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Red Kettle Drive
The Salvation Army of Red Bank needs volunteers to man the kettles between November 16 and December 24. Call 732-747-1626 or stop by their office at 180 Newman Springs Road in Red Bank for more information.
Monday, October 5 – Tuesday, October 13
The Walters Group holds their 11th annual Food Drive to benefit the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties Monday, October 5 – Tuesday, October 13. Non-perishable food donations can be left in the crates in the lobby of the Walters Group Corporate office located at 500 Barnegat Blvd N., Bldg #100 in Barnegat from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 609-607-9500 for more information.
Monday, October 5
Open Arms Dinner & Fashion Show
Open Arms hosts their 26th annual Dinner and Fashion Show at the Toms River Hotel on Route 37 in Toms River starting at 5:30 p.m. to benefit CONTACT of Ocean & Monmouth Counties and Ocean’s Harbor House. For information & tickets call 609-290-3579.
Thursday, October 8 and Friday, October 9
St. Mary’s By the Sea Episcopal Church, located at 804 Bay Avenue in Point Pleasant Beach, holds a Rummage Sale on Thursday, October 8 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call 732-892-9254 for additional information.
Friday, October 9 – Sunday, October 11
Italian Street Festival and Ocean County Columbus Day Parade
The annual Italian Festival takes place in Seaside Heights on Friday from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. -10 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. with performances from Italy, Italian specialties ,arts and crafts and the25th annual Ocean County Columbus Day Parade stepping off at 1 p.m. on the Boulevard. Click exit82.com or columbusnj.org for more information.
Friday, October 9
A Spaghetti Dinner to benefit Don Foster takes place at Amvets Post 2 on Toms River Road in Jackson from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Don faces a lot of rehab and recovery as a result of an accident. Call 609-815-5093 for more information.
Saturday, October 10
The Monmouth County SPCA holds their annual Fur Ball at the Ocean Place Resort and Spa in Long Branch from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.featuring fine dining, live music by Jersey’s own Bobby Bandiera and a huge silent auction. The Ball will also honor Sheldon and Anne Vogel in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Vogel Spay Neuter Clinic. Call 732-440-1558 or click monmouthcountyspca.org for tickets and more information.
POSTPONED FROM 10/3: Beachwood 5K River Run
The 4th annual Beachwood 5k River Run and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk along the scenic Toms River in Beachwood begins and ends on the waterfront at Mayo Park and Beachwood Beach. The Fun Run begins at 9 a.m.; the 5K starts at 9:45 a.m. Click raceforum.com/beachwood for registration and more information.
Celebration of Hope Walk
Hope Sheds Light holds their 2nd annual Celebration of Hope Walk on the Hiering Avenue Beach in Seaside Heights starting at 8 a.m. to support their mission to educate families on the disease of addiction by creating awareness, providing resources and instilling hope to support a healthier community. Click hopeshedslight.org for registration and more (This event was postponed from 10/3)
BTHS Marching Dragons Music Fest
The Brick Township High School Marching Dragons hold their MusicFest at the school located on Chambersbridge Road starting at 5 p.m. featuring 14 area bands. Call 848-448-9901 for more information.
The Lakeside Gardner of Cedar Glen hold a Flea Market at both club houses on Michigan Avenue in Whiting from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Joan’s Reach Chili Cook Off
Joan’s Reach holds their 4th annual Chili Cook Off at the Freehold VFW located at 50 Waterworks Rd in Freehold starting at 2 p.m. Joan’s Reach provides information and support for families continuing a pregnancy with a life-limiting diagnosis. Click JoansReach.org for tickets and more information.
Manchester Volunteer Fire Department#1 holds their 60th Anniversary Open House at their firehouse located at 545 Commonwealth Boulevard in Manchester from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with an extrication and fire aid demo, fire truck rides and more.
Beatlemania comes to St. Justin’s Church Parish Center located at 975 Fischer Boulevard in Toms River starting at 7:30 p.m. with a performance of all the Beatles biggest songs spanning their entire story. The show benefits St. Justin Center of Learning, part of the Holy Innocents Society of the Diocesan of Trenton serving people with developmental disabilities. Click purplepress.com or call 800-316-8559 for tickets and additional information.
