Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth and Ocean Counties this January 2014

traditions-of-Christmas-plum-districtHappy New Year! Now that we all can relax since the holiday rush is over, we can ring in the new year with these free or inexpensive activities that you can enjoy with friends and family. Check out the events below that are happening right here in Monmouth and Ocean counties!

Wednesday, January 1st: Support the Sons of Ireland as they partake in the 2014 Polar Bear Plunge on the beachfront of Asbury Park! Since 2003, the Sons of Ireland have been starting the new year off the right way by helping raise money for four highly deserving local charitable organizations. The event beings at 10am with check-in and concludes at 3pm — the event will have live entertainment including performances from Brian Kirk and the Jerks as well as a traditional bagpipe ceremony before the plunge. For more information, contact

Saturday, January 4th: It’s Marine Mammal Appreciation Day at Jenkinson’s Aquarium! Head on down to the Point Pleasant boardwalk and celebrate mammals of all shapes and sizes while enjoying a family-fun day filled with activities and crafts which are all included with admission. For prices and information, visit or call 732-892-0600.

Saturday, January 11th: Laurita Winery hosts Country Line Dance Night (New Egypt)! From 7pm-11pm, you’ll have a live DJ with a dance instructor teaching dozens of popular line dances – it will be a night of great music, dance and of course wine! Country style menu specials will be available for purchase starting at 6:00pm. For more information, please use their contact form or call 1.800.LAURITA or 609.752.0200.

Friday, January 17th: Celebrate the King’s birthday at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) with the ultimate Elvis tribute show, starring two of the world’s finest Elvis Tribute Artists. Mike Albert is second to none in bringing to life the Elvis of the ’70s, while Scot Bruce looks like, sounds like—and swings his hips like—Elvis in his younger days. Backed by the fantastic Big “E” Band, they’ll leave you screaming for more. The show begins at 8pm and tickets start at just $20 per person. For more information, call 732-842-9000.

Thursday, January 23rd: Join us for part one of an interactive two part business series, “Building Your Business Dreams” presented by Jack Gottlieb, owner of The Total Solutions Group, Inc. Part one’s topic focuses on “Creating a Plan to Start Your Dream Business” and starts at 8:30am where attendees will have the opportunity to network and promptly at 9am the seminar will begin. The event will be held at our corporate headquarters in Wall. For more information, visit and click on the event calendar icon.

Saturday, January 25th: Create those lazy-daisy attitudes of the early 70s with a boogie-night celebration under the glittering disco globes with an exciting never ending dance night at Laurita Winery’s 70’s Non-Stop Dance Party (New Eygpt)! Why not dig out those mini-skirts with platform shoes and short shorts and the white athletic knee –highs. You can leave your pet rock home and come get down tonight to “Dancing Queen,” “Shake Your Body,” “Staying Alive” and more! Come early and enjoy food specials and your favorite Laurita wines. For more information, call 1.800.LAURITA or 609.752.0200 and don’t forget to purchase tickets at the bar or online today!

Tuesday, January 28th: The experts at First Financial will educate attendees on how they can budget their finances for the new year in just four easy steps at our information-packed Budgeting Seminar! Join us at our Howell branch at 6pm to find out how you can manage your finances without wrecking your budget. For more information, visit and click on the event calendar icon.

Thursday, January 30th: National Theatre Live will broadcast the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Coriolanus, Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, with Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, War Horse (film), BBC’s The Hollow Crown) in the title role and Mark Gatiss (Season’s Greetings at the National Theatre, BBC’s Sherlock) as Menenius, directed by the Donmar’s Artistic Director Josie Rourke. The event will take place at Monmouth University’s Pollak Theatre at 7pm. Tickets are just $22 a person – for more information, contact

Have a great month!

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