Hometown Happenings

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August

Tuesday, August 14

Stand Up Paddle Board Family Event
Family Promise of Southern Ocean County holds their Stand Up Paddle Board Family Event at Bayview Park in Long Beach Township on LBI from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. with entertainment, face painting and music by The Best of the Eagles Band. Click FamilyPromiseSOC.org or call 609-994-3317 for tickets and more information.

Handbags for Hope
The Ronald McDonald Houses of Long Branch & New Brunswick and Temple Shalom of Aberdeen host their Handbags for Hope fundraiser auction at the Turf Club inside Monmouth Park in Oceanport starting at 5 p.m. Click handbagsforhope2018.com or call 732-580-6770 for tickets and more information.


Thursday, August 16 – Sunday, August 18

Feast of the Assumption
The Roman Catholic Church of Epiphany in Brick hosts their 18th annual Italian Feast of the Assumption Thursday, August 16 through Sunday, August 19 starting at 5 p.m. through 10 p.m. featuring entertainment, carnival rides and food, midway, arcade, vendors and more. Click churchofepiphany.org or call 732-458-0200 for more information.


Friday, August 17

Anniversary Party & Rock Painting
Toms River Elks Lodge #1875 hosts their 65th Anniversary Party & Rock Painting at the lodge located at 600 Washington Street in Toms River from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Check their Facebook page or call 732-349-9660 for more information.


Saturday, August 18

Clear the Shelters 2018
The Associated Humane Society of Tinton Falls holds their Clear the Shelters 2018 event at their shelter on Shafto Road in Tinton Falls from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. as adoption fees are waived. Call 732-922-0100 for more information.

Olde Freehold Day
Olde Freehold Day takes place at Lake Topanemus, Freehold from noon – 5 p.m. with live music, food trucks and vendors, boating on the lake, a rock climbing wall, kids activities and more. Click OldeFreeholdDay.com for more information,

Weichert Poker Run
Weichert Realtors of Toms River holds their first Poker Run to benefit Operation Restored Warrior (ORW), an organization that helps veterans with PTSD. The Poker Run begins at Weichert’s office on Hooper Avenue in Toms River with registration from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. end ends at the River Rock restaurant in Brick. Check the event’s Facebook page or call 732-216-5623 for tickets and more information.

Art in the Park
The Toms River Artist Community hosts their 6th annual Art in the Park at Huddy Park in Toms River display of original local music and art from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Check their Facebook page for more information.

Cpl. William H Smith Marine Corps League Picnic
The Cpl. William H Smith Marine Corps League Picnic takes place at the VFW om Veterans Blvd in Bayville starting at 12:30 p.m. Call 732- 674-7504 for more information.

Poker Run
The Beachwood Fire Department holds their 12th annual Poker Run starting at their firehouse on Beachwood Boulevard and ending with a barbeque. Call 732-349-0014 or click bvfd16.com for more information.

Veterans Benefit Picnic
American Legion #348 holds their 15th annual Veterans Benefit Picnic at their post on Mantoloking Rd in Brick featuring live music from the Mangos. Click brickpost348.org or call 732-477-1915 for more information.


Sunday, August 19

Cardiac & Concussion Screenings
Free cardiac & concussion screenings for student athletes will be offered at the Beachwood Community Center on Compass Drive in Beachwood from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. courtesy of Community Medical Center of Toms River. Pre-registration is required by sending an email to teamlink@barnabashealth.org.

Pirate & Princess Family BBQ & Carnival
POAC hosts their Pirate & Princess Family BBQ and Carnival at Windward Beach in Brick from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. for individuals with autism and their families. Pirates and princesses will be on hand to hang out with the kids. Click poac.net for more information.

Car Wash
Boy Scout Troop 59 holds their annual Car Wash at the Silverton Firehouse located at 15 Kettle Creek Rd int Toms River from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Washes are $5 per car.


Wednesday, August 22

Belmar Cruise Night
The Belmar Business Partnership hosts their Belmar Cruise Night on Main Street between 8th and 10th Avenues from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Check their Facebook page for more information.


Thursday, August 23

Clam Bake for a Cause
The Ocean Cares Foundation holds their Clam Bake for a Cause at the Crystal Point Yacht Club on River Road in Point Pleasant from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. featuring a clam bake buffet, live music from Late 88, a silent auction and more. Click oceanmhs.org or call 732- 269-4849 for more information .


Saturday, August 25

Fired Up Car Show & Vendor Fair
The Stafford Township Volunteer Fire Company #1 and the Ladies Auxiliary hosts their Fired Up Car Show & Vendor Fair at the firehouse located at 133 Stafford Avenue in Manahawkin from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. rain or shine. Check their Facebook page  for tickets and more information.

