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SPECIAL EVENTS

Snowman Contest
The Ocean County Parks and Recreation Department is looking for a photo of your best snow sculpture for its annual Snowman Photo Contest. Awards will be given for the most original andbest traditional snowman and “Just for Kids under five” All snowmen must be built this winter season. Mail your photo to: Ocean County Parks and Recreation, 1198 Bandon Road, Toms River, NJ 08753 Attn: Active Recreation. Photos cannot be returned. Entry deadline is March 31. Click OcanCountyParks.org

Prom Dress Giveaway
All branches of the Ocean County Library will accept donations of gently used gowns and formal dresses through Monday, April 27 for its annual Prom Dress Giveaways. Dresses can be both long and short styles for teens and can include bridesmaid’s dresses and cocktail dresses. Donations of shoes, handbags and accessories are also welcome. Click theoceancountylibrary.org for more information.


March

Monday, March 2

International Chef’s Night Out
The Ocean County Vocational Foundation for Vocational Technical Education presents their International Chef’s Night Out at the Pine Belt Arena at Toms River High School North from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sample food and services from over 60 organizations in support of their mission to augment, supplement and complement the programs of the Ocean County Vocational Technical Schools through the attraction of private resources for the exclusive benefit of its students and staff. Click ocvtsfoundation.org for tickets and additional information.


Thursday, March 5 – Saturday, March 7

The Pirates of Penzance
The Toms River South Theatre Guild presents the The Pirates of Penzance, an exuberant show, filled with humor, warmth and happiness at the school on Hooper Avenue in Toms River on Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m. and Friday, March 6 & Saturday, March 7 at 8 p.m. Call 732-505-5735 for tickets and additional information.


Friday, March 6

STOMP The Monster Gala Benefit
STOMP The Monster hosts their 4th annual gala benefit, Life Is Sweet, at The Addison Park in Aberdeen starting at 7 p.m with dinner and dancing to live music. Marybeth Walz, co-founder of the Hope for Children Foundation, will be honored for her work to stomp out cancer. Click stompthemonster.org for more information.

MATES Cake Off
MATES (Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science ) Academy hosts their Cake Off at their school located on Cedar Bridge Road in Manahawkin from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Taste treats from area bakeries and help judge the best decorated and best tasting cakes.


Saturday, March 7

Ocean County St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The Ocean County St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 12 noon and makes its way along Ocean Avenue. Click ocstpatricksdayparade.com for more information.

A Most Unusual Evening
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Monmouth County present A Most Unusual Evening featuring live music from New Life Crisis, a cattle roping tournament, a chance auction and more at the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park starting at 7 p.m. Call 732- 775-7862 or click bgcmc.ejoinme.org  for tickets and additional information.

Rosebud Gala Dinner Dance
LADACIN Network hosts its 34th annual Rosebud Gala Dinner Dance at the Sheraton Eatontown starting at 6:30 p.m. featuring music from the Jack Goodman Orchestra. Click ladacin.org or call 732-493-5900 X263 for tickets and sponsorship information.

Benefit Concert
Jersey’s Chosen presents a benefit concert at the Brighton Bar on Brighton Avenue in Long Branch starting at 6 p.m. featuring Common Wealth, Aurin, Fiakra and more.

Casino Night
Ocean of Love presents their Casino Royale Casino Night at the Crystal Point Yacht Club in Point Pleasant. Click OceanOfLove.org for tickets and additional information.


Sunday, March 8

Summer Job Fair
Jenkinson’s hosts a Summer Job Fair at Jenkinson’s Pavilion Restaurant to fill a number of positions for the summer from game operators and beach badge checkers to counter help and cashiers from 12 noon – 3 p.m. Dress for a job interview, 2 forms of ID, your Social Security number and a pen. Download a job application from jenkinsons.com ahead of time and have it filled out. Call 732-793-5060 for more information.

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
Boy Scout Troop 83 hosts a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser at the Bayville Elks Lodge on Route 9 in Bayville from 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Call 732- 343-0441 for tickets and additional information.


Saturday, March 14

Freezin’ For A Reason
The New Jersey Elks 8th annual John Sentner Memorial Freezin’ for a Reason Plunge takes place at Manasquan Beach starting with check-in at Leggett’s Sand Bar at 10 a.m. The Plunge will benefit Children’s Specialized Hospital, the nation’s largest provider of pediatric rehabilitation services for children with special needs and the Elks of New Jersey’s Camp Moore. Click ElksPlunge2015.kintera.org for additional information.

Red Bank LepreCrawl
The Red Bank LepreCrawl, a St. Patrick’s Day themed pub crawl to benefit Hearts & Hands Disaster Recovery (HHDR) and HABcore, Inc begins at 1 p.m. HHDR assists those impacted by natural disasters with access to education about the hazards of mold, awareness, training and certified volunteers to conduct proper mold remediation. HABcore, Inc. goes beyond the traditional boarding house model by providing a permanent home-like atmosphere with 24-hour surpervision. Click their Facebook page for more information .

