IN BRIEF

Children’s fitness program set in Hazlet

The Hazlet Recreation Commission is offering a fitness program for children. The 10 sessions are 45 minutes each. Persons may register at the James J. Cullen Community Center for either of the following sessions: classes for kindergarten through grade 3 from 3:40-4:25 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning March 21 at Lillian Drive School; classes from 3:40-4:25 p.m. on Thursdays for kindergarten through first grade begin March 23 at Middle Road School. Enrollment is limited to 20 students per class. Cost of the program is $30. Payment is by check only. For additional information, call the recreation center at (732) 739-0653.

‘Mom or Dad and Me’ offered at Hazlet Rec.

Hazlet Recreation Commission is sponsoring "Mom or Dad and Me" (formerly "Mommy and Me") for 2-year-olds beginning March 27. The class will be directed by Robin Olsen. The program will be held from 10-11 a.m. for eight Mondays at the James J. Cullen Center in Veterans Memorial Park, Union Avenue. The child’s birth certificate and proof of residency are needed at the time of registration. Registration will be taken through March 24. Enrollment is limited. There is a $5 charge for late registrations. The cost of the program is $45 for Hazlet residents, and $90 for nonresidents. Payment accepted by check only. For additional information, call the recreation center at (732) 739-0653.

Almost Seniors softball season begins June 11

Registrations are now being accepted for Hazlet Recreation’s "Almost Seniors" softball League which will begin on June 11. Games will be played Sunday evenings, beginning at 5 p.m., at Veteran’s Memorial Park. The program is intended to be a co-ed fun league with no trophies or prizes awarded. Each team will have a 20-maximum player roster with an equal number of men and women.

Players must be 35 years of age or over and use their own bat and glove. The cost is $20 and includes a T-shirt. Participants may register at the Recreation Office located in the James J. Cullen Center in Veteran’s Memorial Park, 1776 Union Ave., Hazlet, through May 25. No registrations will be accepted after that time. Payment by check only. For additional information call (732) 739-0653.

Teen Institute to hold club night March 30

Raritan High School’s Teen Institute of the Garden State (TIGS) is sponsoring "The Spot" on March 30 from 6-10 p.m. in the school cafeteria, Middle Road, Hazlet.

"The Spot" is an evening of special desserts, frozen beverages, and dancing in a black-lit section of the school cafeteria, which has been transformed to have a club-like atmosphere. The evening is designed to allow students the chance to experience a fun-filled evening without alcohol or other drugs. Tickets are $3 and may be purchased at the door.

For additional information, contact Mr. Miller or Mr. Sawiris at Raritan High School (732) 264-8411.

Purim Ball on tap at Jewish Center March 25

The Purim Ball, an event of the Jewish Federation of Greater Monmouth Coun-ty’s Young Adult Constituencies, will be held at the Marlboro Jewish Center at 8 p.m. on March 25. Participants may dress in black tie or costume. The evening will includes a cocktail hour, buffet dinner (dietary laws will be observed), music, dancing and a presentation about the Jewish Federation.

The cost of the evening is $75 per person. For additional information about this event, call Tarash at the Federation’s Morganville office at (732) 970-3005.

Jewish Film Festival

continues at temple

The Jewish Film Festival of Temple Beth Ahm, Aberdeen, continues its third and last offering of the season on March 18 at 8 p.m. with two films, The Jews of Poland and Married With a Star. Professor Jack Needle of Brookdale Community College Holocaust studies will introduce the films and lead a discussion. The temple’s adult education committee has chosen Jewish life in Europe during and before World War II as the year’s Film Festival theme. A fee of $3 for those over age 13 will cover the cost of refreshments.

For additional information, call the office of Temple Beth Ahm at (732) 583-1700.

Aberdeen firehouse plans bus trip March 25

Aberdeen Township Hose and Chemical Co. No. 1 Ladies Auxiliary is planning a bus trip to Atlantic City on March 25. The bus will depart from the firehouse, 490 Lloyd Road, Aberdeen, at 9 a.m. and will leave the casino at 5 p.m.

The cost is $20. Each person will receive $15 in coin at the casino. For additional information call (732) 566-4172.

Aberdeen seniors slate bus trip to Atlantic City

The Aberdeen Senior Club, 699 Cliffwood Ave., the Cliffwood section of Aberdeen, will sponsor a bus trip to Show Boat in Atlantic City on April 19, leaving at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $15 per person; participants will get back $17 in coins and a $3 food voucher. For additional information call Joe Pauciello at (732) 583-2273.

