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Snowman Contest
The Ocean County Parks and Recreation Department is looking for a photo of your best snow sculpture for its annual Snowman Photo Contest. Awards will be given for the most original andbest traditional snowman and “Just for Kids under five” All snowmen must be built this winter season. Mail your photo to: Ocean County Parks and Recreation, 1198 Bandon Road, Toms River, NJ 08753 Attn: Active Recreation. Photos cannot be returned. Entry deadline is March 31. Click

Prom Dress Giveaway
All branches of the Ocean County Library will accept donations of gently used gowns and formal dresses through Monday, April 27 for its annual Prom Dress Giveaways. Dresses can be both long and short styles for teens and can include bridesmaid’s dresses and cocktail dresses. Donations of shoes, handbags and accessories are also welcome. Click for more information.


Wednesday, March 25

Caring With Karaoke
Caring with Karaoke hosts their 8th fundraiser at the legendary Stone Pony on Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. to benefit Daniela’s Wish. With the support of the Greater Monmouth Chamber of Commerce and the local community, CWK has been able to help many families in need throughout Monmouth County with its yearly partnership with a local non-profit organization. Daniela’s Wish grants wishes for ill children & children that suffer tragedy in the community. Call 732-747-0500 x. 2015 for tickets and sponsorship information or check their Facebook page

Thursday, March 26 – Saturday, March 28

How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying
The Eastside Theater Company of Toms River East High School present How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, a play about a naïve young man trying to get ahead in the business world without having the proper training during the Mad Men era Thusrday, March 26 through Saturday, March 28 at 7 p.m. each night. Call 732-505-5677 for tickets and additional information.

Thursday, March 26

Harlem Ambassadors vs. the Roaring Lions
The Toms River Visionary Lions Club hosts a charity basketball game between the Harlem Ambassadors and the Roaring Lions (members of the Toms River police department) starting at 7 p.m. with high flying slam dunks, games with the kids and comedy. Call 732-232-3157 for tickets and additional information.

Friday, March 27

Comedy Night
The Lacey Storm Softball Team hosts a Comedy Night fundraiser at the Knights of Columbus located on East Lacey Road in Forked River starting at 6:30 p.m. featuring Mark DeMayo and Rich Shultis. Call 732-890-9071 or click  for more information.

Brick PBA Helping Hands Benefit Basketball Game
The Brick Township Policemen’s Benevolent Association hosts its 25th annual Helping Hands Benefit Basketball Game at the Brick Township High School East Gym starting at 7:30 p.m. The game features members of the Brick Township Police Department playing the Brick Township Green Dragon Football Team. This year, the proceeds of the game will go to the family of Ryan Magnotta who was diagnosed at age five with a pancreatic disease known as hereditary chronic pancreatitis. He has undergone multiple procedures and currently lives with a feeding tube on a daily basis. His pain and discomfort are constant. Ryan’s parents are facing the daunting task of dealing with Ryan’s illness and continuing to care for their 2 other children. Call 732-262-1100 for tickets and additional information.

Saturday, March 28

Spring Boutique Craft Fair
The Russell O. Brackman Middle School on Barnegat Boulevard in Barnegat hosts their Spring Boutique Craft Fair from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click for call 609- 932-7000 for additional information.

Spring Bazaar
The Lacey United Methodist Church hosts their Spring Bazaar from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Call 609-693-5222 for tickets and additional information.

Sunday, March 29

Flapjack Breakfast
The Pleasant Plains Volunteer Fire Department holds their 64th semi-annual All-You-Can-Eat Flapjack Breakfast at their firehouse located at 40 Clayton Avenue in Toms River from 7 a.m. – 12 noon. Call 732-349—0808 for more information.

Wag On Inn Rescue Vendor Fair Fundraiser
Wag On Inn Rescue hosts a Vendor Fair Fundraiser at the Spring Lake Manor on Route 71 in Spring Lake from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.. Click or call 732-664-3758 for more information.


Saturday, April 4

Pancake Breakfast and Flower Sale
The Freehold First Aid Auxiliary hosts their 3rd annual Pancake Breakfast and Flower Show at the First Aid Building on Spring Street in Freehold from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. with crafts, games and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Call 732-595-2712 for more information.

Monday, April 6 – Saturday, April 11

Operation Kidsafe Safety Week
Lester Glenn Mazda on Route 9 in Toms River hosts Operation Kidsafe Safety Week from Monday, April through Saturday, April 11. Parents can get a digital record of their child’s picture and fingerprints at no charge during regular business hours. Call 732-349-4200 for additional information.

Wednesday, April 8

Senior Health & Wellness Fair
The Ocean County Department of Senior Services hosts a Senior Health & Wellness Fair at Barnegat High School from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with free blood pressure, BMI and cholesterol screenings and an American Red Cross blood drive.

