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May 17, 2013
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River Road Books in Fair Haven will partner with Monmouth County Histori­cal Association on Wednes­day, May 29, to host award-winning and best-selling author Nathanial Philbrick as he discusses his newest book Bunker Hill:  A City, A Siege, A Revolution.

The author will give a presentation at 7 p.m. at the Nauvoo Grill at 121 Fair Haven Road. Light refreshments will be served and a cash bar will be available.

In Bunker Hill, Philbrick tells the story that ignited the American Revolu­tion. With passion and insight, Philbrick reconstructs the revolutionary landscape – geographic and ideological – in a narrative of the robust, messy and blisteringly real origins of America.

Philbrick also is the author of In the Heart of the Sea, which was a winner of the National Book Award, and Mayflower. The event is part of Philbrick’s national book tour.

The event is free with the purchase of a book. Reserva­tions are required and may be made by visiting riverroadbooks@verizon.net or calling 732-747-9455.



The public is invited to this month’s social action film, Education Under Fire, which will be shown at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the Unitarian meeting house at 1475 W. Front St.

This film is about defending the right to higher education in Iran. Today, thousands are denied formal university education due to their religious or ideological beliefs.

Join Patty Whyte, a member of the local Bahai community, for Q-and-A after this short-form documentary tel­ling the poignant and compelling story of the Bahá’í Institute for Higher Educa­tion (BIHE) – an organization struggling to provide the opportunity for an entire minority community in Iran to receive an education.

The movie and discussion are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Additional information is available by calling 732-219-6901.



The Red Bank Art Walk will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 17. It’s an opportunity for residents and visitors to do a self-guided walking tour and experience the original artwork exhibited throughout the borough.

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In addition to traditional galleries and museums, a select number of business owners will participate by holding an exhibition at their location. Curators will be matched with each business and will select the artists in conjunction with the venue.

Maps will be available throughout the borough and online that list all participating venues coded by the style of art they exhibit. Those looking for a more traditional art viewing experience, a more contemporary art viewing experience or a little of both, will see a path laid out to follow.

Attendees can embark on a self-guided tour by using the provided maps or take part in a tour guided by artists, which will be conducted at regular intervals throughout Red Bank.

Through the Red Bank Art Walk, residents and visitors can experience a greater appreciation for the visual arts.



The Middletown United Methodist Church will be holding a community barbecue from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the church at 924 Middletown-Lincroft Road. Families with children are invited to attend.

Games for kids and adults, free food and good friendships will be featured at the event.

It is the fourth community event sponsored by the church this year. The first three – the Chili Cookout for First Responders, the Easter Egg Hunt and the Ladybug Festival – were well attended and enjoyed by many families.

Additional information is available by calling 732-671-0707 or visiting the website at www.middletownumcnj.org.

The Middletown Township Historical Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 20, at the MacLeod-Rice House at Croydon Hall, 900 Leonard­ville Road, Leonardo.

The program will feature Walter Greason’s talk, “Middletown – The NJ Suburbs’ Importance to the World Economy.”

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin asserted that small towns are the “real America” during her 2008 campaign for vice president. Robert and Helen Lynd advanced a similar, but fundamentally different, argument earlier in the 20th century in their groundbreaking work, Middle town, a study made in Indiana with a title close to home.

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New Jersey became by 1970 the hub of the global service economy largely due to the expansion of commercial credit and federally insured suburbanization. Greason’s new book, Subur­ban Erasure, analyzes the importance of these changes and contrasts them with the more celebrated reforms of the Civil Rights Movement. Persistent tensions between United States political ideals and the economic realities of the information marketplace shape an exciting discussion about the collapse of the global middle class.

The public is welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.



Sea Brighters Embracing Action will be hosting a fundraiser from noon until 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Ama Ristorante, 1485 Ocean Ave.

Tickets are $55 per person.

All proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward purchasing beach necessities that were lost during Super Storm Sandy, including new lifeguard stations, lifeguard boats, uniforms and beach umbrellas.

Fundraisers are also asking that people consider making a donation of a monetary gift, a gift certificate or gift basket to enable Sea Bright to get the beach up and running for the 2013 season.

There are opportunities to individually sponsor a lifeguard chair, lifeboat or umbrella. The name of the donor’s business or organization will be prominently displayed on the object sponsored.

Those interested may contact visitseabright1@verizon.net or call 212-450-7412.

Those wanting to sponsor an item or make a monetary donation should make checks payable to Sea Bright Partnership Inc., which is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

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