• Blood donation services in New Jersey will conduct blood donation drives that are open to the public. The following blood drives are scheduled: October 5, Howell Donor Center, 4068 Route 9 South, Howell, 1:30 pm-8:30pm; October 6, Howell Donor Center, 7:45 am to 2:45 pm; October 7, Howell Donor Center, 1:30 pm-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 present a cooker demonstration on October 2nd, 16th and 30th from 11am to 3pm at the Historic Longstreet Farm in 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 a Yarn Bee on October 3rd from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm at the Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel. Knit or crochet at your own pace, and the farm staff are available for those who need a little extra help. Bring your own supplies. Open from 10 years; under 18 with adults. The cost is $ 5 per person; cash or check only. 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 played 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 presents “A Century of Song – A Musical Revue” produced by Mickey and Judy Productions at the Thompson Park Theater Barn in Lincroft. Travel through the great Broadway songs from the 1920s to the present day. Dates are: October 7th, 7 pm-9pm; October 8, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.; October 9, 2-4pm The show is open to all ages; under 18 with adults. The cost is $ 15 per person; USD 10 per child up to 12 years of age; Pre-registration is recommended. Tickets are available at the box office, provided that occupancy permits. Cash, check, Visa, MasterCard or Discover are accepted. Details: www.MonmouthCountyParks.com or call 732-842-4000.
• Celebrate success her first adult novel, “If The Shoe Fits”,
Julie Murphy will be attending the Ocean County Library’s Dive Into YA: It’s Not Just For
Teens ”virtual discussion series at 6pm on September 30th. The series shows how real subjects, vivid fonts, diverse characters and imaginative concepts increase the attractiveness of writers who are best known in the young adult genre. Registration for this free program is required at www.theoceancountylibrary.org/events. Participants will be emailed a link to join the program.
• 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
• Monmouth County The Association of Retired Instructors meets on October 12 at 11 a.m. at Jumping Brook Golf Club, Neptune. The guest speaker is Mary Beth Beichert von
Relations with the NJEA Government. At 10:30 am, PAC-supported candidates will be available for members to meet and voice their concerns. Members are encouraged to bring a non-perishable donation to the chalkboard. For lunch reservations, contact Sue at 732-995-7754 or email [email protected] Checks for $ 34 payable to MCREA may be mailed to Sue Shrott, 162 Harbor Circle Drive, Freehold, NJ 07728, received by October 1st. Check the association’s Facebook page or website, monmouthcrea.org, for updates. New
Members are always welcome.
• A new online support and a discussion group for women in the workplace is offered by the New Jersey Mental Health Association, which has an office in Ocean County. The focus is on women who have experienced emotional, physical or sexual intimidation or abuse in the workplace. The Life in Waves group meets online twice a month through Zoom. Through the group, members share resources and strategies for improving their mental health. Life in Waves meets every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. For a link call 609-652-3800 or email [email protected]
• 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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