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Relay For Life
The American Cancer Society holds their annual Relay For Life event at a number of locations in Monmouth & Ocean Counties. It’s an organized, overnight community fundraising event in which teams camp out around a camp as members of the team take turns walking. Each event honors cancer survivors, remembers those who have been lost to cancer and supports those still in the fight.
Click each town name and link to the event page.
|Friday, May 17th 2013||Little Silver||Red Bank Regional High School|
|Friday, May 17th 2013||Jackson||Jackson Liberty High School|
|Saturday, May 18th 2013||Toms River||Toms River High School South|
|Saturday, May 18th2013||Bayville||Veterans Park|
|Wednesday, May 29th 2013||Howell||Relay Recess of Newbury School|
|Friday, May 31st 2013||Manahawkin||Southern Regional High School|
|Saturday, June 1st2013||Hazlet||Raritan High School|
|Saturday, June 1st 2013||Ocean||Ocean Township Intermediate School|
|Saturday, June 1st2013||Freehold||Freehold Raceway|
|Saturday, June 1st 2013||Manchester||Manchester Township High School|
|Friday, June 7th 2013||Aberdeen||Matawan Regional High School|
|Friday, June 7th 2013||Farmingdale/Howell||Howell High School|
|Friday June 7th 2013||Brick||Windward Beach Park|
|Monday, June 10th 2013||Old Bridge||William. A Miller Elementary School|
|Monday, June 10th 2013||Old Bridge||Raymond E. Voorhees Elementary School|
|Friday, June 14th 2013||Wall Township||The fields at Wall High School|
|Friday, June 14th 2013||Middletown||Middletown High School|
|Saturday, June 22nd 2013||Old Bridge||Lombardi Field|
Idol Time Vocal Competition
The Ashley Lauren Foundation holds their Idol Time Vocal Competition singing contest for children age 6-17 with a final competition at the Brick Civic Center on Sunday, June 15. Deadline to register is Monday, June 20. For complete information click idoltimeacademy.com or call 732-581-4949.
Thursday, May 16
Colin’s Crusaders for Autism Awareness holds a fundraising night at Chuck E. Cheese on Chambers Bridge Road in Brick from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. 15% of purchases will benefit Colin’s Crusaders. Call 732-267-9723 for more information.
Saturday, May 18
The Beachwood Soccer Club holds a Gift Auction at Intermediate South in Beachwood starting at 7:30 p.m. Click BeachwoodSoccer.com for tickets and additional information.
Sailing Open House
The Ocean Gate Yacht Club holds a Sailing Open House at the Club located at Ocean Gate Ave and The Bay, Ocean Gate from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Junior sailors will be there to talk about their experiences and the different boats will be on display. Call 732-269-9361 or click ogvc.net for more information.
Roar To Restore the Shore
Roar To Restore the Shore is a 66-mile-motorcycle run through some of the areas hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy beginning at the American Legion in Keyport at 1p.m. and ending at VFW Post 8867 in Brick with live entertainment, food, vendors and more.For more information RoarToRestoreTheShore.com.
Sunday, May 19
The 2013 Great Strides walk takes place in Point Pleasant Beach to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation starting at 11a.m. Great Strides is the CF Foundation’s largest fund-raising event.Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a devastating genetic disease that affects tens of thousands of children and young adults in the United States. Research and care supported by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is making a huge difference in extending the quality of life for those with CF. Form a walk team with friends & co-workers or support the team formed by WOBM’s Justin Louis in memory of friend and co-worker Kevin Collins who lost his battle with CF. Click cff.org for more information.
National Guard Militia Museum Fundraiser
The National Guard Militia Museum holds a fundraiser reception at the Manasquan Elks Lodge located at 17 Stockton Lake Boulevard from 12noon- 4p.m. Located at the historic National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt, the small museum was hit by a six foot tidal surge that damaged 86% of their artifact collection. Call (732) 974-5966 or click www.state.nj.us/military/museum.
