Hometown Happenings

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Sunday, October 21

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
The American Cancer Society holds its annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer at Ocean and Arnold Avenues in Point Pleasant Beach starting at 10 a.m. The non-competitive 3-5 mile walk brings people together to make a difference for everyone who has been touched by breast cancer and raises money to fund innovative research, provide free information and support, and to help people reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it's most treatable. Click makngstrides.acsevents for registration and more information.

Camp Evans Base of Terror
InfoAge Science & History Learning Center holds their Camp Evans Base of Terror at the base in Wall from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m every Friday and Saturday in October. It’s a haunted walk approximately a third of a mile long. Click httpsinfoage.org for more information.


Monday, October 15

Food for Though Tasting Event
The Eatontown Foundation for Excellence in Education hosts their Food for Thought Tasting Event at the Sheraton Eatontown on Route 35 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Enjoy sampling and sipping delicacies and spirits from area businesses . Click eatontownfoundation.org or call 732-935-3323 for more information.

Wednesday, October 17

Heart of Gold Gift Auction
The Seaside Chapter of Deborah hosts their Heart of Gold Gift Auction at the Days Inn on Route 37 in Toms River from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call 732-608-0599 for tickets and more information

Thursday, October 18

Greater Toms River Chamber 100th Anniversary Gala
The Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce is holds their 100th Anniversary Gala at The Mainland at the Holiday Inn on Route 72 in Manahawkin from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. The event honors former GTRCC, CEO, Lucy Green (posthumous) and former GTRCC Director of Operations Jean Hryniw. A special “Spirit of Excellence” Award will also be presented by the US Chamber of Commerce to Congressman Tom MacArthur. Click tomsriverchamber.com for tickets and additional information.

Saturday, October 20

Manasquan Intercoastal Tug
It’s Monmouth County vs Ocean County as teams of 25 test their strength using a 1,200 foot rope across 400 feet of the Mansquan Inlet in a fundraiser for the Point Pleasant and Manasquan Recreation Departments. While the heats are taking place, enjoy an entire day of live music, drinks, food trucks and more on both sides on the Manasquan. Click manasquanintercoastaltug.wordpress.com for more information.

Walk To End Alzheimer's - Bradley Beach
The Alzheimer's Association Greater New Jersey Chapter holds their Walk To End Alzheimer's on the boardwalk at 5th Ocean Avenues in Bradley Beach starting at 8:30 a.m. Call (973)437-3931 or click act.alz.org for more information.

OCTEA Car Show
The Ocean County Vo-Tech Education Association (OCTEA) hosts their 14th annual Car Show at the Brick Center on Chambers Bridge Road in Brick from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Call 732- 286-5670 for more information.

Craft & Gift Market
The Wall Intermediate School PTO hosts their Enchanted Knights Craft & Gift Market at the school on Allaire Road in Wall starting at 10 a.m. Check their Facebook page for more information.

Car Show
The Ocean Gate First Aid Squad holds their 13th annual Car Show at the fire station located at 535 East Point Pleasant Avenue in Ocean Gate from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call 732- 575-1112 or check their Facebook page for more information .

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Screening
The Deborah Hospital Foundation hosts a Sudden Cardiac Arrest Screening at the hospital on Trenton Road in Browns Mills from 9 a.m. until noon. Click deborahfoundation.org for registration and additional information.

Casino Night
Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore host their 2nd annual Casino Night at their Activity Center located at 127 Yellowbrook Road in Farmingdale starting at 6:30 p.m. Click gsfun.org or call 732-938-5454 for more information.

Murder Mystery Night and Gift Auction
Warhorse Scuba Inc hosts a Murder Mystery Night and Gift Auction at the South Wall Fire Rescue on Atlantic Avenue in Manasquan starting at 6 p.m. Take a journey with Captain Clyde P. Riddlesbrood as he tries to locate the loot before he is captured by the British in the murder-mystery Shiver Me Timbers. Warhorse Scuba promotes awareness of the US military suicide rate and promote the welfare of combat veterans. Specifically Warhorse SCUBA Inc will achieve this goal by offering SCUBA experiences, activities and certification programs as a means of therapy and community interaction for combat veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain injury, C-Spine injuries and other disabilities. Call 855- 943-4837 or click warhorsescuba.com for tickets and more information.

Free To Breathe Jersey Shore Walk
Free To Breathe holds their Jersey Shore Walk starting at the Asbury Festhalle in Asbury Park at 9 a.m.. to build awareness and fund research programs dedicated to increasing lung cancer survival. Click participate.lcrf.org for more information.

Sunday, October 21

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
The American Cancer Society holds its annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer at Ocean and Arnold Avenues in Point Pleasant Beach starting at 10 a.m. The non-competitive 3-5 mile walk brings people together to make a difference for everyone who has been touched by breast cancer and raises money to fund innovative research, provide free information and support, and to help people reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it's most treatable. Click makngstrides.acsevents for registration and more information.

Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27

It’s Murder In the Wings
The Brick High School Drama Club presents the It’s Murder in the Wings at the school auditorium on Chambers Bridge Road Friday at 7:00 p.m . and Saturday October 27 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The murder mystery shows the editor of the Wings Publishing Company, discovering her boss has met with an untimely death just before a contract-signing party that will save the business.

Friday, October 26

Halloween Psychic Fair
Business Professional Women Southern Ocean County hosts a Halloween Psychic Fair at the Captain’s Inn on Lacey Road in Forked River from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Proceeds will benefit scholarships for Ocean County women who will be attending a NJ state school or purchase business equipment. Click bpwsoc.org or call 609- 693-6800 for more information.

Taste of the Red, White & Brew
The Tom Giannattasio Jr. Fund holds their Taste of the Red ,White & Brew Wine & Beer Tasting at the Brick Volunteer EMS Building located at Aurora Place in Brick from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Click TomGJrMemorialFund.com for more information.

Howell Chamber of Commerce Dinner Dance
The Howell Chamber of Commerce hosts their 38th annual Dinner Dance and Awards, Fall in Love with Howell at the Eagles Oaks Country Club from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. Call 732-363-4114 or check their Facebook page for more details.

BBBS Roaring Twenties Gala
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties hold their 20th annual Roaring Twenties Gala at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park starting at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy live music, a silent auction, DJ entertainment, dinner and more. Click bbbsmmc.org or call 732-444-3548.

Saturday, October 27

Jersey Shore Spooktacular
Macaroni Kid Central Jersey Shore holds their Jersey Shore Spooktacular at Allaire Country Day on Route 138 east in Wall Township from 2 p.m – 4 p.m . Enjoy trick-or-treating on Allaire Country Day’s indoor turf, face-painting, a dry slide, a bounce house, music plus a performance by the children from Dance for Joy in Brielle. Click centraljerseyshore.macaronikid.com for more information.

Costume Dog Walk
Grover’s Rovers holds a Costume Dog Walk starting at the Kearny Bank branch located at 61 Main Ave in Ocean Grove at 12:15 p.m. and ending at Fireman’s Park in Ocean Grove to benefit Rescue Ridge. Call 732-775-0100 for more information.

Autumn Shop & Show Vendor/Craft Event
The Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids Foundation holds their Autumn Shop & Show Vendor/Craft Event at Barnegat High School from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids Foundation provides funding for kids with a financial need ages 7-18 to take ongoing lessons in dance, acting, vocal instruction and instrumental music. Click applaudourkids.com for more information for more information.

National Take Back Drugs Initiative
The Brick Elks Lodge join Brick Police for the National Take Back Drugs Initative at the lodge on Hooper Avenue in Brick from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Drop off your expired or unused prescription medication for disposal by Brick Township Police. Check their Facebook page for more details or call 732-766-4296.

Run The Pines for Canines 5K
Popcorn Park Zoo hosts their 6th annual Run The Pines for Caninies 5K at the Zoo on Humane Way in Forked River. Click ahscares.org for more information.

Sunday, October 28

Freehold Spooktacular
The Freehold Spooktacular takes place in the Freehold Racetrack parking lot located at 1 West Main Street in Freehold starting at 12 noon with a costume judging and a parade at 12:45 p.m. Check their Facebook page for more information.

Tuesday, October 30

Trunk or Treat
Matt Blatt Kia hosts a Trunk or Treat at the dealership on Route 37 westbound from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Children age pre K – 8th grade can trick-or-treat in a well lit area as the trunks of their cars will be loaded with candy. There will also be a costume contest. Check their Facebook page for more information.


Thursday, November 1

Casino Night
United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties’ Women United hosts a Casino Night at the Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury located at 1 Obre Place in Shrewsbury from 6 to 10 p.m. Click uwmoc.org/WomenUnited or call 848-206-2035 for more information.

Sunday, November 4

Autism MVP Foundation Walk Event
Autism MVP Foundation hosts their 4th annual Walk Event on the Manasquan Boardwalk starting at 11 a.m. followed by a buffet dinner. Proceeds benefit the Autism Program Improvement Project led by Monmouth University and their scholarship program. Click autismmvp.org for more information.

Saturday, November 10

Holiday Fair
Christ Episcopal Church hosts their 71st annual Holilday Fair at the church located at 415 Washington Street in Toms River from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Click christchurchtomsriver.org or call 732-349-5506 for more information.

USMC Birthday Ball
The Cpl William H.Smith Detachment 667, Marine Corps League celebrates the 243 birthday of the United States Marine Corp at the Captain’s Inn on East Lacey Road in Lacey from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Call 732-797-0138 for tickets and more information.

Saturday, November 17

Sport Shot Singles Spectacular
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church of Whiting hosts the Sport Shot Singles Spectacular at Playdrome Lanes on Route 37 in Toms River starting at 10 a.m. For more information call 732-350-2121.

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.