WHAT TO DO THIS WEEKEND? SO MUCH CHOICE

rb street fair 041413The Red Bank Street Fair late summer edition returns Sunday. The Count Basie Theatre, below, is home to a weekend-long food extravaganza called ‘Appetite.’ (Click to enlarge)

Friday, September 6:

basie marquee 1 090213MIDDLETOWN: The first and third Friday’s of the month mean Teen Art Club at the Middletown Public Library. This twice-monthly teen-led art session requires few tools: a drawing pad and pencil. Teen Art Club begins at 4 p.m. 55 New Monmouth Road.

RED BANK: The Count Basie 365 Cultural Series presents some cool Friday night jazz  to cool down the summer heat in the pocket park at Shrewsbury Avenue and Drs. James Parker Boulevard. The concert begins at 7 p.m.

SANDY HOOK: Celebrate the end of summer as the Sandy Hook Foundation presents local caterers, live music and auction items at the End of Summer Party. Proceeds benefit the restoration, maintenance, and education projects of the National Park Service. The farewell to summer runs from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Sandy Hook North Beach.

RED BANK: Blue’s rockers Matt O’Ree Band  hit Jamian’s Food & Drink, led by world champion guitarist Matt O’Ree, for a Friday night set. The music begins at 8 p.m. 79 Monmouth Street.

RED BANK: The Wild Bill Mojo Band brings it to the Walt Street Pub for some versatile Friday night entertainment. The music starts at 8 p.m. 180 Monmouth Street.

SHREWSBURY: Trop rocker Gary Philips plays some of his favorites at CJ Mcloone’s starting at 9 p.m. 560 Shrewsbury Avenue.

Saturday, September 7

SEA BRIGHT: Close out the summer with a bash at the two-day SkimBash Competition. The nationwide competition brings skimborders of all ages to the municipal Beach in pursuit of a trophy. With live music to provide the soundtrack to the winners and wipeouts, it just might feel like summer never left. SkimBash 2013 runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SHREWSBURY: Nonprofit Money Management International come to the Eastern Branch Library to host a seminar focused on helping customers with their budget and credit use, obtaining a mortgage, finding a home, appraisal and inspection, closing a mortgage and life as a homeowner. The First Time Homebuyers Program: Keys to Homeownership runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1001 Route 35 North.

MIDDLETOWN: Memoirist Linda Kravetz discusses the art of memoir writing at the Middletown Public Library and reads an excerpt from her book, “Krystal Hut: Stories,” a set of 10 imagined memoirs about Filipino-Americans that takes the reader around the world. The discussion begins at 11:30 a.m. 55 New Monmouth Road.

MIDDLETOWN: Middletown Main Library holds the opening reception for the September exhibit, a display of Olympia Hostler’s liquid acrylic Abstract Expressionist paintings. The reception begin at 2 p.m. in the community room and the exhibit will run throughout the month. 55 New Monmouth Road.

SHREWSBURY: Sister authors Sharon and Tanya Maxwell turn storytime into an interactive audience experience when they read their own co-written book, “What Do I See When I Look at a Tree?” a book that incorporates English, Spanish and American Sign Language. Story-time begins at 2 p.m. at the Monmouth County Eastern Branch Library. Seating is limited, register at the library. 1001 Route 35 North.

MIDDLETOWN: Middletown Main Library hosts a free session on all things podcast. Learn the basics of sound recording, editing and podcasting on microphones, portable recorders and Audacity, a sound editing software. Register online or call. Podcasting Secrets begins at 2 p.m. 55 New Monmouth Road.

RED BANK: redbankgreen’s own Jim Willis jams with fellow band members Joe Cotis, Jasin LaViola, Jack Pryah, Nash Aliaga and Shadowman and plays some classics from the legendary ’60s band, The Grateful Dead, at the Walt Street Pub. Dead Bank’s groovy vibes start at 8 p.m. 180 Monmouth Street.

RED BANK: The Art Alliance of Monmouth County welcomes the public to the free opening reception of “Life,” with Sandy Taylor, who also happens to be September’s window artist. The exhibit will run through gallery hours, 12 to 4 p.m., all month. The opening reception begins at 6 p.m. 33 Monmouth Street.

RED BANK: Sink your teeth into the first full day of the Count Basie Theater’sAppetite: A Gastronomic Experience” series when Victor Rallo and Mayor Pasquale Menna take the stage for a pasta throwdown judged by Joe Bastianich. The 8 p.m. event caps a day of wine and bourbon tastings, food-truck food, film screenings and more. 99 Monmouth Street.

RED BANK: Jersey shore rock and party band, The Haven, promises “fun times and great music” at Molly Maguire’s Black Point Inn. The fun begins at 9 p.m. 132 East River Road.

Sunday, September 8

RED BANK: The Galleria Red Bank Farmers Market presents fresh produce from local farms and highlights area eateries and unique crafts. Support the community and gain knowledge about local business development. The market runs every Sunday through November form 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Corner of Bridge Avenue and West Front Street.

LINCROFT: Alternatives to Violence representative and Monmouth University Professor Eleanor Novek visits the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County for a presentation on “Strangers Into Friends: Transforming Conflict with the Alternatives to Violence Project.” Bagels and coffee are served prior to the presentation in the community room. The presentation lasts from 9 to 10 a.m. 1475 West Front Street.

SHREWSBURY: The annual back-to-school worship and prayer service takes place at Pilgrim Baptist Church. Parents, students, educators, administrators and school districts are invited to prepare for the upcoming school year. With a special performance by the Music Ministry of Pilgrim. The service begins at 10:45 a.m. All are welcome. 172 Shrewsbury Avenue.

SANDY HOOK: Give Iron Man a run for his money at Athleta Iron Girl Women’s Triathlon. This year marks the 24th season of the half-mile swim/ 10-mile bike/ 3 mile run challenge at Sandy Hook. The morning is filled with competition raising funds for breast cancer research. Register online. The triathlon runs from 7 to 11 a.m. Fort Hancock at Sandy Hook.

RED BANK:  Day tow of the Count Basie Theater’sAppetite: A Gastronomic Experience” smorgasbord of foodie events. Click the link for details.

RED BANK: Benefit the Red Bank Volunteer Fire Department by strolling through the Street Fair. The annual block party brings craft vendors, snack stands, and other activities to town. The Street Fair runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Broad and Monmouth Streets.

RED BANK: Look no further for the place to find musicians, hang out, try new ideas, and put a new spin on some old classics. Rob Dye and Mike Ghegan host Open Mic at Jamian’s Food & Drink. 79 Monmouth Street.