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.

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.

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.