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July

Thursday, July 31 – Saturday, August 8

Rock of Ages
The Exit 82 Theatre Company kicks off their 7th season with Rock of Ages at the Strand Theater in Lakewood Thursday, July 31 through Saturday, August 8. It’s the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard. Aqua Net, Lycra, lace and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strips last legendary venues, a place where mega star Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality. Click exit82theatre.com or call 732-349-5245 for tickets, performance times and more information.


August

Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2

LBIF Fine Art Festival
The 26th annual Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Science Fine Art Festival takes place at the Foundation located at 120 Long Beach Boulevard on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visit an outdoor gallery created from spectacular works in painting, sculpting, jewelry, photography, glass, ceramics and more. Click LBIFoundation.org or call 609-494-1241 for more information.


Saturday, August 1

Classic Car Show
The Brick Township Volunteer EMS hosts a Classsic Car Show at Brick Township Volunteeer EMS Station 16 located at 500 Aurora Place in Brick from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Call 732-948-7723 for more information.

Lacey Shorefest
The Lacey United Methodist Church hosts a Food Truck Show at the Church located at 203 Lacey Road from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Other activities include a petting zoo, pony rides, live music, games and more. Call 609-693-5222 for tickets and additional information.

Monmouth Park Ladies Day
Monmouth Park holds its Ladies Day to kick off William Hill Haskell Weekend in style. Ladies are admitted free with hat or fascinator. Come dressed to impress and be asked to participate in the ladies hat contest for great prizes. Enjoy the Lilly Pulitzer fashion show at the Lady’s Secret Café showcasing the season’s best new style and designs. Click MonmouthPark.com for more information.


Sunday, August 2

Poker Run and Pig Roast
Ocean County PBA #258/Van Dyke Hospice hosts their 8th Annual Hospice Poker Run and Pig Roast in Memory of Blu-Lady 101 starting at 9 a.m. at Wawa on Route 70 at Route 539 in Manchester and ending at VFW Post # 9503 on Veterans Boulevard in Manchester with a barbeque, rain or shine. The ride benefits the Van Dyke Hospice at Community Medical Center in Toms River. Call 732-581-9308 for more information.


Tuesday, August 4

National Night Out
Wegmans on Route 35 in Ocean Township hosts a National Night Out event from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. with the Township of Ocean Police. Meet the Monmouth County Sheriff Department’s K-9, enjoy live music and more.

National Night Out
Neptune City Police Department and Avon-By-The-Sea Police Department host a National Night Out event at the Memorial Park on Riverview Road in Neptune City from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. with a K-9 demo, fire deptarmment drills, cops vs. cops volleyball game and more. Call 732- 775-1615 or click neptunecitypolice.org for more information.


Wednesday, August 5 – Sunday, August 9

Italian Festival
The Italian American Association hosts its Italian Festival at Joe Palia Park on Deal Road in Ocean Township from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. with rides, music, food, games and fireworks on Friday night. Call 732-539-8390 or click iaato.com for more information.


Saturday, August 8

James Volpe Foundation Wiffle Ball Tournament
The James Volpe Foundation holds their 5th annual Wiffle Ball Tournament at the Holbrook Little League Complex on Bartley Road in Jackson starting at 12 noon. Enter as a 3-person team or as an individual and join the Family Day events which include rides, face painting, a Home Run Derby, a beer garden and more. The Foundation remembers James Volpe, a Jackson Memorial High School Senior (Class of 2011) who died in a car accident. Click jamesvolpefoundation.org for tickets and more information. Rain date is August 9.

Car and Bike Show
The Under My Skin For Life Charity Foundation hosts a Custom and Classic Car & Bike Show at the First Assembly of God Church on Bay Avenue in Toms River from 9 a.m – 3 p.m. to benefit the Shore Hands Distribution center and Autism Speaks. Call 732-664-3143 or click undermyskinforlife.org for more information.

Water Summer Celebration and Fluke Fishing Tournament
Long Beach Island PBA #175 holds their 2nd annual Water Summer Celebration and Fluke Fishing Tournament at the Ship Bottom boat ramp featuring live music with the Rock Lobsters by the bay. Call 609-661-0382 or click facebook.com/longbeach.islandpba for more information.


Sunday, August 9

Camp Happy Times Fundraiser
Camp Happy Times hosts their 14th annual Fundraiser at the Headliner on Route 35 in Neptune starting at 5 p.m. Enjoy a barbeque, gift auction and more to benefit the Camp’s free overnight camp for kids with cancer. Call 732-775-6200 tickets and more information.

Hampton Fire Company Auxiliary Breakfast
The Hampton Fire Company Auxiliary of Neptune holds a breakfast at the Hamilton Banquet Hall on Jumping Brook Road in Neptune from 8 a.m. – 12noon.

Kourtney’s Challenge 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk
The Kourtney Rose Foundation holds the 10th anniversary Kourtney’s Challenge 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk at Monmouth Park starting at 8:30 a.m. Call 732-222-1491 or click thekortneyrosefoundation.org for more information.


Friday, August 14

Foundation 242 Fundraiser
Otto’s Bar and Grill on Route 35 in Ocean Township hosts a fundraiser in memory of Detective John Green starting at 5 p.m. Detective Green was an officer with the Ocean Township Police who died from a long-term illness earlier this year. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the 242 Forever Foundation to help his family.

Jersey Shore United
Jersey Shore United presents Chris August and Dez Childs in concert at Toms River High School North at 7 p.m. to benefit their ongoing effort to assist families affected by Hurricane Sandy. Call 732-914-8885 or click jerseyshoreunited.org for more information.


