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,

50/50 and door prizes. Proceeds from the trip will benefit charities of the Lions Club. Call 732-477-1010 or 732-267-3491.

January is National Blood Donor Month

New York Blood Center (NYBC) and its divisions in Manhattan, Long Island, Hudson Valley, Brooklyn/Staten Island, and New Jersey, are calling upon the community to donate blood in recognition of National Blood Donor Month and to help save lives.

Ablood drive will be held 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Ocean County Mall, 1201 Hooper Ave., Toms River.

Approximately every two seconds, someone needs blood. Every day in the U.S., approximately 39,000 units of blood are needed in hospitals and emergency treatment facilities for patients with cancer and other diseases, for organ transplant recipients, and to help save the lives of accident victims.

Blood is traditionally in short supply during the winter months. January, in particular, can be a difficult month for blood centers to collect blood donations, as approximately 15 percent of regional blood collection comes from high schools and colleges, many of which have winter recess this month.

To donate blood, call 800-933-2566 or go to www.nybloodcenter.org.

Kamy Dental to offer free exams Feb. 20, 27

In honor of National Dental Hygiene month, Kamy Dental will offer free dental exams to uninsured children under the age of 12. Dental exams will include a cleaning and fluoride treatment.

The exams will be offered on Feb. 20 and 27 on a first-come, first-served basis. It is suggested that parents call in advance to reserve an appointment.

According to a press release from the dental office, the goal of the event is for all children of Ocean County to have a bright, beautiful smile, and so the staff will see as many children as they can. Families and businesses are asked to seek out those in the community who need a little extra help, the press release states.

Kamy Dental has two offices, at 211 Route 9 in the Bayville section of Berkeley, 732-269-8555, or at 853 Mill Creek Road in the Manahawkin section of Stafford, 609-

978-7440.

MonDon slates alumni wine-tasting event

The St. Joseph/Monsignor Donovan High School Alumni Association is sponsoring a wine tasting event 7-11 p.m. Jan. 30 at the East Dover Firehouse on Fischer Boulevard in Toms River.

The event is open to all alumni, friends and family of Monsignor Donovan High School. The cost is $40 person and includes appetizers and finger foods.

For tickets, call 732-349-8801, ext. 2434, or elesperance@mondonhs.com.

Parents can join children at Bounce U

The Ocean County Department of Parks & Recreation will conduct a new program at Bounce U, 1920 Swarthmore Ave., Lakewood. Parents will be able to join their child on the slide, bouncers, boxing ring and more. Children must be at least 34 inches tall to participate. The fee is $8 per child, ages 3 to 6 years.

Three separate sessions are planned: Jan. 25, noon to 1 p.m. (program No. 423326-3A); Feb. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (program No. 423326-3B); and March 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (program No. 423326-3C).

To register, send a check payable to the County of Ocean to: Ocean County Parks and Recreation, 1198 Bandon Road, Toms River, NJ 08753. Must provide name, address and daytime telephone number, along with program number when registering. Details: 732- 506-9090 or visit at www.oceancountyparks.org.

Ocean County snowman contest under way

Ocean County Parks and Recreation Department is conducting a Snowman Photo Contest for snowmen built this winter. Awards will be given for the most original snowman, best traditional snowman and “Just for Kids Under Five.”

All snowmen must be built this winter season. Mail your photo by March 31 to Ocean County Parks and Recreation, 1198 Bandon Road, Toms River, NJ 08753, Attn: Active Recreation. Photos cannot be returned.

The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders sponsors this contest. Visit www.oceancountyparks.org for details.