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Ocean City: A Perfect Place to Celebrate Valentine’s Weekend

Valentine’s Day will be here soon and Ocean City is the perfect place to spend the Valentine’s Day Weekend.

Michael Hartman’s Ocean City Theatre Company will present A Cabaret of Broadway Love songs and sumptuous dessert reception of Sat., Feb. 16 at the Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6 th and Atlantic Ave. A really sweet time is guaranteed.

Hartman’s performers will provide some of the most enchanting, unforgettable melodies ever to grace “The Great White Way.” You don’t have to go to Broadway any more to enjoy Broadway quality shows. Hartman has brought them to Ocean City.

His productions with the Ocean City Pops and First Night, his many other shows here during the year, feature quality New York entertainers and have received outstanding reviews. Much of it’s due to Hartman’s producing, direction and choreography excellence and his show business contacts. You can always rely on an enjoyable experience from the Ocean City Theatre Company.

The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with the dessert reception followed by an 8 p.m. show. Tickets purchased before 4:30 p.m. on Feb.14 are $18, after that $20. To order tickets, call (609) 525-9300.

Ocean City’s Downtown is open with over 100 stores plus restaurants ready to provide you with a pleasant Valentine’s shopping and dining experience. You can walk or bike the full length of the Boardwalk and enjoy the City’s latest attraction, the new 300 million dollar 9th St. Causeway that makes entering and exiting the City a scenic pleasure and easier driving experience.

There is a walkway on the causeway bridge that provides an excellent view of the City and a fine place to take photos. Yes, Ocean City is open and ready to serve and entertain the many who enjoy a unique family experience. Please pass the word.

Sometime this month the Army Corps of Engineers will be back for its regular visit to dredge sand onto our beaches and  replace sand that was lost. At the same time, OCNJCARE continues its work to help those remaining residents who still need recovery assistance. To help with their work send a check to PO Box 807, Ocean City, N.J. 08226, drop a donation off at Ocean City Home Bank, 10th and Asbury Ave. or donate on line at www.ocnjcare.org.

(Feb. 6) This is a Last Minute Appeal for the City Wide BLOOD DRIVE set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ocean City Civic Center, 6th and Boardwalk. All are invited to donate. O type Blood donors are especially needed. Call City Offices (609) 525-9365 for information or stop by the Sports and Civic Center during those hours. You must be 17 years of age, be in good health, weigh at least110 pounds and have not donated for 65 days.

(Feb. 9) The Annual CHILDREN’S TEA is set for the Ocean City Historical Museum, from 2 to 4 p.m. 17th and Simpson Ave.  This year’s theme is “Life InThe Sand.” Call (609) 399-1801 in advance to make sure there is still space available.

(Feb. 21) The Ocean City REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will hold its Citizen of the Year Award– Outstanding Business and Beautification Awards Dinner combined with its annual Board of Directors Installation Dinner at the Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point. Social hour is 6 to 7 p.m., dinner 7 p.m. In addition Mark Soifer will be honored as Citizen of the Decade . Tickets are $55 a person. Call the Chamber (609) 399-1412.

(All through Feb.) The ART ON ASBURY Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave., has scheduled “Anything Goes” along with its annual ARC Exhibition and Sale. Entry is free to both exhibits which will feature an array of work by the Art Center’s talented members and a themed show highlighting Dogs by ARC Art Students.

A meet the Artist Reception is set for Feb. 8th from 6 to 7:30 p.m. You will be able to meet both the Galleries artists and ARC students. Entry is free and light refreshments will be served. Art on Asbury also offers free art based movies. The next will be “ Julia and Julie” based on the Julia Childs “Art of French Cooking” cook book. The movie is scheduled for Tues., March 5 starting 6:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Library, 17th and Simpson Ave.

Art on Asbury is a project of the Ocean City Fine Arts League.

(All through Feb.) The OCEAN CITY ARTS CENTER, 17th and Simpson Ave., is showing the photography of Macy Zhelyazkova. The artist is exhibiting her magical images of Bulgaria. A meet the Artist reception is scheduled for Fri., Feb 8 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The Arts Center will host its annual juried Photography Show through April. Applications for photographers are available on the Arts Center’s website www.oceancityartscenter.org or at the Center, call (609) 399-7628.

The OCEAN CITY TABERNACLE has just released its schedule of entertainment events for 2013. Among the earliest are a March 21 bus trip to see Noah at Sight and Sound; a March 28-29 portrayal of The Last Supper, 7 p.m. at the Tabernacle and a trip to Washington. D.C. to visit the Holocaust Museum and National Cathedral Tour and Evensong on April 18. To access information on these events visit www.OCTabernacle.org or call (609) 399-1915.

RACE INFORMATION: Ocean City is aware that runners like to know well ahead of time when races are scheduled so that they may train for the events and emerge victorious or at least not embarrass themselves. Registration is already open for the following events:

The Ocean City Triathlon/Duathlon May 19, Ocean City Mayor’s Labor Day Race Sept. 2 and Ocean City Half Marathon & 5K Sept. 29. Visit www.ocnj.us/race-events or call Lisa at (609) 525-9317. The Trail of Two Cities 5K Run/Walk over the 9th St. Causeway is set for Nov. 2 but registration is not yet being taken for this event.

OPEN MIKE NIGHT: The Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave.and the Ocean City Repertory Theater are presenting an OPEN MIKE NIGHT every Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Library Meeting Room N116. The program is hosted by singer/songwriters Josh Wise and Robyn Rosenthal who will kick off the evening.

Come to perform or just listen and relax and enjoy a cup of coffee, tea and refreshments.There will be a sign up sheet at the door and performers are scheduled on a first-come, first-play basis (3-4 songs, ten minutes). Call (609)399-2434,Ext. 5238, karen@oceancitylibrary.org.

The popular TED Talk series continues at the Library on Sat., Feb 9 at 11 a.m. Dr. Reisa Sperling will discuss “Can We Treat Alzheimer’s 20 years early?” Dr. Sperling is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard University and director of the Harvard Aging Brain Study.She will discuss how new imaging techinques help determine who will develop the disease before symptons show and why early detection and prevention research is the best defense against Alzheimer’s,a disease we discover too late to treat. She will speak via a video.

Len Smith, moderator, is a volunteer speaker for the Alzheimer’s Assn. of the Delaware Valley.A discussion will take place after the lecture. The program will be held in Meeting Room N116. Admission is free.

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