Awards honor Brown, Whelan, Shechtman

Beth El Synagogue's annual Father Schiavo Brotherhood awards service will be held 7:30 p.m. May 9.

Assemblyman Chris A. Brown will receive the Father Thom Schiavo Humanitarian Award.

Brown served honorably in the Persian Gulf War as part of Operation Desert Storm. He is a highly decorated combat veteran. Brown is the founder and president of the Chief Arthur R. Brown Jr. Memorial Scholarship Foundation, which has awarded over $200,000 in scholarships to local students since 1992. He was a member of the Atlantic City Chapter of the NAACP, where he served as chairman of the Legal Redress Committee. Brown is a member of the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation, VFW Post 3361, Clark-Edison American Legion Post 352 and the Atlantic City Jaycees.

The Father Thom Schiavo Brotherhood Award will be given to state Sen. James Whelan. Whelan has served as mayor of Atlantic City and as assemblyman and senator in the state Legislature. Whelan's high standards of community service have set the standard for all elected officials in the area, and he is works to address the needs and concerns of the community, the synagogue said in announcing the award

The Community Service Award will be presented to Sandi Shechtman. Shechtman has been an integral part of Beth El Synagogue and charitable organizations in the area for many years, the synagogue said. Her dedication to Beth El Synagogue in Margate goes back to when her mother, Mary M. Davis donated a library with computers for the entire congregation and students to use. After her mother's passing, Shechtman has made sure the legacy of her mother lives on through her many contributions to the Mary M. & Emanuel Davis Library. She is one of the 1st vice presidents on the executive board and president of the Beth El Sisterhood. She coordinates and runs a summer game day. She is the organizer of Beth El's pre-Hanukkah and holiday bazaar.

The awards event is open to the public. For more information, contact the Beth El office, 609-823-2725.

Phi Delta Kappa plans Golden Cotillion

The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., Iota Chapter will hold its first Golden Cotillion, Ladies of Distinction - Lovelier the Second Time Around, 6 to 10 p.m. May 17.

The fundrasing event will feature mature ladies, 60 years of age or older, enjoying an elegant fun-filled night of dancing and fun. The public is invited to attend. Proceeds benefit Phi Delta Kappa Iota Chapter's scholarship, youth and organizational programs.

Admission will be $65.00 for adults and $25 for children to age 12.

The cotillion will be held at Harbor Pines Golf Club, 500 St. Andrews Drive, Egg Harbor Township.

For more information, contact Barbara Gilliam at 609-348-3654.

Beth Israel plans 'Broadway Bash'

Congregation Beth Israel will hold its third annual "Broadway Bash" on May 17.

The evening is a fundraising event for programming at the synagogue.

"Broadway Bash" will re-create the New York landmark, Ellen's Stardust Diner, known for serving up Broadway-style entertainment along with the meals.

The cast of "Broadway Bash" includes accomplished Broadway performers and stars Beth Israel's Heather Shields. Shields is a founder and executive director of the nonprofit company While We Wait Productions, described as a place for artists to explore interests and identities as performers, educators, students, writers, communicators and technicians. She has a master of arts administration degree from the Columbia University in New York City.

Shields grew up in Congregation Beth Israel, where she attended religious school, became a bat mitzvah and was confirmed. Shields joins Cantor Larisa Averbakh on the bimah during High Holiday worship services each year.

Tickets for "Broadway Bash" are $50 per person and include supper, martinis, margaritas, beer, wine and dessert along with an evening of entertainment. The event has been sold out for the past two years.

Doors will open at 7 p.m.

"Broadway Bash" is open to the public and sponsorships are available. Your check is your reservation and may be mailed to Congregation Beth Israel, 2501 Shore Road, Northfield, N.J. 08225. For more information, call 609-641-3600 or email bethisrael@cbinorthfield.org.

Kline wins 'Art on Asbury' show

The Ocean City Fine Arts League has announced winners of the "Architectural Insights" April show. More than 80 pieces of artwork were submitted as artists interpreted buildings from rural to urban and everything in between at the Art on Asbury Gallery.

