Happenings

Thursday, March 21

Margate, Free music lecture, folk literature in composed music, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Public Library, 8100 Atlantic Ave. 609-822-4700 or bayatlantic.org

Hammonton, Third Thursday event, "The Classics: Lasting Literature," 6 to 9 p.m., downtown business district shops, art galleries, restaurants, shopping specials, entertainment, Stockton Student Poetry Night, live poetry readings 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., Noyes Museum Shop. 609-561-8006 or www.noyesmuseum.org

Friday, March 22

Cape May, Roller skating, 4 to 9 p.m. Friday; 1 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, through April 7, Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave., $5 to skate, $2 non-skaters, bring own skates or rent ($2 traditional skates, $4 in-line skates). 609-884-9526 or www.capemayrecreation.org

Saturday, March 23

Cape May Court House, Gardening for Wildlife workshops, with Pat Sutton, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May, handouts, question & answer sessions, working lunch, discussions, registration required, $35 each New Jersey Audubon members, $45 nonmembers. 609-898-8848.

Wildwood, 15th Annual Health & Fitness Expo, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, free, registration to 5 p.m. for Ocean Drive Marathon and 10-Miler, "Carb-Load Pasta Dinner," 5 to 9 p.m., Adam's Restaurant, Montego Bay Resort, 18th Street, North Wildwood, $20, purchase tickets at Expo. 609-523-0880 or www.odmarathon.com

Sunday, March 24

Wildwood, Spring Bridal Fair, noon to 5 p.m., Oceanfront Arena, Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, free admission. 609-465-7181 or

Tuesday, March 26

Wildwood, Piccadilly Circus, 4:30 to 6 p.m. and 7:30 to 9 p.m., Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, for all ages, doors open one hour before show time, $28 adults or $38 VIP; $8 children or $18 VIP. 941-552-9952 or www.TheFunCircus.com

Wednesday, March 27

Atlantic City, Spring break at Absecon Lighthouse, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 27 to April 8, last climb 3:30 p.m., 31 S. Rhode Island Ave., $7 adults, $5 seniors, $4 ages 4 to 12, $3 Atlantic City residents, active military free, discount coupon on website. www.abseconlighthouse.org or 609-449-1360.

Kids

Friday, March 22

West Cape May, Free Family Movie and Pizza Night, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Boro Hall, 732 Broadway, "Over the Hedge" (PG), short program by naturalist Kim Hannum prior to movie, for all ages. 609-884-1005.

Saturday, March 23

Atlantic City, Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Atlantic City Aquarium, 8:30 to 10 a.m., 800 N. New Hampshire Ave., Easter egg hunt for children 12 and younger, photos with Easter Bunny and Seaweed, complimentary gift, full day admission to aquarium, $17.95 adults, $14.95 ages 2 to 12, advanced reservations and deposit required by March 16. 609-348-2880, ext. 25, or www.acaquarium.com

Sunday, March 24

Vineland, The Berenstain Bears Live! In Family Matters, The Musical, 2 p.m., Landis Theater, 830 E. Landis Ave., $12. 856-691-1121 or www.landistheater.com

Wednesday, March 27

Ocean City, After School Movies, "I Am Number Four" (PG-13), 3 p.m., Public Library, 17th and Simpson Avenue, free. 609-525-2434, ext. 5238.

Music

Friday, March 22

Cape May, Singer-Songwriter showcase and conference, March 22, 23, Congress Hall and 18 area stages, music business panels, workshops, musician mentoring, live showcase performances after 7 p.m. nightly, free; keynote performers: Tracy Grammer, 8 p.m., March 22, Grand Ballroom, Congress Hall, $10; Ellis Paul, 8 p.m., March 23, Grand Ballroom, Congress Hall, $10. www.sscapemay.com

Saturday, March 23

Cumberland County College, Bay-Atlantic Symphony, 8 p.m., music of Franz Schubert and Sergei Rachmaninoff, Frank Guaracini Jr. Fine and Performing Arts Center, College Drive, Vineland, $25, "Pre-Concert Conversation with the Maestro" one hour prior to concert. 856-692-8499 or

