The Food Pantry and Community Clothes Closet of the Lutheran Church of the Reformation will serve as the host to an Attic Treasures and Bake Sale from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Dec. 5 and from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 6 at 992 Broadway, West Long Branch. All proceeds will go toward the building expansion fund for these ministries.
Items offered will include slightly used treasures to rummage through, and some new items too. There will be a table of fair trade items for sale and some independent sellers as well. In addition, there will be some new handmade craft items and baked goods.
A special section will be set up where “Kids CAN Shop.” Items at the Kids Shop will be specially priced by the can. Things will cost between one and five cans of food, which will help to stock our Food Pantry and will include vegetables, fruit, soup and any kind of beans. Please make sure it is not expired. Only kids will be permitted to shop in the “CAN” section.
Shop early for the best selections and to help support these ministries.
The Long Branch Athletic Department Green and White Association first annual Craft and Vendor Fair will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 12 at Long Branch High School, 404 Indiana Ave., Long Branch.
The gift selection will include body and skin care products, children’s books, seashell ornaments, stone art, scarves and gloves, tie dye items, baked goods, snowman artwork, wine themed crafts, handbags, Long Branch Apparel, Tastefully Simple, Thirty-One, Swarovski Crystal Jewelry, sports photos and apparel, pillows and bedding, Cutco Cutlery, Nerium, hair and scarf accessories, sterling silver jewelry, Jersey tee shirts, custom tutus, holiday décor, handmade jewelry, gourmet dips, crochet items, animal treats, driftwood and sea glass décor, decorated solar lights, Arbonne, stone art, ladies apparel and handcrafted gift boxes.
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.
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.
The Long Branch Senior Center will hold their Annual Holiday Bazaar from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Dec. 4 at the Long Branch Senior Center, 85 Second Ave., Long Branch.
There will be handmade items, homemade baked goods and a breakfast/lunch cafe. There will also be a Holiday Auction. Admission is free and there is ample parking.
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.
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.
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.
Antler Lodge #21 from Long Branch Elks will offer a free Thanksgiving day dinner to all from noon-3 p.m. on Nov. 26 at 150 Garfield Ave., Long Branch.
All are welcome. For questions, call the Lodge at 732-222-9742.
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.