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Date Event Description Time / Location

Emmanuel Community Church Easter season

Emmanuel Community Church, 331 Wheaton Ave. in Bayville will be observing the Easter season on Palm Sunday, March 29th at 10am with a musical & drama titled "Choices." The Good Friday Service, April 1st will be at 7pm and Easter Sunday Service, April 5th will be at 10am. Nursery will be provided.

For more information, call 732-269-5690, or go to: www.ECCBayville.org.

INFO 10am, 7pm, 331 Wheaton Ave., Bayville

All-You-Can-Eat Flapjack Breakfast

Pleasant Plains Volunteer Fire Department will be holding their 64th semi-annual All-You-Can-Eat Flapjack Breakfast on Sunday, March 29th from 7am to noon at their firehouse at 40 Clayton Avenue in Toms River. Tickets only $6. Call 732-349-0808 or 732-664-2237 for more info.

INFO 7am-noon, Pleasant Plains Volunteer Fire Department, 40 Clayton Avenue, Toms River

Pancake Breakfast with The Easter Bunny

Toms River Fire Company No. 2

invites you to their Pancake Breakfast with The Easter Bunny

 Sunday, March 29th


at Toms River Elks Lodge No. 1875

600 Washington Street

Toms River

Adults 12 and older $8   Children 11 and under $5


Proceeds to benefit Toms River Fire Company No. 2

INFO 9am-1pm, Toms River Elks Lodge No. 1875, 600 Washington Street

Annual Penguin Plunge

The Manchester Township Alliance is proud and pleased to sponsor the 4th annual Penguin Plunge. This event helps raise money for the Prom and Graduation for the students of the Manchester Township Regional Day School. This is a school for special children with special needs. 100% of the profits of this event will go to the Regional Day School students.

Come brave the icy waters of the Whiting Lake for a wonderful cause!

Date: Sunday,  March 29th

Time: 1pm

Place: Whiting Lake, Lake Road, Whiting


There is an age minimum of 12 years old. Each minor must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older. A maximum of three minors may register per 1 adult.

A plunge is considered entering the water up to your waist.

To register or make a tax deductible donation, contact Linda McCarthy at 732-928-1500 or lmccarthy@manchestertwp.org.

Contact Manchester Alliance Coordinator Tracy Sloan at 732-657-7892 or sloanT89@msn.com.

Manchester PAL will be serving hot chocolate and coffee for the event.

The event is limited to the first 250 registered participants.

INFO 1pm, Whiting Lake, Lake Road, Whiting

Wag On Inn Rescue Fundraiser/Vendor Event

Wag On Inn Rescue - Fundraiser/Vendor Event

Come shop with us at the Spring Lake Manor.

Sunday, March 29th at 2pm

415 Highway 71, Spring Lake

NO fee at the door. There will be hot/cold appetizers and a cash bar. Come shop with many wonderful vendors. Tricky Tray baskets donated by our vendors and a 50/50. A lovely afternoon with a great atmosphere. All proceeds go right to dog/cats care, food, medical and transport, which can all be very costly.


INFO 2pm, Spring Lake Manor, 415 Highway 71, Spring Lake

Ocean County Parks and Recreation Department Snowman Photo Contest

Ocean County Parks and Recreation Department is conducting a Snowman Photo Contest. Design and create your best snow sculpture this winter. Send in a photo and you could win a fun prize. Awards will be given for the most original and best traditional snowman and "Just for Kids under Five."

All snowmen must be built this winter season.

Please mail your photo to: Ocean County Parks and Recreation, 1198 Bandon Road, Toms River, NJ 08753, Attn: Active Recreation.

Sorry, photos cannot be returned.

Entry deadline is March 31st. The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders sponsor this contest. Visit www.oceancountyparks.org.

INFO Visit website for details, Ocean County

Snow Removal Ordinance

Here’s a reminder from your friends at 100.1 WJRZ. Most municipalities in Ocean & Monmouth Counties have a snow removal ordinance in place. People are advised that vehicles may not be parked on any roadway for the entire duration of any storm until snow removal is complete. Any vehicles left on a roadway will be subject to a summons and may be towed by police.

