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Friday
Jan 20

Inauguration Day Discussion

8:00 am, Clarion Hotel & Conference Center

Inauguration Day! What can we expect from our new President? Nick Acocella, the editor and publisher of Politifax, an electronic newsletter on politics in New Jersey, will discuss what we can expect from our new President at the Ocean County ELC (Employer Legislative Committee) meeting and breakfast on Friday, January 20th from 8 to 9:30am at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 815 Route 37 West, Toms River. Acocella, who is also the host of Pasta and Politics, a series…

Friday
Jan 20

MODC January General Membership Meeting

11:30 am, Woodlake Country Club, 25 New Hampshire Ave., Lakewood

The MODC (Monmouth Ocean Development Council) January General Membership Meeting will be held on Friday, January 20th from 11:30am to 1:30pm at Woodlake Country Club in Lakewood. This will be the twelfth annual presentation of the MODC Business Outlook Survey. Results of the survey indicate that the attitude regarding the business climate in Monmouth and Ocean Counties continues to be positive for the fourth year in a row. While 2017 predictions for employment, sales and profits also appear positive, there is…

Saturday
Jan 21

Jersey Shore Paint Party

6:00 pm, John and Sonia’s Luncheonette

Kimmy’s Safe Haven Rescue will host a Jersey Shore Paint Party on Saturday, January 21st from 6 to 8pm at John and Sonia’s Luncheonette in Mystic Island to help animals in need. Visit their Facebook page for tickets and more information. HELP US SAVE A LIFE! Enjoy the Fun! Tickets $40 Snacks and Drinks  will be served. Come out for a fun-filled evening painting a Valentine's Day scene to spread the LOVE in your home. Help the Rescue. Share the…

Wednesday
Jan 25

Waretown Elementary School Citizenship Blood Drive

3:00 pm, Waretown Elementary School, 64 Railroad Avenue, Waretown

The Waretown Elementary School Third Grade Citizenship Club will be hosting a Blood Drive on Wednesday, January 25th from 3 to 8pm in the gym. Donors are in great demand this time of the year. Call 609-693-3131 if there are any questions. Please give the gift of life.

Wednesday
Jan 25

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County Open House and Mentor Recruitment

3:00 pm, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County will hold an Open House and Mentor Recruitment on Wednesday, January 25th from 3 to 7pm at 20 Hadley Avenue in Toms River. Meet the Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, Bigs and Littles. Enjoy light refreshments and learn about their services, how to enroll a child, how to become a mentor or about joining a committee. It only takes a Little time to make a Big difference in a child's life. If you…

Friday
Jan 27

Inspired to Make a Difference Charity Gift Auction

6:00 pm, Laurelton Firehouse Memorial Hall

The Dance to Inspire Foundation will hold their Inspired to Make a Difference Charity Gift Auction on Friday, January 27th at the Laurelton Firehouse Memorial Hall, located at 1890 Route 88 West in Brick Township starting at 6pm. Doors open at 6pm in memory of Avery J. The Dance to Inspire Foundation is a non-profit whose mission is to provide financial assistance to people in the Jersey Shore area who are sick with cancer or a debilitating illness, in addition…

Saturday
Jan 28

Bowling for Scholarship Dollars

1:00 pm, Thunderbird Lanes, Manahawkin

The Southern Regional Memorial Scholarship Fund will hold their Bowling for Scholarship Dollars on Saturday, January 28th at Thunderbird Lanes on East Bay Avenue in Manahawkin from 1 to 4pm. Call 732-812-1415 for more information. Sponsored by Southern Regional Memorial Scholarship Fund. $20 for adults and $10 for students and children. Two games of bowling with shoes included.  Buffet style food and beverages also included.

