Community Calendar

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March

**All events are subject to cancellation or postponement which may not be indicated on this page. Please check the website or contact information of an event to confirm its status**


Thursday, March 25 – Saturday, March 28

Aladdin Jr
The Howell Middle School South Players present Aladdin Jr at the Howell Middle School located on Kuzminski Way in Howell on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Friday & Saturday at 7:30 p.m. each night. Click hmss.booktix.com or call 732-836-1327 x 6804 for tickets and more information.


Friday, March 27

Helping Hands Benefit Basketball Game
The Brick Township Policemen’s Benevolent Association hold their 30th annual Helping Hands Benefit Basketball Game at the Brick Township High School East Gym starting at 7:30 p.m. featuring members of the Brick Township Police Department playing the Brick Township Green Dragon Football Team in a game of basketball. Game proceeds will go to the family of Bentley Stanwise to help them care for their son. Bentley is three years old and has been diagnosed with Cardiofaciocutaneous Syndrome, commonly referred to as CFC Syndrome. CFC Syndrome is a very rare genetic mutation. CFC Syndrome is estimated to effect 1 in every 810,000 people and approximately slightly over 400 people in the world are currently diagnosed with CFC. Bentley suffers from many additional medical conditions including epilepsy, brain lesions, optic nerve hypoplasia, airway difficulty, several heart conditions, G-tube dependency, non-mobile, non-verbal, as well as many others. Call 732-262-1100 for tickets and more information.

Designer Handbag Bingo
CONTACT of Ocean & Monmouth Counties holds their Designer Handbag Bingo at the Southard Firehouse on Route 9 in Howell starting at 5:30 p.m. Click contactoceanmonmouth.org or call 732-240-6104 for tickets and more information.

Shore Comedy Night
The Monmouth Council of the Boy Scouts of America hosts the Shore Comedy Night at the Long Branch Elks Lodge located at 150 Garfield Ave in Long Branch starting at 7 p.m. featuring Doug Karpf, Tim Grill and Lonnie Bray. Click monmouthbsa.org for tickets and more information.


Saturday, March 28

Cops & Rodders
Little Egg Harbor police host their Cops and Rodders car show and swap meet at Pinelands Regional High School on Nugentown Road in Little Egg Harbor from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. with cars, Touch-a-Truck, food trucks and more to benefit the LEHPD officers participating in the Police Unity Tour. Click lehpolice.org for more information.

Spring Craft Fair
The Toms River High School South Chorus hosts their Spring Craft and Vendor Fair at the school located at 55 Hyers Street in Toms River from 10 a.m – 3 p.m. Check their Facebook page for more information.

Craft & Vendor Show
Silver Ridge Park Westerly hosts a Craft & Vendor Show in their clubhouse located at 39 Millbrook Drive in Toms River from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Call 848-223-7661 for more information including vendor information.


Tuesday, March 31

Spring College Kickoff Fair 
The Ocean County School Counselors Association (formerly the OCPGA) holds its Spring College Kickoff Fair at the RWJ Barnabas Health Arena on the campus of Toms River High School North on Old Freehold Road from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. with over 100 colleges, tech schools and military. There are two financial aid workshops at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Click ocsca.org for more information. This event has been canceled.


April

Friday, April 3

All Alumni Night
The Central Regional Alumni Association holds their 11th annual All Alumni Night at the Captain’s Inn on East Lacey Road in Forked River from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.. Click crhssa.org or call 732-496-1012 for tickets and more information.

Comedy Night & All You Can Eat Pasta Night
The Jackson Police Explorers host a Comedy Night & All You Can Eat Pasta Night at the Jackson Mills Fire House located at 465 North County Line Road in Jackson starting at 6 p.m. featuring Bob Levy, Jackie Byrne and more. Call 732-928-1111 for tickets and additional information.


Saturday, April 4

4 Paws Sake Family Fest
Rescue Ridge and Squankum Animal Inn host their 3rd annual 4 Paws Sake Family Fun Fest at The Historic Village at Allaire in Wall on their main show field from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Activities include a pet costume contest, cutest tricks contest, vendors, food trucks, live music, carnival games, information on adoptable animals and more. Rain date is April 5. Call 732-539-0821 or check their Facebook page for more information.

Gift Auction
The OCVTS Performing Arts Academy hosts their annual Gift Auction called “Lights, Camera, Action” at the Eagle Ridge Country Club in Lakewood from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. Click paa.booktix.com or call 908-433-4869 for tickets and more information.

Special Needs Dance Social
Friendly Connections hosts a Special Needs Dance Social at the Headliner on Route 35 in Neptune starting at 3 p.m. Friendly Connections helps people in all 21 counties in New Jersey with disabilities classified under NJ Department of Developmental Disabilities aged 21 years and older to get connected in their community. Friendly Connections also offers social and job services. Call 732- 497-7641 or click friendlyconnections.net for tickets and more information.

