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Thursday, September 18
Sips in September
The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide presents Sips in September, an evening of fine wine and spirits in recognistion of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Eagle Oaks Country Club in Lakewood. Call 732-410-7900 for tickets and additional information.
Friday, September 19
The Greater Ocean Chamber of Commerce presents their Comedy Night and Gift Auction to benefit their scholarship fund at the Buona Sera Palazzo starting at 6 p.m. hosted by the Point’s Lou Russo featuring Bobby Collins and Kevin Israel. Call 732-660-1888 or click gotcc.org for tickets and additional information.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County hold their annual Casino Night at the Woodlake Country Club in Lakewood from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.. For more information call 732-505-3400 or click bbbsoc.org.
Friday, September 19 – Sunday, September 21
Que by the Sea
The 6th annual Que by the Sea BBQ Festival and Competition takes place along Grant Avenue on Friday from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Enjoy musical entertainment, artists and vendors and mouthwatering specialties. Click Exit82.com for more information.
Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21
The Lakewood Lions Club hosts their annual Ranaissance Faire in Pine Park on Country Club Road in Lakewood from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Watch 16th century knights in their shiny armor jousting on their horses and fighting in hand to hand combat, take in the artisans, strolling musicians, storytellers, and magicians, belly dancers and witness the crowning of the Faire’s King and Queen chosen from children ages 10 and under dressed in period costume. Click lakewoodrenfair.com for more information.
Saturday, September 20
CONTACT of Ocean & Monmouth 5 Mile Run
The 2nd annual CONTACT of Ocean & Monmouth 5 Mile Run and 5 Mile Race/Walk takes place at the Howell Elks Club starting at 9 a.m. Call 732-240-6104 or click contactoceanmonmouth.org for additional information.
Garden State Latino Cultural Festival
The National Association For The Advancement Of Latino People (NAALP) hosts the Garden State Latino Cultural Festival at Lake Terrace on Oak Street in Lakewood from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Activities Include games, folkloric music, food and more. Call (908) 216-6235 for more information.
American Legion Post #129 of Toms River hosts a Flea Market at the Post onf Church Road in Toms River from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. For vending and additional information call (732)255-9250.
Festival of the Sea
The Point Pleasant Beach Chamber of Commerce presents the 37th annual Festival of the Sea street fair from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. There’s fun activities for the kids plus the chance to sample dishes from area restaurants and shop arts and crafts vendors. Call 732-899-2424 or click PointPleasantBeachChamberofCommerce.com for more information. Rain date is Sunday, September 21.
Port Monmouth Elementary School on Main Street in Port Monmouth hosts a fundraiser fair to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. featuring a walk-a-thon, vendors, entertainment, children’s activities amd more. Call 908-461-4369 for additional information. Donations also accepted through the event’s Facebook page.
The Long Branch Covenant Church hosts their 7th annual Community Barbeque starting at 2 p.m. with pony rides, a petting zoo, games for all ages and more. Call 732-870-2028 for more information or click lbcovenant.org.
Shoot From The Hip Funsraiser
Jackson Moose and AmVets Post #2 hosts the Shoot from the Hip fundraiser at the Amvets post on Toms River Road in Jackson from 12 noon – 6 p.m. to help a member recovering from a motorcycle accident. Activities include a pig roast, live music and more. Call 908-216-7334 for tickets and additional information.
The Lacey Elks Club hosts a Car Show on Beach Boulevard in Forked River from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Call 732-281-4370 for registration and additional information.
Last Blast of Summer
Emmanuel Community Church located at 331 Wheaton Avenue in Bayville hosts their Last Blast of Summer Chili Cook Off from 11:00 a.m- 3:00 p.m with live music and games for the kids and more. Call 732-269-5690; or click ECCBayville.org/LASTBLAST for more information.
Neptune Day takes place at the municipal parking lot off Davis Avenue from 12noon- 4 p.m. with many activities including inflatables, pony rides, a petting zoo, craft vendors, live music and more. Call 732-869-1202 for additional information.
Jared Gaedt Benefit
A benefit Gift Auction for Jared Gardt takes place at the Hamilton Firehouse banquet hall on Jumping Brook Road in Neptune starting at 4:30 p.m. 3-year-old Jared suffers from PVL (periventricular leukomalacia), a rare seizure disorder, chronic lung disease and cerebral palsy. Call 732-539-1419 for tickets and additional information.
