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SPECIAL EVENTS

FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties Humanitarian Gala
The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties Humanitarian Gala is now sold out for the maximum number of guests! However, there are still many ways to support this major fundraiser. Our ad journal provides a wonderful opportunity to recognize the honorees and support the FoodBank. With the purchase of a full-page ad at $500, the FoodBank can provide 1,500 meals to families in need. There are also other ad sizes available. All ads must be submitted by March 8th. If you are interested in supporting the FoodBank, please visit foodbankmoc.org or call at 732.643.5860.

Sheriff Youth Week
The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office holds their Sheriff Youth Week July 10-14 for Monmouth County high school students to explore interests in law enforcement through police academy-style training, physical fitness and instructional sessions. Recruits are taught by municipal, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Call 732-431-6400 ext. 1110 or click monmouthsheriff.org for more information.

Ocean County Hunger Relief
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.. 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 . Call 732- 505-HELP or by click ochungerrelief.org for more information.

Tax Prep Help
The FoodBank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties offers tax preparation help between now and April 18 from IRS certified volunteers at various locations around the Jersey Shore to help ensure you file correctly to receive your Earned Income Tax Credit that could result in a refund check as high as 8,500 dollars. If you have a household income of less than 54,000 dollars with dependents you may qualify. To set up an appointment, just dial 2-1-1- or visit foodbankmoc.org.


March

Monday, March 20

Hometown Heroin: A Townsquare Tonight Hall
Townsquare Media hosts a Hometown Heroin, a town hall session lawmakers and law enforcement officials about the opiate epidemic on the Jersey Shore at the Jay & Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College in Toms River starting at 7 p.m. Click wobm.com for more information.


Thursday, March 23

Young International Ambassadors’ Program
Neptune Public Schools hosts the launch of the Neptune Young International Ambassadors’ Program at the Neptune Senior Center on Route 33 in Neptune at 6:30 p.m.


Friday, March 24

Helping Hands Benefit Basketball Game
The Brick Township Policemen’s Benevolent Association holds their 24th annual Helping Hands Benefit Basketball Game at the Brick Township High School gym starting at 7:30 p.m. Members of the Brick Township Police Department take on the Brick Township Green Dragon football team in a game of basketball to raise money for 5 year old Pipe Coqueran who has been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Call 732-262-1100 for tickets and more information.

FoodBank Humanitarian Gala
The Foodbank of Monmouth & Ocean counties holds their Humanitarian Gala, There’s No Place Like the FoodBank, at the Navesink Country Club in Middletown starting at 6 p.m. honoring Rena Levine Levy and Steven Levy from the WindMill Restaurants and members of United Teletech Financial for their support. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities click foodbankmoc.org


Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26

East Percussion & Winds Championship
Winter Guard International hosts the East Percussion & Winds Championship at the Pine Belt Arena on the campus of Toms River High School North Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26 featuring premier percussion and winds teams in the region. Click wgi.org for tickets and additional information.


Saturday, March 25

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County Gala
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County hosts their Gala at the Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Lakewood from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. Click bbbsoc.org or call 732-505-2017 for tickets and more information.

Indoor Yard Sale & Flea Market
Barnegat High School’s Winter Guard hosts an Indoor Yard Sale & Flea Market in the high school cafeteria from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Call 609- 660-7510 or click bhs.barnegatschools.com for additional information and to rent a table.


Sunday, March 26

Easter Event
The Beauty Foundation for Cancer Care holds their Easter Event at the headquarters of I’m Possible on Route 537 in Colts Neck from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. including breakfast, photos with the Easter Bunny, am Easter egg hunt and more. Click beautyfoundationnj.com for tickets and more information.

Penguin Plunge
The Regional Day School of Jackson holds their Penguin Plunge at Harry Wright Lake in Whiting starting at 1 p.m. The school is part of the Manchester Twp. School District, and caters to special needs students. Call 732- 928-1500 for more information.

Benefit For Jaxson Laing
The Point Pleasant Elks hosts a Benefit or Jaxson Laing at their headquarters on Arnold Avenue in Point Pleasant from noon til 5 p.m. featuring a pasta dinner and live misyc from Guys with Beards. Call 732-740-4908 for tickets and more information.

Benefit Tea and Tampon Drive
NJ Period Project hosts their Benefit Tea and Tampon Drive at the The Celtic Knot Fish and Chip (inside Cameron’s Market) on Brick Boulevard in Brick from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Bring unopened boxes of pads or tampons to win prizes and more to benefit the HOPE Center of Toms River. Check their Facebook page for more information.


