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Special Events

Relay for Life
Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. These events bring communities together to remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers and raise funds to help the ACS make a global impact on cancer. Team members take turns walking around a track or designated path. Each event is 6-24 hours in length and each team is asked to have a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps.

Click on each event for more information including a list of participating teams.


May

Wednesday, May 23

Spring Painting Party
Lacey Boy Scout Troop #156 holds their Spring Painting Party at the Lacey Elks Lodge on Beach Boulevard from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. to benefit the troop’s camp trailer repair and new tents. Check their Facebook page or call 609-709-7622 for more information.


Thursday, May 24

Karoke Night
Long Branch Elks Lodge #732 hosts a Karaoke Night at their lodge located at 150 Garfield Ave in Long Branch from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. to help send special needs kids to Elks Camp Moore. Thlae camp offers the kids a vacation with relaxed and accepting atmosphere. Check their Facebook page for more information.


Friday, May 25 – Sunday, May 27

Bradley Beach Memorial Day Festival
The Bradley Beach Memorial Day Festival takes place Friday, May 25 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 27 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the beachfront promenade to benefit the Bradley Beach First Aid Squad . Enjoy food vendors, kids games and activities, live entertainment and the Memorial Day on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Check their Facebook page for more information.


Saturday, May 26

Memorial Day BBQ and Pig Roast
American Legion Post 129 hosts a Memorial Day BBQ and Pig Roast at their location at 2025 Church Road in Toms River starting at 1 p.m. featuring live music from the band Katfish Lucy. Check their Facebook page for more information.


Monday, May 28

Freehold Memorial Day Parade
The 144th annual Freehold Memorial Day Parade steps off ay 10 a.m. on Main Street in downtown Freehold. There will also be a memorial service at Elks Point (intersection of Broadway and Main St.) at 8:30 a.m. Click their Facebook page or call 732-462-4580 for more information.


Wednesday, May 30

Color Run
The Emma Havens School PTA in Brick holds a Color Run starting at 4:30 p.m. to benefit classroom libraries. Call 732-785-3000 for more information.


June

Saturday, June 2

Avon 5K Run/Walk
The Avon By The Sea First Aid & Safety Squad holds their 23rd annual Avon 5K Run/Walk along Ocean Avenue and Norwood Avenue starting at 8:30 a.m. Click jsrc.org for more information.

Flea Market
The Ocean County Historical Society holds their first Flea Market on the grounds of their headquarters at 26 Hadley Avenue in Toms River from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click oceancountyhistory.org or call 732-330-2409 for table information.


Monday, June 5 and Tuesday, June 6

Frank Romeo of “The Art of War”
Toms River High School North hosts a presentation with Frank Romeo of "The Art of War" Monday, June 5 and Tuesday, June 6 from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. each day. Romeo is a Vietnam Veteran who was part of a small Special Forces group that was ambushed in August of 1969. He was shot 7 times and woke up months later in a hospital in Japan. After a year of surgeries around the globe, he was discharged from a hospital in Queens where anti-war protesters spit in his face and called him a murderer and a baby killer. Romeo spent 40 years battling an internal struggle with his Vietnam experience and PTSD while raising a family of 7 children on Long Island. His current work is promoting a planned walk across NY State to increase awareness for PTSD and the plight of our many disabled, homeless or unemployed veterans. He plans to raise funds to support a documentary film to spread his message to a national audience. Call 732- 604-5512 for more information.


Friday, June 8

Hope Rises Concert
The HOPE Center presents The Hope Rises Concert featuring Chris Pinnella of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and an exclusive performance of The Billy Joel Songbook featuring his 8-piece band of musicians at The Grunin Center on the campus of Ocean County College starting at 8pm. The evening will also honor another Ocean County-based organization, HOPE Sheds Light, Inc., whose mission is to raise awareness and educate individuals, families and the community about the impact of addiction. Click grunincenter.org/event for tickets and more information .

Gift Auction
The Toms River Marching Mariners hold a Gift Auction at St. Barbara's Greek Orthodox Church on Church Road in Toms River starting at 6 p.m. Check their Facebook page for more information.


Saturday, June 9

Hollywoof
Rescue Ridge holds their 12th annual Hollywoof fundraiser at FirstEnergy Park, home of the Lakewood BlueClaws from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. Click their Facebook page for more information (This event was postponed from May 19)

Lacey AYF Flea Market
Lacey American Yourh Football (AYF) holds a Flea Market at Clune Park located on Clue Park Rd in Forked River starting at 8 a.m. Bring your own items to sell and you keep whatever you make or donate items to be sold to benefit the youth football and cheer program Rain date is June 10.