Sunday, September 21
Chef Mike’s Endless Summer
Chef Mike’s Endless Summer Beach Party takes place at Chef Mike’s ABG on Central Avenue in South Seaside Park from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. to benefit Hometown Heroes. Enjoy food from 10 of the Jersey Shore’s best chefs, local beers and wines, live music, beach games and more. Click ChefMikesABG.com for more information.
The Forked River Rotary Club hosts their 4th annual Doggie Derby at Jones Road Park in Lacey Township from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., rain or shine. Call 732-240-4500 for additional information.
Senior Appreciation Day
The Freehold Borough Human Relations Committee hosts Senior Appreciation Day from 12 noon to 5pm in the Hall of Records Parking Lot on Main Street. Shop local vendors and crafters, get community services information and enjoy entertainment and music provided by DJ Tommy Lynch. Rain date is September 28.
The Brick Rotary Club hosts their 5th annual Dog Fest at Winward Beach in Brick from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 732-451-1185 for more information.
Friday, September 26 – Sunday, September 28
St. Barbara Greek Festival
St. Barbara Greek Church hosts their 40th annual Greek Festival at the St. Barbara Community Center and on the church grounds located on Church Road in Toms River on Friday and Saturday from 12noon-12midnight and Sunday from 12noon-6 p.m. Enjoy a wide variety of Greek food, live music, dancing, Euro-style street vendor shopping, kids rides, boardwalk-style games and more. Call 732-255-5525 or click StBarbaraNJ.org for more information.
Friday, September 26
Home Sweet Home Gala
HABCore hosts its 2nd annual Home Sweet Home Gala at the Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. HABcore is an organization which provides permanent and affordable housing for the homeless and disabled population in Monmouth and Ocean counties. They provide supportive services that are specifically designed to address the needs of every individual resident in their program. Click habcore.org or call (732)544-1975 for more information.
Saturday, September 27
Kaleidoscope of Hope Walk
Kaleidoscope of Hope holds their annual walk on the boardwalk in Avon-by-the-Sea with walks of 1,3 or 5 miles available along with music, prizes and activities for both kids and adults. The Walk helps KOH in their mission of of educating and helping women overcome the threat of ovarian cancer in New Jersey. Click kohnj.org for more information.
New Jersey Ride Against AIDS
The Center in Asbury Park holds their New Jersey Ride Against AIDS, a one-day ride beginning and ending at their office in Asbury Park. There will be a 25, 50 and 100-mile ride to choose from. Call 732-774-3416 or click thecenterinap.org for registration and information on supporting the ride.
Gift Basket Auction
The Ocean County 4H Association hosts a Gift Basket Auction fundraiser at the Ocean County Extension Center Auditorium on Whitesville Road in Toms River starting with a preview at 5:30 a.m. Call 732-349-1227 for tickets and additional information.
Pumpers and Pistons
The Ship Bottom Volunteer Fire Company hosts their first Pumpers and Pistons car and fire apparatus show at the boat ramp on 10th and Shore Ave in Ship Bottom from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Station 46 will also serve a BBQ at Barnegat Light featuring live music from Facedown. Rain date is Sunday, September 28.
Walk to End Alzheimers
The Greater New Jersey Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association holds the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s at the corner of Baltimore and Arnold Avenues in Point Pleasant Beach beginning with registration at 9 a.m. It is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. To register or for more information click here.
The Lacey Historical Society hosts their annual Apple Festival at the Schoolhouse Museum and Forked River firehouse on Route 9 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Activities include pumpkin painting, fire engine rides, craft demonstrations, music and more. Call 609 -971-0467 or click LaceyTownship.org for more information.
Sunday, September 28
Car & Truck Show
The Ocean County Vocational Technical Education Association holds their annual Car and Truck Show at the OCVTS Brick Center located at 350 Chambers Bridge Road in Brick to the Ocean County Vocational Technical School Scholarship Fund. Other activities include a swap meet, music and a flea market. Rain date is October 5.
Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival
The 5th annual Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival takes place in the White Street parking lot from 12noon- 7 p.m with live music, oysters prepared in a variety of ways and activities for the kids. Click acoollittletown.com for more information.
