Community Calendar

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SPECIAL EVENTS

Sunday, October 21

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
The American Cancer Society holds its annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer at Ocean and Arnold Avenues in Point Pleasant Beach starting at 10 a.m. The non-competitive 3-5 mile walk brings people together to make a difference for everyone who has been touched by breast cancer and raises money to fund innovative research, provide free information and support, and to help people reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it's most treatable. Click makngstrides.acsevents for registration and more information.


September

Monday, September 24

Toms River Police Vest-A-Cop
The Toms River PBA hosts their Vest-A-Cop fundraiser at Pizza Hut on Route 37 in Toms River from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Toms River police officers will be waiters and waitresses for the night to raise money for the Bullet Proof Vest Fund There will also be face painting, dunk tank, bounce house, fire trucks and more. The Jay & Linda Grunin Foundation will match all donations received Monday up to $20,000. Check their Facebook page for more information.


Friday, September 28

Casino Night
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County host their annual Casino Night in the Atlantis Ballroom at the Days Hotel in Toms River. The Toms River Police Foundation will also be honored. Call 732-505-3400 for tickets and 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.

Shamrocks By The Sea Festival
The Ocean County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee holds their 2nd annual Shamrocks By The Sea Festival on the lawn of the Seaside Park Marina from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Enjoy entertainment by Shamrock & Thistle Pipes and Drums of Ocean County, Bally Haunis, Bloody Callan plus Irish step dancing,food, and more. Call 848-448-0134 for more information.

All-Boat Tournament & Family Fish Fry
The Maximilian Foundation holds their 4th annual All-Boat Tournament & Family Fish Fry at Manahawkin Elks Lodge #2340 on Hillliard Bouleveard in Manahawkin starting at 1 p.m. to benefit S.T.Y.L.E. (Student Team Youth Leadership Experience), Mindfulness, Project Aware, Steered Straight and Southern Regional High School Scholarships. Click TheMaximilianFoundation.org for more information.

Vendor And Craft Fair: Shining Light on Self Care
The Center for Conscious Caregiving hosts a Vendor And Craft Fair: Shining Light on Self Care at the Brick Twp Volunteer EMS Hall located at 500 Aurora Place in Brick from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m . with shopping, information and inspiration. Check their Facebook page or call 732-451-4513 for more information.

NJSPBA Survivor and Welfare Fundraiser
Ocean County Sheriff's PBA 379 holds a fundraiser for the New Jersey State PBA Survivor & Welfare Fund at Fubar located at 140 Atlantic City Boulevard in Bayville from 1 p.m. – 5 pm. This fund is dedicated to providing support and survivor benefits to the families of PBA members who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty and easing the burden of those officers who are experiencing significant personal hardships. Call 732-691-6131 for tickets and 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.


Sunday, September 30

Beach BBQ Bash
Tails of Hope holds its annual Beach BBQ Bash at Mr. C’s Beach Bistro located at 1 Allen Avenue in Allenhurst from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. with live music and more. Tails of Hope provide animal rescue, veterinary care, training, humane education and adoption services. They also work with families to help keep their animals in their home whenever possible, through education, training and other types of assistance. Click tailsofhopenj.com or call 732-660-8440 for tickets and more information.


October

Tuesday, October 2

College Fair
The Ocean County Personnel and Guidance Association (OCPGA) hold a free College Fair at the Hackensack Meridian Health Arena on the campus of Toms River North High School from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m with over 130 colleges, universities, technical schools, and the military in attendance. HESAA also hosts a financial aid seminar from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Contact your high school's guidance office for more information.


Friday, October 5

Designer Handbag Bingo
CONTACT of Ocean & Monmouth Counties hosts their Designer Handbag Bingo at Toms River Elks Lodge #1875 on Washington Street in Toms River starting at 5 p.m. Click contactoceanmonmouth.org or call 732- 240-6104 for more information.


Saturday, October 6

Asbury Park Zombie Walk
The Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce holds its 11th annual Asbury Park Zombie Walk with festivities, make up and contests starting at noon with the parade stepping off at 4 p.m., rain or shine. The Central Jersey Blood Center holds a blood drive from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m in their mobile donor mobile next to the Paramount Theatre. Click asburyparkzombiewalk.com for more information.

Color Fest
The Mental Health Association in New Jersey Ocean County Chapter holds their Color Fest community event at Veterans Park in Berkeley Township from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m with a color run, community resources display, games and kids activities, food trucks and more. Check their Facebook page for more information.

Gift Auction
Associated Humane Societies/Popcorn Park hosts a Gift Auction at the Toms River Elks Lodge located at 600 Washington Street in Toms River starting at 5 p.m. Click ahscares.org or call 609- 693-1900 for more information.

Pound The Pavement for Purple 5K Run
The 5th annual Pound The Pavement for Purple 5K Run takes place at the Headliner on Route 35 in Neptune starting at 8:30 a.m. with registration to benefit the Lustgarden Foundation, rain or shine. Click runsignup.com for more information.

Fall Festival & Poker Run
The Silverton Volunteer Fire Company holds its 11th annual Fall Festival & Poker Run at their firehouse on Kettle Creek Road in Toms River. The day begins with an 80 to 100-mile motorcycle/classic car poker run at 8:30 a.m. followed by the festival 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. featuring local bands, inflatables, fire equipment displays and more. Click svfc29.com for tickets and more information.

