Survey seeks residents affected by Sandy

More than 22,000 Atlantic County residents registered for federal assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. A new online survey seeks their input as well as those who were affected but did not request assistance.

The survey is sponsored by the Atlantic County Division of Public Health in partnership with the Mental Health Association of New Jersey. It is meant to determine the unmet health, mental health and social service needs of county residents who were affected by Hurricane Sandy and is based upon a framework developed by the New Jersey Department of Health. The brief online survey is strictly confidential. Participants will not be asked for personal identifying information and will not be contacted. Survey results will also be used to create a plan to link Sandy-affected residents with long-term recovery and educational outreach activities. A link to the survey is available through April 30 at aclink.org and ReadyAtlantic.org.

Those in need of mental health assistance as a result of Hurricane Sandy are encouraged to call the Mental Health Association at 609-652-3800, ext. 308, or the toll free Sandy stress hotline at 866-202-HELP (4357), or call 2-1-1.

Poetry event addresses sex assaults

In cooperation with the Women's Center, Ventnor Coffee, 108 North Dorset Ave., is hosting an open mic poetry night at 6:30 p.m. April 10 to recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The evening consists of original poetry readings about empowerment and the strength of the human spirit. The event is open to the public.

Margate beach badges on sale

The beach badge pre-season sale is going on at the Margate Municipal Building, 9001 Winchester Ave., Mon-Fri from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at Bloom Pavilion, Huntington Avenue and the Beach, seven days from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Beach badges are required to be worn on the beach during the summer season by everyone 12 and older. The pre-season cost for a regular badge is $7 and for a senior citizen 65 or older, the cost is $3.50 (may only be worn by a senior citizen). Beginning June 1, all seasonal badges cost $15.

Little Princess Tea Party set

All little princesses are invited to the Northfield Public Library's annual Little Princess Tea Party from 11 a.m. to noon April 12.

Join Miss National New Jersey Jessica Indio. There will be stories, refreshments and pictures with Miss National New Jersey. Registration is required. Space is limited. Call 609-646-4476.

Walking for Wishes set

The Stockton Disney Association, a student organization at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, is hosting "Walking for Wishes" to benefit Make-A-Wish New Jersey from 10 a.m. to noon April 13 on the college's main Galloway campus.

The event begins at the D-Wing Plaza. Walkers will follow a loop that goes around the college's scenic Lake Fred. The club will be hosting a variety of children's activities, including face painting and coloring behind the college's main Campus Center (weather permitting). There will also be music, snacks and door prizes – many of which have been donated by local businesses. Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite Disney costume or attire. Net proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish New Jersey, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Tickets are $10 at the door or can be purchased in advance at the college's Campus Center information desk, 609-652-4706. Children under age 5 will be admitted free. For more information, email StocktonsDisneyAssociation@gmail.com.

Africana Studies Program celebrates 30 years

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey's Africana Studies program will celebrate its 30th anniversary at 7 p.m. April 11.

The "Old School Meets New School" event will take place in the Campus Center Event Room on the college's main campus in Galloway Township. Faculty, staff, administrators, students and alumni invite members of the community to join this "monster throw down" celebration which will offer Southern-style soul food, drinks, program, dancing and conversation. Musical entertainment will be presented by Coast 2 Coast Productions' "Aces" Band. The evening also will feature a tribute to retiring faculty member Dr. Linda Williamson Nelson, professor of anthropology and Africana studies.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. To reserve, E-mail Donnetrice.Allison@stockton.edu, allison.sinanan@stockton.edu or Pat.Reid-Merritt@stockton.edu.

Go Blue for CASA event set

CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties will recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month with a Go Blue for CASA event on April 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Atlantic City Country Club in Northfield.

The event features appetizers, musicians Ben Clayton, Yuni Sabatino, Geri Rizzo and John Oelkers, signature cocktails, and an auction filled with trips, golf and dining and entertainment experiences. Participants are encouraged to come dressed down, in jeans or their bluest casual wear. All tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased at AtlanticCapeCASA.org/GoBlue.aspx or by phone at 609-601-7800.

