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Weird Contest Week, the Pamper Scamper and Baby Parade are coming soon. But first a REMINDER that a SAND Sculpting Contest will be held at the 6th Street Beach starting 9 a.m. on (Aug. 6) and the MISS Crustacean Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant and Hermit Crab Races are set for 1 p.m. on (Aug. 6) at the 6th St. Beach. Crab Beauties and Crabathlete racers may register starting noon at the 6th St. Beach. Entry is free to all contests, prizes are awarded. In the event of rain, events will be held inside the Sports and Civic Center, 6th and Boardwalk.
Also our annual TWINS CONTEST is set for (Aug.7) inside the Music Pier with registration beginning at 6 p.m., contest starts 6:30 p.m. Contest is for twins of all ages who look most and least alike. Entry is free. Ribbons are awarded.
WEIRD CONTEST WEEK in Ocean City is set for Aug. 11th to 15th. The event billed as “Wacky but Not Tacky” features one unusual contest each day in the Music Pier Loggia (porch), Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace starting at 11a.m. Entry in all contests is free.
Contests include Saltwater Taffy Sculpting on Monday sponsored by Shriver’s on the Boardwalk, French Fry Sculpting on Tuesday sponsored by the Promenade, That’s the Way the Cookie Crumbles on Wednesday, chew or thumb a huge cookie into a work of art. The day also features “Ears Looking at You,” a contest for competitive ear wigglers.
Note: The sculpting contest are divided into age groups, 5 and under, 6-8, 9-12, teens and adults. Prizes are awarded. For information, call (609) 525-9300. Advisory: Taffy, French Fries and Cookies may contain peanuts and other allergens.
On Thursday Beadamania teaches Weird Weekers how to make necklaces or bracelets with beads provided by the Potomac Bead Company. Their reward is participants take their bead treasures home. On Friday there are two contests: Little Miss and Little Mister Chaos. Children 3-5 make as much noise as they can by banging on pots and pans for three minutes. Mister and Miss Miscellaneous is for folks who have always wanted to be in a talent contest but were deterred by conditions beyond their control.
The PAMPER SCAMPER: This cute and sometimes exciting Baby Crawling Race for ages up to 15 months is set for August 12th at the 6th Street Beach. Registration is at 9 a.m., with race beginning at 9:30 a.m. for more information, call (609) 525-9300. Note: Babies who stand up and walk are applauded then disqualified.
Ocean City’s 105th Annual BABY PARADE is set for Thurs., August 14thstarting 5 p.m. Parade route is 6th to 12th Street on the Boardwalk. It is the oldest continuously run event of its kind in the country. Past grand marshals include baseball immortal Joe DiMaggio. Princess Grace Kelly also appeared in the parade and was known to enjoy the event.
The Parade is open to children from infants to 10 years of age. Contestants can register at the Music Pier Information Center at Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Information hours are Sunday through Thurs. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to11p.m.
For information, call (609) 525-9300, after hours and on weekend call the Music Pier Information Center, (609) 525-9248.
(Aug. 7) the Lucky Guess Game Show with Ron Mac Closkey is one of the many free and entertaining events offered by the Ocean City Free Public Library. A cross between Jeopardy and Who Wants to be a Millionaire, players have to answer multiple choice questions in six categories. It’s fun and has been a big hit in our First Night celebration. The show is set for 7 p.m. in the Main Lecture Room. Call (609) 399-2434 for a weekly newsletter featuring all of the Library’s free events.
(Aug. 7) Unlimited Ride Wristbands benefit Operation First Response from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Playland’s Castaway Cove, 10th and Boardwalk. Purchase a $15 wristband the day of the event. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Operation First Response assists our wounded military heroes and their families.
(Aug. 8-9-10) is the Ocean City Beach Patrol’s Reunion Weekend, reports Ocean City Historian and former lifeguard, Fred Miller. August 8, the 75th Annual South Jersey Lifeguard Championships are set for the 34th St. Beach in Ocean City starting 6:30 p.m. A reunion is scheduled for August 9 and the annual Alumni Competition will be held on the Seaview Harbor Beach from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on August 10th. For information call Fred Miller, (609) 398-5811.
(Aug. 9) STUART LITTLE presented by the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company 10:30 a.m. at the Moorlyn Family Theatre across from the Music Pier, tickets $10, call (609) 399-0006 or visit www.moorlynfamilytheatre.org.
