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100.1 WJRZ Community Calendar

Date Event Description Time / Location
4/18

Walk MS

Every year, Walk MS goes farther and pushes harder to raise money that will move us closer to a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. Join 100.1 WJRZ for the annual Walk MS on the Seaside Boardwalk at the municipal lot, 1709 N. Ocean Avenue, between Stockton and Decatur in Seaside Park on Saturday, April 18th, as we move to create a world free of MS. Registration at 9am, Walk at 10am- RAIN OR SHINE. For more information or to register or volunteer, log on to walknjm.nationalmssociety.org or call 732-660-1005.

INFO Registration at 9am, Walk at 10am, Seaside Boardwalk
4/18

Rummage Sale

The Walnut Street Elementary School PTO of Toms River will hold a Rummage Sale on Saturday, April 18th in the school gym from 8am to 1pm. Call 732-557-1807 for more information.

INFO 8am-1pm, Walnut Street Elementary School, Toms River
4/18

Indoor Flea Market

Forked River Presbyterian Church will hold an Indoor Flea Market on Saturday, April 18th from 9am to 3pm. Rent a table for $15 or two tables for $25. You keep all your profits. They provide 6 x 3 tables, publicity throughout the area, all permits and parking area. Refreshments and lunch available for purchase. Call the church office at 609-693-5624 weekdays between 9am and 1pm for additional information or registration forms. Come Sell! Come Buy!

INFO 9am-3pm, Forked River Presbyterian Church, 131 North Main St. (Route 9), Forked River
4/18

Health and Wellness Fair

The Monmouth County Health Department and Howell Township will host a Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday, April 18th from 9am to 1pm at the Howell PAL (Southard School) on Kent Road in Howell. A number of free screenings will be available, including eye, hearing, cholesterol and blood pressure, plus free classes about lyme disease prevention and more. Call 732-431-7456 for more information.

INFO 9am-1pm, Howell PAL (Southard School), Kent Road, Howell
4/18

Spring Luncheon, Gift Auction & Fashion Show

CONTACT of Ocean & Monmouth Counties will host their 30th annual Spring Luncheon, Gift Auction & Fashion Show on Saturday, April 18th at the Ramada Inn, located at Routes 9 and 70 in Toms River starting at 10:30am. For tickets and additional information visit contactoceanmonmouth.org.

INFO 10:30am, Ramada Inn, Toms River
4/18

Lacey Girls Softball League 1st annual Opening Day Festivities

Lacey Girls Softball League will be holding their 1st annual Opening Day Festivities at Gillie Park in Lacey Township on Saturday, April 18th. Mayor Gary Quinn will be throwing out the first pitch at 11am. For more information on this event, Like their facebook page, Lacey Girls Softball, or visit www.laceygirlssoftball.wix.com/league.

INFO 11am, Gillie Park, Lacey Township
4/18

Autism: Walk for a Difference

Southern Regional High School will host the “Autism: Walk for a Difference” on Saturday, April 18th from 11am to 2pm. Teams are now being formed. The event is being sponsored by POAC Autism Services (the largest provider of free autism training and education in the state).

The services provided by this organization include family recreational activities all year long, ongoing research on the causes of autism, as well as symptoms and treatment, professional development hours for teachers, training for police officers and other first responders, early detection, outreach and training for students from elementary to college. In addition POAC addresses, supports and promotes legislative issues that affect those with autism and their families. All of these programs are provided free of charge.

Proceeds from the “Autism: Walk for a Difference” will help fund all of the programs described above. For more information or to register a team, visit www.southjersey.poacwalk.org.

INFO 11am-2pm, Southern Regional High School, 105 Cedar Bridge Rd., Manahawkin
4/18

Pet Adoption at Coldwell Banker Wall

The 2nd annual Pet Adoption at Coldwell Banker Wall will be held on Saturday, April 18th from 11am to 2pm at 2051 Hwy. 35, on the corner of Ocean Road and Route 35.

Give a pet a forever home!

Call 732-449-0093 and ask for Debbie or Genie Torres or visit https://www.facebook.com/ColdwellBankerWall?pnref=story for more infomation.

INFO 11am-2pm, 2051 Hwy. 35, on the corner of Ocean Road and Route 35
4/18

TechFest Five

The OCVTS Audio Recording Program and Performing Arts Academy presents TechFest Five, a fundraising festival on Saturday, April 18th at the Brick Civic Center on Chambers Bridge Road in Brick starting at 1pm. The concert on two performance stages features live performances ranging from young artists with limited experience to the best in the business.and helps provide scholarships for students interested in pursuing a career in the technical field. Visit techfestmusic.com for a list of performers and ticket information.

INFO 1pm, Brick Civic Center, Chambers Bridge Road, Brick
4/18

Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner

Tri-Boro First Aid Squad presents a Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner on Saturday, April 18th from 5 to 7:30pm at the Tri-Boro First Aid Sguad Building in Seaside Park. The dinner will include homemade meatballs, spaghetti, sauce, salad, bread, soda and cake. For tickets, call 732-830-3236.

INFO 5-7:30pm, Tri-Boro First Aid Squad Building, J Street, Seaside Park
4/18

Comedy Night

Friends of Pack 57 presents a Comedy Night on Saturday, April 18th starting at 7:30pm at FOP Lodge 10 on North Bay Avenue in Toms River, featuring Jimmy Graham, Mick Thomas and Joe Currie. Call 732-245-5340 for tickets and additional information.

INFO 7:30pm, Friends of Pack 57 Lodge 10, North Bay Avenue, Toms River
4/224/26

Lifeguard Training

Do you want to be a lifeguard? St. Francis Community Center, located at 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township is offering Lifeguard Training for ages 15 and up. Lifeguard Training starts Wednesday, April 22nd and runs through Sunday, April 26th. This course is certified by the American Red Cross. Upon successful completion, participants will receive an American Red Cross Certification in Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED & Preventing Disease Transmission.

If you have concerns about your ability to complete the pre-requisites, please schedule a swimming skill evaluation, by calling the pool reception desk at 609-494-8861, ext. 187.

For registration and pricing information, please call St. Francis Community Center at 609-494-8861 or to view the St. Francis Community Center Spring Brochure please visit: www.stfranciscenterlbi.org.

INFO Call or visit website for details, St. Francis Community Center, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township
4/244/26

Disney’s Beauty & The Beast

Lakewood High School presents Disney’s Beauty & The Beast, Friday, April 24th and Saturday, April 25th at 7pm, and Sunday, April 26th at 3pm. Visit lakewoodpiners.org for more information.

INFO 3pm & 7pm, Lakewood High School
4/25

Clean Ocean Action Spring Beach Sweep

The Clean Ocean Action 30th annual Spring Beach Sweep will be held rain or shine on Saturday, April 25th from 9am to 12:30pm at over 70 locations in New Jersey. Help pick up trash and help Clean Ocean Action collect data to help reduce marine litter. Bring gloves to your location and dress for the weather. Visit cleanoceanaction.org for additional details and to pre-register.