Monmouth County Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk
The 4th annual Monmouth County Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk at Monmouth University in West Long Branch with registration at 8:30 a.m. Pancreatic cancer is America’s fourth-leading cause of cancer deaths. Click lustgarten.org or call 866-789-1000 for more information.
Wednesday, May 22
7th Annual Festa Italiano
The Italian American Club of Lacey holds their 7th Annual Festa Italiano at Rella’s Tavern on Route 9 in Lacey from 6pm-10pm featuring live music from Leanardo & Mariella and a buffet Italian dinner. Call 609-971-1649 by May 19 for tickets.
Saturday, May 25 & Sunday, May 26
Memorial Day Festival
The Borough of Bradley Beach holds its annual Memorial Day Festival on Sunday, May 25 & Sunday, May 26 beginning with a parade stepping off at 10AM on Saturday featuring a wreath honoring American servicemen and women will be placed on Ocean Avenue near the gazebo. There will be craft and food vendors, kids rides, live entertainment and more. The festival is rain or shine. Click bradleybeachonline.com to reserve a space and for additional information.
Saturday, June 1
Moonlight & Roses
The Monmouth Day Care Center holds their gala Moonlight and Roses – Cocktails for a Cause at the Navesink Country Clud, a night full of fun, great food, auction items and music from River Road Band. Call (732) 741-4313 for more information.
Sunday, June 2
Rally For Jersey
Rally VFW Post 8867 holds their Rally For Jersey Poker Run, Concert and Motorcycle & Car Show to benefit several charities assisting fire, EMS and American Legion posts affected by Superstorm Sandy. Registration for the Poker Run is from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Holmdel Fire Company #2; the Rally takes place at the VFW Post on Adamston Road in Brick. Click kiffmc.com for more information .
Friday, June 7 – Sunday, June 9
Fish’n For The Cause
Clarks Landing hosts their 2nd annual Fish’n For The Cause fishing tournament to benefit the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Restore The Shore and the Lunch Break soup kitchen in Red Bank. Click clarkslandingnj.com for more information.
Saturday, June 8
The American Cancer Society holds their 46th annual Cancer Ball, The White Ball, at the estate of George & Lori Hall in Rumson starting at 6:30 pm to benefit services helping cancer patients. For additional information for more information go to cancerball.org or call 1-800-227-2345.
Pet CPR/First Aid Fundraiser
The Brick Township Volunteer EMS hosts a Pet CRP/First Aid Fundraiser starting at 10 a.m. This certification class will provide you with the knowledge & skills you will need if you are ever faced with a pet emergency. Call 732-948-7723 for more information .
Hidden Gardens Tour
The Allentown Garden Club and Allentown Art Guild host the Hidden Gardens Tour from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The tour, historically offered just every two years, offers rare glimpses into area residents’ most exquisite private gardens. . The 2013 Hidden Gardens Tour features a number of gardens in Allentown, NJ and surrounding areas and, for the first time, will also include art displays from Allentown Art Guild artists with artists at work in the gardens. Call 609-259-0334 or click AllentownGardenClub.org for tickets and additional information.
Itching For A Cure 5K Walk
The National Eczema Association holds their Itching For A Cure 5K Walk on the campus of Monmouth University in West Long Branch beginning with registration at 8:30am. More thu man 30 million Americans, many of them children, suffer from this incurable skin disease. Itching For A Cure helps provide education and funding for eczema treatment. Click nationaleczema.org for more information.
Sunday, June 9
The Stafford Township School District PTA holds a 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Run at 250 North Main Street beginning at 8:30 a.m. Click staffordschools.org//pta for more information. information.
