Families will be able to experience 1890s rural farm life as the Monmouth County Park System celebrates its annual Harvest Home Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at Historic Longstreet Farm on Longstreet Road.
The Harvest Home Festival features many historic activities and demonstrations showcasing local farm life during the late 19th century, including wagon rides, old-fashioned games and crafts, potato harvesting, pie-eating contests, the “Medicine Man” Show, bee-keeping, blacksmith and other demonstrations and live entertainment.
There will also be several competitions that attendees can enter in such categories as fresh vegetables, canning, condiments, baked goods and needlework.
Details of the Home & Garden-style contest are available on the Harvest Home Festival page under the “Activities” section at the website at www.monmouthcountyparks.com.
The Long Branch Ice & Yacht Club will be holding a vintage boat show, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, featuring wood boats, speed skiffs, iceboats steamboats and show cars.
The show will be held at the club, 235 Renwick Place. All are welcome. Entertainment, food and refreshments will be available.
Deep Cut Gardens and the Deep Cut Bonsai Society will present Bonsai Day from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at the park.
Attendees will experience the intricate and ancient art through demonstrations and displays, with experts on hand to answer questions. Held annually on the lawn of the Horticultural Center at Deep Cut Gardens, Bonsai Day lets visitors get a glimpse as Bonsai Society members work on their trees.
The free demonstrations and lectures available will be: a demonstration on curly leaf boxwood at 1 p.m; a guided walk through the bonsai tree display to view the various stages at 2:30 p.m.; and a demonstration on a Shimpaku juniper at 3 p.m.
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Middletown Township Public Library will host from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, Tech Time, computer instruction focusing on a different tech topic each month for kids in grades 3-6.
During the session, attendees will learn how to use the Marvel Comics website to create original digital comic books. The lesson is hands-on training. Parents/caregivers are welcome to attend with their children.
The program will take place in the computer lab at 55 New Monmouth Road.
Preregistration is available at www.mtpl.org.
Funding for the library’s public programs comes from the support of the Middletown Township Public Library Foundation, Inc.
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Middletown-area residents will team up with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® in the fight against childhood cancer from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, during a fundraising walk.
With a daily operating cost of $1.7 million, St. Jude depends mostly on public contributions and fundraising events like this one. The goal is to raise at least $10,000.
The event will be held rain or shine on Port Monmouth School grounds, 202 Main St. Registration begins at 10 a.m.; the walk will be held 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The St. Jude Fundraiser is an event to give area residents the opportunity to help support the lifesaving mission of one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers that is devoted solely to helping children.
There is no fee to walk; however, since the aim of the event is to raise money for the hospital, donations are appreciated. Walkers who raise at least $35 will be eligible for prizes. Donations can be made by check the day of the walk or online before the event at www.stjudeevents.org/middletown. The same link can be used for registration. Walkers are encouraged to get sponsors for their walk to raise money.
In addition to the walk, there will be vendors, a gift auction, and a DJ with all proceeds benefitting the St. Jude Children’s Hospital. There will also be children’s activities, such as face painting, carnival games, and a bounce house. Unwrapped gifts and monetary donations that will go directly to the children in the hospital for the upcoming holidays will be accepted.
Sponsors for the St. Jude Fundraiser include DJ Johnny’s Magic Moments, American Bounce Factory, Holmdel Cleaners, Colonial American Bank, Auto Exotica, Union Plaza Liquors, Carol’s Shore Cuts, The UPS Store in Middletown, Crown Tire and Saker Shoprite.
The Christian Education Ministry of Pilgrim Baptist Church will be sponsoring a Clergy & Church Worker Enrichment Series, beginning Sept. 24, for pastors, ministers, students and church workers who reside in the shore region.
The purpose of the series is to provide relevant preaching and teaching methods/ models for an effective 21st-century church.
The series will feature lecture sessions facilitated by pastors, seminary instructors and leaders from the shore area and throughout New Jersey.
The initial course, Preaching Effectively in a Contemporary Congregational Context, is a 10-week session, scheduled to begin Tuesday, Sept. 24.
Registration brochures and further information are available by calling 732-747-2343.
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The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties will hold its 22st Annual Culinary Classic tasting event 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, at The Mill, 101 Old Mill Road.
Guests will enjoy selections from approximately 40 restaurants, along with fine wines, craft beers and specialty cocktails. All proceeds will benefit the FoodBank, a nonprofit organization that works to alleviate hunger and build food secure communities in Monmouth and Ocean counties.
Celebrity Chef David Burke will make a special appearance at the Culinary Classic and will bring his famous Cheesecake Lollipops for guests to enjoy.
Music will be provided by Nicole and Denise and Brian Kirk & The Jirks; New Jersey 101.5 radio personality Big Joe Henry will serve as master of ceremonies.
Tickets are $75 per person and may be purchased by calling 732-918-2600 or online at www.foodbankmoc.org.