February programs and events at library

The Brick Branch of the Ocean County Library, 301 Chambers Bridge Road, has announced its schedule of free events and programs for the month of February. Registration is required unless otherwise noted. Call the library at 732-477-4513 or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org for registration and details.

• Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, 7 p.m., English conversation group

• Feb. 4, 4 p.m., Brick Young Origami Club, ages 8 and up

• Feb. 4, 6:30 p.m., Perfect Percy Jackson Night, ages 6 and up

• Feb. 4, 10 a.m., Internet Basics

• Feb. 4, 10 a.m., book discussion, “Shadow of the Wind,” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

• Feb. 4, 6:30 p.m., Teen Advisory Board meeting, ages 12-18, refreshments served

• Feb. 5, 2 p.m., book discussion, “Dreams From My Father,” by Barack Obama

• Feb. 8, 2 p.m., mouse skills

• Feb. 9, 4 p.m., Busy Fingers Club; Quilting: What’s the Message, ages 7 and up

• Feb. 9, 6 p.m., World Story Adventures, children, families join for stories in German and English

• Feb. 10, 2 p.m., Energy Efficiency- New Jersey Natural Gas, program provides an overview of energy efficiency for residents

• Feb. 11, 2 p.m., Searching the Library Catalog

• Feb. 11, 7 p.m., Twilight Program, crafts, food all based on “Twilight”

• Feb. 13, 10 a.m., Internet basics

• Feb. 13, 2 p.m., Celebrate Chinese New Year — Make Your Own Treasure Dumplings!

• Feb. 16, 9-11 a.m., free blood pressure screening, no appointment needed

• Feb. 16, 4 p.m., Nintendo DS Club, ages 6 and up

• Feb. 17, 4:30 p.m., Special Needs Storytime, all ages and abilities welcome

• Feb. 17, 6 p.m., Brick Bookworm Club, “A Horn for Louis,” by Erick Kimmel

• Feb. 17, 11 a.m., Searching the Library Catalog

• Feb. 18, 6:30 p.m., Mother Daughter Craft Club, ages 10 and up

• Feb. 20, 1:30 p.m., film and discussion of Nabokov’s “Lolita”

• Feb. 20, 10:30 a.m., Read to the Dogs, ages 6 and up

• Feb. 22, 11 a.m., mouse skills

• Feb. 22, 6 p.m., book discussion, “Journey to the Bottomless Pit: the Story of Stephen Bishop and Mammoth Cave,” by Elizabeth Mitchell, ages 8 and up

• Feb. 22, 2 p.m., What the Library Has Done For You; explores online databases

• Feb. 22, 2 p.m., Knitting Around

• Feb. 23, 4 p.m., Wonderful Winter Olympics, ages 6 and up

• Feb. 24, 5:30 p.m., An Evening of Chess

• Feb. 25, 7 p.m., Discussion of “The Hunger Games” along with fun and safe activities, ages 12-18

• Feb. 26, 10 a.m., email basics

• Feb. 27, 2 p.m., Bantaba, Iwa L’ewa Heritage Dance Ensemble, includes audience participation.

Township to host photography contest

The Brick Township Department of Parks and Recreation is hosting a contest for amateur photographers and the winning submission will be used on the cover of the 2010-11 Parks and Recreation brochure.

“This contest gives residents of all ages the chance to showcase their talents while showing what make Brick Township so special,” said Mayor Stephen Acropolis. “I am looking forward to seeing the photos that are submitted.” Residents are asked to submit nature photographs that showcase the natural beauty of Brick Township. Digital photograph submissions are preferred and may be sent to contest@twp.brick.nj.us. Print photographs may be mailed to the Brick TownshipDepartment of Parks and Recreation, 401 Chambers Bridge Road, Brick NJ 08723. Photos should be sent to the attention of Chris. They may also be delivered to the office, located in Civic Plaza, 270 Chambers Bridge Road.

