Community Calendar

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SPECIAL EVENTS

Warmest Wishes Coat Drive
United Way of Monmouth & Ocean Counties is accepting donations through November 1 of new children’s winter coats for their 10th annual Warmest Wishes Coat Drive to distribute to area pre-school, elementary and middle school-aged students in need. Donations are need with tags for boys and girls toddler sizes 3T-4T and children’s sizes Extra Small – Extra Large. Click uwmoc.org/WarmestWishes for more information on making a donation.


October

Saturday, October 1

Showcase of Champions
The Jackson Memorial High School Jaguar Marching Band holds their Showcase of Champions marching band competition at the school’s Jack Munley Field starting at 5 p.m. 12 award-winning bands from around the tri-state area will compete and be judged on music and the performance of their field shows. The JMHS Jaguar Marching Band, will perform an exhibition of their show, “¡La Fiesta Brava!” Check the band’s Facebook page for more information.

Costume Drive
Girl Scout Troop #466 hosts a Halloween Costume Drive at the Toms River Girl Scouts Council located at 1405 Old Freehold Road in Toms River from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. to collect new and gently used costumes. Call 908-910-2115 for more information.

Fall Festival
The Ocean County YMCA hosts their Fall Festival from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m at the Y on Wes Whitty Road in Toms River. Activities include an inflatable extreme obstacle course, fire truck and fire safety, child seat safety checks, music, games and more. Click ocymca.org for more information.

Poker Run and 5K Run & Fun Fun
The Silverton Volunteer Fire Company holds its annual Poker Run starting at 9 a.m. at the firehouse on Kettle Creek Road in Toms River. The Poker Run begins with an 80-100 mile motorcycle/classic car run and ends with the annual Fall Festival. The 5K Run & Fun Run starts at 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.Click svfc29.com for more information.


Sunday, October 2

Jackson Day
The Township of Jackson hosts its Jackson Day at John F. Johnson Jr. Memorial Park from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. with food, games, crafts, a flea market and more. Click jacksontwpnj.net for more information.


Thursday, October 6

College Night at the Jersey Shore
The Ocean County School Counselors Association hosts their annual College Night at the Jersey Shore from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Toms River High School East. Over 140 colleges, universities, technical schools and the armed forces will attend. Two HESAA financial aid workshops will take place at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Click StriveFair.com for more information.


Saturday, October 8 & Sunday, October 9

Asbury Park Fall Bazaar
The Asbury Park Fall Bazaar takes place Saturday, October 8 & Sunday, October 9 at the Asbury Park Convention Hall from 12 noon until 5 p.m. each day with local makers, music and art and kids activities plus live music and DJs. Click asburyparkbazaar.com for more information.


Saturday, October 8

NJ Pound for Pink
The 3rd annual NJ Pound for Pink takes place at Toms River Elks Lodge #1875 located at 600 Washington Street in Toms River from noon until 3 p.m. to benefit Mary’s Place By The Sea. Click eventbrite.com for more information.

Vetwork Fall Craft Show
Vetwork hosts their Fall Craft Show at their office located at North Main Street in Forked River starting at 10 a.m. All proceeds go to services for Ocean and Monmouth County veterans. Click vetwork.org for more information.


Sunday, October 16

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
The American Cancer Society holds their annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Point Pleasant Beach starting at 10 a.m. to unite communities, companies, and individuals with a collective goal to end breast cancer as we know it. Click acsevents.org for more information


Wednesday, October 19

Psychic Night
CONTACT Of Ocean & Monmouth Counties hosts their Psychic Night at the Captain’s Inn on Lacey Road in Forked River from 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Click eventbrite.com for tickets and more information.


Saturday, October 23

Cars for a Cause
Lakewood Township PBA Local 7 hosts Cars for a Cause at the Shoretown ballpark, home of the Jersey Shore BlueClaws, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. to benefit Ocean of Love and Bikur Cholim of Lakewood. Check their Facebook page for more information.


November

Friday, November 4

Shore Comedy Show
The Monmouth Council BSA hosts their Shore Comedy Show at VFW Post 2179 located at 1 Veterans Lane in Port Monmouth starting at 7 p.m. with dinner followed by comedians Joseph Anthony, Angelo Gingerelli and Tim Hayes. Click monmouthbsa.org for tickets and more information.


Saturday, November 12

USMC Birthday Ball
Cpl William H. Smith Detachment 667 celebrates the 247th birthday of the US Marine Corps with their Birthday Ball at the Clarion Hotel on Route 37 in Toms River starting at 6 p.m. with dinner, dancing and a birthday cake. Check their Facebook page for tickets 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 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.