Special needs Boy Scout troop accepting new applications

Boy Scout Troop 926 meets every Monday at St. Martha’s Church, Herbertsville Road, Point Pleasant, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

On Jan. 4 at 7:30 p.m. they will be accepting applications for differently abled/special needs boys who want to join Boy Scouts. It is an opportunity to make friends and have fun while learning life skills.

Boy Scouting, one of the traditional membership divisions of the BSA, is available to boys who are at least 10 years old or have completed the fifth grade and are at least 10, or who are 11 years old. The program achieves the BSA’s objectives of developing character, citizenship and personal fitness.

Special needs Scouts can take as long as they want to earn merit badges.

For more information, call 732-938- 5830 or email bsatroop7926@gmail.com.

Antique Motorcycle Club gains national standing

Fred Davis, the national director of new chapters with the Antique Motorcycle Club of America, has announced that the Jersey Shore chapter has become the 63rd chapter in the national club.

The Antique Motorcycle Club of America was founded in 1954 by a group of antique bike fans in New England, according to a press release.In the decades since, the club has grown to become the largest organization of antique motorcycle enthusiasts in the world, with 11,000 members in the United States and more than a dozen other countries.

To be a member, all one has to have is an interest in antique motorcycles, no antique necessary. The Jersey Shore Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America is devoted to sharing information, techniques and history about motorcycles, according to the press release. With regular meetings and club events in and around Belmar, the chapter seeks to preserve and promote the historic restoration of motorcycles and motorcycling memorabilia.

A Tour de Shore road rally will take place on Sept. 27, 2016. The event will start at Harley Davidson, Long Branch. Motorcycles 35 years old and older will travel through Long Branch, Deal, Asbury Park, Ocean Grove, Bradley Beach, Avon, Belmar, Spring Lake and Manasquan.

Once the antique rally is underway, a poker run will follow. A concluding event in Howell will feature rock bands, food, the Miss Jersey Shore Pageant, an antique motorcycle show and more.

For more information, email to Mickeyyak1@comcast.net or call Mike at 848 992-4904.

Notes

Lutheran Church of the Reformation is currently seeking donations for its food pantry at 992 Broadway, West Long Branch.

Items most needed include canned soup, fruit and vegetables, juice, pasta, jelly and hot and cold cereal. Do not bring glass jars or expired food.

Food donations can be dropped off at the rear entrance next to the mailbox from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 732-229-9180.

Ocean’s Holiday Weekend Dec. 5-6

The Township of Ocean Historical Museum’s 31st Annual Holiday Weekend, at Eden Woolley House, 703 Deal Road, Ocean, is scheduled for Dec. 5-6, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Christmas season has always been a highlight of the museum calendar. For 25 years, they filled the auditorium of the old Oakhurst School the first weekend in December with exhibits, trains, crafts and handmade goodies. They continued the tradition in their new home, transforming the Woolley House into a holiday showcase for two days each December.

Model trains and Christmas collections fill the “Our Town Gallery.” On the porch, the Ocean Township Garden Club sells freshly made wreaths. The Hearth and Home Gallery is emptied to make way for an expanded Museum Shop and Bakery stocked full of homemade treats and one-of-a kind gifts hand-crafted by the Museum quilters. Children search the house for hidden nutcrackers in a “Holiday Hunt.” Sunday afternoon, the winning quilt raffle ticket is drawn. All this precedes the lighting of the township’s Christmas tree on the museum grounds Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

This year, the Holiday Weekend pays special tribute to the season. The living history actors explore the historical roots of the yuletide traditions. They have conjured up the spirits of Woolley family members from the 18th and 19th centuries to entertain visitors with stories of the holiday customs of their times.

Recommended donation is $3 for adults; children are free. Those paying their 2016 membership dues at the door will be admitted free.

Visit oceanmuseum.org for more information.

Carolers needed to sing at hospitals

Carolers are needed to spread Christmas cheer to the patients, their visitors and hospital staff at Monmouth Medical at 6 p.m. on Dec. 14, and at Jersey Shore Medical Center at 6 p.m. on Dec. 16.

Carolers must be an adult, 18 years old or older. A good voice is not a prerequisite. The maximum group size is 20.

