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Manchester Concert Fest
It’s an annual summer tradition: Manchester Township’s Recreation Department Manchester Concert Fest at Harry Wright Lake in Whiting. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy live music. Click or call 732-657-8121 X5102 for more information.

  • Wednesday, July 30: Symphonics and Mahoney Brothers
  • Wednesday, August 13: Julian & Dominiques and The Duprees
  • Wednesday, August 27: Jukebox Legends and the Infernos



Monday, July 28

Pedal Boat Race
The 4th annual Asbury Park Pedal Boat Races take place on Wesley Lake starting at 6 p.m. featuring the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce, joined by the Asbury Park City Council , taking on the Neptune Township Mayor and Council.

Tuesday, July 29

Fall Senior Softball Signup
The Fall Senior Softball League in Berkeley Township selects players for their slow-pitch league for their season that begins in September. A second session takes place on Tuesday, August 12. Call 732-905-9308 for more information.

Wednesday, July 30

Sandcastle Contest
The 28th annual New Jersey Sandcastle Contest takes place on the 18th annual beach in Belmar starting at 8 a.m. (Postponed from July 16)


Saturday, August 2

 Lacey Shorefest BBQ
The Lacey United Methodist Church hosts the Lacey Shorefest BBQ from 12noon- 4 p.m. Activities include a car show, vendor/craft show, art show, live music, a petting zoo, pony rides, games and more. Call 609-693-5222 for more information.

Karate Demonstration
The Manchester Volunteer First Aid Squad hosts a Karate and Self Defense Demonstration at the First Squad headquarter on South Colonial Drive in Manchester. Call 732-657-9098 for more information.

The Musicfest concert takes at the American Legion on Radio Road in Little Egg Harbor with 10 bands performing non-stop inside and outside the post place from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.  All proceeds benefit the Coast Guard Enlisted Memorial Foundation.  For more information call 609-296-9771.

Flea Market
The Seaside Park Education Foundation holds their annual Flea Market on the corner of Central and J Street at the Seaside Park Marina from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call 732-267-5446 for more information.

James Volpe Foundation Wiffle Ball Tournament and Family Day
The 4th annual James Volpe Foundation Wiffle Ball Tournament and Family Day takes place at the Holbrook Little League Complex located at 366 Bartley Road in Jackson starting at 10:30 a.m. There will be rides for the children, face painting, Home Run Derby, a beer garden and more. Click  for additional information.

Jackson VFW Post #4703 hosts their annual picnic at the Post located at 54 Magnolia Drive in Jackson from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. with all-you-can-eat food, games, music and fun. Call 732-928-0077 for more information.

JCAA Fluke Fishing Tournament
The Jersey Shore Anglers Association (JCAA) holds their 20th annual Fluke Fishing at nine ports statewide including Manasquan, Barnegat Bay, and Long Beach Island starting at dawn. Click for registration and more information.

Sea Girt 5K
The 23rd running of the Sea Girt 5K runs through Sea Girt in support of Sea Girt Recreation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County. Click for more information.

Pajama Night
The Robert J. Novins Planetarium on the campus of Ocean County College in Toms River hosts Pajama Night for kids of all ages at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Visit the planets and hear stories about the characters in the night sky during a family-friendly variety show. 732-255-0342. Visit for more information and tickets.

Sunday, August 3

All-Star Hockey Game
Hockey great Jim Dowd’s 17th annual Shoot for the Stars Foundation All Star Hockey game takes place at the Red Bank Armory in Red Bank starting at 5 p.m. The game matches all-stars from Monmouth County against their Ocean County counterparts to benefit Hometown Heroes. Call 732-701-9215 for more information.

Tuesday, August 5

Handbags for Hope
Ronald McDonald House of New Jersey holds their 3rd annual Handbags for Hope fundraising event in the Turf Room at Monmouth Park in Oceanport from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m with an auction of new and gently used designer handbags and jewelry. For more information call 732-222-8755 ext. 31 or click

Wednesday, August 6 – Friday, August 10

Festival of the Sea
Saint Francis Center of Long Beach Island hosts their annual Festival of the Sea carnival nightly (weather permitting) from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the Center located at 4700 Long Beach Boulevard in Brant Beach.

