Enjoy Local Shopping Discounts and Support Charities with Key to the Community Card

Supporting Ocean City businesses is important at all times, but especially now with local shops, restaurants, and service providers facing challenging situations due to COVID-19. It’s also important to support charities and nonprofit organizations whenever possible. Fortunately, the organizers of the Key to the Community card program have the answer!

The Key to the Community card is a discount shopping, dining, and services card that can be used at a wide array of local businesses. The card costs $25 and is good now through August of 2021. When individuals purchase this card, they can select a charity listed on the Key to the Community website and have $5 of the purchase price donated to their chosen organization. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the card sales will go to provide scholarship opportunities to deserving students.

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The deals offered range anywhere from meal discounts at Jon & Patty’s to a photo session discount with Kerri J Photography. The deals and discounts offered may change from month-to-month, so there’s always something new to explore and added ways to support local businesses.

Some of the charities that cardholders can support include OCNJ CARE, CROPS, Ocean City Theatre Company, Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation, Humane Society of Ocean City, and so many other wonderful local and national nonprofit organizations.

The Key to the Community card program was created by founders Jill Adamson and Tyrone Rolls who wanted to lend a hand and help the local community. Add in the philanthropic aspect plus discounts to cardholders and you have a program where there are benefits all around!

Now’s the perfect time to lend a hand to local businesses, support your favorite charity, and grab sensational discounts! Purchase your Key to the Community card today and get started saving money while helping others at the same time.

Photo credit: Key to the Community 

Bohemian Mama Launches New Brand Look and Fundraising Campaign April 1

Bohemian Mama is unveiling a new brand look and a fundraising campaign to accompany it! Starting on April 1, this popular Ocean City boutique and website will take on a new look in keeping with its sustainable and eco-chic qualities. The Bohemian Mama team is also introducing its fundraising campaign for the entire month of April which benefits CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).

Bohemian Mama Products

As a brand that’s always had a good handle on the latest fashions and products that are also eco-friendly, Bohemian Mama is taking this platform even further with the new brand launch. When you buy Bohemian Mama products, either online or in-store, you can rest assured that you’ll be getting products that not only look good but are good for the environment, too.

As part of its core mission, Bohemian Mama wants to protect children by offering environmentally friendly products. Along the same lines of protecting children with regard to the environment, Bohemian Mama also wants to lend a hand to protect children in their homes. This is how the chosen fundraiser came to fruition. CASA is a volunteer-based organization that trains individuals to be the voice for abused and neglected children involved in the foster care system. CASA volunteers ensure that these children find safe, loving homes to be a part of. For this reason, Bohemian Mama will make a donation to CASA for every product purchased during the month of April!

Bohemian Mama Dress

And, if this donation aspect and the lovely Bohemian Mama products aren’t enough alone to make you buy one or more items ASAP, you should also know that the shop is offering 25% off all apparel for a limited time. This deal runs from noon on April 1 to midnight on April 4. Just enter the code “GIVEBACK” and you’ll grab this great 25% off discount!

Now is a wonderful time to support this extraordinary local business as well as lend a hand to CASA, an organization that protects children and gives them a voice that will be heard. If you’re interested in learning how you can become a CASA volunteer, visit the organization website.

Start perusing the Bohemian Mama website a few days early to see what items you’ll be purchasing starting April 1!

Photo credit: Magdalena Studios/Bohemian Mama

Virtual Ocean City Girls Weekend (April 3-5)

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Ocean City had planned to hold its annual Ocean City Girls Weekend April 3-5. Now, with all events removed from the calendar for the entire month of April, that in-person shopping, dining, and entertainment event is a no-go. Fortunately, new local business DriftSpaces, a collaborative work venue, has come up with the idea to hold a virtual Girls Weekend event.

Here’s what’s happening during Virtual Girls Weekend:

Friday, April 3

Noon: Loosen Up Lunch Break with Peak Mobility

4 p.m.: Seagrass Boutique: 20-75% off sale via Facebook Live

4:30 p.m.: Diamond Barre Fitness: $5 Express barre class

7:30 p.m.: Hand Sani & Sips with Jordan Simone Wellness

Saturday, April 4

8:30 a.m.: Downtown Pilates: Free mat Pilates class

9:30 a.m.: Diamond Barre Fitness: $5 barre class

10 a.m.: Yoga Ginger: Free 30-minute yoga class

3 p.m.: Bowfish Kids: 30% off sale via Facebook Live

8 p.m.: Ladies Night Couch Karaoke with Cibon in the City

Sunday, April 5

9:30 a.m.: Virtual Sound & Healing Yoga with Michelle Whelan Yoga

Stores Offering Sales During Virtual Girls Weekend

In addition to being a great way to connect with others and learn new things, this virtual Girls Weekend event is also a fundraiser for OCNJ CARE, a local nonprofit organization originally formed back in 2012 in response to Superstorm Sandy and the need to help out the local community. OCNJ CARE was put back into action to respond to this current crisis and raise funds to help local individuals in need. Find out more by visiting the OCNJ CARE site.

