Category Archives: Lakewood

AC Ballet’s Nutcracker Returns To Atlantic City To Create Holiday Magic

The Atlantic City Ballet will once again bring their spectacular holiday theatrical event to The Circus Maximus Theater. The Nutcracker is a treasured classic that tells the story of a little girl named Clara who is given a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. Embarking on a wondrous journey through the Kingdom of Snow and the Land of Sweets, Clara encounters many unforgettable and timeless characters. Young and old alike will experience the many magical moments, of this beloved holiday ballet. There’s no better way to spend the holidays with family and friends than by
sharing Atlantic City Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. Don’t miss this opportunity to see this holiday classic. It is a night too magical to miss!!!!! This year’s production in Atlantic City is being Co-presented by Docks Oyster House. Continue reading AC Ballet’s Nutcracker Returns To Atlantic City To Create Holiday Magic

Breakfast With Buster Food & Toy Drive on December 9th

The 18th annual Breakfast With Buster Holiday Food & Toy Drive returns to FirstEnergy Park on Saturday, December 9th from 9 am – 11 am. This year’s event is presented by Rosko’s Bagels in Jackson.
Once again, Buster will be joined by his holiday friend, Santa Claus, at the event, which is free to the public. The BlueClaws ask that those in attendance bring unwrapped toys and/or non-perishable food with all donations benefiting the Salvation Army of Ocean County.

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Celebrate the 95th Holiday Season of The Strand Center for the Arts

The celebration of The Strand Center for the Arts’ 95th holiday season hosted by Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles begins at 7:00 p.m. in The Strand Gallery on December 13, 2017.

Tickets cost $100.00 each and include light fare, an open bar, entertainment, and a gift basket auction, all of which will benefit The Strand. Journal ads range from $150 to $750. Sponsorships include marquee recognition, ad journals, and gala tickets. Continue reading Celebrate the 95th Holiday Season of The Strand Center for the Arts

AC Ballet Announces Children’s Auditions For Nutcracker

We may have a couple of more weeks of summer left but the AC Ballet is thinking about a Sugarplum Fairy and a magical doll! So grab your mistletoe and candy canes and get ready for Nutcracker children’s auditions. In its 35th year, the Atlantic City Ballet is preparing to give area dance students an opportunity to work alongside its professional company of dancers. It is an opportunity most dance students will never forget and memories that will last a lifetime. Over the past 35 years, Ms. Papa, the company’s Founder and Artistic Director, has cast thousands of children in the ballet’s
production. So many, in fact, that now Nutcracker alumni are bringing their children to audition. The tradition will continue this year with performances at Stockton Performing Arts Center and the Circus Maximus Theater at Caesars Hotel in Atlantic City. In addition, the company will also be returning to The Strand Theater in Lakewood and will be accompanied by the Garden State Philharmonic. Auditions will be Sunday September 17, 2017 at the ACBT Performing Arts Academy in Egg Harbor City. All local dance students are encouraged to audition.

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Freeholder John C. Bartlett, Jr., announces that the Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation will be conducting a class in Pickle Ball.  Join us for this game that combines badminton, tennis and ping pong.  All equipment will be supplied.

Meet at the Tennis Pro shop, Ocean County Park, Lakewood, Thursdays Sept.19-Oct. 3 at 9:30 – 11:00. Program # 303495-1A. Continue reading STAY N PLAY PICKLE BALL


Created in 2013 after Super Storm Sandy, “In the Eye of the Storm” explores the impact of nature on mankind and the resilience of spirit that enables people to overcome and transcend even the most devastating circumstances. Inspired by area Sandy survivors, this ballet brings the message of hope and the continuation of healing to all of those who were affected by Super Storm Sandy.


We All Could Use a Good Laugh – Comedy Night at the Strand Theater Presented by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce

At this point, we all could use a good laugh! The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is hosting Comedy Night, Thursday, September 14, 2017, at the Strand Theater, 400 Clifton Avenue, Lakewood. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. A buffet of light refreshments (Kosher food available) and a cash bar begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Gallery. Show time with open seating is 7:30 p.m.

Comedians include Bob DiBuono direct from the NYC comedy scene and Comedy Central; Carie Karavas, a New York, Atlantic City and Las Vegas stand-up who is considered a national headliner; and Richie Byrne who has appeared on the Dr. Oz Show, Foxwoods, and Mohegan Sun. Continue reading We All Could Use a Good Laugh – Comedy Night at the Strand Theater Presented by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce


August 16th, 2017 marks 40 years since the passing of the most famous entertainer of our time, Elvis Aaron Presley, “The King of Rock n’ Roll.” Back by popular demand, Elvis tribute artist Richie Santa and his 10-piece band will celebrate the music and career of this American icon! Come join us and celebrate this 40th Anniversary Spectacular! Special Guest Comedian Billy Garan will open!


BlueClaws Extravaganza Returns for Third Season – September 2nd

The BlueClaws Extravaganza returns for a third year on Saturday, September 2nd at FirstEnergy Park. The event is a full day of family fun, starting at 3:30 pm and running through that night’s 7:05 pm BlueClaws game against Kannapolis (White Sox).
When the gates open at 3:30 pm, kids can enjoy free rides and a petting zoo along the outfield concourse. Rides include the Polar Extreme Obstacle Course, Giant Carousel Bouncer, Wild One Obstacle Course, and the Chaos Obstacle Course. Outside the park, there will be Touch-a-Truck and additional games as well.
A BlueClaws game ticket is all that is required for admission. To order, call 732-901-7000 option 2 or click here to order online.
Throughout the day, there will be special craft vendors as part of a Vendor Village. Those interested in becoming a craft vendor and selling items during the BlueClaws Extravaganza can call Jamie Stone at 732-901-7000 ext 110 or click here for more information.
The BlueClaws will have select food and drink specials, plus three food trucks – Empanada Guy, Jake’s Crab Shack, and Fork in the Road – will be there selling food as well.

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