The Jersey Fresh CCI***/CCI** horseback riding competition will be held May 7-11 at the Horse Park of New Jersey at Stone Tavern, Route 524, Upper Freehold Township. Details: (609) 259-0170 or

• A baby fair will be held at CentraState Medical Center’s Star and Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus, Route 537, Freehold Township,May 8, 6-8 p.m. Information, tours, doctors, nurses, vendors and free gifts will be available for expectant parents and those considering a pregnancy. Details and registration: (732) 308-0570.

Congregation Ohev Shalom-Marlboro Jewish Center will celebrate Israel’s 60th year of independence with a party on May 8 at 7 p.m. in the synagogue’s Chai Building, 46 Topanemus Road, Marlboro. The event will feature Israeli music and dancing, activities for children, teens and adults, and food. A special Maariv service will take place at 8:30 p.m. followed by ice cream birthday cake for all. Details: (732) 536-2300.

The Marlboro Library, Wyncrest Road, Marlboro, will present films on Thursdays at 2 p.m. Featured are “Hell’s Angels” (1930) on May 8, “Platinum Blonde” (1931) on May 15, “Red-Headed Woman” (1932) on May 22, and “Wife vs. Secretary” (1936) on May 29. There is no charge; free popcorn is provided. Details: (732) 536-9406.

Aplant sale will be held at the Freehold Learning Center elementary school, Dutch Lane Road, Freehold Borough,May 8-9. The public is welcome to attend both days from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A free dementia seminar for caregivers will be offered by the Howell Department of Senior Services in cooperation with Allaire Senior Day Services, May 9 and May 16, from 6-8 p.m., at the Howell Senior Center, 251 Preventorium Road, Howell. Topics will include medical issues, legal planning, coping tips. A light meal will be provided. Details: (732) 938-4500, ext. 2553. Registration: (732) 938-4500, ext. 2552.

• A Creation Study Group, NJBible-, will meet at 7:30 p.m. May 9 at Sayre Woods Bible Church in Old Bridge. The topic is: “Is There Any Proof That God Is Real?” The next meeting will be June 13 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss “Creation – the Evidence Says Yes!” Details: (732) 679-5989.

•Acar wash will be conducted by Cub Scout Pack 454, serving Scouts with special needs, on May 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Freehold Elks parking lot, intersection of Route 537 and Route 79 in Freehold Borough. Donations will be accepted for car washes.

• The Freehold Municipal Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse will offer a free dinner series that addresses concerns and issues faced by parents in today’s society. The first will be “10 Steps in Order to Keep Your Children Drug Free,” from 6-8 p.m. May 10 at the CentraState Health and Wellness Center. Free dinner and door prizes. Call the Freehold Community Counseling Center to register or for more information, (732) 294-5128.

• A rummage, bake and plant sale will be heldMay 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bethesda United Methodist Church, 928 Route 524, Howell. Details: (732) 462- 9865.

• The Molly Pitcher Stitchers Quilt Guild will meet at 7:30 p.m.May 12 at the Old Tennent Presbyterian Church, Tennent Road, Manalapan. Carol Singer will present “A Freeing Experience.” New members are welcome. Details: Send an e-mail to

Planning for the future of children with special needs will be the topic of the Special Education Advisory Committee workshop, “Let Go … Let Grow,” May 15 at 7 p.m. at the Manalapan High School media center, Church Lane. Details: (732) 367-4654.

The New Jersey Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community will host support groups for family members of individuals with an autism spectrum disorder,May 22 and June 26 at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Drive,Manalapan. The event is open to residents of all counties. The support groups provide information about services and treatments available. Details: (609) 833-8100, ext. 45 or send e-mail to Barbara.wells@njcosac. org.

• St. John Vianney High School, Holmdel, is planning an all-school alumni reunion and family picnic May 31. All alumni are invited back to the school. The cost to attend is $25 for adults and $10 for children. Details and reservations:

Daughters of the British Empire (DBE), Princess of Wales Chapter, meets on the third Sunday of every month at 2 p.m. at various club members’ homes. The DBE is a nationwide group of women who are of British or British Commonwealth heritage by birth, naturalization or proven ancestry. Women whose husbands are, or whose husband’s parent(s) or grandparent( s) are of British or Commonwealth birth are also eligible. The purpose of the DBE is the support of the district homes for retired men and women, local philanthropy and friendship. Details: (732) 431- 0086.