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The events roll on in Ocean City. You can always check out www.ocnj.us, the City’s website where you will find listings of What’s Happening right on through to our gala First Night New Years Eve Celebration. The Chamber’s website www.oceancityvacation.com is also a good source for information.

The Chamber has a toll free telephone number 1-800-BEACH-NJ and the City Public relations office may be reached at (609) 525-9300.

Many charitable organizations select Ocean City’s Beach and Boardwalk for fund raising events because of its special, family atmosphere. Over $30 million was raised last year by these groups that bring thousands of visitors to Ocean City.


New this year will be STAND UP FOR THE SEALS, an organization dedicated to raising funds for fallen Navy Seals and other special forces. They have selected Ocean City for its first annual Beach Adventure Race that includes an obstacle course for adults and a sand challenge run for kids under ten. The Memorial Day Weekend event also features a Stand Up Paddle Ocean Challenge

Events start on the Fourth St. Beach at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 25th. Teams and individuals interested in participating should visit www.memorialbeachchallenge.com/. The group participates in “One Team, One Fight” which includes the Navy Seal Foundation and the 31 Heroes Project that honors and supports families of fallen service personnel. Contact Kristen Gallagher (610) 401-1510.

Members of the group and possibly a Navy Seal will visit Ocean City on Friday to review plans with Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Michele Gillian. They will meet 11 a.m. in the Green Room, second floor of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The media is invited.

(April 20) RESTORE THE SHORE, a concert in celebration of the rebuilding of the Jersey Shore, will be presented by the Philadelphia International Music Festival on Sat., April 20 at 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. The concert will feature Madison Marcucci, violinist, a graduate of the Juilliard School, Teaching Assistant to Kimberly Fisher, Principal Second Violinist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. The program will also feature Michal Marcucci and other guest artists. Concert is free.

(April 22) The Ocean City Exchange Club will honor FIRST NIGHT with its BOOK OF GOLDEN DEEDS AWARD, 6 p.m., Mon., April 22nd at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point. Tickets are $35. For reservations, call (609) 602-6926 or (609) 391-2430.

(April 25 and 26 at 7 p.m., and April 27 at 2 and 7 p.m.), The Ocean City High School Drama Club presents “FOOTLOOSE, the Musical” at the Hughes Performing Arts Center, Sixth and Atlantic Ave. Tickets are $12 and $15. Call (609)399-1290 ext. 1442.

(April 25) FORGOTTEN HEROES, 11 a.m., Veterans Memorial Park, Fifth Street and Wesley Ave.: American Legion Post 524 hosts a ceremony honoring the memory of four Cape May County veterans who passed away and their remains have been unclaimed until now. Following the ceremony the remains of these veterans will be escorted from Ocean City to Cape May County Veterans Memorial Cemetery for internment. The public is invited to join.

(April 27) Clean Ocean City Action BEACH SWEEP is set from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Stop at Music Pier for clean-up-supplies. All organizations and families are invited to participate in this annual State Wide event to keep beaches clean and safe and to protect the coastal environment. Call (609) 399- 6111, ext. 9711.

(April 27-28) Boardwalk and Downtown Table Sales (no vendors) 6th to 14th Sts. on the Boardwalk and Asbury Ave.

(April 28) There will be a 13 mile bike tour organized by Body in Balance Physical Therapy and Fitness Center in Linwood ending in Ocean City over the new bridges and Causeway. The event   starts at 8:30 a.m. in Linwood. This is the first biking event ever over the new bridges. The tour benefits the American and National Parkinson Foundations. Call (609) 365-8499 for information.

(May 1) The Ocean City Chamber of Commerce will hold its SALUTE TO WORKING WOMEN on Wed., May 1 at noon in the Ocean City Yacht Club, Bay Ave. and Battersea Rd. They will be honoring the OCNJ C.A.R.E (Clean up and Recovery Effort) Volunteers for their monumental efforts in helping the City recover from Super Storm Sandy.

While there were hundreds of volunteers that made the City’s quick recovery possible, the following four women were essential in the process and took leadership roles: Dottie Cianci, Karin Gleason, Maria Marinelli and Kathy Sykes. Tickets are $25 and reservations may be made by calling the Chamber at (609) 399-1412.

(May 2) MARTIN Z. MOLLUSK DAY: Ocean City’s Weather Predicting Hermit Crab creeps out on to the Ocean City Beach and attempts to see his shadow. If he’s successful, summer comes one week early to Ocean City. Spectators sing “Some Enchanted Morning” to encourage MZM and his colorful entourage which arrives on the beach led by Shelley the Mermaid, aka Suzanne Muldowney, the Fantastic Ocean City Fish, the World’s only Wind Chimes Band, Trash Buster, the Canned Crusader and Dr. Frankenstein, who checks Martin’s blood pressure to make certain he is healthy enough to attempt the arduous creep. (As you might guess, this is one creepy event.) If Big Mama Llama shakes her head, Martin has successfully seen his shadow. (Location may change if the 9th St. Beach is closed that day for dredging.)

(May 4) The Ocean City Mile long BLOCK PARTY is set from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from 5th to 14th Streets on Asbury Ave. There will be over 350 crafters, food vendors and more. Public Service Booths will be located on 9th St. between Central and West Aves. The event is dedicated to the memory of Carolyn Murphy who directed the Block Party for many years.

BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE OCEAN CITY FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 17TH and Simpson Ave., for its many, free entertainment events and educational programs. Call (609) 399-2434 or access www.oceancitylibrary.org.

Also from the Library: There will be a one day ticket sale for the 5th Annual AUTHOR’S TEA sponsored by the Friends and volunteers of the Library. Tickets are $20 and will be available April 27 only in the Library Atrium from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. Please bring a stamped, self addressed envelope. Limit 4 tickets per person. Cash or checks only. Please make checks payable to: Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library. New Procedure: There will be no mail ins. Information flyers are available at the Library information desk or by accessing, http://fvocfpl.worldpress.com/programs-activities-events/author-tea/. (phew!) Call the Library at (609) 399-2434.

The Tea will be held at the Flanders Hotel, 11th and Boardwalk on May 9 at 2 p.m. Guest author will be Theresa Anne Tull whose book is “A Long Way from Runnemede: One Woman’s Foreign Service Journey.” Tull will share her fascinating experiences with the audience.