“Mi Casa Tu Casa” performed at Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School Wednesday

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre castmembers (left to right) Allicia Rivas, Chris Kent, Jane Keitel and Michael Aquino peformed in "Mi Casa Tu Casa" Wednesday afternoon at the Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School.

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre cast members (left to right) Allicia Rivas, Chris Kent, Jane Keitel and Michael Aquino performed in “Mi Casa Tu Casa” Wednesday afternoon at the Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School.

The Upper Shores branch of the Ocean County Library hosted Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre’s bilingual production of “Mi Casa Tu Casa” Wednesday for children and families at the Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School, Seaside Heights Wednesday.

More than 200 people filled the school’s auditorium.

The four-member cast blended music and folktales where a humble mouse could charm a lovely cockroach, a young girl could find beauty in her new  home in American, and the feather of a Thunderbird could bring prosperity to a person who believes.

Musicians Chris Kent (electric guitar) and Jane Keitel (keyboard)  accompanied storytellers Allicia Rivas and Michael Aquino through the hour long program, a presentation of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s annual Stages Festival.

The annual festival brings professional theater companies to local neighborhoods in March, delighting children, families and other adults with Broadway-quality programs.

This marks the eighteenth year Ocean County Library has partnered with Stages Festival. It presented eight different productions at 13 branches this year. The programs are presented by the library free of charge.

Guitarist Chris Kent accompanies a skit as a young girl learns about diversity in her new home in America.

Guitarist Chris Kent accompanies a skit as a young girl learns about diversity in her new home in America.

Ocean County Library Branch Manager June Schneider welcomes more than 200 people to Wednesday's performance by Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre of "Mi Casa Tu Casa."

Ocean County Library Branch Manager June Schneider welcomes more than 200 people to Wednesday’s performance by Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre of “Mi Casa Tu Casa.”

Electric guitarist Chris Kent.

Electric guitarist Chris Kent.

Storyteller Allicia Rivas listens to a story during Wednesday's performance of "Mi Casa Tu Casa."

Storyteller Allicia Rivas listens to a story during Wednesday’s performance of “Mi Casa Tu Casa.”

According to legend, a feather from the Thunderbird will bring a person prosperity in the coming year.

According to legend, a feather from the Thunderbird will bring a person prosperity in the coming year.

Musician Jane Keitel played the keyboard during Wednesday's "Mi Casa Tu Casa" performance.

Musician Jane Keitel played the keyboard during Wednesday’s “Mi Casa Tu Casa” performance.

The humble raton (Michael Aquino, center) woos la cucaracha (Allicia Rivas, left.)

The humble raton (Michael Aquino, center) woos la cucaracha (Allicia Rivas, left.)

A little dance party with the children and storytellers ended Wednesday's "Mi Casa Tu Casa."

A little dance party with the children and storytellers ended Wednesday’s “Mi Casa Tu Casa.”

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Ocean County Library thanks the cast and crew members for presenting such a wonderful performance of "Mi Casa Tu Casa" at the Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School Wednesday.

Ocean County Library thanks the cast and crew members for presenting such a wonderful performance of “Mi Casa Tu Casa” at the Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School Wednesday.

Planning your flowering garden @ Stafford

MANAHAWKIN –   Kate Copsey of The Master Gardeners of Ocean County, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, will present “Long Seasons of Color – An Endless Blooming Garden” 2:30 p.m. Monday April 13th, at the Stafford library branch.

The Stafford branch is located at 129 N. Main St. in Manahawkin.

There are few plants that perform for an extended bloom season. If you choose the right combinations, you can have different ones taking center stage at various times during the season so that something of interest is always playing. Find out how to enjoy three or four seasons of color and beauty throughout your yard.

The Master Gardener team will be available to answer questions before and after the talk. Bring in your dying or diseased cuttings for diagnosis.

This program is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register telephone the branch at 609-597-3381, or register online at www.theoceancountylibrary.org .

OCHD to perform lead screenings 4/13 at Stafford

MANAHAWKIN –    Lead may hurt you even if you don’t feel sick.

The Ocean County Health Department will conduct Free Lead Screenings at the Stafford library branch, 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday, April 13.

