes four cards for each game with the option of purchasing additional cards. No one under 18 admitted. Details: 732-240-6104. Tickets may be purchased online at

• Monmouth County Park System will host “Find Your Path in Volunteering” from 1-3 p.m. March 14 at the Thompson Park Visitor Center, Route 520, Lincroft. Discover the many volunteer opportunities the park system has to offer during this information session. Open to ages 14 and up. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Jackson Rotary Club has announced that all net proceeds from an April 19 bus trip to the Tropicana Casino, Atlantic City, will be donated to the family of the late Stephanie Parze of Freehold Township. Residents of all communities are welcome to take the trip. The cost of $38 per person includes bus transportation, a tip for the driver, a sandwich, beverage and chips on the bus, and $25 back in slot play from the casino. The bus will leave Jackson at noon and return at about 9 p.m. Cash donations are welcome or checks may be mailed to the Jackson Rotary Club, P.O. Box 751, Jackson, NJ 08527, and note “The Parze Family” on the memo line. Details: Tom Barchie, 732-207-4029 or 732-849-6309, or Luke Stango, 732-379-8060.

• The Jackson Library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson, will exhibit the work of New Jersey artist Helen Harris from March 6 through April 17. Harris’ landscapes, seascapes, florals and abstracts are rendered in water color, acrylics, mixed media and oils. Registration is not required for this free exhibition. Details: 732-928-4400.

• New Jersey Blood Services will conduct blood drives in March that are open to the public at the following locations: March 3, Howell Donor Center, 4068 Route 9 South, Howell, 1-8  p.m.; March 4, Howell Donor Center, 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.; March 5, Howell Donor Center, 2-9 p.m.; March 10, Howell Donor Center, 1-8 p.m.; March 11, Howell Donor Center, 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.; March 12, Howell Donor Center, 2-9 p.m.; March 15, Hope Cathedral Leadership Center, 46 Bennetts Mills Road, Jackson, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. To donate blood or for information about how to organize a blood drive, call 1-800-933-2566 or visit

• The Howell Heritage and Historical Society will present a talk explaining how the custom of giving flowers and/or candy on Feb. 14 began. The presentation will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Ardena Baptist Church Hall, Adelphia Road, Howell. All are invited to listen to history enthusiast Lynn Barrall, a former school nurse, explain. Attendees may bring vintage Valentine’s Day cards to display/share. Light refreshments will be served.  This program is free.

• The N.J. 782nd AFJROTC of Jackson Memorial High School and Jackson Liberty High School will host the 2020 gift auction on March 28 at Jackson Memorial High School. Doors open at 5 p.m. and calling starts at 6:15 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Guests may bring food to share with their table (no alcohol). Entrance tickets are $40; pre-sale extra bundles are available. RSVP with payment by March 16. Details: Email [email protected]

• Judy Russell, the Legal Genealogist, will speak at the Monmouth County Genealogy Society meeting on March 8 at the Community Center, 72 Broad St., Eatontown. Russell will speak on “Doing Time – Prison Records as Genealogy Resources.” There will be refreshments and networking at 1:30 p.m., followed by the business meeting and
speaker at 2 p.m. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Details: 732-747-0090.

• Monmouth County has scheduled paper shredding events for county residents. The shredding events will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following locations: July 25, Memorial/Adelphia schools, 485 Adelphia Road, Howell. County residents may bring up to 100 pounds of documents to be shredded. Large binder clips must be removed from documents; staples and paper clips can remain. The service is free. Details: Visit the recycling section of or call 732-683-8686, ext. 8967.

• Knights of Columbus Council 11529, St. Monica’s Church, Jackson, will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a banquet on March 28 at the Venetian at the Lakewood Country Club. The Council supports many parish and community needs, and national charities such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Special Olympics and Handicapped Children. For more information about the event, visit or email [email protected]

• A class reunion for all Lakewood High School graduates will be held on Aug. 22-23. All proceeds from the event will benefit students with financial difficulties so they may attend college. On the afternoon of Aug. 22, there will be guided tours at the Sheldon Wolpin Historical Museum, Lakewood. From 7-11 p.m. Aug. 22, there will be a casual get-together at the Lakewood Country Club. Cost is $50 per person. From 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 23, there will be a continental breakfast at the historical museum. Cost is $10 per person. Details: Judie Bloom Singer, 732-364-7854 or [email protected] or June Passadin D’Elia, 732-363-4695 or [email protected]

• The Land Conservancy of New Jersey is accepting applications for its 2020 scholarship
program. Potential candidates must be New Jersey residents currently enrolled in (and in good standing at) an accredited college or university, with at least 15 credits completed and an academic average equivalent to a 3.0 or higher. The scholarships are for residents who are pursuing degrees in environmental science, natural resource management, conservation, park administration and related fields. Deadline to apply is April 1. Applications can be downloaded from or obtained by calling 973-541-1010, ext. 14.

• The fifth annual Home Garden Symposium presented by the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Monmouth County will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 28 at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Monmouth County Agriculture Building, 4000 Kozloski Road, Freehold Township. There will be lectures, demonstrations, exhibits about invasive species and more. Pre-registration ($10) is required. Vist Details: Email [email protected] or 732-303-7614.

• The Jackson Library will present “Birdcage Bookcraft” at 3 p.m. March 25. Attendees will learn how to create beautiful, Victorian style birdcages from used books. Lace, flowers, beads and more will be provided for use as decorative trim. Registration is required for this free event. To register, contact the branch, 732-928-4400.

• The Jackson Library will host a program to commemorate Rare Disease Day at 2 p.m. Feb. 29. The program will be streamed live via Amanda Rutherford of Brick Township will share her experiences in coping with cystic fibrosis. Registration is required for this free program. To register, call the branch at 732-928-4400. Register for the live stream at

• Monmouth County Park System will sponsor a bus trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show on March 6. Bus leaves at 11:30 a.m. from Thompson Park, Lincroft, and returns at 8:30 p.m. An additional trip is planned for March 7 (same times). The cost is $82 per person and pre-registration is required. Details: or call 732-842-4000, ext. 1.

• The Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns Program is seeking local families to host children from New York City this summer. The Fresh Air Fund has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. First time Fresh Air children are boys and girls, ages 7 to 13, who live in New York City. Details: Karen Medlin, 732-740-0449, or visit

• “Fine Feathered Friends: Birds as Mainstay and Muse” is open at the New Jersey State Museum, Trenton. The exhibition brings the fun of bird watching indoors through nearly 200 rarely seen artifacts and specimens exploring birds as an ecological mainstay and their role as a design-inspiring force, or muse, for New Jersey artisans. The exhibition will be on view through Sept. 13. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday; closed on Mondays and state holidays. Details:

• 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. Details:

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