• directions

SONGS OF OUR CITY:  A Benefit Concert for OCNJ CARE will be held on Jan.12 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 10th and Central Ave. at 4 p.m. It will feature local and regional professional soloists including Nancy Fox, Debby and Jim Dalfanso and Bill Scheible, musical director of the Ocean City Pops Orchestra.

It is produced by former Miss Cape May County, Debora Pruitt “to raise funds and raise the spirits of the Community". OCNJ CARE is the volunteer organization that has been helping Ocean City residents recover from Super Storm Sandy since the very beginning. Suggested donation is $10. For information, call (609) 390-0860.

The Ocean City FINE ARTS League, 608 Asbury Ave. reopened recently, and is presenting its January Judges Show at this time. Featured artists include Marilyn Brent, Lance Balderson, Michael Waters, Steve Kuzma, Paula Angelo and Judy Scull. A Meet The Artists Reception   will be held on Jan. 11 from 6-7:15 p.m. The public is invited. There will be refreshments. Admission is free. Call (609) 814-0308 for information.

The Fine Arts League presents free pre-screened films featuring artists and art trends every month through June 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. Tues., Jan 8, CHICAGO featuring Rene Zellweger and Catherine Zeta Jones and Tues., Feb. 5, ITALIAN for Beginners, in a small suburb of Denmark, several lonely hearts study Italian as a way to jump start their lives.

The Ocean City ARTS CENTER begins its winter classes this week. If you have not registered call (609) 399-7628. The arts Center is also featuring an exhibition of paintings highlighting the Ocean City Fishing Club through January to mark the Club’s 100th year. A Meet the Artists reception will be held on Fri., Jan. 11 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The public is invited to this free event.

The Ocean City FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 17th and Simpson Ave. continues its free classic film series 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Library Lecture Hall. Films include, Jan.14, Obsession; Jan. 28, The Age of Innocence; Feb. 11, Roxanne; Feb. 25, The Color of Money. For information on the Library’s many free events, call (609) 399-2434 or access www.oceancitylibrary.org.

MARTIN LUTHER KING EVENT: Volunteers Needed: The City, in conjunction with the Clean Communities Program, will hold its annual clean up on Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. till noon. Families, individuals and groups are encouraged to volunteer for this important community event. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is one of the ways millions of Americans honor the memory of Dr. King by volunteering their time to improve their communities. The City has participated in this day of service since 2008. Volunteers should register and pick up supplies starting 9a.m. at the Howard S. Stainton  Senior Center, 1735 Simpson Ave. and should wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

The City will provide gloves and trash bags. All volunteers are invited back to the Senior Center after the clean up for food and warm beverages. Groups or organizations wishing to participate should call the City‘s Public Works Department, (609) 399-6111 ext. 9711 or 9702.

Sat. Jan. 12 YOUR CALM AFTER THE STORM: Join your neighbors and local and federal representatives, for an interactive presentation, " Coping and Recovery-- Hope and Support after Sandy's recent storms and flooding. Project " New Jersey Hope and Healing" is about managing the emotional consequences of storms and flooding; understanding the impact and exploring strategies for coping with weather emergencies' stressful aftermath. Presented by the N.J. Division of Mental Health Addiction Services and other government agencies. Sat. Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. in the Ocean City Free Public Library Auditorium, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City.

NOTE: The City’s annual celebration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. at the Bill and Nancy Hughes performing Arts Center, Ocean City High School, 6th and Atlantic Ave. Reverend Gregory Johnson will recite the inspirational “I Have a Dream” speech and the Bubby Fan Gospel group will sing.

LOOKING AHEAD: Ocean City has an entertaining Valentine’s program for you. Michael Hartman’s Ocean City Theatre Company will present I Love N.Y., a cabaret of Broadway Love Songs. Come celebrate love with some of the most enchanting, unforgettable, melodies to ever grace the stage. Professional theater performers will stage an entertaining, intimate cabaret of favorites from the Great White Way, Sat., Feb 16, 8 p.m. Show; 7 p.m. Dessert Reception at the Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th and Atlantic Ave. at OCHS. Tickets purchased before 4:30 p.m. on Thurs. Feb. 14 are $18, after that $20. Call 609-525-9300.