Hometown Happenings

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
The American Cancer Society holds its annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer on Sunday, October 20 at Ocean & Atlantic Avenues in Point Pleasant Beach starting at 10 a.m. Come together with survivors, caregivers, men and women from all walks of life who are passionate about saving lives from breast cancer. Celebrate your shared efforts. Inspire each other to carry on. And take comfort in the knowledge that because of your dedication, no one walks alone. Click acsevents.org for more information.


Friday, October 11 – Sunday, October 13

Italian Street Festival & Ocean County Columbus Day Parade
The annual Italian Street Festival takes place on Grant Avenue in Seaside Heights Friday from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m music, dancing, singing, food and the parade Sunday afternoon. Click exit82.com for more information on the festival and columbusnj.org for more parade information.

Friday, October 18

The Real Ghost Stories of Lacey Township
Lacey Township Recreation and the Lacey Historical Society host The Real Ghost Stories of Lacey Township at the Old Schoolhouse Museum on South Main Street (Route 9) in Forked River starting at 6 p.m. with S’mores and a haunted story. Call 609-693-1100 X2203 for tickets and more information.

Saturday, October 19

Soup & Sandwich
Knights of Columbus #6522 of Forked River holds their annual Soup & Sandwich event at the Columbian Hall located at 15 East Lacey Road in Forked River from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Sample over 20 soups and a variety of sandwiches. Check their Facebook page for tickets and more information.

Designer Handbag Bingo Event
The Toms River Lions Club hosts their Designer Handbag Bingo Event at American Legion Post #129 on Church Road in Toms River starting at 1 p.m. to benefit eye screenings of preschool children and eye exam and glasses for needy individuals, Camp Marcella aka New Jersey Camp for Blind Children for blind and visually impaired children and adults. Call 732-239-8969 for more information.

Color Fest
The Mental Health Association in New Jersey holds their Color Fest community event at Veterans Park on Bill Zimmerman Jr. Way in Bayville from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. which includes a color run/walk, community resources, games and activities for kids, raffles and more. Click mhanj.org for more information

Sunday, October 20

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
The American Cancer Society holds its annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer  at Ocean & Atlantic Avenues in Point Pleasant Beach starting at 10 a.m. Come together with survivors, caregivers, men and women from all walks of life who are passionate about saving lives from breast cancer. Celebrate your shared efforts. Inspire each other to carry on. And take comfort in the knowledge that because of your dedication, no one walks alone. Click acsevents.org for more information.

Thompson Park Day
The Monmouth County Park System holds their annual Thompson Park Day at the park located at 805 Newman Springs Road in Lincroft from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. with canoeing on Marlu Lake (weather permitting), kids’ races, pie-eating contests, entertainment, mini golf, and more. There’s also a Jack O'Lantern Contest and Scarecrow contest. Click MonmouthCountyParks.com for more information.

Thursday, October 24

Mini Golf Monster Mash
The Arc of Monmouth hosts their Mini Golf Monster Mash at Monster Golf located at 749 Hope Road in Eatontown from 6 pm. – 8 p.m. with indoor mini golf, a costume contest and more. Click Click arcofmonmouth.org or call 732-493-1919 for tickets and more information.

Friday, October 25 & Saturday, October 26

Terror in the Halls
The H&M Potter School in Bayville holds their annual Terror in the Halls Halloween display on Friday, October 25 & Saturday, October 26 starting at 7 p.m. The school is completely transformed into a scary place with about 60 monsters and ghouls to benefit the PTA. Call 732-269-5700 for more information.

Friday, October 25

BBBS Monmouth & Middlesex Counties Annual Gala
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties host their 21st annual Gala at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park starting at 6:30 p.m. with dinner, live music, live and silent auctions and more. For more information and tickets call 732.544.2224.

Saturday, October 26 & Sunday, October 27

Long Branch Fall Fest
The Long Branch Fall Fest takes place both days from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Whitechapel Projects on 2nd Avenue in Long Branch with craft and vintage vendors, a costume contest, pumpkin painting,trick or treat, live music and more. Click asburyparkbazaar.com for more information.

Saturday, October 26

Monster Dash 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run
The Point Pleasant First Aid & Emergency Squad holds their Monster Dash 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run at Jenkinson’s Pavilion in Point Pleasant Beach starting at 10:30 a.m. with runners dressed in Halloween costumes. Boo at the Boardwalk follows the Dash. Call 732-899-0146 or click monsterdash5k.com for more information.

Refresh Your Pallet
The Toms River High School South Marching Band holds a painting fundraiser Refresh Your Pallet at the Toms River High School South Cafeteria starting at 2 p.m.

Comedy Night
Knights of Columbus St Maximilian Kolbe Council 10899 holds a Comedy Night at the Silver Ridge Park East Assoc. Clubhouse located at 979 Edgebrook Drive North in Toms River starting at 7 p.m. featuring comedian Bob Nelson. Call 732- 608-7277 for ticket information.

Tuesday, October 29

Meatball Sub Sale
The Bayville First Aid Auxiliary holds a Meatball Sub Sale at the firehouse located at Route 9 and Station Road in Bayville from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. to benefit the Bayville First Aid Squad. Walk-ins are welcome or call ahead for pick up or delivery at 732-269-1313.


