â¢ The Jewish heritage The Museum of Monmouth County is proud to present The Jewish-American Experience: Connecting Jewish Institutions Together, a four-part series of Zoom programs involving representatives from Jewish museums across the country. The program includes the Jewish Museum of the American West on January 16 at 2 pm; the Museum of Jewish Southern Experience, January 23 at 2 p.m.; Washington State Jewish Historical Society, February 6, at 3 p.m.; and the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest, February 27 at 2 p.m. Entry is $ 5 per program or $ 15 for the series. To get the Zoom link, call 732-252-6990 or visit http://www.jhmomc.org
â¢ Blood donation services in New Jersey, a division of the New York Blood Center, is looking for volunteers to help donors with blood drives in the area. No medical background necessary. Volunteers should be open-minded to provide friendly customer service, be able to complete tasks as needed, and provide proof of COVID vaccination prior to volunteering. Transport must be available. All training is provided, including precautions for the safety of staff and blood donors. For more information, call Sharon Zetts or send a text message at 732-850-8906, Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. voluntary-nybc / voluntary-application /
â¢ The township committee Manalapan will hold its annual reorganization meeting on January 5th at 7:30 pm at the Community Complex, 120 Route 522, Manalapan. There is the option of remote access via Office Suite Meeting or the option of calling yourself. Formal action will be taken during the meeting and instructions for the remote meeting, an agenda and relevant documents will be made available on the community’s website at www.mtnj.org
â¢ Monmouth County Park System is hosting a Yarn Bee on January 8th from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm at the Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel. Everyone is welcome to take part and work on their own project. Knit or crochet at your own pace; The farm staff will be on hand to assist 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.
â¢ Monmouth County Park System will be doing the cutting, splitting and chopping at the Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel on January 9th from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm. Warm up with a two-man saw and riving knife; Learn how farmers split shingles with a Froe or cut beams with a wide ax. Open to adults. For free. Details: 732-842-4000.
â¢ Monmouth County Park System is hosting the Casual Birder on January 11th at 9:00 am at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell. Join a naturalist of the park system for a leisurely morning bird walk. Open to all ages; under 18 with adults. For free. Details: 732-842-4000.
â¢ Monmouth County Park System is holding a Wondrous Winter Walk in Thompson Park, Lincroft from 10-11: 30am on January 19th, meeting in Old Orchard Parking Lot, and January 26th from 10-11: 30am in Hartshorne Woods Park. Meet in the Rocky Point car park in the Highlands. Join a naturalist of the park system and explore the great outdoors in winter. Open to all ages; under 18 with adults. Sturdy footwear is recommended, roads may have slopes or tree roots to step over. For free. Details: 732-842-4000.
â¢ Monmouth County Park System is holding a Nature Lecture Series: Chickadees of Monmouth County on January 20th from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Freneau Woods Park Activity Center, Aberdeen Township. Come for this park system naturalist talk and learn about these birds, how to identify them, and how to lure them to a bird feeder. For free. Details; 732-842-4000.
â¢ Monmouth County Park System accommodates nature in motion – Winter days: Adaptations – How do animals keep warm in winter? Meet at Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold Township, in the parking lot of the shelter building at 3pm on January 22nd.
Look out for the colorful âNature on the Moveâ van of the park system and take part in a 45- to 60-minute interactive program with a naturalist of the park system. Keep warm with hot cocoa as you explore how nature weather the colder weather through fun games and activities. For free. Details: 732-842-4000.
â¢ Monmouth County Park System is hosting Wallpaper in Early America January 22-23, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Historic Walnford, Walnford Road, Upper Freehold Township. Check out examples of early American wallpaper designs, including several patterns that adorned the walls in the elegant house of the Walns. For free. Details: 732-842-4000.
â¢ Blood donation services in New Jersey, a division of the New York Blood Center conducts blood donation drives on the following dates: January 3, Freehold Raceway Mall, Freehold Township, 12:30 pm-6:30pm; January 21, Freehold Raceway Mall, Freehold Township, 12: 30-6: 30pm To donate blood, call 1-800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org
â¢ Monmouth County Park System is looking for contributions for its exhibition “The Silence of Winter”. The exhibition, which takes place from February 4th to March 26th at the gallery in the Thompson Park Creative Arts Center in Lincroft, features works inspired by the serenity and silence of winter. This theme is open to any work that captures the energy of the season, be it through the use of color, aesthetic choice or theme. Non-traditional and traditional winter representations are welcome. The closing date for entries is January 14th. An entry form is available on The Gallery at Thompson Park at www.MonmouthCountyParks.com
â¢ The American Red Cross is running the following blood drives in Monmouth County: Freehold Borough, December 29, 2-7pm, Freehold Elks Lodge No. 1454, 73 E. Main St. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment through the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). There is no waiting time to donate blood for those who have had the flu shot, or a Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine or booster, as long as they are symptom-free.
â¢ Dr. Russell Brokstein from the Hometown Family Wellness Center, 9 Broadway, Freehold Borough, is running the 16th Annual Baby It’s Cold Outside Christmas Food and Dress Promotion. Brokstein collects coats, gloves, jackets, and long-life groceries to help the community when the holidays approach and the cold sets in. Brokstein brings all items to the open door grocery pantry and the St. Peter’s thrift store. Donations are accepted until January 2nd. Call 732-780-0044 or visit http://www.ChiropractorFreehold.com for more information.
â¢ Monmouth County Park System presents nature in motion: Winter days on December 29th. at 3 p.m. in Holmdelpark, Holmdel, meeting point in the car park of the animal shelter.
Look out for the colorful âNature on the Moveâ van of the park system and take part in a 45- to 60-minute interactive program with a naturalist of the park system. For free. Details: 732-842-4000.
â¢ Guild of Stickers of America – Monmouth Chapter is dedicated to teaching and sharing the joys of manual labor. The organization welcomes proximity of all levels. Evening notebooks meet on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Daily binders meet every third Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. via Zoom Details: Toni, 732-462-5540, or visit the website: www.mcega. org
â¢ 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 offer participants a safe, non-judgmental space to share their emotions and struggles. The group meets via Zoom every first and third Thursday of the month at 3:00 p.m.
â¢ Samaritan Center, a joint service of the Churches of St. Thomas More and Old Tennent Presbyterian, operates a pantry to provide additional food for those in need in Manalapan, Marlboro, Englishtown and Millstone Township. For information call 732-446-1142 and make an appointment. Donations of money and food are gratefully accepted to support the operation of the center. Volunteers are always welcome.
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