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August 24, 2012
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The Fair Haven Business Association is sponsoring its Sidewalk Sale Days on Friday, Aug. 24, and Saturday, Aug. 25. Local shops and businesses will be displaying products in front of their stores, and there will be special sales and promotions.

More than 60 borough businesses will participate during the sale that will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The sidewalk sale is timed to coincide with the first day of the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair.

“It’s a fun time in Fair Haven, with lots of people walking around town. The town is lucky to have stores that you can walk to in Fair Haven, and we hope the townspeople will make a point to visit the stores during the town’s Sidewalk Sale Days,” said Priscilla Bahr, owner of Nature’s Emporium at 769 River Road.



Move For Hunger presents the fourth annual Surfside Food Drive and Concert Series to benefit the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

Area residents and beachgoers are urged to bring nonperishable food items from Sept. 1-3 to the Move For Hunger tent on the 4th Avenue boardwalk in Asbury Park. The three-day event features a movie night, the 2nd annual Surfside Cornhole Tournament at Porta National Park and daily performances by local artists right on the boardwalk including E Street Shuffle, Quincy Mumford & the Reason Why, Matt Wade, The Amboys and many more.

Anyone who donates nonperishable food items will receive a free Surfside 2012 T-shirt and will be entered into a raffle to win one of the many prizes from event sponsors. The event is open to the public.

Shore residents in other towns can take part in the drive as Move For Hunger has partnered with more than 20 beach clubs from Rumson to Normandy Beach to collect nonperishable food items all month long.

“The Surfside Food Drive is a great way for summer residents to clear out the kitchens and pantries of seasonal properties while making a difference for the less fortunate on the Jersey Shore.,” said Adam Lowy, executive director of Move For Hunger. “Last year over 3,500 pounds was collected, enough to provide 2,692 meals to the needy in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.”



The fourth annual Jersey Shore Men’s Conference will be held Saturday, Sept. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Red Bank, 84 Maple Ave.

The conference, designed to help men find the way to a new beginning, will be led by the Rev. DeForest “Buster” Soaries Jr., senior pastor at the Second Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset. Soaries is a published author whose messages have been heard in his church, at the summer series in Ocean Grove, and on radio and television stations worldwide.

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Men from more than 30 churches in Monmouth and Ocean counties are expected to take part in the conference.

Tickets are $20, and include lunch, messages, and two breakout sessions. Additional information and reservations are available by calling 732-747-0671 Monday through Thursday or by visiting the website at www.jerserseyshoremensconf.com.


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Pilgrim Baptist Church of Red Bank will host its annual community back-to-school festival, Tools for School 2012, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

The event will feature workshops for students and parents that focus on preparing students to succeed in the upcoming school year.

School supplies and lunch will be provided for all parents and students. The program is sponsored by the church’s Education Ministry and is supported by Red Bank Regional High School and the Red Bank School District.

To register a student or to make a financial donation to this community initiative, call 732-747-2343.



The Middletown Township Public Library will host a seminar at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, on what to expect during the graduate school admissions process.

A lot goes into the admissions process — choosing a school and course of study, assessing financial options, making the most attractive application possible. Andrea Thompson, a graduate admissions counselor at Monmouth University, will speak about the process and how it differs from undergraduate admission.

The event will be held in the library’s community room at 55 New Monmouth Road.

Funding for the library’s public programs comes from the generous support of the Middletown Township Public Library Foundation, Inc.



The BBQ and Craft Beer Festival will be held over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-2 at Monmouth Park Racetrack.

In addition to food and craft beer, this family-friendly event includes live music, an array of barbecue and festival favorites, and thoroughbred racing.

Visitors can vote for their favorite barbecue and enter to win great prizes, including tickets to see the Broadway production of Jersey Boys.

An addition to the event this year is special guest judge Chef Justin Antiorio from this season of Fox Network’s culinary reality competition Hell’s Kitchen. Jersey-native Chef Justin will be weighing in at the judges’ table and will also be signing autographs on Sunday, Sept. 2.

The BBQ and Craft Beer Festival runs from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission to Monmouth Park is $3 and children, age 12 and under ,are free. General parking is $2. Food prices vary.

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Monmouth Park Racetrack is located at 175 Oceanport Ave. Oceanport,. For additional event information, visit www.monmouthpark.com or call 732-222-5100.



Aslan Youth Ministries will hold its 7th annual John Reid Memorial Golf Classic on Monday, Sept. 10, at Rumson Country Club.

The day will include a cocktail reception, open bar, awards buffet and 50/50 raffle. Men and women will receive prizes for closest to the pin, longest drive, hole-in-one and more.

The event is sponsored by Buckman, Buckman & Reid and Walsh Benefits. There are only 100 slots available; participants are encouraged to register early. Event tickets, which are $250, and raffle tickets are available on Aslan’s website at www.aslanyouth.org.

“We are looking forward to another exciting event where friends can enjoy themselves while making a real impact on the lives of local at-risk children,” said Craig Bogard, CEO of Aslan Youth Ministries.

Sponsorship opportunities are available and information about them can be obtained by contacting Tom Buckman at tbuckman@buckmanbuckman.com

Each year, the John Reid Memorial Golf Classic raises funds to support the mission of Aslan Youth Ministries, a local nonprofit which provides relationship-driven programs that impact and empower at-risk youth in Monmouth County and Haiti.

Aslan’s programs include one-on-one mentoring and tutoring, Bible classes and recreational activities. For 37 years, Aslan has been helping children reach deeply within to overcome their limitations and, with God’s help, find the strength to endure and succeed.

The golf outing will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 10, at the Rumson Country Club,163 Rumson Road.



Shrewsbury Youth Athletic Association (SYAA) will host its 17th annual golf outing on Friday, Sept. 21, at Pebble Creek, Colts Neck.

The SYAA is an all-volunteer fundraising organization dedicated to improving the sports and athletic experience of the children of Shrewsbury.

The organization sponsors clinics, pays for facilities and equipment that may be beyond municipal and school budget allowances, and supports both the recreation-sponsored and travel sports teams for Shrewsbury children. All SYAA funds are dedicated to the support and enrichment of the youth sports programs.

The golf outing entry fee of $150 includes the greens fee, a golf cart, golf shirt, beverage carts, barbecue lunch, prizes, and awards.

Additional information about the event or how to be more involved with the SYAA is available by contacting Bill Paterno at bpaterno@ masurety.com.

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