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Two, popular, long running Ocean City events and a brand new one are set for this week in Ocean City and all are free:

(Wed., Oct. 23) The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce presents WELCOME NIGHT at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, from 6 to 8 p.m. Ocean City organizations, groups and businesses meet with residents to acquaint them with their services and products. It is a pleasant evening that includes giveaways, refreshments, and door prizes plus lots of valuable information about the community.

Welcome Night was begun over 40 years ago. It was originally held at the old Ocean City High School in the cafeteria. Its popularity has never waned. It is especially helpful to new residents. But all residents find it a valuable and an enjoyable evening out. For information, call (609) 391-0240.


(Thurs. Oct. 24) The Ocean City Exchange Club and the City present the 66th Annual HALLOWEEN PARADE beginning 7:15 p.m. This event is one of the longest running Halloween Parades in the Tri-State area. Parade Route is from 6th to 11th Sts. on Asbury Ave.

The event includes eight divisions with colorful costumed marchers competing for prizes. There will also be numerous decorated floats, several high school bands and the always entertaining Pitman Hobo Band.

Remember to bring a can of food on Thursday evening. It will be collected by local Boy Scouts. They are assisting the Ocean City Food Cupboard by “Scouting for Food” for those in need. Registration in the Parade is free at www.ochp.blogspot.com. Late entries may register Thursday night at 6th and Asbury Ave. beginning 6:30 p.m. For more information, call the Parade Hotline at 1-800-813-5580.

(Fri.,October 25) JEEPERS, CREEPERS, It’s Boris Karloff. This is a free, perfect for Halloween time show, that celebrates the life of famed actor, Boris Karloff and his on- screen creation, the Frankenstein Monster. It will be presented at 7 p.m. in Room 110, of the Ocean City Library by actor-artist Ron Mac Closkey. His exhibit of Frankenstein artwork and memorabilia has been featured all month at the Library, 17th and Simpson Ave.

This is the Karloff’s story as told in his own words and voice. It is endorsed by his daughter, Sara Karloff, and received great reviews when featured at the Lincoln Center in New York. For information on all the Library’s special events, call (609) 399-2434 or access www.oceancitylibrary.org.

(Fri. Oct. 25) COSTUME PARTY: The Annual Halloween Costume Party benefitting the Ocean City Theatre Company is set for 7 to 11 p.m. at the Ocean City Yacht Club, Bay and Battersea Rd. Must RSVP in advance, $65 per person. This orange and black themed party is a great way to celebrate Halloween with friends and give back to the arts. The evening features food, refreshments, dancing and prizes for over ten costume categories. 21 and over only. For tickets visit www.oceancitytheatrecompany.com

(Oct. 26-27) A MURDEROUS NIGHT at the Museum, a murder mystery-comedy with audience interaction presented by the Ocean City Theatre Company. Join the exciting fun at the Music Pier, 7:30 p.m. on the 26th and 2 p.m. on the 27th. All tickets are $10. (Call) 525-9300 or access www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.

(Oct. 26) Downtown Merchants TRICK OR TREAT, 1 to 3 p.m., 6th to 11th Sts. on Asbury Ave. at participating merchants.

(Oct. 26) Prescription Drug Disposal Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., drug drop off in front of the Ocean City Municipal Airport, 26th and Bay Ave. This is a state wide initiative sponsored by the Ocean City Police Department and the New Jersey DEA Office to safely dispose of unused prescription medications.

Please bring medications either in its original container or remove medications directly into the drug disposal box at Airport location. Syringes and other sharp instruments WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. For more information, call the Ocean City Police Department Community Policing Unit at (609) 525-9108.

(Oct. 26) A Blow Out BOOK SALE (Block Party Rain Date) will be held in the Atrium of the Ocean City Free Public Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hard and Paper Back Books, Children’s Books, Videos, and puzzles will be available. Call (609) 399-2434.

(Oct. 27) The Long Awaited, Anxiously Anticipated 2014 DOG OF THE YEAR CROWNING is set for the Port O’ Call, 1510 Boardwalk, starting at noon. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.

There will also be a “Howling for Hounds” Costume Contest immediately following the crowning. Costumes will be judged in a variety of categories and prizes will be awarded.

A silent Auction will be held with all proceeds benefitting the Cape May County Dog Park in Ocean City. Dog of the Year T-Shirts and Calendars will be for sale.

(Oct. 29) OCEAN CITY, NJ. C.A.R.E Clean –Up and Recovery Effort, One Year Later… Join for a gathering to say Thank You to God, each other and all those who helped in the City’s recovery from Hurricane Sandy. This will be a celebration of the strength of the Greater Ocean City Community.

The gathering will be held from 5 to 5:45 p.m. at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 8th and Central Ave. You are invited to join the celebration and enjoy light refreshments following the gathering. For information, call (609) 399-2988.

(Through October) ABSTRACT & SURREAL for those who see things in a different way, is the theme of an art show featured at the Ocean City Fine Arts League, 608 Asbury Ave. For information, call (609) 814-0308 or visit www.oceancityfineartsleague.org .

The Ocean City Arts Center, 17th and Simpson Ave., is featuring a husband and wife show, Colette Smith, a potter and her husband Frank, a photographer. The Center has also issued a call for its November Juried Art Show. Eligible mediums are watercolors, pastels, mixed media, drawing and printmaking, call (609) 399-7628.

(Through October) HAUNTED HOUSE: The Ocean City Repertory Theater, 813 Asbury Ave., presents its third annual Kid Friendly Haunted House, “A well lit, less scary Trick or Treat Tour.” Hours 4 to 7 p.m. Call (609) 457-6686 or access www.ocrep.org for a list of days and reservations.

(Nov. 2) TRAIL OF TWO CITIES 5K Run/Walk over the new Causeway between Ocean City and Somers Point. The event is open to all ages from 9 and under to 70 and over. It starts 8 a.m. at the Ocean City Transportation Center, 9th and Haven Ave. Pre-registration received by Oct. 30 is $25. Day of Race at the Transportation Center is $30. Special family rates are available.

Commemorative shirts are guaranteed to the first 300 pre-registrants or as supplies last.

Race Day registration starts 7 a.m. at the Transportation Center. Buses will be available at JFK Park Finish line to transport runners to start before the race. Buses will transport runners back to Ocean City after race.

Entry forms are available at the Somers Point Foundation for Education, 121 New York Ave. in Somers Point, call (609) 927-2053 ext. 3101 or the Public Relations Office, 2nd Floor of City Hall in Ocean City, call (609) 525-9300. Registration is available on line at www.ocnj.us/Race-Events.