To sing Christmas Carols at the hospitals, please contact Mike Ellis at 908-489- 4492.

‘Yuletide Harmonies’ set for Dec. 12

Celebrate the holiday season with a festive afternoon concert. The Red Bank Area Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society will present “Yuletide Harmonies” — a fun concert of vocal harmonies — on Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. at the Ocean Township High School Auditorium, 550 West Park Ave., Oakhurst.

The concert will feature traditional holiday favorites sung in four-part harmony by the Chorus of the Atlantic, a 35-member group of male harmony singers under the direction of Craig Page.

The quartets “Elves of Note” and “Surfboard Santas” will perform in the barbershop style of close harmony singing.

Also appearing on stage will be the “Matinee Idles,” a group of retired men who do afternoon performances, to sing some classics and share some laughter and good cheer, under the direction of John Huetz.

Special guests will be the Ocean Chamber Choir from Ocean Township High School under the direction of Teddy Kernizan.

The audience will have an opportunity to participate with some carol sing-alongs. It is rumored that Santa may make a surprise appearance during the show.

Tickets are $17 for general admission, $14 for seniors and students, free for children age 16 and younger. Tickets are available at the door. Call ahead to buy your tickets and save $2 per ticket. Call 732-784- 7343 and leave your name and phone number.

The Chorus of the Atlantic welcomes visitors to their rehearsals. They meet Tuesday evenings from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Red Bank Middle School, Harding Road, Red Bank.

Performances set through Dec. 13

Two River Theater, with Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, will present “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” the Tony Award-winning musical farce written by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The director is Jessica Stone, the choreographer is Denis Jones, and the musical director is Gary Adler. Performances will continue through Dec. 13 in Two River’s Rechnitz Theater, 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank.

To purchase tickets, call 732-345-1400 or visit tworivertheater.org.

Mindfulness Meditation program set for Dec. 2

Monmouth Medical Center, in conjunction with the HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Tinton Falls, will be the host to “Mindfulness Meditation” beginning at 6 p.m. on Dec. 2 at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Tinton Falls, 2 Centre Plaza, off Hope Road, in Tinton Falls.

With an introduction by Todd. J. Cooperman, MD, FAAPMR, medical director at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Tinton Falls and section chief of the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Monmouth Medical Center, the program will cover how to cope with stress, pain and illness by using “moment-to-moment awareness.”

Antia Pfisterer, LCSW, of Little Silver Behavioral Health and program facilitator for the Cancer Support Community at Monmouth Medical Center, will discuss Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) techniques developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn which can help people better understand and work with all the stresses in their lives.

A light dinner will be provided. This seminar is free, however registration is required as seating is limited. Comfortable clothing is recommended. For more information or to register, please call 732-923-6575.

Christmas musical set in Monmouth Beach

Lighthouse Productions will present its Christmas musical, Time for a Miracle, on Dec. 3, 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. and on Dec. 5 and 6 at 2 p.m., at The Church of the Precious Blood in the back Parish Center Auditorium, 72 Riverdale Ave., Monmouth Beach.

The story follows Rosie Dunphy, of Howell, as Charlie, a young orphan in search of her mother, and Meghan Roeder, of Freehold, as Elizabeth, a 13-year-old girl in need of a miracle. Joining them in featured roles are Amy Dunphy and Cayla Lloyd of Howell, Dan Gualtieri of Keansburg, Andrea, David, Maddy and Ella Clemenko of Freehold, Richard O’Leary of Middletown, Russ and Gail Scalzo of Oceanport and Greyson Riley of Matawan.

The writing/directing team includes Father daughter Russ Scalzo and Rachel Ryan. The show in its second year, features 15 songs and a story about friendship, healing and redemption. Ryan penned the book and Scalzo the music and lyrics. They are joined by the musical arrangements of Christian Potterton, of Marlboro.

Tickets are $10 each; children 5 years and under are free. All shows are open to the public and seating is first come, first served. Advanced ticket sales with premiere seating options are available through the website. Doors will open a half hour before show time

For more information, visit www.LighthouseStageProductions.com or call 732- 757-6614.