Hometown Happenings

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February

Tuesday, February 25

Lakewood Police vs. LBA Basketball Game
The Lakewood Police Foundation hosts a charity basketball game between members of the Lakewood Police Department and the Lakewood Basketball Association at the Lakewood High School gym at 7 p.m. Check the Lakewood Police Facebook page for more information.


Friday, February 28

Comedy Night
Comedian Jeff Norris and his K9’s for Warriors host a Comedy Night at the Algonquin Theater in Manasquan starting at 8 p.m. Click feb28jeff.eventbrite.com for tickets and more information.


March

Sunday, March 1

Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at 12:30 p.m. on Main Street in Belmar. Click belmarparade.com for more information.

Jersey Shore Guitar & Amp Show
Bayville Elks Lodge #2394 presents their 2nd annual Jersey Shore Guitar & Amp Show at the lodge located at 247 Atlantic City Boulevard in Bayville from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. featuring musical equipment and live music by Albert Hall.

St. Pawtrick’s Day Fundraiser
Associated Humane Societies hosts their first St. Pawtrick’s Day Fundraiser at the Asbury Park Brewery located at 810 Sewell Ave in Asbury Park from noon til 3 p.m. with games, fun and more to benefit Popcorn Park Zoo plus facilities in Tinton Falls and Newark. Click ahscares.org for tickets and sponsorship opportunities.

Try the Y Open House
The Ocean County YMCA presents their Try the Y Open House located at 1088 West Whitty Road in Toms River, from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.  to check out their facilities including their Olympic size swimming pool, work out center and more. Check their Facebook page for more information.


Monday, March 2

International Chef’s Night Out
The Ocean County Foundation for Vocational Technical Education hosts their 24th annual International Chef’s Night Out at the RWJ Barnabas Arena on the campus of Toms River High School North on Old Freehold Road in Toms River from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.. and the chance to sample the best food and drink from Shore restaurants. Click ocvtsfoundation.org for tickets and additional information.


Wednesday, March 4

International Dinner
The Barnegat High School World Language Club hosts their International Dinner at the Barnegat High School Cafeteria located at 1800 Bengal Boulevard from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sample food from area restaurants as well as dishes made by students and their families. Proceeds from the dinner will go toward awarding scholarships to graduating seniors. Call 609-660-7510 for tickets and more information.


Thursday, March 5 – Saturday, March 7

Damn Yankees
The Toms River High School South Theatre Guild presents the musical Damn Yankees Thursday, March 5 – Saturday, March 7 in the school cafetorium at 7 p.m. each night.


Saturday, March 7

Ocean County St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The annual Ocean County St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at noon on the Boulevard in Seaside Heights with live Irish music at the Hershey Hotel featuring Ballyhaunis. Click exit82.com for more information.

Bowl for Kids Sake
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Coastal and Northern New Jersey holds their 38th annual Bowl for Kids Sake at the Bowlero on Route 36 in Hazlet. Click mentornj.org for more information.


Sunday, March 8

Asbury Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The 7th annual Asbury Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at 1 p.m. at 5th Avenue and Ocean Avenue. Click asburyparkstpatricksparade.com for more information.

Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The Rumson St. Patrick’s Day kicks off at 1 p.m. on River Road. Proceeds from the parade will benefit Stephy’s Place, a support center that provides free support groups for anyone losing a loved one. Click rumsonstpatricksdayparade.org for more information.

E. Murray Todd Half Marathon
The Monmouth County Park System hosts its annual E. Murray Todd Half, a 13.1-mile race that takes runners through Lincroft, Holmdel and Colts Neck starting at 8:30 a.m. at Brookdale Community College located on Newman Springs Road in Lincroft. Click monmouthcountyparks.com or call 732-542-1642, ext. 27 for more information.


