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Philippine Festival, Craft Show This Week

Ocean City’s fifth annual Tribute to the PHILIPPINES is set for Sat. July 19 and Sun. July 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat. and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sun. It will include free entertainment on the boardwalk and crafts plus many other exhibits in the loggia of the Music Pier.

On Sunday, an additional event, a free Longevity Health Exposition, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Senior Center of the Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. It will feature Philippine physicians, nurses and therapists plus the serving of vegetarian foods.

Entertainment begins on Saturday following opening ceremonies set for 10 a.m. in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Philippine Consul General Mario de Leon and Mayor Jay Gillian will speak and cut a ribbon to officially open the weekend.

The entertainment program will feature the Meglalatik-Mutya Dancers, Rowan University’s Tinikling Entertainers, Instrumentalists and Songs by the St. Augustine’s Filipino Choir. There will be Yo Yo demonstrations by Air Circus of Ocean City. The Yo Yo was invented by Filipinos and the words translate into “Return! Return!”  The entertainment program will be repeated at 2 p.m. on the Boardwalk on Saturday.

The Exhibition will include an array of Filipino products and services such as Batik Patchworks, Casa Victoria Crafts, Sabika Crafts, Ligaya Design, packaged foods, tour and resort information, displays by Delaware Valley Filipino Organizations, an exhibit by the Consul General Offices of New York and more. Filipino nurses will offer free blood pressure and blood sugar testing. GMA Pinoy TV, a major sponsor, and the largest network in the Philippines, will film the event. The TV station has already featured information about the tribute throughout the Philippines and on its network affiliates in the United States.

On Sunday, residents and visitors can benefit from the free “Vim, Vigor and Longevity Expo” set for the Senior Center of the Ocean City Library from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will feature Shoulder and Back Massage, Harvard Step Test, Body Mass Index, Lung Capacity, Blood Pressure, Glucose and Blood Cholesterol Testing, Exercise Advice and Vegan treats.

There will be seminars on how to avoid Food borne Diseases, How to Overcome Cancer, Disarm Diabetes and Reverse Cardiovascular Disease plus 8 Lifestyle Practices for Healing. All this is free, conducted by professional doctors and nurses. There will be a Vegan Lunch served for just $5. RSVP for lunches at 212-470-7729. The event is presented by the Adventist University of the Philippines Alumni Assn. in collaboration with the NJ Conference of Seventh Day Adventists.

(July 17) HISTORIC INN-TO-INN TOURS presented by the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers of Ocean City are every Thursday in July and August from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.  Tickets are $14 per person, which includes transportation by trolley and a guided tour.  Catch the trolley at the Ticket Booth located at the 7th Street and Central Avenue parking lot (metered parking is available).  Tickets are available at the Welcome Center on the Rt.52 Causeway and at the ticket booth.  Each tour includes an excursion to three inns, the Historic Ocean City Lifesaving Station or the Ocean City Historical Museum, and a sightseeing tour of the City’s historic district. For more information, please call 609-399-1412 or visit on the internet at  www.OceanCityVacation.com.

THE HUGE SUMMER CRAFT SHOW that attracts thousands to Ocean City will be held on Sat. July 19, one day only from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The outdoor event will be at a new location this year, the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave. It will feature over 200 juried crafters, artists, photographers and gourmet food specialists. The show has raised over $300,000 for local charities.  For information, call 1-800-822-4112.

THE BACON BROTHERS will entertain at the Music Pier on Mon., July 21 at 7:30 p.m. The concert features stage and screen star, Kevin Bacon, and his talented brother, Michael, a musical composer for film and TV, both born and raised in Philadelphia. The Bacon Brothers’ latest CD is “New Year’s Day,” laden with gritty rock and a touch of Philly Soul. Tickets are $35 on sale for cash or check at the Music Pier Box Office or through www.ticketmaster.com (additional fees apply). Call (609) 525-9248.

(July 19) CINDERELLA, presented by the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company. A sweet adaptation of the beloved fairy tale classic.  It will be presented with a new twist that will delight families and children of all ages. 10:30 a.m. at the Moorlyn Family Theatre (across from the Music Pier). Tickets are $10. Call (609) 399-0006 or visit www.moorlynfamilytheatre.org.

(July 19) The CHIP MILLER SURF FEST: This popular decades old, grass roots family surf contest raises money and awareness to combat the rare and deadly disease, Amyloidosis. Registration begins 7 a.m. on the 7th Street Beach. Fee $30, contest begins at 8 a.m. For information, call (609) 231-1562.

