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Independent Datebook, May 5

• The 2021 Discussion Series will present “Managing the COVID Stressors!” as a ZOOM webinar at 6:30 p.m. May 25. The presenters will be Jeanne Koller, assistant professor, School of Social Work, Monmouth University, and Dr. Gail Reilly, a board-certified family physician. Topics include the impact of COVID 19 on people’s lives; potential challenges/potential opportunities; and various approaches to improve wellness. The series is sponsored by Kathy Lo Bue, managing director, Glen Eagle Advisors, LLC. Call 732-866-6660 for Zoom webinar registration information. The series is free, non-sectarian and open to the community.

• No Stigma Network Inc. is observing National Mental Health Awareness Month by promoting a virtual walk to raise funds to support NSN’s efforts for its survivors. NSN is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to eliminate bias and stigma related to mental health.  The young adult members, or survivors as they are addressed, battle mental health challenges. NSN provides free support meetings and social, educational and cultural opportunities to empower its survivors to live a healthy, happy, productive, independent and stable life. Visit nostigmanetwork.org for sign up information. Details: David Jacobs, 732-259-1445.

• The Monmouth County Park System will present the Casual Birder on May 18 at 9 a.m. at the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell (meet in the Visitor Center parking lot) and May 25 at 9 a.m. at Thompson Park, Lincroft (meet in the Marlu Lake parking area). Join a park system naturalist for a 90-minute bird walk. This is a free event. Details: 732-842-4000 or www.MonmouthCountyParks.com

• The Monmouth County Park System will present Plant a Sunflower on May 8 from 12-2:30 p.m. at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. Help the farm staff plant this year’s sunflower field. Participants are invited to return in the fall and harvest their own sunflower. This is a free event. Details: 732-842-4000 or www.MonmouthCountyParks.com

• The Monmouth County Park System will present an Embroidery Demonstration on May 8 from 1-3 p.m. at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. View the lost art of applying decorative designs with a needle and thread during this demonstration. This is a free event. Details: 732-842-4000 or www.MonmouthCountyParks.com

• The Monmouth County Park System will present Vintage Baseball on May 8 from 1-3 p.m. at Holmdel Park, Holmdel. See one of America’s favorite pastimes played using rules from the 19th century. This is a free event. Details: 732-842-4000 or www.MonmouthCountyParks.com

• The Monmouth County Park System will present a Splendid Spring Stroll on May 10 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell (meet in the parking lot) and on May 24 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Thompson Park, Lincroft (meet in the Old Orchard parking lot). Join a park system naturalist on a peaceful trail walk. Sturdy footwear is recommended as trails used may have inclines or tree roots to step over. This is a free event. Details: 732-842-4000 or www.MonmouthCountyParks.com

• The Monmouth County Park System will present Open Shoot Archery on May 11 from 7-9 p.m. and May 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Thompson Park Activity Barn, Lincroft. All equipment is provided for this open shoot. No outside equipment permitted. This is not an instructional clinic and is not designed for beginners. Open to ages 10 and up; under 18 with adult. The cost is $10 per person; cash or check only. Details: 732-842-4000 or www.MonmouthCountyParks.com

• The Monmouth County Park System will present Accordion Melodies of the 1890s on May 15 from 1-3 p.m. at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. Hear melodies of the 1890s played on the accordion. This is a free event. Details: 732-842-4000 or www.MonmouthCountyParks.com

• The Monmouth County Park System will present Climb Time on May 16 from noon to 3 p.m. and May 18 from 3-6 p.m. at Freneau Woods Park, Aberdeen Township. Try the park system’s 25-foot tall portable climbing wall. Participants must be 42 inches tall or taller to climb. Open to ages 8 and up; under 18 with adult. This is a free event. Details: 732-842-4000 or www.MonmouthCountyParks.com. A face covering is required while climbing. Climbing harnesses are used only once and there are a limited number available.

• The Monmouth County Park System will present a 19th Century Woodworking Demonstration on May 22 from noon to 3 p.m. at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. See how a carpenter uses 19th century woodworking and carving tools during this demonstration. This is a free event. Details: 732-842-4000 or www.MonmouthCountyParks.com

• The Monmouth County Park System will host a Drop-In Zip-Line event on May 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Big Brook Park, Route 520, Marlboro. All equipment is provided. Participants must wear closed-toe, closed-heel shoes and a face covering. Open to ages 8 and up; under 18 with adult. Limited number of equipment; first-come basis. Registration ends at 1 p.m. The cost is $15 per person; cash or check only. Fee includes two rides down the zip-line. Details: 732-842-4000 or www.MonmouthCountyParks.com.

• The Monmouth County Park System will present Historic Battery Lewis tours on May 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on May 30 from 1-3 p.m. at Hartshorne Woods Park, Highlands (Rocky Point section). Tour the restored Historic Battery Lewis and learn about the history of this important former coastal defense site. Face mask required. This is a free event. Details: 732-842-4000 or www.MonmouthCountyParks.com

• The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County, Freehold Township, will present “Famous Jews You Never Heard Of,” a talk by Rabbi Michael Klein, rabbi emeritus of Congregation Ahavat Olam, Howell, on May 23 at 2 p.m. Admission is free (donations are welcome). To make a reservation and receive the Zoom link, call 732-252-6990, email jhmomc@optonline.net or visit www.jhmomc.org

• The American Red Cross has scheduled the following blood drives: May 11 from 2-7 p.m. at the Holmdel Senior/Community Center, 6 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel; May 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lincroft Presbyterian Church, 270 Everett Road, Lincroft; and May 12 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Red Cross of Central New Jersey, 1540 W. Park Ave., Tinton Falls. Appointments to donate blood may be made by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

• The Art Society of Monmouth County will host the Ruth Crown Memorial Art Exhibit sponsored by the Crown family in memory of their mother, water colorist Ruth Crown, a founding member of the Monmouth Arts Gallery, the endowment from which funded the formation of the Art Society of Monmouth County. The exhibit will display a wide range of members’ artwork at https://www.artsocietyofmonmouthcounty.org/

• New Jersey Blood Services, which provides blood for local patients, is looking for a few good volunteers. Blood drive volunteers assist donors with registration and/or at the refreshment area. No medical background necessary. Volunteers should be outgoing to provide friendly customer service and be able to perform tasks as needed. Must have transportation. All training is provided. For additional information, call or text Sharon Zetts at 732-850-8906, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To apply online as a blood drive volunteer, visit https://www.nybc.org/support-us/volunteer-nybc/volunteer-application/

• 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

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