First place: MaryAnn Kline, of Egg Harbor Township, "Back Porch," oil

Second place: Diane Brown, of Somers Point, "Yellow, White Geometric Skyline," pastel

Honorable mentions: Rita Michalenko, of Mays Landing, "The Mill At Batsto," pastel; Bernice Rappoport, of Egg Harbor Township, "Downtown," watercolor; Bill Wright, of Hammonton, "Let Us Never Forget," photo; Donna Mindish, of Northfield, "St Philips Church," watercolor.

The Ocean City Fine Arts League also had a dual event in April. Artists from southern New Jersey have participated in making others aware by making beauty out of plastic, paper and metal that is recyclable in the "Protect the Environment" show. The winners were:

Adult Category, first place: Kathy Nichols, of Beesleys Point

Second place: Christina Lowenstein, of Linwood

Third place: Michele Pasciullo, of Ocean City

Honorable mention: Christine Boris, of Ocean City

Under 16 Category, first place: Maddie Craken and Ely Zaccaria, Cape May schools

Second place: Jessica Oldroyd, Egg Harbor Township

Third place: Charlie Bethea and Mo Fathi, Cape May schools

Honorable mention: Matthew Ruthefford, Cape May schools

All artwork is for sale. For information, call 609-814-0308 or see oceancityfineartsleague.org.

Atlantic County Bar Association offers scholarships

The Atlantic County Bar Association is seeking applicants for its 2014-15 Vincent S. Haneman-Joseph B. Perskie scholarship awards.

Atlantic County residents admitted to an American Bar Association Law school are eligible to apply. The award is based on academic ability, financial need, leadership potential and character.

Applications are available online at atcobar.org or by contacting the ACBA Executive Director Tamara M. Lamb at 609-345-3444.

Jazz scholarship available

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

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

Military Ball set for May 10

Joseph T. Hicks, past Commander of the American Legion Kenneth B. Hawkins Post 61 and a county Vice Commander, will lead a distinguished list of honorees - including past Commanders Joseph L. Roderick, the late William Collette and World War II veteran Raymond Coursey - when they are honored for "Decades of Outstanding Service and Contributions" from 6 to 10 p.m. May 10.

The gala takes place at the All Wars Memorial Building, 1510 Adriatic Avenue, Atlantic City. The RCH Student Scholarship Fund, established in honor of past Commanders Roderick, Collette and Hicks, will present scholarships to two students from Atlantic City High School at the event. Kenneth B. Hawkins' 1st Vice Commander Charles Ellis and Comrade E. Marie Rose will be honored by Post 61 for their outstanding contributions to Post 61, veterans, their families and the community. Nominations are also sought for our 2014 Outstanding Military Man and Woman of the Year. Nominations should be sent to PO Box 5166, Atlantic City, NJ 08404. Email Jhnbltn@aol.com. Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian is expected to attend, and County Commander Russell Robinson will perform the Legion's official swearing-in ceremonies of new members and officers and give remarks. A swearing-in ceremony also will take place for the newly formed Kenneth B. Hawkins American Legion Auxiliary Unit 0061.

Tickets are available for $30 per person. Call 609-572-9109 or 609-576-3652, or contact any Kenneth B. Hawkins Post 61 or auxiliary member for tickets.

Energy bill assistance available

Atlantic City Electric reminds customers that they have options to apply for energy assistance if they are having difficulty paying their energy bills.

Due to this past winter's extremely cold temperatures and potentially high energy bills, the federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program has extended its application deadline and emergency assistance request period to June 30. LIHEAP is administered by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and assists residents in paying for heating costs and certain medically necessary cooling expenses. Call 800-510-3102 or see energyassistance.nj.gov.

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

The Payment Assistance for Gas and Electric program provides relief on natural gas and electric bills for low to moderate-income New Jersey households that are experiencing a temporary financial crisis. Certain restrictions apply. Call 732-982-8710 or see njpoweron.org.

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. Visit ahanjtrue.org or call 732-982-8710.

