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What's Happening in Ocean City

Coming Next Week-Indian Summer Weekend with Huge Block Party, Fireworks, Seafood Center, Table Sales and new Music Festival by Bubba Mac (see story after Farmers Market*)

 

(Oct. 1) The Annual City Wide YARD SALE will be held at the Tabernacle Grounds, 5th and Wesley Ave. from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at homes throughout the City. There will be table sales in the downtown from 6th to 11th Sts. along Asbury Ave. Maps with locations of sale spots throughout town will be distributed Thursday-Saturday at City Hall Annex, 9th and Asbury Ave., the Chamber of Commerce Information Center on 9th St. across from TD Bank, at various locations in the downtown and at the Tabernacle the day of the sale.

(Oct.1) The RED, WHITE AND BLUE ALUMNI WEEKEND will hold its annual Parade on Asbury Ave. starting 10 a.m. on Saturday. The Parade will honor the twenty two Ocean City High School Alumni who gave their lives in the service of our country. An empty car will display the names of the fallen. Marching behind will be members from each branch of the military.

(Oct. 1) The WALK FOR THE WOUNDED: Registration is 10 a.m. in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. This is a 3 mile walk from the Music Pier to 23rd St. and back on the boardwalk to benefit our armed forces personnel. Opening ceremony will include a tribute to the military. For information call 609-399-0012.

(Oct. 1) Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer, JOHN OATES will perform at the Music Pier 8 p.m. with his band. All proceeds benefit the Ocean City Education Foundation. Presenting sponsor is Ocean City Home Bank. Tickets are $35 and may be ordered by phone, 609-525-9300 or on line at www.ocnj.us. John Oates is best known as half of the Rock ‘n Roll duo, Hall and Oates, with founder and lead vocalist, Daryl Hall. John Oates wrote eight Billboard Number one songs including Maneater, She's Gone and You Make My Dreams. His latest solo album, Mississippi Mile was released this year.

(Oct.1) The Fall FARMERS MARKET in the downtown will conclude its season from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave, call 609-398-4662. Also Oct. 1-2. the Boardwalk and Downtown Merchants will hold table sales from 6th to 14th St. at both locations.

(Oct. 8-10) Ocean City has developed a series of fall special events and none is larger than its INDIAN SUMMER WEEKEND*. Centerpiece of the event is the mile-long block party that extends from 5th to 14th Streets on Asbury Ave. on Sat., Oct. 8. Over 400 juried crafters will participate in the block party. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

There will be entertainment, lots of food and you will be able to buy First Night admission buttons at a table near City Hall steps.

A huge FIREWORKS DISPLAY is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. following the Block Party. The fireworks will be set off from a barge off the 9th St. Beach.

All City parking lots will be free during the block party.

Visitors will have plenty to see and do during the festival. In addition to the block party there will be a Seafood Center at the Music Pier, Oct. 8-10 and Boardwalk Merchants will hold Table Sales Fri., Oct. 7 ending Mon., Oct. 10. Downtown merchants will hold a sidewalk sale on Sun., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Asbury Ave.

(Oct. 7-9) NEW THIS YEAR is a three day Boardwalk Music Festival, produced by Bubba Mac of Blues Band fame and JT Productions, featuring a variety of bands ranging from rock, reggae and blues to Gospel and Christian Worship groups. All concerts are free and will be located at the Music Pier and on the boardwalk at 9th and 7th Sts. For a complete schedule, access www.bubbamac.com and click on Music Festival.

The Ocean City Tabernacle, 5th and Wesley Ave. will hold a Block Party evening concert Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. featuring the ATLANTIC BRASS, a 30 piece, British style group, that has won the 2011 North American Brass Competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Tickets are $15 at the door, $13 in advance, call 609-399-1915.

(Oct. 2) OCNJ HALF MARATHON and 5 K starts 9 a.m. on the Boardwalk at 9th Street near the Music Pier. To register for Half Marathon, visit www.ocnj.us, click on Recreation Tab and choose Recreation Special Events. Race Day Packet Pick-Up will be at Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, between 7:00 and 8:30 a.m. 5K participants may register day of race. For information, call Lisa Rumer (609) 525-9304.

(Oct.7) Ocean City will continue its support of BREAST CANCER AWARENESS by painting pink ribbon emblems in the end zones and along yard markers on the grounds of Carey Stadium here for the Ocean City Millville football game starting 7 p.m. Ocean City employees are making donations through their union and part of the gate receipts will be donated to the Carolyn J. Ochs Memorial Fund that helps Breast Cancer patients pay their every day bills while going through treatment. The unique promotion was the idea of Mike Lenhardt, the City's Supervisor of Recreation Maintenance, whose first wife died of breast cancer.

(Oct. 8) Stephen Serwatka will present his NEW JERSEY NATURE program at the Bayside Center, 5th and Bay Ave.,1 p.m. This is a fun, educational session displaying wild and tame animals. Admission is free. Sponsor is Ocean City Gardens Civic Assn.

(Oct. 9) The OPERAFEST will be brought to Ocean City by Fox Vocal Arts on Sun., Oct. 9 at 4 p.m. The opera, "Little Red Riding Hood" will be performed by German students from the Westerland area and their American counterparts who performed together this past May in Germany. Operafest sponsor and organizer, Nancy Fox, traveled to Germany to produce the event. The opera will be held at St. Peter's United Methodist Church, 8th and Central Ave., at 4 p.m. Admission is by donation. For information, call Fox Vocal Arts, (609) 399-7291.

EVENTS from the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave., all are free. The Library is presenting a film festival this week to celebrate Band Books Week and First Amendment Film Festival in support of the right to choose books freely for ourselves. The Festival started Monday, remaining films include (Sept. 28) The Outsiders (PG), 3 p.m. in the Main Lecture Room, N110 and (Sept. 29) The Witches, 3 p.m. in the Main Lecture Room. (Sept. 29) Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Basics, 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Main Lecture Room. Provides basic information you need to know about memory loss issues and what they mean to all of us. Presented by the Alzheimer's Assn. (Oct. 2) The Band Rave On will play the music of Buddy Holly and other legends of early Rock ‘n Roll, 2 p.m. in the Main Lecture Room. Hear Buddy Holly hits That'll Be the Day, Peggy Sue, It's So Easy and Rave On. Call (609) 399-2434 ext. 5231.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS: The City and Atlantic County Utilities Authority are holding a food drive through Sept. 30 to benefit the Ecumenical Council's FOOD CUPBOARD. Residents are asked to fill any bag with cans or boxes of non perishable food items and place out at 7 a.m. on their regular recycling day. For more information, call (609) 399-6111.

The Ocean City Arts Center is sponsoring an OPEN MIC TALENT SHOW, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Ocean City Community Center, 17th and Simpson Ave. It is for singers, songwriters, duos, trios, guitarists, piano players and more. There are three age groups, 7-13, 14-17, and 18-24 with prizes for each age group. For information, call (609) 399-7628.