(Aug. 9) 39th Annual Boys and Girls SURF FISHING Tournament: 9 a.m.-Noon at the north end beach adjacent to the Ocean City-Longport Bridge. Registration 9 a.m.-10 a.m. at the Longport Bridge Parking Lot. Fishing 10 a.m.-noon. Parental supervision required. Must bring your own bait. Awards presented to various age groups 8-16 years. Casting and fishing instruction provided. For info, call (610) 793-1970. Rain Date is August 16th.
(Aug 9) The Miss Ocean City PAGEANT, 7 p.m. at the Music Pier sponsored by the Ocean City Exchange Club. For information visit www.ocexchangeclub.org.
(Aug. 10) The Pops present Night at the OPERA 8 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Featuring baritone Todd Thomas, Soprano Suzanne Vinnik and tenor Cody Austin. Tickets $15/$10, www.ocnj.us/boxoffice or (609) 525-9248.
(Aug. 11) The INDIGO Girls 7:30 p.m. at the Music Pier, an American folk duo with Amy Ray and Emily Salier who have performed together since their high schooldays. Tickets $37 on sale through Ticketmaster 1-800-745-3000 or at www.ticketmaster.com (additional fees apply) or by cash or check from the Music Pier Box Office.
(Aug.12-13) The Ocean City Pops presents the BEST of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Rodgers! 8 p.m. at the Music Pier. Featuring Jody Kidwell, Cody Austin, Jessica Lennick and John Viscardi. Tickets are $20 and $12, www.ocnj./boxoffice, call (609) 525- 9248.
(Aug. 12, 13, 14) Joseph and the AMAZING Technicolor Dreamcoat presented by the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company. The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many Colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Broadway truly comes to life as professional singers and dancers present this acclaimed Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. Performances 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. Tickets $30 adult, $25 for senior citizens, $20 kids 12 and under. Call (609) 525-9248 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.
(Aug. 14) Ocean City Fishing Pier OPEN HOUSE: 6 p.m. to 8:30p.m. The O.C. Fishing Pier invites shutterbugs and other visitors to tour its Pier and Club House at 14th and Boardwalk. For information, call (609) 398-0534.
(Aug. 15) The LITTLE MISS Ocean City Pageant, 7 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Tickets are $10 at the Music Pier Box Office. This is a scholarship program for girls ages 8-11. For information, call (609) 525-9304.
(Aug. 16) A program promoting Organ Donation is set from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Macedonia United Methodist Church, 941 Simpson Ave. Learn facts and ask questions about donation of hearts, lung, eyes, etc. A continental breakfast will be served from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for information, call Joe Pratt (609) 457-3364.
(Aug. 16) ESA Surf Contest, 7th St. Beach, sign up 7 a.m., first heat in the water 8 a.m. Sign up at beach the morning of the contest. If your membership has expired or if you are a new member, you may renew or join at the beach. (Aug. 23-no wave date) Call (609) 884-5277 or visit www.snjsurfesa.org.
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REMINDER: The City's 42nd Annual Flower Show is set for this weekend, May 30 through June 1 at the Music Pier. This show is a treat to see whether you're a "green thumber" or just enjoy colorful, imaginative displays.
Theme for Artistic Design is "O for a Book and a Shady Nook" with displays capturing the titles of such classics as Treasure Island and The Jungle Book. There will also be a huge exhibit of Horticultural favorites such as roses, orchids, African Violets, etc.
Flower Show hours are 2 to 9 p.m. on May 30, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on May 31 and 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. on Sun., June 1. Admission to the Flower Show is free. Visitors are encouraged to leave a voluntary donation to support the show. Flower Show schedules are available at local florists, at the information center, ground floor of City Hall or by accessing gardenclubocnj.wordpress.com.
THE MISS NEW JERSEY PAGEANT: The Miss New Jersey Pageant will be held at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, June 12-14 with the annual Parade on Wed., June 11th starting 7 p.m. on the Boardwalk.
All 24 contestants will dress to replicate this year's theme, "The Red Carpet on the Ocean City Boardwalk," and will be "Showing Their Shoes" as is the custom in Miss America sponsored parades. For information, call Parade Director, Karen Mahar (609) 626-1176.