Each submission, whether digital or print, should be accompanied by the photographer’s name, address, telephone number, email address, age and number of years living in Brick Township. It should also include a brief description of the location and subject matter of the photo and one or two sentences about the photographer.

The winning photographer must certify that the photo is original and not copyright protected in any way. The photograph will become the property of the township of Brick and may be used by the township in the future. Multiple submissions are permitted. The deadline for all entries is Jan. 29. For more information, call 732-262-1075.

March programs and events at library

The Brick Branch of the Ocean County Library, 301 Chambers Bridge Road, has announced its schedule of free events and programs for the month of March. Registration is required unless otherwise noted. Call the library at 732-477-4513 or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org for registration and details.

• March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 7 p.m., English conversation group

• March 2, 4 p.m., Rattlesnake Roundup, for age 6 and up

• March 1, 2:30 p.m., Mind Your Mind program offers mental exercise workouts

• March 3, 10 a.m., Friends meeting

• March 3, 10 a.m., Internet basics

• March 4, 4 p.m., Brick Young Origami Club, age 8 and up

• March 4, 10 a.m., book discussion, “Memory Keeper’s Daughter,” by Kim Edwards

• March 4, 6-8 p.m., People Count: The Census Facts

• March 4, 6 p.m., TAB meeting, teen advisory board will discuss children’s programming and more

• March 5, 2 p.m., book discussion, “Family Tree,” by Tom Chapin

• March 6, 2 p.m., Navesink Brass Quintet • March 8, 11 a.m., Mouse skills

• March 9, 2 p.m., Internet basics

• March 9, 4 p.m., Busy Fingers Club, age 7 and up, knitting, crocheting, etc.

• March 10, 10:30 a.m., Cheery Cherry Blossoms, age 3-5, story and craft

• March 10, 5:30 p.m., An Evening of Chess

• March 11, 6:30 p.m., gaming event

• March 12, 2:30 a.m., Read to the Dogs, age 6 and up

• March 13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Women’s Empower Hour or Two

• March 15, 2 p.m., What the Library Has Done For You

• March 15, 2 p.m., Knitting Around

• March 16, 4 p.m., Nintendo DS Club, age 6 and up

• March 17, 6 p.m., Brick Bookworm Club, age 6 and up, “The Amazing Trail of Seymour Snail,” by Lynn E. Hazen

• March 18, 6:30 p.m., Mother Daughter Craft Club, age 10 and up

• March 20, 10 a.m., Special Needs Storytime, all ages and abilities

• March 22, 2 p.m., Mouse Skills

• March 22 and 29; April 5, 12 and 19, 10-11:15 a.m., 1, 2, 3, Grow With Me, a Family Place Parent Child Workshop

Various day trips offered through OCC

Ocean County College (OCC), Toms River, is offering the following day trips:

•Discovery” Titanic Artifact Exhibition in Times Square, 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2. Cost: $89.

• Chocolate Covered February with buffet lunch at The Hotel Hershey’s Circular Dining Room, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6. Cost: $139.

• “Wicked” with lunch before the matinee at Hurley’s, 8:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24. Cost: $169.

• Philadelphia Flower Show, “Passport to the World,” with lunch at Moshulu CafĂ©, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. March 4. Cost: $139. There will be time at the end of the day to visit the Reading Terminal Market

• Eastern State Penitentiary Tour with lunch at Jack’s Firehouse, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 10. Cost: $109.

• The Rodin Museum and The Philadelphia Museum of Art, featuring “Picasso and the School of Paris,” 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 16. Cost: $139.

• Sight and Sound Theater’s “Joseph” with family style dinner at the Hershey Farm Restaurant, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 23. Cost: $159.

• Tour of New York City Cathedrals — St. John the Divine and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, with a five-course tea luncheon at Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 25. Cost: $159.

• Drumthwacket and Princeton tour with lunch at the Alchemist & Barrister Pub, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 7. Cost: $119.

