Tri-Town News Agenda, April 20 | SehndeWeb

• Historic Wainright House Museum and Craft Center, 48 Main St., Farmingdale, will host its second annual photography exhibition from June 4-25. The show is hosted by Wainright House owner Virginia Woolley and coordinated by Vicky Culver. Email Vicky Culver at as soon as possible if you would like to submit one or two photographs (maximum framed size approximately 11 x 14 inches). Starting May 1, hours are Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

• Individuals and families interested in the breeding, training and availability of service dogs can learn more in a webinar by Canine Companions at 6:30 p.m. May 2 as part of the Library’s 2022 Autism Resource Fair of Ocean County. The Bratnik family of Ocean County will discuss their experiences raising puppies and the 18-month process to develop a
fully functional service dog. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.
The non-profit organization Canine Companions trains service dogs for people
disabled free of charge. Registration at is required to attend this free program, sponsored by the library’s Autism Resource Committee. Registrants will receive links for the Zoom presentation by email.

• Adults living with autism can learn about a Rutgers University program that offers personalized support for success in life. Supporting Community Access through Leisure and Employment (SCALE) will be the subject of a virtual seminar at 7 p.m. on April 25, as part of the Ocean County Library’s 2022 Autism Resource Fair. Program Director Dr. James Maraventano will lead the Zoom presentation. Open to people aged 21 and older, with primary diagnoses of autism spectrum disorders, SCALE provides supports that are geared towards community settings. Registration at is required to attend this free program. Registrants will receive links to the program by email.

• Monmouth County Park System will host Splendid Spring Strolls on April 25 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Manasquan Reservoir, Howell, meet in the Environmental Center parking lot. Join a naturalist from the park system on a leisurely stroll along the trails. Sturdy shoes are recommended as the trails may have inclines or tree roots to step over. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Monmouth County Park System will host Wool and Sheep Shearing Days on April 23 and 24 from noon to 3 p.m. at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. Learn how farm staff use traditional shearing practices to remove fleece from sheep. Gene Sheninger will return with his Collies to show off their herding skills. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Monmouth County Park System will hold a traditional quilting demonstration on April 30 from 1-3 p.m. at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. Watch a quilter demonstrate hand sewing. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Made 2022 in Monmouth will take place on April 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Robert J. Collins Arena at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft. The event is free for merchants and residents. Made in Monmouth will showcase locally made products, such as baked goods, jewellery, wine, home decor and more. Interested growers and manufacturers can join the waitlist by contacting the Economic Development Division by emailing or calling 732-431-7470 for more information. information.

• The Westlake Woman’s The club is offering five $500 scholarships to female residents of Jackson. The scholarships are available to qualified individuals who have been accepted into a post-secondary education or training program and who meet one of the following criteria: currently completing high school; currently working and planning to enroll in a program to improve their skills, change careers or wish to continue their studies; is not currently working, but would like to take vocational training or retraining; enrolled in a public school or vocational school in a continuing education program. Applications are available online at Applications are also available through the Jackson Library, the guidance offices of Jackson Liberty and Jackson Memorial High Schools, Ocean County Vo-Tech, and the financial aid offices of Ocean County College and Georgian Court University. The deadline for submission is May 7.

• Monmouth County Park System will host its annual Creative Arts Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 7 at Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft. This juried arts festival features works by specially selected artists in pottery, photography, jewelry, paintings and other mediums. The festival also includes live music, free activities and artist demonstrations. Admission and parking are free. Details:

• New Jersey Blood Services, a division of the New York Blood Center, will hold blood drives open to the public. The following trips are scheduled: April 21, Howell Donor Center, 4068 Route 9 South, Howell, 1:30-8:30 p.m.; April 26, Howell Donor Center, 1:30-8:30 p.m.; April 27, Howell Donor Center, 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.; April 28, Howell Donor Center, 1:30-8:30 p.m. To donate blood, call 1-800-933-2566 or visit

• Join Centraide of Monmouth and Ocean Counties and for the United for Impact Food Truck Festival from noon to 6 p.m. April 24 along West Main Street, Freehold Borough. There will be food trucks, beer, live music, games and more to support United Way’s mission. Sponsorship opportunities and vendor tables are available. Register at

• Moose in full ownership The Motorcycle Committee will present the 2022 New Jersey State Elks Army of Hope Poker Run, in memory of Chris Malvone and other fallen and seriously injured veterans, on April 30, rain or shine. All are welcome to register from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Freehold Elks Lodge No. 1454, 73 E. Main St., Freehold Borough. The Poker Run begins and ends at the lodge. The cost is $20 per passenger and $15 per passenger, and includes the poker race, a 1 p.m. party, food, drinks, and a DJ. Admission to the party only is $15. Details: Christine Reese, 347-739-6254, or Joe Pindilli, 908-635-4788.

• Master Rutgers Gardeners will hold their Spring Garden Day plant sale May 13-14 at the Cooperative Extension of Monmouth County, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, through Rutgers University, 4000 Kozloski Road, Freehold Township. Great plants and free garden talks by Rutgers Master Gardeners will be available on both days.
Details: Visit

• Monmouth County Officials have planned a paper shredding event so that residents have the opportunity to safely dispose of old documents and confidential files. A shredding event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 18 at Howell at Memorial/Adelphia School, 485 Adelphia Road (Route 524). County residents can shred up to 100 pounds. Large binder clips should be removed from documents; staples and paper clips can remain. Details: See the recycling section of the county website,, or call 732-683-8686, ext. 8967.

• Monmouth County The library offers six courses available at any time and without prior registration on Virtual Yoga, highlighting breathing, movement, stretching and other activities. Each program is offered at https://ly/MonCoLibraryYoga. Programs are offered by Steven Russell of Becoming Sound. Those interested can choose their own path with moves from six of the most popular library video course series. The sessions are yoga breathing; yoga stretches; yogic movement; Yoga stretches with support; Yoga at home on the floor; and Standing Home Yoga. Individuals should consult a physician before beginning any exercise program.

• New Jersey Blood Services, a division of the New York Blood Center, is looking for volunteers to assist donors at area blood drives. No medical training necessary. Volunteers must be open to providing friendly customer service, be able to complete tasks as needed, and must provide proof of COVID vaccination prior to volunteering. Must have transportation. All training is provided, including precautions to be taken for the safety of staff and blood donors. For more information, call or text Sharon Zetts at 732-850-8906, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To apply online as a blood donor volunteer, go to

• 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

• Online support and a discussion group for women in the workplace is offered by the Mental Health Association of New Jersey, which has an affiliate office in Ocean County. The focus is on women who have experienced bullying or emotional, physical or sexual abuse at work. The group, Life in Waves, meets online twice a month via Zoom. Through the group, members share resources and strategies to improve their mental health. Life in Waves meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 7 p.m. To receive a link, call 609-652-3800 or email

• CentraState Medical The Center has launched a new online bereavement support group led by clinical social workers who are licensed and certified in grief counseling to help people 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. Private groups provide a safe, non-judgmental space for participants to share their emotions and struggles. The group meets via Zoom on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 3 p.m. To register, call 732-303-5170 or email or

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