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The public is invited to do its holiday shopping at the Women’s Club of Ocean Pines annual holiday auction to be held on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. in the Assateague Room at Ocean Pines Community Center located at 235 Ocean Parkway in Ocean Pines.

Baskets, baked goods, raffles, and new or like-new gift items will be available for sale or auction.

This is an annual fundraiser to support its college scholarship program and community donations. For information or to donate items call 443-465-2400 or 410-208-0171.

Suddenly single

The Worcester County Commission for Women and the Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services will hold a “Suddenly Single” program on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10-11:30 a.m. in The Ray Community Room at the WYFCS offices, located at 124 North Main Street in Berlin.

This program will help people learn ways to rebuild their social lives after experiencing the loss of a relationship. It will focus on self-empowerment and having fun. Presenters will be Clinical Director Jennifer Leggour and Assistant Director Lori Carson. In addition, Pat Winkelmayer will present information about the Ocean Pines Widows and Widowers Social Club.

To attend the workshop, call 410- 208-1272 or email f.daly@mchsi.com. Donuts and coffee will be available. The event is free but space is limited. Parking is available next door in the lot where the Farmer’s Market is held or across the street.

The Commission’s mission of “Suddenly Single” is to assist single women who are widowed, divorced or separated to move forward, and to achieve social, educational, and economic equality while maintaining health and well-being. For information about “Suddenly Single,” call Barbara Passwater at 410-251-2886 or Beverly Thomas at 410-641-8299.

Park and ride

Ocean City’s daily shuttle service to and from the Park and Ride facility and Tanger Outlets on Route 50 in West Ocean City has concluded for the season. The Greyhound ticketing office at the Park and Ride is also closed for the year.

Greyhound bus service to and from the Park and Ride will continue with Greyhound ticketing services available in Salisbury. Shore Transit will stop at the West Ocean City Park and Ride to pick up passengers going into Ocean City and will make return trips to the Park and Ride upon request, enabling passengers to catch outbound Greyhound service.

Coastal Highway “beach bus” winter schedule will begin Monday, Nov. 5. Frequency of service Sunday through Thursday will be every 40 minutes, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., and every 80 minutes, 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, frequency of service will be every 30 minutes, 7 a.m. to 7 a.m.

Passengers may ride Ocean City bus for $1 per-boarding or $3 for a ride-all-day pass. Exact fare is required. Discount coupon books are available at a cost of $15 for 20 coupons. Discount coupon books are available on any Ocean City bus (exact cash amount required). With cash or credit card, visit City Hall on Third Street, the convention center box office on 40th Street, Ocean City Police Department on 65th Street or Northside Park Recreation Complex on 125th Street.

For more information about current or future transportation schedules, call the Ocean City Transportation Department at 410-723- 1606 or visit www.oceancitymd.gov.

Food drive

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is bringing back its “Gimme Five Food Drive” campaign to combat hunger in all the towns and cities where it has Believe It or Not! Odditoriums.

This year’s event will take place Sunday, Nov. 4 through Thursday, Nov. 8.

Guests who bring a donation of five nonperishable food items can get a ticket to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Ocean City Odditorium for $5 (regular adult ticket price is $13.99). All the food collected will go to Diakonia.

“This is a win-win situation,” said Jim Pattison Jr., president of Ripley Entertainment Inc. “We’re able to help needy families put food on the table and also offer a great discount when families visit our Odditoriums.”

Last year’s Gimme Five Food Drive netted more than 15,000 donations and helped feed tens of thousands of people across the country.

Facts on hunger in the Lower Shore:

Demand at the Diakonia food pantry has increased substantially over the last several months.

Diakonia is now distributing roughly 500 bags of groceries to needy families each month.

Many food bank clients say their children have to skip meals because there is not enough money for food.

Suggested donations include juice, soup, beans, tuna, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, pasta, tomato sauce and baby food.

Ripley’s Ocean City Odditorium is located in the Pier Building on the Boardwalk. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours on weekends.

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