Two preliminary sessions will be held the 12th and 13th with the finals on Sat., June 14th.
All programs begin at 7:30 p.m.
Ocean City will be represented in the Pageant by Devon Vanderslice, Miss Eastern Shores, a former Miss Ocean City, who attends West Chester University. Her talent is Dance and her platform is "Donate the Gift of Life," Organ Donation.
Another local contestant, Sarah Ford of Seaville, Miss Cape May County, is a former Little Miss and Junior Miss Ocean City. She now attends the University of Pittsburgh and her talent is Dance. Her platform is Smiles Save: Healing through hospital volunteerism.
The winner of the Miss New Jersey Pageant will compete for the Miss America title in Atlantic City next year. Tickets Prices are $35 for Thurs. and Fri., $50 for the Saturday final. A package price for all three shows is $110. For tickets call (609) 315-1423.
(June 1) The 4th Annual Fire Fighters Relay for Life Tournament will be held on Sun., June 1 at the Ocean City Municipal Golf Course, 2600 Bay Ave., with a Shot Gun start 8:30 a.m. A luncheon at Di Orio's in Somers Point is included in the $35 tournament fee. (Luncheon guests welcome for $10).
This is a casual, Par 3 golf course, ideal for the whole family. The $35 fee benefits the American Cancer Society. To register, call Chris Wildman, 609-412-6663.
June 1: Barks on the Boards, take the doggies for a stroll on the Boardwalk. The informal pooch Parade, sponsored by the Ocean City Humane Society, includes a noon walk. Register 11:30 a.m. at the 6th St. Practice Field next to the Sports and Civic Center. There will be canine contests at the Practice Field. For information, call 609-398-9500 or access www.hsocnj.org.
(June 1) "Dance Extravaganza" by Cape Shore Chorale. Starts 3 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 30th and Bay Ave. Directed by Scott Breiner, the Chorale will perform choral music associated with dance from the 1920s to the 1970s. Guest soloists will be two locals, Lexis Petrella, soprano and guitarist Carlos Bedaya. There will be light refreshments. Funded by Ocean City Home Bank Charitable Foundation and the New Jersey Council of the Arts.) Call (609) 861-2311 or visit www.capeshorechorale.org.
Ocean City Library Events: (May 30) Free Concert by Alan Mann performing the classics of Frank Sinatra, Robert Goulet, Perry Como and the music of Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer and the Gershwins. 7 p.m. in the Main Lecture Room.
(June 1) Creative Gift Wrapping with Nancy Leary. Create beautiful and unique gift packages; Learn how to wrap your gifts using unusual materials and containers for all occasions. Register with Karen (609) 399-2434 x5238. Session set from 1 to 3 p.m.
(June 5) Have you always wanted to learn a new language? Bring the family to the Ocean City Library, 17th and Simpson Ave., to hear New York times Best Selling author, Sally Cook, explain the inside language of baseball. Sally will conduct a baseball quiz with fun prizes based on her popular, new book, "How to Speak Baseball: An Illustrated Guide to Baseball Banter." This book captures the vibrant, fanciful vocabulary that describes the world of baseball. It is written for ages 6 to 96.
Sally will present a short slide show on how the editors that produced her book have made others about sports. The program begins 6:30 p.m. in the Library Lecture Hall. The author will be available for book signings.
(June 5) Wonder's Birthday Bash at Gillian's Wonderland Pier, 6th St. and Boardwalk. Celebrate with Wonder Bear from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. All rides one ticket. Big fireworks show at 9 p.m. Wonder Bear will be available for photos all night. Celebrating 83 years on the Ocean City Boardwalk.
(June 7) Ocean City Police Chase: 5K footrace/2 mile fitness walk on Boardwalk. Pre-registration $25, students, $10. Benefits the Ocean City Police Benevolent Assn. who support scholarships for High School Seniors, the Christmas Toy Drive and distribution of FREE bicycle helmets. For information, call (609) 525-9108 or visit www.ocpba.com.
(June 13-14) Ocean City New Jersey NJJA Jeep Invasion: Join the New Jersey Jeep Assn. on Father's Day Weekend. Friday night jeeps will line up on Asbury Ave. at
5:30 p.m. from 9th St. going north. Tidal Wave Band will entertain. Saturday between noon and 5 p.m., Jeeps will line the Boardwalk between 6th and 14th Sts. Jeep vendor displays 5th to 6th Sts. Trophies awarded at 4 p.m. To register visit www.njjeep.org.
