▶The All-American Festival of Fine Art and Handicrafts will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (April 22 and 23) on the Ocean City Music Pier. The
show is believed to be the only one in the region where every offering is made in the U.S. by the artisan in the booth.
It features jewelry, glass, watercol¬
ors, oil paintings, beach and bay pho-tography, copper garden fountains, candles, soaps, lotions, leather goods, gourmet food items, baked treats, wood carvings, floral arrangements, seashore decor and more. The $3 admission benefits the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Food Cupboard, Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Salva¬tion Army and Shore Medical Center. Free parking is available just off the Boardwalk at Eighth Street, Moorlyn Terrace and Ninth Street.
▶Ocean City marks Earth Day
on Saturday April 22 with its semi-annual Beach Sweeps event. Volunteers are encour-aged to meet at the Ocean City Music Pier for supplies and assignments in a beach cleanup
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 22. The 32nd annual event is sponsored by Clean Ocean Action and Ocean City. Preregister at www.clean-oceanaction.org.
The weekend opens at 7 p.m. Fri¬day (April 21) with a free concert by members of the Ocean City Pops or¬chestra at the Ocean City Free Pub¬lic Library (17th Street and Simpson Avenue). The concert includes music inspired by nature in honor of Earth Day and features violin, bassoon and piano.
TICKETS ON SALE FOR PHILLY SOUL & ROCK ’N’ ROLL
A concert featuring Philadelphia legends the Trammps (“Disco Infer-no” and “Hold Back the Night”), the Dovells (“Bristol Stomp” and “You Can’t Sit Down”) and Blue Notes (“The Love I Lost” and “If You Don’t Know Me by Now”) will be one of the highlights of Spring Block Party weekend in Ocean City this year. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. Satur¬day, May 6 on the Ocean City Music Pier. The concert benefits Ocean City’s Morvay-Miley Post 524 of the American Legion. Tickets ($40) are available at oceancityvacation.com/ boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.
MORE UPCOMING EVENTS
▶CURTAIN UP: THE SCHOOL OF AMERICAN BALLET WORKSHOP PERFORMANCES
(April 27): The second in a series of free film screenings of the Lincoln Center’s finest performances includes some of the best of ballet. The film starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall.
▶OCEAN CITY GREAT STRIDES WALK (April 29): Great Strides is a family-oriented event with a 5-kilometer walk, children’s activities, food and festivities. The walk benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Register at 10 a.m. at the Sixth Street basketball courts near the boardwalk. Walk starts at 11 a.m. For more information call 610-325-6001 or visit fightcf.cff.org.
▶BOARDWALK AND DOWNTOWN MERCHANT TABLE SALES (April 29 and 30): Between Sixth and 14th streets on the boardwalk and downtown Asbury Avenue.
▶SJ SHORE MARCH FOR BABIES (April 30): Five-mile walk on the Ocean City Boardwalk starts at noon. Register at www.march-forbabies.org/event/sjshore.
▶BOARDWALK AND DOWNTOWN MERCHANT TABLE
SALES (April 29 and 30): Between Sixth and 14th streets on the boardwalk and downtown Asbury Avenue.
▶OCEAN CITY POPS STUDENT COMPETITION (May 3): The seventh annual Esther Weil Student Music Competition will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 3 on the Ocean City Music Pier (Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace). This contest is sponsored by the Friends of the Ocean City Pops and is designed to encourage and reward high school age vocalists and instrumentalists along their music education path. Prizes for each division range from $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place. There will be 28 musicians this year. Fifteen entries are vocal musicians and thirteen are instrumentalists. There are 13 different high schools from Cape May and Atlantic counties represented. There are also two home-schooled entrants. This event is free and all are welcome to attend. Come out to see the future stars of tomorrow.