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Tickets on Sale for 35th Annual “Christmas in Island Heights” House Tour
Plus, Free Holiday Boutique Featuring Hand-Crafted and Artisanal Gift Items

The Island Heights United Methodist Church will host its 35th annual “Christmas in Island Heights” House Tour and Holiday Boutique on Saturday, December 1. Tickets for the house tour (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) are $30 through November 30 and $35 on the day of the event. A free pop-up Holiday Boutique (9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) will feature jewelry, artwork, accessories, and other unique handmade items from area artisans. Appearing on the tour are six holiday-dressed homes in Island Heights.

Highlights include: a late-Victorian, bay-front home built in 1889, which has been owned by the same family since 1955. Its 30-foot-long living room features a 12-foot, exposed beam ceiling with floor-to-ceiling windows capped by stained-glass transoms. Newer sections, added at the turn of the century, are more Arts and Crafts in style. Another waterfront home, built on a bluff in 2001, was designed to accommodate a large family and includes a “children’s wing,” two-story deck, open living room with three stories of windows and balconies, two kitchens, two laundries, and multiple gathering areas inside and out. An upside-down, midcentury-modern structure, considered scandalous at the time of its construction in 1972, overlooks two marinas and was renovated by its new owners in 2018.

In addition to the free Holiday Boutique at the Island Heights Elementary School (115 Summit Avenue, Lake Avenue entrance), there is a free craft show at the church (111 Ocean Avenue), along with a bake sale. Guests can participate in a free drawing at the boutique on tour day for the chance to win a Father Christmas collectible. For a nominal fee, lunch will be served at the church from 12 to 4 p.m. and will include homemade Methodist Minestrone soup, sandwiches, and desserts. Breakfast is available at the church from 8 to 10:30 a.m. ($5 adults, $3 children), and guests can enjoy hot beverages and homemade sweets in one of two tearooms from 1 to 4 p.m. for $5.

On tour day, many Island Heights points of interest will open their doors, including: the Cottage Museum; Ludlow Thorston Gallery; the Ocean County Artists’ Guild; the Island Heights Library; and St. Gertrude’s Roman Catholic Church. As part of these holiday festivities, the church will host a Christmas Caroling Service and Community Blessing at 7:30 p.m. on house-tour eve, Friday, November 30. All are welcome.

Tour tickets may be purchased for $30 (until December 1) at the Island Heights United Methodist Church, 111 Ocean Avenue, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or at one of these Island Heights locations: Ocean County Artists' Guild (Ocean and Chestnut avenues) and Fast Break (1635 Hwy 37 East), and in Toms River at Skip’s Florist (1186 Washington Street).

To reserve tickets, email IHUMC@comcast.net. Tickets may also be purchased on house-tour day beginning at 9 a.m. at the church for $35.
For more information, call the church office at 732-929-0444, email IHUMC@comcast.net, or visit www.IHUMC.org.


Annunciation Orthodox Church - Annual Holiday Cookie Sale
Saturday, December 8th from 9 am-12:00 Noon.
Featuring homemade cookies like Grandma used to make. Our freshly made walnut, poppy seed and apricot rolls are perfect for your holiday entertaining.
Choose from a wide selection of your favorites! We will feature several varieties baked hot from the oven that morning! Come join us for free Hot Chocolate and Coffee. Ethnic gifts for sale, as well. We are located at 360 Van Zile Road, Brick, NJ. We hope to see you there!
Contact: Joanne Bass Phone: 732-458-9032


Boy Scout Troop 175 Breakfast with Santa - 12/01/2018
Saturday, December 1st - 8am to 11am
The First Assembly of God
800 Bay Ave
Toms River, NJ 08753
Adults - $8
Kids - $5
Under 2 yrs Free
Contact: Scarlet
Phone: 848-448-1484


American Legion Auxiliary - Holiday Craft/Vendor Fair November 24, 2018
2025 Church Rd, Toms River
Time: 10 AM - 3 PM
Come join us for all your holiday shopping needs...
Contact: Linda Miller Phone: 732-272-7552


Alzheimers Association - Alzheimers Support Group
Last Monday of every month from 3pm-4pm
Contact: Alisha
Phone: 732-240-0090 Ext# 2048
Email: Alisha.Foley@GenesisHCC.com
Genesis Healthcare
Memory Support Assisted Living
1351 Old Freehold Road
Toms River, NJ 08753


Jersey Cares - Volunteer at People's Pantry
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.


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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