INFO The entire duration of any storm until snow removal is complete, Ocean & Monmouth Counties

"Alive 2015" event

The Church of Grace and Peace, located at 1563 Old Freehold Road in Toms River will be hosting "Alive 2015," an event depicting the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ on Thursday, April 2nd, Friday, April 3rd and Saturday, April 4th beginning at 7pm. It will include music, drama, dance and worship. For more information, call 732-349-1550, ext. 201. All are welcome!

INFO 7pm, Church of Grace and Peace, 1563 Old Freehold Road, Toms River

Brick Township Chamber of Commerce Business Builder Breakfast

The Brick Township Chamber of Commerce will hold a Business Builder Breakfast on Friday, April 3rd from 8 to 9am at the IHOP of Brick on Route 88 West. $10 for members, not-yet members= 1st time free, after 1st time= $25. Contact the Brick Township Chamber of Commerce at 732-477-4949 or staff@brickchamber.com.

INFO 8-9am, IHOP of Brick, 1759 Route 88 West, Brick

Pancake Breakfast and Flower Sale

The Freehold First Aid Auxiliary will hold their 3rd annual Pancake Breakfast and Flower Show on Saturday, April 4th at the First Aid Building on Spring Street in Freehold from 8 to 11am. Enjoy crafts, games and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Call 732-595-2712 for more information.

INFO 8-11am, First Aid Building, Spring Street, Freehold

Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum Finalists for 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Services

Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum Is Among 15 Museum Finalists for

2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Services

The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. For 21 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service to make a difference for individuals, families, and communities.

Finalists are chosen because of their significant and exceptional contributions to their communities.

Public Invited to Share Stories of Their Excellent Programs and Public Services on IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) Facebook Page.

 How you can help:

IMLS is encouraging community members who have visited Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum to share their story on the IMLS Facebook page, www.facebook.com/USIMLS now through April 6th.

 The National Medal winners will be named later this spring, and representatives from winning institutions will travel to Washington, D.C. to be honored at the National Medal award ceremony. Winning institutions also receive a visit from StoryCorps, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs.

INFO Now through April 6th, Tuckerton

Operation Kidsafe Safety Week

Lester Glenn Mazda in Toms River presents Operation Kidsafe Safety Week, Monday, April 6th through Saturday, April 11th. Parents can get a digital record of their child’s picture and fingerprints at no charge during regular business hours. Call 732-349-4200 for more information.

INFO Regular business hours, Lester Glenn Mazda, Route 9, Toms River

Senior Health & Wellness Fair

The Ocean County Department of Senior Services will hold a Senior Health & Wellness Fair at Barnegat High School on Wednesday, April 8th from 10am to 3pm. Take advantage of free blood pressure, BMI and cholesterol screenings and an American Red Cross Blood Drive.

INFO 10am-3pm, Barnegat High School

Berkeley Senior Softball League

The Berkeley Senior Softball League will hold tryouts for new players on Saturday, April 11th at Whispering Pines Park in Holiday City South. The league is open to players 60 and older and includes a separate division for men and women born 1950 or earlier. Games are played weekday mornings from April thru August. For pre-registration information, call 732-300-9425.

INFO Call for details, Whispering Pines Park, Holiday City South

Step Up for The Arc Walk & 5K

The Arc of Monmouth returns its “Step Up for The Arc” Walk & 5K to the Boardwalk and The Stone Pony on Saturday, April 11th.

This important event hopes to raise over $50,000 for housing, employment, family supports and other vital services for people with Down Syndrome, Autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

The event occurs on Saturday, April 11th with a 5K Run at 8:30am, Kids’ Fun Run at 9:30am and the Walk at 11am.

Registration will be held in The Stone Pony’s Summer Stage area, with 5K check-in starting at 8am and Walk check-in beginning at 10am.

Admission also includes a free t-shirt, carnival games, photo booths and free pinball at the Silverball Museum Arcade.

Questions, sponsor information and other details can be found by contacting 732-493-1919, ext. 120 or development@arcofmonmouth.org.

