Community Bulletin Board

Freehold Learning Center’s annual Fun Fair

The Freehold Learning Center PTO will hold its Annual Fun Fair, Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Freehold Learning Center, 30 Dutch Lane Road.

Our Mardi Gras themed event will bring a lot of fun for the whole family, such as a Giant Slide, Space Bounce, Tubs of Fun (mechanical ride), carnival games, as well as a craft table with spin art, and more. We will also have various contests throughout the day, DJ, a 50/50 drawing, basket raffle and food and drinks for sale (pizza, hot dogs, popcorn, juice, water, soda and baked goods).

Admission is $10 per wristband which covers the cost of the event; all activities are included and unlimited. There will be additional parking in the Masonic Temple on the corner of Dutch Lane Road & Route 79. For more information, contact Kellie Salce at 1-848-459-5744. This is not a fundraising event, but simply for entertainment purposes and to enable the students & parents to mingle at the start of the school year.

Child care volunteers needed for support group

Freehold Parents Anonymous support group is seeking adults who are willing to be on call to provide child care for at-risk children while their parents attend a parent support group meeting.

The group meets every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Monmouth County Division of Social Services, Kosloski Road, Freehold Township. For further information, contact Hilda Mesnick, (732) 972-2629.

A $15 stipend to cover travel expenses is available. Call Mary Ellen Hemenway to apply, (732) 845-2073.

Interested in becoming a Girl Scout troop leader?

The Freehold Service Unit of the Monmouth Council of Girl Scouts, Inc. will hold its first leader meeting of the 2006-07 year, Sept. 25 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at C. Richard Applegate School, 47 Jeanne Brennan Drive, Freehold.

One leader from each troop (or a representative) is asked to attend. Adults looking to become a leader or volunteer are welcome. For more information, email Paula LeBlanc, service unit manager at PLL7797@optonline.net, or call (732) 780-2109.

Banned Books Week in Monmouth County

Each year librarians, teachers, parents and countless others take this opportunity to highlight the importance of intellectual freedom and remind people not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. The Library of Congress Center for the Book endorses Banned Books Week as a national program that is recognized yearly across America by various library associations, book seller foundations, associations of publishers, journalists, authors and college stores.

Banned book displays at branch libraries will feature yellow “caution” tape surrounding a selection of books that have been banned or challenged. Patrons are encouraged to “throw caution to the wind – you are free to read banned or challenged books!”

For more information, contact a local Monmouth County Library branch, the headquarters at (732) 431-7220, or visit: www.ala.org/bbooks.

History club seeks

Howell memorabilia

The Howell Senior Center History Club is looking for historical memorabilia of Howell for a program the club is planning that will celebrate Howell’s history.

Anyone with information to share with the history club is asked to call Carol Zur, (732) 938-4500, ext. 2550.

Local students awarded scholarships by FBI

Joseph Sanseverino and Cono Sanseverino, both of Colts Neck, were recently awarded scholarship grants for their leadership, academic excellence and community involvement, by the former agents of the FBI Foundation. This foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI Inc., located in Quantico, Va. Both students attend The College of New Jersey, Ewing.

Seminar on aging

slated for Oct. 4

Monmouth Worship Center is sponsoring seminar on Aging: The Challenges of Caring for Loved Ones and Our Own Aging Process. The seminar, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m., will feature guest speakers Monica Bynoe, RN who will speak on the services of the visiting nurse association and Dr. Jonathan Min, Aberdeen dentist, who will discuss the dental problems associated with aging. The church is located at 176 Route 79, Marlboro (north of Route 520). The public is invited. Details: (732) 332-9600.

Art project seeks to shine light on children’s needs

The Association for Children of New Jersey is seeking first and second graders to enter a statewide art project that will portray children’s visions of their future.

The children’s drawings will be used to illustrate the association’s “New Jersey Kids Count 2007,” an annual report that tracks the well-being of children in New Jersey. The pictures will also be presented to Gov. Jon Corzine.

The Kids Count report is used to help guide state and local decisions about what children need to grow up safe, healthy and educated. Kids Count will be released in January and will feature selected entries of the “Picture the Future” art project.

Kids Count is released each year at a Statehouse news conference. Last year, fourth graders wrote essays about the needs of New Jersey’s children. Those essays were presented to Corzine during the release of new Jersey Kids Count 2006.

For more information and to register, visit the Web site: www.acnj.org or call (973) 643-3876.