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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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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.

Sen. Cory Booker Visits Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City on Saturday, March 22

Monday, March 24th, 2014
U.S. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey visits with members and staff of the Atlantic City Boys & Girls Club March 22, as Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian points to a sign the children made for the senator's visit.

U.S. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey visits with members and staff of the Atlantic City Boys & Girls Club on March 22, as Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian points to a sign the children made for the senator's visit in the background. Photos by Lew Steiner

booker and kidATLANTIC CITY — U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) visited the recently revamped Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City on Saturday, March 22. 

Senator Booker toured the facility on Pennsylvania Avenue, which was devastated by Superstorm Sandy but rebuilt in part, and made more energy efficient through, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program.

Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian and N.J. State Senator Jim Whelan were also in attendance.

“My goal here today is to learn more about the program, to see what the kids are doing and to find out ways that I can be helpful and supportive in my role as a Senator, but also as my role as a citizen,” said Booker during his visit. “We could all be doing more to help empower our kids.”booker

The Boys and Girls Club’s mission is to enable youth to reach their full potential as members of the community. The facility provides daily recreation, education and support to about 274 kids a day, which is an increase of 28 percent since before the storm.

26th Annual Bayfest Returning to Somers Point on Saturday, April 26

Monday, March 24th, 2014
Somers Point anticipates about 30,000 thousand Bayfest visitors to cover 14 blocks of Bay Avenue on April 26.

Somers Point anticipates about 30,000 thousand Bayfest visitors to cover 14 blocks of Bay Avenue on April 26.

SOMERS POINT, NJ —The 26th annual Somers Point Bayfest — the largest, single-day festival in South Jersey — is scheduled for Saturday, April 26, on 14 blocks of Bay Avenue from 10am-5pm. The festival will take place rain or shine. 

The City of Somers Point and the Somers Point Bayfest Committee team with area sponsors to make this longstanding annual tradition possible. Bay Avenue will be filled with music, food, crafters and fun-filled family activities.

The city is expecting more that 30,000 thousand residents and visitors to flock to Bay Avenue this year to enjoy four live bands, 38 food vendors, over 120 crafters and plenty of children’s activities.

An aerial view of a past Bayfest

An aerial view of a past Bayfest

Profits from Bayfest help to fund projects that enhance and benefit the City of Somers Point. Some of the past projects Bayfest has supported include improvements to the Bud Kern Field, the installation of a new playground on the public beach, new banners lining Historic Bay Avenue and donations to the Mainland Region High School Commutation Arts Department.

Parking for Bayfest will be available at the Jordan Road School, located on 129 Jordan Road and Fire House #1, located on 1 Bethel Road. There are also several places for overnight accomodations such as Marriott-Residence Inn, Budget Inn and Economy Motel.

For more information on the annual Somers Point Bayfest, please visit somerspointbayfest.org

‘Read Across America’ Goes Underwater Sunday, March 2, at the A.C. Aquarium

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY — In honor of ‘Read Across America’ day (visit readacrossamerica.org), the diver in the 25,000-gallon tank at the Atlantic City Aquarium (800 N. New Hampshire Ave., Historic Gardner’s Basin) will be reading Wish for a Fish: All About Sea Creatures as part of the nationwide celebration of reading on Sunday, March 2 — Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

Visitors will also be invited to participate in a Dr. Seuss-themed scavenger hunt throughout the Aquarium, where they’ll identify some of the different fish and animals. Kids will receive a special Dr. Seuss treat if they wear Dr. Seuss attire, such as a shirt, wig or hat. They will receive $1 off paid admission (not valid with any other discounts).

imagesFollowing the Live Diver Reader Show, visitors can enjoy the exhibits at the aquarium and scheduled activities for the day. At noon and 3pm, it’s feeding time for the juvenile cow nose rays.  Visitors can hand feed these species by purchasing cups of food. Cups of food are $2 (or $1 for members).

