Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this April 2014

family-spring-gardenSpring has FINALLY sprung! Alas, we can put this brutal winter behind us and focus on the warm weather that is here to stay for a while. We know many of you are eager to be able to get out of house and enjoy the many activities that the spring weather brings. Listed below are many free or very inexpensive activities that you and your family and friends can enjoy this April. As always, we welcome you to post a comment with your feedback, we’d love to hear how you liked any of the events we posted!

Tuesday, April 8th: Celebrate dining at the Jersey Shore and the kick off to the 2014 spring/summer season with a glance at signature dishes and new items debuting this season from some of the hottest restaurants in town! Join 94.3 The Point and Driscoll Foods at “Sample the Shore” event being held at The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel (Asbury Park) from 6pm to 9pm. Admission is just $15 per person or two for $20 and will include sampling from more than 20 participating restaurants. For a list of all participating restaurants, click on the event link above. For more information, call 848-221-8082.

Wednesday, April 9th: The Southern Ocean County Community Foundation will be hosting the 19th Annual “Taste of Southern Ocean County Hunger Relief Dinner and Auction” for the benefit of our local food pantries. Since its inception in 1995, the Taste Dinner has enabled the foundation to distribute more than $550,000. The dinner features fabulous dishes that showcase the talents of local chefs who donate their time and talent to support this cause. The 2014 dinner, Evening in Venice, features flavorful dishes of this romantic paradise that have inspired chefs for centuries. This year the dinner will be held at Sea Oaks Country Club (Little Egg Harbor) from 5:30pm – 10pm and will be transformed into a Venetian splendor! For more information, click on the event link above.

Saturday, April 12th: Bring the entire family to the Searchlight’s Community Egg Hunt (Long Branch). Kids will enjoy carnival games, inflatables, air-brush tattoos, cotton candy, and of course the Easter Bunny will be hopping around! The event will take place from 11am – 1pm and admission is FREE! Parents, be sure to bring a bucket or basket for your kids to collect all their goodies. Also, be sure you bring a camera because there will be lots of photo opportunities. The egg hunt is open to children up to the 6th grade and registration is required – click on the event link above to get started!

In celebration of Earth Month, head on down to the InfoAge Science History Museum (Wall Twp) for an educational and interesting event titled, Observing Earth Beyond Hurricane Sandy.” Learn about the earth’s changing climate, while focusing on the risks and solutions. The event will be held from 2pm – 4pm and is open to the public but it’s encouraged that attendees give a $5 donation to the museum. For more information call 732-280-3000.

Saturday, April 12 & Sunday, April 13th: An all-time favorite of audiences since they first performed in 2000, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz presented by the Company of Dance Arts is a charming and whimsical presentation of this classic tale and will be performing at the Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) for a limited time! The beautiful lighting and set design, colorful costumes, and exciting choreography combine to make this production one that all will enjoy. The show will begin at 3pm on both days and tickets start at just $20. Bring the whole family for a fun filled day! For more information, call 732-842-9000.

Saturday, April 19th: Join the Allaire Village Easter Bunny and villagers to celebrate the holiday with the 10,000 Easter Egg Hunt! Once you enter through admissions, let the hunt begin – 10,000 eggs will be hidden in the village for children (up to age 12) to hunt for in order to fill their baskets. Don’t forget to bring your basket and start your fun – there will be larger prizes with special tickets hidden in select eggs. Admission opens at 12pm and the hunt begins upon entry. There will also be a homemade Bonnet Contest and a parade that will begin at 2pm in front of the General Store. The event will also include historic children’s games, militia demonstrations, children’s arts and crafts projects, face-painting and open-hearth cooking. Come and join the EGG-cellent fun! For more information, call 732-919-3500.

Friday, April 25th: Go for a run in the Asbury Park & Jersey Shore RunAPalooza! Registration is FREE and is now open for 2014 (click on the event link to register). Participants can sign up for either the Asbury Park Half Marathon or the Jersey Shore 5K. This event is organized by the Jersey Shore Running Club. For more information, call (609) 896-8000.

Saturday, April 26th: The Monmouth County Park System is hosting a FREE Spring Craft Show at Tatum Park (Middletown). Stop by anytime between 9am – 2pm and pick up the perfect homemade item for your garden or home! For more information, call 732-842-4000 ext. 4312.

