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By Mark Soifer, Ocean City Publicist

Last weekend’s Indian Summer Weekend was a great event. And there’s much more to come in the weeks ahead.

HALLOWEEN EVENTS begin this Sat. and Sun., Oct. 17 and 18 on the Boardwalk. There will be free hayrides from noon till 4 pm. Passengers may get on and off at 8th and 12th Sts. There will be free pumpkins, face painting and Trick or Treating. Bring the children and have some early Halloween fun. This event will be repeated Oct. 24-25.

WALK FOR THE WOUNDED presented by the Ocean City Home Bank takes place on Sat., Oct. 17. The event raises funds through Operation First Response to support wounded soldiers and their families. We have all heard the stories about the struggles of veterans who have returned from serving our country and are in need of vital care. Registration is 12 p.m. and the walk begins 1:30 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Special guest will be Tracey Davidson from NBC 10. Enjoy food, ceremonies, music and a 3 mile walk along the Boardwalk. Raise $50 and receive a free, long sleeve T shirt. Visit ochome.com or call Tricia Ciliberto, 609-399-0012.

The JUNIOR MISS OCEAN CITY PAGEANT will be held at the Music Pier on Sat. at 7p.m. Nineteen young ladies from 12 to 15 years of age will compete for the title. Sarah Ford, reigning Miss Ocean City, will preside. Sarah has been outstanding this year representing Ocean City at many special events and ceremonies. Tickets will be available at the door. The program is directed by Kristie Fenton with help from members of the Ocean City Recreation Division and volunteers. For information, call 609-525-9304.

The Ocean City Tabernacle will host a FAITH AND FAMILY WEEKEND Oct. 16-18 that will bring many people to Ocean City. Pat Williams, former general manager of the Phillies and now vice president of NBA’S Orlando Magic and Rich Sparling, Philadelphia Phillies Chaplain, will be special guests on Friday. For information visit www.faithandfamilyweekend.org or call 399-1915.

THE OCEAN CITY REPERTORY THEATER presents a Kid Friendly Haunted House, a well lit, less scary, Trick or Treat Tour on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting now from 4 to 7 p.m. through the rest of the month. There is no program this Friday the 16th. Admission is $5. Dressing up is not mandatory but is encouraged. There will be Goblin gift bags for all children, 908 Asbury Ave. (across the street from City Hall Annex), call 609-231-3263.

On Sun., Oct.18, the NSSA High School SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP will be held at the 3rd St. Beach with a 7 a.m. registration. For information, call 690-390-9370.

Also on Sun., the American Cancer Society will hold its walk STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER with a 9 a.m. registration at 6th and Boardwalk, walk at 10 a.m.. For more information, access www.cancer.org or call 1-800-ACS-2345.

PAINTING THE FOOTBALL FIELD PINK: The Ocean City Football field yard line numbers will be painted pink and there will be pink ribbons in the end zones to promote breast cancer awareness on Oct.23 when Ocean City plays Egg Harbor Township. This was the idea of Mike Lenhardt, Ocean City’s Supervisor of Recreation Maintenance, who lost his first wife, Gina, to breast cancer in 2003. Part of gate and concession proceeds will be donated to combat cancer locally, football players will wear pink wristbands and cheerleaders will sell lollipops.

The OCEAN CITY LIBRARY will feature a free program on bats on Tues, Oct. 20, for children ages 7-12 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The program will be held at the Library Annex, 1501 West Ave. The program is free but children should bring a white T Shirt. Limited seating. Call 609-399-2434.

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS will bring additional excitement to the Halloween Season Oct. 23-25 at the Music Pier. It will be a presentation by the Ocean City Pops and Michael Hartman’s Ocean City Theatre Company. The play is a rock musical about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood. This musical is based on the 1986 hit comedy movie. Tickets are $12 for kids under 12 and $15 for adults, available by accessing www.ocnj.us or calling 609-525-9300. The show is set for Oct. 23-24 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. Hartman and the Pops have presented a series of highly successful shows. Don’t miss this one!

On Sat., Oct. 24, there will be TRICK OR TREAT IN THE DOWNTOWN from noon to 3 p.m., from 6th to 14th Sts. on Asbury Ave by participating merchants. Call 609-525-9300 for information.

On Sat., Oct. 24, the Ocean City Humane Society presents its FALL FEST ALUMNI DAY, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. At 11 a.m. there will be a Canine Demonstration with Fire Dogs Ash and Daytona, from noon till 12:30 p.m. there will be a Canine Search and Rescue Demonstration and from 1 to 1:30 with Deuce and the Ocean City Police K-9 Unit. There will be carnival games, face painting, pumpkin decorating, a City fire truck on site, a baked goods sale and more. Pets are welcome and should be leashed.

On Sun., Oct. 25, the Ocean City Dog Park names its DOG OF THE YEAR winner at the Port O’ Call, 15th and Boardwalk, at noon. Wesley Bass, reigning Dog of the Year, will be on hand to greet his successor. There will be a HOWL-OWEEN costume contest at 12:30 p.m. plus a silent auction. In the event of rain, the program will be moved to the Pavilion area of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.

Our Annual HALLOWEN PARADE is set for Thurs., Oct. 29 starting 7:15 p.m. with route from 6th to 11th Sts. on Asbury Ave. Register on line at www.ochp.blogspot.com.

On Fri., Oct. 30th TRICK OR TREAT FAMILY NIGHT is set for the Music Pier from 7 to 9:30 p.m. 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 served by Ward’s Pastries and Shrivers. Sponsored by the Ocean City Free Public Library, call 609-525-9300 for information.

On Fri., Oct. 30, the Ocean City Repertory Theater has scheduled an Evening of Mystery and Suspense at 7 p.m.Oct.30 at 908 Asbury Ave. Admission is $10.Call 609-213-3263.


THE COMMODORES, the Navy’s premier jazz-big band ensemble, will be featured in a free concert at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 5th and Wesley Ave., on Sun., Nov.1 at 2 p.m. 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.

An exhibition of recent paintings by ELLEN LOCICERO will be on display through Oct.31 at the Ocean City Arts Center, 17th and Simpson Ave. Admission is free.

YOUNG LADIES are invited to participate in the Miss New Jersey Outstanding Teen Pageant, Jan. 16 at Millville Senior High School. Contestants between the ages of 13 and 17 are eligible, but the 17 year old cannot be a senior in high school. Contact Joan Cooper, 856-825-6937 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..