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TRAIL OF TWO CITIES TURNS 21 ON SATURDAY

What’s Happening in Ocean City, NJ 11/3/16

The Trail of Two Cities 5K Run/Walk over the 9th Street Causeway, an Ocean City-Somers Point tradition for 21 years now, returns on Saturday, Nov. 5. When the race started, Nick Regina, who later founded the South Jersey Jazz Society, was public relations director of Somers Point. He called me and suggested the two communities hold an event together.

I thought this was a good idea. Running was gaining popularity at the time. So I suggested a run/walk over the old 9th Street Causeway. It would appeal to both runners and walkers alike and we could call it the “Trail of Two Cities.” The causeway, which was closed to pedestrians and bicycles at the time, would be closed to traffic for an hour or so, and walkers could take photos.
The Trail of Two Cities is jointly organized by the Ocean City Recreation Department and the Somers Point Education Foundation. Proceeds help fund projects for both groups. The event steps off at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Ocean City Transportation Center with the finish line at John F. Kennedy Park in Somers Point.

Pre-registered shirt and number pickup is available Fri. Nov. 4 at the Aquatic and Fitness Center, 17th Street and Simpson Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Awards will be presented to the first-place male and female finishers and to the top two runners in each age group. Awards ceremony will be held at Kennedy Park after the race.

Online registration for $25 ends Nov. 2 at 10 p.m. at www.ocnj.us/race-events. Cost is $30 the day of the race with registration from 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. at Ocean City Transportation Center at 10th St. and Haven Ave. For information, call (609) 398-6900. Note: Transportation is provided to Ocean City the day of the race. The last bus leaves Kennedy Park in Somers Point to the Ocean City starting location at 7:30 a.m. There are buses from Somers Point back to Ocean City after the race.

(Nov. 9) MOSQUITOES AND OUR HEALTH: The Ocean City Environmental Commission in partnership with the Ocean City Free Public Library continues its Environmental Lecture Series with a program by the Cape May County Department of Mosquito Control. Featured speaker will be Superintendent Peter J. Bosak, Ph.D. He will talk about mosquito biology, county control efforts and mosquito-transmitted diseases. Lecture is set for 6:30 p.m. in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall of the Library. Program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (609) 399-2434, ext. 5222.

(Nov. 10) QUIET FESTIVAL: Opening ceremonies will be held at noon at Mark Soifer Park, across from City Hall at 9th and Asbury Ave. The event features unique, quiet entertainment including the inspirational Yawn-Along to the tune of “Beautiful Dreamer,” Doug Jewell, the quiet pirate with bubbles galore, the World’s Only Wind Chimes Band, Nancy Fox, Quiet Poetry, Paper Air Planes with Ken Thorpe and crew, quiet poems, and more. All in attendance will receive an “I Survived the 2016 Presidential Campaign Certificate” to celebrate the conclusion of the noisy, unsettling event and the Quiet Festival’s soothing programs that are assisting in the recovery from the weeks of hassle. Admission is free. For more information, call (609) 399-6111.

(Nov. 11) Ocean City will commemorate VETERANS DAY at a NEW LOCATION, 11a.m. in the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. For more information, call (609) 399-6111.

(Nov. 12) The QUIET PET CHALLENGE of the Quiet Festival starts 10 a.m. in the Senior Center of the Community Center, 18th and Simpson Ave. This is the area’s only contest for mice, hamsters, turtles, rabbits, etc. They will be judged for cuteness, most unusual pet, best decorated display/habitat, super hero themes, and anything else the judges deem worthy. Ribbons will be awarded, and there will be a Best of Show trophy. Also, the public is invited to display their favorite Teddy Bear. The Turtle Singers will organize a tortoise and a hare race, and cartoonist Jerry Lukas will draw free cartoons. Ken Thorpe and crew will teach visitors how to make paper airplanes. There will also be a “Snore at the Shore” contest for quiet snorers. Quiet Festival Election Campaign Certificates will be distributed. Call (609) 399-6111 for more information. All Quiet Festival events are free.

