Community Calendar

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Howell Weekly Farmers Market
The Howell Weekly Farmers Market takes place every Sunday through September 27 rain or shine in the parking lot of Howell Town Hall from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Click their Facebook page for more information.


Sunday, September 27

BBQ Bash/Gift Auction
Tails of Hope Animal Rescue hosts their 5th annual BBQ Bash/Gift Auction at the Headliner on Route 35 in Neptune City from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. with food, drink, live music and prizes. Proceeds will go towards veterinary care, food, shelter, foster, training and adoption of the Rescue’s dogs and cats. Social distancing protocols will be in effect. Call or call 732-660-8440 for tickets or more information.

Monday, September 28

Vest a Cop
Toms River PBA 137 holds their 30th annual Vest A Cop fundraiser at Pizza Hut on Route 37 in Toms River from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. outdoors under tents. 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 a dunk tank, DJ music and music and entertainers from A Land and Sea Mermaid Co. Check their Facebook page for more information.


Thursday, October 1

Coat Drive
Jersey Cares holds their 2nd annual Lares Home Care Coat Drive at 1000 Route 34 Suite 101 in Matawan from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Donations of new and gently used winter coats for men, women, children and infants will be accepted. Click for more information.

Saturday, October 3

Pound 4 Pink NJ
Mary’s Place by the Sea hosts Pound 4 Pink NJ at the Downtown Dance Academy located at 25 West Water Street in Toms River from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. to make noise in the fight against breast cancer. Instead of listening to music, you become the music in this exhilarating full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and pilates-inspired movements. Call 908- 814-5109 for more information.

Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11

Food Truck Vendor Fair
Lacey Elks Lodge #2518 hosts a Food Truck Vendor Fair at their lodge located at 900 Beach Boulevard in Forked River from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. both days. Enjoy rides, face painting, horse drawn carriage rides and more. Call 732-579-7632 for more information.

Saturday, October 10

Healthy Kids Day Fall FestivalPOSTPONED UNTIL 2021
The Ocean County YMCA holds their Healthy Kids Day Fall Festival at the YMCA located at 1088 West Whitty Road in Toms River from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Try a sample fitness class, swim in their 12 lane pool or enjoy a petting zoo, inflatable obstacle course and more. Call 732-341-9622 for more information.

Saturday, October 17

Blessing Bag Brigade NJ Supply Gathering & Packing Event
Blessing Bag Brigade NJ holds a Supply Gathering & Packing Event at Co-Cathedral of St Robert Bellarmine in Freehold, the Church of Saint Catherine Laboure in Middletown and Church of Visitation in Brick. Help receive, divide, and pack the supplies into gallon bags The brigade distributes numerous bags filled with hygiene items, food and socks in New York City and New Jersey. Click for more information.

Open House
The Pine Barren Modeler's RC Club holds an open house at Johnsons Pit (behind the old bowling alley) on Locker Street in Bayville starting at 8 a.m. Check their Facebook page for more information.

Monday, October 19

Stephanie Nicole Parze Foundation Golf Outing
The Stephanie Nicole Parze Foundation holds its first Golf Outing at the Gambler Rider Golf Club in Cream Ridge starting at 1 p.m. The Foundation provides education, intervention and support to families and individuals dealing with domestic violence, sexual abuse and missing loved ones. Call 732-614-5213 for more information. Rain date is October 23.

Monday, October 26

United Way Fall Tee Off
The United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties hosts their Fall Tee Off Golf Tournament at the Hollywood Golf Club in Deal starting at 10:30 a.m. Click for registration and 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 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 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 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 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 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 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, 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

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

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

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

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 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