(Nov. 19)  Shop early and gobble up the Savings during Downtown Ocean City’s EARLIER THAN THE BIRD Shopping Extravaganza this Saturday along Asbury Avenue. The best deals will be from 7 a.m.till noon. Shop in your pajamas and you may win a turkey if judged one of the best dressed. There will be free coffee and giveaways at 9th and Asbury Ave. Sign up in stores to win $25 gift certificates. From noon to 3 p.m. there will be free horse and carriage rides, free photos with Santa and free face painting and more in the shopping district. For information, call (609) 398 –GOOC.

(Nov. 19-20) The second of two major November craft festivals will be held Sat.-Sun. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The HOLIDAY CELEBRATION of Fine Arts and Crafts is set from10 a.m.to5 p.m.both days featuring one of kind artisans from throughout the East Coast. This will be a completely new roster of crafters than the ones from the earlier show. There is free parking at City lots near the site. A contribution of $3 is given to charities including the Ocean City Food Cupboard and Atlantic City Rescue Mission. There is no charge for children under 12. The popular festival is produced by the Jersey Shore Artisans Guild. For information, call 1-800-822-4112.

(Nov. 17-19) The Ocean City High School DRAMA CLUB presents a holiday production of “You Can’t Take it With You” at the Hughes Performing Arts Center,501 Atlantic Ave.at the High School. Show times are Nov. 17-19 at7:30 p.m.and Nov. 19 at2 p.m.Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. For tickets and information, call (609) 399-1290, ext.1442.

(Nov. 22) The First Presbyterian Church, 7th andWesley Ave., will host the Ocean City THANKSGIVING SERVICE at7 p.m. The service is sponsored by the Ocean City Ministerium and the Ecumenical Council and will include Thanksgiving Hymns, the Presidential Thanksgiving Proclamation and a sermon by Rev. John Shelton, church pastor. Mayor Jay Gillian will read the proclamation and otherOceanCity churches will participate.

A free will offering to the Ecumenical Council will help support the Ocean City Food Cupboard and Clothes Closet. Visitors are encouraged to bring non perishable food items for the Cupboard. A reception will follow the service. Ample parking will be provided.

(Nov. 25) An OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS Celebration will be held in the downtown from 2to 5 p.m.There will be free horse and carriage rides, photos with Santa in a Beach Patrol life boat at 9th andAsbury Ave., face painters, carolers, music and more.

The Philly Phanatic will visit from4to5:30 p.m.Santa will arrive from the roof of City hall and descend with the help of a fire truck.There will be shopping and dining specials all weekend.

(Nov. 24) The Fast and Furriest 5K TURKEY TROT, a 5K run/walk, 1 mile fun run for children to benefit the Ocean City Humane Society and the Ocean City Police K-9 Unit. Registration is7 a.m.in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. For information, call (609) 398-5068.

(Dec. 2)  The annual DOWNTOWN CHRISTMAS PARADE, featuring Santa, 6 p.m., goes from 6-11th Streets on Asbury Ave. Afterwards, Santa poses for photos and gives out treats at Stainton’s Square, 8th and Asbury Ave.

(Dec. 3) The Ocean City Pops HOLIDAY CONCERT, 7:30 p.m. at the William and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th and Atlantic Ave. For information, call (609) 525-9300.

(Dec.3-4)  The OCEAN CITY TRAIN SHOWat the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace,10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Sat.,10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun. Features include large working displays in solarium and on stage, vendors with trains, accessories and memorabilia for sale, repairs done on site by technician, Dick Yard. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children. Funds help to support Ocean City special events.

(Dec. 7)  The Ocean City Gardens Civic Assn. is sponsoring a bus trip to LONGWOOD GARDENS as a fund raiser to support various charities and scholarships. The bus will leave the Tabernacle, 5th andWesley Ave., at 11 a.m. and return to Ocean City at 7:30 p.m.Tickets are $75 and include transportation, entrance to the Gardens, a full meal and snacks on the bus. Call Edith, (609) 398-0028.

(Dec. 9) A Christmas BIRTHDAY BALL will be held from 7to 11 p.m.at the Flanders Hotel, 11th and Boardwalk. There will be dancing, semi formal attire and entertainment by Blues sensation Terri Showers of the Terri Showers Gospel Project. There will be appetizers and bountiful buffet and desserts. Tickets are $49. Seating is limited. For reservations, call Peaches Lukens, (609) 398-8781.

(Dec.10) The Annual SANTA PAWS photo op event at the Ocean City Humane Society,10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,Shelter Rd.off Bay and Tennessee Ave. Visitors are welcome to bring their pets to have their photos taken with Santa Claus. For information, call, (609) 399-2018. Cost is $10 per photo.

(Dec 10) CHRISTMAS CONCERT at the Tabernacle,550 Wesley Ave., featuring John Taylor, tenor, Tapestry Strings, Angelus Choir at4 p.m.For information, call (609) 399-1915 or access info@octabernacle.org.

(Dec. 16-18)  A Christmas Wonderland MUSICAL HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR: This is the annualHolidayfavorite presented by the Ocean City Theatre Co. under the direction of Michael Hartman at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. It is a completely new show this year.The cast of professional singers will present a high energy, family oriented song and dance tribute to the holidays. Dazzling costumes, familiar songs, special guests, toe tapping numbers and special effects will kindle the holiday spirit. Tickets range from $12 to $15. For information and tickets, call (609)525-9300.

(Dec. 31) FIRST NIGHT, OceanCity’s gala New Year’s Eve. Celebration offers 60 entertainment programs at central locations from 4 p.m.until midnightcapped by fireworks. Admission buttons are $14 available at Downtown Gillian’s, seven days a week from 10 a.m.to 5 p.m.(609) 391-0060. You can also order buttons at www.firstnightocnj.com. An Angel Fund is available for those who can’t afford admission. For buttons or to support fund, call 609) 525-9300.

The Ocean City FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 17TH andSimpson Ave., will present the Transformers: Dark of the Moon (PG-13) a young adult movie, on Wed., Nov. 16 from 3 to 5 p.m.in the Main Lecture Room, N110. Come out after school and watch a free movie. Snacks will be provided. For information, call Sara (609) 399-2434 ext. 5235.

The popular TED Talk Series, Ideas Worth Spreading, continues on Thurs., Nov. 17 with “Bridging the Separation between Doctors and Patients,11 a.m.tillnoonin RoomN110.

Dr. Sherwin Nuland discusses the increasing distance over the last 2,000 years of the physician from the patient and physicians have moved more towards science and away from interacting with their patients. This is an open forum where you can hear an interesting presentation then voice your opinion.

For more information call (609) 399-2434, ext. 5231. To keep informed about all of the Library’s free programs access newsletters@oceancitylibrary.org.

REMINDER- ( Nov. 20) POPS GOES NATIONAL: Nearly 500 people attended the taping last summer of National Public Radio’s “From the Top” at the Ocean City Music Pier featuring musicians from across the United States, the Ocean City Pops Orchestra and Maestro William Scheible.

But this month over 700,000 music lovers will hear the performances on 250 stations throughout the nation.

On Sun., Nov. 20 at 2 p.m., listeners in Cape May andAtlanticCountycan hear the performance overTempleUniversity’s Radio Station WRTI, 91.3 on the FM dial. The station can also be heard on other frequencies throughout the Tri-State area and suburbs including 90.1 in Philadelphia.


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