Hometown Happenings

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SPECIAL EVENTS

Warmest Wishes Coat Drive
The United Way of Monmouth & Ocean Counties is collecting new coats for pre-school, elementary and middle school children at their Wall office located at 4814 Outlook Drive, Suite 107 through December 4. A collection event takes place a the UPS Warehouse at 750 Hope Road in Tinton Falls. Cash and gift card donations will also be accepted at uwmoc.org/WarmestWishes. Call 848-206-2042 for more information.


November

Tuesday, November 12

Volleyball Tournament Fundraiser
The Manasquan girls volleyball team hosts a Tournament Fundraiser at the Manasquan High School gym starting at 5 p.m. Manasquan High School students are welcome to participate in the fundraiser to benefit Luke’s Helping Hand and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Call 732-528-8820 for more information.


Saturday, November 16

Holiday Bazaar
West Dover Elementary School hosts their Holiday Bazaar at the school located at 50 Blue Jay Boulevard in Toms River from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with vendors, foot trucks, kids activities, live entertainment and more. Call 732-239-6450 or check their Facebook page 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.

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.


Sunday, November 17

Holiday Vendor & Craft Fair
Gates of the Sea hosts a Holiday Vendor & Craft Fair at the Ocean Acres Community Center located at 489 Nautilus Drive in Manahawkin from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Call 609-698-4459 for more information.


Thursday, November 21 – Sunday, November 24

It's a Wonderful Life- A Live Radio Play
The Lacey Township High School Drama Club presents It's a Wonderful Life- A Live Radio Play Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Lacey Township High School Auditorium. Click lthsdrama.booktix.com or call 609-971-2020 for tickets and 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

The Wag’s Christmas Spectacular
The Monmouth County SPCA hosts The Wag’s Band Christmas Spectacular at the Middletown Arts Center located at 36 Church Street in Middletown from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Check their Facebook page or call 732-706-4100 for more information.

Colonial Christmas & Photos With Santa
The Poricy Park Conservancy hosts their Colonial Christmas & Photos With Santa at Poricy Park on Oak Hill Road in Middletown from noon – 4 p.m. Visit baby goats in the barn, free tours of the colonial farmhouse and more. Check their Facebook page or call 732-268-7034 for more information.

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.


December

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 – Sunday, December 22 (Saturday & Sunday)

Holiday Spectacular & Train Display
The Garden State Central Model Railroad Club holds their Holiday Spectacular & Train Display every Saturday & Sunday December 7 – December 22 from noon until 5 p.m. at the InfoAge Science Center on Marconi Road in Wall Township with operating train layouts, hands on displays and visits from Santa. Adults are free Dec. 7 & 8 and 14 & 15 with a new, unwrapped toy for the Marine Corp Toys for Tots. Click gardenstatecentral.com for tickets and more information .


Saturday, December 7

Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair
The Southern Regional Home and School Association hosts their Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair at the school located at 600 North Main Street in Manahawkin from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Click srsd.net for more information.

Gift Auction
The Southern Regional High School Marching Band holds their 28th annual Gift Auction at Southern Regional Middle School located at 75 Cedar Bridge Road in Manahwakin starting at 5:30 p.m.

Jingle Bell Run
The Arthritis Foundation hosts their Jingle Bell Run at Bar Anticipation in Lake Cumo starting at 7:30 a.m. Run with your friends or co-workers in your favorite holiday costume. Click events.arthritis.org for more information.

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.


Saturday, December 14

Breakfast with Santa
Holbrook Little League of Jackson holds a Breakfast with Santa at 366 Bartley Rd in Jackson from 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon to to benefit Joey Koslowski who is battling Castlemans Disease. Call 609-891-5898 or click hollbrooklittleleague.com for more information.

Santa’s Wonderland
New Life Church of Toms River holds their Santas’s Wonderland at the church located at 700 Main Street in Toms River from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Click life4tr.org or call 732-349-0745 for more information.


January

Saturday, January 18

Fisherman’s Flea Market
The Lacey Township High School Fishing Club hosts their 11th annual Fisherman’s Flea Market at the Lacey Township High School Gymnasium located at 73 Haines Street in Lacey from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. to benefit the club’s outdoor activities, community service opportunities, fishing trips and scholarships. Call 609-661-3003 for more information.


February

Sunday, February 16

Love for Pitties
The Pittie Project hosts their Love for Pitties lunch and gift auction at The Teak Restaurant located at 64 Monmouth Road in Red Bank starting at 1 p.m. Click thepittie.com 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.