News Transcript Datebook, July 10

• A 1950s Fun Day will be held from 1-4 p.m. July 27 at the Covered Bridge clubhouse, 1 Amberly Drive, Manalapan. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $20 at the door. Classic cars will be on display and there will be musical entertainment in the ballroom featuring Peggy Lee and Jerry Spathis. Details: 732-536-4330.

• Join the Rutgers Master Gardeners at a free festival for children of all ages from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Monmouth County Agricultural Building, 4000 Kozloski Road, Freehold Township. There will be nature inspired activities, crafts and educational exhibits, live butterflies, ladybugs, rabbits, snakes, bees and more. Food, ice cream, fresh produce and other vendors will be on hand. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Details: 732-303-7614.

• New Jersey Blood Services will conduct the following blood drive which is open to the public: July 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., A+ Products, 8 Timber Lane, Marlboro. To donate blood or for information on how to organize a blood drive, call 1-800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org

• There will be a pie-eating contest at the Monmouth County Fair, Freehold Township, on July 28. Pies are donated by Wemrock Orchards, Freehold Township. Children 12 and under will compete at 1 p.m. Children 13 and up will compete at 1:15 p.m. On-site registration for both contests begins 11 a.m. inside the dining tent by the Main Stage; space is limited. The fair runs from July 24-28. Admission is $8 per person; children 12 and under are free. Follow the Monmouth County Park System on social media. Upcoming fair contests will be announced on its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, offering an opportunity to win admission tickets and more. Details: www.MonmouthCountyFair.com or 732-842-4000.

• See a 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold, from 1-4 p.m. July 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28. Sponsored by the Monmouth County Park System. This is a free event. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Weaving a Seat – Chair Caning, sponsored by the Monmouth County Park System, will be held from 1-4 p.m. July 14 at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. See the craft of cane chair seats demonstrated. This is a free program. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Join a Monmouth County Park System naturalist for a walk and discuss seasonal points of interest, search for signs of wildlife, and identify a bird or two at 9 a.m. July 13 at the Wickatunk Recreation Area, Marlboro (meet in Airport Meadows parking lot). This is a 90-minute to two-hour free program, but participants may join in or drop out at any point. Dress for the weather as light rain is not a deterrent. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Discover the secrets of owls when the Monmouth County Park System presents “Owls: Winged Hunters of the Night – Live Owl Presentation” from 7-8 p.m. July 13 at the Freneau Woods Park Visitor Center, Aberdeen. This program is open to all ages; under 18 with adult. The cost is $12 per person and pre-registration is required. To register, visit www.MonmouthCountyParks.com or call 732-842-4000.

• The 2019 Discussion Series will continue with “Positive Aging” presented by Diane Lang, a therapist, educator and life coach, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 22 at the Co-Cathedral of St. Robert Bellarmine, 61 Georgia Road, Freehold Township. The series is sponsored by Kathy Lo Bue, managing director, Glen Eagle Advisors. Adults of all ages invited. Refreshments provided. The series is free, non-sectarian and open to the community. RSVP to 732-866-6660.

• The sixth annual PJ Library Summer Carnival will take place at The Hebrew Academy, Marlboro, from 10-11:30 a.m. July 14. The carnival will feature a bubble dance party, petting zoo, pony rides, water adventures, Mr. Sam and a special appearance by Baby Shark. RSVP is required. Admission is free. Details: Linda Glickstein, 732-431-5525 or linda@thanj.org

• The New Jersey State Museum, 205 W. State St., Trenton, is presenting “Many Inspired Steps” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing that took place on July 21, 1969. Currently on view through Nov. 10, the exhibition uses a variety of objects and images to examine the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union, the pioneers of space travel and other state connections to the landing and the space program. Admission is free; donations requested. Details: 609-292-5420 or visit statemuseumnj.gov

• “New Jersey Baseball: From the Cradle to the Major Leagues” is on exhibit at the Morven Museum and Garden, Princeton, until Oct. 27. The exhibition tells the story of New Jersey’s role in the history of early organized baseball through artifacts, text, images and other visuals. There are interactives that offer educational opportunities, as well as demonstrations with hands-on experiences. Details: morven.org

• Drop-in kayak tours of the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell, (use the Environmental Center entrance on Georgia Tavern Road) will be held from 11 a.m. to noon July 17. Novice paddlers welcome. All equipment is provided; single and tandem kayaks are available. First come, first served. Tours depart on time. Program limited to 12 participants. Wear appropriate clothing that can get wet. The cost is $20 per person, cash or check only. Open to ages 12 and up; under 18 with participating adult. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Fishing 101 – A Beginner’s Guide to Fishing will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 17, 24 and 31 at the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell (meet at the visitor center’s bait shop). Learn how to rig, bait, cast and, hopefully, catch a fish at the reservoir. Come and go at any time. Bait and tackle provided. Open to all ages; under 14 with adult. Fishing license required for ages 16-69. No groups. This is a free event. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Representatives of the CentraState Associated Auxiliaries will be present in the atrium of the Star and Barry Ambulatory Campus, West Main Street, Freehold Township, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 10 and July 17 to accept gently used costume jewelry as a donation to the CentraState Associated Auxiliaries for a future jewelry extravaganza sale at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township.

