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August 11, 2011: Ocean City's 102nd BABY PARADE is set for Thurs.,

Aug. 11 starting 10:15 a.m. Route is from 6th to 12th Sts. on the Boardwalk. The Baby Parade will be followed by the popular TWINS CONTEST starting 6:30 p.m. in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Registration is 6 p.m. There are divisions for all age groups. Entry is free. Prizes will be awarded.


Aug. 15-19: WEIRD CONTEST WEEK has been held in Ocean City for 17 years and will be held once again Aug. 15-19. It features a series of "Wacky But Not Tacky" free competitions 11 a.m. daily at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.

I am constantly surprised by the imaginative entries: A Ferris Wheel sculpted out of Salt Water Taffy, Elvis in French Fries, the Eiffel Tower made out of paper clips, a flower chewed out of a huge cookie.

"To me, it's a real celebration of the imagination," says Mark Soifer, creator of Weird Contest Week. "I've been thinking we should do more to recognize the creative talents of people. And those who put their creativity to good use."

With that in mind, WCW has initiated the "IMMY AWARD" to be presented to a person with an outstanding imagination and a good heart to go with it. The first recipient will be Jerome Lukas of Virginia, the "Johnny Appleseed of Cartoonists."

Lukas is often on the road as a free lance artist and is never without his pen and drawing paper. The cartoonist has given away over 1,300 drawings since January 1st and a total of 12,000 cartoons over the years. An outgoing, affable person, Lukas has drawn cartoons at airports, supermarkets, trains, parties, barber shops, wherever he happens to be.

"His approach is direct. I've seen Lukas in action many times," says Soifer.

"What's your name and what's your favorite animal?" he will ask a waitress. She thinks about it.

"A deer." she says.

Zip. Out comes the pen and paper. And by the time Jerome has finished dinner, a professional cartoon of the deer has emerged, dedicated to the waitress and accompanied by inspirational copy.

He hands the cartoon to the waitress who breaks into a big smile.That's it. That's the pay off for Lukas, a big smile.

Born and raised in Vineland, Jerome was a multi-talented youngster who played piano at a local restaurant and earned money impersonating Batman at malls. He began drawing cartoons as a teenager and was cartoonist for the University of Pennsylvania's daily newspaper where he drew and interviewed such celebrities as Janis Joplin. He now creates videos for major corporations and has designed a logo for the Emmy Awards.

Lukas spent time in Ocean City during the 1960s decorating T Shirts and Sweat Shirts and entertaining at a popular teen coffee spot, The White Whale.

Jerome is an ideal first honoree. A talented man who has cheered thousands with his fertile imagination and asked nothing in return, says Soifer.

Lukas will receive his award on Wed., Aug. 17 during the third day of Weird Contest Week that features That's the Way the Cookie Crumbles or Cookie Sculpting. He will demonstrate his cartooning prowess during the event that starts at 11 a.m. in the Pavilion of the Music Pier and show a montage of his artwork.

The Contests include Taffy Sculpting on Monday, French Fries on Tuesday, Cookies Wednesday and Paper Clips on Thursday. Friday features Little Miss and Little Mr. Chaos. Children, three to five, sit on the Music Pier stage, bang on pots and pans and make all the noise they can muster in two minutes. Contests end with Miss Miscellaneous and Mr. Miscellaneous for folks who have always wanted to be in a Talent Show but maybe missed the bus or got stuck at a Rugby match.

Participation is free. There are Divisions for all age groups. For information, call the Public Relations Office, 609-525-9300.


Aug 11& 23: Book signings are set for Sun Rose Words and Music,756 Asbury Ave. Lou Pilscou, author of Dude: Fun with Dude and Betty, a retro style humorous surfing book, will sign from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 11th and Natassia Schreiner, author and illustrator, will sign her book, the ABC's of Ocean City from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m. on the 23rd. Call Sun Rose, (609) 399-9190 for a mailed, personalized, autographed copy if you can't attend.

Aug. 12: Ocean City's Andrew Hink, pianist, vocalist and 2010 graduate of theUniversity of the Arts in Philadelphia will present a free concert in the Lecture Hall of the Ocean City Free Public Library at 7 p.m. Hink will perform his original songs along with pop classics and Broadway tunes.

Aug. 13: THE MISS OCEAN CITY PAGEANT is set for the Music Pier, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the Music Pier Box Office, 609-525-9248.

Aug. 14: Allison Speer with a cast from Gaither Homecoming in Nashville is featured in a free, 7 p.m. Country Music concert at the Tabernacle, 5th and Wesley Ave. Call 609-399-1915 or access www.octabernacle.org.

Aug. 15: The Lettermen, one of the most romantic singing groups of the 60's, will perform their hits including a Theme from a Summer Place, 8 p.m. at the Music Pier, tickets $30 at the Pier Box Office, 609-525-9248.

Aug. 16-18: The Ocean City Pops present the Broadway Musical Annie, a fully staged production directed by Michael Hartman 7:30 p.m. at the Middle Township Performing Cape May Court House. Tickets are $20, $15 for children call 609-463-1924.

Aug. 17: School House Rock Live, 10:30 a.m. at the Music Pier, presented by the Ocean City Theatre Co. Show is perfect for entire family. Tickets are $9 at Music Pier Box Office, call 609-525-9248.

Aug. 19: The Little Miss Ocean City Pageant will be held at the Music Pier 7 p.m., Tickets are $10 at the Music Pier Box Office. This is a scholarship Pageant for girls ages 8-11.

LIBRARY EVENTS, 17TH and Simpson Ave.:

Aug. 11: Ted Talk Series, Myth of Violence, 12:00 p.m., main lecture Room N110. This video will feature Stephen Pinker and will chart the decline of violence from Biblical times to the present. It argues that, though it may seem illogical and even obscene, given Iraq and Darfur, that we are living in the most peaceful time of our species existence.

Aug. 11: at 7 p.m., Main Lecture Room, the Ocean City Historical Museum, will present a summer lecture, call (609) 399-1801 for details.

Aug 13: I Want My Mummy Lecture, how mummification practices developed through time, how mummies were actually made, unpublished images of actual Egyptian Mummies presented by Dr. Steven Phillips of the Univ. of Penn Museum. Some of Phillips' own excavations from Egypt are used to illustrate his talk at 12:00 p.m. in the main lecture room.

Aug. 13: Free Saturday Movie 2 p.m. in the Main Lecture Room feature Rio (G), refreshments provided.

For information on Library events call (609) 399-2434, Ext. 5231 or access www.oceancitylibrary.org.