Monday, March 27

Book Launch
Girl Scout Troop 170 debuts their new book Happily Ever A’fur’ter! Finding ‘Fur’Ever Homes for Shelter Animals at the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library starting at 6:30 p.m . the troop works to earn their Silver Award. Click theoceancountylibrary.org for more information.


Wednesday, March 29

Special Education Resources Fair
The Brick Township School District presentns their Special Education Resources Fair at Brick Township High School on Chambers Bridge Road from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Meet agencies offering resources to students with special needs. Click brickschools.org for more information.


Friday, March 31

Casino Night
Dottie’s House holds the Casino Night at the Eagle Ridge County Club in Lakewood from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Dotttie’s House is a transitional housing facility designed to aid women and children who have survived domestic violence. Click Dottieshouse.org for tickets and more information.


April

Saturday, April 1

Dinner Show & Gift Auction
Point Pleasant UNICO hosts their Dinner Show & Gift Auction at the White Sands Hotel Ballroom on Ocean Avenue in Point Pleasant Beach starting at 6 p.m. featuring live entertainment from Bob Kilik of The Happenings to benefit scholarships and St Jude’s/Jimmy V Cancer Research. Call 732-899-0095 for tickets and more information.

Cornhole Benefit
The New Point Fire Company hosts the McFadden Madness Cornhole Benefit at the firehouse on Carr Ave in Keansburg to benefit Manny McFadden starting at 1 o.m. Call 732-621-0511 for team registration and for more information.

Spaghetti Dinner
The Triboro First Aid Squad hosts a Spaghetti Dinner at their squad house on J Street in Seaside Park starting at 5 p.m. Call 732-830-3236 for tickets and additional information.

Comedy Fundraiser
The Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Company hosts a Comedy Fundraiser at their firehouse on Bay Avenue in Beach Haven starting at 6 p.m. Call 732-903-4386 or click beachhavenfire.com for tickets and more information.

Town Wide Flea Market
The Brick Township Marching Dragon Caravan holds a Town Wide Flea Market from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Call 848-333-4026 for more information and to reserve a spot.

Indoor Flea Market
The Forked River Presbyterian Church holds an Indoor Flea Market at the church on Main Street in Forked River from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m Call 609-693-5624 for vending information.


Sunday, April 2

Benefit for Brett Hansen
The Headliner in Neptune hosts a Benefit for Brett Hansen from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. featuring live music from Suspended Justice. Brett is a Toms River Police officer who was seriously injured in an off-duty accident on the Garden State Parkway and faces multiple surgeries as part of his recovery. Call 732-600-7476 for more information.

Bravo Amici
Autism Speaks NJ presents Bravo Amici at the Pollak Theratre at Monmouth University at 8 p.m. this special concert presentation held on World Autism Awareness Day will feature Geoff Sewell, founder of the classical crossover opera band Amici Forever and his cast of Broadway performers singing favorite pieces from well-known musicals, operas and popular music. Call 732-263-6889 for more information.


Saturday, April 8

Fish & Chips Dinner
The Forked River Presbyterian Church holds a Fish & Chips Dinner at the church on Main Street in Forked River with seatings at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. prepared by Thistle. Call 609-693-5624 for tickets and additional information.


Sunday, April 9

Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt / Food Truck & Vendor Fair
Toms River Macaroni Kid holds their Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt / Food Truck & Vendor Fair at the Cedar Grove Elementary School on Cedar Grove Rd. in Toms River frm 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. with over 50 vendors, games, music, train ride, magic show and more. Click tomsriver.macaronikid.com for tickets and more information.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
The Glendola Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary holds their Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at the fire company on Belmar Boulevard in Wall from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call 732-681-6435 for tickets and more information.


Saturday, April 22

Flea Market and Food Trucks
The Taunton School of Howell hosts their 2nd annual Flea Market and Food Trucks at the school located on on Taunton Drive in Howell from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to raise money for PTA projects, such as cultural arts and playground equipment. Click their Facebook page for more information.

Flea Market
Lanoka Harbor Fire Company #1 holds a Flea Market at Firehouse Hall on Warren Avenue in Lanoka Harbor starting at 9 a.m. Call 609-693-3602 or click lhfd61.com for more information.

Comedy and Dinner
Warhorse SCUBA hosts A Night of Comedy and Dinner at Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club in Point Pleasant from 4 p.m. -8 p.m. Call 855-943-4837 or click warhorsescuba.com for tickets and more information.


Sunday, April 23

Oceanport Color Run
The Maple Place Middle Scool of Oceanport hosts the Oceanport Color Run at Blackberry Bay Park in Oceanport starting at 9 a.m. an untimed 2.8 Mile fun run for all ages and fitness abilities. Along the route, participants pass through vibrant color zones, making it a “colorful experience. Call 732-331-6060 for more information.


