Aquarium hosts Halloween shows

The Atlantic City Aquarium is getting into the spirit of Halloween with a scary animal show at 11 a.m. Oct. 27 and a costumed dive show at 11 a.m. Oct. 28 at the aquarium at Historic Gardner’s Basin in Atlantic City.

The Exotic Animal Show, Halloween edition, features the aquarium’s scarier inhabitants, such as the tarantula, the 6-foot boa constrictor or one of Africa’s largest tortoises, the Sulcata tortoise. Aquarium handlers discuss the animals’ native habitats, their suitability as pets, natural defenses, predatory instincts and more. The Live Diver Feeding Show, Halloween edition, features the Avengers — the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man — diving in the 25,000-gallon “Fish of the Mid-Atlantic” tank. The audience can watch and interact with the Avengers as they hand-feed cownose rays and other tank residents. Visitors will have an opportunity to ask questions during the show. From 11:30 a.m. to noon on both days, children can enjoy fun, games and treats with Seaweed the Sea Turtle in the Harborview room. Seaweed is the Atlantic City Aquarium’s mascot. Kids who come in costume will get a spooky surprise. They will also be able to decorate and take home a small pumpkin.

For information, call 609-348-2880 or see acaquarium.com. Coupons for discounted admission are available on the website.

Artists sought for show

The Hammonton Arts Center will host a juried Fine Arts and Crafts Exhibit from Nov. 5 to 27 at the HAC Gallery, 219 Bellevue Ave.

The exhibit is open to all artists. All artwork must be original and have been completed within the past three years. Participants are permitted as many as three entries. All entries must be for sale. Entry fees are $8 per entry for members and $10 per entry for nonmembers. All work must be hand-delivered to the Hammonton Arts Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27. An artist reception will take place at 6 p.m. Nov. 2. An awards presentation will take place at 7:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

Entry forms are available at the HAC Gallery or at hammontonartscenter.org.

Step Up for Arc walk set

The Ventnor Boardwalk is the site of the Arc of Atlantic County’s Step Up for the Arc fundraising walk, to take place at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 27. The event draws hundreds of walkers who come out to help raise money to improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families. Walkers who raise $50 or more will receive a long-sleeve T-shirt featuring the sponsors’ names.

Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. at St. James Parish, 6415 Atlantic Ave. The walk is the length of the Ventnor Boardwalk and back (about 3.4 miles), but participants can walk as much or as little as they like. The post-walk party will begin at 11 a.m. and will feature a complimentary lunch, music, dancing and activities with the Rainforest Cafe’s Cha!Cha! the Red-Eyed Tree Frog. Free parking is available on Atlantic Avenue.

Energy assistance expo set

United Way’s Project Warm Heart and the Atlantic County Sheriff’s REAL Help program have teamed up to present a free Economic and Energy Assistance Resource Expo from 1 to 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Shore Mall in Egg Harbor Township.

The expo is intended to connect those in need with assistance programs and services that are available in the community. Applications for energy and other assistance programs will be available. Program guidelines and restrictions may apply. The following documents will be needed to complete the application process: Social Security cards for all household members, proof of income, lease, property tax bill or mortgage statement, recent income statements, SSI, SSD, TANF and GA award letters, affadavit of non-income if not working and current energy bills.

The expo will take place inside the Shore Mall in the space in front of the Division of Motor Vehicles. The expo is open to the public and free. For more information, call Fran Wise at United Way at 609-404-4483 or Sheriff Frank Balles at 609-909-7211.

Awards dinner planned

Richard Stockton College’s Council of Black Faculty and Staff will host its 31st annual Scholarship Awards Dinner and Dance at 6 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Seaview Resort in Galloway.

The cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m. and the awards program at 7 p.m. The honorary co-chairmen for this year’s event are Harvey Kesselman, provost and executive vice president at Stockton, and Arthur A. Davis Jr., former executive director for administrative services at the college. The event will celebrate three award recipients: Lifetime Award winner Adalberto “Bert” Lopez, Merit Award winner Eileen P. Conran-Folks and Distinguished Alumnus winner Ariane Newman (class of 1990). Proceeds from the event help support the council’s scholarship endowment, which provides scholarship funds to deserving Stockton students.

Tickets or advertisements for the program book may be purchased at stockton.edu. Type “council” in the search engine and select the second listing (Council of Black Faculty and Staff-Council News). For more information, call Yubi Pena at 609-652-4382 or Patricia Collins at 609-652-4523.

Presentation for teens

Teens who are considering continuing studies in the visual arts at the college level are invited along with their parents to attend a presentation on Nov. 17 in the Hammonton Art District that will feature area artists and college representatives with insight on careers in the arts, financial aid, college admissions and more.

This is the first in a series of Teen Arts Academy programs sponsored by the Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, the Eagle Theatre, Stockton’s Noyes Gallery and the Hammonton Arts Center. Artists scheduled to participate include Michael McGarvey in computer graphics, Kim Weiland in illustration and painting, Liz Wuillerman in photography, Paul Nurkowski in computer gaming, Suzanne Horvath in painting, and Robert Roesch in sculpture. In addition to opportunities to meet with professional artists and college officials, students may request individual portfolio assistance.

Activities begin at 9 a.m. in the Eagle Theatre on Vine Street with breakout sessions in venues throughout the Hammonton Art District. Registration is required. Applications are available at aclink.org/culturalaffairs.

For more information, call Cynthia Mason Purdie, Administrator for the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, at 609-646-8699, ext. 6314, or by email to cmasonpurdie@aclsys.org.

Healing conference set

Richard Stockton College will host and co-sponsor with AtlantiCare, the 22nd annual Victor A. Bressler Arts and Humanities in Healing Conference from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Alton Auditorium at Stockton in Pomona.

The event includes a continental breakfast and lunch. The topic is “When Caregivers Cry,” featuring keynote speaker Dr. R. Ellen Pearlman. The conference will allow participants to use the lens of the arts and humanities to discuss the scale and impact of “caregiver burnout “and how journaling, literature and the arts can be valuable outlets for preventing it. This conference is useful for caregivers including physicians, residents, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, physical/occupational therapists, first responders, allied and mental health professionals, hospice/home health professionals, family caregivers, poets, writers and students of the humanities and public health.

Advance registration is required. The fee is $40. Call 888-569-1000.

