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– The West Long Branch Fire Co. No. 1 Ladies Auxiliary will host a tea party from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 21 at 379 Monmouth Road, West Long Branch.

Enjoy an assortment of teas, delicious finger foods and light desserts. There will also be a fun, tea-themed game, hat contest and raffles.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children age 5-12. For more information, contact Karen Huhn at 732-229-0089.

– VSA New Jersey seeks writers for competition

The Unlimited Potential Theater Co., a project of VSA New Jersey, is seeking poems, essays, short stories and plays for its 21st annual Joyce Indik New Jersey Wordsmith Competition. 

The contest is open to all New Jersey writers age 18 and over. Submissions by writers with disabilities are encouraged.

All works will be juried by a panel of judges, and winning works will be showcased at the New Jersey Readers Theatre in the spring of 2015. 

In lieu of an entry fee, a donation of any amount is welcomed to cover the cost of the competition. 

To request an application, contact VSA Arts of New Jersey, 703 Jersey Ave., New Brunswick, NJ 08901; call 732-745-3885 or 732-745-3913 (TTY); email info@vsanj.org; or visit www.vsanj.org.

The deadline for submissions is Sept. 29.

– Workshops offered for children with autism

VSA New Jersey has announced fall program offerings for children with autism ages 3-21 and their family members. 

The Parent/Child Workshops in the Arts for Children with Autism offers weekly workshops in the visual and performing arts so that young people can enhance their understanding and appreciation of the arts.

The workshops will be offered in 1-hour sessions between the hours of 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 4 to Dec. 6, at VSA New Jersey, 703 Jersey Ave., New Brunswick.

For more information, call 732-745-3885 or 732-745-3913 (TTY), or email info@vsanj.org.

– Palatines to celebrate New Jersey’s birthday

The Palatines of New Jersey will celebrate the state’s 350th birthday with a lecture at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Germans of New Jersey Stanton Grange in Stanton.

Lunch will be held at 11 a.m.

Attendees are encouraged to wear Germanic heritage outfits from the 18th to 21st centuries.

To volunteer, contact George Apgar of North Brunswick at 732-297-6686 or visit www.apgarfamily.org.

– Suicide-prevention walk set for Sept. 20

MANASQUAN — More than 400 people are expected to participate in the Out of the Darkness Community Walk at 10 a.m. Sept. 20 along the boardwalk in Manasquan. The fundraising walk will support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) by helping to support local and national suicide prevention and awareness programs.

The walk is one of more than 300 being held this fall nationwide. The walks are expected to unite more than 100,000 walkers nationally and raise more than $9.5 million for suicide-prevention efforts.

The walk will begin at Leggett’s Sand Bar on First Avenue. Registration and check-in will begin at 9 a.m. Participants will stroll along the boardwalk and return to Leggett’s for a buffet lunch. Participants can also enjoy music, snacks and raffle prizes.

To register for the walk or donate, visit www.afsp.org/centralnewjersey. For more information, contact Lorraine Mackin at 908-514-6028 or lmackin@afsp.org.

For more information about AFSP, visit www.afsp.org.

– GOTCC fundraiser to feature Bobby Collins

The Greater Ocean Township Chamber of Commerce (GOTCC) will hold its 27th annual scholarship fundraiser at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at Buona Sera Palazzo, 1033 W. Park Ave., Ocean.

Lou Russo, host of 94.3 FM The Point’s “Lou and Liz in the Morning” show, will emcee an evening that includes comedian Bobby Collins headlining the event.

Tickets are $60 and include music, unlimited beer, wine and soda, hors d’oeuvres, buffet dinner, dessert, coffee or tea and an optional gift auction. For tickets, visit www.gotcc.org/ecommerce/2014-comedy-night.html. Seating is general admission. For more information, call 732-660-1888.