Christmas luncheon at The Flanders
The Cape-Atlantic Christian Women's Connection will host a luncheon from noon to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 13, at The Flanders Hotel, featuring Sue Duffield. Light refreshments, socializing and shopping are planned from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Duffield is a singer, songwriter, humorist and former radio personality. Menu choice of stuffed chicken breast or eggplant napoleon. For questions or to make a reservation, call 609-545-0757.
Project Medicine Drop
The Ocean City Police Department is partnering with the Ocean City Community Center to collect unused and expired medications from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14 at the community center, 1735 Haven Ave. Project Medicine Drop is a state effort to stop the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs. Participants can drop off medications anonymously. For more information, visit NJConsumerAffairs.gov/meddrop.
O.C. Theatre Company's 'Christmas Carol'
The Ocean City Theatre Company will perform Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" Dec. 15 and 16. The Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens adaptation breathes new life into the classic tale. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16 and 2 p.m. Dec. 16. All shows will be at the Music Pier. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $15 for kids. Advance reservations are encouraged. Call 609-399-6111 or visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice for more information or to order tickets.
Tree of Warmth
The Colony Club of Ocean City and the Ocean City Free Public Library are sponsoring a "Tree of Warmth" to Dec. 15. Club members and residents are asked to bring new or gently used warm scarves, hats, gloves and mittens for men, women and children to decorate the tree, which will be set up in the lobby of the Community Center. All items will be donated to the Clothes Closet.
Photos with Santa
Photos with Santa will be offered noon-3 p.m. weekends from to Dec. 23. Santa will be in an Ocean City Beach Patrol lifeguard boat at the Music Pier. For information call 800-BEACH-NJ.
Free horse and carriage rides
Enjoy an free old-fashioned horse and carriage ride down Asbury Avenue on Saturday and Sundays from to Dec. 17. Route starts in front of City Hall at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.
Ocean City's 26th annual First Night celebration will be held from 4 p.m. to midnight Sunday, Dec. 31 at venues across the city. The alcohol-free event includes more than 60 shows and activities, including a magic show, ice skating, amusement rides and live music. It will be headlined by a performance by the USO Troupe and Chubby Checker at the Music Pier. Night will be capped with a fireworks display at midnight. Admission buttons good for entry to every venue are on sale now for $15. On Dec. 15, the price will rise to $20. To purchase, go to firstnightocnj.com to buy them online, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ or stop by Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway, Stainton’s (810 Asbury Avenue) or the City Hall Welcome Center at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue. Visit firstnightocnj.com for more information, including a full schedule.
First Day on the Beach
Ocean City will hold its "First Day on the Beach" annual 5-kilometer boardwalk run and dip in the ocean at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1. The run will start at 1 p.m. and the path will be altered due to construction on the Boardwalk. At 2 p.m., folks will participate in the "First Dip" in the Atlantic Ocean. Those interested in the run can register online at https://runsignup.com/Race/NJ/OceanCity/FirstDay5KBoardwalkRun.
Ocean City will hold its "First Day Shopping Extravaganza" on Monday, Jan. 1. Event includes discounted items at downtown shops and free horse-and-carriage rides from noon to 3 p.m. starting at City Hall.
Epiphany concert at Holy Trinity
Cape Shore Chorale, directed by Scott J. Breiner, will perform an Epiphany concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 7 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 2998 Bay Ave., Ocean City. Included will be selections from J.S. Bach's Cantata No. 80, “Ein Feste Burg Ist Unser Gott” as well as other seasonal music. There will be refreshments after the concert. Free will offering. For details, see capeshorechorale.org.
American Legion Sunday breakfasts
Ocean City American Legion Morvay-Miley Post 524 hosts an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet featuring eggs, potatoes, pancakes, French toast, sausage, milk, juice and coffee on the first and third Sundays of every month beginning at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $6 fort adults and $3 for children. Proceeds benefit veterans' projects.
Breakfast at the VFW
Ocean City Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6650, 1501 Bay Ave., holds a public breakfast 8:30-11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Sunday of each month. The spread includes pancakes, potatoes, scrambled eggs, creamed beef with warm biscuits, a choice of breakfast meat (typically bacon or a sausage patty), pastries or cake, milk, regular and decaffeinated coffee, orange juice and iced water. Hot tea is also available. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under.
Knights of Columbus meetings
The Ocean City Knights of Columbus Council 2560 meets 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at Culliney Hall in St. Frances Cabrini Church, Second Street and Atlantic Avenue. New members or transfers from other councils are welcome. Call Grand Knight Russ Schleider at 609-970-6868 or Deputy Grand Knight Stephen Van Natten at 610-217-4775 for more information.
American Legion weekly lunch
The Ocean City American Legion Morvay-Miley Post 524 holds a lunch noon-1:30 p.m. every Wednesday. The spread includes assorted hoagies, sandwiches and salads with potato salad, chips and desert. The lunch is $6, and drinks are $1 extra. All are welcome. Proceeds benefit veterans projects.
TED Talks at the library
Free TED Talks are presented 11 a.m. the second and fourth Saturday of each month at the Ocean City Free Public Library, in the Ocean City Community Center at 1735 Simpson Ave. TED stands for technology, entertainment and design. The talks feature experts in a variety of fields, a video presentation and an open discussion. For information call Julie Brown at 609-399-2434, ext. 5222, or email email@example.com.
'Wild West' photo exhibit
Images from photographer Adam Taylor's travels out west are on display in the Ocean City Arts Center, in the Community Center at 1735 Simpson Ave. Taylor, a Williamstown native, took the pictures on a trip to Humboldt County, California. The exhibit runs through May. For information see oceancityartscenter.org or call 609-399-7628. The Arts Center is open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.