INFO 5K Run: 8:30am, Kids’ Fun Run: 9:30am, Walk: 11am, Boardwalk and The Stone Pony

Annual Ship Bottom Sprint for Life

The 13th annual Ship Bottom Sprint for Life (a 5k run, 2 mile fitness walk, and kidz mini sprint) will take place on Saturday, April 11th. This event raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, in addition to various other charitable, non-profit organizations. For more information, please visit www.ShipBottomSprint.com.

INFO 10am, Ship Bottom, LBI

Friends of the Stafford Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Stafford Library Book Sale will be held on Saturday, April 11th from 10am to 2pm at 129 N. Main Street in Manahawkin.

INFO 10am-2pm, 129 N. Main Street, Manahawkin

Spring Fling Gift Auction

The Arts and Crafts Club of Holiday City Phase II will host their Spring Fling Gift Auction to benefit the Salvation Army on Saturday, Aprill 11th from 11am to 3pm at their clubhouse, located on Yorktowne Boulevard in Toms River.

INFO 11am-3pm, Holiday City clubhouse, Yorktowne Boulevard, Toms River

Beach Haven Moose Lodge #1575 Benefit Fundraiser

Beach Haven Moose Lodge #1575 is sponsoring a fundraiser to benefit Vera Conlan-Allen on Saturday, April 11th beginning at 2pm at their lodge on Rt. 72 in Manahawkin. Enjoy live entertainment from Mush Mouth and a Crazy Hat Contest. Donation is $30 per person. All proceeds will benefit Vera's medical expenses. Call for tickets, 201-575-6262.

INFO 2pm, Beach Haven Moose Lodge #1575, Rt. 72, Manahawkin

Sexual Assault Awareness Month @ St. Francis Community Center

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

St. Francis Counseling Service invites you to help "Paint the Town Teal - One Canvas at a time" by raising awareness for sexual violence. Teal is the official color of Sexual Assault Awareness Month... so let’s raise awareness!

Join the St. Francis Community Center, located at 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township, on Tuesday, April 14th from 6 to 9pm for a FREE evening of painting, led by Anchor Arts instructor Brittany Czekai. Brittany will lead through step by step instruction; all you need is a love of painting.

Please call 609-494-1554 to register, as space is limited.

You have the power to create change and make a difference toward ending sexual violence. It’s time raise awareness in our community for sexual violence prevention.

For more information about St. Francis Counseling Sexual Abuse & Assault Program, or if you or someone you know needs help, call 609-494-1554.

INFO 6-9pm, St. Francis Community Center, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township

Free Income Tax Prepared

The Volunteer Tax-Aide Program, sponsored by AARP, can prepare your income tax for free at locations in Manahawkin, Little Egg Harbor and Lanoka Harbor from February 2nd through April 15th. Call 609-294-0730 for an appointment.

INFO Call for appointment, Manahawkin, Little Egg Harbor and Lanoka Harbor

Friends of the Ocean County Library Mahjong Tournament Fundraiser

The Friends of the Ocean County Library will host a Mahjong Tournament Fundraiser on Wednesday, April 15th in Ocean County Library’s Toms River branch at 101 Washington Street.

Registration for the event is $40 per player and is limited to the first 80 players who sign up. Payment is due by April 1. Fliers with registration forms are available at all 21 Ocean County Library locations and on the library website www.theoceancountylibrary.org.

The tournament is an all-day event. Sign in for registered players is 8:30am, and play begins promptly at 9:30am. Included in the admission is a continental breakfast and luncheon. Prizes will be awarded. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Ocean County Library.

Questions about the tournament can be directed to Marie Goione, President of the Friends of the Berkeley Library at 732-269-8210.

INFO 9:30am, Ocean County Library Toms River branch, 101 Washington Street, Toms River

Multi Chamber Expo

INFO 5-7pm, Martell's Tiki Bar, Pt. Pleasant Beach

Jersey Shore Meatball Gala

The Wall Alliance presents their 3rd annual Jersey Shore Meatball Gala at the South Wall Banquet Facility on Atlantic Avenue in Wall on Thursday, April 16th from 6 to 9pm to benefit Wall High School’s Project Graduation. Sample meat and meatless creations and help pick the Meanest Meatball on the Jersey Shore. Call 732-820-4792 or visit meatballgala.com for more information.

