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Independent Datebook, Nov. 11

• Monmouth County Park System will host Accordion Melodies of the 1890s from 1-3 p.m. Nov. 14 at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. Hear melodies of the 1890s played on the accordion. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• The American Red Cross will hold the following blood drives: Nov. 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Middletown Township Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road, Middletown; Nov. 25, 1-6 p.m., American Red Cross of New Jersey, 1540 W. Park Ave., Tinton Falls. Any healthy individual is eligible to donate blood. Make an appointment to give blood, platelets or plasma by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

• New Jersey Blood Services will conduct the following blood drives: Nov. 16, 1-7 p.m.,  North Centerville Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, 372 Middle Road, Hazlet; and Nov. 29, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Keyport Matawan Elks, 249 Broadway, Keyport. To donate blood, call 1-800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org

• The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County will present an illustrated Zoom program, “Ethel Merman, an American Icon” presented by historian Marty Schneit at 2 p.m. Nov. 18. Admission is $7 for non-members and $5 for museum members To make a reservation, email jhmomc@optonline.net

• Monmouth Troubadours Lisa Frost-Goodall and Steven Russell will present “Bygone Duets” on the Monmouth County Library website at 7 p.m. Nov. 19. The pair will perform on alto recorders, showcasing a concert from the Renaissance era’s Leipzig and London as well as the Baroque era’s Hamburg. Go to www.monmouthcountylib.org and click on the slide on the website just before 7 p.m. Nov. 19. There is no charge to view the program.

• A Nature Lecture Series: Salamanders of Monmouth County will be presented by the Monmouth County Park System from 7-8 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Freneau Woods Park Visitor Center, Aberdeen Township. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Monmouth County Park System wildlife rehabilitation presentation will be held from 2-3 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Freneau Woods Park Visitor Center, Aberdeen Township. Wildlife rehabilitator Melissa Jacobs will discuss what to do if you find orphaned or injured wildlife. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• 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 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

• 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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