Thursday, March 12 – Saturday, March 14

Grease
The Eastside Theatre Company presents Grease at Toms River High School East Thursday, March 12 – Saturday, March 14 at 7 p.m. based on the hit movie but re-imagines it through a more realistic lens, that is more complex and eye opening than what is shown on the surface. Call 732-505-5665 for tickets and more information.


Thursday, March 12 – Sunday, March 15

Mary Poppins The Musical
The Central Regional Drama Club presents Mary Poppins The Musical at the Central Regional High School Auditorium Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Call 732-269-1100 for tickets and more information. Click  centralreg.k12.nj.us for tickets and more information.


Friday, March 13 – Sunday, March 29 (weekends)

Puffs
The Exit 82 Studio Theatre presents Puffs at the the Exit 82 Studio Theater located at 73 Main Street in Toms River weekends Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 29. Puffs is about seven eventful years at a certain school of magic and magic that takes place in world of a certain boy wizard named Harry. Click exit82theatre.com for tickets and more information.


Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14

Freaky Friday
Manchester High School presents Freaky Friday at the school on Colonial Drive in Manchester Friday, March 13 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 14 at 2 p.m. (sensory friendly) and 7 p.m. . It’s an updated version of the 1972 movie in which an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies try to swap back. Click mthsdrama.ticketleap.com or call 732-657-2121 for tickets and more information.


Friday, March 13

Bobby Valli in Concert
American Legion Post 129 presents Bobby Valli, brother of Frankie Valli, at their post on Church Road in Toms River starting at 7 p.m. Call 732-978-0716 for tickets and more information.


Sunday, March 15

Corn Beef & Cabbage Dinner
The Whiting Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary hosts a Corn Beef & Cabbage Dinner at the Whiting Fire House located at 120 Lacey Road in Whiting from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Thursday, March 19 – Saturday, March 21

Shrek: The Musical
Toms River High School North presents Shrek:The Musical Thursday, March 19 thru Saturday, March 21 at 7 p.m. with an ASL & Sensory Performance on Saturday, March 21 at 2 p.m. and a character meet and greet planned for Saturday, March 21 at 11 a.m. For tickets and more info click trnhs.booktix.com.


Saturday, March 21

Cabaret For Hope
The Ashley Lauren Foundation and the Ashley Lauren Foundation Theatre Ensemble host their Cabaret For Hope fundraiser at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park starting at 7:30 p.m. showcasing the talents of many theatre groups, singers and musicians along with special guest Constantine Maroulis (American Idol finalist, Broadway star of Rock of Ages and Jekyll and Hyde). Click ashleylaurenfoundation.org or call 732-414-1625 for tickets and more information.

Paint the Pony Purple
Epilepsy Services of New Jersey hosts its 9th annual Paint the Pony Purple fundraiser at the Stone Pony on Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. a family friendly day with live music, a live and silent auction, activities for all ages and more. Click painttheponypurple.org for more information.

Designer Bag Bingo with Gift Auction and 50/50
Family Promise of Ocean County hosts their Designer Bag Bingo with Gift Auction and 50/50 at St. Mary Of the Pines Parish Center on Bishop Way in Manahawkin starting at 6 p.m. Click familypromisesoc.org or call 609-994-3317 for tickets and more information.

Highlands St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The Highlands St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at 2 p.m. on Waterwitch Avenue. Click highlandsnj.com for more information.


Sunday, March 22

Gift Auction
The Brick Marching Mustangs Band Support Association host their annual Gift Auction at the Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune starting at 11:30 a.m. Click marchingmustangs.com for tickets and additional information.


Friday, March 27

Designer Handbag Bingo
CONTACT of Ocean & Monmouth Counties holds their Designer Handbag Bingo at the Southard Firehouse on Route 9 in Howell starting at 5:30 p.m. Click contactoceanmonmouth.org or call 732-240-6104 for tickets and more information.

