Mar 31, 2017

Special Events for April 2017

April 10 through June 17

Philosophy Works Classes – at Red Bank Charter School, 58 Oakland Street, Red Bank. Philosophy Works reveals how wisdom leads to happiness; examines the importance of reason, beauty, and justice; and shows how to harness the power of attention. This 10-week course is designed to help you discover time-tested ways that lead to freedom and happiness. Philosophy Works looks at life and its meaning, the world, and its causes. It considers what holds us back and what sets us free. Based on the classic philosophies of East and West, it invites students to see life as a testing ground for applying the words of the wise to daily living through practical exercises. Learn lessons from history’s master thinkers and share with other students. Regain your sense of wonder and find inner happiness and strength. There are no exams to pass or diplomas to attain. But, there is something of real value to gain: a life of more freedom, peace, and joy. Classes begin Monday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. at Red Bank Charter School; registration closes April 17. Early registration suggested. The 10-week course is free, with just a one-time $10 administrative charge. Register at or call (646) 512-1465.

April 21

Camp Quality New Jersey Third Annual “Letting Kids with Cancer Be Kids Again” Gala – 6:30 p.m. at the Imperia in Somerset, NJ. Their biggest fundraiser of the year includes an extended cocktail hour with premium shelf open bar, a delicious four-course meal, entertainment, basket raffle, and a silent and live auction. The 100% volunteer-driven organization relies on monies raised through fundraising and donations to sustain its programs. CQNJ, a 501c3 charitable organization, was founded in 2003 and is one of 16 camps affiliated with Camp Quality USA. The NJ chapter serves children from New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, providing community-based camping experiences along with ongoing support programs and events throughout the year at no cost to children with cancer and their families.  The flagship event of the year is an overnight summer camp held in August, with an on-site medical staff to ensure children in any stage of treatment can attend camp. Additional events during the year include an overnight winter teen camp, camp reunion, and fall and spring family events. Visit or contact Audra Carletta, CQNJ fundraising coordinator, at (732) 610-1563 or

April 22

Warrior Pose for Pets 2 Brodie Fund Benefit – 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Monmouth Beach Yoga and Wellness. Both an adult class and a children’s class for ages 4-12 will be held. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. and both classes start at 9:00 a.m. They will be joined that weekend by other studios throughout NJ and the U.S.; a list of participating studios can be found on The Brodie Fund website. The Brodie Fund raises money to offer financial assistance, through grants, to families who have pets fighting cancer. Without this help, often times the only option is euthanasia. In addition to the yoga classes, the event will include locally made muffins, health bars, fruit, water, tea, and coffee; raffles items to include yoga gift basket and private classes; and donation bin for dog and cat toys for local rescues. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids (only 20 kids’ tickets available) Raffle tickets $5 each. Visit,, or Eventbrite at

April 22 and 23

Third Annual Waretown Spring Wine Festival – 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Waretown Recreation and Lake Area, 182 Wells Mill Road, Waretown. The yearly two-day event will feature tastings from a number of award-winning Garden State wineries. Admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the gate for those over 21. Each day will include live entertainment, retail vendors, crafters, and food trucks. Net proceeds will be donated to Sylvia’s Children, a Holmdel-based 501(c)3 organization working since 2003 to improve the lives of more than 1,000 children in Uganda, Africa. Contact Sylvia Allen at or (732) 946-2711.

April 23

Vintage Baseball Cards and Sports Memorabilia – 2:00 p.m. at the Middletown Township Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road, Middletown. Michael Osacky, from Baseball in the Attic, will share why baseball cards were first created and autograph authentication is so important. Through quick lessons, attendees will also learn to self-appraise their own sports collectibles. After the presentation, attendees can show their vintage collectibles for a free verbal appraisal. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Call (732) 671-3700, ext. 320 or visit

April 29

Monmouth Civic Chorus Annual Scholarship Auditions – by appointment only in Red Bank. Annual scholarship auditions for vocally talented New Jersey high school seniors planning to pursue higher education. Application deadline is April 22 and the fee is $10.            At least $2,500 in scholarship funds will be available to be awarded to students of outstanding vocal promise. Be prepared to perform two selections from the standard vocal repertoire (opera, operetta, art songs, oratorio, or Gilbert and Sullivan), with at least one selection in Italian, French, or German. Show music is not acceptable. Contestants will be judged on technique, choice of material, poise, and musicianship. An accompanist will be provided if needed. Call (732) 933-9333, e-mail, or visit

Monmouth Civic Chorus Annual Gala Dinner and Auction – 7:00 p.m. at the Navesink Country Club, 50 Luffburrow Lane, Middletown. “Broadway and Beyond – A Musical Journey with MCC” will feature an exquisite three-course dinner, cocktails at a cash bar, silent, chance, and live auctions, and cabaret-style entertainment from chorus members. Dress is business casual. Reservations are $80 per person by April 12 or $90 by April 24. Seating is limited; no reservations accepted after April 24. Proceeds support the chorus’ artistic endeavors. Call (732) 933-9333 or visit

April 30

The Shrewsbury Chorale 60th Anniversary Concert – 3:00 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 90 Kings Highway, Middletown. Conductor: Neil Brown. Program: Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes, Handel’s Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day, and Whitbourn’s Requiem Canticorum. Reception follows concert. Tickets at door are $25 (adult), $20 (senior/student), and $10 (child). Advance sales discounted. Call (732) 747-1362, email, or visit