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SPECIAL EVENTS

Relay For Life
The American Cancer Society hosts Relay For Life events all around the Jersey Shore to to remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society make a global impact on cancer.

  • Friday, April 28: Barnegat – Barnegat High School
  • Friday, May 12: Tinton Falls – Monmouth Regional High School
  • Friday, May 19: Wall – Wall High School and Two Rivers – Red Bank Regional High School
  • Saturday, May 20: New Egypt – New Egypt High School. Point Pleasant – Point Pleasant Community Park and Matawan – Matawan Regional High School
  • Friday, June 2: Brick – Brick Township High School
  • Saturday, June 3: Hazlet – Raritan High School and Freehold – Freehold Raceway
  • Friday, June 9: Howell – Howell High School and Toms River – Toms River High School North
  • Saturday, June 10: Jackson – Jackson Liberty High School and Middletown – Middletown High School North
  • Saturday, June 17: Old Bridge – Lombardi Field
  • Saturday, September 23: Asbury Park – Bradley Park

Galleria Red Bank Farmers Market
The Galleria Red Bank Farmers Market takes place every Sunday May 21 through November 19 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Galleria at the corner of West Front Street and Bridge Avenue. Find fresh, locally-grown produce from New Jersey farmers and unique crafts and other vendors. Click redbank.org for more information.

Law Enforcement Mini-Academy
The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office presents their Law Enforcement Mini-Academy in five session on May 11, 18 and 25 and June 1 & 8 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. for Monmouth County high school age students with an interest in law enforcement as a possible career/ Click mcsonj.org  for more information

 


April

Tuesday, April 25

Spring College Fair
The Ocean County Personnal and Guidance Association (OCPGA) holds their annual Spring College Fair at the Pine Belt Arena at Toms River High School North from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. with over 100 colleges, tech/vocational schools and the military. HESAA will also be giving a seminar to parents and students from 5:15 p.m. -6:15 p.m.


Thursday, April 27

Hearts for Hope Casino Night
Hope Sheds Light hosts their Hearts for Hope Casino Night at the Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Lakewood from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. The mission of Hope Sheds Light, Inc. is to raise awareness and educate individuals, families and the community about the disease of addiction and to provide hope and resources towards recovery. Click hopeshedslight.org for tickets and more information.


Friday, April 28

Spaghetti Dinner
Zonta of Southern Ocean County holds a Spaghetti Dinner at Tuckerton Masonic Lodge 4 located at 122 Church Street in Tuckerton from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. to benefit Coastal Volunteers in Medicine. Call 609-296-8768 for tickets and more information.


Saturday, April 29

MCSPCA Dog Walk & Pet Fair
The Monmouth County SPCA holds their 23rd annual Dog Walk and Pet Fair at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. featuring food trucks and vendors, live canine demonstrations, live music by The Wag and more.  Rain date is Sunday, May 6 Click mcspcadogwalk.org for more information.

Danny Diaz Fundraiser
A fundraiser to benefit Danny Diaz takes place at the Headliner on Route 35 in Beptune from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Danny was diagnosed with an unexpected, rare case of T-cell lymphoma.

School Readiness Children’s Festival
The Ocean Association For The Education Of Young Children hosts their STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Into School Readiness Children’s Festival at the Hooper Avenue Elementary School on Hooper Avenue in Toms River from 9:30 a.m. – noon featuring live entertainment, fun family interactive activities and school readiness information for parents.

Twin Lights 5K
The Twin Lights Historical Society holds their Twin Lights 5K starts at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of the Twin Lights National Landmark, loops through the town of Highlands and finishes in front of the lighthouse with a view of the Atlantic Ocean, Sandy Hook and the New York City skyline. Click twinlightslighthouse.com for more information,

Touch-A-Truck
The Wall Township Recreation Department hosts a Touch-A-Truck event at Wall Community Park from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with vehicles from police cars, ambulances, fire trucks, dump trucks, bull dozers, cranes, tanks, classic cars and even a helicopter. Click wallnj.com or call 732-228-9180 for more information.

Brewing Awareness for Autism
The Autism MVP Foundation holds their their second annual Brewing Awareness for Autism event at the Beach Haus Brewery in Belmar live music and more. Click autismmvp.org for tickets and more information.

Night At The Races
The Toms River East Little League holds their Night at the Races fundraiser at the East Dover First Aid Building on Garfield Avenue in Toms River starting at 6 p.m. Click tomsrivereast.com or call 908-600-8673 for tickets and more information.

Gift Auction
The Point Pleasant Beach Rotary holds their annual Gift Auction at the Brick VFW on Adamston Road in Brick from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Call 973-699-7989 for tickets and more information.

Shop. Sell. Strut.
Autism New Jersey hosts their Shop.Sell.Strut event at Lake Terrace in Lakewood starting at 2 p.m. The event starts out with the opportunity to enjoy refreshments and live entertainment while selling or shopping for gently worn pageant, dance, and cheer wardrobe followed by a couture fashion show featuring the latest runway trends from New Jersey boutiques. Check their Facebook page or call 848-992-3370 for tickets and more information.


