Around Town: Week of April 4 – 11

April 4, 2014
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Friends of the Atlantic Highlands Library present “Why Do They Do That? A Presentation about Behavior” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10 at the library, 100 First Ave.
During the presentation, the four reasons “why” behavior occurs will be outlined with specific examples. Day-to-day issues such as teaching children to accept “no” for an answer, waiting appropriately, transitioning away from preferred items and other functional behaviors will be discussed.
The presenter will be Ray Cepeda, the founder and director of ABA Skills, LLC, a private consultation firm specializing in the education and treatment of children with autism and related learning differences.
Registration is required and may be completed by calling the library at 732-291-1956.



Keansburg Amusement Park continues its decade-long tradition by kicking off the season with its annual Easter egg hunt at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 13, rain or shine.

Kids of all ages are invited to bring their own basket and hunt for some of the thousands of prize-filled eggs. Grand prize winners will win bikes. All will be able to meet the Easter Bunny, have fun riding the kiddie rides, and play in the arcades and games.  The event is sponsored by Coca-Cola.

Owned by the Gehlhaus family, Keansburg Amusements and Runaway Rapids is celebrating its 110th year as New Jersey’s first amusement park on the on the Jersey Shore. Park attractions include rides, games, go-carts, fishing pier and food.

Additional information is available on the website at



Monmouth Museum and Colonial American Bank present an exhibition of Carlos Frias’ paintings, and Paul Lenz’ photography, now through May at the bank’s Shrewsbury and Middletown locations.

The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, is part of the museum’s New Jersey Emerging Artists Series in efforts to promote arts in the community. The artists have all had their first solo shows at the Monmouth Museum. All work on exhibit is available for purchase through the museum.

Colonial American Bank is located at 490-B Shrewsbury Plaza in Shrewsbury, and 1405 Route 35, Middletown.



“Miracles: Do They Happen Today?” is the focus of a seminar series led by the Rev. Richard L. Shaw, Ph.D., pastor of Calvary Chapel of Monmouth County.

Set for 7 p.m. Wednesdays, starting April 23, the series opens with “Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead in His Crucified Body?” For the following six to eight Wednesdays, discussions will center on “Miracles: What are they and are they still happening?” Seminar participants will look at the biblical teaching on miracles, consider miracles worldwide and review examples of miracles experienced by Shaw.

Each session includes time for questions and answers, with light refreshments.  Everyone is welcome at no charge; donations accepted.

Calvary Chapel of Monmouth County is located at 810 Hwy. 35.

Additional information is available by calling 732-497-2444 or 732-751-1111, or visiting Shaw’s Facebook page on Calvary Chapel.



The Monmouth County Audubon Society will host a walk at Seven Presidents Park at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 12, to look for nesting shorebirds and at the role of the shorebird monitor program in their protection.

Seven Presidents Park, part of the Monmouth County Park System, is a waterfront preserve that features a wide, white-sand beach, extensive dunes and children’s activity area. The park is a great birding destination at any season, with sea birds and ducks off the ocean in the winter, and shorebirds in the spring and summer.

The park plays host to many of the area’s nesting threatened and endangered shorebirds, such as piping plover, least tern, American oystercatcher and others.
The group will bird around the park and discuss the role of the shorebird monitor in conservation and protection efforts and how people can join the volunteer ranks of the shorebird monitors.

Anyone interested in participating in the event can meet at 10 a.m. in the north parking lot at the corner of Ocean Avenue North and Atlantic Avenue, outside the Skateplex.

The trip is open to members and nonmembers of the Monmouth County Audubon Society, and participation is free. Advance registration is not required.

Participants should dress appropriately for cold temperatures, which are common along the coast at this time of year. Binoculars are essential, and a field guide is helpful. Pets are not permitted.



The Middletown Arts Center (MAC), located at 36 Church St., will host its popular “Day Off” program April 14-18 and April 21-25. The MAC offers families from Middletown and surrounding communities affordable half- or full-day schedules for children in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Children will be entertained by the MAC’s professional instructors during a variety of arts and crafts, music, dance, theater and other activities. Classes are held throughout the secure 23,000 square-foot facility, which includes art workshops, a theater, dance studio, computer lab and gallery.
Morning or afternoon sessions are available.

The cost for members is $20, non-members $25. For a full-day session, the cost for Middletown Arts Center members is $40; $50 for nonmembers. For an additional $7 per hour, before-care begins at 7 a.m. and after-care is available until 6 p.m.

Preregistration is required.

Additional information and registration is available by calling 732-706-4100.




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