Stockton to extend MLK Day of Service

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service has become a decade-long tradition that marks the start of the spring semester at Richard Stockton College in Galloway Township.

For the 10th anniversary, some projects will extend beyond Galloway to reach Woodbine, Atlantic City, Manahawkin and Hammonton. For the first time ever, students will gather on the main campus and at each of Stockton’s instructional sites on Jan. 20 to serve the surrounding communities with more than 40 service projects.All projects are open to the public. To register, visit stockton.edu/servicelearning. Participants will receive a T-shirt, breakfast and lunch.

Volunteers will meet at the starting locations at 8 a.m. for breakfast and transportation to the projects, which all end at 3 p.m. Galloway volunteers will meet on the main campus in the Campus Center; Atlantic City volunteers will meet at the Carnegie Center at MLK Boulevard and Pacific Avenue; Hammonton volunteers will meet at Kramer Hall, 30 Front St.; Manahawkin volunteers will meet at Stockton’s Manahawkin instructional site at 712 E. Bay Ave.; and Woodbine volunteers will meet at the Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage at 610 Washington Ave.

Stockton’s Day of Service is sponsored by the Office of the President and the MLK Day of Service Planning Committee, co-chaired by Brian Jackson, chief of staff, and Daniel Tome. This year’s Day of Service commemorates the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court case, which ruled that separate educational facilities are inherently unequal. In light of this educational milestone, Stockton’s Student Senate has invited high school and middle school Girl Scouts to join the Day of Service to experience a day in the life of a college student.

Projects on the main Galloway campus include a campus cleanup, a workshop to train emerging activists, packaging books to send overseas with the Books Without Borders organization and various artistic projects. Volunteers will also travel from the main campus to the Tuckerton Seaport for a Sandy cleanup.

In Atlantic City, volunteers will partner with the Atlantic City Police Athletic League, the AHEART donation organization, the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Atlantic City Revive, the Eastern Service Workers Association and other organizations in the city.

Hammonton volunteers will make greeting cards with older adults at the Greenbrier Nursing Home, clean up the Hammonton walking path and help with archiving at the Vineland Historical Society.

In Manahawkin, students will make get-well cards, participate in a technology workshop, organize Lighthouse Film Festival mailers, organize basic first aid and emergency prep equipment, and gather stories from Superstorm Sandy victims to contribute to an oral history archive.

Volunteers at the Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage will host a canned food drive.

For questions and updates, contact the Office of Service-Learning at 609-652-4256 or servicelearning@stockton.edu.

Lighthouse hosting vow renewal

Absecon Lighthouse is hosting “An Evening of Romance and Renewal” for Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14.

Couples are invited to take part in a group vow renewal ceremony by a non-denominational minister in the Keeper’s Cottage at 7 p.m., followed by a champagne toast of congratulations. A donation of $25 per couple includes the ceremony, tower climb and champagne toast.

Hours of operation also will be extended and the lighthouse will be open for climbing from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. for Valentine’s Day — climb the lighthouse tower with the one you love before heading out to a romantic dinner. Absecon Lighthouse belongs to the A.C. GLBT Alliance, and invites all couples to this romantic evening. Reserve by calling 609-449-1360. Date Weekend is Feb. 15 and 16 — two can climb for the price of one. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, with the last climb at 3:30 p.m.

ACA offers culinary workshops

The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing offers amateur chefs and food enthusiasts opportunities to learn how to prepare three- and four-course dinners with an international flair without leaving South Jersey. Chef Jon Davies of Cape May leads the “An Evening in …” series this semester.

Learn to prepare several mole sauces, fresh tamales and hearty stews in An Evening in Oaxaca, Feb. 4.

Taste specialties such as Italian fondue, vitello tonnato and zabaglione in An Evening in Piedmont, with dishes highlighting this rich, mountainous region, Feb. 18.

Celebrate Mardi Gras with America’s original fusion cuisine in An Evening in the French Quarter, March 4. Featured dishes include red beans and rice, crawfish etouffee, shrimp and grits, dirty rice, and beignets.

Discover the flavors of the Caribbean in An Evening in Jamaica, April 8. Explore the influences of Spain, Africa and others on these recipes, including jerked chicken, curried goat, mashed plantains and gizzada sweet coconut tart.

Classes take place at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Kitchen 2. All classes take place 6-9 p.m. and cost $75 each. To register, call 609-343-5655, or see atlantic.edu/conted.

MHA to recognize Hurricane Sandy helpers

The Mental Health Association in Atlantic County is hosting an event to recognize individuals, municipalities and organizations who have gone “above and beyond” to support the agency’s response to Hurricane Sandy.

Invited guests and counselors will be present for awards and recognition. The agency welcomes any community members who would like to attend, and there will be an Information Alley with key providers highlighting services still available to survivors. The Mental Health Association in Galloway received a federal grant, which ends mid-February, to hire crisis counselors who provided information, resources and emotional support to survivors of the storm in Atlantic and Cape May counties.

The gathering starts at 3 p.m. and the ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at the John D. Young Memorial Lions Blind Center, 100 Crestview Ave., Absecon. There will be light refreshments. For information, call Jaime Angelini at 609-652-3800, ext. 308.

Sheriff’s Office welcomes new K9

Atlantic County Sheriff Frank X. Balles has announced the office’s newest team member, a certified explosive detection dog named Dynamite.

Dynamite recently made his debut appearance for Galloway Pack 12 Webelo 1 Scouts as they took a tour of the Mays Landing Criminal Court Complex with the sheriff. Dynamite — called Dyno, for short — was donated to the Sheriff’s Office from the nonprofit organization Canine Partners for Life. Dyno went through obedience and other training to become a service dog, but was better suited to join Sheriff’s Officer Tonya Perednas, his current handler, to train as an explosives detection dog. Dyno and Perednas successfully completed 13 weeks of intensive training.

