Hometown Happenings

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Special Events

Jersey Shore Jacket Drive

Did you get a new jacket or coat over the holidays? Donate your gently used coat or jacket to be distributed to our local Jersey Shore neighbors that are in need this winter. You can drop off your donation at our Townsquare Media office in Downtown Toms River (8 Robbins Street in Toms River; please make donations during normal business hours, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) or at Laurita Winery in New Egypt.


Wednesday, February 20

Phil Citta Memorial
The Office Lounge located on Main Street in Toms River hosts their 14th annual Phil Citta Memorial to benefit the J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center at RWJBH Community Medical Center. Bid on prizes as the Office Lounge will donate 50 per cent of sales that day. Click the event’s Facebook page for more information. /

Friday, February 22

Frozen Ball
The Township of Toms River hosts their 4th annual Frozen Ball at Toms River Youth Services on Bay Ave in Toms River from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Children age 5-10 can enjoy a night of dancing, crafts, make your own cupcakes, nail and face painting and more. Click tomsrivertownship.com for more information.

Saturday, February 23

Special Olympics NJ Polar Bear Plunge
Special Olympics NJ hosts their annual Polar Bear Plunge in Seaside Heights starting with check in at 9 a.m. Thousands will brave the icy Atlantic Ocean in support of Special Olympics NJ which provides year-round sports training, competition, leadership opportunities and health screenings to more than 25,000 athletes. Click plungeseaside.org/ for more information.

Sunday, February 24

Chili Cook Off
The Highlands Business Partnership hosts their Chili Cook Off at Bahrs Landing Restaurant on Bay Ave in Highlands from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Sample 27 different chilis and enjoy bagpipe bands and Irish dancers. Click highlandsnj.com or call 732-291-4713 for tickets and more information.


Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2

Links with the Masters
The Ocean County Library’s Toms River Branch located at 101 Washington St hosts their Links with the Masters miniature golf fundraiser on Friday, March 1 for an adult-only event starting at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 2 for all ages from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The library is turned into a mini-golf course for a fundraiser to benefit the Ocean County Library Foundation. Click theoceancountylibrary.org or call 732-914-5407 for more information.

Friday, March 1

Bowl For Kids Sake
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties host their Bowl for Kids Sake at Shore Lanes on Route 35 in Neptune City from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Click bbbsmmc.org or call 732- 444-3539 for more information.

Saturday, March 2

Fish & Chips Dinner
The Pipes & Drums of Barnegat Bay host a Fish & Chips Dinner at the Christ Episcopal Church on Washington Street in Toms River starting at 6:30 p.m. Call 848-333-9784 for tickets and additional information.

Bowl For Kids Sake
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties host their Bowl for Kids Sake at Brunswick Zone on Route 36 in Hazlet from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. . Click bbbsmmc.org or call 732- 444-3539 for more information.

Sunday, March 3

Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at 12:30 p.m. Click belmarpattprade.com for more information.

Scuba Flea Market
Ocean Wreck Divers holds their Scuba Flea Market at Toms River Intermediate School South on Pinewald Road from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. with new and used scuba gear and a chance to see the equipment you no longer need. Click oceanwreckdivers.com for more information.

Hatchet Throwing Fundraiser
S.A.V.E. Rescue holds a Hatchet Throwing Fundraiser at Bury the Hatchet on Indian Hill Road in Toms River starting at 2:30 p.m. S.A.V.E. Rescue takes unwanted, homeless and abandoned animals and provides them with medical care and a safe and nurturing environment until they find their forever homes. Call 862-220-9138 for more information.

OceanCares Art & Soul Brunch
The OceanCares Foundation hosts the OceanCares Art & Soul Brunch at the The Jay and Linda Grunin Center on the campus of Ocean County College in Toms River from 11 a.m. -2 p.m. The event showcases showcase the talent OceanMHS has discovered from individuals suffering with mental illness in their paintings and drawings, mixed media, and several forms of creative expression including: poetry, music, and dance, provided by children and adults seeking services at OceanMHS. Click oceanmhs.org or call 732-349-5550 for more information.

Pet CPR, First Aid & Care Training Certification
Jersey Shore Animal Center hosts a Pet CPR, First Aid & Care Training Certification at Brick Memorial High School located on Lanes Mill Road in Brick from noon – 4 p.m. and learn how to help your pet in an emergency. Check their Facebook page for registration information.

