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Animal Tales - World Concert Premiere - March 25, 2017
Contact: Rachel Andrade Phone: 2124317039
Email: grethe.holbyasst@ardeaarts.com
Ardea Arts in partnership with The Garden State Philharmonic presents the World Concert Premiere of ANIMAL TALES at The Jay & Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College (1 College Drive, Toms River, NJ 08754) on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 7pm.

ANIMAL TALES is a rambunctious masterpiece bursting with fun, optimism, and insight into the human journey. Audiences from 5 to 105 will be drawn into a world of animals and the lessons learned when we dare spread our wings to explore our dreams. Seven Animals and their Veterinarian, assisted by a children’s chorus, will raise the curtain on a new family favorite that speaks to the child in all of us. In this full-length musical-opera, Kitty Brazelton explores cultural crossovers, infusing American musical idioms into classical structures, integrating classically trained, R&B and jazz vocal styles, DJ turntable, and Latin percussion. Director Grethe Barrett Holby brings it to life with imagination, movement and dance. And writer George Plimpton sends “a lesson to be learned for the very young, or the young at heart- the gumption to get out and try one's wings.


Autism Resources Fair - Ocean County Library, Toms River Branch - Saturday, April 1, 2017, 10am – 4pm

The Ocean County Library's Cultural Awareness Team, in partnership with POAC Autism Services, invites families and caregivers to meet autism-related organizations, practices, and experts. The Keynote speaker for the day will be Gary Weitzen, Executive Director of POAC Autism Services. The Fair will feature children's activities - including a performance by Mr. Scott the Music Man, a balloon artist, arts & crafts, and sensory storytimes. Meet therapy dogs, costumed children's characters, and members of the Vader's 501st Legion Star Wars costumed characters. Light refreshments will be available. The event is free to the public. Walk-ins are welcome.
Meet representatives from the following organizations:

•21 Plus, Inc.
•Allaire Community Farm
•Alpha School, Gateway School, Harbor School
•Brain Builders
•Caring Family Community Services
•Children's Specialized Hospital
•Children's Wellness & Developmental Center
•Disability Allies
•Easterseals New Jersey
•Family Resource Network
•Hinkle, Fingles, Prior & Fischer (Attorneys at Law)
•The Milestones Center, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
•Mosaic Music Therapy
•New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities
•New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
•Ocean County Office for Individuals with Disabilities
•Ocean County Commission on Child Safety and Awareness
•Ocean County Sheriff's Department
•POAC Autism Services
•The Puzzle Place Center for Autism
•Sensory Playground Pediatric Therapy Center
•Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN)
•Sunny Days Early Childhood Development Services, Inc.
•Sussan, Greenwald & Wesler (Special Needs Law Firm)

Glen Kelly Real Estate LLC presents the Southern Ocean Home Recovery Workshop, a FREE community service event, April 1st, 2017 @ 915 Radio Rd, LEH, NJ to focus on rebuilding Southern Ocean County!  This intimate event is from 10am - 4pm and will focus on providing the tools to help Southern Ocean County residents return to their storm-damaged homes or offer other options to consider.  

Refreshments will be served, so come on out to learn about grant money, house raising / lifting, home rebuilding, new construction, home financing, what your property is worth, and so much more!  An entire day of fun and education open to the general public with many trades / resources available live at the event featuring: attorneys, architects, engineers, surveyors, insurance representatives, Realtors, financing representatives, home builders, home raisers, and so much more!  For more information visit www.glenkelly.com or call 732-244-0567


Jersey Cares - Volunteer at People's Pantry
Date_of_Event: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30-3:30
Contact: Kim Haris, Programs Coordinator
Phone: 9735331993
Email: info@jerseycares.org
Jersey Cares is a non-profit community-based organization that works to meet compelling community needs by encouraging civic engagement. We are looking for volunteers to serve at the People's Pantry in Toms River on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 12:30-3:30. Visit our website at www.jerseycares.org for additional information or to register to volunteer. Thank you.


Ocean County Artists' Guild - Painting Watercolor with Charles Reid, April 17-21, 2017

Charles Reid an internationally acclaimed painter will present an intensive 5 day workshop, 9:39-3:30. Reid, an author of many books, is a very popular teacher. There is already a wait list for this class.  Contact: Linda Wurtenberg Phone: 732-270-3111

Food Addicts Anonymous

Food Addicts Anonymous is a 12 step fellowship of men and women who are recovering from addiction to sugar, flour and wheat. We offer hope to suffering food addicts. We are recovering together one day at a time from the biochemical disease of food addiction. No fees or dues, visitors are welcome.

We meet Monday and Thursday 11:00 am in the library of The Presbyterian Church of Toms River 1070 Hooper Ave. Toms River.
Contact: Rachel Phone: 908-472-5180


Monmouth/Ocean County Adoptive Family Support Group
Our group meets the 3rd Friday of every month at 7:30 PM in the Spiritual Center of St Mary's Church.
For more information: Liz 732-473-9113


The Mothers' Center of the Jersey Shore helps you make the most out of being a mother! We offer activities and friendship for both moms and their children. We plan a fun filled calendar each month of activities for all ages, including some mom only events! We are a registered non-profit group that serves Ocean County and southern Monmouth County. We offer a one month trial membership so that you can come learn more about us. For more information please visit us at www.mcjs.org.


Families Anonymous Toms River is an international Twelve-Step, self-help program for parents, grandparents, other family & friends concerned about a loved one's use of mind-altering substances or behavior problems.
Families Anonymous meetings are open to all. No dues or fees are required, and we use first names only at meetings to preserve individual anonymity. Visitors are welcome. Group meets every Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM at St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 1528 Church Road, Toms River.

For further information, contact us at (732) 864-0548 or via email at


Safe Harbor Outreach Center is located at 600 Atlantic City Blvd. (Rt 9) in Beachwood. Along with a food pantry, we host several support / recovery groups. These groups include help for the separated & divorced (Divorce Care), for those grieving a death (Grief Share) and for people struggling with all types of addictions and compulsions (Checkpoint). Narcotics Anonymous is a welcome addition at our center, meeting here three afternoons a week. Being a ministry of Shore Vineyard Church in Beachwood the center is run solely on donations. Therefore all our services are provided free of charge. If you would like more information on any of our services, please stop by or call 732-244-3888.


Local businesses---take advantage of The Arc Employment Center, located in the Lakewood Industrial Park, 150 N. Oberlin Ave., Suite 8. The 18,000 sq. ft. facility can help area businesses with Assembly, Sorting, Labeling, Stuffing, Packaging, Tagging, Warehousing, and more! The Arc of New Jersey in Ocean County provides advocacy and direct care programs to individuals with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities and their families. More information: (732) 363-6677.


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