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Martin Z. Mollusk Day and Block Party Coming Soon

What’s Happening in Ocean City, NJ 4/27/16

(April 30) CLEAN OCEAN ACTION BEACH SWEEP, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Check in at the Music Pier for clean up supplies. All organizations and families are encouraged to participate in this annual statewide event to help keep our beaches clean and safe and protect our coastal environment. Call (609) 399-6111, xt. 9711.

(April 30) GREAT STRIDES WALK: 10 a.m. registration at the 6th St. Practice Field, off the Boardwalk. 11 a.m. Walk. Great Strides is a family oriented event with a healthy 5K Walk, children’s activities, food and festivities. The walk benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and is its largest national fundraiser. For information, call (610) 325-6001.

(May 2-31) The Ocean City Arts Center, 17th and Simpson Ave., presents a unique exhibit, BOARDWALK  CATS, the work of Sarah Mooney- Tronco.  A resident of Absecon, she was inspired to create the “Boardwalk Cats” series after observing cats that live under the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. The paintings show cats living their lives like humans. They fly kites, read books, play video games and more. “The acrylic paintings are full of bright saturated colors, with themes both playful and personal. While cats are the stars of the art, other animals such as snakes and dogs are featured,” notes Rosalyn Lifshin, Art Center Director.

A “Meet the Artist Reception” will be held Friday, May 13 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Entrance is free and the public is invited. For more information, access www.oceancityartscenter.org  or call (609) 399-7628. The Center is now taking Art Camp and Summer Class Reservations.

(May 5) A free lecture on SEA SIDE GARDENING with Native and Hardy Vegetation, presented by the Environmental Commission, 6:30 p.m. in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall of the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. Pat Sutton, a renowned ornithologist and naturalist will lead the lecture. For information, call (609) 399-2434, x 5222.

(May 7) MARTIN Z. MOLLUSK DAY: This will be the 42nd year that Ocean City’s relatively famous Hermit Crab predicts the arrival of summer. If he sees his shadow on the 9th St. Beach at 11 a.m. beside the Music Pier, summer comes one week early to Ocean City. If not, it comes on time. Once he saw a partial shadow and predicted summer would arrive 3 ½ days early. It did. This amazing prediction, led to his induction into the Weather Prognosticators Hall Fame.

There will be entertainment and hoopla prior to Martin’s creep into the “Circle of Truth” because Martin demands this. The World’s Only Wind Chimes Band will  perform, Suzanne Muldowney, AKA Shelly the mermaid, will sing “Some Enchanted Morning,” and since Martin is 104 years old in Hermit Crab years, his  vital signs must be taken before he embarks on his creep. Dr. Frankenstein and Nurse Perfect will do the honors. After the ceremony, children will be given shell replicas of Martin. Doug Jewell, the Ocean City Pirate, will be in charge of security. For more information, call (609) 399-6111 and ask for the Big Crab.

(May 6-7 and May 13-14) BOARDWALK AND DOWNTOWN TABLE SALES – (no vendors) 6th to 14th Sts. on the Boardwalk and Asbury Ave.

(May 13) A NIGHT OF ROCK ‘N ROLL, an Oldies Concert, is set for the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace at 7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by the American Legion the program features “The Brooklyn Bridge” plus 45 RPM, Billy and the Essentials, and the Soul Survivors. Reserved Seating Tickets are $39 at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice or by calling (609) 399-6111.

(May 14) THE SPRING BLOCK PARTY, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from 5th to 14th Streets on Asbury Ave. Over 350 crafters, food vendors, music and more. Entertainment from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. includes Steve Marshal with pony rides for children and popular Magician Chad Juros at the Tabernacle, 6th and Asbury Ave., Big Daddy at 6th St., Robert Boney at 7th St., Tony DeLuca at 8th St., Tidal Wave at 10th St., the Bubba Mac Blues Band at 13th St. and Keith Hickman at 14th St.

Public Service booths will be located on 9th   St. between Asbury and Central.

(May 14) The Ocean City Post Office is conducting a FOOD DRIVE for the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Community Food Cupboard. Residents are requested to put out non- perishable food items by their mail boxes to be picked up by their postman.

Some items requested include: cans of fruit, meat, tuna, juice, canned ravioli, spaghetti O’s, peanut butter and jelly, laundry and dish detergent and personal items ie. Shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes.

(May 15) CAPE BANK JAZZ @ THE POINT: There will be two separate concerts as part of the South Jersey Jazz Society’s Cape Bank Jazz Festival.  The Atlantic City Jazz Band will perform at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Jazz Big Band Salute to Frank Sinatra will be featured at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information and tickets visit www.southjerseyjazz.org or call (609) 233-1820.

(May 15) OCNJ TRIATHLON/DUATHLON: Triathlon ,1/4 mile timed pool swim, 2M Run/14 M Bike/2M Run.  Duathlon 2M Run/ 14 M Bike/2M Run.  Plus a kids course. Benefits Ocean City Recreation Scholarships and programs. For information, call (609) 525-9317 or www.ocnj.us/Race-Events.

(May 15) 8TH ANNUAL WALK TO END LUPUS NOW: 9 a.m. registration at 6th St. practice field, off the Boardwalk, 10 a.m. start. Use your power to end Lupus now. Help Lupus recruit 1,000 participants and raise $75,000 to support the 10,000 individuals living with Lupus in Southern New Jersey. For information call (215) 517-5070 or visit www.walktoendlupusnowsj.org.

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