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Catena School plans ‘empty bowl’ event

The Joseph J. Catena School, Burlington Road, Freehold Township, will hold its third annual Project EAT (Everyone Ate Today) Empty Bowl Dinner to benefit the Freehold Open Door food pantry on April 10 between 6:30-8 p.m.

A meal of soup and bread will be served which will be donated by Sodexho Marriott Services.

There will be musical entertainment by the fifth-grade chorus and second-grade students and there will be handmade bowls and Project EAT displays available to view. A $5 donation is suggested to support Open Door and funds will be matched by the Monmouth County Coalition for Service Learning.

"Across the country empty bowl dinners are bringing communities together to help fight hunger. Please take an evening and show your support for our students, Project EAT and Open Door," said Casey McChesney, the school district’s public information officer.

For more information call the (732) 431-4430.

Salon event to boost baseball team’s trip

Chip’s Salon and Day Spa, School Road West and Route 79, Marlboro, is sponsoring a haircut-a-thon on April 9, from 2-4 p.m. on the premises. Proceeds from haircuts will be donated to the Marlboro High School baseball team for its upcoming trip to Florida to participate in national competition. For information, call Fiona Gorski at (732) 431-9070.

Students, parents to play in benefit game

A basketball game featuring students, parents and faculty members from Free-hold Borough’s grammar schools against representatives from 94.3 FM, "The Point," will highlight a benefit program set for 7 p.m. Friday in the Freehold Inter-mediate School gym, Park Avenue.

The event is being sponsored by the PTOs from the Park Avenue Elementary School, the Freehold Intermediate School, the Freehold Learning Center and the radio station.

Admission is $3 per person and $10 per family, along with a donation of a nonperishable food or baby item for the Freehold Open Door food pantry.

There will be games, prizes and an opportunity to win a membership in the YMCA of Western Monmouth County. All proceeds will benefit the student body at the intermediate school.

DOT will explain plans for boro intersection

Officials from the state Department of Transportation will hold a special public meeting from 3:30-7 p.m. today at Borough Hall, 51 W. Main St., Freehold, to detail plans for the restructuring of the intersection at Park Avenue (Route 33) and South Street (Route 79). The plans include the widening of the intersection to make left turns from South Street and Park Avenue easier to complete.

FRHSD budget will be topic of discussion

The Manalapan High School Booster Club will sponsor a meeting for residents to discuss the proposed Freehold Regional High School District budget on April 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school media center, Church Lane, Manalapan. The budget will be up for voter approval on April 18.

Area teen qualifies for state competition

Megan Norych, a sophomore at Manalapan High School, has been named a state finalist in the Miss New Jersey American Junior Teen 2000 pageant. She will compete for the overall title in July.

According to the pageant’s organizer, American Coed Pageants, since 1983 more than $10 million in scholarships, cash awards and prizes has been awarded to young women. During the current year, $750,000 was presented to winners and runners-up.

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• In-store book

fair to benefit St. Veronica’s PTA, Howell, will be held from 6-9 p.m. March 29 at Barnes and Noble, Route 9, Freehold Township.

• A free lecture

on stress will be conducted by the Wellness Education Foun-dation at 7 p.m. March 30 at the Marlboro Branch of the Monmouth County Library, Wyncrest Road. To make a reservation, call (732) 446-2272.

• A community benefit

luncheon to benefit Freehold Open Door will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 31 at the First Presbyterian Church of Freehold, Main Street and Brinckerhoff Avenue. The menu will feature sandwich and choice of salad bar or homemade soup, beverage and homemade dessert. Suggested donation is $5. A receptacle will be provided for anyone who wishes to bring food or paper products for Open Door. Details: (732) 462-0234.

• Taylor Mills School

PTA will hold its annual craft fair from 6-9 p.m. March 31 at the Manalapan Englishtown Middle School, Millhurst Road, Manalapan. To reserve a table, call Marianne at (732) 446-6899.