Sunday, April 30

Bowl for Kids Sale
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County holds their annual Bowl for Kids Sake at the Playdrome in Toms River starting at 10:30 a.m. to benefit BBBSOC’s mentoring programs. Click bbbsoc.org or call 732-505-3400 for more information.

Red Bank International Beer, Wine And Food Fest
The Red Bank International Beer, Wine and Food Fest takes place in the White Street parking lot in Red Bank from noon – 7 p.m. It’s a family friendly outdoor celebration of international food, music, beer and wine, activities for kids and live music on two stages! Click redbank.org for more information.

Friends of Southern Ocean County Animal Shelter
Angel and Jules for Others presents their 2nd annual benefit to support the Friends of Southern Ocean County Animal Shelter at the Captain’s Inn on East Lacey Rd in Forked River from noon until 4 p.m. Call 609-693-3351 for more information.


May

Tuesday, May 2

Meatball Sub Sale
The Bayville First Aid Auxiliary holds a Meatball Sub Sale at the First Aid Squad building located at 660 Route 9 in Bayville from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Click bayvillefas.org or call 732-267-1754 to pre-order and for more information.


Wednesday, May 3

Mental Health & Substance Abuse Treatment Provider Fair
NAMI Ocean County holds their Mental Health & Substance Abuse Treatment Provider Fair at the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library system on Washington Street in Toms River from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Call 732- 244-4401 for more information.


Thursday, May 4

Ocean Cares Foundation Spring Gift Auction
The Ocean Cares Foundation holds their Spring Gift Auction at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Toms River with doors open at 5:30 p.m. The event includes a buffet dinner, door prizes, and gift auction, all hosted by 94.3 the Point’s Laurie Cataldo. Proceeds benefit Ocean Mental Health Services. For tickets and more information, visit oceanmhs.org or click HERE.


Friday, May 5 – Sunday, May 7

In The Heights
Lakewood High School’s drama department presents the musical In The Heights at the high school located on Somerset Avenue in Lakewood Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Call 908-489-8809 for tickets and more information.


Saturday , May 6

Seaside Walk to Defeat ALS
The Greater Philadelphia chapters of the ALS Association holds their annual Seaside Walk to Defeat ALS along the boardwalk in Seaside Heights starting at Hiering Avenue from 9 a.m. – noon. Click alsphiladelphia.org for registration and more information.

Toms River Food Fest
Downtown Toms River presents their 7th annual Toms River Food Fest featuring food trucks, arts & crafts, live music, free kids rides and more. Click DowntownTomsRiver.com for more information.

POAC Walk For A Difference
POAC holds their Walk for a Difference at FirstEnergy Park, home of the Lakewood BlueClaws starting with a resource fair at 11 a.m. Click poacwalk.org  for registration and more information.

Spring Gift Auction
The Pioneer Hose Fire Company’s Ladies Auxiliary holds the Spring Gift Auction at 312 Drum Point Road in Brick starting at 6:30 p.m. Call 732-477-8298 for tickets and more information.

Antique Car & Vehicle Show
The Poricy Park Conservancy hosts their People’s Choice Antique Car & Vehicle Show ay Poricy Park on Oak Hill Road in Middletown from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. with antique cars plus food trucks. Call 732-268-7034 or click poricypark.org for more information.

Plant Sale
The Ocean County Master Gardeners hold their Plant Sale at the Rutgers Cooperatve Extension of Ocean County on Whitesville Road at Sunset Ave in Toms River from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., rain or shine. Call 732-349-1245 or click ocean.njaes.rutgers.edu for more information.

Mega Gift Auction
CONTACT of Ocean & Monmouth Counties holds its 32nd annual Mega Gift Auction and spring preview fashion show at the Ramada Inn on Route 70 at Route 9 in Toms River from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. For tickets and more information call 732-240-6104.

AmpUp! Walk/Run to End Bladder Cancer
The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network holds their AmpUp! Walk/Run to End Bladder Cancer on Main Street in Bradley Beach starting at 1 p.m. to increase bladder cancer awareness, support those living with this disease, and raise funds to find a cure. Click ampupbcan.org or call 888—901-2226 for registration and more information.


Sunday, May 7

Paulette’s C of Blue
The CentraState Healthcare Foundation, in cooperation with CentraState Healthcare System hosts their 8th annual Paulette’s C of Blue, a 5K/1 Mile & Family Fun Day colorectal cancer fundraising and awareness event. at CentraState’s Star and Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus, 901 W. Main Street, Freehold from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. .Enjoy a day of family fun, children’s activities, local vendors, food, awards, fitness, and hope. Click centrastatefoundation.org  for more information.

New Jersey AIDS Walk
The New Jersey AIDS Walk takes place in Asbury Park at the Center in Asbury Park on Third Avenue starting at 1 p.m. to support to the thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS and by encouraging everyone to know their HIV status. There are also walks in Atlantic City, Morristown, Newark and Ridgewood. Click njaidswalk.org for more information.


