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Marine Corps Community Services is hosting the annual Oura Wan Beach Block Party on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, this weekend.

The event, expanded to two days this year, will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The free block party is open to everyone on the island, military and nonmilitary.

Numerous rentals for water sports, such as kayaks, windsurfers, sailboats and water trikes, will be available throughout the weekend, according to MCCS officials

Semper Fit also is hosting two events: the “Get it Up” bench- press competition and the “Over the Top” arm-wrestling tournament.

Registration for the bench- press competition costs $15 and will be accepted at Oura Wan Beach from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday. Weigh-ins will be held from 9 a.m. to noon followed by a participants’ briefing at 12:30 p.m. Both are mandatory. Awards will be given to first-, second- and third-place winners in each weight division and best overall male and female participants.

The arm-wrestling registration will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the beach. A mandatory participants’ briefing will be held at 2:45 p.m. at the Camp Schwab Fitness Center, where the event will take place. The arm-wrestling tournament is free and open to all. Awards will be given to first-, second- and third-place finishers in each weight class.

Call DSN 625-2654 or 625-2618 for more information on either the bench press competition or arm wrestling tournament.

In addition to the strength challenges, the block party will feature banana boat rides, children’s amusement rides, a rock-climbing wall and disc jockey entertainment. Block party attendees will have chances to win one of two round-trip tickets to Hawaii courtesy of United Airlines and Omega World Travel.

No glass containers or pets will be allowed at the block party. Call DSN 645-2628 for more information.


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