INFO 6-9pm, South Wall Banquet Facility, Atlantic Avenue, Wall

Family Health & Safety Fair

St. Francis Community Center is celebrating 39 years of good health and community support by hosting the Family Health and Safety Fair on Friday, April 17th from 9 to 11:30am in the St. Francis Community Center Gym, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township.

The Health and Safety Fair is sponsored by St. Francis Community Center, Long Beach Island Health Department and Southern Ocean Medical Center.

Health screenings, education, resources, giveaways and refreshments will be available. Medical professionals will be available for free screenings: Vision, Blood Pressure, Osteoporosis, Cholesterol, Blood Sugar, Hearing, Skin, Lead, Dental and more. The Long Beach Township Police Department will have a Project Medicine Drop Box available for unwanted and expired prescriptions.

Admission is FREE and a free continental breakfast is available. Visit the Family Health and Safety Fair and receive many services under one roof.

Please call St. Francis Center at 609-494-8861 or visit www.stfranciscenterlbi.org for more information.

INFO 9-11:30am, St. Francis Community Center Gym, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township

S.A.V.E.'s 4th annual Spring Fling Gift Auction

S.A.V.E.'s 4th annual Spring Fling Gift Auction happens Friday, April 17th at the Toms River Elks, 600 Washington Street. Doors open 5pm. Raffle begins at 6:30pm. Multiple raffle items and gifts, 50/50, Birthday Board and other fun games. Admission only $10, includes one sheet of tickets, coffee, tea and dessert. Food available to purchase. Bring a cat or dog food item or litter item to be included in a special raffle. Adults only. Handicap accessible. Please call Linda for tickets, 732-255-3907.

INFO 6:30pm, Toms River Elks, 600 Washington Street, Toms River

Comedy Night

South Wall Fire Rescue will host a Comedy Night at their banquet facility on Atlantic Avenue in Wall on Friday, April 17th starting at 8pm. Contact- president@southwallfire.com or chief@southwallfire.com for tickets.

INFO 8pm, South Wall Fire Rescue, 2605 Atlantic Ave., Wall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"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

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

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

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

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

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

"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

April is National-Adopt-a-Greyhound Month

What’s gentle, graceful, a 40 mile per hour couch potato and waiting to be welcomed into a loving and permanent home? Answer: A greyhound.

April is National-Adopt-a-Greyhound Month and a great time to adopt a beautiful companion into your home today. Closed racing tracks and the slumping economy have resulted in displaced greyhounds, fewer adoptions and more returns. Thousands of greyhounds are being cared for by adoption groups across the country as they wait to be adopted into permanent homes.

Please help ensure that 100 percent of these greyhounds find homes by visiting www.thegreyhoundproject.org for resources and information on how to adopt a greyhound in your area.

INFO Visit website for details, Ocean & Monmouth Counties

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

April is National Stress Awareness Month

Stress: it can make your heart race, your head pound, and your stomach churn. While a little stress can be a good thing – and even help you perform under pressure – too much stress can be bad for your health, causing headaches, stomach pain, trouble sleeping and even a weakened immune system. It’s hard to avoid stress altogether, but there are steps you can take to manage it. During National Stress Awareness Month in April, visit www.optum.com/stress for more information about how to prevent stress from getting the better of you.

INFO Visit website for details, Ocean & Monmouth Counties

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

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

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

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

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, Boardwalk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Walk with Ronald

The Ronald McDonald House of Central and Northern New Jersey will hold their annual Walk with Ronald on Sunday, June 7th at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson from 8:30 to 10:30am. Participants receive a free day in the park and free parking. Visit rmh-cnj.org or call 732-222-8755 for more information.

