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 or 732-398- 5274, or visit the program’s website at

Family Night Out starts Jan. 25

A Family Night Out program will be offered to parents, caregivers and youths ages 10-14 starting 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 25 at Livingston Park Elementary School, Ridgewood Avenue, North Brunswick.

Subsequent sessions will follow on Mondays, Feb. 1 to March 14. A booster session will be offered April 28.

The seven-session program works with children and their families to address teen behavioral problems and issues of substance abuse.

The evening starts with a free family meal. Afterward, the parents and children meet separately with Wellspring preventionists and staff.

The adults learn and discuss parenting techniques to help them deal with their children during adolescence. They review subjects that include parental love and limits, making rules, encouraging good behavior, using consequences, protecting against substance abuse and getting help through community resources.

During student time, subjects such as having goals and dreams, appreciating parents, dealing with stress, following rules, dealing with peer pressure and reaching out to others are discussed.

After dinner, youths work in one group while parents work in another group; later, the youth and parent groups come together to play games and work on activities, such as skill building.

Free childcare is available for children younger than age 10.

A gift card will be provided to each family at the conclusion of the program, with good attendance.

Enrollment is limited. To register, call Johanna Pagan at 732-254-3344, ext. 111 or send her an email at

This program is made available through a grant from the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

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 or call 732-721- 5600, ext. 5033.

Auditions set for ‘The Music Man’

The North Brunswick Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services has announced the Broadway classic “The Music Man” as this year’s 46th annual community theatre musical.

Director Michael Hritz is seeking principals as well as a diverse adult ensemble. No experience is necessary.

Vocal and dialogue auditions for children’s roles only including Winthrop, Amaryllis, Zaneeta, and Tommy will begin at 7 p.m. Jan. 6 in the auditorium and music room at North Brunswick Township High School, 98 Raider Road.

Auditions at 7 p.m. on Jan. 7 will be for adult principal and featured roles only, including Harold Hill, Marian Paroo, Mrs. Paroo, Mayor Shinn, Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn, Marcellus and the four members of the barbershop quartet.

Those auditioning should be ready to read from the script and must prepare at least 16 measures of a song from any Broadway show, though songs from “The Music Man” are preferred.

There will be a meeting of the entire company and all others interested in joining the cast or working behind the scenes at 10 a.m. on Jan. 9.

Production dates at the school are March 3, 4 and 5.

For more information, email or call 732- 247-0922, ext. 475.

Tickets on sale for Daddy-Daughter gala

The South Amboy-Sayreville Rotary Club will sponsor its 11th annual Daddy- Daughter Date Night 7-10 p.m. Feb. 19 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4699, Jernee Mill Road, Sayreville.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to community activities and humanitarian projects. Dads, uncles, granddads and stepdads may escort their little girl to dinner and dancing. There will be a child-friendly buffet, raffles and gifts.

Cost is $55 per couple, $25 each additional young lady, if payment is received by Jan. 23. Seating is limited. Early reservations are recommended.

To reserve or for more information, call Greg at 732-721-0400 or email

Kids Club open for three- to five-year-olds

The North Brunswick Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services will hold a Kids Club for three- to five-year-olds, 9-11:30 a.m., Wednesdays and Fridays, Jan. 13 through March 18, at Sabella Park, 1453 Cozzens Lane, North Brunswick.

Children will have fun through learning and play.

The fee is $260 for residents or $270 for non-residents. To register, call 732-247- 0922, ext. 475.

Donors needed for area blood drives

New Jersey Blood Services, a division of New York Blood Center (NYBC) is asking for help in maintaining an adequate supply of all blood types, especially O negative, the “universal” blood that can be transfused into anyone in an emergency. Current inventory is running below the desired target level for all types.

The upcoming blood-drive schedule is as follows:

 Dec. 27, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. — New Brunswick Donor Center, 167 New St.;

 Dec. 29, 1:30-7:30 p.m. — United Methodist Church, 47 N. Main St., Milltown;

 Dec. 29, 2-9 p.m. — New Brunswick Donor Center, 167 New St.;

 Dec. 30, 2-8 p.m. — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4589, 33 Daniel Road, Spotswood;

 Dec. 30, noon-6 p.m. — Comfort Inn Hotel and Suites, 1275 Route 1 and 9 South, Avenel section of Woodbridge.

For more information, call 1-800-933- 2566 or log on to

Elder-law attorney to speak at meeting

East Brunswick AARP Chapter No. 4855 will meet 10:30 a.m. Jan. 12 at East Brunswick Fire District No. 1, Civic Center Station, 310 Rues Lane.

Guest speaker Gary B. Garland, certified elder-law attorney, will offer a program titled “Powers of Attorney, Advance Directives, Living Wills and Trusts.”

Refreshments and a general meeting will follow. Guests are welcome to attend.

For more information, call 732-238- 6326.