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 The Italian American Cultural Society of New Jersey will host a dinner meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at Solo Bella, 426 Chandler Road, Jackson. The cost is $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers. Cash only. Details: www.italianamericansnj.com or 917-743-3311 or 732-861-9465.

 Supporters of LADACIN Network, a local nonprofit, will make a big splash to enhance the lives of infants, children and adults with disabilities at the eighth annual Polar Bear Plunge at Main Beach in Manasquan on Jan. 16. The event will support LADACIN’s educational, therapeutic, social, residential and support services for more than 3,500 infants, children and adults with complex physical and developmental disabilities or delays living in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Leggett’s Sand Bar & Restaurant will host the event once again. On-site registration will begin at Leggett’s at 10:30 a.m. The ocean plunge is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. All are welcome to participate. Details: www.ladacin.org (go to Events) or contact Cathy Claps at 732- 493-5900, ext. 263.

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 The Italian American Association of Monmouth County will host Carnevale, the Italian Mardi Gras festival, from 2-6 p.m. Jan. 31 at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club, Howell. The cost is $40 for adults and $22 for children ages 3 to 10. The cost includes lunch, music, dancing, masks and activities, in addition to an auction table and a 50/50 raffle. Costumes are optional. Details: 732-863-0021 or www.iaaofmc.com

 A Red Cross blood drive will take place at 10 a.m. Dec. 26 at the Jackson Library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson. Details: www.theoceancountylibrary.org or call 732- 928-4400.

 The Plumsted Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt, will host a poetry club from 3-4 p.m. Jan. 5. New and seasoned poets are invited to share their favorite poems at the meeting. Details: 609-758- 7888 or www.theoceancountylibrary.org.

 Jackson American Legion Post 504 will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Knights of Columbus hall, 401 Bartley Road, Jackson. Wartime veterans are invited to attend the meeting. Bring a copy of military identification. Details: 732-276-5921 or send an email to alpost504@gmail.com or 732-370- 0562 or BJK1946@aol.com.

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 The Jackson Library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson, will celebrate International Brain Teasers Month with humorous anecdotes from local writer Fred Weintraub at 2 p.m. Jan. 16. This program is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. Details: www.theoceancountylibrary.org or 732-928-4400.

 The Jackson Library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson, will host international concert violinist David Podles with Irina Kupchik on piano at 2 p.m. Jan. 9. All are welcome to attend. Details: 732-928-4400.

 The Laurita Equestrian Center, 31 Archertown Road, New Egypt, will host a holiday celebration, including games and photos with ponies and Santa Claus, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 19. The cost is $10. Details: 609-752-0900.

 The Alzheimer’s Association will offer a free community education program about better communication with a person with Alzheimer’s from 10-11 a.m. Jan. 13 at the Jackson Library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson. Details: 973-586-4300.

 The Plumsted Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt, will host toddler time at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 18. Toddlers ages 18 to 36 months and their caregivers are invited to share in stories, songs and a craft. Details: 609-758-7888.

 Lego Club will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 28 at the Plumsted Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt. Children ages 3 to 11 are invited to participate. Details: 609-758- 7888.

 The New Egypt United Methodist Church, 38 N. Main St., New Egypt, will host a Blue Christmas service at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 in Atkinson Hall. This is a short contemplative service of healing and hope. Details: 609-758-2147.

 The annual Blue Christmas service at Plumsted Presbyterian Church, 14 Front St., New Egypt, will be held at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 20. This is a service of prayer, poetry and harp music by Gian Torrano Jacobs. Details: 609-758-8646.

 The Ladies Auxiliary of the New Egypt American Legion Post No. 455 will sponsor a Longaberger basket bingo at 1 p.m. Jan. 16 at 2 Meadowbrook Lane, New Egypt. Doors will open at 11 a.m. The cost is $25 and includes game boards. Participants must be 18 years old and older. Details: 609-209-6666.

 A Red Cross blood drive will take place at 10 a.m. Dec. 26 at the Jackson Library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson. Details: 732-928-4400.

