Arc seeks holiday donors to help families in need

The Arc of Atlantic County has an urgent need for donors to provide holiday gifts and gift cards to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families who are struggling financially.

Fifty-nine families signed up to receive help, but only 25 have been matched with donors so far. The Arc asks donors to help in one of three ways: adopt a family and fulfill their holiday wish list; donate gift cards to Walmart, Target or Shoprite; or make a cash donation that The Arc can use to purchase gifts for families.

To participate, contact Nicole Lynch at 609-485-0800 ext. 201 or Checks made payable to The Arc of Atlantic County (with "Holiday Partners" in the memo line) can be mailed to Nicole Lynch at The Arc of Atlantic County, 6550 Delilah Road, Suite 101, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234.

The deadline to participate is Dec. 16.

Bagels and mahjongg at Katz JCC

The Milton and Betty Katz JCC in Margate is hosting a bagel brunch spread and a chance to play mahjongg with other players in the community Dec. 16.

All players and skill levels are welcome. The cost is $13 for members and $16 for non-members. Contact Josh Cutler for more information or to register at 609-822-1167, ext. 138, or Spaces are limited.

'Joseph Project' planned in Margate

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

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

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

Emeth Shalom to host ballet viewing

George Balanchine's Ballet "Jewels," a Ballet in Three Acts, can be viewed via Specticast at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at Temple Emeth Shalom, 8501 Ventnor Ave. , Margate.

The Mariinsky Ballet will perform "Emeralds, Rubies, Diamonds," filmed at the Mariinsky Theatre and featuring many of the most well-known dancers alongside conductor Tugan Sokhiev. Admission is $10 at the door. For more information, call 609-822-4343.

Tickets on sale for Chefs at Shore fundraiser

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

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

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

Hammonton's Christmas Parade set

The Hammonton Fire Department will host its annual Christmas Parade at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 in downtown Hammonton.

The parade travels down Bellevue Avenue from Liberty Street through the historic residential neighborhoods before ending at Egg Harbor Road in the downtown area. It features decorated fire trucks from around South Jersey, along with floats, dance groups and music. Local shops and restaurants will stay open late. A block party will take place immediately after the parade at the Eagle Theatre, 208 Vine St. The free party includes hot chocolate, doughnuts, pictures with Santa, Christmas music and more. The parade winners will also be announced. The block party is hosted by the Hammonton Fire Department, MainStreet Hammonton and the Eagle Theatre.

For more information about participating in the parade, call 609-567-4329. For more information about Downtown Hammonton and the block party, call 609-567-9014 or see

Military tutoring program to be featured on NJTV

NJTV's "Classroom Close-up" this month will feature Terry Dougherty, a Galloway Township teacher and graduate student at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, for tutoring children whose parents are in the military.

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

The program, which was featured in October's Family Circle magazine, runs in the summers at Stockton. The tutors are teachers from Atlantic County school districts and college students who volunteer their time and gain experience. The special, "Schools Supporting Soldiers' Kids," will air on NJTV on Dec. 15 and Jan. 19 at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and on Dec. 21 and Jan. 25 at 5:30 a.m.

Food pantry closed Christmas, New Year's Day

The Main Street Food Pantry in the First United Methodist Church at 6011 Main St. in Mays Landing, which is usually open on Wednesdays, will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Clients will be permitted to pick up food on an alternate week. For further information, call the church office at 609-625-9446.

Bank supports Toys for Tots

Ocean City Home Bank will support the Toys for Tots Drive throughout the holiday season as a drop-off point at 11 of its branch locations.

US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation is the fundraising, funding and support organization for the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.

The primary goal of the Foundation is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them into becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. Local Toys for Tots Campaign Coordinators conduct an array of activities throughout the year, which include golf tournaments, foot races, bicycle races and other voluntary events designed to increase interest in Toys for Tots, and concurrently generate toys and monetary donations.

