Community Calendar

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January

Thursday, January 23

CONTACT Hotline Volunteer Training
Crisis Hotline volunteer training for CONTACT of Ocean & Monmouth Counties begins and meets once a week for 12 weeks every Thursday from 6:30-9:30 P.M. at The Chelsea in Brick. CONTACT is a 24-hour crisis intervention hotline that also provides information & referral to community resources. All calls are free, confidential and anonymous. Training is free. Call 732-240-6104 for additional information and registration.


Saturday, January 25

Interactive Story Time: Bad Case of Stripes
The Nautical Stars of Toms River High School North hosts Interactive Story Time: Bad Case of Stripes in the school’s auditorium at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Hear a story based on the book “Bad Case of Stripes” by David Shannon. Check their Facebook page for tickets and more information.

Murder Mystery Dinner
The Southard Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary hosts a Murder Mystery Dinner at the firehouse on Route 9 in Howell starting at 7 p.m. Enjoy dinner while watching a whodunnit thriller at the estate of Sir Warren Peace for a night of mystery, intrigue and murder. Call 732-457-6127 for tickets and more information.


Monday, January 27

Taste of Long Branch
The Greater Long Branch Chamber of Commerce hosts their Taste of Long Branch at Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant on Ocean Avenue in Long Branch from 5:30 p.m – 8:30 pm. Sample food from over a dozen area restaurants to benefit the Kay Guadagno Memorial Award & Scholarship Fund at Monmouth Medical Center. Call 732-222-0400 or click longbranchchamber.org for tickets and additional information.


February

Saturday, February 1

Valentine Plunge
The 14th annual Valentine Plunge takes place at noon on the Main Beach in Manasquan to benefit Joan Dancy & PALS (People With ALS) The pre-party and post-party take place at Leggett’s Sand Bar & Restaurant. Other plunge parties are scheduled for The Salty Whale, 390 East Main Street, Manasquan & Reef and Barrel, 153 Sea Girt Avenue in Manasquan. The Foundation was formed in 2005 by Terry Magovern in honor of Joan Dancy, his late fiancé, after she succumbed to ALS. Our mission is to help people in our local communities afflicted with ALS by providing a better quality of life for them and their families. Click valentineplunge.com for more information.


Sunday, February 2

Super “Plunge” Sunday
St. Francis Community Center holds their 16th annual Super “Plunge” Sunday at the 48th Avenue beach in Brant Beach on LBI starting at 1 p.m. to benefit the St. Francis Community Center & Southern Regional High School swim teams. Click stfranciscenterlbi.org for registration and more information.


Tuesday, February 4

Umpire Training
The Shore Umpires Association conducts training classes for anyone interested in becoming a high school softball and/or baseball umpire. Successful completion of the course will certify you with the State of New Jersey and with The National Federation. Call 732-757-9873 or click ShoreUmpires.org for more information.


Friday, February 7

Wear Red Day
The American Heart Association holds its annual National Wear Red Day to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and to help save lives. Click goredforwomen.org for more information.

Murdery Mystery - Midnight at the Masquerade
The Toms River First Aid Squad presents their 2nd annual Murder Mystery: Midnight at the Masquerade at the Toms River Elks located at 600 Washington Street in Toms River starting at 6 p.m. Call 732-505-2858 for tickets and additional information.

Psychic Night
The American Legion Auxilliary of American Legion Post #129 hosts a Psychic Night at the post located at 2025 Church Road in Toms River from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Call 732-500-7060 or click alpost129.org for more information.


Saturday, February 8

Asbury Park Valentine’s Bazaar
Asbury Park Bazaar hosts the Asbury Park Valentin’s Bazaar in the Grand Arcade of Convention Hall in Asbury Park from noon-5 p.m. featuring handcrafted jewelry, art, home goods, and chocolates and more. Check their Facebook page for more information.

Quarter Paddle Auction
Brick Elks hosts their Quarter Paddle Auction at their lodge located at 2491 Hooper Avenue in Brick from 12 noon until 4 p.m. to benefit Brick Elks Drug Awarenes.. call 732-977-7199 for more information.

The Heldrich Craft Beer & Spirit Festival
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Coastal & Northern NJ (formerly Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties) hosts the The Heldrich Craft Beer & Spirit Festival at the Heldrich Craft Beer & Spirit Festival at the Heldrich Hotel on Livingston Ave in New Brunswick from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Click mentornj.org for more information.

Plunge for Recovery
Daytop New Jersey holds their Plunge for Recovery at Convention Hall in Asbury Park starting with registration at 1 p.m. Daytop provides treatment and services to those individuals with a substance use disorder. Check their Facebook page for more information.


Thursday, February 13

Valentine’s Dinner & Gift Auction
The All Fur Love Animal Rescue holds their 9th annual Valentine’s Dinner & Gift Auction at Our House Restaurant on Adelphia Road in Farmingdale. All Fur Love Animal Rescue is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to helping animals in need through rescue, vet care, adoption, low-cost spay/neuter programs and TNR (trap, neuter, return). Click allfurlove.org for tickets and more information.


Saturday, February 15

Fishing Flea Market
The Southern Regional High School Fishing Club holds their Fishing Flea Market at Southern Regional Middle School located at 75 Cedar Bridge Road in Manahawkin from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. with over 100 tables of new and used fishing gear and tackle. Call 609-597-9481 for more information.

Comedy Show
American Legion Post #129 hosts a Comedy Night at the post starting at 7 p.m. Click alpost129.org for more information.

MC Idol
The Bayville Elks Motorcycle Committee hosts their 2nd annual MC Idol karaoke competition at their Lodge located at 247 Atlantic City Boulevard in Bayville starting at 7 p.m. Call 732- 597-4566 or check their Facebook page.


Sunday, February 16

Love for Pitties
The Pittie Project hosts their Love for Pitties lunch and gift auction at The Teak Restaurant located at 64 Monmouth Road in Red Bank starting at 1 p.m. Click thepittie.com for more information.


Friday, February 21

Dodgeball Tournament
Toms River PBA #137 and the Toms River Police Foundation host their 2nd annual Dodgeball Tournament at the RWJ Barnabas Health Arena on the campus of Tosms River North High School starting at 6 p.m. to benefit the Police Unity Tour. Click tomsriverpolicefoundation.org to register and for more information.


Saturday, February 22

Polar Bear Plunge
Special Olympics New Jersey holds their annual Polar Bear Plunge on the beach in Seaside Heights starting at 9 a.m.with check in and the plunge at 1 p.m. Thousands of people will run into the freezing Atlantic Ocean in support of New Jersey Law Enforcement and their Law Enforcement Torch Run. Click plungeseaside.org for more information.

Gift Auction
Saint Mary’s By the Sea holds their 14th annual Gift Auction at VFW Post 8867 on Adamston Road in Brick starting at 5 p.m. Click saintmarysbythesea.org for more information.


Sunday, February 23

Art and Soul Brunch
Ocean Mental Health Services hosts their Art and Soul Brunch at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts Gallery on the campus of Ocean County College in Toms River from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. showcasing the talent OceanMHS has discovered from individuals suffering with mental illness. Click oceanmhs.org or call 732- 269-4849 for tickets and more information.


March

Sunday, March 22

Gift Auction
The Brick Marching Mustangs Band Support Association host their annual Gift Auction at the Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune starting at 11:30 a.m. Click marchingmustangs.com for tickets and additional information.


Saturday, March 28

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.


April

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.


May

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.


Sunday, May 31

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.


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.