Beachwood – Forked River Gazette http://www.forkedrivergazette.com Forked River Gazette Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:51:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/cropped-Forked-River-Gazette-Logo-32x32.png Beachwood – Forked River Gazette http://www.forkedrivergazette.com 32 32 Soccer Shots http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/soccer-shots-3/ Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:52:07 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=32860 Freeholder John C. Bartlett, Jr., announces that the Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation will be conducting a “Soccer Shots” program for children of ages 2-5. Learn how to dribble, pass and shoot. The clinic will take place Thursday, Sept. 14 from 1:00-1:45 pm. at Jakes Branch County Park, Beachwood. The fee is $5.00 … Continue reading Soccer Shots

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Freeholder John C. Bartlett, Jr., announces that the Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation will be conducting a “Soccer Shots” program for children of ages 2-5. Learn how to dribble, pass and shoot. The clinic will take place Thursday, Sept. 14 from 1:00-1:45 pm. at Jakes Branch County Park, Beachwood. The fee is $5.00 per child. Program # 303021-1A

To register, send a check made payable to the “County of Ocean” to: Ocean County Parks and Recreation, 1198 Bandon Road, Toms River, NJ  08753.  Please provide name, address and daytime telephone number, along with program # when registering.

To receive more information or to receive a Parks & Recreation Newsletter call 732-506-9090 or visit the web site at www.oceancountyparks.org

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Beachwood Library To Host Spring Book & Bake Sale http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/beachwood-library-host-spring-book-bake-sale/ Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:43:56 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=30037 The Friends of the Beachwood Branch, 126 Beachwood Boulevard, are hosting their spring book and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29. Books and baked goods of all kinds will be available for purchase. Take home some great books and enjoy some tasty treats at great prices while supporting your local … Continue reading Beachwood Library To Host Spring Book & Bake Sale

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The Friends of the Beachwood Branch, 126 Beachwood Boulevard, are hosting their spring book and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29.

Books and baked goods of all kinds will be available for purchase. Take home some great books and enjoy some tasty treats at great prices while supporting your local library.

All proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Beachwood Branch. The event can be found www.theoceancountylibrary.org or you can call 732-244-4573.

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FIVE MORE DATES FOR HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/five-dates-household-hazardous-waste-collection/ Fri, 01 Jul 2016 14:13:48 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=26028 Ocean County residents who need to get rid of household hazardous waste like pool chemicals and pesticides can access any of the next five collection dates announced by the Board of Freeholders. “We will have five additional collection dates beginning with July 16 in Plumsted Township,” said Freeholder Gerry P. Little, liaison to the Ocean … Continue reading FIVE MORE DATES FOR HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION

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Ocean County residents who need to get rid of household hazardous waste like pool chemicals and pesticides can access any of the next five collection dates announced by the Board of Freeholders.

“We will have five additional collection dates beginning with July 16 in Plumsted Township,” said Freeholder Gerry P. Little, liaison to the Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management. “Our residents can attend any of the five collection sites. Making the program accessible and convenient makes it successful.”

Last year, the County collected 271,842 pounds of household hazardous waste at a cost of $107,921. The program is funded in part by State Recycling Enhancement Act Tax Fund.

“This free program, which got started in 1989, provides an avenue to get rid of items like paints, paint thinner, and cleaners, properly and safely, keeping the material from entering our waterways and our preserved lands,” Little said.

The program runs about once a month beginning in April until October and is held at different collection sites throughout the County. Three collections were already held earlier in the year.

“Collections are held in towns, both large and small, and citizens in any Ocean County town can attend any site,” Little said.

The dates, times and locations for the five upcoming collections are: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 16 at the Plumsted Township Municipal Building, 121 New Egypt Allentown Road; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aug. 13, Brick Township Public Works Yard, 836 Ridge Road;  9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aug. 27, Lacey Township Recycling Center, 820 Municipal Lane; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 24, Beachwood Municipal Complex, 1600 Pinewald Road, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 8, Ship Bottom Municipal Boat Ramp, Shore Avenue and 10th Street.

While the program is free registration is required.

