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Roll Out The Ribbons
Roll Out The Ribbons is the Toms River High School North Mariners football team’s cancer awareness campaign for October. Many people are familiar with cancer awareness ribbons, such as the pink ribbon, which represents the important fight against breast cancer. There is also a colored ribbon to represent the fight against nearly every type of cancer. The team is working to educate about the risk factors associated with cancer and preventive approaches to the disease by collecting $1 donations for Ribbons of Honor that can be personalized and tied to the home side fence.


Wednesday, October 29

Comedy for a Cause
Comedy For A Cause takes place at Toms River High School North to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and the People’s Pantry of Toms River starting at 7:30 p.m.


Saturday, November 1

Color Run for Shelter 5K
Harbor House holds their Color Run for Shelter 5K at FirstEnergy Park, home of the Lakewood BlueClaws starting with registration at 8 a.m. There is also a 1-mile fun run. At each kilometer of the race, runners are blitzed by volunteers, sponsors, and staffers with a new color (1K is yellow, 2K is blue, 3K is green, 4K is pink, and 5K is a “color extravaganza!”). There will be a mini kids fair, along with vendors and community resource information tables. Click for more information.

Clothing Donations Event
The Lacey Elks Veterans Committee holds a Clothing Donation Event at the Lacey Elks Lodge #2815 located at 900 Beach Boulevard in Forked River. Donations of new or slightlty used clothing such as flannel shirts, socks, sweatshirts, sweatpants, pajamas, bathrobes will be accepted to support vets at Vineland, Menlo Park, Crystal Lake, Vet Haven and others. Call 609- 693-1281 for more information.

March on Epilepsy
The first March on Epilepsy 5K Run and 1 mile fun run/walk takes place at Bucks Mills Recreation Area in Colts Neck starting with registration at 7:30 a.m. The March benefits the Patrick Ring Foundation, an organization dedicated to spreading awareness of Epilepsy and SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy). Click for more information.

Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser
Cub Scouts Pack 57 hosts a Flapjack Fundraiser at the Applebee’s at the Ocean County Mall on Hooper Avenue in Toms River from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Harvest Moon Chef Soiree
Autism Speaks hosts their Harvest Moon Chef Soiree at Ocean Place Resort and Spa in Long Branch starting at 6 p.m. featuring a buffet prepared by some of the New York Metropolitan area’s most renowned chefs, led by Chef Diane Henderiks Click for tickets and additional information.

Block Run
The River Rock Restaurant hosts the two mile Block Run beginning and ending at the River Rock on Route 70 in Brick starting at 8 a.m. Click for more information.

Trick or Trunk
Pinelands Regional High School hosts their Trunk or Treat Halloween event, a one-stop safe alternative to trick-or-treating at the PRHS atletic fields from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. There will be prizes for the best costumes and best decorated trunk. Click for more information.

Craft/Vendor Fair
The Lacey Township High School PTSA hosts a Craft/Vendor Fair at the school located at 73 Haines Street in Lanoka Harbor from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. featuring over 60 vendors, face painting, gourmet café, gift auction and more. Click  for more information.

Battle of the Bags
The Battle of the Bags Cornhole Tournament to benefit Evan Doucette takes place at the Tab Ramos Sports Center on Blair Road in Aberdeen starting with registration at 5:30 p.m. Evan, a lifelong Keyport resident who played on the high school team, was diagnosed in July 2014 with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Proceeds from the event will go towards his expenses in his fight against the disease. Check the event’s Facebook page for more information.

Pound the Pavement for Purple
The Pound the Pavement for Purple 5K Run/2 Mile Walk to benefit Pancreatic Cancer Research takes place at Veterans Memorial Park on Old Corlies Avenue in Neptune starting at 10 a.m. Click for more information.

Wednesday, November 5

Fall Career Day
Monmouth University Career Services hosts their Fall Career Day in the MAC from 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. with local, regional, and national employers available to meet with students and alumni to discuss career opportunities. Corporate, government, and nonprofit organizations are always present. Click for more information.

