May 01, 2017

Special Events for May and June 2017

May 9 and 16

Mental Health First Aid Class – 5:30 p.m. at Croydon Hall, 900 Leonardville Road, Middletown. Learn the skills to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders with training presented by the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County, in partnership with Crossroads, the Middletown Alliance, Middletown Department of Health and Human Services, Middletown Police Department, and the County of Monmouth. Attendees will learn how to help people developing a mental illness or who are in a crisis. Participants must pre-register and attend both evenings. Program cost is $20. Register at

May 10

Family & Children’s Service Auxiliary 60th Annual Spring Luncheon & Fashion Show – 11:00 a.m. at Branches, West Long Branch. The popular event will feature a ladies’ shopping boutique, gourmet sit-down luncheon, chance auction, 50/50 raffle, and a spring fashion show, courtesy of Le Papillion in Rumson. The Navarumsunk Auxiliary provides support to FCS’ 14 programs and services, including home care for the frail, elderly, and disabled, and child literacy for young children in underserved communities. Tickets are $60 per person. Contact FCS Director of Development Diane Gribbin at (732) 222-9111 or or visit

May 11

Ladies Night Out Fundraiser – 8:00 p.m. at Nauvoo Grill Club, 121 Fair Haven Road, Fair Haven. Hosted by the MOMS Club of Middletown South NJ, a nonprofit organization and support group designed for at-home and part-time working mothers in Middletown, Holmdel, Colts Neck, Red Bank, Little Silver, Rumson, and Fair Haven. Proceeds benefit the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation, one of New Jersey’s oldest free, in-home counseling and support agencies providing services to any New Jersey family whose child has been diagnosed with cancer. The evening will include an auction, live entertainment, and 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $45 per person. Visit or on Facebook at

May 17

2017 Shore Region Interfaith Prayer Breakfast – 9:00 a.m. at the Student Life Center at Brookdale Community College, Newman Springs Road, Lincroft. Hosted by Pilgrim Baptist Church of Red Bank, along with a Coalition of Community Partners, featuring exhibits and presentations on community wellness issues. The event aims to draw together leaders and laity for a time of inspiration, information, encouragement, and understanding. Clergy, civic leaders, corporations, social agencies, law enforcement, public officials, educators, and citizens of good will are invited to “Work Together to Impact the Communities We Serve.​” Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased at the administrative office of Pilgrim Baptist Church (172 Shrewsbury Avenue, Red Bank), online at Eventbrite, or at Limited space is available. For information, call (732) 747-2343.​

May 21

Free Sunday Afternoon Classical Music Benefit Concert – 3:00 p.m. at The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 112 Middletown Road, Holmdel. Four teenage talented musicians, under the direction of organist Miae Park, will perform several classical compositions at a concert benefit for the survivors of the April 2017 Colombian flood. The musicians include: Kaylee Wang, age 17, on flute, of High Technology High School/Julliard Pre-College; David Kim, age 14, on cello, of Freehold High School; Jonathan Hong, age 15, on piano, of Freehold High School; and Joyce Lee, age 13, on violin, of Howell Township Middle School North. Concert director Miae Park is the organist and choir director at The Lutheran Church of The Good Shepherd. Attendees will be encouraged to make a free will offering that will be donated to help the flood survivors. This is the eighth annual benefit concert at the church. Previous benefit concerts have assisted the Japanese Tsunami relief fund, the fund to build wells in Africa, the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, the Bayshore Lunch Program, and other local food pantries in Monmouth County. Refreshments will be served after the concert.  Call (732) 842-4596.

May 24

Healthy Habits for a Healthy You – 7:00 p.m. at the Middletown Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road, Middletown. Nicolette Vasco will teach attendees to identify the reasons for taking care of yourself as you age and list strategies to age well in the areas of cognitive activity, physical health and exercise, diet and nutrition, and social, followed by a support group facilitators training. Visit or call (732) 671-3700, ext. 320.

May 25

CBA Jazz Series Presents Kevin Eubanks – 8:00 p.m. at the Henderson Theatre at Christian Brothers Academy, Newman Springs Road, Lincroft. Kevin Eubanks and his jazz quartet will be the featured artist for the annual event to benefit the performing arts at CBA.             The evening will provide a unique opportunity to see this jazz guitarist, recording artist, and former bandleader of “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno for 18 years at an intimate and close-to-home venue. Joining him onstage will be Bill Pierce on sax, Rene Camacho on bass, and Marvin “Smitty” Smith on drums. Since leaving “The Tonight Show,” Eubanks has released three albums. Along with his quartet, he is sure to thrill the audience with energetic jazz fusion and the engaging personality of a masterful guitarist. Only 350 tickets will be sold to this exclusive, one-night-only premier event, for $50 per person. Tickets are available at Sponsorships of $2,500 and $1,000 come with pre-show reception, “Meet and Greet” with Kevin Eubanks before the show, premium seats, and acknowledgement in printed and promotional materials. For information, please call (732) 713-0683.

June 2

Monmouth Civic Chorus Celebrates the Northern Lights – 8:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 1 Phalanx Road, Colts Neck. Artistic director Dr. Ryan James Brandau will lead the award-winning Monmouth Civic Chorus with the stunning music and powerful choral traditions of the Baltics and Scandinavia. Tickets are $30 per adult, $27 per senior, $25 for groups, and $5 per student. Call (732) 933-9333 or visit