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Pink Field, Humane Society Festival, Dog of Year This Weekend

Before we cover this weekend, here are events that have been rescheduled because of last weekend’s storm:

WALK FOR THE WOUNDED will be held on Sat., Oct. 31. The event raises funds through Operation First Response to assist wounded soldiers and their families. Registration is at 11 a.m. and the walk begins 12:30 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Special guest will be Tracey Davidson of NBC 10. Enjoy food, ceremonies, music and a 3 mile stroll on the Boardwalk. Raise $50 and receive a free, long sleeve T Shirt. Ocean City Home Bank is major sponsor. Contact Tricia Ciliberto 609-399-0012 or visitwww.ochome.com.

FREE HAY RIDES are scheduled for the Boardwalk, Sat.-Sun., Oct. 24-25 from noon till 4 p.m. Passengers may get on and off at 8th and 12th Streets. There will be free pumpkins, face painting and Trick or Treating.

TRICK OR TREAT IN THE DOWNTOWN is scheduled for Sat., Oct. 24 from noon to 3 p.m.from 6th to 14th St. on Asbury Ave. at participating merchants.

FOOTBALL FIELD TURNS PINK! Ocean City will battle Egg Harbor Twp. on a pink football field Fri., Oct. 23. Mike Lenhardt, the City’s supervisor of Recreation Maintenance, came up with the idea. Carey Stadium will feature pink yard line numbers and pink ribbons in the end zone thanks to Mike and his crew. Pink is the color that promotes Breast Cancer Awareness. Mike lost his first wife, Gina, to Breast Cancer. Part of the gate and concession proceeds will be donated to the South Jersey Breast Cancer Coalition. Football players will wear pink wristbands and cheerleaders will sell lollipops to raise funds.

BIG DOGGIE WEEKEND IN OCEAN CITY! On Sat., Oct. 24, the Ocean City Humane Society holds its FALL FEST ALUMNI DAY from 11 a.m, till 3 p.m. at 1 Shelter Rd. off Bay and Tennessee Aves. At 11 a.m., there will be a Canine Demonstration with Dalmatian Fire Dogs Ash and Daytona. At noon, there will be a Canine Search and Rescue Demonstration and at 1 p.m. Deuce and the Ocean City K-9 Unit will greet the audience. There will be carnival games, face painting, pumpkin decorating and a fire truck on site. Pies, cookies and cakes will be for sale along with wreaths and baskets. Pets are welcome but should be leashed. Come on out, have a good time and support your Humane Society, a no-kill shelter named one of the best for its size in the country.

DOG OF THE YEAR TO BE NAMED SUNDAY! On Sun., Oct. 25, the Ocean City Dog Park names its Dog of the Year. The event starts at noon on the Sun Deck of the Port O’Call, 15th and Boardwalk (Enter at 15th and Wesley Ave.) Twelve local pooches have competed over the past months by raising funds for the Ocean City Dog Park. Wesley Bass, reigning Dog of the Year, will preside. There will be a HOWL-OWEEN Costume Contest at 12:30 p.m. All doggies in costume are invited to enter. A Silent Auction is also scheduled. In the event of rain, the program will be moved to the Pavilion area of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, a highly entertaining show produced by the Ocean City Pops and Michael Hartman’s Ocean City Theater Company, will be one of the highlights of the Halloween season. The play is a rock musical about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood. It’s a rock musical based on the 1986 hit movie. Hartman’s stage sets will be sensational. Tickets are $12 for kids under 12 and $15 for adults, available by accessing www.ocnj.us or call 609-525-9300. The show is set for the Music Pier on Oct. 23-24 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 25 at 2 p.m.

MORE HALLOWEEN EVENTS: One of the City’s most outstanding and one of its oldest Parades is set for Thurs., Oct. 29th at 7:15 p.m. It will be the Ocean City Exchange Club’s 62nd Annual Halloween Parade set for Asbury Ave. from 6th to 11th Sts. Several hundred costume characters will compete for prizes, there will be floats, the Pitman Hobo Band and lots of other colorful excitement. This year’s Grand Marshal will be NBC 40 Meteorologist, Dan Skeldon. Correctly guess the Identity of the Mystery Marcher for a chance to win a $100 gift check from Fortress Financial. The Mystery Marcher will be a well known Ocean City citizen dressed in a gorilla costume carrying a Question Mark sign. Registration for all marching and float division is free. Sign up on line at www.ochp.blogspot.com. Late entries may register the night of the Parade at 6th and Asbury Ave. beginning 6:30 p.m. For information, call the Parade hotline             1-800-813-5580      . Remember to bring canned food to the Parade. The Boy Scouts are assisting the Ocean City Food Cupboard to help those in need.

WELCOME NIGHT: The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce will host Welcome Night on Wed., Oct. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Music Pier. Admission is free and all area residents are welcome to attend. The event introduces new and current residents to community, civic, social organizations, community leaders, and civic officials as well as local businesses including restaruants, financial and insurance services, retail stores and medical facilities. Door prizes are given out during the evening by local businesses. For more information or to reserve space during the event, call 609-399-1412.

TRICK OR TREAT FAMILY NIGHT is set for Fri., Oct. 30 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Program includes a puppet show with Candy and Cupcake, the magic of Brian Richards and a book swap (bring one, get one). Admission is $3, maximum $10 per family. Candy and refreshments will be provided by Shriver’s and Ward’s Pastries. The program is sponsored by the Ocean City Free Public Library.

TRICK OR TREAT IN OCEAN CITY WILL BE OCT. 31 FROM 5 TO 8 P.M. THE OCEAN CITY REPERTORY THEATER presents a Kid Friendly Haunted House, billed as a well lit, less scary, Trick or Treat Tour. It will be held Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through the rest of the month from 4 to 7 p.m. at 908 Asbury Ave., in the Denovum building across the street from City Hall Annex. Admission is $5. Dressing up is not mandatory but is encouraged. There will be Goblin Gift Bags for all children. Call 609-231-3263.

The Repertory Theater has also scheduled an EVENING OF MYSTERY AND SUSPENSE at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at 908 Asbury Ave. The evening will feature dramatic readings of the works of Edgar Allen Poe (The Raven, The Tell Tale Heart, the Bells, etc.) and others. Admission is $10. There will be dessert included. Call 609-231-3263.

Get you free tickets now for the COMMODORES, the United States Navy’s big band, 18 member jazz ensemble. They will perform at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 5th and Wesley Ave., on Sun., Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. The group will play the hits of the Big Band era, Glenn Miller, etc. and original and classic jazz numbers. Free tickets are available at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave., Mon.-Fri., from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., call 609-525-9300. Tickets may also be picked up at the Tabernacle. Those without tickets will be admitted ten minutes before the concert if seats are available.

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