• Howell Historical

Society will present a weather specialist at 8 p.m. March 31 at the Howell municipal building, Preven-torium Road. He will discuss "The Day it Rained Frozen Ducks." The program is free and all are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served. Details: (732) 938-2212.

• First Presbyterian

Church, English-town, will serve a turkey dinner from 5-7 p.m. April 1 at the church, 50 Main St. Take-out dinners will also be available. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children under age 12, and children under age 3 are free. No reservations are required. (732) 431-2411.

• Spring Dance Party

will be sponsored by Freehold Elks Lodge 1454 from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. April 1 at the lodge, 73 E. Main St. The cost is $15 and includes a buffet dinner. Details: (732) 431-8707 after 3 p.m.

• Colonial Soup Day

will be sponsored by the Battleground Historical Society at 1 p.m. April 2 at the Village Inn, 2 Water St., Englishtown. A variety of soups, fruit, cheese, bread, dessert and coffee or tea will be served. Donation is $10. Details and reservations: (732) 462-4947.

• BEAM

(Becoming Educated and Motivated about special education) of Monmouth County will sponsor a recreation and summer camp fair at 6:45 p.m. April 3 at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Manalapan. Representa-tives from Special Olympics, Girl Scouts, Jacob’s Hands, Monmouth County Park System, and more will participate. Details: (732) 792-0594.

• Freehold Township

Woman’s Club will celebrate spring with a decoupage workshop at its April 3, 7:30 p.m. meeting at Grace Lutheran Church, Park Avenue, Freehold. Details: (732) 462-1560.

• America’s Most

Wanted Jewish Singles, ages 30-53, will meet for non-competitive volleyball from 8-10 p.m. April 4 at the Chai Building, 46 Topa-nemus Road, Marlboro. Admission is $5. Details: (732) 446-9570.

• GFWC Woman’s Club

of Freehold will meet at 11 a.m. April 5 at the Club House, South Street at Institute Street, Freehold. Luncheon will be served at noon.

• Demonstration Shopping

Night will be sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of Marlboro Fire Company from 7-9 p.m. April 5 at the firehouse, Route 79, Marl-boro. Admission: $2. Details: 972-9362.

• Panic disorders support

group will meet at 7 p.m. April 5, 12, 19 and 26 at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Manalapan. Details: (732) 972-8571.

• Trash and Treasure

sale, sponsored by the Reformed Church, Freehold, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 8 at the church, 67 W. Main St. Baked goods, hot dogs and chili will also be available.

• Pancake breakfast

with the Easter Bunny will be sponsored by Robertsville Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, 8 a.m. to noon April 9 at the firehouse, Route 520, Marlboro. All-you-can-enjoy breakfast is $4 adults, $2.50 children.

Seminar for veterans

to be held in Freehold

The Veterans Administration, Lyons, will hold a "Health Benefits Seminar for Veterans" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 1 at American Legion Post No. 54, West Main Street, Freehold. The seminar will address questions on VA benefits, prescriptions and other concerns of veterans. Blood pressure screenings will be provided by nurses from the VA and photo identification cards will be issued. Veterans should bring their DD-214.

Rotarians set annual

pancake festival

The Freehold Rotary Club will hold its annual Pancake Festival from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 1 at the First Presbyterian Church, 118 W. Main St., Freehold. A fully restored Model T Ford will be on display. There will music, entertainment, items to purchase, a silent auction, hourly drawings for museum tickets and more.

Table space is available at $40 each for the day. To rent a space, call Jody Gilpin at (732) 462-0565. Tickets are $4 for adults and free for children under age 6. Tickets may be purchased at the door; for advance tickets, call Jody Gilpin or Larry Slawson at (732) 577-0070.

