Tri-Town News Datebook, Nov. 18

• New Jersey Blood Services will conduct blood drives which are open to the public. The following blood drives are scheduled: Nov. 19, Howell Donor Center, 4068 Route 9 South, 1:30-8:30 p.m.; Nov. 24, Howell Donor Center, 1:30-8:30 p.m.; Nov. 25,  Howell Donor Center, 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. To donate blood or for information about how to organize a blood drive, call toll free, 1-800-933-2566, or visit www.nybloodcenter.org

• The Ocean County Library will present a virtual program, “Coping With the Holidays,” at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 9. The program is designed to help those whose holiday season follows the loss of a loved one. After the program, attendees will be welcome to take part in a live question-answer discussion with Samaritan Bereavement Program Supervisor Joan Ordille. Registration is required for this free program. Registrants will be emailed a link to join the
discussion. See details at www.theoceancountylibrary.org/events

• 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.

• 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.

• 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 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.

• 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

• 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

• Families and individuals seeking help in autism-related matters may access a database through the Ocean County Library website. The OCL Autism Resources Center offers links to groups that help those on the autism spectrum and their caregivers. There are links to services available through New Jersey state government agencies, and local, statewide and national autism-related organizations devoted to education, employment training, housing assistance, therapy, medical practices, multiple services, information and referral, safety, and legal issues. Details: www.theoceancountylibrary.org/autism.

• 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.

• The Mental Health Association in New Jersey – Ocean County has expanded community outreach with new wellness initiatives, group meetings and discussion groups related to mental health and recovery. The agency is providing support with a special focus on the pandemic. Interested participants can connect to a virtual group meeting using a cell phone or computer; video is optional, not required. Groups offered weekdays and weekends at various times. There is no cost to participate. Days and times of the virtual meetings can be found on Facebook, Mental Health Association in New Jersey – Ocean County; Instagram OceanMhanj; or by calling 732-244-0940.

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