New Jersey SHARES is a nonprofit corporation that provides assistance to income eligible New Jersey households in paying energy, telephone and water bills. Applications for New Jersey SHARES grants can be made at any of more than 270 participating social service agencies. See njshares.org or call 866-657-4273.

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 more information about energy assistance programs, visit nj211.org or call 211, New Jersey's non-emergency helpline, available 24/7 throughout 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.

Find more information by visiting atlanticcityelectric.com.

Free courses for businesses and nonprofits

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer free Microsoft Office (2010) and social media courses for all New Jersey businesses and nonprofits at the Mays Landing Campus in May.

The free courses are possible through grant funding from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development in partnership with the New Jersey Council of County Colleges. Last year, New Jersey employers took advantage of more than $1 million worth of no-cost training for their employees. Open enrollment classes have been scheduled at Atlantic Cape's Mays Landing Campus on the following dates:

Word, Level I: May 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Excel, Level II: May 14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Word, Level II: May 20, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Employees also can take Social Media Fundamentals on May 9, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. This class will teach employees which social media tool is most important based on personal and professional goals.

The class Social Media and Marketing, May 22, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., will examine how social media platforms affect business and investigate strategies to grow your client base.

The classes are free to all private-sector and nonprofit employers in the state. Atlantic Cape's Mays Landing Campus is located at 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing. To register employees for training, contact Susan DeCicco at 609-343-5655. For questions, contact Jean McAlister at mcaliste@atlantic.edu or 609-343-5688 or Esther Gandica at gandica@atlantic.edu.

Holy Spirit H.S. hosts cheerleading tryouts

Holy Spirit High School will hold tryouts for its cheerleading squad from 7 to 9 p.m. through May 8.

The try outs are for the 2014 football and 2014-15 basketball seasons and will take place in the Holy Spirit High School gymnasium. The school is located at 500 S New Road, Absecon.

For more information, call Coach Dooley at 609-402-1301.

College admissions workshop available

The Rothenberg Center for Family Life at Jewish Family Service will present two workshops to help parents and students tackle the college admission process.

The course for parents, "Parents: How to Pay for College," is a complimentary workshop that offers cost-saving measures related to college expenses, financial aid and special scenarios for divorced and single parents. This workshop will be presented by Timothy and Caitlyn Mancuso, Penn Mutual financial advisers, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 13.

High school students can attend "How to Write Winning College Essays" from 1 to 3 p.m. May 18. This workshop is recommended for high school juniors and offers tips for college essay and resume writing that get the attention of admission officers. It will be presented by Linda Steinberg George, a professional writing coach, certified teacher and award-winning writer. The fee for the workshop is $40 and includes all materials.

Both workshops will take place at Jewish Family Service, 607 N. Jerome Ave., Margate. Register by May 8, as space is limited. Contact Sharon Simon at 609-822-1108, ext. 152, or ssimon@jfsatlantic.org.

Shirley Mae Run, Michael J. Walk set

The Shirley Mae Breast Cancer Assistance Fund presents the annual Shirley Mae Run and Michael J. Walk on May 10.

The event features a 5K run, a 1.5-mile walk, and a Kids' Fun Run. All events will take place on the Atlantic City Boardwalk in front of Tropicana Casino and Resort. Free parking will be available until 11:30 a.m. at Tropicana. Festivities start at 7:30 a.m., with the opening ceremony starting at 9 a.m. Complimentary refreshments will be available. The morning includes free health screenings, music, entertainment, the inspirational Celebration of Survivors and more. All proceeds go to the Shirley Mae Breast Cancer Assistance Fund, the Michael J. Neustadter Pancreatic Cancer Fund and Gilda's Club South Jersey.

Online registration closes at 11:59 p.m. May 5. See shirleymaefund.org.

Heirloom tomato plant sale set

The Atlantic City Area Religious Society of Friends will hold its second annual Jersey heirloom tomato plant sale on May 10, Mother's Day weekend, on its grounds in Galloway Township.

Sale hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 437 S. Pitney Road. Proceeds will help with the cost of the ongoing restoration of the 1828 Quaker meetinghouse.

