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Wednesday, Oct. 29
OCEAN CITY - Ocean City Chamber of Commerce Annual Welcome Night 6-8 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace. Call 609-391-0241.
CAPE MAY – The Nature Center of Cape May will hold a Pumpkin-Palooza event from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at the Charlotte Todd Education Building. The Nature Center will furnish the supplies, patterns and even a few spooky treats. You bring your own pumpkin and imagination. Parents can bring a spare pumpkin and join in on the fun.
Thursday, Oct. 30
WILDWOOD CREST - Trunk or Treat Family Halloween Event 6:30 p.m. at Crest Pier, Heather Road and Ocean avenues, Wildwood Crest. Free. See www.visitwildwoodcrest.com .
OCEAN CITY - Ocean City 67th annual Halloween Parade 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 from Sixth to 11th streets on Asbury Ave. The event has been presented all 67 years by the Ocean City Exchange. See www.ochp.blogspot.com or call 800-813-5580.
Oct. 31-Nov. 1
CAPE MAY - Rummage Sale 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1 at Church of the Advent, Parish Hall, 612 Franklin St., Cape May. Men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories, household items, linens, and books will be sold. Call 609-884-3065.
WILDWOOD - Greater Wildwood Elks Halloween Haunted House 5-8 p.m. at the Greater Wildwood Elks, First and Olde New Jersey avenues, North Wildwood. Free. Call 609-729-5776.
NORTH WILDWOOD - North Wildwood Trunk or Treat and Block Party 6-7:30 p.m. on Olde New Jersey Avenue between Second and Chestnut avenues in North Wildwood. Parents are encouraged to decorate their automobiles for Halloween. Children will come in costume and visit each car where families will provide treats from the trunks of their cars. Prizes will be awarded to the best decorated car. Call 609-522-2955 or www.NorthWildwood.com.
CAPE MAY - Trick or Treat at Physick Estate 5-7 p.m. at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May. Free. See capemaymac.org.
Friday, Oct. 31
CAPE MAY – There will be Trick or Treat house at the Nature Center’s Halloween Open House on Oct. 31. Show off your costume and pick up a treat.
CAPE MAY - Trick or Treat at the Physick Estate: Some spooky characters are waiting at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., with treats for good little ghosts and goblins and pirates and princesses. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31 . Free.
CAPE MAY - Historic Haunts Combo Tours: Combine the Ghosts of Cape May trolley tour with a visit to the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, where you will visit a home séance room of the 1890s and learn of the Victorians’ fascination with spiritualism. Oct. 31 at 7:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. (Tour begins and ends at the Physick Estate on Oct. 31). $22 for adults, $14 for children (ages 3-12).
CAPE MAY - Historic Haunts House Tours: Get into the spirit of things on a guided tour of the historic (some say haunted) Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., with a discussion of Victorian spiritualism. Oct. 31 at 6:15 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 9 p.m. (Tour begins and ends at the Physick Estate). Limited tour. $12 for adults, $7 for children (ages 3-12).
CAPE MAY – The Episcopal Church Women of Church of the Advent in Cape May will hold a rummage sale from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1 in the Parish Hall at 612 Franklin Street. Men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories, household items, linens, and books will be sold. For more information, call 609-884-3065.
WILDWOOD CREST – North End Thrift will sponsor a Beef & Cheer Halloween Extravaganza to benefit local students and families in need from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 31 at the Bayview Inn in Wildwood Crest. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Beer, wine and food are included with the price of admission. There will be door prizes, costume contests, live music with Bare Bonze and a 98.7 Coast live remote.
For tickets or more information, call 609-770-8790 or 609-741-4132.
Saturday, Nov. 1
OCEAN CITY - Ocean City's Dog of the Year ceremony 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Tahiti Inn, 1125 Ocean Ave., Ocean City. Twelve dogs are vying for the title and the winner will be announced in an area that is fine for "rain or shine." There will be a silent auction and information about the dog park. The public and their pooches are invited to this free event. There will be music and the Ocean City Humane Society will feature an adoption table. See www.ocnj.us .
