Monmouth County Genealogy Society Meeting: “Using Google for Genealogy Research” – 1:30 p.m. at the Community Center, 72 Broad Street, Eatontown. Family historians looking for a new approach to their genealogy research will learn how Google can help as Casey Zahn, author, researcher, and teacher, presents “Driving Miss Google.” Ms. Zahn says “Driving Miss Google” will show researchers how to implement and use Google Drive to put a new spin on genealogy research, from organizing your research to creating fun documents for your family. Meetings of the Monmouth County Genealogy Society are free and the public is always welcome. Contact Susan L. O’Brien, Monmouth County
Genealogy Society, at (732) 747-0090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 12 through February 12
World Premiere of Gino DiIorio’s “The Jag” – at NJ Rep, 179 Broadway, Long Branch. Directed by Brendan Burke (artistic director of Shadowlands Stages in Ellenville, NJ), “The Jag” stars Dan Grimaldi (best known for “The Sopranos” and last seen at NJ Rep in “Lucky Me”), Christopher Daftsios (“Swimming at the Ritz” and “Substance of Bliss” at NJ Rep), and newcomer to NJ Rep, Estelle Bajou (a Drama Desk Award nominated actor). Seventy-year-old “Chick” Chicarella (Grimaldi) has one prized possession: a 1967 Jaguar that is in desperate need of repair. When his son “Bone” (Daftsios) suggests that they finish the car and sell it off, old family wounds and failures rise to the surface. Unable to complete the task by themselves, they hire Carla (Bajou), who is an expert in Jaguars, but woefully lacking in social skills. Together, the three learn some hard lessons about repairing cars and smoothing out life’s jagged edges. Performances are Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 3:00 and 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. A special lecture by the playwright and surprise guests will be held 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12 and will be followed by the first sneak preview of “The Jag.” On Friday, January 13, a wine and dessert meet-and-greet will follow the performance. Opening night with reception is on Saturday, January 14 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $46. Opening night with reception tickets are $50. Group and student rates are available to select performances. Call (732) 229-3166 or visit www.njrep.org.
January 17 and 24
Shrewsbury Chorale Open Rehearsals – 7:45 to 10:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County, 1475 West Front Street, Lincroft. The Shrewsbury Chorale invites former and new singers to learn about them as they prepare for their two 60th anniversary concerts this spring. Scores provided. Events are free. Call (732) 747-1362, email email@example.com, or visit www.shrewsburychorale.org. To audition, call (732) 216-3907.
Senior Team Trivia – 10:00 a.m. at the Middletown Township Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road, Middletown. Bruce Doorly, a longtime Middletown resident, brings his very successful trivia game here from Florida. Seniors (age 50+) will be divided into teams that compete against each other answering fun, basic trivia questions such as “What was Lucy’s maiden name on the I Love Lucy show?” Visit www.mtpl.org or call (732) 671-3700, ext. 320.
Monmouth County Park System’s Annual Winterfest – 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft. Cross your fingers and hope for snow! This event celebrates the season and all the fun it brings. Family-fun activities for the day include cross-country skiing, nature hikes (possibly on snowshoes), make & take crafts, wagon rides, and more. Visitors will also have the chance to meet representatives from winter sport vendors and enjoy live music. Admission, parking, and most activities are free. Visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com or call (732) 842-4000. For persons with hearing impairment, the TTY/TDD number is 711.
Meet Mary Kubica, Author of “The Good Girl” via Skype – 2:00 p.m. at the Middletown Township Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road, Middletown. Mary Kubica is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of “The Good Girl” and “Pretty Baby.” Free registration online. Visit www.mtpl.org or call (732) 671-3700, ext. 320.
Kick for a Cause Charity Show – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Monmouth Regional High School, 1 Norman J. Field Way, Tinton Falls. A very special benefit performance, presented by Kick Dance Studios of Rumson and Fair Haven. Tickets are $15 online at www.eventbrite.com or $20 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Lifeguard Ecumenical Foundation (LGEF), a nonprofit organization founded in 2009 by a group of neighbors in Fair Haven whose mission is to raise awareness of our fellow neighbors in need of assistance. Just as a lifeguard sits on his stand and actively searches for those in need, such is the purpose of LGEF. They have organized events to raise funds for food gift cards, overdue utility bills, excessive medical bills, and expensive life-dependent medications. Each month, they are committed to finding a local family in need and hosting a fundraising event to benefit that family. They also volunteer time, skills, and resources at local organizations. Visit www.lifeguardnj.org or www.kickdancestudios.com.
Learn about Dementia – 2:00 p.m. at the Middletown Township Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road, Middletown. Nicolette Vasco, program coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association, will present a helpful lecture. Visit www.mtpl.org or call (732) 671-3700, ext. 320.