OakHill Alpacas joins in National Alpaca Farm Days
On Sept. 28 and 29, alpaca breeders from across the United States and Canada will invite the public to come to their farm or ranch to meet their alpacas and learn more about these animals, the luxury fiber they produce, and why the alpaca business is good for environmentally conscious people. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., OakHill Alpacas LLC in Mays Landing will welcome guests to join in free activities including meet the alpacas. OakHill Alpacas LLC is located at 7226 First Ave., Mays Landing.
ACA plans open houses
The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College will host several open houses this fall for prospective students who love to cook and are interested in starting a career in the culinary field.
The open houses are planned for 1 p.m. Oct. 6, 9 a.m. Oct. 25, 6 p.m. Nov. 20 and 9 a.m. Dec. 6 at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, M-Building. The academy offers two-year degree programs in culinary arts, baking and pastry, and food service management, and specialization programs in hot foods, baking and pastry, food service management and catering. ACA students have opportunities to gain hands-on experience throughout the year. Full-time classes meet five hours a day, Monday-Friday, in morning, afternoon or evening sessions. Part-time classes are also available.
Vegan Fall Celebration Dinner set
The public is invited to a Fall Celebration Dinner hosted by the American Vegan Society.
The event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m Sept. 23 and 24 at Careme’s Gourmet Restaurant, at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing. The meal is prepared and served by culinary students under the direction of their chef-educators. Dinner music will be by Reid Alburger.
The cost to attend is adult $32, student/low income $22, supporter $50. Reservations are requested in advance. See americanvegan.org or call 856-694-2887.
Jazz Society announces new CD
The Somers Point Jazz Society has announced the creation of its first jazz compilation CD to highlight the talent of the artist members of the society.
The finished 17-track (80 minute) CD will be a blend of different styles of jazz and will feature artists including Michael Pedicin, Gina Roche, Paul Jost, Edgardo Cintron, Cathy Rocco, Ed Vezinho and more. The CD will help the Somers Point Jazz Society continue to bring jazz artists and jazz education programs to Somers Point and the surrounding communities. The society will use the finished CD as a promotional item to attract new members and new sponsors. The CD also will assist the jazz society in obtaining grants and additional funding to support its year-round calendar of performances.
For more information or to support the project, see spjazz.org.
Gun club plans annual flea market
The Germania Gun Club is holding its annual Antique and Flea Market from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 12-13.
The club is located at 722 W. Moss Mill Road, Galloway Township, between Cologne and Leipzig avenues. For more information, call 609 965 1884.
LIBT presents ARMC with $35,000
Members of the Ladies Invitational Bluefish Tournament recently presented a $35,000 check to representatives of the AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute, a Fox Chase Cancer Center Partner at St. George’s Pub in Brigantine.
Twenty-eight boats with 128 anglers participated in the 29th annual tournament in June. Competing boats left from Atlantic City, Longport and Cape May to pursue bluefish in southern New Jersey waters. Funds raised through the event support AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s Mammography Assistance Fund. The fund covers breast cancer screenings for uninsured and underinsured women — including on the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Ruth Newman Shapiro Mobile Digital Mammography Van. Since 2002, the LIBT has donated more than $582,000 to the program. See fishlibt.com.
The ARMC RNS Mobile Digital Mammography Van offers screening mammograms throughout Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and southern Ocean counties. Call 888-569-1000 or see atlanticare.org.
4-H to hold Fall Festival
The Atlantic County 4-H Youth Development Program and Atlantic County 4-H Fair and Leaders’ Associations will hold a Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28 at the David C. Wood 4-H Center 4-H Fairgrounds, 3210 Route 50, South Egg Harbor.
The purpose is to highlight the 4-H program to recruit new youth members and adult volunteers, and share program offerings and opportunities with families and the community. There is a variety of things to see, do, and enjoy for kids and families. Activities include pumpkin painting, scarecrow making, kids’ crafts and games, club displays and demonstrations, a pie eating contest, vendors, food, inflatables, and a car show. The event is held rain or shine and is free and open to all.
The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K-13, on an age appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability. Contact: Navonne Owen at 609-625-0056 or see rutgers-atlantic.org./4-H.
Literacy Volunteers to honor Goldsmith
Literacy Volunteers of New Jersey and Literacy Volunteers of Union County will honor Henry Goldsmith, of Mays Landing, retired president of Literacy Volunteers of New Jersey, when the two groups celebrate “Improving Lives through Literacy” at a joint gala fundraiser Nov. 13 at Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains.
Goldsmith will receive the Harry Van Houten Lifetime Achievement Award for his long-term commitment and services. Special guest will be Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter and author Rosanne Cash. This evening will raise critical funds for Literacy Volunteers. Other gala honorees include the Honorable Harold J. Wirths and Rev. Dr. DeForest B. Soaries Jr.
For more information about tickets, gala sponsorship, advertising or auction opportunities, contact Arlene Klemow at 908-486-1777 or Arlene@lvaunion.org.
Panel set on military sexual trauma
The Office of Continuing Studies and the Office of Veteran Affairs at Richard Stockton College in Galloway Township are hosting a viewing of “The Invisible War,” followed by a panel discussion, 4:30 p.m. Nov. 6, in the Campus Center Event Room, main campus, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township. Registration begins at 4 p.m.
Members of the veteran community will partner with health and human services professionals to examine military sexual trauma, or MTS. MTS is the term used by the Department of Veteran Affairs to refer to experiences of sexual assault or repeated, threatening acts of sexual harassment, as experienced by both men and women.
