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DJ Turbulence Hosts DJ Competition @ Golden Nugget’s Haven Nightclub

Monday, April 14th, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY — On Thursday, April 17, Haven Nightclub at Golden Nugget is giving 11 DJs from the surrounding area an opportunity to showcase their mixing skills by hosting a DJ competition, where competitors will go head-to-head as they present their passion and commitment to their trade. The competition will run from 11pm-4am.1K6A3926-1-1024x720

DJ Turbulence (pictured right) will host as each DJ spins a 10-minute set to battle for ultimate supremacy. Guests will hear a variety of mixes and mash-ups from all different genres by DJ Reach, DJ Turbulence, and the elite list of emerging DJ’s competing in the competition.

Those selected to compete include Sammy Morales, Adam Levine, Anthony Sojo, CDJC, Nick Montone, Edward Lafontant, Andrew Niebling, Dennis Guitierrez, Marco Penta, Terrence Oliver, and Steve Tran.

Toward the end of the night, DJ Turbulence will choose the two finalists who will battle side-by-side for the determining face-off. The winning DJ will earn $500 cash and a headlining gig at Haven on a select night.

South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble to Present ‘A Touch Of Italy’ April 28

Monday, April 14th, 2014

SJAWE 2014GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble will present its 18th anniversary spring concert American Masterpieces at 7:30pm Monday, April 28, at the Performing Arts Center of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

The concert will take the audience on a musical journey through Italy with such well known and loved pieces as “The Barber of Seville Overture,” “The Anvil Chorus,”and “Trieste Overture.” Guest euphonium soloist, John Palatucci, will join the group for a rousing version of “Carnival of Venice.” Palatucci is the co-principal euphonium for the Gramercy Brass Orchestra of New York city and principal euphonium for the Ridgewood Band.

The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble is a 65-member group comprised of the area’s top professional musicians, music educators and other highly accomplished musicians and has been recognized as one of the top 50 community bands in the United States.

The ensemble has a strong commitment to ensuring that the love of music is passed on to future generations.  Its members have worked closely with South Jersey’s finest student musicians, and 45 students representing 12 area high schools and the Richard Stockton College of NJ have been selected to join them on stage to play “side-by-side” for the second half of the concert.

During the performance, the SJAWE will present the “Vivace” award to recognize those individuals who have supported the live arts and the band over the years.  The honorees are Dr. Herman and Dorothy Saatkamp, Wallace and Roberta Barr, Dr. Walter and Helle DePalma, Frank and Sharon Kollman, Raymond and Gina Ciccone, and Stella Hordes.

The band will be led by conductor Keith W. Hodgson and associate conductor Ron Poorman. Frank Mazzeo, adjunct professor of music at Temple University, will join the group as a guest conductor.

Concert admission is $15. To order tickets, go here or call (609) 652-9000. Find more information at sjawe.com or call (609) 402-5575. Information is available to highlight specific student performers and adult musicians from Atlantic, Ocean and Gloucester counties, by calling Karen Poorman, at (609) 402-5575. The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble is a member of the South Jersey Cultural Alliance.

The Easter Bunny’s On His Way!

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

This Saturday, April 12, features some fun Easter Egg hunts for the little ones, and the following Saturday and Sunday, April 19-20, will see the ubiquitous Easter Bunny thrilling children down in the Wildwoods. All hunts are free.

That wascally wabbit the Easter Bunny will be making his South Jersey rounds soon.

That wascally wabbit the Easter Bunny will be making his South Jersey rounds soon.

On April 12 from 10:30-11:30am, the annual Children’s Easter Egg Hunt & Chad Juros Magic Show will happen at the Greentree Church, 125 Schoolhouse Rd., in EHT. Children ages 2-10 years are invited to participate in the hunt, which will be followed the incomparable Chad Juros and his magic. There will be prizes and over 3,000 eggs to find.

Children should bring a basket to collect eggs. Call (609) 927-3838 for more.

In Ocean City April 12, the Great Easter Egg Hunt will take place from 11th to 14th streets on the beach in O.C. starting 2:30pm. Five age groups will be birth-2, 3-4, 5, 6, and 7. Only the youngest group may have an adult accompany them into the area. There will be 100,000 eggs distributed, 5,000 with prizes inside.
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Patti McWalk is Sunday, April 27

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

By Kaitlin Montague
MARGATE, N.J. — In memory of a beloved Margate woman, the Patti McWalk is celebrating it’s 13th year on Sunday, April 27. Having battled pancreatic cancer for five years, at the age of 43 Patti McDonnell would succumb to the disease’s wrath in February 2002. Soon after, many of her closest friends put together this fundraiser on her birthday, April 18, in her memory. They coined it the “Patti McWalk.”

