Independent Datebook, April 20 – – 71Bait

• From 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m Wool Days/Sheep Shearing will be held April 23-24 at Historic Longstreet Farm, Longstreet Road, Holmdel. Events include sheep shearing and shepherd dog demonstrations. Visitors can take a wagon ride to a neighboring site, the Monmouth County Historical Association’s Holmes-Hendrickson House, where staff demonstrate how wool was used in colonial America with spinning and weaving activities. Admission and parking are free. Details:

• New Jersey Blood Services, a division of the New York Blood Center, is conducting the following blood drives: Hazlet Emergency Services, 372 Middle Road, Hazlet, April 25, 1-7 p.m.; Lincroft Bible Church, 790 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, April 26, 1-7pm Appointments are recommended. Donors without an appointment will be accepted if space allows. To schedule an appointment, visit or call 800-933-2566.

• Shalom Temple of Aberdeen Township will host a Volunteers for Israel program on May 1st at 7pm with speaker Mark Werner. The lecture will take place via Zoom. To get the Zoom link and register, call 732-566-2621 or email Werner volunteered on Israeli military bases for 18 years to show his support for Israel. He has written about Sar-El, an organization that allows volunteers from around the world to do civilian work on Israeli military bases.

• The county of Monmouth Park System is hosting its annual Creative Arts Festival on May 7th from 10am to 4pm at Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft. This juried arts festival showcases specially selected artists’ work in ceramics, photography, jewelry, paintings and other media. The festival also includes live music, free activities and artist performances. Admission and parking are free. Details:

• The Middletown Arts Center, 36 Church St., Middletown, April 1-27, will be showcasing the work of book illustrator and Middletown resident Toby Gowing. The exhibition shows almost 50 illustrations by the artist from the years 1980 to 2010 as well as several of her still lifes. In partnership with Middletown Township Public Library, a video tour of the exhibition will be available at and During the tour, Gowing explains her book illustration process, provides background information on selected artworks and insights into her work experiences. In addition, on May 11 at 7:00 p.m., the library is hosting a special teen evening, led by Gowing, entitled “How to Become an Illustrator”.

• The county of Monmouth Park System is hosting a cookstove demonstration on April 23rd from 11am to 3pm at Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel. See what’s being cooked on the wood-burning stove and discover how recipes, cooking techniques and cuisine have changed since the 1890s. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• The county of Monmouth Park System is hosting a Nature Lecture Series: Weakfish – A Troubled Fish of New Jersey on April 21 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center in Middletown. A park system naturalist will speak about this beautiful saltwater fish and the efforts being made to restore it. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• The county of Monmouth Park System is holding Wool Days/Sheep Shearing on April 23rd and 24th from 12pm to 3pm at Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel. Learn how farm staff use traditional shearing methods to remove the fur from the sheep. Gene Sheninger will be returning with his Collies to show off their herding skills. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• The county of Monmouth Park System is hosting Seabrook Wilson House Tours at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Middletown, on April 24 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visit this early 17th-century house and see exhibits on the ecology of the bay and local history. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• The county of Monmouth Park System is holding a traditional tap demonstration on April 30th from 1pm to 3pm at Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel. Watch a quilter demonstrate hand sewing. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Made in 2022 in Monmouth will be held on April 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Robert J. Collins Arena at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft. The event is free for vendors and residents. Made in Monmouth showcases locally made products such as baked goods, jewellery, wine, home decor and more. Interested producers and manufacturers can apply to be on the waitlist by contacting the Department of Economic Development at or by calling 732-431-7470 for more information.

• Monmouth County Officials Schedule shredding events so residents have the opportunity to safely dispose of old documents and confidential files. All Shredder events will be held from 9 am to 1 pm at the following locations: May 21, Eatontown Municipal Lot on Throckmorton Avenue; 9 July, Matawan-Aberdeen Railway Station, Car Park 1; 20 August, Aberdeen Municipal Building, 1 Aberdeen Square; September 10, Union Beach Recycling Center, 1400 Florence Ave.; and November 12, Middletown North High School, 63 Tindall Drive, Middletown. County residents are allowed to shred up to 100 pounds of documents. Large staples must be removed from documents; Staples and paperclips can be left behind. For information about paper shredding and recycling events, visit the recycling section of the county’s website,, or call 732-683-8686 ext. 8967.

• The Freehold Moose The Motorcycle Committee presents the 2022 New Jersey State Elks Army of Hope Poker Run in memory of Chris Malvone and other fallen and seriously wounded veterans on April 30th, rain or shine. All are welcome to register at Freehold Elks Lodge No. 1454, 73 E. Main St., Freehold Borough from 9am to 11am. The poker run begins and ends at the lodge. The cost is $20 per driver and $15 per passenger and includes the poker run, a 1pm party, food, drinks and a DJ. Entry to the party is only $15. Details: Christine Reese, 347-739-6254, or Joe Pindilli, 908-635-4788.

• The Rutgers champion Gardeners are hosting their Spring Garden Day Plant Sale May 13-14 at the Cooperative Extension of Monmouth County, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, through Rutgers University, 4000 Kozloski Road, Freehold Township. Both days feature great plants and free garden talks from Rutgers Master Gardeners.
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• The county of Monmouth The library offers six classes, available anytime, without prior registration, for virtual yoga that emphasizes breathing, movement, stretching, and other activities. Each program is offered at https://ly/MonCoLibraryYoga. The programs are presented by Steven Russell of Becoming Sound. Interested individuals can choose their own path with moves from six of the most popular library video class series. Sessions are yogic breathing; yoga stretching; yoga movement; yoga stretching with support; yoga at home on the floor; and yoga at home standing. Individuals should consult a doctor before beginning any exercise program.

• New Jersey Blood Services, a division of the New York Blood Center is looking for volunteers to help donors with blood drives in the area. No medical background necessary. Volunteers should be outgoing to provide friendly customer service, be able to perform tasks as needed, and be required to provide proof of COVID vaccination prior to volunteering. Must have transportation. All training is provided including precautions for staff and blood donor safety. For more information, call or text Sharon Zetts at 732-850-8906, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To apply online to become a volunteer blood donor, go to

• Guild of Embroiderers of America – Monmouth Chapter is dedicated to teaching and sharing the joys of needlework. The organization welcomes sewers of all levels. Evening stitchers meet on the first Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. Tagstitchers meet on the third Thursday of every month at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom. Details: Toni, 732-462-5540 or visit their website: www.mcega. org

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