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Night in Venice Celebration on Saturday, July 26th

NIGHT IN VENICE, the City’s gala Boat Parade and decorated home celebration is set for Saturday, July 26th starting 7:30 p.m.  The decorated boats will travel along the Bayfront and through lagoons from the Longport Bridge to Tennessee Ave.

Boat and Home entries will be competing for prizes. As of Tuesday morning boats are still registering for the event. Over 150 homes are expected to be decorated. Entries for boats and homes will be taken on line at www.ocnj.us/NIV until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, after that call 609-525-9300.

The boat parade can be viewed from grandstands set up at the following locations along street ends:  Battersea Rd., North St., 1st St., 2nd St. Marina, 4th, 6th, 11th, 13th, 5th, 16th Streets and the Tennessee Ave. Boat Ramp.  These areas are free. It’s a good idea to get there early. Viewing is also available at the Bayside Center, 520 Bay Ave., which will offer entertainment featuring the Good Tymes Band, refreshments for sale and prime bay side seating starting 5 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children. Tickets may be purchased by cash, check or charge at City Hall, 9th and Asbury Ave., Room 214, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or at the Music Pier Box Office, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, 7 days a week, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Free parking is available at the Airport Parking Lot, 25th and Bay Ave., and the Soccer Field at Tennessee Ave. and Shelter Rd. from 5 p.m. till midnight. A free jitney will transport visitors to grandstand locations along the Bay and to the Bayside Center and return them to where they parked after the Parade. There will also be a pick up at the Community Center, 1735 Simpson Ave.

Parking Restrictions begin midnight Fri., July 25th through midnight Sat., July 26th for the following locations: Both sides of Bay Ave. between 16th and 24th Sts., and the East side of Bay Ave., between 14th and 16th Sts.

The Alcoholic Ordinance will be strictly enforced. Both car drivers and boat captains must refrain from drinking. Make sure that guests stay on your property.  There will be large amounts of pedestrian and bicycle traffic in the bay front areas. Obey the rules of the road, yield to pedestrians at crosswalks.

(July 26) How I Became A PIRATE presented by the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company. Young Jeremy Jacob is digging in the sand on the North Beach when he is greeted by Pirates and recruited to find the perfect spot for their treasure. This is a story of adventure and finding one’s own heart- a path that can’t be found on a Treasure Map. 10:30 a.m. at the Moorlyn Family Theatre, 837 Moorlyn Terrace, across from the Music Pier. Tickets, $10. Call (609) 399-0006 or visit www.moorlynfamilytheatre.org.

(July 26)  COUNTRY DIVAS starring Jackie Buckingham and the Jersey Shore Pops presenting the songs of the Great Ladies of Country Music, including Patsy Cline, Crystal Gayle, Tammy Wynette, Taylor Swift and the great Dolly Parton, 2 p.m. at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Show time 2 p.m., tickets $22-$35, available by calling 1-800-838-3006 or online at www.jerseyshorepops.org.

(July 27) Ocean City Pops Orchestra presents I GOT RHYTHM!  8 p.m. at the Music Pier. Singer Helen Welch makes these classics her own: Someone to Watch Over Me, Trolley Song, Strike Up the Band and more. Tickets $20/12 www.ocnj.us/boxoffice or call  (609) 525-9248 or at the Music Pier Box Office.

(July 28) The BERENSTAIN BEARS presented by the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company. Guitar strumming Cowboy Joe introduces and comments on the play’s five stories which are based on five, classical Berenstain Bears Books. These stories come together in one fun, entertaining and heartwarming production that features everyone’s favorite family of bears. 10:30 a.m. at the Music Pier. Tickets are $10, call (609) 525-9248 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.  Program is repeated on August 2nd at Moorlyn Family Theatre, 10:30 a.m., call (609) 399-0006.

(July 28) THE MACHINE– Pink Floyd Ultimate Tribute Band. America’s top Pink Floyd Show has forged a 20 year reputation of excellence extending the Pink Floyd legacy and selling out theaters, casinos and large clubs across North and Central America, Europe and Asia. Tickets are $35 on sale through TicketMaster 1-800-745-3000 at www.ticketmaster.com  (additional fees apply). For information, call (609) 525-9300 or stop at the Music Pier Box Office.

(July 30) The Ocean City Pops presents When HARRY and GLENN come to town!! 8 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. The best songs of Glenn Miller and Harry James in this BIG BAND Pop’s Extravaganza with Dave Martin and Larry Larson. Tickets $15/$10 at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice or call (609) 525-9248.

(July 31-Aug 2) ART OF SURFING Festival 2014, at Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk; Hours Thurs. 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Fri. and Sat. noon to 10 p.m. A free, family event featuring original art from surfing’s biggest names, live music, and a chance to meet artists from across the country. Classic Boards and memorabilia, free board appraisals and more. Contact info.artofsurfingfest@gmail.com  or facebook.com/artofsurfingfestival.

(July 31) The MASTERWORKS CHOIR, under the direction of John Gregory Bate, will present Maurice Durufle’s Requiem at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 8th and Central Ave. The Church is handicapped accessible. The concert is open to the public. A free will offering will be taken. For information, contact St. Peter’s UMC, (609) 399-2988. This program is made possible by a grant administered by the Cape May Cultural and Heritage Commission from funds granted by the New Jersey Council on the Arts.

(Aug. 1-3) 52nd Annual Boardwalk Art Show: leading artists from throughout the East Coast exhibit and sell their work. Traditionally an ideal place to buy fine artwork at reasonable prices. Founded by Dr. Marcia Smith, James F. Penland and Mayor B. Thomas Waldman. Hours: Fri. and Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (609) 399-7628.

(Aug. 3) Ocean City Pops presents BIZET TO BROADWAY: 8 p.m. at the Music Pier. Join Pop’s favorite tenor Richard Troxel with Metropolitan Opera Mezzo Soprano, Kirstin Chavez for an evening of Broadway and Opera favorites from Carmen to Carousel. Tickets are $20/$12, call the Music Pier Box Office (609) 525-9248.

NOTE: On August 5, the Ocean City P.B.A. Local 61, presents NATIONAL NIGHT OUT, America’s Night Out Against Crime, 5 to 9 p.m. at the Richard Grimes Recreation Complex, 6th and Bay Ave. This is a free, family oriented, carnival style event that includes live music, food, dunk tanks, moon bouncers, interactive games, face painters and informational booths. Call (609) 525-9108.

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