Ocean City community news, edition of March 26, 2014

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‘Take Control of Your Health’

The Cape May County Health Department will present a free, six-session health workshop for persons with any ongoing or long-term health condition Thursdays during February and March.

The workshop, “Take Control of Your Health,” which is open to the public, will be held 1-3 p.m. March 26 at Victorian Towers, located at Washington and Ocean streets in Cape May. Participants in the program will learn how to manage symptoms, how to get started with healthy eating and exercise, how to communicate effectively with doctors and the health care team, how to manage fear, anger and frustration, how to make daily tasks easier and how to get more out of life. For more information or to register for the workshop, call 609-463-4043.

See ‘Moses’ with St. Peter’s

Tickets to Sight and Sound Theatre’s production of “Moses” Thursday, March 27 in Lancaster County, Pa. are still available at St. Peter's United Methodist Church. The bus leaves at 8:45 a.m. and returns after the show. The cost is $115 and includes transportation, lunch, ticket and gratuities. For more information, call 609-226-4003.

Call for artists

It's all about the Earth and environment this April as Ocean City Fine Arts League presents two shows, one dedicated to architecture and another that promotes Ocean City’s efforts to go green, at the Art on Asbury Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave. The Ocean City Fine Arts League invites all artists to submit up to two entries for the "Architectural Insights" competition and exhibition. Maximum size is 50 united inches. Entry fee is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Entries, accepted in all mediums and reflecting any theme, can be dropped off Friday, March 28; Saturday, March 29; Sunday, March 30 and Monday, March 31. The Ocean City “Protect Our Environment” show will feature artwork created from recyclable plastic, metal and/or paper. Entry is free and 2D art must be 18-by-20 inches or smaller, 3D art must be 15-by-15-by-15 inches or smaller. Entries can be dropped off until March 20. Eight cash or merchandise prizes will be awarded. There will be a meet the artist reception and awards presentation for the “Architectural Insights” show 6 p.m. Friday, April 11 at the gallery. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 609-814-0308 or see oceancityfineartsleague.org.

Boardwalk business seeks employees

Boardwalk Bounce will be opening soon on the Ocean City Boardwalk and is in search of employees age 15 years or older. Stop by 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 29 at The Strand Theatre, Ninth Street and Boardwalk, for an employment open house or call Tony at 609-432-1270.

Red Cross platelet drive at St. John

A Red Cross platelet drive will be hosted by St. John Lutheran Church 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 29. The donor bus will be parked outside the church on 10th Street at Central Avenue in Ocean City. Because the process of platelet donation takes approximately two hours and there are only four beds on the bus, appointments are needed. Blood is drawn from the donor's arm and goes into a blood cell separator. Platelets and some plasma are reserved and the rest is returned to the donor. Platelets only last five days after donation and are needed everyday. For more information on platelet donation, see www.redcrossblood.org. To schedule an appointment, contact Donna Yerger at 609-399-0798.

Art on Asbury presents free movies

The Ocean City Fine Arts League presents free prescreened films featuring artists and art trends every month. Movies are shown at 6:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City. Upcoming shows include: April 1, “Mediterraneo”; May 6, “Music of the Heart’; and June 10, “A Prairie Home Companion.” For more information, contact the Ocean City Fine Arts League at 814-0308 or the Ocean City Public Library at 399-2434.

Democrat Club meeting

The Democrat Club of Ocean City will meet 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 in room N111 of the Ocean City Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave. All are welcome. Poll workers are needed in the upcoming 2014 elections. This is a paid position. Contact Bob Barr, club president, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for information.

Ocean City kindergarten registration

Registration for kindergarten at the Ocean City Primary School will be 9:30 a.m.-noon and 1:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 8 at 550 West Ave. Parents are asked to pick up a registration packet at the school between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. prior to registration day. Parents unable to pick up a packet at the school should call the school office at 609-399-3191, ext. 6400 to make other arrangements. Completed packets must be returned at kindergarten registration April 8. A parent or legal guardian must make registration in person. The child must be 5 on or before Oct. 1, 2013 to be eligible for kindergarten. Parents who suspect their preschool child may have special needs can get assistance from their local school district’s child study team. For more information, call Dr. Ellen Wright at 609-399-3191, ext. 6522.

