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Night In Venice Weekend will feature the City’s 4th Annual Tribute to the Philippines and a new SEE FOOD EVENT as well as the gala Bay Celebration. But First a recap of our 4th of July schedule: July 4th Bike Parade, South Ocean City Improvement Assn., Registration 9 a.m., 40th and Asbury Ave. Parade begins at 10 a.m. July 4th Bike Parade, Gardens Civic Assn., Registration 9 a.m. at the Longport Bridge Parking Lot, Parade begins 10 a.m. Entry is free for both events.

4th of July Kite Flying Contest, 7 p.m. at the Moorlyn Terrace Beach opposite the Music Pier, sponsored by Air Circus. Entry free followed by entertainment on the Boardwalk. A Spectacular Musical Fireworks display, ignited from a barge off the Music Pier at 9th St. Beach, will begin at 9:30 p.m. Longport Media will simulcast July 4th fireworks music on KOOL 98.3, 1400 AM WOND,  1490 AM WIP, stream it live on its website and on the TUNE in Smart Phone application.


The City’s second annual TRIBUTE to the PHILIPPINES will be held on the Night In Venice Weekend, July 20-21 at the Music Pier from 10 a.m. to 4p.m. both days with a special HEALTH FAIR set for the Senior Center of the Library on Sunday.  The Music Pier Festival will feature entertainment by Filipino performers including dancers and instrumentalists from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. on the Boardwalk in front of the Pier on Saturday only. Free Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar check ups will be provided on Saturday and there will also be a Yo Yo demonstration featuring champion performers sponsored by Air Circus. The Tribute also includes an array of Filipino products and crafts, packaged foods and Tourism Displays. It will be covered by GMA Pinoy TV, the largest TV Network in the Philippines and major sponsor of the festival.

On Sunday, July 21, the Adventist University of the Philippines will present the Vim Vigor and Longevity Health Expo mentioned above at the Senior Room of the Library 17th and Simpson Ave. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Filipino physicians, nurses and dieticians will offer an array of free services including Shoulder and Back Massage, Body Mass Index, Lung Capacity and blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol testing. A healthy vegetarian lunch will be offered for $5. For lunch reservations and more information on the Philippine weekend call (609) 525-9300.

The Ocean City Restaurant Assn. and Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring a City Wide SEE FOOD event, July 19 through 21, to acquaint our Night In Venice, Filipino visitors AND YOU with the great variety of tasty food offered throughout the City, Boardwalk and participating eateries.  Look for “SEE FOOD…COME ON IN” placards and then “come on in” to enjoy the specials.

NOW IS THE TIME TO REGISTER YOUR BOAT OR HOME FOR NIGHT IN VENICE on July 20 starting at 6 p.m. It will be our 59th Annual Night In Venice, the longest, continuous boat and bayfront Celebration on the Jersey Shore. Optional theme is “The Good Old Summer Time.” All who enter will receive a Night In Venice commemorative mug featuring the theme. Boaters will receive a $50 Bank Card for decorations if they finish the parade and there will be prizes for the best decorated boats and homes in various categories. Houses will be judged this year after the Parade starts at 6 p.m. by the third lead boat in the Parade. The boat will be marked HOUSE JUDGES. Look for it when the boat enters your lagoon or water way. REMEMBER no propelling of balloon bombs or the throwing of any objects will be tolerated. Those who do so will receive a visit from the City Police and possibly expose themselves to a law suit by the aggrieved party. Please call in all children and adults from the water before the Parade passes your home.

You can register your boat or home and get more information be accessing www.ocnj.us/niv, call (609) 525-9300, on weekends or after hours, call (609) 364-4010.

To view the Night In Venice Boat Parade grandstands will  be set up along Bay Ave. from Battersea Rd. to 15th St. and also at Tennessee Ave. These are free. The Bayside Center, 520 Bay Ave., will be open as usual with a picnic area, food for sale and grandstand seating plus entertainment by the Good Tymes Band. Tickets are now on sale, $3 for children and $7 for adults. Doors open 4 p.m. with entertainment 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.  Stop at the Community Services Office, Room 214 of City Hall or call (609) 525-9300. Tickets are also available at the Music Pier Box Office.

(July 5) The First Ladies of Rock and Soul will entertain at the Music Pier at 7:30 p.m. for the benefit of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. This talented group will perform songs by The Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas and many more. Tickets are $20 at the Music Pier Box Office, (609) 525-9248 or ocnj.us/boxoffice.

(July 6) The Tabernacle Youth Concert is set for 7 p.m. at the Music Pier featuring CoastalRise with Benjamin Dunn and the Animal Orchestra plus the Glenn Taylor Band. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, children $10 under 13, available at (609) 399-1915, at www.octabernacle.org  and the Music Pier Box Office.

(July 7) THE OCEAN CITY FISHING CLUB continues a series of events commemorating the 100th anniversary of its founding with the first of three planned open houses, 3-5 p.m. Visitors are invited to tour the Pier and its Club House at 14th and Boardwalk. Attendees can make an optional donation of canned goods to support the Ocean City Food Cupboard. Call (609) 398-0534 for information.

(July 7) The O.C. Nor’ easters host the Jersey Rangers with a 7 p.m. kick-off at Carey Stadium, 6th and Boardwalk. $10 for adults, $7 for youth under 16. For information about the game and Jersey Shore Shoot Out Tournament, call (609) 525-9999.

(July 7) The Philadelphia ORGAN QUARTET, performs at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. starting 7 p.m.  Admission is free. For information call (609) 399-1915 or visit www.OCTabernacle.org.

(July 7, 9, 10) SINGING IN THE RAIN presented by the Greater Ocean City Theatre Co. and Ocean City Pops. A light hearted comedy set in 1920’s Hollywood when a movie studio attempted to salvage the career of its chipmunk-voiced silent film star. Shows start 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. show on the 10th at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. $25 Orchestra, $20 Solarium. For tickets and information call (609) 525-9248 or www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.

(July 8)  WINNIE- THE- POOH another entertaining presentation by the Ocean City Theatre Co.  The story of Christopher Robin’s loveable little bear whose intentions are always the best but whose passion for honey keeps getting him into trouble. 10:30 a.m. at the Music Pier. All tickets, $10. Call (609) 525-9248 or www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.

(July 8) Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, DAVE MASON, legendary singer-songwriter, guitarist, who first found fame in the Rock Band Traffic. Has recorded with Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac, George Harrison and many others, 7:30 p.m. at Music Pier. Tickets $35, call  Music Pier Box Office (609) 525-9248 or (609) 525-9300.

(July 9)  8th Annual Ocean City Historical Museum’s Sindia Miniature Golf Day at Playland’s Seaport Village Golf Course, between 9 and 10th St.  on Boardwalk from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored for Museum by Playland and the Ocean City Exchange Club. For information call the Museum (609) 399-1801.

(July 11) FRECKLE CONTEST, 6:30 p.m. at the Music Pier. Registration begins 6 p.m. in front of Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Prizes for the most real and fake freckles. Call (609) 525-9300.