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Monday
Nov 21

Stafford Township PBA Holiday Toy Drive

Stafford Township Police Dept.

Please help the Stafford Township PBA Local 297 and Stafford Recreation annual Holiday Toy Drive. Let’s help make this a happy holiday season for Stafford Township children in need.  They are looking for new, unwrapped gifts for boys and girls, newborn through age 18 (toys and age-appropriate items such as craft sets, coats, clothing and accessories, movie tickets, gift cards and certificates, etc.). Donations can be dropped off at any time at the Police Department at the Stafford Township Municipal…

Saturday
Nov 26

Christmas Tree Fundraiser

Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Company Station #34

The Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Company Station #34 presents their 3rd annual Christmas Tree Fundraiser beginning November 26th and running until they are sold out.  2848 Ridgeway Rd., Manchester. Beautiful Douglas Firs. *HOURS OF OPERATION* Weekdays 4-10pm Weekends Noon-10pm ALL TREES $35.00 Santa will also be visiting Saturdays from 2-5pm. Free netting and local delivery available.

Saturday
Dec 3

Christmas Train Display

InfoAge Science Center

The Garden State Central Model Railroad Club presents their Holiday Spectacular and Christmas Train Display, Saturday, December 3rd thru Sunday, December 18th at the InfoAge Science Center, located at 2210 Marconi Road in Wall. Donations to Toys for Tots will also be accepted. Visit GardenStateCentral.com for tickets and additional information.

Thursday
Dec 8

Almost, Maine

7:00 pm, Barnegat High School, 180 Bengal Boulevard, Barnegat

The Bengal Theatre Company of Barnegat High School will be performing Almost, Maine. This beautiful play uses eight small connected scenes to explore one of life's great rites of passage, falling in (and sometimes out) of love, and all of the joy, pain, hilarity, and wonder that sometimes come along with it. Tickets are $5 and can be reserved at www.bengaltheatre.com with credit card only or purchased at the door with cash only. The performances are Thursday, December 8th thru…

Sunday
Dec 11

Messiah Sing-A-Long

11:00 am, West Grove United Methodist Church

West Grove Memorial Church in Neptune cordially invites you to their 3rd annual Messiah Sing-A-Long on Sunday, December 11th from 11am till 5pm. Mr. George F. Marucci will be directing and Mr. David Shirley will be the accompanying organist. All are welcome and parking is available.

Sunday
Dec 11

Pet Photos with Santa

12:00 pm, VFW Post #9503

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Berkeley/Lacey presents Pet Photos with Santa on Sunday, December 11th from noon to 4pm at the VFW Post #9503 on Veterans Boulevard in Bayville. Dogs on a lease and cats and other small pets in a carrier are welcome. Visit relayforlife.org/Berkeley or call 908-910-4842 for more information.

Thursday
Dec 15

Festival of Trees

5:00 pm, Toms River Elks Lodge #1875

The Toms River Elks Lodge #1875 will hold their Festival of Trees on Thursday, December 15th at the lodge, located at 600 Washington Street in Toms River from 5 to 9pm. Vote for your favorite non-profit’s Christmas tree to help the winner receive a cash donation from the lodge. Call 732-814-9933 for more information.

Friday
Dec 16

The Nutcracker Ballet

5:00 pm, Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts

The NJ Dance Project presents The Nutcracker Ballet performed by area dance students of all ages on Friday, December 16th at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts on the campus of Ocean County College in Toms River starting at 5pm. Visit http://newjerseydanceproj.wixsite.com/website for tickets and additional information.

Friday
Dec 16

Hoop Shoot-Free Throw Contest

6:30 pm, Drum Point Elementary School

Brick Elks Lodge #2151 will hold a Hoop Shoot-Free Throw Contest on Friday, December 16th from 6:30 to 9:30pm at Drum Point Elementary School, located at 41 Drum Point Road in Brick, for Brick residents age 8-13. Call 973-796-4950 for more information.

Sunday
Dec 18

Christmas Bazaar

12:00 pm, Ocean County College

Members of Phi Theta Kappa at Ocean County College Cordially invite you to attend their “Christmas Bazaar” on Sunday, December 18th from noon to 5pm in the gym at Ocean County College. There will be a hot chocolate bar, free kids’ crafts and a chance to win awesome gift baskets. Admission is free and there will be many vendors for last minute holiday shopping. Monies raised help to pay for travel arrangements to the National Conference in Nashville.

