Events this Week: February 21 – 28, 2023

Lots of good hikes this week, some great nature lectures, and some eclectic library events. Find something to do every week with our events list that updates every Wednesday. Header photo by Andre Frueh.

Longtails in Love 

Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. 

Lower Township Library  

Join Cape May Bird Observatory’s Program Coordinator, Adehl Schwaderer, to uncover the mysteries of match making on the wintering grounds for the over two dozen species of waterfowl that can be found in Cape May County this time of year. The biology and strategies of finding a mate will be discussed, along with some identification tips if you want to track these birds down in the field yourself! 

Bingo in Sea Isle 

Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.  

Italian American Club, 309 John F Kennedy Boulevard 

Belleplain Thursday Hikes  

Thursday, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m.  

Meet at the Park’s Nature Center   

Come hike through trails at Belleplain with guidance from a park staffer! These group hikes are a great way to get fit, get outside, and meet local folks.   

Lego at the Avalon Library   

Thursday, Feb. 22 from 4 to 4:45 p.m.  

Longtails in Love 

Join the library as part of the “Yay, It’s Thursday!” series – come out for some Lego building fun for ages 3 to 6! 

Myths & Legends with the Cold Spring Village 

Thursday, Feb. 22 at 12 p.m.  

Court House Library 

Learn about local myths and legends with this lunch presentation, brought to you by the Historic Cold Spring Village. Feel free to bring your lunch! Light refreshments will be available. 

Make Soup in Wildwood Crest 

Friday, Feb. 23 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.  

Wildwood Crest Library 

Let’s chop, boil, and blend up some magical mixtures in this interactive cooking series. Bring a small Mason jar or heat safe container to take home some tastes and treats, and a notebook to jot down some tips & tricks from Jess & other attendees as we share our soup stories! 

Abolition and the Underground Railroad in South Jersey 

Saturday, Feb. 24 from 1 to 2 p.m.  

Tennis Building, 250 39th St, Avalon  

Join us as author and south Jersey native, Ellen Alford reveals the history of abolition and the Underground Railroad in South Jersey, known to be a hotbed of slave fugitives, freedmen and abolitionists in the Civil War era. Her recently published book, “Abolition and the Underground Railroad in South Jersey – Not Without a Fight,” will be available for sale and signing at the end of the lecture.  

Racoon Moon Belleplain Hike 

Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. 

Meet at Belleplain Park Office 

Hike with us and see the forest lit up by the full moon! 

Nightfall Walk at Jake’s Landing 

Sunday, Feb. 25 at 4:30 p.m. 

End of Jake’s Landing road in Woodbine 

Join CMBO naturalists where the forest meets the salt marsh at Jake’s Landing! Search for wildlife where the forest meets the salt marsh.  Watch for Northern Harriers, Short-eared Owls, Great Horned Owls, and winter songbirds. We may walk up to 1.5 miles, over generally level, sometimes muddy or sandy terrain. Some trips involve walks over jetties. Registration is required – check the link above!

Book to Movie: Forrest Gump 

Thursday, Feb. 27 from 1 to 3 p.m.  

Avalon Library, 235 32nd St., Avalon       

We’ve all said it before, “the book was better!” This winter, join the Avalon Library for a matinee movie series of some of our favorite book to film adaptations. Popcorn will be provided. Forrest Gump run time is 142 minutes. 

“Book Tasting” 

Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 5 to 6 p.m. 

Court House Library 

Children 6 and up and their loved ones are invited to “taste” the Children’s Department’s new favorite books! Enjoy some treats, make a craft, and discover some fun new reads. Please contact us ahead of time at or (609) 463-6350 x300 if your child has a food allergy and would like to attend. 

Invaders of the Marsh: Wetlands Lecture 

Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 6 to 7 p.m.  

Lower Township Library 

As our world has become more interconnected, our ecosystems have also changed to include animals and plants worldwide. Some of these new additions are harmless, but some have taken over and become invasive species. This Wetlands Institute talk will introduce some of the most common invasive plants and animals we see in our area, how and if they’re managed and how they might affect us in the future.