At 2pm, visitors can get close to the Aquarium’s more unusual inhabitants at the Exotic Animal Show. Depending on the show, visitors may meet the Rose Hair Tarantula, a tarantula with pink hair; the Sulcata Tortoise, one of Africa’s largest tortoises; a boa constrictor that is as long as its handler; and the softest furred mammal in the world. Aquarium handlers discuss their native habitats, their suitability as pets, natural defenses and predatory instincts other interesting facts.

Also in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, the Atlantic City Aquarium will be adding two of his books to the ‘fishy tales’ line-up for Story Time. Story
Time takes place on Tuesdays at the Aquarium. Stories are read at 11am and are followed by a craft or activity perfect for little hands.

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Celebrates World Sword Swallower’s Day Feb. 22

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

unnamedATLANTIC CITY — More than 20 sword swallowers will risk their lives when they “drop swords” at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditoriums around the world on Saturday, Feb. 22, including at the Ripley’s in Atlantic City, located at 1441 Boardwalk (near the Central Pier, between Bally’s and Resorts).

This will mark the seventh annual World Sword Swallower’s Day celebration, founded by the Sword Swallowers Association International (SSAI) and co-sponsored by Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

In A.C., sword swallower David Peyre-Ferry will perform a free show startin 2pm with an official “swallow” at 2:22:14pm (coinciding with the 2/22/14 date).

“We established World Sword Swallower’s Day to honor this ancient art and recognize the few people in the world who can do this,” says Dan Meyer, a sword swallower whose amazing feats  have been chronicled by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! “We also raise awareness of the contributions sword swallowers have made to the fields of medicine and science and raise money for esophageal cancer research.”

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has a long history of highlighting the death-defying achievements of sword swallowers,  going back 80 years.  Sword swallowers were a big part of the very first Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933, as performers mesmerized huge crowds.

Visit ripleys.com/atlanticcity for more.

Community Quest’s Fourth Annual ‘Good Neighbor Bowling’ Fundraiser Feb. 22

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Bowling Flyer 2014 - Letter Size (2) - CopyEGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. — On Saturday, Feb. 22, King Pin Bowling, located in Egg Harbor Township, will be hosting Community Quest’s 4th Annual “Good Neighbor Bowling” Fundraiser.

Established in 1986, Community Quest, a nonprofit organization, has progressively contributed to more people to live and work in the community. Community Quest’s mission is to positive affect the quality of life for individuals and families in New Jersey and neighboring communities by providing innovative housing, employment and supports programs in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Ocean Counties in New Jersey as well as other areas throughout the state.clipart_bowling

Two bowling sessions will be held during the fundraiser. The afternoon bowling session is from 3-6pm for $25. Children (10 and under) pay $15 with each paying adult, which includes bowling, shoes and food. The evening session is from 7-10pm for $35. New to the evening session will be a beef and beer party for all participants to enjoy. Both the afternoon and evening session will include fun contests and prizes.

When registering, create a team or register as a single/double and join with other players to help empower the lives of individuals with special needs. To register, visit cqinc.org under Community Events. — Kaitlin Montague

Hockey Returns to Boardwalk Hall; The Wildwoods to Host Fustal

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
The Hershey Bears (in white) beat the Albany Devils 4-1 at Boardwalk Hall on Jan. 11, snapping the Devils’ two-game win streak. The game also marked the return to Boardwalk Hall of Mike Haviland, now the head coach of the Bears and formerly the head coach of the bygone Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies.

The Hershey Bears (in white) beat the Albany Devils 4-1 at Boardwalk Hall on Jan. 11, snapping the Devils’ two-game win streak. The game also marked the return to Boardwalk Hall of Mike Haviland, now the head coach of the Bears and formerly the head coach of the bygone Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies.

It’s a sports-filled weekend at the South Jersey shore, as the United States Futsal Federation will host the Northeast Regional Futsal (five-player-per-side indoor soccer) Championships Saturday through Monday, Feb. 15-17, at Wildwoods Convention Center, and AHL hockey returns to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Friday, Feb. 14.