INFO 9am-12:30pm, Over 70 locations in New Jersey
4/254/26

Art Show and Sale

St. Francis Community Center will be having an Art Show and Sale on Saturday, April 25th from 9:30am to 4pm, and Sunday, April 26th from 9:30am to 2pm at the St. Francis Community Center Gym, located at 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township.

Amateur and professional artists participate in the show with fine art works encompassing almost every media. These award winning artists and photographers will be showing breathtaking LBI shore scenes, including the Barnegat Lighthouse, Barnegat Bay, the Shack, NJ Historical Paintings, plus much more. There will be something for everyone.

Each artist has a unique style to offer the St. Francis Community Art Show and Sale. Admission is FREE. For more information, please visit www.stfranciscenterlbi.org or call 609-494-8861.

INFO 9:30am, St. Francis Community Center Gym, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township
4/254/26

An Exhibit of Fine Needle Arts "With Needle and Thread"

The Monmouth Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, Inc. presents An Exhibit of Fine Needle Arts “With Needle and Thread,” Saturday, April 25th from 10am to 4pm and Sunday, April 26th from 11am to 4pm at the Middletown Arts Center, next to the train station at 36 Church Street, Middletown. For more information, call 732-706-4100 or visit www.mcega.org and www.middletownarts.org.

INFO 10am-4pm, Middletown Arts Center
4/25

Monmouth County SPCA Spring Dog Walk & Pet Fair

The Monmouth County SPCA will hold their 21st annual Spring Dog Walk & Pet Fair on Saturday, April 25th at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft from 10am to 3pm for people and their pets, with over 150 vendors, cutest trick contest, pet therapy demonstrations, adoptable pets, live music, dog wedding chapel and more. Visit mcspcadogwalk.org for more information.

INFO 10am-3pm, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft
4/25

Health & Wellness Fair

The Church of St. Pius the Tenth in Forked River will host a Health & Wellness Fair on Saturday, April 25th from 10am to 2pm. Call 609-693-5107 for more information.

INFO 10am-2pm, Church of St. Pius the Tenth, 300 Lacey Road, Forked River
4/25

Antique Appraisals

Forked River Presbyterian Church will hold Antique Appraisals on Saturday, April 25th from 1 to 4pm. Legacies Old & New will be available to appraise your antiques at $5 per item (5 item limit per appraisal). A light lunch will be available for purchase. Contact the church office at 609-693-5624 weekdays between 9am and 1pm for additional information.

INFO 1-4pm, Forked River Presbyterian Church, 131 North Main St. (Route 9), Forked River
4/25

Casino Night

Casino Night, Saturday, April 25th from 4 to 8pm, hosted by Crestwood Village's Travel Bocce Club in Whiting. Tickets only $35. For more info or to purchase tickets, call 732-986-4846.

INFO 4-8pm, Crestwood Village Travel Bocce Club, Whiting
4/25

Doo Wop Dance

Join the Doo Wop Dance at St. Mary's Parish Center in Manahawkin on Saturday,  April 25th to benefit Autism. Cost is $15 and includes snacks, soda ,water coffee and cake. BYOB. Doors open at 6:15pm, dancing starts at 7pm. Call Kay Voelbel for more information, 609-978-7554.

INFO 7pm, St. Mary's Parish Center, Manahawkin
4/25

Superstars of Wrestling

The Lacey Chamber of Commerce presents the Superstars of Wrestling Megaslam on Saturday, April 25th at Lacey Township High School starting at 7:30pm, featuring former WWE superstars Haku, The Patriot, Tony Atlas, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine and more. Call 609-607-7670 or visit laceychamberofcommerce.com for tickets and additional information.

INFO 7:30pm, Lacey Township High School
4/25

"Train of Love," A Tribute to Johnny Cash

The Beachwood Volunteer First Aid Squad is hosting a fundraiser, "Train of Love," A Tribute to Johnny Cash on Saturday, April 25th at 8pm at Toms River High School North. Tickets can be purchased by calling 877-840-0457 or going online to ticketforce.com. Tickets will also be available at the door.

INFO 8pm, Toms River High School North
4/26

Pancake Breakfast

Summer in the Park Business Association presents a Pancake Breakfast to benefit the Seaside Park Volunteer Fire Company and the Tri-Boro First Aid Squad on Sunday, April 26th from 9 to 11:30am at the Tri-Boro First Aid Squad Building in Seaside Park. Enjoy pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, coffee and juice. For tickets, call 732-830-3236.

INFO 9-11:30am, Tri-Boro First Aid Squad Building, J Street, Seaside Park
4/26

Emmanuel Cancer Foundation Spring Tea Fundraiser & Auction

The Emmanuel Cancer Foundation presents its 7th annual Spring Tea Fundraiser & Auction on Sunday, April 26th at the Brick Elks Lodge on Hooper Avenue in Brick from noon to 3pm. The tea is an afternoon of live music, food and fun to benefit children battling cancer. Call 760-715-8092 for sponsorship information and tickets.

INFO Noon-3pm, Brick Elks Lodge, Hooper Avenue, Brick
4/26

2015 EMS Appreciation Day

2015 EMS Appreciation Day, sponsored by Alert Ambulance to benefit the Tom Giannattasio Jr. Memorial Fund at the Lakewood BlueClaws FirstEnergy Park.

Sunday, April 26th, gates open at noon, game starts at 1:05pm.

Enjoy Kids Eat Free Sundays. Tickets cost only $10 each.

$3 from every ticket sold will be donated to the Tom Giannattasio Jr. Memorial Fund if the tickets are purchased from the fund or Alert Ambulance.

For tickets or more information, contact Linda or Tom Giannattasio Sr at 732-477-8959 or visit tomgjrmemorialfund.com.

INFO 1:05pm, FirstEnergy Park, Lakewood
4/27

Ocean County Library Prom Dress Giveaways

All branches of the Ocean County Library will begin collecting gently used gowns and formal dresses on January 5th 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.

To donate the items, simply deliver them to any one of the 21 locations in Ocean County. Donations will be accepted until April 27th.

The annual event provides dresses to middle school and high school aged students at no charge, so they can attend their school’s graduations and dances. This year the Prom Dress Giveaways will take place at the following library branches:

Lakewood, Saturday, March 28th: 10am-3pm.

Barnegat, Tuesday, March 31st: 4-8pm and Wednesday, April 1st: 4-8pm.

Little Egg Harbor, Wednesday, April 22nd: 4-8pm and Thursday, April 23rd: 4-8pm.

Manchester, Tuesday, April 28th: 4-8pm.

Toms River, Thursday, April 30th: 4-8pm, Friday, May 1st: 1-4pm and Saturday, May 2nd: 10am-3pm.

