SantaLand Diaries will be presented Dec. 12-13

Monmouth Players presents The Santa- Land Diaries by David Sedaris, adapted by Joe Mantello, on Dec. 12 at 8:15 p.m. and Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Navesink Arts Center in the Dean K Anderson Theater, 149 Monmouth Ave., Atlantic Highlands. All admission is $15.

SantaLand contains adult content and is not for children.

Desserts and coffee are available before and after the show.

Call 732-291-9211 for reservations.

Music contest features anti-drug sentiment

New Jersey high school students who love music and who understand the dangers of substance abuse are invited to take part in the 2016 New Jersey Shout Down Drugs! music competition.

Create a positive message about staying away from drugs and alcohol. The statewide concert on May 25 will feature county finalists at the Rutgers University Nicholas Music Center, Douglass campus.

First place will receive a $5,000 music contract; second place a $3,000 contract; and third place a $2,000 contract. Entry deadline is Feb. 1.

The contest is sponsored by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey, the New Jersey Broadcasters Association and Greater Media’s WCTC 1450AM.

For entry forms and contest rules, visit www.shoutdowndrugs.com.

Holiday networking party and gift drive

Join The Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce and Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce for a Holiday Networking Party and Gift Drive from 5:30- 8 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the Beacon Hill Country Club, 8 Beacon Hill Road, Atlantic Highlands.

Help to send holiday cheer to the Department of Veterans Affairs New Jersey Health Care system.

Advanced registration is $35 AH and EMACC member discount and $45 general admission.

Special needs Boy Scouts seek members

Boy Scout Troop 926 meets every Monday at St. Martha’s Church, Herbertsville Road, Point Pleasant, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

On Jan. 4 at 7:30 p.m. they will be accepting applications for differently abled/special needs boys who want to join Boy Scouts. It is an opportunity to make friends and have fun while learning life skills.

Boy Scouting, one of the traditional membership divisions of the BSA, is available to boys who are at least 10 years old or have completed the fifth grade and are at least 10, or who are 11 years old. The program achieves the BSA’s objectives of developing character, citizenship and personal fitness.

Special needs Scouts can take as long as they want to earn merit badges.

For more information, call 732-938- 5830 or email bsatroop7926@gmail.com.

Little Shakespeare takes on ‘Pericles’

Now in its third season, A Little Shakespeare is back to engage young audiences with the work of the Bard. Since Two River Theater is producing “Pericles” in April 2016 as part of its subscription season, A Little Shakespeare takes on the same play in 70 minutes, performed by local high school students, in the Marion Huber Theater in Red Bank Dec. 10, 11 and 12. Adapted, directed, and designed by theater professionals, this education program also boasts a teenaged crew behind the scenes.

Kate Cordaro, Two River’s director of education says, “The cast of ‘Little Shakes’ has grown so much over the past two months. It takes bravery to tackle this beast of a play and our innovative director, Jason McDowell- Green, has challenged them to really find the truth in each moment. I am incredibly proud of the work that the whole team has done and we are thrilled to share it with an audience.”

When Pericles uncovers the King’s dark secret, he is forced to flee his kingdom and navigate the roaring seas. An all-female, ensemble cast of high school students will perform Shakespeare’s thrilling and epic tale of adventure, shipwreck, and romance, for audiences ages 9 and up.

Adapted from William Shakespeare’s play and directed by Jason McDowell-Green. Cast includes: Christianah Akinsanmi (Howell High School/FPAC), Kaylee DeFreitas (Howell High School/FPAC), Sophia Jackman (Ranney School), Cristina Medlin (Colts Neck High School), Emma Mueller (Biotechnology High School), Dixie O’Connell (Red Bank Regional High School VPA), Christina Ruivivar (Howell High School/FPAC), and Isabel Wallace (Biotechnology High School).

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Student matinee tickets are $10.

For performance times, visit www.tworivertheater.org.

