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Special Event

2018 New Jersey Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Sessions
Hackensack Meridian Health is holding open enrollment sessions for the 2018 Marketplace. If you have questions or need assistance selecting an insurance plan from the Health Insurance Marketplace, register for an appointment with a Navigator by calling 732-902-7080. Click hackensackmeridianhealth.org for dates and times in Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean Counties.

Warmest Wishes Drive
The United Way of Monmouth & Ocean Counties is collecting winter clothing for elementary and middle school age children in need including hats, gloves, scarves and coats. Donations can be dropped off at United Way offices by Friday, December 8 at 1415 Wyckoff Road, Suite 104 in Farmingdale and the House of Hope, 253 Chestnut Street in Toms River. Click uwmoc.org for more information.

CONTACT Crisis Hotline Volunteers Needed
CONTACT of Ocean & Monmouth Counties’ needs crisis hotline volunteers for training beginning Thursday, January 11 once a week for 12 weeks from 6:30-9:30 P.M. Training will be held at The Chelsea in Brick. CONTACT is a 24-hour crisis intervention hotline that also provides information & referral to community resources. All calls are free, confidential and anonymous. Training is free. Call 732-240-6104 for additional information and registration.


November

Wednesday, November 22

Comedy Night
The Howell Rebels 11U Football Team hosts a Comedy Night and Gift Auction at the Southard Fire House on Route 9 in Howell starting at 6 p.m. Call 732-757-7720 for tickets and more information.


Thursday, November 23

Marc Castellano Thanksgiving Day 5K Turkey Trot
The Marc Castellano Foundation and the Jackson Memorial Cross Country team host their Marc Castellano Thanksgiving Day 5K Turkey Trot at Jackson Memorial High School on Don Connor Blvd starting at 9 a.m., rain or shine. Click youcaring.com for more information.

Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner
The Bayville Elks host a free Thanksgiving Dinner for veterans and their family at the Elks on Route 9 in Bayville from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Call 732-287-0989 for more information


Friday, November 24

First Night Ocean County Bracelets
Bracelets go on sale for the family New Year’s Eve celebration First Night Ocean County for $5 each at the County Connection at the Ocean County Mall on Hooper Avenue in Toms River. Ring in the new year with crafts, balloonists, magic shows and more at the arcades along the boardwalk ending with fireworks at 5 p.m. Click exit82.com for more information.


Saturday, November 25 and Sunday, November 25

Photos With Santa & Colonial Christmas
The Poricy Park Conservancy presents their Photos With Santa & Colonial Christmas at the park on Oak Hill Road in Middletown from noon until 4 p.m. each day. Kids can visit with Santa and families can take a hayride around park. Call 732-268-7034 for tickets and more information.


Saturday, November 25

Holiday Craft/Vendor Fair
A Holiday Craft/Vendor Fair takes places at the American Legion Post located at 2025 Church Road in Toms River from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Sunday, November 26

Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair
The Jersey Shore Animal Center hosts a Holiday Craft Fair & Vendor Fair at the Elks Lodge on Hooper Avenue in Brick from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Call 732-262-1601 for more information.


Thursday, November 30

Pocketbook Bingo & Gift Auction
The Dream Factory of the Jersey Shore hosts their Pocketbook Bingo & Gift Auction at the South Wall Banquet Hall on Atlantic Ave in Allenwood starting at 5 p.m. Click eventbrite.com or call 732- 894-3995 for more information.

December


Friday, December 1

Rock the House
Shore House hosts their first Rock the House concert fundraiser at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park starting at 7 p.m. with 4 live bands including Kristen Baum & Pat Raff acoustic duo, Ladd Franco Band, a raffle and more. Shore House is a membership organization dedicated to providing resources and supportive services to people with mental illness so that they may have a fulfilling life. Call 732- 759-1595 for tickets and more information.


Saturday, December 2 – Sunday, December 17

Holiday Spectacular & Train Display
The Garden State Central Model Railroad Club holds their annual Holiday Spectacular & Train Display at the InfoAge Science Center located at 2201 Marconi Road in Wall on Saturday and Sundays noon until 5 p.m. with holiday themed train layouts and displays. Click gardenstatecentral.com for more information.


Saturday, December 2

Cookie Walk, Artisan Market & Poinsettia Sale
Saint Mary's by-the-Sea holds their Cookie Walk, Artisan Market & Poinsettia Sale at the church on Bay Avenue in Point Pleasant Beach from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call 732- 892-9254 for more information.

Sundaes with Santa & Craft Fair
The LTHS PTSA holds their Sundaes with Santa & Craft Fair at Lacey Township High School from 11a.m. – 3 p.m. Click laceyschools.org for more information.

Craft Show
The Pioneer Hose Ladies Auxiliary hosts a Craft show at their firehouse on Drum Point Road in Brick from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call 732-477-8298 for more information.

Bake Sale & Gift Shop
Tri Boro First Aid hosts a Christmas Bake Sale and Gift Shop at the location on J Street in Seaside Park from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Call 732-830-3236 for more information.

Holiday Bazaar
Manchester Township Elementary School’s 5th Grade holds its Holiday Bazaar at the school on North Colonial Drive in Manchester from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Vendors welcome. Call 732-323-9600 for more information.


Thursday, December 7 – Sunday, December 10

The Giver and Gathering Blue
The Bengal Theatre Company of Barnegat High School presents The Giver and Gathering Blue at the school auditorium on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 pm. The production combines adaptations of two of Lois Lowry’s classic and beloved novels to tell one timely and beautiful story about the power of hope in the face of adversity. Call 609- 660-7510 for tickets and more information.


Saturday, December 9

Breakfast with Santa
Boy Scout Troop 175 hosts their Breakfast with Santa at the East Dover First Aid station on Garfield Avenue in Toms River starting at 8 a.m. Call 732-330-3892 for more information.

Winter Craft Sale
The Brick Marching Dragon hold their annual Winter Craft Sale at Brick Township High School on Chambers Bridge Road in Brick from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call 848-333-4026 to reserve a table and for additional information.


Saturday, December 16

Santa’s Workshop
The Glendola Fire Company hosts their Santa’s Worksop event at their firehouse on Belmar Boulevard from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. featuring pictures with Santa. Call 732-681-6435 for more information.


Sunday, December 17

Sinderella's Ball
Joan Dancy and PALS(People with ALS) host their Sinderella’s Ball event at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park starting at 7 p.m. with music, a basket raffle and silent auction featuring a guitar signed by all the members of Aerosmith, NY Yankee Legend tickets and more. Click sinderellasball.org or call 732-450-2677 for more information.


Sunday, December 31

First Night Ocean County
First Night Ocean County is a family New Year’s Eve celebration starting at noon. Ring in the new year with crafts, balloonists, magic shows and more at the arcades along the boardwalk ending with fireworks at 5 p.m. First Night Ocean County bracelets are on sale for $5 each at the County Connection at the Ocean County Mall on Hooper Avenue in Toms River. Click exit82.com for more information.


January

Saturday, January 13

Fisherman's Flea Market
The Lacey Township High School Fishing Club holds their 9th annual Fisherman's Flea Market in the high school gym from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and used fishing and outdoor gear! Proceeds club offset the cost of fun and educational fishing trips throughout the year. Call 609- 661-3003 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.