Ocean City Events, edition of Jan. 9, 2013

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Former Miss Cape May County to host benefit concert for OCNJ CARE

Debbie Pruitt, the former Miss Cape May County 1996 and Miss New Jersey runner-up, is using her talents as an entertainer to host a local concert to raise money for OCNJ CARE. Pruitt, joined by legions of local talent, will host a fundraising concert 4 p.m. Jan. 12 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 10th Street and Central Avenue. Joining Pruitt will be members of the St. John’s congregation, Debby and Jim Dalfonso, and Nancy Fox, Pruitt’s first performance instructor, among others. For information, call (609) 390-0860.

2013 economic forecast

Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its annual economic forecast noon Thursday, Jan. 17 at The Flanders, 719 E. 11th Street in Ocean City. Guest speaker is Steven E. Brady, president of Ocean City Home Bank. The cost is $25 per person. RSVP by Jan. 11.

Martin Luther King celebration

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Hughes Performing Arts Center located in Ocean City High School, Sixth Street and Atlantic Avenue. For more information, call 525-9300.

Martin Luther King citywide cleanup

The city of Ocean City, in conjunction with the Ocean City Clean Communities Program, will hold the annual citywide cleanup 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 21. Families, individuals and groups are encouraged to volunteer and help with this important community event.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service marks the beginning of the year of service as millions of Americans honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and volunteer their time to improve their communities. Ocean City has participated in the Day of Service since 2008. Volunteers should register and pick up supplies 9 a.m. at the Howard S. Stainton Senior Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., and should wear appropriate clothing and footwear. The city will provide gloves and trash bags. All volunteers are invited back to the senior center after the cleanup for food and warm beverages.

Arts Center pays tribute to Fishing Club in January

In recognition of the Ocean City Fishing Club’s 100th year in 2013, the Ocean City Arts Center in the Community Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., will host an exhibition of new paintings depicting the iconic fishing pier and clubhouse at 14th Street and the beach.  

The paintings are being created by the South Jersey Plein Air Group, which consists of local artists who paint outdoors at a designated location within the region. The exhibit will run through the month of January, with a meet the artists reception 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at the arts center. For more information about the Ocean City Fishing Club’s Centennial celebration, call 398-0534.

Art on Asbury reopens for Judge's Show
The Ocean City Fine Arts League is happy to announce that they have reopened the Art on Asbury Gallery. In January, the gallery will feature the fine artwork of the Art on Asbury judges, who volunteered their time and expertise to judge the shows throughout the year. Featured artists include: Marilyn Brent, Lance Balderson, Michael Waters, Steve Kuzma, Paula Angelo and Judy Scull. A meet the artist reception will be held 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 at 608 Asbury Ave. in Ocean City. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public and the show runs through the end of January. 

The Art on Asbury artists will also be showing their work in January at the Ocean City Art Center, 17th and Simpson, for the 14th Street Fishing Pier Show. For more information, call 814-0308 or see www.oceancityfineartsleague.org.

‘I Love New York’

Greater Ocean City Theatre Company presents “I Love New York: A Cabaret of Broadway Love Songs” 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 beginning with a dessert reception at the Hughes Performing Arts Center at the Ocean City High School, Sixth Street and Atlantic Avenue. Celebrate love with enchanting, unforgettable and lovey-dovey songs. Performers from OCTC will return to the stage in a casual, entertaining and intimate cabaret of favorites from the Great White Way. Tickets purchased before 4:30 p.m. on Thursday Feb. 14 are $18. Tickets prices will go to $20 thereafter and can be purchased by calling 525-9300 or online at ww.ocnj.us/boxoffice. 

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