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Veterans Day and Quiet Festival this Week

(Nov. 10) QUIET FESTIVAL: Opening ceremonies will be held at noon at Mark Soifer Park across from City Hall, 9th Street and Asbury Avenue. The event features unique quiet entertainment including the inspirational “Yawn Along” to the tune of “Beautiful Dreamer,” Doug Jewell (“The Quiet Pirate”) with kites and bubbles galore, the World’s Only Wind Chimes Band, Nancy Fox (“The Quiet Soprano”), a yoga demonstration, quiet poetry, paper airplanes with Ken Thorpe and crew, 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 weeks of hassle. Admission is free.

(Nov. 11) VETERANS DAY PROGRAM in Ocean City at a NEW LOCATION, 11 a.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 at the Ocean City Community Center, 18th Street and Simpson Avenue. It is free and a good time for folks of all ages. This is the area’s only contest for mice, hamsters, turtles, rabbits, etc. Entrants will be judged in the following categories: most unusual pet, liveliness, best decorated display/habitat, superhero 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 a favorite Teddy Bear. The Turtle Singers will display and organize a “Hare and Tortoise Race.” Jerry Lukas will draw free personalized cartoons for visitors, and Doug Jewell will demonstrate quiet toys. Ken Thorpe and crew will demonstrate how to make and fly paper airplanes. There will also be a “Snore at the Shore” contest for gentle snorers. Quiet Festival “I Survived the 2016 Election Campaign” certificates will be distributed as souvenirs. Call (609) 399-6111 for information. All events are FREE.

(Now through Nov. 23) The Ocean City Board of Realtors COMMUNITY FALL SERVICE PROJECT will be a drive to collect coats, sweaters, blankets, snow boots, hats, scarves and more for the needy. The Winter Drive will gather gently used or new items to be donated to the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Clothes Closet for needy families. Of special need are children’s coats, children’s snow boots, and ladies’ and men’s sweatshirts and pants. Funds will be accepted to purchase items requested – we will shop for you! Donations may be dropped off at the Board of Realtors Office, 405 22nd St. (office hours Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.) For pick up, please call the office (609) 399-0128 or Vicki Heebner, Vicki@ocbor.com.

(Nov. 12-13) and (Nov. 19-20) There will be two CHRISTMAS FINE ARTS & HANDICRAFT FESTIVALS. Different master crafters will be featured each weekend at the Sports and Civic Center, 6th St. off Boardwalk, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You will find quality items made only in the U.S., 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. 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 free turkey for best dressed. Enjoy free
coffee at Jon and 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 $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.

(Nov. 17-19) “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 by George S. Kauffman and Moss Hart, directed by Don Toal Jr. Shows are 7 p.m. Nov. 17, 18 and 19 and 2 p.m. on Nov. 19. All performances are at the Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School, 6th Street and Atlantic Ave. 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) OUR MIRACLE ON ASBURY AVE – CHRISTMAS IN THE DOWNTOWN: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on award-winning Asbury Avenue. 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.

(Nov. 26) TURKEY TROT SURF CONTEST: On Seventh Street Beach at 9 a.m. Register online at www.ocnj.us/recreation until Nov. 23 at 4 p.m. Contest-day registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on the beach. Entry is $10 per person. Six categories with 3 awards in each. No wave date is Nov. 27. For more information, contact the Recreation Department at (609) 525-9304.

(Dec. 2) CHRISTMAS PARADE: 6:30 p.m. on Asbury Ave. from 6th Street to 11th Street. Santa ends the parade from his horse-drawn 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 Street 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 photo ops. Train repairs will be available by Dick Yard. Event is dedicated to Jay Eggly, founder of the show. For more information, call (609) 399-6111.

(Dec. 16-17) 2016 HOLIDAY SHOW: The Ocean City Pops and Ocean City Theatre Company will present “A Very Ocean City Christmas” at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Avenue. 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.-Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets $15 for children (12 and under), $18 for seniors, $20 for adults. All tickets general admission. Available at the City Hall Welcome Center or visit www.ocnj/boxoffice. For more information call (609) 399-6111.

YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE! FIRST NIGHT NEW YEARS EVE ADMISSION BUTTONS are now available for $15 at the City Hall Welcome Center, 9th and Asbury Ave., and the Roy Gillian Information Center on the Causeway. The event offers 70 family entertainment programs from 4 p.m. until 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. Welcome 2017 in a safe, non-alcoholic environment. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ or access www.firstnightocnj.com for online button orders and to find the entire schedule.

FREE HORSE & CARRIAGE RIDES are set from noon to 3 p.m. starting from in front of City Hall on the following dates: Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18. Call 1-800-BEACH-NJ. for information.
PHOTOS WITH SANTA will be available between 5th and 6th Streets on the Boardwalk for a charge on the following dates: Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18. Call 1-800-BEACH-NJ for information.

(Jan. 1) 5K BOARDWALK RUN, 1 p.m. For more information call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

(Jan. 1) FIRST DAY AT THE BEACH, first dip in the ocean, starts 2 p.m. at Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Registration starts at noon. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.
NOTE: The Ocean City Arts Center, 17th and Simpson Ave. (609) 399-7628 and the Ocean City Fine Arts League, 608 Asbury Ave., (609) 814-0308 both offer ongoing free exhibits, artwork for sale and an array of interesting and helpful art classes. Visit them this holiday season.

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