Rock for the Run-Cupid's Chase 5K
The Rock for the Run-Cupid's chase 5K Kick off Event takes place at the Lacey Methodist church from 12 noon -5 p.m. with a DJ and bands. food trucks, face painting and more. Click comop.org or call 609-693-1700 for more information.


Sunday, October 7

Oktoberfest
American Legion Riders #348 holds their first Oktoberfest at their Post located at 822 Mantoloking Road in Brick starting at noon with traditional food, beer and wine tastings and live music. Call 848-221-5083 or click brickpost348.org.

Auction Wine & Chocolate Tasting
Clean Water Action holds their 9th annual Autumn Toast to a Healthy Environmen Charity Auction and Wine & Chocolate Tasting at the Pine Barrenst Golf Club on Hope Chapel Road in Jackson from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Click cleanwater.org  for tickets and more information.


Saturday, October 13

Shoreline Heart Walk
The American Heart Association holds their Shoreline Heart Walk on the Asbury Park boardwalk starting with check-in at 9 a.m. to help build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Click heart.org for more information.

Young Eagle Flight Rally
Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 898 holds their Young Eagle Flight Rally at Ocean County Airport in Berkeley Township from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Young people ages 8-17 will have a chance to take to the skies in a free airplane ride and to learn more about aviation. Call 609- 709-7676 or click youngeagles.org for more information.

Chili Cookoff Fundraiser
Joan’s Reach holds their 7th annual Chili Cookoff Fundraiser at the Freehold VFW located at 50 Waterworks Rd in Freehold from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Joan’s Reach helps families through pregnancies diagnosed in utero with Trisomy 18. For more information click joansreach.org or call 732-788-60

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.


Sunday, October 14

Howell/Farmingdale 5K Run
CONTACT of Ocean & Monmouth Counties hosts their 6th annual Howell/Farmingdale 5K Run at Howell High School starting at 8:30 a.m. Click contactoceanmonmouth.org or call 732- 240-6104 for more information.


Wednesday, October 17

Heart of Gold Gift Auction
The Seaside Chapter of Deborah hosts their Heart of Gold Gift Auction at the Days Inn on Route 37 in Toms River from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call 732-608-0599 for tickets and more information


Thursday, October 18

Greater Toms River Chamber 100th Anniversary Gala
The Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce is holds their 100th Anniversary Gala at The Mainland at the Holiday Inn on Route 72 in Manahawkin from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. The event honors former GTRCC, CEO, Lucy Green (posthumous) and former GTRCC Director of Operations Jean Hryniw. A special “Spirit of Excellence” Award will also be presented by the US Chamber of Commerce to Congressman Tom MacArthur. Click tomsriverchamber.com for tickets and additional information.


Saturday, October 20

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Screening
The Deborah Hospital Foundation hosts a Sudden Cardiac Arrest Screening at the hospital on Trenton Road in Browns Mills from 9 a.m. until noon. Click deborahfoundation.org for registration and additional information.

Casino Night
Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore host their 2nd annual Casino Night at their Activity Center located at 127 Yellowbrook Road in Farmingdale starting at 6:30 p.m. Click gsfun.org or call 732-938-5454 for more information.

Murder Mystery Night and Gift Auction
Warhorse Scuba Inc hosts a Murder Mystery Night and Gift Auction at the South Wall Fire Rescue on Atlantic Avenue in Manasquan starting at 6 p.m. Take a journey with Captain Clyde P. Riddlesbrood as he tries to locate the loot before he is captured by the British in the murder-mystery Shiver Me Timbers. Warhorse Scuba promotes awareness of the US military suicide rate and promote the welfare of combat veterans. Specifically Warhorse SCUBA Inc will achieve this goal by offering SCUBA experiences, activities and certification programs as a means of therapy and community interaction for combat veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain injury, C-Spine injuries and other disabilities. Call 855- 943-4837 or click warhorsescuba.com for tickets and more information.

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.


Sunday, October 21

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
The American Cancer Society holds its annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer at Ocean and Arnold Avenues in Point Pleasant Beach starting at 10 a.m. The non-competitive 3-5 mile walk brings people together to make a difference for everyone who has been touched by breast cancer and raises money to fund innovative research, provide free information and support, and to help people reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it's most treatable. Click makngstrides.acsevents for registration and 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.


Saturday, October 27

Run The Pines for Canines 5K
Popcorn Park Zoo hosts their 6th annual Run The Pines for Caninies 5K at the Zoo on Humane Way in Forked River. Click ahscares.org for more information.


November

Saturday, November 10

USMC Birthday Ball
The Cpl William H.Smith Detachment 667, Marine Corps League celebrates the 243 birthday of the United States Marine Corp at the Captain’s Inn on East Lacey Road in Lacey from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Call 732-797-0138 for tickets and more information.


Saturday, November 17

Sport Shot Singles Spectacular
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church of Whiting hosts the Sport Shot Singles Spectacular at Playdrome Lanes on Route 37 in Toms River starting at 10 a.m. For more information call 732-350-2121.


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.