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• Superintendent of

Schools James Wasser, Freehold Regional High School District, will present an overview of the 2000-01 budget at the Marlboro High School PTA meeting at 7:30 p.m. March 22 in the school’s media center. Dr. Steven Mishkin and other members of the Board of Education will be present to answer questions. Details: (732) 972-8070.

• America’s Most

Wanted Jewish Singles, ages 30-53, will meet for non-competitive volleyball from 8-10 p.m. March 22 at the Chai Building, 46 Topanemus Road, Marlboro. Admission is $5. The group will also sponsor a house party at 8 p.m. March 25 at a private residence in Freehold. Admission is $12. Reservations are required. Details: (732) 446-9570.

• Suncatchers and more

will be available at two sales sponsored by the Free-hold Borough and Freehold Township Auxiliary of CentraState Medical Center. The first will be held at 8 a.m. March 24 at the hospital’s Greenhouse Cafe, West Main Street; and the second at 10 a.m. March 25 at The Manor, both in Freehold Township. Details: (732) 845-9377.

• Battleground Historical

Society will meet at 8 p.m. March 24 at the Village Inn, 2 Water St., Englishtown. Stockton Hop-kins, historian from Matawan, will discuss the Burrowes Mansion. The public is invited to attend.

• Annual rose pruning

, sponsored by Jersey Shore Rose Society, will be held at 9 a.m. March 25 at the Bobbink Rose Garden, Thompson Park, Newman Springs Road, Lincroft. Admission is free. Bring shears, loppers, gloves, kneeling pads and white glue. The public is invited; beginners will be shown basic procedures before hands-on participation. Details: (732) 431-2367.

• Long-Term Care

Forum will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. March 25 at the Freehold Learning Center elementary school, 30 Dutch Lane Road, Freehold Borough. Congressman Rush Holt will host the event, which will address questions on long-term care services, insurance and support for families.

• Hand-crafted,

one-of-a-kind gift items, including toys, table cloths, linens, embroidered shirts, handbags and more, will be available for purchase from 5:30-6:30 p.m. March 25, and from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 26, at St. Thomas More Church, Gordons Corner Road, Manal-apan. All items are handmade by members of the Women’s Global Network Ex-change, an organization of women from third-world countries, whose members will receive the full purchase price.

• Knights of Columbus

, Freehold Council 1672, will serve its monthly buffet breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon March 26 at the clubhouse, 70 E. Main St., Freehold. The menu will include Texas omelets, chili, pancakes, French toast, eggs, ham, sausage, potatoes, bagels, juice and coffee. The cost is $4 per adult, $3 per child under age 12. All are welcome. Details: Dan Foley at (732) 845-4520.

• A rummage sale

sponsored by Solomon Schechter Day School, Marlboro, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 26 at the school, 22 School Road East.

• A paper-making

display will be presented by the Howell Historical Society from 1-4 p.m. March 26 at the old Ardena one-room schoolhouse, Old Tavern Road, Howell. Tour will also be available. Details: (732) 938-2212.

• The American Red

Cross will conduct a blood drive in honor of Peg Trilby-Bauman from 2-7 p.m. March 27 at the Freehold Elks Ballroom, 73 E. Main St. To register, call (732) 431-8707 after 3 p.m.

• Central Jersey

Blood Center will conduct a blood drive from 5:30-8:30 p.m. March 27 at the New York Sports Club, Route 9, Marlboro. Details: 842-5750.

• In-store book

fair to benefit St. Veronica’s PTA, Howell, will be held from 6-9 p.m. March 29 at Barnes and Noble, Route 9, Freehold Township.

• A free lecture

on stress will be conducted by the Wellness Education Foun-dation at 7 p.m. March 30 at the Marlboro Branch of the Monmouth County Library, Wyncrest Road. To make a reservation, call (732) 446-2272.

• A community benefit

luncheon to benefit Freehold Open Door will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 31 at the First Presbyterian Church of Freehold, Main Street. Menu features sandwich and choice of salad bar or homemade soup, beverage and homemade dessert. Sug-gested donation is $5. A receptacle will be provided for anyone who wishes to bring food or paper products for Open Door.

