Note that all events posted are subject to change and/or cancellation without notice here. Submissions are subject to review and posting is not automatic nor guaranteed. Not responsible for typographical errors. Once an event is posted an update is not guaranteed.
Medicare Education Sessions
The Buckley Insurance Group offers free education sessions about Medicare for those turning 65 from 6 p..m. – 7:30 p.m. Click njmedicareplans.com for a schedule and for more information.
New Jersey’s new drum corps, Encorps, has openings in the brass section and holds rehearsals in South Brunswick every Sunday evening. For more information call 848-226-5393 or click jamwithencorps.org for more information.
Tuesday, March 20
Meatball Sub Sale
Celebrate the first day of Spring with the Bayville Volunteer First Aid Ladies Auxiliary annual Meatball Sub Sale at the Bayville First Aid Squad building on Route 9 and Station Rd in Bayville starting at 10 a.m. Call 732- 269-2696 to place an order or for more information.
Thursday, March 22 – Sunday, March 25
Garden State Film Festival
The 16th annual Garden State Film Festival takes place at its original home in Asbury Park Thursday, March 22 – Sunday, March 25 celebrating the best in international cinema with networking opportunities, hands-on workshops, an open talent casting call, screenplay competition, panel discussions and the screening of 245 films from 22 countries. Click gsff.org or call 732-887-4931 for tickets or more information.
Friday, March 23
Designer Handbag Bingo
CONTACT of Ocean & Monmouth Counties’ 24/7 Crisis Intervention hosts a Designer Handbag Bingo event at the Southard Firehouse on Route 9 in Howell starting at 7 p.m. Call 732-240-6104 for tickets and more information.
Saturday, March 24
A Need We Feed Fundraiser
Margatrita’s on Route 37 in Toms River hosts an fundraiser for A Need We Feed by donating 20 per cent of the day’s proceeds to the charity. A Need We Feed Inc prepares and delivers a hot meal on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and a Summer BBQ to give a little hope to our local veterans and those in need. Click aneedwefeed.com for more information.
Pancake Breakfast & Gift Auction
The American Legion located at 2025 Church Road in Toms River hosts a Pancake Breakfast & Gift Auction starting at 9 a.m. Call 732-914-1877 for tickets and more information.
LLS Charity Hockey Game Father vs. Sons
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society hosts their Charity Hockey Game Father vs. Sons at the Jersey Shore Arena in Wall Township starting at 12:30 p.m. Click JerseyShoreArena.com or call 732- 433-4090 for tickets and more information.
Paint the Pony Purple
The Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey hosts their 7th annual Paint the Pony Purple event at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. It’s a family friendly day with live bands and fun activities to raise awareness about epilepsy and to help support the more than 125,000 New Jersey residents living with epilepsy. School of Rock All Star Band, Vince Martell of Vanilla Fudge, The Wired Band and NRG Acoustic are scheduled to perform. Click efnj.com or call 800- 336-5843 for tickets and more information.
Lunch with the Easter Bunny
Manchester Volunteer Fire Co. #1 hosts Lunch with the Easter Bunny at the firehouse located at 545 Commonwealth Blvd from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Click their Facebook page or call 732-240-3880 for tickets and more information.
Sunday, March 25
The Pleasant Plains Volunteer Fire Department hosts their 70th Pancake Breakfast at the firehouse from 7 a.m. – noon. Click their Facebook page for tickets and more information.
Ocean County College’s Cheer Team holds their Spring Craft & Vendor Fair in the gym inside building 29 on the Toms River campus from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with over 100 vendors. Check their Facebook page for more information.
Glendola Firehouse holds its Pancake Breakfast with Easter Bunny pictures at their firehouse on Belmar Boulevard in Wall from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Call 732-773-1894 for tickets and more information.
Tuesday, March 27
Get Stuffed with Lacey Pride
The staff and teachers of Lacey Township High School prepare dinner at the Get Stuffed with Lacey Pride event in the high school cafeteria north from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Call 609- 971-2020 for tickets and more information.
Thursday, March 29 – Saturday, March 31
Easter Flower Sale
The Island Heights First Aid Squad hosts their annual Easter Flower Sale at the Squad Building located at 135 Central Avenue in Island Heights on Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until sold out.
