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The Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum

Lunch N' Learn Programs:
Charcoal Making in the Pinelands

12:30pm - 1:30pm
Join Patti Trasferini of Cloverdale
Farm County Park and Mary May,
basket weaver, as they explore how
Ocean County settlers spanned deeper  into the Pine Barrens as they took  advantage of the natural resources
of bog iron and the plentiful Pitch  Pine forests in the creation of charcoal
to fuel the iron industry.  Participants can bring a lunch or take
advantage of our lunch option for $6.00 

Robert J. Novins Planetarium
@ Ocean County College

A Valentine's Evening
Under the Stars

6:15pm - 8pm
This Valentine's Day, spend the
evening under the stars at the
planetarium with your special
someone, the original home of
the exact same star projector
featured in the movie La La Land.  
Refreshments will be served followed by a sky show in the Planetarium Theater presented by a local astronomer. Hear the stories of love and romance immortalized in the stars and delight to the sights and sounds of romantic laser songs interspersed throughout the hour-long program.   

The Arlington

The Lighthouse International Film Festival
Back to Burgundy Event!

Wine Tasting and Screening Event
for Lighthouse International Film Festival

Laurita Winery

2/16, 2/17
Laurita's Winter Fest 

Food trucks! Fire pits! Sledding
and snowmobiles.  Enjoy some of the best Gourmet Food Trucks, over 6 Wine Bars (inside and out) and 2 Tasting Tent Areas! Featuring
Hand-Sculpted Ice Displays, access to some of the most scenic views in New Jersey, 40 fire pits, kids playgrounds and a Free Souvenir Laurita Wine Glass!

2/23, 2/24
Laurita's Mardi Gras
Noon - 5pm
Celebrate New Orleans style at Laurita with jazz, gypsy jazz, swing, blues, bluegrass music with banjos, mandolins, guitar, vocals, bass, trombone, guitar synth by great trio along with Wine and New Orleans style food.

Surflight Theatre

2/16, 2/17
The Night the Music Lived:
A Tribute to Buddy Holly,
Ritchie Valens &
The Big Bopper

60th Anniversary commemorative concert  in honor of Buddy Holly's final concert  on February 2, 1959 when Buddy Holly,  Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper  performed at the Surf Ballroom in  Clear Lake, Iowa. The plane crash that  occurred hours later changed music  history forever. Using information  gathered from documentaries, books,  and the memories of musicians at the  show, Buddy's last concert is recreated  with utmost attention to detail and  accuracy. Featuring songs like That'll Be The Day, etc.

LBI Foundation of the Arts & Sciences

Science Saturday:
Wildlife on the North End
of LBI

11am - 12:30pm
Presenter: Ben Wurst, 
Conserve Wildlife NJ &
Jim Verhagen, Wildlife Photographer/Blogger  Ben Wurst and "Northside Jim" will tell you about the creatures where they live. Lots of pictures & a lively  Q & A will make this a fun & valuable session!

2/21 -  2/23
Short  Films Screening

The LBIF, in partnership with  The ShowRoom of Asbury Park,  will be screening the 2019  Oscar-Nominated Short Films  across three evenings: Documentaries  on Thurs, Feb 21; Animated on  Fri, Feb 22; and Live Action on  Sat, Feb 23. This your annual chance  to predict the winners. A perennial  hit with audiences around the country  and the world, don't miss this year's  shorts! FREE!!!...All Ages 

Science Saturday: 
Oyster Culture & Cuisine

11am- 12:30pm
Presenter: Matt Gregg &
Theo Gerike, Forty North Oysters
Did you know oysters are being
grown right behind High Bar
Harbor and other places in Little
Egg Harbor Bay? Learn about
"Oystering" during a presentation
by farmers from 40 North and 7 Bridges Oysters and sample some of the product!

Various Places on Long Beach Island

Now thru 2/17
2019 LBI
Chocolate Week

Just in time to make winter a  little bit sweeter, Southern  Ocean County Chamber presents  Chocolate Week 2019! Chocolate  Week is a series of offers, activities  and events that include Valentine's  Day and President's Day Weekend;  to encourage out of area visitors as  well as serving local residents  happening between Feb 10-17.  Keeping the focus on simple pleasures  that tie in with cozy mid-winter escapes; F rom decedent open houses, chocolate  themed sales, delicious drink and creative menu options.

Island Beach State Park
732- 793-0506

2/17, 2/24, 3/24, & 3/31
Conservation Talk and
Trail Hike

Learn more about the natural  beauty of Island Beach State Park  with the weekly Conservation Talks.  Each Sunday will feature a different  speaker. Topics include native plants,  dune ecology, wildlife studies, and more!  Coffee and pastries provided. After the  presentation, join for a trail hike  (weather permitting). 

Jenkinson's Boardwalk & Aquarium

Junior Keepers
@ Jenkinson's Aquarium

8am - 1pm
This program provides students
with the opportunity to experience
the aquarium from an employee's point of view.  Pre-registration & sneakers are required.
Ages 10-16 only.