Marlboro school will host art auction April 7

MARLBORO — The Marlboro Elementary School PTA will sponsor an art auction April 7 at the school, 100 School Road West. Preview will be at 7:30 p.m. and the auction will begin at 8:30 p.m.

The auction will feature lithographs, serigraphs, multilevel cast paper, etchings, oils, watercolors, Art in Motion kinetic art, mixed media, multiplex 3-D constructions and more. All art work will be custom framed and coordinated in different sizes and price ranges. The auction will be conducted by Brinkley’s Fine Art of New York.

Admission is $5 and includes door prizes, refreshments and free lithograph and catalog. To order tickets, call (732) 303-1123 or (732) 577-0964.

Erasmus Hall classes will hold 50th reunion

The January and June 1950 graduating classes of Erasmus Hall High School, Brooklyn, N.Y., will hold a 50th reunion on June 4 at the Players Club, Gramercy Park, New York City. For more information, January graduates should call Joe Weishar at (212) 686-7200; June class members should call Dolores Munoz Dolan at (212) 982-8783.

Jewish Center to host

fashion show March 22

The Jewish Community Center of Western Monmouth will hold its first fashion show on March 22. "House of Style" will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Marquis, Route 9, Old Bridge. The evening will begin with cocktails and a shopping boutique, followed by a presentation of fashions by Bernstein’s of Highland Park. There will also be raffle prizes awarded. Tickets are $42 until March 1 and $45 after that date.

For tickets or information on donating goods or services, call the JCCWM office at (732) 683-9300.

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• Blood drives

will be conducted by Central Jersey Blood Center: from 6-8:30 p.m. March 16 at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township, in the Blood-mobile at the Outpatient Department; and from 5-9 p.m. March 20 at St. Veronica’s Church, Route 9, Howell. Details: (732) 842-5750.

• "Defensive Dining

Out," a workshop designed to equip participants with techniques to keep dining out pleasurable without negatively affecting their health, will be presented by a dietitian with Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey at 6:30 p.m. March 16 at VNA Care Center, 46 Throckmorton St., Freehold. Healthful snacks will be served. There is no charge, but preregistration is requested. Call (732) 219-7451.

• "Alimony Basics,"

a free program, will be held at 7 p.m. March 16 at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Manalapan.

• The Mourning After

, a professionally led support group for those who have lost a loved one, will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 17, 24 and 31 at the American Hotel, Freehold. There are no fees. Details: Bernice or Bob at (732) 577-1076.

• Gamblers Anonymous

will meet from 8-9:30 p.m. March 17 at Grace Lutheran Church, Park Avenue and Main Street, Freehold. There are no fees.

• Freehold Elks Lodge

1454 will hold its annual St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef and Cabbage Extravaganza from noon to 8 p.m. March 17 at the clubhouse, 73 E. Main St., Freehold. Dinner platters cost $3 and sandwiches are $2.75. Fillet of fish sandwiches will be $2.95. For takeout, add 25 cents. Details: (732) 431-8707.

• Dr. Paul Kovalski

of Marlboro, a forensic dentist, will be the guest speaker at 1 p.m. March 18 at the meeting of Sisters In Crime Central Jersey at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Manalapan. He will speak on the mechanics of forensic dentistry and how it is used in solving crimes. Sisters in Crime is an organization for women who are mystery authors, readers and fans. Guests are welcome to attend. Details: (732) 723-0756.

• Marlboro Historic

Commission will meet at 7 p.m. March 20 at the Marlboro Public Library, Wyncrest Road. There will be a free lecture on the Morganville section of Marlboro. The public is welcome to attend. Details: (732) 462-8262.

