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SPECIAL EVENTS

Brick Summerfest

Brick Summerfest is back on Windward Beach in Brick with 4 concerts in June and July with fireworks to follow each concert weather permitting. A food court will be open during each concert as well as free shuttle bus service.

The concert schedule:

Thursday, June 30: Saved by the 90s
Thursday, July 7: The Bronx Wanderers
Thursday, July 14: The Amish Outlaws
Thursday, July 21: Rubix Cube

Lemonade Day
Toms River Lemonade Day is a community-wide educational program that teaches youth the entrepreneurial skills necessary to start, own, and operate their own business: a lemonade stand. Youth who register (most typically 3rd – 6th graders) are taught 14 lessons from their entrepreneurial workbook with either a parent, teacher, youth organization leader or other adult mentor. At the conclusion of the lessons, they are prepared to open their first business, a lemonade stand, on our Lemonade Day on Saturday, July 9. Click tomsriver.lemonadeday.org for more information.

Operation Lego
Autism Family Services of New Jersey is looking for spare or lightly used Lego bricks for Operation Lego. The use of Legos can be extremely benefical to children with ASD and can help improve social interaction, language skills and self-confidence. They can also teach children join attention, turn taking and how to follow guidelines. Donations in Monmouth & Ocean counties can be made at 35 Beaverson Boulevard, Building 11 in Brick. For more information and other locations call 800-376-2345 X233.


June

Sunday, June 19

Windward Warrior
The Windward Warrior SUP Race / Obstacle Course & Paddlesports Show takes place at Windward Beach in Brick to benefit American Rescue Dog. Click standuppaddleworks.com for more information.


Monday, June 20

Summer Vendor/Craft Fair
The Auxiliary of the Manitou Park Fire Company Station 18 hosts their first Craft/Vendor Fair in Whispering Pines Park on Selkirk Avenue in Berkeley Township from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Call 732-801-0535 for more information. Rain date: June 28.


Friday, June 24

Pro Wrestling Fundraiser
A night of pro wrestling to benefit Jason’s Jems and Autism Speaks takes place at the Russell O. Brackman School in Barnegat starting at 7 p.m. Call 347- 728-2654 for tickets and additional information.


Saturday, June 25

St. Jude Bowl Flag Football Tournament
The St. Jude Bowl Flag Football Tournament takes place at Shelter Cove Park on Bay Avenue in Toms River starting at 7:30 a..m. Plat a 5 v 5 Round Robin Tournament with Single-Elimination Playoff – JSGFFL Rules – 25 minute games (Running Clock). At least 3 games are guaranteed. Click stjudebowl.eventbrite.com or call 609-709-2735 for more information.

Comedy Night Fundraiser
The Toms River High School South Indian Bandwagon host a Comedy Night at the Looney Bin Comedy Club at Capone’s Restaurant on Washington Street in Toms River starting at 8 p.m. Click to indianbandwagon.com for more information.

Seaside Gives Back Pub Tour
The People’s Pantry holds their Seaside Gives Back Pub Tour Crawl for a Cause staring at the Sawmill on the Seaside Park boardwalk at 2 p.m. and continuing at several other pubs. The Tour ends at end the night at The Shore Thing Pub (which is connected to Bamboo. Click thepeoplespantry.org or call 732-703-6724 for tickets and additional information.

Summerbrew 2016
Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company 1 hosts their annual Summerbrew 2016 at their firehouse located at 15 Lake Avenue in Island Heights from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Enjoy a wide selection of foreign and domestic beers plus local craft beers plus live entertainment from The Nines. Check their Facebook page or call 732-674-7869 for tickets and additional information.

Outdoor Art Show & Sale
The Crestwood Artists Guild holds their 40th annual Outdoor Show and Sale at the Crestwood Marketplace on Schoolhouse Road at Route 530 in Whiting from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Call 732-716-0672 for additional information.

HOPE Sheds Light at DownTown Hair Salon 
DownTown Hair Salon is hosting a fundraiser for HOPE Sheds Light from 12PM – 4PM.  Tickets are $20 and include appetizers, desserts, gourmet coffee and raffle tickets!  There will be an exclusive auction to help raise money to keep educating families on the disease of addiction & instilling hope to support a healthier community.


Sunday, June 26

Pine Beach 5K
The Ocean Running Club holds their Pine Beach 5K at Vista Park in Pine Beach starting at 8 a.m. to benefit the Pine Beach Volunteer Fire Department and Ocean Running Club Scholarship Fund. Click raceforum.com/pb5k or call 732- 341-0838 for more information.

