Hometown Happenings

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March

Friday, March 22

Dodgeball Tournament
The Toms River Police Foundation and Toms River PBA 137 present their first Dodgeball Tournament at Toms River High School East starting at 6 p.m. Non competitive and competitive teams of six are welcome to participate. Click trpolice.org for more information.

St. Rose Got Talent
St. Rose High School of Belmar hosts a talent show, St. Rose Got Talent, as the school on 7th Avenue in Belmar starting at 7 p.m. to showcase their new music and arts program. Click srhsnj.com or call 732-681-2858 for more information.


Saturday, March 23

Paint the Pony Purple
Epilepsy Services of New Jersey hosts the 8th annual Paint the Pony Purple Benefit Concert at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park starting at 12:30 p.m. featuring live performances by Blu tones, Junior Pros, The Wired and DJ Set by Alex Levine of The Gaslight Anthem Featuring Tommy Sawyer. The concert benefits the agency’s programs and services that spread knowledge and awareness of epilepsy and improve the quality of life of those living with the condition in New Jersey. Click painttheponypurple.org or call 800-336-5843 x119 for more information.

Gift Auction
The Ocean County Vocational Technical School’s PTSO Performing Arts Academy holds their annual Gift Auction called And All That Jazz at the Eagle Ridge Country Club in Lakewood from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. to help fund educational supplies, special programs, costumes for performances, equipment and scholarships to each of the four majors. Click paaptso.org or call 908- 433-4869 for more information.

Charity Art Auction
Emergency Housing Advocacy Program (EHAP) hosts its first Charity Art Auction inside Dentici Hall at the Co-Cathedral of St. Robert Bellarmine located at 61 Georgia Road in Freehold starting at 7 p.m. EHAP assists, empowers, and educates individuals who are homeless in securing housing and other benefits. Check their Facebook page for more information.

Pancakes for Parkinson’s
The Pancakes for Parkinson’s breakfast takes place at Silver Ridge Park East at 979 Edgebrook Drive in Toms River to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Check the event’s Facebook page for more information.


Monday, March 25

Adult Special Needs Yoga
The Toms River Mayor's Advisory Committee on Developmental Disabilities holds Adult Special Needs Yoga at the Toms River Elks on Washington Street in Toms River from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Call 732-930-4798 or check their Facebook page for more information.


Friday, March 29

A Night at the Winery
CONTACT of Ocean & Monmouth Counties hosts their A Night at the Winery fundraiser at Bacchus Winemaking on Route 37 in Toms River from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Click contactoceanmonmouth.org for tickets and more information.

Shore Comedy Night
The Monmouth Council of the Boys Scouts of America hosts their Shore Comedy Night at the Long Branch Elks Club located at 150 Garfield Ave in Long Branch starting at 7 p.m. headlined by “Darvin” with several other performers. Call 732-903-4386 for tickets and more information.

Disco Night
Unexcelled Fire Company of Neptune hosts the Disco Night fundraiser at the Headliner on Route 35 in Neptune starting at 8:30 p.m. featuring The FunKtion Band. Call 732-546-4710 for tickets and more information.


Saturday, March 30

Shore Sprint for Sam
The Shore Sprint for Sam starts at the Carteret State Avenue in Seaside Heights at 10 a.m.in support of organ donor awareness. Click samsspirit.com for more information.


Sunday, March 31

Senior Fashion Show
The Shore Regional High School Class of 2019 hosts their Senior Fashion Show at the Turf Club inside Monmouth Park in Oceanport starting at 2 p.m. Call 732-229-5972 for tickets and more information.


April

Tuesday, April 2

Spring College Fair
The Ocean County Personnel & Guidance Association hosts their 5th annual Spring College Fair at the RWJ Barnabas Health Arena at Toms River High School North on Old Freehold Road in Toms River from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. with over 100 colleges, tech schools and the military. Financial air workshops take place at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Click ocpga.org for more information.


Thursday, April 4

New Jersey Oyster & Wine Night
The Atlantic Highlands Historical Society and Bayshore Center at Bivalve host their New Jersey Oyster & Wine Night at the Wine Bar on First Avenue in Atlantic Highlands starting at 6 p.m. to benefit the Historical Society and the state tall ship, the A J Meerwald. Call 856-785-2060 for tickets and more information.


Saturday, April 6

Pasta Dinner Fundraiser
Boy Scout Troop 30 hosts a Pasta Dinner Fundraiser at the Pleasant Plains fire department on Clayton Ave in Toms River from 4 p.m – 7 p.m. Call 732- 598-4206 for tickets and more information

Family Fun Fest
Rescue Ridge holds their 2nd annual 4 Paws Sake Family Fun Fest at the Historic Village at Allaire on Atlantic Avenue in Wall Township from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. to also benefit Allaire Village. Enjoy live music, information on adoptable animals, carnival games, face painting, caricaturist, food trucks, vendors, a K-9 demonstration, dog fashion show and more. Click rescueridge.com or call 732-539-0821 for more information.

