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 Aleksandr Vasin, an accordionist from the former Soviet Union, will perform a one-hour concert of Brazilian, Cuban, Moldavian, Russian and jazz genres at 2 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Jackson library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson. The program is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. Space is limited, so register early at 732-928-4400 or www.theoceancounty library.org.

 The Jackson Township Regular Republican Organization meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month unless otherwise stated. The next meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Jackson First Aid building, 38 E. Veterans Highway, Jackson. All Republicans are welcome to attend. Details: 732-833-9333.

 Boy Scout Troop 152, Jackson, is holding a flea market fundraiser 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 11-12 at the Jackson Elks Lodge, 1059 E. Veterans Highway, Jackson. All proceeds benefit the troop. If one has items to donate for sale, call Krista Albano at 908- 770-1768.

 Bartley Healthcare will host its 14th annual Family Fun Day for families in the community. This free event will be held noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 4 on the Bartley Healthcare campus at the corner of North County Line Road and Bartley Road, Jackson. The rain date is Oct. 5. Guests are asked to bring a bag of nonperishable food items or make a monetary donation to benefit the Jackson Food Pantry. Children will receive a free Tshirt with the donation of a bag of food. Bartley Healthcare will match the monetary donations received for the food pantry. The event will have a carnival theme. Boy Scout Troop 204 will be selling hamburgers, hot dogs, soda and water. Guests will be treated to free popcorn, cotton candy and shaved ice.

 Jackson Detachment 1369 of the Marine Corps League seeks members for its newly formed detachment. The group will meet on the second Monday of each month at the Jackson VFW 4703, 54 Magnolia Drive, Jackson. Details: Richard Hyjack at 732-202-8700.

 The Howell Women’s Club Member Tea will be held on Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Taunton School. This is an annual tradition open to women who live in the Howell community, including residents of Jackson, Freehold and Lakewood. Club members work on community programs that make a difference in the lives of others. The club meets on the second Tuesday of the month from September through June. Details: Laura, 732-938-9190, or Teresa, 732-919-1720.

 The Italian American Cultural Society of New Jersey invites area residents to its dinner meeting at Valentino’s Restaurant, 4241 Route 9 North, Freehold Township, at 7 p.m. Oct. 9. Festivities will include food, wine and an Italian cultural speaker. The cost is $35 per person for members and $40 for nonmembers. Cash is preferred; no credit cards will be accepted. To reserve seating, call Mike Arato at 917-709-8008 or Anthony Grassi at 917-743-3311. For more information, visit www.italianamericansnj.com.

 A blessing of pets will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 4 on the lawn of DeBows United Methodist Church, Jackson. All owners will receive a picture of their pet being blessed by the pastor and a certificate. Organizations that deal with rescue animals are welcome to set up a table and display literature. The church is at the intersection of Route 571 and Route 537. Those who want to register in advance can call 732-928-4475.

 A gift auction hosted by the St. Aloysius Altar Rosary Society, 935 Bennetts Mills Road, Jackson, will begin at 8 p.m. Oct. 18. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. Prizes will include $1,000 and $500 gift cards, designer bags, an iPad and a 50-inch flatscreen TV. For more information about the event, call 732- 928-8308 or 732-928-1351.

 Crafters and vendors are needed for the Jackson Liberty Lions Band second annual craft and vendor show to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 7 at Jackson Liberty High School. Spaces are $40. Setup begins at 8 a.m., and vendors must bring their own table (not longer than 6 feet). Details: fundraising@libertylionband.com.

 The Jackson Rotary Club is sponsoring a bus trip to the Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City to see the Bobby Vinton and Jimmy Sturr Christmas Show on Dec. 3. The cost is $90 per person and includes bus transportation, beverages on the bus, show ticket, buffet lunch at the casino, driver gratuity and $25 back in slot play. The bus will leave at 10:30 a.m. from Brookwood Plaza, Jackson, and return at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Rotary Club charities. Details: 732-207-4029 or 732-928-4500.