Friday, March 30
Disco for Firefighters
The Unexcelled Fire Department of Neptune holds their Disco for Firefighters at the Headliner on Route 35 in Neptune starting at 8:30 p.m. featuring the Funktion Band. Call 732-775-6200 for tickets and more information.
Saturday, March 31
The Brick Township Volunteer EMS holds their annual Spring Flower Sale at 500 Aurora Place in Brick from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Call 732- 948-7723 for more information.
Tuesday, April 3
McDonald’s Night to Benefit Autism New Jersey
A night to benefit Benefit Autism New Jersey organized by Jordan Kosich takes place at McDonald’s on Route 9 in Barnegat from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. 25 per cent of your purchase will benefit Autism New Jersey when you present a flier on paper or on your phone. Jordan is a 6th grade student and Autism Ambassador for Autism New Jersey and has been raising awareness for his peers in the Barnegat School System since the first grade. Click autismnj.org for more information.
Saturday, April 7
The Point Pleasant Beach Rotary holds their annual Gift Auction at the Brick VFW Hall on Adamston Road in Brick starting at 6 p.m. to benefit Rotary projects including scholarships, local & international service projects. Call 732-666-1083 for more information.
Sunday, April 8
Asbury Park TuTu 2.2 Run
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties hold their Asbury Park TuTu 2.2 Run at the Asbury Park Biergarten starting at 9:22 a.m. Click runsignup.com for more information.
Wednesday, April 11
OCPGA Spring College Fair
The OCPGA Spring College Fair takes place at the RWJ Barnabas Healthcare Arena on the campus of Toms River High School North from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. with a financial Aid seminar from 5:30 p.m. -6:30 p.m. in the TRHSN Auditorium. Representatives from over 100 colleges and universities, tech schools, and the military with be at the fair.
Ocean County Nonprofit Symposium
The Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce hosts its first Ocean County Nonprofit Symposium Event Sponsored by TD Bank at the Clarion Hotel on Route 37 in Toms River. “Solutions for Key Challenges Facing Today’s Nonprofit Leaders” will focus on four critical issues: cultivating donor relationships, fund raising across cultural, gender and generational differences and marketing. For additional information & to register click tomsriverchamber.com.
Thursday, April 12
Great Gatsby Gala
MOCEANS Centers for Independent Living hold their first Great Gatsby Gala and Gift Auction at the Eagle Oaks Country Club, Farmingdale from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. MOCEANS is a gathering point for people who live with disabilities offering information, peer support, advocacy, programs for youth transition to adult life and supports coordination. Call 732- 571-4884 ext. 103 or click moceanscil.org for tickets and more information.
Saturday, April 14 & Sunday, April 15
Beachplum Quilters of the Jersey Shore present their Everything’s Coming Up Roses Quilt Show & Sale at Elks Lodge #1875 on Washington Street in Toms River from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday. See quilts from over 100 members and more. Click beachplumquilters.com for tickets and more information.
Saturday, April 14
The OCVTS Audio Recording Program and The Performing Arts Academy holds their annual Tech Fest concert at the Brick Presbyterian Church in Brick starting at 1 p.m. featuring live performances from a wide range of artists on two stages to fund scholarships for students interested in pursuing a career in the technical field and allow aspiring artists to be discovered. The benefit is organized, operated, and monitored by the students of the OCVTS PAA Tech Club. Click techfestmusic.com or call 732-300-3987 for tickets and more information.
Jackson Township holds a free Rabies Clinic at the Public Works garage located at 10 Don Connor Boulevard for any resident of New Jersey. Cats must be in a carrier and dogs on a leash. Call 732-928-5780 for more information.
Friday, April 20
Dinner & Comedy Show
The Knights of Columbus host a Dinner & Comedy Show at their hall located at 113 Tennyson Ave in Toms River starting at 6:30 p.m. Call 732-267-3386 for tickets and more information.
Thursday, April 19
Rodeo for Recreation
The Mayor’s Rodeo for Recreation takes place at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. to support the recreation program in Asbury Park featuring a performance by Des and the Swagmatics as well as fireworks. Call 732-502-5759 or click apboardwalk.com for tickets and more information.