Thursday, April 27

Hearts for Hope Casino Night
Hope Sheds Light hosts their Hearts for Hope Casino Night at the Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Lakewood from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. The mission of Hope Sheds Light, Inc. is to raise awareness and educate individuals, families and the community about the disease of addiction and to provide hope and resources towards recovery. Click hopeshedslight.org for tickets and more information.


Saturday, April 29

Brewing Awareness for Autism
The Autism MVP Foundation holds their their second annual Brewing Awareness for Autism event at the Beach Haus Brewery in Belmar live music and more, Click autismmvp.org for tickets and more information.

Night At The Races
The Toms River East Little League holds their Night at the Races fundraiser at the East Dover First Aid Building on Garfield Avenue in Toms River starting at 6 p.m. Click tomsrivereast.com or call 908-600-8673 for tickets and more information.

Gift Auction
The Point Pleasant Beach Rotary holds their annual Gift Auction at the Brick VFW on Adamston Road in Brick from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Call 973-699-7989 for tickets and more information.

Shop. Sell. Strut.
Autism New Jersey hosts their Shop.Sell.Strut event at Lake Terrace in Lakewood starting at 2 p.m. The event starts out with the opportunity to enjoy refreshments and live entertainment while selling or shopping for gently worn pageant, dance, and cheer wardrobe followed by a couture fashion show featuring the latest runway trends from New Jersey boutiques. Check their Facebook page or call 848-992-3370 for tickets and more information.


Sunday, April 30

Friends of Southern Ocean County Animal Shelter
Angel and Jules for Others presents their 2nd annual benefit to support the Friends of Southern Ocean County Animal Shelter at the Captain’s Inn on East Lacey Rd in Forked River from noon until 4 p.m. Call 609-693-3351 for more information.


May

Wednesday, May 3

Mental Health & Substance Abuse Treatment Provider Fair
NAMI Ocean County holds their Mental Health & Substance Abuse Treatment Provider Fair at the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library system on Washington Street in Toms River from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Call 732- 244-4401 for more information.


Saturday , May 6

Seaside Walk to Defeat ALS
The Greater Philadelphia chapters of the ALS Association holds their annual Seaside Walk to Defeat ALS along the boardwalk in Seaside Heights starting at Hiering Avenue from 9 a.m. – noon. Click alsphiladelphia.org for registration and more information.

Mega Gift Auction
CONTACT of Ocean & Monmouth Counties holds its 32nd annual Mega Gift Auction and spring preview fashion show at the Ramada Inn on Route 70 at Route 9 in Toms River from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. For tickets and more information call 732-240-6104.

AmpUp! Walk/Run to End Bladder Cancer
The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network holds their AmpUp! Walk/Run to End Bladder Cancer on Main Street in Bradley Beach starting at 1 p.m. to increase bladder cancer awareness, support those living with this disease, and raise funds to find a cure. Click ampupbcan.org or call 888—901-2226 for registration and more information.


Saturday, May 13

NJ State History Fair
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection holds its annual Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair takes place at Monmouth Battlefield State Park from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m, rain or shine. Five centuries of NJ’s history will be represented by exhibitors and reenactors. The centennial of the first World War will be commemorated with several special programs. Click http://www.njhistoryfair.org/ for more information.

Hollywoof
Rescue Ridge hosts its annual Hollywoof event at Bar Anticipation in Lake Como from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. Click rescueridge.com or call 646-248-4335 for tickets and additional information.

NAMI New Jersey Walk
NAMI New Jersey holds its NAMI New Jersey Walk on the boardwalk in Seaside Park at N Street starting with check-in at 9 a.m. Click namiwalks.org or call 732-940-0991 for more information.


Sunday, May 21

Monmouth & Ocean County Take Steps Walk
The New Jersey chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation holds their Monmouth & Ocean County Take Steps Walk at Bradley Park in Asbury Park starting at 9 a.m.. The Walk is a family-friendly fundraising and walk event where patients, loved ones, friends, and supporters empower and inspire each other to fight against Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Click ccfa.org  or call 732-786-9960 for registration and more information.


June

Friday, June 16

Lincroft Eats Food Truck Fest
The Lincroft Village Green Association holds its 2nd annual Lincroft Eats Food Truck Fest at Brookdale Community College from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. with food trucks, craft vendors, live music, classic car show, and kids’ activities. Click lincroftvillagegreen.org or call 908- 601-1166 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.

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