To register for the collection sites in Plumsted and Brick townships call 732-367-0802; for the Lacey Township and Beachwood site call 732-506-5047 and for Ship Bottom call 609-978-0913.

“This continues to be a very popular program with Ocean County residents,” said Freeholder Director John P. Kelly. “I am happy we continue to offer this program on an annual basis. It provides benefits to not just our citizens but also the environment.”

Municipal recycling centers and the county’s recycling centers also allow for drop off of a host of materials including used paint, motor oil and car batteries.

“Our residents should check with us or their local recycling center to determine what is accepted year-round eliminating the need to store these products in their home for extended periods of time,” Little said.

Residents can drop off a maximum of 200 pounds of dry material and 20 gallons of liquid at the County’s household hazardous waste collection sites. No containers over five gallons will be accepted.

Materials accepted at the household hazardous waste collection sites are: paints, thinners, boat paints, solvents, pool chemicals, pesticides and herbicides, aerosol cans, auto products, toilet and drain cleaners, silver polishes, oven cleaners, photographic chemicals, rug and upholstery cleaners, polishes and bleaches, waste oil and used gasoline.

The five collection dates will be serviced by Radiac Environmental Services at a cost of .45 cents a pound.

Additional recycling information can be found on the county website at www.co.ocean.nj.us. or by calling 1-800-55-RECYCLE.

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OCEAN COUNTY TENNIS 101 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/ocean-county-tennis-101/ Fri, 20 May 2016 14:52:32 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=25037 Freeholder John C. Bartlett, Jr. announces that the Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation will be conducting basic Tennis Lessons on Tuesdays, June 7, 14 and 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The lessons will be held at Jakes Branch County Park, Beachwood for $14.00 per person, ages 13 to adult.  This is program #123123-2A.  Tennis … Continue reading OCEAN COUNTY TENNIS 101

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Freeholder John C. Bartlett, Jr. announces that the Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation will be conducting basic Tennis Lessons on Tuesdays, June 7, 14 and 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The lessons will be held at Jakes Branch County Park, Beachwood for $14.00 per person, ages 13 to adult.  This is program #123123-2A.  Tennis rackets and balls will be provided.  The rain date is June 23.

To register, please send a check made payable to the “County of Ocean” and mail to: Ocean County Parks and Recreation, 1198 Bandon Road, Toms River, NJ 08753.

Please provide name, address and daytime telephone, along with program # when registering.

To receive more information or to receive a Parks & Recreations Newsletter call 1-877-OCPARKS or visit the Web site at www.oceancountyparks.org  “Like” us on

Facebook.  The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders sponsors this program.

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2016 May Programs at the Berkeley Branch of the Ocean County Library http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/2016-may-programs-berkeley-branch-ocean-county-library/ Wed, 11 May 2016 16:16:31 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=24849   The Yarn Dolls, Mondays,  May 16th, & May 23rd, 6:30 – 8:30 PM Knit or crochet with the Yarn Dolls. Bring along your unfinished projects. An Afternoon of Mah Jong, Thursdays, May 12th, May 19th, & May 26th, 1 – 3:30 PM If you have your own set, please bring it along. Registration required … Continue reading 2016 May Programs at the Berkeley Branch of the Ocean County Library

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The Yarn Dolls, Mondays,  May 16th, & May 23rd, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Knit or crochet with the Yarn Dolls. Bring along your unfinished projects.

An Afternoon of Mah Jong, Thursdays, May 12th, May 19th, & May 26th, 1 – 3:30 PM

If you have your own set, please bring it along. Registration required only for the first visit. This program is for experienced players. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Berkeley Library.

 

 

LEGO® Club, Monday, May 16th, 4 – 5 PM

Use our LEGOs® to build your own design. Display your LEGO® creation in our showcase. Ages 6 – 12. Please register by calling 732-269-2144.

Mother/Daughter Jewelry Making, Monday, May 16th, 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Do your accessories need updating? Stop by to make your own beaded jewelry. Teens between the ages of 11 – 17, please register by calling 732-269-2144.

Minimakers: The Many Colors of Eric Carl, Tuesday, May 17th, at 10:30 AM

Enjoy crafts and activities that explore the many colors of Eric Carl’s books. We’ll use tissue paper, chalk, window markers, and more. For ages 2 – 5 with an adult. Please call 732-269-2144 to register.

