NOTESAround Town

U.S. Marines accepted a donation for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program from students in Ranney School’s music honor society.

The students delivered more than 80 toys to the U.S. Marine Corps program office in Lincroft. As part of their first major community service project for the school year, members of Jr. Tri-M purchased toys that sang, played or just looked like music for the fourth annual Musical Toys for Tots Drive held at the school in Tinton Falls.

The service project began in November with the first middle school “Penny War” fundraiser, where students donated loose change over a two-week period and raised more than $1,500.

The Monmouth County Genealogy Society will meet Jan. 10 at the Community/ Senior Center, 72 Broad St., Eatontown. Gerald “Jerry” Smith will present “Bastards, Bridges and Bawdy Houses: Using Quarter Sessions Records for Genealogical Research.”

The awarding of prizes to the winners of the family history essay contest will precede the meeting at 1 p.m., followed by refreshments, and the meeting and talk at 2 p.m. The public is welcome to attend the free meeting and event. For more information, contact Janet at 609-655-0699 or email jborchardt@comcast.net.

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Rockit! For Kids will be holding auditions for the 2010 Count Basie Theatre winter rock program 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 10 next door to the Basie Theatre Carlton Lounge, 99 Monmouth St. in Red Bank. The concert will be held March 21 on the stage of the Count Basie Theatre. To register, complete the application and return with the $10 audition fee made payable to Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, NJ 07701. Applications and details are available at www.rockitforkids.org.

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Red Bank Elks Lodge No. 233 will hold a clothing drive and yard sale Feb. 27 at the lodge, 40 W. Front St. Clean, usable and wearable clothing, shoes and accessories as well as stuffed animals and “soft” household item such as bedding, curtains, tablecloths and towels will be accepted. All items must be in tied plastic bags and dropped off between 8 a.m.- and 1 p.m. Please do not leave anything in or outside of the lodge. The Elks will also be selling new and used items 8 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, contact Amy at Apm127@hotmailcom or 732-642-7793.

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Red Bank Senior Women’s Club is sponsoring a two-day trip to see “Joseph” at Sight & Sound Millennium Theater, Lancaster, Pa., May 24 and 25. For more information, call 732-493-1926 or 732- 728-9341.

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Colorest, 160 Newman Springs Road east, Red Bank, has announced registration is open for its winter art classes. Topics include drawing, oil painting, printmaking and other classes. For more information, call 732-741-0001 or visit www.colorestartsupplies. com.

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The annual New Year’s Eve bash will take place at 9 p.m. Dec. 31 at Bates Lodge No. 220 and Phyllis Wheatley Temple No. 276, 306 Shrewsbury Ave., Red Bank. The cost is $35 per person or $55 per couple. For more information, call 732-741-9260.

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January meetings of the Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Groups will be held 10 a.m. Jan. 7 at Atria Senior Living Group, 44 Pine St., and 7 p.m. Jan. 13 at Kensington Court, 864 Shrewsbury Ave., both in Tinton Falls.

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