Go Blue was created to help raise awareness of children living in foster care and the importance of CASA volunteers. Go Blue is part of a statewide CASA initiative to bring awareness to child abuse and the work of CASA volunteers to ensure these children find safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. Proceeds benefit CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties.

Nature Reserve plans cleanup

The Egg Harbor Township Nature Reserve plans its Spring Clean Up, with the meeting time at 8:30 a.m. May 3.

Participants are asked to meet at the reserve's parking lot off Zion Road, and the cleanup will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. All are welcome.

CASA volunteers sworn in

Sixteen residents of Atlantic and Cape May counties residents were sworn recently as Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers at a ceremony in Somers Point.

The swearing in capped 30 hours of classroom instruction in child advocacy. As CASA volunteers, they will advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children and ensure these children receive necessary resources and services while living in foster care. The ultimate goal is to ensure that the children are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. The new CASA volunteers include Robert Badgett, of Margate, Tiana Cannon, of Atlantic City, Janis Colasurdo, of Northfield, Caitlan Cool, of Estell Manor, Gene Glembocki, of Egg Harbor Township, Paul Rynshall, of Egg Harbor Township, Melissa Smyth, of Corbin City, Ellen Stanavitch, of Galloway Township, Heather Taman, of Corbin City, Tiffany Ticinelli, of Somers Point, Edith Zarate, of Pleasantville.

Anyone interested in becoming a CASA volunteer should attend an information session at noon April 15 or 6 p.m. April 16 at the CASA office in Somers Point. A new training class will begin in May. Call 609-601-7800 or see AtlanticCapeCASA.org.

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.

Poetry reading to feature BJ Ward

In honor of National Poetry Month, Atlantic Cape Community College will host poet BJ Ward for a reading at 7 p.m. April 16 in Cafeteria B, Building C, at the Mays Landing Campus. The event is free.

Ward grew up in New Jersey and earned a bachelor of arts degree at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and a master of arts at Syracuse University. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including "Jackleg Opera: Collected Poems 1990-2013," "Gravedigger's Birthday" (2002), a Paterson Poetry Prize finalist, "17 Love Poems with No Despair" (1997) and "Landing in New Jersey with Soft Hands" (1994).

For more information, contact Elinor Mattern, assistant professor of English, at emattern@atlantic.edu.

New PGA Junior League golf program set

Girls and boys age 13 and younger are invited to participate in a new recreational program provided by the Atlantic County John F. Gaffney Green Tree Golf Course on Route 559 in Egg Harbor Township.

The PGA Junior League Golf program is designed to bring a "Little League" atmosphere to the game of golf. Kids compete in a structured environment, learning the game of golf while having fun. Participants have one practice session per week and as many as six 9-hole weekend matches. They are entitled to unlimited range balls on both practice and match days. Every youth receives PGA instruction as well as a golf jersey, golf balls and golf bag tags.

The cost of the program is $125. Those interested in participating must register by April 29. Space is limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Call at 609-625-9131.

Flip Flop Fling fundraiser for Gilda's Club South Jersey

The inaugural Flip Flop Fling to benefit Gilda's Club South Jersey will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. April 10 at Margaritaville Atlantic City in Resorts Casino Hotel.

Margaritaville is donating the venue, food and servers for the evening, so the $50 per person ticket price is tax-deductible and goes directly to the free support program at Gilda's Club. The event is chaired by Eddie Davis, Lite Rock 96.9 morning show host and GCSJ Board of Directors member.

The Flip Flop Fling will have a silent and live auction with items including vacation packages and Jimmy Buffet concert tickets. In addition to the auction, guests will go "Digging for Diamonds" with Serago Roberts Jewelers. Participants will have a chance to win one of 12 prizes ranging in value from $100 to $2,000. The event also will feature live music by Under Pressure, a cornhole tournament and more surprises.

