There will be a spring walk through the natural area of Fair Haven Fields at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18. Attendees will learn about the trees and plants they see walking the trails of these 40 acres of flora and fauna. The walk will be led by Jeff Dement, an American Littoral Society naturalist.
The event is free and all people are welcome, but no dogs. Those attending should meet at the Ridge Road parking lot of Fair Haven Fields.
The Arc of Monmouth is pleased to announce that the 4th annual Edward M. Rosell Golf Classic will occur Monday, June 17, at Deal Golf and Country Club.
The event supports healthcare, employment and other critical programs for more than 1,400 Monmouth County residents with Down syndrome, autism and other developmental disabilities. Funds also will be used to rebuild The Arc’s Work Opportunity Center, which was severely flooded during Super Storm Sandy.
Foursomes and individual slots are now available for the event, which begins at 10 a.m. with registration and lunch. The modified scramble will start at 12:30 p.m., and includes a Million Dollar Shootout drawing, a $5,000 putting contest and a Hole-in-One car giveaway, sponsored by Schwartz Mazda.
A cocktail reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and the awards dinner will occur at 6:30 p.m. Beverage carts will be on the course all day.
Entry donations are $375 per person. Lead sponsors include The Anabel Foundation, Brookdale Community College, Circle Hyundai, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield and UBS.
Registrations for golf and/or dinner, as well as the high-profile corporate packages that are available may be obtained by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 732-493-1919, Ext. 120, or visiting www.arcofmonmouth.org/golf.
Dr. Webster Trammell, the event’s immediate past chairman, will be honored at the event for his many years of dedication to The Arc of Monmouth and Brookdale Community College.
“The golf classic has become one of the most important annual fundraisers for The Arc,” said Jack Privetera, co-chair of the event along with Joseph C. Roselle. “We are proud to recognize Dr. Trammell’s care and commitment at this event, while at the same time raising funds to help The Arc recover from flood damage.”
The Arc of Monmouth is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency providing healthcare, residential services, education, employment and vocational training, recreation and other vital services to more than 1,400 individuals with autism, Down syndrome and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.
To learn more, please call 732-493-1919 or visit www.arcofmonmouth.org.
Community members will soon get the opportunity to refresh their driving skills, thanks to Regal Pointe Independent Living and AARP.
Regal Pointe will host a one-day AARP Safe Driver Refresher Course for defensive driving from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, 1800 Route 35.
Successful completion can result in discounts on car insurance and the elimination of one point on your license (contact your insurance agent for details). The course is available to drivers age 50 and older, who have not yet completed the initial course or who have let three years pass since taking it.
The cost of the course for AARP members, with proof of membership, is $12 per person. The cost for nonmembers is $14 per person. All participants must bring their AARP membership card (if applicable) and valid driver’s license. The event includes lunch, courtesy of Regal Pointe.
Seating is limited. Please register by May 13 by calling 732-957-0083.
Residents are invited to learn more about the Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan at a public information session to be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, at the Rave Movie Theater, 2821 Route 35 in Hazlet.
The plan, which is currently in the process of being updated by Monmouth County and participating municipalities, is a documented evaluation of the hazards to which communities are susceptible.
The public session is being hosted by the Bayshore Emergency Management Association, a consortium of emergency managers from Atlantic Highlands, Aberdeen, Hazlet, Highlands, Holmdel, Keansburg, Keyport, Matawan, Middletown, Union Beach and Sea Bright.
Visit monmouthsheriff.org for more information on the plan.
A start-of-the-summer tradition returns Saturday, June 8, when St. George’s-by-the-River hosts its annual Canterbury Fair, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., rain or shine.
The truly old-fashioned fair appeals to all age groups. In addition to the highly anticipated white elephant sale, available for sale is jewelry, baked goods, plants and flowers and thousands of books for all ages. Treasures can also be found at the Shabby Chic display. A fabulous array of items will be up for bid at the silent auction tent. The best bargains at the Jersey Shore will be at the Canterbury Fair that day.
An area will be dedicated to children’s fun. There is a petting zoo, clown, balloons, cotton candy, face painting and lots of games where the little ones can win prizes. The children’s chance auction is a favorite for the “kid set.” In response to last year’s popularity, there again will be gently used children’s clothing and toys.
The food featured will include hamburgers and hot dogs cooked on an open outdoor grill. Visitors will also be able to go to the oasis of the tea garden for iced tea and delicious baked goods, and the lobster salad luncheon.
Proceeds help support local outreach and charitable organizations.
Chairperson Christianna Harvey is set with her committee heads to make this year’s Canterbury Fair the best yet.
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Thanks to the efforts of Matt Dell, a junior at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, youngsters who lost their bikes due to Super Storm Sandy recently received a very pleasant surprise.
After hearing about the bike losses suffered by local children of all ages, Matt organized and publicized a Hurricane Sandy Bike Drive. He urged RFH students and families and local residents to get their unused bikes out of garages and sheds and into the hands of deserving youngsters.
Bikes were donated at three locations on April 28 – the Fair Haven Youth Center on Fisk Street, the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Office on River Street in Rumson, and the Monmouth Beach Bathing Pavilion. The event was a huge success, resulting in the donation of 120 bikes in working order.
The bikes were collected by volunteers, including RFH juniors Colin Heath and Enzo Lucarelli.
With the help of Sandyfamilymatch, an organization dedicated to assisting Jersey Shore families impacted by Super Storm Sandy, the bikes were transported and distributed to youngsters in Monmouth Beach, Sea Bright, and Union Beach. The residents of these towns are dealing with devastating damage and loss of personal items due to the storm, which hit the area on Oct. 29.
“It was amazing to see how generous people were,” said Matt. “Some of the donated bikes looked brand-new!”
Matt is the son of Beth and Kevin Dell of Fair Haven.
Just in time for Mother’s Day, the Shrewsbury Garden Club (SGC) will host its annual Gardeners Market from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the gazebo at the Borough Municipal Center, 419 Sycamore Ave.
Throughout the morning, the club will be selling flats of spring annuals and perennials, hanging baskets, cut flower arrangements and a selection of herb and vegetable plants. There also will be a Green Elephant Sale featuring a host of gently used garden tools, books, containers and other outdoor treasures.
Garden enthusiasts are invited to attend one of several workshops planned for the day, including flower arranging and container planting.
Funds raised during the sale will help support the SGC’s gardening work in several public spaces including Patriots Isle, the gazebo, the Shrewsbury Historical Society Cottage Garden, the Greenhouse Garden and the Herb Garden at the historic Allen House.
For more information about upcoming SGC events or to learn how you can become a member, visit the club’s website at www.shrewsburygc. com or its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/shrews burygardenclub.