Community Calendar

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SPECIAL EVENT:

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
The American Cancer Society holds its annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer on Sunday, October 20 at Ocean & Atlantic Avenues in Point Pleasant Beach starting at 10 a.m. Come together with survivors, caregivers, men and women from all walks of life who are passionate about saving lives from breast cancer. Celebrate your shared efforts. Inspire each other to carry on. And take comfort in the knowledge that because of your dedication, no one walks alone. Click acsevents.org for more information.


August

Monday, August 19

Ice Cream Social
The Toms River High School South Marching Indians host an Ice Cream Social at Chuck’s Ice Cream on Atlantic City Boulevard in South Toms River from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. All proceeds received by the Indian BandWagon will go towards the purchase of new band instruments and various band & guard equipment. Check their Facebook page for more information.


Tuesday, August 20

Sunset Stand-Up Paddleboard
Family Promise of Southern Ocean County holds their Sunset Stand-Up Paddleboard at Bayview Park in Long Beach Township starting at 6 p.m. Take in the sunset on a standup paddleboard with live music from Jimmy and the Parrots. Click FamilyPromiseSOC.org or call 609- 994-3317 for more information.


Thursday, August 22

Bagagem Family Benefit
A dinner and gift auction to benefit the Bagagem Family takes place at the South Wall Banquet facility from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 9 year old Alan Bagagem, has been diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease called Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis and has a long road to recovery. He will be receiving in-patient treatment and therapy at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for the next three to four months. Call 732-539-0270 for tickets and more information.


Saturday, August 24

Dee Hun-Thomas Cancer Fight Dinner
The Dee Hun-Thomas Cancer Fight holds a Ziti and Meatball Dinner at the Redman Lodge located at 145 West Main Street in Tuckerton from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Call 609-709-9428 for tickets and more information.

Movie in the Park
The Pine Beach Municipal Alliance Against Drug & Alcohol Abuse hosts their Movie in The Park at Vista Park on Midland Avenue featuring a free screening of Aquaman (PG-13) starting at 8:30 p.m. Check their Facebook page  or call 732-349-6425 for more information.


Sunday, August 25

Back to School Bash
Toms River Macaroni Kid hosts their 2019 Back to School Bash at the Ocean County Mall in Toms River from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The event includes a fashion show plus thirty vendors, a magic show and more. There will also be a supply collection which will be distributed in surrounding communities in Monmouth and Ocean Counties by the County Council for Young Children and the Ocean County YMCA. For more information check the event’s Facebook page.


Wednesday, August 28

Contact Of Ocean & Monmouth Counties 5K Race & Race Walk
Contact Of Ocean & Monmouth Counties host their 5K Race & Race Walk at Howell High School located at 405 Squankum-Yellowbrook Road in Farmingdale starting at 6:15 p.m. Call 732-240-6104 or click contactoceanmonmouth.org for more information.


Thursday, August 29

Blood Drive
Stafford EMS hosts a Blood Drive at their headquarters located at 365 East Bay Avenue in Manahawkin from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Walk ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred. Schedule your appointment today by visiting donor.cbsblood.org. Call 609-548-6996 or check their Facebook page for more information.


Saturday, August 31

Farmer’s Market
Manahawkin Elks Lodge #2340 hosts a Farmer’s Market at their Lodge located at 520 Hilliard Boulevard in Manahawkin from 9 a.m. -4 p.m. with locally grown food, crafters and more. Call 201-638-7456 for more information.


September

Friday, September 6

The Best Medicine is Vitamin Sea Fundraiser
Coastal Volunteers in Medicine hosts their Best Medicine is Vitamin Sea at the The Sea Shell Resort & Beach Club in Beach Haven from 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Coastal Volunteers in Medicine ‘s mission is to understand and serve the health and wellness needs of the uninsured medically underserved population and their households living in Southern Ocean County, NJ, by providing free primary health care using volunteer clinicians as service providers. Call 609-384-0102 or click coastalvim.org for more information.


Saturday, September 7

Ocean County Irish Festival
The Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh, Ocean County hold their 3rd annual Ocean County Irish Festival at Manahawkin Lake Park from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. with live music, bag pipers, step dancers, food trucks and more. Caffrey’s Tavern owner Dan Coleman will be honored as the group’s Irishman of the Year. Click oceanfsos.wildapricot.org for more information.

Lavallette Founders Day
The Borough of Lavallette hosts its Founders Day at the Bayfront Gazebo from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. with free rides, games, face painting, live music and over 100 food and craft vendors. Check the event’s Facebook page for more information.

