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Trail of Two Cities, Dog of Year Event – Both November 1

The 25th Annual Trail of Two Cities 5K Run/Walk over the Causeway between Ocean City and Somers Point is set for Sat., Nov. 1 starting 8 a.m. The popular event begins at the Transportation Center, 9th and Haven Ave. in Ocean City and ends at JFK Park in Somers Point.

The run/walk is open to all ages from 9 and under to 70 plus. Pre-registration received by Oct. 29 is $25. Day of race at the Ocean City Transportation Center is $30 starting at 7 a.m. No mail-ins after Oct. 29. Immediate families of up to four people can register for $75 up to Oct. 23. Families must pre-register with a separate form completed for each family member.

Long sleeve commemorative shirts are guaranteed to the first 400 registrants while supplies last. Medals are given to the first three overall male and female runners in each age group and the top three male and female over-all finishers. Beat the race day crowd and pick up entry packet (pre- registrants only) on Fri., Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center, 17th and Simpson Ave.

Buses will be available at the Somers Point Finish line to transport runners to Ocean City to start the race. Buses will transport participants back to Ocean City following completion of race.

Entry forms are available at the Public Relations Office, 2nd floor of City Hall, Ocean City, call (609) 399-6111, ext. 9300. Forms are available in Somers Point at the Foundation for Education, 121 W. New York Ave., (609) 927-5023, Ext.3101. Registration is available on line at www.lmsports.com or may be downloaded at www.ocnj.us under Recreation, Race Events. The Trail of Two Cities is held rain or shine. No skateboards, roller blades or pets are permitted.

The DOG OF THE YEAR CROWNING is an event eagerly anticipated by the public and our four legged friends. It will be held on Sat., Nov. 1st. starting 11 a.m. at a new location, the parking lot of the Tahiti Inn, 1125 Ocean Avenue, rain or shine.

Organizers report that “Twelve adorable and greatly loved pooches” will get to socialize and find out which contestant accumulated the most donations for the Ocean City Dog Park. This is a popular canine facility where doggies frequently meet and greet at 45th and Haven Ave.

There will be a winner and three runners-up announced. The Ocean City Humane Society will set up an adoption table. Plus there will be plenty of canine spectators who will be happy to let you pet them. Dog of the Year Calendars with photos of all contestants will be available and there will be music.

Another popular event coming your way soon is WELCOME NIGHT sponsored by the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce on OCTOBER 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Meet groups, businesses and organizations from throughout the City and learn what they have to offer. Admission is free and there will be refreshments, give-aways and door prizes. Call (609) 399-1412 for information.

(Oct. 18) The JUNIOR MISS OCEAN CITY Pageant will be held 7 p.m. in the Music Pier. Julia Erickson, reigning Junior Miss, will preside and crown her successor. Julia has been an excellent representative of the City during the past year attending special events, Judging contests, performing at pageants and always taking time to pose for photos with her many admirers. Young ladies 12 to 15 will compete for the title. Admission is $10. Call (609) 399-6111 ext. 9300 for tickets. 

(Oct. 18) The Ocean City Fishing Club’s 47th Annual Surf FISHING TOURNAMENT is set for City beaches from 15th Street South. Contest is open to all interested in fishing. Register the day of tournament at the Intermediate School, 18th and Bay Ave. from 5:30 to 7 a.m. For information, call (609) 893-5916 or access ocfcitasac@aol.com.

(Oct. 18) RAILROAD RUN, 5k Run/Walk sponsored by the Ocean City Historical Museum beginning 9 a.m. with registration 8 a.m. Starting point is the 18th Street side of the Community Center near Simpson Ave. Pre-registration is $20, day of race $25 in addition to contributions secured by participants. All receive a commemorative item plus a booklet on the history of Ocean City’s Railroad. Register at the Museum in the Community Center Complex, 17th and Simpson Ave. or call Noel Wirth (609) 399-1801.

(Oct. 18-19) The Shirt Shack HAYRIDES on the Boardwalk, FREE, noon to 4 p.m. Get on and off at 6th and 12th of Boardwalk. There will be free parking at all City lots and meters. 

(Oct. 19). MAKING STRIDES Against Breast Cancer: This American Cancer Society’s Walk is the largest network of Breast Cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting nearly 300 communities to finish the fight. Registration begins 8:30 a.m. at Carey Stadium, 5th St. and Boardwalk. For information, call 1-800-227-2345 or www.makingstrideswalk.org/southjerseyNJ .

(Oct. 22) The Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave., is hosting a series of provocative and educational programs in Lecture Room N110 featuring Eddie Shiffler on Wednesday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. This program will be a fascinating explanation of the history of Tarot Cards and the secrets that the cards hold. Join the talented author and musician for an informative and entertaining evening.

(Oct. 23) THE WORLD OF FRANKENSTEIN, a Tribute to the Monster! Produced and presented by Ron MacCloskey, whose show of Frankenstein Artwork is currently being exhibited in the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. The program is set for 7 p.m. in the Main Auditorium. This will be a memorable Halloween treat.

(Oct. 24) The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company invites you to a spooktacular evening of fun at this year’s “Black and Orange” Halloween Party at the Ocean City Yacht Club, Bay and Battersea Rd., from 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $65 per person. This will be a fantastic costume party with food, refreshments, dancing and prizes. To purchase tickets and for more information visit www.oceancitytheatrecompany.com or call (609) 398-1118.

(Oct. 25-26) STAGE FRIGHT: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and the Invisible Man presented by the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company’s 6-12 Grade Student Ensemble. Sat., Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. in the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Tickets $12 for adults, $10 for children under 12. This is an entertaining adaptation of the Stevenson classic. For tickets, call (609) 399-6111 ext. 9300 or access www.ocnj.us/tickets

(Oct. 25) CLEAN OCEAN ACTION Beach Sweep, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Check in at the Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk, for clean up supplies. All organizations and families are encouraged to participate in this annual Statewide event to help keep our beaches clean and safe and protect our coastal environment. For more information call (609) 399-6111 ext. 9711.

(Oct. 26) THE MEDIUM, a dinner theatre Murder Mystery Opera Style by Giancarlo Menotti, will be featured at the Flanders Hotel, 11th and Boardwalk. Appetizers begin starting 5 p.m. followed by dinner. The event is produced by Operafest International and features an adult professional cast. Tickets are $50 available at Fox Vocal Arts Studio, 1336 Bay Ave., and at www.operafestinternational.com or by calling (609) 399-7291. Free psychic readings will be available. 

HALLOWEEN INFORMATION: The Ocean City Exchange Club’s 67th Annual Halloween Parade is set for Oct. 30 at 7:15 p.m. from 6th to 11th Sts. on Asbury Ave. Register now online at www.ochp.blogspot.com. Call Hotline for Information, 1-800-813-5580. There is no rain date.  CITY WIDE TRICK OR TREATING will be held Oct. 31 from 5-8 p.m.

NOTE: Admission Buttons for FIRST NIGHT, our gala New Years Eve Celebration, are $15 until Dec. 1 and $20 thereafter. They can be purchased now by visiting the Welcome Center on the Bridge or by calling 1-800-BEACHNJ. Buttons can also be ordered online by accessing www.firstnightocnj.com.

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