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The City’s mile long SPRING BLOCK PARTY is set for Sat., May 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from 5th to 14th Streets on Asbury Ave. Over 375 crafters will be featured along with plenty of food, entertainment and public service displays. There will be free pony rides for children on the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave., from 11 to 4 p.m. Entertainment is scheduled for those same hours. Parking will be free in downtown lots including the Transportation Center, 10th and Haven Ave., in back of McDonalds. There will be a charge for parking in lots by the Boardwalk.

The Spring Block Party began 31 years ago when the City was beginning to expand its spring events. It started as a two block festival at 9th and Asbury Ave. but quickly picked up steam and expanded to its current size covering the entire commercial area in the downtown. One of the highlights of the event is the Greek Food Festival. A huge array of hand made crafts will be featured including yard and home decorations,clothing, bird houses, home made jellies, jewelry, art, photography and much more. You name it, you’ll probably find it at the Block Party. For information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ. The festival is sponsored by the Ocean City Retail Merchants Assn.

(May 5-6) The Boardwalk and Downtown Merchants will hold table sales.

COMING THIS SUMMER: The Veterans of Foreign Wars Ferguson-Foglio, Post 6650 will bring “Beatlemania Now,” a tribute to the legendary Beatles, to the Music Pier on July 2 at 8 p.m. The New York Daily News calls the show “Extraordinary!” in recreating the Beatle experience. Tickets are $18 and will be on sale May 26 at www.ocnj.us or at the Music Pier Box Office 609-525-9248.

The VFW is seeking local business and corporate financial and advertising sponsorship of this event. This is a local fundraising endeavor. The VFW intends to use all proceeds within the community to the fullest extent possible. The VFW is a non profit organization. All donations are tax deductible. It is the largest organization of American combat veterans. Its mission is to assist local veterans in need, support active duty armed forces personnel and local community activities. For information and to support this event, contact Clark Manley, chairperson, at 609-335-3346 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


(May 4) An OPEN HOUSE: Michael Hartman and The Ocean City Theatre Company invite you to visit their new headquarters at 854 Asbury Ave., second floor on Friday from 1to 3 p.m. The new space will house administrative offices, an information Center, OCTC merchandise and rehearsal studios. Hartman says he is thrilled to be in the downtown and hopes to build a stronger relationship with the many businesses and offices that surround his new home. He also invites folks to stop by the Theatre Company’s table at the Block Party on Saturday at the corner of 9th and Asbury. The new offices will also be open all day. The Company’s 2012 T Shirt will be available at both locations and there will be tickets available for a VIP vacation raffle to Disney World.

(May 5) Great Strides Ocean City: 5K Walk to raise money and awareness for CYSTIC FIBROSIS. It’s the largest national fundraising event for the foundation, 10 a.m. at the 6th St. Practice Field off of 6th and Boardwalk. For information, call 610-325-6001 or visit www.cff.org/greatstrides.

(May 12) The Ocean City Arts Center, 17th and Simpson Ave., will host A SPRING PERFORMING ARTS RECITAL from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The program will feature entertainers from pre-school children to senior citizens who have taken advantage of the Center’s many classes. There will be dance, guitar and piano students ranging in age from 4 years to teenagers. The Center’s adult Zumba Class will demonstrate the popular new exercise program. Ball Room Dance students will demonstrate their grace and agility. In between programs listen to the music of the Lenny B. Duo featuring the Art Center’s Drum teacher, Robert Boney. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. The recital is presented by the Center’s performing arts teachers including Ballroom Dance instructor, Edward Fischer, also event coordinator, piano instructor, LeLand Kuchler, Guitar teachers, Rob Gummel, Ken Wilson, Kyle Kuchler and Ed McCabe, Zumba teacher, Charlotte Mitchell and dance teacher, Brooke Parsons. For information on the Art Center’s summer programs, call 609-399-7628.

(May 12-13) Mothers Day Weekend: “Mothers Are Special in O.C.” FLOWER GIVE AWAYS to all moms at participating downtown stores while they last.

(May 13) 15th Annual MOTHERS DAY FAMILY CONCERT: West Chester Senior Strings Conducted by Charles dePasquale, 4 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Admission free. Sponsored by the Ocean City Art Center’s Friends of Music in memory of Esther C. Weil.

(June 1-Sept. 4th) The Ocean City Historical Museum, 17th and Simpson Ave., will present an extensive exhibit about the 1962 Nor’ Easter, “When the Bay Met the Ocean.” The Museum will be exhibiting photographs of the devastation. Those who experienced the storm are asked to bring stories, news articles, photographs or objects to add to the exhibit. The Museum will compile the reactions of survivors and relate their stories in a book to be published once all material is compiled.

THE OCEAN CITY POPS has scheduled another outstanding season of music that will kick-off with a concert featuring Grammy Award Winning artist, Debbie Boone, on June 24 at the Music Pier. The Music Pier Box Office opens Sat., May 19 at 9 a.m. for the sale of individual tickets. For information on the new Pops season access www.oceancitypops.org.

ATTN Doggie Owners: Barks on the Boards, a fun time for all canines, is set for May 27. Your pooch can walk the boards from noon till 2 p.m. At 1 p.m., there will be a contest in front of the Music Pier to determine the largest and smallest dog, most talented trickster, pet owner look alike, etc. The event is sponsored by the Ocean City Humane Society, a no kill shelter named one of the best in the country for its size. For information, call 609-398-9500 or visit www.hsocnj.org.

Ocean City’s NANCY FOX is founder of Opera Fest International, an outstanding exchange program that takes young singing talent to Germany to perform and brings young German talent to Ocean City. There will be a fund raising event at the Ocean City Yacht Club on Wednesday, May 23 at 7 p.m. to support Nancy’s program. It will feature a buffet of chocolate desserts, a musical preview of this year’s piece celebrating the American Cowboy and more. For tickets and more information visit www.foxvocalarts.com or call 609-399-7291.