New Orleans Jazz Brunch set
Pattie Harris Atlantic City Dance Theatre Inc. and the New Jersey Shore Arts Association Inc. are glad to announce that Charlotte Carney, artist and educator, Shelly Milgram, the NJSAA Clare Sabatini Community Award recipient, and the Pop Lloyd Organization represented by Mike Everett, will be honored for their dedication to our community at the Original Atlantic City New Orleans Jazz Brunch.
The brunch is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. April 6 at the Careme at the Academy of Culinary Arts, Atlantic Cape Community College. Students and teachers will be preparing a special brunch, including Joe Battle's barbecued pulled pork, and music is being produced and presented by Kathy Varallo. There is free parking on the premises. Cost is $40 per person.
For more information, call Quanda Grasty at 609-383-0521.
Kids Fit Final Mile moves to April
The Atlantic City Marathon Race Series' Kids Fit Final Mile, sponsored by Atlantic County Council of Education Associations, is moving its date to April. In previous years the event took place in October in conjunction with the Atlantic City Marathon.
Through participant feedback and evaluation of participant growth, the race committee, sponsor and charity partner decided to move the event to better coincide with the school year and encourage school team participation. The one-mile out and back race will take place in conjunction with the AmeriHealth NJ April Fools Half Marathon and Shore Medical Center 11K & 7K the weekend of April 5 and 6 in Atlantic City. The race will take place at 11 a.m. on April 5 and will begin at Revel on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Children from surrounding school districts and communities are invited to participate as teams or individuals, or run/walk with parents and teachers. Participants will be timed by a GPS chip timing system. In conjunction with AtlantiCare Healthy Kids Turn Your School Wellness Into Wealth, schools who are already a part of the program can earn points for their participation in the race. The race event benefits CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Atlantic and Cape May Counties and its trained volunteers, and is a division of the Milton and Betty Katz JCC in Margate.
Free CarFit checkups for older adult drivers
The Stockton Center on Successful Aging and Stockton mobility experts will host a CarFit safety program in Galloway on March 29. The program is designed to help older drivers find the best fit into their driver seats.
CarFit is a national program developed by the American Automobile Association, the American Association of Retired Persons and the American Occupational Therapy Association and is designed to give a quick but comprehensive check on how well an older driver and his or her vehicle work together. At a CarFit event, trained volunteers complete a 12-point checklist with each driver. Among the items checked are correct position of the driver's seat, driver's ability to easily reach pedals and proper adjustment of mirrors. The check-ups will be conducted by Stockton's Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Nursing, Public Health, and Health Science students, and will be led by associate professor and Stockton Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program director Kimberly Furphy. Occupational therapists will also be on hand to provide consultations as requested.
The CarFit checkups will take place in the parking lot of the Stockton Parkway Building, 10 W. Jimmie Leeds Road in Galloway Township, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 29. The rain date for the event is April 19.
Registration is required; see stockton.edu/scosa or calling 609-626-3591.
Free tree seedlings available to Atlantic County residents
Atlantic County residents can pick up free tree seedlings April 5-6 at the Atlantic County Park in Estell Manor between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., while supplies last.
The seedlings are provided as part of the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign to help communities replace trees damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. The campaign plans to distribute 500,000 seedlings to residents throughout the state over the next five years. The seedlings will be available at the park's Warren E. Fox Nature Center and distributed in bundles of five per household with instructions on storage, care and planting. Recipients are advised to plant the seedlings within two days after receiving them to prevent the roots from drying out. Instructions also will include how to choose a proper planting site with the tree's mature growth size in mind.
For more information, call Clayton Ingersoll, Park Superintendent, at 609-645-5960.
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, osee greatereggchamber.org.
Bunch to speak at Stockton
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey will remember Distinguished Professor Paul Lyons by bringing Dr. Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, to campus for the fourth annual Paul Lyons Memorial Lecture.
This year's lecture, "The Challenge of Building a National Museum," will take place at 6 p.m. March 26 in the Campus Center Theater, located at the college's main Galloway campus.
The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, set to open next year, will occupy the last available space on the National Mall, near the National Museum of American History and the Washington Monument. In his lecture, Bunch will explain the back story behind the institution's creation, offering key insights into both museum and racial politics and the intersections between the two. He will also address the particular issues that museums face as they endeavor to engage 21st century audiences in studying the past.
Info session on nursing program
Atlantic Cape Community College is holding an information session for those who want to learn about health care and nursing careers.