(Ongoing) FIRST NIGHT BUTTONS are now available for $15 at the City Hall Welcome Center, 9th and Asbury, Wonderland’s kiosk in Stainton’s Square, 8th and Asbury Ave., and the Roy Gillian Information Center on the causeway. The event offers 70 family entertainment programs from 4 p.m. to midnight on New Year’s Eve, plus an impressive fireworks display at midnight. On December 15, the price for buttons will be raised to $20. This is the best holiday entertainment value on the Jersey Shore. Your family will enjoy an event in a safe, non-alcoholic environment. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ or access www.firstnightocnj.com, where you will find the entire program and be able to order buttons online.

(Nov. 12-13) & (Nov.19-20) There will be two CHRISTMAS FINE ARTS & HANDICRAFT FESTIVALS. Different master crafters will be featured each weekend at the Ocean City Sports and Civic Center, 6th St. off Boardwalk from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You will find quality items made in the U.S.A. only ranging from Christmas décor, ceramics and gourmet foods to jewelry, fine art, toys and much more. A $3 donation and rental fees benefit the Ocean City Food Cupboard and Atlantic City Rescue Mission. There will be free parking at the 6th Street Lot. Call (609) 365-2239 or 1-800-822-4112.

(Nov. 17 to 19) ‘THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER’: The Ocean City High School Drama Guild presents “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” a comedy in three acts written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, and directed by Don Toal Jr. Shows are 7 p.m. Nov. 17, 18 and 19 and 2 p.m. Nov. 19. All performances are at the Hughes Performing Arts Center, at Ocean City High School, 6th Street and Atlantic Avenue. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. Tickets may be reserved by calling the Ocean City High School box office at 609-399-1290, ext. 1442, or may be purchased at the door.

(Nov. 19) EARLIER THAN THE BIRD in downtown Ocean City from 8 a.m. till noon. Enjoy the savings and the fun. Shop in your pajamas for a chance to win a prize. FREE Turkeys for the best dressed! Enjoy free coffee at Jon & Patty’s Bistro, 637 Asbury, Ocean City Coffee Company, 9th and Asbury and Starbucks, 11th and Asbury. Register while you shop for a chance to win up to $150 in gift certificates from downtown merchants. There will be horse and carriage rides from noon to 3 p.m. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ, access www.oceancityvacation.com, or visit DowntownOCNJ on Facebook.

(Nov. 25) OUR MIRACLE ON ASBURY AVENUE – CHRISTMAS IN THE DOWNTOWN: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on award-winning Asbury Ave. Join merchants and the Chamber of Commerce as they present an old-fashioned holiday Christmas including strolling carolers, a string band quartet, an appearance by the Phillie Phanatic and performers from The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company. Santa Claus will emerge from the City Hall rooftop to cap the festivities. Call 1-800-BEACH-NJ for more information.
(Dec. 2) CHRISTMAS PARADE: 6:30 p.m. on Asbury Ave. from 6th to 11th St. Santa ends the parade from his carriage. Register at www.ocnj.us/Christmas-parade.

(Dec. 3-4) TRAIN SHOW: One of the city’s most popular holiday attractions. NEW LOCATION: Ocean City Sports and Civic Center, 6th and Boardwalk. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission: $3 for adults, $1 for children 10 and under. Features include trains, train parts, holiday decorations for home train displays and memorabilia for sale. Large running displays by the Garden Railroad Club and S-Gaugers will entertain visitors and offer fine photo ops. Train repairs available by Dick Yard. Event is dedicated to Jay Eggly, founder of the show. For more information, call (609) 399-6111.

(Dec. 16-17) ‘A VERY OCEAN CITY CHRISTMAS’:
The Ocean City Pops and Ocean City Theatre Company will present their annual holiday show at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. This will be a high-energy, family-oriented song and dance tribute to Christmas. The holiday will come to life with a brand new journey through seasonal favorites. Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets $15 children (12 and under), $18 seniors, $20 Adults. All tickets general admission with doors open 30 minutes prior to the shows. Available at the City Hall Welcome Center or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice. For more information call, (609) 399-6111.

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