Juried Art Walk
The Beach Haven Chamber of Commerce holds its first Juried Art Walk along Bay Avenue, Beach Haven, a fine arts and fine crafts outdoor festival along starting at 6th Street and ending at Pearl Street from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Click beachhavenchamber.com or call 732-687-1343 for more information.

Lacey Fishing Derby
The Lacey Township High School Fishing Club and the Lacey Municipal Alliance host the 3rd annual Lacey Fishing Derby at the Mill Pond located at the Parker Avenue basketball court in Forked River from 7 a.m. – 10 a.m. as part of Free Fishing Day in New Jersey. Call 609- 661-3003 for more information.

Go Fish Day
The Bradley Beach Recreation Department holds their Go Fish Day at Sylvan Lake from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. for kids age 16 and younger with prizes for the biggest fish caught by age group. Call 732- 776-2999 for more information.

A Night Of Comedy
A Night Of Comedy to benefit Emiliana's Hope takes place at the Bayville Elks Lodge on Route 9 in Bayville starting at 6:30 p.m. featuring Don Jamison and Jackie Mason’s daughter, Sheba Mason. Call 732-895-5480 or click emilianashope.com for more information.

Chili Cook Off
The Eagleswood Fire Company holds a Chili Cook Off at the Sea Pirate Campground on Route 9 in West Creek from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Click www.sea-pirate.com or call 609-296-7400 for more information.


Sunday, June 10

Victorian Tea Party
The Seaside Chapter of Deborah Hospital holds their annual Victorian Tea Party at the B & B Victorian Tea Room located at 600 Main Street in Toms River from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. For tickets and more information call 732- 608-9895.


Saturday, June 16

Brielle 5K
The Brielle Elementary School PTO holds their Brielle 5K Race and 1 Mile Fun Run at the Brielle Ale House on Union Avenue. Check their Facebook page for more information.

Collier Youth Services Team Trike-Athlon
The Collier Youth Services Team Trike-Athlon takes place at Vonage’s Holmdel Campus on Main Street starting at 9:30 a.m. Participants will ride tricycles through an obstacle course, complete “minute to win it” games, and compete against other teams to help Monmouth County kids attend Kateri Day Camp for free. Click collieryouthservices.org or call 732-946-4771 for more information.

James Carlomusto Memorial Poker Run
American Legion Post #321 holds the James Carlomusto Memorial Poker Run starting at their post in Union Beach at 9:30 a.m. and ending with a barbeque at 1 p.m. Proceeds will benefit James’ daughter’s college fund. Call 732-616-9568 for more information.

Seaside Gives Back Pub Tour
The 3rd annual Seaside Gives Back Pub Tour takes place at the Sawmill on the Boardwalk in Seaside Park starting at 2 p.m. to benefit Peoples Pantry. This year’s participating bars include the Sawmill, Beachcomber, JR's, Jimbos, Aztec, EJ's, and The Shore Thing PUB. Call 732-864-6471 or check their Facebook page for more information.

Early Father’s Day Breakfast
The Barnegat High School Class of 2019 hosts an Early Father's Day Breakfast at Lefty's Restaurant on Main Street Barnegat from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Click their Facebook page or call 609-660-7510 for tickets and more information.


Monday, June 18

Tom Giannattasio Jr Memorial Fund Golf Outing
The Tom Giannattasio Jr Memorial Fund holds its 19th annual Golf Outing at the Lakewood County Club located at 145 Country Club Drive in Lakewoof starting at noon. Click TomGJRMemorialFund.com or call 732-477-8959 for more information.


Saturday, June 21

Summer in the Street
Enjoy a day of live entertainment, family fun, crafter, food and more at Summer in the Street along Washington Street in downtown Toms River from noon until 6 p.m. Click downtowntomsriver.com for more information.


Saturday, June 24

Pine Beach 5K and 1 Mile Run
The Ocean Running Club holds their Pine Beach 5K and 1 Mile Run at Vista Park on Riverside Drive in Pine Beach with a Kiddie Dash is at 7:45 a.m. -1 Mile Run is at 8:00 a.m. - 5K Race at 8:30 a.m. Click runsignup.com for more information.


Saturday, June 30

Co-ed Softball Tournament
The Chris Calderone Memorial Scholarship hosts a Co-ed Softball Tournament at the Drum Point Sports Complex in Brick starting at 9 a.m. Call 732-330-6038 for more information.


July

Sunday, July 8

Poker Run
Ocean Thunder HOG Chapter holds a Poker Run and Tricky Tray Auction to benefit Children's Specialized Hospital beginning and ending at Ocean County Harley Davidson on Route 70 in Lakewood starting at 9 a.m. Call 732-503-1735 or click ocpokerrunforkids.kintera.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.