Ocean City Home Bank has Toys for Tots drop off locations in Ocean City, Linwood, Marmora, Egg Harbor Township, Margate, Ventnor, Northfield, Galloway, Mays Landing, Egg Harbor City, and Hammonton. Toys will be accepted at the branches through Dec. 19.

A.C. Electric warns of Green Dot scam

Atlantic City Electric reminds home and business owners to practice safety when someone claiming to represent a business contacts them in person or by phone, especially during the holiday season.

Recently, Atlantic City Electric was alerted to a "Green Dot" scam. Information from law-enforcement officials and other utilities indicates that scammers are targeting not only residents, but also businesses. It has been reported that scammers are telling business owners that the location's electric service account is delinquent and it will be shut off for nonpayment unless the business purchases a Green Dot Money Pack for a specific amount dictated by the scammer from stores including CVS, Rite Aid and Wawa. Victims then receive instructions to call a scammer phone number with the card's account number and pin. Once the scammer obtains the card's identifying information, the value is downloaded, swept and stolen. These transactions are untraceable.

Many companies, including Atlantic City Electric, contact customers in person or via phone for various reasons. If someone claims to represent any company, it is important for customers to take precautions to verify the person is affiliated with the company, especially if that person is requesting an immediate payment.

When addressing past due accounts, Atlantic City Electric never endorses a specific form of payment. Instead, multiple payment options are always given to the customer.

If someone calls claiming to represent a certain company, customers should ask them to verify their identity and affiliation. If customers have any doubt about the validity of a person's claim to represent Atlantic City Electric, they should call the company immediately at 800-642-3780.

For more information about Atlantic City Electric, see

Master Gardener training offered

People who enjoy gardening and would like to take their skills to the next level are sought for the Atlantic County Master Gardener Program sponsored by Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Atlantic County, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Applications are being taken on a first-come, first-served basis. No experience necessary. The first training will begin Jan. 7.

This is a unique program that we are pleased to offer to all residents of Atlantic County. For further information and/or an application, contact Mona Bawgus or Anita Wagner at 625-0056, ext. 6123, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit

Artist residency grants available to schools

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

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

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

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

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

Breast cancer presentation set

Gilda's Club South Jersey will host "Are You at an Increased Risk for Breast Cancer? What Every Woman Needs to Know to Understand Her Risk and Take Control" presented by Dr. Kristin Brill, program director of the Janet Knowles Breast Cancer Center at Cooper Cancer Institute, and Dana Clark, MS, genetics counselor at the Cancer Risk Evaluation Program at Cooper Cancer Institute.

The event is free and open to the public and takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 16. There will be opportunity for questions and answers. RSVP required. For information or to RSVP, call 609-926-2699 or email

Electric bill assistance available

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shore EMS Department begins food, toy drive

Shore Medical Center's Emergency Medical Services Department is collecting toys and nonperishable food items to brighten the holiday season for those in need.

All donations from the EMS Department's sixth annual Holiday Food and Toy Drive will be given to Toys for Tots and the Food Pantry of Somers Point. New, unused toys and nonperishable food items will be accepted at locations throughout the community, including:

EMS Department headquarters, New York Avenue and Center Street, Somers Point

EMS Linwood Station, 515 W. Patcong Ave., Linwood

Shore Medical Center Cafeteria, 100 Medical Center Way, Somers Point

Big Lots and Kmart, Somers Point Shopping Plaza, Route 9, Somers Point

Tilton Market, 1524 Tilton Road, Northfield

Pee Wee's Clothing, 199 New Road, Suite 18, Linwood

The EMS Department has collected more than $24,000 in non-perishable food, toys and monetary donations since 2008. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 20. For more information, call Steve Grecco at 609-653-7061.

Village by the Shore offers events for December

Village by the Shore, a Jewish Family Service initiative for boomers and older adults, is hosting various workshops and events this December.