(June 14) ESA Surf Contest, 7th and Beach. Sign ups at 7 a.m., first heat in water at
8 a.m. Sign up at beach morning of contest. If your membership has expired or if you are a new member, you may renew or join on the beach. (No wave date: June 21) For more information call (609) 884-5277 or visit www.snjsurfesa.org.
(June 14 & July 16) Two new Fireworks Displays presented by the Ocean City Boardwalk Merchants Assn. for the summer season: There will be Fireworks on Sat., June 14,
10:30 p.m. from a barge off the 9th St. Beach, in celebration of the Jeep Invasion and Father's Day Weekend. Another exciting display will be held on Wednesday, July 16th. Both will be visible from the Boardwalk.
(June 20) International Surfing Beach Festival-7th St. Beach, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Festival celebrates 10 years of international Surfing Day. Beach, Ocean and environmental activities for the whole family. Local shops will provide S.U.P. and Kayak demonstrations along with surfing and kite surfing equipment. For more information, call (856) 498-9472 or visit www.intlsurfingday.com.
NOTICE The Ocean City High School Surfing Team will hold a yard sale 9 a.m. to
1 p.m. at the Intermediate School, 18th and Bay Ave., on Sat., May 31. Funds raised will help send the team to the National Scholastic Championships in California. The High School Team has won 23 of the past 25 Northeast Championships.
NOTICE: Enter your Dog in the Dog of the Year Contest sponsored by the Ocean City Dog Park. Applications available at City Hall Information Center, ground floor, open seven days a week from 9a.m. to 4 p.m. or call 484-680-4469 for information.
(May 3) The Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walk is scheduled for 11 a.m., leaving from the Sixth Street Practice Field. Registration begins 10 a.m. Call (610) 325-6011 or visit www.cff.org.
(May 3) Ocean City's Got Talent: See talented performers from throughout the region compete in talent competitions including vocals, dance, instrumental, drama, comedy, etc. Contestants of all ages will be vying for honors. Event is open to the public starting 7:30 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Tickets are $10 with proceeds benefitting the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company. For tickets call
(609) 525-9300 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.
(May 6) The Ocean City High School Instrumental Department will present its annual Spring Concert, Wed., May 6 at 7 p.m. at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. The Concert Band, Wind Ensemble and Strings programs will perform. Senior Band members will be recognized. Tickets will be sold at the door.
(May 10) The Cape May County Coastal Food Drive: Letter carriers from Ocean City will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Ocean City Community Food Cupboard. Please leave donations by your mailbox. You can also drop off food at the Ocean City Post Office, 859 Ocean Ave., M-F 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or the Ocean City Community Food Cupboard, 501 E. 8th St., M-F 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
(May 17) The American Heart Assn. Heart Walk: Registration begins 9 a.m. at the Sports and Civic Center, 6 and Boardwalk, walk starts 10:30 a.m.
(May 17) Arturo O'Farill Latin Jazz Big Band-The Grammy award winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra led by pianist, composer, director Arturo O'Farill, brings together the drama of big band jazz, the culture of Latin American Music, and 18 of the world's most accomplished jazz musicians. The Band's "Song for Chico" won the Grammy for best Jazz Album of the Year in 2008 and the group has received many Grammy nominations.
Show time is 7 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Ticket Prices are $20 for Somers Point Jazz Society members, $25 for non members until May 15. Purchase online at www.spjazz.org/shop or by mail from the Somers Point Jazz Society, PO Box 329, Somers Point, N.J. 08244. Tickets will be available at door, Society members, $25, non-members $30. Sponsored by Cape Bank. Call (609) 927-6677 or email email@example.com.
(May18) OCNJ Triathlon/Duathlon: ¼ mile Pool Swim, 2M Run/16M Bike/2M Run. Plus a Kid's Course 1/8 mile swim, 1m run/8m bike/1m run. Pool Swim starts 6 a.m.-8 a.m. Run/Bike/Run starts 9 a.m. $50 Tri/Du. $25 Kids course. For information, call
(609) 525-9317 or access www.ocnj.us/Race-Events.