Tuesday, September 30
Neptune Township hosts a Prepare-a-Thon on South Concourse Avenue from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. with a water rescue and fire fighting demonstration, DWI simulatrion, information and activity booths and more.
Thursday, October 2
College Night at the Jersey Shore
Visit with over 125 colleges, universities, technical schools and the military at College Night at the Jersey Shore from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Pine Belt Arena on the campus of Toms River High School North. For more information call (908) 783-3385.
Friday, October 3
Alex’s Million Mile Walk
Lacey Kids for a Cure hosts a 1 mile walk at Gille Park in Forked River starting at 6 p.m with free lemonade served after the event. Call 609-389-3469 or check their Facebook page for more information.
Saturday, October 4
Shark Run 5K
The Bay Head Home and School Association holds their annual Shark Run 5K to benefit the Bay Head Elementary School which suffered significant damage and loss from Superstorm Sandy and is still working to rebuild the school. Click SharkRun5K.com for registration and additional information.
Fall Festival & Motorcycle Poker Run
The Silverton Volunteer Company holds their annual Fall Festival & Motorcycle Poker Run starting with an 80 to 100-mile motorcycle/classic car Poker Run beginning at Charlie Brown’s located at 11 Kettle Creek Road in Toms River at 11 a.m. The Fall Festival takes place from 11 a.m- 6 p.m. at the Firehouse on Kettle Creek Road with live music, inflatable kids rides, face painting, fire equipment displays and truck rides, craft and community vendors and more. Click svfc29.com for more information.
4th Annual 5K Canine Classic Run/Walk Classic
The Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals holds its 4th Annual 5K Canine Classic Run/Walk Classic at Pier Village in Long Branch starting at 8 a.m. Dogs on leashes are welcome. The Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals awards annual grants to non-profit, no-kill animal welfare organizations to be used for day-to-day operations, emergency relief, spay/neuter efforts, veterinary care, equipment, construction, vehicle purchases, educational programs and special projects. Click purrnpoochfoundation.org for more information.
Concours d’Elegance to Benefit BBBSMMC
The Monmouth County Concours d’Elegance to benefit Bib Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties takes place at Hop Brook Farm on Holmdel Road in Holmdel from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. as car collectors and affcionados display over 135 antique automobiles and motorcycles. There will also be a fashion show. Click monmouthcountyconcours.com for more information.
Sunday, October 5
The Toms River North Indians Cheerleaders hold a Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast at the Applebee’s at the Ocean County Mall on Hooper Avenue in Toms River from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. to raise funds for travel and new uniforms. Call 732-966-7866 for more information.
Autumn Toast to a Healthy Environment
Clean Water Action New Jersey hosts its fifth annual Autumn Toast to a Healthy Environment charity auction and wine & chocolate tasting at the Pine Barrens Golf Club in Jackson starting at 1 p.m. The event features silent and live auctions along with wine & chocolate tastings, light fare and live jazz music. Proceeds from the event benefit Clean Water Action New Jersey and its charitable arm, Clean Water Fund. Click CleanWaterAction.org for more information.
Thursday, October 9
OCFVTS Golf Outing
The Ocean County Foundation for Vocational Technical Education holds their 16th annual Golf Outing at the Atlantis Golf Course in Little Egg Harbor. Click ocvtsfoundation.org for more information.
Saturday, October 11
Showcase of Champions
The Jackson Memorial High School Band hosts their Showcase of Champions and 50th anniversary celebration at the school’s Jack Munley Field on Don Connor Boulevard starting at 5:10 p.m. Some of the area’s best marching bands will compete as all past music department alumni and teachers are honored afterwards . Call 732-833-4600 or click JacksonJaguarBand.com for more information.
Walk Now for Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks hosts the Jersey Shore Walk Now at the Great Lawn on the boardwalk in Long Branch, a fun-filled, family friendly event that is their single most powerful fundraiser to fund vital research. Click WalkNowForAutismSpeaks.org for more information.
A Night of Laughter
The Monmouth County SPCA Pittie Project and Ocean County Bully Group present A Night of Laughter at the Hamilton Fire House on Jumping Brook Road in Neptune starting with dinner at 6 p.m. Call 732-278-4201 for tickets and additional information.
