Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this January 2015

happy-familly-in-winterHappy New Year and welcome to 2015! We’re kicking off this month with a list of some great activities that everyone can enjoy (even in the midst of winter). Break out that new calendar and pencil in these dates for some free or inexpensive events happening in a town near you.

Saturday, January 3: Sing along to the classic 1939 film, Wizard of Oz, starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley and Frank Morgan. Come dressed as your favorite character and be a part of the costume parade on the Count Basie stage (Red Bank). Enjoy an afternoon of fantasy and song on the big screen as we travel with Kansas farm girl Dorothy down the yellow brick road to the magical land of Oz. A fun event for the whole family for just $15 a ticket! For more information, call 732-842-9000.

Friday, January 9 – Sunday, January 11: t’s a new year and now is the time to begin planning that home renovation or home improvement project you’ve dreamed of. Get started at the 25th Annual Jersey Shore Home Show on planning the home of your dreams now at Brookdale Community College (Lincroft)! From basic home improvements and maintenance projects, to major renovations and new construction, the Jersey Shore Home Show can help you find the right home professional to get the job done right as well as save you time and money. Tickets are just $8 for adults, and children 17 and under are FREE! For more information, call 732-449-4004. *Check out the 12th Annual Ocean County Home Show from 1/23-1/25 at Pine Belt Arena (Toms River). Click here for more details.

Saturday, January 10 – Sunday, February 1: Two River Theater (Red Bank) presents Absurd Person Singular, a laugh-out-loud, satirical look at how three English couples deal with their relationships, social standings, and the pressures of three successive Christmas gatherings. During the Broadway run, statisticians counted 504 chuckles, roll-em in the aisles, and belly laughs! Don’t miss this perfect opportunity to unwind from the holiday madness. Various dates and times with tickets starting at just $20 per person. For more information, call 732-345-1400.

Thursday, January 15 – Sunday, January 18: The NJ Repertory Company (Long Branch) presents Swimming at the Ritz for a limited time! Pamela Churchill Hayward Harriman, the ultimate party girl, has been living an idyllic life at the luxurious Ritz in Paris for the past several years accompanied by her young Italian valet, and has been spending her and her stepchildren’s vast inheritance on paintings, clothing, jewels, furs, champagne (her day-to-day necessities). But her stepchildren’s attorneys are about to shut her down. On the verge of losing everything, with the creditors literally at her door, Pamela reveals her journey in a funny, poignant tour-de-force. Times: 1/15 & 1/16 at 8pm, 1/17 at 3pm & 8pm, and 1/18 at 2pm. For more information, call 732-229-3166.

Wednesday, January 21: Do you have your own business and looking to measure your marketing efforts and other investments? Join us at 8:30am at our Wall Headquarters for our FREE “Marketing Analytics and How to Measure ROI for Your Business” seminar, presented by Stephanie Shaffery, President of Flair Marketing Group. Space and time is limited – for more information, call 866-750-0100.

Tuesday, January 27: If you want to get your finances on the right track for the new year, attend our upcoming seminar, “I Bought What? How to Not Be Afraid When You Open Your Bills and Stick to a Budget” at 6pm in Toms River. The event is brought to you by the experts at First Financial – space and time is limited, register today! For more information, call 866-750-0100.

 Wishing you a great 2015!

Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this December 2014

Family_readingThe most magical time of the year has arrived! With so many fun and festive events occurring this month, it will be hard to pick just a few. Enjoy this special time of year with all of your family and friends – check out the many free or inexpensive activities happening this month in a town near you.

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Friday, December 5 & Friday, December 12: It’s a performance of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at the Allaire Chapel (Farmingdale). The production starts at 7:30pm and admission is just $15 per person. Advance ticket purchase recommended – call 732-919-3500 for more information.

Saturday, December 6: Bring the kids to have Breakfast with Santa at Cafe 360 in Downtown Freehold! From 9am-12:30pm, kids can enjoy a great treat while visiting their favorite head elf. Call 732-294-4722 to make your reservations today.

It’s Monmouth County Paper Shredding Day! Monmouth County residents will have an opportunity to get rid of old documents and confidential files safely. Stop by the Wagner Farm Sports Complex at 4 Baird Road, Millstone between 9am-1pm. For more information, call 732-683-8686, ext. 6721.

Thursday, December 11: “Tis the Season: A Holiday Concert,” is an evening of seasonal music of choir, orchestra, and handbells performed in the majestic and festive atmosphere of Wilson Hall at Monmouth University (West Long Branch). The concert is at 7:30pm and conducted by Professor Michael Gillette and Dr. David M. Tripold and features the Colts Neck Reformed Church Exultation Ringers. To purchase tickets and for more information, call 732-683-6889.

Friday, December 12 – Sunday, December 14: Inspired by the classic holiday film, “It’s a Wonderful Life” is performed as a 1940s radio broadcast in front of a live studio audience by the Center Players of Freehold. Featuring onstage Foley sound effects, vintage radio equipment, period costuming and radio commercials, all set to the soothing sounds of your favorite holiday standards. A handful of actors gather on Christmas Eve 1946, to perform the dozens of characters who bring this heart-warming tale to life. Tickets are just $15 a person. For more information, call 732-462-9093.

Saturday, December 13 – Sunday, December 14: American Repertory Ballet brings the magic, beauty, and fantasy of “The Nutcracker” to the stage with Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, stunning sets, thrilling choreography, and a massive cast to the Algonquin Arts Theatre (Manasquan). Directed by Company Director Douglas Martin, ARB’s professional company will be joined by students from Princeton Ballet School to tell the story of a young girl and how a mysterious gift brings about enchanted dreams and fantastical scenes. Whether it’s your first time, an annual tradition, or an once-in-a-lifetime experience, ARB’s Nutcracker is a perfect holiday treat for the entire family. Various showtimes and prices available online, call 732-528-9211 for more information.

Saturday, December 14: Meet with Santa for an “Old Fashioned Colts Neck Christmas” and enjoy rich history, hot chocolate, candy canes, and other goodies! There will be a tree lighting ceremony and reading of “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” read by Freehold Director, Lillian Burry. This FREE event will take place from 1-4:30pm at the Historic Montrose School, Corner of Cedar Drive & Montrose Road in Colts Neck. For more information, call 732-462-6888.

Friday, December 19 – Saturday, December 20: The classic animated television special, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation at the Algonquin Arts Theatre (Manasquan) where Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the other Peanuts grapple with the real meaning of Christmas. Enjoy music arrangements that reflect the spirit and mood of Schulz’s work and introduce contemporary jazz to youngsters with grace, charm, and creativity. A Charlie Brown Christmas is a joyous and festive meditation for the holiday season. Various showtimes and prices available online, call 732-528-9211 for more information.

Grab some hot cocoa and popcorn and sit down with the family to enjoy holiday movies all month long! Click here to view the TV schedule for the holiday season.

Happy Holidays to you and yours!