Curchin Open
The Curchin Group holds its 9th Annual Curchin Open indoor miniature golf charity tournament at the accounting firm’s office, located at 200 Schulz Drive in Red Bank from 4-7 p.m. to benefit The Samaritan Center at the Jersey Shore in Manasquan and HABcore Inc. in Red Bank. Call 732-747-0500, or visit for tickets and additional information.

Thursday, November 6 – Saturday, November 8

Book Sale
The Friends of Toms River Library hold a Book Sale at the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library located 101 Washington Street in Toms River Thursday, November 6, 9a.m.- 8p.m., Friday, November 7 9 a.m. -4 p.m, and Saturday, November 8 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Thursday, November 13 and Friday, November 14

The Diary of Anne Frank
The Southern Regional High School Theatre Company performs its annual Fall play, The Diary of Anne Frank onThursday, November 13 and Thursday, November and Friday, November 13th and 14th in the Joseph P. Echle Performing Arts Center in the 9/10 building. The Diary of Anne Frank, is the compelling World War II era drama about a family in hiding from the Nazi’s whose young daughter, Anne, kept a diary of their life. Click for ticket and performance information.

Friday, November 14

Celebration for Education Dinner
The West Long Branch Schools Foundation for Public Education presents their Celebration for Education Dinner and Gift Auction at Buona Sear Palazzo in Ocean Township from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Click for tickets and more information.

Member Connect
The Toms River-Ocean County Chamber of Commerce Membership Committee host their Member Connect at the Tuscan Bistro Bar, 1250 Hooper Avenue, Toms River from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. This event will include: a brief presentation on networking skills, open networking, small group networking & two follow-up appointment opportunities to cultivate and further develop business relationships. Register online at: or call 732-349-0220 for any questions.

Bushels of Fun Fall Gift Auction
The Saint Barbara Philoptochos Society of Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church presents their Bushels of Fun Fall Gift Auction at the Church located on Church Road in Toms River starting at 6 p.m.

Saturday, November 15 & Sunday, November 16

Bizet’s Carmen
Center Stage Opera presents Bizet’s Carmen at the Stafford Township Arts Center on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Carmen is one of the most popular of all operas. It is performed in every opera house in every language, Its music is bright, passionate, dramatic and very Spanish much of it is very recognizable especially the Toreador Song, the Habanera, and the Seguidilla. Click for more information.

Saturday, November 15

Ladies Night Out
The Manchester Volunteer Firehouse hosts their 3rd annual Ladies Night Out at 545 Commonwealth Boulevard in Toms River from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. featuring a wide selection of gifts and pampering. Call 609-713-3536 for more information.

American Gold Mother’s Dinner/Gift Auction
The Department of New Jersey American Gold Star Mothers Inc hosts a Dinner/Gift Auction at the Waterview Pavillion in Belmar from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Click or call 732-996-0693 for more information.

Craft & Vendor Fair
The Southern Regional Home and School Association (HSA) hosts their annual Craft & Vendor Fair on Saturday, November 15th from 9 AM until 2 PM in the 9/10 gym.

That’s Entertainment Jersey Style
CONTACT of Ocean and Monmouth Counties presents That’s Entertainment Jersey Style at the Woodlake Country Club in Lakewood from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. featuring comedian Jeff Norris and The Jersey Girls with Art Garner. For tickets & information call 732-240-6104.

Tuesday, November 18

Gift Auction
The Sisterhood of Temple Beth Or, located at 200 Van Zile Road in Bricktown hosts their annual gift auction starting at 6 pm. For more information call 732-458-4700.

Thursday, November 20

Zumba Night
Toms River Intermediate South’s Student Council hosts a Zumba Night fundraiser at the school on Pinewald Avenue in Beachwood to benefit school organizations and clubs. Call 732-267-3737 for more information.


Friday, November 21 and Saturday, November 22

MITM (Music is the Medicine) Theater performs original production PL@Y at the historic Strand Theater in Lakewood on Friday, November 21 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, November 22 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m PL@Y tells the heartwarming, hilarious tale of Ashley, a young woman whose obsession with technology leads her down the proverbial rabbit hole to a strange and distant land. Ashley encounters colorful characters as she tries to find her way back home in a music-and-dance-filled comic romp for the whole family inspired by and featuring the original songs of the Amboys who will be performing live. Call 732.730.5925 or click for tickets and additional information.

