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The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly membership luncheon on Thursday, January 13, 2011 at The Flanders Hotel in Ocean City. The event will begin at 12pm and will feature Steven E. Brady, President of Ocean City Home Bank as the guest speaker to give his 2011 Economic Forecast. The luncheon is $25.00 and is open to all members and member guests. Reservations can be made by calling 609-399-1412 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The City's Annual Service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is set for 1 p.m., Sat., Jan. 15 at the William and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center in Ocean City High School, 6th and Atlantic Ave. Ocean City was the first community in Cape May County to hold such a ceremony. It was organized by the late Rozelia Cobb, a beloved teacher at Ocean City Intermediate School. Her work is carried on today thanks to the generosity of Wonderland Pier, the Sentinel Ledger and Keith Hartzell. Attorney Nathan Davis and Rev. Gregory Johnson will be guest speakers. Rev. Johnson will recite Dr. King's inspiring "I Have a Dream" speech. Those to be honored with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards for their service to the community include Dwayne Wilson, Gary Jessel, Emma Davis, Patricia Richards and Dr. Kathleen Taylor. There will be music by the Bubby Fan Gospel Choir and soprano, Lexi Petrilla. Attendees are invited to a Soul Food Dinner following the program prepared by Mary Miles and Portia Thompson of the Shiloh Baptist Church. Donations will be accepted to support the church.

The City is also again cooperating with the Clean Communities Program by holding a City-Wide Clean Up on Mon., Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. till noon. The event honors the memory of Dr. King on his birthday. All families, individuals and groups are invited to volunteer. Supplies may be picked up at 9 a.m. in the Henry S. Knight Building, 115 12 St. Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Volunteers are invited to the Stainton Senior Center, 17th and Simpson Ave., afterwards for food and warm beverages.

NEWS NOTES from local organizations: The Ocean City Arts Center has just a few seats left for its bus trip to New York for the Winter Armory Antique Show on Jan. 27. Call 609-399-7628 to make your reservation.

The Arts Center also invites you to sign up for one of its many winter classes. Local award winning artist, Rae Jaffe, is exhibiting her pastels at the Center during January. The show is titled "Inspiration in the Everyday."

The Ocean City Free Public Library is now accepting donations of Good and Used Books. Donations may be dropped off at the Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. during regular hours. Please no text books, encyclopedias, magazines or newspapers.

The Ocean City Fine Arts League, 608 Asbury Ave., is featuring its Judges Art Show through January. These are outstanding artists who have donated their time to judge events at the Center during the past year. They include Doris Spotts, Vineland, Carol Zerbi, Somers Point, Michael Waters, Ventnor, Concetta Sotto, Egg Harbor Township, Chuck Law, Linwood and Rita Michalenko, Weymouth Walk, Atlantic County.

The Ocean City Intermediate School's Winter Play, The Wizard of Oz, is set for Fri., Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Hughes Performing Arts Center, Ocean City High School. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students. Call 609-399-1290.

OCEAN CITY PTA events: Winter Classic Craft Night, Fri., Jan. 14th, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Primary School, 5th and West Ave. Admission is $5 per child for craft making, snacks and face painting.

Beat the Blizzard Movie Nightis set for Sat., Jan. 22 at 6 p.m., Ocean City Civic Center, 6th & Boardwalk. The movie will be Despicable Me, Rated PG. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children, includes movie, pizza, pop corn and more. For information on PTA events, call 609-517-5049.