Hometown Happenings

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Fulfil Food Drive
The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders is continuing its springtime partnership with Fulfill, formerly known as the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean, and collecting non-perishable food for the entire month of April. The food items being collected include peanut butter, granola bars, tuna fish, ready-to-eat canned meals, canned fruits, canned vegetables, instant potatoes, canned and dry soup, canned pork and beans, canned juices, sip-size juices as well as hot and cold cereal. Donations may be made at any branch of the Monmouth County Library System. Collection bins will be available at many County locations, including the Hall of Records, the County Clerk’s Office, Sheriff’s Office, Prosecutor’s Office, Agriculture Building, Longstreet Farm, Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center and the Belford Ferry Terminal.Click co.monmouth.nj.us for more information.


Wednesday, April 24

Dining to Donate
Applebee’s of Brick Plaza hosts a Dining to Donate fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. 10% of your bill will be donated with the presentation of a special flyer. Call 908-433-9537 for more information.

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.

Friday, April 26

Gift Auction
Toms River Elks Lodge #1875 hold their annual Gift Auction at the Lodge located at 600 Washington Street in Toms River starting at 5:30 p.m. Check their Facebook page for more information.

Designer Bag Bingo
Family Promise of Southern Ocean County hold their Designer Bag Bingo at the Eagleswood Firehouse located at 219 Railroad Avenue in West Creek starting at 6 p.m. Click FamilyPromiseSOC.org or call 609-994-3317 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.

Bark for Life of Central New Jersey
The American Cancer Society holds their Bark for Life of Central New Jersey at Mannino Park In Old Bridge with a group dog walk and festival. Call 732-292-4264 or click relayforlife.org/barkcentralnj 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.


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

Toms River Food Fest
The 9th annual Toms River Food Fest takes place along Washington Street in downtown Toms River from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. with gourmet food trucks, arts and crafts, vendor booths, children’s rides and live entertainment from four bands. No pets are allowed on the festival grounds. Rain date is May 5. Click downtowntomsriver.com for more information.

Paint the Mall Purple
The CFC Loud n Clear Foundation hosts their Paint the Mall Purple - Mental Health & Substance Abuse Awareness Day at the Freehold Raceway Mall. Depression, anxiety, ADD, OCD, and other mental health issues are rampant among our youth. How can we help someone suffering? What resources are available? How can someone find recovery? This event is family-friendly, free and open to the public. Call 833-300-4673 or click healingus.org for more information.

Gift Auction, Spring Luncheon & Fashion Show
CONTACT of Ocean & Monmouth Counties holds their 34th annual Gift Auction, Spring Luncheon & Fashion Show at the Ramada Inn of Toms River on Route 9 at Route 70 from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Click contactoceanmonmouth.org

Quarto De Mayo Poker Run
The Bayville Elks hosts their 5th annual Poker Run, Quarto De Mayo, beginning and ending at their headquarters on Atlantic City Boulevard in Bayville. A party follows at the end featuring live music and more. Any mode of transportation is welcome to participate. Call 732-597-4566 for more information.

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

Belmar Kite Festival
The Belmar Business Partnership hosts their Belmar Kite Festival at the 3rd Avenue Beach in Belmar from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call 732-894-9022 or click vacationinbelmar.com more information.

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.

Friday, May 10

Food Truck Fest
The Middletown High School South Future Business Leaders of America hosts a Food Truck Fest at the school located at 900 Nutswamp Road in Middletown featuring 9 different food trucks, 3 live bands, game trucks, local businesses, field activities including laser tag more.

Saturday, May 11

Casino Night
The Rotary Club of Barnegat hosts their Casino Night at the Greenbriar Oceanaire Clubhouse Ballroom located at 1 Heritage Circle in Waretown from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. to support their charity projects. Click barnegatrotary.org or call 609- 548-1039.

Food Drive
The National Association of Letter Carriers for the U.S. Postal Service hold their 27th annual Food Drive. Leave a donation of a non-perishable food item at your mailbox for your carrier to pick up.

Monday, May 13

Hair Raiser
Salon Cémone hosts their 11th annual Lock of Love “Hair Raiser” at the salon located at the Towne Point Shopping Center on Rt. 9 South in Manalapan from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. Call 908-347-6519 or click 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.

