Native American culture explored at local library

As part of its celebration of National Diversity Month, the Jackson library will present "From the Heart of Little Hawk," an exploration of Native American culture, traditions and dance, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. Hosted by Kenneth Little Hawk, an actor, storyteller and recording artist, of Native American (Micmac, Mohawk) heritage, the program will use stories and music to illustrate the colorful depth and meaning of the Native American way of life. Little Hawk is regarded by Native Americans as a gifted storyteller and flutist who has appeared in a number of movies including Petty Crimes and Campfire Stories. This program is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. To register or for more information call (732) 928-4400.

Sidewalk chalk art show coming to Howell

The Howell Township Community Alliance is sponsoring its fourth annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest, Oct. 19 (rain date Oct. 20) at the Aldrich Plaza (Stop & Shop) on Route 9 north in Howell. The contest begins at noon, and judging will begin at 2 p.m. This is a free event for all residents of Howell and the surrounding communities, and will include free chalk, refreshments, entertainment and a few special surprises. For more information call (732) 363-1346.