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Special Events

Medicare Education Sessions
The Buckley Insurance Group offers free education sessions about Medicare for those turning 65 from 6 p..m. – 7:30 p.m. Click njmedicareplans.com for a schedule and for more information.

Encorps
New Jersey’s new drum corps, Encorps, has openings in the brass section and holds rehearsals in South Brunswick every Sunday evening. For more information call 848-226-5393 or click jamwithencorps.org for more information.


April

Monday, April  23

Blood Drive
Toms River PBA hosts an American Red Cross Blood Drive at American Legion Post #129 on Church Road in Toms River from 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Call 732-349-0150 X1362 to make an appointment.


Tuesday, April 24

Dining For Adoptables
The Associated Humane Societies of Tinton Falls holds their first Dining for Adoptables Food Festival at the Red Bank Elks Lodge #233 on West Front Street in Red Bank from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Taste samples from Monmouth County restaurants in support of the adoption of shelter animals. Click Dining4Adoptables.eventbrite.com for tickets and more information.


Friday, April 27

Spaghetti Dinner
A Spaghetti Dinner in support of Leila Merrill takes place at Bayville VFW Post #9503 on Veterans Boulevard in Bayville from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Leila was diagnosed with MPS III, Sanfillipo Syndrome Type A, a progressive condition for which there is no cure or treatment available. Proceeds from the dinner will help fund the family’s expenses in their effort to help doctors research the disease. Call 732-278-7662 for tickets and more information.

Derek G. Percy Foundation Memorial Hockey Game /Gift Auction
The Derek G. Percy Foundation holds their Memorial Hockey Game /Gift Auction at the Winding River Ice Rink on Whitesville Road in Toms River starting at 6 p.m. in memory of Derek, a player and a coach for the Toms River Blackhawks. Click thederekgpercyfoundation.com or call 732-237-5885 for tickets and more information.

Special Needs Children's Dance
The Toms River Elks Lodge hosts a Special Needs Children's Dance at their lodge located at 600 Washington Street in Toms River starting at 6 p.m. Dance to DJ Josh, create your own ice cream sundae and take a chocolate making class. Check their Facebook page  for more information.

Casino Night
The Spring Lake Heights PTA hosts a Casino Night at Doolans Shore Club on Route 71 in Spring Lake starting at 6 p.m. to benefit programs and upgrades at Spring Lake Heights Elementary School. Call 732-773-8032 for tickets and more information.


Saturday, April 28

3K Color Run
The Lacey Township High School Performing Arts hosts their 3K Color Run at Lacey Township High School on Haines Street starting at 10 a.m. to assist in the repair and upkeep of the Marching Band instruments, the Choir music, Drama sets and building of set scenery for multiple shows and to help ensure the study of the Arts. Call 732-534-1835 for registration information.

Flea Market
The Lanoka Harbor Fire Company host a Flea Market at the firehouse on Warren Avenue in Lanoka Harbor from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Click lhfd61.com or call 609-693-3601 for more information.


May

Friday, May 4 - Sunday, May 6

Pugapalooza
The annual Pugapalooza event takes place Friday, May 4 - Sunday, May 5 in Asbury Park with a meet and greet on Friday night at the Dark City Brewery ,the main event on Saturday at the Wonder Bar and the Pug Brunch and Pink Your Pug Out promenade on Sunday. The event benefits PugSquad.org (a non-profit group) which helps tri-state pugs in need and also other Pug Rescues throughout the United States Click their Facebook page for more information


Friday, May 4 – Sunday, May 6

Thoroughly Modern Millie
The Brick Memorial Mustang Players present s Thoroughly Modern Millie at the high school on Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.. Check their Facebook page for more information.


Friday, May 4

Daffodils & Daiquiris Spring Open House
The Monmouth County Historical Association hosts their Daffodils & Daiquiris Spring Open House at the Taylor-Butler House located at 127 Kings Highway in Middletown from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Click monmouthhistory.org or call 732- 462-1466 for more information.