Shore Comedy Night
The Monmouth Council of the Boy Scouts of America hosts the Shore Comedy Night at the Long Branch Elks Lodge located at 150 Garfield Ave in Long Branch starting at 7 p.m. featuring Doug Karpf, Tim Grill and Lonnie Bray. Click monmouthbsa.org for tickets and more information.


Saturday, March 28

Cops & Rodders
Little Egg Harbor police host their Cops and Rodders car show and swap meet at Pinelands Regional High School on Nugentown Road in Little Egg Harbor from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. with cars, Touch-a-Truck, food trucks and more to benefit the LEHPD officers participating in the Police Unity Tour. Click lehpolice.org for more information.

Spring Craft Fair
The Toms River High School South Chorus hosts their Spring Craft and Vendor Fair at the school located at 55 Hyers Street in Toms River from 10 a.m – 3 p.m. Check their Facebook page for more information.

Craft & Vendor Show
Silver Ridge Park Westerly hosts a Craft & Vendor Show in their clubhouse located at 39 Millbrook Drive in Toms River from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Call 848-223-7661 for more information including vendor information.


Tuesday, March 31

Spring College Kickoff Fair
The Ocean County School Counselors Association (formerly the OCPGA) holds its Spring College Kickoff Fair at the RWJ Barnabas Health Arena on the campus of Toms River High School North on Old Freehold Road from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. with over 100 colleges, tech schools and military. There are two financial aid workshops at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Click ocsca.org for more information.


April

Saturday, April 4

4 Paws Sake Family Fest
Rescue Ridge and Squankum Animal Inn host their 3rd annual 4 Paws Sake Family Fun Fest at The Historic Village at Allaire in Wall on their main show field from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Activities include a pet costume contest, cutest tricks contest, vendors, food trucks, live music, carnival games, information on adoptable animals and more. Rain date is April 5. Call 732-539-0821 or check their Facebook page for more information.

Shining Light Gala
The Foundation for Manalapan-Englishtown Regional Schools hosts their 10th anniversary Shining Light Gala at South Gate Manor on South Street in Freehold from 7 p.m. – midnight with dancing, a “fun money” casino and a tribute to Janine Liegi. Check their Facebook page for tickets and more information.


Saturday, April 11

Car Hop Kickoff Car, Truck, & Motorcycle Show
The Car Hop Kickoff Car, Truck, & Motorcycle Show to benefit Ocean of Love take place at Breakers Kitchen & Tap on Route 9 in Waretown from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Ocean of Love provides support for children with cancer and their families. Check the event’s Facebook page for more information.


Monday, April 13

Gift Auction
Saint Peter Elementary School hosts their annual Easter Monday Gift Auction at the school located on Atlantic Avenue in Point Pleasant Beach starting at 5 p.m. Call 732- 299-1889 for more information.


Saturday, April 18

Made in Monmouth
Monmouth County Economic Development hosts their 9th annual Made in Monmouth event at the OceanFirst Bank Center at Monmouth University from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with over 250 makers of consumer products from Monmouth County. Call 732-431-7470 or check their Facebook page for more information.


Thursday, April 23 – Sunday, April 26

Asbury Park Music & Film Festival
The Asbury Park Music & Film Festival takes place Thursday, April 23 – Sunday, April 26 to benefit underserved children in Asbury Park and its surrounding areas with a full line of performers and panels including The Sopranos Creator David Chase" on Saturday, April 25 at 7:00pm and performance by Melissa Etheridge. Funding supports the Asbury Park Music Foundation, the Hip Hop Institute and Lakehouse Music Academy programs. APMFF also delivers high-tech music education to students and provides after-school programming at schools in Asbury Park, Long Branch, Red Bank and Bradley Beach. The Festival also supports Lady of Mt. Carmel and the Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County. APMFF offers scholarship opportunities and a commitment to musical excellence which affords life-changing experiences. Cick apmff.org for tickets, a complete schedule and more information.