Attire is "flip flops optional." Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact Lauren at 609-926-2699 or Lauren@gildasclubsouthjersey.org for more information. Tickets are $50. To purchase, call 609-926-2699 or see gildasclubsouthjersey.org.

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:

Intermediate Italian: Improves student's language skills and further their knowledge of Italian life and culture. Bring textbook from Beginning Italian, eight Wednesdays, April 9-May 28.

Basic Wine Appreciation of the Wines of Cape May County: demonstrates the proper method of tasting, pouring and differentiating among wine varieties. The class will focus on the wineries and viticulture of Cape May County. Must be 21 to attend, April 10.

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.

Parenting class offered

The Mental Health Association in Atlantic County is offering a three-week series that teaches simple and effective parenting skills to parents of children ages 5 to 12.

The class is based on the National Parenting Curriculum "Active Parenting Now in 3" by Michael H. Popkin, PhD. Topics include communication and cooperation, discipline and responsibility, as well as power, courage and self-esteem. Classes will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays April 14, 21 and 28 and will be held at 4 East Jimmie Leeds Road, Suite 8, Galloway Township.

The classes are offered through a grant and are free to the public. Participants must attend all three sessions. To register, contact Anne Groh at 609-652-3800, ext. 311 or agroh@mhanj.org.

Volunteer Master Naturalist program set

Nature enthusiasts can become volunteer master naturalists by enrolling in a 40-hour certificate program offered by the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.

The Volunteer Master Naturalist program offers both classroom and field-based learning covering a broad range of natural resource and wildlife topics delivered by experts in environmental education. The program is open to staff of environmental organizations, teachers, retirees and adults interested in the environment. Participants can expect to expand their knowledge of local biodiversity and learn ways to live sustainably. After the training, master naturalists are tasked with giving back through volunteerism.

The program runs April 9-May 14. The classroom training takes place on Wednesday evenings, 6-9 p.m., at the Forsythe Headquarters building. Saturday field trips are 9-3 p.m. and include a kayaking trip at Sedge Island (located off Island Beach State Park) and an eight-mile driving tour of Wildlife Drive and exploring the foot trails at Forsythe. Field trips require participants to drive or carpool to destinations.

Scholarships are available. To apply, see stockton.edu/cs, click on course offerings and then select certificate programs. To receive the VMN certificate, scholarship recipients must also complete, during the subsequent 12 months, 40 hours of service at Forsythe and complete an additional eight hours of advanced environmental training.The 40-hour service and eight-hour advanced training component must be completed each year to maintain one's Volunteer Master Naturalist status.

For more information, contact Stockton College Continuing Studies at NJVMN@stockton.edu or call 609-652-4227.

Jewelry-making classes forming

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 wearable art. Learn traditional techniques and develop your own style. The class will make pins, earrings, necklaces and bracelets to wear or give as gifts. Students will learn to work with glass, crystal and semiprecious stones and beads, as well as a variety of metal jewelry findings.

Courses begin April 11 and 12 and meet once a week for seven weeks. They will be as follows:

10 a.m.-noon Friday (or Saturday), Beading: Learn techniques,tools and materials to make beaded jewelry. Work with glass, crystal and stone beads and found materials to make earrings, necklaces, bracelets and more.

12:15-2:30 p.m. Friday (or Saturday), Beginners Metalsmithing (Metals 1). Learn methods of cold joining metals and stones. Learn to work with wire and sheet metals, piercing, sawing, riveting, drilling, polishing, finishing and more.

2:30-4:30 p.m. Friday (or Saturday): Intermediate Metalsmithing (Metals 2). For students who have metalworking skills from Beginners Metalsmithing. Learn to use a jeweler's torch to make jewelry designs come to life. Do bezel and prong settings, make chain, stamp, set stones and more.

Open studio time to be determined after classes begin. All classes are $155 and include tools and materials (including copper and brass metal. If desired, students can purchase sterling silver, pearls and other specialty items for an additional fee). Open studio is $10 per hour. Call 609-287-6449.