Hazlet Rec offering

children’s dance class

The Hazlet Recreation Commission, 1776 Union Ave., Hazlet, is offering the eight-week class "Children’s Creative Movement Dance Class," beginning Thursday, March 16. Classes will be held at the James J. Cullen Center in Veteran’s Memorial Park, Union Avenue, Hazlet.

Classes are for 3- and 4-year-olds and will be held from 11-11:45 a.m.

The instructor for the class is Grace Rubino. Cost of the program is $35. Registration is currently being taken at the recreation office. There is a $5 charge for registrations taken after March 20. Payments accepted by check only. For additional information call (732) 739-0653.

Holy Family PTA is sponsoring a fish fry

Holy Family School PTA is sponsoring a fish fry catered by Argyles of Kearny on March 31 at Holy Family School cafeteria, Route 36, Hazlet. From 5-5:30 p.m., take-out only will be available; eat-in/take-out will be available from 5:30-7 p.m.

Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Dinner includes fish and chips, coleslaw and tartar sauce. Free dessert included for eat-in only. Soda available. Advance ticket sales only.

Cut-off date is March 16. For additional information and tickets, call the school at (732) 671-2251.

Hazlet club to hold

St. Paddy’s dinner

The Cullen Center Senior Citizen Club of Hazlet will host a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner on March 17 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Lakeside Manor, Route 36.

State Sen. John O. Bennett (R-12) and Mayor Michael Sachs will be on hand to assist with the installation of officers.

The club is also planning a spaghetti dinner for noon to 4 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. April 7 at the Cullen Community Center. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $2 for children. For more information, call Grace Scher at 264-7608.

First Aid Auxiliary plans March 23 meeting

The Holmdel First Aid Auxiliary will hold the regular March meeting on March 23 at 7:45 p.m. in the First Aid Building on Crawfords Corner Road, next to the post office. This meeting will include discussions for the future fund-raisers for this spring and the organization will need everyone to vote. Both men and women can join the auxiliary from Holmdel as well as surrounding towns. There is no cost to individuals.

Members who cannot attend are asked to call Edith (732) 975-9014.

Heavenly Treasures offers Easter baskets

Heavenly Treasures has reopened after a bad weather break. The store is located in the basement of the Reformed Church of Keyport, between Division and Osborn streets. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday and Thursday. Special items include stuffed animals and Easter baskets.For additional information call the church at (732) 264-1198.

Library offers scholarship for library sciences

The board of trustees of the Middletown Township Library has announced the availability of the Conover-Wihtol Scholarship for no less than $500 for graduate study in library science.

The scholarship fund was established in memory of Edith B. And Karl F. Wihtol, both longtime residents of Middletown and dedicated friends to the library.

The first consideration for eligibility will be given to the residents of Middletown, but in the absence of qualified applicants from the township, New Jersey residents will be considered. Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree or be in the final semester of undergraduate studies. The applicant will also be expected to provide evidence of acceptance for graduate work at an American Library Association-accredited school of library science.

Application forms are available from the Middletown Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road. Applications must be postmarked no later than June 30.

For additional information call the library at (732) 617-3700.

Travel club plans trip to Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

The Glenwood Senior Citizens Travel Club, Matawan, will sponsor a six-day trip to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, including Pigeon Forge, from May 21 through May 26. The cost will be $399 per person, double occupancy. The fee includes transportation, accommodations for five nights, eight meals, gratuities, sightseeing and five shows.

For additional information and reservations, call Renee Kaplow at (732) 583-6261.

Aberdeen board plans ‘birding’ workshop April 1

The Aberdeen Township Environ-mental & Shade Tree Advisory Board will sponsor a "birding" workshop on Saturday, April 1. It will be conducted by naturalist Scott Barnes and Linda Mack of the Audubon Society. Participants should meet at 9 a.m. at the parking lot on Lakeshore Drive near the basketball court They should wear comfortable clothing, sturdy footwear and bring binoculars.

Holmdel Historical Society planning dinner April 9

The Holmdel Historical Society will hold a covered-dish dinner and installation of new officers at the Holmdel Community Center, Crawfords Corner-Everett Road, at 5 p.m. April 9. Society President Gerald Ceres will show slides of historic Holmdel. The price is $10 per person, $8 for seniors. Checks should be made payable to the Holmdel Historical Society and sent to Peggy Lasky, 12 Blue Hills Drive, Holmdel 07733. Responses must be received by April 1. For more information, contact Peggy Lasky at 946-2723.

Boat safety class offered March 20, 22 in Rumson

Coast Boating School, 502 Normandy Drive, Mantoloking, will be conducting a personal watercraft/safe boating course, on March 20 and 22 at Forrest Dale School, Rumson. For additional information, call (732) 842-8884.