The Components of Creative Writing

There will be a creative writing workshop 10-11:30 a.m. Thursdays through April 10 at the Ocean City Library, 1735 Simpson Ave. in Ocean City, hosted by Eva Feeley, a Sea Isle City writer, who has taught creative nonfiction and poetry in the tri-county area for five years. Using in-class instruction, at-home assignments, and critique by fellow writers, Feeley will assist the class in honing creative writing skills. Call Karen at 609-399-2434, ext. 5238.

PGO concert benefits Food Cupboard

Package Goods Orchestra presents a free concert 7 p.m. Friday, April 11 at the Ocean City Library, 1735 Simpson Ave. They will “swing into spring,” adding fresh arrangements and strong harmonies to classic folk, country, swing and rock favorites. The group will collect items for the Ocean City Food Cupboard. For more information, see packagegoodsorchestra.com.

Designer bag bingo benefits education foundation

The Ocean City Education Foundation will host a Designer Bag Bingo 7 p.m. Friday, April 11 at the Somers Point VFW, 500 Bethel Road. Doors open at 6 p.m. Through bingo games, participants have a chance to win Coach and Michael Kors purses. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. Extra bingo sheets will be for sale, including two special games. Bring your own food, beverages will be available for purchase. To order tickets, call Tricia at 609-399-0012, ext. 1106 or see www.ocnjef.com. Make checks payable to Ocean City Education Foundation.

Pancake breakfast at St. John

An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will be held 8-11 a.m. Saturday, April 12 at St. John Lutheran Church, 10th Street and Central Avenue in Ocean City. Pancakes, sausage, syrup, butter, coffee and juice will be served. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children age 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the church office or at the door. Proceeds from this event will benefit, in part, Compassion International and the mission and ministry of St. John Lutheran Church. For more information, call the church office at 609-399-0798 or see www.stjohnlutheranoc.org.

AARP meeting in Ocean City

AARP Chapter 1062 in Ocean City will meet 2 p.m. Friday, April 25 at the senior center, 1735 Simpson Ave. in Ocean City. Information of interest and benefit to senior citizens of all ages will be discussed. The speaker will be Georgina Shanley of Amnesty International on the subject “The Pen is Mightier than the Sword.”

Beach Sweep April 26 in Ocean City

The biannual Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweep will be 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 26 on the beach in Ocean City, headquarters at Ninth Street and Boardwalk.

Attention 2nd Infantry Division veterans

The Penn-Jersey Branch of the 2nd Indianhead Division Association will hold its annual reunion May 2-4 at the Continental Inn in Lancaster, Pa. All veterans of the Army's 2nd Infantry Division are invited. For more information, call Jack Woodall at 610-274-1409 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Shiffler performs May 9 in Ocean City

Due to snow damage to the Ocean City Repertory Theater, singer-song writer Eddie Shiffler has postponed his concert until May 9 at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets will be $10 at the door. The concert will feature Shiffler’s new band, Green Language, along with local favorites, The Rivals and the Outlips. In the meantime, Shiffler will host a lecture 7 p.m. March 26 at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave., “The Ancient Mysteries.” Call 347-813-5090 for information.

 

Ongoing

 

Ocean City Free Public Library 2013 tax information

Federal tax forms are arriving at the library, 1735 Simpson Ave. See the display, which is set up inside the atrium. The library will not be receiving NJ tax forms by mail, but will print those out for patrons. Any questions, contact the reference desk at 609-399-2434, ext. 5231.

Ocean City beach tags now on sale

2014 Ocean City beach tags are now on sale at the Aquatic and Fitness Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway, the Henry S. Knight Building, 115 12th St. and City Hall, 861 Asbury for $20. See www.ocnj.us for more information.

$5 Zumba

There will be $5 Zumba classes at the Ocean City Arts Center on Tuesday and Thursday mornings 9-10 a.m. For more information, call 609-390-3289.

