Community Calendar



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Special Events

Brick Summerfest

Brick’s Summerfest Concert and Family Fun series returns to Windward Beach with concerts, drive-in movies, fireworks, food trucks and more. All concerts are free and are subject to postponement due to weather. Click bricktownship.net for more information.

The concert schedule is:

  • Thursday, July 19: Garden State Radio
  • Thursday, July 26:The Amish Outlaws

July

Through Sunday, July 29

The Drowsy Chaperone
The Exit 82 Theatre presents the musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone, winner of five Tony Awards every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday July 6 - 29 at the brand new Exit 82 Studio Theater in downtown Toms River. Tickets available at exit82theatre.com


Wednesday, July 18

Family Fun Night
The Seaside Heights Business Improvement District hosts a Family Fun Night on North Beach starting at 7:30 p.m. featuring a of tug-of-war, long jump, hula hoop, hurdles, Frisbee golf, and various other activities including a large inflatable obstacle course. Click exit82.com for more information.

Belmar Cruise Night
The Belmar Business Partnership hosts their Belmar Cruise Night on Main Street between 8th and 10th Avenues from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Check their Facebook page for more information.


Saturday, July 21

Summer in the Street
Enjoy a day of live entertainment, family fun, crafting, food and more at Summer in the Street along Washington Street in downtown Toms River from noon until 6 p.m. Click downtowntomsriver.com for more information.

Rib Cook Off
American Legion Riders #348 holds a Rib Cook Off at their Post located at 822 Mantoloking Road in Brick starting at 1 p.m. Enjoy live music, kids games, a barbeque and more as 16 cooks compete for their title of best ribs. Click brickpost348.org or call 908- 910-9658 for more information.


Monday, July 23

Clam Bake for a Cause
The Ocean Cares Foundation holds their Clam Bake for a Cause at the Crystal Point Yacht Club on River Road in Point Pleasant from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. featuring a clam bake buffet, live music from Late 88, a silent auction and more. Click oceanmhs.org or call 732- 269-4849 for more information .


Tuesday, July 24

Applaud Our Kids Foundation Auditions
The Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids Foundation holds auditions for performers to perform at community and corporate events with the foundation. Soloists, duets, bands, dancers, dance groups, actors, acting ensemblesa are all welcome. Click  applaudourkids.org. for more information.

Island Beach: A Sonnet in the Sands
Gordon Hesse will provide a slide presentation and talk based on his new book .beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Ocean County Library – Toms River branch. The 288-page book has more than 385 images of Island Beach's hidden past, from the time the Europeans arrived up to the present day. Click theoceancountylibrary.org or call 732- 349-6200 for more information.


Friday, July 27

Family Promise of Southern Ocean County Fundraiser
Family Promise of Southern Ocean County holds a fundraiser at Calloway's Restaurant & Bar on Route 9 in Staffordville starting at 6:30 p.m. featuring live music, a raffle and more. Click familypromisesoc.org or call 609- 994-3317 for more information.


Saturday, July 28

Soulsational Festival
The Soulsational Festival takes place at Veterans Park on Forest Hills Parkway in Bayville starting at 11 a.m. with live music on two stages, over 100 vendors, free yoga,a kids village, art, poets, live demonstrations and more. The goal of the festival is to motivate and inspire our community to find what brings them health and greater happiness while creating lifelong memories. Click Soulsational.info or call 732-508-7448 for more information.


Sunday, July 29

Breakfast for the Pitties
The Pittie Project hosts Breakfast for the Pitties at the Mantoloking Road Alehouse located at 247 Mantolking Road in Brick starting at 9 a.m. The Pittie Project provides funds and services to Pitbull type dogs in New Jersey. Click thepittie.com for tickets and more information.


August

Thursday, August 2 –Sunday, August 5

Clamfest
The Highlands Business Partnership hosts their 24th annual Clamfest Thursday from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., Friday 6-11 p.m., Saturday from 12 noon-11 p.m. and Sunday noon – 8 p.m. with the the freshest food from many of Highlands’ restaurant and the Highlands Fire Department BBQ Tent and Beer & Wine Garden. The event takes place rain or shine. Click highlandsnj.com or call 732-291-4713 for more information.


Saturday, August 4

Jackson VFW Barbeque
Jackson VFW #4073 hosts their annual picnic at their headquarters located at 54 Magnolia Drive in Jackson from 12 noon until 5 p.m. Check their Facebook page  or call 732- 928-0077 for tickets and more details.

