Gronin Center for the Arts in Ocean County College, Toms River, October 8 at 8 p.m. Singer-songwriter Vance Gilbert will open the evening. Tickets from $35 to $55. Reiser has
He received multiple Emmy Award, Golden Globe, American Comedy Award, and Screen Actors Guild nominations, and was named one of Comedy Central’s “100 Greatest Comedies of All Time”. To purchase tickets, call 732-255-0500 or visit grunincenter.org
• Thompson Park Day 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 16 at Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Road (Route 520), Lincroft. Activities include kids’ races, archery, pumpkin painting, wagon rides, and more. Highlights include the Scarecrow Contest and the Spooktacular Jack O’ Lantern Contest. Details of these competitions are available online at www.MonmouthCountyParks.com. Some activities require a fee. Admission and parking are free.
• Rutgers Master Gardeners Monmouth County will present Birds, Bugs and Beyond,
Celebrating Nature, a free festival for children of all ages, is outdoors from noon to 4 p.m. October 8 (rain or sunny) at Rutgers Cooperative Extension Agriculture Building, 4000 Kozloski Road, Freehold Township. There will be nature-inspired activities, crafts, educational displays, 4-H animals, insects and reptiles, and more. Children must be accompanied by adults. Details: 732-303-7614.
Ocean County The Library will host archival historian Mickey DiCamillo’s presentation, “When There Were Witches: Exploring the Salem Witch Trials,” at Toms River Branch, 101 Washington Street, at 7 p.m. October 4, and at the Manchester branch, 21 Colonial Drive, at 7 p.m. October 24 . Program attendees will have the opportunity to participate in reading transcripts of interrogations of suspected witches. Registration at www.theoceancountylibrary.org/events is required for this free program.
• Monmouth County The Retired Teachers Association will meet at 11 am on October 11 in the Waterview Pavilion, Belmar. Prior to the meeting, PAC approved candidates will be available for members to meet and express their concerns. Members are encouraged to bring non-perishable donations to the food bank. For lunch reservations, contact [email protected] Checks payable to MCREA for $30 must be sent to Sue Shrott, 162 Harbor Circle Drive, Freehold, NJ 07728 and received before September 30. Check MCREA’s Facebook page or website for updates. New members are always welcome.
• Twenty-sixth year Monmouth County Clark Archives and History Day will take place October 1st at the Robert J. Collins Arena at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, beginning at 9 a.m. More than 50 local and international historical societies, museums, and archives will create tables related to the mission and activities of their organizations. Everyone is welcome to attend the free event. To view the initial program, visit MonmouthCountyClerk.com/Archives
• Eid Made In Monmouth the event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 10 at the Robert J. Collins Arena on the campus of Brookdale Community College, Route 520, Lincroft (original date was December 3rd). Seller registration will open at 10am on September 27th. Details: 732-431-7387.
• String Quartet Brooklyn Rider will bring their innovative new project, The Four Elements, to the main stage at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College, Toms River, September 29 at 7 p.m. Tickets from $32 to $38. Brooklyn Rider has created a unique space in the string quartet world over the past 15 years, illuminating the works of the past with a new vision while persuading the genre into the future with a comprehensive programming vision. To purchase tickets, visit grunincenter.org or call 732-255-0500.
• Jackson Township will conduct Rabies Vaccination Clinic for Dogs and Cats 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. October 15 (rain or light) at Public Works Garage, 10 Don Connor Street. Dogs must be on a leash; Cats must be in a carrier. In order for a pet to receive an injection for three years, the owner must bring proof of rabies vaccination in advance. If no evidence is available, the vaccination is valid for one year. Details: Animal Control Department, 732-928-1200, ext. 1296, or 732-928-5780.
• Marty’s place The Howl-o-Ween Family Festival will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on October 22 at Marty’s Place, 118 Route 526, Upper Freehold Township. All proceeds will benefit the large dogs cared for by Marties Place. This is a dog friendly event. Highlights will include dog costume competitions, leisurely walks, agility shows, hayrides, pet photo booths, police dog shows, live music from AlterEgo, vendors, food carts and more. All humans and canines are welcome to wear the costume. Prizes will be awarded in several categories. Admission is $5 for adults; Children under 6 years old are free.
• Dove Hospice Services from New Jersey looking for volunteers willing to make a difference with individuals facing the challenge of the end of life. Volunteers dedicate a small amount of time each month to provide escort-friendly visits; playing cards; sewing, knitting or craft projects; Enrich music treat pets and office or administrative assistance. Dove Aged Care Services is also looking for veterans who are interested in providing empathy, support, and communication with fellow veterans and their families. Visits may be made to individuals who live in private facilities or homes. Ongoing training is provided. Volunteers must be 18 years or older and require a COVID vaccine. Details: Michele Rutigliano, 732-405-3035.
• New Jersey blood services, A division of the New York Blood Center, conducts blood drives and is open to the public. The following flight times have been scheduled: September 22, Howell Donor Center, 4068 Route 9, Howell, 1:30-8:30 p.m.; Sept. 27, Howell Donor Center, 1:30-8:30 p.m.; Sept. 28, Howell Donor Center, 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.; September 29, Howell Donor Center, 1:30-8:30 p.m. To donate blood or for information on how to organize a blood drive, call 1-800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org
• Monmouth County The Park System will host the Harvest Home Festival on September 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdale. This vintage-style gallery is reminiscent of the 1890s. Visitors can enjoy games, wagon rides, and live entertainment. Admission and parking are free. Details: 732-842-4000.
• Monmouth County The Park System will host a concert at the Park: A Night of Jazz and Blues on September 30 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Thompson Park Theater Barn, Lincroft. Blues and jazz have deep roots in the Jersey Shore. Hear talent from the region. Bring chairs or blankets, food and soft drinks. The concert will take place outdoors, but will move indoors if the weather is windy. We welcome all ages. Persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. free. Details: 732-842-4000.
Colorful women A 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. Submitted by the Mental Health Association of New Jersey. The dates for the upcoming meetings are October 18, November 22 and December 20. Email [email protected] to receive a link.
• “Women’s Gathering of Color” is an online group that meets once a month for all LGBTQ women of color in the black community, Indigenous people, and people of color. The group is an open discussion of multiple topics. The group meets on the first Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. Upcoming appointments are October 6, November 3 and December 1. Offered by the Mental Health Association of New Jersey, the agency’s PEWS Program and Emotional Support for Families of Color initiative. To receive a link, email [email protected]
• For individuals who Dealing with depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety, there is support available that is free and confidential and is led by a trained facilitator. The Depression and Bipolar Disorder Support Alliance meets Wednesday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Brighter Days Community Wellness Center, 268 Bennetts Mills Road, Jackson. There are no doctors or therapists in the group, only individuals with a mental health condition. Members strive to support each other and share their stories. Details: Valerie, 610-766-0658, or visit dbsalliance.org
History Book items can be sent to [email protected] Please send in items at least two weeks prior to the scheduled event.