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Block Party Saturday with Many Events to Follow

Reminder: The City’s 32nd “Smile-Long” SPRING BLOCK PARTY is set for (Sat., May 2nd) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the downtown. We say “Smile-Long” because most folks really enjoy the mile long event that extends from 5th to 14th Streets on Asbury Ave.

There will be over 350 Crafters, 100 specialty shops, restaurants, food vendors and live music. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. music by Bubba Mac’s Blues Band, Tidal Wave, the Robert Boney Ensemble, Big Daddy Band, Tony DeLuca and Keith Hickman is scheduled. At the Tabernacle grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave., there will be free pony rides for children. Also, popular magician and juggler, Chad Juros, will perform at that location.

Downtown Merchants and Boardwalk Merchants will hold Table Sales all weekend. The Block Party is organized and run by the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce. For information call 1.800.BeachNJ or access www.oceancityvacation.com.

There will be free Block Party Parking from Bay Avenue to Wesley Ave. which includes City lots in that area. Meters will be working on streets beyond Wesley to the Boardwalk. Boardwalk Pay-Parking Lots will be open.

(May 2) The Ocean City TALENT SHOW at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, 7:30 p.m. the evening of the Block Party. Tickets are $10 with proceeds benefitting the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company. For tickets, call (609) 399-6111 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.

(May 6) The 4th Annual Ocean City Pops STUDENT MUSIC Competition is set for 4 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. NOTE: The starting time has been changed from last week to 4 p.m., it was announced by William Scheible, Pops Artistic Director. The program features talented vocalists and instrumentalists from local high schools competing for cash prizes. The competition is part of the Student Outreach Program sponsored by the Friends of the Ocean City Pops and was inaugurated by the late Esther Weil. Admission is free.

(May 7) MARTIN Z. MOLLUSK DAY is set for 11 a.m. at the Moorlyn Terrace Beach adjacent to the Music Pier. The World’s only Hermit Crab Weather Prognosticator demands plenty of Pomp and Circumstance as he prepares to see his shadow and bring summer to Ocean City a week early.

The Ocean City High School Band plays Pomp and Circumstance; the World’s Only Wind Chimes Band performs “Brother Can You Spare a Chime?”; Doug Jewell protects the premises as the Ocean City Pirate; Suzanne Muldowney, sings “Some Enchanted Morning” to psyche Martin; Dr. Frankenstein and Nurse Perfect check the 101 year old crab’s vital signs; the Ocean City Fish emerge from the deep to greet Martin and Big Momma Llama from Bready’s Farm in Tuckahoe shakes her head if Martin sees his shadow.

(May 9)  The Ocean City Housing Authority presents the YOUTH EMPOWERMENT Leadership Explosion, a day of celebration and education to help young people of the Community. The event honors the memory of Maliha Chowdhury, the Ocean City High School student who died tragically last December. It is designed to “give our youth the tools they need to thrive.” All funds will benefit a scholarship fund in Maliha’s name at Ocean City High School. Entry is free. There will be food for sale to help raise funds for the educational effort. The program is also supported by local businesses

The festival will be held at Peck’s Beach Village family Courtyard, 204 4th St. Mychal Kendricks of the Philadelphia Eagles and William Green, formerly of the Cleveland Browns, will appear to support the cause. For information, contact Alesia Watson, Executive Director of the Ocean City Housing Authority (609) 399-1062.

(May 10) MOTHERS’ DAY EVENT: The West Chester Senior Strings Orchestra will present a free concert of classical and contemporary music at 4 p.m. in the Ocean City Music Pier under the direction of Charles de Pasquale. The event honors the memory of Esther Weil who started and funded the event. It is now presented by the Ocean City Arts Center’s Friends of Music.

(May 16) The American Heart Assn. HEART WALK: Registration begins 9 a.m. at the Sports and Civic Center, 6th and Boardwalk, walk begins at 10:30 a.m. For more information call (609) 399-6111.

(May 17th) OCNJ TRIATHLON/ DUATHLON 1/4 mile Pool Swim, 2M Run/16M Bike/ 2M Run. Plus Kids Course 1/8 mile swim, 1m run/8m bike/1mile run. Pool Swim starts 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. Run/Bike/Run starts 9 a.m. $50 Tri/Du. $25 Kids Course. For information, call (609) 399-6111 or www.ocnj.us/Race-Events.

(May 21) The Ocean City Environmental Commission presents a program on MONARCH BUTTERFLIES with Pat Sutton, Regional Ornithologist and Naturalist, 7 p.m. in Lecture Room 110 of the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. Admission is free.

(May 22) UNLOCKING OF OCEAN, BUSINESS PERSONS PLUNGE! Get Ready for one of Ocean City’s most colorful events. Hundreds of merchants plus organizations in business attire and work clothes will march dramatically into the Ocean to the strains of Pomp and Circumstance played by the City’s High School Band. The contingent is led by flag waving John Walton, the local realtor who organizes the event.

Walton says to expect mascots, business students, briefcase toting entrants and individuals like Tony Wilson from Wilson’s plumbing who will confront the incoming waves with his trusty wrench… plus plenty of surprises. If you are interested in participating in the event call John Walton at (609) 338-7667.

Events start at noon with the turning of a key on the beach by City dignitaries and Life Guards to officially open the Ocean for the season. The Cumberland Regional High School Chorus will perform before the ceremony and after the plunge.

(May 23)  Annual 31 HEROES MEMORIAL BEACH CHALLENGE: This race will consist of a team and individual entrants in three separate events. The Stand Up Paddle Challenge, A SEAL TEAM approved Obstacle Course Challenge and a Kids Fun Run as well as a Patriot Ceremony to honor veterans and fallen warriors. Race begins 7:30 a.m. at the 8th Street Beach. For more information visit www.standup4seals.com or call (856) 816-5644.

(May 25) On Memorial Day at 10 a.m., Mayor Jay Gillian, members of the W.C.T.U., (Women’s Christian Temperance Union) and members of the Ocean City Historical Museum, will rededicate the W.C.T.U. FOUNTAIN in front of City Hall and celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the gift. This notice was provided by Fred Miller, Ocean City Historian and author.

(May 25) The City and its Veterans Organizations will hold the Annual MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE 11a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 5th and Wesley Ave. For information, call (609) 399-6111.

(May 29-31) Ocean’s City’s popular Flower Show will feature beautiful commercial and amateur displays at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Show times are Friday 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local “Green Thumbers” compete in Artistic Design and Horticultural Divisions. The event was started over 40 years ago by James F. Penland and the Ocean City Garden Club. Admission is free, donations are accepted to help fund the show.

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