Murder Mystery Fundraiser
The Exit 82 Theatre Company hosts a Murder Mystery Fundraiser at the Woodlake Country Club in Lakewood starting at 7 p.m. This mystery takes place during a “New Jersey’s Got Talent” competition. Many talented hopefuls will try out, but who will make the cut and “survive” auditions? Click exit82theatre.com for tickets and additional information.


Sunday, March 15

BBBS Ocean County Bowl For Kids Sake
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County hold their annual Bowl for Kids Sake at the Playdrome in Toms River starting at 10:30 a.m. Come on your own or form a team with friends, family and co-workers. Click BBSOC.org for more information. A second Bowl For Kids Sake takes place at Thunderbird Lanes in Manahawkin on Sunday, March 22.

An Afternoon with Psychic Barbara Lee
Boy Scout Troop #175 hosts An Afternoon with Psychic Barbara Lee at the East Dover First Aid Station on Garfield Avenue in Toms River starting at 1 p.m. Call 732-330-3892 for tickets and more information.

Shamrock Shuffle 5K
The Monmouth Rugby Football Club hosts the Shamrock Shuffle 5K and Kids 1K Fun Run to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project at Thompson Park in Lincroft followed by a St.Patrick’s party. Click active,com for more information.


Thursday, March 19

Hometown Heroes Pedroncelli Wine & Food Tasting Benefit
Mike’s ABG in Seaside Park hosts a Pedroncelli Wine & Food Tasting to benefit Hometown Heroes from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. featuring a 5 course dinner. Call 732-854-1588 or click hometownheroesusa.com


Saturday, March 21

Jackson Memorial Marching Band Flapjack Breakfast
The Jackson Memorial Marching Band hosts a Flapjack Breakfast at Applebee’s on Route 9 north in Howell from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. Call 732-598-0363 for additional information.

Craft Show
The Brick Township High School Marching Dragon Caravan hosts their Juried Craft Show at the school on Chambersbridge Road from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call 732-477-6615 additional information.

Cinderella’s Closet of Monmouth County Charity Prom
Cinderella’s Closet of Monmouth County hosts their annual Charity Prom Boutique at Long Branch High School in Long Branch from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Students “shop’ in their boutique with the help of his or her own personal shopper from the many donated gowns, tuxedos, shoes, wraps, accessories, make-up and more. Cinderella’s Closet of Monmouth County will accept registration from students with demonstrated financial need, who are referred through their guidance counselors, social workers, and clergy. If you know of a student in need, visit CinderellasClosetMC.org for more information.


Sunday, March 22

BBBS Ocean County Bowl For Kids Sake
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County hold their annual Bowl for Kids Sake at Thunderbird Lanes in Manahawkin starting at 12noon. Come on your own or form a team with friends, family and co-workers. Click BBSOC.org for more information. A second Bowl For Kids Sake takes place at Thunderbird Lanes in Manahawkin on Sunday, March 22.

Day of Bagging Fundriaser
The Emmanuel Cancer Foundation is looking for volunteers to help with a Day of Bagging fundraiser at Shop Rite in Brick from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m in support of their annual Spring Tea Party and Gift Auction. Volunteers will help bag groceries at the check out aisle for 2-3 hours. Click emmanuelcancer.org for more information.

 


Wednesday, March 25

Caring With Karaoke
Caring with Karaoke hosts their 8th fundraiser at the legendary Stone Pony on Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. to benefit Daniela’s Wish. With the support of the Greater Monmouth Chamber of Commerce and the local community, CWK has been able to help many families in need throughout Monmouth County with its yearly partnership with a local non-profit organization. Daniela’s Wish grants wishes for ill children & children that suffer tragedy in the community. Call 732-747-0500 x. 2015 for tickets and sponsorship information or check their Facebook page


Thursday, March 26 – Saturday, March 28

How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying
The Eastside Theater Company of Toms River East High School present How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, a play about a naïve young man trying to get ahead in the business world without having the proper training during the Mad Men era Thusrday, March 26 through Saturday, March 28 at 7 p.m. each night. Call 732-505-5677 for tickets and additional information.


Friday, March 27

Brick PBA Helping Hands Benefit Basketball Game
The Brick Township Policemen’s Benevolent Association hosts its 25th annual Helping Hands Benefit Basketball Game at the Brick Township High School East Gym starting at 7:30 p.m. The game features members of the Brick Township Police Department playing the Brick Township Green Dragon Football Team. This year, the proceeds of the game will go to the family of Ryan Magnotta who was diagnosed at age five with a pancreatic disease known as hereditary chronic pancreatitis. He has undergone multiple procedures and currently lives with a feeding tube on a daily basis. His pain and discomfort are constant. Ryan’s parents are facing the daunting task of dealing with Ryan’s illness and continuing to care for their 2 other children. Call 732-262-1100 for tickets and additional information.