The cost to attend the conference is $35 ($30 before Oct. 6). A light supper will be provided. The event is open to the public. For more information and to register contact the Office of Continuing Studies at 609-652-4227 or see Stockton.edu/csconferences.
Youth Orchestra auditions set
The Atlantic Youth Orchestra, a 50-member String Orchestra of Middle and High School students from Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties, will launch its 25th anniversary season with auditions Sept. 22 at Central United Methodist Church, Central Avenue and Shore Road, Linwood.
Students applying for admission to the Youth Orchestra should call Mrs. Miller at 609-646-4762 or email her at email@example.com for an audition time.
A.C. library presents ‘Flashback Fridays’
The Atlantic City Free Public Library will hold a weekly program series centered on family history and archives during October, which is American Archives Month.
From 1 to 2 p.m. on “Flashback Fridays,” staff members who work with the library’s Atlantic City Heritage Collections will show participants the best ways to preserve photographs, wedding gowns, digital files and more. Also, they will provide some tricks of the trade for researching one’s family history. The Flashback Fridays schedule is:
Seek and Find: Searching Your Family’s History Online on Oct. 4
Save Your Stuff! Your Personal Archives on Oct. 11
Avoid Digital Disaster: Organizing and Preserving Your Digital Life on Oct. 18
Taking Care of Your Treasures: Caring For Your Heirlooms on Oct. 25
The programs, which will be held in the Main Library’s second-floor meeting room, are free. Registration is not required. Call 609-345-2269, ext. 3060.
Fall simulcast series offered
Temple Emeth Shalom will present its Rabbi Dr. Gordon Geller Fall Simulcast Series live by satellite from the 92nd Street Y in New York City.
Three programs will feature a diverse group of speakers in October, November and December on the Temple's wide screen at 8501 Ventnor Ave. in Margate.
White House insiders Ari Fleischer and Robert Gibbs will give their perspective ‘Inside the White House — Barack Obama and George W. Bush’ at 8 p.m. Oct. 23.
Attorneys and TV personalities Alan Dershowitz and Jeffrey Toobin will speak on ‘All About Alan Dershowitz’ at 8 p.m. Nov. 4.
Howard Gardner, from Harvard University, will clarify the ‘App Generation’ at 8:15 p.m. Dec. 9.
Doors open one hour before each program. Fellowship and a gala reception follow each selection. Tickets are $12 for each event, $30 for the series or $15 at the door. For reservations and information, call 609-822-4343.
‘Boardwalk Empire’ author to speak
Hammonton resident and historian Nelson Johnson will discuss his book “Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City” at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at Richard Stockton College’s Kramer Hall, 30 Front St., Hammonton.
Johnson’s book was the inspiration behind the HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” an Emmy-nominated series starring Steve Buscemi. This event is open to the public and will include a conversation and a question-and-answer session. Light refreshments will be served. Call 609-626-3837.
Careme’s opens for dinner
Careme’s, the student-run, gourmet restaurant at Atlantic Cape Community College’s Academy of Culinary Arts, will open for dinner Sept. 20. A three-course dinner special for $19.99 per person (plus tax and gratuity) will be offered weeknights until Oct. 10.
Careme’s a la carte menu features appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables harvested from Atlantic Cape’s Organic Greenhouse and Herb Garden offer patrons a farm-to-table experience. ACA’s student-chefs also make all dessert pastries, breads and rolls. Tableside cooking may be offered. Careme’s, located at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, offers a fine dining experience that’s unique in South Jersey. The restaurant is open Monday through Friday, August through December and January through May, when classes are in session. Guests are seated for dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover are accepted. For reservations, call 609-343-4940.
The ACA has been training future chefs and food service professionals for more than 30 years. See atlantic.edu/aca.
VA mobile clinic to visit Stockton
The Wilmington VA Medical Center’s Mobile Outreach Clinic will be available on the Richard Stockton College campus in Galloway Township on a monthly basis during the academic year. Their first monthly visit will be from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 22 . The mobile unit will be parked on the D-F Plaza.
The mobile units will 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.
JFS and ACME to hold food drive
Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties announces a partnership with ACME Markets to help eliminate hunger in the community. JFS will hold a food drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 4 at the ACME in Somers Point to assist in restocking the agency food pantry for Thanksgiving and the holiday season.
For this collection, JFS asks shoppers to pick up an extra item or two during their shopping trip. Top essentials include stuffing, instant potatoes, rice, cranberry sauce, and canned vegetables Also non-perishable, kid-friendly food such as pasta and sauce, cereal and peanut butter are perfect offerings needed throughout the year. Donations should be unopened and properly sealed. Food must meet the expiration and “use by” dates in order to be distributed to the community. JFS is looking for volunteers to help with the ACME Food Drive on Oct. 4. Volunteers are needed to welcome shoppers, ask for donations and collect food for the JFS Pantry. Two-hour shifts are available from 10 a.m. to noon, noon to 2 p.m., and 2 to 4 p.m. Volunteers are needed at JFS from 2 to 5 p.m. to stock donated items. In addition to hosting the food drive, ACME Markets donated $500 to help JFS get a jump start on re-stocking the everyday essentials of the food pantry.
Contact Leigh Turner at 609-822-1108 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Church publishes cookbook
“Seasoned with Love,” a new cookbook by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Absecon, is available for purchase for $10 per copy. Parishioners, families, and friends share 500 recipes in eight categories in this illustrated and professionally printed cookbook.
Each recipe features the contributor’s name and an alphabetical contributor index makes it easy for everyone to locate the favorite recipes of their friends and neighbors. Many pages of helpful cooking hints are also included.
