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Ocean City has an array of facilities that will keep you entertained, informed and healthy all winter. Let’s start with the Community Center Complex, 17th and Simpson Ave. It offers a Library, Historical Museum, Aquatic and Fitness Center, Art Center and Senior Center.    

The OCEAN CITY FREE PUBLIC Library offers free programs for all ages from tots to teenagers to adults the year-round: musical entertainment, free movies, computer instruction, and more.

There will be a cooking class on Jan. 30th to celebrate National Croissant Day at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Senior Room Kitchen. Programs include Chess and Bridge Clubs, Meditation Workshops, Book Discussions, Bay Atlantic Symphony lectures, Learn to play mah-jongg and AARP Save Driving course.


Upcoming free movies include Classic Film Night: Big Night, Jan 11 at 6 p.m., Sat. Afternoon movies at 2p.m., Jan. 9th Minions, Jan. 23 Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation, plus After School movies, Wednesdays at 3 p.m.                                              

Programs at 2 p.m. on Jazz by Michel Pedicin and the South Jersey Jazz Society have become very popular at the Library. Upcoming events include (JAN. 24) “Four Bassists at Play” with Andy Lalasis and 3 other musicians playing original and inspiring music on acoustic, electric and synthesized instruments.                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Stay in shape this winter. The Ocean City AQUATIC AND FITNESS CENTER offers an extensive Fitness program with workout facilities, an Olympic sized pool plus instruction in Yoga, Weight Training, etc. Call (609) 398-6900 for information.

Enjoy our two Art Centers, The OCEAN CITY ARTS CENTER in the Community Center Complex and the FINE ARTS LEAGUE, 608 Asbury Ave. Both hold free exhibits every month featuring talented local and regional artists. This month the Ocean City Arts Center is showing the work of Carla Migliaccio, a talented Ocean City Artist. The Fine Arts League is featuring the best entries in its 2015 shows.

Both Centers offer art classes and art for sale. The Ocean City Arts Center holds classes in sculpting, music, Tai Chi, dancing, and runs summer art camps in addition to painting and sketching. For information, call O.C. Arts Center, (609) 399-7628, Fine Arts League (609) 814-0308.

The OCEAN CITY HISTORICAL MUSEUM at the Community Center features exhibits of artifacts, photos, clothing and other treasures of Ocean City’s past. There is also a display of unique items salvaged from the Sindia, a ship that beached at 15th St. in 1901.  Take time to take a walk through the past of America’s Greatest Family Resort. Knowledgeable volunteers will be on hand to make your tour interesting.

The Museum also offers a Lecture Series on Ocean City History, and appraisal programs during which the public may bring in their treasures for evaluation by experts for a reasonable fee.  For more information on Historical Museum activities call (609) 399-1801.

The OCEAN CITY SENIOR CENTER located at the Community Center, includes a luncheon Mon.-Fri., donation $2, free to those who can’t afford it, exercise programs, card sessions including Bridge and Pinochle and a place to meet and chat Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The entrance to the Senior Center is located on the 18th Street side of the Community Center.

THE DOWNTOWN: Ocean City features an award winning downtown with over 100 specialty shops plus restaurants. Most are open year-round. This, along with the facilities already mentioned, is available to year-round residents and also makes the City ideal for WINTER GET-AWAYS. Hotels and Motels offer reduced winter rates. For information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

SENIOR CITIZENS (and others) will enjoy the weekend of March 12 when Ocean City presents its 3rd Annual MR. MATURE AMERICA PAGEANT. This is a talent pageant for men 55 years of age and older. It is the only one of its kind in the Country or the world as far as we can determine. So if you want to experience such an event, you will have to come to Ocean City.

The event celebrates the relevance and talents of our Senior Citizens plus “The Purity of Maturity and Importance of Social Security.” Contestants compete in talent, interview and poise categories. Event opens with a rousing dance routine choreographed by Jessica Albertson. All contestants participate in this “crowd pleaser” that sets an entertaining tone for the Pageant. Tickets are $10. To enter contest or purchase tickets, call (609) 399-6111 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

(Jan. 9) The MISS NEW JERSEY OUTSTANDING TEEN Pageant will be held at Millville Senior High School at 7 p.m. There will be 21 contestants, two from Ocean City, Victoria Matt and Cassidy Diamond. The winner performs at the Miss New Jersey Pageant held at the Music Pier in June. Tickets are $35, available at the door or by contacting Joan Cooper, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The theme this year is “On Broadway.” Miss New Jersey, Lindsey Giannini and Miss New Jersey’s Outstanding Teen, Shereen Pimental, will host the Pageant. 

(Jan.16) Celebration of the Birthday of  DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. will be held at Hughes Performing Arts Center, Ocean City High School, 6th and Atlantic Ave. It will feature Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream Speech”  At1 p.m. A “Soul Food” Dinner immediately follows the ceremony.

(Jan. 18) DAY OF SERVICE honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Volunteers meet 9 a.m. at the Senior Center, 18th and Simpson Ave.