Independent Datebook, June 2


• The Rally for the Two Rivers Eco-Fest will take place on June 5 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (rain date, June 6) at Victory Park, 1 Lafayette St., Rumson. This is a family friendly event that is free and open to the public. The Eco-Fest will offer educational fun to highlight the importance of keeping local waterways clean. There will be eco-friendly arts and crafts, river seining, yoga and hands-on, interactive activities. The Eco-Fest is presented by Clean Ocean Action and the Rumson Environmental Commission.

• Citizens for Informed Land Use invites area residents to Bayonet Farm, 41 Middletown Road, Holmdel, on June 21 at 6:30 p.m. for a presentation by Holmdel farmer Kim Casola. Regarding raising chickens at home, Casola will explain setting up a coop, how to pick the best breed for one’s needs and raising chicks, as well as feeding and daily care of chickens. This presentation will take place outside. Details: Regina, 732-817-0190.

• The Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce 2021 Summer Classic Car Show Presented by Resources Real Estate will be held on June 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on First Avenue in Atlantic Highlands (rain date, June 26). All years, makes, models and classes are welcome. The event is free to spectators and is family friendly. Entrance fee for show vehicles is $15 in advance ($20 day of event). Vehicle registration is available at or by contacting Lori Anne Oliwa at [email protected] or [email protected] or 732-872-8711 or 732-757-7443.

• Congregation B’nai Israel, Rumson, will host a lecture with author Amy Bloom, who will discuss her novel “Away” via Zoom from 11 a.m. to noon June 27. The lecture is free to attend, but donations are appreciated to support the synagogue’s programming. Registration is required to attend and to get the Zoom link. Register at

• The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County presents “Eric Mendelsohn: Synagogue Architect with a Vision” on June 6 at 2 p.m. Admission is free (donations are welcome). To make a reservation and receive the Zoom link, call 732-252-6990, email [email protected] or visit

• Calvary Baptist Church, 491 Lloyd Road, Aberdeen Township, is providing a cooked meal from 5:30-7 p.m. every Thursday through the end of July. The church has partnered with Soup Kitchen 411 to assist individuals in the community who are in need. Details: or 732-583-9759.

• 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

• 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

Items for the Datebook may be sent to [email protected]. Please send items at least two weeks prior to a scheduled event.