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SPECIAL EVENTS

Senior Softball League
The Berkeley Senior Softball League opens up their rosters to include any Ocean County resident who will be 55 or older in 2017. The league is a competitive league with games played Tuesday and Thursday mornings April through August . Tryouts are held in late March and early April. Applications are available at leaguelineup.com/berkeleyssl or by calling 732-350-7063.


January

Thursday, January 19

Chili Bowl
The Point Pleasant Beach Chamber of Commerce holds their Chili Bowl at the Northeast Sign & Light Company located at 1225 River Avenue in Point Pleasant from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.. Click their Facebook event page or call 732-295-8850 for tickets and additional information about entering your chili into the event.


Friday, January 20

Clean Water Celebration
Clean Water Action holds its Clean Water Celebration at Asbury Park Brewery located at 810 Sewell Avenue in Asbury Park from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Enjoy beer tastings, take a chance at a raffle to benefit the Rethink Disposable campaign to keep pollution and single use disposables (plastic and foam waste) out of NJ’s waterways. Click cleanwater.org or call 732-963-9714 for tickets and more information.


Saturday, January 21

Blood Drive
Boy Scout Troop #331, as part of Jonathan Polera’s Eagle Scout project, hosts the Holmdel Saves Lives Community Blood Drive at the Holmdel Community Cenrer on Crawfords Corner Road from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Click here or call 732-754-7556 for more information.

Paint Party
Kimmy’s Safe Haven Rescue hosts a Paint Party at John & Sonia’s Luncheonette from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. to help animals in need. Click their Facebook page for tickets and more information.


Friday, January 27

Make a Difference Charity Gift Auction
The Dance to Inspire Foundation holds their Inspired to Make a Difference Charity Gift Auction at the Laurelton Firehouse Memorial Hall located at 1890 Route 88 West in Brick Township starting at 6 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m to benefit Avery J, NJ non-profit whose mission is to provide financial assistance to people in the Jersey Shore area who are sick with cancer or a debilitating illness, in addition to supporting educational initiatives for children in the dance arts. Click dtif.booktix.com or call 732-920-2400 for tickets and more information.


Saturday, January 28

Comedy Night
Hometown Heroes hosts a Comedy Night at Pagano’s Uva Ristorante & Wine Bar on Main Street in Bradley Beach starting at 7 p.m. featuring Andy Hayward, Doug Harpf and Mollile Sperduto. Click usahometownheroes.org/ or call 732-903-4386 for tickets and more information.

Spaghetti Dinner
The Forked River Presbyterian Church hosts a Spaghetti Dinner at the church located at 131 North Main Street. There are two seatings at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.Call 609-693-5624 for tickets and additional information.

Bowling for Scholarship Dollars
The Southern Regional Memorial Scholarship Fund hosts their Bowling for Scholarship Dollars at Thunderbird Lanes on East Bay Avenue in Manahawkin from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Call 732-812-1415 for more information.


Sunday, January 29

White Family Fundraiser
The Boathouse Bar & Grill on Main Street in Belmar hosts a fundraiser for the White Family of Sea Girt who lost their home, all their possessions and their dog in a fire on January 11. Click their Facebook page for more information.

Blood Drive
Congregation B’nai Israel hosts an American Red Cross blood drive at the temple located at 1488 Old Freehold Road in Toms River from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Click cbitr.org or call 732-349-1244 for more information.


February

Thursday, February 2

Paint Party with Easel on Down
The Congregation B’nai Israel Sisterhood hosts a Paint Party with with Easel on Down at the temple on Old Freehold Road in Toms River starting at 6:30 p.m.. Click cbitr.org or call 732-349-1244 for tickets and more information.


Friday, February 3

Casino Night Gala
The Hannah Duffy Foundation holds their 4th annual Casino Night Gala and Gift Auction at the Renaissance on Valley Road in Ocean from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. Hannah Duffy was a Tinton Falls teen who died from brain cancer in 2014 and provides scholarships and funding for cutting edge pediatric brain cancer research. Click HannahDuffy.org for tickets and more information.


Saturday, February 4

Valentine Plunge
The Joan Dancy and PALS Foundation (People with ALS) hosts their 11th annual Valentine Plunge at the Main Beach in Manasquan located at the end of Main Street starting at noon. The plunge also benefits Staytough.fighthard. Inc Foundation. Click valentineplunge.com for registration and additional information about the event.

Our Hearts for Ellona
The Lakewood Elks host the benefit ball Our Hearts for Ellona at the Elks Hall on Kennedy Boulevard from 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. At only 8 months old, Ellona was diagnosed with an extremely rare genetic disorder causing a deletion on one of her chromosomes. Her condition has caused significant delays in her developmental growth, specifically affecting her mobility. The ball will help raise funds for Ellona to attend a therapy center in California. Click their Facebook event page or call 732-904-3528 for tickets and additional information.


