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 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 Café, 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- 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.

Bowling event slated for marching band

The Brick Township High School Marching Dragon Caravan is sponsoring its second annual Night of Bowling, 9 to 11 p.m. Feb. 14 at Ocean Lanes, 2085 Lanes Mill Road, Lakewood.

Tickets are $20 and include two slices of pizza, a cup of soda, bowling and shoe rentals. There will be door prizes and a 50/50 raffle.

Funds raised will benefit the students through equipment, instrument purchases and funding of band activities.

Advanced purchase of tickets is required. The deadline for ticket purchases is Feb. 12.

For tickets or more information, call Ruth at 732-477-2981 or email bthsband.

Brick residents in ‘Man of La Mancha’

Axelrod Performing Arts Center, 100 Grant Ave., Deal, will present “Man of La Mancha,” Feb. 11-21. Performances will be 8 p.m. Feb. 11, 13 and 20; and 3 p.m. Feb. 14 and 21. An opening-night festival will be 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 11, and include sangria, Spanish foods, and products for the home and garden for sale.

Starring as Don Quixote is Broadway veteran Ken Wasser, Long Branch. Other local performers are Joseph Greenberg and Pati Shaffer, Brick; Gary Smolokoff, Long Branch; and Kimberly Wilpon, Freehold. Tickets are $25, $22 for seniors, and $15 for students, and $20, $17 and $10, respectively, for opening night. For tickets, call the box office at 732-531-9100, ext. 142, or visit