On Thursday, Family Promise Affiliates in New Jersey will be hosting the third annual Giving Day, a 24-hour online campaign to raise awareness and support for families battling homelessness.
Fourteen state affiliates will come together with more than 200 affiliates across the country to participate in this annual digital awareness event.
Family Promise is asking participants to “Give an Hour,” whether that is an hour of time volunteering, an hour’s worth of salary as a donation, or an hour spent raising awareness of the 3 million children who experience homelessness every year in America.
“At Family Promise, we believe that everyone can make a difference and that small actions add up to big change for families at risk of homelessness,” says Betsy Bernard, co-chairwoman of Giving Day and National Family Promise board member, in a news release.” “Whether someone volunteers for an hour, shares a story on social media to spread awareness, or makes a gift to support our work – every action matters.”
The digital campaign will be accompanied by Family Promise’s Night of Giving Virtual Gala – an evening full of special guests, an interactive cocktail mixology class, and an online auction, plus an awards presentation in support of families battling homelessness. Tickets can be purchased here.
Based in Summit, local affiliates participating in Giving Day include Oceanport, Toms River and West Creek (a section of Eagleswood).
For more information, visit fpgifes.org.
Hope Walk/5K Run is Saturday at Bar Anticipation
The New Jersey chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America will host the Jersey Shore Team Hope Walk/5K Run on Saturday at 8 am at Bar Anticipation in Lake Como.
Proceeds support HDSA’s mission to improve the lives of people affected by Huntington’s disease and their families.
“At the beginning and end of the walk when participants gather, it has the feel of a family reunion complete with hugs and smiles among teams who walk,” said Virginia Goolkasian, HDSA’s Northeast Regional Development Officer. “The event is a warm welcome to newcomers who will no longer feel alone in the fight against HD. For everyone it is a feeling of potential as they see an army of people coming together to make a difference.”
Team Hope is HDSA’s largest national grassroots fundraising event, which takes place in more than 100 cities across the US and has raised more than $20 million since its inception in 2007.
Bar Anticipation is at 703 16th Ave. For more information, contact Joseph Cosentino at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-634-8287. Online registration and donation can be found at hdsa.org/thwjerseyshore.
QSpot hosts Junk in the Trunk
QSpot’s Junk in the Trunk Rummage Sale takes place from 7 am to 7 pm Saturday in Asbury Park.
Free spaces are available to sell your slightly used goods, handmade crafts or similar nonperishable products. To get a free space, 30% of sales up to $300 must be contributed to QSpot.
Rental spaces, without a required commission, are available starting at $50. All vendors must register in advance.
To register, email email@example.com and include Rummage Sale in the subject line.
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QSpot reserves the right to deny, remove or restrict the participation of any vendor, product or good that does not comply with agency guidelines, event rules or law.
Founded in Asbury Park in 2005, QSpot fosters the health, well-being and pride of New Jersey’s LGBT and allied community by providing resources, referrals, education and outreach.
QSpot is at 1601 Asbury Ave. More information on QSpot is at qspot.org.
Drive-By Truckers return to the Stone Pony
Hard-driving southern rock ‘n’ roll storytellers Drive-By Truckers make their return to the legendary Stone Pony, 913 Ocean Ave. in Asbury Park, at 7 pm Friday.
The band is back on the road after releasing a pair of insightful albums, “The Unraveling” and “The New OK,” in 2020.
Tickets, $30 in advance and $35 at the door, are available at the Pony box office or via stoneponyonline.com.
Gili Yalo performs in Asbury Park
Israeli world music star Gili Yalo is bringing his five-piece band to Tim McLoone’s Supper Club in Asbury Park for an intimate cabaret concert on Sunday at 6:30 pm
Yalo combines his Ethiopian roots with soul, funk, jazz and psychedelic music.
His self-titled debut album has received critical praise internationally. His latest release, “Made in Amharica,” was created with American musicians and a production team using vintage analog equipment.
Expect to hear Amharic, Hebrew and English songs in a celebration of Israel’s independence.
Tim McLoone’s Supper Club is at 1200 Ocean Ave. Tickets are $36 and are available by visiting axelrodartscenter.com or calling 732-531-9106, ext. 14. Save $10 with code SAVE10. Doors open at 5:30 pm
Food, music and art the focus at TEDxAsburyPark
TEDxAsburyPark is in town this weekend, and local restaurateur Chef David Burke will speak during the event, titled “Joy.”
The talks begin at 1 pm Saturday at Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Ave. in Red Bank. “Joy” will feature expert speakers, comics, musicians, performers and artists, according to a news release. Burke will present his talk, “Food is Joy,” at 2:30 pm
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Other presenters include composer David Cieri, author and Nigerian refugee Edafe Okporo, and Asbury Park artist Jim Watt, who will present with musicians Antonie Drye and Mike Noordzy.
Tickets, which cost between $65 and $105, are available at tworivertheater.org.