OCEAN CITY - Trail of Two Cities Run/Walk over the 9th St. Bridge from Ocean City to Somers Point. Registration 7 a.m., Run/Walk Start 8 a.m. Start is 10th & Haven at the Ocean City Transportation Center. Finish in Kennedy Park in Somers Point. No pets, skateboards, bikes or rollerblades. $25 Registration: No Mail in registration after 10/25/14 online registration until 10/29/14 $30 Race Day Registration: 10th & Haven Ave. For more information or race questions call: 609-525-9300
CAPE MAY - Fall Arts & Crafts Festival: More than 40 vendors come to Cape May to sell hand-made novelties including seasonal decorations, gift items and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1. Cape May Convention Hall. $2 admission. Proceeds benefit MAC's museum programs.
CAPE MAY - Madame Parmentier’s Psychic Tea: Enjoy a Halloween-themed tea at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom and learn what the future holds for you (all in good fun, of course). During the tea, you’ll encounter fortune-tellers, palm readers or the odd phrenologist. Reservations necessary. Saturday, Nov. 1, 2:30 p.m. $25 per person. Combine tea with the Phantoms of the Physick Estate Tour and save $2.
CAPE MAY - Ghosts of the Lighthouse Trolley Tour: A trolley tour through parts of West Cape May to the Lighthouse, with tales of ghostly activity throughout. Participants will be met at the Lighthouse by a costumed Keeper who will relate a ghostly tale inside the Lighthouse with time available to climb. Begins and ends at the Ocean Street trolley stop. Offered Saturday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. (Tour begins and ends at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St.). $22 for adults and $15 for children (ages 3-12).
CAPE MAY - Phantoms of the Physick Estate: Ghosts & Guides: Hear stories of unexplained occurrences inside the 1879 Physick Estate, experienced by the very guides who know the house intimately. Hear EVP recordings gathered by paranormal investigators and see photos of possible paranormal activity in the house. 30 minute guided tours take place every 15 minutes. Appropriate for most children. Saturday, Nov. 1, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. $12 adults, $7 children (ages 3-12).
CAPE MAY - Phantoms of the Physick Estate: Scary Tales: Those stories you heard as a child originated as much darker morality tales, as you will hear when you enter the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate museum, 1048 Washington St. Characters from these “scary tales” will tell their stories as they guide you through the first floor of the museum then onto the grounds of the Estate, where the tales come to life and the Big Bad Wolf usually wins. Saturday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. $15 adults, $12 for children (ages 3-12). Combine the tour with Tales of Terror Trolley Ride or Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Ride and save $2.
WEST CAPE MAY - Beach Plum Fall Festival 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Beach Plum Farm, 140 Stevens St., West Cape May. The event will be held each Saturday through Nov. 1. Traditional fall activities such as pumpkin picking and decorating, bird house painting, face painting, chicken feeding, s’mores roasting and hay rides. Call 609-884-6583.
Sunday, Nov. 2
CAPE MAY - Taize Service 4 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Advent, Washington and Franklin streets, Cape May. The music will be led by members of the Advent choir and the First Presbyterian Choir of Cape May. There will be a social hour afterward. Call 609-898-3065 for further information.
Tuesday, Nov 11
OCEAN CITY - Veterans Day Program - 11 am at Veterans Memorial Park, 5th & Wesley Ave.
Nov. 14 - 15
OCEAN CITY - Quiet Festival – A celebration of quiet things. For more information call 609-525-9300
Monday, Nov. 17
CAPE MAY - Card and Game Luncheon 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Grand Hotel, 1045 Beach Ave., Cape May. Hosted by the Christ Child Society. Tickets are $25 and reservations can be made by calling Pat at 609-435-5654 or Cindy at 609-889-7730. All proceeds benefit children in need in the community.
Tuesday, Nov. 18
CAPE MAY - Surviving the Holidays Griefshare 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Second Cape May Baptist Church, 600 South Shore Road, Marmora. The meeting features practical suggestions and reassurance through video interviews with counselors, grief experts and other people who have experienced the holidays after their loved one's death. Topics to be discussed include: Why the holidays are tough. What to expect. How to manage relationships and holiday socials. Call Jim or Dot Schmidt 609-390-7771.
