What’s Happening In and Around Your Town

Santa Claus is coming to town!

Santa is at The Galleria
santa MadisonVisit The Galleria at 2 Bridge Avenue each weekend in December and visit with Santa Claus and have your pictures taken! Packages available from TSS Photography. Noon – 4:00pm.
The Galleria Red Bank, 2 Bridge Avenue.
Santa MonmouthSanta Claus is coming to Longstreet Farm! This weekend, December 19 & 20 from 12-3 p.m., is our annual Visit with Santa. Bring the kids (and your cameras!) for this once-a-year photo opportunity with Santa, dressed in his Victorian fineries. Longstreet Farm is open year-round. You can even call to reserve a tour of the farm throughout the winter months.
Historic Longstreet Farm, 44 Longstreet Rd, Holmdel, New Jersey
For more information, you can call: (732) 946-3758 or visit http://www.monmouthcountyparks.com/

Monmouth Civic Chorus Presents JOY TO THE WORLD
Sunday, December 20, 2015, 4:00 PM
count bassieThe sounds of Christmas will fill the air when the award-winning Monmouth Civic Chorus premieres a new Christmas Suite by Artistic Director Dr. Ryan James Brandau, featuring his own arrangements of holiday favorites. Classical selections from Handel’s beloved Messiah and Bach’s magnificent Mass in B Minor will round out the program. Tickets: $45 (Seniors $40, Groups $35, Students $10), $30 (Seniors $27, Groups $25, Students $5)
Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank NJ 07701
For tickets visit http://countbasietheatre.org

Two RiversLangston Hughes’ Black Nativity
December 27, 2015 at 4pm

A joyous retelling of the traditional Nativity story in music, dance and verse, Black Nativity is a Gospel “song play” based on the Gospel of St. Luke, using the poetry of Langston Hughes and performed by an all-Black cast of singers, actors, dancers and musicians. One of the first plays authored by an African-American to be performed on Broadway (it debuted in 1961), Black Nativity delivers a powerful message of joy, hope, victory and liberation. An important civic tradition in many cities across the country, Black Nativity at the Count Basie Theatre is directed by veteran actor and director Darrell Lawrence Willis, Sr., Producing Artistic Director of the Dunbar Repertory Theatre Company, whose mission is to perpetuate an appreciation of cultural diversity and celebrate African-American culture. Tickets: $25, $20, $15

Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank NJ 07701
For tickets visit http://countbasietheatre.org
12 Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt
Ends December 20
Hunt for an item from the 12 Days of Christmas hidden in store windows at participating businesses in the Red Bank Business District.

A unique performance featuring two harpsichords.
December 19, 2015, 4:00 PM •  Raisa Isaacs and Irina Kofman, harpsichord
Raisa Isaacs, pianist and harpsichodist, earned a Doctorate of Chamber Music at the Kazan State Conservatory, Russia.  She continued her studies in post-doctoral courses at the Moscow Conservatory, the Gnesinuch Russian Academy in Moscow and the Corky Conservatory in  Nizhni Novgorod, Russia.  Irena Kofma, a renowned pianist, is a graduate of the Voronezh State Academy of Arts in Russia and holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Miami.  She has been a top prize winner at many competitions and has toured extensively throughout Europe, Russia and the United States.  Ms. Kofman serves as Artist in Residence at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach.
Tickets: $20. Seniors: $10. Children 18 and under are admitted free of charge.

For more information, visit: http://www.monmouthconservatory.org/index.php/events/

The Sounds of the Sidewalks through December 19
Enjoy traditional carolers, choirs, brass bands, rock, folk, jazz & blues musicians as they bring holiday tunes to the sidewalks of Red Bank!

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Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."

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