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Five Things to Do: Hiking, A Bunco Tournament and St. Patrick's Day

A look at ways to enjoy the week's predicted beautiful weather

Are the spring temperatures inspiring you to get out of the house and do something? With highs in the low 70s and sunshine most of the week, it’s going to be a welcome break from the chill we experienced over the weekend.

1. Meet the Mayor. OK, so this isn't exactly fresh air and sunshine, but if you have concerns about Barnegat that you'd prefer to bring up one-on-one, Mayor Al Cirulli is scheduled to be available at the Barnegat Branch of the Ocean County Library at 7:30 p.m. tonight. Occasionally he has schedule conflicts, so it's wise to check with the library, 112 Burr St, Barnegat, NJ 08005. Call 609-698-3331.

2. Explore the Barnegat Branch Rail Trail. If you're up for a hike, a bicycle ride or even just a short walk, the trail is a great place to start.  It lies primarily along the abandoned Barnegat Branch Division of the Central Railroad of New Jersey, and the southern end of it begins at West Bay Avenue and extends north three miles into Waretown.

3. Check out a little county history at Cloverdale County Park on Cloverdale Road in Barnegat. Site of a cranberry farm that’s operated for nearly 100 years, there are historical buildings and much to interest the history buff. Call 1-877-OC PARKS.

4. Missed the parades? Enjoy a traditional St. Patrick's Day feast at Lefty's Tavern, 547 North Main St. On Thursday, Lefty's will be serving corned beef and cabbage, traditional Irish stew and $3 Guinness pints. 

5. Play Bunco for a good cause on Friday, March 16, at the Barnegat High School cafeteria. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the games begin at 7. All proceeds from the night go toward scholarships for Barnegat High School students. Registration is $10 per player and $20 per team of two players prior to the event and guarantees you a seat to play. At the door, registration is $15 per player or $30 per team. Registration forms are available at Barnegat High School or the Russell O. Brackman School or email the Barnegat Township Education Foundation at btefoundation@gmail.com.

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