Financial planner course offered

Richard Stockton College is offering a Certified Financial Planner Certificate program that allows students to earn their certificate in less than one year and enter this lucrative and in-demand field.

The program, recently approved by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, is offered through the College’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

The classes begin next month. Upon completion of the 10-month program, a study period will follow prior to the CFP exam. For more information on the program, or to register, see stockton.edu/cs or call 609-652-4227.

Art at medical center

The Ocean City Fine Arts League’s “Art on Asbury” artwork now adorns the walls of the Shore Medical Center’s Surgical Pavillion on the second floor, in Somers Point. All artwork on display was created by local artists who live in South Jersey and include Atlantic County artists Annette Maynard, Nancy Palermo, Deb Spinella and Chuck Law, and Cape May County artists Rae Jaffe, Wanda Kline and Freddie Lamb.

A gallery reception will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Shore Medical Center in Somers Point. It is open to the public and light refreshments will be served. All artwork is for sale.

In addition, a special wall is dedicated to the artwork created by the Arc of Atlantic County students and their teachers. The Ocean City Fine Arts League artists have partnered with Arc of Atlantic County for the past nine years. For more information, call 609-814-0308 or see oceancityfineartsleague.org.

International education week scheduled at Stockton

The Office of International Services, along with the Office of Student Development and the eight academic schools of Richard Stockton College are sponsoring International Education Week, from Nov. 12 to 15. International Education Week is celebrated by colleges and universities in more than 100 countries. It aims to inspire students to broaden their perspectives through global learning, foreign languages and international travel. There are several events slated for each day of the week:

Nov. 12 — Study Abroad Information Fair, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Campus Center Events Room; Sites Related to the Holocaust Faculty Led Tours, 2 p.m., Board of Trustees Room; “Euro Crisis” Panel Discussion, 4 p.m., Campus Center Theatre; Stockton Student Produced Film showing “The Road is Coming,” 7 p.m., Campus Center Theatre;

Nov. 13 — Poster Fair, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., C/D Wing Atrium; The Geo Dome Experience, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., I Wing Gym; Anne Frank and her diary in the 21st Century, 7 p.m., Campus Center Theatre; Documentary Film Discussion “Education Under Fire”, 1 p.m. Campus Center Theatre and 7 p.m., Arts and Science building AS102;

Nov. 14 — “This Little Light of Mine, I’m Gonna Let It Shine,” 1 to 2 p.m., Alton Auditorium; Judo Class, 11:15 a.m., Sports Center; The Universal Language of Mathematics, 1:30 p.m., Campus Center Meeting Room;

Nov. 15 — Exploring Student and Faculty Clinical and Research Opportunities in Greece, China and South Africa, 3:30 p.m. Main Campus F111; Stockton Student Produced Film Showing and Discussion “The Road is Coming,” 7 p.m., Campus Center Theatre.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information contact the Office of International Services, India Karavackas at 609-626-3537.

Teachers receive discount

The Atlantic City Aquarium celebrates NJEA Teacher’s Convention weekend with shows and activities Nov. 8 to 11. Teachers with a valid ID receive $1 off admission.

The Aquarium is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for children ages 4 to 12. Children younger than 3 are free. Located in Atlantic City’s Historic Gardner’s Basin, the Atlantic City Aquarium offers a fun and educational look into more than 100 varieties of fish and marine animals. For more information, call 609-348-2880 or see acaquarium.com. Coupons for discounted admission are available on the website.

Wear purple Nov. 5 for Alzheimer’s awareness

The first Monday in November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Day in New Jersey. The Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association urges South Jersey residents to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease by wearing purple — the organization’s signature color — on Nov. 5.

Alzheimer’s is a devastating, debilitating neurological disorder that robs people of their cognitive abilities and ultimately their lives. There is no cure. There are 85,000 residents living with Alzheimer’s or a related disorder within the seven counties in South Jersey.

Pledge to wear purple on Nov. 5 to cast your vote to put an end to Alzheimer’s disease. To get educated about Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, see alz.org/desjsepa or call 1-800-272-3900.

Health courses offered

The Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape Community College will offer a variety of programs for health care professionals interested in advancing their skills.

Certified Home Health Aide for CNAs is designed for the CNA who wants to become a Certified Home Health Aide and meets from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15.

Emergency Medical Technician Certification will prepare students to perform basic life support. Participants will learn adult and pediatric medical and trauma assessment, basic airway support, use of AED, assisting patients with medication administration, splinting, bleeding control, lifting, transferring and transporting stretchers and patients. It will take place from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, beginning Jan. 29.

Multi-Skill Technician will prepare students to function as EKG and Phlebotomy Technicians. Curriculum includes: anatomy and physiology of the heart, medical terminology, medical disease processes and appropriate treatments, medical ethics. The class will meet from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday and Friday, beginning March 4.

In Administrative Healthcare Specialist, participants will learn a variety of administrative duties in the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, dentists and other health care facilities. The class will meet from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 8 a.m.to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, beginning March 11.

Lecture and lab modules will take place at the Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape’s Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd. Clinical expertise will come from various hospital settings and students will also gain field experience on paramedic units.

For more information, or to register, call 609-343-4829 or see atlantic.edu/conted.

Black and White Ball planned for Dec. 15

Generations of residents and friends of the Simon and Sylvia Zisman Seashore Gardens Living Center will be represented at the inaugural Black and White Ball on Dec. 15 at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.

Hosted by the Seashore Gardens Foundation, tickets are $250 each and sponsor tables can be purchased for $3,500 and $5,000. Black and white attire is requested for the black tie-required event. Complimentary valet parking and a special room rate are offered by Resorts.

For tickets and more information, call Sharon D’Angio at 609-748-4614, email dangios@seashoregardens.org or see seashoregardens.org.

Lighthouse to host fundraiser

The Absecon Lighthouse will host its annual signature special event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Chart House in Atlantic City.

Enjoy appetizers and a special champagne toast featuring Etoile by Domaine Chandon, Napa Valley, upon the lighting of Absecon Lighthouse at 6:45 p.m. A silent auction will feature more than 25 items. Cash bar available. Tickets are $60 per person. Call the lighthouse for reservations at 609-449-1360. Sponsorship opportunities are available. All sponsor benefits and information are available at abseconlighthouse.org. Program book advertising opportunities are also available.

See abseconlighthouse.org and click on the “DO SUNSET” panel or call 609-449-1360.

