Special Events

May 10 through 28

“Garden Theme” Exhibit – at the Guild of Creative Art, 620 Broad Street, Shrewsbury. Guild painters, photographers, and sculptors will display garden-inspired work in a variety of media, including acrylic, collage, colored pencil, fine craft/sculpture, mixed media, oil, pastel, and watercolor. Small works by exhibiting and associate members, reflecting an assortment of media and subject matter, will also be on display. “Pot Luck Garden Party” scheduled for May 10 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Free admission and parking. Call (732) 741-1441 or visit www.guildofcreativeart.org.

May 10

Late Spring Flea Market – 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Show Field of Allaire State Park, 4263 Atlantic Avenue in Farmingdale. Admission is $1/adult; children under 12, with an adult, are free. More than 100 vendors displaying new, used, and collectable treasures of all types. Shop all day, visit the on-site food vendor, spend time in the picnic area, browse the general store and bakery, and stroll the historic village. Rain date is May 11. Call (732) 919-3500 or visit www.allairevillage.org.

May 11 through 17

Middletown Police Week Tours and Memorial Service — Members of the community, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, civic groups, students, and senior citizens are invited to visit Middletown Police Headquarters for guided tours on May 13, 14, and 15 from 9:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. To schedule a time slot, call the police chief’s office Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at (732) 615-2039. The annual Middletown Police Memorial Service will be held rain or shine at police headquarters, 1 Kings Highway, on Friday, May 16 at 11:00 a.m. The service will be held at Middletown Police Memorial.

May 16 and 17

Jay Dooley Memorial Foundation Third Annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament – at Holy Cross School, 40 Rumson Road in Rumson. Cost to register is $150 per team of three and an additional $25 per player for up to five players. Individuals are encouraged to register and will be matched with a team. Two exciting days of basketball, laughter, camaraderie, and serious competition to raise funds for local children and teens living with learning disabilities and depression. Various tournament age brackets for girls, boys, women, and men. Call Jay Dooley at (908) 216-2083 or email jdooley22@verizon.net.

May 16 through 18

“Art in the Barn!” – 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. on May 16, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on May 17, and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on May 18 at 12 Oak Street in Lincroft. This three-day event showcases seven of Monmouth County’s most sought-after and creative female freelance artists, with an eclectic assortment of original, hand-crafted designs in several different categories, including fine art, jewelry, pottery, floral design, and decoupage art. Hostess Cindy Hubeny will once again open her Lincroft barn-turned-art-studio to the public for a relaxed, home-spun viewing experience, starting with a cocktail reception on Friday night with live music from local acoustic guitarist Barbara Paskin. Free admission. Call (732) 778-9955 or visit “Art in the Barn” on Facebook.

May 17

Annual Town-Wide Garage Sale – 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. throughout Atlantic Highlands. Explore charming and historic Atlantic Highlands for bargains on goods of all kinds at more than 100 participating households, from housewares and furniture to jewelry and collectibles. Upon arrival, visitors should drive down First Avenue to Borough Hall, where volunteers will hand out maps showing participating homes. While in town, stroll down First Avenue and stay for lunch at one of Atlantic Highlands’ renowned restaurants. Rain date is May 18. Visit www.ahnj.com/ahnj/Recreation or call (732) 291-1444, ext. 690.

May 17 and June 1

Tower Hill Sets Concert Series – 7:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church at Red Bank (Tower Hill), 255 Harding Road. The Tower Hill Concert Series continues its 2013-2014 season with a dramatic presentation by Broadway actor Stephen Trafton on May 17 and “An Evening of Handbells” on June 1. Trafton, a Broadway singer, actor and musician, will present his unique storytelling interpretation of the Apostle Paul’s Letter to the Colossians. “An Evening of Handbells” features the Calvin Ringers, ten students at area high schools. Their eclectic program includes arrangements of beloved hymn tunes and specialty selections. The program also includes special appearances by three of the church’s graded handbell choirs. Both the Colossians program and the handbell concert are presented without charge. Offerings will be taken to benefit the concert series and the Calvin Ringers’ summer tour, respectively. The church is handicapped-accessible. Call (732) 747-1348 or visit www.towerhillchurch.org.

June 1

Monmouth Community Christian Church Concert – 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at 189 Holland Road in Middletown. Featuring children and youth choirs, wonderfully talented young musicians, and some traditional Chinese dances. A freewill offering will be taken to benefit the Family Promise of Monmouth County and a family whose house was damaged by Sandy and needs to be raised. Family Promise of Monmouth County provides homeless children and their families with food, shelter, and comprehensive services by partnering with the community. Refreshments will be served. Plenty of free parking. Contact Pastor John Heald at (732) 671-6721, ext. 13 or jheald@mccc.org.

“Eats & Arts” Festival – 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on First Avenue in Atlantic Highlands. Enjoy a wide variety of art and delicious tastes from local chefs and artists. Each restaurant will introduce its chef and offer guests tastes of favorite and popular menu items, while featuring several local artists and live artist demonstrations. Local galleries will also be participating by offering food, beverages, and tours. Tickets are $40 and are available online at www.aharts.org.