The AHL’s Albany Devils have made Boardwalk Hall their home-away-from-home of sorts, having played four games at the Hall’s Art Dorrington Rink in each of the last three seasons. The first puck drops at 7pm and the first 2,000 fans will receive a commemorative poster of the 2003 ECHL Boardwalk Bullies Kelly Cup Championship team. Additionally, former Boardwalk Bullies captain Stefan Rivard and his former teammate Ian Walterson will be signing autographs at the game during the 2nd period intermission.

Mike Haviland, current head coach of the Hershey Bears, was the coach of the 2003 Boardwalk Bullies Kelly Cup Championship team. Haviland has recently re-teamed with Ryan Mougenel who played for the Bullies in 2002-2003. Mougenel is now an assistant coach of the AHL’s Hershey Bears.

Tickets are priced at $16, $21 and $26 and are on sale now at Boardwalk Hall Box Office, through Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-736-1420. Special rates are available for kids, seniors, military, students, and groups of 10 or more. Package deals are also available. Visit boardwalkhall.com.

The three-day indoor futsal tournament will take place from 8am-8pm daily. Futsal is a variation of soccer that is played on a smaller surface utilizing five players (instead of 11 as in conventional soccer), usually always indoors, and allowing unlimited substitutions per team. Unlike other forms of indoor soccer, futsal rules create an emphasis on improvisation, creativity and technique, ball control and passing in small spaces, which results in fast-paced, exciting games.

Some of last year's futsal action in the Wildwoods.

Some youth futsal action.

The Northeast Regional tournament consists of various age brackets, and is one of seven regional tournaments leading up to a national championship for which the date and location have yet to be announced. Prizes will be awarded to winning teams and top players.  Admission is $10 per day or $20 for all three days. Wristbands will be available for purchase at the door.
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for more about the game, or visit WildwoodsNJ.com for more about The Wildwoods.

Kadir Nelson Visit Highlights Black History Month Programs for Children, Teens

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
Kadir Nelson

Kadir Nelson

ATLANTIC CITY — An appearance by Atlantic City native and award-winning illustrator/author Kadir Nelson will be among the children’s programs offered by the Atlantic City Free Public Library in February in celebration of Black History Month. Nelson, who spent part of his childhood in Atlantic City, will be a guest speaker for the program “Making Your Dreams a Reality” on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 12:30pm at the All Wars Memorial Building (1510 Adriatic Ave.).

Nelson was just named the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Hamilton King Award. It is presented each year to a Society of Illustrators member for outstanding accomplishment and repeated excellence.  The award spotlights one of the artist’s best works for that year, representative of their career, and can only be received once in their lifetime.

 Nelson, who has also received Caldecott, NAACP and Coretta Scott King Author awards, has had his works exhibited in major national and international publications, art galleries and museums.

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Also, he has gained acclaim for his award-winning children’s books, including We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans (pictured right) and Nelson Mandela.

Nelson is the cover artist for Michael Jackson’s posthumous album, Michael, as well as the recently released album Nothing Was The Same by the artist Drake.

 The library will offer additional Black History Month children’s programs:

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‘Wild Walk for Kids’ Becomes New Big Brothers/Big Sisters Fundraiser

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

NORTHFIELD, N.J. — After 30 years of running a fundraiser called “Bowl For Kids Sake,” the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Atlantic & Cape May Counties is hanging up their bowling shoes and lacing up their walking shoes.

walk blogThe inaugural “Wild Walk for Kids” fundraising event is scheduled for Saturday, April 5, at the Cape May County Park and Zoo. Hundreds of Big Brothers-Big Sisters’ supporters will join the agency for a two-mile walk around the zoo grounds followed by lunch, music, and activities for boys and girls and the whole family.

To get things started Big Brothers Big Sisters is hosting a kick-off event on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro (908 Shore Road in Somers Point), from 4:30-6:30pm. The agency encourages company representative, team captains, family captains, committee members and anyone interested in learning more about Wild Walk for Kids and Big Brothers
Big Sisters to attend this free event.

Come learn all you need to know and pick up your team folders and posters. RSVP for the event by calling (609) 573-5029 ext. 14, e-mailing egillespie@bbbsatlanticcape.org or registering at wildwalkforkids.org.