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 The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County, Freehold Township, will host Professor Maurice Mahler as part of its ongoing “Jewish Artists” lecture series. Mahler will discuss the life and work of Gustav Klimt at 1 p.m. Nov. 11. Admission is $8 for museum members and $10 for nonmembers. Details: 732-252-6990.

 Gardens, like clothing, can always look a little better with some accessories — garden bling. But like clothing, too much accessorizing is not good. Bruce Crawford, director of Rutgers Gardens and adjunct professor of landscape architecture at Rutgers, will give his thoughts about the types of accessories and how they can be tastefully incorporated into a home garden. The program will take place at the Nov. 12 meeting of the Allentown Garden Club at 7 p.m. at the Allentown Methodist Church, Church Street (next to LaPiazza). All are welcome to attend. Details: AllentownGarden- Club.net.

 The late fall sessions of Dancing by the Peddie Lake with Candace Woodward- Clough, offering instruction in swing, foxtrot, waltz and Latin dancing, will be held at 112 Etra Road, Hightstown. Classes will begin Oct. 29 and Oct. 30 for four-week sessions. Beginner classes start at 7:30 p.m. and intermediate classes begin at 8:30 p.m. Class size is limited. Registration is required. The cost is $60 for the four-week session. Details: 732-995-4284 or candaceclough1987@yahoo.com or www.dance.homestead.com

 The New Jersey United Christian Academy, 73 Holmes Mill Road, Cream Ridge, will host a craft show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 24. All are welcome to attend. Details: 732-901-5525.

 Cream Ridge Equestrian Center, 850 Monmouth Road (Route 537), Cream Ridge, will celebrate Ponies and Pumpkin Day on Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be pony rides and pumpkin painting. Suggested donation of $5 per child. All proceeds go to benefit Freedoms Hope Ranch. Details: 609-758-1776.

 Monmouh County Park System’s Historic Walnford, 62 Walnford Road, Upper Freehold Township, will present a program about historical headstones from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Admission and parking are free. Details: 732-842-4000, ext. 4245.

 The Allentown Public Library, Main Street, will host an hour of Spooky Stories on Oct. 28 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Read-alouds with age-appropriate Halloweenthemed stories will be shared in groups for preschool through kindergarten and first through fourth grades. For fifth- through eighth-graders, ghost stories of Allentown will be told by a local historian who claims to know some of the ghosts! The event is free. All are welcome, but please register by calling 609-259-6575 in order to plan for refreshments. All participants will be entered into a drawing for a family ice cream treat at Swals Dairy in Allentown.

 The Millstone Township Halloween Parade will be held on Oct. 25. Parking, registration and parade line-up will take place between 1:45-2 p.m. at the fields behind the Clarksburg Inn, Stagecoach Road (Route 524). The parade will begin at 2 p.m. at which time Route 524 will be closed to through traffic. Goody bags will be distributed and prizes will be awarded for scariest, funniest, prettiest, most original and most patriotic costumes. The event is being coordinated by the Millstone Township Fire Company Ladies’ Auxiliary and is sponsored by area businesses and organizations. In case of inclement weather, the parade will be held in the firehouse. Details: Lori Maher, 609-371-0365, or Kathleen Hart, 609-259-7795.

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 The Monmouth County Park System’s Historic Walnford, 62 Walnford Road, Upper Freehold Township, will present a program about historical headstones from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Admission and parking are free. Details: 732-842-4000, ext. 4245.

 The Horsemen’s Association of Millstone Township will meet on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Millstone Community Center, Stagecoach Road (next to the firehouse). Anyone who has an interest in horses is invited to attend the meeting and learn about upcoming trail rides and other activities. Details: www.hamt.org

 The Millstone Township Halloween Parade will be held on Oct. 25. Parking, registration and parade line-up will take place from 1:45-2 p.m. at the fields behind the Clarksburg Inn, Stagecoach Road (Route 524). The parade will begin at 2 p.m. at which time Route 524 will be closed to through traffic. Goody bags will be distributed and prizes will be awarded for scariest, funniest, prettiest, most original and most patriotic costumes. Donations of individually wrapped candy will be accepted through Oct. 19 at the Millstone firehouse, 461 Stagecoach Road, between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The event is being coordinated by the Millstone Township Fire Company Ladies’Auxiliary and is sponsored by area businesses and organizations. In case of inclement weather, the parade will be held in the firehouse. Details: Lori Maher, 609-371-0365, or Kathleen Hart, 609-259-7795.

 Elks Lodge No. 2613, 22 Burnt Tavern Road, Millstone Township, will host a tricky tray at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15, including coffee, tea, dessert and five tickets for Level 1 prizes. Must be 18 and older to participate. Details: 732-928-8308.

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 The Monmouth County Park System’s Historic Walnford, 62 Walnford Road, Upper Freehold Township, will present “Here lies…” a program about historical headstones from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Admission and parking at Historic Walnford are free. Details: 732-842-4000, ext. 4245.