Lunch with the Easter Bunny
The Manchester Volunteer Fire Company hosts Lunch with the Easter Bunny at their Firehouse on Commonwealth Boulevard in Manchester from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Check their Facebook page facebook.com or call 732- 240-3880 for tickets and more information.

Spaghetti Dinner
The Tri Boro Aid Squad hosts a Spaghetti Dinner at their building located at 61 J Street in Seaside Park from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Call 732-830-3236 for more information.


Sunday, April 7

Wine Tasting and More
The Southard Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary hosts a Wine Tasting and More in the Southard Firehouse John H. Somay Memorial Hall on Route 9 in Howell from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Call 732-456-6127 or click their Facebook page for more information.

Gift Auction
The American Legion Auxiliary hosts a Gift Auction at the American Legion located at 2025 Church Road in Toms River starting at noon Call 732-255-9250 for more information.


Thursday, April 11 – Sunday, April 14

Me and My Girl
The Lacey Township High School Drama Club present its spring musical, Me and My Girl Thursday, April 11- Saturday, 13 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m in the LTHS Auditorium. For tickets and additional information click lthsdrama.booktix.com.


Saturday, April 13

Made in Monmouth
The County of Monmouth Economic Development holds their Made in Monmotuh exhibition at the Ocean First Bank Center on the campus of Monmouth University in West Long Branch from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. featuring over 200 vendors with products made in Monmouth County. Check the event’s Facebook page  or call 732-431-7470 for more information.

Rummage Sale
The Brick Township High School Marching Dragons host a Rummage Sale at the school located at 346 Chambers Bridge Rd., Brick in Café 3 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Reason2Run
Psi Psi Chapter of Sigma at Georgian Court University in Lakewood holds their Reason 2Run 5K/Fun Run starting at 9:30 a.m. The run benefits the Frances Foundation which brings smiles to kids fighting cancer. Call 732- 987-2188 for registration and additional information.

Comedy Show
The NJ Law Enforcement Lodge #169 hosts a Comedy Shoe at the Cassville Fire Company on Miller Avenue in Jackson starting at 7 p.m. with Tommy Gooch, Chip Ambrogio and Sue Golden. Ciick njle169.org for tickets and more information.

Spring Flea Market
The Forked River Presbyterian Church holds their Spring Flea Market at the church on North Main Street (Route 9) in Forked River from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Call 609-693-5624 or click forkedriverpres.org for more information.

Veterans Dance
The Cpl. William H Smith Detachment hosts a Veterans Dance at the Bayville VFW on Veterans Boulevard in Bayville starting at 6 p.m. Call 732-674-7504 for tickets and more information.

Urban Scavenger Hunt
Warhorse SCUBA holds their first Urban Scavenger Hunt thoughtout Belmar starting at 12:30 p.m. Join as an individual or as a team of you and your friends (2-6 people) and compete against other teams to gather pictures of your objectives, and complete puzzles to reach the finish line! . SCUBA promotes the awareness of the US military suicide rate of 22 veterans a day and the welfare of combat veterans. Click warhorsescuba.com or call 732-616-2407 for more information.

Bully Palooza
The MidAtlantic Bulldog Rescue holds the Bully Pazooza fundraiser at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Click midatlanticbulldogrescue.com for more information.


Sunday, April 14

Week of a Thousand Friends
Garden State Equity hosts medium Cassandra Bodhi for their Week of a Thousand Friends event at the Paradise in the Empress Hotel located at 101 Asbury Ave in Asbury Park from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Click eventbrite.com for tickets and more information.


Wednesday, April 24

Dining for Adoptees
The Associated Humane Society of Tinton Falls hosts their food festival Dining for Adoptees at the Renaissance on Route 35 south in Ocean Township from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. with your chance to sample food and drink from Monmouth County restaurants. Call 732-922-0100 or click Dining4Adoptables.eventbrite.com for more information.


Saturday, April 27

Asbury Park Tutu 2.2
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties hold their Asbury Park Tutu 2.2 on the boardwalk in Asbury Park ending at the Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten. Click bbbsmmc.org  for more information.

Island Heights Earth Day Celebration
The Island Heights Environmental Committee hosts their Island Heights Earth Day Celebration at Wanamaker Field from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. with eco friendly vendors, free seedlings of native shrubs in exchange for a bag of litter. Other activities include a townwide cleanup, gardens and Bioswale maintenance. Check their Facebook page for more information.

Jammin’ for Jaclyn Benefit Concert
The 6th annual Jammin’ for Jaclyn Benefit Concert takes place at the Knights of Columbus in Sayreville from 3:30 p.m. – midnight. Enjoy a continuous line up of ten live local bands to benefits cancer patients Christina Davis & Carl Palestrini. Click jamminforjaclyn.weebly.com for tickets and more information.

