Free Acoustic Open Mic Night and Poetry at Star Subs and Café in the Buckley Plaza 621 Route 130, Hamilton, will be hosted Wednesdays at 7 p.m. by American Idol contestant Bri Lobue. Audience and musicians are welcome. 609-333- 1230.
Fri., Nov. 15
   The New Egypt Elks will host a handbag bingo at 7:30 p.m. at 105 Lakewood Road, New Egypt. Tickets are $30 for 10 games of bingo. 732-567-4895.
Sat., Nov. 16
   Blood Drive, sponsored by the Millstone Township Girl Scouts in conjunction with the Central Jersey Blood Center. Donations can be made from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Millstone Township Community Center, Route 524, Clarksburg. All donors will be automatically entered into a sweepstakes to win a pair of tickets to the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium. For official contest rules or to make an appointment, go to and use sponsor code 6175. While appointments are preferred, walk-ins are welcome. For information visit .
   Plumsted Township is offering a free rabies clinic for dogs and cats from 9 to 11 a.m. at the New Egypt Firehouse, 59 Main St., New Egypt. Dogs should be brought on a short leash while cats must be in carriers or pillowcases. Bring pet’s last rabies certificate or current license. Participants do not need to be a Plumsted resident for their pet to receive a vaccination. Call 609-758-2241, ext. 131.
   Kids Movie Matinee – “Monsters University” will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Robbinsville Branch, Mercer County Library System, 2 Robbinsville-Allentown Road, Robbinsville. Register online (
Mon., Nov. 18
   Puppet Show: “A Bad Case of the Stripes” by David Shannon, will be performed at 2:30 p.m. at the Plumsted Branch of the Ocean County Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt. All Camilla Cream wanted to do was fit in- but she had developed a rare and bad case of the stripes, causing her to change colors and patterns. Everyone was stumped — until a lady with a handful of lima beans set Camilla right. Presented by the OCL Puppet Players. Ages 3-6. Please register either at the library, online ( ), or over the phone. (609-758-7888).
   ”Man of Steel,” will be screen 6:30 p.m. at the Plumsted Branch of the Ocean County Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt. Rated PG – 13. Please register either at the library, online ( ), or over the phone. (609-758-7888).
Tues., Nov. 19
   At Geeks and Gadgets our library IT department geeks will help you figure out your gadgets — iPad, eBooks, Mac, PC, tablets — from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Robbinsville Branch, Mercer County Library System, 2 Robbinsville-Allentown Road, Robbinsville. Bring in your electronic devices for troubleshooting, and get consumer tips if you’re considering purchasing a new computer or device. Registration is not required, but for best service, we suggest you email your questions to at least a few days before the event. Call 609-259-2150 with any questions.
Fri., Nov. 29
   The fifth annual Allentown High School Alumni Soccer game will be played at 1p.m, at a field location to be announced. All current and past AHS boys soccer team members are welcome. Send an email to or find Red Bird on facebook to sign up for the game.
Recurring events
   Winter storytime sessions at the Allentown Library. Stories, songs and fun activities every Thursday at the library at 16 S. Main St., Allentown. No registration required.
   The schedule includes Good Morning Storytime from 10:30 to 10:50 a.m. for ages 3 and under with a parent or caregiver (siblings welcome); Preschool Storytime from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. for ages 3 to 5; and Family Storytime from 2:15 to 2:45 p.m. for all ages.
   For more information, call the library at 609-259-7565.
   Weekly senior games. Plumsted Senior Outreach Services, Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m., Plumsted Municipal Building lower level via elevator, 121 Evergreen Road.
   Play a different game every week, including Scrabble, bingo, board and card games and dominoes.
   For further information, call 609-758-2241, ext. 111, and leave a message.
   Senior exercise classes, sponsored by the Plumsted Senior Outreach Service, at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the lower level of the Plumsted Municipal Building, 121 Evergreen Road.
   All new participants are required to submit a doctor’s permission form. To register, call 609-758-2241, ext. 111.
   Mid-day Toastmasters Club. Meets 11:30 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays each month at Robbinsville Branch of the Mercer County Library System, 42 Allentown-Robbinsville Road. Contact Jim Samuel at
   The Good Neighbor Fund assists area residents with emergency needs such as utility, rent and medical bills. To donate, mail a check payable to Good Neighbor Fund in care of Allentown Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 122, Allentown, 08501.
   Plumsted TNR Committee. Plumsted Trap, Neuter and Return Committee every Sunday 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., New Egypt Flea Market, 933 Route 536, Plumsted.
   MOMS Club of Upper Freehold/Allentown. First Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Allentown Presbyterian Church, 20 High St. For information, contact Barbara Nissinger or Jen Domen at
   Millstone MOMS. 10 a.m., MOMS Club of Millstone Township, second Thursday of each month. For information, contact Melanie Sullivan at 732-851-5559 or or
   Discussing books. Meets 6:30 p.m., Plumsted branch of the Ocean County Library, first Wednesday of the month. Registration can be done in person, by phone at 609-758-7888 or online at
   Book collection. Every first Saturday of the month from May through October the Friends of the Plumsted Township Library will be collecting used books for future book sales. Fiction, nonfiction, large print, children’s, CDs, DVDs, audio books and jigsaw puzzles are accepted. Do not donate soiled, mildewed items. Videotapes, Readers Digest condensed books, magazines or encyclopedias are not accepted.
   Drop off books behind the Plumsted Township Library on Evergreen Road the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Do not leave items if no one is present.Call 609-758-0009 or 732-580-5600 or email
   Veterans wanted. The Robbinsville American Legion Post 530 meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Robbins House, 245 Windsor Road, Windsor, 08691. If interested in joining and becoming involved or if you just want to take a look, call Mel Boyce at 609-306-1496 for more information.
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