Saturday, April 11

Step Up for The Arc
The Arc of Monmouth returns its Step Up for The Arc Walk & 5k to the boardwalk in Asbury Park with a 5K Run at 8:30 a.m.m kids fun run at 9:30 a.m. and a walk at 11 a.m. An after-event barbeque takes place at the Stone Pony with live music from the band Wait Till Friday. Click or call 732-493-1919 ext. 120 for more information.

Ship Bottom Sprint for Life
The 13th annual Ship Bottom Sprint for Life, a 5k run, 2 mile fitness walk, and kids mini sprint takes place in Ship Bottom starting at 10 a.m to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Click for more information.

Softball Tryouts
The Berkeley Senior Softball League holds tryouts for new players at Whispering Pines Park in Holiday City South. The league is open to players 60 and older includes a separate division for men and women born in 1950 or earlier. Games are played weekday mornings from April thru August. For pre-registration information call (732) 300-9524.

Spring Fling Gift Auction
The Arts and Crafts Club of Holiday City Phase II hosts their Spring Fling Gift Auction at their clubhouse located on Yorktowne Boulevar from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. to benefit the Salvation Army.

Thursday, April 16

Jersey Shore Meatball Gala
The Wall Alliance presents their 3rd annual Jersey Shore Meatball Gala at the South Wall Banquet Facility on Atlantic Avenue in Wall from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. to benefit Wall High School’s Project Graduation. Sample meat and meatless creations and help pick the Meanest Meatball on the Jersey Shore. Call 732-820-4792 or click for more information.

Mega Business Expo
The Toms River-Ocean County Chamber of Commerce along with Brick Township, Lakewood, Point Pleasant & Point Pleasant Beach Chambers of Commerce host their Five Chambers of Commerce Mega Business Expo at Martell’s Tiki Bar, on the boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Click for more information.

Friday, April 17

Comedy Night
South Wall Fire Rescue hosts a Comedy Night at their banquet facility on Atlantic Avenue in Manasquan starting at 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 18

MS Walk
The MS Society holds their annual MS Walk at Thompson Park in Lincroft beginning at 10 a.m. Click  for more information.

Rummage Sale
The Walnut Street Elementary School PTO of Toms River holds a Rummage Sale in the school gym from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call 732-557-1807 for more information.

Walk With Me & 5K Run
The Easter Seals 6th annual Walk With Me & 5K Run takes place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, 1-mile family friendly walk through stadium concourse & 5K on stadium perimeter both ending on the field Kids activities on the field. Activities include a health fair, vendors, parking-lot after party, kids activities on the field, special guests and more. Click for additional information.

Comedy Night
Friends of Pack 57 hold a Comedy Night at FOP Lodge 10 on North Bay Avenue in Toms River featuring Jimmy Graham, Mick Thomas and Joe Currie starting at 7:30 p.m. Call 732-245-5340 for tickets and additional information.

Spaghetti Dinner
The Tri Boro First Aid Squad hosts a Spaghetti Dinner at the First Aid Building located at 61 J Street and Ocean Boulevard in Seaside Heights from 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Call 732- 830-3236 for more information.

TechFest Five
The OCVTS Audio Recording Program and Performing Arts Academy presents TechFest Five, a fund-raising festival at the Brick Civic Center on Chambers Bridge Road in Brick starting at 1 p.m. The concert on two performance stages features live performances ranging from young artists with limited experience to the best in the business.and helps provide scholarships for students interested in pursuing a career in the technical field. Click for a list of performers and ticket information.

Friday, April 24 – Sunday, April 26

Disney’s Beauty & The Beast
Lakewood High School presents Disney’s Beauty & The Beast at the school Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25 at 7 p.m and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 26. Click for more information.

Saturday, April 25

Spring Dog Walk & Pet Fair
The Monmouth County SPCA holds their 21st annual Spring Dog Walk & Pet Fair at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m for people and their pets with over 150 vendors, cutest trick contest, pet therapy demonstrations, adoptable pets, live music, dog wedding chapel and more. Click  for more information.

Superstars of Wrestling
The Lacey Chamber of Commerce presents the Superstars of Wrestling Megaslam at Lacey Township High School starting at 7:30 p.m. featuring former WWE superstars Haku, The Patriot, Tony Atlas, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine and more. Call 609-607-7670 or click for tickets and additional information.

Train of Love: A Tribute to Johnny Cash
The Beachwood Volunteer First Aid Squad presents Train of Love: A Tribute to Johnny Cash at the Toms River High School North auditorium on Old Freehold Road in Toms River at 8 p.m. Click for more information.

Sunday, April 26

ECF Spring Tea Fundraiser & Auction
The Emmanuel Cancer Foundation presents its 7th annual Spring Tea Fundraiser and Auction at the Brick Elks Lodge on Hooper Avenue in Brick from 12 noon -3 p.m. The tea is an afternoon of live music, food and fun to benefit children battling cancer. Call 760-715-8092 for sponsorship information and tickets.

