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(Oct. 19) Due to impending weather the Ocean City Fire Department's OPEN HOUSE scheduled for tonight, Oct. 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. has been POSTPONED.

Please check back for information on a rescheduled date.

(Oct. 22) FALL BEACH SWEEP: The Ocean City Environmental Commission and Clean Ocean Action are sponsoring a Beach Sweep, Sat., Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All members of the Community are invited to participate in the semi annual "counted clean-up sweep" of City beaches.

Clean Ocean Action uses data cards to record litter collected and enters information into a national data base of marine debris. Participants form teams of two or three people to pick up and record litter on the beach. Environmental Commission members will assign volunteers to groups, provide equipment and instructions at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.

Clean Ocean Action launched the region's first Beach Sweep program in 1985 to rid beaches of unsightly and harmful debris. Since then over 70,000 volunteers have participated and removed over 3 million pieces of debris from New Jersey beaches and waterways. For information and to download a debris card, access www.cleanoceanaction.org. For information or to pre-register a group, call (609-399-6111 ext, 9285 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

(Oct. 22) A HALLOWEEN DOG COSTUME CONTEST, sponsored by the Ocean City PTA, will be held 10 a.m. at the 5th and Boardwalk Parking Lot next to the Sports and Civic Center. For information, call (609) 517-5049.

(Oct. 22-23) The Shirt Shack will sponsor FREE HAYRIDES on the Boardwalk, noon till 4 p.m. Passengers may get on and off at 6th and 12th Streets. There will also be free pumpkins, trick or treating and face painting. Call 609-525-9300.

(Oct. 23) The HERO Campaign for DESIGNATED DRIVERS will sponsor its first annual JOHN R. ELLIOTT Hero Walk and Sponsor Expo to raise awareness of the vital role of Designated Drivers in helping to prevent drunken driving tragedies. It will also raise funds to support the Campaign's Educational and Promotional Programs. Registration is at 9 a.m. at 6th and Boardwalk and the walk begins at 10 a.m. For information call (609) 272-0100 or visit www.herocampaign.org/hero-walk

(Oct.26) The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce presents WELCOME NIGHT for all Ocean City residents at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace from 6 to 8 p.m. This free event acquaints residents and newcomers with services and organizations in the community. It is an informative night with free refreshments and giveaways. Admission is free. For information, call (609) 399-1412.

(Oct. 27) The City's Annual HALLOWEEN PARADE will be held 7:15 p.m. from 6 to 11th Sts. on Asbury Ave.Call 1-800-813-5580 or www.ochp.blogspot.com to register. Event is sponsored by the Ocean City Exchange Club.

(Oct. 27) Former Ocean City resident and outstanding musician ED SHIFFLER will be featured at New York's Tammany Hall with his award winning rock band, Dogz of Zeus at their Halloween Record Release Party. The band has just been signed to a record deal. This will be a great evening of entertainment. A bus will be leaving for the show at 5 p.m., Oct. 27 from the City's Bus Terminal, 10th and Haven Ave. Tickets are $50 and include provisions, a ride to and from the concert and a copy of the band's new CD. For tickets call Eddie at 347-813-5090 or Steve Cavaretta at 609-602-6034.

(Oct. 28) The Community Arts Project will hold its 5th Annual COSTUME PARTY, "Lost At Sea" from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Flanders Hotel, 11th and Boardwalk. This is a Shipwrecked Ghost themed party and a great way to celebrate Halloween with friends while assisting a worthwhile cause. The party features food, refreshments, dancing, and a complimentary photograph. Tickets are $65 a person, call (609) 425-2687 or visit www.communityartprojects.com.

(Oct. 29) Downtown Merchants will hold Trick or Treat from 2 to 4 p.m. from 6th to 11th Sts. on Asbury Ave. Call (609) 525-9300 for information.

(Oct. 30) Woof! Woof! The winner of the DOG OF THE YEAR Contest will be announced at noon on the sun deck of the Port O'Call, 15th and Boardwalk. The announcement will be followed by the Howling for Hounds Best Dressed Contest at approximately 12:30 p.m. All doggies are welcome to the event as are their best friends. The event is free and open to the public. Sponsor is the Ocean City Dog Park Assn., www.oceancitydogparkorg.

(Oct. 30) Trick or Trot, a Halloween 5K and 1 mile Fun run/walk begins 7:30 a.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. For information, visit www.njshorerun.com/trickortrot5k or call (609) 624-1040. Sponsored by the Upper Township Soccer Assn.

(On Going)THE OCEAN City Repertory Theater, 813 Asbury Ave., presents an open mic night, hosted by the band Outlet every Thursday at 7 p.m. Come to perform or just listen. Sign up at the door to perform (2 songs or 10 minutes). Admission is $5, includes light refreshments. For information call (609) 457-6686 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Upcoming Theater events include HALLOWEEN COVER BAND SHOW, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. featuring area rock bands from whose members will dress up and perform music from Nirvana, Greenday and more. Admission is $5. For reservations, call (609) 457-6686 or use email above.

(Nov.5) Register now for the TRAIL OF TWO CITIES 5K race/walk over the new 9th St. Causeway. Pre-Registrations will be taken until Oct. 28, race day registration and packet pick ups 7 a.m. at the Ocean City Transportation Center, 10th and Haven Ave. Race starts 8 a.m. at the Transportation Center and concludes at JFK Park in Somers Point. For information, call the Public Relations Office (609) 525-9300, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. or call New York Ave. School in Somers Point, (609) 927-2053 ext. 3101.

Lots of free Halloween events and informative programs are scheduled for the OCEAN CITY FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 17th and Simpson Ave. Don't miss out on these free programs. Access This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the reference desk, (609) 399-2434 ext. 5231 for a complete schedule of programs. Here's a sample:The "Creepy Tales Poodle Posse" Halloween Program, Thurs., Oct., 20 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Author Chrysa Smith presents a puppet show for children based on her new book. Following the show children will be able to make 3 Halloween crafts. Program will be held in the Children's Activity Room. (For ages 4 to 7).

Check out the ongoing exhibits and programs at the OCEAN CITY ARTS CENTER, 17th and Simpson Ave., (609) 399-7628 and the Ocean City Fine Arts League, 608 Asbury Ave., (609) 814-0308.