Keyport holding home decorating contest

The Keyport Recreation Commission will be sponsoring awards for outdoor holiday decorations. The judging will take place on Dec. 17 from 6:30-9 p.m. Make sure your lights are turned on to be included in this event.

Winners will be announced New Year’s Day at the reorganization meeting, held at the Keyport Central School in the all-purpose room on Broad Street. You must be present to claim your prize.

The homes that have won a prize in this event in the past three years are not eligible to win a prize this year.

For more information, call 732-739- 5145.

Geriatric Care Seminar set for Jan. 13

Temple Beth Ahm, 440 Lloyd Road, Aberdeen, will host a Geriatric Care Resource Seminar on Jan. 13, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

A geriatric care manager will discuss housing options, an elder law attorney will discuss vital legal documents everyone should have, and a daily money manager will discuss the importance of managing vital personal information so it can be retrieved by loved ones in emergencies or death. The speaking portion will be followed by a question and answer session. After this session there will be representatives from dozens of different resources for geriatric care available to speak with and get follow-up information from. This is a unique educational opportunity to learn what you can do now to prepare, what kind of services are available when you need them so you can become proactive.

For more information, visit www.geriatricadvisorycouncil.com.

Bake sale to benefit fifth grader with brain tumor

Sanzio Salon and Day Spa will hold its ninth annual Holiday Bake Sale from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 18 and 19 and from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 20 at the salon, 1008 Route 34, Matawan.

This year, Mikey Richert, a 10-year-old cousin of an employee, who attends schools at John Adams Elementary in North Brunswick, is suffering from a medulloblastoma brain tumor. The funds will also go toward the Jamie Levy Memorial Scholarship for Volunteerism and Community Service; graduating seniors from the Matawan Regional High School who are planning to attend college may apply through the school’s guidance department.

Last year, the salon raised more than $6,500 to support Give Kids the World and two children in medical need. In the past nine years, approximately $36,500 has been raised.

Volunteer bakers are needed. Contact Wendy Levy at 732-766-5578 or Sanzio Salon at 732-566-6800.

Holiday exhibit opens at Monmouth Museum

The holiday season is currently under way at the Monmouth Museum. “Planes, Trains, & Automobiles, Oh My!,” an exhibition on transportation, is this year’s holiday exhibition at the museum which will run now through Jan. 3, 2016. The Main Gallery at the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and Friday until 9 p.m., where the popular large model train display is located.

Art scholars often talk about how art transports the viewer to another time or place. Transportation is defined as the movement of people, animals, and goods from one location to another. It is crucial to commerce, the development of civilizations and to maintaining relationships between people near and far. In this exhibition more than 60 artists present visual depictions of all means of transportation imagery in various media.

In addition to the artwork in the Main Gallery, a myriad of talented local artisans are showcased in the Nilson Gallery’s Holiday Gift Gallery, with one of-a-kind gifts for your shopping convenience.

The Monmouth Museum, founded in 1963 as a Museum of Ideas, presents changing art, history, and science exhibitions to educate and entertain while providing a destination for creative expression and life-long learning to the diverse community it serves.

Imaginative and informative changing exhibitions in the Main Gallery and Nilson Gallery present a wide variety of art in all media. The Museum’s New Jersey Emerging Artists Series in the Nilson Gallery features six solo exhibitions each year by New Jersey artists.

Educational programs at the Museum include guided tours, lectures and workshops, and gallery talks and demonstrations.

Entrance to the museum is free for members and $8 per person over the age of 2. For more information about the Monmouth Museum exhibits and programs, visit www.monmouthmuseum.org.

Middletown police collecting toys

The annual Middletown Township PBA Local 124 Toy Drive is under way. New, unwrapped toys for boys, girls, tweens and teens can be brought to Police Headquarters at 1 Kings Highway or any of the township’s 11 fire houses. Donations can also be given to any Middletown police officer.

Toys are distributed to Middletown Helps Its Own, Jason’s Dreams and 180 Turning Lives Around. The Middletown officers also partner with local schools including Thorne Middle School and Middletown Helps Its Own to package and deliver Christmas baskets to hundreds of local families in need.

The 2015 Toy Drive runs through Dec. 17.

Cross of Glory to hold tree lighting Dec. 13

Come ring in the Christmas season with the congregation of Cross of Glory Lutheran Church at its eighth annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Carol Sing, to be held rain or shine at 5 p.m. on Dec. 13 at 95 Cambridge Drive in Aberdeen.

On top of carol-singing and lighting the church’s Christmas tree on the property’s front yard, revelers are then invited into Fellowship Hall to enjoy home baked sweets and pastries alongside other refreshments provided by Delicious Orchards and Dearborn Market. The tree will remain lit every night through the 2015 holiday season.

“It’s a wonderful time for families and friends,” says Jeremy Samuelson, longtime head of Cross of Glory’s tree lighting committee. “We sing our hearts out every year — our ’12 Days of Christmas’ is not to be missed. Then we light the tree, and head back inside to our fellowship hall for a smorgasbord of treats and sweets.”

Delicious Orchards and Dearborn Market helps supplement the church’s own assortment of home baked treats. To volunteer, or for further information about the event, contact Samuelson at 732-583- 1118, visit www.coglcnj.org, or go to Cross of Glory Lutheran Church’s Facebook page.