 Friends of the Jackson Library will present their annual holiday program featuring Mr. Scott the Music Man at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 28. Children and families are welcome to this event which will also feature face painting and light refreshments. Registration is required. Details: 732-928-4400 or www.theoceancountylibrary.org

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 The Plumsted Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt, will host an Anime Club meeting from 6-7:30 p.m. Dec. 30. Students in grades six through 12 are invited to participate. Details: 609-758-7888.

 The Jackson Library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson, will host a performance of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at 7 p.m. Dec. 22. The performance is from a 1939 radio script of the play. Registration is required. Details: www.theoceancountylibrary.org or call 732-928-4400.

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 The Jackson Library, Jackson, will host Knit-Chat-Chain volunteers at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 21. Details: 732-928-4400.

 The Jackson United Methodist Church, 68 Bennetts Mills Road, Jackson, will host a living nativity at 7 p.m. Dec. 12. Free soups and bread will be served at 6 p.m. and dessert will be served after the presentation. Please bring nonperishable foods. Details: 732-833-8808.

 The Jackson Library, Jackson, will host a radio show production of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens at 7 p.m. Dec. 22. Nine theatrical actors will be featured in this performance. Registration is required. Details: 732-928-4400.

 The Friends of the Jackson Library will present their annual holiday program featuring Mr. Scott the Music Man at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 28. Children and families are welcome to this event which will also feature face painting and light refreshments. Registration is required. Details: 732-928-4400 or www.theoceancountylibrary.org.

 The Plumsted Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt, will host toddler time at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 18. Toddlers ages 18 to 36 months and their caregivers are invited to share in stories, songs and a craft. Details: 609-758-7888.

 Lego Club will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 28 at the Plumsted Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt. Children ages 3 to 11 are invited to participate. Details: 609-758-7888.

 The Georgian Court University Community Chorale will host a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Casino Auditorium on the Georgian Court campus, 900 Lakewood Ave., Lakewood. The cost is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and free for students, children and Georgian Court University community members with identification. Reservations not required. Details: 732.948.9464.

 A Red Cross blood drive will take place at 10 a.m. Dec. 26 at the Jackson Library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson. Details: 732-928-4400.

 The Plumsted Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt, will host an Anime Club meeting from 6-7:30 p.m. Dec. 30. Students in grades 6-12 are invited to participate. Details: 609-758-7888.

 The annual Blue Christmas service at the Plumsted Presbyterian Church, 14 Front St., New Egypt, will be held at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 20. This is a service of prayer, poetry and harp music by Gian Torrano Jacobs. Details: 609-758-8646.

 The Ladies Auxiliary of the New Egypt American Legion Post No. 455 will sponsor a Longaberger basket bingo at 1 p.m. Jan. 16 at 2 Meadowbrook Lane, New Egypt. Doors will open at 11 a.m. The cost is $25 and includes game boards. Participants must be 18 years old and older. Details: 609-209-6666.

 The Jackson Library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson, will host Maker Monday from 4-5 p.m. Dec. 14. Children ages 12 to 18 may decorate and eat a gingerbread cookie person. Registration is required. Details: 732-928-4400 or www.theoceancountylibrary.org

 The New Egypt United Methodist Church, 38 N. Main St., New Egypt, will host a Blue Christmas service at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 in Atkinson Hall. This is a short contemplative service of healing and hope. Details: 609-758-2147.

 DeBows United Methodist Church, 509 Monmouth Road (Route 537), Jackson, will present a living nativity at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 12. The event will feature live animals and music. Soup and refreshments will be served between performances. Details: 732-928-4475.

 Living Hope Community Church will sponsor a Toys for Tots collection now through Dec. 18 at Ace Hardware, 45 Evergreen Road, New Egypt, during store hours. Details: Livinghopeonfire@gmail.com

 The Jackson Library, Jackson, will host a holiday concert with flutist Marjorie Koharski and guitarist Keith Calmes at 7 p.m. Dec. 16. This program is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. Details: 732-928-4400.

