The Atlantic Highlands Arts Council is celebrating its fifth anniversary in its new space with a new exhibit and a grand opening and reception.
In 2013, the arts council will open its new office at the Finelines Building, 21 W. Lincoln St. The public is invited from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, to the free opening and reception with refreshments from Memphis Pig Out. An exhibition of painting by borough resident Claire Mittermann will be featured.
The all-volunteer arts council brings a broad array of cultural activities to Atlantic Highlands. With strong community support, the arts council has for five years produced concerts, an arts camp for children, PaintOut!, artists lectures, exhibitions, FilmOneFest, and much more, all without employees or space.
Additional information is available by visiting www.atlantichighlandsartscouncil.org or calling 732-737-7160.
Project Animal Worldwide (PAW) invites the community to a Sweet Beginning: Dessert Party and Wine Tasting from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Raven and the Peach, located at 740 River Road.
The evening will feature light fare and scrumptious desserts, including a chocolate fountain to ring in the New Year, as well as more than 40 gift auction baskets, a jewelry bar from Barking Blue Jay and a wine tasting presented in the restaurant’s beautiful wine cellar.
Admission is $30 per person. An additional fee of $15 is requested to participate in the wine tasting. Registration is requested by Jan. 11. Tickets may be purchased at www.projectanimal.org or by calling Ellen LaTorre at 732-979-6499.
Event proceeds directly support the work of Project Animal Worldwide.
“Please join us as we celebrate the beginning of a new year with new hopes for the future as PAW continues to focus on helping dogs and cats through humane education, rescue and the need for spay and neuter to prevent unwanted animal overpopulation,” said LaTorre, acting president, Project Animal Worldwide. “We were very proud to be able to carry out our mission this year in our own backyard, helping the feral kittens in Sea Bright, N.J., when Super Storm Sandy hit our shores. We hope that people will put aside the daily stress and treat themselves to the sweeter things in life for an evening, all in the name of helping animals.”
NJ Repertory is looking for volunteers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, help clean up the cottage at 311 Liberty St. The day will consist of taking down drywall, ripping up carpet and cleaning up yard debris left by Super Storm Sandy. Those who can help are asked to wear warm clothes that they don’t mind getting dirty, work-type shoes, heavy work gloves, hammers and crowbars if you have them.
The more people who can help, the easier it will be to start restoring the cottage to its former self. Any time people can volunteer that day will be greatly appreciated. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Those who can help are asked to contact cleanup organizers to let them know how many to expect at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Edith Frankel, political scientist, professor and author, will speak at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at Congregation B’nai Israel. Frankel will be speaking about her new book, Old Lives and New: Soviet Immigrants in Israel and America. The book is the story of individuals who made the difficult and sometimes hazardous decision to leave their home, family and friends and start new lives in the U.S. and Israel. Their experiences – from their formative years in the Soviet Union to their decisions to leave and their struggles to receive permission to emigrate – illuminate the complex history of Soviet Jews.
Frankel is a political scientist who has published widely on the Soviet Union and Soviet Jews. She is the author of Navy Mir: A case study of the politics of literature 1952-1958 as well as studies on the ethnic Germans of the Soviet Union, the Revolutions of 1917, the Soviet treatment of Jews and Soviet Jewish voting patterns in Israel. She has also taught at the Hebrew University of Jersuralem and Dartmouth College, Stanford University and University College London.
Founded in 1922, Congregation B’nai Israel is affiliated with United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. It is located at 171 Ridge Road.
The program, cosponsored by the Adult Education and Ezra committees, is free and open to the public. Bagels and coffee will be served. Following the program, books will be available for sale and Frankel will have a book signing.
The Jersey Shore Rose Society, an affiliate of the American Rose Society, will hold a meeting on Jan. 26, in the community room at Kensington Court Assisted Living, 864 Shrewsbury Ave.
The meeting will feature a beginner clinic from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. conducted by Consulting Rosarians. The main meeting will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The topic will be about the Heritage Rose District of New York City with speaker Stephen Scanniello, president, Heritage Rose Foundation.