Bay-Atlantic Symphony concert set

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony will open the Bay-Atlantic Symphony’s 2012-13 season in concerts.

The concert will take place at 2 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Richard Stockton College Performing Arts Center, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township. A discounted ticket price of $25 is subsidized by a grant from the PNC Arts Alive grant program.

The concert, conducted by Jed Gaylin, will feature the Stockton Oratorio Society Chorale directed by Beverly Vaughn and Choral Arts of Southern New Jersey directed by Jack Hill, as well as soprano Ah Hong, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Blades, tenor Gran Wilson and baritone Todd Thomas. Performances will be preceded one hour prior to start with a Pre-Concert Conversation with the Maestro.

To order tickets, call the Stockton College Performing Arts Center box office at 609-652-9000.

For more information, call the Bay-Atlantic Symphony at 856-451-1169.

Turkey drive under way

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties is holding its annual Holiday Turkey Drive to provide families with turkeys and trimmings throughout the holiday season. With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, JFS will collect monetary donations to purchase turkeys for members of the community in need.

Ways to help include make a donation of $25 or more to purchase a Butterball turkey or kosher turkey (upon request). This gives an individual or family a turkey certificate that can be used to purchase a holiday turkey, plus the holiday trimmings. You can also make a donation of canned goods. Stuffing, canned corn, cranberry sauce and other side dishes are perfect to complete the holiday meal. JFS also encourages donations of peanut butter, tuna fish, soups, pasta and cereals to use throughout the year. Ocean City Home Bank has food dropoff locations in Egg Harbor Township, Linwood, Margate, Northfield and Ventnor through mid-November.

To donate, see jfsatlantic.org or call 609-822-1108. Donations can be mailed directly to JFS at 607 N. Jerome Ave., Margate, NJ 08234. Jewish Family Service accepts non-perishable food donations all year. If you have a question about the JFS Food Pantry or how you can assist, email Leigh Turner at lturner@jfsatlantic.org.

Golden Cotillion planned

The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. Iota Chapter will introduce a Golden Cotillion in the spring of 2013.

The Golden Cotillion, “Lovelier the Second Time Around,” will feature women 60 and older. It will provide an opportunity for mature ladies to experience relevant workshops and an evening of dining, dancing and fun. Ladies are sought to participate. A sponsorship fee will be required. Sponsors may be individuals, civic organizations, social clubs, or churches. The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. Iota Chapter has been the sponsor of the Debutante Cotillion for high school seniors for more than 50 years. The benefits of this cotillion have enabled the chapter presenting scholarships each of these years. The two cotillions will continue to benefit Iota’s Scholarship Fund and the sorority’s Youth Programs.

Anyone interested is asked to call Barbara Gilliam, chairperson, at 609-348-3654.

Artists wanted for show

Artists are sought for the Ventnor Winter Fine Art and Craft Show, which will take place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11 at the Ventnor City Cultural Center, 6500 Atlantic Ave.

This show is juried and space is limited. For information or an application, call 609-823-7952.

Teen Arts Academy event scheduled

Teens who are considering continuing studies in the visual arts at the college level are invited along with their parents to attend a unique presentation on Nov. 17 in the Hammonton Art District that will feature area artists and college representatives with insight on careers in the arts, financial aid, college admissions and more.

This is the first in a series of Teen Arts Academy programs sponsored by the Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, the Eagle Theatre, Stockton’s Noyes Gallery and the Hammonton Arts Center. Artists scheduled to participate include Michael McGarvey in computer graphics, Kim Weiland in illustration and painting, Liz Wuillerman in photography, Paul Nurkowski in computer gaming, Suzanne Horvath in painting, and Robert Roesch in sculpture. In addition to opportunities to meet with professional artists and college officials, students may also request individual portfolio assistance.

Activities begin at 9 a.m. in the Eagle Theatre on Vine Street, Hammoton with breakout sessions in various venues throughout the Hammonton Art District. Registration is required. Applications are available aclink.org/culturalaffairs.

For more information, call Cynthia Mason Purdie, administrator for the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, at 609-646-8699, ext. 6314, or email cmasonpurdie@aclsys.org.

Online courses offered

Upgrade your current skills, gain fresh knowledge and develop new talents in the comfort of your own home by enrolling in online training courses through Atlantic Cape Community College’s Continuing Education division.

Concentrations cover Business, Grant Writing/Nonprofits, Career Ideas, Career Development, Personal Enrichment, Test Preparation, Languages, Personal Finance, Personal Enrichment, Computer Applications and more.

Most classes are $99. All students need to get started is Internet access, an email address and Web browser. Each course begins every six weeks and consists of 12 lessons, interactive quizzes, assignments, tutorials and online discussion areas. For more information, call 609-343-4829, or see atlantic.edu/conted.

Free trees offered

Atlantic City Electric is providing 3,000 free trees to customers through Energy-Saving Trees, an Arbor Day Foundation program that helps conserve energy and reduce energy bills through strategic tree planting. Atlantic City Electric customers can reserve their free trees at arborday.org/Atlantictrees.

An online tool helps customers estimate the annual energy savings that will result from planting trees in the most strategic location near their homes or businesses. Customers can reserve as many as two trees and are expected to care for and plant them in the location provided by the online tool. Trees offered include Washington hawthorn, white dogwood, bald cypress, American beech, hackberry, river birch and sugar maple.

The program will continue until all 3,000 trees are reserved. The 2- to 4-foot tall trees will be delivered directly to customers at an ideal time for planting.

Fundraiser set

The Women’s Leadership Initiative of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in Atlantic County will hold its seventh annual Sweet Laughs fall fundraising event to benefit the programs of Success By 6 from 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 15 at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in Galloway Township.

Featuring humorist, professor and author Gina Barreca as special guest, the event includes an extensive selection of hors d’oeuvres, dessert tasting, Pink Ticket auction and book signing by Barreca. Tickets are $35 per person, or tables of ten for $300. Tickets can be purchased by calling Amanda Morrison at 609-404-4483, ext. 13, or email amorrison@uwgpsnj.org. For online ticket purchases, see unitedwayac.org.

A limited number of Barreca’s books will be available for purchase at the event. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own books by Barreca for signing following the program presentation. Additionally, WLI is collecting new or gently used children’s books for children age 1 to 6. These books will be distributed through United Way of Atlantic County.

