Friday, December 22nd … Enspirited Projects hosts Gingerbread Lane: An Elf Block Party at Brick PAL located at 60 Drum Point Road in Brick starting at 6 p.m. It’s a holiday version of trick-or-treating with Santa’s elves with the chance to decorate a gingerbread house and make an elf puppet. Plus enjoy a sing-a-long and a visit from Santa. Call 732- 773-5062 for more information.


Sunday, December 31st ….. First Night Ocean County is a family New Year’s Eve celebration starting at noon. Ring in the new year with crafts, balloonists, magic shows and more at the arcades along the boardwalk ending with fireworks at 5 p.m. First Night Ocean County bracelets are on sale for $5 each at the County Connection at the Ocean County Mall on Hooper Avenue in Toms River. Click for more information.


Sunday, December 31st …. The Ship Bottom Bash takes place at the Ship Bottom Volunteer Fire Co. located at 2006 Central Avenue to benefit the fire company and the Alliance for a Living Ocean (ALO) starting at 8 p.m. with a Daytime Bazaar starting at noon with live music from Rob Connolly, Sahara Moon, Jimmy Brogan, and Ryan Zimmerman. Click for tickets and more information.


Saturday, January 13th …. The Lacey Township High School Fishing Club holds their 9th annual Fisherman's Flea Market in the high school gym from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and used fishing and outdoor gear! Proceeds club offset the cost of fun and educational fishing trips throughout the year. Call 609- 661-3003 for more information.


Dell’Omo Realtors  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


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


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



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