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SPECIAL EVENTS

Christmas Food Program
The Knights of Columbus Council #4969 of Toms River conducts its annual Christmas Food Program on Thursday, December 18 through Monday, December 29 and id accepting donations of non-perishable foods or funds. Drop off location is the Knights of Columbus building located at 113 Tennyson Avenue in Toms River. Call 732-779-9203 for more information.

Holiday Spectacular & Train Display
The Garden State Central Model Railroad Club presents their Holiday Spectacular and Train Display at the InfoAge Science Center on Marconi Road in Wall every Saturday and Sunday through December 21 from 12 noon- 5 p.m. See operating train layouts and display and visit with Santa and his animated reindeer. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys For Tots and get a free adult ticket on December 6 & 7 and 13 and 14. Click InfoAge.org for more information.


December

Monday, December 22

Hope Concert VII
Bobby Bandiera & Friends return to the Count Basie Theatre for Hope Concert VII, to benefit Horizons and the Count Basie Theatre’s arts education and outreach programs starting at 8 p.m. Click CountBasieTheatre.org for more information.


Saturday, December 27

Cause Caden Can Fundraising Dinner
A fundraising dinner to benefit Cause Caden Can takes place at Connelly Station in Belmar from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. Matt and Jill Zane are both teachers and coaches in the Wall School District. They had triplets four years ago and one of them, Caden, was born with multiple severe medical issues and is unable to walk, talk and eat foods other than through a feeding tube. The parents were so focused on seeking medical attention and getting a diagnosis for Caden that Jill neglected to pick up on medical symptoms she was experiencing. Only in her mid 30’s, Jill was just given the shocking news that she has Stage 4 Breast Cancer that has already metastasized to her bones and two organs. For more information click youcaring.com/causecadencan.


Wednesday, December 31

First Night Ocean County
The Seaside Heights Business Improvement District hosts First Night Ocean County, a family friendly New Year’s celebration from 12noon – 5 p.m. Enjoy a day filled with children’s shows, face painters, balloonists, caricature portrait drawings and more at each of the participating arcades along the Boardwalk culminating in a fireworks display at 5 p.m. $5 bracelets are on sale at the County Connection inside the Ocean County Mall on Hooper Avenue in Toms River. Click Exit82.com for more information.


January

Saturday, January 10

Add-A-Friend
Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore hosts the Add-A-Friend Recruitment Event at the Little Egg Harbor Community Center located at 317 West Calabreeze Way in Little Egg Harbor from 11 a.m – 2 p.m. Click GirlScoutsjs.org for more information.


Monday, January 12

Special Days Camp Fundraiser
Special Days Camp holds their Winter Fundraiser at the Headliner in Neptune featuring DJs Johnny and Kirk Lopez. Special Days Camp offers fun activities and programs for children with cancer to promote self esteem, confidence and friendships in a fun, camp environment that’s medically supervised and filled with support, understanding and laughter. For more information call 732-775-6200 or click SpecialDays.org.


Thursday, January 15

Comedy for a Cause
The Barnegat Rotary hosts Comedy for a Cause featuring Ryan Mahar and Jimmy “Round Boy” Graham at the Holiday Inn on Route 72 in Manahwakin from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. to benefit Davids Believe & Dream Cancer Foundation,Grace Initiatives and an art scholarship in the name of Noreen McGillick. Call 609-610-2857 for tickets and more information.


Saturday, January 17 – Sunday, January 25

The Glass Menagerie
The Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan presents Tennessee Williams’ drama, The Glass Menagerie Saturday, January 17 thru Sunday, January 25. For tickets and showtimes call 732-528-9211 or click AlgonquinAts.org.


Saturday, January 17

Fisherman’s Flea Market
The Lacey Township High School Fishing Club hosts their 16th annual Fisherman’s Flea Market at the high school located at 73 Haines Street in Lanoka Harbor from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. to fund outdoor educational experiences for Lacey students. Call (609) 693-5510 for more information.


Monday, January 19

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast
The Community YMCA and the YMCA of Western Monmouth County host their 26th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast at Branches Catering located at 123 Monmouth Road in West Long Branch from 8 a.m. -10 a.m. The event includes speakers, musical selections and high school essay contest winners. Click TheCommunityYMCA.org or call 732-671-5505 for tickets and more information.


Saturday, January 24

40th Anniversary Celebration and Special Needs Children Charity Ball
Lacey Lodge # 2518 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks holds their 40th Anniversary Celebration and Special Needs Children Charity Ball at their lodge located at 900 Beach Boulevard, Forked River from 7 p.m. – 12 midnight featuring music from the band Contraband. Call 609-693-1281 for tickets and additional information.


Saturday, January 31

Bowling for Scholarship Dollars
The Southern Regional Memorial Scholarship Fund hosts Bowling for Scholarship Dollars at Thunderbird Lanes in Manahawkin from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. For more information call 609-812-1415

Night at the Races
The Southern Regional Gold Rams Marching Band holds their Night at the Races fundraiser at Stafford Volunteer Fire Company #1 on Stafford Ave in Manahawkin from 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. to benefit their scholarship- fund. Call 609-597-9481 for more information.


February

Saturday, February 7

Butterfly Ball
The Ashley Lauren Foundation holds their 4th Annual Butterfly Ball and 10th Anniversary Celebration at the Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch starting at 6:30 p.m. Enjoyan evening of fine food, drink and entertainment by Mack and Soul while raising funds and increasing awareness of The Ashley Lauren Foundation’s mission of providing Hope & Help for Children with Cancer in New Jersey. Anita DelPesce and Robert Montesano will also be honored for their work with the Foundation. Click AshleyLaurenFoundation.org or call 732-414-1625 for more information.


Saturday, February 14

Valentine Plunge
The Joan Dancy and PALS (People with ALS) Foundation hold their 9th annual Valentine Plunge on the Main Beach in Manasquan at 12 noon. The Foundtion’s mission to help people in the Shore area afflicted with ALS by providing a better quality of life for them and their families. Click ValentinePlunge.com for more information.


Saturday, February 21

Polar Bear Plunge
New Jersey Special Olympics holds their Polar Bear Plunge at Seaside Heights at 9 a.m. starting with registration. Nearly 6,000 will take the plunge into the freezing cold Atlantic Ocean in support of New Jersey Special Olympics’ sports training and athletic competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the state. Click NJPolarPlunge.org 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 Plaza II on Route 35 in Ocean Township 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 ajdellomo.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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