Copies of “Seasoned with Love” are available for purchase at the Church of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Center, 603 New Jersey Ave., Absecon from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or email SEASrecipes@verizon.net or phone 609-652-0073 or 609-646-2819.
All proceeds from the sale will benefit the programs of the Church of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
African American Heritage Museum expands
The African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey will open in the Noyes Museum Arts Garage Stockton College in Atlantic City this fall, part of the resort’s developing Arts District.
The African American Heritage Museum, founded by Ralph Hunter Sr., will occupy 2,000 square feet of the Arts Retail space located on the first floor of The Wave parking garage along Mississippi Avenue. The museum brings to life the African American experience of the 20th century as it documents the struggle of one group of Americans to carve their own place in the wider cultural landscape. The Noyes Museum of Stockton, which manages the site leased by the college, will have a 900-square-foot exhibition space of primarily New Jersey artists’ work and a 550-square-foot gift shop selling the work of local artists and crafts people. The African American Heritage Museum has access to more than 11,000 items such as graphics, drawings, paintings, advertisements, household and decorative items, all depicting blacks in a historical context. The museum will retain a smaller presence in its original location in Newtonville, in western Atlantic County, Hunter said.
For information on becoming a tenant at the Noyes Museum Arts Garage Stockton College, see noyesmuseum.
org/resources/2013/arts_garage_studios.pdf. For more information on the museum, see aahmsnj.org.
Coach Bingo fundraiser set
The Community Partnership for Egg Harbor Township Schools Inc. and the H. Russell Swift Elementary School Parents Club will co-host a Ladies Coach Bingo event at 6 p.m. Nov. 15 at Somers Point VFW Post 2189, 500 Bethel Road.
Tickets are $35 in advance and include 16 cards, one for each game. Additional packs of 16 cards can be purchased for $5. Game winners will receive authentic Coach purses, and there will also be other chances to win Coach products throughout the night. There will also be a Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle and cash bar. Free hors d'ouvres and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. For tickets, call 609-646-8441, ext. 1017, or email email@example.com.
Dougherty named Atlantic County Teacher of the Year
Terry Dougherty, a third-grade teacher at Roland Rogers Elementary School in Galloway Township and a graduate of Richard Stockton College, was named Atlantic County Teacher of the Year by Gov. Chris Christie’s administration.
Dougherty, who was the winner of the 2011 Great American Teach-Off, established a free military tutoring service, held at Stockton this summer, called “They Are Heroes Too.” The program is the subject of Classroom Close-up, an NJTV show to be shown later this year. Dougherty recently enrolled as a graduate student in the Master of Arts in Education, a program within Stockton’s School of Education. She is also one of Stockton’s Professional Achievement Award recipients this year.
LTPD taking applications for Class II officers
The Lower Township Police Department in Cape May County is accepting applications for Special Class II Police Officers.
Applicants must hold a valid PTC certification for New Jersey Special Class II Officer and have a minimum of two years of experience as a law enforcement officer. Applications are available in the Records Section in the front lobby of police headquarters, 405 Breakwater Road, Erma, during the normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Applicants are encouraged to submit an application to have on file for hiring opportunities.
Avalon Police taking applications
Avalon Police Chief William McCormick has announced that the Avalon Police Department is now hiring Special Officers for the 2014 season.
Applications are being taken now, so candidates can enroll in the winter academy. For an application and information, see avalonpolice.org/careers.
Noyes Museum plans 30th anniversary gala
The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College will hold its 30th anniversary gala, “Noyes at 30,” from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 21.
The event will take place at the museum in Oceanville. Artist Earl B. Lewis will paint on-site; his work will be part of a live auction. Sculptor Roger Wing will demonstrate woodcarving techniques and create a special piece for the gala auction. Fred Noyes’ painting “Flowers,” donated by H. Paxson and Michelle Keates from their personal collection, will be featured in the art auction. Judy Courter, historian and author, will sign her book, “Fred and Ethel Noyes of Smithville, New Jersey: The Artist and the Entrepreneur.” Live music will be provided by SFBminor, a jazz subset of the Stockton Faculty Band. Gourmet cuisine will include “Fred and Ethel’s favorites,” modern interpretations of classic cuisine taken from Smithville Inn menus from the 1950s and ’60s, when the Noyeses owned and operated the inn. Gary Giberson, a friend of the Noyeses, renowned decoy carver and mayor of Port Republic, will make an appearance.
Tickets are $100 per person and proceeds benefit the Noyes Museum’s exhibitions, educational, public and outreach programs. For tickets or information, call 609-652-8848 or see noyesmuseum.org.
Drum Circle planned
The Herban Legend Boutique on the Village Greene in Historic Smithville presents its annual Autumn Drum Circle Event on Sept. 21.
The circle takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain date Sept. 22). The theme is Peace and the Balanced Harmonious Life and the event is free. Festivities include a Djembe Workshop, where the audience can learn the basics of West African drumming with master drum maker Conrad Kubiak. Hanna Rzasa, dance expressionist and instructor from the KineticPoetic School of Dance, explores improvisational dance movement with drum accompaniment, and assists the workshop in finding comfort in individual and group interpretive, and spontaneous dance expression.
Poets will share their works on peace and harmony. Poets include LoReal ElleVintage, Betty Jean Swartz, Lola Irizarry and Joe Mc Cullough. There may be an open mic segment. Then the drum circle will be facilitated by Brian K. Johnson Sr. For more information, contact Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Festival includes chili contest
On Sept. 28, the Mays Landing Merchants Association’s 12th annual Fall Festival includes a chili contest open to any restaurant within Atlantic County.