(May 23) BUSINESS PERSON'S PLUNGE, unlocks the Ocean for the Season. Business persons, mascots, various groups march into the Ocean to the Ocean City High School's rendition of Pomp and Circumstance. Many plunge into the waves in full dress attire, others in their company's uniforms. Ringmaster/Realtor John Walton leads the contingents into the Ocean presenting the Stars and Stripes. All are welcome to participate or watch. Be there. March starts at noon. Participants arrive by 11:30 a.m. Starts at the Moorlyn Terrace Beach by the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Call (609) 338-7667 for information.
The MISS NEW JERSEY PAGEANT invites organizations, bands and individuals to participate in the Miss New Jersey Parade, that precedes the Pageant, on Wed., June 11th at 7 p.m. on the Ocean City Boardwalk. High School Marching Bands, cheerleaders, pep squads, dance groups, scout troops, entertainers and business and civic organizations with floats are invited and should email or call Karen Mahar (609) 626-1176 or firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no entry fee. All entry forms must be completed by Fri., May 23.
THIS JUST IN: The annual Esther Weil Student Music Competition will be held at the Music Pier on Tues., May 6 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sixteen outstanding students from local high schools will compete for thousands of dollars in prizes. Admission is free. Program honors Ocean City's late beloved humanitarian and music benefactor, Esther Weil, and is sponsored by Friends of the Ocean City Pop's Scheible Encore Society.
NOTE: In the event of rain on Thursday, May 1, the Martin Z. Mollusk ceremony will be held inside the Music Pier starting 11 a.m. Call (609) 525-9300 for information.
April kicks off the start of the season in Wildwood with major events including:
Egg Hunts, Spring Concert Weekend, and the Spring Motorcycle Rally!
Elks Annual Easter Egg Hunt
On the beach at 19th Avenue, North Wildwood. Noon. Children 11 and under can pick up eggs and collect prizes. Free. 609.729.2170.
Greater Wildwood Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt
On the beach at Lincoln Avenue, Wildwood. Noon. Children ages 1-12 are invited to dig for eggs buried in the sand. Each egg contains a toy and a golden egg is worth a bigger prize. Rain date 4/20/2014. 609.729.5501.
04/25/2014 - 04/26/2014
Sensational Spring Concert Weekend
Friday night Dance Party in the Wildwoods Convention Center with the David Christopher Band from 7-11 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person. Saturday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. a FREE street fair will take place at Fox Park in Wildwood. Classic cars, food and craft vendors, Doo Wop bus tour and live entertainment. Saturday night concert in the Oceanfront Arena at the Wildwoods Convention Center will feature Jefferson Starship, Mark Farner formerly of Grand Funk Railroad, and Mitch Ryder & The Detriot Wheels! Doors open at 6 p.m., concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $49.50 or $65.50 per person. Tickets and updates are available through the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce at 609.729.4000 or http://www.Wildwoods.com. Tickets also available through Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000 or www.Ticketmaster.com.
04/26/2014 - 04/27/2014
Spring Motorcycle Rally
Cape Classics Motorcycle Club presents the Annual Spring Motorcycle Rally. Vendors will be located at the intersection of Oak and Atlantic Avenues in Wildwood from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily. Whether you're looking to buy a new bike, accessories for an old one, apparel or souvenirs, you’ll find it here. 609.729.8870 or http://www.WildwoodSpringRally.com
For more April events click here: Wildwood Calendar of Events
EGG HUNTS, DOO DAH PARADE, WOOFIN' PAWS FASHION SHOW
TWO EGG HUNTS: (APRIL 12 and19) Because of the popularity of our Easter Egg Hunts, the Boardwalk Merchants are presenting two this year. Both will be held from 11th to 13th St. on the Beach at 2:30 p.m. There will be five age groups: Up to 2 years at 11th St., 3 years at 11th St., 4 years at 12th St., 5 years at 12th St. 6 years and 7 years at 13th St. Rain dates are April 13 and April 20 at 2:20 p.m. 180,000 Eggs with Candy and Toys will be distributed. For more information, call 1-800-BeachNJ.