Pretty cool, right? Next weekend, plan to attend Girls Weekend from the comfort of your own home. And be sure to visit this list throughout the week as it will be updated with new links and activities once they’re announced.

In order to join in on the fun events and sales, visit the websites and social media pages of your chosen business for more information!

Sign Up Today: Ocean City 2020 Pi Day Run

On your mark, get set, and go register for the 2020 Pi Day 5K/Kid’s Race on Saturday, March 14, sponsored by the Ocean City Education Association PRIDE in Public Education.

Students, family members, and others in the community are invited to take part in this exciting day featuring a mathematical theme. The fun begins with a 5K race/1-mile run at 9 a.m. kicking off at the Ocean City Community Center. Participants will start at 18 Street and Haven Avenue and run along the bike path while completing the mileage course of their choosing.

Event organizers have a goal of 314 participants in mind, in keeping with the Pi theme of the day. The cost to participate is $10 per student and $15 per adult. Pre-registration is taking place until March 6. After that time, registration will be available on the day of the event. As an added bonus, the first 314 individuals to register will receive a commemorative “We Rocked Pi Day 2020” t-shirt.

Medals will be awarded to the top three males and females in each age group. And, once the race is over, the fun doesn’t stop there! Head over to the Ocean City Intermediate School for the Ocean City PTA Spring Fair from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. where you can enjoy refreshments, activities, and even the opportunity to pie a teacher who is taking one for the team for the sake of education.

Don’t miss out on this fun day with the entire family! Register today for the race and be sure to attend the Ocean City PTA Spring Fair festivities after the event. Find more information and updates by visiting the 2020 Pi Day Facebook event page.

Giving Tuesday: Local Organizations to Donate to This Year

Giving Tuesday is a charitable day that takes place every year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and prior to the December holiday time beginning. It’s a day to consider charitable donations and volunteering with local organizations or other entities near and dear to your heart. As this is a personal decision and one that will differ based on your charitable desires, the following are a few Ocean City-based organizations you may want to consider donating to on December 3 this Giving Tuesday.

Ocean City Firefighters Foundation

The Ocean City Firefighters Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of the Ocean City Fire Department. This career fire department is one near and dear to my heart and one I like to support whenever possible. Not only does the fire department protect the community 24/7, 365 days out of the year, but the firefighters also donate their personal time to raise money for the Ocean City Firefighters Foundation in the form of chili cook-offs and other events. The money raised on behalf of the organization goes to local entities and organizations of a wide array. Donate now online and help the Ocean City firefighters raise money to help others.

Ocean City Ecumenical Council

The Ocean City Ecumenical Council is a faith-based organization with a mission to collect food, clothing, and monetary donations to help those in need. If you wish to donate to the Ocean City Ecumenical Council you can do so online or contact the Council for further donation options.

Humane Society of Ocean City

For those who want to donate time, items, or money to help shelter animals, the Humane Society of Ocean City is an excellent choice. Located at 1 Shelter Road, the Humane Society of Ocean City is available to accept donated items at the shelter as well as monetary donations online. You can also sign up to volunteer at the shelter.

Whether you want to lend a hand locally or donate to organizations across the globe, consider outreach in one way or another this Giving Tuesday.

Adult-Themed Halloween Fun in Ocean City and on the Mainland

Halloween is a fun and exciting holiday for the kids but who’s to say that the adults can’t have fun, too? There are quite a few adult-oriented Halloween events taking place this October in Ocean City and on the mainland. From beer festivals to Halloween fundraisers, you’ll have plenty to choose from in your quest for seasonal fun.

Witch Craft Beer and Spirits Festival (Oct. 19)

The all-new Witch Craft Beer and Spirits Festival on Saturday, October 19, from 6–10 p.m., at Lake Lenape Park East in Hamilton Township is sure to be a hit with the libations-loving crowd. For $45 per person, guests will enjoy an evening filled with beer and spirits samplings from more than 50 vendors. In addition, attendees can fill their night with a live seance, cider donuts, horror makeup seminars, pumpkin carving, and more. On-site parking will be available for $5 per car. Tickets are now available online.

