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What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 3/16/16

(March 19)  THE GREAT EGG HUNT: 2:30 p.m., 11th St. to 14th St. on the beach. Five (5) age groups: 0-2 yrs. and 3-4 yrs (11 St. Beach); 5 yrs and 6 yrs (12th St. Beach); and  7 yrs old  (13th Street). Rain date: March 20. For information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

(March 19-20) SPRING FESTIVAL OF GUARANTEED HANDCRAFTS & FINE ART: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at the historic Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Believed to be the only show in New Jersey where every offering is guaranteed to be made in the USA by the artisan in the booth. Features jewelry, glass, watercolor and oil paintings, beach and bay photography, candles, soaps, lotions, leather goods, gourmet foods, wood carvings, floral arrangements, seashore décor and much more. $3 admission benefits the Ocean City Food Cupboard, Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Salvation Army and Shore Medical Center. For information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

(March 26) WOOF N’ PAWS PET FASHION SHOW: 11 a.m. at Carey Stadium, 6th St. off Boardwalk.  Dress Your pets in their Easter Best! For information, call (609) 399-6111.

(March 26) THE GREAT EGG HUNT: 2:30 p.m., 11th St. to 14th St. on the beach. Five (5) age groups: 0-2 yrs. and 3-4 yrs (11 St. Beach); 5 yrs and 6 yrs (12th St. Beach); and  7 yrs old  (13th Street). Rain date: March 27. For information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

(March 27) THE EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE:  A traditional, nondenominational service by the sea. All are welcome, 6:30 a.m. Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. For information, call (609) 399-6111.

(March 27) EASTER FASHION PROMENADE: In front of the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Come dressed in your Easter Best to stroll in our fashion promenade and meet the Easter Bunny. Judging begins 1 p.m. For information, call (609) 399-6111.

(April 9-10) GIRLS WEEKEND IN DOWNTOWN: On Asbury Avenue between Sixth Street and 14th Street. There will be dining offers, spa specials, shopping discounts, yoga and wellness classes, craft projects and demonstrations, hotel and B&B packages and a grand prize drawing. A Friday Night Fashion Show Kick-Off at Crown Bank, 801 Asbury Ave., is set for 7 p.m.  It will include light fare and refreshments, $20 per person. For more information, call (609) 399-1412 or visit www.oceancityvacation.com.

(April 9-10) OC CON 2016: A weekend devoted to the comics. Visitors will be able to meet creators of super heroes and comic book characters at the Music Pier. Stop by Sunday at 2 p.m. to see or participate in a costume contest. Events begin Saturday April 9 at 9 a.m. with a one-mile Super Hero Run followed by a Super Hero Dash at noon. Contestants are encouraged to compete in costumes. Register at www.ocnj.us/Race-Events.  Show will be held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. One-day admission: adults $5, children (12-and-under) $2; Two–day admission: $8 for adults, $3 for children.

SAVE THE DATE: A NIGHT OF ROCK ‘N ROLL featuring “The Brooklyn Bridge” is set for (Friday May 13) at the Music Pier. The program also features “The Soul Survivors,” “Billy and the Essentials” and “45rpm.” Tickets are $39 benefitting the Morvay-Miley Post 524 of the American Legion of Ocean City. Tickets are available at City Hall Welcome Center (9th Street and Asbury Avenue), the Ocean City Causeway Welcome Center on the Route 52 Causeway, by visiting www.ocnj.us/boxoffice or by calling (609) 399-6111.

THE 31ST ANNUAL DOO DAH PARADE is set for Saturday, April 16 at noon. Grand marshal this year will be Mark Soifer. That’s me. I started the parade and this will be my final Doo Dah as I plan to retire at the end of the year. Mayor Gillian was kind enough to name me grand marshal.

The parade starts at noon, Sixth Street and Asbury Ave., turns to Boardwalk at 12th St. and ends at the Music Pier.  (Last week, we said the parade turned at 14th Street. That is incorrect.) The annual PieAsco is held in front of the Music Pier after the parade. Folks sit in grandstands and smoosh each other with shaving cream pies. This event honors the late Soupy Sales, a great supporter of Doo Dah and a good friend of Ocean City’s.

To enter the Parade as an individual or group, visit www.ocnj.us/doo-Dah-Parade or call (609) 399-6111.

ATLANTIC CITY MAYOR DON GUARDIAN will be guest speaker at the Ocean City Arts Center annual meeting on Tuesday, March 22, at 7 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public. The Arts Center is located at the Community Center complex, 1735 Simpson Ave.

Guardian will discuss the state of Atlantic City and the future of art there. In the short time he has been in office, Guardian has added the Stockton Noyes Art Garage, events in the Garden Pier, children’s art projects and has supported the resort’s annual Boardwalk Art Show.

The late James F. Penland, a talented Ocean City artist and businessman, was involved in the first Atlantic City Art Show. Citing Atlantic City’s event, he convinced Ocean City Mayor Tom Waldman to start a similar event here 54 years ago. Building on that success, Penland, Waldman and a committee established the city’s Art Center, first located at 409 Wesley Ave.

Prior to being elected mayor, Guardian served as director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority’s Special Improvement Division. As director for two decades, he developed programs and standards for environmental services, landscaping and ambassador programs. In addition, he was able to add information services, economic development initiatives, support special events and much more. For more information, call Arts Center Executive Director Rosalyn Lifshin, (609) 399-7628.