Saturday, May 5

Autism Walk For a Difference
POAC Autism Services holds their Autism Walk For a Difference and Family Carnival at FirstEnergy Park, home of the Lakewood BlueClaws, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. with rides, entertainment, workshops and more. Click poacwalk.org for more information.

Toms River Food Fest
Toms River Fire Company #1 presents the Toms River Food Fest along Washington Street in Toms River from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. with food trucks, live music, free children's rides and a beer and wine garden. Rain date is Sunday, May 6. Check their Facebook page for more information.

Mega Gift Auction, Spring Luncheon & Fashion Show
CONTACT of Ocean & Monmouth Counties hosts their 33rd Annual Mega Gift Auction, Spring Luncheon & Fashion Show at the Ramada Inn on Route 9 in Toms River starting at 10:30 a.m. Call 732- 240-6104 or click contactoceanmonmouth.org for more information.

BCAN Walk to End Bladder Cancer
The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network holds their Walk to End Bladder Cancer on the boardwalk in Bradley Beach starting at 12:30 p.m. to increase public awareness about bladder cancer, advance bladder cancer research, and provide educational and support services for the bladder cancer community. Click bcanwalk.org for more information.

People's Choice Antique Car & Vehicle Display
The Poricy Park Conservancy holds their 4th annual People's Choice Antique Car & Vehicle Display at the park on Oak Hill Road in Middletown from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. New car dealers from the area will also have new cars on display with a variety of food and treats at the different food truck vendors. Call 732- 268-7034 or click poricypark.org for more information.


Sunday, May 6

Paulette’s C of Blue
The CentraState Healthcare Foundation holds its Paulette’s C of Blue fun/family friendly 5k/1 mile walk run to benefit Colorectal Cancer screenings, services and programs at CentraState Medical Center starting at 10 a.m. Click centrastatefoundation.org or call 732- 294-7015 for more information.

Scholarship Presentation
The Zzak G. Applaud our Kids Foundation, Inc. holds their first presentation of scholarships to underprivileged children at the Jay & Linda Grunin Center for the Arts on the campus of Ocean County College in Toms River starting at 2 p.m. Click applaudourkids.org for more information.


Wednesday, May 9

Blood Drive
The Sunrise Optimist Club of Freehold hosts an American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Freehold Township Municipal Building (Room 114) from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.. Click freeholdsunriseoptimists.com for more information.


Thursday, May 10

Spaghetti Dinner
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties hosts a Spaghetti Dinner at the Buona Sera located at 50 Maple Avenue in Red Bank from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Call 732- 444-3539 or click bbbsmmc.org for more information.


Friday, May 11

Paint the Mall Purple
CFC Loud N Clear Foundation hosts a community Mental Health & Recovery Awareness Day at the Freehold Raceway Mall with community resources, stories of hope, teen empowerment programs, college transition presentations, parent information sessions, and more available. Click their Facebook page for more information.

Bob J. Phillips Memorial Golf Outing
Toms River Council #4969 of the Knights of Columbus hosts their Bob J. Phillips Memorial Golf Outing at the Gambler Ridge Golf Course on Burlington Path Rd in Cream Ridge starting with breakfast at 7 a.m. Click ofc4969.org or call 732-966-4758 for more information.


Saturday, May 12 & Sunday, May 13

Asbury Park Spring Bazaar
Shop 90 craft and vintage vendors , live music, workshops, kids crafts and more at the Asbury Park Spring Bazaar at Asbury Park Convention Hall from noon until 5 p.m. each day. Click asburyparkbazaar.com for more information.


Saturday, May 12

A Day of HOPE
HOPE Sheds Light holds A Day of Hope at 253 Chestnut Street in Toms River from 11 a.m . – 3 p.m. to celebrate recovery and wellness through the groundbreaking of HOPE Sheds Light’s new butterfly garden. Click HOPEShedsLight.org or call 732-244-0783 for more information.