Saturday, Nov. 22
OCEAN CITY - Earlier than the Bird” Downtown Shopping Extravaganza 8 a.m. to Noon. Get out earlier than the bird and jump start your holiday shopping the weekend before Thanksgiving. Shop in your pajama’s, early bird shopping specials.
Friday, Nov. 28
OCEAN CITY - Christmas in the Downtown – “Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue” 2 to 5 p.m. Join the merchants in kicking off an old-fashioned Downtown Christmas.
Saturday, Nov. 29
Wetlands Wonderland 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Wetlands Institute, Stone Harbor Boulevard, Middle Township. Whether through hibernation, dormancy, migration or ‘toughing it out’, animals on the marsh have unique strategies for surviving winter temperatures. Members: $8 adult, $6 child, $25 family pack of four. Non-Member: $10 adult, $8 child, $30 family pack of four. Call 609-368-1211.
Friday, Dec. 5
Wetlands Institute Year in Review 6 p.m. at the Wetlands, Stone Harbor Boulevard, Middle Township. Celebrate through pictures, stories, videos and discussion all the twists, turns, achievements and efforts the institute has made over the course of 2014. This is a covered dish dinner, and organizers ask that participants bring an appetizer, entrée, salad or dessert to share with at least eight people. RSVP requested by Dec. 4. Admission is a covered dish plus $7 for members and $12 for non-members. Call 609-368-1211.
Wednesday, Dec. 31
OCEAN CITY - First Night New Years Eve Celebration – A complete schedule of entertainment leading up to fireworks at midnight. For more information call 609-525-9300.
ONGOING TOURS & EVENTS
CAPE MAY - Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tour: Board a MAC trolley tour for a 45-minute evening ride through the haunted streets of Cape May. The paranormal findings of ghostwriter Craig McManus come alive as your guide translates McManus’ spooky stories. Ride past the flickering gas street lamps, the haunted properties of Cape May and experience the spine-tingling tales exposed by McManus. Offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings in October (except Oct. 31); hours vary. Offered Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7:15 p.m. $12 for adults and $7 for children (ages 3-12).
CAPE MAY - Tales of Terror Trolley Ride: Everybody loves a scary story! The perfect time and place for them is traveling Cape May after dark on streets lit by flickering gaslight as you listen to your guide tell some spine-tingling tales. Offered on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings; times vary; also, Thursday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. $12 adults, $7 children (ages 3-12).
Cold Spring Presbyterian Church, 780 Seashore Road, Cold Spring, is conducting tours of the historic church and surrounding cemetery 10 a.m. each Saturday through September. The oldest gravestone in the cemetery is dated 1742. This year the congregation is celebrating its 300th anniversary. Call 609-884-4065 or see www.oldbrickpresbyterian.com .
Volunteers Wanted for the Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to help low income families in Cape May County. If you would like to help people, call 609-231-5565 or 609-231-3109 for information.
The Cape May County Advisory Commission of the Status of Women is currently seeking applicants for membership. The Commission meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Old Court House, Main St., Cape May Court House. For information and application, call 609-463-6595.
Cape May County Animal Shelter is in need of donations of dog and cat food, pet and shelter supplies. A collection of these items can be dropped off the day of the show to Simone, chairperson of the flea market. For a complete list of what is needed call the shelter at 609-465-8923.
Coalition Against Rape and Abuse is looking for volunteers to go to hospitals and police stations to assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Training will begin in February and all training is done in the evening in Cape May County. Call Georgia Dougherty at 609-522-6489.
Physician Referral Service provides information about physicians including insurances accepted, office locations and hours, and educational background. Operated 24 hours a day by Shore Memorial Hospital. Call 609-653-4600 or see www.shoredoctors.com .
Contact Cape Atlantic offers senior citizens or anyone is alone, housebound or feeling isolated and lonely a daily friendly phone call to say hello and check that all is well. Telephone reassurance calls are free and confidential. Anyone who is interested in receiving a call or who knows someone who might be can call Mike Nees at 609-463-4564.