SCOSA offers local history craft workshops

The Stockton Center on Successful Aging is sponsoring a yearlong series of craft workshops for older adults at the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, 733 Lily Lake Road, Oceanville. The winter/spring schedule, presented by Niki Giberson of Swan Bay Folk Art Center in Port Republic, is:

Weave a Glove Basket, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 25. Learn to weave a 12-by-4-by-8-inch basket that can be hung on a wall. The woven accent on the front makes this a functional and decorative basket. Never lose another glove. $30 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration.

Craft a Wool Felted Silk Scarf, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 8. Learn the art of placing wool on a silk scarf and felting it into place to make a one of a kind designer accessory (10-by-55-inch finished size) using dyed wool and other fibers. $45 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration.

Weave a Wool Drying Basket, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 15. Notched handles and legs make this a useful knitting or chair side basket 14-by-14-inches square. $38 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration.

Easter Tree with Felted Ornaments, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 5. Learn the art of needle-felting. Complete seven ornaments and take them home with the tree, which is 18 inches high and 10 inches at its widest point. $50 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration.

Tote Basket with Wooden Handle, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 17. A basket for magazines, file folders or books, 8-by-15-by-15 inches. $40 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration.

Water Needle Felted Bag, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 21. Learn the art of water felting to create a designer purse 6-by-8-inches. $25 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration.

The workshops will be presented by Niki Giberson, SCOSA volunteer art instructor, owner and operator of Swan Bay Farm in Port Republic. Giberson has been teaching basket-making and felting for many years. The wool used in her felting projects is sheared from the sheep that live on the farm, Swan Bay Folk Art Center and Farm in Port Republic.

Advance registration is required; call 609-652-8848. See stockton.edu/scosa for more information, updates and cancellation procedures.

Stockton hosts students for King breakfast

Nearly a dozen students from area high schools reflected on Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message and legacy of diversity recently at Richard Stockton College in Galloway Township.

The students were on campus for the American Conference on Diversity Southern Jersey Regional Community Network’s 33rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Brotherhood-Sisterhood Breakfast.

The student panelists were Samantha Carty, of Hammonton High School; Eshani Choksi, of Absegami High School; Rhea Christmas, of Egg Harbor Township High School; Na’Mira Crosby, of Pleasantville High School; Dominique Coleman, of Mainland Regional High School; Keesha Fuqua, of Atlantic City High School; Chloe Morales, of Oakcrest High School; Adwoa Nantwi, of St. Joseph High School; Mia Negron, of Cedar Creek High School; Leah Palmer, of CharterTech High School; and Giovanni Paul, of Holy Spirit High School. Anthony Bland, New Jersey state director for the Office of School Preparedness and Emergency Planning, delivered the keynote speech.

JCC hosting Falafel and Film

The Milton and Betty Katz JCC in Margate will offer a new event Feb. 6: JCC Falafel and Film, an evening of food, fun and short Israeli films to celebrate the variety and spice of today’s Israeli culture and cinema.

Attendees will enjoy a kosher falafel meal with humus, tahini and Israeli salad, followed by two short films from Jerusalem’s Ma’aleh Film School that will highlight current events and issues in modern Israel. The program begins at 5:30 p.m.

The cost is $8/members and $10/nonmembers in advance, or $10/members and $12/nonmembers at the door.

Spaces are limited. Contact Josh Cutler to reserve a seat at 609-822-1167, ext. 138, or jcutler@jccatlantic.org.

CASA for Children offers info session

CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties is recruiting volunteers in Mays Landing and will hold three information sessions on three different days.

The sessions will take place at 10 a.m. Jan. 21, 5 p.m. Jan. 22 and noon Jan. 24 at the Atlantic County Library System/Mays Landing on Farragut Avenue.

Anyone interested in learning more about volunteering to help abused and neglected children should register by calling 609-601-7800 or emailing julie@atlanticcapecasa.org.

Garrett honored for service

Former Freeholder Charles Garrett was present with a New Jersey Assembly resolution by Assemblyman Chris Brown, R-Atlantic, recognizing Garrett’s contribution to the community as the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders liaison to the Atlantic County Veterans Advisory Board.

Garrett also was presented with a proclamation from the Board of Freeholders for his three years serving as the liaison. As a Vietnam veteran, a member of the community and an outstanding citizen and elected official (currently retired from office), Garrett promised to continue to advocate for area veterans.

The presentation took place at the Atlantic County Veterans Advisory Board meeting held at the DAV Post 70 building in Northfield.

SCOSA presents craft workshops at Noyes

The Stockton Center on Successful Aging is sponsoring a yearlong series of craft workshops for older adults at the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, 733 Lily Lake Road, Oceanville.

The winter/spring schedule, presented by Diamond Frandsen of the Ivy Cottage, is as follows:

Pom Pom Floral Craft, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 16. Learn to make various sizes of wool pom poms using simple techniques. Mix and match to create your own floral arrangement in your selected vase supplied by instructor. Level: Beginner. $13 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration.

Seasonal Candle Cozy, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 13. Create a felt seasonal candle cozy for any standard large jar candle using hearts, stars and clover appliqués. Basic stitching techniques to be used. Level: Beginner. $15 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration.

Woven Mason Jar and Flowers (two sessions), 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 13 and April 24. Session 1, use natural materials with colorful additions and original over/under weaving techniques to cover the outside of a mason jar (level: intermediate). Session 2, use a specially designed flower frog and fresh flowers and greens to create a floral arrangement for your jar. All materials and tools provided by instructor. Participants must attend both sessions. $40 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration.

South Jersey Berry Basket, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 12. Create a 3-inch round heirloom basket with unique handle using natural materials and colorful accents with three different weaving techniques. Level: Intermediate. $25 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration.

The workshops will be presented by Diamond Frandsen, SCOSA volunteer art instructor, fiber artist/custom designer and owner of the Ivy Cottage. Advance registration is required; call 609-652-8848. See stockton.edu/scosa for more information, updates and cancellation procedures.

T. Byrd Center offers office skills training

The T. Byrd Training Center offers registration for the 10-week MS Office Professional and Quick Books Certification Course.