Celebration of HOPE Walk
HOPE Sheds Life hosts their 6th annual Celebration of HOPE Walk on the Hiering Ave Beach in Seaside Heights from 8 a.m. – noon with entertainment, vendors and inspirational speakers. HOPE Sheds Light celebrates recovery and supports awareness of addiction. Click hopeshedslight.org for more information.


Sunday, September 8

Autism Beach Bash
Autism Family Services New Jersey hosts their 15th annual Autism Beach Bash at the 7th Avenue Beach in Belmar from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Families living with autism are invited for a FREE day of socializing, therapy and information plus fun activities such as an activity tent, arts and crafts area, waterslide, dancing and more. Click autismfamilyservicesnj.org or call 877- 237-4477 for more information.


Thursday, September 12

Meatball Throwdown at the Jersey Shore
The Knights of Columbus #816 hosts the Meatball Throwdown at the Jersey Shore at the Headliner from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sample meatballs from Jersey Shore restaurants and vote in several categories including best traditional and best overall. Call 732-832-5798 or click meatball-throwdown2.eventbrite.com for tickets and more information

Sterling Silver Spelling Bee
The Friends of the Berkeley Library host their first Sterling Silver Spelling Bee at the library located at 30 Station Road in Bayville starting at 7 p.m. Call 732-269-2144 for more information.


Friday, September 13

Multiple Sclerosis Benefit
The CentraState Healthcare Foundation host their 18th annual Multiple Sclerosis Benefit at the CentraState Healthcare System’s Star and Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus on West Main Street in Freehold starting at 6:30 p.m. Check the event’s Facebook page or call 732-294-7099 for tickets and more information.

Harvest Moon Charity Ball
Bayville Elks Lodge #2394 hosts their Harvest Moon Charity Ball at their lodge located at 247 Atlantic City Boulevard in Bayville starting at 6 p.m. with live music, barbeque, camp fire and more. Call 732-684-9798 for tickets and more information.


Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15

Rock 2 Adopt
Popcorn Park Zoo hosts their Rock 2 Adopt fundraising event at the Zoo located at 1 Humane Way in Forked River from 9:45 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day. Enjoy performances from 10 bands or performers, face painting, balloon twisting, jugglers, kids games, a vendor area. Click rock2adopt.com or call 732-998-8888 for tickets and more information.


Sunday, September 15

Beach Volleyball Tournament
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties host their 13th annual Beach Volleyball Tournament at the Main Street Beach in Manasquan starting at 9 a.m. . individuals, schools, and corporations come together to raise funds and play volleyball to benefit their 1-to-1 mentoring programs. Click bbbsmmc.org or call 732.544.2224 for more information.


Saturday, September 21 & Sunday, September 22

Lakewood Lions Renaissance Fair
The Lakewood Lions hold their 38th annual Renaissance Fair at Pine Park located at Country Club Drive in Lakewood on Saturday, September 21 & Sunday, September 22 starting at 10 a.m. each day with knights in full armor jousting, fire eaters, belly dancers, archers, food, and the crowning of the king and queen chosen from children 10 and under dressed in period garb. Call 732-890-9347 or click www.lakewoodrenfair.com for more information.


Saturday, September 21

Touch-A-Truck
The Monmouth Day Care Center hosts their 10th annual Touch-A-Truck event at Red Bank Middle School from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. with Trucks, motorcycles, boats, cars and more for kids to climb and explore. Call 732-741-4313 or check their Facebook page for more information.

Pine Beach Fire Fest
The Pine Beach Volunteer Fire Company holds their fourth annual Fire Fest at Vista Park in Pine Beach from noon – 7 p.m. Activities include food trucks, crafters, music, and activities for children, fire safety and rescue demonstrations and music from The Music Academy and the band “Strictly 60s.” Call 732-773-4725 or click pbfirefest.com for more information.

Rockin’ The Jersey Shore
Windward Beach Park in Brick hosts a fundraiser concert Rockin’ The Jersey Shore from 3 p.m.- 8 p.m. to benefit Rob Drescher from Brick Township. He has been a paraplegic for the past 10 years and has a chance to purchase the Indego robotic walking system. Click StandWithRob.org or call 201-696-0033 for more information.


Sunday, September 22

Tutu & Tails Dog Walk
Rescue Ridge hosts their Tutu & Tails Dog Walk at the Wall Municipal Complex located at 2700 Allaire Road starting at 10 a.m. Walk with your dog or on your own and enjoy vendors, food and entertainment. Click rescueridgefundraiser or call 646-248-4335 for more information.


