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Lynn Humphrey Offers a Free List of Local Events

Lynn Humphrey says telling people about "good news" has improved her life.

Lynn Humphrey is the editor behind the BizETurtle email list, website and other social media outlets. Credit: Facebook
Lynn Humphrey is the editor behind the BizETurtle email list, website and other social media outlets. Credit: Facebook
For more than six years, Lynn Humphrey, 60, of Eatontown has been circulating a free list of things to do in Monmouth County. 

It started out as an email to her brother that just kept growing. Today, she estimates she reaches 10,000 recipients. Informing people of positive events around town is therapeutic, said Humphrey, who speaks candidly in her email blasts and website about her recovery from alcoholism, HIV-positive status and weight loss journey. "The list keeps me sober and keep me from being depressed," she said in a phone interview.

Humphrey's small business is called "BizETurtle" because she is a longtime collector of all things turtles (except for the real thing). She charges venues a fee for certain kinds of listings and sponsorships but laments she doesn't really make much money on the list. "I just want people to know about these things," she said. A proud grandmother and now a Brookdale student, she recently began a blog on Long Branch-Eatontown Patch where she is challenging herself to write something about all of the county's 53 municipalities through the end of the month. 

Here are some Monmouth County events from her most recent BizETurtle event list, reprinted here with permission. (To sign up for her newsletter, visit this link.) 

EVENTS

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Wednesday, December 11
PLAY READING
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fire Department Banquet Hall, 815 Main Street in the rear, Bradley Beach
Info: 732-776-2999
A preview play reading of "The Diary of Anne Frank" by a cast of 10 actors 
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Friday, December 13
MINGLE & JINGLE HOLIDAY PARTY
6:30 PM - 11:30 PM
The Springwood Center, 1201 Springwood Avenue, Asbury Park. Info: 732-455-5415 
Tickets $25 per person / $40 per couple
Music by The MAYOR'S PLAYERS & DJ MIX. Dinner by: Latif Caterers
Gift Bags / 50-50 / Door Auction (Christmas gifts). To Benefit FBIG, Inc & DAV Community Programs
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Friday, December 13
AFTER HOURS MUSIC: HOLIDAY HARP MUSIC
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Matawan-Aberdeen Public Library, 165 Main Street, Matawan
RSVP: 732-583-9100
Dorothy Sikora will be performing many of your holiday favorites. Light refreshments will be served.
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Friday, December 13 
PERFORMANCE AT ALLAIRE VILLAGE
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Allaire Historic Village/Allaire State Park, 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale 
Phone: 732-919-3500. Admission: $15 p/ person
Advance Purchase Recommended
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Performance in Allaire Chapel
www.allairevillage.org 
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Friday, December 13
GLORY IN THE HIGHEST CHRISTMAS CANTATA
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
King of Kings Lutheran Church, 250 Harmony Road, Middletown
Info: 732-671-3348
Free Will Offering. Carol Sing, Arranged by Joseph Martin
Presented by The Ecumenical Choir, Soloists, and Praise Band
Nancy Scharff, Director , www.NancyScharff.com www.kingofkingsnj.org

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Friday, December 13 & Saturday, December 14
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Grange Playhouse, 4860 Route 9 South, Howell
Info &: Reservations: 732-7682709
Cost: $18 / $15 (Seniors and Students) 
All admissions include dessert and beverage.
A series of one-act plays about the holidays, and we do mean holidays, not just Christmas. The cast includes extremely talented actors. Sunday, December 15, 3pm-5pm
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Friday, December 13
LIVE PERFORMANCE---MU
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Monmouth University, Pollak Theatre, 400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch
Info: 732-263-6889 
Tickets: $35/$45/$55
THE HIT MEN'S HOLIDAY SHOW

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Saturday, December 14
HOLIDAY SHOW
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Raritan High School, 419 Middle Road, Hazlet
Admission is Free - Open Seating
Yuletide Magic Holiday Show
Features over 240 performers ages 3 and up who will entertain you with their dazzling costumes, creative choreography, and holiday music. 
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Saturday, December 14
HOLIDAY CONCERT
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Medi-Center, 2050 6th Avenue, Neptune City
Info: 732-922-2273
FESTIVE FLUTES,
www.festiveflutes.com
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Saturday, December 14 
RINGING IN THE HOLIDAYS
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Ocean Twp High School, 550 West Park Avenue, Ocean Twp
Info: 732-229-7687
Tickets: $17/$14
Advance Purchase Discount: $2
Kids 16 and under; Free
A Festive Chorus & Handbell Concert featuring The Chorus of Atlantic, The Matinee Idles and Special Guests The Calvin Ringers. Presented by Red Bank Area Chapter Barbershop Harmony Society
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Saturday, December 14 
CHRISTMAS LANTERN TOUR
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Allaire Historic Village/Allaire State Park, 4265 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale 
Phone: 732-919-3500 
Admission: $12.50/Person
Advance Purchase Recommended. 90 minute tours leave every 15 minutes
www.allairevillage.org 