Sunday, February 5

Soup-er Bowl
The Sunrise Optimist Club of Freehold holds its Soup-er Bowl Fundraiser at the YMCA of Freehold on East Freehold Road in Freehold from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Purchase quarts of soup or chili for your Super Bowl party to support youth activities. Call 732-446-8926 for more information.

A Night Out to Tackle Pet Cancer
The Brodie Fund hosts A Night Out to Tackle Pet Cancer at the Surf BBQ in Rumson starting at 6 p.m. with the Super Bowl on multiple large screens, a buffet, prizes and more. The Brodie Fund raises money to offer financial assistance, through grants, to families who have pets fighting cancer. Click here for tickets and more information.


Saturday, February 11

Dinner & Comedy Night
Sons of the American Legion Squadron 129 hosts a Dinner and Comedy Night at American Legion Post #129 on Church Road in Toms River starting at 6 p.m. featuring Seymour Swan and Erin McGuire. Click americanlegionpost129.webs.com or call 732-903-4386 for tickets and additional information.

Valentine’s Dinner & Comedy Show
Mystic Island American Legion Post #493 holds a Valentine’s Dinner & Comedy Show at the Post on Radio Road in Little Egg Harbor starting at 5 p.m. Click.nj-americanlegionpost493.org or call 732-903-4386 for tickets and more information.


Sunday, February 12

Benefit for Joey Polito
A benefit for Joey Poloito and his battle against liver cancer takes place at the Headliner on Route 35 in Neptune from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.. Call 732-803-6517 for tickets and more information.


Friday, February 17

Psychic Fair
The American Legion Auxiliary hosts a Psychic Fair at their hall on Church Road in Toms River from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Saturday, February 18

Plunge to Freeze Out Lupus
The The Lupus Research Alliance holds their first ever Plunge to Freeze Out Lupus at the Asbury Park Convention Center starting with registration at 11 a.m. The goal of each Plunge is to help the Lupus Research Alliance further its mission to free the world of lupus by raising funds for innovative research. Click walk.lupusresearch.org for more information.

Medical Brigade Bon Voyage Fundraiser
The Henry B. King Medical Brigade hosts the Medical Brigade Bon Voyage Fundraiser at the River Rock Restaurant & Marina Bar on Route 70 in Brick from 1:30p.m. – 5 p..m. Donations of vitamins, clothing, hats and toys are welcome. Call 732-245-3332 or click henrybkingparty.eventbrite.com for more information.


Sunday, February 19

OceanCares Foundation Art & Soul Brunch
The OceanCares Foundation Art & Soul Brunch takes place at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts Gallery on the campus of Ocean County College in Toms River from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. showcasing the tremendous talent OceanMHS has discovered from individuals suffering with mental illness. Click oceanmhs.org or call 732-349-5550 for more information.

Pinkalicious
The Axelrod Performing Arts Center , located at 103 Hawthorne Avenue in Neptune City, presents Pinkalicious at 2 p.m.. Based on the popular children’s book. Click axelrodartscenter.com for tickets and more information.


Saturday, February 25

Polar Bear Plunge
Special Olympics New Jersey holds their annual Polar Bear Plunge on the beach in Seaside Heights at 1 p.m. Big Joe Henry is your host as thousands get “freezin’ for a reason” and run into the ice cold Atlantic Ocean in support of NJ Special Olympics sports training, competition, leadership opportunities and health screenings to more than 25,000 athletes across the state. Click plungeseaside.org for registration and more information.


March

Saturday, March 4

Winter Dinner Dance
The James Volpe Foundation hosts their Winter Dinner Dance at the Knights of Columbis on Bartley Road in Jackson from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. featuring dancing to DJ Nick Rocco. Click here for tickets and additional information.

Comedy Show
Lacey Lightning Baseball hosts a Comedy Show on at Latitudes on Lacey Road in Forked River starting at 8 p.m. featuring Toms River comedian John Poveromo. Call 609-242-2648 for tickets and additional information.


Sunday, March 12

BTHS Band Auction
The Brick Township Memorial High School Band Support Association hosts their annual Luck of the Mustangs Gift Auction at Woodlake Country Club in Lakewood from noon – 5 p.m. Click marchingmustangs.org or call 908-489-3365 for tickets and more information.

Paint The Pony Purple
The Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey presents their 6th annual Paint the Pony Purple concert at the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., a family friendly day with live bands, fun activities and more. Click efnj.com or call 800-336-5843 X 119 for tickets and 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.

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