First-, second- and third-place winners will be announced at the end of the day and will receive a ribbon, bragging rights and a certificate to hang up. Contestants will be judged on overall taste, flavor and texture. The public can purchase the right to sample each of the entries for $1 from noon to 3 p.m. and vote on their favorite. The People’s Choice award given will be given to the most popular chili dish. Restaurants can register at MaysLandingMerchants.com.
The Fall Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Memorial Park.
Celebration commemorates anniversary of Peace Pilgrim’s first pilgrimage
The sixth annual Peace Pilgrim Celebration, Sept. 20-22, will commemorate the 60th anniversary of Mildred Lisette Norman’s transformation from a small-town farm girl to international peace activist.
The three-day event celebrates the life and work of Peace Pilgrim, an American sage who walked highways and byways for more than 27 years spreading her simple but profound message of peace: “Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.”
Norman, born 1908 in Egg Harbor City, grew up on a small farm on the outskirts of town and was valedictorian of Egg Harbor High School. After many years of reflection, she relinquished her personal identity to become Peace Pilgrim. On Jan. 1, 1953, with just the clothes on her back, a toothbrush and comb, she started her cross-country pilgrimage for peace at the head of the Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. Those who attend the three-day celebration will be asked to re-enact Peace Pilgrim’s original pilgrimage by signing copies of her original petitions for peace, which will be delivered to the United Nations and Washington, D.C. in November. Egg Harbor City friends of Peace Pilgrim will also be asking for the public’s support in an effort to get Peace Pilgrim inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame.
Events include the two-mile Intergenerational Walk for Peace steps off from Peace Pilgrim Park, 500-block London Ave., at 9 a.m. Sept. 21. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Donation is $5. T-shirts will be available for the first 100 walkers. The second half of the walk will be in silent meditation.
For compete details, visit peacepilgrim100.com.
Kids Fun Run set in A.C.
CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties in partnership with the Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center is hosting a Kids Fun Run at 11 a.m. Oct. 12 on the Boardwalk in conjunction with the Atlantic City Marathon Race Series. The Fun Run features a mile-long course for children ages 4 through 12. The cost to register before the day of the event is $15 per child, $20 the day of the race. All participants will receive a T-shirt, a finisher medal and an official time. To register for the Kids Fun Run please call 609-822-1167, ext. 118, or visit acmarathon.org. For additional information, visit AtlanticCapeCASA.org.
The Kids Fun Run will include a variety of pre- and post-race activities for children including a mascot run with Seaweed the Sea Turtle, Super Can, Martin Z. Mollusk, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and the Fractured Prune. Refreshments and prizes are available for all participants. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Dennis Courtyard located at Park Place and The Boardwalk in Atlantic City. All proceeds will benefit CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties.
Barbecue to benefit Operation First Response
Mainland Regional High School’s Support Our Troops program will host a barbecue fundraiser from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 21 at American Legion Post 352, First Street at Pennsylvania Avenue in Somers Point. Tickets are $10, and all proceeds will be donated to Operation First Response, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping wounded military veterans and their families.
Support Our Troops will present the proceeds of the barbecue and their other fundraising efforts at Walk for the Wounded, which will take place on the Ocean City Boardwalk on Sept. 28. To reduce costs for the barbecue, the group is seeking donations of food, beverages and paper goods.
Culinary classes set for fall
The Academy of Culinary Arts, in collaboration with Atlantic County and Hammonton, will offer a series of culinary classes this fall. Classes will be offered at the Human Services Building, 310 Bellevue Ave. in Hammonton.
Not sure how to use up those last few items in the garden? We’ll show you how to spruce up your menu with the last of your harvest in Seasonal Cooking on Sept. 26.
As the weather cools, learn how to prepare rustic and elegant soups to get you through the winter in Soups on Oct. 24.
Learn a variety of interesting and different side dishes, and one or two may become new traditions for your family in Nontraditional Side Dishes on Nov. 14.
Learn to prepare rolled, dropped and iced cookies. Bring a recipe you would like to share, and we will create an electronic file for the group in Cookie Exchange on Dec. 12.
All classes meet 6 to 9 p.m. Classes will include demonstration, tasting and some hands-on activity. Cost per workshop is $85 per person. For additional information, call 609-343-4829 or visit atlantic.edu/conted.
Tickets now on sale for RemArcAble Raffle
Five winners of The Arc of Atlantic County’s RemArcAble Raffle will be drawn on Sept. 21 at the I. Rice and Co. Golfing for Good Tournament, benefiting The Arc’s Recreation Program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Prizes include a trip to San Francisco with round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations; a $1,000 American Express gift card; a weekend stay at Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City with spa package and dinner for two; a restaurant gift certificate package featuring Chef Vola’s, The Palm, The Continental, and Ventura’s Greenhouse; and an iPad Mini. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased online at arcatlantic.org until 11:59 p.m. Sept. 20, or by calling Carol Sprouse at 609-485-0800, ext. 141. Tickets also are available at the Golfing for Good Tournament. A maximum of 300 tickets will be sold. The tournament and raffle drawing will take place at Harbor Pines Golf Club, 500 St. Andrews Drive, Egg Harbor Township. The tournament starts at 7:30 a.m. and the drawing will take place at 2 p.m. inside the Harbor Pines clubhouse.
The RemArcAble Raffle was added to the Golfing for Good Tournament, now in its fifth year, in 2011 to help boost proceeds from the event. The tournament was founded by local golfers Irv Singer and Steve Kuhl, who wanted to make a difference through their favorite pastime. They selected The Arc as a beneficiary because of its comprehensive services that include a golf program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since its inception, the tournament and raffle have raised a combined total of nearly $150,000 to benefit The Arc’s recreation program.
