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Special Events

Jersey Shore Jacket Drive
Donate your gently used coat at our studios at 8 Robbins Street in Toms River or Laurita Winery in New Egypt during regular business hours.

Encorps
New Jersey’s new drum corps, Encorps, has openings in the brass section and holds rehearsals in South Brunswick every Sunday evening. For more information call 848-226-5393 or click jamwithencorps.org for more information.


February

Wednesday, February 21

Phil Citta Memorial Fundraiser
The Office Restaurant and Lounge of Toms River holds their 13th annual Phil Citta Memorial Fundraiser. A portions of the day’s sales will benefit the J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center at Community Medical Center. Click theofficelounge.net for more information.


Thursday, February 22

Sip ‘n Sign
The Brick PAL hosts their Sip ‘n Sign event at 60 Drum Point Road in Brick starting at 7 p.m. Design and make your own custom rustic sign with step by step instruction from their craft professionals. Click brickpal.org or call 732- 477-0144 for tickets and more information.


Friday, February 23

Allie Carbone Fundraiser
A fundraiser to help Allie Carbone of Bayville in her fight against leukemia takes place at the Tuscan Bistro on Hooper Avenue in Toms River from 8 p.m. -11 p.m. For more information click gofundme.com/alliecarbonefundraiser.


Saturday, February 24

Seaside Polar Bear Plunge
Special Olympics New Jersey holds their 25th anniversary Seaside Polar Bear Plunge as thousands jump into the icy Atlantic Ocean to support over 25,000 athletes statewide. Check in is at 9 a.m. for the 1 p.m. plunge. Click seasideplunge.org for registration and more information.

Gift Auction
Neptune Heat Baseball holds their Take Me Out to Cooperstown Gift Auction at the Shark River Hills Firehouse on Brighton Avenue in Neptune from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. to send the 11u/ 12u Neptune Heat Baseball team to compete at Cooperstown Dreams Park this summer. Check their Facebook page for tickets and more information.

All About Kids Fair
Toms River Macaroni Kids hosts their 3rd annual All About Kids Fair at the Ocean County Mall on Hooper Avenue in Toms River from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Visit with area pre-schools, dance programs, gymnastics schools, art studios, karate schools and more. Downtown Dance Academy, a magician from Chubby Penguin will perform along with a music class demonstration from The Peppermint Tree Learning Center. Click tomsriver.macaronikid.com for more information.

Vic Acerra Fundraiser
A fundraiser for Vic Acerra takes place at Monmouth Park’s William Hill Sports Bar from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. A 1984 graduate of Shore Regional, he was the owner of Acerra Tile, a business that he founded over 15 years ago. He was a long-time member of the Long Branch Elks and recently passed away. Click eventbrite.com for more information.

Gift Auction
St. Mary’s By The Sea holds its 12th annual Gift Auction called Amazon Adventure at the Brick VFW on Adamston Rd in Brick from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Call 732-892-9254 for more information.

10th Anniversary Gala
Exit 82 Theatre holds its 10th Anniversary Gala at the Atlantis Ballroom on Route 37 in Toms River from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. to celebrate 10 years of quality arts programming in Ocean County and look ahead at its future. Click exit82theatre.com for tickets and more information.


Sunday, February 25

NJ State PBA Blue Vs. White Game
The NJ State PBA hosts their Blue Vs. White Game at Middletown Ice World on Harmony Road in Middletown starting at 7 p.m. An open skate takes place before the game. Proceeds from the game benefit Union Beach Police officer and NJSPBA hockey team member Frank Taddeo who suffered a serious eye injury on the ice recently. Check their Facebook page for more information.


March

Saturday, March 3

Winter Dance Dinner
The James Volpe Foundation hosts its 3rd annual Winter Dance Dinner at the Knights of Columbus on Bartley Road in Jackson. The The foundation honors the memory of James Volpe, a Jackson Memorial High School senior who was killed in a 2011 car crash in Manchester Township. Click jamesvolpefoundation.org for tickets and more information.

Bowl for Kids Sake
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties hold their 36th annual Bowl for Kids Sake at Brunswick Zone in Hazlet from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Help saise funds and bowl with friends, family or coworkers to support the BBBS 1-to-1 mentoring programs. Click bbbsmmc.org or call 732- 444-3539 for more information.


Sunday, March 4

Pancake Breakfast
Boy Scout Troop #38 hosts and Easter Breakfast with the Easter Bunny in the Visitation Church auditorium on Mantoloking Road in Brick from after the 6:45 a.m. Mass to just before the 12:30 p.m. Mass.Tickets at the doot


Friday, March 9

Knock Out Substance Abuse
The Lacey Township Task Force presents Knock Out Substance Abuse at Lacey Township High School starting at 6:30 p.m. featuring MMA champion Frankie Edgar and former NFL player Keith Elias to help raise and educate a drug free community . Call 609-693-1100 X2203 for more information.


