Ocean City

Realtors toy drive: The Ocean City Board of Realtors is collecting new, unwrapped toys, books and stuffed animals that will be donated to local children in need. Toys can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 15 at the office at 405 22nd St. or call for pickup. For information, call Vicki Heebner at 609-399-0128.

Holiday book sale: The Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library will hold a book sale from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the library atrium at 1735 Simpson Ave. All proceeds support library programs.


Cookies with Santa: Bethany St. John’s Church at 615 Risley Ave. invites all children ages 12 and younger to a free event 2 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call the pastor at 609-457-8799.

Port Republic

YMCA before- and after-school program: The elementary school at 137 Pomona Ave. announces a new program for before- and after-school care through the Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA. Programming will begin Friday. Registrations will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 13. Registration and payment are due on a monthly basis. The program will provide a combination of learning activities, homework time and the Horizon Foundation’s Healthy U program. For information, call Terri Booth at the YMCA at 856-691-0030, ext. 113.

Sea Isle City

Holiday beach tags available: Limited edition holiday beach tags may be purchased at the pre-season rate of $20 each. To purchase, visit the tax office in City Hall at 233 JFK Blvd., room 204, second floor, or the Welcome Center. Cash or checks accepted only. Tags also may be purchased at the beach tag vending machine in the lobby at City Hall.

Stafford Township

Parents Day Out: The Southern Regional Future Educators of America will hold a day of crafts, games, cooking, gym time and other activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the cafeteria at the senior high school. The program is open to ages 3 to 12. Parents may enroll their child for all day or part of the day. The cost is $15 per child, $30 per family at the door. For more information, email Catherine Latshaw at clatshaw@srsd.net.

Mahjong at the library: Meet to play with others from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Fridays at the Ocean County Library, 129 N. Main St. Experience is helpful but not necessary. The program is free. For information, call 609-597-3381.


Breakfast with Santa: Tuckerton Lodge F&AM Cervetto Craftsman Club invites the community to a breakfast from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the lodge, 122 Church St. Admission is free but donations are requested to assist area families in need. For information, call Ed Sink at 609-296-9221.


Living Nativity: Holy Trinity Parish invites the community to its free holiday event from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at St. James Church, 6512 Atlantic Ave. There will be live animals, music, cookies and hot chocolate. The church’s youth choir will perform. For more information, call 609-822-7105 or visit HolyTrinityDownBeach.org.


Holiday parade: The Volunteer Fire Company will sponsor the borough’s annual holiday parade beginning 6 p.m. Friday from Bryant Street to the firehouse on DeHirsch Avenue. Santa and the mayor will light the Christmas tree on the bike path. Refreshments and visits with Santa will be available at the firehouse following the parade. For information, call 609-861-5301.

Recreation basketball coaches needed: Volunteers may call Hector Cruz at 609-374-0502 or email at hector365@comcast.net.