 The Horsemen’s Association of Millstone Township will meet on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Millstone Community Center, Stagecoach Road (next to the firehouse). Anyone who has an interest in horses is invited to attend the meeting and learn about upcoming trail rides and other activities. Detaails: www.hamt.org

 The Cream Ridge Equestrian Center, 850 Route 537, Cream Ridge, will host “Ponies and Pumpkins” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 10. This event will feature pony rides and pumpkin painting. A $5 donation to benefit Freedom’s Hope Ranch is suggested. Details: 609-758-1776.

 New Jersey United Christian Academy, 73 Holmes Mill Road, Cream Ridge, will host an open house for students in grades six through 12 on Oct. 18 from 1-3 p.m. Come and meet the faculty, students and parents. Details: 609-738-2121.

 Elks Lodge No. 2613, 22 Burnt Tavern Road, Millstone Township, will host a tricky tray at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15, including coffee, tea, dessert and five tickets for Level 1 prizes. Must be 18 years of age and older to participate. Details: 732-928-8308 or email kgordon@komencsnj.org.

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 A multi-family community yard sale will take place rain or shine from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 3 at Jensen’s Deep Run community center, Route 537, Cream Ridge.

 How to become financially, physically and spiritually fit in all areas of life will be hosted by Kathy Lo Bue, managing director, Glen Eagle Advisors, LLC. Lo Bue is a St. Robert Bellarmine parishioner, trustee and Finance Committee co-chair. The topic will be “Medicare and You,” presented by a certified and trained State Health Insurance Assistance Program counselor. This is a community outreach service and not a sales meeting. The program will be held from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 13 in the St. Robert Bellarmine Parish Center, 61 Georgia Road, Freehold Township. Adults of all ages are invited. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to 732-866-6660.

 New Jersey United Christian Academy, 73 Holmes Mill Road, Cream Ridge, will host an open house for students in grades six through 12 on Oct. 18 from 1-3 p.m. This is an opportunity to meet the school’s faculty, students and parents. Details: www.njuca.org or 609-738-2121.

 The First Presbyterian Church of Hamilton Square in Hamilton Township will host a community lasagna dinner on Nov. 3 from 4-7 p.m. Residents of all towns are welcome to attend. Take out food or eat in. Admission to the dinner is $12 in advance and $13 at the door for adults; $4 for children ages 4-12; and free for children 3 and under. Details: 609-587-3683.

 The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County is looking for 10 young men or women, 12 to 18 years of age, to perform in a stage reading of “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” to be presented on Nov. 22. Only two or three rehearsals are necessary. Strong stage presence a must; singing ability is a plus. For more information and to schedule an audition (dates and times are flexible), call 732-610-9189 any evening between 7-9 p.m.

 The New Jersey United Christian Academy, 73 Holmes Mill Road, Cream Ridge, will host a craft show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 24. Details: 609-738-2121.

 The Green Thumb Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Jackson municipal meeting room, 95 W. Veterans Highway, Jackson. Steven Kristoph, a horticulture expert and instructor at Rutgers University, will speak about perennials. Refreshments will be served. Details: 732-928-0878.

 The Novo Nordisk Diabetes Center at CentraState Medical Center is offering a support group for people with diabetes and their families. The group will meet on the third Wednesday of every month (Oct. 21) from 1-2 p.m. in the Jack Aaronson Conference Center in the Star and Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus, 901 W. Main St., Freehold Township. Details: 732-308-0570.

 Elks Lodge No. 2613, 22 Burnt Tavern Road, Millstone Township, will host a tricky tray at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15, including coffee, tea, dessert and five tickets for Level 1 prizes. Must be 18 years of age and older to participate. Details: 732-928-8308 or email kgordon@komencsnj.org

 Dave Benner, former resident botanist for Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve and professor of Ornamental Horticulture at Delaware Valley College, will be the featured speaker at the Oct. 8 meeting of the Allentown Garden Club. His topic will be how to create natural landscapes using native plants and alternatives to grass lawns. Benner, who is a founder of Benner’s Gardens and Moss Acres, writes and lectures about landscaping and shade gardening. The meeting will be held at the Allentown Methodist Church, Church Street (next to LaPiazza) at 7 p.m. All are invited to attend. Details: www.AllentownGardenClub.net

 DeBows United Methodist Church, 509 Monmouth Road (corner of Route 537 and Route 571), Jackson, will host a flea market and car wash from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a pet blessing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 3. Table space for the flea market is $10. Details: 732-928-0352 or send an email to jerseysue@outlook.com

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 DeBows United Methodist Church, corner of Route 537 and Route 571, Jackson, will host a flea market and a car wash from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a pet blessing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 3. Table space for the flea market is $10. Details: 732-928-0352 or jerseysue@outlook.com

 Dave Benner, former resident botanist for Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve and professor of Ornamental Horticulture at Delaware Valley College, will be the featured speaker at the Oct. 8 meeting of the Allentown Garden Club. His topic will be how to create natural landscapes using native plants and alternatives to grass lawns. Benner, who is a founder of Benner’s Gardens and Moss Acres, writes and lectures widely on landscaping and shade gardening. The meeting will be held at the Allentown Methodist Church, Church Street (next to LaPiazza) at 7 p.m. All are invited to attend. Details: www.AllentownGardenClub.net.

