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SPECIAL EVENTS

Monmouth County Park System Spring Arts Festival
The Monmouth County Parks System is accepting entries for their juried Spring Arts Festival until Monday, February 16. This juried art show and sale is open to artists of all mediums. The Spring Arts Festival will run from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3 at Thompson Park, Lincroft. Click MonmouthCountyParks.com or call 732-842-4000 for more information.

U.S. Military Working Dog Team Donation Collection
The Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals in association with the U.S. War Dogs Association will be collecting donations for U.S. Military Working Dog Teams deployed to the Middle East. Donations may be dropped-off at the reception areas at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts located at 86 Gilbert Street West in Tinton Falls and 2424 Highway 35 in Wall Monday–Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Items accepted for the working dogs include K-9 products such as warming mats, boots, doggles (dog protective goggles), shampoo and conditioner and more. Items accepted for the handlers include nonperishable food and drink such as coffee and tea, lemonade and iced tea mixes, powdered Gatorade and more. In addition, the organization is collecting entertainment and toiletries. Visit PurrnPoochFoundation.org for a full list of items needed.

Prom Dress Giveaway
All branches of the Ocean County Library will accept donations of gently used gowns and formal dresses through Monday, April 27 for its annual Prom Dress Giveaways. Dresses can be both long and short styles for teens and can include bridesmaid’s dresses and cocktail dresses. Donations of shoes, handbags and accessories are also welcome. Click theoceancountylibrary.org for more information.


January

Saturday, January 17 – Sunday, January 25

The Glass Menagerie
The Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan presents Tennessee Williams’ drama, The Glass Menagerie Saturday, January 17 thru Sunday, January 25. For tickets and showtimes call 732-528-9211 or click AlgonquinAts.org.


Sunday, January 25

The Little Engine That Could Earns Her Whistle
The Grunin Family Series presents ArtsPower’s The Little Engine That Could Earns Her Whistle at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts on the Ocean County College, Main Campus in Toms River at 1 p.m. This dynamic, song-filled adventure, portrays Watty Pper’s timeless tale about hard work, determination, and the meaning of true friendship. For more information call 732-255-0500 or click Ocean.Universitytickets.com


Thursday, January 29 – Saturday, January 30

Legally Blonde the Musical
Toms River High School North presents Legally Blonde the Musical on Thursday, January 29, Friday, January 30 and Saturday, January 31 in the school’s auditorium at 7 p.m. each night. Click trnhs.booktix.com for tickets and additional information.


Friday, January 30

Cinderella’s Closet of Monmouth County Prom Fashion Show
Cinderella’s Closet of Monmouth County hosts their 8th annual Prom Fashion Show at the Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune from 7 p.m.– 10:00 p.m. Area high school students as they present their own original prom designs to the runway to help Cinderella’s Closet ensure that no student has to forfeit the lifelong memories of attending prom due to financial hardship. The Prom Fashion Show is their main fundraising event to benefit Cinderella’s Closet Prom Boutique. Click CinderellasClosetMC.org for tickets and additional information.

MCCAC World Premiere Benefit
The world premiere of the comedy Disorderly Conduct at the Spring Lake Community House Theatre on Madison Avenue in Spring Lake starting with a wine & cheese reception benefits the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center. Disorderly Conduct is a New Jersey-themed comedy where Law and Order’ meets ‘The Sopranos.’ The MCCAC, located in Freehold, is a child-focused environment designed to reduce the trauma to child abuse victims and their families often created when a child discloses sexual abuse, physical abuse or neglect. Call 732-580-8327 for tickets and additional information.

Brush and Brew
Room in our Hearts hosts their Brush & Brew at Colts Neck Firehouse #1 on Route 537 in Colts Neck from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. Create a beautiful painting with step-by-step help from professional teachers while enjoying food , wine from Monmouth County’s own 4JG’s Vineyard or beer from Belford Brewing Company Room In Our Hearts is dedicated to helping families whose homes have been affected by crisis by redecorating one room in these households from conception to completion in the most sustainable and creative way at no cost to them. Click RoomInOurHearts.org or call 732-620-4944 for more information.


Saturday, January 31

Rotary Polar Plunge
The Asbury Park Rotary Club holds their 7th annual Rotary Polar Plunge on the Asbury Park Boardwalk starting with registration at McLoone’s Salt Water Beach Café on Ocean Avenue at 9:30 a.m. The Plunge will benefit two of the Rotary’s service projects: the Mya Lin Terry Foundation and Rotary Eye Rescue. Click RotaryPolarPlunge.org for more information.

Beachwood/Pine Beach Girls Softball League Registration
The Beachwood/Pine Beach Girls Softball League holds registration at Pine Beach Elementary School, Pennsylvania Ave, Pine Beach. Indoor preseason readiness practice drills are held from February 14 through March 28 with outdoor practice starting March 29. Registration will also be held on Saturday, February 7.  Click LeagueLineup.com/bpbgs for more infomation.