Students become certified in MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher and Quick Books. Funding is provided by the One Stop Center for those who qualify. The grant includes all course materials, including MS Office and Quick Books software. The course is designed for people who need to improve their career skills or who have skills and need certification in MS Office to obtain employment. Classes take place Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Class starts Jan. 28 at the T. Byrd Computer School, 1501 S. New Road, Pleasantville. See tbyrdcenter.com and click on “recently laid off” for more information and to register online, or call 609-484-9356.

Students to compete in mock trial tournament

Local high school students will become attorneys, witnesses and jurors for the day during a countywide Mock Trial Competition sponsored by the Atlantic County Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Foundation. The competitions will take place on:

Jan. 16, 5 p.m. Atlantic City Courthouse

Jan. 22, 5 p.m. Atlantic City Courthouse

Jan. 27, semi-finals, 5 p.m. Mays Landing Criminal Courts Complex

Jan. 29, finals, 3:30 p.m. Atlantic City Courthouse

Local attorneys, municipal court judges and Superior Court judges will judge the competitions. Atlantic County’s winning team will be eligible to compete in regional competitions in February. Winners of the regional competition will compete in the semifinals to be held at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick.

The goal of the competition is to promote better understanding of the law, court procedures and the justice system and to increase basic life and leadership skills. Competing schools this year are Absegami High School, Atlantic County Institute of Technology, Cedar Creek High School, Egg Harbor Township High School, Hammonton High School, Holy Spirit High School, Mainland Regional High School, Oakcrest High School, St. Joseph High School.

The public is invited to attend all competitions.

For information, call Tamara Lamb at 609-345-3444 or see atcobar.org.

Free computer training for veterans

The T. Byrd Training Center is accepting applications from recent war veterans who are interested in becoming proficient in using MS Office.

This 10-week training program is designed to assist recent war veterans in obtaining certification for the opportunity to gain employment or start their own businesses. This program is free and requires only proof of being a recent war veteran. Registration is required.

Classes are 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays starting in February at the T.Byrd Center, 1501 S. New Road, Pleasantville. To register, email tbyrd@verizon.net or complete a registration form at tbyrdcenter.com (click on “veterans”).

Atlantic Cape scholarships available, deadline Feb. 14

Atlantic Cape Community College is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2014-15 academic year. Atlantic Cape offers a variety of merit- and need-based scholarships for students who are continuing their studies at Atlantic Cape or transferring to another college in the fall 2014 semester.

The 2014 Student Scholarship Application Packet is available for pickup at all three Atlantic Cape campuses, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing; 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House; 1535 Bacharach Blvd., Atlantic City; and online at atlantic.edu/finaid/scholarships.htm. The deadline to file a scholarship application is Feb. 14. Eligible students must submit an application, two letters of recommendation from faculty members and an essay that describes one’s personal and professional goals. Scholarship recipients will be notified in April, and are invited to attend Atlantic Cape’s Scholarship Awards Ceremony on May 19.

For more scholarship information, contact the Financial Aid Office at 609-343-5082 or 625-1111, ext. 5082, or finaid@atlantic.edu. In Cape May County, call 609-463-4774, ext. 5082.

Somers Point Jazz Society to honor Perkins

On Jan. 26, the Somers Point Jazz Society will sponsor an afternoon of jazz honoring Bob Perkins’ 50 years in broadcasting and his 80th birthday.

Perkins is known through the region as the jazz voice of WRTI in Philadelphia and has a lifetime of notable achievements in the broadcasting industry. Perkins has received more than four dozen awards for his work in electronic and print communications including induction into the Philadelphia Broadcast Hall of Fame.

Music will feature the Tom Angello quartet with a complimentary lunch buffet and cash bar. The event will be held at Clancy’s by the Bay, Maryland and Sunny Avenue, Somers Point, from 1 to 4 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Bob asks that in lieu of any presents, those in attendance make a free will donation to the Somers Point Jazz Society. As a bonus gift, anyone making a donation will receive a copy of the first ever Somers Point Jazz Compilation CD.

For more information, call 609-927-6677 or see spjazz.org.

SCOSA workshop addresses retirement and marriage

The Stockton Center on Successful Aging is sponsoring a free workshop for older adults that explores how to improve relationships through the retirement years.

The workshop, “Now We’re Retired, You’re Getting on My Nerves,” will be held Jan. 23 at Brandywine Senior Living at Brandall Estates, 432 Central Ave., Linwood. A light lunch, compliments of Brandywine Senior Living, begins at noon and is followed by a lecture from 1 to 2 p.m.

The workshop will be led by SCOSA volunteer instructor and New Jersey licensed clinical social worker Marguerite Heaton-Colella, MSW, LCSW, BCPCC. Currently in private practice in Linwood, Heaton-Colella has a variety of specialized training and experience, including leading groups for family and friends of people with cancer at Gilda’s Club of South Jersey. Participants will learn how to understand and improve relationships through the aging process, especially after retirement when time together increases significantly. Heaton-Colella will explore why arguments may occur more often between two people once they’re both retired, and what they can do to improve their relationships.

Advance registration is required, online at stockton.edu/scosa or by calling 609-626-3591 (please leave your contact information). See stockton.edu/scosa for more information, updates and cancellation procedures.

Slow food feast set for Jan. 26

Slow Food South Jersey Shore will present its sixth annual winter feast, “Comfort in the Cold,” on Jan. 26 at Steve and Cookies by the Bay, 9700 Amherst Ave. in Margate.

Cocktail hour runs from 5 to 6 p.m. and the four-course dinner begins at 6 o’clock. The cost is $60 per person, or $55 to members of Slow Food USA. Reservations must be made in advance by calling 609-823-1163.

For details abuot the menu, visit slowfoodsouthjerseyshore.org.

Singer to perform at Irish American group meeting

Tom Brett, a native of Tubbercurry, County Sligo, Ireland, will be the featured entertainer at the January meeting of the Irish American Cultural Society on Jan. 21. Accompanying himself on the guitar, Mr. Brett will perform a mixture of ballads, songs of immigration and the occasional “rebel song.”

The meeting, beginning at 7:30, will be held at the Absecon American Legion Hall, New Jersey Avenue and Mill Road.

