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The City’s Third Annual TRIBUTE TO THE PHILIPPINES is set for this weekend plus the popular regional craft show sponsored by the Jersey Shore Artisans Guild.

Then next weekend, July 28, Ocean City presents its 58th Annual Night in Venice Boat Parade and Bay Front Home Celebration. This event is preceded by the Merchants of Venice Seafood Festival, July 27 in the downtown.

The Philippines Tribute consists of three programs:

A two day craft and cultural festival will be held in the Pavilion of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. This event is sponsored by Western Union. It consists of craft exhibits, tourism displays, free blood pressure and sugar readings by Filipino nurses and exhibits of assorted packaged foods. There will be displays by the Filipino National Bank, Philippine Department of Tourism, The Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce and the City. There will be lots of giveaways including free tickets to rides at Wonderland. Air Circus of Ocean City will entertain with lively Yo Yo Demonstrations. Admission is free.

From 5 to 7 p.m., entertainment is scheduled in the Music Pier Auditorium featuring the Sounds of Manila Band, singers Archie D’ and Kay Habana, the MB2NY Young performers and Gabe Basalatan, Gail Banawis, Nina Mojares and Aviela Reyes. Tickets are $10, children 12 and under are free. Call the Music Pier Box Office, 609-525-9248 or buy online at www.ocnj.us/BoxOffice.

On Sun., July 22 physicians and nurses from the Adventist University of the Philippines will offer a free Health Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ocean City Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. The program will offer sessions on How to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes, Beat Cancer, Lower Blood Pressure, Combat Depression, Heart Disease and on nutrition and various other Health Therapies. There will be free Vegetarian Hors d’oeuvres served during the day. From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., there will be Philippine folk songs and news clips on the “Blue Zone,” the area in the Philippines where people live the longest than any in the world thanks to healthy life styles. For information, call 609-525-9300 or 609-525-9292, after hours 609-364-4010.

The huge Ocean City FINE ART and HANDCRAFT Festival will be presented by the Jersey Shore Artisans Guild on Sat., July 21 in the Civic Center and Carey Stadium just off the Boardwalk at 6th St. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Browse through imaginative creations from furniture and fine art, jewelry to jigsaws, wind chimes to waterfalls, fancy candy to Raggedy Andy and gourmet treats galore.

Guild Director, JoAnne Schaut explains, “Since we began in 2002 our July, November and March Fairs, have raised over $170,000 for area charities including the Ocean City Food Cupboard, the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, American Red Cross and Salvation Army.

Beginning with this Festival, Gilda’s Club of South Jersey, a support community of people living with cancer, their families and friends, will share in the funds raised from the rental of 65 booths, 14 rows of outdoor tents and all of the $3 admission donations.

“These are the only fine art and handcraft shows that require all booths display a sign stating that everything has been handcrafted by the artisan selling it,”Schaut notes. “Many exhibitors travel a long way to present their exclusive creations in Ocean City.”

Parking is available at the 5th   St. Parking Lot, one block from the festival.

ENTER NIGHT IN VENICE NOW! Night in Venice is set for Saturday, July 28 starting at 6 p.m. This is a new, earlier starting time. The Parade begins at the Longport Bridge and ends at Bay and Tennessee Ave.

To enter boat or home competitions, register at www.ocnj.us/NIV or stop at the Public Relations Office, second floor of City Hall. Call the office at (609)525-9300 or fax (609) 525-0301. You can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and on weekends or after hours call (609)364-4010.

All boaters who enter receive a $50 gas card, will have a photo of their boat taken during the Parade and receive a commemorative mug. There will also be cash prizes.

Best homeowner entries will receive prizes and a mug.

The mug will be extra special this year. In addition to commemorating Night in Venice, it will mark the completion of the Causeway and new bridge construction. The front side will feature the old bridge and the back will illustrate the new super span. This will be the City’s official souvenir of the bridge construction. It’s possible that the mugs will be sold to the Public. Call 609-525-9300.

(July 18) The Ocean City Pops presents the DUPREES, the Kings of Doo Wop. They will appear on stage with the Pops backed by a Big Band sound, 8 p.m. at the Music Pier. Tickets are $20/$12 at the Pier Box Office, (609) 525-9248 or visit www.ocnj.us.

(July 19) The Fabulous Grease Band performs at 7 p.m. at the Music Pier. Tickets $20. For tickets or information, visit www.upperrescue.com or call (609)628-2476.

OPERATION FIRST RESPONSE is an organization that serves wounded heroes and their families. The FMBA of the Ocean City Fire Department is holding a $5 Sticker Fund Raiser to support these veterans. Stickers can be purchased at the Sixth St. Fire Station, Station No. 2 at 29th   St. or Station No. 3 at 46th or on line at ocfire.org, call (609)525-9183 for information.

The City’s Annual BOARDWALK ART SHOW will be held Fri.-Sun., Aug. 3-5. Hours are set from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fri. and Sat. and 10 .m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The Boardwalk Art Show marks its 50th Anniversary this year and is a great place to purchase fine art at a reasonable price. Call the Ocean City Arts Center for information, (609) 399-7628.

The Ocean City Fine Arts League is hosting a PLEIN AIR ART event every Wednesday evening from 4 to 8 p.m. along Asbury Ave. to Aug. 8. Plein Air is a French Expression for painting outdoors in open air.

(July 21) The 33rd Annual T. JOHN CAREY MASTER’S SWIM: Registration between 3 and 6 p.m. at the Beach Patrol Station, 34th   St. and the Beach. Race starts at 6:30 p.m.

(July 22) David Payne as C.S.LEWIS at the Tabernacle, 7 p.m..550   Wesley Ave. For information, call (609) 399-1915, admission, free or access www.octabernacle.org.

(July 22) The Ocean City Pops presents NIGHT AT THE MOVIES with the Brandywine Singers joining the Pops to perform classic movie songs from Star Wars, ET and Gone with the Wind, etc. Tickets are $15/$10, 8 p.m. at the Music Pier. Stop at Pier Box Office, call (609)525-9248, or visit www.ocnj.us.

(July 23) RED RIDING HOODS WOODS, 10:30 a.m. at the Music Pier. The classic tale made delightful for the children, tickets $9 at the Pier Box Office, (609)525-9248 or www.ocnj.us.

(July 23) GET THE LED OUT, a tribute to LED ZEPPELIN. Tickets on sale through Ticketmaster 1-800-745-3000 or at www.ticketmaster.com., 8 p.m. at Music Pier.

(July 24) BRUCE HORNSBY & the Noise Makers, 8 p.m. at the Music Pier. Hornsby is an American singer, songwriter, pianist and accordion player known for the spontaneity and creativity of his performances. Tickets on sale through Ticketmaster, 1-800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.

(July 25) OCBP WOMEN’S Lifeguard Invitational Races- 34th St Beach, 6:15 p.m. Women from 15 Beach Patrols will be competing.

(July 25) Ocean City Pops presents violinist, David Kim, concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra plus baritone, Dominic Inferrera with a medley of show tunes, 8 p.m. at Music, Pier. Tickets $15/$10 at Pier Box office (609) 525-9248 or www.ocnj.us. Sponsored by Dr. Edna and John Cellucci.