Datebook

• “Racial and Ethnic Tensions: What Should We Do?” will be discussed in a moderated forum at the Jackson library, Oct. 30 at 10 a.m. Details and registration: (732) 928-4400, ext. 5.

• Halloween Highlands “Mystery” Jaunt, Oct. 30, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., leaves from Ocean County Park, Lakewood, front gate. The 3-mile hike is a steep, rocky climb. The fee is $6 for adults, and $2 for children ages 9-14. Call (877) OCPARKS to register.

• “The Rocky Road to Getting Published” will be discussed by a panel of authors at the Sisters in Crime–Central Jersey chapter meeting Oct. 30, 11 a.m. at Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Manalapan. Men and women are welcome to attend. Sisters in Crime members include mystery authors, readers, new writers, librarians and fans. Business meetings begin at 10:30 a.m. Details: (732) 656-1781.

• A craft fair will be held Nov. 3, 4 and 5 — Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — at the Freehold Township Senior Center, 116 Jackson Mill Road, Freehold Town-ship. Details: (732) 294-2029.

• Rummage sale Nov. 5-6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Lakewood, First Street and Clifton Avenue. Details: (732) 363-0885.

• Used book sale, Nov. 5, 2-7 p.m., and Nov. 6, 9 a.m to 5 p.m., at New Egypt High School, 117 Evergreen Road, Plumsted. The sale will include books for all ages, jigsaw puzzles, and videos. Proceeds benefit the New Egypt High School PTO scholarship fund. Details: (609) 758-0009 or nehspto@hotmail.com.

• A craft fair will be held at Calvary Lighthouse, 1133 East County Line Road, Lakewood, Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Holiday crafts and baked goods will be available. Details: (732) 892-1006 or (732) 367-2106.

• “Everything You Need Charity Bazaar,” Nov. 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Nov. 7, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at A Country Place Senior Village, South Lake Drive, Lakewood. Featuring antiques, fine china, housewares, jewelry, toys, Christ-mas gifts, white elephant, baked goods. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Details: (732) 364-2668.

• Fried oyster and chicken salad dinner served family style at the New Egypt Volunteer Fire Company, Main Street, New Egypt, Nov. 7, beginning at noon. The charge is $17 for adults, $8 for children age 5-12, and free for children under 5. Take-out is $18 and local deliveries are $19. Call (609) 758-2350. Tickets will be sold at the door.

• “Raging Reptiles,” a free program presented by the 4-H, will be held at the Howell library, 318 Old Tavern Road, at 6:30 p.m., Nov. 10. Details: (732) 938-2300.

• Game Board Mania, a program for young adults in grades six through 12, will be held at the Howell library, 318 Old Tavern Road, from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 16. Players are asked to bring their own games. Details: (732) 938-2300.

• “Cooking With the Chef,” a program for teens, will be held at the Howell library, 318 Old Tavern Road, from 7 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 17. Call (732) 938-2300 to register.

• Fish fry dinner, hosted by the New Egypt Elks, 105 Lakewood Road, Plumsted, Nov. 19, 6-8 p.m. at the lodge. The cost is $8 for a two-fish dinner or $9 for a three-fish dinner for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12 , and free for children 5 and under. Details: (609)758-8700

• Holiday craft fair, Nov. 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Southard School, 115 Kent Road, Howell. Featuring a variety of specialty crafters and vendors with gifts wrapped and ready for gift giving, homemade baked items, food and door prize raffles in addition to “ID A Kid” fingerprinting. Free admission. Vendors still needed. Details: (732) 901-7014.

• Blood drive Dec. 14, sponsored by the Jackson Township Municipal Util-ities Authority at 135 Manhattan Street, Jackson. Donations will be accepted from 2-6 p.m. Those interested in donating may either call (732) 928-2222 to reserve a time, or sign up in person at the administration building.