The Nursing Program Information Session will take place 5:30-7 p.m. March 26 in Building H, room 116, at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. The session will focus on Atlantic Cape's registered nurse program, including the selection process and methods to prepare for the entrance exam. Attendees are advised to arrive 15 minutes in advance to sign in and collect handout literature. The session is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Glenda Stogel at 609-343-5048, 609-463-4774, ext. 5048, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or see atlantic.edu/program/academic/nursing/upcomingSessions.htm.
Legal aid clinic set for Hurricane Sandy victims
On March 28, Volunteer Lawyers for Justice will hold a free legal aid clinic in Atlantic City for New Jersey residents dealing with legal issues directly related to Hurricane Sandy.
The clinic will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St. Andrew by the Sea Lutheran Church, 936 Baltic Ave., Atlantic City. A part of VLJ's Disaster Legal Response Program, this clinic is made possible through VLJ's collaboration with Duane Morris LLP. Anyone interested in attending the March 28 clinic can call 855-301-2525 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.
At these free legal clinics, VLJ's volunteer attorneys provide counsel, advice and limited scope assistance to participants. Matters often include insurance, housing or landlord-tenant issues, contractor disputes, and FEMA appeals. All Sandy victims with legal issues in New Jersey stemming from the storm, regardless of their income and assets, are eligible to meet with a volunteer attorney at the legal clinics for advice or brief service. Clients needing extended representation are screened for financial eligibility, and VLJ will attempt to locate a volunteer attorney for those who qualify.
Intake staff is available to answer calls on the statewide, toll-free phone number on Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will screen cases for potential placement with volunteer lawyers. Callers may also leave a message on the hotline after hours and receive a prompt call-back from a VLJ volunteer or staff member to address their issues.
UUCSJS Native Plant Swap set
More than 50 varieties of native trees, shrubs and perennials are available for pre-order in conjunction with the sixth annual Native Plant Swap by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Jersey Shore.
Native plants are genetically adapted for the area and provide food for native fauna in the form of nuts, seeds, berries, fruits, leaves, pollen and nectar. The selection being offered includes 10 different trees, 20 shrubs and 25 perennials, available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Order forms as well as information on the native plant swap are available online at uucsjs.org. The deadline for pre-ordering and submitting payment is April 1st. Plants may be picked up on May 9 or during the plant swap on May 10 at the UU Center at 75 S. Pomona Road at the corner of Liebig Street, Galloway Township.
Absecon Historical Society Dinner Meeting set
The Absecon Historical Society's dinner meeting originally scheduled for March 3 has been changed to April 7 at Gourmet Italian Restaurant, Pitney and Jim Leeds Road, Galloway Township.
The guest speaker will be Leo Schoffer, Esq., author of "A Dream - A Journey - A Community - A Nostalgic Look at Jewish Businesses In and Around Atlantic City." There is a cash bar at 5:30 p.m. and buffet dinner at 6 p.m. The cost is $22 per person, and the dinner is open to the public, with reservations required.
For reservations, call Nancy at 609-576-8103 by April 3.
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 Youth Orchestra Spring Concert set
The Atlantic Youth Orchestra will celebrate 25 years on April 6 with a 25th Anniversary Concert at 7 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Somers Point.
The Atlantic Youth Orchestra was founded by its director Sandra Miller 25 years ago to offer local students of violin, viola, cello and bass an opportunity to perform challenging music in an orchestra. The orchestra has grown from 12 students to 50 students from Atlantic, Cape and Cumberland counties. Students from middle school through high school who have auditioned and were selected for the orchestra will perform along with returning alumni.
The music of Bach, Mozart, Rossini and Brahms will be performed. The orchestra also will perform "Bright Star," a composition by local composer Karen Cowgill, written for the anniversary concert. It is a world premiere featuring the Atlantic Youth Orchestra Chamber Orchestra and singers from the Doug Murdock Meistersingers. Also featured will be music from "Dr. Who," arranged by orchestra member Bianca Fanty, a junior at Egg Harbor Township High School. Admission is free.
Low-cost spay-neuter clinic for cats
The Atlantic County SPCA low cost spay/neuter clinic for cats only is available.
The fee of $55 includes vaccines. Call for an appointment, 609-927-9059.
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 1: Creating an Artist Book: Accordion Fold Book and Watercolor Painting.
•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 April 1 or June 2. CNAs will be eligible for employment in a long-term care facility, assisted living facility, adult medical day care or some hospitals.
Certified Home Health Aide for CNAs: Saturdays, April 5 and 12, or May 3 and 10. Designed for CNA who wants to advance.
EMT Refresher Course: three modules, March 28, April 4 and April 11. Reviews skills, knowledge and critical thinking needed to provide the best in patient care.
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.
Veterans Museum Committee seeks items
The Atlantic County Veterans Museum Committee is holding a collection for donations of military service items.
