TRAIL OF TWO CITIES: Here’s your chance to get close up and personal with the new bridge construction. Join the genial group for the Trail of Two Cities run/walk over the 9th Street Causeway on Saturday. You will be able to see the construction as you have never seen it before and enjoy a healthy run, jog or walk to boot! The event starts 8 a.m. at the Ocean City Transportation Center and ends in Kennedy Park in Somers Point. Registration begins 7 a.m. at the Transportation center located on Haven Ave. between 9th and 10th Sts. in back of McDonalds. Buses will be available at Kennedy Park to transport participants to the Ocean City Transportation Center from 7 to 7:30 a.m. Buses will also transport folks back to Ocean City following the event. Registration the day of the race is $25. Long sleeved T Shirts will be given to all pre-registrants and to day of the event registrants while they last. Runners will compete in various age groups from 9 to 70 years and older, male and female. Medals will be awarded at JFK Park following the race. No pets, skateboards, bikes or roller blades will be allowed for insurance purposes. The event benefits Ocean City and Somers Point Recreation programs. Water will be supplied at the finish line by New Jersey American Water Company and there will be refreshments.
THE WORLD’S ONLY QUIET FESTIVAL will feature events ranging from paper airplane making to the world’s first Pin Dropping Challenge., Nov. 11-15. The event begins at noon on Fri., Nov. 13 with the inspirational Yawn Along and Maple Pod Drop in front of City Hall, 9th and Asbury Ave. Yawn Alongers will be accompanied by the tinkling of the world’s only Wind Chimes Band as they yawn to the tune of Beautiful Dreamer. If you can’t make this event, do not fret. It will be repeated on Saturday at the Music Pier with other stuff. Read on. At 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 13, all are invited to join Quiet Festival enthusiasts for a subdued Dutch Treat Luncheon at the Chatterbox, 9th and Central Ave. No chattering or boxing will be permitted. Officials of the National Assn. of Tired People, NAP, will talk about the mission of their organization. At 2p.m. on Fri. the Quiet Festival will visit the Ocean City Primary School where children will be treated to a program of music, Yo Yo demonstrations, and a chat about recycling and the environment by Trash Buster, the City’s Canned Crusader. On Sat., Nov. 14 at 11 a.m.
Quiet Festival enthusiasts are invited to gather in front of the Music Pier for a Chime Along and Maple Pod Drop in front of the Music Pier. At 11:30 a.m. in front of the Pier, we will hold or first Pin Dropping Challenge. Bring your quietest safety pin. Flick it from a 4 ft. table. The pin will land on a metal plate. If your pin makes a very quiet ping, less than 6 tenths of a decibel, you’ll win a Pin Head of the Year Award. The contest is free. At 2 p.m. on Saturday, Early Morning Reign travels to Wesley by the Bay, a retirement center, for a program of classic folk music. Non residents are welcome but must make reservations first, call 609-525-9300.
On Sun., Nov 15, you’re on your own. Take a nature walk, watch the clouds, read a book, watch the football game with the sound turned off. For more info, call 525-9300. P.S. Paper Airplane making and flying sessions by Ken Thorpe have been arranged at two Ocean City after school programs a part of the Quiet Festival.
THE CITY’S ANNUAL VETERANS DAY SERVICE is set for Wed., Nov., 11 starting 11 a.m.at Memorial Park, 5th and Wesley Ave. Guest speaker will be Air Force Col., Owen J. Giblin, Ret. City Administrator, James Rutala, will offer remarks. The Ocean City High School Band will play the National Anthem and Lexi Petrilla will sing the Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America. Rev. Brian C. Roberts, of St.Peter’s Methodist Church will give the invocation and the benediction. There will be a placing of the wreath by Ted Bethas and Jack Hagan. Ocean City Primary School and Intermediate School children will present a Thank You To Veterans. In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held in the Tabernacle Auditorium across the street from the field.
DOWNTOWN MERCHANTS will kick off the holiday season with a unique promotion, the Earlier than the Bird Downtown Shopping extravaganza, Nov. 21 from 7 a.m. till noon. They’ll provide early morning shopping deals the weekend before Thanksgiving. Those who get into the spirit and shop in their pajamas will compete to win Free Turkeys. Free coffee and coffee mugs, giveaways and a chance to win $25 gift certificates are also on the agenda. Sounds like a fun time with lots of great values and free stuff. Be there!
THE FRIENDS and volunteers of the Ocean City Free PUBLIC LIBRARY will hold a book sale on Fri., Nov. 13 from 3 to 8 p.m. and on Sat., the 14th from 9 a.m. till 1 p.m.
The OCEAN CITY HISTORICAL MUSEUM’S 2010 calendar is now available for $8. For $10 it will be sent anywhere in the United States. The calendar, titled Public Safety Through the Years, features 17 historic photos of Ocean City’s police, fire and beach patrol. The Museum is located at 17th and Simpson Ave.
THE OCEAN CITY HIGH SCHOOL Red and White Scholarship dinner is set for Nov.12 from 5-7 p.m. at the school Cafeteria, 5th Street entrance. Enjoy dinner specialties prepared by local chefs plus music. Tickets are $25 per person, children 6-12 $10, 5 years and under are free. All proceeds benefit 2010 Senior Scholarships. The event is sponsored by the OCHS Leadership Club. Call Mrs. Maguire or Mrs. Mulford, 609- 399-1290, Ext.1372.
FIRST NIGHT ADMISSION BUTTONS are now available at Downtown Gillian’s, 838B Asbury Ave. or on line at www.firstnightocnj.com. The popular New Year’s Eve Celebration offers entertainment from 4 p.m. till midnight with a fireworks display at midnight to welcome the New Year for just $14 per person. There will be 70 entertaining shows and events at 16 central locations.
TWO CHARITY ART and CRAFT FAIRS are set for the Music Pier, Nov. 14-15 and 21-22. Over 150 fine artisans, artists and gourmet food specialists, many of whom are new to the region, will be featured. Holiday items will be offered at both events with a new group of crafters scheduled for both shows. All profits from the festivals are donated to the Ocean City Food Cupboard, the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, the Salvation Army and the Marine Mammal Stranding Center. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Nearby parking is free on City lots. The charitable admission donation is $3, children are free. The events are produced by Norman and JoAnne Schaut of Ocean City. For information contact the Jersey Shore Artisans Guild, 609-399-9998.
THE OCEAN CITY FINE ARTS LEAGUE, 608 Asbury Ave., is presenting a Petite Show of area artists through the month of November. For information on League activities call 609-814-0308 or access www.oceancityfineartsleague.org. Also, call the League about their schedule of on-going classic movies.