More information about the Prom Dress Giveaway can be found at www.theoceancountylibrary.org.

INFO Call or visit website for details, All branches
4/27

Matt Rohrer Autism Awareness Fundraiser, benefitting Piece of the Puzzle, Inc.

The Matt Rohrer 2nd annual Autism Awareness Fundraiser, benefitting Piece of the Puzzle, Inc.will be held on Monday, April 27th at 5pm at Villaggio Mediterranean Grill & Brick Oven Pizza/ Restaurant in Manahawkin. It's a spaghetti dinner with live entertainment, featuring Bryan Parr & Jack Mack, 50/50 Raffle, Door Prizes, Face Painting and Kids Corner. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children. Purchase tickets at Villaggio or call 732-232-6841.

INFO 5pm, Villaggio Mediterranean Grill & Brick Oven Pizza/ Restaurant, Manahawkin
4/28

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, NJ Chapter Patient Education Event

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, NJ Chapter will be hosting "AWARE for All: Understanding the Basics of Clinical Trials" Patient Education Event, Tuesday, April 28th at the Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Rooms 104 & 105. Registration is $5. Contact Nicole Tuscano at 732-786-9960, ext. 3 or visit http://online.ccfa.org/IBDClinicalTrials for complete program information.

INFO Registration: 6:30pm, Program: 7pm, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Rooms 104 & 105
4/28

Soccer Shots Program

The Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation will hold their Soccer Shots program for children of ages 2-5 on Tuesday, April 28th from 1 to 1:45pm at Beaver Dam Creek County Park in Pt. Pleasant. A second session will be on Tuesday, May 12th at Jakes Branch County Park in Beachwood. For more information, call 732-506-9090 or visit oceancountyparks.org.

INFO 1pm, Beaver Dam Creek County Park, Pt. Pleasant
4/28

Girl Scout Recruitment Night

The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore will have a Recruitment Night on Tuesday, April 28th from 6 to 8pm at Lacey Community Hall on Route 9 and Lacey Road in Forked River, with information about being a scout and becoming a leader. Call 732-349-4499 for more information.

INFO 6-9pm, Lacey Community Hall, Route 9 and Lacey Road, Forked River
4/29

"Taste of Southern Ocean County” Fundraising Dinner

The Southern Ocean County Community Foundation (SOCCF) is proud to be hosting its 20th annual “Taste of Southern Ocean County” Fundraising Dinner on Wednesday, April 29th, at Sea Oaks Country Club in Little Egg Harbor Township.

This dinner, which includes live and silent auctions, is attended by approximately 200 people each year, many of whom are business leaders in our community. All of guests, though, share a common goal – helping the Foundation, a volunteer-only organization, to raise awareness about, and funds for, eight local food pantries as they assist thousands of families each year in the Southern Ocean County area.

All the proceeds from the ticket sales and the auctions are donated to the pantries.

The theme for this year’s gala is “New Orleans,” with guest chefs, all of whom donate their time, creating an 8-course dining experience, featuring some of the city’s well-known culinary delights.

For sponsorship or more information, contact Rose Anderson, Board Secretary, at 609-294-0383 or RoseAnderson831NJ@gmail.com.

INFO Call for details, Sea Oaks Country Club, LEH
4/29

Student Skate for the Zane Family

The Wall Business and Finance Academy will host "Students Skate for the Zane Family and Cause Caden Can" on Wednesday, April 29th from 6:30 to 8pm at Howell Ice World on Squankum Road in Farmingdale. Matt and Jill Zane are educators in the Wall Township school district whose son Caden is a medically complex, chronically ill, disabled child. Jill has been diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer that has metastasized to her bones and two organs.

INFO 6:30-8pm, Howell Ice World, Squankum Road, Farmingdale
4/29

Veterans Resource & Career Fair

There will be a Veterans Resource & Career Fair at the Asbury Park VFW, Harold Daley Post #1333, 701 Lake Avenue, Asbury Park on Wednesday, April 29th from 10am to 2pm. Open to Veterans, friends and family. For more information, contact Rob Mahrer at 908-607-6364 or Robert.Mahrer@va.gov.

INFO 10am-2pm, Asbury Park VFW, Harold Daley Post #1333, 701 Lake Avenue, Asbury Park
4/30

Brick Township Chamber of Commerce Golf Invitational and Networking Dinner

The 16th annual Brick Township Chamber of Commerce Golf Invitational and Networking Dinner takes place on Thursday, April 30th at Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Lakewood. The event provides a wonderful day of networking and camaraderie for the business community and a portion of all proceeds will benefit the Chamber's Educational Foundation (a 501(c)3 organization) which provides scholarships to local students and has donated more than $150,000 in scholarships to date.

Registration will begin at noon, followed by a barbecue lunch and a shotgun start at 1:30pm. Dinner will be served, prizes will be awarded, and there will also be a raffle and a silent auction. There will be various contests, such as Closest to the Pin, Chipping, Hole-In-One, Men's & Women's Longest Drive and Putting Contest. Golfer registration includes lunch, complimentary beer and soft drinks on the course, an open bar cocktail hour, dinner, contests and all participants will receive a gift.

The day offers a sensational event for non-golfers too. There will be a networking dinner that will include an open bar cocktail hour, dinner, gift raffle and silent auction.

Sponsorship opportunities and player registration are on a first-come, first-reserved basis.

Register online at www.BrickChamber.com or call 732-477-4949.

INFO Registration: noon, Shotgun start: 1:30pm, Eagle Ridge Golf Club, Lakewood
4/30

Friends of the Stafford Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Stafford Library Book Sale will be held on Thursday, April 30th from 9am to 1pm at 129 N. Main Street in Manahawkin.

INFO 9am-1pm, 129 N. Main Street, Manahawkin
4/30

How to protect yourself against Loan Modification Scams Workshop

The Affordable Housing Alliance is offering a free workshop "How to protect yourself against Loan Modification Scams" on Thursday April 30th from 11am to 12:30pm at the Ocean County Family Success Center conference room, 1433 Hooper Ave., Suite 121, Toms River. For more info, visit.http://postimg.org/image/4gvgrxax1.

INFO 11am-12:30pm, Ocean County Family Success Center conference room, 1433 Hooper Ave., Suite 121, Toms River
4/30

The Open Door of NJ 2015 Parents and Consumers Appreciation Ceremony

Come out and celebrate The Open Door of NJ 2015 Parents and Consumers Appreciation Ceremony on Thursday April 30th at the Best Western Vanity Fair in Lakewood from 6 to 9pm. Tickets Are $55 and all proceeds go to the Ocean and Monmouth County Day Programs. To RSVP, call 732-408-5681.

INFO 6-9pm, Best Western Vanity Fair, Lakewood
5/2

River to Bay 5k

The Toms River Kiwanis Daybreak Club will be hosting/fundraising for the 24th annual "River to Bay 5k" on Saturday, May 2nd. Ad journal sponsorships and runner sign-up forms are available to raise money for the club to donate to local children's charities and non-profit organizations. This is the clubs largest fundraising event each year. Call 732-505-4755 for more info.