The meeting is free and open to the public. The Irish American Cultural Society is a regional organization dedicated to the preservation of Irish and Celtic history and culture. For additional information call 609-927-1234.

Annual MLK Award presentation set

Atlantic County government will host the 27th annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Birthday Celebration at 11 a.m. Jan. 17.

The keynote address will be presented by Rev. Jevon Caldwell-Gross, senior pastor of Hamilton Memorial United Methodist Church, Atlantic City. County Executive Dennis Levinson will present an award in King’s honor to Rev. Collins A. Days Sr., pastor of Second Baptist Church in Atlantic City, for his dedicated service to the community. Days is chairman of the Atlantic City Long Term Recovery Group that is helping to lead the effort to rebuild homes affected by Hurricane Sandy. He is also chairman of the Ubia Mission Organization that supports global ministries.

The event will take place at the Atlantic County Office Building auditorium, 1333 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City.

Community Quest helps out for holidays

This holiday season, Community Quest Inc. and the Community Work Experience Program wanted to give back to the community.

They provided local child care facilities that participate in the WFNJ-CWEP program toys for as many as 145 children. All toys were donated by the CWEP staff and the National Aid Charity, an emergency and disaster resource for those who live in the United States, located in Mays Landing. The gifts were wrapped by the Mainland Regional High School Key Club members.

Toys were distributed to Tomorrow’s Leaders in Absecon, Kingdom Academy 1 and Kingdom Academy 2 in Pleasantville, Tiny Hands Learning Center in Egg Harbor Township, and Little Lambs Day Care Center in Galloway Township.

Community Quest is located in Egg Harbor Township and provides employment services through its Career Quest division.

VA mobile medical clinic available

The Wilmington VA Medical Center’s Mobile Outreach Clinic will be available on the Richard Stockton College campus monthly during the academic year.

The next date is Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The mobile unit will be parked on Parking Lot 5 by the Sports Center. The clinic will be available on campus every third Tuesday — Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 18 and April 15. The mobile units offer the following services to veterans:

Primary care services including history and physicals, management of acute and chronic illnesses, women’s health, and patient education

Ancillary services: Immunizations (including flu and pneumonia vaccines), lab services (including blood draws, urine specimens, etc.)

Social worker available for assistance with eligibility/enrollment, mental health referrals, and identification of resources available to veterans.

Gilda’s Club presents programs

Gilda’s Club South Jersey will present several programs to the community in coming weeks.

The Living Room at the AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute, 2500 English Creek Ave., Building 400, second floor, in Egg Harbor Township will host a workshop, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Communication. The program from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Jan. 22 will be presented by Marguerite Heaton-Colella, MSW, LCSW, Certified Dementia Practitioner, with information on talking to a spouse, child or parents when the news isn’t good, being honest when it’s really painful, handling negative people, avoiding directly answering embarrassing questions, being assertive rather than aggressive, and much more. Bring your questions and get ideas for dealing with your situation. This program is open to the public and will include lunch. RSVP is required. Call 609-407-4788 or email jane.abbott@atlanticare.org.

Gilda’s Club South Jersey at 700 New Road in Linwood will host Vince Stranges, PhD, a state-licensed psychologist and state-certified school psychologist. On Jan. 22, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Stranges will present a lecture demonstrating the power and benefits of “realistic optimism” that enables a person to move forward when confronting difficult life situations. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP is required, call 609-926-2699 or email adria@gildasclubsouthjersey.org.

Absecon Lighthouse celebrating 157th year

Absecon Lighthouse, New Jersey’s tallest, will host a Birthday Celebration to honor the 157th birthday of the Lighthouse on Jan. 18, with free climbs from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and birthday cake from the Bake Works in Northfield at 1p.m.

Atlantic City students have submitted poems, paintings, photographs and drawings in the annual “Abby and the Arts” contest. Cash prize winners will be announced at 1 p.m. The celebration continues Jan. 19 “buy one get one” admissions from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Call 609-449-1360 or see abseconlighthouse.org.

Balderson solo exhibit set

The Holtzman Gallery in Ventnor presents acclaimed Cape May County artist Lance Balderson in the gallery’s first ever solo exhibition beginning Jan. 18.

Balderson, who lives and works in Ocean View, a graduate of Pennsylvania State University School of Architecture. His paintings are in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Columbia University School of Law, the Woodmere Art Museum, Curtis Institute of Music and more. His style of painting ranges from abstract expressionism to impressionism, and incorporates layers of color with overlapping shapes and forms that reference his previous architectural career.

Meet the artist at the opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 18. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public and the show runs through February. See lancebalderson.com and holtzmangallery.com.

JCC presents free fitness fair

The Milton and Betty Katz JCC fitness facility in Margate will host a free fitness fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 26 at 501 N. Jerome Avenue, Margate.

This free Fitness Fair is open to everyone. Amenities include a free smoothie bar courtesy of Love Your Body Nutrition, Functional Movement Screening, nutrition counseling, facility tours, free massages, youth fitness classes, Live Long Live Strong registration, Atlantic City Marathon Race Series April Fools Half Marathon, 11K and 7K discounted registration and more.

From noon to 2 p.m. in the gymnasium, meet the Katz JCC Men of Fitness and participate in a team approach hardcore workout featuring the LeVar “Sarge” Curry Boot Camp, Jon Simon Boxing Circuit, Greg Troast and Rob Piccinino Core Workout and Lawrence Crespo Tabata Boxing. There will be fitness membership giveaways and the first 50 non-members to attend will receive a free water bottle and tech-shirt. Members are encouraged to bring a non-member to be entered to win two free Spirit Airlines tickets.

For more event information, contact Julie Fink at 609-822-1167, ext. 159, or jfink@jccatlantic.org.

JCC hosting Fun Day

On Jan. 20, the Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center in Margate offers a Mini Camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., when public schools are closed for Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Campers in grades K-4 will enjoy a day packed with swimming, nature, sports, games, yoga, art projects and more. Campers should bring a bathing suit, towel and dairy lunch, wear sneakers and dress for a mess. The cost is $65/members and $75 nonmembers. A.M. Care (7:30 to 9 a.m. and P.M. Care (4 to 6 p.m.) are available for an extra $10 per camper per session.