(July 19) The 35th Annual T. JOHN CAREY, Masters Swim: Registration 8 a.m. at the beach patrol station, 34th and Beach. The race will start at 10 a.m. Event named in honor of legendary Ocean City Athlete T. John Carey.

(July 19) Professional Soccer, Ocean City Nor’easters vs Baltimore Bohemians, 7 p.m. kick-off, Carey Stadium, 6th and Boardwalk. Tickets $10 for Adults, $7 youth (under 16). Call (609) 525-9999.

(July 20) Ocean City Pops Orchestra presents OUR THREE TENORS I, 8 p.m. at Ocean City Music Pier. William Davenport, Jonathan Boyd and Jeffrey Halili raise the roof. Tickets $20 at the Music Pier Box Office (609) 525-9248.

(July 21) How I Became a PIRATE presented by the Greater Ocean City Theatre Co. Young Jeremy Jacob is digging in the sand at the North Beach and is recruited by pirates to help find the perfect digging spot for their treasure. This is an adventure story of finding one’s own heart, a path that can’t be found on any treasure map. 10:30 a.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets $10. Call (609) 525-9248 or www.ocnuj.us/boxoffice.

(July 21)  Bicycle Auction, 10 a.m.–noon at Shelter Rd off Tennessee Ave. behind golf course. Registration at 9 a.m. Call (609) 525-9356) for information.

(July 22-23) Ocean City Pops presents LIGHTS, CAMERA…THE OSCARS! 8 p.m. at the Music Pier with Broadway singers Mandy Gonzelez and Jeremiah James. Hear award winning songs by these Broadway sensations. From Gone with the Wind, Rocky, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and more. Tickets $20/$12 at Music Box Office (609) 525-9248.

(July 23) OCBP Women’s LIFEGUARD Invitational Races at 34th St. Beach, 6:15 p.m. Women representing the 15 Beach Patrols on the South Jersey Coast will be competing in this invitational race.

Register your Boat and Home NOW for NIGHT IN VENICE, July 26 starting 7:30 p.m. Access www.ocnj.us/NIV or call (609)-525-9300, or stop at City Hall, Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. or email msoifer@hotmail.com. All who participate in the Boat Parade receive a $50 decoration card, a photo of their boat in the Parade and a commemorative Night in Venice Mug. Home owners receive a mug and can pick it up at City Hall Room 214. Boat owners receive their mugs at the Captain’s meeting. To reserve a NIV viewing spot at the Bayside Center, 525 Bay Ave., and enjoy entertainment prior to the Parade, call 609-525-9300. Tickets are $7 and $3 for children under 12.

Enjoy and take advantage of the free fun Ocean City offers through the end of August.

FUNTASTIC TUESDAYS: Held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Asbury Avenue features free balloon sculptors, face painters, and strolling Mummers, fun for the entire family. Also, there are 100 fine specialty stores to investigate. Plus numerous restaurants in the downtown where you can have breakfast or lunch while enjoying the free stuff.

MUMMERS NIGHT: Also on Tuesdays, enjoy Mummers Night on the Boardwalk, with String Bands strutting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. sponsored by Shriver’s, the Surf Mall, Shirt Shack and Ocean Paradise. Enjoy a great evening on Ocean City’s Award Winning Boardwalk.

BEACH WALKS: Also on Tuesdays and Wednesdays take an informative and pleasant guided beach walk for a nominal price. Walk starts at South End Location, 59th and Central Ave. at the entrance to Corson’s Park, Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. There’s a Walk from the north end starting at the Longport Bridge Parking lot (Gardens Parkway) Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 9 a.m. Tickets are available on site, Adults $1, Children 50 cents.

FARMERS MARKET: Held at Tabernacle Grounds every Wednesday with crafters on Asbury Ave. at 6th St., 8 a.m.-1 p.m. You can stroll free and buy stuff at economical prices now through Sept. 10th.

MARKET DAYS: Every Thursday through  the end of August on Asbury Ave. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Includes free entertainment (magicians, etc.) free face painters and balloon sculptors plus free pony rides for the kids at the Tabernacle, 6th and Asbury Ave.

FAMILY NIGHTS: Every Thursday through the end of August a variety of free entertainment 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. between 6th and 14th Sts. on the Boardwalk. This popular program is sponsored by Old Salt, Playland Castaway Cove, Johnson’s Popcorn, Haunted Golf/Congo Falls.

CHARACTER NIGHTS: Every Sunday through August Ocean City’s colorful Boardwalk Mascots will parade on the Boardwalk. Characters will sign autographs and pose for photos at 6 p.m. in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.  Sponsored by Manco and Manco’s Pizza and Gillian’s Wonderland Pier.

 

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