A Night of Laughter
Bricktown Veterinarian Hospital presents A Night of Laughter at the Mansquan Elks on Stockton Lake Boulevard in Manasquan starting at 8 p.m featuring comedians Jeff Norris, John Pizzi, Peter Sasso and Renee DeLorenzo hosted by Lou Russo. Proceeds will benefit the Bricktown Veterinarian Molly Marie Angel Fund which helps care for sick and homeless pets. Call 732-477-9440 for more information.,

Bowling for Scholarship Dollars
The Southern Regional Memorial Scholarship Fund hosts Bowling for Scholarship Dollars at Thunderbird Lanes in Manahawkin from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. For more information call 609-812-1415.

Night at the Races
The Southern Regional Gold Rams Marching Band holds their Night at the Races fundraiser at Stafford Volunteer Fire Company #1 on Stafford Ave in Manahawkin from 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. to benefit their scholarship- fund. Call 609-597-9481 for more information.


February

Sunday, February 1

Super Plunge
St. Francis Community Center and the Swim Teams of Southern Regional High School present the 11th Annual Super Plunge Sunday takes place at the 48th Street Beach in the Brant Beach section of Long Beach Township starting at 1 p.m. Participants can brave the icy, cold Atlantic Ocean, and will have plenty of time to be home for the championship game. Call 609- 494-8861 or visit StFrancisCenterlbi.org for registration and additional details.


Thursday, February 5

OCVTS Career Training information Session
The Ocean County Vocational Technical School hosts a Career Training information Session at their Toms River Center on Old Freehold from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Call 732-244-1122 or click ocvts.org for more information.

All Fur Love Valentine’s Dinner & Gift Auction
All Fur Love hosts their 4th annual Dinner & Gift Auction at the Doubletree Hotel in Tinton Falls from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. with special guest Daniel The Miracle Beagle. All Fur Love IS a no-kill, all-volunteer, animal rescue. Call 732-616-3368 or visit AllFurLove.org for more information.

 


Friday, February 6

CMS Jail-A-Thon
CMS hosts a Jail-A-Thon at the Ocean County Mall on Hooper Avenue in Toms River to benefit Providence House from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Special guest jail birds include The Point’s Matt Ryan. Toms River Mayor Thomas Kelaher, Buster BlueClaws and others. Providence House is a non-profit organization located in Ocean County that offers beneficial, comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence. These services include: individual and group counseling, legal advocacy in the courts, elder abuse services, an emergency shelter, a 24 hour hotline and children’s counseling. Click catholiccharitiestrenton.org 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. Enjoy an 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 AshleyLaurenFoundation.org or call 732-414-1625 for more information.

Beachwood/Pine Beach Girls Softball League Registration
The Beachwood/Pine Beach Girls Softball League holds registration at Pine Beach Elementary School, Pennsylvania Ave, Pine Beach. Indoor preseason readiness practice drills are held from February 14 through March 28 with outdoor practice starting March 29. Click LeagueLineup.com/bpbgs for more infomation.

Cornhole Tournament
A Cornhole Tournament in support of the Police Unity Tour Riders takes place at the Brick Police Athletic League Building on Drum Point Road in Brick starting at 11 a.m.. Call 732-929-2027 X2422 for more information.


Saturday, February 14

Valentine Plunge
The Joan Dancy and PALS (People with ALS) Foundation hold their 9th annual Valentine Plunge on the Main Beach in Manasquan at 12 noon. The Foundtion’s mission to help people in the Shore area afflicted with ALS by providing a better quality of life for them and their families. Click ValentinePlunge.com for more information.

Cupid’s Chase 5K
Community Options holds their Cupid’s Chase 5K at Hemmingway’s on the Boulevard in Seaside Heights starting at 10 a.m. to help their support of individuals with developmental disabilities. Click comop.org for more information.

Valentine’s Dinner Dance
Barnegat American Legion Auxiliary Post #232 host a Valentine’s Dinner Dance at their Post on North Main Street in Barnegat from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Call 609-548-8738 or check their Facebook page for tickets and more information.


Sunday, February 15

Monmouth County MSPCA Valentine’s Brunch
The Monmouth County MSPCA hosts their Valentine’s Brunch at McLoone’s Pier House at Pier Village in Long Branch starting at 11 a.m. to honor volunteers Jane Lisa and Emelia Accardi. Click MonmouthCountySPCA.org  for more information.

Scuba Flea Market
Ocean Wreck Divers hosts their Scuba Flea Market at Toms River Intermediate School from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Find bargains on new and used scuba diving gear plus dive shops, dive boats and dive clubs will also be part of the market. Click OceanWreckDivers.com for more information.

