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Plenty of events to choose from this week in Ocean City:

Thurs. Oct. 30: Ocean City’s Annual HALLOWEEN PARADE sponsored by the Ocean City Exchange Club has for years been one of the best in the region. You’ll see an array of colorful costumed characters vying for prizes in different divisions. The Ocean City and Mainland High School bands will be featured. Plus the famous Pitman Hobo Band, known for their amusing antics and great music, will entertain you. There will be floats and other special entries.

The Parade starts 7:15 p.m. Route is from 6th to 11th Streets on Asbury Ave. through Ocean City’s Downtown, voted the best in South Jersey. Boy Scouts will be collecting canned and dried food along the route for the Food Cupboard. For more information, call the Parade Info Hotline, 1-800-813-5580.

TRICK OR TREAT NIGHT in Ocean City is Friday, Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Children should be accompanied by adults and wear reflective clothing. Be careful when crossing streets, carry a flashlight and costumes should provide good visibility.


(Nov. 1) THE TRAIL OF TWO CITIES will be held for the 19th time on Saturday. This is a 5K Run/Walk between Ocean City and Somers Point starting 8 a.m. The CAUSEWAY LANE coming into the City will be closed from 8 a.m. to approximately 9:30 a.m. to accommodate hundreds of participants.

The popular event begins at the Ocean City Transportation Center, 9th and Haven Ave. and ends at JFK Park in Somers Point. It is open to all ages from 9 to 70 plus. Pre-registration received by Oct. 29 is $25. Day of the Race is $30. There are special rates for families.

Entry forms are available at the Aquatic & Fitness Center and City Hall. For more info call (609) 399-6111, ext. 9300 or register on line at www.lmsports.com.

(Nov. 1)  For months now locals and visitors have been voting for Ocean City’s DOG OF THE YEAR. The Pooches’ pictures have been featured on the Boardwalk and in stores throughout the community. Folks have been voting with money for their favorites. The best friends of the twelve entrants have been donating and collecting cash in honor of their doggies.

All of this cash benefits a good cause, the Ocean City Dog Park. Here doggies frolic and fraternize in a safe environment while their owners relax. It’s a win-win situation for all involved. The new Dog of the Year will be named in ceremonies starting 11 a.m. at the Tahiti Inn, 1125 Ocean Ave., in its parking lots.

There will be a silent auction. Information about the Dog Park will be available. The public is invited and may bring their pets to view this exciting, canine spectacle. There will be music. The Ocean City Humane Society will have an adoption table on site. Calendars will be available for sale with photos of all twelve contestants. Admission is free.

(Nov. 9) The Every Breath Foundation for LUNG CANCER 5K and FUN WALK. This event is open to all ages to raise awareness and funding for Lung Cancer Research. It supports programs in Southern New Jersey and the Shore area. On site registration is set for the Sports and Civic Center, 6th and Boardwalk, at 8 a.m. All pre-registered participants will receive a T Shirt. There will be awards for various age categories for the 5 K.  Fee is $25 before Oct. 31 and $30 thereafter. Visit www.everybreathcounts.net for more information or call (609) 839-2283.  

(Nov.9)   “Shadow Divers” will be the first book chosen for “OC Reads,” the Our Community Reads Program promoted by the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. Its author, Robert Kurson, will appear for a reading and book signing at 2 p.m. in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Shadow Divers is a riveting adventure in which two scuba divers risk everything to solve a great historical mystery-and make history themselves. This is an adventure story of men who push themselves beyond their limits, navigating through wreckage as perilous as a minefield, 230 ft. below the frigid waters of the New Jersey Coast.

Author Robert Kurson is a graduate of Harvard Law School. He quit the profession to write for magazines like Esquire, the New York Times Magazine and Rolling Stone. Books will be for sale the day of the reading. “OC Reads” is a program designed to bring people together through literature by encouraging them to read the same book and participate in discussions and other events centered on that book. It celebrates reading, literacy, and all things public libraries do. For information, contact Karen Mahar (609) 399-2434 x5238 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


(Nov. 11) The City’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at Veterans Memorial Park, 5th and Wesley Ave., at 11 a.m.  Rain location will be in the Ocean City Tabernacle across from the Park.

(Nov. 14-16) Ocean City’s QUIET FESTIVAL…WANTED Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Mice, Turtles, Hermit Crabs and any laid back pet that prefers silence to exercising its vocal cords to compete in the annual Quiet Festival pet contest on Sat., Nov. 15. The event will be held starting 10 a.m. in the Senior Center of the Community Center, 17th and Simpson Ave.

Entry is free. Categories include Least Hyper Active, Best Dressed, Cutest Critter, Super Heroes and anything else that appeals to the judges. NEW THIS YEAR! Bring your quiet stuffed bear or favorite stuffed animal to the Senior Center on Nov. 15 for display and to compete. Ribbons will be awarded to the most unusual entries and all participants will receive certificates. Registration in advance would be appreciated.

To register your quiet pet or stuffed animal or for more information, call (609) 399-6111, Ext. 9300 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

There will be many other attractions at the Nov. 15 program including the Turtle Singers with their friendly tortoise, Big Bart, the Potomac Bead Company who will help visitors make quiet necklaces or wrist bands for free, paper airplane making and flying with Ken Thorpe and his crew, Doug Jewell of  Air Circus performing Yo-Yo Tricks, cartoonist Jerry Lukas drawing personalized cartoons of your favorite animal and the Fourth Annual Snore at the Shore, a contest that challenges one’s ability to imitate quiet snoring.

Opening ceremonies of the Quiet Festival will be held in the Gazebo Park opposite City Hall on Fri., Nov. 14 at noon. The program includes a performance by Ocean City High School’s American Sign Language Club directed by Amy Anderson, a Yawn Along to Beautiful Dreamer led by soprano Nancy Fox, a Maple Pod Drop, a performance by the world’s only Wind Chimes Band, Paper Airplanes soaring over the Gazebo, a pin drop and more.

Also on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m., there will be an opening poetry reading at the Ocean City Library. All are invited to read their work and listen.

On Sun., Nov. 16, you’re on your own: take a reflective walk, inspect the clouds, tree and horizon, stroll the boardwalk, sniff the fresh air, fly a kite, give your doggies a tummy rub.

For more information, call (609) 399-6111, ext. 9300 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..