Saturday, April 25

Cornhole Tournament
The Red Bank Regional High School BUC Backer Foundation hosts a Cornhole Tournament at the Red Bank Elks located at 40 W. Front Street in Red Bank starting at 11 a.m. to benefit student scholarships, teacher grants and other academic student or teacher endeavors. Call 732-621-0511 for more information.

Asbury Park Tutu 2.2
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Coastal and Northern New Jersey holds their Asbury Park Tutu 2.2 at the Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m and run or walk in a tutu. Click mentornj.org for more information.


Sunday, April 26

"Fur" Paws Gift Auction
The Jersey Shore Animal Center hosts its "Fur" Paws Gift Auction at the Brick Elks Lodge located at 2491 Hooper Avenue in Brick starting at 1 p.m. to benefit the rescue, medical care, and rehoming of abused/abandoned animals. Click jerseyshoreanimalcenter.org or call 732-920-1600 for more information.


May

Friday, May 1

Bunco Day
The Women’s Club of Lacey hosts its Bunco Day at the Community Hall located at Route 9 and Lacey Road from noon until 4 p.m. to benefit their scholarship fund. Click womanscluboflacey.org or call 609-242-7031 for tickets and more information.


Saturday, May 2

Walk to End Bladder Cancer Cancer
The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network holds their annual Walk to End Bladder Cancer on the boardwalk in Bradley Beach starting at noon. Bladder cancer is the sixth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the US. BCAN offers educational resources and support programs free of charge, helps advance research and provides bladder cancer services and information. Click bcan.org for more information.

Just Believe Craft Fair
Just Believe hosts a Craft Fair at the Riverwood Park Recreation Center located at 201 Riverwood Dr in Toms River from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Just Believe is dedicated to restoring hope in humanity an helps to transition people within our community from homelessness to living self-sustaining lives. Click justbelieveinc.org for more information.


Saturday, May 9

OceanCares Mental Health & Wellness Fair
The OceanCares Foundation holds a Mental Health & Wellness Fair at Windward Beach Park located at 265 Princeton Avenue in Brick from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. as part of Mental Health Awareness Month. Click oceanmhs.org for more information and registration for the Scenic Beach Walk.


Thursday, May 14

Gift Auction
The Crohns & Colitis Foundation holds their Team Challenge Gift Auction at the South Wall 2605 located at 2605 Atlantic Avenue in Wall Township starting at 6:30 p.m. Click tcgiftauction.com for more information.


Saturday, May 16

Spring Into Summer 5K Run/Walk
The St. Mary’s Athletic Association holds their Spring Into Summer 5K Run/Walk at Mater Dei High School located on Church Street in Middletown starting at 8 am. to benefit The Monsignor Bulman Stadium Fund. There is also a 1 mile run open to all and a kids race after the 5K. Check the event’s Facebook page at facebook.com/springintosummer5k for more information.


Sunday, May 30

Classic & Antique Car Show
Great Bay EMS holds their Classic & Antique Car Show at the Sea Pirate Campground on Route 9 in West Creek from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Sunday, May 31

Rock for the Nurses
The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund hosts their Rock for the Nurses 10-Year Anniversary Fundraiser at the River Rock Restaurant & Marina Bar on Route 70 in Brick from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m with live music plus games, family activities, and more. Band scheduled to perform include Kinderhook, Trigger, The Ned Ryerson Band, Matt Noffsinger and more. Click forfarscholarship.org or call 732-840-1110 for tickets and more information.

Alyssa’s Avengers Foundation Gift Auction
Alyssa’s Avengers Foundation holds a Gift Auction at the Bayville Elks Lodge on Route 9 in Bayville starting at 2 p.m. Click alyssasavenger.com or call 732-703-4650 for more information.


June

Saturday, June 6

Craft Beer Bash/Chili Cook Off
The Eagleswood Fire Company holds their Craft Beer Bash/Chili Cook Off at the Sea Pirate Campground on Route 9 in West Creek from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.


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.

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.