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The Annual Ocean City Fire Department OPEN HOUSE is a fine family event. Very Kid friendly. It will be held this Thursday, Oct. 11th at Fire Department Headquarters, 550 Asbury Ave., from 5 to 8 p.m.

The evening will be informative and fun. There will be valuable life saving exercises. A miniature house will be set up to teach children how to crawl low through a smoke filled building. They will also be instructed on how to “stop, drop and roll” in case their clothing catches fire.

Youngsters will also have the opportunity to squirt a fire hose and tour the fire trucks. Bring a camera and take photos of your children posing by the engines. There will be face painting, a coloring contest and a Jaws of Life demonstration. City Police will also participate in the program.

All this excitement should activate the appetites of visitors. Our friendly fire fighters will respond with plenty of hotdogs and pretzels.

Ocean City is fortunate to have a professional, quick responding crew of firemen, police, and rescue squad personnel. The Open House is sponsored by the Fire Department and Local 27 of the FMBA.

REMINDER: Make sure your children’s Halloween costumes are fire proof and provide good visibility. Always accompany your children during Trick or Treating.

REMINDER #2: The City’s popular Halloween Parade is set for Thurs., Oct. 25 starting 7:15 p.m. The route is 6th to 11th St. on Asbury Ave. You must register online at www.ochp.blogspot.com . There is an Info Hotline at 1-800-813-5580.

There is no registration in person at the Sentinel as in previous years. The Parade is a City Exchange Club event directed by Jeff Shirk.

The John R. Elliott HERO WALK is set for Sunday, Oct. 14 on the Ocean City Boardwalk. This 5K Walk raises funds to continue a program to prevent drunken driving tragedies. It promotes the use of safe and sober designated drivers.

The HERO Foundation was founded by Bill and Muriel Elliott whose son John was killed by a drunken driver. The Elliott’s are now expanding this program nation wide as many states are interested in instituting it to save lives. It has already saved many lives thanks to the Elliott’s.

Registration begins 9 a.m. at the Sports and Civic Center, Sixth Street and the Boardwalk. Walk starts 11 a.m. For more information call (609) 626-3880 or visit www.theherowalk.org.

HONORING TED PRIOR: The City will honor popular Elvis performer, Ted Prior, during a 1 p.m. ceremony on Sat., Nov. 17 at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. A star plaque will be dedicated to the late musician on his dressing room door in the “green room” or performers’ area of the historic building. The plaque will proclaim that Ted Prior is Ocean City’s “Forever Elvis.”

Ted had legions of fans throughout the area and they are invited to attend and share their thoughts about him. For information, call the Public Relations Office, 609-525-9300.

THE SNORE AT THE SHORE: So you have plenty of time to prepare, we would like you to know that we are adding a new contest to the City’s Quiet Festival, Nov. 8-11. It’s The Snore at the Shore and will challenge one’s ability to imitate quiet snoring in keeping with the sleepy, laid back, personality of the event.

The contest will take place 11 a.m., Sat., Nov.10 at the Senior Center in the Library Complex, 17th and Simpson   Ave. The contest is sponsored by NAP, the National Assn. of Tired People, the group that organizes festival activities. Participants will lie on a cot or if they prefer sit in a chair and have adequate time to perfect a quiet snore. Entry is free and prizes will be awarded. Call (609) 525-9300 for information.

(Oct. 11) HIRING OUR HEROES: This is a free job fair for veterans, active duty military members, Guard and Reserve members and military veterans and veterans’ spouses at the Ocean City Music Pier from 9a.m. to till noon. Employers and veterans must register (free) at www.Hoh.GreatJob.net to guarantee admission. Walk-ins welcome but space not guaranteed.

(Oct. 13) 'TILL DEATH DO US PART, Late Night Catechism 3 is a comedy during which Sister Teacher offers hilarious lessons on the sacraments of marriage and last rites, including her own wacky version of the Newly Weds Game. Class room participation is a must. You are advised to bring along your Sweetie and your sense of humor for quality time with Sister Teacher, the feistiest new couples counselor in town. The comedy is set for 8 p.m. at the Music Pier. Tickets are $35 for the auditorium, $30 for the Solarium available at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice or call (609) 525-9300. This is a benefit for the Ocean City Education Foundation.

(Oct. 20) Clean Ocean Action 27th BEACH SWEEP, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Check in at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, for clean up supplies. All are encouraged to participate in the state wide event to keep beaches clean and safe and to protect the coastal environment. For information, call (609) 525-9285.

(Oct. 20) The Third Annual Halloween Dog COSTUME CONTEST, 10 A.M., at the 6th St. Practice Field off the Boardwalk. Categories include the scariest, cutest, most creative, most original, ugliest, etc. Trophies and snack bags are awarded. Entry fee is $10 per dog. Snacks and hot beverages will be available for purchase. Sponsored by the Ocean City PTA. Call (609)517-5049.

(Oct. 20) JUNIOR MISS Ocean City Pageant, 7 p.m. at the Music Pier. Tickets are $10, available at the Public Relations Office, second floor City Hall or Music Pier Box Office the night of the show. A scholarship Pageant for girls ages 12-15. Call (609) 525-9304 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Tickets available by calling (609) 525-9300.

(Oct. 20-21) The Shirt Shack HAYRIDES on the Boardwalk-Free- 12 noon till 4 p.m. Passengers may get on and off at 6th and 12th Sts. Call (609) 525-9300.

(Oct. 21) American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against BREAST CANCER- 8:30 a.m. at 6th Street Practice Field off Boardwalk. This Walk is a powerful and inspiring event that unites communities to celebrate people who have battled breast cancer, educates people about the steps they need to take to reduce their risk of getting breast cancer or find it early when it’s most treatable, and raises money needed to make a difference. For more information, visit www.makingstrideswalk.org/southjersey.

(Oct. 24) WELCOME NIGHT: Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual Welcome Night at Music Pier introduces public to Ocean City groups, businesses and organizations. Free event. Give-Aways. Call (609) 399-1412.

(Oct. 26) FRIGHT NIGHT 2012 at 7 p.m., Ocean City Yacht Club, Bay and Battersea Rd. Prizes for best costumes. Theme: Till Death Do Us Part. Tickets $65 per person includes costume portrait. Benefits Community Art Projects (CAP). Call (609) 425-2687 or visit www.communityartprojects.com.

(Oct. 28) WOOF, WOOF: The Crowning of the 2013 Dog of the Year will be held 11:30 a.m. at the Port O’Call, 15th and Boardwalk. There will be a silent auction plus a Howling For Hounds Best Dressed Doggie Contest starting at 12:30 p.m. The Ocean City Dog Park, sponsors of the event, would appreciate if you would register your pet for the free contest at www.oceancitydogpark.org. Available for sale will be 2013 calendars with photos of all Dog of the Year contestants. The public is invited. Bring your Best Friends.

Ocean City Free Public Library PROGRAMS: (Oct. 11) South Jersey Ghost Research: A lecture that includes video, Ghost Voices, photo displays and a question and answer session with real paranormal researchers. The free program will be held at 7 p.m. in the Main Lecture Room, N110 of the Library, 17th and Simpson   Ave. (Oct. 15) The Classic Film series continues with It Happened One Night from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Main Lecture Room hosted by Dr. Walter Brown. Learn more about the free programs offered by the Library, call Karen at (609) 399-2434 ext.528 or access www.oceancitylibrary.org.

CHECK OUT the many events 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.