Town Wide Garage Sale & Vendor Fair
The Lacey Township High School Softball team host Town Wide Garage Sale and Vendor Fair outside at the Lacey Township High School from 8 a.m -1 p.m.Rain date is Saturday, May 19th. Call 609-339-5922 for more information.


Monday, May 14

Golf Tournament
The Point Pleasant Beach Garnet Gulls Boosters Association hosts their annual Golf Tournament at the Battleground Country Club in Manalapan starting at 11 a.m. Click ptbeach.com for more information.


Saturday, May 19

Pros Vs. Heroes
The Toms River Police Foundation presents their annual Pros vs. Heroes flag football game in Seaside Heights during the Jersey Shore Festival in Seaside Heights starting at 2 p.m. Members of the TRPD take on NFL players.Click tomsriverpolicefoundation.org for more information.

Hollywoof
Rescue Ridge holds their 12th annual Hollywoof fundraiser at FirstEnergy Park, home of the Lakewood BlueClaws from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. Click their Facebook page for more information.

NAMI Walks New Jersey
The National Alliance on Mental Illness holds its NAMI Walks New Jersey event on the boardwalk in Seaside Park starting at 10 a.m. to help raise awareness of mental illness, fight stigma surrounding mental health and raise funds for their mission to help individuals and families access free signature educational programs and support. Click naminj.org for more information.

Family Fun Day & Concert
Emiliana's Hope hosts their 3rd annual Family Fun Day & Concert at Veterans Park in Bayville from 10 a.m. – 4 p. m. with arts and crafts, hamster balls, spots, mascot visits, live music and more. Call 732-895-5480 or click emilianashope.com for more information.

BSA Emergency Services Career & Awareness Day
The Boy Scouts of the Jersey Shore Jersey Shore Council hosts their Emergency Services Career & Awareness Day at the Ocean County Fire & EMS Training Center located at 200 Volunteer Way in Waretown from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. All ranks of scouts and their families will learn skills from police, fire, EMS, emergency management and the armed forces. The public is welcome. Click jerseyshorescouts.org for more information.


Sunday, May 20

Celebration of Life 5K Walk and Race
The New Jersey Sharing Network holds its Celebration of Life 5K on the Great Lawn at the Ocean Promenade on Ocean Ave in Long Branch starting at 7:30 .a.m. The race honors those who gave, pays tribute to those who received, offers hope to those who continue to wait and remember the lives lost while waiting for organ and tissue donations. Click njsharingnetwork.org for more information.

Kristen's Legacy of Love 5 K/1 Mile Race Walk
The Brain Aneurysm Foundation holds their Kristen's Legacy of Love 5 K/1 Mile Race Walk on the boardwalk in Seaside Park starting at 9 .m. in support of awareness, education, intervention and treatment of brain aneurysms. Click their Facebook page for more information.

Dolores Waldrop Poker Run & BBQ
Jackson Elks Lodge #2744 hosts their 14th annual Dolores Waldrop Poker Run & BBQ at the lodge located at 1059 East Veterans Highway in Jackson starting at 1 p.m. Call 732-363-4101 or click their Facebook page for registration and more information.


Wednesday, May 30

Color Run
The Emma Havens School PTA in Brick holds a Color Run starting at 4:30 p.m. to benefit classroom libraries. Call 732-785-3000 for more information.


June

Saturday, June 9

A Night Of Comedy
A Night Of Comedy to benefit Emiliana's Hope takes place at the Bayville Elks Lodge on Route 9 in Bayville starting at 6:30 p.m. featuring Don Jamison and Jackie Mason’s daughter, Sheba Mason. Call 732-895-5480 or click emilianashope.com for more information.

Chili Cook Off
The Eagleswood Fire Company holds a Chili Cook Off at the Sea Pirate Campground on Route 9 in West Creek from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Click www.sea-pirate.com or call 609-296-7400 for more information.