‘End of Locals Summer’ at Sun Harbor Seafood & Grill
The Jersey Shore soon will see an influx of summer visitors, and before it’s time to share our beautiful beaches, celebrate the end of local summer with an “End of Locals Summer” party at Sun Harbor Seafood & Grill in Barnegat.
The restaurant, overlooking Barnegat Bay, is hosting a day of vendors, live music and drink specials from 2 to 10 pm Sunday. Musicians include Mark Sosis, Joe Faronea, South on 9 and Drunken Clams.
Sun Harbor Seafood & Grill is at 451 East Bay Ave.; call 609-622-6190 or visit sunharborseafoodandgrill.com.
Beer and food fest to benefit volunteer firefighters
Head to Long Beach Island Saturday for Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Company’s Beer & Food Festival, taking place from 2 to 6 pm at Veterans Memorial Park.
More than a dozen breweries will attend, including ManaFirking Brewing Company of Stafford, Last Wave Brewing Company in Point Pleasant Beach, Ship Bottom Brewery, Heavy Reel Brewing Co. in Seaside Heights, and Pinelands Brewing Co. in Little Egg Harbor Township.
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The festival will also feature food trucks, live music and craft vendors.
Admission, which can be paid at the gate, costs $25 and includes a beer mug and four drink tickets.
Veterans Memorial Park is at Engleside and Beach avenues.
For more information, visit facebook.com/BeachHavenFire.
‘A Weekend in Old Monmouth’ historic tour
The Monmouth County Historical Commission has announced the return of “A Weekend in Old Monmouth,” with 49 historic sites throughout Monmouth County, from 10 am to 5 pm Saturday and noon to 5 pm on Sunday.
“We are excited about the return of ‘A Weekend in Old Monmouth’ historic tour, after a hiatus due to the pandemic,” said Commissioner Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the Monmouth County Historical Commission. “The tour is organized into four segments and will feature local organizations’ museums and historic buildings, which will provide a glimpse of Monmouth County’s extensive history. All fees will be waived at the participating sites during the weekend.”
The sites on the tour are generally operated independently. The self-guided tour allows for easy access and various transportation routes between the sites. You can preview the tour sites at visitmonmouth.com.
A published tour guide that includes all participating site locations and map, programing and contact information will be available at any historic site.
The Historical Commission is also offering a virtual tour that will present all historic sites in an interactive format, which will include information, photos and a tour guide map.
New Jersey Folk Festival
The New Jersey Folk Festival is back from 11 am to 6 pm Saturday.
Music will once again fill the lawn of the Eagleton Institute of Politics on the Douglass Campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick as the festival returns after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.
Ian O’Neil, a noted member of the alt-folk group Deer Tick, is the headliner. Kuf Knotz & Christine Elise, Ukrainian Village Voices, Grupo Galante, Pete McDonough, Spook Handy, Laki Bali, Stephen Sanfilippo and Cimarrones will also play.
O’Neil, Knotz & Elise, and Handy will participate in workshops.
The theme of this year’s fest is “On the Move: Transportation and Migration,” and among the presentations will be people who live in vans; female bikers from the Garden State Girls NJ biker group; and the Vintage Automobile Museum of New Jersey.
Admission is free.
Rutgers Day, a campus-wide open house that features events, performances and demonstrations, also takes place on Saturday.
More information on the festival is at njfolkfest.org.
‘Wizard of Oz’ at the Basie
Ready to go over the rainbow?
The classic tale of a Kansas farm girl who encounters good and evil, friendship and the value of home is taking place live on stage Friday to Sunday at the Hackensack Meridian Health Theater at the Count Basie Center for the Arts.
This Phoenix Productions show was originally scheduled for May 2020 and then rescheduled in 2021. All tickets will be honored. Tickets for April 30, 2021, will be honored on Friday at 8 pm Tickets for 2 pm May 1, 2021, will be honored at 3 pm Saturday. Tickets for 8 pm May 1, 2021, will be honored at 8 pm Saturday. Tickets for May 2, 2021, will be honored at 3 pm Sunday.
Tickets are $19 to $65 and can be ordered here. Limit eight tickets per billing address.
The Basie is at 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank.
Drive BMWs at Six Flags
BMW’s annual Ultimate Driving Experience will be taking place from 8 am to 5 pm Thursday through Sunday at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson.
Guests can test-drive BMW’s first all-electric iX Sports Activity vehicle, as well as other models. The program will feature local street test drives, professional instruction on closed courses, interactive vehicle displays and more.
Another edition of the program will run May 5 to 8 at MetLife Stadium. Both events are free. To register for the Six Flags Great Adventure event, visit udenewjerseycentral.eventsbmw.com; register for MetLife at udenewjerseynorth.eventsbmw.com.
Six Flags Great Adventure is at 1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson (park in Main Lot, near Kingda Ka and Green Lantern).