The Garden Club of Fair Haven will hold its annual plant sale from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 11 and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 12 at the Fair Haven Fire House.
As in the past, there will be perennials dug from members’ gardens, specialty plants and shrubs, hanging baskets, boutique arrangements made by club members, and refreshments.
Included in this year’s specialty plants are Chinese elm seedlings dug from a member’s garden. This is a great tree with small leaves that doesn’t require raking. It’s fast-growing, has beautiful exfoliating bark, is graceful and not susceptible to disease. This beautiful tree is not readily available commercially. The number of seedlings is limited, so plan to shop early.
Also new this year, on Saturday only, there will be a Kiddie Kraft Table. All children are welcome to assemble garden-related gifts for Mother’s Day.
The sale will be held rain or shine.
Want to discover the Mysteries of the Night Sky? Spend A Summer Evening at Longstreet Farm? Build Fairy Houses in the Gardens?
Check out the Monmouth County Park System’s summer issue of its directory for these and other upcoming arts and crafts, nature, recreation and sports programs. Available in most county parks and libraries on Friday, May 11, the directory lists all park system special events and programs offered during June, July and August.
Registration for summer programs begins on Wednesday, May 16. Online registration is available for most programs. Consult the directory for details about registering online, by phone, by mail or in person.
For more information about Park System programs, please visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com or call 732-842-4000.
Supporters of Mary’s Place by the Sea will have its first ever 2.5-mile walkathon Saturday, May 12 in Ocean Grove and along the Asbury Park boardwalk.
“Let’s Walk Together” is the theme of the event. The goal is to raise $100,000 toward the purchase of the organization’s home.
Registration will start at 11 a.m. The walk will begin at noon. Registration is $35. There will be food and drinks served after the walk in front of Mary’s Place by the Sea at 15 Broadway Ave., Ocean Grove.
Mary’s Place by the Sea was founded with the purpose of giving women with cancer a place to rest and revive during and after the rigors of their cancer treatments. Volunteers care for the women so they may focus on their healing — gaining strength to win the battle with cancer. Guests are welcome to stay a few hours or a few days, if needed. Some of the amenities offered are oncological massage, nutritional counseling, guided meditation, yoga, strength training and in-room spa services. Services for the guest’s family include counseling and a family meal while Mom rests.
The care center was opened in summer 2009. Proceeds from the “Let’s Walk Together” walkathon will help with the purchase of the home that is now being leased as well as additional programs to help women and their families cope with the impact of their illness.
Art students at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School on Saturday, June 2, will be designing to make a difference — in the lives of women in treatment for cancer.
The RFH Art Honors Society will be holding Fashion for Compassion, a fashion show featuring artistic couture and accessories created by students across the art program. Benefitting Lin’s Linens, an organization that supports women in treatment for cancer, the Art Honors Society is putting its creative juices to work for a wonderful local cause.
Beginning at 6 p.m. in the school auditorium, there will be two musical acts opening for the show, as well as numerous raffles that include goods and certificates from area restaurants, boutiques and more.
Two tiers of tickets are available; $20 for regular admission and $100 VIP tickets which are reserved front-row seating with gifts from Lin’s Linens including commemorative framed posters and Lin’s Linens signature healing bracelets.
Students have been working feverishly to prepare their clothing and accessories for the show. They also have involved faculty and individuals in the fashion industry in the planning of the show’s design, program, promotion, and other details that will ensure a successful event.
Additional information is available by emailing arts society adviser Kristen Lanfrank at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sunnyside Equestrian Center will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Special People United to Ride program (SPUR) from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20.
Those attending the event at 628 Middletown-Lincroft Road will be able to meet the horses, get a tour of the facility, see demonstrations, enjoy crafts, get pony rides and purchase tickets for a 50/50 raffle.
Working in conjunction with the Monmouth County Park System, Special People United to Ride is a nonprofit organization providing individuals with disabilities the opportunity to achieve personal goals through therapeutic horseback riding. Those participating can find a safe haven at Sunnyside Equestrian Center, where their limitations are replaced by the freedom of riding and handling a horse.
The psychological and emotional benefits of therapeutic riding and equine-assisted activities are often reflected in increased self-esteem and improved social skills. A student’s self-worth, self-confidence, and self-image can genuinely improve with just one half-hour riding lesson.
A dedicated group of certified instructors and volunteers work together to operate the equestrian center year-round, servicing more than 200 students with disabilities.
Additional information is available by visiting www.spuronline.org or calling Liz Huntington at 732 -224-1367, Ext. 3.
Members of the Oceanport Garden Club have slated several events through June 14 when they will hold their final session of the season.
Members will be attending the Two River Theatre’s production of “My Wonderful Day” on May 16. Tickets to the performance and additional information may be obtained by contacting Debbie Smith at 732-229-4855.
Flowers will be planted in Oceanport on May 22 as part of a civic beautification project. Members will be responsible for the maintenance of these plantings.
The club’s final business meeting will be May 24, during which all members will participate in presenting a horticulture exhibit. Guidelines for the exhibit, provided at a previous meeting, will be followed. The horticulture exhibit will close out the club’s 2011-2012 year.
The final gathering will be on June 14 at Mia’s Restaurant in Little Silver for an end-of-the-year luncheon. The floral table centerpieces for the luncheon will be made by members.
Those interested in becoming a member of the garden club may call Cathy DeOrio at 732-493-6213 or Maureen Chenoweth at 732-291-1286.