The test is available for children, pregnant women, and adults and requires a gentle needle prick of a person’s finger. Blood is drawn then analyzed on the spot. Results are available three minutes later.

The program is free and there is no need to register. It is sponsored by The Ocean County Health Department.

Stafford presents author Julia Spencer 4/2

MANAHAWKIN –   The Friends of the Stafford Library will present Julia Spencer, author ofLooking Through A Keyhole: a Memoir,” at the Stafford library branch 10:30 a.m. Thursday April 2.

Julia will discuss her vision loss and her ability to prevail over its challenges. She will also talk about how her guide dog has changed her life, especially by enhancing her mobility and increasing her safety in travel.

The limitations from her vision loss does not restrain the vibrant energy and independence of this remarkable woman. Join us for this motivating talk.

The Stafford branch is located at 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin.

The program is free and open to the public but registration is required. Register in person, by calling the branch at 609-597-3381, or online at www.theoceancountylibrary.org.

Stafford branch to present discussion of American Impressionists Monday

MANAHAWKIN –     Stockton University art history professor Kate Nearpass Ogden, Ph.D. will present “American Artists, Impressionists: Whistler, Cassatt and Chase,” 7 p.m. Monday March 30 at the Stafford library branch, 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin.

There will also be a reception beginning at 6 p.m. honoring Pine Shores Art Association artists Paul Hartelius, Mary Sinacore, Pat Shepherd, Tom Troyano and Charles Murray. Their art, which will be showcased from March through April, is for sale through participating artists.

The program is free and open to the public but registration is required. Register by calling the branch at 609-597-3381, online at or in person.

Martial arts/dance fusion at Little Egg Harbor library branch

Toshinori Hamada will perform with the BALAM Theatre Company May 5 at the Little Egg Harbor branch.

Toshinori Hamada will perform with the BALAM Theatre Company May 5 at the Little Egg Harbor branch.

TOMS RIVER –  The New York City-based BALAM Dance Theatre will present an evening of martial arts and dance 6 p.m. Tuesday May 5 at the Little Egg Harbor library branch, 290 Mathistown Rd.

The dance company’s artistic director Carlos Fittante and principal dancer Toshinori Hamada will perform in traditional costumes.

The BALAM Dance Theatre joins diverse dances and historical periods from around the world with the opulence and aura of Balinese theatre. It appeals to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.  Its artistry and movement fused with athletic and detailed skills are enhanced by eclectic music, striking masks, vibrant costumes and fantasy stories.

They will perform four dances during their program:

  • Baris, a Balinese warrior dance set to gamelan music that primarily uses percussive instruments;
  • the Japanese Noh Theatre dance “Yashima”;
  • the Baroque dance solo “Entrée de Apollon,” published in 1701;
  • “El Vito,” a Spanish Escuela Bolera dance solo celebrating the allure of the bullfighter.

They will also present a special feature, a demonstration of Iaido, a Japanese wood sword technique, with audience participation.

The programs is free and open to the public but registration is required. To register telephone the branch 609-294-1197 or go to the library Web site: www.theoceancountylibrary.org , click on the “Events & News” icon, then click on “Calendar of Events.”  Registration begins April 6.

Improve your job search skills @ the Brick library branch

sm_0149TOMS RIVER –  Ocean County Library’s Brick branch, 301 Chambers Bridge Road, will offer two computer sessions in April to help jobseekers.

The branch will offer Career Database Training 10 a.m. Tuesday April 14. Participants will explore the library’s career databases and get the tools they need to perform their own online searches.

The branch will offer Resume Writing 10 a.m. Thursday April 16. Participants will learn the basics of writing a general career resume and cover letter. The branch recommends participants bring a USB/Flash drive with them so they can save a copy of their documents.

Both programs require that you know mouse and computer basics. In addition, the resume writing session requires you to know how to use Microsoft basics.

The programs are free and open to the public but registration is required. To register telephone the branch 732-477-4513 or go to the library Web site: www.theoceancountylibrary.org , click on the “Events & News” icon, then click on “Calendar of Events.”



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