Library offers TumbleBookLibrary

The Atlantic County Library System recently added TumbleBookLibrary to its online resources. TumbleBookLibrary is a collection of about 550 animated, interactive electronic books that help teach children the joy of reading

The collection of titles includes storybooks, read-alongs, nonfiction, iPad-compatible books, language learning books in French and Spanish, and videos from National Geographic. Each book has puzzles and games to help reinforce the concepts from the book. The TumbleBookLibrary provides enrichment to students who are reading independently and provides support to students who require skill building. TumbleBooks can be viewed on a PC, MAC or iPad. In automatic mode, the pages turn by themselves and in manual mode, users turn the pages at their own speed. In both modes, most of the books allow the sound to be turned off so that users can practice reading aloud or to themselves. Users may stop the story at any time to review unfamiliar words or to go back to a previous page.

TumbleBookLibrary may be accessed by currently registered library users from the Atlantic County Library System’s Homework Help page, where many databases and websites of use to students can be found. To try TumbleBookLibrary, see atlanticlibrary.org and click on Homework Help, and then select TumbleBookLibrary.

Free shredding event set

Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union is hosting a free Community Shred Event from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 27 to celebrate the opening of their new office at the Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing.

The event will take place in the Hamilton Mall parking lot near Ruby Tuesday. The rain date is Nov. 3. Have items shred-ready with no metal, rubber bands, folders, etc. Residents can bring two boxes of documents for free. Additional boxes will be accepted after 11 a.m. for a donation of $5 per box to benefit the Atlantic City Rescue Mission. Light refreshments will be served and participants can enter to win a personal shredder.

Call 609-646-3339 ext. 129 for more information.

A.C. Historical Museum open daily

The Atlantic City Historical Museum, presented by the Atlantic City Free Public Library, is now open to the public seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The museum showcases the history of Atlantic City in a nostalgic timeline. The museum recently added an “Atlantic City Experience: 1920s” exhibit, as well as some of the city landmarks and people synonymous with that decade. Visitors can also view exhibits of Mr. Peanut, Kentucky Avenue and Miss America, plus vintage photographs and local artifacts.

See atlanticcityexperience.org or call 609-347-5839.

Free mammograms offered

Atlantic Medical Imaging is offering the opportunity to receive a free screening mammogram in October to women who are uninsured, age 40 or older, and with no current or previous breast issues.

The goal of screening exams is to find cancers before they start to spread and cause symptoms. Breast cancers found early during screening exams are far more likely to be smaller and contained, greatly improving the chances of successful treatment. AMI will provide free mammograms to those who qualify at eight office locations in Atlantic, Cape May, Ocean and Monmouth counties.

To schedule an appointment, call 609-677-9729 or see atlanticmedicalimaging.com.

Trail of Two Cities run set

The 17th Trail of Two Cities 5K Run/Walk between Ocean City and Somers Point will take place at 8 a.m. Nov. 3 over the new, $400 million causeway recently completed between the two cities.

The race begins at the Ocean City Transportation Center, Tenth and Haven Avenue, and ends at JFK Park in Somers Point. Runners compete in age groups from 9 years to 70 plus, male and female. Walkers can take in the sights, snap photos and enjoy a relaxed workout. No pets, skateboards, bikes or roller skates will be allowed because of insurance restrictions.

Pre-registration rate will be $25 if received by Oct. 26 and $30 the day of the race. No mail-ins will be accepted after Oct. 26. Immediate families of as many as four may register for a discounted price of $70. A separate registration form is required for each family. Same day registration starts 7 a.m. at the Ocean City Transportation Center. Packet pickup and late entry will be conducted at the Transportation Center. Buses will be available at the JFK Park finish line in Somers Point to transport runners to the start before the race from 7 to 7:30 a.m. Buses also will transport runners back to Ocean City after the race.

Participants can pick up entry packets early (pre-registrants only) Nov. 2 at the Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center, 1735 Simpson Ave. An awards ceremony will take place at JFK Park after all participants have completed the course. Shirts are guaranteed to first 300 registrants or while supplies last. Registration forms are available at the Community Services Offices, Room 214, second floor of City Hall in Ocean City, call 609-525-9300 or from New York Avenue School in Somers Point, call 609-927-2053, Ext. 3101. Registration forms can be emailed.

Call 609-525-9300 for more information.

Coat, food drive under way

Be an Angel is collecting much needed nonperishable goods for the South Jersey Food Bank, and coats from infants through adult sizes for the Atlantic City Rescue Mission.

The drive runs through Nov. 30. The following have partnered with Visiting Angels to be drop off locations: Visiting Angels of Atlantic County, 3153 Fire Road, Suite 1-F, Egg Harbor Township, call 609-641-7200; Visiting Angels of Cape May and Cumberland Counties, 110 Roosevelt Boulevard, Marmora, 609-545-8258; Fox Rehab, 331 Tilton Road, Suite 7, Northfield, 609-241-6339; Heartland Hospice Services, 2111 New Road Suite 100, Northfield, 609-641-4675; Atlantic Christian School, 391 Zion Road, Egg Harbor Township, 609-653-1199; Atlantic Chiropractic Life Center, 3 N. Buffalo Ave., Ventnor, 609-487-0800; Lolla Chiropractic Center, 161 White Horse Pike, Galloway, 609-748-8800.

Visiting Angels provides seniors and adults with the needed assistance to continue living at home safely for as long as possible. For more information, call 609-641-7200 in Atlantic County and 609-545-8258 in Cape May and Cumberland counties.

Upward basketball program offered

Greentree Church will offer the Upward Basketball program to the community for the eighth year this winter. Last year 250 children participated in this highly successful basketball program. The emphasis of Upward Basketball is teaching basketball skills while developing Christian life and character.

Children in grades one to six can participate and registration is taking place now. In this unique sports program, every child who registers plays equally in every game. Players will be placed on an age appropriate team. Each child will receive awards after every game and practice which will encourage and help motivate them. There will be separate leagues for boys and girls.

Students will practice for one hour each week and play a game on Saturday. The program will run eight weeks in January and February and will conclude with an awards night. Practices and games will be conducted in the spacious Family Life Center of Greentree Church, 125 Schoolhouse Road, Egg Harbor Township.

Every player must register and come to an evaluation night on either Nov. 5 or 8. The purpose of the evaluation nights is to help match players and teams by skill level, to size for uniforms, to orient parents, and to complete registrations.