Mother's Day weekend is the customary time for home gardeners to transplant tomato plants outdoors into gardens in southern New Jersey, when the last chance of frost has passed. For sale will be traditional Jersey varieties such as Morton, Rutgers and Box Car Willie, and plum tomato plants Jersey Devil and Jersey Giant. There also will be Ramapo, a hybrid Jersey tomato, as well as plants suitable for containers, plus as Italian basil plants. The organically grown plants start at $1 for the heirloom tomatoes, which can be difficult to find in home garden centers.

In the case of inclement weather May 10, the sale will extend to May 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Help available for low-income Medicaid recipients

Extra help is available for Medicare recipients living on a limited income, who may qualify for as much as $5,000 in annual assistance to help with Medicare expenses.

Income-eligible seniors and people with disabilities who are enrolled in Medicare can save at least $1,000 on health-care expenses by enrolling in a Medicare Savings Program, which will cover the Medicare Part B premium, a savings of $104.90 per month, for qualified people. They may also qualify for an average annual savings of $3,900 on Medicare Part D premiums and prescriptions with a low income subsidy. In addition to discounts on brand-name and generic medications, there are no co-pays or deductibles for annual wellness visits and personalized prevention plan services.

For more information, contact the Atlantic County Aging and Disability Resource Center at 888-426-9243, ext. 4315, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday or see aclink.org/intergenerational.

Atlantic Cape offers workshops

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer a series of workshops for people interested in educating themselves on launching a nonprofit business.

Introduction to Grant Writing will take participants through a step-by-step grant writing process, including identifying funding sources, matching their program with funding sources, writing proposals and managing their award, two Thursdays, May 8 and 15.

Business Plan Writing: What Do You Propose? will offer attendants a foundation for planning their future and provide a sample business plan they can develop on their own, whether they are looking to start a business, expand their business, or redesign their business, two Thursdays, May 22 and 29.

Nonprofit Series workshops are offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Building T. For more information or to register, see atlantic.edu/conted or call 609-343-5655.

Hurricane Sandy recovery resource offered

Atlantic County residents seeking assistance for recovery from Hurricane Sandy can contact the Recovery Peer Outreach Support Team.

Disaster case managers will meet with people and determine what resources best meet specific needs. RPOST is funded by grants from the American Red Cross and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Call the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County at 609-652-3800, ext. 318.

Atlantic Cape offers professional workshops

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer professional development workshops this spring for people interested in enhancing their skill sets and advancing their careers. Classes include:

Academy for Notaries: teaches participants how to become a valuable employee and better protect their employer's business. Completion of the full course will include a current year membership with the New Jersey Notary Association, May 17.

Exploring Digital SLR Photography 1: Educates participants on what shutter speeds, f stops and ISO mean through hands-on picture taking. Bring your digital SLR camera to class, May 28 and June 4.

Building a Business in Today's Economy: Offers participants tips, tricks and techniques to start or build their business in today's economic climate, June 28.

Professional development workshops are 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 information or to register, see atlantic.edu/conted or call 609-343-5655.

Chamber teams up with Gloves 4 Troops

The Greater Egg Harbor Chamber is thinking spring and hoping to brighten the lives of U.S. service members by teaming up with Gloves 4 Troops, an organization that ships baseball gloves, balls and letters of encouragement to American military personnel stationed across the globe.

Gloves 4 Troops was started by Vance Albitz, a second baseman for the AAA St. Louis Cardinals affiliate, Memphis Redbirds, and over the past two years the organization has sent thousands of gloves overseas. Dropoff locations are Simply Sweet, 132 Philadelphia Ave., Egg Harbor City; the offices of Century21 Frick, 117 West White Horse Pike, Galloway Township; and Casciano's, 212 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. Gloves, baseballs and letters of encouragement can be dropped off at the business locations anytime until Memorial Day weekend. The gloves can be new or used.

For more information, call project coordinator Nick Polito at 609-705-7782 or Chamber President Jim Schroeder at 609-270-7590, or see greatereggchamber.org.

Permanent drug disposal box set up

Atlantic County residents will have more opportunities to safeguard their homes from prescription drug abuse at a permanent American Medicine Chest Challenge disposal box, the Sheriff's Office said.