Cruise For A Cure
American Legion Riders Post 455 holds their Cruise For A Cure Poker Run to benefit Susan G. Komen starting at the American Legion Post #166 in Lakewood and ending at the American Legion Post #455 in New Egypt starting at 9 a.m. Call 609-209-6666 for more information.


July

Friday, July 1 – Sunday, July 3

The Music Man
The Our Gang Players present The Music Man at Barnegat High School located on Barnegat Boulevard in Barnegat on Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 3 at 2 p.m.. Call 609- 597-0553 or click ourgang.org for more information.


Saturday, July 9

Red, White and Blueberry Festival
Central United Methodist Church, located at 729 Arnold Ave in Point Pleasant Beach hosts their annual Red, White and Blueberry Festival from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. featuring homemade blueberry pies and other desserts plus a rummage table, farm chart with fresh produce, local honey, artists with painting of shore region, crafts and other handmade items and more. Call 732-892-3233 or click centralmethodistchurch.org.


Sunday, July 10

Seafood Festival By The Bay
The Maximilian Foundation hosts its first Seafood Festival by the Bay at Dutchman’s Brauhaus on East Bay Avenue in Manahawkin from noon-6 p.m.. featuring live music, face painting, Freckles the Clown, children’s bounce house and more. The Maximilian Foundation supports programs that work with children and adolescents’ insecurities through counseling, substance abuse awareness and education. Click themaximilianfoundation.org or call 609-290-6812 for tickets and more information.

Down on the Farm Family Fun Day
The Allaire Community Farm holds their Down on the Farm Family Fun Day at the farm on Allaire Road in Wall to benefit the Farm and the Visitation Relief Center.Click allairecommunityfarm.org for more information. This event was postponed from June 5


Monday, July 11 – Friday, July 15

Toms River Police Youth Camp
Toms River Police hold their second annual Youth Camp Monday, July 11 – Friday, July 15 from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m each day to give Toms River children an inside look at law enforcement. Participants will get to ride in police cars, utilize specialized police equipment, learn self-defense tactics, and physical agility. Send an email to pslaven@trpolice.org for more information.


Tuesday, July 12

Secret Gardens of Brick Tour and Tea
The Brick Garden Club’s Secret Gardens of Brick Tour and Tea starting at 10 a.m. Tour 7 gardens of Brick homeowners followed by live music, arts display, vendors and more at the Bob Anstett Cultural Arts Center located at 515 Herbertsville Road in Brick. Call 732-920-8231 or click brickgardenclub.com for more information.


Saturday, July 16

Chicken Barbeque
The Pleasant Plains Volunteer Fire Department hosts the 35th annual Family Chicken Barbeque at the Pleasant Plains Firehouse located at 40 Clayton Avenue in Toms River from noon until 7 p.m. Enjoy a display of antique engines, a moon bounce, fire truck rides, live music from The CPR Revival and more. Call 732-664-2237 for tickets and additional information.

Summer in the Street Festival
Downtown Toms River hosts their Summer in the Street Festival on Washington Street in Toms River from noon – 6 p.m. with crafts, vendors, live bands, street performers , kids games, inflatables and more. Click downtowntomsriver.com for more information.


Sunday, July 17

Soldiers Not Forgotten Concert
Soldiers Not Forgotten presents their first concert fundraiser at Dorado Plaza on located at 34 Lanes Mill Road in Brick from 3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. to benefit One Veteran At a Time featuring several local bands including Skysend, B Boy Brown and Big Tom and the Guns. Call 732-202-7702 for tickets and additional information.

Riding to Save Lives Motorcycle Run
Pitties and Pals Rescue holds their first Riding to Save Lives Motorcycle Run starting at Rubber Side Down on Route 70 in Whiting at 9 a.m. An after-ride party follows at Latitudes on the River in Forked River. Call 732-278-4201 for more information.


Monday, July 18

Holiday Express Golf Classic
The Holiday Express Golf Classic takes place at the Manasquan River Golf Club in Brielle to support Holiday Express’s efforts to help 24,000 individuals with mental and physical challenges, veterans, individuals in addiction programs, those facing financial difficulties, and children with serious illnesses.Click holidayexpress.org or call 732-544-8010.

Golf Fore America’s Bravest Tournament
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Toweres Foundation hosts their 3rd annual Golf Fore America’s Bravest Tournament at the Eagle Oaks Golf Club in Farmingdale. Click tunnel2towers.org for more information.


Wednesday, July 20 – Sunday, July 31

Little Mermaid
The Brick Children’s Community Theater (BCCT) presents The Little Mermaid at the Strand Theater in Lakewood Wednesday, July 20 through Sunday, July 31. Click bcct.org for ticket information and performance times.