Beach to Bay 5k Run/Walk for the Animals
The Jersey Shore Animal Center holds their 4th annual Beach to Bay 5k Run/Walk for the Animals on Brick Beach III starting at 8:30 a.m. Click jerseyshoreanimalcenter.org for registration and additional details.
Sunday, October 11
FARE Walk for Food Allergy
The FARE Walk for Food Allergy takes place at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood starting with check-in at 9 a..m. Take a short walk about the home of the Lakewood BlueClaws, sample allergy friendly foods and more to help FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) create a safer, more inclusive world for those with food allergies. Click kintera.org for registration and more information.
Monday, October 12 – Friday, October 23
Fall Food Drive
Distractiongraphics.com holds their 2nd annual Fall Food-Drive to benefit the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties by collecting nonperishable food at their manufacturing facility located at 800 Business Park Drive in Freehold. Distractiongraphics.com will match every pound of food collected with a $1.00 donation to the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean County. Call 732- 252-0601 or check their Facebook event page for more information.
Thursday, October 15
Tobacco Quit Program
Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch holds the first of a six week Tobacco Quit Program at the Unterberg Medical Center starting at 5:30 p.m. Receive treatment from a certified tobacco specialist, develop an individualized quit smoking plan, learn effective tools to reduce withdrawl symptoms and more. Call 732-914-3815 for registration and additional information.
Dining In The Dark
The New Jersey Blind Citizens Association holds theiur Dining in the Dark event at the Jacques Reception Center on Palmer Avenue in Middletown starting at 7 p.m. The dinner is a benefit designed to raise awareness and much needed funds for the NJBCA for persons who are experiencing vision loss or blindness. Guests will enter the venue, be given a blindfold, and led to their tables by sighted guides. After being seated, guests will have the opportunity to have hands- on experience with devices utilized by those with vision loss, and then partake in a three course dinner. Emphasis will be placed on experiencing the meal in darkness, utilizing your other senses to gain insight into the world of vision impairment. Call 732-291-0878 or click njbca.org for more information.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
The Holmdel Theatre Company presents Washington Irving’s classic The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at the Duncan Smith Theatr located at 36 Crawfords Corner Road in Holmdel starting at 8 p.m. Click holmdeltheatrecompany.org for tickets and additional information.
Friday, October 16
Choc and Roll
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Ocean County holds their 4th annual Choc and Roll at Doolan’s Shore Club in Spring Lake from 7 p.m. -11 p.m. Enjoy an “everything chocolate dinner,” a live 50s band, dance contest and more. Click casaofoceancounty.org or call 732-797-0590 for more information.
Saturday, October 17
Rhythm & Chowder Festival
The Point Pleasant Beach Chamber of Commerce hosts the Rhythm & Chowder Festival. Click pointpleasantbeachfestivals.com for more information.
LBI Meet & Greet presents an Autumn Fest at Sunset Park in Harvey Cedars from 12 noon – 6 p.m. with vendors, crafts, food, entertainment & more!. Check their Facebook events page for more information.
Squanstrong Community holds their Neon Run at Sea Watch Beach in Manasquan starting at 6 p.m. Click squanstrong.org for more information.
Rubber Duck Race
Saint Monica’s Knights of Columbus Council 11529 of Jackson holds their 9th annual Rubber Duck Race at Pine Park in Lakewood from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Adopt a duck in support of area non-profit groups and you win the prizes. Call 609-458-8810 for more information.
Ride For The Animals
The Animal Protection League of New Jersey holds their Ride For The Animals on the bike path at Allaire State Park in Wall Township starting at 9 a.m. Dress up as an animal and ride the 14 mile path or do a walk. Dogs are welcome. Click aplnj.org or call 732-446-6808 for more information.
Sunday, October 18
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
The American Cancer Society holds their annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Arnold Avenue in Point Pleasant Beach starting at 10 a.m. Help honor and celebrate breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about the disease, and raise money. Click main.acsevents.org to register and for more information.
The Walnut Street Elementary PTO holds their 1 mile Color Run at Toms River Intermediate North starting at 9 a.m. Wear a white t-shirt and be prepared to be colored during the race. Click trschools.com or call 848-333-0249 for more information.
Ocean County Mothers Of Multiples hosts their annual Vendor Night at the Toms River Knights of Columbus Hall on Tennyson Avenue in Toms River from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.. Call 609-312-9332 or click ocmoms.org for more information.
