Things to do in Monmouth & Ocean Counties on a Budget this February 2013

Get out of the house and do something fun with your family and friends this month! All these great activities can be found locally within the Monmouth and Ocean County communities. So, why not plan ahead and enjoy a day (or two) to relax with these free or inexpensive activities!

Saturday, February 2nd: Take some quiet time and enjoy the Silent Film Festival! Roxy Films organist, Bernie Anderson, will be the accompanist for the afternoon feature film, the romantic 1927 comedy, My Best Girl starring America’s Sweetheart, Mary Pickford in her final silent film performance. This event will take place from 2-4pm at the Monmouth County Library at 2700Allaire Rd., the Wall Twp. Branch. Call 732-449-8877 for registration and more information.

Sunday, February 3rd: Be amazed at this acrobatic experience with thePeking Acrobats at Ocean County Community College’s Arts & Community Center. Since their Western debut in 1986, The Peking Acrobats have redefined audience perceptions of Chinese acrobats. They perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs; they are expert at trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting, and gymnastics. They defy gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility, and control. They push the envelope of human possibility with astonishing juggling dexterity and incredible balancing feats, showcasing tremendous skill and ability. The Peking Acrobats are an Ocean County favorite and have sold out previous appearances. Event begins promptly at 2pm – for tickets please call (732)255-0500 or visit tickets.ocean.edu.

Saturday, February 9th: Join a group of photographers at the Grounds For Sculpture (Hamilton) 2013 Focus on Sculpture Juror for this all new and adventurous winter photo-walk. Utilizing 42-acres and 270 sculptures as inspiration and subject, there will pointers provided on composition and perspective to help you hone your skills. Remember it is February and we might get lucky and have some snow on the ground to set off the sculptures.  Dress warm, wear comfortable shoes and don’t forget your hat! A digital point and shoot camera or DSLR is required. A knowledge of navigation in your camera modes, functions and menus is recommended. This workshop will run rain or shine – in case of extreme weather, there are some great indoorgalleries. To reserve your spot for the event from 1:30-3:30pm, call Grounds For Sculpture directly at 609-586-0616.

Saturday, February 9th & Sunday, February 10th: Are you a chocolate-a-holic? Why not enjoy an entire weekend of it at Ocean Grove Chamber of Commerce’s Chocolate Lovers’ Weekend! Saturday events begin at the Chamber Office, 45 Pilgrim Pathway starting with a Hunt for Hearts 10:30am-4pm, a Tour of Inns 11am-4pm, followed by special Chocolate Lovers’ Dinner at O.G. Restaurants. Sunday events begin again at the Chamber Office, with a Winter Walk 12-3pm. Free admission. Sign up today!

Sunday, February 10th: Just in time for Valentine’s Day, drop into HistoricWalnford (Upper Freehold) from 1-4pm for their Roses are Red, Violets are Blue event to see a small display of beautiful 19th century valentines. They invite you to make a token of affection using the materials provided for your sweetheart, inspired by historical examples. For more information on any of these activities, call: 609-259-6275.

Friday, February 15th: Get in touch with your poetic side and attend Monmouth University’s PoemJazz with Robert Pinsky & Friends. Robert Pinsky, Three-time U.S. poet laureate and author of several acclaimed books of poetry, prose, and translation will bring his verse to life on the PollakTheatre stage in a reading with musical accompaniment. Located in the PollakTheatre on Monmouth University’s campus in West Long Branch at 7:30pm.

Saturday, February 16th & Sunday, February 17th: It’s Valentine’s Day Weekend, why not explore and enjoy award-winning wines, live music and desserts with your significant other at Laurita Winery, 35 Archertown Road, New Egypt from 12-9pm. The best part is that it’s FREE admission! For more information you can visit the link above or call 609-758-8000.

Saturday, February 23rd: When the temperatures drop, the Polar Bears Plunge! Sign up for the 20th Annual Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Special Olympics of New Jersey. The event has been typically held in Seaside Heights for the last six years, but has been moved to Long Branch for 2013. Registration begins at 9am, Plunge is at 1pm. Radio station NJ 101.5’s Big Joe Henry, “the Voice of the Plunge” will broadcast live on Plunge Day with interviews, updates and a countdown to Plunge. For more information, visit the link above or call 609.896.8000.

Also, feel free to check out this website for a list of places who participate in giving away FREE FOOD for the month of February! From pancakes, to coffee, to ice cream it all sounds good to us – another reason to get out of the house and enjoy some quality time with family and friends!

Have fun and enjoy!

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