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Welcome Night, Parade, Haunted House, Dog of Year This Week

(Oct. 24) WELCOME NIGHT is our first major event this week. The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce invites you, your friends, acquaintances and all interested in the community to the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, for a free, pleasant evening from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The idea is to acquaint you with City groups, organizations and businesses. They will have representatives at information tables and be available to answer questions. There will be refreshments, give-aways and plenty of pertinent information for you to digest. So come on out. Bring the children. Have a good time. The Chamber has presented this event for over 40 years.

(Oct. 25) The City’s 65th Annual HALLOWEEN PARADE is set for 7:15 p.m. on Thursday. Presented by the Ocean City Exchange Club in conjunction with the City, this Ocean City Tradition is one of the longest running (and most popular) in the Tri-State Area. The Parade route is from 6th to 11th Sts. on Asbury Ave. Registration is free on line at www.ochp.blogspot.com. Late entries may register the night of the Parade beginning 6:30 p.m. Come early for the best spots to view the eight Parade Divisions, including numerous and varied decorated floats, competing for prizes and trophies. Several High School bands will entertain you along the route including the popular Pitman Hobo Band. Remember to bring a can of food to the Parade. The Boy Scouts of America are assisting the Ocean City Food Cupboard by “Scouting for Food” for those in need.

(Oct. 27) Ghosts, Goblins and assorted scary but harmless creatures will HAUNT CITY HALL on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. You’re invited to experience this unique Halloween event created by Ocean City High School Art Club students under the direction of Paul Matusz. Admission to the haunted House will be $10 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets sold at the door. All proceeds benefit the Ocean City High School Art Club. Contact Paul for details: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

(Oct. 27) Downtown Merchants will hold TRICK OR TREAT on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. on Asbury Ave. from 6th to 11th Streets at participating merchants. THE CITY will hold Trick or Treat on Halloween, Oct. 31st from 5 to 8 p.m. Remember to make certain that all costumes are fire proof and provide good visibility. Parents should accompany children at all times.

(Oct. 27-28) The Greater Ocean City Theater Company presents “A FAMILY REUNION TO DIE FOR", an interactive murder mystery at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. It’s time for the Knotting Family Reunion, and newly wed Christine is eager to show off her new husband, Freddie, to her family. The joyful reunion turns sour when members of the family start dropping like flies. Audiences will have plenty to guess about as the story unfolds. The show features talented youth from the Ocean City area. Acceptable for audiences of all ages. Tickets are $10. Call (609) 525-9300 or access www.ocnj.us.

(Nov. 4) The crowning of the DOG OF THE YEAR is set for 11:30 a.m. at the Port O’ Call, 15th and Boardwalk. The contest was held during the summer with photos of the doggies featured on the Boardwalk and in the Downtown. The canine that raises the most money for the Ocean City Dog Park is awarded the crown. A Best Dressed Doggie Contest will begin at 12:30 p.m. It would be appreciated if you would register your best friend for this free contest at www.oceancitydogpark.org. If not possible, come anyway. 2013 Calendars will be for sale with photos of all Dog of the Year contestants. The public is invited. Bring your best friends.

(Nov.1) The Ocean City High School Leadership Club presents its annual SCHOLARSHIP DINNER, from 5-7 p.m. at the High School Cafeteria, 501 Atlantic Ave. (use Fifth Street door). This will be a buffet of international foods prepared by local chefs. There will be Door Prizes and music by Mr. Tym Cox and his OCHS student ensemble. Adults $25, children 10 and under $10, children age 3 and under are free. For information, call Mrs. Maguire, (609)399-1290, ext.1372, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Mrs.Vicari Fulton (609)399-1290 ext, 4222, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Proceeds benefit scholarships for the class of 2013.

(Nov.1) The Ocean City Tabernacle plans an all-day bus trip to WASHINGTON including a visit to the Holocaust Museum, some free time touring the National Cathedral and attending Evensong at the Cathedral. A $95 fee includes comfortable coach, bus fare, admissions and dinner together after the Evensong service. (Lunch not included.) For information, call (609) 399-1915 or visit www.OCTabernacle.org.

(Nov. 2) The talented pianist and composer, Andrew Hink, will perform a concert 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Library’s Lecture Hall, 17th and Simpson Ave. He will perform his original music plus Beatles, Beach Boys and Billy Joel numbers. The concert is free.

(Nov. 3) Entry forms are available for THE TRAIL OF TWO CITIES 5k Run/Walk over the new causeway. The event begins 8 a.m. at the Ocean City Transportation Center, 10th and Haven Ave. and concludes at JFK Park in Somers Point. Registration forms with complete information are available from the Community Services Office, Room 214 City Hall, (609) 525-9300, or from New York Ave. School in Somers Point (609) 927-2053, Ext. 3101.Registration forms can be emailed, call (609) 525-9300, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or downloaded at www.ocnj.us  and click on “events.”

(Nov. 3) FALL FEST 2012: 12:30 p.m. at the Emil Palmer Field, 15th and Simpson Ave., features the Give and Take Little Circus, Live Music and more. Admission free. The Circus is spectacular but friendly with lots of audience interaction and features Juggling, Tight Wire and more. Sponsored by the Ocean City Community Center. For more information, call the Library at (609) 399-2434 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Ocean City REPERTORY THEATER, 813 Asbury Ave., is offering a number of Halloween Specials. “Monster Monday” is set for Oct. 29, from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in recognition of National Frankenstein Day and will feature a series of one act monster plays. Tickets are $15, costumes are encouraged, call (609) 457-6686. There will be a candy dessert reception following the show. Then There’s “Poe Evermore,” featuring Poe’s stories and poems, opening Fri., Oct. 26 and concluding Sun., Oct. 28, tickets $10, call for reservations. Reception follows show. Also on the bill is a Kid’s Friendly Haunted House, running Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, through Oct. 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. with a $5 admission, call (609) 457-6686. Goblin gift bags for all children. Dressing up not mandatory but is encouraged.

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