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What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ

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.

The West Chester District Senior Strings, a large group of talented musicians, will be featured in a FREE CONCERT at the Music Pier on Mother's Day, Sun., May 9 at 4 p.m. The group is directed by Charles dePasquale, a veteran member of the Ocean City Pops. The concert is sponsored by the Ocean City Art Center's Friends of Music, an organization that was established by Esther Weil.

Esther brought several hundred concerts to Ocean City during her life time and she and her husband, Paul, were true patrons of the Arts. Sunday's concert is dedicated to the memory of Esther.

Another feature of the Mother's Day weekend will be the distribution of FLOWERS to mothers by participating merchants both downtown and on the Boardwalk.

LOTS OF EVENTS are scheduled for May. Here are some of them:

Ocean City provides its boardwalk and facilities to over 30 charitable organizations for fund raising walks during the year. In May, there are two:

The WALK FOR LUPUS on May 16 and the AMERICAN HEART ASSN. WALK on May 22. For contact information, call the Public Relations office, 609-525-9300 or access www.ocnj.us.

BARKS ON THE BOARDS is one of the few opportunities you have to walk your dog on the boardwalk and benefit the Ocean City Humane Society, a no kill shelter. Event starts noon, May 30 in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. There's a pet contest and lots of fun for all. Entry fee is $15. Registration starts 11:30 a.m. the day of the event. For advanced registration and information, call 609-525-9300 or access www.hsocnj.org.

ARTS CENTER SALE: The Ocean City Arts Center will sell paintings from its permanent collection because of lack of display space. Most of the works are Purchase Award Winners from the annual Boardwalk Art Show and include oils, water colors, pastels, lineocuts and more. Prices range from $50 to $2,500. A reception will be held at the Center, 17th and Simpson Ave., on Fri., May 14 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Prices of the paintings will be posted at that time. The paintings may be seen in advance at Arts Center now. Contact Rosalyn Lifshin, Executive Director, 609-399-7628.

THE OCEAN CITY HUMANE SOCIETY has added an extra day and is extending the hours of its Wellness Clinic. The Clinic will now be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. till noon and Wednesdays from noon until 6 p.m. The Clinic offers the public low cost options for routine veterinary services like vaccines and testing. The clinic is by appointment only and the shelter stresses that this is not for emergency medical care or sick animals. Even though the animals are examined by licensed veterinarians, the clinic is not a replacement for your own personal vet of record. Over the past year, the Society has received many calls from people wanting to surrender animals because they can't afford yearly check ups or yearly vaccinations. This service is geared to reduce the cost of having pets and thus help keep more pets in homes. Wellness Clinic appointments may be made by calling 609-399-2018. For more information, visit www.hsocnj.org.