Town Journal Week of May 9

May 9, 2014
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The Atlantic Highlands Arts Council will present a “Living Room Concert – An Evening of Charming Classical Music in an Intimate Living Room Setting” at 7:30 p.m.Saturday, May 17.

Pianist Laura DuBois and violinist Joel DeWitt will offer an evening of classical music, including the world premiere of Robert O’Connor’s composition of songs from winter. Guests will enjoy music, refreshments and conversation in an elegant home in Atlantic Highlands.

The Atlantic Highlands Arts Council’s Living Room Concert series presents professional musicians in the intimate living rooms of private homes and of the historical society’s Strauss Mansion. With fewer than 50 seats available for each concert, audience members have the opportunity to meet the musicians.

Tickets are $20, and are available online at

The AHAC is a registered 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. The mission of the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council is to strengthen community through the arts. For further information on the Arts Council, visit


The Dead Beat Poet Society will read Niccolo satirical play, “The Mandrake,” during its meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at the Atlantic Highlands Public Library, 100 First Ave.

Many people may be unaware that aside from writing “The Prince” and other political works, Machiavelli wrote plays, poems and fiction.

Members of the group will do a staged reading and discuss the play, choosing the parts the night of the meeting. Those who would like to pick a part in advance may do so and let the librarians know. Copies of the play are available at the circulation desk

The meeting is free and open to the public.


Those who wish to be part of FilmOneFest, called “best little film festival in the world,” have until May 15 to get their videos and films to the competition.

FilmOneFest, the international 1-minute film festival, will be held Saturday, July 19, at the Atlantic Highlands Marina, located on the shores of historic Sandy Hook Bay. The free, town-wide celebration of the short-short film has become an exciting exhibition of the art of filmmaking and a must-attend event at the shore. Filmmakers from around the world and across the country are showcased on a giant outdoor screen.

FilmOneFest accepts all videos and films less than 2 minutes in length. To submit, visit and click on “Submit a Video.”

The Atlantic Highlands Arts Council (AHAC) is a registered 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. Its mission is to strengthen community through the arts.

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Additional information is available by visiting

The program is made possible in part by the Monmouth County Arts Council through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Monmouth County Historical Commission, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.



The Middletown United Methodist Church will host from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, its third community event “The Lady Bug Festival and Carnival” for families with young children.

The event celebrates the arrival of spring, the beauty of the earth and the ladybug that plays a small but important role in sustaining a clean green eco-friendly environment for all to enjoy. The ladybug provides a natural pesticide for plants to thrive.

Families with young children are strongly encouraged to attend the fun-filled afternoon, featuring ladybugs through games and crafts. Each family will receive a bag of live ladybugs to take home to their garden. A free sit-down lunch of hot dogs and chips will be provided. A plant sale also will be held at that time.

The Middletown United Methodist Church is located at 924 Middletown-Lincroft Road.

Additional information is available by calling 732-671-0707 or the website at


The Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County (BGCM) is sponsoring its first “Loving the Skin I’m In” pageant from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Celestial Lodge, 141 Drs. James Parker Blvd.

Young ladies, ages 5-13, are encouraged to participate in this fun, encouraging, and self-esteem enhancing event.

“We wanted to give all of our girls an opportunity to build their confidence and truly celebrate and embrace their individuality,” said Christy Crank, director of BGCM’s Red Bank Unit. “The event is designed to guide these young people towards developing positive and healthy attitudes about themselves.”

The pageant comprises a talent presentation, formalwear showcase, and a question-and-answer period. All girls will receive a sash for participating.

Three age groups will be crowned: Mini Princess for girls ages 5-6, Junior Princess for those ages 7-9, and Mini Queen for those ages 10-13.

The price for pageant entry or attendance is $5 for children, $2 for BGCM members and $10 for adults.

Additional information about the “Loving the Skin I’m In” pageant, is available by contacting Crank at or 732-530-0065.



Just in time for Mother’s Day, the Shrewsbury Garden Club (SGC) will host its annual gardeners market from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Shrewsbury Borough Gazebo at 419 Sycamore Ave.

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Along with flats of spring annuals, vegetable and herbs, the SGC will be selling hanging baskets, cut flowers and a wide selection of perennials grown from members’ gardens. The club also will be holding its ever-popular “green elephant sale,” featuring gently used garden tools, books, containers, patio furniture and other outdoor treasures.

Funds raised from the gardener’s market and green elephant sale help support the SGC’s efforts to maintain the gardens at Patriots Isle, the gazebo, the Shrewsbury Historical Society, the greenhouse garden and the herb garden at the historic Allen House.

For more information about the Shrewsbury Garden Club, or to learn about becoming a member, visit the SGC’s website at or its Facebook page at


The Jersey Shore PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) support meeting in Monmouth County will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 12, at the Presbyterian Church House, 352 Sycamore Ave.

The meetings offer support, education and advocacy for parents, family and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. Meetings are held on the second Monday of every month

The group’s monthly transgender and transfamilies support meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 19. These meetings offer support, education and advocacy for parents, family and friends of transgender individuals and their families. Meetings are held on the third Monday of every month.

Although meetings are held in a church building, PFLAG is not affiliated with any religious organization.

For more information about Jersey Shore PFLAG, see, call 908-814-2155 or email


The Jersey Shore Rose Society will be holding its monthly meeting on Saturday, May 31, in the community room at Kensington Court Assisted Living, 864 Shrewsbury Ave.

A beginner clinic will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. by consulting Rosarians. The main meeting will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The topic this month for the free meeting will be a question-and-answer session. Additional information is available by visiting the website at


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