Woof Tales: Read to a Dog, Thursday, May 19th, 4 – 5 PM

Take turns reading to our therapy dogs. All young readers welcome. Please register by calling 732-269-2144.

Siesta Story Time & Craft, Saturday, May 21st, 10:30 AM

Listen to Siesta, read in Spanish & English by Central Regional High School Spanish 3 students. Then, make a Hispanic craft. A Children’s Day/DIA Program for ages 4 – 7. Please register by calling 732-269-2144.

American Red Cross Blood Drive, Monday, May 23rd, 2 – 7 PM

Please consider taking about an hour of your time to replenish our local blood supplies. Appointments are preferred. For an appointment, please call the Berkeley branch at 732-269-2144 or sign up online at redcrossblood.org. Enter sponsor code: oceancountylibrarybayville

Candy Sushi, Monday, May 23rd, 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Turn Rice Krispie treats and candy into a sweet version of this Japanese dish. For ages 11 – 17. Please register by calling 732-269-2144.

Mobile County Connection, Tuesday, May 24th, 10 AM – 2 PM

Ocean County’s mobile service bus offers passport applications, Ocean Ride information, and more. Walk – in, no appointments needed.

DUPLO Play, Tuesday, May 24th, at 10:30 AM

We’ll supply the DUPLO blocks for imaginative free play. For ages 3 – 5 with caregiver. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Berkeley Library. Please register by calling 732-269-2144.

Music and Movement, Wednesday, May 25th, at 6:30 PM

Joan Seele-Goold leads music and rhythm activities for parent and child together. Class size is limited. For ages 1 – 5. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Berkeley Branch. Please register by calling 732-269-2144.

Getting Your First Job: Job skills for Teens, Thursday, May 26th, 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Looking for a summer job? Designed specifically for students, the workshop will cover resume writing tips, interview skills, and job hunting resources. For ages 14 – 18. Please register by calling 732-269-2144.

One – On – One Computer, E – Reader, & Genealogy

Sign up for a one – on – one class with a staff member who will teach you the basics. Please call the Berkeley branch at 732-269-2144 to schedule an appointment.

The Berkeley branch is located at 30 Station Road in Bayville, NJ 08721. Information about these events can be found online at www.theoceancountylibrary.org or by phone at 732-269-2144.

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Free “Streaming the Barnegat Bay Watershed” Programs in May http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/free-streaming-barnegat-bay-watershed-programs-may/ Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:19:41 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=24609 An exciting new program, funded through a grant from the Barnegat Bay Partnership, has been developed by Nature Photographer and Author Bob Birdsall and Field Ecologist Terry O’Leary.  Entitled “Streaming the Creeks and Rivers in the Barnegat Bay Watershed,” this program features stunning images as well as natural and cultural information for the 20 main … Continue reading Free “Streaming the Barnegat Bay Watershed” Programs in May

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An exciting new program, funded through a grant from the Barnegat Bay Partnership, has been developed by Nature Photographer and Author Bob Birdsall and Field Ecologist Terry O’Leary.  Entitled “Streaming the Creeks and Rivers in the Barnegat Bay Watershed,” this program features stunning images as well as natural and cultural information for the 20 main streams that flow into the Barnegat Bay. 

Following the streams from their headwaters in the Pine Barrens to their mouth at the bay, Birdsall, O’Leary, and a team of volunteers captured fascinating photographs and recorded the GPS locations of 175 waypoints along the streams.

Experience a virtual trip down the streams to the bay with Birdsall and O’Leary at two free presentations offered this May.  They will present their program on May 14th at 10:30 a.m. at Jakes Branch County Park (1100 Double Trouble Rd, Beachwood) and again on May 24th at 6:30 p.m. at Pinelands Preservation Alliance (17 Pemberton Road, Southampton Township). For more information about the presentations, contact Terry O’Leary at tmoleary@gmail.com.