Festive holiday lunch, partnered with Somers Point Community Education and Recreation, 12:30-2 p.m. Dec. 18. Meet neighbors and make new friends at Harbor Pines Golf Club, 500 St. Andrews Road, Somers Point. Cost $15, limited seating, RSVP to 609-927-2053, ext. 3101.

Join Nurse Educator Maggie Weaver for free diabetes education seminar from 1 to 2:20 p.m. Dec. 20. Learn to manage diabetes, feel well and live healthier. Hear about do's and don'ts of diabetes management. Complimentary seminar held at JFS, 607 N. Jerome Ave., Margate. RSVP to Lisa Walker at 609-822-1109.

For more information on Village by the Shore or to attend an event, call 609-822-1109 or email To learn more about agency events, services and programs, see

VA mobile medical clinic available

The Wilmington VA Medical Center's Mobile Outreach Clinic will be available on the Richard Stockton College campus monthly during the academic year. The next date will be in January. The mobile units offer the following services to veterans:

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

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

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

Sign up to spay, neuter pets for $10

Spaces are available now for a state sterilization funding program available to qualified New Jersey residents.

The program begins Jan. 1, 2014 (while funds last) at participating veterinary offices to help qualified residents spay or neuter their pets for only $10. Because spaces go quickly, Shore Veterinarians encourages residents to sign up early in December for the program before all the slots are taken. Shore Veterinarians participates in this state program at all four of their locations in Seaville, Williamstown, Hammonton and Egg Harbor Township.

Residents can spay and neuter pets at various veterinary offices for only $10 if they qualify for the state sterilization funding program. Animals must be current with their rabies shot, or will be required to vaccinate the day of the surgery. These residents must receive one of the following:

Food Stamps


GPA: General Public Assistance

Rental Assistance

AFDC: Aid to Families with Dependent Children,

LUC: Lifeline Utility Credit

Tenants Lifeline Assistance

SSI: Supplemental Security Income or

PAAD: Pharmaceutical Assistance to aged and Disabled

To see if you qualify or for more information on spay and neuter assistance, please call Shore Veterinarians at 609-272-8777 for Atlantic County residents, 609-561-2802 for Hammonton residents, or 609-390-9113 for Cape May County residents.

JCC Brunch and Learn set

The next Katz JCC Brunch and Learn Event will take place at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 18, with brunch followed by a speaker and a documentary on the big screen. This month, Rabbi David Weis of Beth Israel will speak.

After the discussion is the hilarious documentary film, "Making Trouble: Three Generations of Funny Jewish Women." It tells the story of the greatest female comics of the last century - Molly Picon, Fanny Brice, Sophie Tucker, Joan Rivers, Gilda Radner and Wendy Wasserstein.

Brunch and Learn Events are open to the entire community and are made possible by a donation by Marc Neumann, ChFc The cost is $3 for JCC members and $5 for nonmembers. Attendees should register in advance. For more information, call Josh Cutler at 609-822-1167, ext. 138.

Fire company to host visit from Santa

Pictures and visits with Santa Claus will be available from noon to 4p.m. Dec. 14 thanks to the Ladies Auxiliary at the Pomona Volunteer Fire Co., 225 W. White Horse Pike, Galloway Township.

Refreshments and more will be available. Call 609-652-7675 or 609-412-1534.

DVDs requested for troops

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

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

Youth group selling Christmas trees

Our Lady of Sorrows Youth Group is selling high quality, fresh-cut Christmas trees behind the church on Wabash and Poplar avenues in Linwood. The sale hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

The trees are fresh from western Pennsylvania and range in size from 5 to 12 feet. Prices are competitive. Proceeds benefit local Catholic charities.

Credit union holding gift drive

Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union is collecting gifts for its Starfish Angel Tree to benefit the children, ages 16 and younger, staying at the Atlantic City Rescue Mission. Stop by the Credit Union at 1434 New Road in Northfield, 326 Jimmie Leeds Road in Galloway or at the William J. Hughes Technical Center (restricted access) and select a starfish tag from the tree in the lobby. New gifts should be returned unwrapped with the tag by Dec. 19.

