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Christmas Tree Sale
The Silverton Volunteer Fire Company holds their annual Christmas Tree Sale at the firehouse Monday t through Friday 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Santa Claus is available to deliver trees on the weekend. Click svfc29.com for more information.
Holiday Spectacular and Train Display
The Garden State Central Model Railroad Club and Toys for Tots present their Holiday Spectacular & Train Display Saturdays & Sundays in December through the 22nd from Noon until 5 pm at the InfoAge Science Center located on Marconi Road in Wall. See operating train layouts and displays.. For more information visit gardenstatecentral.com
Seaside Park Police PBA #182 is collecting unwrapped toys for their annual Toy Drive to benefit the Division of Child Protection and Permanency, Ocean County north and south offices, through Friday, December 20. Donations may be dropped off in the lobby of the Seaside Park Police Department at 1 Municipal Plaza or at the Borough Offices located at 1701 North Ocean Avenue. Call 732-793-7737 X 248 for more information.
Turton Toy Drive
Diane Turton Realtors is accepting for donations of new, unwrapped toys to benefit children of all ages impacted by Superstorm Sandy in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Click DianeTurton.com for a list of office locations.
Friday, December 6 – Sunday, December 8
Home 4 the Holidays
The Monmouth County SPCA hosts their Home 4 the Holidays event on Friday and Saturday from 12noon – 8 p.m. and Sunday from 12noon – 6 p.m. at their location at 260 Wall Street in Eatontown. Enjoy holiday shopping, Santa Paws photos, take advantage of the opportunity to adopt a pet and more. Call 732-542-0040 or click MonmouthCountySPCA.org for more information.
Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8
Photos With Santa
The Jersey Shore Animal Center located at 185 Brick Boulevard in Brick, hosts their annual Pet Photos with Santa on Saturday and Sunday, December 7th and 8th from noon to 3pm at the shelter. No appointment is necessary and all photos will come in a decorative holiday card. All pets must be on a leash or in a cat carrier.
Holiday Show and Craft Show
The Township of Ocean Historical Museum presents their Holiday Show and Craft Show at the e Edwn Wolley House on Deal Road from 11am-4pm each day along with the Museum’s mini-exhibit on the history of Asbury Park High School. Click OceanMuseum.org or call 732-531-2136 for additional information.
Sunday, December 8
Jessica Hawkwer Fundraiser
Brick House Grill on Cedar Bridge Avenue in Brick hosts a fundraiser dinner for Jessica Hawker beginning at 7:30 p.m. “Jessy” is a mother of three diagnosed with Stage 4 lung and brain cancer. Donations may also be made at GiveForward.com.
Art & Craft Show
An Art and Craft Show takes place at Manchester Township High School off Route 37 from 9a.m. – 3 p.m. Vendors are welcome to participate; deadline to register is Monday, December 2.
Friday, December 13 & Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 22
Christmas Light Show
The annual Christmas Light Show to benefit Challenged Youth Sports on Friday, December 13 & Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 22 at at 2702 Wooley Road in Wall. Challenged Youth Sports, a non-profit sports program for children with disabilities. Their objective is to provide recreation for the children while fostering an environment for positive reinforcement through recreational sports. For more information visit the Christmas Light Show 2013 website at DJDanonline.com.
Saturday, December 14
Jingle Bell Run/Walk
The Arthritis Foundation holds their Jingle Bell Run/Walk at Bar Anticipation in Lake Como beginning with registration at 8:30 a.m, the nation’s largest holiday 5K race to fight arthritis. Click arthritis.org for more information.
Breakfast with Buster Holiday Food and Toy Drive
The Lakewood BlueClaws host their 14th annual Breakfast with Buster Holiday Food and Toy Drive at FirstEnergy Park from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. to collect unwrapped toys and non-perishable food to benefit the Salvation Army of Ocean County. Buster and Santa Claus, will be at the park to greet fans who donate. Call 732-901-7000 option 3 or click BlueClaws.com for more information.
Casino Pier on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights hosts a free Holiday Party in their arcade from 12noon – 3 p.m. Enjoy the arcade games and making arts ‘n crafts, play holiday games, create a card for a soldier, wear your ugliest sweater to win a prize and visit with Santa Claus.
Stafford Stingray Flap Jack Breakfast
The Stafford Stingrays Babe Ruth softball team holds a fundraising FlapJack Breakfast at the Applebee’s on Route 72 in Stafford from 8 a.m.- 10a.m. Call (609)698-1780 for additional information.
Tuesday, January 21
The 2014 Stafford Girls Softball Association holds registrations for girls..T-Ball, Coaches Pitch, Juniors and Seniors at the Ocean Acres Community Center from 6:30 p.m. -8 p.m. Call (609)698-1857 for more information.
Thursday, January 30
Tasting Event To Benefit Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts
The second annual Tasting Event to Benefit Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts takes place at Eagle Oaks Country Club located at 20 Shore Oaks Drive in Farmingdale from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sample over 50 wine & spirit brands from around the world, enjoy live music from the Jersey Shore’s Daddy Pop, take part in a silent auction benefiting Hometown Heroes and enjoy a selection of cuisine by the culinary team at Eagle Oaks Country Club. For additional information call 848 221 8121.
Saturday, February 22
The Ashley Lauren Foundation holds their 3rd annual Butterfly Ball at the Ocean Place Resort and Spa in Long Branch. It’s an evening of dinner, dancing, auction bidding and honoring Carol Stillwell and Mary Ann Larkin. The Ashley Lauren Foundation provides hope and help for kids with cancer in New Jersey and their families. Visit The Ashley Lauren Foundation website.
Around The Shore
Emmanuel Cancer Foundation’s Eastern Regional Center Calendar
Photographer Theresa Artigas of Theresa Artigas Photography in Brielle is teaming up with the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation’s Eastern Regional Center to help children with cancer. Artigas plans to produce a 2014 ‘Wings of Hope’ calendar featuring portraits of local children. Families can participate by scheduling a photo session of their child, which will be followed by a contest in which the top 12 winners will be selected to appear on the calendar. Also included on the calendar will be photos and stories about some of the children being helped by ECF. Call 732-282-2324 for more 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.
Nixle Community Notification:
The Township of Ocean Police Department (Monmouth County) will be utilizing a new web based service called Nixle, which will assist the police department in reaching the members of the Ocean Township community with special advisories and alerts.
Nixle is a secure communication platform in which our police department can instantly connect with community members via TEXT MESSAGE and E-MAIL alerts. All information is disseminated in a trusted, reliable, and geographically targeted manner.
The goal of this program is to distribute accurate, timely information to members of the community, so they may be informed and assist the police in maintaining a safe environment within the community. Nixle will allow the police department to instantly release information concerning public safety, traffic related matters, as well as crime prevention tips, and updates concerning criminal activity within defined geographical boundaries.
To register for the secure Nixle Service go to nixle.com or you visit the Ocean Township Police Department website by going to oceantwp.org, and click “Police,” then click the module for “Nixle.”
Any questions about Nixle can be directed to the Crime Prevention Officer at 732-531-1800.
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.
DVDs4Vets is a Non-Profit Charity that arranges for the collection and donation of new and usedDVDs for the benefit of veterans, many who are unable to obtain these on their own. All donated DVDs are sent to Vet hospitals, Vet centers, clinics and State Vet homes. For more information visit dvds4vets.org
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.