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Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen Cooking Demonstration And Lunch

Find out what’s really cooking at the JBJ Soul Kitchen – where unique community building happens. First, learn how to cook two of JBJ Soul Kitchen’s most popular menu items from their expert chefs. Next, enjoy a lunch prepared especially for you featuring these wonderful dishes and learn more about this visionary enterprise. A perfect opportunity to enjoy learning, laughing and lunch! Address: 207 Monmouth Street, Red Bank

Sec 1: Thurs, Jan 24, 11:30 am-1 pm
Sec 2: Thurs, Mar 21, 11:30 am-1 pm
Fee and Code: $39, XPERS 260

It Seemed Like A Good Idea

Scott Ridley, PhD

History is awash with brilliant ideas evolving into meaningful accomplishments. Such is the end-product when an eloquent vision partners with unbridled ambition. Good things happen. But not always. As both poet Robert Burns and writer John Steinbeck have suggested, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” Indeed they do. Join Dr. Scott Ridley, former Associate Professor of English at Brookdale and current Superintendent of Schools in Hazlet, for a provocative presentation on good intentions gone awry as he presents a potpourri of accidental disasters that, once upon a time, started off on such a positive note.

Thurs, Apr 11, 6:30-8 pm Hazlet Campus
Fee and Code: $24, XDEST 162
Fee is for two people.

Bring A Friend Walking Tour: Ocean Grove

Daniel Radel, history instructor, journalist

Spend a spring day in Ocean Grove and learn the unique history of what is known as “God’s Square Mile.” Meet at the Great Auditorium, stroll Founder’s Park, come face to face with the statue of The Rev. Ellwood Stokes, the first president of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, walk the boardwalk and visit the quaint downtown. Rain date is May 4th. Please note: no refund will be given if rain date is used.

Cost is $39 for two so bring a friend!
Sat, Apr 27, 1-3 pm
Fee and Code: $39, XDEST 153

Two River Theater – The Belle of Amherst Pre-theater talk, lunch, and performance.

That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet. – Emily Dickinson

Crafted from diary entries, letters, and poems by Emily Dickinson, The Belle of Amherst is a spellbinding and insightful look at the life of one of America’s greatest poets. The production features the return of the beloved actress Maureen Silliman to the Two River stage and will be directed by Two River Founder Robert Rechnitz, who was a Professor of American Literature at Monmouth University for 35 years. Following lunch (catered by Danny’s Steakhouse) in a private in-theatre room, Dr. Carl Calendar, former Humanities Dean at Brookdale, will discuss the accuracy of the play’s portrait of Dickinson, how her poems are integrated in the text, and what biographers have said about it.

Sun, Apr 28, 12:45-5 pm
Fee & Code: $105, XTRVY 290

The Vonage Technology Center and Lifelong Learning Present Cheers! The History Of Liquor

Gregory Caggiano, historian, instructor, presidential scholar, blogger

Cheers! Don’t miss historian Greg Caggiano’s Spirited discussion of what we drink and why! From the life-giving beers and wines of Ancient Sumeria, to the controversial absinthe and American Prohibition of the 20th Century, alcohol has endured a spirited and tumultuous existence. Learn the history behind many different liquors from around the world, how they can be served, and what everybody is drinking today. What brandy can trace its legacy back to Noah’s Ark? Why was absinthe banned for so many years? Why are there so many different types of whiskey? Find out in this spirited program! Our corporate neighbor and host of the evening’s program, Vonage, is a leading provider of cloud communications for businesses and consumers. Its award-winning campus is situated on 88 acres and is home to the Company’s flagship Network Operations Center (NOC) that operates 24/7/365 managing Vonage’s international network connecting billions of calls each year around the world. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to visit this impressive

Group meets at the main Vonage lobby, 23 Main Street, Holmdel, NJ
Wed, May 1, 6:30-8 pm
Fee and Code: $24, XDEST 152
Fee is for two people

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