For more information about the gift drive to benefit the Atlantic City Rescue Mission or information regarding Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union, call 609-646-3339, ext. 110, or visit

Noyes to hold Artist Talk event

The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College presents an Artist Talk by accomplished painter and printmaker Diane Tomash at 11 a.m. Dec. 14 at the museum in the Oceanville section of Galloway Township.

Tomash's work is included in the Associate Artist Exhibition, on view through Jan. 12. The Noyes Museum's Associate Artists are emerging artists working in a variety of media including sculpture, painting, and photography, who have been carefully selected and awarded this competitive designation from the Museum.

Regular admission applies. For more information, call 609-652-8848 or visit

AARP driving course set for JCC

The Milton and Betty Katz JCC will host an AARP Driver Safety Course from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 17 at the JCC, 501 N. Jerome Ave. in Margate.

There will be a one hour break for lunch (a meal is not included in the price of the program).

AARP Drivers Safety Course is the nation's first and largest classroom refresher for all motorists. Participants learn how to drive defensively and avoid driving hazards. Auto insurance discounts and point deductions are available with completion of this one-day class.

The check should be made payable to AARP. Advance registration required and spaces are limited to the first 25 paid registrants. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. This class is not valid for drivers with a Florida or New York license. Registration forms are available at the Katz JCC or contact Josh Cutler to have one mailed or emailed to you by calling 609-822-1167, ext. 138, or emailing

FSA holding holiday drive

The Family Service Association, Borgata, Atlantic County Sheriff's Office, ShopRite, Spencer's Gifts, Fulton Bank and Kid Academy have teamed up to collect gifts through the FSA Holiday Drive through Dec. 18.

Customers are encouraged to stop by these neighborhood businesses and organizations to drop off unwrapped gifts and toys in the FSA Holiday Drive bins. Especially needed are infant toys, books, handheld games and gift cards. Family Service Association volunteers will distribute gifts Dec. 19-23. To sign up, email Holiday drop-off locations include:

Family Service Association (Egg Harbor Township Family Success Center), 3050 Spruce Ave., Egg Harbor Township.

Family Service Association (FSA East), 312 E. White Horse Pike, Galloway Township (next to Goodfellows).

Family Service Association (Egg Harbor Township Headquarters), 3073 English Creek Ave., Egg Harbor Township.

FSA (Family Support Network), 661 Jackson Road, Newtonville, located at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center.

The Fulton Bank, 5100 English Creek Ave., Egg Harbor Township.

The Fulton Bank, 1101 Tilton Road, Northfield.

Kids Academy learning Center, 101 Morton Ave., Absecon.

Atlantic County Board of Realtors, 204 E. White Horse Pike, Absecon.

Atlantic County Sheriff Office, 4997 Unami Blvd., Mays Landing.

Allstate Insurance Office, 3003 English Creek Ave., Egg Harbor Township.

Allstate Insurance Office, 2326 New Road, Northfield.

Banana Republic Factory Store (Tanger Outlets AC), 1800 N Michigan Ave., Atlantic City.

For more information about Family Service Association services call 609-569-0239 or 609-569-1153 or 609-569-1160 or see

Holy Redeemer hosts Tree of Lights celebration

Area families are invited to attend Holy Redeemer Hospice's Tree of Lights Celebration, 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 14, at the Holy Redeemer HomeCare and Hospice office, 6550 Delilah Road, Egg Harbor Township. The event raises funds to help care for those facing life-limiting illness and provides families with the opportunity to honor their loved ones.

Lights will be lit on a tree in memory of loved ones at an interfaith prayer service and will remain lit throughout the holiday season. To sponsor a light, program listing, or register for the event, visit or call Gloria at 609-761-0340. Pre-registration is required. All proceeds will benefit Holy Redeemer Hospice.

