Tri-Town News Calendar, Jan 5th



• Artists from Jackson Township Sue Kolb and Robert Jenkin will return to the Jackson branch of the Ocean County Library in January to host an exhibit that will remain on display until March. Kolb developed his skills with guidance from Hungarian artist Bella Schmidt, as well as Sandy Huston, Steven Assael and Scott Nickerson from County Monmouth. Jenkin, a self-taught artist and former teacher, incorporated art and musicality into his former role as owner of Knolltop Country Day Camp in eastern Brunswick. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Details: 732-928-4400 or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org/events

• New Jersey Blood Services, a division of the New York Blood Center, is looking for volunteers to help donors with area blood drives. No medical training required. Volunteers must be outgoing to provide friendly customer service, be able to complete tasks as needed, and must provide proof of COVID vaccination before volunteering. Must have transportation. All training is provided, including safety precautions for 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. Volunteer-nybc / volunteer-application /

• Monmouth County Park System will be hosting a Yarn Bee on January 8 from noon to 2:30 p.m. at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. All are invited to participate and work on their own project. Knit or crochet at your own pace; farm staff will be on hand to help those who need a little extra help. Bring your own supplies. Open to 10 years old and over; under 18 with adult. The cost is $ 5 per person; cash or check only. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Monmouth County Park System will host Cutting, Splitting and Hewing on January 9 from noon to 2:30 p.m. at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. Warm up with a two-person saw and a splitting wedge; learn how farmers used a froe to rivet shingles or a large ax to cut beams. Open to adults. To free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Monmouth County Park System will host the Casual Birder on January 11 at 9 a.m. at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center in Howell. Join a park system naturalist for a relaxed morning bird walk. Open to all ages; under 18 with adult. To free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Monmouth County Park System will host Nature on the Move – Winter Days: Adaptations – How do animals stay warm in winter? January 22 at 3 p.m. at Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold Township, meet in the parking lot of the refuge building. Look for the colorful Nature on the Move van from the Park System and join a Park System Naturalist for a hands-on, 45- to 60-minute interactive program. Stay warm with hot chocolate while exploring how nature survives the cold through games and fun activities. To free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• New Jersey Blood Services, a division of the New York Blood Center, holds blood drives on the following dates: January 6, Howell Donor Center, 4068 Route 9 South, Howell, 1:30 pm-8:30pm; January 11, Howell Donor Center, 1:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 12, Howell Donor Center, 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. January 13, Howell Donor Center, 1:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Jan. 18, Howell Donor Center, 1:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m .; Jan. 19, Howell Donor Center, 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. January 20, Howell Donor Center, 1:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m .; January 25, Howell Donor Center, 1:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m .; Jan. 26, Howell Donor Center, 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Jan. 27, Howell Donor Center, 1:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. To donate blood, call 1-800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org

• Monmouth County Park System is looking for registrations for its exhibition “The silence of winter”. The exhibition, which runs from February 4 to March 26 at the gallery at the Thompson Park Creative Arts Center in Lincroft, will feature works inspired by the serenity and stillness of winter. This theme is open to any work that captures the energy of the season, whether through the use of colors, the aesthetic choice or the subject. Non-traditional and traditional renderings of winter are welcome. The registration deadline is January 14th. A registration form is available on the The Gallery at Thompson Park page at www.MonmouthCountyParks.com

• New Jersey Blood Services, a division of the New York Blood Center, is holding a blood drive open to the public on January 6 at the Jackson Mills Fire Station, 465 North County Line Road, Jackson, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. To donate blood, call 1-800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org

• For people who are struggling with depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety, there is free, confidential support led by a trained facilitator. The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance meets Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Brighter Days Community Wellness Center, 268 Bennetts Mills Road, Jackson. There are no doctors or therapists in the group, just people who are living with a mental health problem. Members strive to support each other and share their stories. Details: Valérie, 610-766-0658, or visit dbsalliance.org

• New online support and a focus 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 psychological, physical or sexual violence at work. The Life in Waves group 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 Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. To receive a link, call 609-652-3800 or email [email protected]

• CentraState Medical The Center has launched a new online bereavement support group led by licensed clinical social workers and certified in bereavement 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. 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 Thursday of each month at 3 p.m. To register, call 732-303-5170 or email [email protected] or [email protected]

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