Registration forms are available by calling Greentree Church at 609-927-3838 or visiting greentree.org/upward, or emailing questions to Upward@greentree.org.

Food drive under way

The New Jersey Society of CPAs Young CPAs are sponsoring a food drive to benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. The Young CPAs’ goal is to collect 100 bags of nonperishable items and canned goods.

The drive, which began Sept. 17, will conclude Nov. 16. Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at the following Atlantic and Cape May County locations now through Nov. 16: Friedman LLP, 327 Central Ave., Linwood; Fitzpatrick, Bongiovanni and Kelly, 293 S. Shore Road, Marmora; Ford-Scott and Associates, 1309 Carleton Boulevard, Mays Landing; Capaldi, Reynolds and Pelosi, 332 Tilton Road, Northfield; Ford-Scott Associates, 1535 Haven Ave., Ocean City.

For more information, call Chandra D. Anaya at 609-646-8441, ext. 1008.

Great Bay Gallery hosting exhibits

Great Bay Gallery is presenting a group exhibit by the art students from Mainland Regional High School through Nov. 17 at the gallery, 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point.

Teacher Laura Comisky is working with Great Bay Gallery in selecting as many as 30 pieces of work and assisting the students with preparing the work for presentation. The group exhibit is shown in partnership with the Somers Point Business Association 3rd annual Restaurant Week, Nov. 2-11.

The students’ artwork will be exhibited at Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro in Somers Point as part of the Restaurant Week Kickoff Event from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 28. That event will include the Mainland Regional High School Student Art Exhibit, light refreshment, a bartender competition, cooking demonstration and dessert tasting. Attendees are asked to make a free-will suggested donation of $5 for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

Call 609-653-4991 or see greatbayartgallery.com.

Singers needed

Richard Stockton College is seeking singers to take part in the annual holiday choral performance on Dec. 9.

People of all experience levels are invited to take part. The performance will include works from Handel’s “Judas Maccabeaus” and carols by John Rutter. Interested singers should come to weekly rehearsals at 7:30 p.m. Mondays in Alton Auditorium (A-Wing) on the college’s main campus in Pomona. For more information, contact Brian Lyons in the School of Arts and Humanities at 609-652-4891.

The college’s Oratorio Society also is looking for singers to take part in the performances throughout the academic year. Anyone interested is invited to join in their weekly rehearsals from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays n room H-102 of the campus in Pomona. For more information, call Stockton’s Division of Arts and Humanities at 609-652-4505.

Mural contest under way

The Estell Manor Historical Society is sponsoring the Family History Mural Contest.

The winning entry will receive $1,000 and the inclusion of name, photo and artwork in press releases and society publications. The purpose of the mural is to represent the family history of Rebecca Estell Bourgeois Winston, the founder and first mayor of Estell Manor, the first female mayor of New Jersey and the benefactress of the 1913 Risley Schoolhouse. Entry deadline is 3 p.m. Oct. 31. All proposals for the mural must be turned in by this time at the EMHS headquarters located in the historic Risley Schoolhouse in Estell Manor. Any medium may be used for the proposals, but they must accurately respresent the mural which will be painted on a 3’ x 8’ space, and must include an estimated time frame to complete mural.

The winner will be announced Nov. 16.

Reassurance calls offered

The volunteers at CONTACT Cape-Atlantic offer free daily phone calls to say hello and check that all is well to help the disabled, elderly, and isolated citizens of Atlantic and Cape May counties who want to continue living independently. Anyone interested in receiving CONTACT calls, or who know someone who might be, call Jennifer Goudie at 609-823-0762 in Atlantic County or 609-463-4564 in Cape May County.

College offers workshop

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Club 50 Plus will offer a new workshop this fall. Workshops are designed to enhance the personal, professional and social lives of participants. Manage, Edit and E-mail Your Photographs will prepare participants to move images from a digital camera to a computer, then edit and resize pictures for use on the Web or e-mail. Students should bring to class a digital camera and a USB cable to connect to the computer. The class will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 16.

Join Club 50 Plus for $5 and get a 20 percent discount on future Club 50 Plus workshops, culinary and professional development through June 30, 2013. Mention code: CEGN001-MW01. Club 50 Plus workshops will be offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, and the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House. For workshop prices or to register, call 609-343-4829 or see atlantic.edu/conted.

Greek themes for teachers

The Examined Life: Hellenic Studies in the Schools at Richard Stockton College in Pomona is a professional development program designed for K-12 teachers to learn about ancient Greece and how to integrate Greek themes into the K-12 curriculum.

Fellows attend 10 evening seminars taught by Stockton and visiting faculty, culminating in a 10-day study tour of Greece. Fellowships are granted to all participants to offset the costs of the trip. There is no tuition for the program. See stockton.edu/examinedlife.

Flu shots available

The Atlantic County Division of Public Health will provide 11 public flu shot clinics for those 18 years and older through Nov. 8. There is a $15 fee for flu shots.

Pneumonia shots will also be available to eligible residents 65 years and older for $25. There is no out-of-pocket cost for either shot for residents with Medicare Part B coverage who present their card at the time of vaccination. This year, residents can schedule a flu shot appointment online at aclink.org. Appointments are not required and walk-ins will continue to be welcome at all locations.

For a complete schedule of public flu clinics, more information on the flu or to schedule an appointment, see aclink.org/publichealth. For more information, call the Division of Public Health at 609-645-5933.

Women’s Hall of Fame nominees needed

The Atlantic County Women’s Hall of Fame is accepting nominations of outstanding women in Atlantic County for the 2013 induction. Many women have helped shape Atlantic County by contributing their talents and skills to the county’s growth and development. The ACWHF continues to seek eligible candidates each year in order to recognize and honor outstanding women of our area.

Honorees are selected based on the impact of their contributions to Atlantic County, lasting contributions or achievements that promote the advancement, enhancement and enrichment of women, new paths blazed for other women and girls to follow. The nomination deadline is Oct. 31. Application forms and information are available at acwhf.org.

Dance day set at Stockton

Richard Stockton College’s Dance Program will host Experience Dance Day on Oct. 25 at the college in Pomona. This is an opportunity for high school students to take two different master classes with Stockton faculty and learn about dance in college. Students can attend as individuals or as a part of a group from schools and/or dance studios. Parents are also welcome to attend. Faculty members will be on hand to answer questions.