Saturday
Jan 28

Spaghetti Dinner

4:30 pm, Forked River Presbyterian Church, 131 North Main St. (Route 9), Forked River

Enjoy a delicious Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, January 28th at the Forked River Presbyterian Church, located at 131 North Main Street (Route 9). Two seating's, one at 4:30pm and one at 6pm, will provide you with a three course meal: salad and bread, spaghetti with meatballs and/or sausage, and a home baked dessert and beverage. The cost is $8 for adults, $6 for children age 6-12, with a $25 limit for families consisting of parent(s) and their children under age…

Saturday
Jan 28

Comedy Night

7:00 pm, Pagano’s Uva Ristorante & Wine Bar

Hometown Heroes will host a Comedy Night on Saturday, January 28th at Pagano’s Uva Ristorante & Wine Bar on Main Street in Bradley Beach starting at 7pm and featuring Andy Hayward, Doug Karpf and Mollile Sperduto. Visit usahometownheroes.org or call 732-903-4386 for tickets and more information.

Sunday
Jan 29

American Red Cross Blood Drive

9:00 am, Congregation B’nai Israel

Congregation B’nai Israel will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Sunday, January 29th from 9am to 2pm at the temple, located at 1488 Old Freehold Road in Toms River. Visit cbitr.org or call 732-349-1244 for more information.

Sunday
Jan 29

Bus Trip to the Tropicana in Atlantic City

10:00 am, Tropicana Casino & Resort, Atlantic City Boardwalk

The Toms River High School East Marching Brigade presents a Bus Trip to the Tropicana in Atlantic City on Sunday, January 29th. Bus leaves the high school at 10am sharp. Bus returns to high school at 7pm. Cost is $38 with $25 back in slot play. Over 21. RSVP by 1/22. Call 848-448-5965.

Sunday
Jan 29

White Family Fundraiser

1:00 pm, Boathouse Bar & Grill

The Boathouse Bar & Grill on Main Street in Belmar will host a fundraiser on Sunday, January 29th at 1pm for the White Family of Sea Girt who lost their home, all their possessions and their dog in a fire on January 11th. Joe Baracata Band, Enjoy, and Sweet Chin Music will be entertaining along with a DJ, silent auction, and 50/50. As a community we want to come together and help the family replenish the items they need most.…

Sunday
Jan 29

King of the Hill Bowling Tournament

5:00 pm, Playdrome Bowling Alley

All Men and Women adult bowlers are invited to roll in the St. Stephen's Episcopal Church of Whiting's King of the Hill Bowling Tournament on Sunday, January 29th from 5 to 8pm. Entry Fee is $45 and a prize fund will be determined based on the paid number of entries. It is not sanctioned and there will also be medals awarded for High Game, High Series and to the new King of the Hill. For further information, please call the St.…

Thursday
Feb 2

Paint Party with Easel on Down

6:30 pm, Congregation B’Nai Israel

The Congregation B’nai Israel Sisterhood will host a Paint Party with Easel on Down on Thursday, February 2nd at 6:30pm at the temple, located at 1488 Old Freehold Road in Toms River. Visit cbitr.org or call 732-349-1244 for tickets and more information.

Friday
Feb 3

Casino Night Gala

7:00 pm, The Renaissance

The Hannah Duffy Foundation will hold their 4th annual Casino Night Gala and Gift Auction on Friday, February 3rd at The Renaissance in Ocean Township from 7 to 11pm. Hannah Duffy was a Tinton Falls teen who died from brain cancer in 2014. This event will help provide scholarships and funding for cutting edge pediatric brain cancer research. Visit HannahDuffy.org for tickets and more information.

Saturday
Feb 4

Valentine Plunge

12:00 pm, Main Beach

The Joan Dancy and PALS Foundation (People with ALS) will host their 11th annual Valentine Plunge on Saturday, February 4th starting at noon at the Main Beach in Manasquan, located at the end of Main Street. Visit valentineplunge.com for registration and additional information about the event.

