Ocean City events, edition of May 28, 2014

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Ocean City Flower Show starts May 30

The 42nd Annual Ocean City Flower Show, presented by the Ocean City Garden Club, will be held May 30 through June 1 at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.

The theme this year is “O’ For A Book and a Shady Nook.”

The book theme is incorporated into the Artistic Design Division, where categories will include colorful arrangements portraying Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Treasure Island, The Old Man and the Sea, the works of Mark Twain and Edgar Allan Poe and Murder on the Orient Express. The Junior Class, open to boys and girls 14 years of age and younger, features a Harry Potter theme.

There will also be a Horticultural Division with exhibits of roses, orchids, African violets, cactus, ferns, perennials, hanging plants, dish gardens, and more.

Flower show hours are 2 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 30, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 31 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 1. A trade show featuring flowers, plants and accessories for sale is held in the loggia area of the Music Pier during the weekend. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission is free. There will be donation boxes for visitors who wish to support the show. For more information, see gardenclubocnj.wordpress.com .

Author to speak at Tabernacle Sunday

Jill Briscoe, an author and editor, will speak at both morning services Sunday, June 1 at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. There will be identical services at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. 

British-born Briscoe serves at Elmbrook Church in Wisconsin. She has coauthored countless articles and more than 50 books, including devotionals, ministry guides, Bible studies, gift books, and children’s books. With Stuart, her husband and her son, Peter, she has a worldwide radio ministry, “Telling the Truth.” She is the executive editor of “Just Between Us,” a magazine for women in leadership and ministry wives.

Child care is available for ages 3 and younger in the Noah’s Ark nursery.  Children’s Worship is available for kids K through 4th grade both services and a Jr. High class 5th through 8th grade is offered at the 10:30 a.m. service.

For more details, see www.octabernacle.org 

Barks on the Boards is June 1

Visitors and residents can take their dogs for a stroll on the boardwalk for Barks on the Boards Sunday June 1. The informal Pooch Parade, sponsored by the Ocean City Humane Society, includes a noon walk. Register 11:30 a.m. at the Sixth Street Practice Field next to the Sports and Civic Center. There will be canine contests at 1 p.m. at the practice field. For information, call 609-398-9500 or see www.hsocnj.org .

Cape Shore Chorale to present dance music

“Dance Extravaganza” by Cape Shore Chorale starts 3 p.m. Sunday, June 1 at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 30th Street and Bay Avenue. Under the direction of Scott Breiner, the chorale will perform choral music associated with dance from the 1920s to the 1970s. Guest soloists will be soprano Lexis Petrella, an Ocean City High School graduate and guitarist, Carlos Bedaya, an Egg Harbor Township High School graduate. There will be light refreshments. For information, call 609-861-2311 or see www.capeshorechorale.org .

Golf tournament Sunday

The fourth annual Firefighters Relay for Life golf tournament will be held on Sunday, June 1 at the Ocean City Municipal Golf Course, 2600 Bay Ave., with a shotgun start 8:30 a.m. A luncheon at DiOrio’s in Somers Point is included in the $35 tournament fee. (Luncheon guests welcome for $10).

This is a casual, Par 3 golf course. The $35 fee benefits the American Cancer Society. To register, call Chris Wildman, 609-412-6663.

The language of baseball discussed at library June 5

New York times Best Selling author Sally Cook will explain the inside language of baseball 6:30 p.m. June 5 at the Ocean City Library, 17th Street and Simpson Avenue.

Cook will conduct a baseball quiz with prizes based on her popular, new book, “How to Speak Baseball: An Illustrated Guide to Baseball Banter.”

Cook will present a short slide show in the Library Lecture Hall. The author will be available for book signings.

Event Thursday at Wonderland

Wonder’s Birthday Bash is June 5 at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, Sixth Street and the Boardwalk 6 to 10:30 p.m. All rides will be one ticket, and a fireworks show is planned for 9 p.m.

Police run set for the boardwalk

The Ocean City Police Chase is June 5, a 5K footrace/2 mile fitness walk on boardwalk. Pre-registration is $25, students, $10. The event benefits the Ocean City Police Benevolent Association, which supports scholarships for high school seniors, the Christmas Toy Drive and distribution of free bicycle helmets. For information, call 609-525-9108 or see www.ocpba.com .

Miss NJ kicks off June 11

The Miss New Jersey Pageant will be held at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, June 12-14 with the annual parade on Wednesday starting 7 p.m. on the boardwalk.

