Category Archives: Long Beach Island

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

St. Francis Annual Spaghetti Dinner

St. Francis Annual Spaghetti Dinner will be held on Saturday, October 7, 5:00 – 8:00 PM, at the St. Francis Community Center Gym located at 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township, NJ. Tickets are $15 per adult and $8 per child (under 12 years of age). All are welcome!

Come out for this delicious spaghetti dinner cooked by local Chef, Fred Madonna. Bring the whole family and enjoy a great meal without the mess. Tickets are on sale at the Front Desk of the Community Center. The drawing for all five vehicles will held at the Spaghetti Dinner. Drawing for the five cars will begin at 7:00 PM. Tickets for the Car Raffle are still available at the Community Center for $100 per book of five.

For more information please call the Community Center at 609- 494-8861 or online at:


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.

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

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