Kathleen Thomson Run
The 4th annual Kathleen Thomson Run takes place at the Keyport-Matawan Elks #1030 Lodge located at 249 Broadway in Keyport starting with registration at 10 a.m. The run honors member Kathleen Thompson and benefits Relay for Life. The lodge hosts a post-race part from 1 p.m. -6 p.m. with live music from Kathouse. Call 732- 264-6742 or click Keyportmatawanelks.com for more information.


September

Saturday, September 1

Saturday in the Park women's 5k Run, Run/Walk
The Saturday in the Park women's 5k Run, Run/Walk takes place at Holmdel Park in Holmdel starting at 9 a.m. to benefit women’s organizations. Click saturdayinthepark5k.org for registration and more information.


Saturday, September 8

Beefsteak Dinner
American Legion Post #232 of Barnegat hosts their inaugural Beefsteak Dinner at 499 North Main Street in Barnegat starting at 6 p.m. to benefit their high school scholarships. Call 732-678-7877 for tickets and more information.


Sunday, September 9

Autism Beach Bash
Autism Family Services New Jersey holds their 14th annual Autism Beach Bash at the 7th Avenue Beach in Belmar from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Enjoy music, lunch, arts & crafts, exhibitor tents, face painting and more. Call 732-262-8020 or click autismbeachbash.org for more information.


Friday, September 14

Taste of the Harvest
The CentraState Healthcare Foundation holds their Taste of the Harvest at the Star and Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus at CentaState Hospital located at 901 Main Street in Freehold from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Enjoy fine food, over 70 fine wine, spirit and craft beer samplings, gift raffle and tons of harvest fun. Call 732-294-7030 or click centrastatefoundation.org for more information.


Saturday, September 15 – Sunday, September 16

Lakewood Renaissance Fair
The Lakewood Lions Club hosts their annual Renaissance Fair at Pine Park Saturday, September 15 – Sunday, September 16 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day with jousting knights, archers, magicians, fire eaters and more period fun. On Sunday enjoy the crowning of the King and Queen chosen from children 10 and under dressed in period garb. Click lakewoodrenfaire.com or call 732- 414-9639 for tickets and more information.


Saturday, September 15

Comedy Night for the Firemen
The New Egypt Volunteer Fire Company holds their Comedy Night for the Firemen at the New Egypt Firehouse starting at 6:30 p.m. featuring the Legendary Wid and other comedians followed by dancing. Click their Facebook page The Legendary Wid and other performers. Click their Facebook page  or call 732-903-4386 for tickets and more information.

Yard Sale
The Lacey Food Bank holds a Yard Sale on Station Drive in Forked River from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call 609- 242-2848 or click laceyfoodbank.org for vending information. Rain date is Sept.22

Sandy Paws Walk Fur Clean Water
Clean Ocean Action holds their 4th Sandy Paws Walk Fur Clean Water on the Asbury Park boardwalk starting at 10:30 a.m. Dogs will be allowed onto the beach and vendors on hand along with a costume contest. Click their Facebook page or call 732-872-0111 for more information.


Sunday, September 16

BBBS Volleyball Tournament
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties holds their 12th annual Beach Volleyball Tournament on the Main Street Beach in Manasquan from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Click bbbsmmc.org or call 732-444-3539 for more information.


Tuesday, September 18

CONTACT Of Ocean & Monmouth Counties Volunteer Training
CONTACT of Ocean & Monmouth Counties’ training begins for 6 weeks two night every week at Magnolia Gardens in Toms River. CONTACT is a 24-hour crisis intervention & suicide prevention hotline that also provides information & referral to community resources. All calls are free, confidential and anonymous. Training is free. Call 732- 240-6104 or click contactoceanmonmouth.org for more information.


Saturday, September 22

Touch-A-Truck
The Monmouth Day Care Center hosts their annual Touch-A-Truck event at the Red Bank Middle School from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. with firetrucks, motorcycles, K9 demonstrations, arts n’ crafts and more. Click monmouthdaycarecenter.org for more information.

Benefit for Jared
The Rainbow Foundation holds A Benefit for Jared at the Hamilton Fire House on Jumping Brook Road in Neptune starting at 2 p.m. 6 year old Jared Gaedt suffers with PVL, Cortical Visual Impairment, seizures & cerebral palsy. Funds raised will go toward medical bills & care. Check their Facebook page or call 732-539-1419 for tickets and more information.

