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Tri-Town News Datebook, Feb. 2

• The West Lake Woman The club is offering five scholarships worth $500 to residents of Jackson. Scholarships are awarded to eligible individuals who have been accepted into a post-secondary education or training program and who meet any of the following criteria: Currently completing high school; Currently working and planning to enroll in a skills enhancement program, make a career change, or desire further education; Not currently employed, but interested in job training or retraining skills; Enrolled in any public school or vocational school in the continuing education program. Applications are available online at https://westlakeclubs.com/womens-club/womens-club-scholarship/. Applications are also available through the Jackson Library, guidance offices at Jackson Liberty and Jackson Memorial High Schools, Ocean County Vo-Tech and financial aid offices at Ocean County College and Georgian Court University. The application deadline is May 7.

• Monmouth County National Park System Seed Swap Day (cancelled with snow January 29) will take place on February 26 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Tatum Park Red Hill Activity Center, Red Hill Road, Middletown. This event invites local gardeners to replace the seeds of vegetables, annuals, perennials, and local ones with something new. Details are available at www.MonmouthCountyParks.com or by calling 732-872-2670.

• Monmouth County Park System She will host chopping, splitting, and swinging on February 6 from noon to 2:30 p.m. at Historic Long Street Farm, Holmdale. Join the farm staff as they use a two leg saw and a splitting wedge. free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Monmouth County Park System She will be hosting the bird show on February 8 at 9 a.m. at
Dorbrook Recreation Area, Route 537, Colts Neck, meets in the Football Field Parking Lot. Join the natural world of the park system for a morning bird walk. Open to all ages. Under 18 years with an adult. free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Monmouth County Park System The Wondrous Winter Walk will be hosting February 9 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell, in the Environment Center parking lot. Join the natural world in the park system and explore nature in winter. Open to all ages. Under 18 years with an adult. Sturdy shoes are recommended, and trails used may have slopes or tree roots to cross. free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Monmouth County Park System Yarn Bee will host February 12th from noon to 2:30 pm at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdale. Guests can knit or crochet at their own pace; The farm staff will be on hand to assist those who need a little extra help. Bring your supplies. Open for ages 10 and up; Under 18 years with an adult. The cost is $5 per person. Cash or check only. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Monmouth County Park System The Backyard will host Bird Count on February 18 from 9-10 a.m. in Manasquan Reservoir, Howell, in the Eco Center. Join the naturalist in the garden system and celebrate the bird count in the great American backyard. Participants will start by looking at wintering birds found at local feeders and then walk a short distance to see which birds they can identify. free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Monmouth County The library offers six classes available at any time and without any prior registration in virtual yoga, highlighting breathing, movement, stretching, and other activities. Each program is offered at https://ly/MonCoLibraryYoga. Programs are presented by Stephen Russell of Becoming Sound. Interested individuals can choose their own motion path from six of the most popular video series in the library. The sessions are breathing yoga. Yoga stretches. Yoga movement yoga stretching with support. Yoga at home on the floor. And yoga at home. Individuals should consult their physician before beginning any exercise program.

• Blood Services in New Jersey, a division of the New York Blood Center, will conduct blood drives on the following dates: February 2, Howell Donor Center, 4068 Route 9 South, Howell, 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.; February 3, Howell Donor Center, 1:30-8:30 p.m.; February 8, Howell Donor Center, 1:30-8:30 p.m.; February 9, Howell Donor Center, 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.; February 10, Howell Donor Center, 1:30-8:30 p.m.; February 15, Howell Donor Center, 1:30-8:30 p.m.; February 16, Howell Donor Center, 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.; February 17, Howell Donor Center, 1:30-8:30 p.m.; February 22, Howell Donor Center, 1:30-8:30 p.m.; February 23, Howell Donor Center, 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.; Feb 24 Howell Donor Center 1:30-8:30 p.m. To donate blood, call 1-800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org

• Jackson Township Artists Sue Kolb and Robert Jenkin are back at the Jackson branch of the Ocean County Library to present an exhibition that will be on display through March. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Details: 732-928-4400 or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org/events

• New Jersey blood services, A department of the New York Blood Center is looking for volunteers to help donors with blood drives in the area. No medical background necessary. Volunteers must be open to providing friendly customer service, be able to perform tasks as needed, and must provide proof of coronavirus vaccination prior to volunteering. You must have transportation. All training is provided, including precautions for the safety of staff and blood donors. For additional information, call or text Sharon Zeets at 732-850-8906, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To apply online as a blood drive volunteer, go to https://www.nybc. org/support-us/volunteer-nybc/volunteer app/

• For individuals who Dealing with depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety, there is support available that is free and confidential and is led by a trained facilitator. The Depression and Bipolar Disorder Support Alliance meets Wednesday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Brighter Days Community Wellness Center, 268 Bennetts Mills Road, Jackson. There are no doctors or therapists in the group, only individuals with a mental health condition. Members strive to support each other and share their stories. Details: Valerie, 610-766-0658, or visit dbsalliance.org

• Online Support The discussion group for Women in the Workplace is offered by the Mental Health Association of New Jersey, which has an affiliated office in Ocean County. The focus is on women who have been intimidated, emotionally, physically, or sexually abused while on the job. The Life in Waves group meets online twice a month via Zoom. Through the group, members share resources and strategies to improve their mental health. Life in Waves meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. To receive a link, call 609-652-3800 or email lifeinwaves@mhanj.org

• CentraState Medical The center has launched a new online grief support group led by licensed and certified grief counseling clinical social workers to assist individuals who have experienced the loss of loved ones. The group is open to adults in the community who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Private groups provide a safe, non-judgmental space for participants to share their feelings and struggles. Group meets via Zoom on the first and third Thursday of every month at 3 p.m. To register, call 732-303-5170, email Ametzger@Centrastate.com, or Ssouza@Centrastate.com

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