Author Erik Larson

Joe Butler sending his clam shell down the beach during the annual Clam Shell Pitch Tournament.

Noah Hare getting his caricature done during Thursdays on Dune.

July 1:

Harbor Hustle 5K & 2-Mile Fun Run/Walk

6:30am Registration, 8am Race followed by 2K Fun Run/Walk, Stone Harbor Recreation Field, 82nd Street and First Avenue

Join 7 Mile Sports for a family-fun fitness event featuring a 5K run through Stone Harbor and an untimed 2-Mile Run/Walk. Awards given to top female and male overall and in each race category.

More information: 7milesports.com

 

Our Saviour Lutheran Church Chicken Barbecue

5-7pm, 9212 Third Ave., Stone Harbor

Dinners by Rode’s BBQ include half a chicken, potato salad, corn on the cob, pickle, roll and butter. Tickets are $17.50 and advance purchase is recommended.

More information: stoneharborlutheran.com

 

July 7:

CONTACT Cape-Atlantic 5-Mile Run and 2-Mile Walk

7am registration, 8am race, 8:05am walk, Avalon Community Hall

The race will feature t-shirts to the first 25 registered. Awards for the top three overall and within each category. CONTACT Cape-Atlantic is staffed with more than 150 volunteers that serve the elderly and disabled with a daily telephone call.

More information: contactcapeatlantic.org

 

July 8:

5th Annual Stone Harbor Fitness Challenge 5K

6:45am registration, 8am 5K race, 8:05am Kids 2-Mile, Stone Harbor Recreation Field, 82nd Street and First Avenue

The morning begins with the 5K course. Racers who signed up for the fitness challenge complete the race and continue on to the field for nine all-encompassing total body challenges (heavy ropes slam, water jug carry, etc…). The 2-Mile Fun Run and Kids Run begins shortly after 5K starts. Awards will be given to top finishers in each age group and top overall finishers in the 5K, 5K Fitness Challenge and Kids Fun Run.

More information: 7milesports.com

 

July 9:

56th Annual Al Cunard Stone Harbor Baby Parade

5:30pm Check-in, 6pm Judging, 6:30pm Parade, 364 96th Street parking lot (parade down 96th Street)

Awards given to categories including Best Float, Best Walking, Mayors Award and more. Register prior to the parade, and then enjoy Family Fun Night with the Cunard Family Clowns at the Stone Harbor Firehouse.

More information: stoneharbornj.org

 

July 11:

An Evening with Bestselling Authors Lisa Scottoline & Francesca Serritella

7pm, Avalon Free Public Library (Free Tickets Required)

Enjoy an evening with the dynamic mother-daughter duo discussing their new book, “I See Life Through Rose-Colored Glasses” – a collection of humorous stories on life from a woman’s perspective. Tickets are free and subject to availability.

More information: avalonfreelibrary.org

 

July 12:

Avalon Historical Society Miniature Golf Tournament

5-8pm, GoFish Mini Golf

Enjoy a round of golf with friends or family, while benefitting the Avalon Historical Society! Registration prior to the competition. Open to all ages!

More information: avalonhistorycenter.org

 

July 13:

Crabulous Crab Day

9:30am to 3pm, The Wetlands Institute

Spend the day at The Wetlands Institute for crab-themed activities and special appearances by Crabby Scute the ‘Tute Terrapin. Kids can join in on activities to earn Krabby Dollars to redeem for prizes, plus a ton of hands-on crabulous activities.

More information: wetlandsinstitute.org

 

July 14:

Avalon Flip Flop Walk

8am Registration, 8:30am Walk, 32nd and the boardwalk

Join the Parkinson Council and the Storbeck Family for the 11th annual Flip Flop Walk. Registration is free, but donations of $25 per person are requested. All participants receive a t-shirt and decorative flip flops, plus enjoy a refreshing treat of Springer’s Ice Cream at the end!

More information: theparkinsoncouncil.org

 

July 15:

Stone Harbor Triathlon

7am, Yacht Club of Stone Harbor, town-wide

This popular event is usually sold out by the time we go to print, but for spectators it’s a site to see. It begins with a ¼ mile basin swim starting at the Yacht Club of Stone Harbor, followed by an 11 Mile Bike Ride and a 5K run through Stone Harbor.