The Patti McWalk is named in honor of the late Patti McDonnell (pictured), and raises funds for the South Jersey Cancer Fund.

The Patti McWalk is named in honor of the late Patti McDonnell (pictured), and raises funds for the South Jersey Cancer Fund.

“Patti liked living life,” says her older brother, Bob McDonnell. “She was a very generous and giving girl with a lot of friends. She was sort of a free spirit who enjoyed fishing, loved the beach, and was involved all kinds of different activities. Each year she and some friends would go to the Kentucky Derby. She died at 43, but I tell people she squeezed more living into 43 years than many fit into 80.”

On April 27, sign-ups begin at noon at Lucy the Elephant in Margate (9200 Atlantic Ave. in Margate), but the McWalk begins promptly at 1pm. Sign up in advanced for a $20 donation and $25 the morning of the walk. Kids are $10 and children under 12 are free.

One hundred percent of all proceeds will benefit the South Jersey Cancer Fund. Prizes, raffles, food, music, kids bounces, and more will be available throughout the day. An after party, in celebrating of Patti, will be held at Margate Log Cabin. For more information contact pattimcwalk@gmail.com

Gaming Executives Assist In Second Annual Charity Basketball Game @ ACHS

Monday, April 7th, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY — On Tuesday, April 8, the Greater Atlantic City Chamber will have home court advantage when executives and employees from Atlantic City casinos and local businesses play in a basketball tournament at Atlantic City High School, 6-9pm, to benefit the Atlantic City Day Nursery — an establishment founded in 1906 to provide a safe, developmentally appropriate environment for children ages birth-to-six that promotes each child’s social, emotional and cognitive development. The program will also feature Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian. 119056-4

“We created this event last year as a way for the casino employees to let off a little steam and build camaraderie during a friendly game of basketball,” says AC Linen Supply CEO Eric Goldberg, presenting sponsor of the event. “Now, with the backing of the Greater Atlantic City Chamber this year, it has turned into a full blown tournament that features players from several Atlantic City casinos and local businesses. All of the players and local celebrities were very eager to help fundraise for a local charity.

“This year, we’ve chosen the Atlantic City Day Nursery [acdaynurseryschool.com] as our beneficiary,” adds Goldberg.  “Funds raised at this year’s basketball game will help to provide quality childcare and education for infants, toddlers and pre-kindergarten age children.”

Attendees will be eligible for fantastic raffle prizes that will be given out throughout the evening including hotel stays, gift certificates and more.  The winning team will take home a championship trophy and the honor of being named champion of the 2nd Annual Charity Basketball Tournament.

Caesars Entertainment is the other presenting sponsor. Dream Team sponsors are Revel Atlantic City and Cooper Levenson Attorneys at Law. Supporting sponsors include Kisby Lees Mechanical, Junior’s Donuts & Dogs in Margate and WZXL Radio.

Tickets can be purchased at acchamber.com for $2 or at the door beginning at 5pm.  The event will take place from 6-9 p.m.at the Atlantic City High School gymnasium. Teams from Borgata, Caesars and Revel have already been established.  For sponsorship information, or to donate a raffle prize, contact Elisa Monroe at (609) 345-4525, ext. 102.

Seal Day at Marine Mammal Stranding Center

Monday, April 7th, 2014

acw_sealMMSCThe Marine Mammal Stranding Center (MMSC),  in Brigantine will celebrate “Seal Day” on Saturday, April 12, 10am-3pm.

There will be guided tours of the rescue and rehabilitation facility along with educational demonstrations and arts and crafts activities for the kids.  There will also be screenings of videos documenting the Center’s founding and present-day work with marine mammals and sea turtles.

Have your photo taken with The Center’s animated mascot “Lu-seal.”

The event is free but donations are welcome. For more info go to the MMSC Website.

Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival 2014

Monday, April 7th, 2014
Photo by Christine Steiner

Photo by Christine Steiner

ATLANTIC CITY — The ninth annual “Celebration of the Suds” Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival drew about 24,000 people to the resort town and Atlantic City Convention Center on Friday and Saturday, April 4-5,

The festival featured over 100 craft breweries from around the nation, three major headliners and six independent bands, seminars of all sorts and a new batch of fun stuff for folks to do, (including motorized toilet racing).

