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.

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.

Brick Township police offer drug hotline

The Brick Township Police Department provides a “drug hotline” for residents to report drug-related activity. The hotline was established as a means of providing the public with the opportunity to anonymously report drug activities in their neighborhood. It is answered and monitored by detectives assigned to the Drug Enforcement Unit. Messages are checked on a daily basis. Persons reporting crimes can leave a recorded message describing the activity or they can request to be contacted by a detective.

Anyone aware of such activities should contact the hotline at 732-920-6258. All calls are kept confidential.

Callers should report the address where the activity is occurring. If that is not available, then a complete description of the residence would be helpful.

Describe the nature of the activity completely, including an unusual number of persons coming and going from the residence many times at odd hours of the day or night; persons parking around the corner or down the street and approaching the residence on foot; and persons who visit the residence often and only stay for 15 minutes or less.

Describe frequent visitors to the residence and their vehicles. Any other information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, should be reported.

BCCT will hold auditions Jan. 23

Brick Children’s Community Theatre (BCCT), a nonprofit community theater group dedicated to the children of Ocean and Monmouth counties, will hold auditions for its spring show Jan. 23 at the Brick Town Civic Center, Chambers Bridge Road, Brick. Audition times are 2:15 p.m. for ages 4-6, 3:30 p.m. for ages 7-11, and 5 p.m. for ages 12 and older. Show dates are April 16- 17.

For more information, visit www.bcct.org or email info@bcct.org.

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.

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.

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 in the city, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., May 13. Cost: $159.

Housing fair to be held Jan. 23 at library

The Brick branch of the Ocean County Library, 301 Chambers Bridge Road, will host a Get Help With Housing Information Fair 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 23. The event will provide answers to many types of housing issues.

Area residents will have an opportunity to meet and talk with representatives from governmental agencies and not-for-profit organizations specializing in housing issues. Some of the topics to be covered include first-time home buying, refinancing regulations, foreclosure information, and the rights of tenants and landlords.

Representatives from the state Department of Banking and Insurance, the Public Advocate’s Office, the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development, New Jersey Hope, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, and Novadebta, a credit counseling and debt management service, will be on hand to answer questions and provide information. Several local agencies have also been invited to attend.

The program is free and open to the public. Information about the event can be found online at www.theoceancountylibrary.org or by calling 732-477-4513.

Church to host Feb. 27 wine tasting, auction

The Church of the Visitation, Brick, will host an art auction and wine-tasting event Feb. 27.

Sommelier selected wines and beer from around the world will be available for sampling during the art preview that will begin at 6 p.m.

The live auction, which begins at 8 p.m., will feature a variety of framed art, including religious art.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. All are invited to take a second look from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 28. Proceeds will benefit the Faith for the Future Building Fund. Details: 732- 477-0028, ext 216.