Scholarships available from Atlantic Audubon

The Atlantic Audubon Society is presenting scholarships to high school senior girls from Atlantic County who plan a college major and a career in the sciences, particularly environmental science.

Female high school students can apply for the $1,000 Patricia and Carol Bristow Memorial Scholarship. The application deadline is April 15.

Interested students should contact their school guidance department, or call 609-703-6329 for more information.

Field of Dreams registering players

The South Jersey Field of Dreams is currently registering players for the 2014 season.

The South Jersey Field of Dreams is a baseball facility specially constructed to meet the needs of physically or cognitively impaired children. The field is located in the Jonathon Pitney Recreational Park in Absecon.

Participation in the league is free. Children from all over South Jersey are invited to join the fun. Both new and returning players must register in advance. Register online at southjerseyfieldofdreams.com, where the season schedule of games is available. For questions about registration, call Heidi Hackett at 609-272-0431.

Everyone is invited to attend the season opening games beginning April 25 at 6:15 p.m. and April 27 at 1 p.m. For more information, call Fran Northridge at 609-645-9797 or Barry Hackett at 609-641-1706.

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; Casciano's, 212 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton; and the Hammonton Mothers Club 5K Race on May 3. 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, contact 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.

Workshops set for artists and writers

The Stockton Center on Successful Aging is sponsoring free workshops for older adult artists, writers and crafters.

The series focuses on creating and illustrating an artist or writer's book. Classes will be instructed by Jill Sluka, who has taught graphic and fine arts at colleges in New Jersey for more than 10 years. Her work has been exhibited in states including New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Nevada, as well as internationally. Scheduled sessions are:

•oon-2 p.m. April 15: Creating an Artist Book: Alternative Bookmaking, Watercolors and Collage.

•oon-2 p.m. April 29: Creating an Image Using Different Charcoal Techniques.

Sessions are free and will meet in Meeting Room 3 of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Campus Center, 101 Vera King Farris Dr., Galloway Township. Participants are required to supply their own materials. Space is limited and advanced registration is required.

Call 609-626-3591 or see stockton.edu/scosa.

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:

EKG/Telemetry Technician: begins April 21. Learn concepts behind electrocardiography and prepare for career as EKG technician.

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:

April 25 and May 2: Exploring the World via the Internet for Seniors

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.

Atlantic Cape seeks alumni nominations

The Alumni Association Advisory Committee of Atlantic Cape Community College is seeking nominations for Atlantic Cape Community College President's Distinguished Alumni Award.

The award recognizes Atlantic Cape graduates who have distinguished themselves through professional, personal, public or community-based accomplishments. Past recipients include: Dr. Valerie Travis-Reese, practicing psychologist; Katherine M. Morris, Esq., partner, Cooper Levenson, Attorneys at Law; Michael R. Rann, Esq., Michael R. Rann Law Offices, LLC; and Janice DeCicco Fipp, Ed.D., superintendent, Northfield School District. The award winner will be announced and recognized at Atlantic Cape's graduation May 22.

The deadline for nominations has been extended to April 11. To nominate someone, go to atlantic.edu/alumni. Nominations after the deadline will be considered with next year's nominees.

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.

CONTACT luncheon set for April 27

CONTACT Cape-Atlantic will hold its 23rd annual auction and luncheon, Spring Sensation, on April 27 at Greate Bay Country Club, 901 Mays Landing Road, Somers Point. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. and features a luncheon and gifts.

Eddie Davis, host of the Lite Rock 96.9 Morning Show, will emcee the live auction. Guests will bid on gift certificates to area restaurants, shops and events, as well as many donations from area merchants. There will also be theme gift baskets, door prizes, bucket bingo and more. Tickets are $25.

For more information, tickets or to donate a gift item, call 609-823-1850 or 609-463-4564.

