Ocean City

Register now for Night in Venice

Boat, home and condo registrations are now being taken for Night in Venice, which starts at 6 p.m. July 20. Prizes will be awarded to the best entries in all three categories and entry is free.

The optional theme this year is “The Good Old Summer Time,” but entrants may select any theme they wish. All entrants receive a commemorative mug featuring the theme. Boat participants will be given a $50 bank card to help with decorating costs. New this year, the judging procedure for houses and condos has been changed. It will be done this year after the parade begins. Judges for these categories will be in the third lead boat of the parade, which will be marked. When homeowners see this lead boat entering their waterway, they know their entry is about to be judged.

Registration for all categories is being taken at ocnj.us/niv or at the Community Service Offices, second floor of City Hall, Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue. Call 609-525-9300 or email msoifer@hotmail.com.

Final call for Miss O.C. contestants

The deadline for filing applications for the Miss Ocean City Scholarship Pageant is July 6.

The pageant will take place Aug. 10 on the Music Pier. More than $15,000 in scholarships will be awarded. To be eligible, contestants must be female, age 16-22, attend or have graduated from Ocean City High School, or whose parent(s) own property in Ocean City or a sending district to Ocean City High School (includes Sea Isle City and Upper Township) that is the contestant’s legal residence.

To get an application or for more information, call contestant coordinator Andrea Paul at 609-398-3905 or 609-231-7400 or Executive Director Maribeth Neall at 609-369-0293, or pick up an application from Kathy Sykes or Peggy Doyle at Ocean City High School.

Applications can be downloaded at ocexchangeclub.org. The filing deadline is July 6.

Ocean City Library offers events

The Ocean City Library, 1735 Simpson Ave., offers youth programs this summer including:

Mondays: Brown Bag Craft Club for ages 7-10, noon-1 p.m. July 1-29. Kids bring a bag lunch. In Conference Room (Room 111).

Tuesdays: Sea Stars Drama Fun for ages 7-10, 10-11 a.m. July 2-30 in Conference Room (Room 111); Dig into Reading Reading club for grades K-3, 6:30-7:30 p.m. The programs on July 2 and Aug. 6 will take place in the Senior Center at the south end of the Community Cultural Complex. Programs on July 9, 16, 23 and 30 and Aug. 13 will take place in Room 110-Lecture Hall in the library.

Wednesdays: Dig into Reading Reading Club for grades 4-8, 10-11 a.m. July 3-Aug. 14 (Room 110 or Room 111 depending on program).

Fridays: Seashore Story Hour for ages 4-6, 10-10:30 a.m. July 5-Aug. 30. Puppets, music, stories in Children’s Activity Room (Room 106); Summer Toddler Time for 2- and 3-year-olds, 11-11:30 a.m. July 5-Aug. 30, stories, puppets, music. Parents must stay with toddlers during the program. (Room 106)

Call Leslie at 609-399-2434, ext. 5241, for more information.

Community group to vote on leadership

The Ocean City Community Association will elect a new slate of leaders at its annual membership meeting June 29.

After two years as vice president and three years as president, Curt Gronert will withdraw to the role of past president.

The meeting will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon June 29 at the Howard Stainton Senior Citizens’ Center, 18th Street and Simpson Avenue. Featured guest speakers will be Mayor Jay Gillian and Ocean City Board of Realtors President Kevin Redmond.