Casino Night
The Rotary Club of Barnegat hosts a Casino Night at the Greenbriar Oceanaire Clubhouse Ballroom located at 1 Heritage Circle in Waretown from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Click barnegatrotary.org or call 609-548-1039 for tickets and more information.

Shining Light Gala
The Foundation for Manalapan-Englishtown Regional Schools hosts their 10th anniversary Shining Light Gala at South Gate Manor on South Street in Freehold from 7 p.m. – midnight with dancing, a “fun money” casino and a tribute to Janine Liegi. Check their Facebook page for tickets and more information.


Saturday, April 11

Car Hop Kickoff Car, Truck, & Motorcycle Show
The Car Hop Kickoff Car, Truck, & Motorcycle Show to benefit Ocean of Love take place at Breakers Kitchen & Tap on Route 9 in Waretown from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Ocean of Love provides support for children with cancer and their families. Check the event’s Facebook page for more information.


Monday, April 13

Gift Auction
Saint Peter Elementary School hosts their annual Easter Monday Gift Auction at the school located on Atlantic Avenue in Point Pleasant Beach starting at 5 p.m. Call 732- 299-1889 for more information.


Saturday, April 18

United for Impact Food Truck Festival
Downtown Freehold and the United Way of Monmouth & Ocean counties host their United for Impact Food Truck Festival at the West Main Street Performance Park in Freehold from noon until 6 p.m. with food, live music and games. Check the event’s Facebook page for more information.

Made in Monmouth
Monmouth County Economic Development hosts their 9th annual Made in Monmouth event at the OceanFirst Bank Center at Monmouth University from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with over 250 makers of consumer products from Monmouth County. Call 732-431-7470 or check their Facebook page for more information.

Healthy Kids Day - CANCELED
The Ocean County YMCA holds their Healthy Kids Day at the Y located at 1088 Whitty Road in Toms River from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. with the chance to try a sample fitness class, swim in their 12 lane pool and more. There will also be a petting zoo, inflatable obstacle course and community organizations. Click ocymca.org or call 732-341-9622 for more information.


Sunday, April 19

Gift Auction
The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary hosts a Gift Auction at the American Legion hall located at 2025 Church Rd in Toms River from 12 noon until 5 p.m.


Thursday, April 23 – Sunday, April 26

Asbury Park Music & Film Festival
The Asbury Park Music & Film Festival takes place Thursday, April 23 – Sunday, April 26 to benefit underserved children in Asbury Park and its surrounding areas with a full line of performers and panels including The Sopranos Creator David Chase" on Saturday, April 25 at 7:00pm and performance by Melissa Etheridge. Funding supports the Asbury Park Music Foundation, the Hip Hop Institute and Lakehouse Music Academy programs. APMFF also delivers high-tech music education to students and provides after-school programming at schools in Asbury Park, Long Branch, Red Bank and Bradley Beach. The Festival also supports Lady of Mt. Carmel and the Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County. APMFF offers scholarship opportunities and a commitment to musical excellence which affords life-changing experiences. Cick apmff.org for tickets, a complete schedule and more information.


Saturday, April 25

Cornhole Tournament
The Red Bank Regional High School BUC Backer Foundation hosts a Cornhole Tournament at the Red Bank Elks located at 40 W. Front Street in Red Bank starting at 11 a.m. to benefit student scholarships, teacher grants and other academic student or teacher endeavors. Call 732-621-0511 for more information.

Designer Bag Bingo and Tricky Tray
The Matawan High School Husky Touchdown Club hosts their Designer Bag Bingo and Tricky Tray fundraiser at Matawan High School located at 450 Atlantic Ave in Aberdeen starting at 7 p.m. Call 732- 616-4274 for tickets and more information.

Asbury Park Tutu 2.2
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Coastal and Northern New Jersey holds their Asbury Park Tutu 2.2 at the Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m and run or walk in a tutu. Click mentornj.org for more information.


Sunday, April 26

"Fur" Paws Gift Auction
The Jersey Shore Animal Center hosts its "Fur" Paws Gift Auction at the Brick Elks Lodge located at 2491 Hooper Avenue in Brick starting at 1 p.m. to benefit the rescue, medical care, and rehoming of abused/abandoned animals. Click jerseyshoreanimalcenter.org or call 732-920-1600 for more information.


May

Friday, May 1

BlueClaws Soccer Night
The Lakewood BlueClaws host a Soccer Night to honor Jersey Shore youth soccer clubs with an on-field parade and fireworks afterwards. Click groupmatics.events to purchase tickets for tickets.

