OC’s got talent, a game show and fundraisers fill the weekend

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OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City High School Key Club, under the direction of co-advisors Helene Kelly and Kelly Cunningham, both teachers at the high school, will host Ocean City’s Got Talent 7 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Hughes Performing Arts Center, Sixth Street and Atlantic Avenue.

The Key Club is only three years old in the school district, Vice President Matt Caufield of Upper Township explained. Key Club is a high school service program created by the Kiwanis International organization.

“It’s a good opportunity to get involved in the community and also to gain a leadership position,” Key Club President Sarah Ford of Upper Township.

The seniors have both been members since the club’s inception. Last year, the club hosted its first Ocean City’s Got Talent show to raise money for the Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mercer County.

“We wanted to have one big event that we can put most of our effort into to raise money for a choice organization each year,” Ford said of the talent show.

“We raised $2,000 last year,” Caufield said.

This year, Key Club is supporting The Eliminate Project, a partnership between Kiwanis and UNICEF to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus.

“The money goes directly toward vaccinations in third world countries,” Ford said.

There are about 20 acts in this year’s show, and there are prizes for the winners, including a $100 gift certificate for first place. All grade levels are asked to participate.

“We try to make it as inviting as possible,” Ford said. “There are definitely some unique acts.”

The hosts of this year’s show are the members of the band Resonation, which won the talent show last year.

Ford and Caufield said that there are about 20 active members of Key Club that helped put together this year’s OC’s Got Talent, including Rachel McGettigan.

“It would not be possible without her,” Ford said.

Tickets for the show are $8 and are available at the door.

Feeling Lucky? The Ocean City Free Public Library is honoring President’s Day by presenting the Lucky Guess Game Show 7 p.m. Feb. 23 in room N110 of the library, 17th Street and Simpson Avenue. Lucky Guess is a “horse race” with three contestants standing on a track. They have to answer multiple choice questions, and the audience is encouraged to participate. It is 8 furlongs in length and the winner of three games goes to the winners circle. That person must then answer three questions correctly before they can become the champion. Audience members should come dressed as a president for a better chance of being chosen as a contestant. The show is presented by Ron MacCloskey. Admission is free. See www.oceancitylibrary.org.

There are plenty of opportunities to help support high school sports. A scholarship fundraiser for the Ocean City High School surf team will be 7-10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point. There will be food, raffles, vintage surf clips of locals, door prizes and dancing to the Mighty Parrots and special guests. Tickets are $30 per person and are on sale at downtown 7th Street Surf Shop, Heritage Surf Shop and Surfer Supplies all in Ocean City. Door prizes and raffle items are needed. For more information call Mike Lukens 892-3482 or Wayne Blizzard 398-9447.

The Ocean City Boys Lacrosse Booster Club is hosting a scavenger hunt 6-8 p.m. and after party 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at L's Restaurant. The cost is $35 per person. Contact Sue at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for tickets. See www.eteamz.com/oclax for details.

Learn “The History and Mystery of Belly Dance” when the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology presents Habiba, a program of lecture, performance and audience participation, 1-2:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave. This general style of female solo interpretive dance is known and appreciated all over the Arab world including Northern Africa. Top dancers achieve the status of movie stars because of the prominence of the entertainment industry. Through discussion, slides and demonstration, Ms. Siegel, as Habiba, will trace the long history of this dance. Call 399-2434, ext. 5231 for information.

Stay safe with AARP driver safety classes. John Lynch, instructor for the AARP Driver Safety Program, will conduct classes Monday, Feb. 27 and Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the Shores of Wesley Manor in Ocean City. The class is open to all citizens with a valid driver’s license.

Drum up some history with Doc Gibbs as The Ocean City Free Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave., will host an interactive drum program for Black History Month featuring the drummer. The program, for children ages 6-12, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in room N110.


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