With the support and collaboration of Actavis, the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey, parent organization of the American Medicine Chest Challenge, recently awarded the Atlantic County Sheriff's Office a permanent collection box for the disposal of unused, unwanted and expired medicine. The box will be located in the vestibule of the Mays Landing Criminal Court Complex, which is open to the public 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The AMCC challenges families to take the Five-Step American Medicine Chest Challenge:

Take inventory of your prescription and over-the-counter medicine.

Secure your medicine chest.

Dispose of your unused, unwanted and expired medicine in your home or at an American Medicine Chest Challenge Disposal site.

Take your medicine(s) exactly as prescribed.

Talk to your children about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

Atlantic Cape offers health care career training

This spring, the Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape Community College is offering programs to train people interested in a health care career. They include: Certified Nurse Aide: Begins June 2. CNAs will be eligible for employment in a long-term care facility, assisted living facility, adult medical day care or some hospitals.

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. For information or to register, call 609-343-5655 or see atlantic.edu/conted.

Project seeks Sandy-affected residents

Due to the ongoing issues that victims of Hurricane Sandy continue to experience, Community Health Law Project has received a contract from the state Department of Human Services to work with residents affected by the storm who were or are living in Atlantic, Cape May, Bergen, Hudson, Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex, Essex and Union counties.

With this funding, the Community Health Law Project is able to provide legal assistance, as well as case management.

In an effort to reach residents currently in Cape May and Atlantic counties, a CHLP attorney and advocate will be able to meet with residents in its office or at a location close to their home. Call the Community Health Law Project at 856-858-9500.

Beth Judah offers program registration

Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor is now opening registration for its "Jewel of the Isle" summer program as well as for preschool 2014-15.

There are multiple summer and preschool incentive packages including early or second-child enrollment, discounts for both sessions and for referring a friend, pay-in-full discounts and $$ credit toward preschool. The summer fun and preschool programs offer flexible schedules. Both programs include the use of technology, computers, and smart boards with age-appropriate software. No membership is required and all families are welcome.

To schedule a visit or for more information, contact Lynne Midelton at lynne.midelton@bethjudah.org or 609-822-7116, ext. 120.

Atlantic Cape offers senior workshops

Atlantic Cape Community College's "Club 50 Plus" offers workshops to enhance the personal, professional and social lives of older learners this spring.

The workshops 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. Classes include:

May 9: Manage, Edit and Email Your Photographs

May 16: Organize Your Photos and Videos in the Cloud

June 7: Publish Your Book, Guaranteed

Join Club 50 Plus for $5 and get a 20 percent discount on future club workshops, culinary and professional development through June 30. Mention code CEGN001-MW01. For workshop prices or to register, call 609-343-5655 or see atlantic.edu/conted.

Casino Career Institute offers training

Atlantic Cape Community College's Casino Career Institute is offering quick-start courses in blackjack, roulette or baccarat.

The four-week courses teach fundamentals and emphasize game knowledge, chip value and card handling. New sections begin weekly. For a complete list of classes and to register, see atlantic.edu/cci or call 609-343-5655.

SCOSA seeks volunteers

The Stockton Center on Successful Aging is seeking volunteers to participate in a research project on the campus of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, 101 Vera King Farris Dr., Galloway Township.

This research is designed to explore the relationship between activity in the brain and thinking and memory. The research project, "Healthy Brain, Healthy Mind," is directed by Dr. Jessica Fleck, associate professor of psychology. While many are screened for blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, skin cancers and other conditions is common for older adults, very few people have ever participated in a screening of brain health and function. The National Institute on Aging suggests that changes in the physical brain may occur a decade or more before changes in memory and thinking are observed. If so, early detection of changes in the physical brain is key to long-term health and vitality. The study is comprised of two sessions, each an hour to 90 minutes long. Fleck is looking for healthy participants who are between 45 and 64 years old.

For this project, participants must be right-handed and have no prior diagnosis of dementia, neurological disorder, or traumatic brain injury. The project involves the use of EEG, which measures electrical activity in the brain. Tests of memory and thinking will also be administered in a second session. Participants who score outside the normal range will be provided referrals for further neurological assessment.

