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What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ

Aug. 31: National Public Radio's popular show "From The Top," hosted by famed pianist, Christopher O'Riley, will tape a broadcast with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra 8 p.m., Wed. Aug. 31 at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.

The show is scheduled as a regular feature of the Pops summer program. Tickets are $20/$15 at the Music Pier Box Office. (609) 525-9248. The prestigious event is made possible thanks to a generous gift by Flora Baker.

From the Top has become the preeminent showcase for young musicians. The Ocean City broadcast taping will feature 16 year old violinist Amy Semes from Broomal, Pa. performing the first movement of Henryk Wienawski's Violin Concerto No 1 with the Pops; 18 year old trumpet player Jacob Hernandez of Philadelphia playing Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Trumpets with Pops Artistic Director, William Scheible and 17 year old cellist, Austin Huntington of South Bend, Indiana performing with host Christopher O'Reily on piano.

Also featured during the evening will be the Ohio based Polaris Quartet, a group of talented youngsters offering a piano quintet by Anton Dvorak and 18 year old pianist Kevin Sun from Carmichael, CA. playing a Bach Overture.

The program is scheduled to air across the country on National Public Radio (NPR) the week of November 14 and locally on WRTI 90.1 FM on Sun., Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. What began as a radio experiment in 2000, From The Top quickly became one of the most popular weekly classical musical programs on public radio. It's broadcast on nearly 250 stations nationwide to an audience of more than 700,000 listeners every week. The show has been described by the Boston Globe as an "entertaining, accessible and inspirational mix of outstanding musical performances, a celebration of extraordinary musicians who happen to be teenagers leading fairly normal lives."

Aug. 25: The Ocean City Friends of the Pops present the Barbone St. Jazz Band in a toe tapping program of lively favorites, 8 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Tickets are $10, at Music Pier Box Office, (609)525-9248.

Aug 26-27: Godspell, a live show by Michael Hartman's Ocean City Theatre Junior Company is set for Fri. Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. and Sat., Aug. 27 at 2 p.m. at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 5th and Wesley Ave., Tickets $15 adults, $13 for 12 and under. Call (609)399-1915. Tickets available by call (609)525-9248.

Aug. 28: The Ocean City Pops presents Our Three Tenors II featuring John Viscardi, Luigi Boccia and Jonathon Boyd sponsored by the Bart Greenspan and Stan Meltzer Families. The show is set for 8 p.m. at the Music Pier, tickets $20, call Pier Box Office, 609-525-9248.

Aug 28: Nashville Composer, Michael Card, who has sold over 4 million records will be featured at the Tabernacle, 5th and Wesley Ave., at 7 p.m., admission is free. Call (609) 399-1915.

Aug. 29: The Ocean City Tabernacle presents Starfield, a rock concert, 7 p.m. at the Music Pier, Tickets $10 at the Pier Box Office, 609-525-9248. Sept. 3: Fall Farmer's Market in the Downtown, 8 a.m. till 1 p.m., 9th and Asbury Ave., (609)-398-4662.

Sept. 4-7: Andrew Lloyd Webber's CATS a fully staged production by the Ocean City Theatre Company and Ocean City Pops is set for the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Tickets are $20 and $15, show starts 7:30 p.m. Call the Music Pier Box Office, (609)525-9248. Sponsored by Shrivers Salt Water Taffy and Gelato and the Original Fudge Kitchen.

Michael Hartman, Artistic Director, is confident that the work of Director. Choreographer, Kelly Swartz, Music Director, Sarah Brett England and a cast of professional singers, dancers and actors from New York City will astound audiences as they present this musical masterpiece.

What's Happening at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17TH and Simpson Ave.:

Aug. 24: Show Me the Mummy Lecture, 7 p.m. at the Main Lecture Room N110, a highly illustrated lecture exploring the history of ancient mummies in literature, art and cinema. Images of illustrations from 19th Century literature and actual movie trailers for over six decade s of mummy movies illustrate the talk presented by Dr. Stephen Phillips of the University of Pennsylvania Museum.

Aug. 25: Ted Talk Series - "Stroke Insight", noon at Main Lecture Room N110. Video will feature Jill Bolte Taylor's "Stroke of Insight,"- the results of her extensive study on stroke. Len Smith will be the local moderator and discuss how to recognize one in yourself or a loved one. Call (609) 399-2434 Ext. 5233.

Aug 25: The Ocean City Historical Museum's Lecture Series-Hymns In History, with Richard and Rebecca Stanislaw, 7 p.m. in the Main Lecture Room N110. For information, call the Museum (609) 399-1801.

Saturday Movies: Rango (PG) Aug. 27 starring Johnny Depp. 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Main Lecture Room N110, free.

Aug. 30: Richard Paul Evans, New York Times Best Selling Author, 7 p.m. in the Main Lecture Room, will speak on The Power of Books.

Now: Tickets are on sale for the Annual Author's Luncheon of the Ocean City Free Public Library, Oct. 6 at the Flanders Hotel featuring Carol Higgins Clark. Tickets are $30, available at the Library.

The Ocean City Arts Center, 17th and Simpson Ave., call (609)399-7628 and the Ocean City Fine Arts League, 608 Asbury Ave., (609) 814-0308 have on-going exhibits and classes to keep the Art Spirit alive. Call them or stop by.

(Next Mon.)The New Jersey Department of Transportation's Bicycle Project Draft Report will be informally presented each Monday in August 6 p.m. at the Ocean City Free Public Library. The public is invited to view the recommendations for the O.C. Bicycle Boulevard. Call 609-399-5750 for information. This is a reminder from the Mayor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

YOU COULD BE THE NEXT KING OR QUEEN OF PLOP!!! This contest also known as the Mr. Fall Guy or Miss Fall Gal!! Extravaganza will be held Fri., Sept. 2nd on the 9th Street Beach adjacent to the Music Pier at 11 a.m. Show how you would greet the Fall in Ocean City with a dramatic, slow motion fall or plop on the sand. Entry is free. Prizes will be awarded. Call 609-525-9300 for info.

NOTE: Family Night on the Boardwalk continues every Thursday through September 1. This Thursday, Aug. 25th, will be the last day for Market Days in the Downtown. The popular Farmer's Market at the Tabernacle continues through Sept. 7th.

SWIM ONLY AT GUARDED BEACHES. TELL YOUR FRIENDS.