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What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ

BLOCK PARTY: The 30th Annual edition of Ocean City's Spring Block Party is set for Sat., May 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Over 375 crafters will exhibit and sell their special work from 5th to 14th Streets on Asbury Ave.

This is a great day to take a pleasant stroll in the downtown and enjoy all that it has to offer. Many stores will be featuring specials. There will be live entertainment from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and free pony rides for children at the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave., those same hours. There will be lots of great food from vendors and restaurants along Asbury Avenue and in the general area.

This is a great day to take a pleasant stroll in the downtown and enjoy all that it has to offer. Many stores will be featuring specials. There will be live entertainment from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and free pony rides for children at the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave., those same hours. There will be lots of great food from vendors and restaurants along Asbury Avenue and in the general area.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO SHUTTLE SERVICE from the Airport. There will be plenty of free parking at City Lots. Don't forget about the one at the Transportation Center in back of McDonald's, 10th and Haven Ave. For information, call the Public Relations Office, 609-525-9300.

Third Annual Return of the Osprey Gala - Hosted by The Wetlands Institute at Ocean City Yacht Club, Friday, April 30th, 6:30-9pm, $50 per person, for tickets call 609-368-1211.

MARTIN Z. MOLLUSK DAY is Thurs., May 6th at 11 a.m. on the Moorlyn Terrace Beach opposite the Music Pier. For 36 years Martin has ventured out on to the sands determined to see his shadow. If he succeeds, summer comes one week early to Ocean City. If not, no big deal, it comes on time.

Special guest will be Ashley Shaffer, the reigning Miss New Jersey, who will also be here in June to preside over the Miss New Jersey Pageant. Other luminaries involved in the ceremony include Big Mama Llama from Bready Farms in Tuckahoe, who nods her head if Martin sees his shadow, Inspector Clue Slow who verifies the sighting with a magnifying glass and Shelly the Mermaid, Suzanne Muldowney, who sings Some Enchanted Morning, Martin's favorite song. She is accompanied by Elvis performer, Ted Prior, on guitar, who also warms up the throngs prior to the creep. Trash Buster, the Canned Crusader, will be present to clear the beach of any litter and sing his theme song, "Stand By Your Can!" The Ocean City High School Band, under the direction of Donna Schwarz, will play a stirring rendition of Pomp and Circumstance as Martin's retinue ambles to the beach.

STAMP UNVEILING: The Post Office, Humane Society, City and Chamber of Commerce will join in a ceremony to mark the release of a new stamp dedicated to pet adoption in the United States. The Post Office is working with Ellen DeGeneres and Halo, Purely for Pets, a holistic Pet Care Company she co-owns, to bring greater attention to the need for adoption. The Ceremony begins promptly at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 30th at the Humane Society, 1Shelter Rd. off Bay and Tennessee Ave. The will be a stamp cancellation following the ceremony in the Society's Education room until 1 p.m.

APR 28 What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ BLOCK PARTY: The 30th Annual edition of Ocean City's Spring Block Party is set for Sat., May 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Over 375 crafters will exhibit and sell their special work from 5th to 14th Streets on Asbury Ave. This is a great day to take a pleasant stroll in the downtown and enjoy all that it has to offer. Many stores will be featuring specials. There will be live entertainment from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and free pony rides for children at the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave., those same hours. There will be lots of great food from vendors and restaurants along Asbury Avenue and in the general area. Downtown merchants will hold a sidewalk sale on Sunday, May 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Boardwalk merchants will have table sales on Saturday and Sunday. PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO SHUTTLE SERVICE from the Airport. There will be plenty of free parking at City Lots. Don't forget about the one at the Transportation Center in back of McDonald's, 10th and Haven Ave. For information, call the Public Relations Office, 609-525-9300. Third Annual Return of the Osprey Gala - Hosted by The Wetlands Institute at Ocean City Yacht Club, Friday, April 30th, 6:30-9pm, $50 per person, for tickets call 609-368-1211. MARTIN Z. MOLLUSK DAY is Thurs., May 6th at 11 a.m. on the Moorlyn Terrace Beach opposite the Music Pier. For 36 years Martin has ventured out on to the sands determined to see his shadow. If he succeeds, summer comes one week early to Ocean City. If not, no big deal, it comes on time. Special guest will be Ashley Shaffer, the reigning Miss New Jersey, who will also be here in June to preside over the Miss New Jersey Pageant. Other luminaries involved in the ceremony include Big Mama Llama from Bready Farms in Tuckahoe, who nods her head if Martin sees his shadow, Inspector Clue Slow who verifies the sighting with a magnifying glass and Shelly the Mermaid, Suzanne Muldowney, who sings Some Enchanted Morning, Martin's favorite song. She is accompanied by Elvis performer, Ted Prior, on guitar, who also warms up the throngs prior to the creep. Trash Buster, the Canned Crusader, will be present to clear the beach of any litter and sing his theme song, "Stand By Your Can!" The Ocean City High School Band, under the direction of Donna Schwarz, will play a stirring rendition of Pomp and Circumstance as Martin's retinue ambles to the beach. STAMP UNVEILING: The Post Office, Humane Society, City and Chamber of Commerce will join in a ceremony to mark the release of a new stamp dedicated to pet adoption in the United States. The Post Office is working with Ellen DeGeneres and Halo, Purely for Pets, a holistic Pet Care Company she co-owns, to bring greater attention to the need for adoption. The Ceremony begins promptly at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 30th at the Humane Society, 1Shelter Rd. off Bay and Tennessee Ave. The will be a stamp cancellation following the ceremony in the Society's Education room until 1 p.m. The Humane Society is a no-kill shelter, named one of the best for its size in the country. It is a non profit organization that supports itself through donations. The Shelter offers low cost spay/neuter services and a wellness clinic and holds educational seminars. Visit its website, www.hsocnj.org.

THE CITY'S DOG PARK ASSN. will host the second of its series of "petiquette" seminars. It will be a public forum as well as an educational lecture. The Dog Park Committee wants to make certain users know they can ask questions and raise concerns.The event will be held at the Port O' Call, 15th and Boardwalk, Sat., May 15 from 9 a.m. till 11 a.m. Enter at 15th and Wesley. Coffee and Danish will be served.

THE GARDEN CLUB of Ocean City will present David Culp, a nationally known garden expert, who will talk about "Gardens, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow." Culp is featured in Martha Stewart's current magazine with an 8 page article. The program will be held 1 p.m., Tues., May 4 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 30th and Bay Ave. Fee for non members is $5.