• The county of Monmouth Park System is hosting the exhibition and sale at the Creative Arts Center on December 3rd from 11am to 4pm and December 10th from 11am to 4pm at the Thompson Park Creative Arts Center, Lincroft. Celebrate the original artwork of the center’s students and teachers during this exhibition and sale. Admission and parking are free. Details: 732-842-4000.
• The county of Monmouth Park System will be holding 19th Century Christmas Ballads at Historic Longstreet Farm, Longstreet Road, Holmdel on 3rd and 10th December from 1pm to 3pm. Enjoy 19th-century Christmas ballads played on the piano. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.
• The county of Monmouth Park System is hosting the Sounds of Christmas on December 11th from 1pm to 3pm at Historic Longstreet Farm, Longstreet Road, Holmdel. Celebrate the holidays with wistful music as Larry Moser and Mary Nagin play Christmas carols on dulcimer and fiddle. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.
• The county of Monmouth Park System is sponsoring a bus ride to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York City on December 9th. The bus departs Thompson Park, Lincroft at 1pm and returns around 10pm. Cost is $175 per person and includes orchestra seating, bus transportation, and a parking system guide. Pre-registration is required. To register, visit www.MonmouthCountyParks.com or call 732-842-4000 ext. 1.
• Hallmark channel is partnering with Anne Ellen Tree Farm, 114 Daum Road, Manalapan to host Hallmark Channel branded celebration and fun during the countdown to Christmas. Randomly selected visitors will receive a free Christmas tree courtesy of Hallmark Channel. The dates are from November 25th to 27th and from December 3rd to 4th from 9am to 8pm
• The county of Monmouth The Retired Educators Association celebrates the holiday December 13 at 11 am at the Molly Pitcher Inn, 88 Riverside Ave., Red Bank. Members are encouraged to bring a non-perishable donation to the table. The association also collects unwrapped children’s toys, books or gift cards for Bridges At The Shore. For lunch reservations, contact [email protected] or call 732 995-7754. Reservations and a $30 check must be received before December 2nd. For more information, visit the association’s website or Facebook page. New members are always welcome.
• New Jersey Blood Services, a division of the New York Blood Center, will conduct the following blood drives, which are open to the public: December 1, Howell Donor Center, 4068 Route 9 South, Howell, 1:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; December 6, Howell Donor Center, 1:30-8:30 p.m.; December 7, Howell Donor Center, 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.; December 8, Howell Donor Center, 1:30-8:30 p.m.; December 13, Howell Donor Center, 1:30-8:30 p.m.; December 14, Howell Donor Center, 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.; December 15, Howell Donor Center, 1:30-8:30 p.m.; December 20, Howell Donor Center, 1:30-8:30 p.m.; December 21, Howell Donor Center, 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.; December 22, Howell Donor Center, 1:30-8:30 p.m.; December 27, Howell Donor Center, 1:30-8:30 p.m.; December 28, Howell Donor Center, 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.; and December 29, Howell Donor Center, 1:30-8:30 p.m. To donate blood or for information on arranging a blood donation, call toll-free at 1-800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org
• “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 will present a mill demonstration on November 26th and 27th at 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm at Historic Walnford, Walnford Road, Upper Freehold Township. 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 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 29, Howell Donor Center, 4068 Route 9 South, Howell, 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 The Monmouth event 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.
• 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 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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