Barbeque & Fun Run
American Legion Riders Post 129 of Toms River holds a Barbeque & Fun Run to benefit Vetwork serving Ocean County veterans. The run begins at Ocean County Power Sports on Route 37 in Toms River and ends at American Legion Post 129 on Church Road in Toms River. Proceeds will benefit Vetwork. whose mission is to meet the immediate and long-term needs of low income veterans. Call 732-674-5169 for additional information.
Wednesday, June 19 – Sunday, June 23
St. Rose of Lima Church holds their annual Parish Carnival on Wednesday, June 19 – Sunday, June 23 at the church located at 16 Mclean Street, Freehold. Click Stroseoflima.com for more information.
Saturday, June 22
Union Beach 5K
The Union Beach 5K takes place on the Henry Hudson Trail at Spruce Street starting at 9 a.m. to benefit Union Beach’s efforts to recover from Superstorm Sandy. Click UnionBeach5K.com for registration and additional information.
Concert To Restore The Firehouse
The New Point Comfort Volunteer Fire Company of Keansburg hosts the Concert To Restore The Firehouse starting at 6p.m. Enjoy a night of doo-wop featuring Larry Chance & The Earls and the RB Express. Click newpointcomfort.org for more information.
Sunday, June 23
Rockers For Autism
New Horizons In Autism host Rockers For Autism at the Headliner on Route 35 in Neptune from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. featuring performance by Radio Daze, Casino Sundae, The Kitchen and more. Call 732-918-0850 or click nhautism.org for more information.
Saturday, July 27
The Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Company holds their 2nd Annual Car Show at the firehouse on Ridgeway Road in Manchester. Call 732-600-9191 for more information.
Saturday, August 3
Sea Girt 5K
The 21st annual Sea Girt 5K takes place at Sea Girt Plaza starting at 8:30 a.m. to benefit Sea Girt Recreation, Camp Sunshine and area Sandy relief efforts. There will also be kids races & activities, live music from the Billy Lawler Band, rock climbing wall& obstacle course and more. Click SeaGirt5K.com for more information.
Saturday, August 3
Toms River East Class Of 1988 – Bakers Water Street Bar & Grille, Toms River, 1PM-4PM
Around The Shore
Emmanuel Cancer Foundation’s Eastern Regional Center Calendar
Photographer Theresa Artigas of Theresa Artigas Photography in Brielle is teaming up with the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation’s Eastern Regional Center to help children with cancer. Artigas plans to produce a 2014 ‘Wings of Hope’ calendar featuring portraits of local children. Families can participate by scheduling a photo session of their child, which will be followed by a contest in which the top 12 winners will be selected to appear on the calendar. Also included on the calendar will be photos and stories about some of the children being helped by ECF. Call 732-282-2324 for more 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.
Nixle Community Notification:
The Township of Ocean Police Department (Monmouth County) will be utilizing a new web based service called Nixle, which will assist the police department in reaching the members of the Ocean Township community with special advisories and alerts.
Nixle is a secure communication platform in which our police department can instantly connect with community members via TEXT MESSAGE and E-MAIL alerts. All information is disseminated in a trusted, reliable, and geographically targeted manner.
The goal of this program is to distribute accurate, timely information to members of the community, so they may be informed and assist the police in maintaining a safe environment within the community. Nixle will allow the police department to instantly release information concerning public safety, traffic related matters, as well as crime prevention tips, and updates concerning criminal activity within defined geographical boundaries.
To register for the secure Nixle Service go to nixle.com or you visit the Ocean Township Police Department website by going to oceantwp.org, and click “Police,” then click the module for “Nixle.”
Any questions about Nixle can be directed to the Crime Prevention Officer at 732-531-1800.
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.
DVDs4Vets is a Non-Profit Charity that arranges for the collection and donation of new and usedDVDs for the benefit of veterans, many who are unable to obtain these on their own. All donated DVDs are sent to Vet hospitals, Vet centers, clinics and State Vet homes. For more information visit dvds4vets.org
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 Plaza II on Route 35 in Ocean Township 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 ajdellomo.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.