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November Happenings

‘Write-Ins’ During National Novel Writing Month
TOMS RIVER, NJ 
– Have a story that needs telling? Ever hear, “You should write a book?” Well, now’s your chance. November is National Novel Writing Month. The Ocean County Library Toms River Branch will host two “write-ins” for aspiring authors.
2 PM Saturday, November 5
2 PM Wednesday, November 16
Join other scribes, age 18 and up, and cheer each other on during the informal writing sessions. Aspiring and professional writers of all genres and levels are welcome. Participants can take advantage of provided prompts, or can forge their own paths.  Writers are encouraged to bring works in progress. All participants should bring paper and pen or a laptop. Test your linguistic mettle in a 10- to 15-minute “word sprint.” NaNoWriMo is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that supports writing fluency with tools, structure, encouragement, and community. Since its inception in 1999, the challenge of National Novel Writing Month is to pen 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days. Writers who register at https://nanowrimo.org can take part in discussions, track progress, and become eligible for special prizes by reaching the 50,000-word goal.
Registration at www.theoceancountylibrary.org/events is required for this free program. For more information, visit the Toms River Branch, 101 Washington Street, or call (732) 349-6200.
Keep up with Library programs and events at www.theoceancountylibrary.org, and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Spotify, and Pinterest.

 

Community Resource Expo “Fall”
November 6-7 (Sunday 1-4pm and Monday 11 am-1 pm)
Location: Boys and Girls Club of Clifton. For Families with Children, Older Adults, Elderly, and Individuals with Disabilities. Parking in parking lot, handicap accessible. Vendors – Activities -Free Giveaways and much more, Free! no admission fee.
Activities Include: 2nd Annual FREE NEW COAT GIVEAWAY for Kids while supplies last. Thanks to the St Phillips Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids program. Power of One Storytime Book Giveaway thanks to Bridge of Books and the Creative Sand Art Booth. Mini Vendor Presentations: Learn about Health and Wellness by participating vendors. Lite refreshments available for a small fee. Free Senior Citizens Lunch Monday 11am-1pm ONLY. All are welcome! No registration needed. The Community Resource Expo brings together local resources and services which serve families, individuals, and senior citizens living in the Passaic County area. Organized by Power of One and hosted the Boys and Girls Club of Clifton. The expo is also an opportunity to meet and greet new agencies and increase networking and collaboration. Power of One’s mission – “Empowering Healthy Communities.” For vendor information contact Kim Castellano email info@powerofoneccom.org.
Call 862-239-5905 and leave a message.

Family Trip to Peddler’s Village Apple Festival
CLIFTON / PENNSYLVANIA – The Clifton Recreation Department will be sponsoring a family trip to Peddler’s Village Apple Festival on Saturday, November 5, 2022 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.  Join us for some shopping, apples, and fun. Peddler’s Village, in Lahaska PA, has something for everyone from 70 specialty shops and six restaurants to Giggleberry Fair family entertainment center. Participate in the Apple Festival featuring scrumptious apple treats including apple butter, apple cider, apple dumplings, apple fritters and everyone’s favorite apples dipped in caramel!  Take home a bushel fresh from the orchard.  Live entertainment and apple pie-eating contests add to the festivities of this traditional autumn celebration. The cost is $20.00 per person. Shopping and food is at your own expense and time during the day. Participants under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Bus departs from the Lester Herrschaft Center (Senior Center) parking lot located at Linzenbold Drive and Dog Pound Road. There will be a pre-trip meeting at 8:15 a.m. in the Senior Center. Busses will leave at 8:30 a.m. sharp and return approximately 6:45 p.m. (you must report back to the bus promptly at 5:00 p.m. for departure from Peddlers Village). Participants will be transported in a school bus with limited seating. Pre-registration is required and can be done either online at www.cliftonrec.com or at the Clifton Recreation  Department, 900 Clifton Ave, City Hall 2nd Floor. Online registration deadline is October 28th or earlier if the bus is filled. Call (973) 470-5956 for more information.

Salute To The Veterans Concert
CLIFTON, NJ – The Clifton Recreation Department would like to thank our Veterans with a free hot meal & small gift of appreciation on Thursday, November 10, 2022! This event will be open to Veterans residing in Clifton only! Meals will be delivered to the veteran’s home between 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and will consist of sliced turkey, mashed potatoes, vegetables, cranberry sauce, roll, dessert and bottled water. Pre-registration is required of each veteran by Wednesday, November 9th by the end of the business day at 4:15 p.m..  You can register by calling the Recreation Department at (973) 470-5956. Veterans will need to supply full name, address, phone number, branch of military and wars served. In addition, please let us know if you will be able to come to the front door or will have someone to assist you.  Volunteers will not be allowed to go inside homes to drop off food. If you are interested in volunteering to help drive and deliver the meals that evening, please email the Clifton Recreation Department at cliftonrec@cliftonnj.org.

Local Families to Exhibit “A World of Kindness” at
Ocean County Library Toms River Branch
TOMS RIVER, NJ – Kindness can take many forms, and its effects can last a lifetime.
“A World of Kindness,” paintings by Ocean County families to show what warmth and goodwill mean to them, will be on display throughout the month of November at the Ocean County Library Toms River Branch.
The Ocean County Family Support Organization is the originator of the exhibit in the Second-Floor Gallery. Families have translated the experience of acts of generosity into images on canvas. Their art from the heart constitutes the theme of the exhibit. “In a world of uncertainty and challenge, a single act of kindness can bring reassurance and peace to one’s heart,” OCFSO said in a prepared statement. The Ocean County Family Support Organization is part of a statewide network of non-profit groups that provide peer-to-peer support, education and advocacy to parents and caregivers of children with developmental or behavioral disabilities, substance use, and involvement in child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The network’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and justice, and its firm opposition to racism, marginalization and stigmatization, can be viewed on the OCFSO websiteThe exhibit is free and open to the public in the Toms River Branch, 101 Washington Street. No registration is required. For more information, visit the Branch or call (732) 349-6200. Keep up with Library programs and events at www.theoceancountylibrary.org, and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Spotify, and Pinterest.