Golfers and interested sponsors can sign up at arcatlantic.org. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with a 9 a.m. shotgun start in a scramble format. The cost is $150 per golfer or $600 for a foursome. Tickets for the luncheon only are $30. Sponsorships are available starting at $100. For more information, see arcatlantic.org or call 609-485-0800.
Red Cross, Bob’s Discount Furniture launch scholarship program
Bob’s Discount Furniture and the American Red Cross launched the High School Heroes Scholarship Program during the New York Giants’ third annual American Red Cross blood drive Aug. 25.
This program will give high school students in New York and New Jersey the opportunity to compete with other schools during the 2013-14 school year for a share of $250,000 in scholarship money. The High School Heroes program honors students who make exceptional contributions to the American Red Cross blood donor program in their schools, and helps encourage young people to become involved by helping patients in need.
Students who host at least two high school blood drives through the year and achieve an annual participation rate of at least 30 percent of their school’s age-eligible students are qualified to win a base scholarship of $250. Students who meet those initial requirements are also eligible to win additional scholarships, including as many as eight $1,000 grand prize scholarships per winning school. The winners in each state are determined by the number of students who donate and the total units collected.
For complete rules, see mybobs.com/outreach/highschoolheroes.
Jaffe exhibit under way
Rae Jaffe, a professional Ocean City artist, is exhibiting at the second-level dining room of Latz’s by the Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point, to Oct. 31.
The exhibit of oils, “Color Scapes,” reflects Jaffe’s strong treatment of streetscapes as well as florals, gardens, roadways and pathways painted both in the studio and en plein air. For more information about Latz’s by the Bay, call 609-788-8838 or see LatzsByTheBay.com; for the Great Bay Gallery at 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point, call 609-653-4991 or see greatbayartgallery.com.
AtlantiCare Hospice offers commemorative bricks
AtlantiCare Hospice invites the community to honor a loved one by purchasing a personalized engraved brick or dedicating a birdhouse or bench to be part of the AtlantiCare Hospice Celebration of Life Walk.
The path is designed to give the community, family and friends the opportunity to honor, remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones. The walk is located at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s Mainland Campus in Pomona. Proceeds of brick purchases benefit programs and services of AtlantiCare Hospice.
4-by-8-inch bricks with as many as three engraved lines are $100
8-by-8-inch bricks with as many as eight engraved lines are $250
Copper-roof gabled birdhouse with engraved plaque is $1,250
Teak bench with engraved plaque is $2,250
Bricks purchased by Sept. 2 will be unveiled at the AtlantiCare Hospice Tree of Lights Celebration of Life event at 6 p.m. Nov. 21 at ARMC’s Mainland Campus. For more information or to order a personalized engraved brick, call AtlantiCare Hospice and Palliative Care at 609-407-2020. For information about other AtlantiCare programs and services, call 888-569-1000 or see atlanticare.org.
Free computer training for seniors
If you are 60 or older and want to become better at using the computer, The T. Byrd Center offers a computer training series.
The program is funded by the Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services. Classes begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 20 at the center, 1501 S. New Road, Pleasantville. Bring your laptop or use the center’s. Includes continental breakfast, all course materials and free Microsoft Office software.
Registration is required; call 609-484-9356. See tbyrdcenter.com.
Stockton to host Pinelands Short Course
Richard Stockton College will host the 25th annual Pinelands Short Course on March 8, 2014, 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. Non-profit 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. The schedule and brochure will be available in December at nj.gov/pinelands.
Stockton offers inaugural AlumNight
Alumni of Richard Stockton College are invited to the first-ever AlumNight to Remember for an evening of dancing and music at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club.
AlumNight to Remember, a cocktail-attire event, will take place during Homecoming Weekend at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5 and will be held in the main dining Room at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club. The event, hosted by the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, includes a cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres followed by dancing and music by DJ and Stockton alumnus Ahmed Khan, Class of 1989. The Alumni Affairs Office is seeking sponsorships and auction items. To become a sponsor, donate an auction item or purchase tickets, please visit tinyurl.com/alumnighttoremember. Money raised will benefit deserving Stockton students.
JCC presents fall author series
The Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center of Margate in partnership with the Jewish Times and the Jewish Federation of Atlantic and Cape May Counties presents its Fall Author Lecture Series featuring topics surrounding politics and Israel, and will be held in the Katz JCC Auditorium, 501 N. Jerome Avenue, Margate.
At 7 p.m. Oct. 23, Professor Mark A. Stoler, Ph.D, will discuss his book “George S. Marshall and the Creation of Israel,” with a look into some of the most controversial of Marshall’s acts as secretary of state from 1947 to 1949 that concerned the 1947 partition of Palestine and the 1948 recognition of Israel. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $18 per person per lecture or tickets for the series can be purchased for $30 per person. Katz JCC Members receive a 10 percent discount.
Tickets are available for purchase at the JCC in person or by calling 609-822-1167.
Training offered for literacy volunteers
Literacy Volunteers Association Cape-Atlantic Inc. is a volunteer-driven adult literacy provider that trains and supports people who wish to help improve the literacy skills in their community.
Volunteers receive 15 hours of instruction in teaching basic literacy (reading and writing) and conversational English. They provide educational services to adults free of charge and at a time and location (usually the library) convenient to both student and tutor. Once matched with a student, volunteer tutors offer reading, writing, job-preparedness, conversational English and survival skills instruction. Tutors also serve as mentors and role models for adults as they work toward achieving their educational and personal goals. LVA-CA has scheduled two upcoming training workshops:
Atlantic County Library/Ventnor, 6500 Atlantic Ave., 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 21, Oct. 5, 12 and 19
Royal Suites, 214 W Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 22 and 29, Nov. 5, 12 and 19
More information and registration materials are available, call 609 383-3377 or see LVAcapeatlantic.org.