The Barnegat Bay Partnership’s Communication and Education Grant Program supports projects which increase public understanding of the bay’s ecosystem and how humans impact it, promote stewardship of the bay’s valuable resources, and encourage public participation in protecting and restoring the bay. For more information about the grant program and funded projects, visit http://bbp.ocean.edu/pages/242.asp or contact Karen Walzer at kwalzer@ocean.edu.

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Support Group For Survivors of Suicide Loss http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/support-group-survivors-suicide-loss/ Tue, 05 Apr 2016 00:16:53 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=24084 Meetings Planned in Beachwood Forever In Our Hearts, an organization to support those who have lost ones to suicide, will start holding meetings in Beachwood. The group will meet the 2nd Saturday of each month at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 130 Cable Ave, Beachwood. The first meeting will be on May 14th. For complete information … Continue reading Support Group For Survivors of Suicide Loss

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Meetings Planned in Beachwood Forever In Our Hearts, an organization to support those who have lost ones to suicide, will start holding meetings in Beachwood. The group will meet the 2nd Saturday of each month at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 130 Cable Ave, Beachwood. The first meeting will be on May 14th. For complete information visit our page at: facebook.com/ForeverNRHearts or call 732-269-3236

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OCEAN COUNTY’S FREE RESIDENTIAL DOCUMENT SHREDDING PROGRAM BEGINS IN APRIL http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/ocean-countys-free-residential-document-shredding-program-begins-april/ Wed, 16 Mar 2016 18:37:28 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=23623 Ocean County residents can take advantage of securely disposing personal papers and documents through the county’s free Residential Document Shredding Program beginning in April. “In 2015, a total of 94 tons or 188,000 pounds of documents were collected and shredded during our collection dates,” said Freeholder Gerry P. Little, who serves as liaison to the … Continue reading OCEAN COUNTY’S FREE RESIDENTIAL DOCUMENT SHREDDING PROGRAM BEGINS IN APRIL

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Ocean County residents can take advantage of securely disposing personal papers and documents through the county’s free Residential Document Shredding Program beginning in April.

“In 2015, a total of 94 tons or 188,000 pounds of documents were collected and shredded during our collection dates,” said Freeholder Gerry P. Little, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management.

The program will be held in 18 different locations throughout Ocean County with the first date and location being 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 2 at the Southern Ocean County Recycling Center, 379 Haywood Road, Stafford Township.

“Ocean County is a large county and we make every effort to make this program easily accessible to all our citizens,” Little said. “With so much focus on identity theft this program helps to keep personal and important information out of the hands of people who may use it for the wrong reasons.”

“This program was first started in 2008 and has grown in popularity with our residents,” said Freeholder Director John P. Kelly, who also serves as Director of Law and Public Safety. “This Board of Freeholders is pleased to provide this service which, in addition to the environmental benefit, is an extra layer of security for our citizens.”

The work is being performed by Autoshred of Toms River.

Residents are not required to register for this free program and can bring six boxes or bags each day. The program is for all paper documents and paper forms. Paperclips and staples do not have to be removed.

Little noted the shredding unit features an automatic feeding and dumping system, which eliminates the need for human contact with a resident’s documents. Events will run their complete scheduled time or until the truck is full. The truck capacity is 8,000 pounds.

The following is a list of dates, times and locations for the Residential Document Shredding Program:

  • April 2, Southern Recycling Center, 379 Haywood Road, Stafford Township, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • April 23, Manchester Township Public Works Yard, 1360 Route 70, Manchester Township, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • May 4, Little Egg Harbor Township Community Center, 319 West Calabreeze Way, Little Egg Harbor Township, 9 to 11 a.m.
  • May 14, Plumsted Township, Lakeview Drive just south of Oakford Lake Park, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • June 4, Ocean Township Municipal Complex, 50 Railroad Avenue, Waretown, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • June 18, Lavallette Firehouse, 124 Washington Ave., 9 to 11 a.m.
  • June 25, Berkeley Township Recycling Center, 630 Pinewald Keswick Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • July 9, Tuckerton Recycling Center, 445 South Green St., 9 to 11 a.m.
  • July 15, Lakewood Public Works Yard, 1 America Ave., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • July 30, Lacey Township Recycling Center, 820 Municipal Lane, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 5, Toms River Township, Riverwood Park, 250 Riverwood Drive, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 20, Lakehurst Public Works Yard, 800 Myrtle St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 27, Brick Township Public Works Yard, 836 Ridge Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 10, Beachwood Municipal Complex, 1600 Pinewald Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 17, Seaside Heights Recycling Center, Bay Boulevard and Sherman Avenue, 9 to 11 a.m.
  • 24, Beach Haven Municipal Parking Lot, Taylor Avenue, 9 to 11 a.m.
  • 15, Point Pleasant Beach Public Works Yard, 301 Cooks Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 22, Jackson Township Municipal Building Lot, 95 West Veterans Highway, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information on the program, contact the Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management at 732-506-5047.