INFO 8:30am, Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson

Jersey Shore Animal Center Spring Gift Auction

The Jersey Shore Animal Center will hold their Spring Gift Auction on Sunday, June 7th from 4 to 7pm at the Elks Club on Old Hooper Ave. in Brick. They are in need of gift auction donations to help raise funds to care for the animals in their shelter. Your donation will be displayed on the gift auction table, along with the name of your business.

Some examples of gifts needed are:

  • Gift Certificates
  • Tickets to events
  • Merchandise
  • Gift Baskets/and or items for inclusion in other baskets

The Jersey Shore Animal Center hopes that you will help them raise money to enable them to care for abandoned, unwanted and sick animals. Your generous donation will help to continue their mission in our community.

Call 732-920-1600, ext. 206 and ask for Jamie, or visit www.jerseyshoreanimalcenter.org.

INFO 4-7pm, Elks Club, Old Hooper Ave., Brick

Pine Beach 5K and One Mile Fun Run

Ocean Running Club will be sponsoring the Pine Beach 5K and One Mile Fun Run on Sunday, June 14th. Proceeds will benefit the Pine Beach Volunteer Fire Dept. and ORC Scholarship Fund. Races start at 8am. For more information, check out www.oceanrunningclub.org.

INFO 8am, Visit website for details

Ocean County College Foundation annual Scholarship Celebration

Auction items, donations, and sponsorships are currently being sought for the Ocean County College Foundation’s 2015 annual Scholarship Celebration to be held on Saturday, June 20th at 6pm in the Health and Human Performance Center (Building #29) on the Ocean County College Main Campus in Toms River. Scholarship Celebration proceeds will benefit the students of Ocean County College.

The Foundation is in need of “high-end” auction items. Donations are being accepted for restaurant and merchandise gift certificates, sports memorabilia, golf foursomes, tickets to sporting events, entertainment and recreation packages, Broadway theatre tickets, day spa certificates, vacation packages, collectibles, specialty items and gourmet baskets.

In addition, a variety of sponsorship opportunities are available.

To support a student with a scholarship or for information on how to become a sponsor, donate an auction item, or purchase tickets ($250 per person) for the annual Scholarship Celebration, please call the Ocean County College Foundation at 732-255-0492 or visit the Foundation page at http://go.ocean.edu/gala.

The Ocean County College Foundation is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to the growth and development of the College through scholarships, endowments, and capital and special projects.


INFO 6pm, Health and Human Performance Center, Ocean County College Main Campus, Toms River

U.S. Coast Guard Alerts Area Boaters of Oyster Creek Shoaling Concerns

U.S. Coast Guard Alerts Area Boaters of Oyster Creek Shoaling Concerns.

For Use: Immediate Release through June, 2015.

U.S.Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light would like to alert all area boaters to a serious shoaling issue that has developed on Barnegat Bay in the vicinity of Forked River, south to Oyster Creek entrance, on the Intracoastal Waterway.

U.S.Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 7 of Southern Ocean County is assisting in notification of the boating public of the hazard.

All boaters operating in the area, between Buoys 36 and 40 in Oyster Creek Channel, are urged to navigate the area with extreme caution due to severe shoaling. All vessels should reduce speed, wear life jackets, post a lookout and maintain a safe distance to allow for maneuvering at all times.

INFO Through June, 2015, Barnegat Bay

Friends of Bradley Beach Library Walk-A-Thon

Friends of Bradley Beach Library will hold a Walk-a-Thon on Saturday, July 18th on the Bradley Beach Boardwalk starting at 8:30am to benefit the library’s ADA compliant renovations and expansion. Call 732-556-6982 for registration and sponsorship information.

INFO 8:30am, Bradley Beach Boardwalk


Brick Children's Community Theatre presents MARY POPPINS. One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way. MARY POPPINS will dazzled and delight. Come experience the enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs and breathtaking dance numbers. Believe in the magic of Mary Poppins and discover a world where anything can happen if you let it.

Show Dates: Friday, July 24th at 7:30pm, Saturday, July 25th at 2pm and 7:30pm, and Sunday, July 26th at 2pm. The Sunday show will be a sign language interpreted performance.

