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

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.

January 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 June. Registration is required unless otherwise noted. Call the library at 732-477-4513 or visit www.theoceancountylibrary. org for registration and details.

• Jan. 21, 2 p.m., Microsoft Word Basics

• Jan. 21, 6 p.m., Mother Daughter Craft Club, ages 10 and up

• Jan. 23, 12:30-3:30 p.m., “Get Help With Housing Information Fair”

• Jan. 25, 2 p.m., What the Library Has Done For You

• Jan. 26, 4:30 p.m., Girls Groove — A New Fashion Look, ages 8 and up

• Jan. 27, 5:30 p.m., film and discussion, “Into the Wild”

• Jan. 28, 2 p.m., Mind Your Mind, mental exercise workout

• Jan. 30, 11 a.m., 4-H Club presents Jump Up for Health Fun, ages 4 and up

• Jan. 30, Feb. 6, 20, 27, March 6, 9:30- 10:30 a.m., Fun with friends with Miss Wendy Froio, for preschoolers diagnosed with autism

• Preschool stories, 10:30 a.m., Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23 or Jan. 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, for ages 3-5

• Toddler Funtime, 10:30 a.m., Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8, 22 or Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25, ages 1 and 2

• Baby Rhymetime, 9:30 a.m. Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8, 22

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.