Saturday, June 24

Pine Beach 5K and 1 Mile Run
The Ocean Running Club holds their Pine Beach 5K and 1 Mile Run at Vista Park on Riverside Drive in Pine Beach with a Kiddie Dash is at 7:45 a.m. -1 Mile Run is at 8:00 a.m. - 5K Race at 8:30 a.m. Click runsignup.com for more information.


Around The Shore 

Literacy New Jersey - Ocean County

Nearly 20% of adults in New Jersey cannot read a newspaper, fill out a job application, decipher train or bus schedule or understand verbal instructions at work or at a doctor’s office. If you are 18 years or older and want to help these people, please contact Literacy New Jersey - Ocean County Programs. They need Volunteer Tutors to teach basic reading, writing and English comprehension skills to residents of Ocean County. Call 732-864-9646 or click LiteracyNJ.org for more information.

Lacey Township EMT Seeks Members

Have you always wanted to help others, be an important part of your community and gain invaluable experience while truly making a difference in the lives of others? They can't offer you a pay-check but can offer rewards and experiences beyond what you would ever receive elsewhere. Lacey Township Emergency Medical Service is looking for new members who are at least sixteen years of age or older to volunteer and staff one of our ambulances. Training provided and no experience is necessary. Instead of watching EMT's and ambulances on television become one today. Click LTEMS23.com for an application & or call 609-693-9510.

Emmanuel Cancer Foundation

The the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation provides a variety of specialized services, at no charge, to any New Jersey family facing the challenges of caring for a child with cancer. accomplish this through professional in-home counseling, advocacy on behalf of the families, material support such as food, clothing, toys, and household items and emergency financial relief. Call 908-322-4323 or click EmmanuelCancer.org for additional information.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors USA

Neighbors HelpingNeighbors USA is a free, peer-led volunteer job search networking and support group targeted to individuals who are actively looking for work and interested in reinvgorating their job search.Membership is open to anyone in career transition, including unemployed, underemployed individuals and recent college graduates in the fields of business, non-profit, and education, as well as persons re entering the job market, struggling small business owners and anyone looking for part-time or volunteer work. Click nhnusa.org for meeting locations around New Jersey.

The Childhood Leukemia Foundation

The Childhood Leukemia Foundation is a national nonprofit organization devoted to making a difference in lives of children battling cancer. Since their inception in 1992, their mission has remained resolute to create innovative free programs to support the emotional needs of pediatric cancer patients and their families too. Located in Brick, CLF’s welcomes groups and individuals seeking volunteer opportunities. Visit clf4kids.org or call 732-920-8860 for more infomation.

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) holds volunteer training throughout New Jersey. The goal of the CASA volunteer is to facilitate placement of a child into safe, permanent home. They are looking for individuals with a desire to help children – no special background is needed. Call 732-270-6803 or visit oceancountycasa.org for more information.

The Hope Center at the House of Hope of Oceans County, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that provides help and hope for those who are in need. Their mission is to provide resources, referrals, food and targeted financial assistance to clients as they work to overcome life crisis. Clients come to them with a variety of needs, including shelter for the homeless or to help with other urgent needs, which are paid through their Human Needs Fund.

What if it was your friend or family member who needed life saving blood? Would you be there? TheCommunity Blood Council of New Jersey is there, a not-for-profit blood center helping save lives. Help save lives by donating blood or setting up a blood drive in your area. For more information call the Community Blood Council at 877-244-8365.

Each year, there are over 2 million poison exposures reported to Poison Control Centers across the US. The New Jersey Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES) has been the state’s regional drug and poison information system for the past 25 years. NJPIES is a non-profit organization that offers poison emergency and drug information services to NJ residents via its hotline (1-800-222-1222). Trained health professionals (doctor, nurse, or pharmacist) are available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week to assist callers with poison emergencies, poison prevention information, drug information, food poisoning, carbon monoxide poisoning, treatment advice following bites/stings, medication side effects and interactions, etc. All calls are free and confidential. Services are available for the hearing impaired (973-926-8008) and for those who speak languages other than English.