(April 12) 29th Annual Doo Dah Parade starts at noon, 6th and Asbury Ave., goes to 12th and Asbury, then to Boardwalk and ends at Moorlyn Terrace in front of the Music Pier. Peter Funt of Candid Camera will be grand marshal. The Parade includes 600 friendly basset hounds, costumed characters, clowns, fun brigades, bands and surprises. The popular PieAsco follows when the Parade ends. Folks sit in grandstands and smoosh each other with shaving cream pies, honoring the legendary Soupy Sales who attended Doo Dah for many years. You can enter just by being there. It's free. Smoosh the person sitting next to you and receive a certificate to celebrate the occasion.
On Fri., April.11 at noon the humorous and endearing Basset Hound Olympics is set for noon at the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave. On Fri., April 11 at 2 p.m., Dr. Joel Goodman will present a program on the benefits of Humor at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. Admission free.
On Friday at 7 p.m., Peter Funt will host a program featuring The Best of Candid Camera at the Music Pier. The event will open with a rendition of "Who's on First" by Abbott and Costello champion impersonators, Gil Palmer and Lou Sciara. Admission is by a donation of canned or dry food to the Ocean City Food Cupboard.
On Sat., April 12, there will be a tribute to Abbott and Costello at 3:30 p.m. after the Parade at the Ocean City Free Public Library featuring the Abbott and Costello impersonators and a movie, "Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy." The movie includes a cameo performance by Pretty, Perky, Peggy King, who will be at the Library to greet her fans. The event is free and will be held in the Library's main lecture room. For information on Doo Dah events or to enter Parade call (609) 525-9300, after hours and on weekends, call (609)364-4010.
The WOOFIN' PAWS PET FASHION SHOW: (April 19) 11 a.m. at Carey Stadium, 6th St. off the Boardwalk. Registration begins at 10 a.m. The competition is open to any pet that will not eat another pet...dogs, cats, bunnies, ferrets, Guinea Pigs, Turtles etc.
Categories include Best Dressed, Bonnet, Intelligent Pet Tricks, Bathing Suit, Owner Pet Look Alike, Super Hero Costume.
There is a $5 donation per pet that benefits the Ocean City Humane Society. The Humane Society will have a table at the event where spectators may make a voluntary donation to support the no-kill, award winning shelter.
Best of Show receives the Dean Schofield Woofin' Paws Plaque for Perfection in memory of a beloved and valued volunteer of the City's Public Relations Division. For more information, call (609) 525-9300 or access www.ocnj.us.
(April 20) Easter Sunrise Service, a traditional nondenominational service by the sea. All are welcome to the Music Pier, 6:30 a.m., Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. For more information, call (609) 525-9300.
(April 20) Easter Fashion Promenade in front of the Music Pier. Come dressed in your Easter best to stroll in our fashion contest and win prizes. The Easter Bunny will be present to pose for photos and give chocolate bunnies to children. Fashion promenade prizes include Best Woman, Best Man, Best Family, Best teens, girls and boys, Best Bonnet, Most Unusual Bonnet, and Children.
(April 26) Step Into Spring 5K Walk/Run: Registration begins 7 a.m. in front of the Music Pier. Run/Walk begins 8 a.m. Benefits Betsy Young Memorial Foundation and Abramson Cancer Center of Philadelphia. To register call (609) 233-9020 or on line www.active.com.
(April 26) Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweep, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Check in at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace for clean up supplies. All organizations and families are encouraged to participate in this annual State wide event to help keep our beaches clean and safe and protect our coastal environment. For more information call (609) 399-6111 ext. 9711.
REMINDER: (April 5-6) the Spring Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, featuring the finest artisans on the East Coast. Free parking at nearby City lots. $3 contribution benefits local charities. For more information, call 1-800-822-4112.
REMINDER: The annual Tea sponsored by the Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library will be held at the Flanders Hotel, Thursday May 8 at 2 p.m. New this year will be a High Tea for Attendees. Carol Brill, MFA, author of "Peace by Piece and Cape Maybe," will be guest speaker. Ticket sales will be held on Fri., April 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Sat., April 12 from 10 a.m. till noon in the Atrium of the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. Tickets are $25 and limited to 4 per person. No reserved seating. FVOCFPL website http://fvocfpl.wordpress.com.