INFO Call for details, Toms River Kiwanis Daybreak Club
5/2

Walk to Defeat ALS

The Walk to Defeat ALS will take place at FirstEnergy Park, home of the Lakewood BlueClaws on Saturday, May 2nd, with registration at 9am. The Walk helps bring hope to people living with ALS and to raise money for a cure. Vist kintera.org for more information.

INFO Registration: 9am, FirstEnergy Park, Lakewood
5/2

Rail Trail Fun Walk

The Barnegat Fire Co.Ladies Aux. is sponsoring a Rail Trail Fun Walk on Saturday, May 2nd. All proceeds will go to their scholarship program. Participants can register by mail, or in person on Friday, May 1st from 6 to 8pm at the firehouse on Birdsall St. Pre-registration is $10. $15 day of event. All paid registrations will receive a t-shirt. For more information, please call Donna at 609-618-7530 or Nicole at 609-618-2524.

INFO Call for details, Barnegat Firehouse, Birdsall St., Barnegat
5/2

St. Francis Community Center Vacation Club Registration & Orientation

St. Francis Community Center Vacation Club Registration & Orientation

Are you looking for a safe and fun-filled place for your child? The St. Francis Center’s Vacation Club is LBI’s summer camp for children, ages 5 to 13. Vacation Club starts on June 22nd and runs through September 3rd. Your child will have a great time exploring activities of arts and crafts, cooking, sports, daily swimming and weekly field trips. Registration and orientation is at St. Francis Community Center, located at 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township on Saturday, May 2nd, beginning at 8am. Space is limited. For detailed information on Vacation Club Theme Weeks and weekly field trips, please visit www.stfranciscenterlbi.org/childrens-services.    

NAEYC Accredited Preschool

Are you looking for a high-quality affordable childcare/preschool program? Don’t look any further! Call St. Francis Children’s Services for availability in their year-round Toddler and Pre-K program. For more information on both programs, please call 609-494-8861, ext. 114 or visit stfranciscenterlbi.org.

INFO 8am, St. Francis Community Center, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township
5/25/3

Monmouth County Park System Spring Arts Festival

The Monmouth Park Spring Arts Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 2nd and 3rd at Thompson Park in Lincroft from 11am to 6pm each day. Visit monmouthcountyparks.com or call 732-842-4000 for more information.

INFO 11am-6pm, Thompson Park, Lincroft
5/2

People’s Choice Car Show

Poricy Park Conservancy will host their People’s Choice Car Show on Saturday, May 2nd at Poricy Park on Oak Hill Road in Middletown starting at 11am. Call 732-842-5966 or visit poricypark.org.

INFO 11am, Poricy Park, Oak Hill Road, Middletown
5/3

Kidney & Urology Foundation Walk the Walk for Organ Donor Awareness and Kidney Disease

Please join the Kidney & Urology Foundation's 16th annual Walk the Walk for Organ Donor Awareness and Kidney Disease on Sunday, May 3rd at Memorial Park Bandshell in Point Pleasant Beach. Registration starts at 9:30am. For more information, call 732-866-4444.

INFO Registration: 9:30am, Memorial Park Bandshell, Point Pleasant Beach
5/3

Belmar Beach Dance Mob Superstorm Sandy Fundraiser

The Belmar Beach Dance Mob is a Superstorm Sandy Fundraiser on Sunday, May 3rd.. Meet at 12th Avenue beach at noon. Dance Mob performance will start at 1:30pm on the boardwalk. To register go to www.NationalDanceWeek.org.

All proceeds will benefit the Belmar Sandy Relief Fund.

INFO Meet at noon. Start dancing at 1:30pm, Belmar Boardwalk
5/3

Frank V. Panzone Jr. Memorial Cruisin for a Cure

The 3rd annual Frank V. Panzone Jr. Memorial Cruisin for a Cure will be held on Sunday, May 3rd. Visit www.davidsdreamandbelieve for more information.

INFO Registration at 9am, Beach Haven
5/3

Pancake Breakfast

St. Francis of Assisi Parish Ministers of Hospitality are holding an All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, May 3rd from 8am to 1pm at the St. Francis Community Center, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township. All are welcome.

For only $8 per adult and $5 per child (under 12) you can have all you can eat pancakes and sausages cooked by local chef, Fred Madonna. All proceeds benefit St. Francis Community Center. Tickets are available to purchase at the front desk of the Community Center or at the door the day of the event.

For more information, please call the Community Center at 609-494-8861 or visit www.stfrancisparishlbi.org or facebook.com/stfrancislbi.

INFO 8am-1pm, St. Francis Community Center, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township
5/3

Bluebird Festival

Nurture Environmental Stewardship Today (NEST) will host the New Jersey Bluebird Festival, featuring walks and talks with bluebird experts and local environmentalists on Sunday, May 3rd from 8 to 10am at Colliers Mills WMA, located at the corner of E. Colliers Mills Road and Hawkin Road in Jackson, and from 10:30am to 12:30pm at Good Tree Farm, 82 Jacobstown Road in New Egypt..

A Live Bird of Prey exhibit will be held at Good Tree Farm from 9:30am to 1:30pm. Call 609-775-7134 for more information.

INFO 8am & 10:30am, Colliers Mills WMA, Jackson and Good Tree Farm, New Egypt
5/3

Paulette's COLORECTAL Run/Walk

Join CentraState for a day of fun, food and fitness at the 6th annual Paulette's COLORECTAL Run/Walk on Sunday, May 3rd to support colorectal cancer awareness, programs and services at CentraState Healthcare System. Please visit www.centrastatefoundation.org/paulette for more information.

INFO 9:30am, CentraState Medical Center, Rt. 33, Freehold
5/3

March for Babies

The March of Dimes will hold their March for Babies on Sunday, May 3rd, starting at 11am on the Asbury Park Boardwalk, to support research and other programs nationwide and in our community, to help babies born healthy, as well as those who need help to survive and thrive. Visit marchforbabies.org or call 732- 952-9010 for more information.

INFO 11am, Asbury Park Boardwalk
5/3

Blessing of the Bikes

The 20th Blessing of the Bikes will be held on Sunday, May 3rd at St. Stephen’s Church on Route 539 in Whiting from noon to 4pm to benefit St. Stephen’s Ministries. Enjoy a barbeque, activities and more. Call 732-350-2121 for tickets and additional information.

INFO Noon-4pm, St. Stephen’s Church, Route 539, Whiting
5/3

"A Walk Down Memory Lane" Fundraising Luncheon

The Lakewood Historical Society & Lakewood Heritage Commission cordially invites you to their "A Walk Down Memory Lane" Fundraising Luncheon on Sunday, May 3rd from noon to 4pm at Woodlake Country Club in Lakewood. Call 732- 330-5384 or visit lakewoodnjhistoricalsociety.org for more information.