Team Challenge Gift Auction
The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation holds their Gift Auction at the Buona Sera Palazzo on Park Avenue in Ocean Township starting at 6:30 a.m. Click tcgiftauction.com for more information.
Friday, April 20
The East Dover First Aid Squad hosts a Comedy Night at their squad house located at 535 Garfield Avenue in Toms River featuring comedian Paul Venier starting at 6 p.m. Call 732-300-5332 for tickets and more information.
Friday, April 27
Derek G. Percy Foundation Memorial Hockey Game /Gift Auction
The Derek G. Percy Foundation holds their Memorial Hockey Game /Gift Auction at the Winding River Ice Rink on Whitesville Road in Toms River starting at 6 p.m. in memory of Derek, a player and a coach for the Toms River Blackhawks. Click thederekgpercyfoundation.com or call 732-237-5885 for tickets and more information.
Special Needs Children's Dance
The Toms River Elks Lodge hosts a Special Needs Children's Dance at their lodge located at 600 Washington Street in Toms River starting at 6 p.m. Dance to DJ Josh, create your own ice cream sundae and take a chocolate making class. Check their Facebook page for more information.
The Spring Lake Heights PTA hosts a Casino Night at Doolans Shore Club on Route 71 in Spring Lake starting at 6 p.m. to benefit programs and upgrades at Spring Lake Heights Elementary School. Call 732-773-8032 for tickets and more information.
Saturday, April 28
3K Color Run
The Lacey Township High School Performing Arts hosts their 3K Color Run at Lacey Township High School on Haines Street starting at 10 a.m. to assist in the repair and upkeep of the Marching Band instruments, the Choir music, Drama sets and building of set scenery for multiple shows and to help ensure the study of the Arts. Call 732-534-1835 for registration information.
Saturday, May 5
People's Choice Antique Car & Vehicle Display
The Poricy Park Conservancy holds their 4th annual People's Choice Antique Car & Vehicle Display at the park on Oak Hill Road in Middletown from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. New car dealers from the area will also have new cars on display with a variety of food and treats at the different food truck vendors. Call 732- 268-7034 or click poricypark.org for more information.
Sunday, May 6
Paulette’s C of Blue
The CentraState Healthcare Foundation holds its Paulette’s C of Blue fun/family friendly 5k/1 mile walk run to benefit Colorectal Cancer screenings, services and programs at CentraState Medical Center starting at 10 a.m. Click centrastatefoundation.org or call 732- 294-7015 for more information.
Wednesday, May 9
The Sunrise Optimist Club of Freehold hosts an American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Freehold Township Municipal Building (Room 114) from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.. Click freeholdsunriseoptimists.com for more information.
Thursday, May 10
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties hosts a Spaghetti Dinner at the Buona Sera located at 50 Maple Avenue in Red Bank from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Call 732- 444-3539 or click bbbsmmc.org for more information.
Saturday, May 12
Town Wide Garage Sale & Vendor Fair
The Lacey Township High School Softball team host Town Wide Garage Sale and Vendor Fair outside at the Lacey Township High School from 8 a.m -1 p.m.Rain date is Saturday, May 19th. Call 609-339-5922 for more information.
Sunday, May 20
Celebration of Life 5K Walk and Race
The New Jersey Sharing Network holds its Celebration of Life 5K on the Great Lawn at the Ocean Promenade on Ocean Ave in Long Branch starting at 7:30 .a.m. The race honors those who gave, pays tribute to those who received, offers hope to those who continue to wait and remember the lives lost while waiting for organ and tissue donations. Click njsharingnetwork.org for more information.
Sunday, June 9
Chili Cook Off
The Eagleswood Fire Company holds a Chili Cook Off at the Sea Pirate Campground on Route 9 in West Creek from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Click www.sea-pirate.com or call 609-296-7400 for more information.
Saturday, June 24
Pine Beach 5K and 1 Mile Run
The Ocean Running Club holds their Pine Beach 5K and 1 Mile Run at Vista Park on Riverside Drive in Pine Beach with a Kiddie Dash is at 7:45 a.m. -1 Mile Run is at 8:00 a.m. - 5K Race at 8:30 a.m. Click runsignup.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 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.