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Wednesday, Dec. 17
AVALON - Romance Book Club 6 p.m. at the Avalon Free Public Library, Avalon. Call 609-967-7155.
Saturday, Dec. 20
OCEAN CITY - Horse and carriage rides and photos with Santa - Noon-3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22 through Dec. 21 will be horse and carriage rides in front of City Hall, Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue, and photos with Santa at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.
Sunday, Dec. 21
SEA ISLE CITY - Brunch with Santa 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at VFW Post 1963 on JFK Boulevard, Sea Isle City. See www.visitsicnj.com .
Tuesday, Dec. 23
WILDWOOD - ‘Battle at the Boards’ Basketball Tournament 1:30 p.m. at Wildwood Convention Center. This special one-day basketball tournament will feature a handful of local and out-of-area boys and girls teams competing in showcase games. Included in the Battle at the Boards are the popular Andrew Alameno Memorial boys and girls island championship games between Wildwood and Wildwood Catholic high schools. See www.bbclassic.com.
WILDWOOD - Boardwalk Basketball Classic will be held at the Wildwood Convention Center featuring a boys’ and girls’ high school basketball tournament. Entrance fee. See www.bbclassic.com.
Friday, Dec. 26
CAPE MAY - Toddler Skate 10 a.m. at the Cape May Convention Hall. Call 609-884-9565.
Saturday, Dec. 27
CAPE MAY - 41st Annual Christmas Candlelight House Tour 5:30-8:30 p.m. self-guided tour, the main attraction of Cape May's holiday season, features homes, inns, hotels and churches decorated for the holidays, plus caroling, strolling musicians and good old-fashioned cheer. Hospitality centers offer warm beverages and traditional treats. Includes admission to the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., and the Carriage House Gallery. Continuous shuttle service on heated trolleys. Adults $25, children $20 (ages 3-12). Call 609-884-5404 or see www.capemaymac.org.
Through Dec. 31
CAPE MAY - “Merry Melodies: A Holiday Celebration” 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Robert Shackleton Playhouse, 405 Lafayette St., Cape May. Tickets $15-$35. See www.capemaystage.com or call 609-770-8311.
Through Dec. 30
CAPE MAY - Santaland Diaries, By David Sedaris 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and 3 p.m. every Sunday Nov. 29-Dec. 30 at Congress Hall in Cape May. Call 609-884-8422.
Wednesday, Dec. 31
OCEAN CITY - First Night New Years Eve Celebration – A complete schedule of entertainment leading up to fireworks at midnight. For more information call 609-525-9300.
Thursday, Jan. 1
OCEAN CITY - First Night, an alcohol-free, family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration will begin Dec. 31 with events and activities at various locations throughout the city, leading up to fireworks at midnight. Admission buttons for First Night are $15 until Dec. 1 and $20 thereafter. They can be purchased now by visiting the welcome center on the bridge or by calling 1-800-BEACHNJ. Buttons can also be ordered online at www.firstnightocnj.com. Call 609-525-9300.
Friday, Jan. 16
WILDWOOD - Special Olympics NJ Polar Bear Plunge Beef 'n Brrr Benefit 7 p.m. at the Bolero Resort, 3320 Atlantic Ave., Wildwood. A $20 donation will raise money for the event and includes food, drink specials, a live auction and music. The Polar Bear Plunge will take place on Saturday behind the Wildwoods Convention Center and you do not need to be a participant to attend the Beef 'n Brrr. The event supports training and competition for more than 22,000 athletes of Special Olympics New Jersey. Call 609-896-8000 or see www.NJPolarPlunge.org .
Saturday, Jan. 17
WILDWOOD - Polar Bear Plunge Wildwood to Benefit Special Olympics NJ 1 p.m. at the Wildwoods Convention Center and the Wildwoods beach. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Event supports training and competition for more than 22,000 athletes of Special Olympics New Jersey. Call 609-896-8000 or see www.NJPolarPlunge.org.
ONGOING TOURS & EVENTS
CAPE MAY - Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tour: Board a MAC trolley tour for a 45-minute evening ride through the haunted streets of Cape May. The paranormal findings of ghostwriter Craig McManus come alive as your guide translates McManus’ spooky stories. Ride past the flickering gas street lamps, the haunted properties of Cape May and experience the spine-tingling tales exposed by McManus. Offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings in October (except Oct. 31); hours vary. Offered Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7:15 p.m. $12 for adults and $7 for children (ages 3-12).
CAPE MAY - Tales of Terror Trolley Ride: Everybody loves a scary story! The perfect time and place for them is traveling Cape May after dark on streets lit by flickering gaslight as you listen to your guide tell some spine-tingling tales. Offered on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings; times vary; also, Thursday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. $12 adults, $7 children (ages 3-12).
Cold Spring Presbyterian Church, 780 Seashore Road, Cold Spring, is conducting tours of the historic church and surrounding cemetery 10 a.m. each Saturday through September. The oldest gravestone in the cemetery is dated 1742. This year the congregation is celebrating its 300th anniversary. Call 609-884-4065 or see www.oldbrickpresbyterian.com .
Volunteers Wanted for the Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to help low income families in Cape May County. If you would like to help people, call 609-231-5565 or 609-231-3109 for information.
The Cape May County Advisory Commission of the Status of Women is currently seeking applicants for membership. The Commission meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Old Court House, Main St., Cape May Court House. For information and application, call 609-463-6595.
Cape May County Animal Shelter is in need of donations of dog and cat food, pet and shelter supplies. A collection of these items can be dropped off the day of the show to Simone, chairperson of the flea market. For a complete list of what is needed call the shelter at 609-465-8923.
Coalition Against Rape and Abuse is looking for volunteers to go to hospitals and police stations to assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Training will begin in February and all training is done in the evening in Cape May County. Call Georgia Dougherty at 609-522-6489.
Physician Referral Service provides information about physicians including insurances accepted, office locations and hours, and educational background. Operated 24 hours a day by Shore Memorial Hospital. Call 609-653-4600 or see www.shoredoctors.com .
Contact Cape Atlantic offers senior citizens or anyone is alone, housebound or feeling isolated and lonely a daily friendly phone call to say hello and check that all is well. Telephone reassurance calls are free and confidential. Anyone who is interested in receiving a call or who knows someone who might be can call Mike Nees at 609-463-4564.