Camp Happy Times Fundraiser
Camp Happy Times holds their annual Sharky’s fundraiser at the Headliner in Neptune from 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. featuring DJ Rob Brush and George from the Tropical Pub hosting Bingo. Camp Happy Times provides a sleep away camp for children with cancer. Call 908-397-7373 for tickets and more information.

Revolutionary Rave
The Monmouth County Historical Association hosts their Revolutionary Rave at the Taylor-Butler House on Kings Highway in Middletown from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Experience a bit of 18th-century social entertainment during an afternoon of musik, games, and revelry 18th-century style. Click monmouthhistory.org or call 732-462-1466 for more information.


Sunday, August 5

Kortney’s Challenge 2 Mile Fun Walk/Run
the Kortney Rose Foundation holds their annual Kortney's Challenge 2 Mile Fun Walk/Run at Monmouth Park racetrack in Oceanport starting at 10 a.m. with kids activities in the finish area. Click thekortneyrosefoundation.org for more information.


Wednesday, August 8

Crusin’ Downtown
Washington Street in downtown Toms River will be lined with classic cars and motorcycles. DJ and live entertainment and more during Cruisin’ Downtown from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Call 732-341-8738 or click downtowntomsriver.com for more information.


Saturday, August 11

Summer BBQ Bash
The Silverton Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary holds their Summer BBQ Bash at the Silverton firehouse located at 15 Kettle Creek Road from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. featuring live music by Let’s Be Frank and an antique car show. Call 732-908-0943 or click their Facebook page.

Vendor/Craft Fair
American Legion Auxiliary Unit #232 of Barnegat holds their Vendor/Craft Fair at their headquarters located at 499 North Main Street in Barnegat from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Call 609- 891-7007 for more information.


Tuesday, August 14

Handbags for Hope
The Ronald McDonald Houses of Long Branch & New Brunswick and Temple Shalom of Aberdeen host their Handbags for Hope fundraiser auction at the Turf Club inside Monmouth Park in Oceanport starting at 5 p.m. Click handbagsforhope2018.com or call 732-580-6770 for tickets and more information.


Saturday, August 18

Weichert Poker Run
Weichert Realtors of Toms River holds their first Poker Run to benefit Operation Restored Warrior (ORW), an organization that helps veterans with PTSD. The Poker Run begins at Weichert’s office on Hooper Avenue in Toms River with registration from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. end ends at the River Rock restaurant in Brick. Check the event’s Facebook page or call 732-216-5623 for tickets and more information

Art in the Park
The Toms River Artist Community hosts their 6th annual Art in the Park at Huddy Park in Toms River display of original local music and art form 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Check their Facebook page for more information.

Cpl. William H Smith Marine Corps League Picnic
The Cpl. William H Smith Marine Corps League Picnic takes place at the VFW om Veterans Blvd in Bayville starting at 12:30 p.m. Call 732- 674-7504 for more information.

Poker Run
The Beachwood Fire Department holds their 12th annual Poker Run starting at their firehouse on Beachwood Boulevard and ending with a barbeque. Call 732-349-0014 or click bvfd16.com for more information.

Veterans Benefit Picnic
American Legion #348 holds their 15th annual Veterans Benefit Picnic at their post on Mantoloking Rd in Brick featuring live music from the Mangos. Click brickpost348.org or call 732-477-1915 for more information.


Wednesday, August 22

Belmar Cruise Night
The Belmar Business Partnership hosts their Belmar Cruise Night on Main Street between 8th and 10th Avenues from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Check their Facebook page for more information.


Saturday, August 25

Kathleen Thomson Run
The 4th annual Kathleen Thomson Run takes place at the Keyport-Matawan Elks #1030 Lodge located at 249 Broadway in Keyport starting with registration at 10 a.m. The run honors member Kathleen Thompson and benefits Relay for Life. The lodge hosts a post-race part from 1 p.m. -6 p.m. with live music from Kathouse. Call 732- 264-6742 or click Keyportmatawanelks.com for more information.


September

Friday, September 14

Taste of the Harvest
The CentraState Healthcare Foundation holds their Taste of the Harvest at the Star and Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus at CentaState Hospital located at 901 Main Street in Freehold from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Enjoy fine food, over 70 fine wine, spirit and craft beer samplings, gift raffle and tons of harvest fun. Call 732-294-7030 or click centrastatefoundation.org for more information.


