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.

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. 2009@yahoo.com.

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 www.axelrodartscenter.com.

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.