About Town for Jan. 10-17

January 10, 2014
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Dr. Dennis Brown of the Shorehands Family Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Atlantic Highlands and Red Bank will present a program entitled “The Perfect Storm” at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 28, at the Atlantic Highlands library.

The program is a detailed seminar discussing topics that face our children today, and how one symptom leads to the next. He will teach parents how they can top the cycle of illness.

Registration is required and may be completed by calling the library at 732-291-1956.

The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Atlantic Highlands Library, Monmouth County Branch.


The Colts Neck Reformed Church will host a blood drive for the Central Jersey Blood Center from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, in Fellowship Hall.

Donation restrictions are available by calling the Central Jersey Blood Center at 732-842-5750 with eligibility questions.

There is always a blood supply shortage so donors are encouraged to make a difference and help save a life.

Additional information and appointments are available by calling the church office at 732-462-4555.


The public is invited to a free screening of “The People Speak” at 6 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Unitarian meetinghouse, 1475 W. Front St.

The film is a documentary inspired by historian Howard Zinn’s book “A People’s History of the United States,” with performances of letters, diary entries, speeches, and songs from throughout U.S. history, featuring readings by Matt Damon, Danny Glover, and Sean Penn, and musical performances by Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.

Light refreshments served.

For more information, call Dan Ciaglia at 732-284-6312 or email sarah.klepner@gmail.com.


All Saints’ Memorial Church, the Junior Leagues of New Jersey State Public Affairs Committee, and the N.J. Coalition to Prevent Human Trafficking will hold from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, a Human Trafficking Community Forum.

The free event will feature the Rev. Canon William ‘Chip’ H. Stokes, who is 12th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey, and a panel of people involved in the struggle. The forum will be held at All Saints’ Memorial Church Parish House, 202 Navesink Ave.

Human trafficking equates to modern-day slavery. New Jersey is a frequent venue for human trafficking because it is on the I-95 corridor. The Super Bowl, to be held in New Jersey on Feb. 2, is an especially attractive venue for traffickers creating a major marketplace. Traffickers look in communities and online for vulnerable teenagers and others to lure into sex trafficking. Learn how to protect children and young people at this important and timely community forum.

Refreshments will be served following the forum.

The Spirit of Shrewsbury

For more information call 732-872-1716.


Monmouth Conservatory of Music, 50 White St., is holding a student/alumni gala concert at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12.

The concert will feature student performances in flute, piano, violin and the intermediate and advanced chamber orchestras.

The theme of the concert is “Children Helping Children.” As part of the conservatory’s public outreach program, the conservatory will donate all contributions made at the concert to help Red Bank families in need.

The Monmouth Conservatory of Music is a nonprofit 501(3)(c) organization.


The Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade organization is holding a fundraiser from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Murphy’s Tavern at 17 Ward Lane.

Admission is $10 per person and includes a complimentary buffet and live Irish music.

The Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Inc. is a recognized 501 (c) (3) nonprofit,

tax-exempt organization formed to honor St. Patrick and acknowledge the many contributions of the Irish-American community. Its mission is to present a safe, fun-filled annual parade for the entire family by raising awareness and appreciation of the contributions the Irish-American community has made to American culture, business, and government.

Additional information is available by calling 732-842-1600 or visiting www.rumsonstpatricksdayparade.org.


The Two Rivers Women in Business Consortium is being relaunched in 2014.

The first meeting will be held Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Bingham Hall at 40 Bingham Ave. Networking will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the presentation starting at 8 a.m.

This month’s program will feature a panel of local women who have gracefully and stoically accepted change and overcame severe challenges. Their candid discussion and banter will serve as inspiration.

The contribution for the event is $15 that includes breakfast, coffee and raffle opportunities.

The business consortium will be featuring a charity for which contributions can be made for an additional $5. Receipts will be given at the door.

Those attending are asked to RSVP by 5 p.m. Monday, Jan 20, by emailing to tworiverswomeninbusiness@gmail.com or calling (732) 245-7589.


There may be snow on the ground, but the Shrewsbury Community Garden Committee is looking ahead to spring.

The committee invites all current and prospective members to attend the Annual Gardener’s Meeting, 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 13 at the Shrewsbury Historical Society. The meeting will provide the first opportunity for gardeners to apply for plots for the 2014 growing season. It will also serve as a forum for members to review the past season’s operations and successes, discuss possible areas of concern, and explore opportunities for improvement to the garden.

Also at the meeting, guest speaker Sabrina Tirpak, senior laboratory technician with Rutgers University Cooperative Extension, will give a special presentation on common insects found in vegetable gardens.

The Spirit of Shrewsbury

Refreshments will be served.

The Shrewsbury Community Garden, located adjacent to the Shrewsbury Municipal Building, just completed its second season, expanding from 35 gardeners in 2012 to nearly 70 gardeners in 2013. Nonprofit groups such as The Shrewsbury Garden Club, the Shrewsbury Firehouse and several church groups also hold plots in the garden. During the growing season, a portion of the garden’s produce is donated to Lunch Break in Red Bank through the “Plant A Row” or PAR program. The local food pantry estimates that the produce donated by local gardens helped serve more than 56,000 meals last year.

The Shrewsbury Community Garden Committee meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Municipal Building at Borough Hall. The public is invited to attend.


The Shrewsbury Garden Club (SGC) invites the public to join its monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the Shrewsbury Historical Society, 419 Sycamore Ave.

Renowned special event floral designer, Nancy Kitchen, will present “The Romance of Flowers through the Ages.” Kitchen, the owner of the Flower Loft, an event planning and floral design business in Rahway, will share the history of flowers and why we love them in this free lecture.

The Shrewsbury Garden Club meets every third Thursday of the month from September through June at the Shrewsbury Historical Society. The public is always welcome to attend. Recent programs have included a lecture on the art of Ikebana by floral designer Patricia Kettering, a guided tour of Seven Arrows East CSA farm in Highlands, and a cooking demonstration by Red Bank Regional High School culinary instructor Peter Roskowinski. The club was also recently selected to help decorate the governor’s mansion, Drumthwacket, for the holidays.

For more information about the SGC, visit shrewsburygc.com or follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/shrewsburygardenclub.


The Jersey Shore Rose Society will hold its monthly meeting on Saturday, Jan. 25, in the community room at Kensington Court Assisted Living, 864 Shrewsbury Ave.

The meeting will begin with a 12:30- to 1:30 p.m. beginner clinic, conducted by consulting Rosarians. The clinic will be followed by a 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. main meeting with a scheduled activity.

The Jersey Shore Rose Society’s January meeting will provide information about growing roses. All are invited to attend.


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