The Atlantic Highlands Arts Council, an all-volunteer arts council, plans an all-new website and logo and is looking for someone to design the logo.
Designers are invited to submit a logo expressing the vision and role of the arts council by July 2 to be considered for a $200 prize. Entries may be submitted by mail or e-mail or hand-delivered.
Contest rules are available at www.atlantichighlandsartscouncil.org; by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 732-737-7160.
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Captain David Harrison, base commander for Naval Weapons Station Earle, will speak at the Historical Society meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 20. The meeting will take place at the Atlantic Highlands Senior Center in the Municipal Harbor.
A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Harrison has served in Afghanistan and Iraq, where he led Navy efforts against radio-controlled improvised explosive devices (RCIED). Among his many U.S. Department of Defense positions, he has worked in Counter-Terrorism Policy and as deputy director for Deep Submarine Rescue and Diving. He received a Bronze Star and three Joint Meritorious Unit Awards for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, and also holds a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from Tufts University.
Harrison will talk about environmental and community initiatives supported by the Navy in Monmouth County communities, and will answer audience questions. He also will share information and stories about the history and current use of the naval base.
NWS Earle was commissioned in 1943, and includes a 2.9 mile-long pier in Sandy Hook Bay plus Bayshore property in Leonardo and a larger inland base in Colts Neck.
Debbie Mans, executive director of the N.Y/N.J. Baykeeper headquartered in Keyport, will report on the health of New Jersey and New York bays, especially Raritan Bay, at 6:30 p.m., Monday, June 25 at Brookdale Community College.
The presentation, open to the public, will include the college’s students and the members of the N.J. Friends of Clearwater and the Jersey Shore (Monmouth) Group of the Sierra Club.
Mans also will discuss the ups and downs of her organization’s disputes with the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) over Baykeeper’s attempt to determine if oysters, whose beds were decimated by overharvesting and pollution, can be repopulated in Raritan Bay.
The DEP, having been criticized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), shut down the Baykeeper’s effort to reintroduce the oyster. The DEP claimed that if poachers illegally took the oysters from the bay’s polluted waters, the contaminated oysters could make people ill and jeopardize the state’s entire shellfish industry. The U.S. Navy became involved in the issue.
A cash buffet will be offered at 6 p.m. Mans’ presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.
The Ashley Lauren Foundation is holding a Dance Walk for Kids with Cancer fundraiser.
The event will be held on Saturday, June 23, with registration beginning at 11 a.m. It will take place on the walking path at the Colts Neck Municipal Complex, 124 Cedar Drive.
The dance walk was made popular on Facebook by Ben Aaron, an LXTV NBC reporter, and has been viewed by 17 million people. It is walking and dancing – all done to music.
A $10 donation will be accepted and be used to support the programs of The Ashley Lauren Foundation that help ease the burden of families with a child with cancer.
The foundation helps with direct family assistance with such items as household bills, bills and medications not paid through medical insurance and traveling expenses to and from hospitals. The fundraising will also support programs for assistance with food, clothing, and household items; emotional support; support groups; parties for children; advocacy; outings; birthday and holiday gifts for children; the Making Dreams Come True program and anything else that is needed to make their lives easier and to let each child know that he or she is important.
Additional information is available by calling the Ashley Lauren Foundation at 732-414-1625.
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Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, the Monmouth County Park System’s Eco-Elephant Family Flea Market is the place to be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 23.
Held at Dorbrook Recreation Area on Route 537, this event features individual, business and nonprofit vendors. Who knows what you might find? Discovery is half the fun.
Prospective vendors are still welcome up to and including the day of the event. Vendors are responsible for providing their own tables, tent, merchandise and genial attitude. Those interested should email email@example.com or call 732-542-1642, Ext. 31.
Additional information regarding the Monmouth County Park System is available by visiting www.monmouthcountyparks.com or calling 732-842-4000. Those with hearing impairment may dial 711 for the TTY/TDD number.
The Men’s Ministry of the Pilgrim Baptist Church will host its annual Fatherhood Mentors Breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 16.
The guest speaker for this year’s event will be Derrick Simmons of the Boys & Girls Club of Paterson.
There is no cost for the breakfast. Fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers and surrogate fathers are encouraged to bring a young man for a morning of fun and fellowship. All are welcome.
Further information is available by calling 732-747-2348.
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The New Jersey premiere of Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love, will be presented as a benefit by Monmouth Arts at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 21.
The film will be shown at the Clearview Cinema on 36 White St. A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Art Alliance, 33 Monmouth St.
The reception and film will be $35 for Monmouth Arts members, $45 for non-members, and $10 for the film only.
The proceeds will be used to match a New Jersey State Council on the Arts grant to benefit Monmouth Arts community arts programs.
Sony Pictures Classics, Surf Taco, and the Springpoint Senior Living Foundation are sponsors of the event.
The Little Silver Public Library is sponsoring a talk at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 28, by author Jon Gertner who will discusses his book, The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation.
Gertner, an editor at Fast Company magazine and a writer for The New York Times magazine, documents the scientists behind the success of Bell Labs and looks at the reasons why Bell Labs became a source of innovation for electronic communication today.
The Toms River-based ASTRA group is returning to lead the kick-off event of the teen summer reading program at the Middletown Township Public Library.
The evening event of stargazing will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at the library’s main branch, 55 New Monmouth Road.
Telescopes will be provided for taking a peek at the cosmos, along with sky charts to use and take home.
Funding for the library’s public programs comes from the support of the Middletown Township Public Library Foundation, Inc.