Friday, April 27th …. A Spaghetti Dinner in support of Leila Merrill takes place at Bayville VFW Post #9503 on Veterans Boulevard in Bayville from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Leila was diagnosed with MPS III, Sanfillipo Syndrome Type A, a progressive condition for which there is no cure or treatment available. Proceeds from the dinner will help fund the family’s expenses in their effort to help doctors research the disease. Call 732-278-7662 for tickets and more information.

Friday, April 27th  … The Toms River Elks Lodge hosts a Special Needs Children's Dance at their lodge located at 600 Washington Street in Toms River starting at 6 p.m. Dance to DJ Josh, create your own ice cream sundae and take a chocolate making class. Check their Facebook page  for more information.

Saturday, April 28th …. The Lacey Township High School Performing Arts hosts their 3K Color Run at Lacey Township High School on Haines Street starting at 10 a.m. to assist in the repair and upkeep of the Marching Band instruments, the Choir music, Drama sets and building of set scenery for multiple shows and to help ensure the study of the Arts. Call 732-534-1835 for registration information.

Friday, May 4th thru Sunday, May 6th …. The annual Pugapalooza event takes place Friday, May 4 - Sunday, May 5 in Asbury Park with a meet and greet on Friday night at the Dark City Brewery, the main event on Saturday at the Wonder Bar and the Pug Brunch and Pink Your Pug Out promenade on Sunday. The event benefits (a non-profit group) which helps tristate pugs in need and also other Pug Rescues throughout the United States Click their Facebook page for more information

Saturday, May 5th ….. POAC Autism Services holds their Autism Walk For a Difference and Family Carnival at FirstEnergy Park, home of the Lakewood BlueClaws, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. with rides, entertainment, workshops and more. Click for more information.

Wednesday, May 9th …. The Sunrise Optimist Club of Freehold hosts an American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Freehold Township Municipal Building (Room 114) from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.. Click for more information.

Saturday, May 12th …. HOPE Sheds Light holds A Day of Hope at 253 Chestnut Street in Toms River from 11 a.m . – 3 p.m. to celebrate recovery and wellness through the groundbreaking of HOPE Sheds Light’s new butterfly garden. Click or call 732-244-0783 for more information.

Sunday, May 20th ….. Spaghetti “Fundraiser” Dinner for Brittany Jones, a College Student who is in need of “Open Heart Surgery”. The dinner takes place from 3 – 7 pm at the Parkertown Firehouse at 830 Railroad Avenue in Parkertown.  Brittany is a life-long resident of Tuckerton/Little Egg Harbor.

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