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What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ

(Sept 9-11) Street Rod enthusiasts from throughout the East Coast will bring their colorful cars to Ocean City this weekend.

They will display their vehicles on the Boardwalk and the 5th Street Parking Lot during the 34th Annual Shore Rod Run. Cars will be parked at the Sports and Civic Center 5th Street Parking Lot starting Friday afternoon Sept. 9th till 1 p.m., Sun., Sept. 11th. There will be a Boardwalk display on Sat., Sept. 10 from noon till 4 p.m.

A Street Rod is any car manufactured 1972 and older that's been modified with more modern parts. Owners are creative about how they enhance their vehicles and often decorate with colorful, painted designs. The City sponsors the event which is administered by the Public Relations Office of the Department of Community Services.

There will be a dance and pizza party at 6 p.m. Friday for Rodders who arrive early. A craft show is set for the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, on Sat., Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m. A Fashion Show is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sat. in the Music Pier auditorium featuring clothing from Gabrielle's of Ocean City. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

The fabulous Grease Band will entertain at the Music Pier on Sat., at 8 p.m. The popular Grease Band plays hits of the 50's through the 90's. Admission is $20, the public is invited. Tickets are available at the Music Pier Box Office. Call (609)-525-9300 or access www.ocnj.us.

(Sept. 11) The City's Annual September 11 Ceremony will be held 1p.m. Sunday at Veterans Memorial Park, 5th and Wesley Ave. The event is sponsored by the Ocean City Chapters of the VFW and American Legion. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be moved to the Tabernacle Auditorium across from Veterans Memorial Park.

The keynote address will be given by Ocean City Fire Chief, Joseph Foglio and Mayor Jay A. Gillian will welcome the audience. The National Anthem will be sung by Cameron Ghanavati and Amazing Grace and God Bless America will be played by Jack Meehan on the bagpipes. The presentation of the colors will be rendered by L/cpl. George L. Dramis Marine Corps Color Guard and the invocation will be given by Rev. Brian Roberts of St. Peters United Methodist Church. Michael Dattilo will be Master of Ceremonies.

(Sept. 11) The Masterworks Choir and Orchestra invite you to the Mozart Requiem to remember and honor those who courageously helped in rescue and recovery on September 11, 2001. It will be held on Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. at St. Peter's United Methodist Church, 8th and Central Ave. The program will feature Nancy Fox, Soprano; Florence, Moyer, Alto; Christopher Lorge, Tenor; Robert Snodgrass, baritone; Scott Breiner, organ; John Gregory Bate, Musical Director. A free will offering will be accepted.

(Sept. 11) The Ocean City Pops presents a Patriotic Tribute to commemorate Sept. 11 featuring the Keystone Boys Choir in a program of patriotic favorites, 7:30 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Tickets are $15/$10 at the Music Pier Box Office, call 609-525-9300 or on line at www.ocnj.us.

(Sept 11) The Ocean City Library and Historical Museum present Images From A Day To Remember from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Library Lecture Hall, 17th and Simpson Ave. The Remembrance Video will include photographs to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001. Library books, educational videos will be available for circulation as well as a list of recommended and trusted electronic devices.

(Sept. 14) The Ocean City Pops presents From Paris to Vienna, Singers Chloe Moore and Marcus Beam, 7:30 p.m. at the Music Pier, Tickets $15 at the Music Pier Box Office, (609)-525-9300.The concert is sponsored by Mack and Manco in memory of the legendary Pops personality and Conductor, Frank Ruggieri.

(Sept. 9) The Ocean City Fine Arts League 608 Asbury Ave., will hold a Meet The Artists Reception and awards presentation, on Fri., Sept. 9 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to honor artists currently participating in its exhibit, "Trees." Light refreshments will be served and the event is open to the public. The exhibit will run through Sept. 30. For information, call (609) 814-0308 or access This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

(Now) The Ocean City Arts Center, 17th and Simpson Ave., announces that it will sponsor two craft shows in the lobby of the Community Center, 17th and Simpson. Shows are set for Sat., Sept. 24 and Nov. 12. Hours will be from 9 a.m. till 2 p.m. with set up time at 8 a.m. The table charge is $25 and tables will be provided. To reserve a spot, call the Arts Center (609) 399-7628.