To reserve a space and set up times, call 609-652-4891. All reservations must be confirmed by phone, so leave a clear message including name and telephone number.

FELS looking for members

Friends of Encore Learning of Stockton, affiliated with Richard Stockton College, is a volunteer, nonprofit association that provides continuing education for its members. FELS fundraising efforts provide annual scholarship funds to Stockton students.

FELS offers study groups to its members and these groups meet monthly for six sessions beginning in October and cost $25 per group. The groups are varied and include the study of art, music, film, documentaries, opera, criminal justice, literature, plays and more. Study group leaders are recruited from the FELS membership, Stockton faculty and the community.

For membership information ($35 per year) or a study group brochure call Sylvia Gabrieli at 609-822-9595. The courses begin in just a few weeks.

Breast health program set

The AtlantiCare Foundation will host AtlantiCare’s ninth annual Breast Health Signature Event Oct. 25 at the Carriage House, 25 South Pitney Road, Galloway. Sandy Goldberg, Ph.D., breast cancer survivor, clinical nutritionist and founder of A Silver Lining Foundation, will be the keynote speaker.

The evening will include giveaways, chair and hand massages, makeup demonstrations, mini spa treatments, an art exhibit by cancer survivors and vendor sales and services. Cancer survivors will receive a special gift. Proceeds will benefit programs and services of the AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute, a Fox Chase Cancer Center Partner, in Egg Harbor Township.

Registration for AtlantiCare’s Breast Health Signature Event is $55 ($50 for AtlantiCare Spirit of Women members). To register, or for more information about AtlantiCare’s Breast Health Program or other AtlantiCare services, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 888-569-1000, see atlanticare.org or find AtlantiCare on Facebook at facebook.com/atlanticare.

Rotary offers study abroad scholarships

Local Rotary clubs in South Jersey are offering study abroad scholarships for about eight high school students, ages 15½ to 18½, who are interested in studying for a full year in a foreign country during the 2012-13 school year.

Students must apply by Nov. 10. Applicants are screened for study in one of 42 foreign countries. If selected, the students will travel abroad in July or August 2013. The exchange can be done during high school or after graduation, but before college. There are no language requirements for most countries and credits earned abroad can usually be transferred to New Jersey high schools. Successful applicants will spend a year living with a family abroad and studying in the local high school. Applicants should be well adjusted, enjoy family relationships, possess an inquiring mind and be interested in their own environment, the world and its problems. Expenses, when compared with other exchange or travel programs, are modest. Parents are responsible for providing roundtrip airfare, insurance and extra spending money. The host Rotary Club will provide housing, board, schooling, monthly spending money and parental supervision.

Contact Alfia DeKovacs, Rotary District 7640 student exchange chairperson, at 856-694-1884 or alfia732@aol.com, or Jack Kammer, outbound coordinator, at 609-898-9134. See exchangestudent.org.

Winter clothing needed

Kathleen’s Closet, Second Chance Shop in the Shore Mall, Egg Harbor Township, is looking for coats, hats, gloves, scarves and boots. These items will be sold at bargain prices. Proceeds from Kathleen’s Closet benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 609-383-8843, ext. 104.

Lighthouse to host fundraiser

The Absecon Lighthouse will host its annual signature special event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Chart House in Atlantic City.

Enjoy appetizers and a special champagne toast featuring Etoile by Domaine Chandon, Napa Valley, upon the lighting of Absecon Lighthouse at 6:45 p.m. A silent auction will feature more than 25 items. Cash bar available. Tickets are $60 per person. Call the lighthouse for reservations at 609-449-1360. Sponsorship opportunities are available. All sponsor benefits and information are available at abseconlighthouse.org. Program book advertising opportunities are also available.

See abseconlighthouse.org and click on the “DO SUNSET” panel or call 609-449-1360.

College to host foodie programs

Richard Stockton College will host a fun and educational “Foodie Tuesdays” series of programming Nov. 20 and Dec. 18 at the Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave. The programs include a seminar and discussion, followed by a light dinner related to the discussion at Annata’s Wine Bar across the street.

Registration is $35 per person or $30 per person for two or more registered at the same time. Two people can register for the same course for $60. Call the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies at 609-652-4227.

College offers roundtable discussions

Richard Stockton College’s Office of Service Learning has announced its “Democracy Cafe” series of roundtable discussions. These are a collaborative program with the college’s Political Engagement Project. The dialogues will feature political and civic issues facing democratic society. The events are free and open to all. They take place in the Campus Center Gallery East, outside the Board of Trustees Room in the Campus Center in Pomona.

The schedule includes: Election Edition, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1; Economic in America, 12:30 to 2 p.m. Nov. 16; Healthcare Debate, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27. For more information, email servicelearning@stockton.edu.

Library hosts ebook program

The Atlantic City Free Public Library will offer an Introduction to eBooks and eReaders class at 2 p.m. Oct. 31 in the Main Library’s second-floor meeting room at 1 N. Tennessee Ave.

These sessions, which are free and open to library members, will teach attendees how to use their eReader, smartphone, tablet or personal computer to download eBooks and audiobooks from the library’s new Downloadable Media Service, overdrive.acfpl.org. No registration is required, but members are asked to bring their library card. Attendees will have the opportunity to try out some of the most popular eReader models on the market, which will be provided by the library, such as Amazon Kindles, Barnes and Nobles nooks, Apple iPads and Android tablets. Also, members can also bring their own device to the class.

Hundreds of popular books, including best-selling novels, well-known classics, study guides and language learning guides, are available through overdrive.acfpl.org, 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Any titles that are borrowed automatically expire at the end of the lending period, so there are no late fees. For more information, call 609-345-2269, ext. 3069, or email bsaracco@acfpl.org.

College offers discussions

Richard Stockton College’s Office of Service Learning will host a series of topical “Headliners” discussions at the college in Pomona on Friday afternoons.

The series will feature weekly topics plucked straight from the news media every Monday morning. A question board will then be placed outside the Office of Service-Learning on Mondays and in various food courts on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Finally, the topic will be discussed at length every Friday afternoon.

The discussions will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 2, 9, 16 and 30 and Dec. 7 in the Campus Center overlook lounge on the building’s top floor. For more information, email servicelearning@stockton.edu.

Roundtable discussions set

The “For the Greater Good” Dialogue Series at Richard Stockton College in Pomona are set to take place, focusing on social justice and sociological topics.

