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Wednesday, October 26
Job Fair for Healthcare Workers
The Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library hosts a Job Fair for Healthcare Workers with over 20 employers from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Bring multiple copies of your resume, CVs, and a pen and be ready to fill out applications. Call 732-349-6200 or click theoceancountylibrary.org for more information.
Holiday Shoppe Preview
Odpykes located in Bay Head hosts their annual Holiday Shoppe Preview to benefit Providence House. Call 732-350-2120 for more information.
Saturday, October 29
Shoreline Heart Walk
The American Heart Association holds its Shoreline Heart Walk at FirstEnergy Park, home of the Lakewood BlueClaws starting at 8:30 a.m. Help bring to life the AHA’s healthy living mission: building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Click heart.org or call 609-223-3775 for more information.
The Brick Township High School Marching Drahons host their Musicfest band competition at the school on Chambers Bridge Road in Brick starting at 5 p.m. with 6 area bands competing.
The Stafford Twp. Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary hosts a Craft Fair at the firehouse located at 133 Stafford Avenue in Manahawkin starting at 10 a.m. Call 609-548-9812 for more information.
Monster Dash 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run
The Point Pleasant First Aid & Emergency Squad hosts their Monster Dash 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run on the boardwalk at Jenkinson’s in Point Pleasant starting at 10:30 a.m. It’s optional to run in a costume. Call 732-899-0146 or click monsterdash5k.com for more information.
Sunday, October 30
Freehold Costume Parade
Freehold’s Costume Parade steps off from the Freehold Raceway parking lot at 1 p.m.with costume judging at noon. Click FreeholdSpooktacular.com or call 732-995-2137 for more information.
Monday, October 31
Toms River Halloween Parade
Toms River Fire Company #1 holds their 78th Halloween Parade stepping off at 7 p.m. on Main Street in Toms River. Click trfc1.org for more information.
Thursday, November 3
Dancing With Our Monmouth & Ocean County Stars
Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore host Dancing With Our Monmouth & Ocean County Stars at the Eagle Oaks Country Club in Farmingdale from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. The Point’s Lou Russo and other s show off their dance skills to claim the shore’ very own mirror ball trophy. Click jerseyshoregirlscouts.org for more information.
Friday, November 4
Ronald McDonald House of Central & Northern New Jersey holds a Casino Night at the Battleground Country Club in Manalapan from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. with blackjack, roulette, craps tables and more. Click rmh-cnj.org or call 732-222-8755 for tickets and more information.
Gift Auction & Dinner
The Interfaith Hospitality Network of Ocean County hosts its 5th annual Gift Auction & Dinner at the Woodland Country Club in Lakewood starting at 5:30 p.m. Call 732-736-1550 for tickets and more information.
Saturday, November 5 – Sunday, November 6
Striped Bass Boat Tournaqment and Family Fish Fry
The Maximilian Foundation hosts its 2nd annual Striped Bass Boat Tournaqment and Family Fish Fry Saturday, November 5 – Sunday, November 6 at the Manahawkin Elks Lodge on Hilliard Boulevard in Manahawkin with a boat tournament on Saturday and family fish fry on Sunday. Click themaximilianfoundation.org for more information.
Saturday, November 5
An Enchanted Evening
Pinwheel Place hosts An Enchanted Evening Tricky Tray event at St. Dorthea’s Church on Broad Street in Eatontown starting at 5 p.m. Pinwheel Place provides a temporary home for children at-risk for abuse and/or neglect. Click pinwheelplace.org or call 732-233-1634 for more information.
Sunday, November 6
Autism MVP Foundation Walk Event
The 2nd annual Autism MVP Foundation Walk Event takes place at Thompson Park in Lincroft starting with the walk at 11 a.m. and a day of family fun to benefit their programs, including a ground breaking initiative led by Monmouth University’s Department of Education, where educators and paraprofessionals at an area school district will receive further training on how to work with children on the autism spectrum. Click autismmvp.org for more information.
Monday, November 7
Dreams at the Shore Gift Auction
Dream Factory of the Jersey Shore holds a Gift Auction at the Mill at Spring Lake starting at 6 p.m. to help the organization provide dreams to chronically and critically ill children. Call 732-894-3995 or click dreamfactoryincnwj.org for more information.
