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Free welding training offered for the unemployed

Brookdale and Ocean County community colleges will partner to hold a free welding training program for area residents from Feb. 7-March 30 in Toms River.

The 166-hour program, open to unemployed individuals with a high school diploma or equivalency degree, will cover a wide range of hands-on skills and basic industry knowledge, including arc welding, welding fabrication, blueprint reading, resume writing and job search skills.

At the conclusion of the program students will sit for an American Welding Society certification exam, after which they will be eligible for an entry-level position in the field. The training program also offers job placement assistance.

All interested candidates must register for and attend one of two upcoming information sessions, held on Jan. 18 at 10:30 a.m. at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft and Jan. 19 at Ocean County College in Toms River. Attendees must bring an updated resume.

To register or for more information, visit or email

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median wage for qualified welders was $18.34 per hour in 2015. The industry is expected to grow by nearly five percent between 2014 and 2024.

The training program is funded by the federal Ready to Work grant program and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Eatontown Memorial School Play set for Jan. 27, 28

The Eatontown Memorial School Theatre Department will present performances of “The Little Mermaid” at 7 p.m. on Jan. 27 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Jan. 28 at the Monmouth Regional High School Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are $5 each. Advance purchase is recommended at Memorial School, 7 Grant Ave., until Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

For more information, call 732-542-5013.




Hellenic Dancers to perform Jan. 28 in Holmdel

HOLMDEL — The Hellenic Dancers of New Jersey (HDNJ) will present the 45th anniversary Taverna Night Dinner Dance at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 at Kimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church, 20 Hillcrest Rd., Holmdel.

Attendees can enjoy a full Greek dinner buffet and desserts, Greek and popular music and a special performance and fashion show by HDNJ.

All proceeds from the event will support HDNJ in preserving the folk dance customs of Greece and perpetuating Greek heritage in America. Funding from the event will also support the dance troupe’s 2017 touring schedule.

“This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Hellenic Dancers of New Jersey. It is because of this milestone that this year’s program will not only aim to educate and entertain as always, but will also serve to celebrate HDNJ’s 45 years of excellence. It is an honor to carry on this group’s legacy, as well as showcase some of the amazing things we are capable of going forward,” said Artistic Director Spiro Petroutsos.

Founded in 1972 by Fr. Jim and Eleni Chakalos, HDNJ has researched, presented and preserved over 350 folk dances, songs and traditions from mainland Greece, its islands, Cyprus and Asia Minor and passed them to the next generations of Greek Americans. The dance troupe is currently comprised of first-, second-, third- and fourth-generation Greek Americans, ranging in age from 16-45.

Reservations for this event can be made by contacting Cheryl Bontales at 732-796-1006 or Tickets range from $20-$40 and will not be sold at the door.

Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park to hold Seashore Open House

LONG BRANCH — The Monmouth County Park System announces its Seashore Open House will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Jan. 22 at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park Activity Center, Long Branch.

Stop in and enjoy hands-on activities. Park System Naturalists will be there to chat about the seashore and the small aquatic animals on display. Light refreshments will be offered. Admission and parking are free.

For more information about the Seashore Open House or the Park System, visit or call 732-842-4000. For persons with hearing impairment, the TTY/TDD number is 711.

The Family Addiction Network’s meeting set for Jan. 17

The Family Addiction Network will hold its monthly meeting on Jan. 17 from 7– 8:30 p.m. at The West Long Branch Community Center, 116 Locust Ave., West Long Branch, where families and friends can seek support in dealing with addiction in a non-judgmental, compassionate and receptive environment free of charge.

This month’s presenter is Daniel Regan, co-founder of CFC Loud N Clear, and he will be speaking about the underlying causes of addiction, process addictions and what to do before a loved one returns home from treatment. Daniel is a Smart Recovery Facilitator, program and activities director at CFC Loud N Clear as well as currently striving to complete his master’s degree in counseling and social work.

For more information about Daniel and his full story, visit

‘Hurricane Diane’ making landfall at Red Bank theater

The comedy, “Hurricane Diane,” will be presented from Jan. 14 through Feb. 12 at the Marion Huber Theater, 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank.

The play was written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Madeleine George and is directed by two-time Obie Award winner and Tony nominee Leigh Silverman.

“Hurricane Diane” is about the Greek god Dionysus taking form as Diane, a lesbian permaculture gardener from Vermont. With a mission to gather followers and restore the Earth to its natural state, where better to begin than a Monmouth County cul-de-sac and the women who live there?

The cast features Mia Barron, Becca Blackwell, Nikiya Mathis, Danielle Skraastad and Kate Wetherhead.

The production features choreography by Sonya Tayeh and an original song by The Bengsons, an indie-folk duo.

For more information, visit Two River Theater.