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The Memorial Day Weekend

begins at noon, Friday, May 27 at the 9th St. Beach opposite the Music Pier. Mayor Jay Gillian plus former and present Lifeguards will meet for the traditional turning of the key to "open the ocean."

Following the key turning, a large group of folks dressed in business attire, some toting brief cases, will do "their thing." It will be time once again for the Business Person's dramatic march into the Ocean to the strains of Pomp and Circumstance.

This spectacle will be led by Chairman John Walton of Century 21 Real Estate. John estimates a record turnout of 100 participants bolstered by a contingent of 46 children all of whom have vowed to become future business persons in Ocean City.

This year's march that greets the new season will be dedicated to Elvis performer Ted Prior. The popular entertainer passed away on May 14 after a battle with cancer.

"Ted participated in every one of our marches," said Walton. "He was an important factor in its success. We are going to play one of his songs prior to the march."

This will be one of many Ocean City events dedicated to his memory. Just two days later on May 29, the Ocean City Humane Society, will honor Prior at Barks on The Boards, its annual, fund raising doggie walk and contest. Prior volunteered to entertain at many of the walks. A kennel at the Shelter will also be named in his honor. The walk begins at noon in front of the Music Pier with registration at 11:30 a.m. The Dog Contest is set for 1 p.m. at the Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Dogs must be leashed, vaccinated and registered to participate. For more information, call 609-399-2018.

"Ted volunteered to entertain at our Walk every year," said Bill Hollingsworth, Shelter Director. "He was very generous to the Society. A Kennel at the Humane Society will honor his name."

A Tribute to Ted Prior will be held at the Rams Head Inn, 9 White Horse Pike in Galloway, on Sun., June 5 from 2 to 6 p.m. Fellow musicians will entertain and there will be light refreshments. Tickets are $30 per person and $50 a couple with proceeds donated to Ted's family for medical expenses. For tickets, call 609-377-1769 or 609-525-9300.

Ocean City Library Programs: TED Talk are short 20 minute videos by interesting people speaking about interesting ideas. The program will given on DVD by Kathryn Schultz, a free lance writer for the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Time Magazine and others. Date: Thurs., May 26 at 11 a.m. in Lecture Room N110.Admission is free.

The Philly Phanatic will be in Ocean City 5 p.m., Fri., May 27 for the grand re-opening of Jilly's, 8th and Boardwalk store. There will be give-aways, refreshments and other surprise guests.

On May 28, the Ocean City Fire Department holds it Beach Volley Ball Tournament to benefit the American Cancer Society. The event is set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the 5th St. Volley Ball Courts. Four person coed teams will compete in Recreational and Competitive Divisions. There will be prizes for the top two teams in each division and an after party with music and buffet. For information, call 609-412-6663 or visit Facebook: Ocean City Firefighters FMBA Local 27.

South Side Johnny & the Asbury Jukes will perform at the Music Pier on Sat., May 28th at 8 p.m. One performance only. All seats reserved. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at door. For tickets access www.brownpapertickets.com, 1-800-838-3006.

On May 28 Craft for a Cause to benefit the Japan Earth Quake and Pacific Tsunami Relief Effort will be held at Kidz Creations, 811 Asbury Ave. between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Kids will decorate a special piggy bank to take home. The activity will help children understand the importance of both saving money and participating in charitable acts. All proceeds from the project will be donated to the Red Cross to help provide food, shelter and medical supplies for the people of Japan. The cost of the workshop is $15 and includes all materials. Call 609-399-9922 or 302-981-4133.

On May 28 the American Legion Auxiliary will hold a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Post Home, 3304 Bay Ave. There will be baked goods, household goods, books, electronic items, furniture and much more. Call 609-398- 6480.

A Hoagie Sale will be held in conjunction with the Yard Sale. Full sized hoagies will be $5. Pick ups can be made between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Post. Pre-orders are requested. Please call Jack Hagan at 609-304-3088.

On May 28 at 3:30 p.m., the Bucks County Singers will perform a free concert in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The group sings a variety of Broadway Show tunes and nostalgic favorites.

May 29: Barks on the Boards, the City's popular dog walk on the boardwalk is set for noon, with registration at 11:30 a.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Canine Fashion and Talent Contest starts 1 p.m. For information call 609-399-2018 or access www.hsocnj.org.

