‘I’m Not Scared’ to be screened at festival

The 25th annual Summer International Film Festival at the East Brunswick Public Library, Jean Walling Civic Center, will continue on July 31 with 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. screenings of the Italian thriller “I’m Not Scared.” The 2003 movie, which is rated R, has a running time of 108 minutes.

The film tells the story of a 9-year-old boy who discovers a little boy chained to the ground at the bottom of a hole. The 9-year-old’s confusion grows as adults react oddly to the news of a kidnapping.

All films in the library festival will be shown in their original languages, with English subtitles as needed. Admission is free of charge. Reservations are not required.

The remaining schedule is as follows:

• Aug. 7 – “Noi,” Icelandic, 2003, 93 minutes, rated PG-13;

• Aug. 14 – “Volver,” Spanish, 2006, 121 minutes, rated R.

The festival is sponsored by the Friends of the East Brunswick Public Library. Information services librarian Martha Hess will introduce each film.

For more information, call (732) 390-6767.

TV, radio personality

will appear at library

Author and television- and radio-show host Pegi Ballister-Howells will present a program titled “Fall: It’s Not Just for Chrysanthemums Anymore” from 2-4 p.m. on July 29 at the East Brunswick Public Library, Jean Walling Civic Center. The well-known horticulturist and lifestyles expert will autograph her books following the presentation.

Ballister-Howells, author of “The New Jersey Gardener’s Guide” and “Month-by-Month Gardening in New Jersey,” shares her expertise with the public via “The Garden Show” on WCTC-AM 1450 and “At Home With Pegi,” seen on EBTV, East Brunswick’s municipal-access cable-TV station.

Admission is free of charge. The public is welcome.

The event is the latest installment in the library’s Meet the Author series sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

For more information, call (732) 390-6767 or log on to www.ebpl.org.

Christmas musical

to be staged July 27

The Appleby Players will celebrate Christmas in July with its premiere presentation of “The Tale of the Drowsy Shepherd: A Christmas Musical for Children” at for 7 p.m. on July 27 at Spotswood High School, Summerhill Road.

The play is an original production by Michael and Jill Gallina.

Tickets cost $3 each and may be purchased at the door.

There will be a toy drive on the night of the performance. New, unwrapped toys will be collected in the lobby prior to the show and delivered to the Robert Wood Johnson University Children’s Hospital, New Brunswick.