How about a girls’ afternoon out? The Township of Ocean Historical Museum will hold it’s 10th Annual Spring Tea, which will take place from 2pm - 4pm and seating will begin at 1:30 pm at the West Park Recreation Center (Oakhurst). All food is prepared by museum volunteers and includes: tea sandwiches, breads, desserts and scones with whipped cream, butter and jam along with a variety of teas. There will be a gift auction, a boutique of hand quilted crafts and doll clothes, and entertainment. Prizes will be awarded for a fancy hat contest, so plan on wearing a hat to the event! Tickets must be purchased in advance and are just $25.00 per person - get your tickets today by calling 732-531-2136.

Sunday, April 27th: Looking for a “Sunday Funday” adventure? Why not head down to Bradley Beach for their Spring Restaurant Tour! From 11:30am - 3:30pm, the Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its Spring Restaurant Tour, featuring delicious samples of signature dishes from participating restaurants. Tickets are $20.00 in advance, and $25.00 the day of the event. For more information, call 732-776-2999.

Spring into fun this month – enjoy!

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

family movie nightSpring is just a few weeks away and we hope with some “luck of the Irish,” the brutal winter will be over and the mild weather is soon to come! Even though many of us are experiencing cabin fever, you can still enjoy a number of free and/or inexpensive activities this month in Monmouth and Ocean Counties with your family and friends.

Sunday, March 2: It’s Belmar’s 41st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Starting at 12:30pm, you and your family can enjoy one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in New Jersey. Men and women of the Jersey Shore join together and march up Main Street in Belmar in honor of St. Patrick. The parade is intended to be a showcase for the Irish Riviera and attendees will be entertained by marchers, bands, fire engines, and much more! For more information, call 732-280-2648.

Friday, March 7 – Saturday, March 8: The Walnut Street Theatre’s national tour of Driving Miss Daisy stops at Algonquin Arts Theatre (Manasquan) for two performances. This classic play is a funny, timeless, searing, and ultimately hopeful meditation on growing old, relationships, and loyalty. This iconic tale of pride, changing times and the transformative power of friendship has warmed the hearts of millions. Set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Era, Driving Miss Daisy tells the story of Miss Daisy and her newly hired Chauffeur, Hoke. You can purchase tickets online as low as $20 – a great date night or girls night out! For more information, call 732-528-9211.

Sunday, March 9: Have you been dying to go to dinner in Belmar but can never make a decision? Head on out for a night on the town for Belmar’s 6th Annual Restaurant Tour! Some of the participating restaurants include: 10th Ave Burrito Co., Nichhio Ristorante, Ferderico’s, La Dolce Vita, Jersey Shore BBQ and so many more. Tickets are just $30 up until 3/8, or $35 the day of the event and takes place from 11:30am-4:30pm. For more information, call 732-681-3700 ext. 214.

Asbury Park will be hosting its 1st Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade route begins at 1pm on the Asbury Park Boardwalk on Ocean Ave and continues southwest towards downtown. The parade is a non-profit event, open to the public featuring marching bands, floats, neighborhood associations, schools, alumni groups, cheerleading and drill teams, roller skaters, bagpipe contingents, scouting groups, dance groups, international organizations, police, fire, elected officials, commercial businesses, and anyone else who wants to join the celebration. All are welcome and FREE to attend. For more information, call 732-775-7676.

*Just a friendly reminder, to “spring ahead” for Daylight Saving Time starting at 2:00am on Sunday, March 9th. Turn those clocks ahead an hour!

Saturday, March 15: This St. Patrick’s Day, get ready to don your festive green attire and have a blast for FREE at Laurita Winery (New Egypt)! Whether you are celebrating your Irish pride or simply enjoying good times with family and friends, Laurita is the place to be. The Laurita Winery Market Place will be open and serving up delicious Irish fare such as corned beef & cabbage and traditional Irish lamb stew. Don’t miss this last opportunity for a green-themed hurrah and spend St. Patrick’s Day weekend at Laurita. Sláinte! FREE admission for all – for more information, call 609-752-0200

Sunday, March 16: Cirque Zíva is coming to Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) at 7pm for a fast-paced, technologically innovative and beautifully presented new acrobatic show. The large cast and spectacular set designs illustrate the best brand of artistic merit, high production value, and solid commitment to cultural exchange. The cast members are athletes, actors and artists who have studied and trained for their craft since early childhood. The group averages 200 performances each year and has toured through all 50 states and in over 65 countries across the world. Tickets start at just $15 – for more information, call 732-842-9000.