Bay-Atlantic to present Holiday Concert

The Bay-Atlantic Symphony will be lighting up the holidays in a beautiful way with its second annual Holiday Concert series including delightful festive music by Bach, Pachelbel, Schubert, Strauss and others.

This special non-subscription concerts, conducted by Music Director Jed Gaylin, will take place at 2 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Richard Stockton College Campus Center Theater, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township.

The program will include Johann Pachelbel's "Canon," Johann Sebastian Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" and "Orchestral Suite No. 3," Josef and Johann Strauss Jr.'s "Pizzicato Polka," Russell Steinberg's "Lights On! - A Chanukah Medley," Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria," and Arthur Lock's "A Medley of Christmas Carols."

Tickets for the Holiday Concert series start at $25 and may be ordered by calling the Richard Stockton College box office at 609-652-9000.

For more information, call the Bay-Atlantic Symphony at 856-451-1169, visit, or see them on Facebook.

Jazz concert features holiday tunes

Eddie Morgan, of Atlantic City, and Jackie Greggs along with the Rek'd 4 Jazz band will bring holiday favorites with a jazz flair to Richard Stockton College's Dante Hall Theater in Atlantic City at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12.

Morgan, a jazz trumpeter, vocalist and teacher, will swing the audience into the season with jazz renditions of holiday classics. Greggs will grace the stage bringing her sultry song stylings. Rek'd 4 Jazz includes Eddie Morgan, Jackie Greggs, Jeff Burnside, Daryl Robinson, Garth Gayle and Mike Dempsey.

Dante Hall Theater is located at 14 N. Mississippi Ave., Atlantic City.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $15 for Stockton affiliates (with ID) and $14 for Stockton students (with ID). To purchase tickets, visit or call 609-347-2162. Parking is available in the nearby WAVE Garage or in the church parking lot off of Georgia Avenue.

MAPS Foundation presents holiday events

The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel will host the MAPS Foundation Holiday Dance Festival and Sounds of the Season, helping those who have Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease.

Dancers from local studios will perform to holiday music beginning at noon in the Atlantic Club's Theater every Saturday and Sunday until Dec. 21. Local school choirs will present Sounds of the Season each weekday to Dec. 20 at 11 a.m. in the same location. There will be hand-decorated wreaths, stuffed animals and small gift items for sale during all performances, as well as free parking.

For more information, call Rose Silverman at 609-822-9093.

Jazz scholarship available

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

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

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

Latkes, Lo Mein and Laughter at JCC

At 6:30 p.m. Dec. 25, the Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center in Margate will host an evening of kosher Chinese cuisine, latkes and a comedy show featuring the antics of funny man Dennis Ross.

This event is $18/members and $21/nonmembers in advance, or $25/members and $28/nonmembers day-of. Spaces are limited Call Josh Cutler, JCC program director, for more information or to reserve tickets at 609-822-1167, ext. 138, or

Food drive at county library branches

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

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

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

JCC plans winter camp for kids

This December, the Katz JCC in Margate will hold a camp for kids in grades K-4 during public school's winter break. The camp will run for five days - Dec. 24, 26, 27, 30 and 31.

Camp days will consist of swimming, nature, sports, games, cooking, art projects and more. Campers should pack a bathing suit, towel and dairy (non-meat) lunch every day.

The daily early bird cost is $55 per day for members and $65 for nonmembers by Dec. 20. After Dec. 20, the price will increase to $65/$75 per day. The five-day price is $240/$285 before Dec. 20. Morning care (7:30 to 9 a.m.) and afternoon care (4 to 6 p.m.) is available at a cost of $10 per child/per session. For more information, contact Josh Cutler at 609-822-1167, ext. 138, or email

'The Nutcracker' set for Stockton PAC

The Atlantic City Ballet's "The Nutcracker" returns for its 27th season to the Stockton Performing Arts Center Dec. 13-14.

