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.

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

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 for details.

Homebound can now enjoy library services

Homebound Ocean County residents can borrow from the rich collection of the Ocean County Library and have those materials delivered to their home free of charge through the library’s Home Borrowers Service.

The service is available to Ocean County residents who are permanently or temporarily disabled or who lack transportation. A medical note is not required.

To enroll in the service, the homebound person just has to call his or her local branch or the Homebound and Volunteer Services Department at 732-349-6200, ext. 5530. The staff will make note of the customer’s reading preferences, including formats such as large print, regular print, audio books or music CDs, and the person’s favorite authors and genres. The library will then match the homebound customer with a trained volunteer who will set up a mutually convenient time to deliver and pick up library items.

OceanFirst will begin annual food drive

OceanFirst Bank will conduct its annual food drive through Jan. 27.

Nonperishable items may be dropped off at the bank’s following branches: Brick Branch, 321 Chambers Bridge Road; Pavilion Branch, 70 Brick Blvd.; and Adamston Branch, 385 Adamston Road.

All donations will help support the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

For more information, call 732-240- 4500.

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- 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.