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 Parachute Playtime for children ages 3-5 will be held at 1:30 p.m. March 24 at the Plumsted Library. Register for the program by calling 609-758-7888.

 Darrah Carr Irish Dancers will share Irish history, traditions and costumes through Irish dance at 7 p.m. March 26 at the Plumsted Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt. Volunteers can join the dancers on stage. For ages 5 and up. Register for the program by calling 609-758-7888.

 “Developing Characters that Readers Care About” will be discussed by author Jeff Markowitz at 10 a.m. March 22 at the Howell Library. To register for the program, call 732-938-2300.

 The Howell Senior Center, 251 Preventorium Road, Howell, will host a free men’s breakfast and checkers tournament at 10 a.m. April 7. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. Register at 732-938-4500, ext. 2561, beginning March 24.

 “Word on the Street,” a spoken-word, open-mic event, will be hosted by the Jackson Writer’s Group and the Jackson Library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson, at 7 p.m. March 31. Thirteen local authors of numerous genres will share their writings in short readings and be available to answer questions. Published works, books, novels and promotional material will be available at the end of the program. The event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is encouraged, but not required at 732-928-4400.

 A blood drive will be conducted by the Central Jersey Blood Center on the mobile blood drive bus from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 30 at the Jackson Moose Lodge, 1240 East Veterans Highway, Jackson. For more information, call 732-842-5750 or send an email to lwilkins@cjbcblood.org.

 Boy Scout Troop 152 and Cub Scout Pack 152, both from Jackson, will hold a flapjack fundraiser breakfast from 8-10 a.m. May 10 at Applebee’s, 4721 Route 9 North, Howell. Cost is $10 per person. Included in the price are pancakes, eggs, sausage and a beverage. For more information or to reserve in advance, call Peggy Primiano at 732-239-1563. Walk-ins are welcome.

 A Meet the Mayor session with Jackson Mayor Mike Reina will be held at 7 p.m. March 31 in the the Jackson municipal building, 95 West Veterans Highway. Residents may attend and speak with the mayor.

 The Jackson Township Regular Republican Organization will meet at 7:30 p.m. March 26 at the Jackson First Aid Squad building, 38 East Veterans Highway, Jackson. All Republicans are welcome to attend. Details: 732-833-9333.

 “Alice @ Wonderland,” a modern retelling of the classic children’s story, will be held at 7 p.m. March 27-28 and 2 p.m. March 29 at Howell Middle School North, 501 Squankum-Yellowbrook Road, Howell. Tickets — $8 for adults, $6 for children under age 10 and $5 for North students — will be sold at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, contact Melissa Johnson by sending an email to melissajohnson@howell.k12.nj.us.

 Jackson Green Thumb Garden Club meets from 7-9 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month in the Jackson municipal building, 95 West Veterans Highway, Jackson. At the April 1 meeting, certified Master Gardener and garden lecturer Judith DeGiglio will present “Native Plants for the Jersey Shore and Three Seasons of Bloom” at 7:30 p.m. New members are always welcome. Details: 732-928-5169.