NEWS FLASH: Night In Venice will be held on Saturday, July 25th in 2009 starting 7:30 p.m.

YARD SALE: Ocean City’s popular City-Wide Yard Sale organized by Main Street’s Marcia Shallcross is set for Sat., Oct. 4 from 8 a.m. till noon. Homeowners throughout the City participate from both their yards and the Tabernacle grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave. To participate call Marcia at 609-398-4662. The cost to have a 10×10 space at the Tabernacle is $25. You can bring your own tables or rent one for $5. City-wide home owners will have their locations listed on a map for a $5 fee. The deadline for this was Sept. 30 as noted in last week’s column. Maps will be available at the Tabernacle starting (today) Thursday at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave., at City Information Centers on the Causeway and Boardwalk and at the Chamber of Commerce Office, 854 Asbury Ave.

BOARDWALK CAR SHOW: A New Car Show is set for the Boardwalk from 8th to 12 Streets this weekend, Oct. 4-5. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sat. and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free. Shore Toyota, Saturn of English Creek and other dealers will show their newest models and latest auto innovations. The Happy Home Orphanage that supports Sunami victims will sell tickets to win a Mustang. There will be a radio remote with prizes and giveaways.

And… BOARDWALK Merchants will hold table sales Oct. 4-5 from 6th to 14th Streets on the boards. This is a good time for post season bargains.

ZACH’S RUN AND FUN WALK, a 5K run and mile walk is set for Sat., Oct. 4 with registration beginning 8 a.m. at 6th and the Boardwalk. The event raises funds for medical research and awareness of Hunter’s Syndrome, a rare, life threatening disease that affects children world wide. For more information call 609-513-4029 or visit

ADVISORY: If you plan to see the BACON BROTHERS BAND on Oct. 11 at the Music Pier, better act now! Only about 200 tickets were left as of Mon., Sept. 29. The band features movie star, Kevin Bacon and brother Michael, an award winning musician and composer. Tickets are $30 available at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave., 525-9300 or online at

The OCEAN CITY TABERNACLE, 5th and Wesley Ave., will present a Block Party Night Concert on Oct. 11th at 7 p.m. featuring recording artist and composer, Steven Green and his band. The group will be augmented with a select group of area high school singers. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door and ten for $130. Stop at the Tabernacle or call 609-399-1915.

Lots of entertainment happening Oct. 11: THE BUBBA MAC BLUES BAND plays at the Tigerlilly Dance Hall, 805 E. 8th St., from 6 to 10 p.m. There’ll be dancing, Cajun cooking and an “All You Can Eat Buffet.” Tickets are $30 per person plus tax. More information available at 609-391-7777 or 609-314-8300.

INDIAN SUMMER WEEKEND, which is always scheduled for the Columbus Day Weekend, arrives Oct. 10-13. Highlight of the weekend is the 25th Annual Fall Mile-Long Block Party set for Sat., Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from 5th to 14th Sts. on Asbury Ave. and on the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave. Over 400 professional crafters will participate, there will be a variety of food including the annual Greek festival, entertainment, pony rides for the children, a new car show and public service displays.

You will be able to purchase FIRST NIGHT Entertainment admission buttons at the block party. The buttons are priced at $14 (same as last year) and include 60 entertainment programs at central locations with fireworks at midnight.

Boardwalk merchants will hold Tables Sales all four days of Indian Summer Weekend. Downtown merchants will feature table sales on Sunday, the day after the block party.

There will be a seafood festival Sat. through Mon., Oct. 11-13 in front of the Music Pier..

LIBRARY USED VIDEO SALE: Friends and volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave., will hold a Saturday Matinee Used Video Sale on Sat., Oct. 25 in the Library Atrium, 17th and Simpson, from noon till 4 p.m. “All kinds of videos will be available from those that warm your heart to those that make you sleep with the lights on,” so sayeth the committee. A large selection of children’s videos will be available. For information, call Elaine Wilson, sales chairperson, 398-4716.

THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY will hold a walk, “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer,” in Ocean City on Sun., Oct. 19th. Registration and program begin at 9 a.m., Survivor Lap at 9:40 a.m. and kick-off at 10 a.m. For information, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or access

Let’s end the column with a quiet poem.

Silent Partners

When the wind eases

and loose newspapers

lay flat on the pavement-

When nothing flaps

and sun flowers droop

above the cinders-

When leaves cease speaking

to each other

and to me-

I hold still

and listen

to the stillness-

I hold still

and the stillness

listens with me…

———– Mark Soifer

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