Jewelry, metalsmithing classes set

Fall jewelry making classes are now forming at the Ventnor City Cultural Art Center, 6500 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor. Learn to work with metal, stones and beads to make beautiful wearable art.

These seven-week courses begin Sept. 7. All seven-week classes are $155 and include tools and materials, which include copper and brass metal. If desired, students can purchase sterling silver, pearls and other specialty items for an additional fee. For information on any of the classes, call 609-823-7952 or 609-287-6449.

FELS holds membership drive

Friends of Encore Learning of Stockton, affiliated with Richard Stockton College, is a volunteer, not-for-profit association which provides continuing education for its members. FELS fundraising efforts provide annual scholarship monies to Stockton students.

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

For membership information ($35 per year) or a study group brochure, call Sylvia Gabrieli at 609-822-9595.

OC Charitable Foundation donates

The Ocean City Charitable Foundation recently distributed $50,000 in grants to 20 nonprofit organizations in Cape May and Atlantic counties.

They included: American Veterans Post 911, Atlantic Cape Family Support, Atlantic City Ballet, Atlantic Riding Center for Health, Brendan Borek High Tides Memorial, Cape May Council on Alcohol, CASA of Atlantic and Cape May County, Child Federation of Atlantic City, Community Partnership for Egg Harbor Township Schools, CONTACT Cape-Atlantic, Friends of the Ocean City Pops, Just Sailing, Literacy Volunteers Association Cape-Atlantic, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Marine Mammal Stranding Center, Ocean City Ecumenical Council, Ocean City Fine Arts League, Ocean City Historical Museum, Schultz-Hill Foundation, U.S. Lifesaving Station 30.

Since the Ocean City Home Charitable Foundation awarded its first grants in 2005, the organization has donated more than $740,000 to charitable organizations throughout Atlantic and Cape May counties.

Library now offers app

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

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

Artists sought for show

The Hammonton Arts Center will host a juried exhibit of fine art including photography with an emphasis on the “Impressionistic Style” of painting from Sept. 3 to 25 at the Center, 219 Bellevue Ave..The exhibit is open to all artists. The entered artwork must be original and completed in the past three years.

Participants may enter as many as three entries. All entries must be for sale. Awards will be given for Best of Show, $75 ,First Place, $5 and Second Place, $25. Fees for HAC Members are $8 per entry and Non-members: $10 per entry. All work must be hand delivered to the Hammonton Arts Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 29 or 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 1.

An artist’s reception and awards presentation will take place at 6 p.m. Sept. 7. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. Entry forms are available at the HAC Gallery or at

Day of Service set

Richard Stockton College will host the ninth annual Day of Service at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 8 in the Campus Center Event Room. The event has become an annual tradition at Stockton as they prepare for the coming academic year.

The event has grown each year and the college expects more than 300 student volunteers to participate in projects benefitting over 25 community organizations. Faculty, staff and members of the community are also invited to participate. Donations of needed materials are being sought for use in a variety of the service projects. These items include crayons, markers, colored pencils, tape, glue, scissors, construction paper, plastic knives, plastic bags, pens, pencils and gardening gloves.

To donate time or items, email or, or call 609-652-4256.

Tutor training announced

Literacy Volunteers Association Cape-Atlantic will hold its fall tutor trainings beginning Sept. 11. The 15-hour training over five weeks will prepare volunteers to tutor adult students in Basic Literacy and English as a Second Language. The first session will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 11 to Oct. 9 at Royal Suites, Galloway. The second session will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays from Oct. 20 to Nov. 17. To register or for more information, call 609-383-3377.

Hammonton Arts District expands

The Hammonton Arts District is expanding by opening 12 independent artist studios in September.

Located just one block from the NJTransit train station, this new visual arts space offers professional and emerging artists affordable studio spaces in the center of downtown Hammonton. The Hammonton Art District is located in downtown Hammonton, along several blocks surrounding Bellevue Avenue. During open studio hours on the Third Thursdays of each month, the public can visit the Hammonton Artist Studios to watch artists at work, ask questions about the creative process and technique, and purchase work directly from the artist.

Artist Work Spaces are available on the second floor with ceilings of 12 feet and more.. Studios start at $180 per month for a 10-by-13-foot space and go up from there. See for applications, rules and layout. For more information call 609-742-1333.

