Independent Datebook, June 9

• On June 14 at 7:30 p.m., the Red Bank Chapter of Hadassah and Congregation B’nai Israel of Rumson will host a virtual lecture with Eileen Hershenov, senior vice president of policy for the Anti Defamation League. Her topic will be “The Rise of Violent Extremism in the U.S. and its Anti-Semitic Foundations.” The lecture is free to attend. Registration is required to get the Zoom link. Register on the Event page at

• The Monmouth County Park System will present Accordion Melodies of the 1890s on June 12 from 1-3 p.m. at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. Hear melodies of the 1890s played on the accordion. Free. Details: or 732-842-4000.

• The Monmouth County Park System will present a Nature Lecture Series – Box Turtles of Monmouth County, June 17 from 7-8 p.m. at the Freneau Woods Park Visitor Center, Aberdeen Township. Join a park system naturalist for this talk and learn about this small- to medium-sized turtle with a domed shell. Discover what box turtles eat, where they can be found and some threats to them. Free. Details: or 732-842-4000.

• The Monmouth County Park System will present an Eco-Elephant Flea Market on June 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dorbrook Recreation Area, Route 537, Colts Neck. Search for that one-of-a-kind treasure at the Eco-Elephant Flea Market. Admission and parking are free. Details: or 732-842-4000.

• The Monmouth County Park System will present Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay, Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday, June 21-30, from 11 a.m. to noon at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Middletown. Discover a variety of fish, crabs and other sea creatures as we pull a long seine net along the edge of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed-toe shoes are required. Meet on the beach near the parking lot. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. This program is designed for individuals and families. Weather permitting. Free. Details: or 732-842-4000.

• New Jersey Blood Services will conduct blood drives on the following dates: June 17, The Presbyterian Church at Shrewsbury, 352 Sycamore Ave., Shrewsbury, 1-7 p.m.; June 21, Middletown Elks, 251 Church St., Middletown, 1-7 p.m.; June 28, North Centerville Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, 372 Middle Road, Hazlet, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; June 29, Lincroft Bible Church, 790 Newman Springs Road, Middletown, 1-7 p.m. To donate blood, call 1-800-933-2566 or visit

• 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 or 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

• 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

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