Bunco Day
The Women’s Club of Lacey hosts its Bunco Day at the Community Hall located at Route 9 and Lacey Road from noon until 4 p.m. to benefit their scholarship fund. Click womanscluboflacey.org or call 609-242-7031 for tickets and more information.


Saturday, May 2

Walk to End Bladder Cancer Cancer
The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network holds their annual Walk to End Bladder Cancer on the boardwalk in Bradley Beach starting at noon. Bladder cancer is the sixth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the US. BCAN offers educational resources and support programs free of charge, helps advance research and provides bladder cancer services and information. Click bcan.org for more information.

Just Believe Craft Fair
Just Believe hosts a Craft Fair at the Riverwood Park Recreation Center located at 201 Riverwood Dr in Toms River from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Just Believe is dedicated to restoring hope in humanity an helps to transition people within our community from homelessness to living self-sustaining lives. Click justbelieveinc.org for more information.


Sunday, May 3

Jersey Shore 5K & Team Hope Walk
The Huntington's Disease Society of America holds their Jersey Shore 5K & Team Hope Walk at Bar Anticipation on 16th Ave in Lake Como starting at 7:30 a.m. Help fund a cure for Huntington’s disease, a fatal genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. Click hdsa.org  or call 973-634-8287 for more information.

Veterans Breakfast
Jackson Elks Lodge #2744 hosts a Veterans Breakfast at their lodge located at 1059 East Veterans Highway in Jackson starting at 9 a.m. Call 732-363-4101 for more information.


Saturday, May 9

OceanCares Mental Health & Wellness Fair
The OceanCares Foundation holds a Mental Health & Wellness Fair at Windward Beach Park located at 265 Princeton Avenue in Brick from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. as part of Mental Health Awareness Month. Click oceanmhs.org for more information and registration for the Scenic Beach Walk.


Thursday, May 14

Gift Auction
The Crohns & Colitis Foundation holds their Team Challenge Gift Auction at the South Wall 2605 located at 2605 Atlantic Avenue in Wall Township starting at 6:30 p.m. Click tcgiftauction.com for more information.


Saturday, May 16

Spring Into Summer 5K Run/Walk
The St. Mary’s Athletic Association holds their Spring Into Summer 5K Run/Walk at Mater Dei High School located on Church Street in Middletown starting at 8 am. to benefit The Monsignor Bulman Stadium Fund. There is also a 1 mile run open to all and a kids race after the 5K. Check the event’s Facebook page at facebook.com/springintosummer5k for more information.

Flea Market
The Lakeside Garden Club hosts their annual Flea Market at Lakeside Hall located at 13 Vermont Way in Whiting from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Call 848-227-3942 for more information and to reserve a table.


Thursday, May 28

Golf Outing
The Central Regional Alumni Association holds their 13th annual Golf Outing at Cedar Creek Golf Course on Bill Zimmerman Way in Bayville starting at 8 a.m. Click crhssa.org for tickets and more information.

Big 50/50 Drawing
The Central Regional Alumni Association holds their 13th annual Big 50/50 Drawing at Yesterday’s Restaurant located at 938 Atlantic City Boulevard starting at 3 p.m.. Click crhssa.org for tickets and more information.


Sunday, May 30

Classic & Antique Car Show
Great Bay EMS holds their Classic & Antique Car Show at the Sea Pirate Campground on Route 9 in West Creek from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Camp Amity Acres Open House
Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore hosts an Open House at Camp Amity Acres on Jones Road in Barnegat from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Click gsfun.org for more information.


Sunday, May 31

Rock for the Nurses
The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund hosts their Rock for the Nurses 10-Year Anniversary Fundraiser at the River Rock Restaurant & Marina Bar on Route 70 in Brick from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m with live music plus games, family activities, and more. Band scheduled to perform include Kinderhook, Trigger, The Ned Ryerson Band, Matt Noffsinger and more. Click forfarscholarship.org or call 732-840-1110 for tickets and more information.

Alyssa’s Avengers Foundation Gift Auction
Alyssa’s Avengers Foundation holds a Gift Auction at the Bayville Elks Lodge on Route 9 in Bayville starting at 2 p.m. Click alyssasavenger.com or call 732-703-4650 for more information.


June

Saturday, June 6

Craft Beer Bash/Chili Cook Off
The Eagleswood Fire Company holds their Craft Beer Bash/Chili Cook Off at the Sea Pirate Campground on Route 9 in West Creek from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.


Saturday, June 20

Jim Hall Homeless Veterans Benefit
The Brick Elks hosts the 8th annual Jim Hall Homeless Veterans Benefit at Bricktown Elks Lodge #2151 starting with a motorcycle ride from the from the Brick Elks Lodge AND the Jamesburg Elks Lodge to the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Military Cemetery in Wrightstown for a short ceremony. A barbeque follows at the Brick Elks lodge. Check their Facebook page  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 schedules 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.