Independent Diary, July 20 – centraljersey.com

• New Jersey Blood Services, a division of the New York Blood Center, will conduct the following blood drives: August 5, St. Dorothea’s Church, 240 Broad St., Eatontown, 12:30-6:30 p.m.; Aug. 12, Middletown United Methodist Church, 924 Middletown-Lincroft Road, Middletown, 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; August 18, B’nai Israel Congregation, 171 Ridge Road, Rumson, 12:30-6:30 p.m.; Aug. 18, Brotherhood of Temple Shalom, 5 Ayrmont Lane, Aberdeen Township, 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Aug. 22, North Centerville Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, 372 Middle Road, Hazlet, 1-7 p.m.; August 23, Lincroft Bible Church, 790 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, 1-7 p.m. To donate blood or find out how to arrange a blood drive, call 1-800-933-2566. Details: www.nybloodcenter.org

• Monmouth County Park System will host Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, July 1-29, from 11 a.m. to noon at Bayshore Waterfront Park in Middletown. Meet on the beach near the parking lot. See a variety of fish, crabs and other sea creatures as you pull a long seine net along the edge of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed shoes are required. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. This program is designed for individuals and families. Time permits. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Monmouth County Park System will be presenting a cooker demonstration on July 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. See what’s simmering on the wood stove and learn how recipes, cooking techniques and cuisines have changed since the 1890s. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Monmouth County Park System will be presenting historic tours of Battery Lewis July 23, 24, 30 and 31 from 12-4 p.m. at Hartshorne Woods Park, Highlands Section, Rocky Point. Visit the restored historic Battery Lewis and learn about the history of this important former coastal defense site. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Monmouth County Park System will present tours of Seabrook-Wilson House on July 24 and 31 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Bayshore Waterfront Park in Middletown. Tour the house, which dates back to the early 1700s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and view exhibits about the ecology of the bay and local history. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Monmouth County Park System will present Tidal Tuesdays – Seine the Cove on July 26 from 11 a.m. to noon at Fisherman’s Cove Conservation Area, Manasquan. Discover a variety of fish, crabs, and other sea creatures that can be found along the cove during this naturalist-led seine fishing program. Closed shoes are required. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. Time permits. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Monmouth County Park System will present Enviro-Quest on July 21 at 11 a.m. at Thompson Park, Lincroft, meet in the Old Orchard parking lot; and July 28 at 11 a.m. at Big Brook Park, Marlboro, meet near the wharf. Follow the Enviro-Quest signs to where the park system naturalist is waiting for you. Join a mini nature lesson, activity or walk for 30-60 minutes of nature-based fun. Activities may include encountering a live animal, finding hidden treasures, or finding animal trinkets. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Monmouth County Park System will be presenting Life in a Freshwater Pond on July 21 and 28 from 11 a.m. to noon at Freneau Woods Park, Aberdeen Township, meet outside the Visitor Center. Join park system naturalists to explore a freshwater pond and look for basking turtles, hopping frogs, hunting herons, splashing fish and more. Wear closed shoes. Open to all ages; under 18 with an adult. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Monmouth County Park System will perform “Under the Summer Stars” on July 20 from 10-11 p.m. at the Dorbrook Recreation Area, Route 537, Colts Neck, meet in the football field parking lot. Join a guide and search for key objects and constellations in the summer night sky. Bring a chair and a flashlight. Program may be canceled due to overcast skies or inclement weather. Open to all ages; under 18 with an adult. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Monmouth County Park System will present a Nature Talk Series: Sharks of New Jersey on July 21 from 7-8 p.m. at the Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center in Middletown. Find out why sharks are important to protect, why they are unique, and the threats to them. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Monmouth County Park System will present Concert in the Park: Country Music with After the Reign on July 22 from 7-8.30pm at the Thompson Park Theater Barn, Lincroft. The group will perform modern country music and original material. Bring chairs or blankets. The concert is outdoors, however, if the weather is unfavorable, the concert will be moved indoors. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Monmouth County Park System will present a demonstration of 19th century carpentry on July 23 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. Learn how the carpenter uses 19th-century carpentry and carving tools during this demonstration. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• New Jersey Blood Services, a division of the New York Blood Center, will conduct the following campaigns: July 25, North Centerville Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, 372 Middle Road, Hazlet, 1-7 p.m. To donate blood, call 1-800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org

• Monmouth County Officials organize paper shredding events so that residents have the opportunity to dispose of old documents and confidential files safely. All shredding events will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following locations: August 20, Aberdeen Municipal Building, 1 Aberdeen Square; Sept. 10, Union Beach Recycling Center, 1400 Florence Ave.; and November 12, Middletown North High School, 63 Tindall Drive, Middletown. County residents can shred up to 100 pounds of documents. Large binder clips should be removed from documents; staples and paper clips can remain. Information about paper shredding events and recycling is available on the recycling section of the county website, www.visitmonmouth.com, or call 732-683-8686, ext. 8967.

• Lunch break, Red Bank, is sponsoring its annual Back to School Campaign to benefit financially insecure schoolchildren and their families who rely on the Social Services Resource Center for the basic necessities of life, including school supplies, through August 20 . Those wishing to donate backpacks and school supplies (pens, pencils, loose-leaf binders, loose-leaf paper, erasers, pencil cases, highlighters, etc.) can do so from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. p.m. Monday and Wednesday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, now through August 12 at Pilgrim Baptist Church, 172 Shrewsbury Ave., Red Bank. Details: Marcel Quinones, 732-747-8577, ext. 3011.

• Monmouth County The fair will be held July 27-31 at East Freehold Showgrounds, Freehold Township. Hours are 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. General admission is $8 per adult; children 17 and under are admitted free. Follow the Monmouth County Parks System on social media. Upcoming contests will be announced on the parks system’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, providing the opportunity to win admission tickets and more. The fair is organized and presented by the Monmouth County Park System in cooperation with the Monmouth County 4-H Association. Details: www.MonmouthCountyFair.com

• DowntownFreehold.com website The Thursdays Rock Concert Series takes place every Thursday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at the Monmouth County Hall of Records Square, Main Street, Freehold Borough. The concerts are free; bring a lawn chair. The schedule is as follows: July 21, Matt O’Ree Band; July 28, Chuck Lambert Band with Coo Moe Jhee; August 4, Parrot Beach; August 11, Colossal Street Jam; August 18, Pat Guadagno and Friends; August 25, Turnstyles.

• The borough in full ownership The 2022 Arts Council Jazz, Blues & More Summer Concert Series will take place every Sunday through August (June 5-August 28) from 7-9pm at the Downtown Freehold Gazebo, Main Street, Freehold Borough . The concerts are free; bring a lawn chair.

• Morganville United The Methodist Church, 215 Conover Road, near Route 79, Marlboro, has reopened its Saturday thrift store. The thrift store will be open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon until July. New and almost new items such as clothing, toys, home decor, jewelry, housewares, crafts and holiday decorations will be available for purchase. All are invited to visit the flea market.

• Embroiderer’s Guild of America – Monmouth Chapter is dedicated to teaching and sharing the joys of sewing. The organization welcomes embroiderers of all levels. The evening embroiderers will meet via Zoom on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Day embroiderers will meet via Zoom on the third Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. Details: Toni, 732-462-5540, or visit the website: www.mcega. org

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