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 DeBows United Methodist Church, 509 Monmouth Road (Route 537), Jackson, will present a living nativity at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 12. The nativity will feature live animals and music. Details: 732-928-4475.

 Living Hope Community Church will sponsor a Toys for Tots collection now through Dec. 18 at Ace Hardware, 45 Evergreen Road, New Egypt, during normal store hours. For more information, email Livinghopeonfire@gmail.com

 A “Star Wars” celebration will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Plumsted Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt. Children age 8 and older are invited to join in a “Star Wars” celebration with games, crafts, gifts and snacks. Children may dress in their favorite “Star Wars” costume. Details: 609-758-7888.

 The Jackson Library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson, will celebrate International Brain Teasers month with humorous anecdotes from local writer Fred Weintraub at 2 p.m. Jan. 16. This program is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. Details: 732- 928-4400 www.theoceancountylibrary.org

 Knights of Columbus Council No. 11529, Jackson, will hold its annual Christmas tree sale from 2-8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday now through mid-December at Glory’s Market, corner of Route 526 and Cedar Swamp Road, Jackson. Proceeds will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and local charities.

 Howell will hold a free rabies clinic for dogs and cats from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 5 at the public works garage, 278 Old Tavern Road, Howell. Bring proof of previous rabies vaccination. All dogs and cats must be registered every year.

 The Jackson Library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson, will host international concert violinist David Podles with Irina Kupchik on piano at 2 p.m. Jan. 9. Details: 732-928-4400.

 Children’s author Jill Tate will read her book “Bennie the Bear” during story time at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Plumsted Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt. Children ages 3-6 are invited to attend and learn about the real bear that inspired the story. In addition to a question and answer session and book signing, the event will also include a craft. Details: 609-758-7888 or www.theoceancountylibrary.org.

 The Plumsted Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt, will host a naturalist from Cattus Island in a presentation about different species of owls at 3:45 p.m. Dec. 9. Children ages 4 to 10 are invited to learn about the habitats of owls and their night vision skills. Details: 609-758-7888 or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org.

 The Plumsted Township Council for the Arts will present a gingerbread house contest from 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Plumsted Township municipal building, 121 Evergreen Road, New Egypt. Deliver gingerbread houses to the municipal building between 5-5:30 p.m. Details: 609-758-2241 or www.plumsted.org.

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 A “Star Wars” celebration will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Plumsted Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt. Children age 8 and older are invited to join in a “Star Wars” celebration which will includes games, crafts, gifts and snacks. Children can dress in their favorite “Star Wars” costume. Details: 609-758-7888.

 Howell Uniformed Firefighters, I.A.F.F. Local 5015, is sponsoring a coat drive from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. now through Dec. 9 at the Squankum Fire Company, 271 Squankum Road, Howell. The coat drive will benefit the Jersey Cares 20th annual coat drive.

 The Jackson United Methodist Church, 68 Bennetts Mills Road, Jackson, will host a living nativity at 7 p.m. Dec. 12. Free soups and bread will be served at 6 p.m. and dessert will be served after the presentation. Please bring nonperishable foods. Details: 732-833-8808.

 The Jackson Library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson, will present healing medium and author Anysia Kiel at 7 p.m. Dec. 2. Kiel will sign copies of her book, “Discovering the Medium Within: Techniques and Stories from a Professional Psychic Medium.” Registration is required. Details: 732-928-4400.

 The Jackson Relay For Life organization invites community members to attend the 2016 Relay For Life kickoff party at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Cranberry Rooms, Meridian Health Village, Bennetts Mills and Cooks Bridge roads, Jackson. Come out and see what Relay For Life is all about. Details: www.relayforlife.org/jacksonnj or 732-292- 4279.

 The Plumsted Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt, will host a balloon sculpting event for teenagers from 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Cheryl Schwendel will provide instruction about how to make balloon creations with a seasonal twist. Details: 609- 758-7888.

 Children ages 4-10 are invited to construct and decorate a gingerbread house for the holidays with the Teen Advisory Board from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 5 at the Plumsted Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt. Details: 609-758-7888.