All proceeds will go to the renovations of the "SHELDON WOLPIN LAKEWOOD HISTORCIAL MUSEUM."

INFO Noon-4pm, Woodlake Country Club, 25 New Hampshire Ave., Lakewood
5/3

New Jersey AIDS Walk, Inc.

Did you know that 50,000 Americans contract HIV every year and that New Jersey has the fifth highest rate of HIV infection in the country?

The New Jersey AIDS Walk, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 organization which collaborates with several New Jersey cities that are home to leading HIV/AIDS service organizations. These cities unite to produce statewide awareness and fundraising walks. This year’s walk will be held on Sunday, May 3rd. Thousands upon thousands of people will walk in solidarity throughout the state of New Jersey in effort to raise funds and awareness for people living with HIV/AIDS as well as HIV prevention.

You can organize a team with friends, co-workers, or family members and walk in any one of five New Jersey locations - Asbury Park, Atlantic City, Morristown, Newark and Ridgewood. A unified step-off in all cities will be at 1pm.

Learn more at www.njaidswalk.org.

INFO 1pm, Asbury Park, Atlantic City, Morristown, Newark and Ridgewood
5/3

Cub Scout Pack 66 of Manahawkin Inaugural Beefsteak Dinner

Cub Scout Pack 66 of Manahawkin will hold their Inaugural Beefsteak Dinner on Sunday, May 3rd from 6 to10pm at Saint Mary’s Parish Center on Bishop Lane in Manahawkin. All proceeds will benefit their re-established Cub Scout Pack for the programs and much needed equipment. $50 donation per person, includes Beefsteak dinner catered by Nightingale Catering, beer, wine and soda,  raffles and prizes. Contact Peter Slomkoski at cspack66@comcast.net.

INFO 6-10pm, Saint Mary’s Parish Center, Bishop Lane, Manahawkin
5/4

Manchester PBA 246 Golf Outing

INFO Registration with lunch: 11:30am, Shotgun start: 1pm, Call for details
5/75/8

Spring Rummage Sale

The Women of Christ Episcopal Church at 415 Washington Street in Toms River will hold their annual Spring Rummage Sale on Thursday, May 7th from 10am to 3pm, and on Friday, May 8th from 9am to noon.

INFO 10am, Christ Episcopal Church, 415 Washington Street , Toms River
5/8

Friday Night Out

The Michael Stacy Memorial Scholarship Foundation will hold their inaugural Friday Night Out on May 8th from 7:30 to 11:30pm at the Crystal Point Yacht Club in Point Pleasant. Featuring live entertainment, gift auction, games and a full buffet dinner to benefit their scholarship, which provides scholarships and equipment to the Point Pleasant Borough High School Band students. Visit msmemorial.com or call 732-597-3433 for more information.

INFO 7:30-11:30pm, Crystal Point Yacht Club, Point Pleasant.
5/9

St. Mary’s Place By the Sea annual Walk-a-Thon

St. Mary’s Place By the Sea will hold their 4th annual Walk-a-Thon on Saturday, May 9th at the Boardwalk Pavilion in Ocean Grove starting at 11am with registration. St. Mary’s Place By the Sea helps to provide a place for women with cancer to heal. Vist www.marysplacebythesea.org for additional information.

INFO Registration: 11am, Boardwalk Pavilion, Ocean Grove
5/9

Monmouth Beach PTO Run

The 21st annual Monmouth Beach PTO 5K Run/Walk takes place on Saturday, May 9th at the Monmouth Beach School beginning at 9am with a Kids Race (age 7 and under) followed by a Dolphin Mile for kids 12 and under prior to the main race at 10am. Check their Facebook page for more information.

INFO 9am, Monmouth Beach School
5/9

Shirley Mae Run and Michael J. Walk

Tropicana Casino & Resort will host the 13th annual Shirley Mae Run and Michael J. Walk on the Atlantic City Boardwalk in front of the casino on Saturday, May 9th. Kicking off at 9:10am, the race features a 5K Run, 1.5-mile Walk and a Kids’ Fun Run.

Enjoy complimentary food, music, entertainment, health screenings and the heartwarming "Celebration of Survivors," as Eddie Bruce emcees this inspirational event.

All proceeds raised will benefit the Shirley Mae Breast Cancer Assistance Fund, the Michael J. Neustadter Pancreatic Cancer Fund, and Gilda's Club of South Jersey. This money will go directly to patients and families in need of financial and emotional support, as well as to research facilities dedicated to finding a cure for cancer.

There will be free self-parking until 11:30am at the Tropicana Casino & Resort.

For more information and to register, please visit www.shirleymaefund.org.

INFO 9am, Tropicana Casino & Resort, Atlantic City Boardwalk
5/9

Sentimental Cruisers Car & Truck Show

The Sentimental Cruisers will host a Car & Truck Show on Saturday, May 9th at the Captains Inn in Forked River from 9am to 2pm. Visit sentimentalcruisers.net for more information.

INFO 9am-2pm, Captains Inn, E. Lacey Road, Forked River
5/9

Color Me Belmar 3K & PossAbilities Walk

Family Resource Associates will hold their Color Me Belmar and PossAbilities Walk on Saturday, May 9th on Belmar Beach at 1st Avenue and Ocean Avenue starting at 9:30am to celebrate the abilities of people with disabilities. Visit frainc.org for more information.

INFO 9:30am, Belmar Beach, 1st Avenue and Ocean Avenue
5/9

NJ State History Fair

The 2015 NJ State History Fair will take place on Saturday, May 9th at Monmouth Battlefield State Park in Manalapan from 11am to 5pm, rain or shine. Enjoy period games and music and meet Ulysses S. Grant, Ben Franklin, his son William Franklin, Clara Barton, Walt Whitman, Molly Pitcher and American General George Washington, as portrayed by re-enactors. Vist njhistoryfair.org for more information.

INFO 11am-5pm, Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Manalapan
5/99/6

Is It Real? Contemporary Sculpture that Tricks the Eye

Is It Real? Contemporary Sculpture that Tricks the Eye opens at the John F. Peto Studio Museum on Saturday, May 9th and runs through September 6th. Located at 102 Cedar Avenue, Island Heights, it is open for guided tours of the house and special exhibition on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 pm and by appointment. Admission is $10 adults, $5 children, 12 and under. For more information, call 732-929-4949.

Is It Real? showcases the artwork of ten nationally acclaimed sculptors working in clay, wood, paper, and metal. Made in the trompe l’oeil style, thirty pieces challenge the viewer in multiple ways. Some of the sculptors elevate ordinary, everyday objects while tricking our senses through the use of unconventional materials. Is that “cloth” dishtowel hanging from a peg on the wall real--or is it something else?