• A Slice of Brooklyn tour, with two stops for pizza at Grimaldi’s and L&B Spumoni Gardens, and dessert, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 13. Cost: $129.

• Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 18. Cost $89.

• Newark Tour: Cherry blossoms, cathedrals and choirs with buffet lunch at the Newark Club, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 22. Cost: $109.

• Hour bus tour of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts program with lunch at Pat’s King of Steaks, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 22. Cost: $109.

• Central Park Tour (includes a lot of walking) with lunch at Tavern on the Green, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., May 13. Cost: $159.

• Yankee Stadium Tour with lunch at Mickey Mantle’s Restaurant, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18. Cost: $119.

• Baltimore Inner Harbor and National Aquarium including the exhibit “Our Ocean Planet,” the new dolphin show, and the “Shallow Seas” 4-D Immersion Theater. 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 25. Cost: $109, covers admission to exhibit, show and theater.

• Experience Brandywine Valley: Nemours Mansion Tour with lunch at Legends, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. June 1. Cost: $109.

“Tell the American Story”: East Side Tenement Museum, shopping on Orchard Street, and lunch at Katz’s Deli, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. June. 10. Cost: $129.

• Grounds for Sculpture, with lunch at Rat’s Restaurant, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 14. Cost: $109.

• Longwood Gardens Tour, with lunch at the Mendenhall Inn, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. June 29. Cost: $119.

Registration is required. An adult must accompany children under age 18. Buses will leave promptly from parking lot No. 2, OCC Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River. Prices include motor coach transportation, driver’s gratuity, a trip leader and lunch or dinner, as noted. A lavatory is available on all buses. For further information, call Joanne Padrone at 732- 255-0469.

Benefit concert for FoodBank Jan. 30

The Ocean Grove Area Chamber of Commerce will present the seventh annual benefit concert for the FoodBank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties on Jan. 30 at the Ocean Grove Youth Temple, Pilgrim Pathway and McClintock Street, Ocean Grove. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The concert will feature David Cohen on classical and flamenco guitar, Chinese pipa and Highland bagpipes; Jo Wymer on blues guitar and vocals; singer/songwriter Arlan Feiles; and the M’zume Carnival drum ensemble. There will also be a silent auction. Tickets are $13 at the door and $10 in advance, with all proceeds benefiting the food bank.

For tickets, visit www.OceanGrove- FoodBankBenefitConcert.org. For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at 732-774-1391.

Lions Club will visit Showboat Casino

The Brick Lions will sponsor a bus trip to the Showboat Casino in Atlantic City on Feb. 21. The bus will leave from the Brick Municipal Complex tennis court at 11:30 a.m. and will depart Atlantic City at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30, which includes $25 in casino cash, deluxe motor coach transportation, light refreshments, a 50/50 and door prizes. Proceeds from the trip will benefit charities of the Lions Club. Call 732- 477-1010 or 732-267-3491.

Middle School slates scrapbook fundraiser

A scrapbooking fundraiser will be held at the Veterans Memorial Middle School, Hendrickson Ave., Brick, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 30. Proceeds will benefit the eighth-grade class and PTA programs.

All foods, snacks and drinks will be included in the $35 cost. Vendors are also needed. Details: email mands1021@comcast. net. For tickets, send a check made out to VMMS PTA to Shannon Christensen, 398 Godfrey Lake Drive, Brick, NJ 08724

Wrestling event will benefit foundation

The New Jersey Chapter of The Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America will team up with the National Wrestling Superstars at 7:35 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Brick Elks Lodge, 2491 Hooper Ave.

On the bill will be Ken Anderson, known as “Mr. Kennedy,” the tag team known as The Nigerian Nightmares, Salvatore Sincere, and “Too Cocky” Kevin Matthews. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $18 for children and seniors. For more information or to charge tickets by phone, call 732-999-1704.