For more information, contact Josh Cutler at 609-822-1167, ext. 138, or Camp@jccatlantic.org.

Gilda’s Club offers program

Gilda’s Club South Jersey’s satellite, The Living Room at the AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute, located at 2500 English Creek Avenue, Building 400, Egg Harbor Township, will host a workshop for members and the public in the 1st Floor Woodlands Conference Room: “Ask the Acupuncturist about Learned Helplessness.”

From 10 to 11 a.m. Jan. 16, this workshop on Learned Helplessness will be presented by Dominic Sembello, L.Ac., who practices acupuncture at HealthSource in Linwood. Learned helplessness is a feeling that you can’t control events and circumstances in your life. Have you or a loved one ever been told by your doctor that there is nothing else that you can do? Do you believe that control lies outside the self, is in the hands of others, the “powers that be,” doctors, fate? Learn how to overcome these feelings as they pertain to your health, with steps to change your behavior, empowering you to avoid feeling helpless through your recovery and future health care needs.

RSVP is required. For more information or to RSVP, call 609-407-4788 or email jane.abbott@atlanticare.org. See gildasclubsouthjersey.org.

Coat collection set for people in need

Through Feb. 7, Jersey Cares plans to collect and distribute more than 60,000 gently used winter coats to men, women and children in need throughout New Jersey during its 18th annual Coat Drive.

This year, the Jersey Cares Coat Drive is partnering with the 2014 NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee, Walmart and New York Cares to create the Super Community Coat Drive. In Atlantic County, there are three places to donate coats:

Egg Harbor Township Police Department, 3515 Bargaintown Road, Egg Harbor Township. Coats accepted Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 609-926-4040.

Davis Family Agency, 319 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township. Coats accepted Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 609-241-1503.

Borough of Longport, 2305 Atlantic Ave., Longport. Coats accepted Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 609-823-2731.

Melting Pot, photographer team up

The Melting Pot of Atlanic City and Magdalena K Photography have come together to shed light and warmth on a community that exists right in the back yard of the city.

The Covenant House and Atlantic City Rescue Mission provide support to those who are homeless, each year serving, housing and guiding to independence thousands. On Jan. 19, an event will showcase Magdalena K Photography’s series of photographs featuring the homesless, their stories and portions of the city that have affected their lives. Local businesses have donated gift baskets to be grouped with these images as part of a silent auction. A portion of proceeds from the auction and specialty items at the Melting Pot will be donated to benefit the Rescue Mission and Covenant House.

Donors are needed for funds and prizes gift baskets. To contribute, call Theresa Mobilio at 973-919-2230.

Lou Holtz to speak at Stainton brunch

The Shore Medical Center Foundation has announced that college football coach, television analyst and author Lou Holtz will be the featured speaker at the 25th annual Stainton Society Thank You Brunch in Atlantic City on May 4.

Members of the Stainton Society, the foundation’s largest fundraising organization, and the Stainton Associates, whose membership is comprised of the next generation of philanthropic leaders, will be invited to listen to Holtz as he discusses how to overcome steep challenges with hard work, discipline and a tenacious spirit.

Stainton Society and Stainton Associates members play a vital role in the growth of Shore Medical Center and its continuing mission to provide the highest quality care to the community. To join the Stainton Society or Stainton Associates and secure an invitation to this year’s Thank You Brunch, call 609-653-3800, email foundation@ShoreMedicalCenter.org or see GiveToShore.org.

Symphony to perform

The Bay-Atlantic Symphony will perform selections by Copland, Rosauro and Golijov at the Stockton Performing Arts Center on Jan. 26.

“Conversation with the Conductor” with Jed Gaylin will take place at 1 p.m. in the L-Wing Gallery and showtime is 2 p.m. Tickets are $32 thanks to a grant from PNC Arts Alive and may be ordered online at stockton.edu/pac or by calling the box office at 609-652-9000. The box office is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 90 minutes before the performance. This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For patrons with special needs, the Stockton Performing Arts Center offers wheelchair accessible seating, large type programs, and listening assistive devices. Please identify any needs you may have when making a reservation. The Stockton Performing Arts Center, the Jersey Shore’s Center for the Arts, is located on the campus of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, on Jim Leeds Road in Galloway Township.

Shabbat potluck set

Congregation Beth Judah invites guests to join in at the Mainland facility, 303 Central Ave., Egg Harbor Township, at 6 p.m. Jan. 31 for Kaballat Shabbat services.

This will be followed by a Shabbat potluck dinner of your favorite dairy and/or pareve dish. To bring a favorite dish for dinner, contact Karen and make a reservation at at 609-822-7116, ext. 101, or karen.mckinney@bethjudah.org. Someone will communicate preparation guidelines and where to deliver the dish prior to services.

‘Messiah’ rescheduled for Jan. 26

Even if you’ve never sung in public before, you’re invited to be part of a rescheduled performance of “The Messiah” after the holidays at the Xanadu Theater at Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City.

Beverly Vaughn, professor of music at Richard Stockton College and director of the Stockton Chorale and Oratorio Society, announced that “The Messiah” will be performed by the Stockton choir and singers and musicians from communities all over the region at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26, replacing a Dec. 8 concert that was canceled due to snow. Vaughn urged anyone interested in being part of the concert — even if they were not part of the previously scheduled show — to come to open rehearsals after the holidays. Open rehearsals will take place Jan. 20 from 7 to 8:45 p.m. in the Alton Auditorium on the second floor of the A-Wing of Stockton’s main Galloway campus. For more information about participating in the performance, contact Brian Lyons at Brian.Lyons@stockton.edu or 609-652-4891.

Tickets previously purchased for the concert canceled due to snow will be reissued. Tickets are $8-$12 and are available at Stockton’s Performing Arts Center box office at 609-652-9000 or online at the PAC. The Box Office is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday in the M-Wing of the college’s main campus at 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway Township. Tickets also will be available at the door of the Xanadu Theater in Trump Taj Mahal on the night of the performance. A portion of the proceeds will benefit scholarships for Stockton students.

