WEEKEND: CARNIVAL, NATURE WALK, TRI…

The Sea Bright Firemen’s Fair brings cheer to the oceanside town this weekend s it works to recover from Hurricane Sandy. Folk musicians the Blind Tellers, below, are at the Red Bank Public Library. (Click to enlarge)

By ALEXIS ORLACCHIO

Friday, May 17:

LITTLE SILVER: Come shop the annual Little Silver Springtime Sidewalk Sale hosted by the Little Silver Business & Professional Association. The sale runs through Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Locations vary.

RED BANK: Stores, restaurants and some unexpected places combine to create a townwide art exhibit for Art Walk. Make your own self-guided tour or shadow docents as they guide the crowd through town. The exhibit runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Here’s the map: artwalk_map_only-1

RED BANK: The Galleria Red Bank hosts children’s book author Dorothy A. Whitehouse for a signing of the Rumson native’s children’s book “Monique’s Boutique,” a touch-and-feel children’s book that follows the fabulous Monique and her dog Fifi thorough a fashion boutique, with tangible samples of silk, satin and other fabrics. The signing begins at 6 p.m. 2 Bridge Avenue at West Front Street.

RUMSON: Rock out with live music by Gone Under, the Stone Bullets, ArdVark SmiLe and special guest Pat Guadagno at the Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert, hosted at the Rumson Country Day School gymnasium. Food, drinks, and Sandy merchandise will be available for purchase. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for kids and the concert runs from 6 to 9 p.m. 35 Bellevue Avenue.

SEA BRIGHT: The Firemen’s Fair continues through the weekend with rides, games, live music, and carnival food. The 50/50 raffle drawing benefit’s the borough fire department and recreation committee. Located in the municipal lot, the fair runs from 6 to 11 p.m. 1099 Ocean Avenue.

LINCROFT: Guest speaker Amir Mane discusses the change of perception and beliefs that followed the recent death of his wife, who lost her battle with cancer, and his own double lung transplant, hosted by the Unitarian Universalist congregation of Monmouth County.

RED BANK: Songwriter Paul Anka brings nostalgia to Count Basie with his high-energy performances of famous hits. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45, $65, $75, $85 and $125. 99 Monmouth Street.

RED BANK: Craig Daniel & the Distractions star in Friday night sets at the Walt Street Pub, featuring styles like rock, pop, rap, country, oldies, alternative, and new wave. The show begins at 8 p.m. 180 Monmouth Street.

Saturday, May 18:

RED BANK: Row, row, row your boat gently down the Navesink at the Navesink River Rowing 30th anniversary open house, featuring a hands-on demonstration of how to row skinny boats. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Maple Avenue.

SHREWSBURY: The Eastern Branch of the Monmouth County Library hosts its annual Spring Book Sale during normal library hours; the book sale runs through May 25. 1001 Route 35 N.

FAIR HAVEN: Learn about local plants, flowers and history on the Nature Walk/Talk through Fair Haven Fields, hosted by Jeff Dement from the American Littoral Society. The American Littoral Society studies and strives to conserve nature and marine life and encourages others to do the same. The walk starts 10 a.m., no pets allowed. Fair Haven Fields.

RED BANK: Lunch Break, a local nonprofit organization, hosts Foodstock 2013 at Red Bank Middle School in an effort to curb hunger in the community.  Enjoy food, music and friends while donating nonperishable items to ensure that the soup kitchen pantry shelves are stocked this summer. Foodstock runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 101 Harding Road.

RED BANK: The Blind Tellers, a Jersey folk-blues band, join host Anton Daub in a free performance for the season finale of Acoustic Saturdays at the Red Bank Library. The show runs from 2 to 4 p.m. 84 West Front Street.

RED BANK: The Avice Noblett Children’s Room at Red Bank Public Library invites kids ages 5 and older to learn about the art of Vincent Van Gogh, and create your own version of his painting ‘Sunflowers.’ Registration is required for this free program. 84 West Front Street. The lesson runs from 2 to 3 p.m.

RED BANK: The Monmouth Conservatory of Music presents the faculty concert featuring Vladislav Kovalsky, pianist, and executive and artistic Director of the MCM.    $20 suggested donation, under are 18 free.  The show starts of 4 p.m.  50 White Street.

RED BANK: The American Led Zeppelin returns to Basie for their “Get the Led Out” show.  The band embodies the feel of Led Zeppelin music.  Their two-hour show includes performances using studio tracks that Zeppelin never performed live and mellow acoustic tracks.  Tickets are $19.50, $29.50, and $39.50. The show begins at 8 p.m. 99 Monmouth Street.

Sunday, May 19: 

RED BANK: Test your endurance at the third Red Bank Olympic Distance Triathlon. Warm up with a 1.5K swim off Irwin Marina followed by a 25 mile bike ride through Marine Park and conclude with a 6.2 mile run along the Navesink River in Red Bank and Middletown. Sign up online or in person prior to the event. The triathlon begins at 7 a.m. Marine Park.

RED BANK: The Greater Red Bank Kiwanis hosts a Pancake Breakfast at Monmouth Day Care Center for The breakfast runs from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Buy tickets in advance or at the door, prices are $7 for adults, $5 for kids 14 and under. 9 Drs. James Parker Boulevard.

LINCROFT: The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County Youth Group leads a discussion about High School in the 21st century as part of the May Speaker series at the UUCM. The discussion runs from 9 to 10 a.m. with coffee and bagels served prior. 1475 West Front Street.

RED BANK: Find your Latin roots “VISION: Latin American Film Festival 2013” comes to Two River Theater.  Presented by the Latin Coalition Foundation, the Day-long festival features three films, “Machuca,” “Aqui y alla,” and “Harvest of Empire.” Tickets are $5 and are required for each showing. The festival runs from 1 to 8 p.m. 21 Bridge Avenue.

MIDDLETOWN: Carla and Ian Rios of the Science, Engineering and Technology Club of Monmouth County 4-H present a free presentation on learning kills in engineering, design, and development to program robots, while developing critical thinking faculties at the Middletown Public Library. The presentation starts at 2 p.m. 55 New Monmouth Road.