Tour de Downbeach set

Le Tour de Downbeach, the annual family friendly fundraising bike ride, fun walk and barbecue that covers Absecon Island communities, will take place at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 9 beginning at the Boardwalk and Newport Avenue, Ventnor. Rain date is Sept. 16. All rides begin at 10 a.m. and end at Tomatoe’s, Amherst and Washington Avenues, Margate, where there will be live music and a barbecue bash.

Sponsored by Tomatoe’s Restaurant and presented by the Ventnor Merchants Association, the Margate Business Association, the Borough of Longport and Atlantic City, the ride is the only one of its kind bringing all of the island’s towns together.

Participants will choose between a 14-mile ride with a turnaround at Showboat, on to the Point in Longport then ends at Tomatoe’s; an eight-mile ride that reverses course at Suffolk Avenue, Ventnor, continues on to the Longport Point and ends at Tomatoe’s; and a two-mile fun walk, starting at Newport Avenue and The Boardwalk to Washington Avenue, Margate, then ends at Tomatoe’s for a barbecue with Margate Dairy Bar water ice. The lunch is open to all participants.

The registration fee for biking is $20 per person, or $12 each for a family of four or more, and walkers at $12 per person. Net proceeds benefit local charities. For applications and schedules, see, AAAA or at the Margate Bike and Beach Shop, 12 S. Essex Ave.

Youth orchestra auditions set

The Atlantic Youth Orchestra, a string orchestra of middle and high school students in its 24th season, will hold violin, viola, cello and string bass auditions on Sept. 23, at the Central United Methodist Church, Central Avenue and Shore Road in Linwood.

Students should call Mrs. Miller at 609-646-4762 or email to arrange an audition time and to discuss requirements. See

Technology conference scheduled

To help educators gain the most from the ever-expanding list of educational tech tools, Kyle Calderwood, a staff member in Stockton’s Office of Computer Services, is organizing TeachMeet New Jersey, a free educational technology unconference. “Unconference” is a term to describe a new generation of conferences that differ from traditional conferences in that they are more participant-driven and affordable.

TeachMeet New Jersey will take place from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 23 at Richard Stockton College in Galloway Township. Registered attendees can check in at the Campus Center Event Room and Theater. Registration is almost closed, but see, to see if tickets are still available.

TeachMeet New Jersey’s sessions were designed for educators, administrators, IT staff, and anyone in education with an interest in technology and instruction. The fast-paced 20-minute sessions will be presented by professors and staff of Stockton College as well as area teachers and instructional technology specialists.

For more information about TeachMeet New Jersey, email Kyle Calderwood at or see

New CASA program developed

Nine experienced CASA Volunteers recently completed an advanced training that will allow the organization to provide all 700 children living in foster care with a CASA Volunteer within four years. The training, referred to as the Peer Coordinator Model, gives these CASA Volunteers the tools to coach and support new volunteers, increasing CASA’s capacity to serve more children without significantly increasing the annual budget.

The new Peer Coordinators are Jean Harris, of Atlantic City; Jack Mahon, of Ventnor; Jack McCarron, of Ocean City; Linda Skutlin, of Ocean City; Barb Riggione, of Ocean City; John Oelkers, of Longport; Bill Potts, of Margate; Colleen Sanborne, of Northfield; and Jackie Sarner, of Galloway.

The Peer Coordinator Model was piloted by the National CASA Association in several cities across the country and unveiled to the entire national CASA community at the National CASA Convention in Washington, D.C. CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties is the first New Jersey CASA organization to implement the program locally. For more information about CASA for Children and volunteering call 609-601-7800 or see

Golf tourney scheduled

The AtlantiCare Foundation will host its annual Invitational Thomas L. Glenn Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament on Sept. 10 at Atlantic City Country Club, 900 Shore Road, Northfield, and Linwood Country Club, 500 Shore Road, Linwood. Registration will start at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be at noon at both courses. Shotgun start will be at 1 p.m. A cocktails/dinner reception and awards ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. at Atlantic City Country Club.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities or to reserve a slot for the tournament, call Cheryl Broschard at 609-677-7255. For information about the AtlantiCare Foundation or other AtlantiCare programs and services, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 888-569-1000, find AtlantiCare on Facebook at or visit

Golf outing set

Cape Atlantic Detachment 194 will hold their Gunny “Chuck” Baldwin Memorial Golf Outing at 1 p.m. Aug. 26 at Mays Landing Golf and Country Club. Entry fee is $100 per golfer or $400 per foursome. The price includes hot dogs, beer and soda before tee off and a barbecue buffet dinner at 5:30 p.m.

Cost for nongolfers who only want to come for dinner and door prizes is $25. All proceeds benefit Toys for Tots. For more information, call Pat Scannell at 609-442-6458. Sponsorships are available.

