B.D. Lenz to offer concert at library

Composer and jazz guitarist B.D. Lenz and his trio will perform in concert 2:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Old Bridge Public Library Main Branch, Route 516 and Cottrell Road.

Lenz has released eight recordings as a leader, and his music has been featured in television shows including “Breaking Bad,” “Catfish” and “Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations.”

Joining Lenz at the library will be James Rosocha on bass and Joe Facey on drums. The group will perform a mix of original music and jazz standards from greats including Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Duke Ellington.

The event is part of the library’s Second Saturday series of free concerts.

For more information, log on to www.oldbridgelibrary.org or call 732-721- 5600, ext. 5033.

Artists will paint still lifes on Jan. 8

The Suburban Artist Guild of Central New Jersey will hold its next monthly meeting at 2 p.m. on Jan. 8 at the East Brunswick Library, Jean Walling Civic Center on Ryders Lane.

Bring in materials suitable for a still life, such as bottles, imitation flowers or fruit. Several arrangements will be set up around the room. Artists can choose any or all to draw in his/her choice of medium, such as charcoal, pastels, colored pencils or watercolor.

To reserve a seat, call Allie Skislak at 732-257-0031.

Stewards will study the environment

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County will offer an Environmental Stewards Program at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 27-June 8 at the EARTH Center, in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave, South Brunswick.

The program will introduce non-scientists to the science underlying key environmental issues in the Garden State. Leading authorities from academia will be joined by colleagues from government and the nonprofit sector to share understanding and insights with the students.

The Middlesex County program will be covering issues such as climate change, soil health, energy conservation, water resource protection, invasive species management, and open space management and habitat conservation.

In addition, the program will partner with the Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership to focus on watershed health and volunteer monitoring so students can learn how to become citizen scientists and help collect data about our local river.

The 60-plus hours of training does not replace a science degree, but helps citizens educate themselves when presented with a real world environmental problem.

To register, contact Michele Bakacs at bakacs@njaes.rutgers.edu or 732-398- 5274, or visit the program’s website at http://envirostewards.rutgers.edu.

Youngsters invited to programs at library

The Monroe Township Library, 4 Municipal Plaza, will offer a variety of upcoming children’s programs.

“Stay and Play,” for ages 2-4, is set for 10 a.m. Jan. 4 and 24. Story time, puppets and more will be followed by open play. Registration will begin 9:30 a.m. Dec. 29.

“Drop-In Lego Corner,” recommended for ages 5 and above, is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Jan. 4, 11 and 25. Registration is not required.

“Becky’s Cozy Corner,” open to ages 5 and above, is planned for 7 p.m. Jan. 4. Youngsters will sit and chat with Becky while she demonstrates a simple craft to make. Registration is not required.

“Music With Pat McKinley,” a musical program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, is set for 11:45 a.m. Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 26. Registration is not required.

“Starlight Express,” an alternative to daytime story time for ages 3-5, will be held 7 p.m. Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 26. Registration is not required.

“Story Time,” for ages 3-5, is set for 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4 and 11. Registration will begin 9:30 a.m. Dec. 29.

“Make Magnetic Slime,” open to ages 9 and above, is planned for 5 p.m., Jan. 7. Participants will make and experiment with magnetic slime, a concoction that reacts with magnets. Registration will begin 9:30 a.m. Dec. 29.

To register or for more information, visit the Youth Services desk at the library or log on to www.monroetwplibrary.org.

House-decorating contest set in Monroe

The Monroe Township Recreation Department will sponsor its annual Holiday House- Decorating Contest for township residents.

Judges will view the entries through Dec. 31, depending upon weather conditions. Residents are asked to leave on their decorative lights during the course of the judging. Winners will be presented with their awards at the Jan. 11 meeting of the township Recreation Advisory Board.

To enter, interested individuals should call the rec department at the Monroe Township Community Center, 732-723-5000, and leave their name, home address and telephone number. Only registered decorated homes will be judged.

Adult Craft Night scheduled at library

The Sayreville Public Library, Washington Road, will present the next installment in its Adult Craft Night series 6-8 p.m. Jan. 14.

Theresa Chuntz will lead participants in making a Piece of My Heart Mirror using puzzle pieces, glitter and wooden-heart mirrors.

For more information or to register, email Alaina at alainad@lmxac.org; call 732-727-0212, ext. 25; or log on to www.sayrevillelibrary.org.

Job search workshops set for Jan. 12, Feb. 16

The Business Resource Connection at the East Brunswick Public Library will offer two free job search workshops led by the Middlesex County Workforce Development Board.

On Jan. 12, job search techniques and resumes will be discussed. On Feb. 16, job interviewing and networking will be reviewed. Both workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to noon.

The workshops are free and open to the public. To register, contact Martha Hess at 732-390-6767 or mhess@ebpl.org.