Garden Club RFD will present "Yes, They Really Are Dried Flowers," featuring designer and author Cathy Miller, at 11:30 a.m. March 21 at Colts Neck Reformed Church, Route 527. Admission is $15 in advance, $17 at the door. Call (732) 946-3760 to register.

• Single-Minded

(formerly Beyond Transitions) will meet at 7:30 p.m. March 21 and 28 at Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Symmes Drive, Manalapan.

• America’s Most

Wanted Jewish Singles, ages 30-53, will meet for non-competitive volleyball from 8-10 p.m. March 22 at the Chai Building, 46 Topa-nemus Road, Marlboro. Admission is $5. Details: (732) 446-9570.

• Tri-County Mineral

and Lapidary Society will meet at 7 p.m. March 23 at the Stone Museum, 608 Spotswood-English-town Road, Monroe Township. There will be a program on wire wrapping. Bring unmounted stone and ideas. Refreshments will be served.

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• Lupus Foundation, Monmouth

Branch, will meet at 7:30 p.m. March 13 at the Eatontown Public Library, 47 Broad St., Eatontown. Guest speaker James Kinarney will discuss Social Security. All are invited to attend. Details: (201) 791-7868.

• Monmouth County Association

for the Blind will meet at 7:30 p.m. March 13 for a St. Patrick’s Day party at the club house, Belmar Boulevard, Wall. The association is conducting a membership drive to recruit new members who are visually challenged and 18 years of age or older. Transportation is available. Volunteers are also needed. Details: (732) 681-5810.

• Marlboro Historic Commission

will meet at 7:30 p.m. March 13 at the Marl-boro Branch of the Monmouth County Library, Wyncrest Road, Marlboro.

• The MOMS Club

of the Freehold area will hold its start-up meeting at 10 a.m. March 14 at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Symmes Drive, Manalapan. Mothers may bring their children with them to all MOMS Club activities. Details: (732) 683-0634.

• Pokémon Trading Night

, sponsored by Zapp Comics, will be held from 6-8 p.m. March 14 in the food court at Free-hold Raceway Mall, Freehold Township. Details: (732) 866-6655.

• Single-Minded

(formerly Beyond Transitions) will meet at 7:30 p.m. March 14 at Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Manalapan. Details: (732) 617-1287.

• Manalapan-Englishtown

Hadassah will meet at 7:30 p.m. March 14 at Con-gregation Sons of Israel, Gordons Corner Road, Manalapan. The meeting will feature the celebration of Purim by presenting a "Purimshpiel." All are welcome to attend; costumes, funny hats or masks are encouraged. Details: (732) 446-7297.

• Authentic Norwegian

smorgasbord, sponsored by Noreg Lodge 3-466, Sons of Norway, will be held at 7 p.m. March 15 at the Morganville Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, Marlboro. The cost is $20. BYOB. Reservations are required. Call (732) 657-4187.

• Open mic poetry

reading will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 15 at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Manalapan.

• A blood drive

will be conducted by Central Jersey Blood Center from 6-8:30 p.m. March 16 at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township, in the Blood-mobile at the Outpatient Department.

• "Defensive Dining Out,"

a workshop designed to equip participants with techniques to keep dining out pleasurable without negatively affecting their health, will be presented by a dietitian with Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey at 6:30 p.m. March 16 at VNA Care Center, 46 Throckmorton St., Freehold. Healthful snacks will be served. There is no charge, but preregistration is requested. Call (732) 219-7451.

• Freehold Elks Lodge

1454 will hold its annual St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef and Cabbage Extravaganza from noon to 8 p.m. March 17 at the club house, 73 E. Main St., Freehold. Dinner platters cost $3 and sandwiches are $2.75. Fillet of fish sandwiches will be $2.95. For takeout, add 25 cents. Details: (732) 431-8707.

• Marlboro Improvement

and Cultural Fund will meet at 8:30 p.m. March 8 at the Marlboro Township Recreation Building in the arts and crafts room. All meetings are open to the entire community. Details: (732) 462-8262.