Click the link below for some highlights of this year’s festival.

AmeriHealth April Fools Half Marathon @ Revel on Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6

Monday, April 7th, 2014
Photo by Christine Steiner

Photo by Christine Steiner

REVEL BEACH, ATLANTIC CITY — On a splendid spring weekend, AmeriHealth New Jersey, Revel Casino Hotel and the Katz JCC of Margate presented the April Fools Half Marathon series on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

The event was part of the 56th annual Atlantic City Marathon race series and featured the Shore Medical Center 11K and 7K runs on Saturday, April 5, and the half marathon on Sunday, April 6. The Kids Fit Final Mile, sponsored by Atlantic County Council of Education Association, was also held on Saturday.

Steven Brog, Esq., was this year’s race committee chairman and Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian was a special guest. Atlantic City Weekly was a proud sponsor of the event. Click the video link below for highlights of the event.

Absecon Lighthouse: Extended April Hours

Friday, April 4th, 2014
Dogs are welcome on the Lighthouse grounds, too.

Dogs on leashes are welcome on the Lighthouse grounds, too.

Looking for something fun and fit to do with the kids on Spring Break?  Absecon Lighthouse, normally closed on Tuesdays & Wednesdays, will be open daily from Thursday, April 10 through Monday, April 28 from 11am to 4pm.  The last climb is at 3:30pm.

Go to the lighthouse website and print off a special coupon for $1 off admission when you climb.  The museum, grounds, and parking are all free.

Normal business hours will resume on May 1, with the lighthouse being open Thursdays through Mondays, 11am to 4pm.

First lit in 1857, Absecon Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in New Jersey and the third tallest in the country.  It is the oldest man-made structure in Atlantic City, boasts a first-order Fresnel lens still in place at the top, and offers fabulous views of Atlantic City and Brigantine.

Admission to climb the 228 steps to the top is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for children 4-12, and $3 for Atlantic City residents.  Active Military are invited to climb for free.

Brigantine Concert Series Starts April 10 w/the Famed Atlantic City All Star Band

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

BRIGANTINE, N.J. — The recently announced 2014 Brigantine Concert Series, which gets into full swing during the summer with three live-music events in each of July and August, kicks things off Thursday, April 10, with area favorites Jim “The Singing Lifeguard” Craine and his Atlantic City All Stars, who this year are embarking on their “40th Anniversary Overnight Success Tour.”

Jim Craine and the A.C. All Stars

Jim Craine and the Atlantic City All Stars

“It’s an honor to be kicking off Brigantine’s annual concert series,” says Craine, whose All Star Band will be performing the songs of legends like Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Al Jolson, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond and many others.

All Brigantine Concert Series shows are free and start 7pm at the Brigantine North School Auditorium, with the exception of Family Fun Day during Fourth of July Weekend when the Original Hobo Band of Pitman, N.J. (established 1946) performs at the 15th Street Recreational Complex (6pm Saturday, July 5), and the Jack Melton Band performs at the Brigantine Beach Community Center at 7pm on July 24.

After the A.C. All Stars, the series continues with a Memorial Day Weekend concert Saturday, May 24, at the North School Auditorium with the Atlantic Brass Band — an award-winning brass ensemble now in its 26th year, and widely considered to be one of the finest brass bands in the nation. The following day, Sunday, May 25, the Atlantic Brass Band will be the opening act in the 25th annual Cape May Music Festival starting 8pm. Presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities, the festival runs from May 25-June 14 (click here for info on last year’s event).

The full Brigantine Concert Series schedule is below. All shows are free and all ages are welcome. For more info call (609) 264-7350.

•    April 10: Jim Craine and the All Stars, North School Auditorium
•    May 24: Atlantic Brass Band, North School Auditorium
•    June 19: Bob Ferris Big Band, North School Auditorium
•    July 5: Family Fun Day, Original Hobo Band, 15th Street
•    July 17: Bubba Mac Blues Band, North School Auditorium
•    July 24: Jack Melton Band, Brigantine Beach Community Center
•    Aug. 11: South Jersey Wind Ensemble, North School Auditorium
•    Aug. 24: Tri-County Symphonic Band, North School Auditorium
•    Aug. 31: Bob Ferris Big Band, North School Auditorium
•    Oct. 9: Original Hobo Band, North School Auditorium