Never Give Up Poker Run
Courage From Kyle holds their 4th annual Never Give Up Poker Run and Pig Roast at Ocean County Harley-Davidson on Route 70 in Lakewood and ending at American Legion Post #232 in Toms River. Click couragefromkyle.com for more information.
The Ocean Running Club hosts the Seaside Half Marathon and 5K on the boardwalk starting at 8:30 a.m. with the 5K. Click orcseasidehalf.com or call 908- 783-7526 for more information.
Monday, October 19
The HOPE Center of Ocean County holds their 5th annual Chef’s Night at the Woodlake Country Club in Lakewood from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. with the chance to sample dishes from 20 Shore restaurants. Call 732-341-4447 for more information.
Friday, October 23
Friends Helping Friends hosts their 7th annual Golf Outing and Gift Auction Gala at the Woodlake Country Club. Click friendshelpingfriendsnj.com for more information.
Saturday, October 24
Light The Night Walk
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk takes place on the Great Lawn in Long Branch starting at 5 p.m. Teams of families, friends, co-workers, and local and national corporations come together to raise funds and bring help and hope to those battling blood cancers by walking with illuminated lanterns. Click lightthenight.org/nj for more information.
Casino Pier holds its Fall Festival in the arcade from noon until 3 p.m. with pumpkin painting, Halloween bingo, pumpkin bowling and more. Check their Facebook page for more information.
Fall Festival & Car Show
Drive for Autism hosts their first Car Show and Fall Festival at Barnegat High School from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with inflatables, children’s carnival games with prizes, Party Crashers Video Game Trailer, outdoor remote control race car track, a children’s halloween costume contest at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. a sports and entertainment memorabilia silent auction. Proceeds from the event benefit to Autism New Jersey, the largest statewide network of parents and professionals dedicated to improving lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Click their Facebook event page for more information.
The Friends of Johnny Wheels host an Oktoberfest fund raiser at Latitudes on the River starting at 1 p.m. featuring live music from Latfish Lucy and Friends to benefit the purchase of a new wheelchair. Click gofundme.com/getjohnnynewwheels to make a donation and for more information.
The Manahawkin Elks presents live SWF pro wrestling at their lodge on Hilliard Boulevard in Manahawkin starting at 7:30 p.m. featuring the Nasty Boys, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine and more. Call 718-207-5032 for tickets and additional information.
Sunday, October 25
Showcase of Champions
The Jackson Memorial Jaguar Band hosts its annual Showcase of Champions at the school’s Jack Munley Field located at 101 Don Connor Boulevard in Jackson starting at 5:30 p.m. 18 marching bands from around the tri-state area compete to be recognized as one of New Jersey’s best. Call 732-833-4600 or click jacksonjaguarband.com for more information. (This event was postponed from 10/3)
Trunk or Treat
Hamilton Fire Company Auxiliary hosts their first Trunk or Treat in their parking lot from 4 p.m.- 6 p.m.
Saturday, November 7
CONTACT of Ocean and Monmouth Counties presents Mardi Gras, an entertaining show featuring Mike Byrne & His Band plus a 3-course luncheon, holiday shopping and more at the Woodlake Country Club in Lakewood from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Click contactoceanmonmouth.org or call 732-240-6104 for more information.
Bootleggers Fundraising Ball
The Belmar Historical Society hosts their Bootleggers Fundraising Ball at the Waterview Pavilion on River Road in Belmar from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. with dinner, a costume contest and dancing to live jazz music directed by Alan Abraham. Call 908- 309-3380 or click belmarhistoricalsocoety.org for more information.
Thursday, November 14
Dreams of the Shore Gift Auction
Dream Factory of the Jersey Shore holds their Dreams of the Shore Gift Auction at the Mill at Spring Lake starting at 6 p.m. Click dreamfactoryincnwj.org for more information.
Sunday, November 15
Berkeley Youth Football & Cheer and Harmony Lodge #18 host a gift auction to benefit Children’s Specialized Hospital of Toms River starting at noon. Click BerkeleyEaglesYFC.org for more information.
Saturday, November 28
The American Legion Auxiliary hosts a Craft Fair at their Post located at 2025 Church Road in Toms River from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.. Call 732-255-9250 or click americanlegionpost129.webs.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.