Stafford Leader

South Pacific Dancers Performing May 30

By ERIC ENGLUND | May 10, 2019

Stafford Township — Stafford Branch

Ocean County Library

129 North Main St. (Route 9)

Manahawkin (609-597-3381)

The branch could have the feel of a tropical paradise when the Friends of the Library present the South Pacific Island Dancers on Thursday, May 30, at 6:30 p.m. The event was postponed from an earlier date.

As the tri-state area’s largest and longest running Polynesian entertainment group, the South Pacific Island Dancers have been leaders in live luau entertainment and Polynesian dance education for more than 30 years. Founded by Chief Sikopu “Scope” Savaiinaea Ulugia (a native of Western Samoa) and the late Colleen Savaiinaea in 1987, the South Pacific Island Dancers have remained a family-owned and operated business, providing authentic Polynesian entertainment throughout the tri-state area and beyond.


Dental care for young children is the focus when Ocean Pediatric Dental Association of Toms River presents “Happy Teeth” on Wednesday, May 15, 10:30 a.m.

The Friends of the branch meet on Thursday, May 16, 9:30 a.m. The group also holds a book and bake sale Thursday, May 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Also on May 16, the String of Purls knitting and crochet group gets together at 1 p.m. All skill levels welcome. For beginners, bring size 9 knitting needles and light-colored 4-ply cotton or acrylic yarn. To crochet, bring the same yarn, and size “I” crochet hook. The group also meets on Saturdays, May 18 and June 1, 10:30 a.m. 1 p.m.; Wednesday, May 29, noon; and Thursday, May 30, 1 p.m.

A program on making college more affordable is scheduled Wednesday, May 29, 6:30 p.m. Representatives from Ocean County College will discuss financial aid options, scholarships, grants, and much more that are accessible to students of all ages. There are several options for young adult students as well as older or returning students.

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension Ocean County Master Gardeners will hold a diagnostic clinic on Mondays, May 20 at 1:30 p.m and June 3 at noon. Bring your diseased or dying plantings for a diagnosis and remedies. At the June 3 program at 2 p.m.,  Debbie McCabe will hold a talk and demo on container gardening.

The next Brain Games session is Wednesday, June 5, 1 p.m. Adults participate in a variety of mental exercises to keep the mind sharp.

The music of Rodgers and Hammerstein is featured at the next Friends Thursday Adventure program on June 6, 10:30 a.m. Singer/pianist Fred Miller will perform numerous Broadway standards as well as relate stories behind the songs.

Mah jongg buffs get together for games every Friday beginning at 12:30 p.m. Participants should bring current-year game cards and sets.

The English conversation group meets Sundays, 3-4 p.m. and Mondays, 11 a.m. to noon. This is an opportunity for members of the community who are learning to speak English to practice their skills.

After May 19, Sunday hours will be discontinued for the summer. They resume Sept. 8. The branch will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 27.

Eric Englund

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