• "Wisdom of the Jewish

Alphabet," a free program, will be held at 7:45 p.m. March 9 at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Symmes Drive, Manalapan. Details: (732) 431-7242.

• La Leche League

, Freehold Chapter, will meet at 8 p.m. March 9 at the home of a member. This month’s discussion will focus on the advantages of breast feeding and is the first in a series of four meetings. New mothers are welcome to bring their babies. Details: Lenore at (732) 446-8901, Jeanne at (732) 462-3781, Bonnie at (732) 303-1785 or Beth at (732) 303-8313.

• Freehold Raceway

Mall, Freehold Township, will present its annual three-day Spring Landscape and Exterior Design Show March 10-12 throughout the main concourse areas of the mall.

• The Mourning After

, a professionally led support group for those who have lost a loved one, will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 10, 17, 24 and 31 at the American Hotel, Freehold. There are no fees. Details: Bernice or Bob at (732) 577-1076.

• Seafood dinner

, featuring salad, chowder, shrimp cocktail, flounder, rice, vegetables, coffee and dessert will be served from 6-8:30 p.m. March 10 at Freehold Elks Lodge, 73 E. Main St., Freehold. The cost is $8.50 per person. Land-lubber option with London broil is $7 per person. Details: (732) 431-8707 after 3 p.m.

• Southard School,

Howell, will sponsor a gift auction at 6:30 p.m. March 10 at Freehold Gardens, Freehold. Tickets are $28. Details: Johanna at (732) 730-1140.

• Gamblers Anonymous

will meet from 8-9:30 p.m. March 10, 17, 24 and 31 at Grace Lutheran Church, corner of Park Avenue and Main Street, Freehold. There are no fees.

• "Preserving Spring

with Henri’s Homemade" will be presented by Brook-dale Creative Cooking School from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 11 at the Western Monmouth Higher Education Center, Freehold Township. The hands-on class with Stephanie McAuliffe will demonstrate the basics of making preserved fruits to enjoy all year. The fee is $54. Details: (732) 224-2880.

• Marshall Errickson

School PTO, Freehold Township, will sponsor a Fun Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 11 at the school, 271 Elton-Adelphia Road. There will be games, raffles, prizes and refreshments. All are welcome.

• Garden State Horror

Writers will meet at 11 a.m. March 11 at the Mon-mouth County Library Headquarters, Symmes Drive, Manalapan. At noon, author Jack Ketchum will discuss the horror fiction market and how your book can beat the odds. Guests and new members are welcome to attend. Details: (908) 754-9454.

• Corned beef and

cabbage will be served by the Freehold Township Inde-pendent Fire Company No. 1 Ladies Auxiliary from 5-8 p.m. March 11 at the firehouse, Siloam Road. Advance tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children. Details: (732) 462-9081.

• America’s Most Wanted Jewish

Singles, for ages 30-53, will sponsor an evening of noncompetitive volleyball from 8-11 p.m. March 11 at the Chai Building, 46 Topanemus Road, Marlboro. Admission: $10. Details: (732) 446-9570.

• All New Sport

and Vintage Card, Starting Lineup and Collectible Show, sponsored by Colts Neck Volunteer Fire Co. No. 2, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 12 at the firehouse, Conover Road, Colts Neck. Admission is free. Details: (732) 946-9620.

• "Introduction to the

Internet," a free program presented by the staff of the Monmouth County Library, will be held at 2 p.m. March 13 at the library headquarters, Symmes Drive, Manalapan.

Optimists to sponsor

fashion show March 22

The Noontime Optimist Club of Freehold will sponsor a fashion show at 6:30 p.m. March 22 at the Battleground Country Club, Manalapan. The event will feature a dinner, fashion show, gift auction and door prizes. Tickets are $30 per person, and proceeds will benefit Optimist-sponsored youth activities. For more information or to order tickets, call (732) 431-4744.