Category Archives: Long Beach Island


The 45th Annual Long Beach Island Commemorative 18 Mile Run will take place on Sunday, October 8 and begins at 10:30 a.m. in Holgate, the southernmost point of LBI. Participants will run north on Long Beach Blvd. for 18 miles and finish at Barnegat Light State Park.

The event is sponsored by St. Francis Community Center, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach, NJ, in cooperation with the LBI Jewish Community Center. Applications are now being accepted and registration will continue until race day.

Since 1973, the 18-Mile Run has been held in memory of the 11 Israeli Olympic athletes who were slain at the Munich Olympics on September 5, 1972. “The killing of those innocent athletes was one of the most horrific acts of terrorism the world had ever seen,” said race director Mike Thompson.

Due to the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the race will also continue to be dedicated to those who lost their lives in America on that unforgettable day. St. Francis Community Center and the Jewish Community Center will continue commemorating both events. Mile markers, bearing the names of the victims of both tragedies, will be posted along the race course, in memoriam.

Buses will be provided for registered runners, and will begin leaving for the starting line at 8 a.m. Buses will continue to run from the finish line to the Community Center. The finish line closes at 2:15 p.m. All runners are invited to a recognition luncheon at the Community Center immediately following the race.

Applications are available at St. Francis Community Center, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach, NJ, 08008, and can be downloaded by visiting or on

For more information on the special activities planned for the 18-Mile Run weekend, and other year-round events and programs at St. Francis Community Center, please call (609) 494-8861, or visit the above-mentioned web site


 If you can volunteer a few hours to help us clean out….
As we find ourselves wrapping up and reflecting on a successful summer, we realize there is much to accomplish before we are fully buttoned up and ready to go into Winter Hibernation.
We all love what LBIF offers our community – arts, science, friendship & happy memories –  so, we are hoping you will help give back a little “love” to LBIF with a community “PIZZA PITCH-IN” on Monday, September 18th from 9AM – 4PM.
After 70 years (and still standing), we have accumulated our fair share of not only great memories, but also unclaimed art work, equipment, decor, stationary, and a whole host of other items.
We would greatly appreciate your pitch in to help on Monday, September 18th. If you can volunteer a few hours or even the whole day, please do let us know in advance for scheduling.
We will be ready for your arrival with smiles, gratitude, projects and pizza! Lunch which will be served in our gallery at 1:00PM. See you then.

Annual Blessing of the Animals Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis of Assisi Parish will be celebrating the feast of their patron saint on Saturday, September 30 at 10:00 am (rain or shine) with the annual Blessing of the Animals on the lawn in front of St. Francis of Assisi Church located at 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach. The friars will say a few brief words about our animal friends
and then the animals will be blessed and presented with a special St. Francis medal to put on their collar or cage. The event is open to all.

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A PLASTIC OCEAN: The Shocking Truth

Citizens are urged to attend the screening of A PLASTIC OCEAN, the award-winning documentary that uncovers the shocking truth about what is truly lurking beneath the ocean’s surface in an effort to raise public awareness about our overuse of plastics and how we can reverse this devastating epidemic. Clean Ocean Action and the Lighthouse International Film Festival are collaborating with local groups including: Alliance for a Living Ocean, Garden Club of Long Beach Island, Town of Long BeachReClam the Bay and Ship Bottom Volunteer Fire Company to present this powerful film. The screening is on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Ship Bottom Fire House-at 2006 Central Avenue, Ship Bottom,NJ 08008, hosted by the Ship Bottom Volunteer Fire Company. Join the partnering organizations from 5:30pm – 6:30pm for an informative pollution solutions tabling session. The film will begin at 6:30pm. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. Clean Ocean Action asks attendees to bring their own reusable beverage container to reduce litter at the event. Continue reading A PLASTIC OCEAN: The Shocking Truth

A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra – Don’t Miss It!

A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra starring Tony Sands
Sunday, August 27th
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This show is a must-see for any Sinatra fan, and a multimedia extravaganza for the eyes and ears! Tony Sands has incorporated stunning graphics that entice you from the moment the stage lights dim and the music begins.

The show starts with Sinatra’s early days with Tommy Dorsey in the bright lights of New York City, and brings us to his comeback at Madison Square Garden, the “Main Event.” Tony’s uncanny portraying of Frank’s mannerisms and singing voice will take the audience on a musical journey.

Sands will be performing such hits as “That’s Life”, “Come Fly with Me”, “Luck Be a Lady”, “My Way”, “New York New York”, and many more. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind musical tribute to Frank Sinatra.


Jazz Series: The Sara Michaels Quartet

Sunday, August 20 
6:30 pm

Sara Michaels is a storyteller with a background in spiritual music and musical theater. With a love of history, she is fascinated with the origin of each song, the creative process of its roots, and how it connects to her own life story. Whether she is singing jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, her original tunes, or taking you back to the blues, Sara will bring you on a personal, intimate journey. Her rich, sultry voice always delivers with “Class and a bit of Sass”. The Sara Michaels Quartet includes Jeff Knoettner on piano, Rob Swanson on Bass, Joe Hrin on sax, and Mary Anne Hrin on drums. Continue reading Jazz Series: The Sara Michaels Quartet

Recycling project takes clam and oyster shells from restaurants to the bay

When customers at several Long Beach Island restaurants order clams or oysters this summer they are also helping a Stockton University project to restore oysters to the Southern Barnegat watershed.

The used clam and oyster shells are being collected by Long Beach Township employee Joe Mangino three times a week and delivered  to Parsons Mariculture, where they will cure and be used to host new oyster larvae.

Last month Stockton’s Marine Field Station worked with the Jetty Rock Foundation, to plant about 150,000 spat, or baby oysters, that had been started by Parsons Mariculture. Continue reading Recycling project takes clam and oyster shells from restaurants to the bay

Capturing Color with Joyce Halliday-Smith


Tips and Tricks for Painters: Learn how to mix the colors you want, use a limited palette and produce harmony in your paintings. For oil and acrylic painters (beginning to advanced). Bring a sketchbook for color notes and your painting supplies (paints, brushes, palette, palette knife).

Fee: $35/single class or $385/summer session (all 12 classes)

LBI foundation of the Arts & Sciences

LIFF & the Surf City Firehouse present_BBQ, Beer and film screening : For the Love of Meat-

Lighthouse International Film Society and The Surf City Volunteer Firefighters are joining forces to present a great BBQ,Beer and Film Event-August 24 at 7:00 PM at the Surf City Firehouse.

Smoky’s BBQ sandwich, 2 sides, beverage and sweet. Ship Bottom Brewery Craft Beer available for purchase. Q & A with For Love of Meat  director Jeff Jones.  Continue reading LIFF & the Surf City Firehouse present_BBQ, Beer and film screening : For the Love of Meat-