• Monmouth Worship Center, Marlboro, will host a Mega Sports Camp “Breaking Free” from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 5-9 at the Marlboro Recreation Community Center football field. Children entering first through sixth grade can learn techniques in soccer, baseball and football while they learn to put their faith into action on and off the field. Registration fee is $25 per child before July 21 ($30 after). Details: 732-332-9600.

• Monmouth Worship Center, 37 Vanderburg Road, Marlboro, will host Vacation Bible School for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 19-23. With this year’s theme, “To Mars and Beyond,” children will explore “where God’s power can take you.” Registration fee is $25 per child by July 31 ($35 after). Details:  732-332-9600.

• E.Y. “Yip” Harburg: The Real Wizard of Oz will be presented by Joseph Cohn at 7 p.m. July 17 at the Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County, Freehold Township. The museum will be open from 6-9 p.m. Admission is $5 for non-members and free for students. Details: 732-252-6990 or https://www.jhmomc.org/events

• New Jersey Blood Services will conduct blood drives which are open to the public. The following blood drives are scheduled: July 12, Freehold Raceway Mall, 3710 Route 9, Freehold Township, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. To donate blood or for information about how to organize a blood drive, call 1-800-933-2566.

• The Heart of New Jersey Chorus is looking for members in all voice parts. Open rehearsals are being held during the summer. The chorus rehearses Wednesday from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Millstone Township Primary School, 18 Schoolhouse Road, Millstone Township. Details: Visit honj.org or call 732-446-9782.

• The Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District Board of Education will hold the following meetings: July 23, 7:30 p.m., regular action meeting, administration building, 54 Main St., Englishtown. The meetings are open to the public. Details: 732-786-2500.

• Embroiderers’ Guild of America-Monmouth Chapter is dedicated to teaching and sharing the joys of needlework. Stitchers of all levels are welcome to attend a meeting. There are sit-and-stitch tables and special projects. Day stitchers will meet July 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Colts Neck Community Church, 25 Merchant Way, Colts Neck. Details: Toni, 732-462-5540, or www.mcega.org

• In partnership with the Veterans Community Alliance, Freehold Township Day will take place from 4-11 p.m. July 13 at Michael J. Tighe Park, Georgia Road. All are welcome to attend. Featured bands are Screaming Broccolli and the Phil Engel Band. Free children’s rides; free teen center. Merchandise and food vendors. Fireworks at 9 p.m. “Don’t Forget the Vet” car show, $15 per car. Email Oldglorycruisers@gmail.com for more information. Details: Freehold Township Day on Facebook, www.freeholdtownshipday.com or 732-294-2199.

• The Colts Neck Shade Tree Commission will hold public meetings at 7:30 p.m. on the following dates in the meeting room at Town Hall, 124 Cedar Drive, Colts Neck: July 11, Aug. 1, Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7 and Dec. 5. Details: 732-462-5470.

• The Monmouth County Fair will return to the East Freehold Showgrounds, Kozloski Road, Freehold Township, from July 24-28. Hours for the fair are 5-11 p.m. July 24-26; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 27; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 28. The 2019 Main Stage entertainment is as follows: July 24, Start Making Sense, a Talking Heads tribute band; July 25, Big House Band; July 26, Jake’s Rockin’ Country Band; July 27, School of Rock, and Jobonanno and the Godsons present “The Spirit of Asbury Revue” and July 28, Last Whippoorwill. Details: 732-842-4000.

DowntownFreehold.com has announced its 2019 Thursdays Rock concert lineup. The free concerts take place at the Monmouth County Hall of Records Plaza from 7:30-9:30 p.m. All ages welcome. The bands are: July 11, Rockit Fish; July 18, Soul Project NOLO; July 25, The Springsteen Experience; Aug. 1, Joe Keyes and the Late Bloomer Band; Aug. 8, Joe Baracata Band; Aug. 15, Stephen Martines; and Aug. 22, Full Throttle. Details: DowntownFreehold.com

• The Jewish Home for Rehabilitation and Nursing, 1151 W. Main St. (Route 537), Freehold Township, hosts a free monthly support group called the Jewish Caregiver’s Experience on the last Tuesday evening of each month. Caregivers of all ages seeking support, resources and a Jewish perspective on managing their responsibilities are welcome to attend. Light kosher refreshments will be served. Details: Jolie, 732-202-1000, ext. 4003.

• Samaritan Center, a joint ministry of St. Thomas More and Old Tennent Presbyterian churches, operates a food pantry to provide supplementary food for those in need in Manalapan, Marlboro, Englishtown and Millstone Township.  For information, call 732-446-1142 and make an appointment. Pickup dates are Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30-11:15 a.m. and Saturday from 9-11 a.m. Volunteers will gladly carry food to a client’s vehicle. Donations of funds and food are gratefully accepted to support the operation of the center. Volunteers are always welcome.

• Monmouth County will hold a paper shredding event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 12 at Colts Neck Town Hall, 124 Cedar Drive, Colts Neck. County residents may bring up to 100 pounds of documents to be shredded. Details: See the recycling section of the county website at www.VisitMonmouth.com or call 732-683-8686, ext. 6721.

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