More information: runsignup.com

 

14th Annual Avalon Yacht Club Run from the Sun 5K & Kid Sprints

7:30am Registration, 8:15am Kid Sprints, 8:30am 5K Race, Avalon Community Hall

Join in on this annual run to earn funds for The Skin Cancer Foundation. Kid Sprints is a 1/10 mile run with medals to all kid finishers. 5K racers receive t-shirts and refreshments. Awards are given to top three overall male and female finishers, plus top three in each category. Additional awards given for largest and fastest family team.

More information: raceroster.com

 

Our Saviour Stone Harbor Lutheran Church Blueberry Festival
6:30-8:30pm, 9212 Third Ave., Stone Harbor

Grab a truly blue and delicious dessert at Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Stone Harbor. All sweet treats will feature fresh, New Jersey blueberries, and proceeds from the event benefit the Parish Nurse Ministry.

More information: stoneharborlutheran.com

 

July 18:

An Evening with Bestselling Author Erik Larson

7pm, Avalon Free Public Library (Free Tickets Required)

Join the library for its second featured author, New York Times Best Seller Erik Larson. Larson will discuss his narrative nonfiction coverage of major historical events such as “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania” and “The Devil in the White City.” Tickets are free and subject to availability.

More information: avalonfreelibrary.org

 

     
“Astronaut Molly” Molly Kohlmann participated in the 2017 Al Cunard Stone Harbor Baby Parade.   The Bay Atlantic Symphony performance.    Tera Webb, Brooke Distelcamp, and Audrey Ruddylooking for crabs at The Wetlands Institute’sCrabulous Crab Day.

 

July 21:

Avalon Historical Society Annual Clam Shell Pitch Tournament

8:30am registration, 9am tournaments, 30th Street Beach

Try your hand at a long-time Avalon tradition! No experience is necessary, just bring your teams and practice pitching at this horseshoes-like game. Tournaments for singles and doubles are available.

More information: avalonhistorycenter.org

 

Avalon Lions Charities Foundation Family Fun Festival

5-9pm, Avalon Community Hall

As a thank you to the families of Avalon, neighbors and visitors for years of support to the Avalon Lions Club, the organization is hosting a family fun festival featuring music by DJ Billy “O”, dancing, corn hole, photo booth, face painting, balloons, magic show and more! Attendees are encouraged to BYO food and beverage.

More information: avalonlions.com

 

July 22-27:

Santa Visits His Summer Home

Various Stone Harbor Locations

Santa and Mrs. Claus are returning to enjoy their summer vacation in Stone Harbor, starting with lunch at The Reeds at Shelter Haven at Noon on July 22. Catch them at Family Night on Mondays and Tuesdays, Tuesdays at the Tower Concert and many other locations throughout town!

More information: stoneharborbeach.com

 

July 22:

Tim Kerr Charities Beach Classic Duathlon

7:30am, Avalon Community Hall

The Avalon Beach Classic Duathlon is open to children ages 7-15 and consists of a 1K run on boardwalk, a 5K bike ride, and then another 1K run along the boardwalk. T-shirts and medals are given to all participants, along with individual top finishing awards in each  age group.

More information: timkerrcharities.org

 

Bay Atlantic Symphony Presents Music and the Movies

7pm, Avalon Free Public Library (Free Tickets Required)

This special Sunday evening concert will feature Music Director Jed Gaylin and feature pieces including “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Dunkirk,” and more. Tickets are free and subject to availability.

More information: avalonfreelibrary.org

 

July 24:

Avalon Christmas in July “Make Your Christmas Super!”

10am to Noon, Avalon Community Hall

Kids, plan to stop by the Avalon Community Hall to meet the man from up north on a summer retreat to Avalon. Dress up as your favorite super hero and enjoy games, crafts, giveaways and visits from popular characters!

More information: avalonrecreation.org

 

July 25:

An Evening with Bestselling Author J.A. Jance

7pm, Avalon Free Public Library (Free Tickets Required)

Join J.A. Jance and learn of her best-selling mystery novels, broken into four popular series including J.P. Beaumont, Joanna Brady, Ali Reynolds and the Walker Family. Tickers are free and subject to availability.

