Ocean City Seeks Contestants for Mr. Mature Pageant

What’s Happening in OCEAN CITY, NJ 1/18/17

We’re in the midst of what is statistically (over time) the coldest week of the year for our region. That means summer is coming and no longer going. It’s time to start planning vacations (oceancityvacation.com) and purchasing discounted seasonal beach tags (ocnj.us/beachtags). Ocean City’s calendar of events kicks into high gear on the first weekend of April with two second-year events, Girls Weekend and the OC-Con Comic Convention (April 1-2). This year, the Mr. Mature Pageant will move to the evening of the Doo Dah Parade on April 8 to cap off a day filled with humor and nostalgia.

Entries are open for contestants in the pageant. Mr. Mature celebrates the achievements of men 55 years and older. The pageant, now in its fourth year, mixes talent, good looks and self-deprecating humor. The Ocean City Music Pier crowd is raucous and appreciative as the contestants ham it up on stage, competing in talent, poise and interview segments. If you have what it takes to be the world’s next “Mr. Mature” (or if you can talk somebody into it), complete the online entry form available at www.ocnj.us/mrmature.

Registration also is open for any individuals, groups or businesses who want to participate in the Doo Dah Parade at noon April 8. Sign up at www.ocnj.us/Doo-Dah-Parade.

Also coming up:

(Jan. 21) “DEEPWATER HORIZON”: The Ocean City Free Public Library will show the Hollywood dramatization of the April 2010 disaster. The movie stars Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich and Kate Hudson. The show is free and starts at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall at the library (17th Street and Simpson Avenue). Call 609-399-2434 for more information.

(Jan. 27) RAIDER-THON: Ocean City High School will be hosting its annual dance marathon 5 p.m. to midnight. The event is open only to students, but it’s a big charity fundraiser, so be ready to help out if participants come to you seeking sponsorships.

(Jan. 28) FREE RABIES CLINIC: Ocean City will sponsor a free rabies clinic 10 a.m. to noon at the Ocean City Fire Department at 550 Asbury Avenue. A rabies vaccination is required in order to receive a dog license in Ocean City. See more information at ocnj.us.

(Feb. 2 to 27) BLACK HISTORY MONTH: The Ocean City Free Public Library will present a series of events in celebration of Black History Month. On Feb. 2, the National African American Read-In will include: a special story time featuring African American authors and artists (10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.); black historians presented by the Ocean City Historical Museum (1 p.m. to 2 p.m.); and selected readings and open mic (6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.). The celebration continues 6 p.m. Feb. 17 with a film screening of “The Jackie Robinson Story.” It concludes 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 with a performance by the Bi-Okoto Drum & Dance Theatre. All programs are free and open to the public at the library (17th Street and Simpson Avenue).

(Feb. 7) CHINESE NEW YEAR ROOSTER: The Atlantic Chinese Community Choir and Stockton University students will celebrate the Chinese New Year 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7 in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall. Call 609-399-2434 for more information.

(Feb. 15) FLY FISHING LECTURE: The Ocean City Environmental Commission’s free lecture series continues 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, with a presentation from South Jersey Coastal Fly Anglers. The program is free and will include information about the environmentally sound aspects of fly fishing in South Jersey waters. It will be held in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall at the Ocean City Free Public Library.


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