Saturday, August 15

Knights of the Inferno
The Knights of the Inferno Biker Rodeo takes places at the Brick VFW on Adamston Road in Brick starting at 12 noon to benefit Ocean of Love and the Burn Foundation. Click rodeo.kiffmcNJ2.org or call 908-977-6336 for additional information.

Conquering Cancer Benefit

The Howell Township First Aid and Rescue Squad #1 hosts a Conquering Cancer Benefit fundraiser for 2 women who are battling cancer at their squad house located at 16 Kent Road in Howell Township from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. with an all-you-can-eat barbeque, live entertainment from Curbie Ciamerra, face painting and more. One of these women has a son who is a Volunteer EMT with the Squad. All proceeds will be to the families to help with experimental treatments and help pay for their bills. Check their Facebook event page for tickets and more information.

 

Comedy Night
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for children of Ocean County holds a Comedy Night at the Laurelton Fire House on Route 88 in Brick. Click casaofoceancounty.org or call 732-797-0590 for more information.

Atlantic City Bus Trip
The Jackson Memorial Marching Band Parents host an Atlantic City bus trip leaving the high school at 9 a.m. and returning at 7 p.m. Click jacksonjaguarband.com for additional information.

G.I.R.L.S. Robotics Camp
Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore holds their first G.I.R.L.S. Robotics Camp at the Girl Scout Program Activity Center on Yellow Brook Road in Farmingdale. It’s an opportunity to learn about being part of a FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Team. Participants form into “Alliances” that will build, wire, program and drive a robot in two competitions by the end of the camp. In addition to creating a working robot, fun activities include game strategizing, team naming, pit decorating, trivia games, BBQ and an optional sleepover that features Movie Night and a campfire. Call 732-278-5864 or click newjerseyftc.com  for more information.


Saturday, August 22

Lacey Municipal Alliance Race
The Lacey Township Municipal Alliance holds its 15th annual Race at Gille Park on Manchester Avenue in Forked River starting at 8 a.m. The race will consist of a 5K Race, a One Mile Fun Run and Kiddie Dash followed by a post-race barbeque. All proceeds benefit substance abuse prevention, the Recreation Dept. and the Lacey Food Bank. For more information call 609-693-1100, x2217, or click Lacey5K.com.


Saturday, August 29

Domestic Violence Awareness Walk
Walking in Her Shoes holds a Domestic Violence Awareness Walk in memory of Tamara Wilson-Seidle in Neptune at 10 a.m. The walk will benefit her children, who were left without their mother after Tamara was shot to death on an Asbury Park street in June. Click walkinginhershoes.org  for more information.


Sunday, August 30

Ride for Patriots
The Mental Health Association of Monmouth County holds its first Ride for Patriots beginning at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel (exit #117 of the Garden State Parkway). The Ride includes an exclusive screening of the documentary “Project 22”. “Project 22” is about two veterans who are on a 22-day mission to raise awareness of veteran suicides and to interview leading researchers and healthcare providers specializing in Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress and a barbeque. Call 732-542-6422 or click mentalhealthmonmouth.org for more information.


September

Thursday, September 10

March 4 Music
Members of the Jackson Memorial High School Marching Band take to the school’s track for the March 4 Music fundraiser on Thursday, September 10 to walk laps in the band’s biggest fundraiser ever to help fund new instruments for the band and for upcoming trips and appearances. Donations can be made at march4music.org.


Saturday, September 12

CONTACT of Ocean and Monmouth 4 Mile Run/Walk
CONTACT of Ocean and Monmouth holds their 4 Mile Run/Walk at Ocean County Park on Route 88 in Lakewood starting at 8:45 a.m. Call 732-240-6104 or click .contactoceanmonmouth.org for more information.


Sunday, September 13

Foundation 242 Fundraiser
A fundraiser in memory of Detective John Green takes place at Wanamasa Fireman’s Field located at 1 Siciliano Way on Ocean Township starting at 11 a.m. Detective Green was an officer with the Ocean Township Police who died from a long-term illness earlier this year. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the 242 Forever Foundation to help his family.


Friday, September 18 – Sunday, September 20

Que by the Sea BBQ Festival & Competition
The Seaside Heights Business Improvement District presents the 7th annual Que by the Sea BBQ Festival & Competition along Grant Avenue from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday, September 18 – Sunday, September 20 featuring musical entertainment, artists and crafters and more. Call 732-830-3700 or click exit82.com for more information.


Sunday, September 20

Dog Fest
The Rotary Club of Brick hosts their Dog Fest on Windward Beach on Princeton Avenue in Brick from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. with contests, service dog demos, music and more. Call 732-451-1185 for more information.


Friday, September 25

Gift Auction
The Jackson Youth Football and Cheerleaders hold their annual Gift Auction at the Howell Pointe Swim Club in Howell. Call 732-586-2121 for more information.


Saturday, September 26

Car Show
The Pleasant Plains Volunteer First Aid Squad hosts their 2nd annual Car Show in the upper parking lot of Ocean County College from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call 732-341-0214 or click Facebook.com/ppfas33 for more information.


October

Saturday, October 3

Showcase of Champions
The Jackson Memorial Jaguar Band hosts its annual Showcase of Champions at the school’s Jack Munley Field located at 101 Don Connor Boulevard in Jackson starting at 5:30 p.m. 18 marching bands from around the tri-state area compete to be recognized as one of New Jersey’s best. Call 732-833-4600 or click jacksonjaguarband.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.org.

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