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(Nov. 5) The 16th Annual TRAIL OF TWO CITIES race/walk over the 9th St. Causeway is set for Sat., Nov. 5 starting 8 a.m. at the Ocean City Transportation Center.The event begins at 8a.m. and concludes at JFK Park in Somers Point.

Runners and walkers may register starting 7 a.m. at the Transportation Center. Cost per runner is $25. Buses will be available at JFK Park to bring participants to start of race from 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Buses will also transport participants back to Ocean City at the conclusion of the race.
Free refreshments will be available at the finish line. For information, call City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave.,(609) 525-9300 or New York Ave. School in Somers Point, (609) 927-2053- ext. 3101.

(Nov. 8- Nov. 15) Ocean City's 10th Annual QUIET FESTIVAL will be held Tuesday Nov. 8 through Tues, Nov. 15 at various City locations. All events are free. Following is the schedule.
(Tuesday, Nov. 8)--- PAPER AIRPLANE MAKING and flying, Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave., Kid's Activity Room #106 at 6:30 p.m., with licensed pilot, Ken Thorpe and his crew. Learn how to make and fly those quiet, paper airplanes. Play the Paper Airplane Bull's Eye Game, also watch Maple Pods spin like tiny helicopters through the air, squeeze some leaves and more.
(Wednesday, Nov. 9) at noon) OFFICIAL QUIET CEREMONY in front of City Hall, 9th and Asbury Ave. features Yawn Along to the tune of Beautiful Dreamer, inspirational maple pod drop, a tinkling concert by the world's only wind chimes band featuring number one song on the Wind Chimes Charts, "Brother Can You Spare a Chime," Ocean City High School Sign Club signing, Nancy Fox singing a quiet song, leaf squeezing, pine cone juggling and Kite Flying demonstration by Air Circus plus bubbles galore. Pause for a moment of silence to observe clouds.
(Thursday, Nov. 10 ) POETRY with Bud Cole, Mark Soifer, the Bad Penny Poets and anyone else who likes to read or listen. Program is set for 7 p.m. in Room #110 of the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. Enter on north side of building.
(Friday, Nov. 11) VETERANS DAY Ceremony, Veterans Memorial Park, 5th and Wesley Ave. at 11 a.m.
(Saturday, Nov. 12) WHITE MICE, HAMSTER AND GUINEA PIG CHALLANGE: There has never been a contest for White Mice, Hamsters and Guinea Pigs. Well the Quiet Festival will remedy that. White Mice and Hamsters are nocturnal and usually sleep during the day... which makes them perfect for the Quiet Festival. These pets will be judged for their lack of energy, unusual sleeping positions and general disinterest in their surroundings. An exercise wheel will be available for any mouse or hamster that feels the need to abandon its instincts and work-out. Guinea Pigs are not nocturnal so will be judged for their liveliness, appearance, personality and interest in their surroundings. There will also be a Guinea Pig Lettuce Eating Contest and an optional category for costumes.
Live acoustic music will be provided during the contest by the band, Amber Blues, and HALT Rescue's Danielle Challendar Clark will provide information on how to care for and protect White Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs and other pets.
The Challenge will be held at the Ocean City Community Center, 17th and Simpson Ave., at 10:30 a.m. in the Senior meeting room. Prizes and certificates will be given to all entrants. A free photo will be taken and given to all pet owners. Ribbons will be presented to winners and a special award will be given to best of show .Call 609-525-9300, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..,call 609-364-4010 after hours and on weekends to register your pet.
FOLK CONCERT featuring Smithsonian Folk Artist, Jim Albertson and nationally known instrumentalist, Lew London, noon, Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. Public invited. Free. Main Lecture Room, N110.
Learn to make items out of BEADS, a very quiet and relaxing pastime, at the Potomac Bead Company, 910 Asbury Av. at noon. Public invited. Free.
FOLK CONCERT featuring Smithsonian Folk Artist, Jim Albertson and nationally know instrumentalist, Lew London, 2 p.m. at Wesley Manor, 22nd and Bay Ave. Free. Reservations required, call 609-525-9300.
FREE COPIES OF QUIET POEMS all day at Sun Rose Words and Music, 756 Asbury Ave., all day Saturday.
(Sun., Nov. 13) YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN. Take a reflective walk, inspect the clouds, trees, horizon, stroll the boardwalk, later on enjoy the moon and stars, give your doggie a tummy rub, recite the Quiet Festival Lament to anyone who will listen: I do not hear your song/ I do not hear your words/ I never watch the moon/ Or listen to the birds/ I'm lost in all the noise/ That saturates my space/ I'm weary of the clatter/ Find me a quiet place...
(Mon. Nov. 14)PAPER AIRPLANE Making and Flying with licensed pilot Ken Thorpe and his crew 4:30 p.m. at the Tabernacle Youth Center After School Program, 5th and Asbury Ave. Learn how to make and fly those quiet, paper airplanes. Play the Paper Airplane bull's eye game. Also watch maple pods spin through the air like tiny helicopters, squeeze some leaves and more. Free.
(Tues, Nov. 15) PAPER AIRPLANE Making and Flying with licensed pilot Ken Thorpe and his crew, 4 p.m. at the ACT After School Program, 8th St. Playground building across from SuperFresh. Free. Open to public by reservation, call 609-525-9300.
The Quiet Festival is a program of NAP, the National Association of Tired People, a quiet, semi-non existent organization headquartered in Ocean City, N.J., call

FIRST NIGHT BUTTONS are now available at Downtown Gillian's, 838B Asbury Ave., across the Street from City Hall, seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also order buttons on line at www.firstnightocnj.com
First Night offers over 60 entertainment programs on New Years Eve from 4 p.m. till midnight with a fireworks display at midnight. Admission buttons are $14 per person.
First Night has an Angel Fund for those who can't afford buttons. Call 609-652-9300 to receive buttons or support the fund. This year's event is dedicated to Elvis performer, Ted Prior, a great First Night favorite for many years who passed away last spring. Ted's initials have been incorporated into the cover of the program book.ma

(Nov. 12-13) the popular CHRISTMAS ARTS and CRAFTS FESTIVAL is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terr. A $3 admission contribution benefits local charities. Children under 12 are free. Call 1-800-822-4112.
(Nov. 13) There will be A Support LUNG CANCER Awareness Walk and Run starting at the Civic Center, 6th and Boardwalk. Registration begins 8:30 a.m. The Boardwalk Runners support this event and there will be awards in various divisions. For information, visit www.everyBreathCounts.org.

THE OCEAN CITY FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 17th and Simpson Ave., offers an array of free programs and services. Access This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Reference Desk, (609) 399-2434. Also check out the ongoing exhibits and programs at 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.