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Carl’s Food Drive
Carl’s is accepting donations of non-perishable food during November at their location on Route 9 in Toms River Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Donations will benefit the food pantry at the House of Hope in Toms River. Call 855-BY-CARLS for more information.
Tuesday, November 13
Housing Resource Fair
The Affordable Housing Alliance hosts a Housing Resource Fair at the Brick branch of the Ocean County Library on Chambersbridge Road from 4 p.m. -7p.m. Organizations specializing in housing (rental or purchase), loan/loan modification, food, health, health insurance, legal, Superstorm Sandy related issues, budgeting, and more will be on hand. Click housingall.org or call 732- 982-5072 for more information.
Saturday, November 17
Mya Lin Terry open
The Park Avenue Tennis Center in Oakhurst hosts the Mya Lin Open starting at 6:30 p.m. to benefit the The Mya Lin Terry Foundation which supports pediatric cancer patients. Click flipcause.com for registration and more information.
Sport Shot Singles Spectacular
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church of Whiting hosts the Sport Shot Singles Spectacular at Playdrome Lanes on Route 37 in Toms River starting at 10 a.m. For more information call 732-350-2121.
Friday, November 23
80s Night For The Wanamassa Fire Company
The Wanamassa Fire Company hosts an 80s Night at the Headliner on Route 35 in Nepture City starting at 8:30 p.m. featuring the Funktion Band. Check their Facebook page for more information.
Saturday, November 24
Holiday Craft/Vendor Fair
The American Legion Auxiliary holds at Holiday Craft/Vendor Fair at their headquarters located at 2025 Church Road in Toms River from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with over 40 crafters and vendors. Call 732-272-7552 for more information.
Friday, November 30 – Saturday, December 1
Christmas Wreath & Poinsettia Sale
The Ladies Auxiliary Of the Lavallette Volunteer Fire Company holds their Christmas Wreath & Poinsettia Sale at 125 Washington Avenue in Lavallette from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call 732- 773-4710 for more information.
Saturdays and Sunday in December
Holiday Spectacular & Train Display
The Garden State Central Model Railroad Club holds their annual Holiday Spectacular & Train Display at the InfoAge Science Center on Marconi Road in Wall Saturday and Sundays from noon until 5 p.m. through December 22. Adults are admitted free on December 1,2,8 and 9 with the donation of a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. Click gardenstatecentral.com for tickets and more information.
Saturday, December 1
Holiday Craft Fair & Gift Auction
The Pt. Pleasant High School Band Boosters host their 43rd annual Holiday Craft Fair & Gift Auction at the Memorical Middle School located on Laura Herbert Drive from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m with over 100 crafters and vendors and a visit from Santa Claus. The Point Pleasant High School band will also perform holiday favorites. Click pointpleasantborobandboosters.org for more information .
Christmas in Island Heights House Tour & Boutique
The Island Heights United Methodist Church hosts their Christmas in Island Heights House Tour & Boutique from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Enjoy a tour of six unique homes decorated for the holidays and a boutique at the church located at 111 Ocean Avenue in Island Heights. Call 732-929-0444 or click ihumc.org for more information.
Jingle Bell Run Monmouth
The Arthritis Foundation holds their Jingle Bell Run Monmouth on 16th Ave in Lake Como starting at 9 a.m. to raise funds and awareness to cure the country’s top cause of disability. A pasta buffet follows at Bar Anticipation. Click runningsignup.com or call 732- 400-5467 for more information.
Wednesday, December 5 – Friday, December 16
Elf the Musical
The Surflight Theatre presents Elf the Musical at the theater located at 201 Engleside Drive in Beach Haven based on the beloved holiday film as Buddy the Elf tries to find his true identity Click surflight.org or call 609- 492-9477 for tickets, showtimes and more information.
Friday, December 7 – Sunday, December 9
The Brick Childrens Community Theatre (BCCT) presents Elf Jr. the musical adaption of the classic Christmas film on Friday, December 7 through Sunday, December 9 at the Strand Theatre in Lakewood at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Click bcct.booktix.com for tickets and more information .
Friday, December 7 – Sunday, December 10
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
The Brick Memorial Mustang Players present Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at the school on Lanes Mill Road in Brick Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Click brickschools.org for more information.
Saturday, December 8
Craft and Vendor Fair
The Southern Regional Home & School Association hosts a Craft and Vendor Fair at Southern Regional Middle School located on Cedar Bridge Road in Manahwakin from 9 a.m. -2 p.m. Click srsd.net or call 609-994-6942 for more information.
Saturday, December 15
Breakfast with Santa
The Brick Police Athletic League hosts the Breakfast with Santa at the Brick PAL Building located at 60 Drum Point Road in Brick from 9 a.m. – noon. Click BrickPAL.org or call 732- 477-0144 for tickets and more information.
The Brick Marching Dragon Caravan hosts a juried Craft Show at Brick Township High School on Chambers Bridge Road in Brick from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Monday, December 31
First Night Ocean County
Ring in the New Year with family along the Seaside Heights boardwalk from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. with face painters, caricature artists, balloonists, magic shows, jugglers, crafts, and fireworks at 5 p.m. Bracelets will be on sale beginning Black Friday at the County Connection in the Ocean County Mall. Click their Facebook page for for information.
New Year's Eve Bash and Bubbly
The Surflight Theatre hosts their New Year's Eve Bash and Bubbly at the theater located at 201 Engleside Drive in Beach Haven at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Click surflight.org or call 609- 492-9477 for tickets and more information.
Sunday, January 20
Harlem Wizards vs. Jackson Teachers
Teachers from Crawford, Holman, Rosenauer elementary schools in Jackson, McAuliffe Middle plus the school superintendent and the principals of Crawford and McAuliffe take on the Harlem Wizards at the Jackson Liberty High School gym on North Hope Chapel Road in Jackson starting at 4 p.m. Click https://harlemwizards.thundertix.com/events/131451 for tickets and 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 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.