Thursday, August 7

Seaside on Tap
The Jesey Shore’s celebration of hops and barley takes place along the ocean and boardwalk in Seaside Park from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. with over 100 seasonal and signature craft beers and live entertainment. A portioon of the proceeds will benefit Hometown Heroes. Click for tickets and more information.

Saturday, August 9

Dock and Roll
The Emmanuel Cancer Foundation hosts their Dock and Roll benefit concert at the Water’s Edge in Berkeley Township starting at 11 a.m. featuring live bands, prizes, silent auction and more. 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. Click for more information.

Light It Up Blue
Autism Speaks to Young Professionals hosts their 2nd annual Light It Up Blue Day Party at Paul’s Tavern in Lake Como featuring food. Entertainment from DJ Vitamin, a gift auction and more. Click here for more information.

Wall Township PBA Local #234 hosts their annual Pignic at the Pine Grove Day Camp on Herbertsville Road in Wall to benefit Search Day program from 12 noon – 6 p.m. rain or shine featuring an endless barbeque, music from After the Reign, pony rides, moonbounce and more. Click for tickets and additional information.

Sunday, August 10

Pixie Dust Benefit for Princess Angelina
The first Pixie Dust Benefit for Princess Angelina takes place at Jackson VFW Post #4703 located at 54 Magnolia Drive in Jackson from 12noon – 5 p.m. to benefit Angelina Roberta and her treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Call (732)322-1552 for more information.

Tuesday, August 12

Fall Senior Softball Signup
The Fall Senior Softball League in Berkeley Township selects players for their slow-pitch league for their season that begins in September. Call 732-905-9308 for more information.

Thursday, August 14

Golf with the Gepper
The Monsignor Donovan Griffin Basketball Assocation holds their 6th annual Golf with the Gepper golf tournament at the Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Lakewood starting at 1 p.m. Call 732-901-4900 for more information.

Friday, August 15

Clothes Collection
The Jackson Jaguar Marching Band hosts a Clothes Collection at Jackson Memorial High School on Don Connor Boulevard from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Used and wearable clothing, shoes, jackets, blanketsn drapery, backpacks and more will be collected and distributed locally and overseas. Click their Facebook page for more information.

Saturday, August 16

Bradley Beach Run
The 17th annual Bradley Beach Run takes place at Fifth and Ocean Avenues starting at 8:30 a.m. Click for more information.

Flea Market
Lanoka Harbor Volunteer Fire Company #1 hosts a Flea Market at the firehouse on Sinclair Avenue from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call 609-693-3602 for additional information.

Car Show
Ridgeway Fire Department Station 34 of Manchester hosts their 3rd annual Car Show from 12noon – 5 p.m.

Biker Rodeo
Knights of the Inferno North Ocean Chapter holds their Biker Rodeo to benefit Ocean of Love and the Burn Foundation at St. Barnabas at Brick VFW Post #8867 from 12 noon-6 p.m. Click here for more information.

Sunday, August 17

Charity Flag Football Tournament
The Jersey Shore Gridiron Charity Flag Football Tournament takes place a t Mill Pond Elementary School on Western Boulevard in Lanoka Harbor starting at 9 a.m. to benefit Ocean of Love. Call (609)709-2735 or click here for more information.

Wednesday, August 20

USCG & USCG Auxiliary Open House
The USCG & USCG Auxiliary host an Open House and Safe Boating Expo at the USCG Small Boat Station located at 601 Bayview Avenue in Barnegat starting at 10 a.m. Learn about recreational boating and marine safety, see USCG Auxiliary Robotic Patrol Boat and USCG helicopter flyover demonstration and more. Proceeds from refreshment and souvenir sales will benefit the Station Barnegat Light Good and Welfare fund. Click their Facebook page for more information.

Saturday, August 23

Two Towns-One Voice-One Mission Concert
Jacquie Lee of NBC’s “The Voice” headlines the Two Towns-One Voice-One Mission concert at the Robert J. Collins Arena on the campus of Brookdale Community College in Lincroft starting at 7 p.m. to benefit Union Beach through the group Operation Provide Comfort, which is headed by former Marine and Colts Neck resident Jim Sfayer. Call 800-514-3849 ot click for more information.

