- Category: News
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – Each year the proceeds from the Front Porch Club’s Chilifest 2010 go to a wonderful local cause. This year their charity of choice is a non-profit group, GoSprouts.org, and their Learning Garden project on the grounds of Atlantic Highlands Elementary School for the 2010/2011 school year.
GoSprouts.org, formed by Atlantic Highlands residents, Laurie Brekke and Hope Hanlon, will design & build a garden and outdoor classroom while working with teachers at the school to weave the garden into various subjects of the standard curriculum. Mrs. Hanlon, a former teacher, says, “We’d like to utilize the garden & outdoor classroom to enhance traditional curriculum disciplines with hands-on-learning [in a garden setting] where children actively participate with their teachers and enjoy nature”.
The Front Porch Club’s Chilifest 2010 is scheduled for Saturday, October 2 at 3:00pm (rain date is Oct. 3rd). Admission is $25.00 per person. Chili entrants and children under the age of 12 will be admitted free.
The proceeds from Chilifest 2010 will help GoSprouts.org create this wonderful Learning Garden. In turn, the proceeds will benefit the children attending Atlantic Highlands Elementary who will soon be able to enjoy the garden while working on their studies. Mrs. Brekke says, “There is nothing more important than getting our kids out into nature & providing them with strong environmental ties early on as well as teaching them the importance of sustainability and healthy eating, which are tenets that will last them a lifetime”.
- Category: Monmouth County
Family and Children’s Service Reading Buddies Backpack Project a Community Effort
Long Branch, NJ – Some 600 local school children started the school year off right, equipped and ready to learn, thanks to the generosity of dozens of individuals, corporations and area businesses who donated to this year’s Reading Buddies Backpack Project, an annual program operating in schools in underserved communities throughout Monmouth County. Administered through Family and Children’s Service (FCS), a nonprofit organization serving Monmouth County individuals and families in need for more than 100 years, the Reading Buddies Backpack Project provides new backpacks filled with much-needed school supplies to elementary school students who participate in FCS’ Reading Buddies program.
A young student at Red Bank Primary School carries her new backpack through the halls.
“It’s important for children to start the school year on equal footing,” says FCS Manager of Volunteer Services Samantha White. “New school supplies level the playing field for each child, and more importantly, send students back to school with the confidence, enthusiasm and ability to concentrate on what is most important – learning!”
- Category: News
RED BANK, NJ - The Rally for our 30th Anniversary Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk took place this past Monday at the First Baptist Church in Red Bank with a welcome from Rev. Tyrone Choate to the more than 80 attendees, most of whom were soaked by a rare thunderstorm as they heard about the one billion in our world who are chronically hungry and who have to walk in all kinds of weather for their basic needs. CROP Teen Leaders from area high schools presented a short skit about the brains, heart & courage it takes to stand up and help hungry neighbors in our local towns and around the world.
With our 30th Walk we hope to go over a 2 million dollar mark for our 30 years of walking in the Red Bank Area. Our goal this year is to raise $130,000 to assist local and global partners and to collect over 8,000 pounds of food to distribute to area pantries.
Sunday Oct. 17th. Walk with the Crowd That Walks to End Hunger One Step At A Time!
- Category: News
RED BANK, NJ - This street festival anticipates a great time had by one and all and is fashioned after the 56 year old Galway Oyster Festival which celebrates the opening of the Oyster season.The event is scheduled for September 26th, 12-7 PM, in Downtown Red Bank in the White Street Parking Lot, with entrances on White Street and Monmouth Street. It will be a huge food and music festival which will showcase Red Bank’s excellent restaurants as well as entertain thousands with great, live music! It will also be a family friendly event.
Headlining at the Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival is the fabulous Irish rock band “2U – The World’s 2nd Best U2 Show” along with Peter Karp and Sue Foley, McLean Avenue, Brian Kirk and the Jirks, Robert Ender and more…
These talented musicians will be performing on two stages with a mix of Irish music, blues and rock and roll.
The event will also be a culinary feast! There will be tons of GUINNESS and fresh OYSTERS plus 25 of Red Bank’s favorite restaurants will be serving a variety of specialty menu items including everything from Mini-Ruebens to Lobster Rolls.
Wine and lighter beers will also be available for purchase.
Proceeds from the Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival will benefit the Jane H. Booker Cancer Center at Riverview Medical Center, The Cancer Institute of NJ Foundation
and Red Bank RiverCenter.
Admission is $5.00 for anyone over 13.
- Category: Monmouth County
UPPER FREEHOLD, NJ – Walnford Day returns Sunday, October 3 from 11:00am-5:00pm at Historic Walnford in Upper Freehold. This hands-on experience of history will feature many family friendly activities including historic demonstrations and exhibits.
Begin your visit with an exploration into the past by browsing a time line covering the last 250 years. Visitors will also be asked to write down their predictions of what the year 2060 will hold. Then, take a tour from cellar to attic of the Waln family’s elegant home, which dates back to 1774. Take a break in the parlor to enjoy flute and harpsichord duets or relax with a horse drawn wagon ride around the grounds, both offered from 1:00-4:00pm. Visit the NJ Blacksmiths Association demonstration as they work shaping steel, or tour Walnford’s working gristmill as it grinds corn into meal.
Waln House kitchen
Children will enjoy games comparable to those played in the 18th and 19th centuries, and play dress up while trying on garments similar to those worn in the 18th century. You can even try out a quill pen to see what writing a letter would have been like centuries ago. Then wander into the kitchen and view all the hard work that went into preparing every day meals.