A.H.E.A.R.T. launches 45-day fundraising campaign

A.H.E.A.R.T., an Atlantic City nonprofit organization aiding infants and children in crisis, has partnered with crowd fundraising specialist Bruce Weekes, of Town Hall Ventures, to raise $15,000 for critically needed operational expenses in 2014.

A.H.E.A.R.T. solely operates from corporate sponsorship and donations from the public without grant funding. With a recent expansion into Cumberland and Gloucester counties, A.H.E.A.R.T. aspires to raise at least $15,000 to continue its mission of preventing infant mortality in southern New Jersey.

Families in need with infants and children to age 2 can receive emergency infant and toddler supplies at no charge. Currently, A.H.E.A.R.T.’s baby boutiques are experiencing a shortage of infant formula and car seats. Companies are encouraged to conduct employee formula drives and collect donations for a for a great local cause. To sponsor an A.H.E.A.R.T. infant or to drop off donations of formula and or new/gently used infant items, call 609-344-0083. See aheartministries.org.

Atlantic Cape information session offered

Atlantic Cape Community College will hold an information session on its new Construction Operator Technician Program at 10 a.m. Jan. 17 in Building T on the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. To register, visit atlantic.edu/conted and click the “Register Now!” link.

The Construction Operator Technician Training Program is a comprehensive 124-hour course to teach the skills and certifications needed to enter the natural gas industry. Training topics include:

Pipe fitting, fusion, installation and inspection

Leak detection and gas meter regulation

Accident awareness and prevention

Voltage/current diagnostics and calibration

Blueprint and pipeline drawings

Upon completion of the course, students will be prepared to take the National Gas Association New Construction Operator Qualification Exam. The curriculum includes three days of technical class work with an online component, five days classroom training, and 10 days of field training. For a list of program prerequisites and additional information, see atlantic.edu/conted.

Atlantic Cape to offer course in unmanned aerial systems

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems this spring through its Aviation Studies program.

The course, AVIT125 — Special Topics in Aviation Studies, is designed to introduce students to unmanned aircraft systems. Some topics include system elements, regulations, operations, practical uses of UAS, safety, the history and future of UAS, sensors and payloads, and human factors. The class meets 7 to 9:45 p.m., Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 21, at the Mays Landing Campus 5100 Black Horse Pike. Instructors are Adam Greco, air traffic domain director in the Technical Strategies and Integration Division at the William J. Hughes Technical Center, and Michael Konyak, aeronautical engineer in the Laboratory Services Division at the technical center.

To register, see atlantic.edu/webadvisor. Payment is due at time of registration. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted. For more information, contact Professor Jim Taggart at jtaggart@atlantic.edu.

JCC Brunch and Learn set

The next Katz JCC Brunch and Learn Event in Margate will take place at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 22.

A delicious brunch will be followed by a speaker and a documentary on the big screen. This month, Rabbi Avraham Rapoport from Chabad at the Shore will discuss the topic “When You Are Not in the Mood of Your Spouse.” He will explain how a cryptic Talmudic passage that records the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai more than 3,300 years ago, holds timely lessons for modern relationships.

After the discussion comes the documentary film “Mamadrama, the Jewish Mother in Cinema.” “Mamadrama” combines film clips, cultural commentary, interviews with Hollywood and Israeli filmmakers and footage from Schwarz’s earlier films in an exploration of the image of the Jewish mother in film beginning with early silent and Yiddish films up through contemporary movies. Hollywood directors and film critics reflect on their Jewish mothers and discuss the changing image of the Jewish mother on screen.

The cost is $3/members and $5 nonmembers in advance, or $5/members and $7 nonmembers the day of the program. This program is made possible by a donation from Marc Neumann ChFc. For more information or to register and pay in advance, contact Josh Cutler at jcutler@jccatlantic.org or 609-822-1167, ext. 138.

Mahjongg classes for beginners planned

Rinata Salzman, Margate’s mahjongg maven, will teach two five week introductory Beginner Mahjong classes this winter at the Milton and Betty Katz JCC in Margate.

During the program, an overview of all the mahjongg tiles, the basic moves and strategies to win will be explained. No mahjongg experience or knowledge is required, and a practice mahjongg set will be provided for the duration of the program. Class One will run from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoons, Jan. 22-Feb. 19. Class Two will run from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday mornings, Jan. 23-Feb. 20. The cost is $75/members, $100/nonmembers.

Call 609-822-1167, ext. 138, or email JCutler@jccatlantic.org for more information or to register. Spaces are limited.

Radiology school enrollment open

Open enrollment for Shore Medical Center’s School of Radiologic Technology is under way.

The School of Radiologic Technology provides a full-time, two-year certificate program that teaches students the safe and correct way to take X-rays of the human body. The program is divided between classroom hours and hands-on clinical experience. Program graduates are awarded a certificate of program completion, which along with the possession of an associate’s degree or higher will allow them to apply for the American Registry of Radiographic Technologists Examination. Upon successful completion of the examination, graduates may apply for state licensure.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old by the first day of class and have a high school diploma or GED. Applicants who have not already earned their associate in applied science degree must have completed the following prerequisites at Atlantic Cape Community College with a minimum GPA of 3.0 before applying to the program: Bioethics: Realities of the New Millennium, College Algebra or Precalculus, Comprehensive Medical Terminology, Conceptual Physics, English Composition I and II, General Psychology, Heritage of the Western World I or II, The Human Body, Interpersonal Communications or Public Speaking, Introduction to Computers.

Applicants who already have earned a degree must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, including the successful completion of the following three college credit courses with a grade of “B” or higher: Written/Oral Communication (i.e.: English Composition), Mathematics/Logical Reasoning (College Algebra or Precalculus) and Medical Terminology. The degree does not need to be in radiologic sciences.

Open enrollment ends Feb. 28. All applications must be received by this date.

Body in Balance hosting events

Body in Balance in Linwood hosts many events for health and wellness.