May 29 the Nor'Easters professional soccer team will play the Long Island Rough Riders at Carey Stadium, 6th St. off Boardwalk, kick-off 6 p.m. Adults $6, Youth $4. This will be Circus Night with halftime entertainment and contests. Call 609-525-9999 or visit www.oceancityfc.com.

Also on May 29 Sand Artist, Joe Castillo will display his amazing work by constantly changing drawings from a back lighted table on to screens. This unusual display is set for the Tabernacle, 5th and Wesley Ave., at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call 609-399-1915 or visit www.octabernacle.org.

BENEFIT: Ocean City's Beach Fest 2011, WXGN'S 4th Annual Fund Raiser for disaster relief is set for Sun., May 29 at 3 p.m. in the Music Pier Auditorium, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The Concert has raised funds for Katrina, Haiti and Nashville in the past. This year the Beach Fest will benefit Alabama's Tornado victims.

Featured artists include SPOKEN, SiLOam, Compelled, Ryan Payne Band, Chicago Winter, The Eternal Affect, Ashlyn, ChaseN@fta, Synaesthesia, Prayzm5, Through the Static and Not My Own. Tickets are available online at http://www.tickets.com/events/266233.html. at CLC BookCenter in Northfield and the Music Pier Box Office the day of the show. $9 in advance, $12 at the door.

On Memorial Day, May 30 at 9:15 a.m.on the Moorlyn Terrace Beach, Lifeguards will row a short distance from the beach and place a Wreath on the Atlantic Ocean to remember all of the men and women who sacrificed their lives so that we can live free.

Ocean City's Annual Memorial Day Service is set for 11 a.m., May 30th at Veterans Memorial Park 5th and Wesley Ave. Bad Weather Service will be held in the Tabernacle Auditorium, 5th and Wesley Ave.

The following beaches will be guarded during the Memorial Day Weekend beginning Sat., May 28 extending through Fri., June 3. Beaches are guarded from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

The beaches guarded include St. Charles Place, Brighton Place, 8th, 9th, 11th,12th, 14th, 18th, 26th, 34th, 44th and 57th Streets. If you have questions call 609-525-9202 or 525-9200. For information, call 814 (WAVE) 9283, listen to Radio 1620 AM or check the City's Government Access Channel 2.


The Library will feature author Tom Belton on Sat., June 4 at noon for a reading of his book Protecting New Jersey's Environment. Belton explains the ways that scientists, regulators, lobbyists, and politicians interact and offers the public a guide on how to seek environmental protection in practical ways. Admission is free. Access www.oceancitylibrary.org for more information on these programs.

The Ocean City Fine Arts League has scheduled a Fund Raiser on Sun., June 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Maynard's Café, 9306 Amherst Ave., in Margate. It will be a full Barbecue Buffet and Blues featuring the Bubba Mac Band. There will be an auction of original artwork and more. Tickets are $30, available at Art on Asbury, 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City or call the gallery, 609-814-0308.

The 50th Anniversary of Amnesty International will be celebrated by the Cape May County Chapter with a Music Festival-Rhythm and Rights Concert outdoors at the Bayside Center, 5th and Bay Ave., on Sun., June 5 from 1 to 7 p.m. This is a human rights organization that fights for the rights of victims of abuse all over the world. The concert is free. Local bands Gina Roche, Kickin' Bear, 1,2,3, Draw, Resonation, It Reminds Me of Home, 3 South Benson, Backseat Riot and In Bad Taste will all donate their time and talents. A powerful line up of speakers is planned. Representatives from the Democratic Party of China, human rights leaders from China who are expelled from their country, will attend. Human Rights and the Environment will be the subject of national field organizer of the Sierra Club, Christine Guhl. Prominent Civil Rights attorney, King Downing of the American Friends Service Committee will speak. The event will end with a drum circle, bring your own drum as well as a beach chair. Contact Georgina Shanley 609-442-2407.

The Miss New Jersey Pageant will be held at the Ocean City Music Pier auditorium, June 16 through 18. Tickets are available from Mary Lou Cake, $35 for preliminaries, $50 for the final night or a package price of all three for $100. For tickets call Mary Lou Cake, 1-856-424-3564. The final week of the pageant the number will change to 609-315-1423. The Miss New Jersey Parade will be held June 15 at 7 p.m. on the Boardwalk.