REMINDER: The third and final session of the Art of Improvisation by the Somers Point Jazz Society will be held on Sunday April 6 at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave., starting at 2 p.m. in the Main Lecture Room. Admission is free. The session will be a continuation of the earlier programs as well as an opportunity for student musicians of all ages to bring their instruments to play and learn new techniques. The session will offer students and adults, who may not have had a chance to play this music, to do so with a quartet of seasoned, professional musicians and educators. These include saxophonist and educator, Dr. Michael Pedicin with Chris Simoni, piano, Lee Smith, bass and Vic Stevens, drums. To learn more about the Somers Point Jazz Society, visit its website www.spjazz.org or call (609) 927-6677. The Art of Improvisation Series is dedicated to the late Christopher Maloney, Library Director, who lived a life filled with creative and intellectual inspiration and Community involvement.
ABOUT ART: The Ocean City Arts Center, 17th and Simpson Ave., presents its annual Juried Photography Show through April. The exhibit provides both professionals and amateurs the opportunity to show their work. Admission is free. The Arts Center is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Call (609) 399-7628.
The Ocean City Fine Arts League, "Art on Asbury," 806 Asbury Ave. is featuring a Protect Our Environment Art Show in April including art made of recyclable materials such as plastic, metal and/or paper. They will also be featuring a show called "Architectural Insights, Buildings from Urban to Rural."Call (609) 814-0308 or access email@example.com.
Please help support Ocean City's New Skateboard Park!
Please help us show our elected officials that we support Ocean City's effort to bring back the Skateboard Park. Council is seeking to secure Cape May County “Green Acres Recreation” funding to enable us to build this State-of-the-art "all ages" park. The concept design phase is well underway and we are making extra efforts to anticipate the needs of the families that will be using the park as well as the facility’s surrounding neighbors. Safety, noise, parking, maintenance, and other potential challenges have been carefully factored into the site choice. This park will service not only the families of Ocean City and Cape May County, but will act as an anchor attraction for our tourist and business communities.
We have created a very simple and quick way for you to show your support. The blue link below is our online vote program. Please click on the link and enter your name, zip code and email address, then hit submit. That’s it!
Spring is finally here!! We hope that the first day of Spring signals the end of this harsh, long winter.
The shore always kicks off the spring with plenty of events for the family.
In Ocean City we have the Doo Dah Parade and the very popular beach egg hunt.
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Avalon is a quiet town. They host a few small events.
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Wildwood hosts a big egg hunt on the beach and the shops and arcades open their doors!
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March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. As March comes in this year, the housing sector continues to roar ahead with good news, while other sectors are struggling. Read on to learn the latest details, and what they mean for home loan rates.
Despite the harsh weather, New Home Sales rose by 9.6 percent from December to January to an annual rate of 468,000, well above expectations. The 468,000 rate was the highest level since July 2008. Pending Home Sales for January also came in just above expectations and well above December's reading. In addition, research firm CoreLogic reported that completed foreclosures fell by 19 percent from January 2013 to January 2014, while the Case Shiller 20-city Home Price Index ended its best year since 2005.
On the other end of the spectrum, the second reading for 2013 fourth quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was, in a word, gross. GDP fell to 2.4 percent from the initial reading of 3.2 percent, sharply beneath the 4.1 percent recorded in the third quarter of 2013. The decline was due in part to consumer spending and exports that were less robust than initially thought, signaling U.S. economic growth remains choppy. However, there was some good news in the report as company spending was revised up sharply, suggesting an improvement in business conditions.
In labor market news, weekly Initial Jobless Claims rose by 14,000 in the latest week, reaching a one-month high as the job markets continues their up and down pattern. The labor market has been choppy lately, especially after the anemic number of job creations in December and January.
What does this mean for home loan rates? Remember that the Fed is now purchasing $35 billion in Treasuries and $30 billion in Mortgage Bonds (the type of Bonds on which home loan rates are based) to help stimulate the economy and housing market. This is down from the original $85 billion per month that the Fed had been purchasing. With the December and January job creation numbers far below expectations, the Fed will be looking closely at February's numbers for any signs of a pattern. If this report and other key economic data points are weak, the Fed may have to rethink the tapering it has begun. This story is sure to impact the markets and home loan rates as we move ahead in 2014.
The bottom line is that now remains a great time to consider a home purchase or refinance, as home loan rates remain attractive compared to historical levels. Let me know if I can answer any questions