The Beach Zone

August 12, 2007

WHAT TO DO This week in Ocean City

1. HAVE A SUNDAE IN THE PARK / / The free family concert series continues at Northside Park (127th Street and the Bay) tonight with a tribute to Elvis from Jesse Garron.

2. HUNT FOR CROCS / / The ubiquitous summer shoe is a big seller at Coconut Kids, a children's boutique at 8001 Coastal Highway. The store also carries surf wear.

3. SEE A MERMAID / / More than 200 likenesses of mermaids can be seen in an exhibit at the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum. Go to ocmuseum.org.

4. TAKE A SIDE TRIP / / Several ranger-guided programs that appeal to all ages are available at Assateague Island National Seashore. Go to nps.gov / asis for a schedule.

5. BURY A BOAT / / Joe Kro-art, owner of Ocean Gallery (Boardwalk and 2nd Street), is working on a plan to create a public art attraction by burying several boats in the O.C. sand. He calls it Boathenge. Stop by and tell him what you think.

BEACHSIDE BLENDER

BEACH GADGET

Just because you are outdoors communing with nature doesn't mean you have to leave civilization -- and smoothies or daiquiris -- behind. Try one of these two blenders: Coleman Rechargeable Portable Blender (model No. 850-860) / / It may look tall and ungainly -- the black plastic base alone was more than 9 inches tall -- but this blender is surprisingly steady and lightweight. It has one-button operation. The cord detaches so you can charge the blender at home, then tote it anywhere. It requires a 24-hour charge before use and may take a few minutes to blend fruit and yogurt. Details: $66.49, available only online from the Coleman Co.; 800-835-3278, coleman.com

The Waring Pro Tailgater Blender (model TG15) / / This model has a classic retro Waring chrome base and a plastic polycarbonate blender container that attaches easily to the blade and base. It has few parts to misplace and store. It plugs into a car's cigarette lighter and comes with an extra-long 15-foot cord. It purees smoothies in less than a minute. Details: $79.99 from amazon.com and other retailers, or call Waring Products, 800-492-7464.

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[LOS ANGELES TIMES]

PUERTO RICAN PRIDE

BEACH BET ATLANTIC CITY

Celebrate Puerto Rican and Latino heritage at the 11th annual Atlantic City Puerto Rican Parade and Latin Music Festival today in Atlantic City, N.J. The all-day festival kicks off with the parade and features Puerto Rican cuisine, dancing and music.

The parade starts at noon on the Boardwalk at Albany Avenue and proceeds to New Jersey Avenue. The festival, which runs until 10:30 p.m., is on Delaware Avenue between Atlantic and Pacific avenues. Admission is free. Information: 609-909-0262 or atlanticcity parade.com.

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[MATTHEW VENSEL]

WHAT YOU THINK

OUR WEEKLY POLL

This week's question: How many times have you visited Ocean City? To vote, go to baltimoresun.com / baybeach. Results from last week's poll. What do you do at Ocean City in the evening? Watch the sunset, 42 percent Go to a nightclub, 25 percent Go to an amusement park, 17 percent Go to a bonfire, 17 percent Make s'mores, 0 percent Note: Percentages are rounded, which may lead to totals slightly smaller or larger than 100 percent.

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