• Center players introduce themselves popular local vocal group Way Past Midnight for two Broadway Showstoppers cabaret concerts at the Center Playhouse, 35 South St., Freehold Borough on November 19th and 20th. The 90-minute concerts feature classic Broadway tunes including “You’ll Never Walk Alone” (“Carousel”), “Bill” (“Showboat”), “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” (“Jesus Christ Superstar”), “Somewhere” (“West Side Story”), “Dancing Queen” (“Mamma Mia”) and “What I Did For Love” (“A Chorus Line”), according to a press release. For more information about the group, visit www.waypastmidnightmusic.com. The performances are scheduled for November 19 at 7 p.m. and November 20 at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $26 to $428 and are available at www.centerplayers.org or
by phone at 732-462-9093.
• “Swinging jazz and Holiday Favorites” will be presented by Deb Lyons and John Bianculli on December 1 at 2:30 p.m. at the Jackson Branch of the Ocean County Library, 2 Jackson Drive. Enjoy favorites like “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”, “Winter Wonderland”, “Dream A Little Dream of Me” and “Cheek to Cheek”. This free program, sponsored by Jackson Friends of the Library, requires registration at www.theoceancountylibrary.org/events.
• Bat Shalom Hadassah announced that the annual Jackson Menorah Lighting Hanukkah Ceremony will be held on December 20 at 4:40 p.m. outdoors at the Jackson Municipal Building, West Veterans Highway. The menorah is lit by Rabbi Shmeul Naparstek. All are invited to attend the holiday event.
• The county of Monmouth Park System is hosting its Fall Craft Show on November 12 from 9:00am to 2:00pm at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, 2566 Guam Lane, Tinton Falls. This seasonal craft exhibition showcases the work of local artists and artisans. Items include candles, cottage decor, doll clothes, hand painted glassware, festive ornaments and decorations, paintings and prints, pottery and ceramics, wreaths and more. Admission and parking are free. Details: www.MonmouthCountyParks.com or call 732-842-4000.
• The county of Monmouth Park System will be on 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th and 27th November at 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm at Historic Walnford, Walnford Road, Upper Freehold, a mill show present community. See the 19th-century grain mill in action. Each demonstration lasts approximately 15 minutes. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.
• The county of Monmouth Park System is hosting a cookstove demonstration on November 19th from 11am to 3pm at Historic Longstreet Farm, Longstreet Road, Holmdel. See what’s being cooked on the wood-burning stove and discover how recipes, cooking techniques and cuisine have changed since the 1890s. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.
• The county of Monmouth Park System will present turn of the century piano ballads on November 12th from 1pm to 3pm at the Farmhouse at Historic Longstreet Farm, Longstreet Road, Holmdel. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.
• The county of Monmouth Park System will be demonstrating a cider making demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm, Longstreet Road, Holmdel on November 13th from 12:00 – 14:00. Guests can help press this year’s apple harvest into cider. Sample fresh cider and talk about other uses of cider on the farm. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.
• The county of Monmouth Park System will present accordion tunes from the 1890’s on November 19th from 1pm to 3pm at Historic Longstreet Farm, Longstreet Road, Holmdel. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.
• The county of Monmouth Park System presents No More Grist for the Mill on November 27 from 11am to 3pm at Historic Walnford, Walnford Road, Upper Freehold Township.
Celebrate the end of mill season and the start of the holidays as the mill grinds the last corn of the year. Decorate a paper stocking, take a selfie in a sleigh, and sip a cup of hot cocoa in the early 20th-century cowshed. Then explore our 18th century house and see the flour mill in action. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.
• New Jersey Blood Services, a division of the New York Blood Center, will conduct blood drives open to the public. The following trips are scheduled: November 10, Howell Donor Center, 4068 Route 9 South, Howell, 1:30-8:30 p.m.; November 15, Howell Donor Center, 1:30-8:30 p.m.; November 16, Howell Donor Center, 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.; November 17, Howell Donor Center, 1:30-8:30 p.m.; November 22, Howell Donor Center, 1:30-8:30 p.m.; November 23, Howell Donor Center, 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.; November 29, Howell Donor Center, 1:30-8:30 p.m.; Nov. 30, Howell Donor Center, 7:45 am to 2:45 pm To donate blood or for information on arranging a blood donation, call 1-800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org
• Made the holiday in Monmouth will be held on December 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Robert J. Collins Arena on the Brookdale Community College campus, Route 520, Lincroft (the original date was December 3). Vendor registration opens on September 27 at 10am. Details: 732-431-7387.
• Pigeon hospice services from New Jersey is seeking volunteers willing to make a difference with people facing the challenge of end-of-life. Volunteers devote a small amount of time each month to offering fellowship-friendly visits; Playing cards; sewing, knitting or craft projects; musical enrichment; pet therapy; and clerical or administrative assistance. Dove Hospice Services is also looking for veterans interested in providing compassion, support, and outreach to other veterans and their families. Visits can be made to people living in institutions or private homes. Ongoing training is offered. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and a COVID vaccine is required. Details: Michelle Rutigliano, 732-405-3035.
• Women of color The discussion group is an online meeting held once a month (third Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.) to discuss issues, coping strategies, and resources relevant to women of color. Offered by the Mental Health Association of New Jersey. The next meeting dates are November 22nd and December 20th. Email [email protected] to receive a link.
• “A meeting of women of Color is an online group that meets once a month for all LGBTQ women of color in the Black, Indigenous, People of Color community. The group is an open discussion on several topics. The group meets on the first Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. The next dates are December 1st. Offered by the Mental Health Association of New Jersey, the agency’s PEWS program, and the Emotional Support for Families of Color initiative. To receive a link, email [email protected]
• For people who For those dealing with depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety, free, confidential support, led by a trained facilitator, is available. The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance meets on Wednesdays from 12:30pm to 2:00pm at the Brighter Days Community Wellness Center, 268 Bennetts Mills Road, Jackson. There are no doctors or therapists in the group, only people living with mental illness. Members strive to support each other and share their stories. Details: Valerie, 610-766-0658 or visit dbsalliance.org
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