Saturday
Feb 4

Our Hearts for Ellona

6:30 pm, Lakewood Elks Lodge #1432

The Lakewood Elks will host the benefit ball, “Our Hearts for Ellona” at the Elks Hall on Kennedy Boulevard on Saturday, February 4th from 6:30 to 10:30pm. At only 8 months old, Ellona was diagnosed with an extremely rare genetic disorder, causing a deletion on one of her chromosomes. Her condition has caused significant delays in her developmental growth, specifically affecting her mobility. The ball will help raise funds for Ellona to attend a therapy center in California. Check out their…

Sunday
Feb 5

Super Plunge Sunday

1:00 pm, 48th Street Beach

The 13th annual Super Plunge Sunday is scheduled for Sunday, February 5th at 1pm. Participants are invited to brave the icy, cold Atlantic Ocean, and will have plenty of time to be home for the big game. Super Plunge XII, a fundraiser organized by St. Francis Community Center and the Swim Teams of Southern Regional High School, will take place at the 48th Street Beach in the Brant Beach section of Long Beach Township. The “Plunge” has become a popular…

Sunday
Feb 5

Soup-er Bowl

1:00 pm, YMCA of Freehold

The Sunrise Optimist Club of Freehold will hold its Soup-er Bowl Fundraiser on Sunday, February 5th at the YMCA of Freehold on East Freehold Road in Freehold from 1 to 4pm. Purchase quarts of soup or chili for your Big Game Party to support youth activities. Call 732-446-8926 for more information.

Sunday
Feb 5

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

1:45 pm, St. Francis Community Center, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township

Looking for a unique gift? Want to get away this winter? Do you have a birthday or anniversary in your future? Look no further, St. Francis Community Center is raffling off a $5,000 Travel Gift Certificate, which makes a great gift for any occasion. Why not stop by and purchase a raffle ticket (or two) for your chance for a great trip. Only 1000 tickets are being sold and tickets are only $25 each. Tickets are currently on sale at…

Thursday
Feb 9

All Fur Love Animal Rescue Valentine's Dinner & Gift Auction

6:00 pm, Double Tree Hotel, Hope Road, Tinton Falls

Please join All Fur Love Animal Rescue on Thursday, February 9th from 6 to 10pm at the Double Tree Hotel, just off Garden State Parkway exit 105 in Tinton Falls for their 6th annual Valentine's Dinner & Gift Auction. Enjoy a buffet dinner, gift auction, music and cash bar. All proceeds go to support the rescued animals of All Fur Love. Tickets are $50. For more info or to buy tickets, please visit allfurlove.org or call 732-982-7235.

Saturday
Feb 11

Valentine’s Dinner & Comedy Show

5:00 pm, Mystic Island American Legion Post #493

Mystic Island American Legion Post #493 will hold a Valentine’s Dinner & Comedy Show on Saturday, February 11th at the Post on Radio Road in Little Egg Harbor starting at 5pm. Visit nj-americanlegionpost493.org or call 732-903-4386 for tickets and more information.

Saturday
Feb 11

Dinner & Comedy Night

6:00 pm, American Legion Post #129

The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 129 will hold a Dinner and Comedy Night on Saturday, February 11th at American Legion Post #129 on Church Road in Toms River starting at 6pm and featuring Seymour Swan and Erin McGuire. Visit americanlegionpost129.webs.com or call 732-903-4386 for tickets and additional information.

Sunday
Feb 12

Benefit for Joey Polito

3:00 pm, Headliner, 1401 New Jersey 35, Neptune

A benefit for Joey Poloito and his battle against liver cancer will take place at the Headliner on Route 35 in Neptune on Sunday, February 12th from 3 to 7pm. Call 732-803-6517 for tickets and more information.

Friday
Feb 17

Psychic Fair

6:00 pm, American Legion Post 129, 2025 Church Road, Toms River

American Legion Post #129, 2025 Church Rd., Toms River, will hold a Psychic Fair on Friday, February 17th from 6 to 9pm. $20 per 15 minute session per person. Doors open at 5:30pm. First come, first serve. For more info, call Dolores at 732-206-1162.