Science-fiction activities slated

The Atlantic County Library System/Pleasantville offers a variety of activities during Sci-fi September. Kick off Sci-fi September by taking a look at the special lobby display that features a robot collection scheduled for Sept. 1 through 30.During Sept. 1 to 25, vote for your favorite sci-fi character. Choose from characters on display or cast a write-in ballot. Additional information is available at the library.

Trek to the Stars Movie Mondays feature a different movie every week at 5 p.m. Sept. 10 through 24. The movies are free and open to all, but children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. A space craft for children ages 6 and older is offered at 4 p.m. Sept. 18.

A Sci-fi round table for all ages will take place at 1 p.m. Sept. 22 .Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants discuss their favorite science fiction books with other sci-fi fans. All ages can learn Klingon at your library at 5 p.m. Sept. 26. Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required and begins Sept. 1.

For more information on any of these events, call the library branch at 609-641-1778. Atlantic County Library System/Pleasantville is located at 33 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.

Lighthouse challenge planned

The Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey weekend is set for Oct. 20 and 21 at lighthouses throughout New Jersey. Participants are invited to tour the state and visit each participating lighthouse over the weekend to help raise funds for continued lighthouse preservation.

Begin the challenge at any of the 11 participating New Jersey land-based lighthouses, two museums and two life-saving stations and purchase a souvenir for $1 that will be proof of your visit at each location. Hours for the tours vary. See or

The following lighthouses are participating: Absecon Lighthouse, Barnegat Lighthouse, Barnegat Lighthouse Historical Museum, Cape May Lighthouse, Cape May County Museum, East Point Light, Finns Point Light, Hereford Inlet Light, Sandy Hook Lighthouse, Navesink/Twin Lights, Sea Girt Lighthouse, Tathum Lifesaving Station 35, Tinicum Light, Tucker’s Island Light at United States Lifesaving Station 30.

Chefs wanted for chili contest

Enter to compete in the second annual Art at Night: Chili Cook-Off to take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 11 at The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College. Guest judges from local restaurants will award the top three teams with cash prizes, gift certificates and more.

Register by Oct. 1 with a $25 donation per chili team of two, or $20 for museum members. Each member of your team receives a limited edition Second Annual Chili Cook-Off T-shirt. For event details and more information on how to register, see Admission is $5, $4 for seniors and students, children under 6 are free.

AMVETS collecting used DVDs

AMVETS Post 911 in Somers Point is requesting new and used DVDs to send to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and other areas. Donations of new or good condition DVDs will be accepted at Chester’s Pastry Pantry Bakery, 506 New Road,Somers Point and Bennett Chevrolet 6721 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township.

Cash donations will be accepted to pay for mailing DVDs to the troops. Checks made payable to “AMVETS Post 911 NJ” can be sent to AMVETS Post 911 NJ, P.O. Box 413, Somers Point, NJ 08244.

College offers financial planner program

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

The program, recently approved by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, is offered through the college’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. Financial Planning has been identified as the fifth-best career in a ranking of 200 jobs according to the Internet job-hunting site

Upon completion of the 10 month program, students will have satisfied the education requirement for the CFP® Certification Examination. They are then qualified to take the CFP exam.

Courses are scheduled to begin on Nov. 12. For more information about the Certificate in Financial Planning or to register, see or call 609-652-4227.

Creative individuals sought

The Hammonton Arts Center is looking for creative individuals to participate in the 2012 Green Day Festival. This year’s project is “Upcycling Furniture.” “Upcycling” is taking an item that is no longer needed or wanted and giving it new life as something that is useful.

This year’s Annual Green Day Festival is scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 16 at St. Joseph High School Grounds, 328 Vine Street, Hammonton.The finished “Upcycle” product has to have a practical use as a household item and the item has to visibly incorporate at least one piece of the existing bit of furniture in its design.

If you would like to participate by upcycling a piece of furniture or by donating some old furniture, either email Brenda Bradford at or call or stop by the Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., or call 609-567-5360.

NAMI hosts classes

Nami Atlantic County is sponsoring a Family to Family Education Course for those who have loved ones with mental illness. The 12 week series of classes held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. starting Sept. 5 at the Jordan Road School in Somers Point.

The course will offer information about Schizophrenia, Mood Disorders (Bipolar Disorder and Major Depression), Panic Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Coping skills will be taught, along with handling crisis and relapse, medications, listening and communication techniques, problem solving, recovery and rehabilitation, and self care around worry and stress.