Pine Beach Fire Fest
Pine Beach Volunteer Fire Company #1 holds their third annual Pine Beach Fire Fest from 12 noon until 7 p.m. at Vista Park located at Riverside Drive in Pine Beach, NJ. The event will include food trucks, crafters, music, activities for children including games and rides, and fire safety and rescue demonstrations. Click pbfirefest.com or call 732- 773-4725 for more information.

Kitchens By The Sea
The Bay Head School Foundation hosts Kitchens By The Sea, a tour of 10 Bay Head kitchens with samples offered from several area restaurants. Click bayheadschoolfoundation.org for tickets and more information.

Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s New Jersey holds its annual Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s starting at Arnold and Baltimore Avenue in Point Pleasant Beach at 8:30 a.m. One hundred percent of the funds raised from Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s support Garden State individuals and families through Alzheimer’s New Jersey’s programs and services. Call 609- 275-1180 for more information.


Sunday, September 23

Hugh Claus Memorial Run
The Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation holds the Hugh Claus Memorial Run at the 24th Street basketball court in South Seaside Heights starting at 9 a.m. Amyloidosis is a rare disease that too Hugh Claus's life in 2013. Click chipmiller.org for more information.


Friday, September 28

Casino Night
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County host their annual Casino Night in the Atlantis Ballroom at the Days Hotel in Toms River. The Toms River Police Foundation will also be honored. Call 732-505-3400 for tickets and more information.


Saturday, September 29 & Sunday, September 30

Rock 2 Adopt
The Popcorn Park Zoo hosts Rock 2 Adopt at the Zoo located on Humane Way in Forked River starting at 10 a.m. each day. 18 bands perform over two days plus pet adoptions, fun activities and more. Click rock2adopt.com or call 856-297-7655 for tickets and more information.


Saturday, September 29

Rock the Farm Festival
The CFC Loud n’ Clear Foundation presents the Rock the Farm Festival on Grant Avenue in Seaside Heights with food trucks, a beer & wine garden, Kidszone and live music from top tribute bands. CFC provides free services to over 7,500 families battling addiction in New Jersey. Call 732-803-0518 or click healingus.org for more information.

NJSPBA Survivor and Welfare Fundraiser
Ocean County Sheriff's PBA 379 holds a fundraiser for the New Jersey State PBA Survivor & Welfare Fund at Fubar located at 140 Atlantic City Boulevard in Bayville from 1 p.m. – 5 pm. This fund is dedicated to providing support and survivor benefits to the families of PBA members who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty and easing the burden of those officers who are experiencing significant personal hardships. Call 732-691-6131 for tickets and more information.

Poker Run
The Lakewood Fireman's Benevolence Association # 380 starting at 9 a.m. at Harley Davidson of Ocean County on Route 70 in Lakewood and ending at at Finnigan's Bowling in Lakewood. The run benefits the Lakewood FMBA # 380 and the Ma Deuce Deuce program to bring awareness to the 22 Military Veterans who suffer from PTSD and commit suicide daily. Call 732-905-3411 for more information.


Sunday, September 30

Beach BBQ Bash
Tails of Hope holds its annual Beach BBQ Bash at Mr. C’s Beach Bistro located at 1 Allen Avenue in Allenhurst from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. with live music and more. Tails of Hope provide animal rescue, veterinary care, training, humane education and adoption services. They also work with families to help keep their animals in their home whenever possible, through education, training and other types of assistance. Click tailsofhopenj.com or call 732-660-8440 for tickets and more information.


October

Saturday, October 6

Fall Festival & Poker Run
The Silverton Volunteer Fire Company holds its 11th annual Fall Festival & Poker Run at their firehouse on Kettle Creek Road in Toms River. The day begins with an 80 to 100-mile motorcycle/classic car poker run at 8:30 a.m. followed by the festival 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. featuring local bands, inflatables, fire equipment displays and more. Click svfc29.com for tickets and more information.

Rock for the Run-Cupid's Chase 5K
The Rock for the Run-Cupid's chase 5K Kick off Event takes place at the Lacey Methodist church from 12 noon -5 p.m. with a DJ and bands. food trucks, face painting and more. Click comop.org or call 609-693-1700 for more information.


Saturday, October 13

5K Wing Run/Walk
The Purple Angel Foundation holds their first 5K Wing Run/Walk at the Brick Township Reservoir starting at 9 a.m.. The foundation is is dedicated to creating memories for adults age 21 to 65 that are dealing with rare terminal cancers. Call 732-920-2648 or click purpleangelnj.org 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


Saturday, October 20

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.


Friday, October 26

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.


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.