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Making And Creating At Your Library: Ocean County Library Hosts NJ Makers Day http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/making-creating-library-ocean-county-library-hosts-nj-makers-day/ Tue, 08 Mar 2016 21:46:51 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=23443 For years Ocean County Library has provided the community with books and reference services. Now you can come to the library to explore your creative side. Many library branches will help you channel their creative side by taking part, along with over 100 libraries, businesses and community groups, in the second annual NJ Makers Day … Continue reading Making And Creating At Your Library: Ocean County Library Hosts NJ Makers Day

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For years Ocean County Library has provided the community with books and reference services.

Now you can come to the library to explore your creative side.

Many library branches will help you channel their creative side by taking part, along with over 100 libraries, businesses and community groups, in the second annual NJ Makers Day on Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19.

NJ Makers Day emphasizes technology, fine arts and crafting, while providing guidance and materials that allow the community to explore the DIY world.

“Traditionally, the library has offered crafts, experiments, discussion and story times. In recent years, we have begun to reorganize and repurpose some of these traditional standbys with STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) themes and a maker focus,” said Jeannie Collacott, Teen Services.

NJ Makers Day visitors will check out the latest in maker technology with exhibits and interactive demonstrations. Activities are planned for all ages and skill levels. They include three-dimensional printing, computer programming, circuitry design and video editing.

“The Ocean County Library is part of the steadily growing maker movement,” said Glynis Wray, Youth Services. “We’re showing that libraries are a fun way to help teach customers to think creatively.”

The Toms River branch will preview its new SparkLab makerspace. It features 3D printers, single board microcontrollers, robotics, crafting machinery and more.

The Barnegat (112 Burr St., 609-698-3331), Island Heights (121 Central Ave., 732-270-6266) and Pt. Pleasant Borough (834 Beaver Dam Rd., 732-295-1555) branches celebrate NJ Makers Day on March 18.

Eight Ocean County Library branches will participate on March 19:

  • Waretown, 112 Main St., 609-693-5133, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Barnegat, 112 Burr St., 609-698-3331, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Berkeley, 30 Station Rd., 732-269-2144, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Toms River, 101 Washington St., 732-349-6200, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Beachwood, 126 Beachwood Blvd., 732-244-4573, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Tuckerton, 380 Bay Ave., 609-296-1470, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Pt. Pleasant Beach, 710 McLean Ave., 732-892-4575, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Jackson, 2 Jackson Drive, 732-928-4400, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

NJ Makers Day programs are free and open to the public. For a complete schedule call the branch or go to the library website (www.theoceancountylibrary.org).

Information about statewide NJ Makers Day events can be found online at www.njmakersday.org.

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NJ’s Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival Returns to 14 OCL Branches http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/njs-theatre-alliances-stages-festival-returns-to-14-ocl-branches/ Fri, 26 Feb 2016 17:04:31 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=23014 New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s “Stages Festival” will celebrate its 19th year of bringing professional, Broadway-quality programs to Ocean County Library and presents them to the public, free of charge. The program was created in 1981 to encourage New Jersey residents to attend their local professional theaters by making the experience affordable, accessible and fun. Since … Continue reading NJ’s Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival Returns to 14 OCL Branches

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New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s “Stages Festival” will celebrate its 19th year of bringing professional, Broadway-quality programs to Ocean County Library and presents them to the public, free of charge.

The program was created in 1981 to encourage New Jersey residents to attend their local professional theaters by making the experience affordable, accessible and fun. Since its inception the program has served over 190,000 people of all ages.

