Free preservation ‘tool kit’ now available

Free preservation
‘tool kit’ now available

Preservation New Jersey, Trenton, has announced it is now offering a "Preservation Tool Kit" for advocates, officials, property owners, and interested individuals. The free kit is designed to provide a better understanding of historic preservation issues, and offers sources and guides for more specific information on preservation.

Preservation New Jersey is seeking volunteers to assist in public relations, office and reference room assistance, advocacy and other areas.

To obtain a preservation kit, or for information on volunteering, call Preservation New Jersey at (609) 392-6409.

‘What Tree Is That?’

72-page guide available

The National Arbor Day Foundation has made available a tree-identification guide book "What Tree Is That?" The 72-page guide will help individuals identify 135 trees found in the eastern and central United States.

Trees included in the book are oaks, maples, spruces and pines, as well as hickory, sassafras, persimmon and other species.

Individuals may obtain the guide by sending their name, address with a check for $3 to "What Tree Is That?," The National Arbor Day Foundation, Nebraska City, NE 68410.

‘Taste of Holidays’ raises $13,000 for Girl Scouts

The Monmouth Council of Girl Scouts, Farmingdale, recently raised more than $13,000 to support Girl Scout programs at its "Taste of the Holidays" fund-raiser.

More than 250 people attended the event, held at the Old Orchard Manor, Eatontown. Attendees also cast votes for the "Best of Chefs" awards with the Best Holiday Theme award going to the Oakland House, Red Bank.

Local establishments that participated in the event were Avanti Italian Restaurant, Oceanport; Brix 560, Tinton Falls; Creative Caterers, Ocean; Oakland House restaurant, Red Bank; and the Old Orchard Manor.

Sponsorships and tickets are now available for the council’s "Women of Distinction" awards reception, to be held in March at the Deal Country Club. Tickets cost $150 each.

For more information, call Nancy at (732) 938-5454, ext. 37.

‘Boats For Kids’ Sake’ now under way

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth County (BBBS), Oakhurst section of Ocean Township, has begun its "Boats For Kids’ Sake" campaign to raise money for at-risk children in the county.

Seaworthy boats made of fiberglass will be accepted, and any size boat will be considered. BBBS will tow away boats free of charge, and donors may be able to take the fair market value as a charitable contribution for income tax purposes.

For more information, call 1-800-859-6526.

RSVP seeks volunteers for exercise, reading

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Monmouth County, Oakhurst section of Ocean Township, is seeking volunteers for its osteoporosis exercise programs held in Long Branch.

Training will be provided to individuals that will train small classes on balance and strength.

Positions are also now being offered to qualified adults to read to first-graders once a week at various local public schools. No teaching experience is required, and training will be offered.

For more information, call (732) 531-5511.

Artists sought for ‘Brass Ring’ sculpture program

The Asbury Park Consortium has announced it is accepting design proposals from New Jersey artists interested in designing a carousel horse as part of the consortium’s "Reaching for the Brass Ring" program.

Area businesses are sponsoring the creation of life-size carousel horses to be displayed at indoor and outdoor locations throughout Asbury Park beginning next spring.

Selected proposals will be presented to sponsors as artistic options, and artists will be presented with a $1,000 honorarium if a sponsor selects their design. The name of both the sponsor and artist will be included on a plaque on the completed carousel horse. For more information, call Elizabeth at (856) 642-6226, ext. 15.

Free trees available

to local volunteer groups

The New Jersey Tree Foundation is offering free 2-year-old trees (1- to 2-feet tall) to volunteer groups through Feb. 7. Trees will be available for planting in April.

Schools, local governments, tree groups, nonprofits and volunteer groups may apply. For more information, call Lisa at (609) 984-3856 or e-mail NJTF1@JUNO.COM.