The John F. Peto Museum is the restored home and studio of the renowned nineteenth century still-life painter. The first floor of the museum is set up as it was in Peto’s time using original furnishings, artworks, and artifacts.

The exhibition, Is It Real? Contemporary Sculpture that Tricks the Eye, is made possible in part by a grant administered by the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission from funds administered by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and generous support from the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation.

INFO 1-4pm, Peto Museum, 102 Cedar Avenue, Island Heights
5/9

Friends for Danny Concert

The Friends for Danny Concert will be held on Saturday, May 9th at Bar Anticipation in Lake Como starting at 1pm to benefit the Melanoma Research Alliance. Artists scheduled to perform include Tommy Byrne, Projex Band, the Bob Polding Band, the Nick Clemons Band and former E Street Band member Vinnie “Maddog” Lopez. Visit DannyFund.org for tickets and additional information.

INFO 1pm, Bar Anticipation, Lake Como
5/12

Soccer Shots Program

The Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation will hold their Soccer Shots program for children of ages 2-5 on Tuesday, May 12th  from 1 to 1:45pm at Jakes Branch County Park in Beachwood . For more information, call 732-506-9090 or visit oceancountyparks.org.

INFO 1pm, Jakes Branch County Park, Beachwood
5/12

Volunteer Fair

Ocean County Library’s Toms River branch will host a Volunteer Fair on Tuesday, May 12th from 1 to 4pm in Mancini Hall.

Attendees will meet with a variety of county and local agencies and other organizations that are looking for your help. Men, women and young adults are needed for indoor and outdoor tasks. A variety of talents and skills are needed and many organizations will provide training.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 732-349-6200, ext. 5111 or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org.

INFO 1-4pm, Ocean County Library Toms River branch, 101 Washington Street
5/13

Greater Ocean Township Chamber of Commerce 30th anniversary Business and Consumer Expo

The Greater Ocean Township Chamber of Commerce presents its 30th anniversary Business and Consumer Expo on Wednesday, May 13th from 5 to 7:30pm at Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune. Call 732-660-1888 or visit gotcc.org for vendor and additional information.

INFO 5-7:30pm, Jumping Brook Country Club, Neptune
5/14

Spring Gift Auction

The Silver Bay School Parent-Teacher Organization will be hosting its annual Spring Gift Auction on Thursday, May 14th at the Woodlake Country Club in Lakewood. They are estimating 400+ people will be in attendance. This event is the biggest fundraiser that the PTO holds during the year and they are enthusiastically looking forward to a great evening and hope to include their old friends and new supporters in this worthy cause.

The philosophy and mission of the Silver Bay PTO has always been child-centered. Their goal is to provide students with a quality education that incorporates real life experiences. Their motto is: “Silver Bay, Where Pride Makes a Difference” and the students and faculty pledge community pride and commitment to the school. As a community school, Silver Bay Elementary serves all the people of Toms River and they believe it is everyone’s job to keep the school the pride of the community.

If you have any questions, please contact Karla August at 732-255-0201.

INFO Call for details, Woodlake Country Club, Lakewood
5/14

Dealing with toxic and bullying behavior in the workplace

According to the Workplace Bullying Institute, up to one third of workers may be the victims of workplace bullying.

Robert Micera, SPHR, will explain how to deal with toxic and bullying behavior in the workplace, and how to take an active role in ensuring a healthy workplace environment on Thursday, May 14th at the monthly meeting of JSAHR (The Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources) from 8 to 10am at Jumping Brook Country Club, 210 Jumping Brook Road, Neptune.

To register, email jsahr.shrm@gmail.com or call Christine Higgins, JSAHR Chapter Administrator at 732-701-7155. 

INFO 8-10am, Jumping Brook Country Club, 210 Jumping Brook Road, Neptune
5/14

Food and Wine Tasting Event

The Whiting Business Association will hold their inaugural Food and Wine Tasting Event on Thursday, May 14th from 6 to 9pm at the Whiting Volunteer Fire Department, located at 120 Lacey Road in Whiting. Members of the Whiting Business Association will prepare their favorite recipes with wines and beers from around the world available for sampling. Call 908-773-9424 for tickets and additional information.

INFO 6-9pm, Whiting Volunteer Fire Department
5/14

Superstorm Sandy Concert

The high school bands of the Toms River Regional School District will combine on Thursday, May 14th to play a concert to help raise funds for those still affected by Superstorm Sandy. As a tribute to the strength and perseverance of the Toms River residents, the Toms River Regional School District's three high school band programs commissioned a commemorative musical piece written by world-renowned composer Samuel Hazo. The piece will celebrate the township's unity, tenacity, and ability to endure and overcome the incredible hardships that Superstorm Sandy brought to their doorstep.

Aside from world-premiering Mr. Hazo's composition, the combined bands will also play music by artists associated with the State of New Jersey, such as Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Those pieces will be conducted by the six band directors from the high schools. The Hazo piece will be conducted by the Dean of the College of Performing Arts at Rowan University, Dr. John Pastin.

Admission to the concert is free, although donations will be collected for the continued rebuilding process. For more information, please contact Jonathan Grill at 732-505-5724 or at JGrill@TRSchools.com.

When: Thursday, May 14th @ 7pm

Where: Pine Belt Arena, 1245 Old Freehold Rd., Toms River

Tickets: Donations accepted towards Sandy Relief

INFO 7pm, Pine Belt Arena, 1245 Old Freehold Rd., Toms River
5/15

St. Francis Community Center $5,000 Travel Gift Certificate Raffle

St. Francis Community Center is raffling off a $5,000 Travel Gift Certificate. Why not stop by and purchase a raffle ticket (or two) for your chance for a great trip. Only 1,000 tickets are being sold. Tickets are only $25 each and are currently being sold at the Front Desk of the St. Francis Community Center, located at 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach. The winner will be announced on May 15th at the Community Center. The winner need not be present. For more information, please call 609-494-8861. All proceeds benefit the St. Francis Community Center.

INFO 11am, St. Francis Community Center, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach
5/15

Bengal Block Party to support Davids Dream and Believe

The Bengal Block Party to support Davids Dream and Believe will be held on Friday, May 15th from 4 to 10pm at Barnegat High School. For all the details, visit www.davidsdreamandbelieve.org.

INFO 4-10pm, Barnegat High School, 180 Bengal Boulevard, Barnegat
5/165/17

Bike MS: Coast the Coast

Enjoy a two-day cycling adventure raising money for a cure of Multiple Sclerosis with the annual Bike MS: Coast the Coast. Choose between a 25 mile route to 170 miles through fresh air and coastal scenery with 1,700 of your closest friends. All rides begin on Saturday, May 16th at Monmouth University in West Long Branch and end with lunch or dinner at the finish line. Registration price and starting times depend on route length; visit http://bikenjm.nationalmssociety.org/ for more details.

