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REMINDER: The City’s 42nd Annual Flower Show is set for this weekend, May 30 through June 1 at the Music Pier. This show is a treat to see whether you’re a “green thumber” or just enjoy colorful, imaginative displays.

Theme for Artistic Design is “O for a Book and a Shady Nook” with displays capturing the titles of such classics as Treasure Island and The Jungle Book. There will also be a huge exhibit of Horticultural favorites such as roses, orchids, African Violets, etc.

Flower Show hours are 2 to 9 p.m. on May 30, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on May 31 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sun., June 1. Admission to the Flower Show is free. Visitors are encouraged to leave a voluntary donation to support the show. Flower Show schedules are available at local florists, at the information center, ground floor of City Hall or by accessing gardenclubocnj.wordpress.com. 


THE MISS NEW JERSEY PAGEANT: The Miss New Jersey Pageant will be held at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, June 12-14 with the annual Parade on Wed., June 11th 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 the 12th and 13th with the finals on Sat., June 14th.

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,” 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 Thurs. and Fri., $50 for the Saturday final. A package price for all three shows is $110. For tickets call (609) 315-1423.

(June 1) The 4th Annual Fire Fighters Relay for Life Tournament will be held on Sun., June 1 at the Ocean City Municipal Golf Course, 2600 Bay Ave., with a Shot Gun start 8:30 a.m. A luncheon at Di Orio’s in Somers Point is included in the $35 tournament fee. (Luncheon guests welcome for $10).

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

June 1: Barks on the Boards, take the doggies for a stroll on the Boardwalk. The informal pooch Parade, sponsored by the Ocean City Humane Society, includes a noon walk. Register 11:30 a.m. at the 6th St. Practice Field next to the Sports and Civic Center. There will be canine contests at the Practice Field. For information, call 609-398-9500 or access www.hsocnj.org.

(June 1) “Dance Extravaganza” by Cape Shore Chorale. Starts 3 p.m. at the Holy Trinity  Episcopal Church, 30th and Bay Ave. Directed by Scott Breiner, the Chorale will perform choral music associated with dance from the 1920s to the 1970s. Guest soloists will be two locals, Lexis Petrella, soprano and guitarist Carlos Bedaya. There will be light refreshments. Funded by Ocean City Home Bank Charitable Foundation and the New Jersey Council of the Arts.) Call (609) 861-2311 or visit www.capeshorechorale.org.

Ocean City Library Events: (May 30) Free Concert by Alan Mann performing the classics of Frank Sinatra, Robert Goulet, Perry Como and the music of Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer and the Gershwins. 7 p.m. in the Main Lecture Room.

(June 1) Creative Gift Wrapping with Nancy Leary. Create beautiful and unique gift packages; Learn how to wrap your gifts using unusual materials and containers for all occasions. Register with Karen (609) 399-2434 x5238.  Session set from 1 to 3 p.m.

(June 5) Have you always wanted to learn a new language? Bring the family to the Ocean City Library, 17th and Simpson Ave., to hear New York times Best Selling author, Sally Cook, explain the inside language of baseball. Sally will conduct a baseball quiz with fun prizes based on her popular, new book, “How to Speak Baseball: An Illustrated Guide to Baseball Banter.” This book captures the vibrant, fanciful vocabulary that describes the world of baseball. It is written for ages 6 to 96.

Sally will present a short slide show on how the editors that produced her book have made others about sports. The program begins 6:30 p.m. in the Library Lecture Hall. The author will be available for book signings.

(June 5) Wonder’s Birthday Bash at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, 6th St. and Boardwalk. Celebrate with Wonder Bear from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. All rides two tickets. Big fireworks show at 9 p.m. Wonder Bear will be available for photos all night. Celebrating 83 years on the Ocean City Boardwalk.

(June 7) Ocean City Police Chase: 5K footrace/2 mile fitness walk on Boardwalk. Pre-registration $25, students, $10. Benefits the Ocean City Police Benevolent Assn. who support scholarships for High School Seniors, the Christmas Toy Drive and distribution of FREE bicycle helmets. For information, call (609) 525-9108 or visit www.ocpba.com.

(June 13-14) Ocean City New Jersey NJJA Jeep Invasion: Join the New Jersey Jeep Assn. on Father’s Day Weekend. Friday night jeeps will line up on Asbury Ave. at 5:30 p.m. from 9th St. going north. Tidal Wave Band will entertain. Saturday between noon and 5 p.m., Jeeps will line the Boardwalk between 6th and 14th Sts. Jeep vendor displays 5th to 6th Sts. Trophies awarded at 4 p.m. To register visit www.njjeep.org.

(June 14) ESA Surf Contest, 7th and Beach. Sign ups at 7 a.m., first heat in water at 8 a.m. 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 visit www.snjsurfesa.org

(June 14 & July 16) Two new Fireworks Displays presented by the Ocean City Boardwalk Merchants Assn. for the summer season: There will be Fireworks on Sat., 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 exciting display will be held on Wednesday, July 16th. Both will be visible from the Boardwalk.

(June 20) International Surfing Beach Festival-7th St. Beach, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Festival celebrates 10 years of international Surfing Day. Beach, Ocean and environmental activities for the whole family. Local shops will provide S.U.P. and Kayak demonstrations along with surfing and kite surfing equipment. For more information, call (856) 498-9472 or visit www.intlsurfingday.com.

NOTICE The Ocean City High School Surfing Team will hold a yard sale 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Intermediate School, 18th and Bay Ave., on Sat., May 31. Funds raised will help send the team to the National Scholastic Championships in California. The High School Team has won 23 of the past 25 Northeast Championships.

NOTICE: Enter your Dog in the Dog of the Year Contest sponsored by the Ocean City Dog Park. Applications available at City Hall Information Center, ground floor, open seven days a week from 9a.m. to 4 p.m. or call 484-680-4469 for information.  

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