June 6 and 7
One Night Standards Featuring Eric Yves Garcia – 8:00 p.m. at the Duncan Smith Theatre, 36 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel. Holmdel Theatre Company alum Eric Yves Garcia, raised in Red Bank and Fair Haven, brings his popular cabaret show for a special two-day only benefit performance. The show pulls lesser-known songs from the Great American Songbook canon, with selections reflecting the trials of love and loss in the city. His musings on the rigor and melancholy of the performer’s life are peppered with self-deprecating humor and charm that disarms his audience. The show debuted in November 2013 at the Laurie Beechman Theater in NYC to rave reviews. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to catch this exceptional performer before he plays Carnegie Hall later this summer. Tickets are $40. Visit www.holmdeltheatrecompany.org.
June 7 and 8
Fourth Annual Jersey Shore Wine Festival – 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Lakewood BlueClaws Stadium, FirstEnergy Park, Lakewood. Two-day festival featuring 100 varieties from 13 award-winning Garden State wineries, plus live entertainment, crafters, retail and food vendors, and a children’s play area. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the gate for those over 21. A two-day ticket is available for $25. Access to an exclusive VIP Wine Tasting area is available for $45, offering a sampling of 12 handpicked premium wines. All proceeds benefit the Holmdel-based charitable organization Sylvia’s Children. Call (732) 901-7000, (732) 946-2711, or visit the Lakewood BlueClaws Box Office.
Monmouth County and the Extinction of the Dinosaurs – 7:00 p.m. at the Holmdel Community Center, 4 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel. The Holmdel Historical Society will host a presentation by distinguished professor Ken Miller, PhD, of the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences at Rutgers University. Holmdel Historical Society meetings are open to the public, with free admission and light refreshments. Call (732) 239-0118 or visit www.holmdelhistory.org.
Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce Networking Event – 6:00 p.m. at SeaStreak Terminal, Highlands. A light reception will be provided prior to boarding. The boat will return at 8:35 p.m. The event is being held jointly with the Eastern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce. $15 for members and $20 for non-members includes boat fare and reception to join fellow businesses in a fun and casual atmosphere. Visit www.atlantichighlands.org or call (732) 872-8711.
Middletown Lions Club Run to Hear & See 5K Run/Walk – 8:00 a.m. at Thompson Park, Newman Springs Road, Lincroft. Benefit to assist a seven-year-old Middletown child with multiple health and developmental challenges. Open to runners and walkers of all ages, the event will be held rain or shine. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the race will start promptly at 9:00 a.m. Entrance fee is $20; t-shirt is included, with awards in all age groups. The course is a combination of grass, trails, and paved surfaces. Any high school or college student who finishes will be automatically entered into a drawing for the $1,000 Josephine A. Fernicola Scholarship, presented by Anthony Fernicola of Point Pleasant. Visit www.mlions.org or call John Giordano at (732) 996-7495.
Shining a Light on Today: The Legacy of T. Thomas Fortune – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Brookdale Community College Warner Student Center, 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft. T. Thomas Fortune lived in Red Bank over 100 years ago. A 19th- and 20th-century editor, publisher, and author, he was a staunch defender of human and civil rights for African Americans and other marginalized people, and the publisher and founder of three New York newspapers, including the New York Age, the foremost African-American publication of its time. Prior to his death in Philadelphia, June 2, 1928, the National Negro Press Association bestowed upon him the honorary title of “Dean of Negro Journalism.” The T. Thomas Fortune Project was created to save, preserve, and restore his former Red Bank home to a cultural research center. This symposium’s distinguished panel includes Les Payne, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and founder and past president of the National Association of Black Journalists. Continental breakfast followed by panel discussion and a keynote address by Walter Greason, history professor at Monmouth University. Free of charge, but registration is required. Visit http://thomasfortunehouse.weebly.com.
Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce Sixth Annual Car Show – on First Avenue off Route 36, Atlantic Highlands. This popular event is fun for the whole family, but is especially exciting for the classic car buff. Many classic and vintage automobiles and trucks will be featured, plus handcrafters and automotive-related vendors in Veteran’s Park, two entertainment areas with live bands, and shops and restaurants open throughout the town. Call (732) 872-8711, email email@example.com, or visit www.atlantichighlands.org.
Sharks’ Teeth, Fossils, and Fun – 10:00 a.m. at Village School, 67 McCampbell Road, Holmdel. Have fun and learn about the ancient history of Holmdel when this area was under the ocean. Friends of Holmdel Open Space will sponsor a guided fossil hunt, led by a fossil expert from Poricy Park, along and in the Ramanessin Brook. You just might go home with some sharks’ teeth! Meet at the Village School parking lot. Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet and bring strainers for sifting. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rain or shine. Call (732) 671-9196 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author Eileen Moon Presents “Legendary Locals of Red Bank” – 7:00 p.m. at the Little Silver Library, 484 Prospect Avenue, Little Silver. A new local history book reveals the intriguing characters and everyday citizens who have made Red Bank’s history legendary, sharing stories, vintage images, facts, and anecdotes of unique individuals and groups, past and present, that have had a lasting impact on the community. A center of artistic activity and cultural diversity, Red Bank has always provided its inhabitants the landscape and resources to live well and dream big. Come and enjoy this fascinating talk with local author Eileen Moon.