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If the old saying that “Laughter is the best medicine” is true, the upcoming Doo Dah Weekend in Ocean City will help you feel a lot better. And if you’re already feeling okay, it should make you feel really, really good!

There’s a lot to smile, chuckle and laugh about: Events begin on Fri., April 13 with the hilarious Basset Hound Olympics set for 1p.m. on the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave. Some of the 600 basset hounds that will waddle during the Doo Dah Parade the next day will display their athletic prowess.

Needless to say these loveable, floppy eared, pooches are not born athletes. But they try their best. hey compete in dashes accompanied by their best friends who desperately attempt to inspire them. They approach hurdles and after considerable deliberation decide to walk around them. They lumber through tunnels toward the finish line then look for the best place to take a snooze. This is really an endearing and funny event that should make you feel much better. Admission is free.

At 2 p.m., on Fri., April 13, at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave., acclaimed humorist Margie Ingram will talk about “Tickling Stress Before It Tackles You.” Margie is co-director of the famed Humor Project of Saratoga Springs, New York. Her talk will be about how you can use humor to handle life’s challenges and stresses. In other words how to utilize humor to feel better. Admission is free.

The Doo Dah Comedy Show featuring famed entertainer and movie actor, Chuck Mc Cann, is set for Friday, April 13 at 8 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. McCann, just back from appearances in Las Vegas, will delight you with his unique and versatile humor. He will be joined by professional impersonators of legendary comedians including Abbot and Costello, Groucho Marx, George Burns, Charo, Lucy, Jack Benny and Johnny Carson. They will offer a tribute to the late, great, comedian and friend of Ocean City, Soupy Sales. The show benefits the Ocean City Food Cupboard. Admission is $5 and/or canned or dried food for the cupboard.

Saturday, April 14: The 27th Annual Doo Dah Parade starts at noon. It goes from 6th and Asbury to 12th and Asbury, then to 12th and Boardwalk ending at the Music Pier. Our slogan this year is Everything AND the Kitchen Sink. Yes there will be a kitchen sink leading the Parade supported by the City’s environmental character, Trash Buster and the World’s only Wind Chimes Band. There will be over 600 basset hounds waddling for your viewing enjoyment, costumed characters from throughout the country, unusual brigades, special guest Elwood, the World’s Ugliest but Sweetest Dog, marching soccer players, impersonsators of legendary comedians, a contingent of bands led by the World famous hoboes and much, much more.

Saturday, April 14, The fantastic but messy PieAsco will held at the Music Pier following the Parade. PieAscoites sit in grandstands and when the signal is given smoosh each other in the face with shaving cream pies. All smooshers receive a certificate signifying that they were definitely smooshed to show their friends and neighbors. For information on how to enter the Parade and PieAsco, call 609-399-6111, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or stop at the Public Relations Office, City Hall, 9th and Asbury Ave., second floor. After hours, call 609-364-4010.

DOWN TOWN MERCHANTS will celebrate the Doo Dah Weekend with tax free shopping all weekend long, April 13-15, at participating downtown stores. For more information, call 609-398-4662.

Also during the Doo Dah Weekend, the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave., is presenting Ocean City musician ANDREW HINK, playing Broadway tunes and his own compositions, April 13 at 7 p.m.; a program on the Titanic, Sat., April 14 from 1 to 3p.m. and PACKAGED GOODS, a local orchestra playing a Beatles Tribute on Sun., April 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. For a complete listing of the Library’s many free programs call 609-399-2434, access www.oceancitylibrary.org or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Put this on your calendar! The world famous Philadelphia BOYS CHOIR and Chorale. “America’s Ambassadors of Song,” will perform at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 8th and Central Ave., on Sat., June 23. Doors open for general seating at 6:30 p.m. for 7 p.m. concert. Phone St. Peter’s, 609-399-2988 for tickets, on sale at $10 or six for $50 if ordered early. Price is $15 at door. Children 12 and under are free. The program will showcase the voices of 80 boys complemented by a men’s chorale.

(April 21) The City’s annual END TO END FAMILY BIKE TOUR begins with registration at8:30a.m. at the Sports and Civic Center, 6th St. off Boardwalk. Ride starts at 10 a.m. For more details contact Public Relations 609-399-6111.

(April 21-27) CLEAN OCEAN ACTION BEACH SWEEP 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Check in at Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, for clean up supplies.  All organizations and families are urged to participate in this annual Statewide event to keep our beaches clean and safe and protect the coastal environment. For more information, call 609-525-9285.

(April 20-22) The National TEENAGER PAGEANT will be held at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Winners and runners up in various categories will advance to the 42nd  annual National Pageant in San Antonio, TX this summer. For ticket information contact 609-652-8216, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Pageant is being brought to Ocean City by Michael Hartman, founder of the Ocean City Theatre Company.

(April 28) The Annual City Wide Yard Sale will be held on Sat., April 28 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tabernacle Grounds, 5th and Asbury Ave. and locations throughout the City. For locations available at the Tabernacle, call 609-398-4662 or stop at the Chamber of Commerce Office, 16 E. 9th St. to pick up an application. Spots are $30 or $35 with a table. Anyone interested in having their home yard sale listed on the citywide map can do so for $10. Home must be registered by April 24.

(April 28-29) Boardwalk and Downtown Merchants will hold table sales from 6th to 14th Streets on the Boardwalk and in the downtown.

(April 29) The MARCH OF DIMES, MARCH FOR THE BABIES South Jersey Shore 2012, is a five mile walk beginning and ending at the Music Pier. Registration begins at noon, walk at 1 p.m. and will end with light refreshments, activities for the children, music, face painting and more. For information call 856-375-8215 or visit  www.marchforbabies.org.

The March of Dimes is in need of volunteers for the walk and also for donations of snacks for the day of the event. If you can help, please call Anna Villari at 856-375-8215 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

REMINDER: Ocean City’s popular mile-long SPRING BLOCK PARTY is set for Sat., May 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from 5th to 14th Streets on Asbury Ave.  The event features over 350 crafters, food, entertainment and more.  For information, call 609-399-1412.