• Guitarist and singer Gary Nokes will perform “Sounds of the Shore” at the Jackson Branch of the Ocean County Library, 2 Jackson Drive, at 2 p.m. on August 20. Nokes will perform classic beach ballads, nautical numbers and coastal country favourites. Registration at www.theoceancountylibrary.org/events is required to attend this free program.

• Monmouth County Park System will be presenting Fishing 101 – A Beginner’s Guide to Fishing on August 11, 18 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Manasquan Reservoir, Howell. Learn how to rig, bait, cast and hopefully catch a fish. Come and go at any time. Bait and tackle provided. Open to all ages; under 14 with adult. Fishing license required for ages 16-69. Go to the bait shop to sign up. No groups. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Monmouth County Park System will be hosting a Moonlight Walk on August 11 from 8-9 p.m. at Manasquan Reservoir, Howell, meet in the Environmental Center parking lot. Walk in the light of the rising full moon and explore the world of nocturnal creatures. Dress for the weather and plan to walk at least 1 mile. Bring a flashlight. Program may be canceled due to overcast skies or inclement weather. Open to all ages; under 18 with an adult. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Monmouth County Park System will host naturalist rides at the Winter Run Activity Center on August 12 at 6:30 p.m. and August 28 at 9 a.m. at the Manasquan River Greenway, Howell, meet at the Winter Run Activity Center. Join a park system naturalist at the new Winter Run Activity Center property, part of the Manasquan River Greenway and adjacent to the Manasquan Reservoir. Walks are approximately 45 minutes and 1 mile long. Sturdy shoes and insect repellent are highly recommended. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• Monmouth County Park System will host Concert in the Park: Jukebox Heroes Live with the Mahoney Brothers on August 26 from 7:30-9pm at the Thompson Park Theater Barn, Lincroft. The show includes tributes to The Beatles, Willie Nelson, Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and more. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, food and non-alcoholic beverages. The concert is outdoors; however, in case of bad weather, the concert will be moved indoors. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• 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. The next dates are 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 Program 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 11, Howell Donor Center, 4068 Route 9 South, Howell, 1:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; August 16, Howell Donor Center, 1:30-8:30 p.m.; Aug. 17, Howell Donor Center, 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.; August 18, Howell Donor Center, 1:30-8:30 p.m.; August 23, Howell Donor Center, 1:30-8:30 p.m.; Aug. 24, Howell Donor Center, 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.; August 25, Howell Donor Center, 1:30-8:30 p.m.; August 30, Howell Donor Center, 1:30-8:30 p.m.; Aug. 31, Howell Donor Center, 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. To donate blood or to find out how to arrange a blood drive, call 1-800-933-2566. Details: www.nybloodcenter.org

• DowntownFreehold.com 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 program is as follows: 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.

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

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