Beth Judah offers Sunday school, more
Congregation Beth Judah has announced registration for its preschool, Sunday school and religious school for the 2013-14 year.
The preschool recently received a license from the state to welcome children 1 year and older. The preschool features a professional staff with degrees in early childhood, and a low teacher-to-student ratio. Early care and late care are available, and features such as Music Together and yoga will be part of children’s daily experiences. Call Lynne Midelton at 609-822-7116, ext. 120.
The Sunday school and religious school have just concluded a reworking of their objectives, following the launch last year of “A School Without Walls.” Congregation Beth Judah prides itself on creating a young Jewish person who has sufficient knowledge and skill to take his or her place in society as an active participant. The school features family events, different Sabbath service formats for families not yet comfortable with services, the Beth Judah Youth Chorale and clubs. Registration for the religious school is now online, see BethJudah.org.
For more information about the Sunday and religious schools, call Hazzan Jeffrey Myers at 069-822-7116, ext. 104. Congregation Beth Judah is located at 700 N. Swarthmore Ave., Ventnor, and serves all of Atlantic and Cape May counties.
Atlantic Cape to offer training in geospatial technology
This fall, Atlantic Cape Community College will offer Geospatial Technician Certification, a new training program in one a fast-growing career fields.
Geospatial Technician Certification will meet 6-9 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Oct. 7 at the Mays Landing Campus, Building T, 5100 Black Horse Pike. The course follows the STARS curriculum series, designed to teach and assess a student’s level of competence in the geospatial skill set required by the geospatial industry to become employed in the field. With a 15 percent growth in new jobs projected over the next decade, this course is designed for professionals working in homeland security, law enforcement, economic development, land developers, land surveyors, military science, engineering, public safety, real estate, municipality professionals, GIS/RS-related professionals, and anyone interested in entering the geospatial field.
For more information or to register call 609-343-4829 or see atlantic.edu/conted.
CONTACT Cape-Atlantic celebrates 40 years
CONTACT Cape-Atlantic has been serving the residents of Atlantic and Cape May counties for 40 years — and is planning a celebration.
The Telephone Reassurance Program provides daily phone calls to the elderly and disabled. The Gatekeeper Program links people with needed services in to continue their independent living. Volunteers are making a difference one call at a time.
To mark the four-decade milestone, CONTACT Cape-Atlantic is inviting all friends, community leaders, clients, volunteers, agencies and board members to the 40th Anniversary Celebration, 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 22 at Sofia Restaurant, 9314 Amherst Ave., Margate. Tickets are $50 per person and include a dinner buffet, cash bar, photo booth, silent auction and the grand prize raffle drawing for a ruby and diamond necklace valued at $1,950. Raffle chances are available for $5.Sponsorships are available to advertise in the anniversary program book. Call 609-823-1850 for tickets and information.
Everyone is invited to join in the fun, and wear red in honor of the ruby anniversary.
Right Notes fundraiser set for Oct. 17
The Right Notes, a wine- and jazz-themed fundraiser benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Somers Point Jazz Society, will take place starting at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point.
Prior to the start, guests are invited to participate in an afternoon golf session at Greate Bay. The golf portion starts at 12:30 p.m. and is limited to 80 golfers. Guests will enjoy a non-scoring competition with shotgun start, and prizes for closest to the pin and longest drive (male and female). The golf session also offers guests craft beer samplings, giveaway items and more. The cost to participate is $75 and includes cart and green fees.
Presentations offer Sandy recovery assistance
Atlantic County is hosting a series of free presentations on Hurricane Sandy by NJ Hope and Healing.
Small Sandy Survivors is an innovative children’s workshop developed by trained crisis counselors who recognized the need for children to process why such storms occur, their feelings throughout the storm, and the long-term impacts of such storms on individuals, families and communities. Children whose homes were not directly impacted by Superstorm Sandy may still have had to deal with displaced relatives, friends and neighbors, as well as losses within their communities or favorite shore landmarks. Small Sandy Survivors will be presented from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 21 and Oct. 5 and 19 at the Atlantic County Park Nature Center, 109 Route 50, Estell Manor.
Hurricane Planning and Recovery is an adult educational workshop that stresses the importance of preparation for all types of emergencies. It also includes means to manage stress and cope with emotions. Counselors encourage participants to share their experiences, ask questions and offer ideas. Hurricane Planning and Recovery will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 28 and Oct. 12 at the Atlantic County Park Nature Center, 109 Route 50, Estell Manor.
For more information about these two presentations, contact Meghan Cusack at 609-652-3800, ext. 305.
Registration open for religious classes
Congregation Beth Israel religious school is debuting a new integrated program of Hebrew and Judaic studies for kindergarten through sixth grade. The program combines the study of prayer book-based Hebrew with Jewish history, holidays and customs, worship services and parent participation.
Religious school sessions will be held Sundays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. for grades 3-6. Classes for K-2 will take place 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. with aftercare available. Religious school begins Sept. 22 and registration is now open. Enrollment is offered to members of Congregation Beth Israel in Northfield. Congregation Beth Israel offers a free year’s membership to unaffiliated families, excluding religious school or nursery school tuition.