The Alliance will present eight programs by four New Jersey theater companies at 14 Ocean County Library branches during March. 

Children and families can enjoy such presentations as “Stone Soup and Other Tales,” presented by Pushcart Players, is a charming blend of carefully selected folk tales from around the world. Supporting the literacy movement’s emphasis on the joy of reading, this dynamic and participatory program is not to be missed by young viewers and families.

The performance will be held 6 p.m. Thursday March 10 at Manchester, 21 Colonial Dr., 732-657-7600.

They can also enjoy “Alice in Wonderland,” presented by the Pushcart Players, one of the world’s best-known children’s story. Adapted from Lewis Carroll’s classic books and filled with madcap characters and pure nonsense, this intriguing tale about a curious and proactive young girl has enchanted readers for many generations.

It will be performed at four library branches:

Toms River, 101 Washington St., 732-349-6200 or 609-971-0514, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 9;

Brick, 301 Chambers Bridge Rd., 732-477-4513, 6:30 p.m. Monday March 21;

Stafford, 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin, 2 p.m. Saturday March 26;

Pt. Pleasant Beach, 271 McLean Ave., 3 p.m. Wednesday March 30.

The Pushcart Players will present the popular story, “Peter and the Wolf,” at two branches:

Pt. Pleasant Borough, 834 Beaver Dam Rd., 732-295-1555, 11 a.m. Saturday March 5;

Lacey,10. E. Lacey Rd., Forked River, 609-693-8566, 11 a.m. Saturday, March 19.

With a different musical instrument representing each character, this adventure of a spirited young boy meeting danger with courage, creativity and leadership teaches the values of love, friendship and caring.

And the Centenary Stage Company will present “Miss Nelson is Missing,” for children in grades K through fourth. This story, about a teacher who can’t control her class because she is too nice disappears, and Viola Swamp steps in as her substitute. With the big test looming, the kids suddenly realize how much they miss Miss Nelson and they’ll do anything to get her back.

The play will be presented at three branches:

Jackson, 2 Jackson Dr., 732-928-4400, 12 p.m. Saturday March 5;

Little Egg Harbor, 290 Mathistown Rd., 609-294-1197, 6 p.m. Tuesday March 15;

Barnegat, 112 Burr St., 609-698-3331, 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 29.

For teens, “New Kid,” presented by the George Street Playhouse, addresses racism, prejudice, peer pressure and conflict resolution. It prompts its audience to explore issues of moving to a new place, being the outsider, and making and keeping friends.

It will be performed 11 a.m. Saturday March 12 at the Plumsted branch, 119 Evergreen Rd., New Egypt., 609-758-7888.

Teens will also enjoy the Centenary Stage Company’s “A Thousand Cranes” 11 a.m. Saturday March 12 at the Waretown branch, 112 Main St., 609-693-5133.

It is based on the true story of a young Japanese girl, Sadako Sasaki, who inspired an international peace movement. Befallen by radiation sickness, she remembered an old story: if a person will just make 1,000 paper cranes the gods will grant her wish and make her healthy. Sadako did not live long enough to finish her cranes but her friends took up the task and built a monument for her and all the children killed by the atomic bomb.

Families will enjoy “Victorian Magic,” presented by East Lynn Theater Company. Actor Robert Aberdeen will delight audiences of all ages with his magical sleight-of-hand. Be careful, this family performance includes audience participation!

The performance will be held 7 p.m. Monday March 21 at the Beachwood branch, 126 Beachwood Blvd., 732-244-4573.

Families will also enjoy the East Lynn Theater Company presentation of the “Holmes and Carter Radio Style Mysteries” 6:30 p.m. Monday March 21 at the Long Beach Island branch, 217. S. Central Ave., Surf City, 609-494-2480.

In the days before television, families used to huddle around the radio to listen to comedies and dramas. ELTC recreates “Sherlock Holmes Adventures of the Red Headed League” and “Nick Carter and the Voice of Crime” in the style of a 1930s radio broadcast, complete with sound effects and commercials.

The programs are made possible in part from grants from The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Bank of America, and The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey.

All of the programs are free and open to the public but registration is required.

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