::CAN YA DIG IT?::
Jul 17 Amateur architects find a
place in the sun at the 28th annual
New Jersey Sandcastle Contest in
Belmar. While official judging kicks
off at noon, take a stroll down the
18th Avenue beach to pick your
personal favorite creation. 8: 30
AM- 1 PM; free. 18th Avenue Beach,
Belmar ( njsandcastle.com). $
The Academy of Culinary Arts
Jul 15-18: Kids in the Kitchen is a cooking-dem-onstration series that teaches young chefs the
importance of kitchen safety while providing
them with a repertoire of healthy recipes. 9
AM- 1 PM; $195. 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays
Landing (609-343-4923; atlantic.edu).
Catch OneonOne with Steve Adubato Monday - Friday on:
Camden Children’s Garden
Jul 27-28: The Storybook Gardens come alive
with living fairy tale-themed exhibits. Book
crafts and readings of kiddie lit classics round
out the weekend. 1-4 PM; $4-$6. 3 Riverside
Drive, Camden (856-365-8733; camdenchild-rensgarden.org).
New Jersey State BBQ Championship
Jul 12-14: The best barbecue teams from around
the country descend on North Wildwood for
a finger-licking faceoff to see which recipe
reigns supreme. In addition to the competition, the event features cooking demonstrations and live blues music. Noon; free. 201
New Jersey Ave, North Wildwood (609-523-
6565; njbbq.com). $
The Garden State Exhibit Center
Jul 20-21: Forget nine lives; the Garden State Cat
Show and Expo turns 77 this year. Felines of all
breeds and ages are invited to take part in New
Jersey’s largest competitive cat show, while the
expo floor hosts a variety of kitty-centric vendors. 10 AM– 4 PM; $8-$10. 50 Atrium Dr, Somerset (732-469-4000; gardenstatecatclub.com).
On the Vine
George Staikos is one of New Jersey’s
foremost wine educators.
Each week he offers insights and advice
about his favorite beverage.
A Glimpse Into the Past Tour
Jul 11: Stroll through the beautifully maintained
gardens of Allenhurst’s most stately turn-of-the-century homes. Advance tickets are available at
a discount. Noon to 4 PM; $25-$30. Main St and
Spier Ave, Allenhurst (732-531-2757).
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