Congregation Beth Israel also offers programs throughout the school year to the community at large, including Tot Shabbat, a worship service on the first Friday night of each month geared toward preschoolers, which includes a family Shabbat dinner and a craft; “Beginnings” on select Sunday mornings, introduces Jewish ritual and tradition to families with preschool age children through songs and stories.
Call 609-641-3600 or see bethisraelnorthfield.org.
Steve and Cookie’s Dog Show set for Sept. 29
The 17th annual Steve and Cookie’s Dog Show and Contest will be held Sept. 29 in conjunction with Margate’s Fall Funfest. Combining philanthropy and fun, the show and contest will be held at 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Steve and Cookie’s By the Bay at 9700 Amherst Ave. (corner of Amherst and Monroe avenues) in Margate.
On-site registration for the contest is from 10:30 am to 12:30 p.m. The contest will award prizes in four categories: Fashionista Dog (large and small dog), Owner That Most Resembles Dog (large and small dog), Most Handsome / Pretty Dog (large and small dog), and Most Talented Dog (one size fits all). Registration fee is $20 per category per dog. Each entrant will be given an official event T-shirt and a doggie gift bag. Winners will receive gift certificates to Steve and Cookie’s restaurant.
This year’s theme “Love is …” will promote public awareness and education on responsible pet adoption and conscientious pet guardianship. Proceeds from the event will go to NJ Aid for Animals (njafa.org) and the Humane Society of Ocean City New Jersey (hsocnj.org).
There will be something for everyone: information booths, dog training tips from certified Master Trainer Lee Mann, a demonstration from Atlantic City’s K-9 Unit at 11:30 a.m., judged events and pet prizes. Burgers and music will be available in the parking lot.
Jazz tribute to Richard Somers
The Somers Point Jazz Society is proud to announce a Jazz Tribute to Master Commandant Richard Somers, USN, who died September 1804 in Tripoli harbor during in an attempt to destroy the navy of the Barbary pirates. Ed Vezinho, composer, alto sax player and band leader of the Ed Vezinho/Jim Ward Big Band has been commissioned to compose an original composition that will be performed Oct. 7 at Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro, 908 Shore Road in Somers Point. A visual montage will accompany this performance.
For more information visit spjazz.org or call 609-927-6677
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 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 Additional funding is provided by Shore Medical Center
Walk for Wounded set for Sept. 28
On Sept. 28, Ocean City Home Bank and Operation First Response will present the fifth annual Walk for the Wounded. Registration takes place at the Ocean City Music Pier at 8:30 a.m., and the three-mile Walk on the Boardwalk begins at 10 a.m.
Four years have passed since Ocean City Home Bank President Steve Brady offered to organize the event. The first walk took place in fall 2009, and it has been held each year after, raising more than $200,000 for Operation First Response, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to injured soldiers and their families. Ocean City firefighters again have pledged to support the event, planning to sell stickers and T-shirts to raise money for the walk. In addition, Mainland Regional High School’s Support Our Troops club has set a fundraising goal of $10,000.
Walk for the Wounded raises funds for Operation First Response through pledges solicited by individual walkers and teams of walkers, as well as event sponsorships and fees for advertisements in the event’s dedication booklet. All proceeds benefit Operation First Response, a national 501c(3) nonprofit organization. Of every dollar raised for Operation First Response, 90 cents is donated to wounded soldiers and their families in times of crisis.
To learn more about sponsorships, advertising opportunities or registration, cal Tricia Ciliberto at 800-771-7990, ext. 1106, or see ochome.com.
Harvest Brunch for the Arts set for Sept. 29
The Marty Wilson Jr. Art and Music Foundation, Inc. will present its seventh annual Harvest Brunch for the Arts from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 29 at St. Michael’s Quaremba Hall, 15 N. Georgia Ave., Atlantic City.
Tickets are $40. Call 609-347-4500 or see artsinac.org.
Call for photos for Noyes’ ‘Raw’ exhibit
The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College has announced an open call for photographs for “Raw,” its second annual juried photography competition and exhibition. the top 40 images will be selected by a juror for a group exhibition Nov. 7-Jan. 31 at the Noyes Gallery at Kramer Hall in Hammonton.
In keeping with the museum’s love for New Jersey’s natural features, images pertaining to New Jersey’s raw splendor and spirit that capture the beauty and diversity of New Jersey’s landscape, people, animals, water and nature are desired. Images in any photographic process are eligible for submission. Any image submitted must have been taken within the past three years. This year’s juror is Markam Keith Adams, assistant professor of photography at Rowan University.
There is a $25 submission fee for as many as five images; $6 for each additional image. Valid entries must include a completed application form and submission fee, and be submitted as digital files on a CD; no email submissions accepted. Entries must be submitted in the JPEG format and must be 72 ppi, image width not to exceed 1024 pixels on the longest side. Files should be titled as follows: LastName_FirstName_1Title.jpg. The file number should correspond with the number on the application form and must be sent via mail with images on a CD. Mail application form and submission fee to: Noyes Museum of Art Shop, 5 S. Second St., Hammonton, NJ 08037
Homemade wine competition planned
The public is welcomed to participate in an amateur homemade wine competition during the third annual Waterfront Wine and Food Festival, which will take place noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20 at Lake Lenape Park.
Red wines will be judged Oct. 19 and white wines on Oct. 20 based on a variety of characteristics. Wine bottles may be delivered by 11:30 a.m. on the day of the event. Entries should be in a 750ml bottle labeled with winemaker’s name and wine class. Participants must be at least 21 years of age and not be employed or a family member of any operating winery.