Dicussions include Body Concepts, 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Oct. 30; The Elections Are Done, Now What, 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Nov. 8; Who Makes the Toys in Santa’s Workshop, 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Nov. 27; and Why Doesn’t Stockton Have a Football Team, 2:10 to 3:25 p.m. Dec. 5.

College offers development workshop

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer a professional development workshop this fall for people interested in enhancing their skill sets to advance their careers. Recognize potential alcohol-related problems and intervene to prevent alcohol-related tragedies in TIPs Certification from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., section begins Oct. 27.

Personal enrichment classes are offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike; and the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House. See atlantic.edu/conted or call 609-343-4829.

Nursery school registration under way

Congregation Beth Israel Nursery School is accepting enrollment for the 2012-13 school year, with extended hours for “Before Care.” Parents now may drop off children as early as 7:30 a.m. Extended “After Care” also is available until 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and until 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Congregation Beth Israel’s Nursery School accepts children ages 2 to 5, with flexible days and times. Kindergarten enrichment is available for half-day programs. Classes run from 9 a.m. to noon and include the “Handwriting Without Tears” language program. Afternoon sessions and five-day options are available for ages three and up. The extended hours are designed to accommodate working families, with care provided by nursery school teachers.

Congregation Beth Israel is located at 2501 Shore Road, Northfield. Call Cookie Feldman at 609-641-3600 or email cookie.feldman@cbinorthfield.org.

Program set for families with young children

Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor has opened Mishpacha and Me (Family and Me). The program was created specifically for families with young children to age 4. Families will meet monthly on Sunday mornings to learn about Jewish holidays, sing songs, hear a story and create a special craft.

A Saturday morning component will feature an opportunity for families to attend Sabbath worship as a family in a supportive environment. For further information, call Hazzan Jeffrey Myers, Education Director, at 609-822-7116, ext. 104.

Local cookbooks wanted

Has your church, school, family, community group or civic organization created its own cookbook? If so, the Atlantic County Library System would love to have a copy of it.

Donations of local cookbooks can be dropped off at any Atlantic County Library System location or the Bookmobile. Library branches are located in Brigantine, Egg Harbor City, Egg Harbor Township, Galloway Township, Hammonton, Longport, Mays Landing, Pleasantville, Somers Point and Ventnor. For a schedule of Bookmobile stops, call the library’s Outreach Services Section at 609-625-2776, ext. 6338.

Autoimmune support group forming

An autoimmune support group is forming and will meet the second and fourth Sundays of each month in the Chapel of Central United Methodist Church, Central Avenue and Shore Road in Linwood. Contact Pastor Joanne Drane through the church office at 609-927-4882 or through Central Counseling Center at 609-927-4149.

School registering students

The Kulanu School of Jewish Studies is registering students in grades seven through 11 for the 2012-13 school year. This year, Kulanu classes will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at Congregation Beth Judah, 700 Swarthmore Ave., Ventnor.

Students do not need to be affiliated with a synagogue to attend. The Kulanu School of Jewish Studies offers a wide range of programs. Classes cover topics from Jewish ethics to culture, history, spirituality and the arts. Programs also foster a lifelong connection to the land of Israel. Electives offered range from Israeli dance to choir, yoga, art, Jewish cooking and Jews in American Film. There also is an optional Panim el Panim program, which brings Jewish teens to Washington, D.C., to explore service, advocacy and philanthropy. In addition, students entering their senior year of high school may attend the Morim Teacher Prep program through Kulanu.

The Kulanu School of Jewish Studies is sponsored by the Board of Jewish Education of Atlantic and Cape May Counties. For more information, call 609-822-1854 or email BJEatlantic@yahoo.com. To register, see bjeatlantic.org/content/youth-education.

Library now offers app

The new Atlantic County Library System app puts the library in your pocket. You can quickly and easily search the library catalog, check your record, renew the things you have checked out, and put items on hold with the app. Wherever you are, downloading audiobooks and eBooks; locating, calling or emailing a library branch; or accessing the library’s calendar of events, Facebook or Twitter pages are simple to do.

The free app is available for Apple iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod) and Google Android devices (Nook, Kindle Fire, LG, Samsung, and more) through your app store. For more information, see atlanticlibrary.org/app.

College offers financial planner program

Richard Stockton College is offering a Certified Financial Planner Certificate program that allows students to earn their certificate in less than one year.

The program, recently approved by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, is offered through the college’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. Financial Planning has been identified as the fifth-best career in a ranking of 200 jobs according to the Internet job-hunting site CareerCast.com. Upon completion of the 10 month program, students will have satisfied the education requirement for the CFP® Certification Examination. They are then qualified to take the CFP exam.

Courses are scheduled to begin Nov. 12. For more information or to register, see stockton.edu/cs or call 609-652-4227.

Scholarship awards dinner set

Richard Stockton College’s Council of Black Faculty and Staff will host the 31st annual Scholarship Awards Dinner and Dance at 6 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Stockton Seaview Resort in Galloway. The cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m. and the awards program at 7 p.m.

The Co-Chairs for this year’s event are Dr. Harvey Kesselman, provost and executive vice president at Stockton and Arthur A. Davis, Jr., former executive director for Administrative Services at the college. The 2012 honorees include: Lifetime Award recipient, Alberto “Bert” Lopez, manager, Atlantic City Electric, Public Affair; Merit Award recipient, Dr. Eileen P. Conran-Folks, manager, Hammonton Center and Noyes Museum, Richard Stockton College; and Distinguished Alumni recipient, Ariane A. Newman, assistant director, Continuing Studies, Richard Stockton College. Proceeds from the event help support the Council’s Scholarship Endowment, which provides scholarship funds to deserving Stockton students.

Tickets for the event or advertisements for the program book can be purchased through the Council’s website: stockton.edu. Type “council” in the search engine and select the second listing (Council of Black Faculty and Staff - Council News). For more information, call Yubi Pena at 609-652-4382 or Patricia Collins at 609-652-4523.

Early learning center offers discount

Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor is offering an incentive of $1,000 for the first 10 new families who register their child in the Beth Judah Early Learning Center for the 2012-13 school year. The incentive will continue for the second and third years.

Other discounts will include 5 percent discount for payment in full by the start of school, 5 percent discount for registering a second child and $100 discount for referring a friend. Each new family also will receive a $250 credit per child toward synagogue membership. Call 609-822-7116, ext. 120, or email lynne.midelton@bethjudah.org.