 Children’s author Jill Tate will read her book, “Bennie the Bear,” during story time at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Plumsted Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt. Children ages 3-6 are invited to attend and learn about the real bear that inspired the story. In addition to a question and answer session and book signing, the event will also include a craft. Details: 609-758-7888.

 The New Jersey United Christian Academy, Cream Ridge, will host Voices of New Jersey United Christian Academy from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 28 at 73 Holmes Mill Road, Cream Ridge. Alessandra Castronovo of Millstone Township, a finalist on the “The Voice,” will be featured, along with Christian artist Jacob Rivedel. Tickets are $35. Details: 609-738-2121 or visit www.njuca.org.

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 DeBows United Methodist Church, 509 Monmouth Road, Jackson, will present a living nativity at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 12. This event will feature live animals and music. Soup and refreshments will be served between performances. Details: 732- 928-4475 or www.debowsumc.org.

 Bartley Healthcare, 175 Bartley Road, Jackson, will present a discussion about holiday stress and blues at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Registration is required. A light dinner will be served. Details: 732-370-4700.

 Living Hope Community Church will sponsor a Toys for Tots collection from Nov. 16 through Dec. 18 at Ace Hardware, 45 Evergreen Road, New Egypt, during store hours. For more information, email Livinghopeonfire@gmail.com

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 The Rosenauer Elementary School PTA will host a vendor fair from 6-9:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at the school, 60 Citadel Drive, Jackson. Raffle prizes, refreshments. Details: 917-838-4816.

 The New Egypt High School band and drill team will sponsor a holiday wreath sale. Live 24-inch evergreen (balsam) wreaths crafted to hang outside are $17.95. Details: grottod@newegypt.us

 The Jackson Memorial High School cheer squad will host its third annual gift auction at 5 p.m. Nov. 21 at the AMVETS post, 1290 Toms River Road, Jackson. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. This fundraiser will benefit the cheer team as its members prepare to defend their Americheer InterNational championship title in February. A portion of the gift auction proceeds will be donated to Jackson’s Garden of Hope, a public sanctuary where parents and family members can reflect on the memory of children who have passed away. Details: coach.kelseyh@gmail.com.

 Mission Dance will perform at the American Hotel, Freehold, at a “Day After Thanksgiving Party.” Doors will open at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 27 and Mission Dance will play from 9 p.m. to midnight. Mission Dance performs current and classic pop music hits. Tickets are $10 at the door. The band will be collecting canned and dry goods for the Freehold Open Door food pantry. Details: 908-692-9206.

 The Monmouth County Retired Educators Association will meet at 11 a.m. Dec. 8 at the Shadowbrook, Shrewsbury. Members are asked to bring a nonperishable food donation and an unwrapped book, toy or gift card for Bridges At The Shore. New members are welcome. For luncheon reservations, call Sue at 732-995-7754 or email sueshrott@gmail.com before Dec. 1.

 Howell’s Little Elves program is in need of children to become elves this holiday season. Elves must be 13 years of age and older and should be accompanied by an adult. In addition, the distribution of fliers asking neighbors to donate a new, unwrapped toy for the less fortunate in Howell is needed. Email gkbutkus@opt online.net or call 732-682-4257 to request fliers to hand out to neighbors. The fliers will ask people to donate a new, unwrapped toy for the less fortunate in Howell by leaving it on their front porch or stoop at 2 p.m. Dec. 5 or Dec. 6. Gifts should be dropped off at the Howell Police Athletic League at Southard School, 115 Kent Road, Howell, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7, 8, 9 and 10. Fliers can be picked up from Affiliated Foot and Ankle Center, 4645 Route 9 North, Howell, and should be distributed the week of Nov. 23. Details: 732-905-1110.

