First Night celebration set
First Night, Ocean City's nonalcoholic celebration of the New Year, will offer a selection of 60 shows from 4 p.m. to midnight throughout the city.
The evening is capped by a fireworks display at midnight. Admission is $15 per person, which includes rides at Wonderland Pier from 5 to 9 p.m. and miniature golf at Gillian's Adventure Golf from 2 to 9 p.m. Entertainment includes popular children's shows with magicians, jugglers and puppeteers, Broadway shows, a big-band dance, Trout Fishing in America band, the Grease Band, Japanese drummers and more. A chart with the entertainment schedule is available at firstnightocnj.com.
The Ocean City Restaurant Association offers Taste of the Jersey Shore at the high school cafeteria. Check the menu at firstnightocnj.com and make reservations at eatinocnj.com. First Night buttons can be purchased at the Wonderland Kiosk in Stainton's, Eighth and Asbury Avenue at Chamber of Commerce headquarters, Ninth Street across from TD Bank, by calling 609-399-1412 or at firstnightocnj.com.
There is free jitney service from 5 p.m. to midnight, operating continuously between sites starting at the Transportation Center, Ninth and Haven Avenue and the Seventh Street Parking Lot, Seventh and Central Avenue for button holders. Street parking is free, and many city parking lots are available for free parking.
There will be food at the Sports and Civic Center, Sixth Street off Boardwalk, featuring Dell's Grille and light boardwalk fare; Ocean City Senior Center, 17th and Simpson Avenue, with Yanni's specialties; The Primary School, Fifth and West Avenue, with light boardwalk fare; and St. Peter's Church, Eighth and Central Avenue, with light boardwalk fare.
Benefit concert planned
R&B vocalist Terri Showers has teamed with 1970s soul group the Stylistics and other musicians to plan a benefit concert to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy. The performance will take place 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 16 at St. Peter's Methodist Church, 501 E. Eighth St., Ocean City. The event is sponsored by the Fellowship of Churches. Admission is one nonperishable food item or a new, unwrapped toy to benefit the Food Bank of New Jersey, for victims of Hurricane Sandy. The performers will donate their time to the Fellowship of Churches. Call Terri Showers at 609-741-1071.
Toy donations sought for families
OCNJ CARE (Cleanup And Recovery Effort) is making an effort to bring Christmas to the children of Ocean City families affected by Hurricane Sandy and is asking for donations of new, unwrapped toys.
Toys may be dropped off at the Civic Center, Sixth and the Boardwalk, from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (closed Sunday). Please deliver toys by Dec. 21.
To make a monetary donation, see ocnjcare.org, deliver it to the Welcome Center at Ninth and Simpson, or mail to OCNJ C.A.R.E., PO Box 807, Ocean City, NJ 08226, and note that it is designated for Christmas. Gift cards may be mailed or delivered to the Welcome Center or mailed to the postal box.
To sponsor a family, call 855-622-2730 with your contact information. You will be matched with a family. If you or anyone you know needs storm-related assistance, register at ocnjcare.org or call the confidential C.A.R.E. Hotline at 855-622-2730.
Sindia Day set
The Ocean City Historical Museum will celebrate the anniversary of the Sindia's wrecking off the coast of Ocean City from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 16.
This year marks the 111th since that ship came to rest on a sandbar near 17th Street. Was the ship battered in a storm? Or was there something else going on? Find out! Refreshments to be served. The event is free. Call Jeff McGranahan at 609-399-1801 or see ocnjmuseum.org.