Saturday
Feb 18

Southern Regional Fishing Club Flea Market

8:00 am, Southern Regional Middle School

The Southern Regional High School Fishing Show is set for Saturday, February 18th in the Southern Regional Middle School cafeteria from 8am to 2pm. Southern Regional’s annual Fishing Show is one of the largest fishing shows in Southern Ocean County. New and used fishing gear and services will be available from vendors tables. This year informational seminars from local experts presenting expertise at 9am, 10am and 11am. Seminars topics will address boat, surf and bay fishing techniques in your local…

Saturday
Feb 18

Plunge to Freeze Out Lupus

11:00 am, Asbury Park Convention Center

The Plunge to Freeze out Lupus, an annual event held each winter where friends, family and co-workers of those affected by Lupus can plunge into the frigid ocean to increase lupus awareness and raise money for lupus research, will be held on Saturday, February 18th at 11am at the Asbury Park Convention Center. If you do not want to jump into the ocean, please consider joining as a volunteer for the day or as an observer and come to watch your…

Saturday
Feb 18

Medical Brigade Bon Voyage Fundraiser

1:30 pm, River Rock Restaurant & Marina Bar, 1600 Rt. 70, Brick

The Henry B. King Medical Brigade will host the Medical Brigade Bon Voyage Fundraiser on Saturday, February 18th at the River Rock Restaurant & Marina Bar on Route 70 in Brick from 1:30 to 5pm. Donations of vitamins, clothing, hats and toys are welcome. Call 732-245-3332 or visit henrybkingparty.eventbrite.com for more information.

Sunday
Feb 19

Art & Soul Brunch

11:00 am, Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts

The OceanCares Foundation will hold their Art & Soul Brunch on Sunday, February 19th from 11am to 2pm at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts Gallery at Ocean County College. $60 per person. The event will showcase the tremendous talent OceanMHS has discovered from individuals suffering with mental illness. This is an opportunity to eliminate barriers and misconceptions surrounding mental health, encourage positive conversations to reduce stigma, and shed light on the changing climate of mental health…

Monday
Feb 20

Ocean County Library closed Presidents' Day

Ocean County Library

All branches of the Ocean County Library will be closed on Monday, February 20th for Presidents' Day. The branches will reopen their regular business hours on Tuesday, February 21st You can still use the library’s online resources including: databases, ebooks and emagazines, and online classes which are available 24-7 at www.theoceancountylibrary.org. For more information, visit the Ocean County Library website or telephone the library at 732-349-6200.

Thursday
Feb 23

Friends of the Stafford Library Book Sale

9:00 am, Stafford Branch of the Ocean County Library, 129 N. Main Street, Manahawkin

The Friends of the Stafford Library Book Sale will be held on Thursday, February 23rd from 9am to 1pm at 129 N. Main Street in Manahawkin. Come in and browse for great books at great bargains for a worthy cause.

Saturday
Feb 25

Polar Bear Plunge

1:00 pm, On the beach

Special Olympics New Jersey will hold their annual Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday, February 25th on the beach in Seaside Heights at 1pm, as thousands get “freezin’ for a reason” and run into the ice cold Atlantic Ocean in support of NJ Special Olympics sports training, competition, leadership opportunities and health screenings to more than 25,000 athletes across the state. Visit plungeseaside.org for registration and more information.

Saturday
Feb 25

Rock For CVR & Autism Academy Show

4:00 pm, Paul’s Tavern

The Center for Vocational Rehabilitation will be holding their 1st annual Rock For CVR and Autism Academy Show on Saturday, February 25th beginning at 4pm at Paul’s Tavern in Lake Como. There will be live music from over 10 bands, games, prizes, a 50/50 raffle and more! This 18 or older event is $10 in advance or $12 at the door, with all proceeds to benefit CVR. CVR is a non-profit organization that has been helping individuals with disabilities in…

Sunday
Feb 26

Ocean County Columbus Day Parade Committee All Star Review Dinner Show

3:00 pm, Hemingway's Cafe', 612 Boulevard, Seaside Heights

The Ocean County Columbus Day Parade Committee will hold their All Star Review Dinner Show benefit with The Jukebox Legends, including Joe Leo, Billy Sagarese and John Sebastian on Sunday, February 26th at Hemingway's Cafe in Seaside Heights. Doors open at 3pm. For tickets, call Michael Blandina at  732-477-6507.  