 Children’s Messy Art Club will meet at 2 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Plumsted Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt. This program is for children up to age 6 and their caregivers. Details: 609-758-7888 or www.theoceancountylibrary.org

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 Jackson Youth Football and Cheerleading is seeking vendors and crafters for a holiday craft fair to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 22. Details: Robin Weisselberg at jagsfundraising@gmail.com

 The New Egypt High School band and drill team will sponsor a holiday wreath sale. Live 24-inch evergreen (balsam) wreaths crafted to hang outside are available for $17.95. Wreaths will be delivered Nov. 30. Details: grottod@newegypt.us

 The mobile county connection van will be at the Jackson Library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 3. The staff from the van will provide materials and answer questions about programs and services available through the various departments of the Ocean County government. Details: 732-928-4400 or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org

 The Jackson Library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson, will host a holiday concert duo with flutist Marjorie Koharski and guitarist Keith Calmes at 7 p.m. Dec. 16. This program is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. Details: 732-928-4400.

 Howell Township Uniformed Fire Fighters, I.A.F.F. Local 5015, will sponsor a coat drive from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 1 through Dec. 9 at the Squankum Fire Company, 271 Squankum Road, Howell. The coat drive will benefit the Jersey Cares 20th annual coat drive.

 The Jackson Library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson, will host a mason jar luminaries craft class for adults at 2 p.m. Nov. 28. A mason jar and other craft supplies will be supplied for each participant. Space is limited. Registration is required. Details: 732-928-4400 or www.theoceancountylibrary.org

 Story time and a craft for children ages 3 to 6 will take place at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Plumsted Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt. Details: 609-758-7888 or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org

 Book Café with guest author Karen Kelly Boyce, a local author who has written four Christian novels and one nonfiction book about surviving cancer, will take place at 3 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Plumsted Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt. Light refreshments will be served. Books will be available for purchase. Details: 609-758-7888 or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org

 “Score A Strike Against Stigma!” a bowling party fundraiser hosted by the No Stigma Network, will be held on Nov. 15 from 5-7 p.m. at Howell Lanes. Space is limited, cost is $15 per person in advance and $20 per person at the door and includes bowling shoes, two games, two slices of pizza and a soft drink. Details: 732-533- 7632 or 732-939-2092. No Stigma Network is dedicated to eliminating stigma and bias associated with mental illness through support, advocacy, education and outreach. NSN’s programs empower young adults to achieve stability, productivity and physical, mental and emotional wellness.

 The Jackson Memorial High School cheer squad will host its third annual gift auction at 5 p.m. Nov. 21 at the AMVETS post, 1290 Toms River Road, Jackson. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. This fundraiser will benefit the cheer team as its members prepare to defend their Americheer international championship title in February. A portion of the gift auction proceeds will be donated to Jackson’s Garden of Hope, a public sanctuary where parents and family members can reflect on the memory of children who have passed away. Details: coach.kelseyh@gmail.com

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 The Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s or dementia will meet at 10 a.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at the Jackson Library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson. Details: 1-800-272- 3900 or www.alz.org/nj

 Boy Scout Troop 258 of Howell will hold a “garage sale” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 14 in the parking lot of Chick-fil-A, Route 9 north, Howell, near the Lanes Mills Road intersection. All are welcome to attend.

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 Jackson Baptist Church, 360 Bennetts Mills Road, Jackson, will present GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays at 11 a.m. Nov. 14. This one-day faith-based seminar for those who have recently lost a loved one will include brunch, a video presentation featuring counselors and people who have experienced the loss of a loved one, and a discussion. Participants will receive a workbook/devotional guide to use during the holidays. The cost is $5. Details: 732- 928-0080 or jbckaren@optonline.net

 The Jackson Library, Jackson, will host chess night at 7 p.m. Nov. 10. Children in grades 6-12 are invited to play and improve their skills. Details: 732-928-4400.

 The Jackson Library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson, will host a drop-in craft class from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 7. Children ages 2 to 12 are invited to make a craft and think about thankfulness. Details: 732-928- 4400.

 The Plumsted Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt, will host Lt. Joe Pangaro in a presentation about the use and abuse of heroin from 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 9. Details: Visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org or call 609-758-7888.