Free tax assistance for low-income families

The United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey will provide free tax assistance for low-income families in the area through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, a locally run IRS-supported tax preparation service that is free for residents making a total household income of less than $52,000 per year.

UWGPSNJ uses IRS-trained volunteers to help qualified individuals with tax preparation, ensuring that they obtain the full refund available. Individuals can receive free one-on-one tax filing support at tax assistance sites, or eligible individuals making a household income of less than $57,500 can also file their state and federal taxes for free online through United Way's My Free Taxes initiative. UWGPSNJ also helps to connect working individuals with resources for financial education, covering topics such as establishing good credit, budgeting and long-term money management skills to help them build assets and save for the future. In Atlantic County, VITA sites are located at:

Carnegie Library Center, Martin Luther King Boulevard and Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City

Family Success Center, 3050 Spruce Ave., Egg Harbor Township

Egg Harbor City Library, 134 Philadelphia Ave., Egg Harbor City

Hammonton Family Success Center, 310 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton

United Way, 4 East Jimmie Leeds Road Suite 10, Galloway Township

Appointments are required in advance and can be made by calling 211. See UnitedForImpact.org/VITA.

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.

Arts workshops for teens set

Teens who are interested in the visual and performing arts are invited to participate in a variety of Saturday workshops through April as part of the Atlantic County Teen Arts Academy.

The goal of the Teen Arts Academy is to provide area young people with greater arts education opportunities and to enhance the skills needed in preparation for college or a professional program. The Teen Arts Academy is a collaborative effort of area arts organizations and educational institutions to provide teens with new opportunities for learning in the visual, performing and literary arts.

Workshops include Creative Writing: Zines for Teens; Printmaking; Watercolor Painting; Songwriting; Musical Theatre Styles and Audition; Digital Self-Portraiture and more. Each workshop is three hours at a cost of $30, which includes materials. All participants must register. A minimum of seven registrants is required for each workshop to proceed. Registration is available at noyesmuseum.org or in person at any of the following locations: Noyes Museum of Art/Stockton College, 733 Lily Lake Road, Oceanville, 609-652-8848; the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton College, 2200 Fairmount Ave., Atlantic City, 609-626-3805; and the Noyes Museum Shop, 5 S. Second St., Hammonton, 609-561-8006.

For more information, contact the Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs at cmasonpurdie@aclsys.org or 609-646-8699, ext. 6314, Monday-Friday.

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.

Latz's to exhibit work by Zerbe

Carol Zerbe, a retired artist-educator and resident of Somers Point, is presenting an exhibit of watercolors, "Light and Location," at the second level dining room of Latz's by the Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point, through April 30. All of the exhibit pieces are for sale.

For more information about Latz's by the Bay, call 609-788-8838 or visit LatzsByTheBay.com; for information about Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point, call 609-653-4991 or visit greatbayartgallery.com.

Free income tax-return prep offered

The following Atlantic County sites will offer free tax-return service by certified counselors with the AARP/IRS tax aide program. Appointments are required at the following locations:

Atlantic County Library System/Ventnor, Mondays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., call 609-677-8266.

Atlantic County Library System/Galloway Township, Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., call 609-677-8266.

Atlantic City Free Public Library, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., call 609-677-8266.

Atlantic County Library System/Brigantine, Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturdays, 9:30 am-12:30 p.m., call 609-677-8266.

Atlantic County Library System/Pleasantville, Thursdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., call 609-677-8266.

AtlantiCare Life Center, Egg Harbor Township, Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., call 888-569-1000.

Atlantic County Library System/Brigantine, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., call 609-677-8266.

Walk-ins are welcome at:

Shore Memorial Hospital, 100 Medical Center Way, Somers Point, Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

For more information, call 609-335-7805 and leave a message.

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.

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 clinic will be available on campus on April 15. The mobile units offer the following services to veterans:

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

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

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

Lou Holtz to speak at Stainton brunch

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

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

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

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.

Electric bill assistance available

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DVDs requested for troops

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

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

Jazz scholarship available

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

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

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.