Community Calendar

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Warmest Wishes Coat Drive
The United Way of Monmouth & Ocean Counties is collecting new coats for pre-school, elementary and middle school children at their Wall office located at 4814 Outlook Drive, Suite 107 through December 4. A collection event takes place a the UPS Warehouse at 750 Hope Road in Tinton Falls. Cash and gift card donations will also be accepted at Call 848-206-2042 for more information.

Season of Giving Food & Gift Drive
The OceanCaresFoundation and Ocean Mental Heath Services (MHS) are accepting donations of unwrapped toys, personal care items, small denomination gift cards and non-perishable food items to make this holiday season a little brighter for those in need. Donations may be dropped off at OceanMHS on Route 9 in Bayville. Click for more information and additional drop off locations.


Thursday, November 21 – Sunday, November 24

It's a Wonderful Life- A Live Radio Play
The Lacey Township High School Drama Club presents It's a Wonderful Life- A Live Radio Play Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Lacey Township High School Auditorium. Click or call 609-971-2020 for tickets and more information.

Saturday, November 23

Holiday Snack & Shop Vendor Fair
The Our Gang Players host their Holiday Snack & Shop Vendor Fair at the Ocean Acres Community Center and Elementary School located at 489 Nautilus Drive in Manahawkin from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. with snacks, hot chocolate and food available for purchase. Check their Facebook page for more information.

Comedy Night
The Central Regional Touchdown Club hosts their 3rd annual Comedy Night at the Bayville VFW located on Veterans Boulevard in Bayville from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. featuring Greg Held, Ryan Maher, Josh Ryan and Rich Francesca. Click for tickets and more information.

Holiday Craft Fair
The Forked River Presbyterian Church holds their Holiday Craft Fair at the church on North Main Street in Forked River from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. that includes a visit from Santa Claus. Click or call 609-693-5624 for more information.

Wednesday, November 27

Pre Game Bon Fire
The Elks of Lakewood host a bon fire at the Elks Club on Kennedy Boulevard in Lakewood before the annual Lakewood/Toms River South football game starting at 3 p.m. The game will be played for the 100th and final time on Thanksgiving Day. Call 732-363-9572 for more information.

Saturday, November 30

The Wag’s Christmas Spectacular
The Monmouth County SPCA hosts The Wag’s Band Christmas Spectacular at the Middletown Arts Center located at 36 Church Street in Middletown from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Check their Facebook page or call 732-706-4100 for more information.

Colonial Christmas & Photos With Santa
The Poricy Park Conservancy hosts their Colonial Christmas & Photos With Santa at Poricy Park on Oak Hill Road in Middletown from noon – 4 p.m. Visit baby goats in the barn, free tours of the colonial farmhouse and more. Check their Facebook page or call 732-268-7034 for more information.

Craft/Vendor Fair
The American Legion Auxiliary holds their Craft/Vendor Fair at the American Legion Post located at 2025 Church Road in Toms River from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Call 732-272-7552 for more information.


Sunday, December 1

Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair
The Jersey Shore Animal Center hosts their Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair to Benefit the Animals at the Emma Havens Young Elememtary School located at 43 Drum Point Road in Brick starting at 10 a.m. Check their Facebook page or call 732-920-1600 for more information.

Santa Soiree 2.0
The Morgan Marie Michael Foundation holds their Santa Soiree 2.0 at the Grenville Inn located at 425 Main Street in Bay Head starting at 1 p.m. Enjoy shopping and an all you can eat brunch plus live entertainment and more. Click or call 848-992-3370 for more information.

Friday, December 6

Murder Mystery Dinner and Gift Auction
The Toms River First Aid Squad holds their 2nd annual Murder Mystery Dinner and Gift Auction at the Toms River Elks lodge located at 600 Washington Street in Toms River starting at 6 p.m. to go towards the purchase of more life saving equipment. Call 732- 505-2858 for tickets and more information.

Winter Glow Gala
The Arc of Monmouth hosts their Winter Glow Gala at Branches located at 123 Monmouth Road in West Long Branch from 6:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. with a casino, live music, auction and more. Click or call 732-493-1919 for tickets and more information.

Saturday, December 7 – Sunday, December 22 (Saturday & Sunday)

Holiday Spectacular & Train Display
The Garden State Central Model Railroad Club holds their Holiday Spectacular & Train Display every Saturday & Sunday December 7 – December 22 from noon until 5 p.m. at the InfoAge Science Center on Marconi Road in Wall Township with operating train layouts, hands on displays and visits from Santa. Adults are free Dec. 7 & 8 and 14 & 15 with a new, unwrapped toy for the Marine Corp Toys for Tots. Click for tickets and more information .

Saturday, December 7

Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair
The Southern Regional Home and School Association hosts their Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair at the school located at 600 North Main Street in Manahawkin from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Click for more information.

Gift Auction
The Southern Regional High School Marching Band holds their 28th annual Gift Auction at Southern Regional Middle School located at 75 Cedar Bridge Road in Manahwakin starting at 5:30 p.m.

Jingle Bell Run
The Arthritis Foundation hosts their Jingle Bell Run at Bar Anticipation in Lake Cumo starting at 7:30 a.m. Run with your friends or co-workers in your favorite holiday costume. Click for more information.

Craft Fair
Lacey Township High School host a Craft Fair at the high school located at 73 Haines Street in Lanoka Harbor from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Call 609-548-2643 for more information.

Christmas Bake Sale & Gift Shop
The Tri Boro First Aid Squad hosts their Christmas Bake Sale & Gift Shop at their headquarters located at 61 J Street in Seaside Par from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Call 732-830-3236 for more information.

Saturday, December 14

Breakfast with Santa
Holbrook Little League of Jackson holds a Breakfast with Santa at 366 Bartley Rd in Jackson from 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon to to benefit Joey Koslowski who is battling Castlemans Disease. Call 609-891-5898 or click for more information.

Cookie Walk
The Christ Episcopal Church hosts their 2nd annual Cookie Walk at the church located at 415 Washington Street in Toms River from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Click or call 732- 349-5506 for more information.

Santa’s Wonderland
New Life Church of Toms River holds their Santas’s Wonderland at the church located at 700 Main Street in Toms River from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Click or call 732-349-0745 for more information.


Saturday, January 18

Fisherman’s Flea Market
The Lacey Township High School Fishing Club hosts their 11th annual Fisherman’s Flea Market at the Lacey Township High School Gymnasium located at 73 Haines Street in Lacey from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. to benefit the club’s outdoor activities, community service opportunities, fishing trips and scholarships. Call 609-661-3003 for more information.


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 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 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