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February + March
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FEB 10 Need a winter break? Treat yourself to SELF CARE SUNDAY: YOGA + RUSSIAN BANYA from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bear and Birch in Freehold. Enjoy an hour-long yoga class before indulging in a nourishing soak, soothing sauna and a glass from your favorite bottle (BYOB permitted!). No need to pack a lunch, there’s an authentic Russian café and juice bar on-site. Admission: $40. For more info, visit

FEB 15 Put your worries aside and enjoy a session of CRYSTAL BOWL MEDITATION from 7 to 8 p.m. at Root to Rise in Belmar. Reiki master Billi Jo Murphy will guide the class through an evening of rejuvenation and healing by using the sounds of Reiki-infused quartz singing bowls, which help reduce stress and anxiety through their melodies. Admission: $20. For more info, visit

FEB 17 If you want to start a collection or if you’re just curious about seashells, attend SEASHELL SUNDAY from 1 to 2 p.m. at Bayshore Waterfront Park in Port Monmouth. Test your knowledge of the environment and learn how to collect seashells without harming their ecosystems. Admission: FREE. Find more info at

FEB 23 American Rescue Dog is hosting its 9TH ANNUAL DINNER FOR THE DOGGIES at 6 p.m. at Spring Lake Manor in Spring Lake. The event includes dinner, cocktails, live music and a gift auction. All proceeds go directly to saving the lives of dogs in need. General admission is $75, and discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Visit for more info.

FEB 23 & 24 The hills are alive at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, which will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic THE SOUND OF MUSIC at 2 and 7:30 p.m. both days. Tickets: $45–$79. For more information, visit

FEB 28 Love the great outdoors and don’t mind a little brisk air? Head to Freneau Woods Park in Aberdeen for the WONDROUS WINTER WALK. Throw on a hat, button up and meet at 10 a.m. in the activity center parking lot for a one-hour stroll, which will be led by an experienced park system naturalist. Admission: FREE. Check out for details.

MAR 10 Celebrate all things Ireland at the sixth annual ASBURY PARK ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE, beginning at 1 p.m. at 5th and Ocean avenues. Throw on your festive green gear and gather your most-spirited friends to experience the luck of the Irish! Admission: FREE. Find out more at

MAR 13 If you’re looking for new hardscaping ideas and techniques, you don’t want to miss the CONTRACTOR SHOWCASE from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at iPlay America in Freehold. The trade show will include hardscape technique demonstrations and information sessions led by industry professionals. Admission: FREE. For more details, visit 

MAR 13 Whether you’re planning a wedding or simply along for the ride, the ADDISON PARK BRIDAL SHOW in Aberdeen is an event you won’t want to miss. From 7 to 10 p.m., attendees can meet the area’s leading photographers, bands and DJs while browsing through designer wedding gowns and tuxedos. Did we mention there’s a honeymoon giveaway? Admission: FREE. Visit for info.

MAR 16 & 17 Soak up the holiday and some suds at the LUCK OF THE IRISH ST. PADDY’S PUB CRAWL in Asbury Park, one of the shore’s most festive events. Grab a friend, a shamrock and an event map to visit all the participating bars. Registration begins each day at 1 p.m. in the Asbury Ale House. Daily admission: $10. Visit for more details.

MAR 17 Don’t lose your stride as the St. Patrick’s Day festivities continue! The Freehold Area Running Club (FARC) will hold its 30TH ANNUAL ST. PADDY’S 5 MILE RACE at Michael J. Tighe Park. Refuel after your hard work with beer and hotdogs, free for all runners (along with a finisher’s medal). Race-day registration opens at 8:30 a.m., and the run starts at 10:30 a.m. Registration begins at $25 for FARC members, $30 for all others. For more information, visit

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