• The Freehold Township Committee in conjunction with the Freehold Borough Mayor and Council, the12th Legislative District and South Gate Manor, 260 South St., Freehold, invite the community to come together and support the people of Haiti on Jan. 31 at a charity breakfast buffet from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $25 (suggested minimum donation); children under 12, $10; or a charity brunch buffet from 1-4 p.m., $40 (suggested minimum donation); children under 12, $15. Reservations are accepted. Call 732-431-1500. 100 percent of all donations go directly to benefit the victims of the Haiti earthquake. Make checks payable to: Saint Rose of Lima, Haiti Earthquake Relief, 16 McLean St., Freehold, NJ 07728. Details: 732-431-1500.

The Freehold Art Society will hold a meeting and demonstration at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan, at 7 p.m. Jan. 27. Carolyn Tischer Bartlett of Howell will demonstrate techniques for creating a landscape in pastels. The meeting is free and open to the public. Enter library through the Alexandria Drive entrance and park in the lower lot. Details: 732-780-4926.

• The Howell Historical Society will hold its resceduled winter open house from 1-4 p.m Jan. 30 at 427 Lakewood-Farmingdale Road, Howell. The Mackenzie Museum will be open for guided tours courtesy of the new executive board. Children are welcome. Details: 732-919-7036.

All Seasons Chamber Players will perform timeless classics and newly discovered musical pieces by 19th century German composer Felix Mendelsshon at 2 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan. Free concert. Details: 732-431- 7220.

• St. Rose of Lima Grammar School and Preschool Program, 51 Lincoln Place, Freehold, will host its annual open house on Jan. 31 from 3-5:30 p.m. St. Rose of Lima School offers K-8 classes as well as a fulltime preschool program. All interested families are welcome to attend the open house. Refreshments and tours will be provided. Details: 732.462-2646 or visit www.stroseoflimafreehold. com.

The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County, 310 Mount’s Corner Drive, Freehold Township, presents “Classic Doo-Wop Performed Live” with the Echos at 3 p.m. Jan. 31. Admission is $10 for museum members, $12 for non-members and $5 for children under 13. Tickets will be available the day of the performance. Details: 732-252-6990 or www.jhmomc. org.

Carnevale, the Italian Mardi Gras festival which is celebrated for days leading up to “Fat Tuesday,” will be celebrated from 2- 6 p.m. Jan. 31 at Eagle Oaks Country Club, 20 Shore Oaks Drive, Farmingdale. The annual family event is hosted by the Italian American Association of Monmouth County. All are invited to attend. The cost of $30 for adults and $20 for children ages 3-10 will include a buffet lunch consisting of traditional Carnevale foods, wine (cash bar also available), singing and traditional Italian music, and dancing. RSVP to 732- 863-0021 or 732-536-5832.

The Embroiderers’ Guild of America Monmouth Chapter evening group will meet from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Colts Neck Library, 1 Winthrop Drive, Colts Neck. The guild’s daytime group will meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 18 at St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Route 34 and Phalanx Road, Colts Neck. The guild welcomes anyone interested in needlework, and at all levels. Details: 732-679-6739 or visit the Internet website at

Marlboro K-8 Board of Education will meet at 8 p.m. at 1980 Township Drive on the following dates: Feb. 2 (workshop, budget discussion: buildings and grounds transportation), Feb. 9 (workshop meeting, budget discussion: special education, curriculum), Feb. 16 (regular meeting), Feb. 23 (workshop meeting, budget discussion: personnel, revenues), March 2 (special meeting: tentative adoption of the 2010-11 school year budget), March 16 (regular meeting).

“The Truth About Having Incredible Health and Function,” a free lecture about the latest health breakthroughs in several areas, will be presented by Russell Brokstein, D.C., from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 6 at Hometown Family Wellness Center, 9 Broadway, Freehold. Brokstein will discuss increasing energy, losing weight, building the immune system and more. Details: 732- 780-0044.

The Jewish History of New Jersey, a lecture by Rabbi Dr. Robert Feirstein, will be presented at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 7 at the Freehold Jewish Center, 59 Broad St., Freehold. The $5 donation includes lecture and refreshment. RSVP: 732-462-0254.

The Noontime Optimist Club of Freehold will hold its annual Psychic Evening at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at Basile’s, 536 Park Avenue, Freehold. Cost is $35 and includes an Italian dinner and psychic reading. To reserve seats, RSVP by Feb. 1. Proceeds will benefit New Jersey Youth Activities. Details: contact Mindy at 732-308-0024 or, or Katie at 732-780- 8778 or

The Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Brandywine Senior Living, 3 Meridian Circle, Colts Neck. Details: 1- 800-883-1180.

The Colts Neck Community Band will be playing at 7:30 p.m. Feb.11 in the Colts Neck High School auditorium, Route 537 and Five Points Road. Program includes selections from Giovanni, Rogers and Sousa. Admission is free. Rain date is Feb. 18.

• “Cash in the Bling” from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at Salkin’s Jewel Case, 3585 Route 9 north, Freehold Township (opposite ShopRite supermarket) and help raise funds for the Freehold Township Marching Patriots band. Ten percent of all unwanted gold, silver and platinum jewelry traded in for cash will be donated by Salkin’s Jewel Case to the band. Details: 732-462-3311.

The Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at the First United Methodist Church, 91 W. Main St., Freehold. Details: 1-800-883-1180.

The Manalapan Township MRCCERT is offering a free 20-hour FEMA-endorsed CERT training course. The sessions will begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 in Manalapan town hall and will use a combination of weekday evenings and Saturday mornings in order to meet the requirements. Pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Details: 732-446-8345.