Saturday, March 22: Spend some quality time with your mom at the 2014 Ocean County Moms Fair! This is an entire fair dedicated to Ocean County mothers and a great day to come out and meet local businesses and organizations that cater to Ocean County moms. The fair will be held at the VFW in Brick from 11am-2pm and is FREE if you register online in advance or $5 at the door. For more information, click on the link above.

Saturday, March 29: Bring the kids to enjoy an April Fools Party at The Music Man -Singing Ice Cream Shoppe (Lavalette). You will experience an old-fashioned ice cream shoppe with a twist! Waiters who are your performers, will sing and perform an upbeat broadway revue for all the guests while you enjoy our sweet and tasty sundae creations. This is family entertainment for all ages. While orders are delivered, music is playing and the wait staff begins to involve our customers in fun spoofs, getting at least one person from each table sing, dance or shout for their ice cream! Shows run for about 15-20 minutes at 4pm, 6pm and 8pm - for more information, call 732-854-2779.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day and happy spring!

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

44B1BDBF45EE25F244F73714255CBWith record breaking temperatures this winter, it’s time to make your way out of hibernation and have some fun even if there is snow on the ground. It’s the month to celebrate “love,” so grab your loved ones and enjoy some quality time with one another. Check out these free and/or inexpensive activities happening right here in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

February 8 & 9 and 15 & 16: Romance is in the air! Celebrate Valentine’s Day at 4JG’s Winery with wine tastings and of course chocolate – the perfect pair! The Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail event takes place for two consecutive weekends from 12pm-5pm (127 Hillsdale Road, Colts Neck). For more information, call 908.930.8066.

Sunday, February 9: Looking for a winter getaway? Check out Monmouth County’s First Ever Vacation Expo presented by Sickles Market and Excel Travel. From 11am-3pm, head over to Sickles Market (1 Harrison Ave, Little Silver) and check out cruise lines, exotic destinations, yacht charters, adventure holidays and more. Plus, Excel Travel will be offering an EXTRA $100 OFF any vacation package booked at the event. For more information, call 732.571.1960.

The Monmouth County SPCA will be hosting their annual Valentine’s Brunch to help raise money for homeless animals. Enjoy brunch, refreshments, live music and gift auction prizes! Event will take place from 11am-2pm at McLoone’s Pier House at Pier Village (1 Ocean Ave, Long Branch). Tickets include one Mimosa or Bloody Mary, a huge chance auction with incredible prizes for people & pets, a “Smooch a Pooch” Kissing Booth, 50/50 raffle and more! Hurry – purchase tickets online because this event sells out fast. For more information, call 732.440.1558.

Monday, February 17 – Wednesday, February 26: It’s Red Bank’s 1st Annual Restaurant Week! In a town known for its food, lovers of the Red Bank restaurant scene will have even more to cheer about! The first-ever celebration will feature $30 prix fixe dinner menus at many of the borough’s outstanding restaurants plus promotions and discounts at great eateries and food retailers (event excludes Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22). For more information, call 732.741.9211.

Tuesday, February 18: “Oh, the things you can think” when Dr. Seuss’s best-loved stories collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper – Seussical! Adapted from the Broadway version, this adaptation especially for young audiences features thirteen actors and enhanced production values. Seussical is TheatreworksUSA’s biggest show ever! Purchase tickets online or at the door for just $10 or $12 — the show will take place at 12:15pm at Monmouth University’s Pollak Theatre (400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch). A perfect family event! For more information, call 732.263.6889.

Friday, February 21- Sunday, February 23: A celebration of great food and wine at the Jersey Shore, it’s the Jersey Shore Wine Weekend! The events will take place all weekend at Ocean Place Resort and Spa (1 Ocean Blvd, Long Branch). With a special hotel offer, breakfast and spa credit, enjoy a couples’ or girlfriends’ weekend getaway! Check out the link above for a the schedule of events. For more information, call 732.571.4000.