Monday
Feb 27

Children's Specialized Hospital Fundraiser

6:00 pm, Patrizia's of Red Bank

Patrizia’s of Red Bank will be holding a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Children’s Specialized Hospital on Monday, February 27th from 6 till 10pm. All proceeds to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for 170 children’s hospitals. The event is $150 per person, or $800 for a table of 6 people, and includes live music, dinner, wine and a live auction. For more info…

Saturday
Mar 4

Winter Dinner Dance

7:00 pm, Knights of Columbus

The James Volpe Foundation will hold their Winter Dinner Dance on Saturday, March 4th at the Knights of Columbus on Bartley Road in Jackson from 7 to 11pm, featuring dancing to DJ Nick Rocco. Click here for tickets and additional information.

Saturday
Mar 4

Comedy Show

8:00 pm, Latitudes on the River

Lacey Lightning Baseball presents a Comedy Show on Saturday, March 4th at Latitudes on East Lacey Road in Forked River starting at 8pm and featuring Toms River comedian John Poveromo. Call 609-242-2648 for tickets and additional information.

Sunday
Mar 12

BTHS Band Auction

12:00 pm, Woodlake Country Club, 25 New Hampshire Ave., Lakewood

The Brick Township Memorial High School Band Support Association will hold their annual Luck of the Mustangs Gift Auction on Sunday, March 12th at Woodlake Country Club in Lakewood from noon to 5pm. Visit marchingmustangs.org or call 908-489-3365 for tickets and more information.

Sunday
Mar 12

Paint The Pony Purple

1:00 pm, Stone Pony

The Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey presents their 6th annual Paint the Pony Purple concert on Sunday, March 12th at the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park from 1 to 5pm. Enjoy a family friendly day with live bands, fun activities and more. Visit efnj.com or call 800-336-5843, ext. 119 for tickets and more information.

Wednesday
Apr 5

Senior Softball League

Berkeley Township

The Berkeley Senior Softball League opens up their rosters to include any Ocean County resident who will be 55 or older in 2017. The league is a competitive league with games played Tuesday and Thursday mornings April through August. Tryouts are held in late March and early April. Applications are available at leaguelineup.com/berkeleyssl or by calling 732-350-7063. Registration deadline is April 5th.

Thursday
Apr 13

Free Income Tax Prepared

Manahawkin, Little Egg Harbor and Lanoka Harbor

The Volunteer Tax-Aide Program, sponsored by AARP, can prepare your income tax for free at locations in Southern Ocean County from February 6th through April 13th. Call 609-294-0730 for more information. Mondays: (except 2/20): 9am to 2pm - WALK IN @ St. Mary's of the Pines Parish Center, 100 Bishop Lane, (off McKinley Ave.) Manahawkin. Tuesdays: 1-5pm - WALK IN @ Village Lutheran Church, 701 Western Blvd., Lanoka Harbor. Wednesdays: 9am-1pm - WALK IN @ St. Theresa Church Faith Formation…

Wednesday
May 31

Panic/Anxiety support group P.H.O.B.I.A.

7:00 pm, St. Stephen’s Church

The Panic/Anxiety support group P.H.O.B.I.A. meets every Wednesday night from 7 to 9pm at St. Stephen’s Church in Waretown in classroom #4. Established in Ocean County for 33 years, P.H.O.B.I.A. is a self-help support group that helps people with panic/anxiety and depression. For more information, contact Cathy Rohowyj at [email protected]  or visit www.members.tripod.com/~phobiagroup/index.html.

Sunday
Dec 31

Cell Phones for Soldiers

Ocean County

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.

Sunday
Dec 31

Petfinder

www.petfinder.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…

Sunday
Dec 31

The Animal Rescue Site

www.theanimalrescuesite.com

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.