Lake Como 5K Romp
The Jersey Shore Running Club holds their Lake Como 5K Romp at Bar Anticipation starting at 10 a.m. to benefit BPOE Camp Elks and the Lake Como Giving tree. Click runsignup.com/JSRCLakeComo5K for registration and more information.


May

Wednesday, May 1

Boxers & Bras For a Cause Gala
The Monmouth County Women's Council of Realtors hosts their Boxers & Bras For a Cause Gala at the Sheraton Eatontown on Route 35 in Eatontown from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Throughout the evening, decorated boxers and bras, each with a unique theme, will be auctioned off in support of the fight against cancer. Check their Facebook page for more information.


Saturday, May 4

Jersey Shore 5K & Team Hope Walk
The Huntington's Disease Society of America holds their Jersey Shore 5K & Team Hope Walk at Bar Anticipation on 16th Street in Lake Como starting at 9 a.m. Thousands of families, friends, co-workers, neighbors and communities walk together each year to support HDSA's fight to improve the lives of people affected by HD and their families. Call 212-242-1968 or click hdsa.org for more information.

People's Choice Antique Car Show
The Poricy Park Conservancy holds their 5th annual People's Choice Antique Car Show at the park on Oak Hill Road in Middletown from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Rain date is May 5. Click poricypark.org or call 732-268-7034 for more information.

Walk to End Bladder Cancer
The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network holds their Walk to End Bladder Cancer on the Bradley Beach boardwalk starting at noon to help fund bladder cancer education, awareness and research. Click support.bcan.org for more information.


Sunday, May 5

Paulette's C of Blue 5K/1 Mile & Fitness Festival
The 10th anniversary Paulette's C of Blue 5K/1 Mile & Fitness Festival takes place at CentraState Fitness & Wellness Center on West Main Street in Freehold from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. In addition to the 5K enjoy fitness classes and demos, food trucks gift raffles, health screenings, fundraising prizes, and children’s activities, vendors and more. Click their Facebook page or call 732- 294-7030 for more information.

Indoor Kids Yard Sale
Macaroni Kid Central Jersey Shore hosts Next Size Up: An Indoor Kids Yard Sale at the St.Denis School Gym on Route 71 in Manasquan from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. with gently used children's clothing and toys. Donations of canned food will be accepted for the St. Denis food pantry. Click centraljerseyshore.macaronikid.com for more information on setting up a table.


Thursday, May 9

Cross & Orange Fundraiser
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties host a fundraiser at the Cross & Orange on Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. with casino games and more. Call 732-544-2224 for tickets and more information.

OceanCares Mental Health & Wellness Fair
The OceanCares Foundation hosts their Mental Health & Wellness Fair at the Toms River campus of Ocean County College from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month as a community to explore all of the pieces of the puzzle: mental, physical and spiritual for wholistic health. Check their Facebook page for more information.


Thursday, May 16

Gift Auction
The Team Challenge Crohns and Colitis Foundation holds an auction at the South Wall Banquet Hall on Atlantic Avenue in Wall Township starting at 6:30 p.m. Call 973-919-2137 or click tcgiftauction.com for more information.


Saturday, May 18

Marine Corps Run for Freedom 5K
The Marine Corps Run for Freedom 5K begins and ends at iPlay America on Schanck Road in Freehold. The race begins at 9:30 a.m. and runs a course around Freehold Township. roceeds from the run will go to the Marine Raiders Foundation, the Semper Fi Fund, and the Philip A. Reynolds Marine Corps League Detachment’s morale, welfare, and recreation fund Click marinecorpsrunforfreedom5k.org for more information.

Walk For a Difference
POAC hosts their Walk for a Difference at FirstEnergy Park, home of the Lakewood BlueClaws, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. to help fund their free events and services for the autism community like free training for parents and educators, free recreational and support services to children and adults with autism and their families, and free training for police and first responders. Click poacwalk.org for more information.


Sunday, May 19

Take Steps Walk
The Crohns & Colitis Foundation holds their Take Steps Walk at the Asbury Park Boardwalk starting at 9 a.m. Call 646-455-9848 or click online.crohnscolitisfoundation.org entry for more information.


Thursday, May 30

Dinner With Spirit
The Captain’s Inn hosts Dinner with Spirit featuring medium & divine spiritual life coach Cassandra Bodhi at the restaurant on Lacey Road in Forked River starting at 6:30 p.m. to benefit Ocean of Love.


June

Saturday June 8

Craft Beer Blast/Chili Cook Off
The Eagleswood Volunteer Fire Company holds their Craft Beer Blast/Chili Cook Off at the Sea Pirate Campground on Route 9 in West Creek from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. with live entertainment. Call 609-296-7400 for information on participating.


July

Monday, July 22

Fore! The Kids
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties hold their Fore! The Kids golf outing at the Manasquan River Golf Club in Brielle. Call 732-444-3539 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.

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.