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Ocean City's 101st Baby Parade is set for Thurs., Aug. 12 starting 10:15 a.m. Route is from 6th to 12th St. on the Boardwalk. Over 300 youngsters from infants to 10 years will compete for prizes. This is the longest, continuously running Baby Parade in the world, probably in the Universe. And Ocean City Historian Fred Miller has the year by year run down to prove the point. To enter, register at the Music Pier Information Center, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace or call City Hall Annex, 609-525-9300. After hours, call 609-364-4010.

The Ocean City Pops presents its Friends of the Pops Concert featuring Pops musicians, pianist Jeffrey Uhlig with xylophonist, Mark O' Kain and violinist, Luigi Mazzocchi in a program sponsored by Friends of the Pops on July 29. Program is 8 p.m. at the Music Pier, tickets are $15/$10. Call Box Office 609-525-9248 or order from www.ocnj.us.

YAHOO! A Kid Cowboy Festival produced by Nancy Fox, noted soprano and vocal instructor for the Ocean City Arts Center, is set for Sat., July 31 at St. Peter's Methodist Church, 8th and Central Ave., from 8:30 a.m. till noon. The event includes an all-you-can eat cactus and flapjack breakfast for $10 per person, $7 for seniors and $5 for kids. There will be entertainment starting with Tall Tales by Master Story Teller, John Alverez, Learn to Yodel with Ocean City's Elvis, Ted Prior, and square dancing lessons by caller, Jim Hendrix. An original play, "Sioux City Sue," will be presented by students of the Ocean City Arts Center and Fox Studio. Call 609-399-7291 for tickets or get them at the door.

The 7th Annual Open American Martial Arts Championship Tournament, open to all styles and ages, will be held at the Music Pier from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 31st. For information, call 856-783-1133 or visit www.bbkacademy.com.

The Joe Turner Magic Show is set for the Ocean City Tabernacle, 5th and Wesley Ave. on Sun., Aug.1 at 7 p.m. Admission is free to this show by the noted Christian illusionist. Call 609-399-1915 or visit www.octabernacle.org.

The Ocean City Pops features pianist, Jeffrey Biegel, with a tribute to Chopin's 200th birthday at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace on Aug. 1 at 8 p.m. Biegel will play the famous Polonaise. Tickets are $15-$10, sponsored by John W.C. Brooks. Order on line at www.ocnj.us or call 609-525-9248.

Ricky Nelson Remembered starring his sons Matthew and Gunnar Nelson and The Stone Canyon Band is set for Mon., Aug. 2 at the Music Pier. The band will play all of Ricky's hits, Garden Party, Travelin' Man, etc. Show time is 8 p.m. at the Music Pier, tickets are $25, order on line or call the Music Pier Box Office, 609-525-9248,

It's Simply Sinatra when the Ocean City Pops present the popular Steve Lippia for two nights only Aug. 3-4. Mr. Lippia has established himself as one of the finest interpreters of the great American classic standards. He'll be performing with the Ocean City Pops at 8 p.m. at the Music Pier. Tickets are $20 and $10 available at the Music Pier Box Office, 609-525-9248 or on line at www.ocnj.us.

Ocean City Historical Museum, Wednesdays for Kids , 10:30, 11:30 or 1:00 - Children and their family are invited to join us every Wednesday in July & August for a fun, half-hour program. This week we'll learn about the earlysettlers and the whalers and make a piece of sailor's art, too. $3.00 per child. Recommended ages 4-9 years old. 1735 Simpson Avenue, Ocean City.

July 29th, 7:00 - Ocean City Historical Museum, Thursday Nights at the Museum . Ocean City Beach Patrol. Fred Miller, using photographs from his book, Ocean City Beach Patrol, will discuss the 112 year history of the Ocean City lifeguards. Learn how the lifeguards have been keeping swimmers safe since 1898. New lecture hall, OC Community Center, 1735 Simpson Avenue, Ocean City. Free!

Coming Soon: A Pancake Breakfast from the American Legion sponsored by Morvay-Miley Post 524 on Sun., Aug. 8 at the Masonic Hall, 10th and Wesley Ave. from 8 a.m. till noon. Includes pancakes, sausage, coffee, tea, milk, juice. Adults $5, Children $3. Benefits Veterans' projects.

The 47th Annual Boardwalk Art Show is set for Aug. 6-8th on the Boardwalk, where else? Several hundred leading artists from throughout the East Coast will exhibit and sell their work. This is traditionally a good place to buy fine art at reasonable prices. Hours are Fri. and Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call 609-525-9310.


Weekly Events


Stockton Goes to the Beach Concerts - Nationally known acts live at the Music Pier, www.ocnj.us for schedule and tickets


Funtastic Tuesdays - Free strolling entertainment along the Avenue, Downtown, 6th-11th on Asbury, 10am-1pm

Family Film Night - Stainton's at 810 Asbury, 7:15pm

Mummers Night - Strutting 7-9pm, 6th-14th Streets on the Boardwalk


Ocean City Farmer's and Crafter's Market begins Wednesday, June 30th and runs every Wednesday through August from 8am-1pm at 6th and Asbury. Jersey Fresh produce and hand made crafts.

Evenings Along Asbury - Open air artists, demonstrations, activities, music, outside dining, shopping and dining specials, free parking, 6th-11th Streets on Asbury, 5-8pm.


Market Days - free pony rides, puppet shows, face painting, music, clowns, balloon sculptures, Downtown, 6th-11th on Asbury, 10am-1pm.

Historic Inn-to-Inn Tours begin Thursday, July 1st and run every Thursday through August. Tours begin at 2pm. Tickets are $13 per person. Trolley boards at the ticket booth at the corner of 7th and Central Ave beginning at 1:30pm. Tickets may be pre-purchased at the Ocean City Welcome Center at 16 East 9th Street.

Boardwalk Family Nights - fun for the whole family with bands, magicians, karaoke, and much more, 6th-14th on Boardwalk, 7:30-9:30pm.