Saturday, November 22

Craft Fair
The Brick Township High School PTSA hosts its’ Annual Craft Fair at Brick Township High School on Chambers Bridge Road in Brick Township from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m dozens of crafters and vendors. Call 732-241-6296 for more information.

Holiday Bazaar
Lacey United Methodist Church hosts their Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m – 4 p.m. Call 609-693-5222 for more information.

Holiday Bazaar
St. Peter’s Church holds their Holiday Bazaar at the church at the corner of Throckmorton Street and Main Street in Freehold from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click for more information.

Sunday, November 23

Holiday Craft and Vendor Show
Brick Memorial High School Cheerleaders host their Holiday Craft and Vendor Show at Brick Memorial High School from 11 a.m – 4 p.m. For vending and other information call 732-267-3611.

Friday, November 28

Diller Blind Home Turkey Trot
The 3rd annual Turkey Trot 5K Run and 1.5 Mile Walk to benefit the Helen L. Diller Vacation Home for Blind Children takes place in Avalon starting at 10 a.m. Click for more information.

Saturday, November 29

Holiday Craft/Vendor Fair
The American Legion Auxiliary hosts a Holiday Craft/Vendor Fair from 10 a.m – 4 p.m. at the American Legion Post on Church Road in Toms River.

Dare to Dream 5K
The 5th annual Dare to Dream 5K takes place at Freehold Township High School starting at 10 a.m. to benefit the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the Chrise Briggs Murrell Scholarship Fund. There will also be a Kids Zone for kids age 10-and-under with crafts, games, face painting and more. Click for more information.

Christmas Bazaar
The Pinelands Regional High School Class of 2016 hosts a Christmas Bazaar at the school from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school in Little Egg Harbor.


Saturday, December 6

Bake Sale and Gift Shop
Triboro First Aid Squard of Seaside Park hosts their Christmas Bake Sale and Gift Shop at their firehouse located on the Boulevard at Jay Street from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Call 732-830-3236 for more information.

Sunday, December 7

Craft & Vendor Show
Coping with LM hosts a Craft & Vendor Show at the Leonardo Community Fire House located at Route 36 and Appleton Avenue from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. with vendors, free pictures with Santa, kids crafts, holiday dance performance by Essential Elements Dance Studio and more. Coping With LM (Laryngomalacia ) is a Monmouth County-based organization that helps babies with airway defects. Click for more information.

Holiday Brunchraiser
The Ashley Lauren Foundation holds their Holiday Brunchraiser at Eagle Specialty Coffee, 76A Route 35, Eatontown with two seatings at 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Enjoy specialty brunch items from area restaurants in support of The Ashley Lauren Foundation including Direct Family Financial Assistance; Material Assistance; Emotional Support; Parties for the Children; Advocacy; Outings; Birthday and Holiday Gifts for the Children; “Making Dreams Come True.” For tickets and additional information click or call 732-414-1625.

Vendor/Craft Fair
The Jackson Liberty Lion Band holds a Vendor and Craft Fair in the school gym from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. with over 60 vendors plus face painting, slot car racing and a visit from Santa Claus. Call 908-415-7281 for more information.

Monday, December 22

Hope Concert VII
Bobby Bandiera & Friends return to the Count Basie Theatre for Hope Concert VII, to benefit Horizons and the Count Basie Theatre’s arts education and outreach programs starting at 8 p.m. Click for more information.


Saturday, February 7

Butterfly Ball
The Ashley Lauren Foundation holds their 4th Annual Butterfly Ball and 10th Anniversary Celebration at the Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch starting at 6:30 p.m. Enjoyan evening of fine food, drink and entertainment by Mack and Soul while raising funds and increasing awareness of The Ashley Lauren Foundation’s mission of providing Hope & Help for Children with Cancer in New Jersey. Anita DelPesce and Robert Montesano will also be honored for their work with the Foundation. Click or call 732-414-1625 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 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 for more information.

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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