Friday, November 1

Comedy Night
Unity By The Shore presents their Wine Nibbles and Giggles Comedy Night at the Woman’s Club of Asbury Park located at 57 Wickapecko Drive in Asbury Park starting at 7 p.m. featuring comedians Robin Fox and Tim Hayes. Call 201-221-6011 or click unitybytheshore.org for tickets and more information.

Ocean Celebration
Clean Ocean Action hosts its annual Ocean Celebration at Windows on the Water located at 931 Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. with dinner, live music, prizes and more. Call 732-872-0111 or click cleanoceanaction.org for tickets and more information.

Saturday, November 2

Chili Cook Off/Biergarten/Corn Hole Tournament
Dream Factory Jersey Shore and Rescue Ridge host a Chili Cook Off/Biergarten/Corn Hole Tournament at the West Long Branch Community Center located at 116 Locust Avenue from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Other activities include an animal adoption area, dog kissing booth, vendors and crafts, live music and more. Click dreamsjerseyshore.com and rescueridge.com for more information.

Striped Bass Tournament
The Maximilian Foundation holds their 5th annual Striped Bass Tournament at the Manahawkin Elks Lodge on Hilliard Boulevard in Manahawkin followed by their annual fish fry. Click themaximilianfoundation.org or call 609-756-5899 for more information.

Sunday, November 3

Headstands for Hunger
The 7th annual Headstands for Hunger takes place at Convention Hall in Asbury Park from 8:30 a.m. – noon to help hungry people and homeless animals in Monmouth County with a variety of vendors, live music, henna art, photo booth and a 90 minute all levels yoga practice. Headstands are always optional. Suggested donation is ten pounds of non-perishable food items for people and pets. Click headstandsforhunger.org or call 732- 687-2498 for more information.

Craft Fair & Open House
Jackson Twp. Volunteer Fire Co.#1 hosts their Craft Fair & Open House at the Station 55 Firehouse located at 113 North New Prospect Road in Jackson starting at 9 a.m. Click jacksonstation55.com for more information.

Color Me For Technology Color Run
The Fair Haven Education Foundation holds their 3rd annual Color Me for Technology Color Run at the Fair Haven Fields Nautural Area on Ridge Road in Fair Haven starting at 9 a.m. with a fun run. Throughout the course participants will experience four color splash zones, manned by Fair Haven teachers and staff, where they'll be doused in color and end with a final color toss celebration. Click fhnjef.org for more information.

Friday, November 8

Shore Comedy Night for the Scouts
The Monmouth Council of the BSA hosts their Shore Comedy Night for the Scouts at the Long Branch Elks Lodge starting at 7 p.m. featuring Doug Karpf, Tim Grill and Lonnie Bray to benefit the Thunderbird- and Twin Lights districts of the Monmouth Council BSA. Check their Facebook page for tickets and more information.

Saturday, November 9

Gift Auction
Family Promise of Southern Ocean County holds a Gift Auction at St Mary's of the Pines Parish Center located at 100 Bishop Way in Manahawkin starting at 4 p.m. Call 609-994-3317 or click FamilyPromiseSOC.org for more information.

Comedy Night
The Lanoka Volunteer Fire Company hosts a Comedy Night at their firehouse located at 2 Warren Avenue starting at 6:30 p.m. featuring Joe Fernandes and Jackue Bryne. Call 609-312-2420 for tickets and more information.

Sunday, November 10

Flapjack Fundraiser for Tim Kohlheim's Family
The Beach Bums Corvette Club hosts a Flap Jack Fundraiser at Applebee’s on Route 72 in Manahawkin from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. to benefit the family of the late Tim Kohlheim from the Shore Fire Grill. Tim died in a car crash in August. Check the event’s Facebook page for more information.

Saturday, November 16

Paint & Sip Fundraiser
Crazy Rescue Ladies hosts their Paint & Sip Fundraiser at the Pleasant Plains Volunteer EMS Building located at 44 Clayton Avenue in Toms River from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. The group rescues unwanted and unloved dogs and give them a second chance at life. Click crazyrescueladiesinc.com for more information.

North Star Holiday Bazaar
St. Andrews United Methodist Church hosts its North Star Holiday Bazaar at the church located at 1528 Church Road in Toms River from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Call 732-349-5367 for more information.

Saturday, November 23

Holiday Craft Fair
The Forked River Presbyterian Church holds their Holiday Craft Fair at the church on North Main Street in Forked River from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. that includes a visit from Santa Claus. Click forkedriverpres.org or call 609-693-5624 for more information.

Saturday, November 30

Craft/Vendor Fair
The American Legion Auxiliary holds their Craft/Vendor Fair at the American Legion Post located at 2025 Church Road in Toms River from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Call 732-272-7552 for more information.


Friday, December 6

Winter Glow Gala
The Arc of Monmouth hosts their Winter Glow Gala at Branches located at 123 Monmouth Road in West Long Branch from 6:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. with a casino, live music, auction and more. Click arcofmonmouth.org or call 732-493-1919 for tickets and more information.

Saturday, December 7

Craft Fair
Lacey Township High School host a Craft Fair at the high school located at 73 Haines Street in Lanoka Harbor from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Call 609-548-2643 for more information.

Christmas Bake Sale & Gift Shop
The Tri Boro First Aid Squad hosts their Christmas Bake Sale & Gift Shop at their headquarters located at 61 J Street in Seaside Par from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Call 732-830-3236 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 schedules 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.