Friday, February 28 – Sunday, March 2: Get your girlfriends together for Ocean Grove’s Girlfriends’ Getaway Weekend! Book your choice of participating hotels and enjoy activities like a yoga class, champagne tasting, cooking class, wine and cheese tasting, massage/facial and so much more. Rooms starting at just $84, you don’t want to miss out on this great opportunity to take a break from your husbands and boyfriends, and enjoy a weekend filled with activities, entertainment, and relaxation with your girls! For more information, call 732.774.1391.

Have a great month!

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 info@sonsofireland.org.

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 www.jenkinsons.com 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 www.firstffcu.com 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 www.firstffcu.com 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 ticketsmu@monmouth.edu.

Have a great month!

Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth and Ocean Counties this December 2013

Family decorating christmas cookiesKick off the holiday season with festive days of shopping, entertainment, and tons of holiday cheer! It’s the spirit of the season and you can feel it in the air, so put aside all the holiday cooking, baking, shopping and wrapping and head out to enjoy the season’s activities throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties. We hope you’ll enjoy these free or inexpensive activities with your family and friends!

Tree Lighting Ceremonies:

  • Bradley Beach: Sunday, December 1st at 4pm in Riley Park. There will also be free hot chocolate & cookies, horse drawn carriage rides, live music and Santa will arrive on the Fire Truck at 5pm!
  • Downtown Freehold: Tuesday, December 3rd from 5pm-7pm at the Hall of Records.
  • Belmar: Friday, December 6th, 2013 from 4:30pm-9pm in Pyanoe Plaza. After the tree lighting, children and their parents can walk down Main Street, 10th Avenue, and Belmar Plaza to fill goodie bags at participating retailers for the annual “Retailer Treats for ‘lil Peeps.” Families will also enjoy fire truck rides, face painting, balloon art, special “Frosty” guest appearance, refreshments at the Belmar Arts Council and much more!
  • Fair Haven: Friday, December 6th, 2013 from 5pm-7:30pm on River Road. The evening’s events will include live music, tree lighting, free food, attractions, arrival of Santa, visits and photographs with Santa and open houses at businesses up and down River Road.
  • Wall: Friday, December 6th, 2013 at 6pm in the Municipal Building. Bring the family for an evening of fun including fireworks, Christmas carols, refreshments, a performance by the Dance Theatre Project and of course a visit from Santa!
  • Highlands: Friday, December 6th, 2013 at 6pm at Huddy Park. The festivities include performances by the Henry Hudson Choir and Girl Scouts, free hot chocolate, candy canes, and visits with Santa.
  • Sea Bright: Friday, December 6th, 2013 at 7pm at the Sea Bright Firehouse.

Other festive activities:

Friday, December 6: Join the Monmouth County Historical Association for the annual Holiday Lantern Tours of Shrewsbury’s Historic Four Corners. On this special evening, the historic buildings at the corners of Broad Street and Sycamore Avenue will be open to welcome the public. Tours begin at 6pm and 8pm and reservations are required. Guests have the option to purchase dinner at Christ Church at 5pm and 7pm before the start of each tour. For more information and to make reservations, call 732-915-5862. The cost of tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Dinner is just $10 per person and will feature Moravian Chicken Pot Pie.

Saturday, December 7 – Sunday, December 8: What better way to launch this year’s holiday season than a visit to the Eden Woolley House (703 Deal Road, Ocean Township) the first weekend of December. For two days from 11am to 4pm, visitors will be able to enjoy the 2013 Holiday & Craft Show! One gallery is filled with model trains and miniature houses and the another is turned into a charming museum shop and bakery, packed with homemade treats and locally crafted items and toys. It’s the perfect time to shop local for one‐of-a-kind gifts just in time for the holidays. For more information, call 732-531-2136.

Saturday, December 7, 14 & 21: Get into the spirit with Holiday Harmonies featuring traditional carolers, choirs, brass bands, rock, folk, jazz and blues musicians bringing holiday tunes to the sidewalks of Red Bank from 12pm to 3pm! You’ll also be able to enjoy a ride through the Red Bank Business District and enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season for FREE two locations: 11 Bridge Ave & and 26 Broad St from 1pm-5pm. The events occur every Saturday in December. For more information, call 732-842-4244.