BIG exercise class, every Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m. and every Friday from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.

Chair Zumba, every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon.

Chair Yoga every Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m.

Balance Class every Thursday from 8 to 9 a.m.

Parkinson’s group exercise every Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m.

Parkinson’s caregiver support group every Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m.

Parkinson’s support group for the patient every Saturday from 3 to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 609-365-8499.

K-Loc Education Center offers events

The K-Loc Education Center, 904 S. Main Street, Pleasantville, is offering health-related and educational events.

The K-Loc Healthy Kids Fitness program is now offering individual, group or families classes to improve their lifestyle and healthy living. The Choose to Move, Train and Lose program is designed for people who prefer a one on one class with a personal trainer on their own schedule. Free fitness evaluation, participants can be referred to staff nutritionist for consultation and healthy eating evaluation. Regular class fees are $5 per session.

Classes are held at K-Loc Education Center and Personal Training Studio, 904 South Main St., Pleasantville (American Legion building). Call Kyle Lockett at 609-674-7605 or Vivian Lockett at 843-467-0068 to schedule an appointment.

‘Joseph Project’ planned in Margate

The Beth El Abram and Rose Weiss Hebrew School, under the supervision of teacher Tamar Spanier, once again will sponsor “The Joseph Project.”

Spanier and students go to local stores to purchase new coats, gloves, hats and other winter clothing essentials for adults and children who otherwise would not have these items. The community’s assistance is requested in sponsoring needy families in the area — donors are asked to bring or mail a monetary donation to Beth El Synagogue to help purchase new coats. The coats will be distributed by Jewish Family Service, which helps the entire community, regardless of nationality or religion.

Checks should be made payable to “Beth El Youth Account” and mailed to Beth El Synagogue, P.O. Box 3133, Margate, NJ 08402. For more information, call 609-823-2725.

Tickets on sale for Chefs at Shore fundraiser

Give a taste of the area’s finest restaurants this season, while giving back to a good cause — the organizers of the annual Chefs at the Shore are making tickets available early specifically for holiday gifts.

The 2014 Chefs at the Shore fundraiser is scheduled for 5:30 to 9 p.m. June 19 at Historic Gardner’s Basin in Atlantic City. The event showcases some of the area’s finest food while it funds educational programming at the Atlantic City Aquarium. Proceeds also go to fund chef educational programs and scholarships for culinary students for the Professional Chefs Association.

Tickets are $50 each and will be provided in a box suitable for gift-wrapping. Tickets are available at the Atlantic City Aquarium, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, or by contacting michelle@acaquarium.com or 609-348-2880, ext. 25.

Military tutoring program to be featured on NJTV

NJTV’s “Classroom Close-up” this month will feature Terry Dougherty, a Galloway Township teacher and graduate student at Richard Stockton College, for tutoring children whose parents are in the military.

Dougherty, who is Atlantic County’s Teacher of the Year, winner of the Great American Teach-Off and a Coast Guard wife and mom, started the free program to help military children who change schools frequently and develop gaps in their learning. Dougherty teaches third grade at the Roland Rogers Elementary School in Galloway and is a student in Stockton’s Master of Arts in Education program. She received her bachelor’s degree in Teacher Education at Stockton.

The program, which was featured in October’s Family Circle magazine, runs in the summers at Stockton. The tutors are teachers from Atlantic County school districts and college students who volunteer their time and gain experience. The special, “Schools Supporting Soldiers’ Kids,” will air on NJTV on Jan. 19 at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and Jan. 25 at 5:30 a.m.

Artist residency grants available to schools

The Artists-in-Education Consortium announces the 41st annual Artists-in-Education Residency Grant Program.

Any New Jersey public, private, charter or parochial school serving grades pre-K to 12 is eligible to apply for funding to bring an artist-in-residence to their school. Grants range from $6,000 to $10,000 and support residencies for 20 days or more.

The mission of the Artists-in-Education Program is to make the arts a basic part of a sound, quality education for all students in pre-K through 12th grade, and to provide quality professional development for teachers through long-term residencies with professional teaching artists. The AIE Program is a cosponsored project of Arts Horizons, Young Audiences New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, with additional funding provided by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

AIE residencies focus on direct learning about the arts and the processes of creating art, including the skills, techniques and concepts of the art form. Residencies are offered in all disciplines including the visual, literary and performing arts and at all grade levels through the AIE Residency Grant Program.

The deadline for applications is March 3, 2014. Technical assistance workshops are offered to assist schools in preparing applications. For more information, and to access program guidelines and application, see njaie.org.

Electric bill assistance available

Atlantic City Electric reminds customers that they have options to apply for energy assistance.

The TRUE Grant program assists customers who are ineligible for low-income programs by providing as much as $750 toward their Atlantic City Electric bill. See ahanjtrue.org or call 732-982-8710 for more information.

The Universal Service Fund helps ensure energy bills are more affordable for eligible customers. See energyassistance.nj.gov or call 800-510-3102.

The New Jersey Statewide Heating Assistance and Referral for Energy Services (New Jersey SHARES) program provides assistance to New Jersey customers in need of temporary help paying their energy bills. New Jersey SHARES is a statewide, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that provides grants to pay the energy and utility bills of households in need, through a statewide network of more than 250 community-based social service agencies. Visit njshares.org or call 866-657-4273.

The federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program provides help for numerous households each year. Call 800-510-3102 or see energyassistance.nj.gov.

Lifeline is a utility assistance program that offers $225 to people who meet certain income guidelines. This benefit includes utility customers as well as tenants whose utility bills are included in their rent. Call 800-792-9745 for information.

For more information about energy assistance programs, visit nj211.org or call 211 — New Jersey’s non-emergency helpline, available 24/7 in the state.

Customers also can contact Atlantic City Electric’s Customer Care Center at 800-642-3780 and ask about Budget Billing or register for My Account, a web-based interactive tool that is free and easy to use. My Account provides customers with a detailed analysis of their specific electric use and offers ways to save energy and save money on their monthly energy bill.

DVDs requested for troops

AMVETS Post 911 in Somers Point is requesting used DVDs of movies to send to U.S. military personnel in Iraq, Afghanistan and other areas.

