Category Archives: Long Beach Island

St. Francis Community Center $5,000 Travel Gift Certificate Raffle

Looking for a unique Christmas gift? Want to get away this
winter? Do you have a birthday or anniversary in your future? Look no further, St. Francis Community Center is raffling off a $5,000 Travel Gift Certificate, which makes a great gift for Christmas or any occasion. Why not stop by and purchase a raffle ticket (or more!) for your chance for a great trip!

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Weather Workshop with Jonathan Carr

This workshop will be real interactive learning with Jonathan Carr of Weather NJ. Discuss – what will the winter 2017-2018 be like? Learn from the expert and learn how he assembles the forecast. Lecture with Q&A.
Saturday, November 11th at 11:00 am
Pre-session Observation of Veterans Day at the LBIF Memorial Garden at 11:00 am 

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The Lighthouse International Film Society presents the screening of Under An Arctic Sky

The Lighthouse International Film Society presents the screening of –Under An Arctic Sky- It is a beautifully filmed adventure documentary about a group of surfers who journey to Iceland’s north coast in search of perfect waves during the largest storm in 25 years.  The film follows six surders along with adventure photographer Chris Burkard and filmmaker Ben Weiland as they seek out unknown swell in the remote fjords of Iceland’s Hornstrandir Nature Reserve.

Six surfers set sail along the frozen shores of Iceland, knowing that the worst storm to hit the country in twenty-five years is about to arrive.  Enduring constant darkness and stormy seas they discover perfect waves and make history of surfing under the northern lights.

Chris Burkard’s visionary perspective has earned him opportunities to work on global, prominent campaigns with Fortune 500 clients, speak on the TED station, design product lines,teach, and publish a collection of books, including a children’s book.  Along with his team, Burkard is based out of his full-scale production studio and art gallery on the Central Coast-Pismo Beach, California.

A beautiful film that you can see at Surf N’ Paddle, Beach Haven NJ – 7:00PM- Saturday November 25th.

The 10th Anniversary of The Lighthouse International Film Festival will be June 7-10,2018. Mark your calendars and check us out.
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The American Red Cross will be at St. Francis of Assisi Church Hall located at 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township, NJ on Thursday, November 30 for a blood drive. Hours are 1pm – 6pm.
Donating blood is a simple thing to do, but it can make a big difference in the lives of others.

Your contribution is very important to maintain a healthy and plentiful blood supply. When you donate through the Red Cross you help save lives by giving of yourself in just about an hour. You may never meet the person who receives your blood, but you will feel good knowing you helped change a life.

Appointments are preferred and can be made at the Red Cross website: (keyword LBI St Francis) or by calling the Community Center at 609-494-8861. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Paint a Pumpkin Fire Me Up

Friday, October 13th – 7:00 – 9:00pm

Fee: $15/piece
Join us for this family fun night where we bring the pumpkin patch you to, ceramics style! Instead of carving a pumpkin, come to LBIF to paint a ceramic pumpkin! Chose your pumpkin and get as creative as you would like. Pieces will be glazed, fired and ready for pick up days following the event. (Price includes all materials needed: ceramic piece, paint/glaze, paint brushes, and firing).
Spaces are limited so register to reserve your spot!

LBI FLY International Kite Festival Returns for its Third and Biggest Year

The LBI FLY International Kite Festival is returning October 6th-9th for the third year in a row – the biggest planned so far – with a four-day, kite-filled, and island-wide schedule.Kiters from all around the globe will be flying artist kites, giant inflatable kites, and demonstrating sport kite flying techniques on local Ship Bottom beaches during the KiteFestival weekend October 6th through the 9th, 2017. Continue reading LBI FLY International Kite Festival Returns for its Third and Biggest Year

The Shellfish Soiree is This Friday Night! 7pm

September 29th at 7:00pm
Join us for a yummy evening of shellfish tastings and beer/wine pairings to support our arts and science educational programs. The evening is packed with local seafood bounty including heaps of oyster & clams from Little Egg Oysters, 40 North Oysters, Maxwell’s Shellfish and Parson’s Seafood. Oyster shucking, music, films, live auction, food, drinks, community, fun. Click here for more details!
Tickets: $55 (includes beer/wine)
Interested in volunteering for this event?
Call us! 609-494-1241


If you cannot join us on the 29th, we encourage you to be a part of this year-end fundraiser by placing a proxy bid on one of our unique Live Auction experiences. Proceeds benefit LBIF’s Educational Programs.
  • Last Bids will be accepted at 3PM on Friday 9.29.
  • We will confirm we have received your bid.
  • Bids should be placed by emailing Jill Schratz, Marketing Associate or calling 609.494.1241.
  • We encourage you to place a “Maximum Bid” so we can bid on your behalf live during the event up to the highest amount you are willing to pay for the item if other bidders in the room are making bids.
  • Winners will be notified the following day.
Item # 1 
A unique & rare opportunity for one person to go on-board a commercial scallop boat for a day. The world’s best scallops are landed at Viking Village in Barnegat Light. Venture on the sea on a commercial boat with these courageous men and women to see how they catch, clean and handle this sustainable resource. You will leave on a Larson boat from Barnegat Light on a date agreed on with the Captain.
Starting bid = $250
Item # 2 
Tour the oyster beds and clam beds behind Barnegat Light.
Four guests will board the ReClam the Bay research vessel ClamBo.  During the three hour tour you will see the 40 North and RCTB beds. Skipper, Jeffery Salidy, Director of Marine Activities for RCTB, will explain how they are spawned, grown and harvested. You will have a great day on the water! Boat leaves from Barnegat Light on a date agreed to with the Captain.
Starting Bid = $250
Item 3
Oyster Farmers for the Day ending with dinner at Parkers Garage
Tour the Oyster and clam beds in the lower bay form Beach Haven to Tuckerton
Four guests will tour the productive oyster and clam beds in the lower Barnegat Bay. Your Captain, Theo Gerike, an oysterman and chef himself will conduct the three hour tour including wine & beer, ending with dinner for 4 at Parker’s Garage, the newest fine seafood eatery in Beach Haven. Date and time to be agreed on with the Captain.
Starting Bid = $350
Item #4
See the bay like an Osprey
You will take off from Eagles Nest airport, just north of Tuckerton, and see the clam and oyster beds of the lower bay. Then your Captain, Walt Naisby, who lives in Harvey Cedars and know the bay well, will fly you up the Bay and “down the shore”. You will see the oyster beds behind Barnegat Light, Island Beach State Park, and up to the Point Pleasant Canal. Then see the beach replenishment from Mantoloking to Holgate. This is for one person. Date and time agreed to with the Captain.
Starting Bid = $250


New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher presented Ethel Jacobsen Elementary School in Surf City with the “Best in New Jersey Farm to School Award” Monday morning during an assembly. The presentation took place during the celebration of the 7th annual Jersey Fresh Farm to School Week being held September 25-29.

“We applaud the Ethel Jacobsen School and the Long Beach Island School District not only for all the effort put into their Farm to School program but the enthusiasm with which they have approached it,” said Secretary Fisher.  “From their excellent school garden to joining with the school food service and the community, the Jacobsen School exemplifies the spirit of this award.  We also want to congratulate school nurse Bianca Aniski who spearheaded the program.” Continue reading “BEST IN NEW JERSEY FARM TO SCHOOL AWARD” TO SURF CITY SCHOOL