OLD ORCHARD BEACH — Summer is officially over and most of the tourists have returned home, but one newly formed group wants everyone to know that Old Orchard Beach is still very much open for business and community life.

The citizen-based nonprofit group OOB365 was formed in March 2009 to offer quality monthly events that celebrate the spirit of the community while promoting local businesses and organizations.

“We call ourselves OOB365 because we want people to know that Old Orchard Beach is not just a three-month town,” said OOB365 President Linda Mailhot. “We have a lot to offer all year long.”

Since being founded, the group has offered several family-friendly outings, including a winter carnival in February, a community yard sale in April, a hot air balloon festival in June and a Taste of OOB food and music event in May.

A golf scramble is planned for Oct. 3, the Woodstock 2010 canine exhibition will be held in November, and a First Night event will be offered on Dec. 31 to ring in the New Year.

But first, the group will offer its second Autumn Celebration on Saturday at Memorial Park on First Street.

The day will include a “Best Pizza at the Beach” contest, with attendees voting for their favorites. There also will be children’s crafts and games, art and flea market sales and live performances by Mad Science from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Flamin Raymin & Sizzlin Suzzin from 1 to 3 p.m., and Wayne from Maine from 3 to 3:30 p.m. The event will end with a lobster bake on the beach. Tickets are $20 in advance and available at Board Silly, the Recreation Department, JJs Eatery, MacDonald’s Garage and Seacoast RVs or for $25 the day of the event. 

“We have had something going on each month,” said Mailhot. “We have about 60 members help to put those on and a few dozen volunteers who are not officially members but believe in what we’re doing. We’re really excited about what we’re doing.”

 Staff Writer Deborah Sayer can be contacted at 791-6308 or at: [email protected]