INFO Varies by route length; visit website for details, Monmouth University to Tuckerton Pinelands School
5/16

NAMIWalks New Jersey

NAMIWalks New Jersey will hold their annual walk on the boardwalk in Seaside Park on Saturday, May 16th. Registration at 9am. NAMIWalks New Jersey is the largest and most successful mental health awareness and fundraising event in America. Visit NAMIWalks.org for more information.

INFO Registration: 9am, Seaside Park Boardwalk
5/16

Fishing for Faith

Toms River EMS IAFF Local 4846 will host Fishing for Faith, an evening of fishing on board the Big Jamaica in support of the Calvo family and their 1-year-old daughter Faith, as she battles Neuroblastoma on Saturday, May 16th. Call 732-551-8838 for tickets and additional information.

INFO Call for details, On board the Big Jamaica
5/165/17

Art Demonstrations to benefit the Puppy Mill Awareness Day Organization

Back on the Racks will host a weekend of art demonstrations and pop-up shopping at its new Space to Create location in Long Branch on Saturday, May 16th from 10am to 5pm and Sunday, May 17th from noon to 5pm. The event is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome to attend. Sales from the weekend will benefit the Puppy Mill Awareness Day Organization. For more information, visit www.backontheracksnj.com or call 732-272-1416.

INFO Till 5pm, 659 Broadway (2nd floor), Long Branch
5/16

A Healing Mission

A Healing Mission will be held on Saturday, May 16th at Christ Episcopal Church in Toms River from 8am to 3pm. Registration fee is $10. For more info, call 732-349-5506.

INFO 8am-3pm, Christ Episcopal Church, Toms River
5/16

Griffin Grand Market

Donovan Catholic High School presents its Griffin Grand Market on Saturday, May 16th from 8am to 1pm, rain or shine at the school, located on Hooper Avenue in Toms River. Call 732-349-8801, ext. 2433 for vending and additional information.

INFO 8am-1pm, Donovan Catholic High School, Hooper Avenue, Toms River
5/16

Moms Rock Family Fun Run

The G. Harold Antrim Elementary School PTO will host their Moms Rock Family Fun Run on Saturday, May 16th at the school on Niblick Street in Point Pleasant Beach, starting with a Kids Fun Run at 8am and the 5K Run at 9am. Visit momsrockevents.com for more information.

INFO 8am, G. Harold Antrim Elementary School, Niblick Street, Point Pleasant Beach
5/16

Flea Market

Toms River Elk Lodge #1875 BPOE will host a Flea Market on Saturday, May 16th from 8am to 1pm at the lodge at 600 Washington Street in Toms River.

INFO 8am-1pm, Toms River Elk Lodge #1875 BPOE, 600 Washington St., Toms River
5/16

River Run Motorcycle Poker Run

The Forked River Fire Department will hold the River Run Motorcycle Poker Run, an 80-mile ride through the Pine Barrens, on Saturday, May 16th starting at 9am and ending at the Forked River Firehouse with a live band and barbeque. Call 732-598-9414 for additional information.

INFO 9am, Through the Pine Barrens
5/17

Canine Rescue Bike Run “Ride for the Wolves”

Howling Woods Farms is a 501(c)(3) animal shelter that rescues and places domestic bred wolves, wolfdog hybrids and northern breeds. They also provide education and information to the general public to dispel the myths about wolves. Presentations are provided to schools, libraries, senior centers, scouts and many other venues.  

They will be holding their first annual Ride for the Wolves Bike Run. All participants will receive a tour of the farm with their entrance fee where you will meet the animals up close and personal. 

DATE:  Sunday May 17th

PLACE:  Howling Woods Farms, Veterans Highway, Jackson

FEE: $30 (ALL proceeds donated to Howling Woods Farms)

Start point will be Ocean County Harley Davidson on Route 70, Lakewood.

For more information please email Stacey at Stacey@motormediausa.com.

Please check out Howling Woods on the web at www.howlingwoods.org.

INFO Visit website for details, Howling Woods Farms, Veterans Highway, Jackson
5/17

Your First Mud Run

The Foundation of Specialty Hospitals, 500 River Avenue, Lakewood, is sponsoring Your First Mud Run, a family event (ages six and up) and obstacle race with a little mud thrown in, on Sunday, May 17th at 1075 Stephenson Avenue, Oceanport (formerly Ft. Monmouth). Check-in begins at 9am and the first Run Waves begin at 11am.

Register online at www.shnjf.org. Click on Events and then Registration. The fee is $45 until March 31; $50 until April 30; and $55 until May 17, with a $5 discount for online registration. Winners will receive medals.

Contact Lisa McGowan, the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Acute Care Health System, at 732-778-5907 to reserve a vendor table for $100 or to become a sponsor. Sponsorships range from $500 to $3000.

INFO Check-in: 9am, Run Waves begin at 11am, 1075 Stephenson Avenue, Oceanport
5/17

Walk to Defeat ALS

The Walk to Defeat ALS will  take place on Sunday, May 17th along the Promenade in Long Branch, with registration at 10:30am. The Walk helps bring hope to people living with ALS and to raise money for a cure. Visit web.alsa.org for more information.

INFO Registration: 10:30am, Long Branch Promenade
5/17

Free Seminar, “The Trust About Drugs”

The Brick Elks Drug Awareness Committee will present a free seminar, “The Trust About Drugs” on Sunday, May 17th at the Brick Elks Lodge #2151 located at 2491 Hooper Avenue, between 1 and 3pm. The seminar will address the rising drug epidemic in the community.

Speakers will include Brick Police Chief Rick Bergquist, with a special program on drug use and abuse by the Executive Director of Seashore Family Services, Roberto Flecha and Special Guest Speaker, Ocean County Prosecutor, Joseph D. Coronato.

Lite refreshments will be served.

Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required. Email request to auntneenee319@yahoo.com.

INFO 1-3pm, Brick Elks Lodge #2151, 2491 Hooper Avenue, Brick
5/17

Ronald McDonald House Garden Tea Party

Ronald McDonald House of Central & Northern New Jersey will host their 3rd annual Garden Tea Party on Sunday, May 17th at 1pm at their Long Branch house located at 131 Bath Avenue. Visit rmh-cnj.org for tickets and more information.

INFO 1pm, 131 Bath Avenue, Long Branch
5/21

CRAA Golf Outing

The Central Regional Alumni Association will hold its 8th annual Golf Outing on Thursday, May 21st at the Cedar Creek Golf Course in Bayville to benefit the Central Regional High School Special Olympic Team. Visit centralregionalalumniassociationbayvillenj.org for more information.

INFO Visit website for details, Cedar Creek Golf Course, Bayville
5/21

Friends of the Stafford Library Book/Bake Sale

The Friends of the Stafford Library Book/Bake Sale will be held on Thursday, May 21st from 9am to 1pm at 129 N. Main Street in Manahawkin.