All 24 contestants will dress to replicate this year’s theme, “The Red Carpet on the Ocean City Boardwalk,” and will be “Showing Their Shoes” as is the custom in Miss America-sponsored parades. For information, call parade director Karen Mahar 609-626-1176.

Two preliminary sessions will be held June 12 and 13 with the finals on Saturday, June 14.

All programs begin at 7:30 p.m.

Ocean City will be represented in the Pageant by Devon Vanderslice, Miss Eastern Shores, a former Miss Ocean City, who attends West Chester University. Her talent is dance and her platform is “Donate the Gift of Life,” supporting organ donation.

Another local contestant, Sarah Ford of Seaville, Miss Cape May County, is a former Little Miss and Junior Miss Ocean City. She now attends the University of Pittsburgh and her talent is dance. Her platform is “Smiles Save:” Healing through hospital volunteerism.

The winner of the Miss New Jersey Pageant will compete for the Miss America title in Atlantic City next year. Tickets Prices are $35 for Thursday and Friday, $50 for Saturday. A package price for all three shows is $110. For tickets call 609-315-1423.

Ocean City New Jersey NJJA Jeep Invasion 

Join the New Jersey Jeep Association on Father’s Day Weekend for the Ocean City Jeep Invasion June 13 and 14. Friday night jeeps will line up on Asbury Avenue at 5:30 p.m. from Ninth Street going north. The Tidal Wave Band will entertain. Saturday between noon and 5 p.m., Jeeps will line the boardwalk between Sixth and 14th streets. Jeep vendor displays are planned from Fifth to Sixth streets. Trophies awarded at 4 p.m. To register see www.njjeep.org .

Surf contest at Seventh Street

An Eastern Surfing Association Surf Contest is planned June 14 at sSeventh Street and the beach. Sign ups start at 7 a.m., first heat in water at 8. Sign up at beach morning of contest. If your membership has expired or if you are a new member, you may renew or join on the beach. (No wave date: June 21) For more information call 609-884-5277 or see www.snj.surfesa.org.

Fireworks planned for the boardwalk

Two new Fireworks Displays are set to be presented by the Ocean City Boardwalk Merchants Association, the first on Saturday, June 14, 10:30 p.m. from a barge off the 9th St. Beach, in celebration of the Jeep Invasion and Father’s Day Weekend. Another display will be held on Wednesday, July 16. Both will be visible from the boardwalk, according to city officials.

International surfing festival planned for June 20

International Surfing Beach Festival is planned for the Seventh Street beach from 3 to 7 p.m. June 20. The festival celebrates 10 years of international Surfing Day.

Beach, ocean and environmental activities are planned for the whole family. Local shops will provide SUP and kayak demonstrations along with surfing and kite surfing equipment. For more information, call 856-498-9472 or see www.intlsurfingday.com.

Flowers will be theme for Art League show

OCEAN CITY —  The Ocean City Fine Arts League invites all artists to submit one or two entries for a “Flowers in Bloom" competition and exhibition.  The entry fee is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Entries are accepted in all media and can reflect any theme. Entries can be dropped off Friday, May 29 through Monday, June 1.

The "Meet The Artist" reception and awards presentation for the "Flowers in Bloom" show will be held on Friday, June 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public and the show runs through the end of May. 

For more information, call 609-814-0308 or see www.oceancityfineartsleague.org  .

Art Center luncheon July 9

OCEAN CITY--The Ocean City Arts Center will holds its 22nd annual summer luncheon fundraiser, Wednesday, July 9 beginning at 11:30 a.m. with a social gathering. 

The event costs $45 and will be held at Greate Bay Country Club.  In addition to the luncheon a raffle will be held for more than 50 baskets of merchandise and gift certificates.  A silent art auction will also be held at the luncheon.  Reservations are required.  Call 609-399-7628 to reserve a seat.

Ocean City Pops Orchestra to celebrate 85th anniversary

OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City Pops Orchestra has announced a special concert starting 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 at the Flanders Hotel, 719 East 11th St.

Tickets are $125, including wine, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, dessert, and parking.  

The concert will present the most popular tunes of each decade from 1929 through 2014 and will feature Richard Troxell and other young artists. The concert will be narrated by Daniel Pantano of the Academy of Vocal Arts and Concert Operetta Theater.

For details, call Linda Herbert at 609-398-9132.

The Ocean City Pops opens its season on June 22, with a concert featuring Bobby Rydell.

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