Monday, April 27

Autism Awareness Fundraiser
Matt Rohrer’s 2nd Annual Autism Awareness Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser benefitting Piece of the Puzzle, Inc. takes place at Villaggio Mediterranean Grill & Brick Oven Pizza/ Restaurant  in Manahawkin from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Check the Facebook event page for more information.

Tuesday, April 28

Girl Scout Recruitment
Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore host a Recruitment Night at Lacey Community Hall on Route 9 at Lacey Road in Forked River from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. with information about being a scout and becoming a leader. Call 732-349-4499 for more information.

Wednesday, April 29

Student Skate for the Zane Family
The Wall Business and Finance Academy hosts Students Skate for the Zane Family and Cause Caden Can at Howell Ice World on Squankum Road in Farmingdale from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Matt and Jill Zane educators in the Wall Township school district whose son Caden, is a medically complex, chronically ill, disabled child. Jill has been diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer that has metastasized to her bones and two organs.


Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3

Monmouth County Park System Spring Arts Festival
The Monmouth Park Spring Arts Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3 at Thompson Park, Lincroft from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. each day. Click or call 732-842-4000 for more information.

Sunday, May 3

March for Babies
The March of Dimes holds their March for Babies on the Asbury Park boardwalk starting at 11 a.m. to support research and other programs nationwide and in our community to help babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive. Click or call 732- 952-9010 for more information.

Paulette’s COLORECTAL Run/Walk
The CentraState Healthcare Foundation holds their annual Paulette’s COLORECTAL Run/Walk at CentraState Medical Center on Main Street in Freehold starting at 8 a.m. The Run/Walk is part of a day of fitness, family and fun to support colorectal cancer awareness, programs and services available at CentraState. Click for more information.

Saturday, May 9

St. Mary’s Walk-A-Thon
St. Mary’s Place By the Sea holds their 4th annual Walk-a-Thon at the boardwalk pavilion in Ocean Grove starting at 11 a.m. with registration and to help them continue to provide a place for women with cancer to heal. Click for additional information.

Monmouth Beach PTO Run
The 21st annual Monmouth Beach PTO 5K Run/Walk takes place at the Monmouth Beach School beginning at 9 a.m. with a Kids Race (age 7 and under) followed by a Dolphin Mile for kids 12 and under) prior to the main race at 10 a.m. Check their Facebook page for more information.

Wednesday, May 13

GOTCC Business & Consumer Expo
The Greater Ocean Township Chamber of Commerce hosts its 30th anniversary Business and Consumer Expo at the Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune from 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Call 732-660-1888 or click for vendor and additional information.

Saturday, May 16

NAMIWalks New Jersey
NAMIWalks New Jersey holds their annual walk on the boardwalk in Seaside Park starting with registration at 9 a.m . in support of their programs across the stat such as Family-to-Family Education, In Our Own Voice, Hearts & Minds, Multicultural Outreach & Support, School Outreach and Education, Law Enforcement Education, as well as county level support groups, education programs, and advocacy. Click for more information.

Sunday, May 17

Great Strides
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Greater New Jersey chapter holds their Great Strides walk at Point Pleasant Beach starting with check-in at 11 a.m. Participants can form walk teams at their workplace, through their clubs and organizations, or with friends and family to raise funds for cystic fibrosis research and drug development. WOBM’s Justin Louis will be walking with a team in memory of our friend and colleague Kevin Collins whose life was ended far too soon by CF. Click for additional information and to make a donation.

Saturday, May 30

Rock for the Nurses Five-Year Anniversary Party with Kinderhook
The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship presents their Rock for the Nurses Five-Year Anniversary Party with Kinderhook concert featuring the return of legendary New Jersey country-rockers Kinderhook at the Idle Hour Restaurant & Bar on Route 88 in Point Pleasant starting at 1p.m. The six hour long fundraiser will also feature performances from Jersey Shore icons The Mangos, Timepiece, Ned Ryerson and his new band The Groundhogs plus other special guests an all you can eat BBQ buffet, pig roast, outside tent party and more. All proceeds from the event will benefit The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund which annually helps the nurses and nursing students of Ocean Medical Center by providing nursing scholarships to nurses and nursing students looking to further their formal education in the nursing profession. For more information click


Saturday, June 7

Walk with Ronald
The Ronald McDonald House of Central and Northern New Jersey hold their annual Walk with Ronald at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Participants receive a free day in the park and free parking. Click or call 732-222-8755 for more information.


Saturday, July 18

Friends of Bradley Beach Library Walk-A-Thon
Friends of Bradley Beach Library holds a Walk-a-Thon on the Bradley Beach boardwalk starting at 8:30 a.m. to benefit the library’s ADA compliant renovations and expansion. Call 732-556-6982 for registration and sponsorship 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 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 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 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 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 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 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, 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

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

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

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

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 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

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