Location: The historic Strand Theater, 400 Clifton Avenue, Lakewood.

$18 Adults, $14 Seniors/Students, $12 Children 12 and under.

All Seats Reserved.

For tickets, visit https://bcct.booktix.com/index.php or www.bcct.org.

INFO 2pm & 7:30pm, Strand Theater, 400 Clifton Avenue, Lakewood

Soulsational Music & Wellness Festival

For the 5th consecutive year, Music & Wellness will be blissfully joined together at the Soulsational Festival at Veterans Park in Bayville on Saturday July 25th from 11am to 8pm. The festival is a free community event, featuring live music, local health and wellness businesses and practitioners, giveaways, a silent auction and lots of opportunities to give back and unite the Jersey Shore community. It is being organized by Alternative Health Solutions of NJ and Live Positive Today.

The Soulsational Music & Wellness Festival was created to honor, share and explore the many healing modalities, practitioners, organizations and businesses devoted to health and wellness right here on the Jersey Shore. Its goal is to increase awareness of the many different green, holistic, organic and healthy options within our community, support the local economy and offer a unique interactive family experience for all those in attendance.

The festival is expected to reach an audience of over 5,000 people with continuous main stage entertainment, including great local original New Jersey musicians, free group classes and demonstrations. The day will also be packed a full schedule of free events for the entire family of all ages and many vivacious vendors. Some featured vendors this year include businesses such as Kula Kamala Yoga and more. The event will be rounded off with interactive exhibits, healthy food options and organic beer, as well as numerous planned activities.

Contact: Michelle Leonard at 732-664-9348

Email: michelleleonarddirector@gmail.com

Website: http://www.soulsational.info

INFO 11am, Veterans Park, Bayville

Canine Carnival

Morning Star Presbyterian Church presents its 6th annual Canine Carnival on Sunday, October 11th from noon to 4pm. For more information or to pre-register, visit www.morningstarchurch.org, facebook.com/morningstarpresbyterianchurch, or call Karen at 732-779-4968.

INFO Noon-4pm, Morning Star Presbyterian Church, One Morning Star Way, Bayville

100.1 WJRZ Internships Available right now!

College students! Want to learn how a real radio station is run and get college credits while you do? Well then 100.1 WJRZ is the place for you!

We have internships available year round; any season to fit your busy schedule. You will learn all aspects of the radio station; from promotions and on-air, to production and sales. Gain college credits, get valuable experience.

For more information or to set up an interview, call Rich Vacca at 609-597-1100, ext. 207 or you can email your resume to rvacca@wjrz.com.

INFO Year round, Manahawkin

Cell Phones for Soldiers

Cell Phones for Soldiers are being collected by Nancy Seibert, along with the Berkeley Twp. Regular Republican Club “Support the Troops Project."

They collect any phone in any condition and send them to a recycler for free 60-minute calling cards for our troops serving overseas.

If you have an old cell phone to donate, or have a soldier serving overseas and would like to send them free calling cards, call Nancy at 732-232-5410.

INFO Call for info, Ocean County

The Animal Rescue Site

The Animal Rescue Site helps fund food and care for rescued animals. Your daily click on their website helps their sponsors pay for food and care. 100% of sponsor money goes to charity. Each click will gave the value of .6 bowls of food for rescued animals. Shop their online store and give more. Please visit The Animal Rescue Site at www.theanimalrescuesite.com.

INFO Visit website for details, www.theanimalrescuesite.com


Petfinder is an online, searchable database of animals who need homes. It is also a directory of more than 13,000 animal shelters and adoption organizations across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Organizations maintain their own home pages and available-pet databases. From the comfort of their personal computers, pet lovers can search for a pet that best matches their needs. They can then reference a shelter's Web page and discover what services it offers. Petfinder also includes classified ads, discussion forums and a library of animal welfare articles. Petfinder is made up of animal-care professionals and regular people volunteering for their local animal welfare organizations all working together to maintain active and accurate homeless pet lists. You can find Petfinder at http://www.petfinder.com or email pets@petfinder.com.

INFO Visit website or email for details, www.petfinder.com