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What's Happening in Ocean City

Wednesday, June 24 - Al Belmont Magic Show, illusions for all ages, Music Pier, 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for children 12 and under and seniors and $15 for adults. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the Feed The Children Foundation.

The July Jubilee celebration continues and features a series of free, family-oriented contests leading into the City's annual Fourth of July celebration. All contests begin 11 a.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace and are listed below:

Thursday, June 25 - "That's the Way The Cookie Crumbles" contest will challenge participants to chew a work of art from a "really big" cookie.

Friday, June 26 - Extreme Hermit Crab Wrestling, the world's most non-violent contact sport. Here's how it works. Two hermit crabs are placed on their backs. The first hermit crab to turn over and right itself is declared the winner. All rounds are timed. The crabs with the best times win prizes. The event is sanctioned by NASCRAB, the National Assn. of Sensational Crab Rassling At the Beach.

No pre-registration is required for any of the July Jubilee events. Just show up about 20 minutes ahead of starting time. The sculpting contests include categories for ages five and under, 6 to 8, 9 to 12, teens and adults. Prizes are awarded. Entry is free.

Thursday, June 25 - Thursday Night Lecture Series, "Ghost Stories" by John Gregory Young, Ocean City Historical Museum, 7 p.m., free event, call 609-399-1801 or visit www.ocnjmuseum.org for information.

Friday, June 26 - Sandcastle Park Re-dedication, 34th & West, 11am.

Friday, June 26 - Rock of Ages Concert, Ocean City Music Pier, 5pm, featuring Bound by Nothing, Comic Book Heroes, Jealously Curve and Spin. Free tickets available at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave. or at the Music Pier Box Office. For info call 856-207-2731.

Friday, June 26-27 - American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, Carey Stadium, 6th St. off Boardwalk, 6pm-9am. For info 1-800-ACS-2345.

Saturday, June 27 - 53rd Annual Antique Auto Show, Tabernacle Grounds, 6th & Asbury, 9am-2pm. Followed by boardwalk parade from 6th-14th Sts.

Saturday, June 27 - Ocean City Barons professional soccer team vs. Rhode Island Stingrays, Carey Stadium, 6th St. off Boardwalk, 7pm. Tickets $6 adults, $4 youth. For info call 609-525-9999.

Saturday, June 27 - Kauriga Balalaika Orchestra, Ocean City Music Pier, 7:30pm, Tickets $5 at Music Pier Box Office 609-525-9248.

Sunday, June 28 - Dog Park re-opening, 45th & Haven, 1-3pm. Sunday, June 28 - Ocean City Pops Orchestra featuring Chita Rivera, Music Pier, 8pm, tickets $20, call Music Pier Box Office 609-525-9248.

Wednesday, July 1st - Family drop-in program,Ocean City Historical Museum, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30 or 1:30. Drop-in for a fun, ½ hour hands-on activity designed just for kids. $2/per person. Every Wednesday throughout the summer. Cultural Community Center, 1735 Simpson Avenue. 399.1801.

For information on Ocean City events call 1-800-BEACH-NJ or visit www.oceancityvacation.com