TUESDAY - New Jersey Hope and Healing Listening Station, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Berkeley branch of the Ocean County Library, 30 Station Road, Bayville. Counselors
will be available to offer emotional support, information and referral and resources.
THURSDAY - School opens for Central Regional and Berkeley Township school districts.
SATURDAY - Berkeley Pride Day, 10 a.m., Veterans Park, Forest Hills Parkway, Bayville. Vendors, food, music, topped off with fireworks at dusk. Rock n Rhythm takes the stage at 5:30 p.m., followed by Total Soul at 7:15 p.m.
SATURDAY - Night of the Stars, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Jakes Branch County Park, 500 Double Trouble Road, Beachwood. Volunteers from the Astronomical Society of the Toms River Area (A.S.T.R.A.) will be on hand to share their astronomy knowledge. Bring your own telescope or view the skies through theirs. Program is free, open to all ages.
SUNDAY - Island Beach State Park Beach Plum Festival, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Friends of Island Beach State Park hold their 16th annual festival, including beach plum tours, jelly-making demos,
children's games, food, music, crafters, lifesaving demos by lifeguards,
seining on the bay with park naturalists, and environmental and
non-profit exhibits. The event will be held on Ocean Bathing Beach No. 1. Admission to the park is free, but a $5 donation to the Friends is suggested to help support the festival.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY - Ship Bottom Irish Fest and Shamrock 5k Walk/Run, 10th and Shore avenues, Ship Bottom.. Event gets underway both days at 9 a.m. Saturday features live Irish music, Irish crafts and gifts, food vendors, the Ocean County Emerald Society Pipe and Drums and Irish step dancers. The 5k race will be held on Sunday at 9 a.m., followed by a Gaelic Mass at 11 a.m. For more information, go online at www.lbiaoh.com/festival