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As the 100th Anniversary of WOODY GUTHRIE’S birth draws near, tributes to the folk troubadour, humanitarian and rambling man are planned from as far away as Austria and Germany with hundreds of thousands participating. Ocean City will present its own tribute on Mon., July 16th, when ARLO GUTHRIE, Woody’s renowned son accompanied by talented family members, entertain at 8 p.m. in the Music Pier Auditorium, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.

Woody Guthrie wrote about 3,000 songs, one of which, This Land Is Your Land, has become immensely popular and is sung widely in this country and throughout the world.

Arlo at 65 continues to perform. He is one of the nation’s great folk singers and an entertaining story teller like his father. His talking-singing blues classic, Alice’s Restaurant, is always enthusiastically greeted at Guthrie concerts. It was expanded into a popular movie, starring Arlo. The story of Alice’s Restaurant unfolds on a Thanksgiving Day. The recording is replayed on scores of radio stations throughout the country every year during the holiday.

Tickets to Arlo’s concert are available at the Music Pier Box Office, (609) 525-9248 or from Ticketmaster.com.

THE MERCHANTS OF VENICE Seafood Festival, a prelude to Night In Venice, is set for Fri., July 27 from 5 to 9 p.m. from 6th to 9th Streets. This popular festival will offer an array of seafood. There will also be Inflatables, face painting, balloon sculptors and pony rides for the children. The event is sponsored by Comcast. NIGHT IN VENICE is scheduled for the next day, July 28 starting 7 p.m. The Parade begins at the Longport Bridge and concludes at Bay and Tennessee Ave. To enter the Boat or Home competitions register at www.ocnj.us/NIV or stop at the Public Relations Office, second floor of City Hall. Call (609) 525-9300 or you can fax the office at (609) 525-0301. You can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on weekends or after hours call (609) 364-4010.

(July 11) The Ocean City Pops presents “AMERICAN TRIBUTE”, 8 p.m., celebrate our great patriotic music. Tickets are $15/$10 at the Music Pier Box Office, (609) 525-9248 or visit www.ocnj.us. The concert is sponsored by Manco and Manco in memory of John Elliott.

(July 11) Stephen Jamison and the Neo-African Drums and Dance Group will be featured at the Ocean City Library, 17th and Simpson Ave., 4 p.m. at the Main Lecture Room N110. This is part of the University of Pennsylvania’s Lecture Series with Jamison. The drum and dance group is a contingent from LaSalle University’s Performance Ensemble that combines compelling African rhythms, vigorous choreography and exciting scenery to thrill audiences.

(July 12) FRECKLE CONTEST: Frecklers now have an unprecedented opportunity to show off their freckles thanks to Ocean City’s popular freckle contest. Entry is free and prizes are awarded. The contest is divided into age groups 5 and under, 6-8, 9-12, Teens and Adults. You don’t have freckles? No problem. There are categories for Fake Painted On Freckles. The contest is held in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Registration is at 6 p.m., the contest starts 6:30 p.m. Call (609)525-9300.

(July 12) The Chip Miller SURF AND TURF CONTEST, 7th St. Beach, and mini tournament at Tee Time Golf, 7th and Boardwalk. Family surf and mini golf tournament raises money and awareness for the rare Amyloidosis disease.  For information, call (609) 231-1562 or visit www.chipmiller.org/surffest.

(July 14) FURRY FRIENDS Flea Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Parking Lot, 550 Asbury Ave. All proceeds benefit animals at the Ocean City Humane Society. Call (609) 398-8037.

(July 14) MISS CAPE MAY COUNTY/ Miss Cape Resort Scholarship Pageant, 7:30 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Tickets $20 at the door.

(July 15) KING’S BRASS: A nine piece virtuoso ensemble performs 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., admission, free. Call (609) 399-1915 or visit www.octabernacle.org.

(July 15) The Nor’easters, Ocean City’s professional SOCCER TEAM hosts the Brooklyn Knights, 7 p.m. at Carey Stadium, 6th and Atlantic Ave., $8 for adults, $4 for children. Special ZUMBA half time show. Join the Party! Call (609)-525-9999 or access www.OceanCityFC.com.

(July 15) The Ocean City Pops presents A NIGHT AT THE OPERA featuring Soprano, Suzanne Vinnik, Tenor, Cody Austin and Baritone, Wes Mason plus young violin prodigy, Elli Choi playing the Carmen Fantasy. Sponsored by Dr. Elizabeth Bowden, 8 p.m. Tickets are $15/$10 at the Music Pier Box Office, (609) 525-9248 or visit www.ocnj.us.

(July 16) THE THREE BEARS, 10:30 a.m. at the Music Pier. Papa, Mama and Baby Bear with Goldilocks entertain audiences with music and  provide plenty of laughs. Tickets are $9 at the Music Pier Box Office, (609) 525-9248 or on line at www.ocnj.us.

(July 17) The Ocean City Pops presents MANCINI by Moonlight with singers Nat Chandler and Terri Dale Hansen and featuring timeless tunes including Moon River, Days of Wine and Roses and much more. Sponsored by the Scheible Family in memory of Jeanne Heller., 8 p.m. Tickets $20/$12, available at the Pier Box Office or visit www.ocnj.us., call (609)525-9248.

(July 18) Ocean City Pops presents THE DUPREES celebrating their 50th Anniversary as the Kings of DooWop! The Duprees appear on stage with the Pops backed by a Big Band Sound. Sponsored by Primo’s Pizza. 8 p.m. Tickets $20/$12 at Pier Box Office, (609)525-9248 or visit www.ocnj.us.

(July 19) the Fabulous GREASE BAND, 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. A $5 Sticker Fund Raiser is being held by the Ocean City Fire Department’s FMBA Local 27 to support the cause. Stickers can be purchased at Fire Department headquarters, 6th St., Fire Station #2 at 29th St. and Fire Station #3 at 46th St. or online at ocfire.org, call (609) 525-9183 for information.

50th Annual BOARDWALK Art Show: Local artist Nancy Palermo, known for her murals at the Library and throughout the City, has created a watercolor painting that depicts the artwork exhibited at the annual Boardwalk Art Show, the first weekend in August. Ms. Palermo’s painting commemorates the 50th Annual Boardwalk Art Show and may be seen at the Ocean City Art Center, 17th and Simpson Ave. This year’s show will be held Fri.-Sun., August 3-5. Artists will be on the Boardwalk from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 am. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

“The Boardwalk Art Show has maintained a strong following for 50 years,” notes Executive Director, Rosalyn Lifshin, “many of our artists have sold their work here for more than a decade.”

Artists may still register for the show by accessing www.oceancityartscenter.org  and downloading an application. For information, call the Center at (609) 399-7628. More than $1500 in prizes will be awarded.

The Ocean City FINE ARTS LEAGUE is hosting a Plein Air Art event along Asbury Ave. every Wednesday evening from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. starting July 11 through August 8. Plein Air is a French expression for painting outdoors in open air on location.

REMEBER TO SWIM ONLY AT GUARDED BEACHES. TELL YOUR FRIENDS.