Saturday, March 10

Winter Event
Ducks Unlimited hosts their annual Winter Event at the Captain’s Inn on East Lacey Road in Forked River from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.. Click ducks.org/.new-jersey for tickets and more information.

Dinner and Comedy Show
The New Egypt Volunteer Fire Company hosts a Dinner and Comedy Show at their firehouse located at 59 Main Street. Check their Facebook page  or call 732- 903-4386 for tickets and more information.

Over 55 Dance
Holiday City Silverton Phase I Clubhouse hosts an Over 55 Dance at the clubhouse from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. featuring music by Backspin 40. Call 908-910-8736 for more information.


Monday, March 12

Chef’s Night Out
The Ocean County Foundation for Vocational Technical Education holds their 22nd annual Chef’s Night Out at the Toms River Athletic Arena. Sample the best from Shore area restaurants, caterers, bakeries, specialty stores and beverage distributors in the Foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year. Call 732-473-3100 X3157 or click ocvtsfoundation.org for tickets and more information.


Friday, March 16

Humanitarian Gala
Fulfull of Monmouth & Ocean Counties (formerly the FoodBank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties) holds their 2018 Humanitarian Gala at the Ocean Place Resort and Spa in Long Branch. The Storino Family, Jenkinson’s Boardwalk & Casino Pier and Manasquan Bank will all be honored. Click fulfillnj.org for more information.


Sunday, March 18

Keep it at the Track and Off the Streets
Ocean of Love holds their 4th annual Keep it at the Track and Off the Streets fundraiser takes place at Atco Raceway with a police escort from the Kohls store on Route 37 in Toms River at 7 a.m. Click oceanoflove.org for more information.


Friday, March 23

Designer Handbag Bingo
CONTACT of Ocean & Monmouth Counties’ 24/7 Crisis Intervention hosts a Designer Handbag Binno event at the Southard Firehouse on Route 9 in Howell starting at 7 p.m. Call 732-240-6104 for tickets and more information.


Friday, March 30

Disco for Firefighters
The Unexcelled Fire Department of Neptune holds their Disco for Firefighters at the Headliner on Route 35 in Neptune starting at 8:30 p.m. featuring the Funktion Band. Call 732-775-6200 for tickets and more information.


April

Sunday, April 8

Asbury Park TuTu 2.2 Run
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties hold their Asbury Park TuTu 2.2 Run at the Asbury Park Biergarten starting at 9:22 a.m. Click runsignup.com for more information.


Thursday, April 12

Great Gatsby Gala
MOCEANS Centers for Independent Living hold their first Great Gatsby Gala and Gift Auction at the Eagle Oaks Country Club, Farmingdale from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. MOCEANS is a gathering point for people who live with disabilities offering information, peer support, advocacy, programs for youth transition to adult life and supports coordination. Call 732- 571-4884 ext. 103 or click moceanscil.org for tickets and more information.


Saturday, April 14 & Sunday, April 15

Quilt Show
Beachplum Quilters of the Jersey Shore present their Everything’s Coming Up Roses Quilt Show & Sale at Elks Lodge #1875 on Washington Street in Toms River from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday. See quilts from over 100 members and more. Click beachplumquilters.com for tickets and more information.


Thursday, April 19

Team Challenge Gift Auction
The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation holds their Gift Auction at the Buona Sera Palazzo on Park Avenue in Ocean Township starting at 6:30 a.m. Click tcgiftauction.com for more information.


Friday, April 27

Casino Night
The Spring Lake Heights PTA hosts a Casino Night at Doolans Shore Club on Route 71 in Spring Lake starting at 6 p.m. to benefit programs and upgrades at Spring Lake Heights Elementary School. Call 732-773-8032 for tickets and more information.


May

Saturday, May 5

People's Choice Antique Car & Vehicle Display
The Poricy Park Conservancy holds their 4th annual People's Choice Antique Car & Vehicle Display at the park on Oak Hill Road in Middletown from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. New car dealers from the area will also have new cars on display with a variety of food and treats at the different food truck vendors. Call 732- 268-7034 or click poricypark.org for more information.


Sunday, May 20

Celebration of Life 5K Walk and Race
The New Jersey Sharing Network holds its Celebration of Life 5K on the Great Lawn at the Ocean Promenade on Ocean Ave in Long Branch starting at 7:30 .a.m. The race honors those who gave, pays tribute to those who received, offers hope to those who continue to wait and remember the lives lost while waiting for organ and tissue donations. Click njsharingnetwork.org 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.org.v