Independent Datebook, Oct. 28

• Join the Unitarian Meetinghouse’s Racial Justice Task Force and the Social Action Film Series at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1 for a live Zoom-based program to ask “How can we take the movement for racial justice to the next level?” Email sarah.klepner@gmail.com for registration information.

• Holmdel will hold a rabies vaccination clinic for dogs and cats from 8:30-10 a.m. Nov. 7 at the Community/Senior Center (next to the post office), 6 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel. The clinic is free to all Monmouth County residents. Pets must be on a leash or in a carrier. Park in the lot behind the building and enter through the back door. Social distancing guidelines will be in place.

• The Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, has announced two exhibitions which will take place during the 2020-21 holiday season. The 42nd annual Juried Art Exhibition and the Member Miniatures show will be in the Main and Nilson galleries, respectively, from Nov. 13 through Jan. 3. An opening reception will be held from 3-6 p.m. Nov. 14. Reserve a space ahead of time at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/125176537393. Details: 732-224-1988.

• The 2020 Discussion Series will continue with “Laugh for the Health of It!” at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17. This will be a Zoom presentation by Michele Granberg, a certified laughter leader and an expert in facilitating laughter therapy. Participants will discover the nature and benefits of group laughter, get a taste of laughter therapy, and have fun experiential exercises that will get and keep them laughing. The series is sponsored by Kathy Lo Bue, managing director, Glen Eagle Advisors, LLC. The series is free, non-sectarian and open to the community. Call 732-866-6660 for Zoom meeting registration information.

• The Monmouth Civic Chorus will present a virtual performance of “Joy to the World: From Our Homes to Yours” at 4 p.m. Dec. 20. This is a free event. Email marketing@monmouthcivicchorus.org with the subject line “Joy to the World” to register.  The virtual chorus of more than 60 voices will be joined by celebrated baritone Kenneth Wasser.

• Embroiderers’ Guild of America – Monmouth Chapter is dedicated to teaching and sharing the joys of needlework. The organization welcome stitchers of all levels. Evening stitchers will meet via Zoom on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Day stitchers will meet via Zoom on the third Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. Details: Toni, 732-462-5540, or visit website:www.mcega.org

• The Monmouth County Library is offering a weekly virtual bereavement meeting for all
those who have lost a loved one and are navigating the maze of emotions and trying to make decisions in a new way. The virtual meetings are led by Beth Stamp, a support facilitator, and provide an opportunity for people to share experiences, feelings and ideas.
Sessions are conducted on Webex and registration is possible on Eventkeeper in order to receive information on how to access the meetings, held Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m.
Details: Email mcl@monmouthcountylib.org

• New Jersey Blood Services, which provides blood for local patients, is looking for volunteers whose tasks will include assisting donors with registration and/or at the refreshment area. No medical background necessary. Must have transportation. All training is provided. Details: Call or text Sharon Zetts at 732-850-8906, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Residents struggling with substance use issues may call 1-844-ReachNJ to speak with counselors ready to offer assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week. ReachNJ is a free, confidential hotline that provides individuals with concerns about their own or a family member’s substance use immediate help and treatment referrals. The help line is always answered by a live specialist.

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