More information: avalonfreelibrary.org

 

     
Celina Ceballos and Lenore Tedesco at the Wetlands Institute Summer Celebration.   Michael Mattera, Des Cerasi, Zach Cerasi, Talia Gellura, and Barbara Mattera picking up fresh produce at the Stone Harbor Farmers Market.

 

July 28:

Yoga on the Beach for Brendan’s Fund

8am registration, 9am yoga, 30th Street and the beach

Start your morning with Sol Luna Yoga for an all-level oceanfront class. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Brendan Borek Endowed Fund at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

More information: brendansfund.org

 

Avalon Players’ 50th Anniversary Reunion

4pm, Avalon Community Hall

Fifty years ago, Dennis Soens, Bonnie Matt and Ginny Lynch put together an ensemble for a production of “A Taste of Broadway.” Join the Avalon History Center in celebrating 50 years of musical theater and community!

More information: avalonhistorycenter.org

 

Wetlands Institute Summer Celebration

6-9pm, ICONA Avalon

Join The Wetlands Institute for its largest event of the year hosted at ICONA Avalon. More than 300 guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, live music and an extensive Live and Silent auction.

More information: wetlandsinstitute.org

 

July 31:

18th Annual Artist & Friends Art Show

6-9pm, Avalon Yacht Club

Sponsored by the Ocean First Foundation, enjoy an evening of cocktails and original art from local artists. Attendees will enjoy live music, refreshments, hors d’oeuvres and a wide array of art for purchase. 50% of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Brendan Borek Endowed Fund at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

More information: brendansfund.org

 

Weekly Events

Stone Harbor Farmers Market

8am to 12:30pm, 95th Street Water Tower Plaza, shnj.org

Visit this weekly market featuring fresh produce, flowers, organic coffee and tea, crepes, gourmet oil, honey and much more! (Sundays)

 

Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary Tours

10am, Egret Espy Trail entrance at 114th Street and Second Avenue, stoneharborbirdsanctuary.com

Take a guided tour with an experienced docent and learn about the natural history and wildlife of Stone Harbor’s Bird Sanctuary. Tours are one hour long, and suitable for families. (Saturdays and Sundays)

 

Monday Funday

10am, Avalon Free Public Library or Avalon History Center, avalonfreelibrary.org

As part of the library’s Summer Reading Program, enjoy an interactive kids’ event every Monday at either the library or History Center. Check the website for details on each activity! (Mondays)

 

Stone Harbor Family Night

7-7:45pm, Stone Harbor Firehouse, stoneharborrecreation.org

Families will enjoy fun entertainment every Monday including magic shows, puppet theatre, story time, animal adventures and more! (Mondays)

 

Tuesdays at the Tower Concert Series

7-8pm, 95th Street Water Tower Plaza, stoneharborbeach.com

Featuring live bands every Tuesday evening and a Beer & Wine Garden sponsored by the Stone Harbor Chamber of Commerce and snacks courtesy of the Stone Harbor Museum.  (Tuesdays)

 

Kids’ Lego Club

10am, Avalon Free Public Library, avalonfreelibrary.org

Calling all Lego fans! The library supplies the Legos, you supply the imagination! Featuring a new project each session! (Wednesdays)

 

Cornhole Nights

7-8:30pm, Stone Harbor Elementary School Field, stoneharborrecreation.com

Free for all ages and skill levels! Enjoy this popular game every Wednesday with the family! (Wednesdays)

 

Thursdays on Dune

5:30-8:30pm, Veterans Plaza, 21st Street and Dune Drive, visitavalonnj.com

Featuring children’s activities from 5:30 to 7pm including face painting, balloon art, character appearances, crafts, giveaways and more, and followed by a live band performance from 7 to 8:30pm. (Thursdays)

 

Thursdays on the Lawn

7:30-9pm, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, stmarysstoneharbor.org

St. Mary’s rocks every Thursday evening! Grab your beach chair and enjoy a live band every Thursday night on the lawn! Refreshments and cookies provided. (Thursdays)

 

Video Games

11am to Noon, Avalon Free Public Library, avalonfreelibrary.org

Play Nintendo Switch on the big screen, plus enjoy Nintendo DS and tabletop games. Suitable for children of all ages. (Fridays)

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