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Sometimes the best events are when the crowds are gone...
Center for Community Arts (CCA) Exhibit in the Carroll Gallery "Franklin Street School: From Segregation to Unification": 1-31. Cape May. On the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. Free admission. Hours vary. For information on the exhibit, call 609-884-7525 or www.CenterforCommunityArts.org. For gallery hours call 609-884-5404 or www.capemaymac.org

Varsity Spirit Cheer Championships: 3-4. Wildwoods Convention Center. 9 a.m. www.AC.Varsity.com

Atlantic City Restaurant Week: 4-9. Atlantic City and surrounding area. More than 60 fine dining establishments participate with special menus selections at a discounted price for lunch and dinner. www.acrestaurantweek.com

Shopaholics Weekend: 8-10. Avalon. The largest winter shopping event brings together the very best boutiques showcasing the largest variety of merchandise in one location. Deep discounts in clothing, shoes, accessories, home décor and more. 609-967-3936. www.visitavalonnj.com

Second Saturday Wine Tasting: 10. Village on High, Millville – Glasstown Arts District. Admission Fee includes food tastings. 856-371-0716.

Spirit Brands National Rec. & School Championship: 10. Wildwoods Convention Center. 9 a.m. 866-52-CHEER or www.SpiritBrands.org

Third Thursday – "Hollywood: Lights, Camera, Action!”: 15. Downtown Hammonton Art District. Hello Hollywood! Shops, eateries and art venues present their take on the classics in cinema. Enjoy the unique ways they will present the characters, authors or scenes of their favorite featured films. 609-567-9014. www.downtownhammonton.com

Third Friday: 16. Glasstown Arts District, Millville. The District comes alive with those enjoying the arts, entertainment and more. Exhibition openings, live music, dining and shopping in a festive atmosphere. Levoy Theatre – www.levoy.net. 856-293-0556. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

Sherlock Holmes Weekend: 16-18. Cape May. Join Sherlock Holmes and his partner, Dr. Watson, for a weekend of solving clues in the new mystery "Sherlock Holmes and The Case of a Siren's Call." Stalk the gaslit streets in search of clues and compete for the $250 grand prize. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or www.capemaymac.org

Stone Harbor Shiver: 17. Annual polar bear plunge. www.stoneharborbeach.com

St. Patrick's Parade & Celebration: 17. Sea Isle City. The annual Saint Patrick's Day Parade is always a favorite, thanks to many shamrock-clad enthusiasts – and plenty "Wearin' of the Green." The Celtic procession will include live pipe-and-drum music, Irish residents and Sea Isle's "Irish Royal Family." Don't miss any of the fun because today everyone is Irish in Sea Isle City! 609-263-6341. www.kixmcnutleys.com

St. Patrick's Day Celebration & Parade: 17. North Wildwood. 10th & Atlantic Aves., North Wildwood. Ceremony 11:30 a.m., parade Noon. 609-522-2955 or www.NorthWildwood.com

Girl Scouts Passport Around the World: 18. Wildwoods Convention Center. 1-3:30 p.m. 856.795.1560 or www.gscsnj.org

Spring Bridal Fair: 18. Wildwoods Convention Center. Noon - 4 p.m. Free Admission. 609-465-7181 or www.WildwoodsNJ.com/Bridal-Fair

The Great Egg Hunt: 24. Ocean City. 2:30pm, 11th- 14th St. Beach. Five (5) age groups 0-2yrs and 3yrs (11th Street) 4 and 5yrs (12th Street) 6 & 7yrs old (13th Street) Special Needs Children (14th Street) Rain date: March 25th. 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

Special Olympics NJ Basketball Finals: 24-25. Wildwoods Convention Center. Sat: 10 a.m. Sun: 9 a.m. Free Admission. 609-896-8000 or www.sonj.org

Wild Chocolate & Wine Fest: 24-25. Byrne Plaza, Wildwood. 609-318-4504. www.WildChocolateAndWine.com

The Great Egg Hunt: 31. Ocean City. 2:30pm, 11th- 14th St. Beach. Five (5) age groups 0-2yrs and 3yrs (11th Street) 4 and 5yrs (12th Street) 6 & 7yrs old (13th Street), Special Needs Children (14th Street) Rain date: April 1st. 800-BEACH-NJ.

Garden Brothers Circus: 27. Wildwoods Convention Center. Shows at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., 888-620-8936 or www.GardenBrosCircus.com

'War at the Jersey Shore' Youth Wrestling Tournament: 29-31. Wildwoods Convention Center. 856-642-7592 or www.AtlanticCoastWrestling.com

Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce Family Fun Night & Bonfire: 30. Wildwood Beach at Rio Grande Ave. 6-10 p.m. 609-729-4000. www.Wildwoods.com

Greater Wildwood Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt: 31. Wildwood. Beach at Lincoln Ave. Noon. Rain date 4/1. 609-729-5501

Elks Annual Easter Egg Hunt: 31. North Wildwood. Beach at 19th Avenue. Noon. 609-729-2170

Turtle Fest: 31. Wetlands Institute, Stone Harbor. Hunt for terrapin eggs, play games & earn prizes. Build arts & crafts and get up close with live turtles, and more. Stop by the aquarium and watch the animals. Reservations are suggested. 609-368-1211. www.wetlandsinstitute.org

Chocolate Lovers Feast at The Blue Rose Inn: 31. Cape May. Chocolate lovers unite! You'll savor seven plated courses of chocolate desserts and hear how each was created from the chef who prepared it at The Blue Rose Inn. 1 p.m. Admission is $40. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

Lighthouse Full Moon Climb: 31. Cape May. Let the light of the full moon guide you up the 199 stairs to the starry top. Don't miss a rare opportunity to see the light of the moon at the top, weather permitting. 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. $12 for adults, $8 for children (ages 3-12). 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or www.capemaymac.org

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