Volunteers needed to assist in tax return preparation

Freeholder Kristine Gabor announced that the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is seeking individuals to be part of the Volunteer Tax Assistance Program (VITA). Those able to use a computer and who are available from February through April 2014 at least one day a week, are encouraged to join this committed group. Training will be provided on federal tax law and New Jersey tax law. All materials will be furnished by the IRS, but you are welcome to use your own laptop. As an IRS-certified volunteer, you will be able to provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in sites throughout Cape May County. Those interested in volunteering or who need additional information, call RSVP director Joan Rowland at 609-886-3400.

Al-anon support group

Friends and families of problem drinkers find understanding and support at Al-Anon meetings. The Marmora Al-Anon meeting is held 8 p.m. every Thursday at Church of the Resurrection, 200 West Tuckahoe Road in Marmora.

Need a ride to a VA health facility?

The Cape May County Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 44 can help. The Cape May County Veterans Volunteer Transportation System arranges to drive veterans to their doctor appointments. This free service for southern New Jersey veterans operates Monday-Thursday, depending on availability of drivers. A veteran must call 609-886-8383 at least one week prior to the day transportation is needed. Drivers leave out of D.A.V. Post 44, 1010 Bayshore Road in Del Haven or another approved pick-up point. To volunteer to drive the van, contact Spyros Spyropoulos at 609-602-9031.

Animal Alliance membership drive

The Animal Alliance of Cape May County is holding a membership drive to help defray cost associated with running its clinic. Annual dues for individual members are $10. Animal Alliance is a charitable, all-volunteer organization and annual membership dues and all other contributions are tax deductible. To become a member or to donate, send payment to Animal Alliance of Cape May County, P.O. Box 172, Cape May, NJ 08204. Membership cards will be sent via email unless otherwise requested. To volunteer, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 609-465-6388.

Gently used books needed

The Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library seek donations of gently used books. They request no water or storm damaged books, magazines and textbooks. Drop off your gently used books at the circulation desk of the Ocean City Free Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City. 

Breakfast at the American Legion

On the first and third Sunday of each month, the American Legion Post 524, 3304 Bay Ave., will host a breakfast with eggs, potatoes, pancakes, sausage, biscuits, milk, juice and coffee 8 a.m.-noon. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children.

VFW Post 6650 breakfast

Ocean City VFW Post 6650 serves a breakfast, open to the public, every second and fourth Sunday of the month 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the post, Bay Avenue and 15th Street. Breakfast includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, creamed beef with warm biscuits, a choice of two breakfast meats, orange juice, milk, coffee and tea. These breakfasts are conducted as a fundraiser for the post and veterans initiatives. Walk-ins welcome. Call 609-391-8660.

Poetry group meets

The “For Better or Verse” poetry group meets every second Wednesday of the month 2 p.m. at the Stainton Senior Center, 1735 Simpson Ave. For more information, call 399-4354.

Open mic night

The Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th Street and Simpson Avenue, and the Ocean City Repertory Theater present an open mic night 6:30-8:30 p.m. every Thursday in library meeting room N116. The program is hosted by singer/songwriters Josh Wise and Robyn Rosenthal who will kick off the evening. Come to perform or just listen and relax and enjoy a cup of coffee, tea and refreshments. There will be a sign up sheet at the door and performers are scheduled on a first-come, first-play basis (10 minutes). Call 609-399-2434, ext. 5238 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

South Jersey Coastal Fly Anglers meet Thursday

The South Jersey Coastal Fly Anglers meets 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Bayside Center, 520 Bay Ave. in Ocean City. The SJCFAs, formed to promote fly fishing in Southern New Jersey, will celebrate its 10th anniversary in February. For more information call Joe Gerace at 646-5962 or see www.southjerseycoastalflyanglers.com/.

Library Board of Trustees

Library Board of Trustees meets 4:30 p.m. the second Monday of the month. All meeting dates are open to the public and advertised as required by law. The meetings are in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Law. All meetings are to be held at the Library conference meeting room at 1735 Simpson Ave.


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