DATEBOOK

 The Shrewsbury Chorale, a mixed chorus of about 70 members, will hold open rehearsals on Sept. 9 and 16, beginning at 7:45 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County, 1475 W. Front St., Lincroft. All local singers are encouraged to attend as the chorale begins rehearsing Pablo Casals’ “El Pessebre” (The Manger) in preparation for its December concert. Scores will be provided, and there is no charge. To schedule an audition, call Joy More at 732-216-3907. For more information, call 732-513-8413.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will host “Forks and Corks: A White House Dinner” on Sept. 27 at Forsgate Country Club, Monroe Township.

The event will offer culinary enthusiasts the opportunity to dine on some of the White House’s signature dishes prepared by former White House chefs Guy Mitchell and Woody Raber.

In addition, the chefs will explain presidential protocol for food preparation, share stories about presidents and unusual menu requests, and display mementos collected during their service to former presidents.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a champagne reception. The event will feature raffles; a silent auction; and an inspirational message by Johnetta Alston Lake, an author, singer-songwriter, talk show host, publisher, recording artist and certified life coach who is living with multiple sclerosis.

Tickets to “Forks and Corks: A White House Dinner” are $100 per person. All proceeds will support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. To order tickets, call Karen Drzik at 732-660-1005 or visit www.nationalmssociety.org/njm.

 Congregation Ahavat Olam, 106 Windler Road, Howell, will hold a community wide Yizkor service at 3 p.m. Oct. 4 on Yom Kippur. The free service is open to the community. Details: 732-363-5190.

 Read to a therapy dog at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Howell library. Attendees may have a chance to groom Styx and P.J. while reading to them. If weather permits, the event will be held outside in the children’s garden. Details: 732-938-2300.

Forsgate Country Club will welcome well-known spiritual medium and medical intuitive Marisa Liza Pell at 7 p.m. Sept. 4.

The evening will feature a 90-minute “experience” where selected guests will receive messages of strength, hope and love from the other side.

General admission is $40. Forsgate members may register by calling Stacey Barone at 732-656-8904. The public may purchase tickets online at www.connectionbeyond.com. Purchasing a ticket does not guarantee an individual reading.

 A Rutgers Master Gardener of Monmouth County will be on hand for a story, movie and planting activity at 4:15 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Howell library. The program is open to those in kindergarten and up. Details: 732-938-2300.

 Rhythm and Rhyme, offering dancing and songs for children between the ages of 9 months and 36 months with a parent or caregiver, will be held at 9:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. Fridays, Sept. 5-26, at the Jackson library. Registration is required. Details: 732- 928-4400.

 A chess night for youths in grades six through 12 will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Jackson library, 2 Jackson Drive. Register by calling 732-928-4400.

 Knit-Chat-Chain, a volunteer knitting and crochet group that crafts and donates items to local charities, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8 and 22 at the Jackson library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson. Details: 732-928- 4400, ext. 3808.

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