Vineland, Lauren Fox, "Love, Lust, Fear and Freedom: The Music of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen" 8 p.m., Landis Theater, 830 E. Landis Ave., $22.50/ $30, $50. 856-691-1121 or www.landistheater.com

Sunday, March 24

Galloway Township, Atlantic Youth Orchestra Spring Concert, 3 p.m., Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, 733 Lily Lake Road, free. 609-652-8848 or www.noyesmuseum.org

Linwood, "Upon This Rock" musical cantata, 6 p.m., Linwood Community Church, 1838 Shore Road, free. 609- 927-2950.

Theater

Thursday, March 21

Hammonton, "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)," comedy, 8 p.m., March 21, 22, 23, Eagle Theatre, 208 Vine St., $25. 609-704-5012 or www.theeagletheatre.com

Marmora, "Sleeping Beauty," 7 p.m. March 21, 22, 23; 3 and 7 p.m. March 24, Upper Township Elementary School, 50 Old Tuckahoe Road, Country Shore Women's Club, proceeds benefit local community service organizations, advance $6, door $7. 609-287-9684.

Friday, March 22

Atlantic City, "Italian American Reconciliation," comedy, 8 p.m. March 22, 23, 29, 30; 2 p.m. March 24, Dante Hall Theater of Stockton College, 14 N. Mississippi Ave., $20 adults, $18 seniors, Stockton students, $2 service fee all tickets. 609-347-2162 or www.stockton.edu/dantehall

Saturday, March 23

Atlantic City, "Lit With a Dim Bulb," murder mystery, 7 p.m., Absecon Lighthouse, 31 S. Rhode Island Ave., pizza, beer, wine, soft drinks served 6:30 p.m., tower climb included with admission, $25. Reservations 609-449-1360 or www.abseconlighthouse.org

Cape May, "Cinderella," Children's Winter Theater production, 1 p.m. March 23, 6 p.m. March 24, Cape May Stage, Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank and Lafayette streets, $5. 609-884-1341.

Ocean City, Auditions for summer productions, Ocean City Theatre Company, Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk, by appointment only, for ages 17 and older. www.oceancitytheatrecompany.com

Richard Stockton College, "A Couple of Blaguards," two-character comedy, 2 p.m., Performing Arts Center, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, based on novels by Frank and Malachy McCourt, $25. 609-652-9000 or www.stockton.edu/pac

Thursday, March 28

Ocean City, "The Last Supper," live dramatization, 7 p.m., Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., free, offering received, drama, music, worship. 609-399-1915.

Friday, April 5

Beach Haven, "Carousel," musical, 7 p.m. April 5, 6; 2 p.m. April 7, Our Gang Players, Surflight Theater, Engleside and Beach avenues, $15 adults, $12 seniors, $8 age 12 and younger. 609-597-0553 or www.ourgang.org

Sunday, April 7

Atlantic City, "Foul Weather Fiend," murder mystery dinner theater, 1 and 6 p.m. April 7; 6 p.m. April 21; 7 p.m. April 26; 1 p.m. April 27; The Palm Atlantic City, 2801 Pacific Ave., The Quarter in Tropicana Casino and Resort, $90. 609-344-0483.

Thursday, April 11

Ocean County College, Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor," 7:30 p.m. preview performance, OCC Theatre Company, Black Box Theatre, Academic Wing, Arts & Community Center, main campus, College Drive, Toms River, limited seating, $10. 732-255-0500 or www.ocean.edu

Friday, April 12

Ocean County College, Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor," 7:30 p.m. April 12, 19; 8 p.m. April 13, 20; 2 p.m. April 14, OCC Theatre Company, Black Box Theatre, Academic Wing, Arts & Community Center, main campus, College Drive, Toms River, limited seating, $22 adult, $20 senior adult, $10 student. 732-255-0500 or www.ocean.edu