Friday, December 13 (other dates available): EXIT 82 (A Toms River Theatre Company, Inc.) presents White Christmas: The Musical at Ocean County Community College (Toms River). Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heart-warming musical adaptation features a dazzling Irving Berlin score. The musical numbers include “Blue Skies,” “I Love a Piano,” “How Deep is the Ocean,” “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” and of course, “White Christmas.” Show dates include: Friday, December 13, Saturday, December 14 and December 21 at 8pm; Sunday, December 15 at 2pm; Thursday, December 19 at 7pm; Friday, December 20 at 10am & 8pm. Tickets are $15 adult and $12 seniors and student. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Ocean County College Arts & Community Center Box Office at 732-255-0500.

We hope you have a wonderful, safe and happy holiday season and cheers to a prosperous 2014 from all of us here at First Financial! 

Things To Do on a Budget in Monmouth and Ocean Counties This November 2013

OostappenHerfst-1November is here, the leaves are falling and winter is just around the corner. Make the most of the last month of autumn — and the peace before holiday-season craziness. Check out these fun, free and/or inexpensive activities you can do right here in Monmouth and Ocean counties with family and friends.

Saturday, November 9: Get started on your holiday shopping by visiting the Late Fall Flea Market in Allaire Village (Farmingdale)! From 8:00am-3:00pm, shop and enjoy the dozens of vendors selling all types of fun and unique items. Admission is just $1 for adults and children under 12 are FREE (rain date is Sunday, November 10).

Sunday, November 10: Take the kids (ages 5+) to an educational, yet exciting behind the scenes tour of Jenkinson’s Aquarium (Pt. Pleasant). From 9:30am-11am, discover what goes on behind the scenes at the aquarium while you tour the building from top to bottom. Pre-registration and sneakers are required — call 732-899-1659 for more information and to reserved your spot. Just $14 for Adults and $10 for Children.

Saturday, November 19: How about a relaxing “Movie Night in the Park” at Island Beach State Park (Seaside)? The whole family will be able to enjoy the holiday classic, “Home Alone”, in the Interpretive Center from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Enjoy this family-friendly movie where natural educators will briefly discuss movie-relevant topics as they relate to real life before playing the movie. Don’t forget to bring a pillow and blanket! Keep in mind that a minor must accompanied by an adult and the event only costs $5 per person. For more info, please call the Park Office at 732-793-0506.

Sunday, November 24: What are you thankful for? In honor of Thanksgiving, bring the entire family to this historical rendition of “Our Day of Thanks” in 1830s style. This is a reenactment program in the Allaire Chapel at 1pm in Historic Allaire Village (Farmingdale) and you actually watch them prepare an 1800′s style Thanksgiving meal over an open hearth! For more information, call (732) 919-3500. 

Friday, November 29: Get in the holiday spirit and come on down for a family night out to Red Bank’s Holiday Express Contest and Town LightingRock and Roll with Holiday Express in concert and see the town of Red Bank light up for the holiday season!
This FREE event will take place on Broad and Canal Streets at 7pm.

Looking for a fun-filled day for the kids? Bring them to Red Bank’s “The Twelve Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt“. Store-front windows will be decorated and will include a hidden item from the classic holiday song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. When the item is found, write it down on the entry form (available at all participating businesses) for a chance to win a Red Bank Grand Prize! Visit the website link above for complete list of participating stores and restaurants (through 12/12).

Saturday, November 30: Pack up the kids and head over to Spring Lake’s Christmas Celebration Kick-offwhere kids can enjoy hayrides, live music, dancers, holiday treats, a tour of Santa’s Workshop, a display of Clayton Livery Miniature Village Train Spectacular, and so much more! Kick-off celebration is FREE, starts at 6pm and all stores will be open until 8pm.

During the season of giving, stop by and support those who were affected by Superstorm Sandy at Belmar’s 2nd Annual 10th Avenue Freeze Out. Help over a dozen families who are still displaced and many others who are still trying to get their lives back on track. Gather in Belmar for a day of fun and share the gift of friendship, love, laughter and community. Children will have a two hour party in the plaza (Pyanoe Plaza) with free hot dogs, ice cream, music, and games from 12:00pm-2:00pm. At 2:00, Mayor Doherty will say a few words and the adult party will begin at all participating bars in Belmar and Lake Como. A $20 donation includes 2 free drinks and admission to the buffet. Click on the link above for or additional event details.

Enjoy these great activities and have a happy Thanksgiving!