Saturday, May 13

NJ State History Fair
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection holds its annual Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair takes place at Monmouth Battlefield State Park from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m, rain or shine. Five centuries of NJ’s history will be represented by exhibitors and reenactors. The centennial of the first World War will be commemorated with several special programs. Click http://www.njhistoryfair.org/ for more information.

Monmouth Beach PTO Run
The 23rd annual Monmouth Beach PTO takes place at the Monmouth Beach School located at 7 Hastings Place in Monmouth Beach starting at 9 a.m. Call 908-489-0262 or click raceforum.com/mb17 for registration and additional information.

Hollywoof
Rescue Ridge hosts its annual Hollywoof event at Bar Anticipation in Lake Como from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. Click rescueridge.com or call 646-248-4335 for tickets and additional information.

NAMI New Jersey Walk
NAMI New Jersey holds its NAMI New Jersey Walk on the boardwalk in Seaside Park at N Street starting with check-in at 9 a.m. Click namiwalks.org or call 732-940-0991 for more information.


Friday, May 19 – Sunday, May 21

New Jersey Seafood Festival
The New Jersey Seafood Festival comes to Belmar Friday, May 19 – Sunday, May 21 with seafood and specialty vendors, beer tent, children’s activities, live music and more. Click visitbelmarnj.com for more information.


Friday, May 19

Food Frolic & Gift Auction
The Order of the Evergreen hosts their 21st annual Food Frolic & Gift Auction at Saint Barbara’s Orthodox Church on Church Road in Toms River starting at 6 p.m. to benefit Girl Scout programs. Call 732-349-4499 for tickets and more information.


Saturday, May 20

Chili & Salsa Cookoff
Downtown Toms River presents the 28th annual New Jersey State ICS Chili & Salsa Cookoff along Washington Street in Toms River starting at 11 a.m. Enjoy games, rides, live entertainment and chili & salsa tasting to help determine the People’s Choice winner. Click DowntownTomsRiver.com for more information.

Keyport Antiques and Artisan Festival
The Keyport Bayfront Business Cooperative hosts their 3rd annual Keyport Antiques and Artisan Festival in the downtown district on West Front Street and Waterfront Park from 11a.m. – 6 p.m. Enjoy live entertainment, poerty readings, live painting along with over 50 vendors and more. Click VisitKeyport.org.for more information.


Sunday, May 21

Flea Market
Bamber Lakes Fire Company holds their Flea Market at 2630 Lacey Road in Forker River from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call 609-971-0044 for more information.

Kristen’s Legacy of Love 5K Run/ 1Mile Walk
The Brain Aneurysm Foundation holds their Kristen’s Legacy of Love 5K Run/ 1Mile Walk on the boardwalk in Seaside Park starting with check in at 7:30 a.m. Click give.bafound.org/2017KLOL or call 904-662-5993 for more information.

Monmouth & Ocean County Take Steps Walk
The New Jersey chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation holds their Monmouth & Ocean County Take Steps Walk at Bradley Park in Asbury Park starting at 9 a.m.. The Walk is a family-friendly fundraising and walk event where patients, loved ones, friends, and supporters empower and inspire each other to fight against Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Click ccfa.org  or call 732-786-9960 for registration and more information.


June

Saturday, June 9

Striper Tournament & Fish Fry
The High Point Volunteer Fire Company of Harvey Cedars holds its 10th annual Striper Tournament and Fish Fry at the West 78th Street public dock in Harvey Cedars starting at 3 a.m. Call 609-494-9169 for more information.


Friday, June 16

Lincroft Eats Food Truck Fest
The Lincroft Village Green Association holds its 2nd annual Lincroft Eats Food Truck Fest at Brookdale Community College from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. with food trucks, craft vendors, live music, classic car show, and kids’ activities. Click lincroftvillagegreen.org or call 908- 601-1166 for more information.


July

Sunday, July 9

Poker Run & Gift Auction
Ocean Thunder H.O.G. holds their 2nd annual Children’s Specialized Hospital Poker Run & Gift Auction beginning and ending at Harley Davidson of Ocean County on Route 70 in Lakewood starting at 9 a.m. Call 732-503-1735 or click pokerrunforkids.kintera.org for more information.


September

Sunday, September 10

Daniel Patrick McCann III Poker Run
Manasquan Hook & Ladder Fire Company #1 holds the Daniel Patrick McCann III Poker Run to benefit the NJ Fallen Firefighters Memorial starting at Shoreline Harley Davidson in Long Branch and ending at Manasquan Hook & Ladder #1 located at 33 Abe Vorhees Drive in Manasquan with live music, a barbeque and more, Call 732-223-0929 for more information.


Saturday, September 16 & Sunday, September 17

Lakewood Lions Renaissance Faire
The Lakewood Lions Club holds their Lakewood Lions Renaissance Faire at Pine Park in Lakewood starting at 10 a.m. See jousting in full combat armour and knights in hand to hand combat, Archers using the English long bow, magicians, fire eaters, belly dancers and more including merchandise for sale of the era and food. Click http://www.lakewoodrenfair.com/ 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.

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