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Special Events for November and December 2017

November 11

Monmouth County Park System Fall Craft Show – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. This seasonal craft show features over 50 local artists and crafters and their works. Look for the perfect holiday gift or decoration among the crafted items available, including photography, prints, notecards, watercolor paintings, oil paintings, jewelry, soaps, crocheted and knitted items, decorative wooden items, wooden pens, holiday and seasonal wreaths and décor, historical miniatures (Civil War, Revolutionary War, World War I & II), sweaters, beach themed décor, dolls, painted glassware, painted and carved gourds and birdhouses, fabric arts, quilts and blankets, and more. Visit or call (732) 842-4000.


November 11 and 12

KNIT WIT Craft Sale – at Mary Mother of God Church, 19 Cherry Tree Farm Road in Middletown. Held 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. on November 11 and 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on November 12. Come and see the beautiful handmade items at this annual craft sale, just in time for winter wearing or holiday gifting. From heirloom-quality knit and crochet items to whimsical toys and tiaras, there will be hundreds of items at very reasonable prices. All items for sale are handmade by volunteers and donated. All proceeds from the sale are donated to local charities and families in need.


November 12

12th Annual Zilinski Memorial Run/Walk – at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel. The 3.5-mile run and two-mile walk returns to PNC Bank Arts Center and will be held rain or shine. Registration from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Ceremonies begin at 8:50 a.m. with the National Anthem to be sung by the Rock ‘n Roll Chorus. All active duty military and veterans are honored at this time. The run will be led by the West Point Swim Team from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The 3.5 mile run or two-mile walk begins at 10:00 a.m. Both the run and the walk end at the beautiful New Jersey Gold Star Family Monument. Participants are asked to stop and view this beautiful new monument and reflect on the sacrifice of our troops from New Jersey that have given their life for our freedom. Awards will be given to the top three men and top three women finishers. The event is held in honor and memory of Army Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II. Registration fee is $35 for adults and $20 for age 18 and under. Contact or visit to download an invitation.


November 13

Presentation by Consumer Affairs Director Annmarie DeVito – 11:00 a.m. at the Middletown Township Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road, Middletown. The Monmouth County Department of Consumer Affairs assists the public with any problems they encounter, including auto sales, repairs, gift cards, vacation clubs, and much more. They enforce the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act. Come hear what they do. Visit or call (732) 671-3700, ext. 320.


November 18

American Littoral Society Surf Fishing Clinic Event – 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 18 Hartshorne Drive, Highlands. Join Jeff Dement, Tagging Director for the American Littoral Society, for a day of surf fishing and instruction on the beach. He’ll cover the basics of casting, knot tying, lure/bait selection, and “reading” a beach. All skill levels will be accommodated. Rods, reels, and tackle will be provided, but bring your own if you have it. Children under 18 are welcome with a supervising adult. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided, but please bring your lunch. Tickets are $20 for ALS members, $60 for non-members. Contact or (732) 291-0055 for more information and to reserve a spot, or visit


37th Annual Granny’s Attic Craft Show – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Thompson Middle School, 1001 Middletown Lincroft Road, Middletown. Held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving every year, this is considered one of the largest craft shows on the East Coast, featuring more than 200 vendors/crafters of unique, handcrafted items for all your holiday shopping needs. There will be art work, accessories, candles, ceramics, children’s items, holiday ornaments, food, jewelry, silk and dried flowers, and many more unique, handcrafted items. This family friendly event also includes food, hourly 50/50, and a grand raffle. Parking is free on school premises. Please, no strollers.


November 19

Hoofin’ It for SPUR 5K and 1 mile Fun Run/Walk – at Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft.  You can sprint, jog, walk, or stroll the USATF (USA Track & Field) certified 5K course. All proceeds will support the Special People United to Ride (SPUR) therapeutic horsemanship program at the Monmouth County Park System’s Sunnyside Equestrian Center, a program that brings the proven benefits of therapeutic horsemanship to our community.  Riders with a variety of physical, cognitive, and developmental challenges benefit from weekly riding sessions, where each rider progressively acquires riding skills and measurable improvement in life skills. Registration and race packet pickup starts at 7:45 a.m., 5K race starts at 9:00 a.m., and 1 mile fun run/walk starts at 9:45 a.m. Registration includes entry to both the 5K and the 1 mile fun run. Participants can run one or run both, and siblings, parents, and friends can participate together. After November 1, the registration fee is $30 (adults) or $20 (under 12). Register online at or at Sunnyside Equestrian Center, 628 Middletown Lincroft Road, Middletown. For more information, call (732) 224-1367, ext.1 or email


December 2 and 9

Mrs. Claus Comes to The Woman’s Exchange – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 32 Church Street, Little Silver. Mrs. Claus will be at the Woman’s Exchange to help young ones and their adult companions choose holiday gifts for family and friends. The Woman’s Exchange, a unique gift shop, has set aside a variety of specially priced items for youngsters to choose from. Volunteers will be on hand to help with selection, and all purchases may be wrapped and include personalized gift tags. Adults can enjoy complimentary light refreshments while the children shop. The Woman’s Exchange is a non-profit organization established in 1934 that represents over 250 artisans from over 25 states and is staffed by volunteers. Items featured in the shop include unique gifts for the Jersey shore lover, handmade hats, blankets, and sweaters for babies and children, distinctive jewelry, accessories, and gifts for the home. All profits are donated to Monmouth County charities. Call (732) 741-1164, email, or visit

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