The course is offered free but space is limited. For more information or to sign up call Gregg at 609-927-7192.

Scholarship awards dinner set

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

The Co-Chairs for this year’s event are Dr. Harvey Kesselman, provost and executive vice president at Stockton and Arthur A. Davis, Jr., former executive director for Administrative Services at the college.

The 2012 honorees include: Lifetime Award recipient, Alberto “Bert” Lopez, manager, Atlantic City Electric, Public Affair; Merit Award recipient, Dr. Eileen P. Conran-Folks, manager, Hammonton Center and Noyes Museum, Richard Stockton College; and Distinguished Alumni recipient, Ariane A. Newman, assistant director, Continuing Studies, Richard Stockton College.

Proceeds from the event help support the Council’s Scholarship Endowment, which provides scholarship funds to deserving Stockton students.

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

Reading program set

St. James AME Church is sponsoring the Choices In Learning Literacy, CHILL, summer reading program for high school students to fulfill their summer reading requirements. Throughout the month of August, the program will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at Atlantic Cape Community College’s Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd., Atlantic City.

To register, call Barbara Woodall at 609-348-9242 or Rhonda Hart at 609-272-4097.

CASA seeks volunteers

In an effort to generate awareness and recruit needed volunteers from the western portion of Atlantic County, CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties will hold an Information Session at noon Aug. 29 at the Western Atlantic Parent Family Support Network Office located in the Dr. Martin Luther King Center at 661 Jackson Ave. in Newtonville.

The 30-minute program gives an overview of the organization and shows how CASA volunteers advocate in court on behalf of abused and neglected children. Attending the Information Session is the first step to becoming a CASA Volunteer. Interested individuals should register by calling 609-601-7800. For more information about CASA, see

Back to school bash set

Help students get prepared and excited about the new school year with new school supplies. Operation Backpack is a community-wide initiative that provides support at the start of the school year to disadvantaged children in southern New Jersey.

The Egg Harbor Township and Pleasantville Family Success Centers will hold a back to school bash from 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 31 at 3050 Spruce Ave., Egg Harbor Township. There will be access to community resources, free refreshments, fun activities for children, free health screenings and backpack give-away and school supplies while supplies last.

For more information, call the Egg Harbor Township Family Success Center at 609-569-0376 or Pleasantville Family Success Center at 609-272-8800.

Seashore Gardens gala set

Pieces of rock music history and indulgent vacation and special event packages will be among the silent auction items at the Zisman Seashore Gardens Foundation’s Gala at 6 p.m. Aug. 23 at the center, 22 W. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township.

The annual gala is the largest fundraiser for the Seashore Gardens Living Center. Tickets are $200 each and are available at An awards ceremony honoring Shelley Bernstein with the 2012 Martin H. Klein Leadership Award and Liane P. and Lloyd D. Levenson with the 2012 Labov Bernstein Community Service Award will start at 7 p.m.

Sponsorship packages for the gala and ad book space are available through Call 609-404-4848.

Early learning center offers discount

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

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

School supplies needed

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

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

Any donation that you can provide will be greatly appreciated. Email Stacey Rich at or call 609-892-4012.

MS fundraiser set for October

The National MS Society, together with Passion Vines Wine and Spirit Co. and the Somers Point Jazz Society, will raise funds and awareness of multiple sclerosis at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point. The evening will include wine and jazz, benefiting the National MS Society.

Michael Pedicin will perform, and then Passion Vines of Somers Point will give guests a tasting experience of more than 50 top-scoring wines from around the globe. Tickets are $75 per person and are limited to the first 200 guests. To purchase tickets, or for more information and sponsorship opportunities, call Kristin Marnie at 215-271-1500, or see

Atlantic Cape offers new degree courses

Beginning this fall, Atlantic Cape Community College will offer students more than 50 career and transfer associate degree options with the addition of six new degree programs in the areas of aviation, education and technology.

In Aviation Studies, students will learn airport management, aviation business administration, professional pilot, air traffic control and air transportation management.

Computer Applications Option offers courses will serve students seeking jobs that require application software skills, but may not be interested in transferring to a four-year school. Emphasis is placed on word processing, spreadsheets, databases and presentations software.

Elementary/Middle School Education Option is designed as a transfer program for students interested in earning Elementary and Middle School Certification with Specialization.

Pre-Aerospace Engineering is designed to educate students to meet the challenge of engineering in an ever-changing world, the degree provides students the foundation to transfer to a baccalaureate program in aerospace engineering.