BBBS Ocean County Mini Golf Outing
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County takes place at the Manchester Family Golf Center on Route 37 in Manchester from 10 a.m. – 12 noon. Click for more information.

Saturday, August 30

Pig Roast Competition
Lakewood Elks Lodge #1432 Motorcycle Club hosts a Pig Roast Competition at the Lodge on West Kennedy Boulevard from 1 p.m – 6 p.m. to benefit veterans. Teams of chefs compete to win a $1,000 cash prize. Call 732-330-7649 for more information.


Saturday, September 6

Insane Inflatable 5K
The Insane Inflatable 5K takes place all day on the beach in Seaside Park. Made up of 12 – 15 inflatable obstacles, the 3.1 mile course will challenge you, surprise you, and leave you wanting more! The course isn’t just a couple of silly slides and bounce houses – it’s super-sized inflatables, It’s imagination and creativity times ten! Click for additional information.

Saturday, September 13

Seaside Semper Five
The Seaside Semper Five and 1 mile fun run takes place in Seaside Park to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps and the MARSOC Foundation starting at 9 a.m. The U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command (MARSOC) is the Marine Corps service component to the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). MARSOC trains, organizes, equips and, when directed by Commander, USSOCOM, deploys task-organized, scalable and responsive U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations Forces in support of Combatant Commanders and other Agencies.Click for additional information.

Blessing of the Animals & Pet Adoption Day
Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church and People & Paws Pet Ministry present their Blessing of the Animanls and Pet Adoption Day at the church located at 714 Herbertsville Road in Brick from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Call 732-458-2080 for registration and additional information.

Sunday, September 14

Courage from Kyle Poker Run & Pig Roast
Courage From Kyle “Never Give Up” hosts their 3rd annual Pig Roast and Poker Run at Harley-Davidson of Ocean County on Route 70 in Lakewood starting at 12 noon. Click or call 609-220-0417 for more information. Rain date is September 21.

Friday, September 19

Casino Night
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County hold their annual Casino Night at the Woodlake Country Club in Lakewood from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.. For more information call 732-505-3400 or click

Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21

Renaissance Faire
The Lakewood Lions Club hosts their annual Ranaissance Faire in Pine Park on Country Club Road in Lakewood from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Watch 16th century knights in their shiny armor jousting on their horses and fighting in hand to hand combat, take in the artisans, strolling musicians, storytellers, and magicians, belly dancers and witness the crowning of the Faire’s King and Queen chosen from children ages 10 and under dressed in period costume. Click for more information.

Saturday, September 20

CONTACT of Ocean & Monmouth 5 Mile Run
The 2nd annual CONTACT of Ocean & Monmouth 5 Mile Run and 5 Mile Race/Walk takes place at the Howell Elks Club starting at 9 a.m. Call 732-240-6104 or click for additional information.

Jared Gaedt Benefit
A benefit Gift Auction for Jared Gardt takes place at the Hamilton Firehouse banquet hall on Jumping Brook Road in Neptune starting at 4:30 p.m. 3-year-old Jared suffers from PVL (periventricular leukomalacia), a rare seizure disorder, chronic lung disease and cerebral palsy. Call 732-539-1419 for tickets and additional information.

Saturday, September 26

Home Sweet Home Gala
HABCore hosts its 2nd annual Home Sweet Home Gala at the Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. HABcore is an organization which provides permanent and affordable housing for the homeless and disabled population in Monmouth and Ocean counties. We provide supportive services that are specifically designed to address the needs of every individual resident in our program. Click or call (732)544-1975 for more information.

Saturday, September 27

Walk to End Alzheimers
The Greater New Jersey Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association holds the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s at the corner of Baltimore and Arnold Avenues in Point Pleasant Beach beginning with registration at 9 a.m. It is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. To register or for more information click here.



Saturday, October 18

Light the Night Walk
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society hosts their Light the Night Walk at the Great Lawn in Long Branch starting at 5 p.m. The Walk funds treatments that are saving the lives of patients today. LLS is making cures happen by providing patient support services, advocacy for lifesaving treatments and the most promising cancer research anywhere. Click here for more information.


Around The Shore

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 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

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

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