International Polar Bear Day 
@ Jenkinson's Aquarium

Noon - 4pm
Every year, this global event  draws attention to the challenges  polar bears face in a warming Arctic  and how we each can help.  Educational displays, crafts and activities.

Ocean County Parks & Recreation

Night of the Stars
@ Cloverdale Farm County Park, Barnegat  609-607-1861 

6pm - 8pm
Spend the night under the stars
and up on the 5-story observation
tower with A.S.T.R.A., The Astronomical Society of the Toms River Area. Whether you are a budding astronomer or simply a casual stargazer, this night is for you. Volunteer members of the club will be on-site to share their out-of-this-world knowledge and answer your questions. Feel free to bring your own telescope.

Jakes Branch Birthday Bash 
@  Jakes Branch County Park,
Beachwood  732-281-2750

Noon - 2pm
Oh, where has the time gone?
Join the staff of Jakes Branch
as they celebrate 10 years of
natural science education. This
open house style event will feature
naturalist led walks, live animal
talks, kids crafts and games and more.
And what would a birthday bash be without cake?? 


The Strand Center for the Arts

2/21 - 2/23
OCVTS Performing
Arts Academy
presents  "Chicago"

The musical hit, CHICAGO  is a satirical look at fame, the  justice system, and the publicity  machine created by media.  Based on a real-life trial in the  1920s, Chicago is about Roxie  Hart, an aspiring wannabe  nightclub singer who is arrested  for murder and her attempts to  get away with it. With show stopping  numbers like All That Jazz, Cell Block  Tango and Roxie Hart, Chicago is a  hilarious, scathing look at how some achieve being a celebrity.

Grunin Center for the Arts @ Ocean County College

An Intimate Evening with Rickie Lee Jones

Two-time Grammy winner
Rickie Lee Jones exploded onto 
the pop scene in 1978 and has 
made a career of fearlessly
experimenting with her sound  and persona over 15 critically  acclaimed albums. Rickie is both  a character in the songs and the  songwriter singing, defying convention  with her sometimes brazen sexuality  and the mixed bag of jazz, rock and  what has come to be known as  'confessional' songwriter performances.

Bosendorfer Afternoons:
Friday Matinee Young Artist Recitals:  Hans-Derek Yu 

Though still in his teens, 16 year-old   Egg Harbor Twp pianist, Mr. Yu has  competed nationally and internationally,  winning numerous solo piano and concerto  competitions. Performing a program  ranging from the warmth and majestic  beauty of Beethoven's Sonata Op. 110  to the thunderous power of Rachmanioff's  prelude Op. 23 No. 2.

Month of February
OceanCares Art & Soul Exhibit

Monday thru Friday: 8am - 10pm
Saturday: 9am - Noon (if classes in session)
The event showcases the  tremendous talent OceanMHS  has discovered from individuals  suffering with mental illness. This  is an opportunity to eliminate barriers  and misconceptions surrounding mental  health, encourage positive conversations  to reduce stigma, and shed light on the  changing climate of mental health treatment in NJ.
The event will contain paintings and drawings,  mixed media, and several forms of creative  expression.

Atlantic Ocean in Seaside Heights

Polar Bear Plunge

1pm - 3pm
The Polar Bear Plunge at Seaside 
presented by New Jersey Law 
Enforcement is a unique 
opportunity for individuals, 
organizations and businesses 
to jump into the frigid Atlantic  waters during the month of February.

Mud City Crab House

Jetty Life's Arctic Outreach

11am- 7pm
A Community Clambake of Arctic
Proportions featuring live music,
craft beer, spiked hot beverages,
cider, hot chocolate igloo, Little
Eskimo activities, auctions & more.

Vintage Automobile Museum of NJ

Now thru Feb. 28
Wed. thru Sun.
Auto Racing in
New Jersey Exhibit

A display of race cars that
participated at tracks all over
New Jersey. There are examples
of stock cars, sprint cars, midgets
and 1/4 midgets that ran on both
asphalt and dirt tracks. The display  also includes numerous items of  automobilia, die-cast cars, vintage  auto-service equipment, children's  toys, and a host of period antiques.

The Downtown Shops @ 53 Main

3/6, 4/3, 5/1
Indoor Winter
Farmers' Market

Noon - 5pm
The Downtown Toms River
Business Improvement District 
is bringing their farmers' market 
back indoors this winter! Join 
the first Weds. of the month, 
Feb-May, located inside The 
Downtown Shops @ 53 Main.  Baked goods, gourmet foods,  Italian specialties, pickles, olives,  salsa, jams, honey, wine, and  homemade butter. check back 
as vendors and items will continually  be updated.

Supported in part by a grant from the NJ State
Dept.  Division of Travel and Tourism

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Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders:

Director,  Virginia E. Haines
Deputy Director, John P. Kelly
Gerry P. Little
Gary Quinn
Joseph H. Vicari, Liaison to Tourism