Professional Pilot Option is an Aviation Studies degree option which prepares students for a Federal Aviation Administration license as a commercial pilot with an instrument rating, and for transfer to a baccalaureate program.

Secondary Education Option is designed as a transfer program for students interested in Secondary Education Certification. This Liberal Arts degree option maximizes transfer of credits and academic status to a professional teacher education program.

In addition, Atlantic Cape will offer iPhone Programmer as part of its short-term Professional Series this fall. The series provides students the opportunity to learn how to design, build and test applications for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch mobile devices.

See To register, e-mail or call 609-343-5000, 625-1111, ext. 5000, or 609-463-3960 in Cape May County, or see Fall classes begin Sept. 4.

Health care courses offered

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

Emergency Medical Technician Certification will prepare students to perform basic life support beginning Sept. 4.

Patient Care Technician students will learn basic patient care skills and behaviors needed to gain an entry-level position as a patient care technician, phlebotomist or EKG technician, beginning Sept. 11.

Multi-Skill Technician will prepare students to function as EKG and phlebotomy technicians, beginning Sept. 18.

Administrative Healthcare Specialist participants will learn administrative duties in the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, dentists and other health care facilities, beginning Sept. 10.

Certified Home Health Aide for CNAs is designed for the CNA who wants to become a Certified Home Health Aide, on Oct. 13 and 20.

Lecture and lab modules will take place at the Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape’s Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd. Clinical expertise will come from various hospital settings and students will also gain field experience on paramedic units. CAll 609-343-4829 or see

JFS seeks donations

As the region begins to regain power from the past weekend’s storm, Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties is in need of monetary donations and nonperishable food to restock its pantry.

On average, the JFS food pantry serves 200 individuals and families each month, but due to the recent storm, the agency expects a drastic increase in need over the coming months.

Jewish Family Service is a first responder for community members in need. The agency operates one of Absecon Island’s largest food pantries, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Monetary and nonperishable food donations will be collected through the summer. Nonperishable food can be dropped at any Cape Bank branch throughout Atlantic County or to JFS at 607 N. Jerome Ave. in Margate. For more information or to donate, call 609-822-1108 or see

Outdoor movie series returns

The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority is holding the “Movies under the Stars” outdoor summer movie series.

Residents, families and visitors are invited to bring beach chairs, blankets and picnic baskets for family-friendly entertainment. Movies will be shown Sundays at Brighton Park, Indiana Avenue and the Boardwalk;, Mondays at Historic Gardner’s Basin, New Hampshire Avenue; and Fridays at Bartram Place and the Boardwalk. All movies are rated either G or PG, except for “Avatar” (PG-13).

The schedule is subject to change and cancellation due to inclement weather conditions. For more information and a complete schedule of movies to be shown, call 609-344-8338 or see All movies will begin promptly at dusk.

Farmers market returns to A.C.

The Atlantic City Farmers Market is taking place in Center City Park. Farmers from Monteleone Farms of Vineland, Shady Brook Farms of Egg Harbor City and Hedgerow Farms of Williamstown will bring a wide selection of their farms’ yield of fruits and vegetables. Farm-grown and freshly cut flowers are also available.

The Atlantic City Farmers Market, now in its 12th year, takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays through Sept. 29 at Center City Park, Atlantic Avenue between North and South Carolina Avenues. For more information, call 609-347-0500 or see

College sponsors film festival

The Richard Stockton College-Dante Hall Theater in Atlantic City will be the presenting sponsor of the Downbeach Film Festival’s fifth annual Atlantic City Cinefest, set for Oct. 12-14 at Dante Hall Theater, 14 N. Mississippi Ave., Atlantic City.

The theater will host screenings beginning at 1 p.m. Oct. 13 and 11 a.m. Oct. 14, as well as including filmmaking panels. More information, including ticket prices and movies, will be available soon. For information on Dante Hall Theater, contact Stephanie Clineman at 609-513-8432 or

Concerts, art exhibits set

The Somers Point Summer Concert Series will take place Fridays through Sept. 7 at William Morrow Beach and the Municipal Beach Park, located in between Higbee and New Jersey Avenues in Somers Point. The schedule (subject to change) includes: Walter Trout, Aug. 24; Jill West and Blues Attack, Aug. 31; Rev. Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys, Sept. 7. See

The Somers Point Jazz Series will take place from 8 to 10 p.m. one Sunday a month at Gregory’s Restaurant and Bar, 900 Shore Road, Somers Point. The schedule includes: Pat Bianchi Trio, Aug. 26; The Steve Beskrone Quartet, Sept. 23. For more information see

The Greate Bay Art Gallery will host the exhibition “Alley Art, Discovering Wabi-Sabi” through Sept. 1. For more information see

New race for children

The Atlantic City Marathon Race Series is launching the Kids Fit Final Mile in partnership with Court Appointed Special Advocates of Cape May and Atlantic Counties, CASA. For the program children run, skip or dance at recess or after school a few miles each week. They keep track of all of their miles on a Miles Map until they add up to 25.2.

