Tri-Town News Agenda, September 21

• Actor, writer and stand-up comedian Paul Reiser will perform at Jay and Linda
Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College, Toms River, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. Singer-songwriter Vance Gilbert will open the evening. Tickets cost between $35 and $55. Reiser has
received multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, American Comedy Award, and Screen Actors Guild nominations, and was named one of Comedy Central’s “100 Greatest Comedians of All Time.” To purchase tickets, call 732-255-0500 or visit

• Thompson Park Day will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 16 at Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Road (Route 520), Lincroft. Activities include kiddie races, archery, pumpkin painting, wagon rides and more. Highlights include a Scarecrow Contest and a Spooktacular Jack O’ Lantern Contest. Details of these competitions are available online at Some activities are chargeable. Admission and parking are free.

• Rutgers Master Gardeners from Monmouth County will present Birds, Bugs and Beyond,
Celebrate Nature, a free outdoor festival for kids of all ages, from noon to 4 p.m. on October 8 (rain or shine) at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Agriculture Building, 4000 Kozloski Road, Freehold Township. There will be nature-inspired activities, crafts and educational exhibits, 4-H animals, insects and reptiles, and more. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Details: 732-303-7614.

• Ocean County The library will host archivist-historian Mickey DiCamillo’s presentation, “When There Were Witches: An Exploration of the Salem Witch Trials,” at the Toms River Branch, 101 Washington Street, at 7 p.m. on October 4, and at the Manchester branch, 21 Colonial Drive, at 7 p.m. on October 24. Participants in the program will have the opportunity to take part in the reading of the transcripts of the interrogations undergone by the alleged witches. Registration at is required for this free program.

• Monmouth County The Retired Educators Association will meet at 11am on October 11 at the Waterview Pavilion, Belmar. Prior to the meeting, PAC-endorsed candidates standing for election will be available for members to meet and voice their concerns. Members are encouraged to bring a non-perishable donation for the food bank. For lunch reservations, contact [email protected] Checks payable to MCREA for $30 must be mailed to Sue Shrott, 162 Harbor Circle Drive, Freehold, NJ 07728 and received by September 30. Check the Facebook page or the MCREA website for updates. New members are always welcome.

• The 26th edition Monmouth County Clerk’s Archives and History Day will take place October 1 at the Robert J. Collins Arena at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, from 9 a.m. The event is organized by the Monmouth County Clerk’s Archives Division. More than 50 local and state historical societies, museums and archives will set up tables relating to the mission and activities of their organizations. All are welcome to attend the free event. To view the preliminary program, visit

• The holidays 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 3). Seller registration will open at 10 a.m. on September 27. Details: 732-431-7387.

• The string quartet Brooklyn Rider will perform their innovative new project, The Four Elements, on the Main Stage at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College, Toms River on September 29 at 7 p.m. Tickets cost between $32 and $38. Brooklyn Rider has carved out a unique space for itself in the world of string quartets over the past 15 years, illuminating works from the past with fresh eyes while bringing the genre into the future through an inclusive programming vision. To purchase tickets, visit or call 732-255-0500.

• The Township of Jackson will conduct a rabies vaccination clinic for dogs and cats from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 15 (rain or shine) at the public works garage, 10 boul. Don Connor. Dogs must be kept on a leash; cats must be in a carrier. For a pet to receive a three-year vaccine, the owner must show proof of previous rabies vaccination. If no proof is available, the vaccination will be valid for one year. Details: Animal Control Division, 732-928-1200, ext. 1296 or 732-928-5780.

• At Marty’s 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 senior dogs cared for by Marty’s Place. This is a dog friendly event. Highlights will include canine costume contests, a leisurely walk, agility demonstrations, wagon rides, a pet photo booth, police dog demonstrations, live music from AlterEgo, vendors, food trucks and more. All humans and dogs are welcome to dress up. Prizes will be awarded in several categories. Admission is $5 for adults; children under 6 are free.

• Dove Palliative Care Services of New Jersey is looking for volunteers who are ready to make a difference to people living with the challenge of end of life. Volunteers dedicate a small amount of time each month to provide friendly tours; play cards; sewing, knitting or craft projects; musical enrichment; animal therapy; and clerical or administrative assistance. Dove Hospice Services is also looking for veterans who want to offer compassion, support and awareness to other veterans and their families. Visits can be made to people living in institutions or in private homes. Ongoing training is provided. Volunteers must be 18 or older and a COVID vaccine is required. Details: Michelle Rutigliano, 732-405-3035.

• New Jersey Blood Services, a division of the New York Blood Center, conducts blood drives open to the public. The following trips are scheduled: September 22, Howell Donor Center, 4068 Route 9, Howell, 1:30-8:30 p.m.; September 27, Howell Donor Center, 1:30-8:30 p.m.; September 28, Howell Donor Center, 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.; September 29, Howell Donor Center, 1:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

• Monmouth County Park System will host a Harvest Home Festival on September 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. This old-fashioned fair 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 Park System will host Concert in the Park: A Night of Jazz and Blues on September 30 from 7-8.30pm at the Thompson Park Theater Barn, Lincroft. The roots of blues and jazz run deep on the Jersey Shore. Listen to the talents of the region. Bring chairs or blankets, food and soft drinks. The concert will take place outdoors, but will move indoors in case of inclement weather. All ages are welcome; under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• 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 October 18, November 22 and December 20. Email [email protected] to receive a link.

• “A gathering of women of Color” is an online group that meets once a month for all LGBTQ women of color from the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color community. The group is an open discussion on several topics. The group meets the first Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. The next dates are October 6, November 3 and December 1. 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 are struggling with depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety, there is support available that is free, confidential and led by a trained facilitator. The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance meets Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m. to 2 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 health problem. Members strive to support each other and share their stories. Details: Valerie, 610-766-0658, or visit

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