• Cattus Island County Park, Toms River, will offer a bird feeding program 10:30-11 a.m., an up-close look at turtles and snakes 11-11:30 a.m., and a turtle feeding program 1:30-2 p.m., every Saturday and Sunday during February. Details: 732- 270-6960.

A Pre-Super Bowl Spaghetti Dinner hosted by Cub Scout Pack 28 will be held 7- 9 p.m. Jan. 30 at Rosenauer School, 60 Citadel Drive, Jackson. Cost: $7 in advance or $10 at the door. Children under 5 may eat for free when accompanied by an adult. All proceeds will benefit Jackson Cub Scout Pack 28. Details: send e-mail to mtbenjamin@

• Gospel music will be presented by the friends and families of the New Life Christian Center at the Lakewood library, 301 Lexington Ave., at 2 p.m. Jan. 30. Details: 732-363-1435, ext. 2502.

• AARP will have counselors available to offer tax advice to residents from Feb. 2 to April 15 at the following locations by appointment only: Jackson Senior Center, Don Connor Boulevard, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays (732-928-2313), and Tuesdays at the Jackson Library, 2 Jackson Drive (732-928- 4400); Lakewood municipal building, Fourth Street, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (732-363- 1435, ext. 14); and the Plumsted library, 10 Evergreen Road, noon to 4 p.m. (609-758- 7888).

Blood drives will be conducted by the Central Jersey Blood Center 4:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Knights of Columbus, 401 Bartley Road, Jackson, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 8 at The Enclave, 65 Enclave Blvd., Lakewood. Drawings will be held for gift cards at both locations. Donors must be age 17 or over and weigh 120 pounds or more. Identification is required. Details: 732-842-5750, ext. 238.

L’Aura L. Hladik, founder and director of the New Jersey Ghost Hunters Society and author of “Ghost Hunting: New Jersey” will present a program about ghosts, Bigfoot, Ouija boards, séances, crop circles, spontaneous combustion and more at 2 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Jackson library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson. Adults and teens age 13 and older are invited to attend. The program is free and open to the public. Details and registration: 732-928-4400.

The Jackson Township Municipal Utilities Authority will hold its public meetings at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 5 in its administrative offices at 135 Manhattan St., Jackson (reorganization meeting).

The New Egypt Elks Special Children’s Committee will hold a Comedy Night on Feb. 7 at the New Egypt Elks Lodge, Plumsted. Tickets are $30 per person. Buffet dinner starts at 7 p.m., show starts at 8:30 p.m., and there will be music until 1 a.m. Details: 609-758-8563 or 609- 758-4845.

Celebrate the sound of Motown at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Plumsted library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt. This program will be part performance and part lecture. Learn about Motown and its contribution to American music. Details and registration: 609-758-7888.

A barn dance hosted by Howell Recreation and the Stars Thru Squares will be held 8-10:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Echo Lake Pavilion in Howell. The free event will feature square dance caller Manny Amor. No experience is necessary. Singles, couples, friends and family members over the age of 16 may attend. Refreshments. Details: 732-938-4500, 2501.

The Howell Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation will hold a fundraiser at Carino’s Italian Grill, 4731 Route 9 south, Howell. Guests dining at Carino’s Italian Grill from 4 to 10 p.m. Feb. 12 can use a special voucher to donate 15 percent of their check toward the scholarship fund to help local high school seniors earn money for college costs. Donation vouchers are available in advance through the Howell Chamber of Commerce. To print a voucher, visit To obtain a voucher, call 732-363-4114, visit or visit the chamber office at 103 West 2nd St., Howell. Vouchers will not be at Carino’s Feb. 12.

Jackson Gives Back, a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to helping Jackson residents in times of crisis, will sponsor its second annual Father-Daughter and Mother-Son Valentine’s Dance. The event will take place 7-10 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Amvets building at 1290 Toms River Road (Route 571), Jackson. Ticket price of $25 per adult and $20 per child will include a buffet dinner, dancing and games with DJ music and prizes. Details and reservations: 732-905-7898.

• A fish fry sponsored by the New Egypt Elks, 105 Lakewood Road, New Egypt, will be held 6-8 p.m. Feb. 13 at the lodge. The cost for a fish dinner is $9 (two pieces) and $10 (three pieces). Chicken will also be available for $8 (two pieces) and $9 (three pieces). All children’s dinners are $5. Proceeds benefit charities supported by the Elks. Details: (609) 351-3428.

• “Consumer Awareness — Identity Theft,” a free three-part program, will be presented to the public by the Department of Banking and Insurance at 10 a.m. Feb. 13, 20 and 27 at the Jackson library, 2 Jackson Drive. Through the use of video segments based on actual cases of fraud, participants will learn the problems caused by identity theft and effective preventive measures. Details and registration: 732-928- 4400.

The Lakewood Community School is offering a 10-week ballroom dance class for couples 7-8 p.m. Mondays, beginning Feb. 23, at Lakewood High School, 855 SomersetAve., Lakewood. There is a $55 fee. Also offered will be an eight-week belly dancing/ Zumba class beginning Feb. 24 to be held at Broadway Bound Dance School, 1000 Route 70, Lakewood. Details: 732- 905-3685.