Community Bulletin Board

Junior Grange for kids at Southard Grange

Southard Grange No. 218, 4860 Route 9 south, Howell, will be holding its organizational meeting for a Junior Grange Feb. 18 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. The focus of the Junior Grange will be to educate children on the care and raising of many different kinds of animals. Jr. Grangers will also be involved in community service projects and field trips.

The speaker at this first meeting will discuss the raising and training of racing pigeons.

There will be refreshments served and the children will be encouraged to share their ideas for the types of activities they would like to take part in with the Jr. Grange.

Details: SouthardGrange@aol.com.

Church concerts

to benefit ex-convicts

A concert to benefit Centurion Ministries and Redeem-Her Ministry will be held Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., at Church of St. Monica Parish Hall, 679 West Veterans Highway, Jackson. The concerts, sponsored by St. Monica Jail & Prison Outreach, will feature Mark Hoeler & Friends singing Broadway; tunes; Connie McCaffrey, Gordon Reinold, Jim Twohy and Kay Wood performing folk music; and Mr. Pete & Friends entertaining with country and folk music. Tickets may be purchased after all Masses at a cost of $10 each. Coffee, tea, desserts and door prizes will be offered. Details and tickets: (732) 928-5314.

The primary mission of Centurion Ministries is to vindicate and free from prison those who are completely innocent of the crimes for which they have been unjustly convicted and imprisoned for life or death. It also assists clients, once they are freed, with reintegration into society on a self-reliant basis.

Redeem-Her, a New Jersey nonprofit corporation, is an inmate and ex-offender directed self-help social service organization. It exists to bridge the gap between incarcerated women and their community and strives to prepare the incarcerated woman for reconciliation with her religion, herself, her family and her community.

Concerts slated for Howell library

Howell Township Recreation Department will host the following events at the Howell library, 318 Old Tavern Road. Free refreshments will be served. Call (732) 938-4500, ext. 2507.

Maggie Worsdale, cabaret entertainer, will perform at the Howell library Feb. 19 at 3 p.m.

Jerry Fallon will provide Irish entertainment March 19 at 3 p.m.

The Edmunds Brothers will provide musical entertainment April 23 at 3 p.m.

American Heart Assoc. life-saving courses

Lakewood Community School, in conjunction with Lifeforce USA, is now taking registration for several life-saving courses offered this spring as part of the Adult Enrichment Program. In compliance with the American Heart Association CPR Adult Heartsaver, CPR Healthcare Provider Renewal; CPR Pediatric; Heartsaver AED, and Basic First Aid are scheduled. Classes will be held in the evenings at Lakewood High School beginning Feb. 28.

Details: (732) 905-3685 or visit www.lakewood.k12.nj.us/commnews.

Knights of Columbus

to host cancer benefit

The Howell-Jackson Knights of Columbus will host its Sixth Annual Race for Life Cancer Benefit 11 a.m. Feb. 19 at the new council home at 401 Bartley Road in Jackson. The event, held in conjunction with the Daytona 500, was started several years ago in memory of Chuck Washington, a Brother Knight who died at a young age from cancer. All proceeds from the event will be donated to a family in the local area who is battling this disease.

Activities of the day will include flag to flag coverage of the Daytona 500 on eight televisions including a big screen NASCAR memorabilia, food and beverages, commemorative T-shirts, door prizes, children’s games and activities and a prize auction. The cost is $10 per adult, $5 for youths and free for children under age 12. Lap sponsors are available for $25 to remember a family or friend in a special way. Details: (732) 364-9650.

Suited for Success

provides career clothes

The Suited For Success Boutique, funded by Ocean County PIC, and sponsored by the Lakewood Community School, provides career clothing to women who qualify. Clothing is purchased by utilizing vouchers which are distributed to Board of Social Services, vocational schools, job placement agencies and some area churches. Women in need of career clothes can call the boutique at (732) 905-0135 to see if they meet the criteria.