Cooking demonstration to benefit orchestra

Two maestros will duke it out — over a mixing bowl with a whisk and a baton.

The Garden State Philharmonic’s "A Little Night Cooking" will feature chef Jeffrey Schneekloth, of Jeffrey’s Restau­rant in Toms River, and the Philharmon­ic’s Maestro Anthony LaGruth in a cook­ing demonstration and a battle of wits Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Ocean County College Fine Arts Center, Toms River.

The menu will include an appetizer of Jersey tomatoes with fresh mozzarella and basil in a balsamic vinaigrette dressing, a main course of meso crusted salmon over a bed of basmati rice and bok choi with a black bean sauce, and for dessert, a key lime tart topped with fresh fruit.

Admission is $25 per person, and reservations are required. The event will also feature a raffle for a dinner and con­cert package, and door prizes. Proceeds will benefit the Garden State Philharmonic ensembles.

For tickets for further details, call (732) 451-0064; e-mail gspmu­; or visit the philhar­monic office at 150 Brick Blvd. in Brick.

VFW’s ‘Gold Star Luncheon’ Sept. 21

The Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary, District 6–Monmouth County, will hold its annual "Gold Star Luncheon" Sept. 21 from 1-4 p.m. at the Middletown VFW Post 2179, 1 Veterans Lane, Port Monmouth.

The VFW and Auxiliary host the luncheon every year to honor the parents and wives of military personnel who have given their lives in the service of the United States. A roast beef dinner will be served, and entertainment will be provided by Ol’ Blue Eyes performing the hits of Frank Sinatra.

Tickets are $18 per person and are available through local VFW posts or by contacting Carmen Peterson, (732) 787-3321. Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 10. For more information, visit the Web site of Freehold VFW Post 4374 at

American Heart Walk Sept. 20 in Lincroft

The Monmouth County American Heart Walk is scheduled for Sept. 20 at Thompson Park in Lincroft. This year’s statewide theme is "Step Out, Save Lives! Exercise Your Heart!"

Now entering its 12th year, the success of American Heart Walk depends on support from local businesses, corporations, hospitals and other organizations, as well as employees, family members and friends. To register a team for the 2003 walk, call (732) 821-2610 or visit online at

Clearinghouse offers info on self-help groups

Information on support groups for various concerns is available from the New Jersey Self-Help Clearinghouse of St. Claire’s Health Services, (800) 367-6274.