NOVEMBER 1 EMBROIDERERS' GUILD MEETING at Colts Neck Library, 1 Winthrop Dr., from 7-9 p.m. Join us and sit and stitch! For information, call BJ (732) 780-9456.
FIRST AVENUE PLAYHOUSE AUDITION CALL FOR "WAKE ME AT MIDNIGHT" at 123 First Ave., Atlantic Highlands, on Nov. 1 and 2, at 7:30 p.m. The comedy will go up in Jan. 2011 beginning with early New Year's Eve production. Needed are 5 men ages late 40s-60s, and 4 women ages early 30s-80. For information, call (732) 291-7552.
NOVEMBER 2 THE HEALING POWER OF ART PANEL DISCUSSION at Guild of Creative Art, 620 Broad St., Shrewsbury, at 7 p.m. The Guild's Kristen Lanfrank moderates an interactive discussion with cancer survivors, professors and a psychologist focusing on the beneficial power of art to heal the mind, body and soul. Free.
NOVEMBER 6 NJ'S 20TH ANNUAL "LET'S TALK ADOPTION" CONFERENCE at Rutgers Univ., Busch Campus Center, Piscataway, from 7:45 a.m.-4 p.m. Intended for pre- and post-adoptive parents, social workers, adoptees, birthparents and school personnel. 36 workshops on domestic and international adoption, parenting, school issues, adoptee experiences, etc. $50/$25 full-time students. For registration and information, call (973) 625-5628 or visit www.cpfanj.org.
ASHLEY LAUREN FOUNDATION'S 2ND ANNUAL APPLE & PUMPKIN FESTIVAL at Bucks Mill Park, Colts Neck, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Scottish-American Highland games competition, a Civil War encampment, cider press demos, blacksmithing and wood working, along with live stage entertainment for children and adults. Vendors, children's games from the 1800s, hay rides, pony rides and much more. Proceeds benefit the foundation which is dedicated to helping children with cancer and their families. Free. Parking $5. For information, call Monica (732) 414-1625.
OPENING RECEPTION FOR THE ART ALLIANCE OF MONMOUTH COUNTY'S 24TH ANNUAL STATE-WIDE JURIED EXHIBITION at the gallery, 33 Monmouth St., Red Bank, from 6-8 pm.. Free. Exhibition runs through Nov. 24 during gallery hours: Tues.-Sat. from noon-4 p.m. For information, visit www.artallianceofmonmouth.org. or call (732) 842-9403.
NOVEMBER 7 5TH ANNUAL "RUN WITH DENNIS" 3.5-MILE RUN AND 2.0 MILE WALK. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. at the PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, followed by an opening ceremony at 8:50 a.m. Race starts at 10 a.m. All proceeds benefit the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memmorial Fund which sponsors programs for injured soldiers and their families and scholarships for students attending CBA, Lincroft. Rain or shine. For online registration and information, visit www.runwithdennis.org.
NOVEMBER 13 OCEANPORT EDUCATION FOUNDATION 3RD ANNUAL CASINO NIGHT at the Sheraton in Eatontown from 7-11 p.m. $50 includes hot buffet dinner, gaming tables and karaoke. Proceeds benefit Wolf Hill and Maple Place schools. A luxurious gift auction and 50/50 raffle will raise money for technology purchases. For tickets and information, call Denise Kessler (732) 870-8528.
2ND ANNUAL JURIED CRAFT SHOW at Middletown United Methodist Church, 924 Middletown/Lincroft Rd., Middletown, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Crafters needed. For information, call Lori (732) 495-9131.
ARTISTS' SHOWCASE & SALE at Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club, Shore Casino 2nd Fl., 6 Simon Lake Dr., Atlantic Highlands, from noon-5 p.m. Artwork, jewelry, hand-sewn purses, fashion accessories, paintings, tabletop designs, furniture, pottery and photography. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and music by Henry Hudson H.S. singers and musicians. A percentage of the sales will be donated to Atlantic Highlands Youth Sailing Program and 180 Turning Lives Around. For information, call (732) 291-1118.
FAIR HAVEN PTA 4TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY GIFT SHOW in the Knollwood School All Purpose Rm., 224 Hance Rd., from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Over 40 vendors featuring jewelry, personalized gifts, hair accessories, specialty baskets and more. Both checks and cash accepted. Baked goods and coffee available for purchase. For information, contact Peggy Dengler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOVEMBER 16 SENIORS OF LITTLE SILVER THIRD ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY at the clubhouse on Church St. at 1 p.m. All members are invited to bring a n item or two in new condition and must be accompanied by an index card with a brief description and approx. value. For information, call Ann Hansen, (732) 450-0689.
NOVEMBER 17 MONMOUTH MEDICAL CENTER PRESENTS "LIVING WELL WITH DIABETES" PROGRAM at Branches restaurant, W. Long Branch, from 5-8 p.m. Free. Beverages, light fare, door prizes and giveaways, as well as health screenings for blood pressure and cholesterol. For required registration and information, call 1 888-SBHS-123 and select prompt 4.
NOVEMBER 18 EMBROIDERERS' GUILD MEETING at St. Mary's Church Hall, Rte. 34 and Phalanx Rd., Colts Neck, from 10 .am.-2 p.m. Join us and sit and stitch! For information, call Ginger (732) 833-2504.
NOVEMBER 23 SPECIAL THANKSGIVING SERVICE at St. Mary's Church, corner of Rte. 34 and Phalanx Rd., Colts Neck, at 7:30 p.m. The pastors, leaders and musicans of St. Mary's, the Colts Neck Community Church and the Colts Neck Reformed Church will join together in a service of gratitude and thanksgiving to God for blessings received as a county and community.