Community Calendar

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Special Events

Saturdays and Sunday in December

Holiday Spectacular & Train Display
The Garden State Central Model Railroad Club holds their annual Holiday Spectacular & Train Display at the InfoAge Science Center on Marconi Road in Wall Saturday and Sundays from noon until 5 p.m. through December 22. Adults are admitted free on December 1,2,8 and 9 with the donation of a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. Click gardenstatecentral.com for tickets and more information.

NJ Tax Amnesty
Owe back taxes? With the New Jersey Tax Amnesty program you can pay your back taxes OR file past returns with reduced interest and NO penalties. Call 1-800-781-8407 or visit TaxAmnesty.nj.gov.


December

Monday, December 31

First Night Ocean County
Ring in the New Year with family along the Seaside Heights boardwalk from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. with face painters, caricature artists, balloonists, magic shows, jugglers, crafts, and fireworks at 5 p.m. Bracelets will be on sale beginning Black Friday at the County Connection in the Ocean County Mall. Click their Facebook page for for information.

New Year's Eve Bash and Bubbly
The Surflight Theatre hosts their New Year's Eve Bash and Bubbly at the theater located at 201 Engleside Drive in Beach Haven at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Click surflight.org or call 609- 492-9477 for tickets and more information.


January

Saturday, January 5

Charity Hockey Game
Members of the Berkeley, Manchester, and Toms River Township Police Department’s take on the Toms River Blackhawks at the Winding River Ice Rink in Toms River in a hockey game to benefit Berkeley Township EMT Megan Franzoso at 7p.m. Megan works with the Silverton EMS and Tri-Boro First Aid Squad. She went into cardiac arrest in September and has been recovering. Click the event’s Facebook page for more information


Saturday, January 12

OCVTS Career Discovery Day
The Ocean County Vocational Technical Schools on Chambers Bridge Road in Brick hosts a Career Discovery Day from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Activities include program demos, face painting, fashion design sketching, cupcake design and more for the entire family. Click ocvts.org or call 732-473-3100 for more information.

Fisherman’s Flea Market
The Lacey Township High School Fishing Club hosts their 10th annual Fisherman’s Flea Market in the high school gymnasium from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. to fund club activities and scholarships for student members. Call 609-661-3003 for more information.


Thursday, January 17


CONTACT of Ocean & Monmouth Counties Volunteer Training

CONTACT of Ocean & Monmouth Counties begins Crisis Hotline volunteer training at The Chelsea in Brick once a week for 12 weeks 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. CONTACT is a 24-hour crisis intervention hotline that also provides information & referral to community resources. Call 732-240-6104 or click contactoceanmonmouth.org for more information.


Sunday, January 20

Harlem Wizards vs. Jackson Teachers
Teachers from Crawford, Holman, Rosenauer elementary schools in Jackson, McAuliffe Middle plus the school superintendent and the principals of Crawford and McAuliffe take on the Harlem Wizards at the Jackson Liberty High School gym on North Hope Chapel Road in Jackson starting at 4 p.m. Click harlemwizards.thundertix.com for tickets and more information.


Thursday, January 31

Collier Team Trikeathon
Collier Youth Services hosts their first Team Trikeathon at Vonage on Main Street in Holmdel starting at 5:30 p.m. Team of 5-8 friends will compete against other teams racing tricycles to win bragging rights as the ultimate gang of trikes. Enjoy food and live entertainment at the event which will help send over 200 economically disadvantaged Monmouth County youth to Kateri Day Camp for free! For more information visit  CollierYouthServices.org or call 732-946-4771 x130.


February

Thursday, February 7

OCVTS Open House
Ocean County Vocational Technical Schools in Brick, Jackson, Little Egg Harbor, Toms River and Waretown hold an Open House from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 a.m. to learn about the 30 career and technical education training programs for high school students and adults. Call 732-473-3100 X3157 or click ocvts.org for more information.


Tuesday, February 12

Hearts of Hope Breakfast
Collier Youth Services hosts their Hearts of Hope Breakfast at Buona Serra Palazzo on West Park Avenue in Ocean Township from 8:15 a.m – 9:30 a.m. to support the Collier Residential Program. Call 732-946-4771 X 132 for tickets and more information.


Sunday, February 17


Jersey Shore Guitar & Amplifier Show

Bayville Elks #2394 Motorcycle Committee hosts their first Jersey Shore Guitar & Amplifier Show at Bayville Elks Lodge #2394 on Route 9 in Bayville from 9:30 a.m – 5 p.m. Buy and sell and enjoy live music presented by Albert Music Hall. Call 732-929-2628 for more information.


Saturday, February 23

Special Olympics NJ Polar Bear Plunge
Special Olympics NJ hosts their annual Polar Bear Plunge in Seaside Heights starting with check in at 9 a.m. Thousands will brave the icy Atlantic Ocean in support of Special Olympics NJ which provides year-round sports training, competition, leadership opportunities and health screenings to more than 25,000 athletes. Click plungeseaside.org/ for more information.


May

Saturday, May 4

Walk to End Bladder Cancer
The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network holds their Walk to End Bladder Cancer on the Bradley Beach boardwalk starting at noon to help fund bladder cancer education, awareness and research. Click support.bcan.org 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 schedule 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.