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Saturday, December 14
JAZZ HOLIDAY CONCERT
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
In a Private Home
8th Avenue, Atlantic Highlands.
RSVP: 732-737-7160 
Tickets: $20
Celebrate the holidays with The Sergio DuBois Trio. Enjoy an evening of fine music, sparkling holiday refreshments, and conversation. Presented by the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council. 
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Saturday, December 14 
CELEBRATE HUMANLIGHT
5:00 - 8:00 PM
Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1475 West Front Street, Lincroft
RSVP: 732-245-7046
Cost: $15 advance, $20 at door
The Red Bank Humanists invite the public to a catered buffet dinner celebrating HumanLight. Contributions of appetizers or desserts are welcomed at the event, which features guest speakers on humanist/ nontheist rights topics. 
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Saturday, December 14 
NJ CHAMBER SINGERS NOEL: THEN & NOW CONCERT
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
United Methodist Church of Red Bank
247 Broad Street, Red Bank
Info: 732-389-5426
Tickets, $15 presale, $20 at the door Students, $5 
A candlelit concert program.Enjoy a buffet dinner after the concert. Part of New Jersey Chamber Singers Noel: Then & Now" Concert Series
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Saturday, December 15
THE NUTCRACKER
1:00p -3:00p 
Paper Moon Puppet Theatre, 171 First Avenue, Atlantic Highlands
Info: 732-775-0290
Tickets: $9
Reservations Required. Interactive pre-show and an after show peek at behind the scenes and questions answered
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Sunday, December 15 
CHRISTMAS AT ALLAIRE
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Allaire Historic Village/Allaire State Park, 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale 
Phone: 732-919-3500 
Admission: $7/Adult, $5/Child 5-12.
Horse and wagon ride additional $7.50/Adult * $5.00/Child under 12
www.allairevillage.org 

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Sunday, December 15
HEARTFELT HARMONIES SHOW
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
James Cullen Recreation Center, 1776 Union Avenue, Hazlet
Info: 917-816-2127
$15 General Admission
$12 Children and Seniors
Includes show, Gift Basket Raffles and Dessert. Presented by Heart of New Jersey Chorus 
http://honj.org/ 
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Sunday, December 15
HOLIDAY CONCERT
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Holy Spirit RC Church
705 2nd Avenue, Asbury Park
Phone: 732-583-4007
Tickets: $10 Students: $5.00
The Spirit of Christmas. A joyous celebration, including a community carol sing!
Further info, www.arcadianchorale.org


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PLAYS 

Friday, December 13 & Saturday, December 14
SCROOGE
8:00p -10:00p
Spring Lake Theatre, 300 Madison Avenue, Spring Lake
Info: 732-449-4530 
Tickets: $20/$26/$28
Sunday, December 15, 2p-4p 
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Friday, December 13
A WIND IN THE WILLOWS CHRISTMAS
7:00p-9:00p
Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank
Info: 732-345-1400
Tickets: $20-$65
In the Robert & Joan Rechnitz Theater 
www.tworivertheater.org
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Friday, December 13 & Saturday, December 14
A SHOP AROUND THE CORNER 
8:30p -10:30p
First Avenue Playhouse, 123 First Avenue, Atlantic Highlands
Info: 732-291-7552
Reservations Required
Tickets: $22
Tickets: $18 seniors on Thursday and Sunday
Includes dessert and hot and/or cold beverages
Dinner Theatre Packages Available
Sunday, December 15, 2:30p-4:30p
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Saturday, December 14 & Sunday, December 15
A WIND IN THE WILLOWS CHRISTMAS
12:00p-2:00p
Two River Theater
21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank
Info: 732-345-1400
Tickets: $20-$65
Saturday, December 14, 4p-6p 
Sunday, December 15, 4p-6p
In the Robert & Joan Rechnitz Theater 
www.tworivertheater.org
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Saturday, December 14 & Sunday, December 15
SCROOGE THE MUSICAL
7:00p -9:00p
The Paramount Theatre
1300 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park
Info: 732-774-7827
Sunday, December 16, 1p-3p
Presented by Premier Theater
www.premiertheatre.com 

For further information on BizEturtle: Events in Monmouth, 
contact Lynn Humphrey at lynn@bizeturtle.com or 732-759-0485

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