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SPECIAL EVENTS

Lemonade Day

The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County present Lemonade Day Toms River where kids will learn how to become young entrepreneurs and start, own and operate their own business through a lemonade stand. Kids will set up their own stand on Saturday, July 11 in Toms River and participate in contests including “best tasting lemonade.” Register now at tomsriver.lemonadeday.org/ and receive Lemonade Day backpack filled with goodies that will guide you and your child to a successful lemonade business.


July

Friday, July 10

Fish & Chips Fundraiser
St. Francis of Long Branch holds a Fish & Chips Fundraiser at the St. Francis Community Center from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Catered by Thistle of Kearny. Call 609-494-8861 for more information.

Christmas in July Casino Night
Brandon’s Elves hosts their Christmas in July Casino Night at the Ramada Inn on Route 70 at Route 9 in Toms River starting at 7 p.m. Brandon’s Elves remembers 6-year-old Brandon Holt who lost his life in a gun accident at his home in 2013 and provides Ocean County families with assistance to have a Christmas, Brandon’s favorite holiday. Call 732-966-0066 for more information.


Saturday, July 11

Promenade of Mermaids
Mermaids, mermen and sea monsters of all ages are invited to promenade on the Asbury Park Boardwalk in the inaugural Promenade of Mermaids starting at 12 noon. Click asburyparkmermaids.com  for more information.

Jersey Shore Celtic Festival
The Pipes and Drums of Barnegat Bay present the Jersey Shore Celtic Festival takes place at the Christ Episcopal Church on Washington Street in Toms River featuring well over 200 bagpipers and drummers from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Click jerseyshorecelticfestival.com for more information.


Sunday, July 12

Aces Ride High for Hank
Ocean County Sheriff’s PBA 379 holds Aces Ride High for Hank motorcycle run in support of Hank Steinbach in his battle with stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer starting at Wawa on Route 70 and 539 in Manchester and ending at American Legion Post 232 in Barnegat. Call 732-592-4566 for tickets and additional information.


Tuesday, July 14

Secret Gardens of Brick Tour and Tea
The Brick Garden Club hosts their Secret Gardens of Brick Tour and Tea from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Call 732-920-8231 for more information.


Wednesday, July 15

Burgers and Beer
The Brick Chamber of Commerce hosts the Burgers and Beer networking event at the Shore Acres Yacht Club on Drum Point Road in Brick from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Click brickchamber.com  for more information.

Ronald McDonald House Golf Tournament
The Ronald McDonald House (RMHCNJ) of Central & Northern New Jersey hosts their 22nd annual Golf Tournament at Trump National Golf Course inColts Neck starting at 10 a.m. with registration. Click rmh-cnj.org or call 732- 222-8755 for more information.

Community Music Night
Share your gifts of time and talent at Community Music Night at the German American Club on Uncle Pete’s Road in Yardville starting at 6 p.m., a live band karaoke/open mic opportunity.


Thursday, July 16

Ladies Night Out
The Point Pleasant Beach Chamber of Commerce presents their first Ladies Night Out starting at 4 p.m. Downtown stores will have in-store specials, raffles, entertainment and more. Call 732-899-2424 or click pointchamber.com for more information.


Saturday, July 18

Summer in the Street
Downtown Toms River hosts Summer in the Street along Washington Street in Toms River from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. featuring live entertainment, street performers, inflatable rides, face painting,crafters, food and more. Click downtowntomsriver.com   or call 732-341-8738 for more information.

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.


Thursday, July 23

Splash of Summer Fun
Ocean of Love presents A Splash of Summer Fun at the Crystal Point Yacht Club on River Road in Point Pleasant starting at 6 p.m. Enjoy an island feast and summer cocktails with over 500 wines, beers and spirits to support Ocean of Love and their mission to help Ocean County children with cancer and their families. Click oceanoflove.org for tickets and additional information.

Christmas In July: The 12 Tastes of Christmas
The Believe Project presents Christmas In July: The 12 Tastes of Christmas at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Take in the Christmas magic through song and show, a Victorian Village and the flavors of 12 restaurants both in and around Asbury Park,. The Believe Project is a non-denominational organization and is based on an idea of giving back in a way that shares our passion for Christmas with children who have been stricken with cancer or some other acute or chronic Click thebelieveproject.org  for more information.


