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Stone Church and Playhouse team to give holiday boost to Atlantic Highlands Food Pantry
All Saints' Memorial Church (The Old Stone Church), is sponsoring a benefit matinee for the Area Association of Community Churches Food Pantry on Sunday, November 21, at 2:30 p.m. at the First Avenue Playhouse in Atlantic Highlands. The comedy, "Playing Doctor," written by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore, promises to be a hilarious romp of medical mayhem, sure to boost the spirit. The First Avenue Playhouse is offering a generous portion of each $25.00 ticket sold for this performance to the Food Pantry.
The idea for a desert theatre fundraiser came out of a recent All Saints' Outreach Committee meeting where word received of a severe shortage in the pantry's shelves of a wide variety of items. Committee member Lois Young contacted Mrs. Mary Carhart, pantry director, to discern the best way to fulfill the pantry wish list. Besides upping the number of weekly shelf items to the pantry, the committee also advanced the idea of a benefit theatre performance as a way to forward funds to the pantry to take care of re-stocking the shelves.
For this specific fundraiser matinee performance, tickets are not available at the First Avenue Playhouse. People are encouraged to contact the All Saints' Church Office at 732-291-0214, or AACC Food Pantry in Atlantic Highlands, 732-291-0485, for tickets. During off-business hours, tickets can be reserved by calling Barb Drakulich, Outreach Committee Chairperson at All Saints', at 732-872-0158.
According to Mrs. Carhart, "this theatre fundraiser idea couldn't have come at a better time for the pantry. Our shelves need to be refilled for what we expect to be the largest number of clients ever for the upcoming holiday season." Mrs. Carhart, a veteran of fourteen years at the pantry, has a number of senior volunteers who themselves have long tenures in helping out on Monday's, Wednesday's and Thursday's from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Mrs. Carhart and her hard-working crew of volunteers more or less run a mini-market housed at the United Methodist Church in Atlantic Highlands. Some changes are quite noticeable over the past two years, including a 50% increase in numbers of clients, as well as a sharp demographic switch to younger clients with children. The pantry serves not only Atlantic Highlands customers, but also customers from Sea Bright, Highlands, Navesink, Leonardo, Port Monmouth, and Belford. The pantry will gladly accept new donors and donations during their posted business hours.
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RED BANK, NJ - This year’s annual Red Bank CROP Hunger walk was blessed with sunshine and 70 degree weather! Walkers and volunteers nearing 1,000 all came out to take steps to end hunger in our local and global communities.
Walkers support CROP
While it takes a little time to tally up the money, we already know that this year’s goal of collecting 8,000 pounds of food for our 17 local partners was far surpassed! Monmouth County supporters of CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) set their own goal and brought 11,000 pounds of food which was sorted and distributed by students from CBA on the day of the walk.
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ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - Go Green! is the theme at the Atlantic Highlands Elementary School. Volunteers from the community spent their Saturday morning planting hardy perennials in front of the school on First Avenue.
Volunteers lay out plants according to the landscape design.
Heidi Hackett, a parent and member of the PTO was walking past the school last year and observed the “Keep off the Grass” signs that dotted the barren terrain in front of the school. The area has been plagued with erosion problems for many years. She knew the PTO was looking for a “big” project to get involved with, and she suggested landscaping. “It was a little acorn that has grown”, Hackett said of the project.
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ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – Each year the proceeds from the Front Porch Club’s Chilifest 2010 go to a wonderful local cause. This year their charity of choice is a non-profit group, GoSprouts.org, and their Learning Garden project on the grounds of Atlantic Highlands Elementary School for the 2010/2011 school year.
GoSprouts.org, formed by Atlantic Highlands residents, Laurie Brekke and Hope Hanlon, will design & build a garden and outdoor classroom while working with teachers at the school to weave the garden into various subjects of the standard curriculum. Mrs. Hanlon, a former teacher, says, “We’d like to utilize the garden & outdoor classroom to enhance traditional curriculum disciplines with hands-on-learning [in a garden setting] where children actively participate with their teachers and enjoy nature”.
The Front Porch Club’s Chilifest 2010 is scheduled for Saturday, October 2 at 3:00pm (rain date is Oct. 3rd). Admission is $25.00 per person. Chili entrants and children under the age of 12 will be admitted free.
The proceeds from Chilifest 2010 will help GoSprouts.org create this wonderful Learning Garden. In turn, the proceeds will benefit the children attending Atlantic Highlands Elementary who will soon be able to enjoy the garden while working on their studies. Mrs. Brekke says, “There is nothing more important than getting our kids out into nature & providing them with strong environmental ties early on as well as teaching them the importance of sustainability and healthy eating, which are tenets that will last them a lifetime”.
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