When children reach that goal, they will finish their last mile on the Atlantic City Boardwalk on Oct. 20. All Final Mile runners will get a race T-Shirt for participating in the race and a finisher medal representing the accomplishment of running a marathon.

To register parents can see The registration fee of $15 will help support CASA and thousands of children in Atlantic and Cape May Counties who rely on the services CASA provides. Schools can contact the Atlantic City Marathon Race Series at 609-822-1167, ext. 118, to develop a School Team and encourage participation. Schools with the largest number of participants will be eligible for prizes and awards.

International nights set

Music and dance from around the globe once again are featured on the Atlantic City Boardwalk this summer as part of the fifth annual Atlantic City Library International Night Series. The weekly series, co-sponsored by the library and city of Atlantic City and funded in part by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, will feature 90-minute live performances at Kennedy Plaza, located on the Boardwalk between Mississippi and Georgia avenues. All shows are free and begin at 7 p.m.

The schedule features Korean Traditional Marching Band, Aug. 29; and Hawaiian Luau Entertainment, Sept. 5.

For more information about the Atlantic City Library International Night Series, call 609-345-2269.

Seniors wanted for research project

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

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

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

Those interested in participating should call Fleck at 609-626-3489 or email

Shore Medical Center opens gallery

Shore Medical Center’s art gallery opened with a reception for four local artists who are exhibiting there. John Harris, of Ocean City, Michael Waters, of Ventnor, Dave Woeller, of Millville, and Anna Marie Zabielski, of West Cape May, each displays works in the second floor gallery.

The gallery greets patients, their families, visitors and staff as they access Shore via the second floor crossover from the self-park garage. It reflects the medical center’s holistic approach to healing, which embraces treatment of the mind, body and spirit while subscribing to the philosophy that environments can have a positive effect on the healing process.

Shore Medical Center partnered with ArtC and the Noyes Museum of Art of Richard Stockton College to create the exhibit.

Registration open for A.C. marathon

The Atlantic City Marathon Race Series has opened registration for the 2012 Marathon and Half Marathon. This year, registration for the two races will be capped at 5,000. The race series will take 3,000 half-marathon and 2,000 marathon runners. In addition to this race cap, some of the race registrations will be dedicated to those fundraising for charitable organizations.

The series, which includes the Atlantic City Marathon and Half Marathon on Oct. 20 and 21 and the April Fools Half Marathon on April 7, 2013, each consists of multiple race distances and weekend celebrations. Registration for both events can be completed at

Family readiness group formed

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

If you are interested in joining the 150th/160th FRG or receiving their newsletter, or if your business or community would like more information on how you can contribute, email To learn more about Family Readiness Groups, see

Head Start enrolling preschoolers

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

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

Pulmonary support group forming

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

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

Parent-child swim classes at Katz JCC

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

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

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

MS group seeks members

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

Call Jackie at 609-266-8561, Phyllis at 609-266-1497 or email

Therapeutic riding program accepting riders

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

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

For more information or registration forms, call 609-703-9130 or email

Reassurance calls offered

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

Volunteers also are needed to make the calls. Volunteers manage calls in 2½-hour shifts — 8:30 to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. This service is provided daily from phone centers in Margate and Cape May Court House. To volunteer, call Ann P. Magee at 609-823-1850 (Atlantic County) or 609-463-4564 (Cape May County).

Scholarship available

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

Food bank also needs baby items

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

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

Mental Health Association reaching out to veterans

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

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

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

Multi-Care Center offers support group, seeks volunteers

Our Lady’s Multi-Care Center, in affiliation with the Alzheimer’s Association of the Delaware Valley, will host a monthly Caregiver Support Group at 6 p.m. on the first Monday of every month. Meetings will take place at Our Lady’s Multi-Care Center, 1100 Clematis Ave., Pleasantville. Volunteers also are sought by the nursing home and rehab facility.

For more information about the support group or volunteering, call Gallagher 609-677-6369.

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