• The Jackson Memorial The High School Jaguar Marching Band will host a Showcase of Champions competition on October 9th. Award-winning bands from across the state will compete against each other and be judged on the music and performance of their field show. The Jackson Memorial Band will perform their show Heroes, which pays tribute to the police, fire departments, ambulance services, military and health workers. Everyone is invited to attend the show at Jack Munley Field at Jackson Memorial High School, 101 Don Connor Blvd., Jackson. The band competition starts at 6:20 p.m. and the jaguars perform at 8:15 p.m. Reduced admission for people in uniform or with a military or first-aid ID.
• A booster dose Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine is available at Freehold Township Senior Center, 116 Jackson Mills Road, Freehold Township, for people 65 years of age and older; for people aged 18 to 64 with previous illnesses; and for healthcare workers or others at increased risk of COVID-19 exposure. The dates are as follows: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. October 8 and 10 a.m. to 12 noon October 15. Individuals must register to receive the booster by calling 732-294-2160 or at https://tinyurl.com/FAHDBooster. com
• Blood donation services in New Jersey will conduct blood donation drives that are open to the public. The following blood drives are scheduled: October 7th, Howell Donor Center, 4068 Route 9 South, Howell, 1.30pm-8.30pm; October 12, Howell Donor Center, 1.30pm-8.30pm; October 13, Howell Donor Center, 7:45 am to 2:45 pm; October 14, Howell Donor Center, 1.30pm-8.30pm To donate blood or for information about organizing a blood drive, call 1-800-933-2566. Details: www.nybloodcenter.org
• Monmouth County Park System will have a cooker demonstration on October 16-30, 11 am-3pm at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. See what’s cooking on the wood-burning stove and learn how recipes, cooking techniques, and kitchens have changed since the 1890s. Free event. Details: 732-842-4000.
• Monmouth County Park System will host the Casual Birder on October 12th at 9:00 am at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell. Meet in the parking lot. Join a naturalist of the park system for a morning bird walk. Open from 10 years; under 18 with adults. Free event. Details: 732-842-4000.
• Monmouth County Park System is hosting Nature on the Move – Autumn Nights on October 8th at 5:30 p.m. at Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold Township, parking garage for animal shelters. Look out for the colorful “Nature on the Move” van of the park system and take part in a 45- to 60-minute interactive program with a naturalist. Free event. Details: 732-842-4000.
• Monmouth County Park System will host a corn harvest at the Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel, October 9-10, from 12pm to 2pm. See the farm workers harvest corn as they would have done in the 1890s; if the weather permits it. Free event. Details: 732-842-4000.
• Monmouth County Park System is hosting a 19th-century woodworking demonstration on October 16 from 12pm to 3pm at the Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel. See how the carpenter uses 19th century woodworking and carving tools during this demonstration. Free event. Details: 732-842-4000.
• Monmouth County Park System will be performing accordion tunes from the 1890s on October 16 from 1:00 pm to 1:00 pm at the Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel. Hear melodies from the 1890s on the accordion. Free event. Details: 732-842-4000.
• Monmouth County Park System is hosting Thompson Park Day at Thompson Park, Lincroft on October 17th from 11am to 5pm. The event for all ages includes pumpkin painting, carriage rides, kids’ races, entertainment, and more. Some activities are chargeable. Entry and parking are free. Details: 732-842-4000.
• The monthly meeting of the NJ Health Care Networking Group will take place on October 13th from 9:30 am-10:30am online via Zoom. The NJ Health Care Networking Group is a free organization for everyone in the health care industry, including those who offer ancillary products and services. Main Street Medicap Inc., the VIP Member Spotlight, is hosting the October meeting. To sign up and receive a zoom code to join the meeting, email [email protected]
• Monmouth County Park System is presenting Thompson Park Day on October 17th from 11am to 5pm at Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Road (Route 520), Lincroft. Activities like canoeing on Marlu Lake (weather permitting), kids racing, archery, pumpkin painting, wagon rides and more. Some activities require a fee. Entry and parking are free. Details: www.MonmouthCountyParks.com or 732-842-4000.
• DeBows United Methodist Church, at the intersection of Route 571 and Route 537, Jackson, will be hosting a garage sale on October 9th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Contact Sue at 732-928-0352 to reserve a seat or for more information. The band Libby Prison Minstrels will perform from 9.30am to 11.30am. More information is available at www.debowsumc.org
• A Howl-o-Ween family festival The dog-friendly festival will be held at Marty’s Place, 118 Route 526, Upper Freehold Township, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on October 23rd (rainy date, October 24th).
There will be dog costume competitions, a leisurely stroll, hay rides, a photo booth for pets, K-9 police dog shows, live music, food trucks, games and activities for kids, adults and dogs. Adults, children and dogs can dress up and take part in various competitions. Admission is $ 5 for adults; Children under 6 are free. All proceeds go to elderly dogs that are cared for by Marty’s Place. Details: www.martysplace.org or call 609-259-1278.
• For people who those dealing with depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety are free, confidential, and led by a trained facilitator. The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance meets on Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Brighter Days Community Wellness Center, 268 Bennetts Mills Road, Jackson. There are no doctors or therapists in the group, only people who live with a mental illness. Members strive to support each other and share their stories. Details: Valerie, 610-766-0658, or visit dbsalliance.org
• CentraState Medical The center has launched a new online grief support group led by licensed clinical social workers who are certified in grief counseling to help those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. The group is open to adult members of the community who have experienced the loss of a loved one. The private groups provide participants with a safe, non-judgmental space to share their emotions and struggles. The group meets every first and third Thursday of the month at 3 p.m. via Zoom
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