Thursday, March 7 – Saturday, March 9

The Toms River North Nautical Star Theatre Company presents Pippin’ at the Toms River High School North auditorium Thursday, March 7 – Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m. each night. Click trnhs.booktix.com for tickets and more information.

Saturday, March 9

Ocean County St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The Ocean County St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at noon on the Boulevard in Seaside Heights. Click ocstpatricksdayparade.com for more information.

Gift Auction
The Monmouth County Education Association holds their inaugural Gift Auction at the Jumping Brook Country Club on Jumping Brook Road in Neptune starting at 6:30 p.m. to provide scholarships to students of Monmouth County. Click mceanj.com or call 732-455-5055 for more information.

Sunday, March 10

Asbury Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The 6th annual Asbury Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at 1 p.m. on Ocean Avenue. Click asburyparkstpatricksparade.com for more information.

Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner
The Forked River Presbyterian Church hosts a Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner at the church on North Main Street (Route 9) in Forked River starting at 5 p.m. Click forkedriverpres.org or call 609- 693-5624 for prices and more information.

Bowl For Kids Sake
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties host their Bowl for Kids Sake at the Lanes at Sea Girt on Route 35 in Sea Girt from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Click bbbsmmc.org or call 732- 444-3539 for more information.

Monday, March 11

Chef’s Night Out
The Ocean County Foundation for Vocational Technical Education hosts its 23rd annual Chef’s Night Out at the RWJ Barnabas Arena on the campus of Toms River High School North from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Click ocvtsfoundation.org or call 732-473-3100 X3157 for tickets and more information.

Thursday, March 14 – Saturday, March 16

The Eastside Theatre Company of Toms River High School East presents the musical Oklahoma in the Student Center Thursday, March 14 – Saturday, March 16 at 7 p.m. each night. Call 732-505-5665 for tickets and more information.

Saturday, March 16

Tech Fest 9
The Ocean County Vocational Technical School of Brick presents TechFest 9 at the Brick Presbyterian Church on Drum Point Road in Brick starting at 1 p.m., a student organized concert featuring local bands on two stages to benefit the Dennis Bourke Hopes and Dreams Scholarship Fund. Check their Facebook page for more information.

Casino Night
A Casino Night to benefit Toms River Field of Dreams takes place at the Crystal Point Yacht Club in Point Pleasant from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. Click tomsriverfieldofdreams.com for tickets and more information.

Friday, March 22

Dodgeball Tournament
The Toms River Police Foundation and Toms River PBA 137 present their first Dodgeball Tournament at Toms River High School East starting at 6 p.m. Non competitive and competitive teams of six are welcome to participate. Click trpolice.org for more information.

3-D Drinking, Drugging and Driving: Always a Choice, Never an Accident
The Ocean County Health Department hosts their for 3-D Drinking, Drugging and Driving, Always a Choice, Never an Accident event at Ocean County Mall beginning at 10AM in Center Court to help spread awareness about the dangers of operating a vehicle while under the influence. The event will feature: simulated DUI stops and fatal vision goggle demonstrations at 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm, regulatory issues concerning DUI in New Jersey provided by the Ocean County IDRC and safety information provided by the New Jersey State Highway and Traffic Safety Administration. Check the event’s Facebook page.

St. Rose Got Talent
St. Rose High School of Belmar hosts a talent show, St. Rose Got Talent, as the school on 7th Avenue in Belmar starting at 7 p.m. to showcase their new music and arts program. Click srhsnj.com or call 732-681-2858 for more information.

Saturday, March 23

Charity Art Auction
Emergency Housing Advocacy Program (EHAP) hosts its first Charity Art Auction inside Dentici Hall at the Co-Cathedral of St. Robert Bellarmine located at 61 Georgia Road in Freehold starting at 7 p.m. EHAP assists, empowers, and educates individuals who are homeless in securing housing and other benefits. Check their Facebook page for more information.

Pancakes for Parkinson’s
The Pancakes for Parkinson’s breakfast takes place at Silver Ridge Park East at 979 Edgebrook Drive in Toms River to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Check the event’s Facebook page for more information.

Monday, March 25

Adult Special Needs Yoga
The Toms River Mayor's Advisory Committee on Developmental Disabilities holds Adult Special Needs Yoga at the Toms River Elks on Washington Street in Toms River from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Call 732-930-4798 or check their Facebook page for more information.

Strangulation Training
Providence House Domestic Violence Services of Catholic Charities holds Strangulation Training in the Mancini Room of the Toms River branch on the Ocean County Library System starting at 6 p.m. Participants will learn about strangulation in the context of domestic violence cases including the definitions and associated terminology; the prevalence and related statistics; the associated risk factors and impact of strangulation in domestic violence cases; and gain tools to assist providers in their screening, assessment and intervention. Call 732- 350-2120 for more information.