Friday, July 22

Bullet Proof Vest Dance
The Brick Rotary Club presents their 32nd annual Bullet Proof Vest Dance at the VFW Hall starting at 7 p.m. to raise funds that will be used to purchase body armor for Brick Twp. police officers. Enjoy dinner and live music from The Infernos. Call 908-910-2912 for tickets and additional information.


Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24

28th Annual LBIF Fine Art Festival
The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences hosts the 28th Annual LBIF Fine Art Festival on Long Beach Boulevard in Loveladies on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. featuring artwork from 80 local, regional and national artisans. Click lbifoundation.org  or call 609-494-1241 for more information.


Saturday, July 23

Clam Bake for a Cause
Ocean Mental Health Services hosts their Clam Bake for a Cause fundraiser at the Cove at Bayville on Bay Boulevard in Bayville from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Click oceanmhs.org for more information.


Sunday, July 24

Pasta Dinner Fundraiser
The Beachwood Volunteer First Aid Squad hosts a Pasta Dinner Fundraiser at the Beachwood Community Center on Compass Avenue in Beachwood from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Call 732-281-8470 or click beachwoodfas.org for tickets and additional information.


Saturday, July 30 & Sunday, July 31

Art Star Craft Bazaar
The Art Star Craft Bazaar to benefit Move for Hunger sets up in Bradley Park on Ocean Avenue across from Convention Hall and the Boardwalk on Saturday, July 30 from 10 a.m. – 7 p. m. & Sunday, July 31 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 50 area and national artists will be on display in a show organized by Philadelphia indie craft shop and gallery Art Star. Click artstarcraftbazaar.com for more information.


August

Monday, August 1

Karl Nelson Celebrity Golf Tournament
Ocean of Love hosts the Karl Nelson Celebrity Golf Tournament at the Pine Barrens Golf Club in Jackson starting at 10 a.m. Click oceanoflove.org for more information.


Thursday, August 4

BANDed Together: Pony up for the Cure
The Crohn’s & Coliti Foundation presents BANDed Together: Pony up for the Cure at the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury from 7 p.m. – midnight featuring Ian Bamberger Trio, Stop Hear, Not on Call and The Stiff Joints Click banded.auction-bid.org  for tickets and more information.


Sunday, August 7

Kortney’s Challenge 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk
The Kortney’s Challenge 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk takes place at Monmouth Park in Oceanport starting at 8:30 a.m. Walkers and runners of all levels and strollers welcome with free fun for kids before and after the race. Click thekortneyrosefoundation.org or call 732- 222-1491 for registration and more information.


Thursday, August 11

Carnival Day
The Journeys and Discovery division of The Arc: Ocean County Chapter hosts a Carnival Day at Pine Park in Lakewood from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. with a dunk talnk, obstacle course, petting zoo and more to help them promote independence and instruction that could lead to attaining a job.


Tuesday, August 16

Beach Band Aid
The Point Pleasant First Aid & Emergency Squad holds Beach Band Aid at Jenkinson’s on Ocean Ave in Point Pleasant Beach starting at 8 p.m. Enjoy Woodstock-era music performed by Glenn Burtnik and The Summer of Love and help raise funds for a new ambulance. Check their Facebook page for tickets and additional information


Sunday, August 21

Poker Run
A Poker Run to benefit the East Keansburg Fire Company and NJ Firemen’s Home begins and ends at the firehouse located on Thompson Ave starting at 8:30 a.m. Call 732-500-0536 for additional information.


Saturday, August 27

Long Branch Jazz & Blues Festival
The Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation presents the Long Branch Jazz & Blues Festival at the Great Lawn at the Boardwalk on McKinley Avenue in Long Branch from noon – 8 p.m. Enjoy live music, crafters ,activities for the kids, rain or shine. Call 732-933-1984 or click jerseyshorefestival.org for more information.


September

Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18

Lakewood Lions Renaissance Faire
The Lakewood Lions host their Renaissance Faire at Pine Park in Lakewood from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. featuring costumed characters ,story tellers, musicians, singers, dances, entertainment and more . Click lakewoodrenfaire.com for more information.


Saturday, September 17

Jersey Shore Out of the Darkness Walk
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Central New Jersey holds the Jersey Shore Out of the Darkness Walk at Leggett’s Sand Bar and the Manasquan boardwalk starting at 10 a.m. Click afsp.org or call 732-528-0439 for more information.


October

Saturday, October 1

Fall Festival and Poker Run
The Silverton Volunteer Fire Company holds their 9th annual Fall Festival and Poker Run at the Firehouse on Kettle Creek Road in Toms River from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. The festival starts with a motorcycle poker run and ends with live music, fire demonstrations, games and more. Call 732-255-1122 or click svfc29.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.

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