(Sept. 18) Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Cape May and Atlantic Counties will hold a Zumbathon and Miniature Golf Challenge to benefit its monitoring programs. The Zumbathon is set for 10 a.m. till noon at the Sports and Civic Center, 6th St. off Boardwalk, $25 fee includes tank top. The Miniature Golf event will be held from noon-2 p.m. at Playland's Castaway Cove, 10th and Boardwalk, $25 fee includes a T Shirt and Goodie Bag. Participation in both events is $35. Call (609) 573-5029 for more details.

(All month) The Ocean City Free Public Library has many events through September:

(Sept 9) A live, free concert by Ocean City's Andrew Hink, pianist and vocalist, graduate of the Philadelphia University of the arts, is set for 7 p.m. Friday at the Library's Lecture Hall. Hink will perform his original songs along with pop classics and Broadway tunes.

(Sept. 13) Wagner and the Music of the Future is the subject of a lecture that will be given starting 6:30 p.m. by Paul Mack Somers of the Bay Atlantic Symphony. For more information, contact Chris at (609) 399-2434.

(Sept. 18) Alan Mann sings classic pop songs at 2 p.m. in the Main Lecture Room, N110. You can expect to hear the likes of Perry Como, Frank Sinatra and more. Admission is free.

(Sept. 20) Author Ted Taylor reads from his most recent book, The Glenside Kid, and shares some of his favorite summer memories, 7 p.m. in the Main Lecture Room. Free.

(Sept. 22 and 29) Alzheimer Lectures 7 p.m. in the Main Lecture Room. Know the Ten Signs: Early Detection Matters Sept.22; Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's: the Basics, Sept. 29 presented by the Alzheimer's Assn., Delaware Valley Chapter. Free.

(Sept. 29, Oct.6 &13) De-Clutter Your World with Ellie Weiss, 6 p.m. in the Main Lecture Room. Recognize the signs of clutter and disorder. Change your behavior patterns. Clear out the mental clutter to improve your life. Free.

(Sept. 12) Classic Film discussion group with Dr. Walter Brown. The Shawshank Redemption (R) 6 p.m. in the Main Lecture Room. Free.

Free Sat. Movies: X Men: First Class (PG-13) Sept.10 at 2 p.m., Main Lecture Room: The God of Thunder, Thor (PG- 13) Sept. 24 at 2 p.m., Main Lecture Room at 2 p.m. Free. Refreshments provided.

COMING SOON: (Sept. 17) The popular, Annual Air Festival at the Ocean City Airport, 26th and Bay Ave., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. features a ground display of unusual World War II planes, classics and Warbirds, a kite flying demonstration by Air Circus, paper clip sculpting contest for children, the popular paper air plane contest for children, Bubble Mania Display by the Ocean City Board of Realtors, the band 1-2-3 Draw, a B25 Bomber on display, antique cars and much more. Entry is free.

(Sept. 18) An exciting Aerobatic Air Show featuring Stunt planes, sky divers and thrilling maneuvers from 1 to 3 p.m. over the beach and boardwalk. The display will be visible the entire length of the boardwalk.

NOTE: The Fall Farmers Market in the downtown will be held every Saturday through Oct. 1 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave. For information call (609) 398-4662.

NOTES: The Ocean City Historical Museum's " Hymns in History" program with Richard and Rebecca Stanislaw will be held on Thurs. Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Lecture Hall of the Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. This event had to be rescheduled because of the storm. The same is true for the Ocean City Pops program, Our Three Tenors, which has been rescheduled for the Music Pier on Sept. 25.

The Ocean City Historical Museum's Annual Luncheon will be held on Wed., Sept. 14 at the Flanders Hotel, 11th and Boardwalk. For information, call (609) 399-1801.

FINAL CHANCE to see a great production of the Broadway musical CATS, today, Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Pier. This is an outstanding show directed by Michael Hartman that has already received great, critical acclaim, call 609-525-9300 for information.

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