Entries will be judged by the South Jersey Wineries at the event. There is a $15 entry fee and applications are due by Oct. 12. Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded, along with bragging rights. There will be a best-in-show medal for the overall competition. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m. on the day of the event. For applications, visit WaterfrontWineFestival.net.
Stockton PRSSA open for business
The National Public Relation Student Society of America organization in May accepted the request of Richard Stockton College students for national acceptance into the organization. The students have decided to name their chapter after their founding adviser, Dr. Ai Zhang.
The PRSSA is a national organization that gives public relations students networking opportunities and professional experience as they work with local businesses. The local chapter’s students are reaching out to local businesses to do public relations work for them. This would include events, fundraisers, writing press releases and using contacts to help improve the overall image of that business. This work will also help students of the organization gain hands-on experience in the public relations field.
To learn more about the Stockton chapter, contact Lawrence Kern at 609-513-9359 or email@example.com.
School supply drive under way
A national school supply drive will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Atlantic City and Vineland and the Lakehurst Navy Youth Center.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Staples are teaming up with teen actor Jake T. Austin for the Staples for Students National School Supply Drive for kids in need. Until Sept. 28, customers can donate $1 or more at their local Staples store with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting local students. All donations will be given locally to the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City and Vineland and the Lakehurst Navy Youth Center to ensure they get into the hands of disadvantaged youth just in time for the new school year. Staples stores where people can donate include: 413 Absecon Blvd. (Route 30), Absecon; 2300 Wrangleboro Road, Mays Landing; 9 Bethel Road, Somers Point.
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.
13th annual Pedal-Paddle-Run set
The Absecon Education Foundation will hold its 13th annual Pedal-Paddle-Run race on Sept. 28, with a rain date of Sept. 29.
Registration will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. at Faunce Landing and the bay, and the race starts at 8 a.m. at Heritage Park, 500 Mill Road. For registration and other information, see active.com or abseconschools.org. Call 609-641-5375, ext.1017.
Donovan wine dinner set for October
The Community Partnership for Egg Harbor Township Schools, Inc., will host the fourth annual Friends of Chuck Donovan Gourmet Wine Dinner and Auction at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18, at the private and prestigious Hidden Creek Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township, where Donovan was a long-time member. The event is a fitting tribute to Donovan, who had a great love, appreciation and knowledge of good wine.
As an active member of the Community Partnership from 2007 to 2009, Donovan, who died in 2009, championed efforts to raise funds for academic enhancements, technology, capital projects and extracurricular activities. He was also very involved with the EHT High School Interact Club, mentoring students for many years, and serving as their point person linking them to the local finance and businesses community and helping to secure employment, mentorship and/or internship opportunities for students.
Tickets are $75 per person. Sponsorships ranging from $250 to $1,000 are available. Donations to the Community Partnership are tax-deductible. For more information on the nonprofit foundation, visit partners4ehtschools.org, or contact Ellen Gregory at 646-8441, ext. 1017, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
VFW accepting essays for scholarship contest
Atlantic County-based Veterans of Foreign Wars District 16 is accepting entries for its VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Voice of Democracy scholarship competition, for which local high school students have the opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars and scholarships and a trip to Washington, D.C.
The program is open to students in ninth through 12th grades. Students must write and make an audio recording of an essay between three and five minutes in length expressing their views on the theme of “Why I’m optimistic about our nation’s future.” All essays and accompanying CD recordings must be submitted to a local VFW Post along with the completed V.O.D. entry form. Students must not identify themselves or their school in the essay or CD, and should do so only on their entry form. Submissions are due by Nov. 1.
For more information, see vfw.org/community/voice-of-democracy.
Sandy recovery help available
Counselors with New Jersey Hope and Healing are available to meet with homeowners and renters who are recovering from Hurricane Sandy.
Information on grants is now available. Support groups are running. Call 609-652-3800, ext. 308, for details. 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. Residents who are upset, stressed or depressed as a result of the storm, loss of property or displacement and other related issues may seek guidance and support by calling 877-294-HELP (4357), TTY 877-294-4356.
VFW seeking nominees for Teacher of the Year
Atlantic-County-based Veterans of Foreign Wars District 16 is seeking nominees for its VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award contest.
Each year, three exceptional teachers are recognized by the VFW for their outstanding commitment to teaching patriotism to their students. Post 16 will select one outstanding teacher from kindergarten-fifth grade, sixth-eighth grade and ninth-12th grade. These teachers move on to district level judging for the chance to compete at the state and national levels. National winners will receive a cash award for professional development expenses, a cash award for their school, plaques for themselves and their schools and an all-expenses-paid trip to attend a VFW conference and receive their award.
To enter, in 350 words or less describe why your nominee deserves the award and submit this explanation along with the nomination form to the local VFW post by Nov. 1. For more information, see vfw.org/community/teacher-of-the-year.
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.
ACPD offers medication drop
The Atlantic City Police Department is one of several in the state to participate in Project Medicine Drop, police said, and officials encourage Atlantic County residents to use the program to safely get rid of old medications.
The program lets people dispose anonymously of unused and expired medications, at any time, at drop boxes in the headquarters of participating police departments. The drop boxes accept solid pharmaceuticals including pills, capsules, patches, inhalers and pet medications. They cannot accept syringes or liquids. Police maintain custody of the deposited drugs, and dispose of them using normal procedures; they also make a quarterly report to the Division of Consumer Affairs about the quantity of drugs turned in.
State Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said he encourages all Atlantic County residents check their medicine cabinets for expired or unneeded drugs, and bring them to the ACPD drop box, which is available around the clock every day. Atlantic City Police Chief Ernest Jubilee said his agency was pleased to participate in the project.