Ocean City events: Handicrafts Festival and beach cleanup due this weekend

Cher Schreiber of Brigantine carves reclaimed cedar into creatures of the sea. She and numerous other crafters will be on hand at the All-American Festival of Fine Art and Handicrafts this weekend on the Music Pier.

photo courtesy Ocean City

Ocean City Pops Earth Day 7 p.m. Friday, April 21 at the Ocean City Library, inside the Community Center at 1735 Simpson Ave. The second in a series of concerts, which recognizes Earth Day, features Ocean City Pops members and includes music inspired by nature. The show includes violin, bassoon and piano. Admission is free.

Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweep 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22 in Ocean City. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to meet at the Ocean City Music Pier for supplies and assignments in the 32nd annual beach cleanup. Sponsors are Clean Ocean Action and the city. Pre-registration is available at cleanoceanaction.org.

Spring Festival of American Handicrafts and Fine Arts 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23 on the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. All crafts and art are guaranteed to be made in the U.S. by the artisan in the booth. A $3 admission partially benefits local charities. Call 800-822-4112 for more information.

Curtain Up: The School of American Ballet Workshop Performances 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27 in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall of the Ocean City Library, inside the Community Center at 1735 Simpson Ave. The second in a series of free film screenings shows some of the best ballet seen at the Lincoln Center. Call 609-399-2434 for more information.

Great Strides Walk 11 a.m. Saturday, April 29 at Ocean City High School, Sixth Street and Atlantic Avenue. The annual 5-kilometer walk to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation includes children's activities, food and other festivities. Registration starts 10 a.m. at the Sixth Street basketball courts near the boardwalk. For more information call 610-325-6001 or see fightcf.cff.org.

SJ Shore March for Babies starts noon Sunday, April 30 at the Ocean City Sports & Civic Center on Sixth Street near the boardwalk. Register for the five-mile walk, which raises money for improving babies' health, at marchforbabies.org/event/sjshore.

Boardwalk and downtown merchant table sales all day April 29-30 and May 6-7 on the Ocean City Boardwalk and Asbury Avenue between Sixth and 14th streets. Call 609-399-6111 for more information.

Ocean City Pops Student Competition starts 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 3 on the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Founded in memory of Esther C. Weil, a piano teacher and life-long patron of the arts, the seventh annual competition is open to vocalists, instrumentalists, and pianists in grades 9-12 from Atlantic and Cape May counties. First-prize winners each will receive $1,000 and be featured in a Pops concert in the summer. The contest is open to the public. Those interested in participating can call 609-391-0678 to join.

Philly Soul and Rock & Roll Concert 7 p.m. Saturday, May 6 on the Ocean City Music Pier. The show will feature music groups such as The Trammps, The Dovells and The Blue Notes, and it benefits the Ocean City Morvay-Miley American Legion Post 524. South Jersey radio personality “Philly” Bill Culp will host the 7 p.m. show, and District Events Unlimited will produce. Songs include former top-10 hits such as “Disco Inferno” and “Hold Back the Night” from The Tramps; “Bristol Stomp” and “You Can’t Sit Down” by The Dovells; and “The Love I Lost” and “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” by The Blue Notes. Tickets are $40 and can be bought at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice or by calling 609-525-9248. City Hall, 861 Asbury Ave., and the Ocean City Welcome Center on the Route 52 Causeway are also selling tickets.

Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 10 on the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Dogs that have been rescued from shelters perform unique stunts and tricks accompanied by lighting effects, props and costumes, and a lot of crowd participation. The show was created in 2008 after Perondi's appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." Tickets are on sale and cost $18 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at ocnj.us/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or at the City Hall Welcome Center, 861 Asbury Ave., or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.

Andrew Parent can be reached at aparent@catamaranmedia.com or 609-365-6173.