Wednesday, November 9
Distinguished Citizen Award
Boys Scouts of the Jersey Shore holds its Distinguished Citizen Award at La Bove Grande on Route 70 in Lakehurst starting at 6 p.m. to honor Ron Rosetto, president of Rosetto Realty. Call 732-349-8093 for tickets, sponsorship opportunities and additional information.
Friday, November 11
Beer & Wine Tasting
The Tom Giannattasio Jr. Memorial Fund hosts a Beer & Wine Funraiser at the Brick Township Volunteer EMS Building from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. featuring wine, beer, snacks and sweets from area food establishments. Call 732-477-8959 or click tomgjrmemorialfund.com for tickets and more information.
Sunday, November 13
Scott A. Nokes Fundraiser
A fundraiser to benefit Scott A. Nokes, a Marine and volunteer firefighter who became seriously ill and is recovering at Jersey Shore Univerisity Medical Center takes place at the Headliner on Route 35 in Neptune from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
The Lanoka Harbor Fire Company hosts a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser at their firehouse on Warren Avenue in Lanoka Harbor from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. to fund the purchase of new equipment and tools. Click lhfd61.com for tickets and more information.
Monday, November 14
Forks, Corks and Hops
The Algonquin Arts Center holds Forks, Corks and Hops at the Mill in Spring Lake starting at 6 p.m. Sample dishes from local restaurants and wine & beer from area distributors. Call 732-528-9211 or click algonquinarts.org for tickets and more information.
Thursday, November 17 – Saturday, November 19
The Skin Of Our Teeth
The Performing Arts Academy presents The Skin of Our Teeth at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College on Friday November 18 at 7 p.m. and Saturday November 19 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. with a special senior citizen performance Thurdsay, November 17 at 10 a.m. The Skin of Our Teeth is a Pulitzer Prize winning comedy by Thornton Wilder. It tells the story of an American family as they face the challenges of catastrophic world events. Call 732-255-0050 or go to grunincenter.org for tickets and additional information.
Thursday, November 17
Five Chambers of Commerce Mega Business Expo
The Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce along with Brick Township, Lakewood, Point Pleasant & Point Pleasant Beach Chambers of Commerce host the Five Chambers of Commerce Mega Business Expo at Martell’s Tiki Bar, on the boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Click tomsriverchamber.com for more information.
Saturday, November 19
Fall Craft & Vendor Fair
The West Tuckerton Fire Company Auxiliary hosts its Fall Craft & Vendor Fair at their firehouse on Route 9 from 10 a.m. -3 p.m. Click station71.org or call 609-891-6202 for more information.
Fall Luncheon & Show
CONTACT of Ocean & Monmouth Counties hosts their Fall Luncheon & Show at Woodlake Country Club on New Hampshire Avenue in Lakewood starting at 10 a.m. featuring live music, shopping and more. Call 732-240-6104 for tickets and additional information.
Applebee’s on Route 35 in Middletown hosts a Flapjack Breakfast to benefit the Keansburg High School music students traveling to Virginia in April for the International Music Festival. Enjoy breakfast and a performance by the students. Call 732-787-2007 or click keansburg.k12.nj.us for more information.
Thursday, November 24
Avon Pond Turkey Trot
The 3rd annual Avon Pond Turkey Trot takes place on the boardwalk in Avon By The Sea starting at the badge hut at 8:30 a.m. All of the proceeds of the event go to fund the operating costs of the Avon Pond, an outdoor ice skating facility located in Volunteer Park maintained by volunteers and receives no public funding. Click avonpond.org for more information .
Saturday, November 26
Holiday Craft Fair
The American Legion Auxiliary hosts a Holiday Craft Fair at their headquarters located at 2025 Church Road in Toms River from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Call 732-272-7552 for more information.
Saturday, December 3
Marching Raider Super Bingo
The Toms River High School East Marching Raider Band holds a Super Bingo fundraiser at the Toms River Elks Lodge on Washington St. in Toms River starting at noon. Call 908-330-5666 for tickets and additional information.
Sunday, December 4
Vendor & Craft Fair
The Jackson Liberty Lion Band hosts their 4th Annual Vendor & Craft Fair in the high school gym on Hope Chapel Road from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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.