The military items will be displayed in the future Atlantic County Veterans Museum, to take place in the historic Daniel Estell Manor House. Donations sought include military items attributed to the service of Atlantic County citizens through all conflicts and from all branches of service. Artifacts with a direct connection to an area veteran, including photographs, supporting service documentation, and personal accounts, are of particular interest. Donations will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 29 at the American Legion Hall, 1st Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, Somers Point.
For more information or a categorized list of articles of interest, see aclink.org/vetsmuseum or call Cindy Mason-Purdie, administrator of the Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, at 609-646-8699, ext. 6314.
Life drawing, painting sessions at Noyes studios
The Noyes Studios in Hammonton offers a Life Drawing and Painting Open Session on March 28.
The session is non-instructional, but monitored by a Noyes Museum staff member, and runs from 6 to 9 p.m. All sessions are BYOB and BYO materials; a limited number of easels are available on a first-come, first served basis. All skill levels are invited and welcome to attend the open sessions in this friendly and casual atmosphere. Models rotate and include male and female models. No photography is permitted and participants must be 18 or older, or have parental consent if younger than 18. There is a one-time $45 non-member fee; $35 member fee for all four sessions. Pre-registration is required. Register today through the online store at noyesmuseum.org, or by phone at 609-561-8006.
The Noyes Studios in Hammonton is located at 15 Horton St. and provides five individual studio spaces for resident artists, plus a spacious educational common room for classes, workshops, and the Life Drawing and Painting sessions.
Law 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 summer, preschool 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 email@example.com or 609-822-7116, ext. 120.
Atlantic Cape offers 'Club 50 Plus' 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 distinguished 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Group trip planned to Israel
Cantor Ed Kulp plans to take a group to Israel departing on Nov. 9. For information, contact Ethel Levinson of Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor at 609-822-7116, ext. 102, or email@example.com.
An information meeting is tentatively set for 10 a.m. March 30. Anyone interested in this trip is welcome to attend.
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 823-1850 or 463-4564.
Plein Air event set in Hammonton
The Noyes Museum Shop in Hammonton and the Hammonton Arts Center invites artists to Paint Downtown Hammonton, the seventh annual Plein Air event that has attracted artists from Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, as well as many New Jersey artists.
Gathering throughout Hammonton on April 5, artists will paint at locations of their choice to capture the effects of natural light quickly. Cash prize awards will be given out and all paintings done during the event will be on display April 5-26 at the Hammonton Arts Center at 219 Bellevue Ave. All artists ages 18 and older are welcome to register. The registration fee is $30.
The event kicks off at 9 a.m. when painters set up their easels all around town to document the vibrant culture of the Hammonton area. Paint Downtown Hammonton ends with a judging of the paintings at 5 p.m. and a wine and cheese reception to follow at the Hammonton Arts Center. Judging this year's competition is Michael Budden, an award-winning artist from New Jersey.
Low-income families can get free tax assistance
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.
Sons of Italy awarding scholarship
Antonio Meucci Mainland Lodge No. 2613 of the Order Sons of Italy in America is awarding the Eugene and Barbara Compton Scholarship of $2,500 to a graduating high school senior of the Class of 2014.
The recipient must be of Italian heritage residing in Somers Point, Linwood, Northfield, Pleasantville, Absecon or Egg Harbor Township. Specifications for receiving the reward include, in order of importance, Essay, Academics, Financial Need, Community Service, Leadership, Recognition/Awards, and Scholastic Activities. The deadline for the receipt of applications is March 31.
Students may apply through their school's guidance office. Call 609-646-0299 for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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.
Agricultural sciences scholarship available
A $500 college scholarship is available to an Atlantic County high school senior pursuing a degree in agricultural sciences.
For more information, call the Rutgers Cooperation Extension Master Gardener program at 609-625-0056 or see rutgers-atlantic.org/garden.
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 preparation 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 pm, 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.
Atlantic Cape's culinary workshops offer taste of global cuisine
The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing 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 this semester.
Discover the flavors of the Caribbean in an Evening in Jamaica, April 8. Explore the influences of Spain, Africa and others on these recipes, including jerked chicken, curried goat, mashed plantains and gizzada sweet coconut tart.
Classes take place at Atlantic Cape's Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Kitchen 2. All classes take place 6-9 p.m. and cost $75 each. To register, call 609-343-5655, or visit atlantic.edu/conted.
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:
Easter Tree with Felted Ornaments, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 5. Learn the art of needle-felting. Complete seven ornaments and take them home with the tree, which is 18 inches high and 10 inches at its widest point. $50 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.