Winter Concert
The Garden State Youth Orchestra performs its Winter Concert at Toms River High School North at 3 p.m.. For more Information call 732-255–0460.


Saturday, February 21

Polar Bear Plunge
New Jersey Special Olympics holds their Polar Bear Plunge at Seaside Heights at 9 a.m. starting with registration. Nearly 6,000 will take the plunge into the freezing cold Atlantic Ocean in support of New Jersey Special Olympics’ sports training and athletic competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the state. Click NJPolarPlunge.org for more information.

 


Sunday, February 22

Pasta and Sinatra Fundraiser
The Ocean County Columbus Day Parade Committee holds their Pasta and Sinatra Fundraiser at Hemingway’s Café on the Boulevard in Seaside Heights starting at 3 p.m. Call 732-477-6507 for tickets and more information.


Monday, February 23

Spay-ghetti Dinner
The Friends of Southern Ocean County Animal Shelter holds their Spay-ghetti Dinner at the Villaggio Mediterranean Grill & Brick Oven Pizza/ Restaurant located at 100 McKinley Avenue in Manahawkin starting at 6 p.m. Call 609-418-6500 for additional information.


Friday, February 27

Comedy Night
The Lacey Lightning 1 14 u Travel Baseball Team hosts a Comedy Night at the Knights of Columbus on Lacey Road in Forked River starting at 8 p.m. Call 609-548-2643 for tickets and additional information.

Evening of Irish Culture
The Belmar Lake Como St Patricks Day Parade Committee hosts their 5th Annual Evening of Irish Culture at the Waterview Pavilion on Route 35 in Belmar from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m featuring the Patricia Murphy School of Irish Dance and dance music by Round the House. Click BelmarParade.com for more information.


March

Sunday, March 1

Gift Auction
The Dance to Inspire, One Smile at a Time Gift Auction to benefit the Ashley Lauren Foundation takes place at the Crystal Point Yacht Club in Point Pleasant from 12 noon – 4 p.m. Call 732-606-3067 for tickets and additional information.


Saturday, March 7

Casino Night
Ocean of Love presents their Casino Royale Casino Night at the Crystal Point Yacht Club in Point Pleasant. Click OceanOfLove.org for tickets and additional information.


Saturday, March 14

Freezin’ For A Reason
The New Jersey Elks 8th annual John Sentner Memorial Freezin’ for a Reason Plunge takes place at Manasquan Beach starting with check-in at Leggett’s Sand Bar at 10 a.m. The Plunge will benefit Children’s Specialized Hospital, the nation’s largest provider of pediatric rehabilitation services for children with special needs and the Elks of New Jersey’s Camp Moore. Click ElksPlunge2015.kintera.org for additional information.


Saturday, March 21

 

Jackson Memorial Marching Band Flapjack Breakfast
The Jackson Memorial Marching Band hosts a Flapjack Breakfast at Applebee’s on Route 9 north in Howell from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. Call 732-598-0363 for additional information.

Cinderella’s Closet of Monmouth County Charity Prom
Cinderella’s Closet of Monmouth County hosts their annual Charity Prom Boutique at Long Branch High School in Long Branch from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Students “shop’ in their boutique with the help of his or her own personal shopper from the many donated gowns, tuxedos, shoes, wraps, accessories, make-up and more. Cinderella’s Closet of Monmouth County will accept registration from students with demonstrated financial need, who are referred through their guidance counselors, social workers, and clergy. If you know of a student in need, visit CinderellasClosetMC.org for more information.


May

Saturday, May 16

NAMIWalks New Jersey
NAMIWalks New Jersey holds their annual walk on the boardwalk in Seaside Park starting with registration at 9 a.m . in support of their programs across the stat such as Family-to-Family Education, In Our Own Voice, Hearts & Minds, Multicultural Outreach & Support, School Outreach and Education, Law Enforcement Education, as well as county level support groups, education programs, and advocacy. Click NAMIWalks.org for more information.


Saturday, May 30

Rock for the Nurses Five-Year Anniversary Party with Kinderhook
The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship presents their Rock for the Nurses Five-Year Anniversary Party with Kinderhook concert featuring the return of legendary New Jersey country-rockers Kinderhook at the Idle Hour Restaurant & Bar on Route 88 in Point Pleasant starting at 1p.m. The six hour long fundraiser will also feature performances from Jersey Shore icons The Mangos, Timepiece, Ned Ryerson and his new band The Groundhogs plus other special guests an all you can eat BBQ buffet, pig roast, outside tent party and more. All proceeds from the event will benefit The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund which annually helps the nurses and nursing students of Ocean Medical Center by providing nursing scholarships to nurses and nursing students looking to further their formal education in the nursing profession. For more information click forfarscholarship.org


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.

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