Saturday, March 28

Spring Boutique Craft Fair
The Russell O. Brackman Middle School on Barnegat Boulevard in Barnegat hosts their Spring Boutique Craft Fair from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click Barnegat.net for call 609- 932-7000 for additional information.


April

Wednesday, April 8

Senior Health & Wellness Fair
The Ocean County Department of Senior Services hosts a Senior Health & Wellness Fair at Barnegat High School from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with free blood pressure, BMI and cholesterol screenings and an American Red Cross blood drive.


Saturday, April 18

TechFest Five
The OCVTS Audio Recording Program and Performing Arts Academy presents TechFest Five, a fund-raising festival at the Brick Civic Center on Chambers Bridge Road in Brick starting at 1 p.m. The concert on two performance stages features live performances ranging from young artists with limited experience to the best in the business.and helps provide scholarships for students interested in pursuing a career in the technical field. Click TechFestMusic.com for a list of performers and ticket information.


Saturday, April 25

Spring Dog Walk & Pet Fair
The Monmouth County SPCA holds their 21st annual Spring Dog Walk & Pet Fair at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m for people and their pets with over 150 vendors, cutest trick contest, pet therapy demonstrations, adoptable pets, live music, dog wedding chapel and more. Click mcspcadogwalk.org  for more information.


Sunday, April 26

ECF Spring Tea Fundraiser & Auction
The Emmanuel Cancer Foundation presents its 7th annual Spring Tea Fundraiser and Auction at the Brick Elks Lodge on Hooper Avenue in Brick from 12 noon -3 p.m. The tea is an afternoon of live music, food and fun to benefit children battling cancer. Call 760-715-8092 for sponsorship information and tickets.


Tuesday, April 28

Girl Scout Recruitment
Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore host a Recruitment Night at Lacey Community Hall on Route 9 at Lacey Road in Forked River from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. with information about being a scout and becoming a leader. Call 732-349-4499 for more information.


May

Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3

Monmouth County Park System Spring Arts Festival
The Monmouth Park Spring Arts Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3 at Thompson Park, Lincroft from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. each day. Click MonmouthCountyParks.com or call 732-842-4000 for more information.


Sunday, May 3

March for Babies
The March of Dimes holds their March for Babies on the Asbury Park boardwalk starting at 11 a.m. to support research and other programs nationwide and in our community to help babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive. Click marchforbabies.org or call 732- 952-9010 for more information.

Paulette’s COLORECTAL Run/Walk
The CentraState Healthcare Foundation holds their annual Paulette’s COLORECTAL Run/Walk at CentraState Medical Center on Main Street in Freehold starting at 8 a.m. The Run/Walk is part of a day of fitness, family and fun to support colorectal cancer awareness, programs and services available at CentraState. Click CentrastateFoundation.org for more information.


Saturday, May 9

St. Mary’s Walk-A-Thon
St. Mary’s Place By the Sea holds their 4th annual Walk-a-Thon at the boardwalk pavilion in Ocean Grove starting at 11 a.m. with registration and to help them continue to provide a place for women with cancer to heal. Click https://www.marysplacebythesea.org/ for additional information.


Saturday, May 16

NAMIWalks New Jersey
NAMIWalks New Jersey holds their annual walk on the boardwalk in Seaside Park starting with registration at 9 a.m . in support of their programs across the stat such as Family-to-Family Education, In Our Own Voice, Hearts & Minds, Multicultural Outreach & Support, School Outreach and Education, Law Enforcement Education, as well as county level support groups, education programs, and advocacy. Click NAMIWalks.org for more information.


Saturday, May 30

Rock for the Nurses Five-Year Anniversary Party with Kinderhook
The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship presents their Rock for the Nurses Five-Year Anniversary Party with Kinderhook concert featuring the return of legendary New Jersey country-rockers Kinderhook at the Idle Hour Restaurant & Bar on Route 88 in Point Pleasant starting at 1p.m. The six hour long fundraiser will also feature performances from Jersey Shore icons The Mangos, Timepiece, Ned Ryerson and his new band The Groundhogs plus other special guests an all you can eat BBQ buffet, pig roast, outside tent party and more. All proceeds from the event will benefit The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund which annually helps the nurses and nursing students of Ocean Medical Center by providing nursing scholarships to nurses and nursing students looking to further their formal education in the nursing profession. For more information click forfarscholarship.org.


July

Saturday, July 18

Friends of Bradley Beach Library Walk-A-Thon
Friends of Bradley Beach Library holds a Walk-a-Thon on the Bradley Beach boardwalk starting at 8:30 a.m. to benefit the library’s ADA compliant renovations and expansion. Call 732-556-6982 for registration and sponsorship 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 schedule 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.

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