Independent Diary, July 27 –

• Two Tony Awards Nominee Christine Andreas will join Grammy Award-winning bandleader Vince Giordano and pianist Art Topilow for an evening of Broadway at 7 p.m. on July 31 at the Bell Works rooftop bar, Holmdel. They will be joined by singer and saxophonist Danny Bacher. The show is sponsored by the Axelrod Performing Arts Center. In case of rain, the concert will take place in the atrium. Tickets are $38 in advance and $45 at the door and can be purchased by calling 732-531-9106, ext. 14 or by visiting

• Kevin Kelly Lounge will host its second annual “A Night At The Runway” event from 6-10 p.m. on August 11 at Addison Park, 150 Route 35, Keyport. The fashion show will showcase everything Kevin Kelly Salon has to offer. There will be entertainment by Jolina Jasmine, a Venetian hour, an open bar, upgraded raffle items and bespoke clothing by LA designer Virgil Vigil. Proceeds will be donated to Dress for Success Northern NJ Many of the participating models are community members who volunteer to support Dress for Success. Tickets will be on sale until July 31. Details:

• Women of color The discussion group is an online meeting held once a month (third Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.) to discuss issues, coping strategies, and resources relevant to women of color. Offered by the Mental Health Association of New Jersey. The next meeting dates are August 16, September 20, October 18, November 22 and December 20. Email [email protected] to receive a link.

• “A gathering of women of Color” is an online group that meets once a month for all LGBTQ women of color from the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color community. The group is an open discussion on several topics. The group meets the first Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. Upcoming dates are August 4, September 1, October 6, November 3 and December 1. Offered by the Mental Health Association of New Jersey, the agency’s PEWS program and the Emotional Support for Families of Color initiative. To receive a link, email [email protected]

• New Jersey Blood Services, a division of the New York Blood Center, will conduct the following blood drives: August 5, St. Dorothea’s Church, 240 Broad St., Eatontown, 12:30-6:30 p.m.; Aug. 12, Middletown United Methodist Church, 924 Middletown-Lincroft Road, Middletown, 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; August 18, B’nai Israel Congregation, 171 Ridge Road, Rumson, 12:30-6:30 p.m.; Aug. 18, Brotherhood of Temple Shalom, 5 Ayrmont Lane, Aberdeen Township, 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Aug. 22, North Centerville Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, 372 Middle Road, Hazlet, 1-7 p.m.; August 23, Lincroft Bible Church, 790 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, 1-7 p.m. To donate blood or find out how to arrange a blood drive, call 1-800-933-2566. Details:

• Monmouth County Park System will be presenting a cooker demonstration on July 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. See what’s simmering on the wood stove and learn how recipes, cooking techniques and cuisines have changed since the 1890s. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Monmouth County Park System will be presenting historic tours of Battery Lewis on July 30 and 31 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Hartshorne Woods Park, Highlands Section, Rocky Point. Visit the restored historic Battery Lewis and learn about the history of this important former coastal defense site. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Monmouth County Park System will present tours of Seabrook-Wilson House on July 31 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Bayshore Waterfront Park in Middletown. Tour the house, which dates back to the early 1700s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and view exhibits about the ecology of the bay and local history. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Monmouth County Park System will be presenting Life in a Freshwater Pond on July 28 from 11 a.m. to noon at Freneau Woods Park, Aberdeen Township, meet outside the Visitor Center. Join park system naturalists to explore a freshwater pond and look for basking turtles, hopping frogs, hunting herons, splashing fish and more. Wear closed shoes. Open to all ages; under 18 with an adult. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Monmouth County Officials organize paper shredding events so that residents have the opportunity to safely dispose of old documents and confidential files. All shredding events will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following locations: August 20, Aberdeen Municipal Building, 1 Aberdeen Square; Sept. 10, Union Beach Recycling Center, 1400 Florence Ave.; and November 12, Middletown North High School, 63 Tindall Drive, Middletown. County residents can shred up to 100 pounds of documents. Large binder clips should be removed from documents; staples and paper clips can remain. Information about paper shredding events and recycling is available on the recycling section of the county website,, or call 732-683-8686, ext. 8967.

• Lunch break, Red Bank, is sponsoring its annual Back to School Campaign to benefit financially insecure schoolchildren and their families who rely on the Social Services Resource Center for the basic necessities of life, including school supplies, through August 20 . Those wishing to donate backpacks and school supplies (pens, pencils, loose-leaf binders, loose-leaf paper, erasers, pencil cases, highlighters, etc.) can do so from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. p.m. Monday and Wednesday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, now through August 12 at Pilgrim Baptist Church, 172 Shrewsbury Ave., Red Bank. Details: Marcel Quinones, 732-747-8577, ext. 3011.

• Monmouth County The fair will be held July 27-31 at East Freehold Showgrounds, Freehold Township. Hours are 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. General admission is $8 per adult; children 17 and under are admitted free. Follow the Monmouth County Parks System on social media. Upcoming contests will be announced on the parks system’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, providing the opportunity to win admission tickets and more. The fair is organized and presented by the Monmouth County Park System in cooperation with the Monmouth County 4-H Association. Details:

• website The Thursdays Rock Concert Series takes place every Thursday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at the Monmouth County Hall of Records Square, Main Street, Freehold Borough. The concerts are free; bring a lawn chair. The schedule is as follows: July 28, Chuck Lambert Band with Coo Moe Jhee; August 4, Parrot Beach; August 11, Colossal Street Jam; August 18, Pat Guadagno and Friends; August 25, Turnstyles.

• The borough in full ownership The 2022 Arts Council Jazz, Blues & More Summer Concert Series will take place every Sunday through August (June 5-August 28) from 7-9pm at the Downtown Freehold Gazebo, Main Street, Freehold Borough . The concerts are free; bring a lawn chair.

• Embroiderer’s Guild of America – Monmouth Chapter is dedicated to teaching and sharing the joys of sewing. The organization welcomes embroiderers of all levels. The evening embroiderers will meet via Zoom on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Day embroiderers will meet via Zoom on the third Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. Details: Toni, 732-462-5540, or visit the website: www.mcega. org

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