Saturday, September 15 – Sunday, September 16

Lakewood Renaissance Fair
The Lakewood Lions Club hosts their annual Renaissance Fair at Pine Park Saturday, September 15 – Sunday, September 16 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day with jousting knights, archers, magicians, fire eaters and more period fun. On Sunday enjoy the crowning of the King and Queen chosen from children 10 and under dressed in period garb. Click lakewoodrenfaire.com or call 732- 414-9639 for tickets and more information.


Saturday, September 15

Sandy Paws Walk Fur Clean Water
Clean Ocean Action holds their 4th Sandy Paws Walk Fur Clean Water on the Asbury Park boardwalk starting at 10:30 a.m. Dogs will be allowed onto the beach and vendors on hand along with a costume contest. Click their Facebook page or call 732-872-0111 for more information.


Sunday, September 16

BBBS Volleyball Tournament
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties holds their 12th annual Beach Volleyball Tournament on the Main Street Beach in Manasquan from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Click bbbsmmc.org or call 732-444-3539 for more information.


Tuesday, September 18

CONTACT Of Ocean & Monmouth Counties Volunteer Training
CONTACT of Ocean & Monmouth Counties’ training begins for 6 weeks two night every week at Magnolia Gardens in Toms River. CONTACT is a 24-hour crisis intervention & suicide prevention hotline that also provides information & referral to community resources. All calls are free, confidential and anonymous. Training is free. Call 732- 240-6104 or click contactoceanmonmouth.org for more information.


Saturday, September 22

Kitchens By The Sea
The Bay Head School Foundation hosts Kitchens By The Sea, a tour of 10 Bay Head kitchens with samples offered from several area restaurants. Click bayheadschoolfoundation.org for tickets and more information.

Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s New Jersey holds its annual Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s starting at Arnold and Baltimore Avenue in Point Pleasant Beach at 8:30 a.m. One hundred percent of the funds raised from Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s support Garden State individuals and families through Alzheimer’s New Jersey’s programs and services. Call 609- 275-1180 for more information.


Sunday, September 23

Hugh Claus Memorial Run
The Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation holds the Hugh Claus Memorial Run at the 24th Street basketball court in South Seaside Heights starting at 9 a.m. Amyloidosis is a rare disease that too Hugh Claus's life in 2013. Click chipmiller.org for more information.


Saturday, September 29 & Sunday, September 30

Rock 2 Adopt
The Popcorn Park Zoo hosts Rock 2 Adopt at the Zoo located on Humane Way in Forked River starting at 10 a.m. each day. 18 bands perform over two days plus pet adoptions, fun activities and more. Click rock2adopt.com or call 856-297-7655 for tickets and more information.


Saturday, September 29

Rock the Farm Festival
The CFC Loud n’ Clear Foundation presents the Rock the Farm Festival on Grant Avenue in Seaside Heights with food trucks, a beer & wine garden, Kidszone and live music from top tribute bands. CFC provides free services to over 7,500 families battling addiction in New Jersey. Call 732-803-0518 or click healingus.org for more information.

Poker Run
The Lakewood Fireman's Benevolence Association # 380 starting at 9 a.m. at Harley Davidson of Ocean County on Route 70 in Lakewood and ending at at Finnigan's Bowling in Lakewood. The run benefits the Lakewood FMBA # 380 and the Ma Deuce Deuce program to bring awareness to the 22 Military Veterans who suffer from PTSD and commit suicide daily. Call 732-905-3411 for more information.


October

Saturday, October 13

5K Wing Run/Walk
The Purple Angel Foundation holds their first 5K Wing Run/Walk at the Brick Township Reservoir starting at 9 a.m.. The foundation is is dedicated to creating memories for adults age 21 to 65 that are dealing with rare terminal cancers. Call 732-920-2648 or click purpleangelnj.org for more information.


Saturday, October 20

Free To Breathe Jersey Shore Walk
Free To Breathe holds their Jersey Shore Walk starting at the Asbury Festhalle in Asbury Park at 9 a.m.. to build awareness and fund research programs dedicated to increasing lung cancer survival. Click participate.lcrf.org for more information.


Friday, October 26

BBBS Roaring Twenties Gala
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties hold their 20th annual Roaring Twenties Gala at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park starting at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy live music, a silent auction, DJ entertainment, dinner and more. Click bbbsmmc.org or call 732-444-3548.


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.