School supplies needed

Everyone’s Children is sponsoring its annual Book Bag Drive, in which filled backpacks are provided to the Women’s Center, Community Food Bank of New Jersey-Southern Branch, St. Nicholas of Tolentine Food Bank/Our Lady Star of the Sea School, New Jersey Avenue School and Atlantic City High School.

Each year the organizations fills more than 200 backpacks full of school supplies. Suggested supplies include: pencils, pens, colored pencils, crayons, markers, pocket dictionaries, scissors, glue sticks, glue, rulers, book covers, subject notebooks, single file folders, composition books, highlighters and backpacks.

Any donation is greatly appreciated. Email Stacey Rich at stacey@richenergysolutions.com or call 609-892-4012.

Seniors wanted for research project

The Stockton Center on Successful Aging, or SCOSA, has announced a research project that will be conducted this summer on the campus of Richard Stockton College in Galloway Township.

The research will explore which approaches to maintaining a healthy brain are most effective, while at the same time allowing participants to enjoy themselves by playing computer games that are interactive and fun.

The research project “Maintaining a Healthy Brain throughout the Lifespan” is directed by Dr. Jessica Fleck, associate professor of psychology. Anyone who is 65 or older may be eligible to participate. The project involves a pretest of brain function, participation in brain games and activities, and a post-test of brain function to identify effects stemming from the games and activities. Preliminary findings are hoped to be available at the end of the summer.

Those interested in participating should call Fleck at 609-626-3489 or email Jessica.Fleck@stockton.edu.

Family readiness group formed

The 150th/160th Engineer Company, New Jersey Army National Guard unit out of Hammonton has officially formed a Family Readiness Group to support the soldiers and families within the unit. The following positions were filled: Leader Wanda Tarquinio of Vineland, Secretary Janet Wilson of Mount Laurel, Treasurer Patricia Christensen of Tuckerton, and Special Events, Jennifer Freeman of Pleasantville.

If you are interested in joining the 150th/160th FRG or receiving their newsletter, or if your business or community would like more information on how you can contribute, email 150th.160th.NJARNG.FRG@gmail.com. To learn more about Family Readiness Groups, see state.nj.us/military/familysupport/frg.html.

Head Start enrolling preschoolers

The Atlantic Human Resources, Inc. Head Start and Early Head Start program is recruiting preschool children for the 2012-13 program. There is no cost to families who qualify.

Children to age 3 and pregnant women are eligible for the program, which has centers throughout Atlantic and Cape May counties. Call 609-348-4166.

Pulmonary support group forming

An evening support group is being formed in the Atlantic County area for residents with lung and related pulmonary disease in need of camaraderie and friendship.

Oxygen-dependent participants are encouraged to help begin this group. Sessions will feature speakers and forums for discussion. If interested, please contact 609-230-2859 or LungTalkGroupNJ@gmail.com. The meeting date, location and time will be announced upon participant interest.

Parent-child swim classes at Katz JCC

Families are invited to come for the LKSA Parent Tot class — and stay to play and mix and mingle.

On Fridays, swim from 11:30 a.m. to noon and play from noon to 1:30 p.m. Working as a group and individually, the class uses songs and simple drills to acclimate the child to the aquatic environment. This program begins the journey to water safety with the introduction of back-float survival skills. After the pool is playtime for children and socializing time for adults. Light snacks and beverages will be served

The Katz Jewish Community Center is located at 501 N. Jerome Ave.17, Margate.

MS group seeks members

The Jersey Shore MS support group is trying to reform, and is looking for people involved with MS who would like a forum. The group meets from 6 to 8 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month (not in summer) at the Galloway branch of the Atlantic County Library System on Jimmie Leeds Road.

Call Jackie at 609-266-8561, Phyllis at 609-266-1497 or email frejac1@aol.com.

Therapeutic riding program accepting riders

A therapeutic horseback riding program in Egg Harbor Township is accepting riders.

HEARTS TRC, LLC, is a NARHA/PATH member center providing therapeutic assisted equine activities. Sue Adams has created a new curriculum, “From the Ground Up,” exclusive to HEARTS TRC, which brings new and skills to all of its riders. Adams and the HEARTS TRC partners have more than 50 years of combined experience working with children and adults who are challenged physically, mentally, psychologically and socially. They also are experienced teaching riders without disabilities. Sessions cover care of the horse, equine anatomy, psychology of the horse, and training techniques. Techniques to be introduced also include equine massage and healing through touch, to relieve stress, pain, and create relaxation within the horse.

For more information or registration forms, call 609-703-9130 or email HeartsTRC@aol.com.

Scholarship available

The Vincent S. Haneman-Joseph B. Perskie Scholarship is awarded annually to Atlantic County law students who are admitted to an American Bar Association-accredited law school. The award is based on academic ability, financial need, leadership potential and character. An application is available for download by clicking on the scholarship item at atcobar.org or calling Mary Williams Berard at 609-345-3444.

Food bank also needs baby items

The Emergency Assistance Pantry at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey-Southern Branch, is in need of baby formula and disposable diapers for its clients. The pantry serves 2,600 families each month and is located at the West Entrance of the Shore Mall at the former site of Value City. For information, call 609-383-8843, ext. 120.

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Southern Branch, serves Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and southern Burlington counties. The FoodBank has seen a 60 percent increase in need since 2008.

Mental Health Association reaching out to veterans

The Mental Health Association in Atlantic County, or MHAAC, is reaching out to OIF/OEF military veterans through a self-help group called MHAAC Veterans Network. It’s all about veterans helping other veterans through a member-run group process. In addition to MHAAC traditional services, this veterans group will offer education, advocacy and support.

While this group was formed to exclusively address the special needs of Atlantic County’s Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom military veterans and their families, other veterans groups also are planned. MHAAC, in conjunction with Richard Stockton College undergraduate and graduate social work programs are planning to hold meetings for Vietnam era, post 9-11, and Korean War veterans as well as topics addressing issues such as HIV and hepatitis C among veterans.

This first group for newly repatriated OIF/OEF veterans will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays at the MHAAC office, 1127 N. New Road, Pleasantville. For more information, call Jaime Angelini, MHAAC Veterans Network, at 609-272-1700, ext. 308, or email jangelini@mhanj.org.