Community Calendar

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July

Tuesday, July 16

Howell Business Expo
The Howell Chamber Commerce holds their Howell Business Expo at the former Barnes & Noble on Route 9 north from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. with local businesses and township services, food tasting and more. Check their Facebook page  or call 732-363-4114 for more information.


Friday, July 19

Eat Drink Laugh Fundraiser
The Kiwanis Club of Jackson hosts their Eat Drink Laugh Fundraiser Comedy Night at the Jackson Mills Volunteer Fire Company firehouse located at 465 North County Line Road in Jackson start at 7 p.m. featuring comedian Dave Reilly. Call or text 732-580-0841 for tickets and more information.

Golf 'Fore' a Cure Golf Fundraiser
The Emiliana's Hope Foundation holds their 3rd annual Golf 'Fore' a Cure Golf Fundraiser at the Cedar Creek Golf Course on Bill Zimmerman Way in Bayville starting at 7:45 a.m. Click their Facebook page or call 732 895-5481 for more information.


Saturday, July 20

Summer in the Street
The Downtown Toms River Business District holds their Summer in the Street event on Washington Street in Toms River from noon until 6 p.m. with live entertainment, food trucks, vendors, kids games and more. Click downtowntomsriver.com for more information.

Wooden Boat Festival
The Toms River Seaport Society & Maritime Museum hosts their annual Wooden Boat Festival in Huddy Park in Toms River from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click tomsriverseaport.org for more information.

Indoor Flea Market/Craft Show
Knights of Columbus Council # 6522 hosts their Indoor Flea Market/Craft Show at the Columbian Hall located at 15 East Lacey Rd from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more information and to reserve a table call 973-768-3906.

Family Adventure Day
Ocean of Love hosts a Family Adventure Day at Cousin’s Paintball located at 750 Whiting New Egypt Rd in Manchester starting at 10 a.m. with paintball, low impact paintball games, disc golf, yard games, foot, foot golf demos and more. For tickets and more information click cousinspaintball.com.

Winter in July & Free Movie Night
The Pine Beach Municipal Alliance Against Drug & Alcohol Use holds their Winter in July & Free Movie Night at Vista Park starting at 6 p.m. Kids can play in the “snow” (suds or bubbles dispensed from a foam machine) until The Grinch is screened at 8:30 p.m. New, unwrapped toys will also be collected for the Beachwood/Pine Beach PBA toy drive. Call (732)349-6425 or check their Facebook page for more information.


Sunday, July 21

Car Wash
The Brick High School Marching Dragons hold a Car Wash at the Exxon at the corner of Old Hooper Ave and Drum Point in Brick from 10 a.m. – 2p.m.

Warrior Mile Ocean Swim
The Manasquan High School Swim Boosters hold their 20th annual Ocean Mile Swim at Elks Beach in Manasquan starting at 8 a.m. Swim a straight mile in the ocean to benefit the Manasquan High School Boys and Girls Swim Team. Check their Facebook page  or call 732- 859-7752 for more information.

Allenhurst Beach Illumination
The Allenhurst Police Association hosts the Allenhurst Beach Illumination at the Allenhurst Beach Club from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. . Flares will be lit along thr beach to create to honor, remember and celebrate the iconic lifesavers of the Jersey Shore, most notably, Abner Allen, for whom Allenhurst was named. Check their Facebook page for more information .

Wall Performances in the Park
Wall Recreation hosts their free Performances in the Park concert series at the Municipal Complex located at 2700 Allaire Road starting at 7 p.m. with Dancing Dream, an Abba tribute. Call 732-449-8444 X2250 or click wallnj.com for more information.


Monday, July 22

Fore! The Kids
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties hold their Fore! The Kids golf outing at the Manasquan River Golf Club in Brielle. Call 732-444-3539 for more information.


Friday, July 26 – Sunday July 28

Cinderella
The BCCT presents Cinderella by Rodgers and Hammerstein at the historic Strand Theater in Lakewood Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. & Sunday at 2 p.m. Call 732-920-9041 or click bcct.org for tickets and more information.


Friday, July 26

Family Promise of Ocean County Fundraiser
Family Promise of Southern Ocean County hosts a night of dancing and dining at Calloway’s Restaurant on Route 9 in Staffordville starting at 6:30 p.m. Family Promise SOC supports homeless families and children in southern Ocean County. Click FamilyPromiseSOC.com or call 609-994-3317 for tickets and more information.