Saturday, July 25

Operation Injured Soldiers Basketball Game
The Operation Injured Soldiers Charity Basketball Game takes place at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church on Church Road in Toms River featuring former Utah Jazz player Luther Wright starting at 2 p.m. Call 732-684-9769 for more information.

Soulsational Festival
Live Positive Today presents the 5th annual Soulsational Festival , a day to promote a positive lifestyle, at Veterans Park in Berkeley Township featuring health and fitness vendors, live music, a food and beer garden, kids village and more. Click soulsational.info for additional information.

Car and Truck Show
The Wounded Warrior Project holds a Car and Truck Show at Baywick Plaza from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. with live music, trophies, a Chinese Auction and more. Call 732-998-8405 more information.


Thursday, July 31 – Saturday, August 8

Rock of Ages
The Exit 82 Theatre Company kicks off their 7th season with Rock of Ages at the Strand Theater in Lakewood Thursday, July 31 through Saturday, August 8. It’s the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard. Aqua Net, Lycra, lace and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strips last legendary venues, a place where mega star Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality. Click exit82theatre.com or call 732-349-5245 for tickets, performance times and more information.


August

Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2

LBIF Fine Art Festival
The 26th annual Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Science Fine Art Festival takes place at the Foundation located at 120 Long Beach Boulevard on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visit an outdoor gallery created from spectacular works in painting, sculpting, jewelry, photography, glass, ceramics and more. Click LBIFoundation.org or call 609-494-1241 for more information.


Saturday, August 1

Lacey Shorefest
The Lacey United Methodist Church hosts a Food Truck Show at the Church located at 203 Lacey Road from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Other activities include a petting zoo, pony rides, live music, games and more. Call 609-693-5222 for tickets and additional information.

Monmouth Park Ladies Day
Monmouth Park holds its Ladies Day to kick off William Hill Haskell Weekend in style. Ladies are admitted free with hat or fascinator. Come dressed to impress and be asked to participate in the ladies hat contest for great prizes. Enjoy the Lilly Pulitzer fashion show at the Lady’s Secret Café showcasing the season’s best new style and designs. Click MonmouthPark.com for more information.


Saturday, August 8

Water Summer Celebration and Fluke Fishing Tournament
Long Beach Island PBA #175 holds their 2nd annual Water Summer Celebration and Fluke Fishing Tournament at the Ship Bottom boat ramp featuring live music with the Rock Lobsters by the bay. Call 609-661-0382 or click facebook.com/longbeach.islandpba for more information.


Sunday, August 9

Kourtney’s Challenge 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk
The Kourtney Rose Foundation holds the 10th anniversary ourtney’s Challenge 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk at Monmouth Park starting at 8:30 a.m. Call 732-222-1491 or click thekortneyrosefoundation.org for more information.


Saturday, August 15

Comedy Night
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for children of Ocean County holds a Comedy Night at the Laurelton Fire House on Route 88 in Brick. Click casaofoceancounty.org or call 732-797-0590 for more information.

G.I.R.L.S. Robotics Camp
Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore holds their first G.I.R.L.S. Robotics Camp at the Girl Scout Program Activity Center on Yellow Brook Road in Farmingdale. It’s an opportunity to learn about being part of a FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Team. Participants form into “Alliances” that will build, wire, program and drive a robot in two competitions by the end of the camp. In addition to creating a working robot, fun activities include game strategizing, team naming, pit decorating, trivia games, BBQ and an optional sleepover that features Movie Night and a campfire. Call 732-278-5864 or click newjerseyftc.com  for more information.


September

Saturday, September 12

CONTACT of Ocean and Monmouth 4 Mile Run/Walk
CONTACT of Ocean and Monmouth holds their 4 Mile Run/Walk at Ocean County Park on Route 88 in Lakewood starting at 8:45 a.m. Call 732-240-6104 or click .contactoceanmonmouth.org for more information.


Friday, September 25

Gift Auction
The Jackson Youth Football and Cheerleaders hold their annual Gift Auction at the Howell Pointe Swim Club in Howell. Call 732-586-2121 for more information.


Saturday, September 26

Car Show
The Pleasant Plains Volunteer First Aid Squad hosts their 2nd annual Car Show in the upper parking lot of Ocean County College from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call 732-341-0214 or click Facebook.com/ppfas33 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 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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