Friday, September 27

Cruising the Forked River Diner
The Cruising the Forked River Diner Car Show takes place at the Forked River Diner on Main Street in Forked River from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. to benefit Ocean of Love. Check the event Facebook page for more information or call 732-344-0614 for more information.


Saturday, September 28

Rock the Farm Festival
The CFC Loud N Clear Foundation holds their 6th annuai Rock the Farm Festival on Grant Avenue in Seaside Heights from noon until 10 p.m. featuring live music all day, food trucks, KidsZone, a beer & wine garden and more. CFC provides free services to over 12,500 families battling addiction in the State of New Jersey. Click their Facebook page facebook.com/rockthefarmfestival or call 732-272-5046 for more information.

Roar To The Castle Motorcycle Run & Rally
Make A Wish NJ holds their Roar To The Castle Motorcycle Run & Rally starting at 46 Bennetts Mills Road in Jackson, riding to the Make A Wish castle in Monroe (Middlesex) and back again starting at 11 a.m. rain or shine. Click nj.wish.org for registration and more information.

Jackson Day
Celebrate Jackson’s 175th anniversary at Jackson Day at John F. Johnson Jr. Memorial Park located at 192 Kierych Memorial Drive in Jackson 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. with over 100 craft fair vendors, a farmer’s market, Touch-a-Truck, car show, live music and more. Click Jacksontwpnj.net or call 732-928-1260 for more information.


Sunday, September 29

Surf Contest
Clean Ocean Action hosts their 2nd annual Surf Contest at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park in Long Branch from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Surfers of all ages and skill levels can participate in a fun day of competition alongside local pros. Call 732-872-0111 or click eventbrite.com for more information.


October

Saturday, October 5

Pulling for Donna
Bayville Elks Lodge #2394 hosts a fundraiser Pulling for Donna at the lodge located at 247 Atlantic City Boulevard in Bayville form noon until 5 p.m. to benefit longtime member and barternder Donna Cole Giovanni and her battle against bone cancer with food, live music and a mega tug of war. Men and women teams of 10 will pull a military 2 1/2 ton and a Humvee for the best time. Call 732-691-5289 or check their Facebook page.

Fall Festival & Poker Run
The Silverton Volunteer Fire Company holds their 12th annual Fall Festival & Poker Run at the firehouse on Kettle Creek Road in Toms River from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Click svfc29.com for more information.


Sunday, October 6

Autumn Toast to a Healthy Environment
Clean Water Action holds their Autumn Toast to a Healthy Environment event, a chocolate and wine tasting event at the Pine Barrens Golf Club on Hope Chapel Road in Jackson from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Click cleanwateraction.org for tickets and more information.


Saturday, October 12

Sport Shot Singles Spectacular Fall Bowling Tournament
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church of Whiting’s Bowling Ministry hosts their first Sport Shot Singles Spectacular Fall Bowling Tournament at the Playdrome Lanes on Conifer Street in Toms River starting at 10 a.m. Call 732-814-6683 for more information.


Sunday, October 13

FARE Hometown Heroes Walk
FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) hosts their Hometown Heroes Walk at Monmouth Battlefield State Park on Business Route 33 in Manalapan starting at 10 a.m. Click fare.foodallergy.org for more information.


Sunday, October 20

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
The American Cancer Society holds its annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer  at Ocean & Atlantic Avenues in Point Pleasant Beach starting at 10 a.m. Come together with survivors, caregivers, men and women from all walks of life who are passionate about saving lives from breast cancer. Celebrate your shared efforts. Inspire each other to carry on. And take comfort in the knowledge that because of your dedication, no one walks alone. Click acsevents.org for more information.


Friday, October 25

BBBS Monmouth & Middlesex Counties Annual Gala
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties host their 21st annual Gala at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park starting at 6:30 p.m. with dinner, live music, live and silent auctions and more. For more information and tickets call 732.544.2224.


November

Friday, November 1

Ocean Celebration
Clean Ocean Action hosts its annual Ocean Celebration at Windows on the Water located at 931 Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. with dinner, live music, prizes and more. Call 732-872-0111 or click cleanoceanaction.org for tickets and more information.


Saturday, November 2

Chili Cook Off/Biergarten/Corn Hole Tournament
Dream Factory Jersey Shore and Rescue Ridge host a Chili Cook Off/Biergarten/Corn Hole Tournament at the West Long Branch Community Center located at 116 Locust Avenue from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Other activities include an animal adoption area, dog kissing booth, vendors and crafts, live music and more. Click dreamsjerseyshore.com and rescueridge.com 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.