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2019 Ocean City Theatre Company Halloween Party (Oct. 25)

The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company will be hosting its annual Halloween Party on Friday, October 25, at the Ocean City Yacht Club. The Halloween Party will unfold from 7–11 p.m. and feature music by DJ Christian Chin, open bar courtesy of DiOrios and a late-night breakfast buffet. The cost to attend is $75 and the deadline to purchase tickets is October 22. Contact the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company to purchase your tickets to this fabulous fundraising event.

Ex Bar Halloween Party (Oct. 25)

The Ex Bar at The Exchange in Linwood will be bringing the Halloween spirit out in full force on Friday, October 25. Guests are encouraged to come in costume and get in the running to be named best dressed of the evening. Sip Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktails for $7 each and enjoyed Halloween-themed fun starting at 7 p.m.

Either Way Halloween at Josie Kelly’s (Oct. 26)

Josie Kelly’s in Somers Point will be hosting its Either Way Halloween Party on Saturday, October 26, from 9 p.m.–midnight in the Adare Ballroom. The costume party will feature live 80’s music by the Either Way Band and prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. Drink specials will be available throughout the night.

Don’t miss out on these spectacular evenings for the adult crowd in Ocean City and on the mainland!

 

Excellent Ways to Embrace the Halloween Spirit in Ocean City

With Halloween just a few weeks away, you may be wondering how you can embrace the spirit of the holiday in Ocean City. Whether you’re looking for activities to enjoy with the kids or seeking out entertainment options for the adults, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from in Ocean City.

Ocean City Ghost Tours

The Ghost Tour of Ocean City provides an excellent way to get in the spirit of the spooky season. Based on the book, Ghost Stories of Ocean City, NJ, the Ghost Tour of Ocean City takes guests on a candlelight walking tour of Ocean City where stories of ghosts and unexplained occurrences fill the evening.

The tours are held every Friday and Saturday night in October, in addition to tours on Mischief Night and Halloween, and depart from 9th Street and Asbury Avenue. The cost is $18 per adult/kids 13+; $12 for children ages 4–12. You can find out more about these spine-tingling ghost tours and purchase tickets on the Ghost Tour of Ocean City website.

Fall Brunch Featuring Discussion About the Jersey Devil (Oct. 20)

If you’re from New Jersey or well-versed in the folklore of the area, you are certain to be familiar with the story of the Jersey Devil. On Sunday, October 20, at 12:30 p.m., attend the Ocean City Historical Museum‘s Fall Fundraising Brunch at Clancy’s by the Bay in Somers Point. The guest speaker will be Galloway Township historian Ken Sooy who will entertain and inform the crowd with the myths and legends that exist regarding the Jersey Devil.

Guests will be treated to a brunch buffet during the event. Tickets are now available at the Ocean City Historical Museum for $28 for museum members and $32 for all other guests.

Halloween Parade (Oct. 24)

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Every October, Ocean City residents and visitors put on their most creative costumes to attend and participate in the Ocean City Halloween Parade along Asbury Avenue. This year, the 72nd Annual Halloween Parade, sponsored by the Exchange Club of Ocean City, will take place on Thursday, October 24, from 7:15–8:15 p.m. between 6th and 11th Streets.

Parade-goers will enjoy floats, marching bands, costumed participants, and so much more! Those who register and participate in the parade will be judged and have the opportunity to win prizes if they rank in the top spots for their individual event category.

 

Fundraising, Fitness, and Food Events to Unfold in Ocean City This Weekend

The shoulder season in Ocean City is spectacular for so many reasons. Not only is the weather beyond gorgeous but the events which fill the calendar are impressive, to say the least. This weekend is no exception. From a fundraising walk to a fundraiser festival, you’ll have plenty to do in Ocean City the weekend of September 28-29.

Health, Fitness, and Wellness Expo (September 28)

It’s the perfect time to start thinking about getting healthy and with the helpful advice you’ll gather at the free Health, Fitness, and Wellness Expo on Saturday, September 28, you’ll be well on your way to healthy living. The expo takes place from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Ocean City Sports and Civic Center, located at 6th Street and Boardwalk. More than 30 vendors will be at the event offering helpful advice, information, and more. Plus, there will be fun and healthy activities, including Zumba, ballroom dancing, and other exciting events.

Walk for the Wounded (September 28)

The Walk for the Wounded is held to raise funds and awareness for Operation First Response, a nonprofit organization which aids wounded military members and veterans by helping these heroes and their families with emotional and financial needs. This walk will take place on Saturday, September 28, with registration at 8:30 a.m., speeches at 9:30 a.m., and the walk kicking off at 10 a.m. Find all of the details here.

