Battle of the Badges in Ocean City to Benefit American Red Cross

Each year, the Ocean City Fire Department and Ocean City Police Department engage in a little friendly competition to encourage blood donations for the American Red Cross.

This year’s Battle of the Badges will take place on Thursday, June 6, from 10 a.m.–3 p.m., at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, located at 501 East 8th Street. Here’s how Battle of the Badges works: Individuals sign up to donate blood during this designated timeframe on June 6. When blood donors sign up, they will be able to choose which team they are rooting for, Ocean City firefighters or Ocean City police officers. The group of first responders which has the most individuals on their team wins the Battle of the Badges!

It’s easy to sign up to give a blood donation during the Battle of the Badges. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS for an appointment or register online at RedCrossBlood.org and search by entering the following sponsor code: oc battle of the badges.

Not only will your blood donation during the Battle of the Badges event help others in the community, but you’ll be able to cheer on your favorite first responders and grab a Battle of the Badges t-shirt, too.

Good luck to the Ocean City firefighters and Ocean City police officers in this friendly competition for a great cause!

 

Ocean City Historical Museum Joins Blue Star Museum Program

The Ocean City Historical Museum announced today that it has joined the Blue Star Museum Program.

The Blue Star Museum Program offers active duty military members and their family members free admission into participating museums and cultural centers. The Ocean City Historical Museum will initiate its participation in the program on Saturday, May 18, 2019, which is Armed Forces Day, and free admission for active duty military members, veterans, and their family members will continue through Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2019.

If you have yet to explore the Ocean City Historical Museum or haven’t been there in a while, be sure to stop by for a visit.

The Ocean City Historical Museum is located at the Ocean City Community Center at 1735 Simpson Avenue.

 

Registration for 2019 Ocean City Summer Recreation Programs Opens May 1

The school year will be over before we know it and you’re probably starting to think about what activities your kids would like to do throughout the summer. The Ocean City Recreation Department offers a wide array of summer recreation programs your kids are sure to love.

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Registration will begin at 9 a.m. on May 1 for an extensive amount of summer camps and programs in Ocean City. From sports camps to ecological camps, your kids will have plenty of options as to activities to fill their summer days. Here are some of the options you’ll find on the Ocean City summer program list:

  • Soccer camp
  • Basketball camp
  • Skateboard camp and lessons
  • Tennis camp
  • Theater camp
  • Pageant camp
  • Bayside Center camps
  • Dance camp
  • And so much more!

Ocean City even offers unique learning camps, such as the Ocean City Jr. Firefighter Camp and Ocean City Police Department Youth Camp, where kids can learn what it’s like to be a firefighter and a police officer in Ocean City. The campers will go through a wide array of activities during the weeklong camps and experience firsthand all of the wonderful things which our first responders do on a daily basis.

Starting May 1, you can register for the summer recreation programs in Ocean City. Registration can be done in-person at the Ocean City Sports and Civic Center (6th Street and Boardwalk) or at the Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center (17th Street and Simpson Avenue). You can also register for these camps online.

Now is a great time to start planning kid’s activities for the summer and Ocean City offers plentiful options to do just that!

Weekend Fun and Shopping Deals Galore Fill Girls Weekend in Ocean City (April 5–7)

Grab your best girlfriends and head to Ocean City for Girls Weekend, April 5–7.

The fun kicks off on Friday, April 5, at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.), with a fashion show at Glazed Over Studios, located at 704 Asbury Avenue. See the newest seasonal fashions available at your favorite Ocean City shops and enjoy light bites and refreshments throughout the event. The cost is $20 per person and tickets are now available at City Hall, the Causeway Welcome Center, Ta-Dah (1040 Asbury Ave.), 7th Street Surf Shop, Sneaker Shop, and Making Waves. Space is limited for the fashion show, so don’t delay in grabbing your tickets for this fabulous kickoff event.

Throughout the weekend peruse the downtown shops and enjoy a wide array of activities and special shopping deals. Some of the great finds you’ll have access to during the Ocean City Girls Weekend event include exercise classes, shopping and dining specials, spa deals, hotel and bed and breakfast deals, craft projects and demos, and so much more!