Saturday, July 27

Rock the River
The Little by Little Foundation hosts their Rock the River concert at Huddy Park in Toms River from noon until 9 p.m. with live bands, food trucks, vendors, kids activities and more in support of the Foundation’s efforts to support children with brain cancer. Click universe.com  for tickets and more information.

Kites, Crafts & Cones Festival
Friends of Ortley Beach holds their Kites, Crafts & Cones Festival at the 3rd Avenue Boardwalk from noon until 8 p.m. Call 732-598-7320 for more information.

Soulsational Festival
The Soulsational Festival takes place at Veterans Park on Forest Hills Parkway in Bayville from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. with live music on two stages, over 100 vendors, food trucks, free yoga, a kid’s village, live demonstrations and more. Call 732-508-7448 or click Soulsational.info for more information


Sunday, July 28

Wall Performances in the Park
Wall Recreation hosts their free Performances in the Park concert series at the Municipal Complex located at 2700 Allaire Road starting at 7 p.m. with the Navasink Brass Quintet. Call 732-449-8444 X2250 or click wallnj.com for more information.


August

Sunday, August 4

Wall Performances in the Park
Wall Recreation hosts their free Performances in the Park concert series at the Municipal Complex located at 2700 Allaire Road starting at 7 p.m. with the Cameos. Call 732-449-8444 X2250 or click wallnj.com for more information.

Kortney’s Challenge
The Kortney Rose Foundation hosts their Kortney’s Challenge 2 mile fun run/walk at Monmouth Park in Oceanport starting at 8:30 a.m. Other activities include face-painting, crafts and more. The Kortney Rose Foundation raises funds for research and treatment of pediatric brain tumors, the leading cause of death by disease in children. Click thekortneyrosefoundation.org for more information.


Tuesday, August 6

Night Out Against Crime
The Pine Beach Municipal Alliance Against Drug & Alcohol Abuse hosts their Night Out Against Crime at Vista Pak starting at 5 p.m. with members of the Beachwood/Pine Beach EMS, Pine Beach Police and Fire Departments and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department. Activities include an inflatable obstacle course, video game truck and more. Click their Facebook page  or call 732- 349-6425 for more information.


Thursday, August 8 – Sunday, August 11

Toms River Shakespeare Festival
The Toms River Shakespeare Festival takes place at Huddy Park in Toms River with a performance og William Shakespeare's Measure for Measure directed by TRSF Producing Artistic Director and Founder Lori Garrabrant with performances at 7 p.m. Thursday thru Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday. A preview performance will be held outdoors on August 7 at the St. Elisabeth’s Chapel on 3rd Avenue at Ortley Beach. Click trshakespeare.org for more information.


Saturday, August 10

Deluxe Pancake Breakfast
Knights of Columbus Council 6522 hosts a Deluxe Pancake Breakfast at the Columbian Club located at 15 Lacey Road in Forked River from 8:30 a.m. – noon. Click uknight6522.org or call 732-551-1583 for tickets and more information.

Fish Fry & BBQ Fest
The Tri Boro First Aid Squad holds a Fish Fry & BBQ Fest at their headquarters located at 61 J Street in Seaside Park from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Click trborofirstaid.com or call 732-830-3236 for tickets and more information.


Sunday, August 11

Poker in the Pines Motorcycle Run
The Waretown Volunteer Fire Company holds theur 11th annual Poker in the Pines Motorcycle Run starting at Trapani’s on Route 9 and ending at Waretown Lake on Route 522 with an after-run party with livem music, food and more. Click WaretownFire.com for more information.

Wall Performances in the Park
Wall Recreation hosts their free Performances in the Park concert series at the Municipal Complex located at 2700 Allaire Road starting at 7 p.m. with Radio Nashville. Call 732-449-8444 X2250 or click wallnj.com for more information.


Thursday, August 15

Clambake for a Cause
The OceanCare Foundation hosts their Clambake for a Cause at the Crystal Point Yacht Club from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. with live music and a clambake buffet and barbeque. Click oceanmhs.org for tickets and more information.


Saturday, August 17

Annual Picnic
The Cpl. William H Smith Marine Corps League hosts their annual picnic at the VFW on Veterans Boulevard in Bayville starting at noon. Call 732-674-7504 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 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.


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

Saturday, September 7

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.


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.


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.


October

Saturday, October 5

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.


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.


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.


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.