Donations of good condition DVDs will be accepted at the following locations: Chester’s Pastry Pantry Bakery, 506 New Road,Somers Point; Bennett Chevrolet, 6721 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township. Cash donations will be accepted to pay for mailing DVDs. Checks made payable to “AMVETS Post 911 NJ” can be sent to AMVETS Post 911 NJ, PO Box 413, Somers Point, NJ 08244.

Jazz scholarship available

The Somers Point Jazz Society has announced the creation of a $1,000 jazz scholarship program for high school student musicians from Atlantic and Cape May counties.

The purpose is to help students gain experience with a qualified jazz educator. For an application, contact the Somers Point Jazz Society at 609-927-6677 or through spjazz.org. An MP3 or CD sampling of the student’s work must accompany the application. Applications should be sent to P.O. Box 329, Somers Point, NJ 08244. A scholarship presentation will be held in May.

This program is made possible in part through the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts through the Local Arts Grant administered by Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs and Shore Medical Center.

Food drive at county library branches

The Atlantic County Library System is accepting nonperishable food items for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Southern Branch through Feb. 28.

Any unopened, unexpired nonperishable food is appreciated, but the most needed items include: canned fish and meat, such as tuna, salmon, chicken, ham and Spam; shelf-stable milk, boxed meals, such as pasta, potatoes, rice and cereal; canned or packaged meals, such as mac and cheese, chili, stews, and meaty soups; peanut butter in plastic jars; and canned vegetables and fruit.

Food items may be dropped off during regular hours at any Atlantic County Library System location. Branches are located in Brigantine, Egg Harbor City, Egg Harbor Township, Galloway Township, Hammonton, Longport, Mays Landing, Pleasantville, Somers Point, and Ventnor. For a Bookmobile or Buena Community Reading Center schedule, see atlanticlibrary.org.

Village by the Shore now accepting members

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties has announced that its newest initiative, Village by the Shore, is now accepting members.

This nondenominational program offers services and socializing for Atlantic County adults 50 and older through a concierge style. People can now take advantage of a special introductory rate of $18 per month or $180 a year. The Village is not a physical place, but a movement enhancing the people’s lives to get the most from their community at any stage of life. One call offers “one-stop shopping” with access and referrals to preferred service providers, specialists and social services. Benefits include resource and referral concierge, visits, phone check-ins, care coordination and transportation as well as local lectures, concerts, workshops and classes.

For more information on Village by the Shore or to get involved, call 609-822-1109 or email villagejfs@jfsatlantic.org. To learn more about agency events, services and programs, see jfsatlantic.org.

Support groups aid people affected by Sandy

New Jersey Hope and Healing, which is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Disaster and Terrorism Branch, is sponsoring support groups to provide information, link to resources, manage disaster-related issues and stress for people affected by Hurricane Sandy at the following locations:

6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Andrew By the Sea, 936 Baltic Ave., Atlantic City

6 p.m. Tuesdays at the Brigantine Community Center, 265 42nd St., Brigantine

6 p.m. Sundays at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 306 S. Franklin Blvd., Pleasantville

8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sundays at Ventnor Coffee, 108 N. Dorset Ave., Ventnor

6 p.m. Tuesdays at Ventnor Library, 6500 Ventnor Ave., Ventnor

6 p.m. Thursdays at Milton and Betty Katz JCC, 501 Jerome Ave., Margate

The program ends Feb. 14.

Thrift shop seeks winter garments

Kathleen’s Closet Thrift Store located in the Festival at Hamilton, 4450 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, is looking for gently used coats, hats, gloves, scarves and boots. These items will be available for sale at bargain prices with proceeds supporting the hunger relief efforts of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

Donations can be dropped off 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays at the Festival at Hamilton. Call 609-241-7323.

Gilda’s Club to hold writing contest

Gilda’s Club South Jersey is calling all teen writers and poets for its seventh annual “It’s Always Something” Writing Contest. If you have survived cancer, have watched a family member or friend deal with cancer, or have watched someone your own age go through cancer, we want to hear your story.

Needed are honest and personal essays or poetry from students in ninth through 12th grades. Essays must be between 500 and 1,000 words. Essays and poems should be typed and double spaced. Writings will not be returned. Writings, along with a completed contest entry form, must be postmarked by March 14. Winners will be selected by May 9. For more information and a contest entry form, contact Beth at Beth@gildasclubsouthjersey.org.

Stockton to host Pinelands Short Course

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey will host the 25th annual Pinelands Short Course on March 8, a daylong educational event that explores the unique ecology, culture and history of New Jersey’s Pinelands.

The course is open to the public and includes sessions on topics such as wildlife, plants, land-use/recreation and history and culture. Nonprofit organizations and other groups may distribute information and sell Pinelands-themed books and artwork in an exhibition gallery. New Jersey educators who attend can earn professional development credits through the state Department of Education. The course will take place in Stockton’s Campus Center and in the new Unified Science Center, set to open this fall.

Tickets are $40, with discounts available for senior citizens and students. For schedule and brochure, see nj.gov/pinelands.

Multi-Care Center seeks volunteers

Looking to give back? Our Lady’s Multi-Care Center in Pleasantville needs volunteers who are at least 14 years old.

Opportunities include: helping with resident outings, helping office staff, playing board games and bingo, card games, serving meals, friendly visits, welcoming guests, playing music or singing for guests, transporting residents to and from daily Mass at the on-site chapel, and arts and crafts. Call Shalini at 609-677-6369.

Our Lady’s is located at 1100 Clematis Ave., Pleasantville.

Small Sandy Survivors group set

New Jersey Hope and Healing presents Small Sandy Survivors, a creative, interactive workshop that offers support and education to children ages 5-10 who were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The events are free. Counselors are available to meet with parents during the workshop. To find a workshop in your area, call 609 652-3800, ext. 308. New Jersey Hope and Healing is sponsored by the NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Disaster and Terrorism Branch, through a FEMA grant in partnership with Mental Health Association in New Jersey.