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Special Events

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 16: British Invasion Tribute Band and Tommy Edward as Sir Rod
  • Wednesday, July 30: Symphonics and Mahoney Brothers
  • Wednesday, August 13: Julian & Dominiques and The Duprees
  • Wednesday, August 27: Jukebox Legends and the Infernos


Tuesday, July 1 –Saturday, July 5

Atlantic Highlands Fireman’s Fair
The Atlantic Highland Fire Department presents their Fireman’s Fair nightly from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. at the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Dock on Simon Lake Drive with games, rides and lots of family fun plus a fireworks display on Friday, July 4. Click for more information.

Wednesday, July 2

Minute 2 Win It Games
The Ocean County Dept. of Parks & Recreation hosts the Minute 2 Win It event based on the NBC series at the Beach Complex inside Ocean County Park on Route 88 in Lakewood from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Call 1-877OCPARKS for more information.

Thursday, July 3

Miles For Matlosz
The Miles For Matlosz 5 mile run/walk in memory of fallen Lakewood Police officer Christopher Matlosz takes place at Lake Carasaljo starting at 6 p.m. with a one-mile fun run and a five-mile run starting at 6:30 p.m. The run benefits PBA Local 71. Click for more information.

Friday, July 4

Beachwood Fireworks
Beachwood hosts its annual fireworks at Mayo Park along the Toms River from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Bring your radio tuned to 92.7 WOBM for a patriotic soundtrack for the fireworks starting at dusk.

Asbury Park Fireworks
The City of Asbury Park hosts a fireworks display presented by pyrotechnic experts Garden State Fireworks on the waterfront starting at 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

Summer Sizzle Block Party
The Ship Bottom Volunteer Fire Company hosts their 2nd annual Summer Sizzle Block Party at the Firehouse on 21st Street from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. … For more information click

Jack Wright Ocean Mile Swim
The annual Jack Wright Ocean Mile Swim takes place at the Kent Avenue Beach starting at 9:30 a.m. Rain date is Sunday, July 6. Click for more information.

Sunday, July 6

Antler Scholarship Picnic
The Brick Elks #2151 on Hooper Avenue in Brick hosts the Antler Scholarship Picnic from 12noon- 6 p.m. Call 732-255-4017 for tickets and additional information.

Friday. July 11

Jason’s Walk Fundraiser
OMG Pizza on Route 9 in Howell holds a make-your-own pizza fundraiser for Jason’s Fight from 12 noon- 8 p.m. Jason Sanenr is a 1-year-old diagnosed with RMS, a form of cancer rarely found in children. After extensive treatment, the tumor inside Jason has returned and cannot be removed or treated. Call (732)814-7199 or click for more information.

Fish & Chips Dinner
St. Francis Center on Long Beach Island hosts a Fish & Chips Dinner at the Community Center from 5p.m. – 7 p.m. For more Information call 609- 494-8861.

Saturday, July 12

Jersey Shore Celtic Festival
The Jersey Shore Celtic Festival takes place at Christ Episcopal Church located at 415 Washington Street in Toms River from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Activities include bagpipers, a haggis eating contest, a Celtic band, vendors and more. Click for more information.


Sunday, July 13

Summer Benefit
The 17th annual Summer Benefit for the Shark River Hills Volunteer First Aid Squad takes place at the Headliner on Route 35 in Neptune from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. There’s live music from 100 Proof Band, volleyball, dancing and more.

Blood Drive
St. Pius X Church on Lacey Road in Forked River hosts a Blood Drive from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the church.

Saturday, July 19

NJ State Ice Cream Festival
The 12th annual NJ State Ice Cream Festival takes place in downtown Toms River from 3 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Sample ice cream from all around the state competing to be voted People’s Choice, take part in an ice cream eating contest, enjoy inflatable rides, face painting, sand art and more for the kids and live music. Click for more information.

Wooden Boat Festival
The Toms River Seaport Society and Maritime Museum present their annual Wooden Boat Festival in Huddy Park in Toms River from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. featuring a display of wooden boats, the Valhallas Pirates re-enactment group and more. Click for more information.

Point Pleasant Jazz and Blues Festival
The Point Pleasant Jazz and Blues Festival, headlined by Debbie Davies takes place at Riverfront Park in Point Pleasant from 12noon-8 p.m. Enjoy live performances by talented jazz and blues musicians, food, crafter and sponsor exhibits, a craft beer and wine garden, activities for the entire family, rain or shine. The Festival is held rain or shine and open to all members of the family including dogs. Other performers include Crimson Sky, the James Stuart Quartet and James Day and the Fish Fry. Click Visit for more information.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.


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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