Saturday, April 13

Vineland, "Carmen," Atlantic City Ballet, 8 p.m., Landis Theater, 830 E Landis Ave, $30 adults, $28 seniors, $15 children. 609-804-1995 or www.acballet.org

Wednesday, April 17

Little Egg Harbor Township, "Jest Plain Funny," montage of comedic sketches, 7 p.m., Linda Turash Productions, Ocean County Library, Little Egg Harbor Branch, 290 Mathistown Road, free. 732-349-6200 or www.theoceancountylibrary.org

Friday, April 19

Hammonton, "Hair," rock musical, 8 p.m. April 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, May 3, 4, 9, 10, 11; 3 p.m. April 28, May 5, Eagle Theatre, 208 Vine St., $25. 609-704-5012 or www.theeagletheatre.com

Tuesday, April 23

Beach Haven, "Thank You for the Music - A Modern Tribute to ABBA," musica, April 23-May 4, Surflight Theatre, Engleside and Beach avenues, $45, group rates, dinner packages available. 609-492-9477 or www.surflight.org

Saturday, April 27

Cape May, "A Foul Weather Fiend," murder mystery dinner, 7 p.m. April 27; luncheon 1 p.m. April 28; Impromptu Players, Carriage House Caf� & Tearoom, Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., $45 dinner, $30 luncheon. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or www.capemaymac.org

Tuesday, May 7

Beach Haven, Broadway at the Beach summer series, Surflight Theater, Engleside and Beach avenues, "Sleuth," May 7-19; "The Boyfriend," May 24-June 16; "George M!" June 19-July 17; Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific," July 10-28; "Les Miserables," July 31-Aug. 18; "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown," Aug. 21-Sept. 8; "Our Town," Sept. 25-Oct. 6; "Irving Berlin's White Christmas," Dec. 3-22; $45. 609-492-9477 or www.surflight.org

Friday, May 17

Cape May, "How to Make a Rope Swing," drama, 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, May 17-June 7, Cape May Stage, Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank and Lafayette streets, $35 adults $30 seniors, $15 students. May 17: half-price preview performance; May 26: half-price senior matinee; May 31: Pay-What-You-Can-Night. 609-884-1341.

Wednesday, June 12

Cape May, "Lend Me A Tenor," comedy, 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, June 12 – July 26, Cape May Stage, Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank and Lafayette streets, $35 adults $30 seniors, $15 students. June 12: half-price preview performance; June 30: half-price senior performance; June 21: Pay- What-You- Can-Night. 609-884-1341.

Wednesday, July 31

Cape May, "Boeing Boeing," comedy, 8 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays, July 31-Sept. 13, Cape May Stage, Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank and Lafayette streets, $35 adults $30 seniors, $15 students. July 31: half-price preview performance; Aug. 18: half-price senior performance; Sept. 3: Pay-What-You-Can-Night. 609-884-1341.

Friday, Sept. 6

Millville, "Les Miserables," Sept. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, Cumberland Players, Levoy Theatre, 128 North High St., $20. 856-327-6400 or www.levoy.net

Wednesday, Sept. 18

Cape May, "Freud's Last Session," drama, 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, Sept. 18-Oct. 19, Cape May Stage, Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank and Lafayette streets, $35 adults $30 seniors, $15 students. Sept. 18: half-price preview performance; Oct. 2: half-price senior performance; Oct. 10: Pay-What-You-Can-Night. 609-884-1341.

Wednesday, Oct. 23

Cape May, "A Walk in the Woods," drama, 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Oct. 23-Nov. 16, Cape May Stage, Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank and Lafayette streets, $35 adults $30 seniors, $15 students. Oct. 23: half-price preview performance; Nov. 3: half-price senior performance; Nov. 8: Pay-What-You-Can-Night. 609-884-1341.

Friday, Nov. 29

Cape May, "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol," 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Nov. 29-Dec. 29, Cape May Stage, Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank and Lafayette streets, $35 adults $30 seniors, $15 students. Dec. 8: half-price senior performance; Dec. 14: Pay-What-You-Can-Matinee. 609-884-1341.

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