Some of the specific deals include the following:

  • The Flanders HotelThe Flanders Hotel is offering a special Girls Weekend package for $149/person/night, on Friday and Saturday night. The package includes an early check-in at noon (with complimentary gift upon arrival), one-bedroom suite deluxe accommodations, 30-minute leg and foot massage or mini-facial at the Divine Images Salon and Spa, 10% off coupon for The Shoppes at The Flanders (plus free gift with any purchase), and breakfast in Emily’s Ocean Room Cafe. You can even enjoy a late checkout at 1 p.m.
  • Bowfish Kids:  Bowfish Kids will be offering a special 50% off sales rack on Saturday, April 6.
  • SunSmiles Sandals and Beachwear: The grand opening is Friday, April 5, and the SunSmiles team will be offering grand opening sales, sweet treats, and special giveaways throughout the weekend.
  • Pumpkinbuds: Pumpkinbuds in Stainton’s is offering 20% off of your purchase all weekend long. The shop is open from 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Heritage Surf and Sport: Stop by Heritage Surf Shop and grab 20–50% off of men’s, women’s, and kid’s apparel throughout the weekend. Heritage is open from 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Impala Island Inn: Impala Island Inn is offering a Girls Weekend lodging special: $160 plus tax for two nights.

These are just a few of the deals which you’ll be able to enjoy during the 2019 Ocean City Girls Weekend, April 5–7. Stroll along Asbury Avenue in downtown Ocean City and see what each of the shops and restaurants has to offer to the Girls Weekend crowd!

 

SunSmiles Sandals and Beachwear Set to Open on Asbury Avenue in Ocean City on April 5

A new shop is getting ready to open at 817 Asbury Avenue in Ocean City, just in time for the pre-summer shopping crowd! SunSmiles Sandals and Beachwear will celebrate its Asbury Avenue grand opening on Friday, April 5.

Although not new to Ocean City, as SunSmiles has been offering the latest styles in sandals, beachwear, and other necessity items to residents and visitors for a while now at its prior location on the boardwalk, SunSmiles is new to Asbury Avenue. The new shop will offer all of the wonderful things you’ve come to know and love about SunSmiles from its boardwalk location (plus more!), just in a new space, which offers more room and a central downtown location.

Some of the items you’ll soon be able to purchase at SunSmiles at its new downtown location include a wide array of swimsuits for the entire family, with plentiful styles and options for all body types, resort wear, “create your own” sandals, and fabulous beach accessories.

Visit the SunSmiles team at their grand opening on Friday, April 5, and welcome them to their new home on Asbury Avenue.

Photo credit: SunSmiles Sandals and Beachwear

Somers Point Brewing Company to Open April 11

This just in! Somers Point Brewing Company, located at 705 West New York Avenue in Somers Point, will be opening its doors for the first time to the public on Thursday, April 11, from 4–9 p.m.

Be one of the first guests to see the newest brewery in South Jersey and indulge in Somers Point Brewing Company beverage offerings on opening night.

If you’re unable to make it to the opening night on April 11, stop by during one of the following times to sip some Somers Point Brewing Company brews:

  • Friday, April 12: 2–9 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 13: noon–9 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 14: noon–6 p.m.

Congratulations to the Somers Point Brewing Company team on your upcoming opening!

Ocean City Sports Memorabilia Show with Darren Sproles and Matt Stairs (March 30)

Ocean City will be hosting its annual Sports Memorabilia Show on Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier.

In addition to perusing the extensive sports memorabilia items on display, guests can be a part of the Q&A and meet-and-greet sessions featuring Darren Sproles of the Philadelphia Eagles and Matt Stairs, former Philadelphia Phillies player.

Darren Sproles will be offering a meet-and-greet session at 11:45 a.m. and tickets for this special meeting are $40 per person, which includes an autograph on one of your own photos or items and a selfie with the player. For those who would like to meet Matt Stairs, tickets are available for $20 per person, which also includes an autograph on one of your personal items and a selfie, and this meet-and-greet is on the schedule for 2:45 p.m. Eager to meet both players? Purchase a combo ticket for $55. Tickets are available online and in-person at City Hall and the Roy Gillian Welcome Center.

For those interested in viewing the sports memorabilia throughout the Music Pier, admission for the sports memorabilia show is $7 for adults and $3 for children, 12 and under. Tickets for the show will be available at the door.

Are you a vendor who’s interested in showing your extraordinary sports memorabilia collection? Contact Lauren by phone at (609) 525-9282 or via email at lsopko@ocnj.us.