Monday
Dec 19

Season of Giving Holiday Food & Gift Drive

9:00 am, Ocean Mental Health Services Administration Building

OceanCares Foundation is holding the Season of Giving Holiday Food & Gift Drive to benefit the children and families in need, served by Ocean Mental Health Services. OceanCares Foundation is accepting donations of non-perishable food items, as well as unwrapped toys, arts & crafts, sporting equipment, games, puzzles, coats, gloves, hats and personal care items. Donations can be dropped off at the Ocean Mental Health Services Administration Building, 687 Route 9, Bayville, Monday thru Friday from 9am to 5pm until…

Wednesday
Dec 21

White Christmas

2:30 pm, Manchester branch of The Ocean County Library

Ocean County Library’s Manchester branch at 21 Colonial Drive will screen the 1954 movie, “White Christmas" on Wednesday, December 21st, with showings at 2:30 and 6pm. The show is free and reservations are not required. For more information call the branch 732-657-7600.

Saturday
Dec 24

All branches of the Ocean County Library closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

All branches of the Ocean County Library

All branches of the Ocean County Library will be closed Saturday, December 24th, Sunday, December 25th and Monday, December 26th. They will reopen for normal business hours on Tuesday, December 27th. You can use the library’s online resources including: databases, ebooks and emagazines, and online classes which are available 24-7 through its website www.theoceancountylibrary.org. For more information, contact Ocean County Library at its website www.theoceancountylibrary.org or by telephone at 732-349-6200.

Sunday
Dec 25

Community Candle Lighting

5:00 pm, Congregation B’Nai Israel

Congregation B’nai Israel will host a Community Candle Lighting on Christmas Day at the temple, located at 1488 Old Freehold Road in Toms River starting at 5pm. Visit cbitr.org or call 732-349-1244 for more information.

Saturday
Dec 31

Suit Up For Success Shop for Women in need

10:00 am, Suit Up For Success Shop

Suit Up For Success Shop, 25 Pine Street, Manahawkin, a boutique of work and everyday clothing for women in need, is open every Saturday from 10am to 1pm and the first and third Wednesday of each month from 4 to 6pm. Vouchers may be obtained at local food banks, churches and libraries. For more information, call Madelyn at 609-276-3308.

Saturday
Dec 31

First Night Ocean County in Seaside Heights

12:00 pm, Inside the arcades along the boardwalk

First Night Ocean County in Seaside Heights is a family New Year's celebration starting at noon on New Year's Eve inside the arcades along the boardwalk, with entertainment, face painters, balloonists and more, ending with fireworks at 5pm. Bracelets will be on sale at the County Connection in the Ocean County Mall. Visit exit82.com for more information.

Sunday
Jan 1

Ocean County Library New Year's Hours

All branches of the Ocean County Library

All branches of the Ocean County Library will be closed Sunday, January 1st and Monday, January 2nd. They will reopen for normal business hours on Tuesday, January 3rd. You can use the library’s online resources including: databases, ebooks and emagazines, and online classes which are available 24-7 through its website www.theoceancountylibrary.org. For more information, contact Ocean County Library at its website www.theoceancountylibrary.org or by telephone at 732-349-6200.

Friday
Jan 13

Light of Day Winterfest

Stone Pony

The Light of Day Foundation will be hosting their Light of Day Winterfest, Friday, January 13th through Sunday, January 15th at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park. The Light of Day Winterfest is an Art and Music Festival, featuring original art and music from local galleries, artists and musicians happening all around Asbury Park. The Light of Day Foundation utilizes the power of music to raise money and awareness for Parkinson’s disease and other related illnesses such as PSP and…

Saturday
Jan 14

Fisherman's Flea Market

9:00 am, Lacey Township High School, 73 Haines Street, Lanoka Harbor

Lacey Township High School Fishing Club 8th annual Fisherman's Flea Market will be held on Saturday, January 14th from 9am to 2pm at the LTHS gym, 73 Haines Street, Lanoka Harbor. $3 admission, vendor tables available for as low as $25. Please contact Jeremy Muermann at [email protected]

Sunday
Jan 15

Beefsteak Fundraiser

12:00 pm, Bayville Firehouse

The Central Regional Touchdown Club will hold a Beefsteak Fundraiser on Sunday, January 15th from noon to 5pm at the Bayville Firehouse, located at 645 Atlantic City Boulevard in Bayville. Visit crtdc.org or call 732- 995-6553 for tickets and more information.

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.

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.

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…

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…

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.