INFO 9am-1pm, 129 N. Main Street, Manahawkin
5/235/25

Bradley Beach Memorial Day Weekend Festival

Bradley Beach will host its annual Memorial Day Weekend Festival, Saturday, May 23rd thru Monday, May 25th, starting with a parade along Ocean Avenue on Saturday morning at 10am. The New Jersey Hall of Fame’s Mobile Museum will be at the festival, along with 200 merchandise and food vendors and kiddie rides, shipwreck miniature golf, live music and performers and more. Call 732-776-2999, ext. 1050 or visit bradleybeachnj.gov for more information.

INFO 10am, Bradley Beach
5/295/30

Signature Art Festival

The Church of Grace and Peace in Toms River presents a Signature Art Festival on Friday and Saturday, May 29th and 30th. James Wheeler, Worship Pastor hopes to launch a unique movement to inspire Christian creative groups and individuals towards a modern day Renaissance of arts and expression in the local church community.

Art and craft vendor tents, an array of eclectic food samplings from local restaurants and food trucks, along with local musicians and arts groups will be present to share and inspire creativity.

Interactive and hands-on workshops will be free and open to the public, giving attendees an opportunity to make a collage, build a Lego creation, write a song, make a movie, write a poem or take photos for a collective inspired work of art - just to name a few of the opportunities offered at the Inspired Festival.

Guest speakers include Barry Moll of Jersey Shore United, a local faith-based nonprofit that helps bring needed relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy in this region. Donnie Rosa, founder of the Joysongs conference and local church worship equipping coach, will teach on building creative vision and perform with the One Voice Worship team of The Church of Grace and Peace.

Musical guests include local worship band Waiting for the Flood with front man Brian Elias, who will perform original music from their latest release, Anthem of Hope! The Ocean County College Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dave Marowitz.

For more info, call: Kami Kaiser, 732-915-0711.

INFO Call for details, Church of Grace and Peace, 1563 Old Freehold Rd., Toms River
5/29

G.I. Go Fund Charity Golf Outing

The G.I. Go Fund will hold a Charity Golf Opening on Friday, May 29th at the Gambler Ridge Golf Course in Cream Ridge starting at 11am. Visit gigofund.org for more information.

INFO 11am, Gambler Ridge Golf Course, Cream Ridge
5/29

Look Who’s Cooking Fundraiser

Are you an amateur chef who loves to cook? Then show off your culinary skills at the 22nd annual Look Who’s Cooking Food-tasting Fundraiser and Festival, Friday, May 29th from 6 to 8pm at the Christ Episcopal Church, Washington Street, Toms River.

The annual Look Who’s Cooking Fundraiser, sponsored by the Family Planning Center of Ocean County, Inc., Lakewood, showcases 50 Men of Distinction, offering samples of their favorite recipe to hungry guests, while raising money to support women’s health.

Proceeds will benefit low income, at-risk women in need of educational, reproductive health, and referral services that include well-women visits; lifesaving cancer screenings; HIV screenings; and sexually transmitted infection education, screening, and treatment.

All “wanna be” chefs looking for an opportunity to prepare and serve their most celebrated dish to the guests should contact Penny Rone at 609-242-6927 or psrone@comcast.net to register and reserve a table.

To purchase tickets, donate a raffle prize or advertise in the ad journal, contact the Family Planning Center at 732-364-9696. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door.                            

INFO 6-8pm, Christ Episcopal Church, Washington Street, Toms River
5/30

Rock for the Nurses Five-Year Anniversary Party

The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship teams-up with the Idle Hour Restaurant & Bar to celebrate its Five-Year Anniversary on Saturday, May 30th starting at 1pm, highlighted with the return of legendary NJ country-rockers Kinderhook to Point Pleasant for the first time in over thirty years. The six hour fundraiser will also feature performances from Jersey Shore icons, The Mangos, Timepiece, Ned Ryerson and his new band The Groundhogs, plus other special guests, and will include an all you can eat BBQ buffet, outside tent party, cash bar, coffee, soft drinks, dessert, games, prizes, giveaways and much more for the entire family.

The event will take place on Saturday, May 30th from 1 to 7pm at the Idle Hour Restaurant & Bar, located at 2600 Route 88 in Point Pleasant Borough. Tickets are $20 per person (kids 12 and under are free) and are available for advance purchase at Eventbrite.com or The Idle Hour in Point Pleasant, 732-899-2102. For group advance sales, call 732-270-3066. Day of Event (remaining tickets) sold at the door on the day of the event. 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 about The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund, including all details about the May 30th Rock for the Nurses Five-Year Anniversary Party, log on to the official website at www.forfarscholarship.org or connect with The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund on Facebook or Twitter.

INFO 1-7pm, Idle Hour Restaurant & Bar, Rt. 88, Point Pleasant
5/30

Country Fair Ramboree

The Southern Regional High School classes of 2016, 2017 and 2018 will be hosting a Country Fair Ramboree on Saturday, May 30th from 2 to 7pm at Southern Regional High School Football Stadium. All ages are welcome. The event will include games, prizes, inflatables, mechanical bull, petting zoo, vendors, live music, and is organized by the High School’s Class of 2016 to help raise money for upcoming events such as prom, senior trip and service day.

INFO 2-7pm, Southern Regional High School, 90 Cedar Bridge Rd., Manahawkin
5/30

HOLLYWOOF

Come on out to Bar Anticipation in Lake Como on Saturday, May 30th from 2 to 7pm for the 9th annual HOLLYWOOF, presented by Rescue Ridge Shelter. Enjoy raffles, entertainment and food, while helping a great cause. 100% of the net proceeds will go directly to animal care. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 dollars at the door, children under twelve only $10. For tickets, call 646-248-4335 or email hollywooftickets@gmail.com.

INFO 2-7pm, Bar Anticipation, 703 16th Ave., Lake Como
5/30

"Farm to Fabulous” Dinner event

CentraState Healthcare Foundation and the For the Heart of Women Committee are pleased to announce the “Farm to Fabulous” Dinner event to benefit the Gloria Saker Women’s Heart Program at CentraState on Saturday, May 30th at 4pm on the Reid Sod Farm, 89 Howell Rd., Freehold.

This country chic affair will feature a feast of locally-sourced; farm fresh creations prepared on site and palette popping drinks that will make this an unforgettable evening.

The unique farm to table dinner will be created by Rob Kash, owner of Metropolitan Café, one of Freehold Downtown’s premier restaurants.

Visit centrastatefoundation.org/heart for more information or call 732-294-7099.

INFO 4pm, Reid Sod Farm, 89 Howell Rd., Freehold
5/31

Monmouth County Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk

The 6th annual Monmouth County Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk will be held on Sunday, May 31st on the campus of Monnouth University in West Long Branch to heighten awareness of this disease, while raising critically needed funds for pancreatic cancer. For more information and to register, visit lustgarten.org or call 1-866-789-1000.

INFO Call or visit website for details, Monnouth University, West Long Branch