Ocean City Chili and Chowder Festival (September 28)

Love chili? Love chowder? Well, you’re going to adore the Ocean City Chili and Chowder Festival taking place on the Music Pier at noon following the Walk for the Wounded event on Saturday, September 28. In addition to unlimited samplings of chili and chowder prepared by the members of the Ocean City Restaurant Association, you’ll be able to vote for the best firehouse chili prepared by firefighters from the three Ocean City fire stations in this friendly battle for the best culinary dish. The cost is $15 per adult and $5 per child. All of the finer details can be found in the recent OCNJ Happenings article.

Ocean City Half Marathon (September 29)

Runners take your mark and get ready for the Ocean City Half Marathon on Sunday, September 29. This will be the 10th year for the Ocean City Half Marathon where participants will hit the ground running at 8:30 a.m., including those taking part in the 10-mile walk/run. The event will also include a 5-kilometer race. Event registration is still open, so if you would like to enter the competition and have yet to sign up, you can do so until 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 26. You can find all of the details online.

Whether walking, running, or dining for a great cause, make sure you spend the upcoming weekend in Ocean City!

 

Corvettes and Cycling for a Cause to Unfold in Ocean City This Weekend (Sept. 21-22)

Get ready, Ocean City! This weekend will be filled with jaw-dropping corvette displays and cyclists heading to town for a great cause. Whether you are a car aficionado or an individual raising funds for an excellent charity organization, the weekend of September 21–22 is for you.

MS City to Shore Ride (September 21)

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On Saturday, September 21, the MS City to Shore Ride unfolds, where cyclists will cross the finish line in Ocean City after making the long trek from Cherry Hill. If you’re not participating in the event, make sure that you are waiting at the finish line at 5th Street and Boardwalk to cheer on approximately 7,000 cyclists. These bicyclists are riding mile after mile to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society to be used in the fight against MS.

Annual Corvette Show (September 22)

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For the lovers of cars and Corvettes, in particular, you won’t want to miss the Annual Corvette Show on the Ocean City boardwalk on Sunday, September 22. Stroll the boardwalk (6th Street through 14th Street) from 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m. as you take in the sights of Corvettes of all models. And, be sure to attend the awards ceremony at the Ocean City Music Pier at 3 p.m. where the winners of the Corvette Show will be announced.

This show is sponsored by the Boardwalk Corvettes organization and proceeds raised from the registration fees will benefit local charities. The Humane Society of Ocean City will be in attendance at the Music Pier collecting donations for their no-kill shelter as well as selling Humane Society items to raise funds for their cause.

Start making plans to be in Ocean City this weekend when these exciting events unfold!

 

 

 

Things to Know About the 2019 Walk for the Wounded Event in Ocean City

If you’ve heard about the upcoming Walk for the Wounded event in Ocean City, you may be wondering what this event consists of and how to be a part of it. OCNJ Happenings has all of the finer details for you and, best of all, it’s not too late to sign up!

Here are some things you should know about this year’s Walk for the Wounded event:

When is it?

This year’s Walk for the Wounded will take place on Saturday, September 28, 2019. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. followed by the ceremony at 9:30 a.m. The walk kicks off at 10 a.m.

Where does the event take place?

The event will begin at the Ocean City Music Pier. After opening remarks and speeches, participating walkers will head down the boardwalk to 23rd Street and then walk back to the Music Pier.

Who does it benefit?

Proceeds raised from the annual Walk for the Wounded event will benefit Operation First Response. This nonprofit organization helps wounded soldiers and their family members by providing financial and emotional support. 98 cents of every dollar raised by this organization goes directly to those it serves.

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What can you expect during this year’s Walk for the Wounded?

This year’s Walk for the Wounded, as with every year, promises a day filled with raising money and awareness for our injured heroes. Special guest speakers at this year’s event include Lieutenant Colonel Shoshannah B. Lane and Gold Star mother, Susan Price. Music will be provided throughout the event courtesy of The Big Zebowski.

How do you sign up?

Individuals interested in participating in the walk can register online. Those who raise $50 or more will receive a commemorative long-sleeve t-shirt on the day of the event.

Don’t miss this fundraising event for an extraordinary cause! And, after the walk is complete, don’t go far because another wonderful fundraiser will be taking place at the Music Pier at noon: the Ocean City Chili Chowder Festival to benefit the Ocean City Firefighters Foundation.