Independent Datebook, Jan. 27

• A webinar, “County Government: Everything You Didn’t Know You Needed to Know,” will be presented by the League of Women Voters on Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. Monmouth County Administrator Teri O’Connor will describe the responsibilities of county departments and services, including its role in COVID testing and vaccines. Residents can register in advance at LWVsmc.org. Click on the big red button “Forums and Webinars.” This discussion is part of an ongoing series of hot topics produced by the League of Women Voters of Monmouth County to increase understanding of issues and policy.

• Join N.J. Health Care Networking Group for a Feb. 10 Zoom meeting from 9:30-10:30 a.m. The networking group is a free organization for anyone in the health care industry, including those who provide ancillary products and services. Harmony Village at CareOne Jackson is hosting the Feb. 10 meeting. To register, email Lisa@PreferredCares.com to receive the Zoom code to join the meeting. For more information, visit www.njhcnet.com. Meetings take place once a month.

• “Relationships During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” a Zoom Talk by Dr. Jay Levin, will be presented by the Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County, Freehold Township. at 2 p.m. Feb. 21. Admission is $7 for museum members and $10 for non-members. For reservations, ca;; 732-252-6990. A Zoom link will be provided by email upon registration.

• The Monmouth County Park System will present National Seed Swap Day from 10:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 30 at Tatum Park Red Hill Activity Center, Middletown. Attendees may bring their seeds in sealed envelopes or Ziploc bags, labeled with their plant name and stating if the seeds were store bought (with year) or hand collected (source location and year). A minimum of five seeds are required per item. Vegetable, annual, perennial and native seeds are all welcome; no invasive species. Free. Details: www.MonmouthCountyParks.com or 732-842-4000.

• Liberty Oak Chorus invites women of all ages to its “Sing in the New Year” guest series, Jan. 28 at 7:15 p.m. via Zoom. Meet the faces and voices of the Sweet Adelines International Greater New York/New Jersey Region’s first place champion chorus. Guests will learn about the art of singing in the a cappella/barbershop style. Reserve a space today by contacting Carol Meaney at Carol@Meaney.com. Details: www.LibertyOakChorus.org

• Dove Hospice Services of New Jersey is seeking volunteers to provide support to hospice patients and their families throughout Monmouth County. Volunteers visit with patients in their home, which can also be nursing facilities and/or assisted living facilities, at least once a week. Visits can also be virtual and are during the day or early evening. Details: Deborah Adams, 732-405-3035, or email deborah@dovehs.com

• Embroiderers’ Guild of America – Monmouth Chapter is dedicated to teaching and sharing the joys of needlework. The organization welcomes 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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