 Paranormal investigators from South Jersey Ghost Research will present a lecture with videos, photo displays, equipment displays and audio samples at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Jackson Library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson. There will be a question and answer session. Registration is required. Details: 732-928-4400 or www.theoceancountylibrary.org

 Jackson Youth Football and Cheerleading is seeking vendors and crafters for a holiday craft fair to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 22. Details: Email Robin Weisselberg at jagsfundraising@gmail.com

 Howell Township Uniformed Fire Fighters, I.A.F.F. Local 5015, will sponsor a coat drive from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 1 through Dec. 9 at the Squankum Fire Company, 271 Squankum Road, Howell. The coat drive will benefit the Jersey Cares 20th annual coat drive.

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 Jackson Youth Football and Cheerleading is seeking vendors and crafters for a holiday craft fair to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 22. Details: Robin Weisselberg at jagsfundraising@gmail.com

 The Jackson Library, Jackson, will offer technology classes for adults. The schedule of classes is as follows: E-mail Basics – Nov. 4 at 10 a.m.; Mouse Basics – Nov. 10 at 2 p.m.; Excel Basics – Nov. 11 at 10 a.m.; Internet Basics – Nov. 18 at 2 p.m.; Pinterest – Nov. 19 at 2 p.m.; Microsoft Word Intermediate – Nov. 23 at 10 a.m.; Microsoft Word for Beginners – Nov. 25 at 2 p.m.; and Mouse Basics – Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. Registration is required. Details: 732- 928-4400.

 The Jackson United Methodist Church, 68 Bennetts Mills Road, Jackson, will host a living nativity at 7 p.m. Dec. 12. A variety of free soups and bread will be served at 6 p.m. and dessert will be served after the presentation. Please bring nonperishable foods. Details: 732-833-8808.

 The Plumsted Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt, will host Lt. Joe Pangaro in a presentation about the use and abuse of heroin from 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 9. Details: 609-758-7888.

 The Jackson Library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson, will host a mason jar luminaries craft class for adults at 2 p.m. Nov. 28. A mason jar and other craft supplies will be supplied for each participant. Space is limited. Registration is required. Details: 732-928-4400 or www.theoceancountylibrary.org

 The Jackson Memorial High School cheer squad will host its third annual gift auction at 5 p.m. Nov. 21 at the AMVETS post, 1290 Toms River Road, Jackson. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. This fundraiser will benefit the cheer team as its members prepare to defend their Americheer InterNational championship title in February. A portion of the gift auction proceeds will be donated to Jackson’s Garden of Hope, a public sanctuary where parents and family members can reflect on the memory of children who have passed away. Details: coach.kelseyh@gmail.com

 Book Café with guest author Karen Kelly Boyce, a local author who has written four Christian novels and one nonfiction book about surviving cancer, will take place at 3 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Plumsted Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt. Light refreshments will be served. Books will be available for purchase. Details: 609-758- 7888 or www.theoceancountylibrary.org

 Story time and a craft for children ages 3 to 6 will take place at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Plumsted Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt. Details: 609-758-7888 or www.theoceancountylibrary.org

 Children’s Messy Art Club will meet at 2 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Plumsted Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt. This program is for children up to age 6 and their caregivers. Details: 609-758-7888 or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org

 Paranormal investigators from South Jersey Ghost Research will present a lecture with videos, photo displays, equipment displays and audio samples at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Jackson Library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson. There will be a question and answer session. Registration is required. Details: 732-928-4400 or www.theoceancountylibrary.org

 The Rosenauer Elementary School PTA will host a vendor fair from 6-9:30 p.m. Nov. 20 in the all-purpose room at the school, 60 Citadel Drive, Jackson. The fair will feature raffle prizes and refreshments. Details: 917-838-4816 or hdvetm@optonline.net

 The Jackson Library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson, will host dog behavioral therapist and trainer Nicholas Pagano of Bark Busters Home Dog Training at 7 p.m. Nov. 4. Pagano will explain why dogs behave the way they do and how people can better communicate with them. Do not bring a dog to this free program. Registration is required. Details: 732-928-4400 or www.theoceancountylibrary.org