Friday, March 29

A Night at the Winery
CONTACT of Ocean & Monmouth Counties hosts their A Night at the Winery fundraiser at Bacchus Winemaking on Route 37 in Toms River from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Click contactoceanmonmouth.org for tickets and more information.

Shore Comedy Night
The Monmouth Council of the Boys Scouts of America hosts their Shore Comedy Night at the Long Branch Elks Club located at 150 Garfield Ave in Long Branch starting at 7 p.m. headlined by “Darvin” with several other performers. Call 732-903-4386 for tickets and more information.

Disco Night
Unexcelled Fire Company of Neptune hosts the Disco Night fundraiser at the Headliner on Route 35 in Neptune starting at 8:30 p.m. featuring The FunKtion Band. Call 732-546-4710 for tickets and more information.


Saturday, April 13

Urban Scavenger Hunt
Warhorse SCUBA holds their first Urban Scavenger Hunt thoughtout Belmar starting at 12:30 p.m. Join as an individual or as a team of you and your friends (2-6 people) and compete against other teams to gather pictures of your objectives, and complete puzzles to reach the finish line! . SCUBA promotes the awareness of the US military suicide rate of 22 veterans a day and the welfare of combat veterans. Click warhorsescuba.com or call 732-616-2407 for more information.

Bully Palooza
The MidAtlantic Bulldog Rescue holds the Bully Pazooza fundraiser at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Click midatlanticbulldogrescue.com for more information.

Saturday, April 27

Asbury Park Tutu 2.2
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties hold their Asbury Park Tutu 2.2 on the boardwalk in Asbury Park ending at the Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten. Click bbbsmmc.org  for more information.

Jammin’ for Jaclyn Benefit Concert
The 6th annual Jammin’ for Jaclyn Benefit Concert takes place at the Knights of Columbus in Sayreville from 3:30 p.m. – midnight. Enjoy a continuous line up of ten live local bands to benefits cancer patients Christina Davis & Carl Palestrini. Click jamminforjaclyn.weebly.com for tickets and more information.

Lake Como 5K Romp
The Jersey Shore Running Club holds their Lake Como 5K Romp at Bar Anticipation starting at 10 a.m. to benefit BPOE Camp Elks and the Lake Como Giving tree. Click runsignup.com/JSRCLakeComo5K for registration and more information.


Saturday, May 4

People's Choice Antique Car Show
The Poricy Park Conservancy holds their 5th annual People's Choice Antique Car Show at the park on Oak Hill Road in Middletown from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Rain date is May 5. Click poricypark.org or call 732-268-7034 for more information.

Walk to End Bladder Cancer
The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network holds their Walk to End Bladder Cancer on the Bradley Beach boardwalk starting at noon to help fund bladder cancer education, awareness and research. Click support.bcan.org for more information.

Thursday, May 16

Gift Auction
The Team Challenge Crohns and Colitis Foundation holds an auction at the South Wall Banquet Hall on Atlantic Avenue in Wall Township starting at 6:30 p.m. Call 973-919-2137 or click tcgiftauction.com for more information.

Saturday, May 18

Marine Corps Run for Freedom 5K
The Marine Corps Run for Freedom 5K begins and ends at iPlay America on Schanck Road in Freehold. The race begins at 9:30 a.m. and runs a course around Freehold Township. roceeds from the run will go to the Marine Raiders Foundation, the Semper Fi Fund, and the Philip A. Reynolds Marine Corps League Detachment’s morale, welfare, and recreation fund Click marinecorpsrunforfreedom5k.org for more information.

Walk For a Difference
POAC hosts their Walk for a Difference at FirstEnergy Park, home of the Lakewood BlueClaws, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. to help fund their free events and services for the autism community like free training for parents and educators, free recreational and support services to children and adults with autism and their families, and free training for police and first responders. Click poacwalk.org for more information.

Sunday, May 19

Take Steps Walk
The Crohns & Colitis Foundation holds their Take Steps Walk at the Asbury Park Boardwalk starting at 9 a.m. Call 646-455-9848 or click online.crohnscolitisfoundation.org entry for more information.


Monday, July 22

Fore! The Kids
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties hold their Fore! The Kids golf outing at the Manasquan River Golf Club in Brielle. Call 732-444-3539 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 schedules 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.