Showtime for Imagination Station School groups is 10:30 a.m. Dec. 13, and tickets are $11. Showtime is 7 p.m. Dec. 13, and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 14. Tickets are $32. Children's tickets are $12 when accompanied by an adult. Tickets may be ordered at or by calling the box office at 609-652-9000. The box office is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 90 minutes before the performance. For group sales, call 609-652-4786.

Village by the Shore now accepting members

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

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

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

Culinary classes set

The Academy of Culinary Arts, in collaboration with Atlantic County and Hammonton, offers a culinary class this fall. The class will be offered at the Human Services Building, 310 Bellevue Ave. in Hammonton.

Learn to prepare rolled, dropped and iced cookies. Bring a recipe you would like to share, and create an electronic file for the group in Cookie Exchange on Dec. 12. The class meets from 6 to 9 p.m. and includes demonstration, tasting and hands-on activity. The cost is $85 per person. Call 609-343-4829 or see

Support groups aid people affected by Sandy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The program ends Feb. 14.

Library offers free digital media streaming

The Atlantic County Library System now offers IndieFlix, a new digital media streaming service. With IndieFlix, library members can stream and watch thousands of documentaries, shorts, independent and foreign films free of charge with no checkouts, returns or waiting times.

To watch IndieFlix films, viewers need an Atlantic County Library System card and an Internet-connected device such as a computer, smart phone, or smart TV. IndieFlix can also be viewed on tablets, including iPads and Kindles. Multiple users can watch the same film on different devices at the same time.

To learn more about IndieFlix or to get started, visit the library's IndieFlix web page at

Atlantic Cape offers computer, IT training

Learn about the world of computers with Atlantic Cape Community College's computers, technology and IT certifications.

Leveraging Social Media to Attract New Customers will show participants how to incorporate social networking in their business to enhance their communication and follow up with potential customers and existing contacts, Dec. 11. Other courses include: Advanced Dreamweaver CS5, Adobe Illustrator CS5 Parts 1 and 2, Adobe InDesign CS5, Adobe Flash CS5, Cisco Certified Network Associate, CloudOn/Dropbod/Skydrive Demo and IPv6 Fundamentals.

Computers, technology and IT certifications courses will be offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Building T; and the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, in Cape May Court House. For workshop prices or to register, call 609-343-4829 or visit

Atlantic Cape offers 'An Evening in ...' series

The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College offers amateur chefs and food enthusiasts opportunities to learn how to prepare three- and four-course dinners with an international flair without leaving South Jersey. Chef Jon Davies of Cape May leads the "An Evening in …" series. Classes will be structured as a demonstration and tasting with class participant assistance.

Register early for one of the most popular classes at the Academy of Culinary Arts: 'The Feast of the Seven Fishes,' Dec. 17. Experience classic Christmas Eve dishes, including: baccala salad, fried calamari, linguini with clams and mussels fra diavolo and more.

Classes will be held at Atlantic Cape's Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Kitchen 2. All classes take place 6 to 9 p.m. For fees and to register, call 609-343-4829, or visit

Thrift shop seeks winter garments

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

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

Gilda's Club to hold writing contest

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

Needed are honest and personal essays or poetry from students in ninth through 12th grades. Essays must be between 500 and 1,000 words. Essays and poems should be typed and double spaced. Writings will not be returned. Writings, along with a completed contest entry form, must be postmarked by March 14, 2014. Winners will be selected by May 9, 2014. For more information and a contest entry form, contact Beth at

Stockton to host Pinelands Short Course

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey 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. Nonprofit organizations and other groups may distribute information and sell Pinelands-themed books and artwork in an exhibition gallery. New Jersey educators who attend can earn professional development credits through the state Department of Education. The course will take place in Stockton's Campus Center and in the new Unified Science Center, set to open this fall.

Tickets are $40, with discounts available for senior citizens and students. The schedule and brochure will be available in December at

Multi-Care Center seeks volunteers

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

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

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

Small Sandy Survivors group set

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

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

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