Benefit concert with Bobby Bandiera slated

RED BANK — Tickets are currently on sale for Hope Concert 8, featuring Bobby Bandiera and Friends, scheduled for 8 p.m. Dec. 23 at the Count Basie Theater, 99 Monmouth St.

Proceeds will benefit 180 Turning Lives Around, Visiting Nurse Association Health Group and the Red Bank Borough Middle School’s new arts initiative.

“Bobby and his friends continue to demonstrate their generosity and spirit of bringing hope to much needed organizations,” said Count Basie Theatre President and CEO Adam Philipson in a press release.

“The Hope concerts are a staple of the Basie’s benefit performances and make great change for the organizations in receipt. 180 Turning Lives Around, VNA and the Red Bank Middle School are three extremely deserving organizations that will utilize these donations to the fullest.”

Tickets range from $50-$500. For more information or tickets, call 732-842-9000 or visit www.thebasie.org.

Awards open to people with disabilities

VSA New Jersey (VSA/NJ), a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the creative power of people with disabilities, is accepting applications for the 2016 Arts Achievement Awards through Jan. 22.

The annual VSA/NJ Arts Achievement Awards include the Student Arts Excellence Awards, presented to students with special needs (mainstreamed, inclusion, self-contained classes or activities), 14 – 21 years old, not to exceed the 12th grade level, who show outstanding achievement in and commitment to an art form.

The Education in the Arts Awards are presented to outstanding educators and administrators for establishing high quality arts programs for students with special needs. The awards also recognize individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to arts education for students with special needs.

Award recipients become candidates for the distinguished NJ Governor’s Awards in Arts Education.

For applications, contact VSA New Jersey at 703 Jersey Ave., New Brunswick, 08901; call 732-745-3885 or 732-745-3913 (TTY); or email info@vsanj.org.

Monmouth Arts to hold photo walk Dec. 3

On Dec. 3 from 5:30-7 p.m., Monmouth Arts and Michael S. Miller will host a photo walk through picturesque nighttime Red Bank. The walk will begin after a brief overview of lighting for nighttime shooting. Take part in the walk and capture the essence of the holiday with photography and fellow artists.

Cost is $10 for Monmouth Arts members, $15 non-members.

Meet at Monmouth Arts, 105 Monmouth St., Red Bank.

For more information, call 732-212- 1890 or visit www.monmoutharts.org.

‘Yuletide Harmonies’ set for Dec. 12

Celebrate the holiday season with a festive afternoon concert. The Red Bank Area Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society will present “Yuletide Harmonies” — a fun concert of vocal harmonies — on Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. at the Ocean Township High School Auditorium, 550 West Park Ave., Oakhurst.

The concert will feature traditional holiday favorites sung in four-part harmony by the Chorus of the Atlantic, a 35-member group of male harmony singers under the direction of Craig Page.

The quartets “Elves of Note” and “Surfboard Santas” will perform in the barbershop style of close harmony singing.

Also appearing on stage will be the “Matinee Idles,” a group of retired men who do afternoon performances, to sing some classics and share some laughter and good cheer, under the direction of John Huetz.

Special guests will be the Ocean Chamber Choir from Ocean Township High School under the direction of Teddy Kernizan.

The audience will have an opportunity to participate with some carol sing-alongs. It is rumored that Santa may make a surprise appearance during the show.

Tickets are $17 for general admission, $14 for seniors and students, free for children age 16 and younger. Tickets are available at the door. Call ahead to buy your tickets and save $2 per ticket. Call 732-784- 7343 and leave your name and phone number.

The Chorus of the Atlantic welcomes visitors to their rehearsals. They meet Tuesday evenings from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Red Bank Middle School, Harding Road, Red Bank.

Holiday networking party and gift drive slated

Join The Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce and Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce for a Holiday Networking Party and Gift Drive from 5:30- 8 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the Beacon Hill Country Club, 8 Beacon Hill Road, Atlantic Highlands.

Help to send holiday cheer to the Department of Veterans Affairs New Jersey Health Care system.

Advanced registration is $35 AH and EMACC member discount and $45 general admission.