Friday, May 17

Wine & Beer Tasting
The Woman’s Club of Lacey hosts a Wine & Beer Tasting at the Knights of Columbus located at 5 Lacey Road in Forked River from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. to benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of New Jersey(CASA). Click womanscluboflacey.org or call 732- 948-1911 for more information.

Spring Garden Days Plant Sale
The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Monmouth County hold their Spring Garden Days Plant Sale at the Monmouth County Agriculture Building located at 4000 Kozloski Road in Freehold from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. with annuals, perrenials, a flea market and more. Call 732-303-7614 or click visitmonmouth.com for more information.

Saturday, May 18

Mary's Place by the Sea Walk-A-Thon and 5K
Mary's Place by the Sea hosts their 8th annual Walk-A-Thon and first 5K on Ocean Pathway in Ocean Grove starting at 11 a.m. Mary’s Place by the Sea is a respite home for women who are receiving treatment for cancer and are given the opportunity to pause and focus on their healing – mind, body and soul – while enjoying integrative services that complement their medical treatment. Call 732-455-5344 or click runsignup.com for more information.

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

Jar Of Hope Stadium Run
Jar of Hope hosts their annual Stadium Run at FirstEnergy Park, home of the Lakewood BlueClaws, from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. . Events are available for all ages & all levels of fitness. Jar of Hope is a national nonprofit organization that is dedicated to bringing awareness and raising funds directed to ongoing research in the hope of eliminating Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Check their Facebook page for more information.

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.

Monday, May 20

Spring Tee Off
The United Way of Monmouth & Ocean Counties hosts the Spring Tee Off golf tournament at the Hollywood Golf Club on Roseld Avenue in Deal starting at 11:30 a.m. All new or increased donations will be matched by the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation. For more information click uwmoc.org or call 848-206-2036.

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.


Saturday, June 1

Fried & Furious II
The Brick Township Chamber of Commerce hosts Fried & Furious II, a community car show with food trucks and vendors from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Brick Township High School on Chambers Bridge Rd in Brick. A portion of the proceeds benefits the BTCOC Educational Foundation. Click brickchamber.com or call 732- 477-4949 for more information.

Pancreatic Cancer Walk
The 10th annual Monmouth County Pancreatic Cancer Walk starts at 10 a.m. on the Great Lawn Beach, in Long Branch. 100% of all money raised goes to Pancreatic Cancer Research with the Lustgarten Foundation. Click lustgarten.org for more information.

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.

Saturday, June 15

Car Show
The Sentimental Cruisers hold a Car Show at the Community Hall located a North Main Street and Lacey Road in Forked River from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Wednesday, June 19

Belmar Cruise Night
The Belmar Business Partnership presents the Belmar Cruise Night in a new location, the parking lot of Belmar Plaza starting at 5:30 p.m. Vintage and classic cars of model year 1986 or older, and motorcycles of any year will be on display are welcome to exhibit. Call 732-894-9022 or click vacationinbelmar.com for more information.

Saturday, June 22

“We Are Rising” Scholarship Breakfast
Rays of Hope hosts their “We Are Rising” Scholarship Breakfast at the Eagle Ridge Golf Club on Augusta Boulevard in Lakewood from 9 a.m. – noon. Rays of Hope is a volunteer youth community service organization focused on developing future leaders through community service and advocacy. Click raysofhopeinc.org for tickets and more information.

Sunday, June 23

Pine Beach 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run
The Ocean Running Club holds their annual Pine Beach 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run in Vista Park to benefit Pine Beach Volunteer Fire and Police Departments and fund scholarships for High School students at Toms River South, North, East and Monsignor Donovan. Click runsignup.com for more information.

Monday, June 24

Ladies (and Gents) on the Links
First Tee of the Jersey Shore holds their 2nd annual Ladies (and Gents) on the Links at the Hollywood Golf Club in Deal from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. LPGA Tour veteran and ten-time winner Val Skinner will be honored with the Jersey Shore Ace Award. Click thefirstteejerseyshore.org or call 732-759-2170 for more information.


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.


Sunday, August 4

Kortney’s Challenge
The Kortney Rose Foundation hosts their Kortney’s Challenge 2 mile fun run/walk at Monmouth Park in Oceanport starting at 8:30 a.m. Other activities include face-painting, crafts and more. The Kortney Rose Foundation raises funds for research and treatment of pediatric brain tumors, the leading cause of death by disease in children. Click thekortneyrosefoundation.org 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.