Color Me Belmar Run for FRA 3K
The first Color Me Belmar Run for FRA (Family Resouce Associates) 3K takes place along Belmar Beach on First Avenue and Ocean Avenot starting at 10 a.m. Participants can walk or run together and all are welcome to participate as long as they have fun and don’t take things too seriously and there are no age limits. The run will benefit local children with developmental disabilities served by FRA. Click frainc.org for more information.
Sunday, October 12
The Leta Kids present Pumpkin Express fundraiser to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation at the Laurelton Fire House on Route 88 in Brick from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Purchase a painted pumpkin done by a professional artist and enjoy games, raffles, freshly baked treats and more. Click PumpkinExpress.org or call 732-458-6674.
Monday, October 13
The Special Needs Children’s Committee of Point Pleasant Elks #1698 hoslds their annual fall Golf Tournament at the Spring Meadow Golf Course in Wall.
Saturday, October 18
Point Pleasant Beach Chowder & Music Fest
The Point Pleasant Beach Chamber of Commerce presents their 2nd annual Chowder & Music Fest with a beer garden, crafters and chowder sampling. Click PointPleasantBeachChamber.com for more information.
Life is about Family, Friends and Fun Fundraiser
The Ryan C. Viscito Fund (RCVF) holds its 4th annual Life is about Family, Friends and Fun fundraisier at the American Legion located at 21 Gully Road in Neptune from 6-10 pm. RCVF provides scholarships to local students particularly those of St. Rose High School and alumni graduates of Seashore School as well as scholarships and medical assistance to children afflicted with MPS I – Hurler Syndrome. Call 732-859-8282 for more information.
Light the Night Walk
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society hosts their Light the Night Walk at the Great Lawn in Long Branch starting at 5 p.m. The Walk funds treatments that are saving the lives of patients today. LLS is making cures happen by providing patient support services, advocacy for lifesaving treatments and the most promising cancer research anywhere. Click here for more information.
Sunday, October 19
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
The American Cancer Society’s annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event takes place in Point Pleasant Beach starting at 8 a.m. Making Strides Against Breast Cance is an incredible and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about what can be done to reduce breast cancer risk, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with breast cancer research, information and services, and access to mammograms for women who need them. Click MakingStridesWalk.org for more information.
Monday, October 20
Chef’s Night Out
The HOPE Center hosts their 4th annual Chef’s Night Out at the Woodlake County Club in Lakewood from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sample the specialties of over 20 restaurants and help support the HOPE Center with their mission of providing support, resources, referrals, food and limited financial assistance to those working to overcome a current life crisis.Call 732-341-4447 for more information.
Friday, October 24
Hearts of Gold Gala
The United Way of Ocean County hosts their Hearts of Gold Gala at the Crystal Point Yacht Club in Point Pleasant honoring Exelon Generation’s Oyster Creek plant. Click uwocnj.org for more information.
Saturday, October 25
Starve Poverty holds a Clothing Giveaway at the Lanoka Fire Department on Route 9 at Warren Avenue in Lanoka Harbor from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m . Shop for gently used clothing and household items at no cost.
Sunday, October 26
Trick or Trot
The Jersey Shore Running Club holds their 21st annual Trick or Trot at Seven Presidents Park in Long Branch to benefit the Monmouth County SPCA starting at 9:30 a.m. Click MonmouthCountySPCA.org for more information.
Holiday Traditions Gift Auction
The Jersey Shore Animal Center hosts their 5th annual Holiday Traditions Gift Auction at the Woodlake Country Club in Lakewood from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Call 732-920-1600 X208 or click JerseyShoreAnimalCenter.org for more information.
Point Pleasant Halloween Parade
The 34th annual Costume and Float Halloween Parade in Point Pleasant steps off from the STS Tire on Bridge Avenue in Point Pleasant at 1p.m. Click PointPleasantChamber.com for more information.
Saturday, November 1
Pound the Pavement for Purple
The Pound the Pavement for Purple 5K Run/2 Mile Walk to benefit Pancreatic Cancer Research takes place at Veterans Memorial Park on Old Corlies Avenue in Neptune starting at 10 a.m. Click NeptuneTownship.org for more information.
Around The Shore
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 Plaza II on Route 35 in Ocean Township 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 ajdellomo.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.