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Gala Spring Block Party Set for May 2nd

Ocean City’s 32nd SPRING BLOCK PARTY is just a week and a half away. The popular event will be held on Sat., (May 2nd) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The mile long festival extends from 5th to 14th Sts. on Asbury Ave. along Ocean City’s Award Winning Downtown.

There will be over 350 crafters with lots of unusual and practical items for sale. The downtown features over 100 specialty shops and some especially good restaurants.

You can enjoy live entertainment from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Big Daddy Band featuring Larry Conner will be at 6th St., Robert Boney Ensemble at 7th St., Tony DeLuca, a one man band at 9th St., the Tidal Wave Band at 10th St., Bubba Mac Blues Band at 13th St., and Keith Hickman will be entertaining at 14th St. There will be free pony rides for the children at the Tabernacle grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave., also from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. And talented magician, Chad Juros, will be performing his astounding tricks and juggling at that location.


PLUS there will be a downtown Merchant’s Sidewalk Sale and Boardwalk Table Sales all weekend. For information, call the Ocean City regional Chamber of Commerce 1-800-BEACHNJ.

THE OCEAN CITY TALENT SHOW makes its debut on (Sat., May 2). Organizers are looking for talented people with backgrounds in vocal, dance, instrumental, drama, comedy, etc. Contestants of all ages either in solo or groups are welcome.

Those wishing to participate must first complete an application, which is available at www.oceancitytheatrecompany.com or by calling (609) 398-1118. Applications must be completed and returned by April 28. Those interested should act today, notes the Theatre Company. Awards include prizes, trophies and cash.

The Talent Competition is open to the public. It’s set for the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace at 7:30 p.m., the evening of the Block Party on (May 2). Tickets are $10 per person with proceeds benefitting the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company. For tickets, call (609) 399-6111 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.

A GREAT EVENT FOR A GRAND LADY:  Mothers, families and friends are invited to celebrate Mothers Day, 4 p.m., Sunday (May 10) at the Ocean City Music Pier. Admission is free. The concert honors the memory of Esther C. Weil who started the event in 1998. Esther loved music and had a generous heart. Admission is free.

The afternoon will feature the music of the West Chester Senior Strings Orchestra under the direction of Charles de Pasquale. The program will include classical and contemporary music arranged for orchestra, ensemble and solo String performance. The Ocean City Arts Center’s Friends of Music sponsor this annual event.

JAZZ SERIES FINALE: (April 26) The Art of Improvisation presented by the South Jersey Jazz Society features the final program of its three part series with the legendary saxophonist, Michael Pedicin and friends. The musicians will present an afternoon of free musical expression and pure, inspired improvisation.

All programs are free, at 2 p.m. in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall of the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. Sunday’s event includes Michael Pedicin, saxophones, Andy Lalasis, bass, Dean Schneider, piano/keyboards, Jim Hamilton, percussion with special guest, poet Rina Terry.

REGISTRATION for Ocean City’s popular summer recreation programs for people of all ages opens Fri., (May 1.) A brochure of programs is now available online. Sessions in the arts, academics and athletics attract thousands of participants. Registration is available online as well as in person. Many programs have limited space, so participants are encouraged to take advantage of online registration.

Browse the online brochure of summer programs at www.ocnj.us/recreation.  Register free online with Community Pass Account by following the same link. Sign up for programs from home when online registration opens May 1 at 9 a.m. Registration will also be available in person at the Sports and Civic Center, 6th and Boardwalk and Aquatic and Fitness Center, 17th and Simpson Ave. A wide range of programs is available, ages tots to adults. Call (609) 525-9304 for information.

The Ocean City Housing Authority will present the YOUTH EMPOWERMENT Leadership Explosion on (May 9), a day of workshops, celebration and education designed to help young people of the Community. The event honors the memory of Maliha Chowdhury, the Ocean City High School student who died tragically last December. It is designed to “give our youth the tools they need to thrive.” All proceeds will benefit a scholarship fund in Maliha’s name at Ocean City High School. Entry is free. There will be food for sale to help raise funds for the educational effort and the program is being supported by local businesses.

The festival will be held at Peck’s Beach Village family Court Yard, 204 4th St., Ocean City. Mychal Kendricks of the Philadelphia Eagles and William Green, formerly of the Cleveland Browns, will appear to support the cause. For information, contact Alesia Watson, Executive Director of the Ocean City Housing Authority (609) 399-1062.

COMING ATTRACTION: MARTIN Z. MOLLUSK DAY, Thurs., May 7th, 11 a.m. at the Moorlyn Terrace Beach. Will the 101year old Hermit Crab see his shadow thus bringing summer to Ocean City one week early? The tension is mounting. Hermit Crabs throughout the world are breathlessly awaiting the results. Don’t miss this monumental event. Take off work. We will write an excuse letter certifying to your employer that you left the job to watch Martin Z. creep on the beach! He or she will be soooooo impressed. 

THIS JUST RECEIVED: The Public is invited to attend the 4th Annual Ocean City Pops STUDENT MUSIC COMPETITION on (May 6th) at 4:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The program, sponsored by the Friends of the Ocean City Pops, features vocalists and instrumentalists. Admission is free.

Fifteen students in grades 9-12 and enrolled in high schools in Atlantic and Cape May Counties have submitted outstanding credentials and recommendations from their school and private music teachers to qualify for the competition. Three professional musicians will judge and award cash prizes in a competition originally named for Mrs. Esther Weil, an avid patron of the performing arts in Ocean City and Philadelphia.

The first place instrumentalist and vocalist will each receive $1,000 and make a guest appearance with the Ocean City Pops this summer season. The second and third place winners will receive $500 and $250 respectively. William Scheible, Artistic Director and Pops Conductor, expects to announce the winners by 7 p.m. The competition is part of the student outreach program sponsored by the Friends of the Ocean City Pops.

NOTICE: There are still tickets available for the Library’s Author’s High Tea set for (May 7) at the Flanders Hotel. Guest will be David Dean, author of “The 13th Child.” Tickets will be available on Sat., April 25 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Atrium of the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. or call Elaine Wilson, (609) 398-4716. Tickets are $28, Open Seating, cash or check only.