 The Perrineville Jewish Center, Millstone Township, will host a campaign aimed at teaching North American Jews to read Hebrew. “Read Hebrew Across America and Canada” is expected to reach 12,000 affiliated and unaffiliated Jews in the United States and Canada this year. The five-week program will be led by Hana Alter. No background in Hebrew is required. The first class will meet at 3 p.m. Oct. 11. The free program is open to Perrineville Jewish Center members and non-members. Registration is required for the course. If interested in participating, email Inbar Robbins at pjchebrewschool@gmail.com. Registration ends Oct. 1.

 The Millstone Township Middle School PTSA will host a “Masquerade Fashion Show” fundraiser at 6:45 p.m. Sept. 25 at the middle school, Dawson Court. Tickets are $14.50 per adult and $9.50 per child. The models in the fashion show will be pupils from the Millstone Township K-8 School District. To order tickets, visit the website www.mtmsptsa.com

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 The Novo Nordisk Diabetes Center at CentraState Medical Center is offering a support group for people with diabetes and their families. The group will meet on the third Wednesday of every month (Sept. 16) from 1-2 p.m. in the Jack Aaronson Conference Center in the Star and Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus, 901 W. Main St., Freehold Township. Details: 732-308-0570.

 The Horsemen’s Association of Millstone Township will meet on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Millstone Community Center, Stagecoach Road (next to the firehouse). Anyone who has an interest in horses is invited to attend the meeting and learn about upcoming trail rides and other activities. Details: www.hamt.org.

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 The Horsemen’s Association of Millstone Township will meet on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Millstone Community Center, Stagecoach Road (next to the firehouse). Anyone who has an interest in horses is invited to attend the meeting and learn about upcoming trail rides and other activities. Details: www.hamt.org.

 The Veterans Community Alliance of New Jersey will host a day at the races to help veterans on Sept. 20 at Monmouth Park, Oceanport. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. and the first race begins at 12:50 p.m. The cost is $40 for adults; $15 for children; and free for children under 5. The cost includes lunch and beer on tap. BYOB. Details: 917-747-4312.

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 The fall session of “Dancing by the Peddie Lake with Candace-Woodward- Clough” will begin Sept. 11. The four-week session will take place Fridays at 7:30 p.m. for beginner classes and at 8:30 p.m. for intermediate classes at 112 Etra Road, Hightstown. The cost is $60 per session for instruction in swing, foxtrot, waltz and Latin dancing. Registration is required. Details: 732-995-4284.

 The Monmouth County Genealogy Society will host “Early Monmouth Families: They’re Still Around Us” at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the community center, 72 Broad St., Eatontown. Rick Geffken will discuss some of the earliest European settlers of what is now Monmouth County. The presentation is free and anyone with an interest in local history or genealogy is welcome to attend. Geffken is the of publisher of the society’s newsletter, as well as a local archival historian, writer and frequent lecturer. Details: 609-448-9515.

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 The Perrineville Jewish Center, 855 Perrineville Road, Millstone Township, will host an open house from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 23. The Perrineville Jewish Center is a Conservative congregation. Guests are invited to meet current members, tour the synagogue and speak with Rabbi Sheldon Schevelowitz and board members. Food and refreshments will be served. Details: 732-446-6018.

 The New Jersey Wild Outdoor Expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 12-13 at Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area, 299 E. Colliers Mill Road, New Egypt. This is a free event. Details: Visit www.wildoutdoorexpo.com.

 The Essential Tremor Support Group meets from 7-9 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month (Sept. 3) at the Jack Aaronson Conference Center at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township. Details: 732-462-8304, after 10 a.m.

 The fall session of “Dancing by the Peddie Lake with Candace-Woodward-Clough” will begin Sept. 11. The four-week session will take place Fridays at 7:30 p.m. for beginner classes and at 8:30 p.m. for intermediate classes at 112 Etra Road, Hightstown. The cost is $60 per session for instruction in swing, foxtrot, waltz and Latin dancing. Registration is required. Details: 732-995-4284.

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 The Perrineville Jewish Center, 855 Perrineville Road, Millstone Township, will host an open house from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 23. The Perrineville Jewish Center is a Conservative congregation. Guests are invited to meet current members, tour the synagogue and speak with Rabbi Sheldon Schevelowitz and board members. Food and refreshments will be served.

 The Horsemen’s Association of Millstone Township will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Millstone Community Center, Stagecoach Road (next to the firehouse). This month’s meeting will include discussions of “Loading and Trailering Your Horse” and “What to Keep in Your Trailer.” Anyone who has an interest in horses is invited to attend the meeting and learn about upcoming trail rides and other activities. Details: www.hamt.org.

 Companion Animal Rescue and Education will hold a puppy adoption event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 15 at Petco, 4345 Route 9 north, Freehold Township. Details: www.carenj.com.