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Full Schedule of Easter Weekend Events Set for Ocean City

(April 17, April 18) “The Living Last Supper,” a portrayal of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting, will be presented at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., at  7 p.m. both days.

The unique programs are sponsored by the Tabernacle and St. Peter’s United Methodist Church. The audience is invited to watch the portrayal as each disciple emerges from the portrait and speaks. Cast includes members of Ocean City and area churches.

(April 19) The Woofin’ Paws Pet Fashion Show, starts 11 a.m. at Carey Stadium, 6th St. off Boardwalk. Registration begins 10 am. This event is a competition for any “pet that will not eat another pet.”

It is overwhelmingly patronized by dogs but cats, rabbits, ferrets, bunnies, Guinea Pigs, and white mice have also been known to compete. Categories include Best Dressed, Bonnet, Intelligent Pet Tricks, Bathing Suit, Owner Pet Look Alike and Super Hero Costume. Best friends pay $5 per pet which benefits the Ocean City Humane Society, a no kill, award winning shelter. The Humane Society will have a table onsite where spectators can make a voluntary donation.

Best of Show receives the Woofin’ Paws Plaque for Perfection in memory of Dean Schofield, a valued volunteer of the Public Relations Office.

(April 19) The second of two Easter Egg Hunts will be held from 11th to 13th Streets on the Beach starting 2:30 p.m. There will be five age groups: up to 2 years and 3 years at 11th St., 4 years and 5 years at 12 St. and 6 and 7 years at 13th St. Rain date is April 20, time 2:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Ocean City Boardwalk Merchants Assn. 180,000 eggs with candy and toys will be up for grabs. For information, call 1-800-BeachNJ.

(April 20) The Easter Sunrise Service will be held at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace starting 6:30 a.m. This is a non denominational service. The Rev. David Bailey, founder of Ranch Hope, will be guest speaker. Easter music is scheduled with trumpets, congregational singing, the students of Nancy Fox and pianist, Jeff Seals. The service is sponsored by the Ocean City Ministerium and Ecumenical Council. There is free parking at 8th and 9th St. Boardwalk Lots and other City lots.

(April 20) The Easter Fashion Promenade will be held in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Judging begins at 1p.m. The Easter Bunny will pose for photos on the south side of the Music Pier and distribute chocolate bunnies to children. Fashion Promenade prizes will be awarded to Best Woman, Best Man, Best Couple, Best Family, Best Teens (girls and boys), Best Bonnet, Most Unusual Bonnet and Best Dressed Children.

(Through April) The Ocean City Arts Center, 17th and Simpson Ave., presents its annual Juried Photography Show. The exhibit provides both professionals and amateurs a showcase for their photos. Admission is free. The Arts Center is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.  Call (609) 399-7628.

(Through April) The Ocean City Fine Arts League, “Art on Asbury Avenue,” has scheduled a “Protect Our Environment Art Show” in April featuring art made of recyclable materials such as plastic, metal and or/paper. They will also present a show called “Architectural Insights, Buildings from Urban to Rural.”  Call (609) 814-0308 or access art@oceancityfineartsleague.org.

(April 26) Join the Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweep, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Check in at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, for clean up supplies. All organizations and families are encouraged to participate in this Statewide event to help keep our beaches clean and safe and to protect our coastal environment. For more information, call (609) 399-6111 ext. 9711.

(April 26) The Step Into Spring 5K Walk/Run: Registration begins 7 a.m. in front of the Music Pier. Run/Walk begins 8 a.m. Benefits the Betsy Young Memorial Foundation and Abramson Cancer Center of Philadelphia. To register call (609) 233-9020 or on line at www.active.com.

(April 26) Spring Swing Surf Contest, 7th St. Beach, 9 a.m. start. No wave date 4/27/14. Divisions: 13 and under, Jr. Men 14-18 years, Men 19-30 years, Masters 30 and over, Longboard Open, Women Open. Fee $10 per person. Register online at www.ocnj.us/recreation under: Recreation Activities or the day of at 7th Street Beach at 8:30 a.m. This event will honor Don Pileggi for his many contributions to the Ocean City Surfing Community. For more Information call (609) 525-9317.

(April 26-27) Boardwalk and Downtown Table Sales (no vendors) 6-14th Sts. on the Boardwalk and Asbury Avenue.

(April 27) March for the Babies Walk, starts 9 a.m. in front of the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. For more information, visit www.marchforbabies.org or call (856) 874-9050.

(May 1) Martin Z. Mollusk, Ocean City’s relatively famous hermit crab, celebrates his 40th annual visit to the Moorlyn Terrace Beach at 11 a.m.  If Martin sees his shadow summer will come one week early to Ocean City. If not, no big deal, it comes on time.

The landmark celebration will feature the Ocean City High School Band. It will play an inspirational rendition of Pomp and Circumstance when MZM is escorted to the beach. Participating celebrities include Suzanne Muldowney, portraying Shelly the Mermaid; Doug Jewell, the Air Circus Pirate; the Ocean City Fish, the World’s Only Wind Chimes Band, Trash Buster, the City’s Environmental symbol singing “Stand By Your Can,” Dr. Frankenstein and Nurse Perfect, who will check Martin’s vital signs and blood pressure to ensure he is healthy enough to creep, and Big Mama Llama who designates that Martin has seen has shadow by vigorously shaking her head, and numerous Martin groupies. All children who attend will receive a miniature shell replica of Martin. Martin will also receive a City Proclamation honoring him for his four decades of positive weather prognostication.

SAVE THE DATE: Ocean City’s popular Mile-Long Spring Block Party is set for Sat., May 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from 5th to 14th Sts. on Asbury Ave. The event offers over 350 crafters, food vendors, music and more. For information call (609) 525-9300.

GOT TALENT? If so, the organizers of the Ocean City Talent Show want you to be a part of their competition. The search is on for talented people in vocal, dance, instrumental, drama, comedy, etc. Contestants or all ages in either solo or groups are welcome. Applications are available a www.oceancitythreatrecompany.com  or call (609) 398-1118. Applications must be completed and returned by April 28.

The competition is set for the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Event benefits the Ocean City Theatre Co. For tickets call (609) 525-9300 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.

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