New Jersey’s statewide 2-1-1 Help Line is a 24/7 one-stop, non-emergency call center operated by the United Way for people seeking help & information. Easily accessible by landline, cell phone and the internet at nj211.org, calls are free & confidential with multi-lingual specialists always available. Specialists can provide information & referral services to callers about a variety of issues including basic human needs resources, support for seniors & persons with disabilities, support for children & families, employment support.

You hoped it wouldn’t happen but it has. You’ve lost your job. You’ve got a family to support. Your skills may be out of date. What do you do now? You need the personal support and services of a unique organization. Professional Services Group is ready to help. They can help you with everything from resume writing to interviewing and everything else you need to showcase your valuable skills. If the unthinkable has happened, don’t hesitate. PSG is a no-cost New Jersey Department of Labor supported volunteer organization for professionals in transition. More Info

The County Connection, located near JC Penney’s at the Ocean County Mall, is a service of the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders. County residents can learn about programs, services and activities available to them in Ocean County. The County Connection is open regular mall hours, including evenings, weekends and holidays. For more information, call (732)288-7777 or visit the County Connection web site at co.ocean.nj.us.

Einstein’s Alley Vet Career Connect - Einstein’s Alley Vet Career Connect is designed to match members of the New Jersey National Guard, a New Jersey veteran or the spouse of a veteran the veteran, to the career that is perfectly suited to them. This initiative focuses on the individual soldier’s strengths and motivations by using a proven Personality Assessment Profile that has been used by over 25K companies to assess over 2.5 million people. This Profile objectively quantifies an individual’s competencies as well as their strengths and potential and matches those core strengths to the requirements of a job. The expected outcome is a career and not just a job – with the employer needs matched to the employee’s career desires. For more information call (609)524-1200.

Dell’Omo Realtors in located at 3455 Route 66 in Neptune is teaming with the Monmouth County SPCA to find homes for people and pets. With every home sold Dell’Omo Realtors will sponsor a pet at the shelter. The office will also act as a drop-off location for blankets, towels other items for the MSPCA’s pets. For more information call (732)531-5008 or visit dellomorealtors.com

Ocean County Hunger Relief is collecting children's clothes, coats, & shoes (sizes infant to teen), book bags, and lunch boxes for needy children in Ocean County. There is a desperate need because the organization almost never has these items. Especially needed are baby items such as diapers, wipes, shampoo, baby wash, etc. The children receiving the donations are either very poor or homeless. Donations may be dropped off at the Hunger Relief office on North Main Street in Toms River or by calling (732) 505-HELP or by visiting ochungerrelief.org.

Jersey Shore Partnership - Did you know that bathing water quality at New Jersey’s ocean and bay beaches is checked at least once a week? Testing is done more frequently here than in any other state to make sure that our water is safe for swimming. New Jersey has set the standard for nationwide water quality testing. The Jersey Shore Partnership is New Jersey’s leading champion for beach protection and replenishment. To learn more, visit jerseyshorepartnership.com.

The Ashley Lauren Foundation, a non profit, charitable organization dedicated to bringing hope and help to children in New Jersey who have been diagnosed with cancer seeks volunteers throughout the state to help them achieve this goal. Volunteer opportunities include providing material & emotional support, helping with parties & other fun activities for the children, helping with grant writing, public relations and media support, legal assistance, office help and printing services. Please call 732-458-4200 or visit ashleylaurenfoundation.org for more information.

Did you know nearly twenty percent of adults living in New Jersey cannot read a newspaper, fill out a job application, decipher a train or bus schedule, or understand verbal instructions in the workplace? Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County is seeking volunteer tutors to teach basic literacy and English as a Second Language to local residents in Monmouth County. There are presently students waiting for tutors. They need your help. Training classes are being conducted now and throughout the coming months. Contact Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County at 732-571-0209 or visit www.lvmonmouthnj.org.