Those who are interested in participating should contact Fleck and the Healthy Brain, Healthy Mind Research Team at 609-626-3444 or eeglab@stockton.edu to learn more.

Atlantic Cape offers online training

Atlantic Cape Community College's Continuing Education division, in partnership with Education to Go, is offering professionals the opportunity to upgrade their current skills and develop new talents through online training courses.

Concentrations include Business, Grant Writing/Nonprofits, Career Ideas, Career Development, Personal Enrichment, and Test Preparation. Students need Internet access, an email address and web browser. Courses begin every six weeks and consist of 12 lessons, quizzes, assignment, tutorials and online discussions. Most classes are $109.

See ed2go.com/accc or atlantic.edu/conted, or call 609-343-5655.

Register for Stockton summer classes

Summer classes at Richard Stockton College are now open for registration for both matriculated and non-matriculated students.

The college is offering four summer sessions. For classes, there are two six-week sessions and one 10-week session; a 12-week session is for internships and independent studies. More than 287 courses - 70 of them offered totally online - will be offered at the Galloway main campus and the Manahawkin and Hammonton instructional sites. Tuition and fees will not increase for 2014 summer courses. For one credit, the summer session rates are:

Undergraduate, in-state tuition is $229.09; $123.22 education and general fees; and $31.95 facilities fees.

Undergraduate, out-of-state tuition is $413.36; fees same as above.

Master's, in-state tuition is $543.11; $129.70 educational and general fees; $33.63 facilities fees.

Master's, out-of-state tuition is $836.04; fees same as above.

Doctoral, in-state tuition is $597.42; $129.70 education and general fees; and $33.63 facilities fees.

Doctoral, out-of-state tuition is $961.45; fees same as above.

An additional fee for transportation and safety is charged once in the summer term, not per credit.

For more information, visit the Office of the Registrar at intraweb.stockton.edu/eyos/page.cfm?siteID=190&pageID=1

Spots open on summer Israel trip

Congregation Beth Israel invites community members to join the congregation on a trip to Israel led by Rabbi David and Susan Weis this summer, June 25-July 6.

Departing from Newark International Airport, the trip to Israel will include stops in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Golan Heights, Tzfat, the Dead Sea and Masada. Highlights of activities include: Tree planting in the Biblical Nature Reserve; camel rides and Bedouin hospitality in the Negev; chocolate making workshop at the DeKarina Chocolate Factory; a b'nai mitzvah at the Western Wall in Jerusalem; an early morning walk to the fortress of Masada, followed by a float in the Dead Sea; a visit with artist David Friedman in his studio in Tzfat; a trip to Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum; a nature walk to the waterfall in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve; a visit with an Ethiopian family to hear about their incredible journey home to Israel; Shabbat in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

A limited number of spaces are still available. For more information, contact bethisrael@cbinorthfield.org or 609-641-3600.

Jan-Ai scholarships available

Scholarships ($500-$1,000) are now available from the Jan-Ai Scholarship Fund to high school seniors pursuing a college degree in the arts to include the following: music, visual arts, theater and dance. Visit the website to download the application. May 12 is the deadline for all applications.

Since April 2007, $93,919 in scholarships and cash awards have been given to 236 recipients. The goal is to make that $100,000 by 2014. Donors can give via PayPal, jan-aischolar.org, or sending a check or money order to PO Box 8068, Atlantic City, NJ 08404.

The Jan-Ai Scholarship Fund was created to honor the memory of Ventnor native Jennifer Cakert, who died at age 26 in June 2006. It was established to help young people follow their passion in the arts.

SCOSA presents local history craft workshops

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

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

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

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

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

SCOSA presents craft workshops at Noyes

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

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

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

Body in Balance hosting events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, call 609-365-8499.

K-Loc Education Center offers events

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

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

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

'Joseph Project' planned in Margate

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

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

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

Tickets on sale for Chefs at Shore fundraiser

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

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

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

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.

Village by the Shore now accepting members

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

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

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

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.