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Tune those guitars – it is time to jam

Brookdale’s public radio station 90.5 the Night is hosting their 16th annual ‘Brookdale Guitar Show’ on Sunday, April 14 in the Donald D. Warner Student Life Center. Doors will open at 10am on the Lincroft campus, located at 765 Newman Springs Road, and tickets are currently on presale now for $10 and at the door for $12. On the bill for attendees are an abundant of clinics on everything from tuning your guitar to starting up and managing your personal band. More than 30 vendors, including BC Guitars, Bob’s Guitar Hospital, Guitar Heads and High Strung Studios, will have their tents pitched for fans and fellow musicians to come and ask any questions…

Opening Reception: Cotillion

Visit Brookdale Community College for the opening reception of Cotillion, the AFA Student Art Show, featuring works by Brookdale’s second-year fine art students. The reception will take place in the Center for Visual Arts Gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. The work will be on display until April 17. 765 Newman Springs Road.

Volunteer Lawyers for Justice to Hold Free Legal Aid Clinic for Sandy

Clinics Part of VLJ’s New Disaster Legal Response and Preparedness Program. Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ) will hold free legal aid clinics at Brookdale Community College in Hazlet for New Jersey residents dealing with legal issues directly related to Superstorm Sandy. The clinics are part of VLJ’s new Disaster Legal Response and Preparedness (DLRP) Program, which also includes extended representation and a statewide hotline. Brookdale Community College is located at OneCrownPlaza in Hazlet, and the clinics will be held on Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the following dates: April 5 and 19; and May 3, 17, and 31

‘Cuisine on the Green’ Coming to Southern Ocean County

Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS) has announced a new program called Cuisine on the Green, the new Ocean County Culinary Arts Training Center, located at the Atlantis Golf Club in Little Egg Harbor. The Culinary Arts Training Center offers adult students the opportunity to pursue their career goals in the culinary profession. Students receive real-world experience in restaurant operations and culinary production techniques through the daily operation of the full-service restaurant and banquet facility, open to the public, located on the premises.

Brookdale Guitar Show is April 14

The 16th annual Brookdale Guitar Show will take place April 14 at the Lincroft Campus of Brookdale Community College. Doors open at 10 a.m., and the event continues until 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at www.brookdaleguitarshow.com. Tickets are $12 at the door. A major fundraiser for Brookdale Public Radio, this event will take place at the Donald D. Warner Student Life Center, with outdoors entertainment by Chris Buono, Johnny Stompbox & the Stompers, Jerry Topinka & Sean Connolly, Thomas Wesley Stern and Vextion.

The Big Read continues in April at the Monmouth County Library

The Monmouth County Library continues its series of programs for The Big Read , sponsored by The Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education (Chhange) at Brookdale Community College and endowed by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. In April, the topics will center on the morality of the death penalty, the tragedy of Alzheimer’s, and the decision during World War II to send Japanese-American to internment camps. The Library is honored to have Keiko Wright, the director of the documentary Hiro, as a presenter for the showings of her film at Library Headquarters and Eastern Branch.

Monmouth Teen Arts Festival: A Celebration of the Arts

Monmouth Arts wrapped up another successful Teen Arts Festival (March 21 & 22, with an opening reception held on teh 20th). This year’s festival, which focused on the theme of ArtHelps–a Monmouth Arts initiative to connect the arts with the continuing recovery effort from superstorm Sandy– brought students from all over the county to the beautiful campus of Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey. Monmouth Arts Executive Director Mary Eileen Fouratt had this to say,”This year’s festival was especially poignant because so may schools and students in this area were affected by the storm.

Brookdale softball moves to top of national rankings

Brookdale Community College’s softball team won more games than anyone in the country last spring (49), but the Jersey Blues had little to show for it. They lost to eventual champion Gloucester County College in the Region 19 finals, handing veteran head coach Bo Scannapieco the most agonizing losses of his career. “I thought we had the best team in the country,” he said. “We just didn’t get there. We were good enough. Sometimes it happens.” As he surveys the 2013 season and his club’s 14-1 start, the Jersey Blues’ head coach pointed out “talent-wise, we’re right there.”

County seeks employers for job fair

Monmouth County will again offer employers and jobseekers the opportunity to connect at the Monmouth County Job Fair scheduled for April 19. The event is free for employers to reserve a table and for jobseekers to attend. The 2013 Monmouth County Job Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 19 at the Brookdale Community College Recreation and Events Center, 765 Newman Springs Road (Route 520), Lincroft. According to a press release, last year’s job fair attracted more than 100 employers and an estimated 1,200 jobseekers.

Passing on survivor stories for the sake of tolerance

As the number of Holocaust survivors grows smaller, the responsibility of others to tell the stories of the horrors of the genocide looms larger. These stories and the messages within are carried on both by younger generations of survivors and by teachers in classrooms across New Jersey, one of five states to mandate Holocaust education for students in kindergarten through the 12th grade. Dr. Paul B. Winkler, executive director of the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, is confident in future generations’ ability to preserve the atrocities of the Holocaust through living memory telling the story of a single person who made it …

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