Williams receives leadership award

Atlantic County Mental Health Administrator Sally Williams received the 2013 Golden Bell Leadership Award from the Mental Health Association in New Jersey on June 18 at the Crystal Point Yacht Club in Point Pleasant.

Williams was one of 10 recipients to receive this honor in recognition of the role of mental health administrators during Hurricane Sandy. The recipients represent the 10 counties that were declared disasters as a result of the Oct. 29 storm.

Temple Emeth Shalom offers programs

Specticast programs will continue this summer at Temple Emeth Shalom, 8501 Ventnor Ave., Margate. Encore Events-Musical Mondays will be shown on a wide screen July 15 and Aug. 5 at the temple, $10 per person, doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Famed conductor Sir Simon Rattle presents a gala concert from Berlin featuring internationally known pianist Lang Lang on July 15. Selections include Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2, Chopin’s Etude No. 1 and Tchaikovsky’s ‘Waltz of the Snowflakes’ from ‘The Nutcracker.’

Acclaimed Russian pianist Yevgeny Kissin appears with conductor Rattle on Aug. 5. The repertoire includes Dvorak ‘Slovanic Dances,’ Stravinsky’s ‘The Firebird’ and Brahms’ ‘Hungarian Dance.’

In August, ‘Live from Red Square,’ two of Russia’s greatest opera singers, Anna Netrebko and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, together will perform operatic selections of Verdi, Puccini and Tchaikovsky. Date TBA.

Seashore Mothers of Twins Club plans yard sale

Members of the Seashore Mothers of Twins Club will hold a group yard sale from 8 a.m. to noon June 29, at 1007 Bartlett Ave. in Linwood.

More than a dozen families will have hundreds of items ranging from children’s clothing and toys to tools and household items for sale. The rain date is June 30.

SMOTC is a nonprofit group that provides resources, support and friendship for mothers of multiples of all ages, and women pregnant with multiples in Atlantic and Cape May counties. It is affiliated with the New Jersey Association of Twins’ Mothers Clubs and the National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs, Inc.

SMOTC meets the third Tuesday of the month at the Atlantic County Library, Somers Point Branch, at 7:30 p.m. For more information, email SMOTC@hotmail.com.

Introduction to Judaism class forming at Beth Judah

Congregation Beth Judah announces the creation of an Introduction to Judaism class to be taught by Rabbi Aaron Gaber beginning July 29.

If you have ever wanted to get a taste of Judaism, this is the class for you. If you have ever wanted to get a greater feel for Judaism and being Jewish, this is the class for you. The class is open to everyone Jewish and non-Jewish, to learn more about Jewish ethics, spirituality, Jewish tradition and holidays. The cost is $180 including books and materials.

The class will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. most Mondays beginning July 29 at 700 N. Swarthmore Ave., Ventnor. For more information, contact Gaber at 609-822-7116 or Rabbi.Gaber@bethjudah.org. To register, call Karen at 609-822-7116.

Post-storm information available

New Jersey Hope and Healing is holding a community presentation to provide information on Hurricane Sandy-related topics such as new federal grants, ways to reduce stress, and resources for storm recovery from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m June 26 at Jewish Family Service, 607 N. Jerome Ave., Margate.

Counselors will present information and meet with residents individually. There is no cost to attend. Registration is encouraged, but not required. Call 609-652-3800, ext. 308, for details or to register. For questions, call Jaime Angelini at 609-652-3800, ext. 308.

CASA information sessions set

CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties will information sessions at noon and 6 p.m. July 2 at the CASA office in Somers Point. Another session will take place 11:30 a.m. July 16 at the Mays Landing branch of the Atlantic County Public Library System.

The 60-minute program gives an overview of the organization and shows how CASA volunteers advocate in court on behalf of abused and neglected children. Attending the session is the first step to becoming a CASA volunteer. Anyone interested should register by calling 609-601-7800 or emailing julie@atlanticcapecasa.org.

Baking workshops in Margate

Each Friday in the summer, children and their parents can bake the traditional Jewish bread called challah. These workshops were offered by Chabad at the Shore at their Krafts for Kids location in Margate, until Hurricane Sandy damaged the shore.

This year, Chabad has announced that challah baking will continue at a new location, in the gazebo at the corner of Ventnor and Essex avenues, at 10 a.m. every Friday through the summer.

Children learn how to mix the ingredients for challah dough, and the special method of braiding the dough. The workshop is open to the entire community regardless of religion or background. Call Tova Rapoport at 609-992-4900 for more information and to RSVP.

Chabad at the Shore is dedicated to ensuring Jewish continuity and is the world’s largest Jewish outreach organization, with more than 3,500 centers globally. See chabadac.com.

Stockton to host free educator seminar

Richard Stockton College in Galloway Township has been selected by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to host a free educator workshop for grades five-12, “Teaching about the Holocaust and Genocide,” on July 30-31.

The first 100 to sign up from any U.S. middle and high schools are eligible to attend the two-day event. Participants can receive free accommodations the night of July 30 on the Galloway campus, as well as a continental breakfast and lunch both days, and books and other teaching resources from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, through the support of the David and Fela Shapell Family Foundation.

The program features three scholars: Dr. Carol Rittner, of the Sisters of Mercy, a distinguished professor and coordinator of Stockton’s undergraduate minor in Holocaust and genocide studies; Dr. Michael Berenbaum, historian, author and former project director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; and Dr. Steven Luckert, author and curator of the museum’s permanent exhibitions.

The workshop starts at 9:30 a.m. July 30 and runs to 4 p.m. There follows an optional bus excursion to the Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage, housed in the Woodbine Brotherhood Synagogue, built by its congregation in 1893.

The site also includes Stockton’s first Cape May County instructional site, Anne Azeez Hall. The optional excursion includes a visit to the Ocean City Boardwalk with transportation provided. On July 31, the workshop runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, contact Gail Rosenthal at gail.rosenthal@stockton.edu or 609-652-4699; or Karen Levine at cookjar8@aol.com or 201-317-4517; or Andrew Buchanan, at asbl3142014@yahoo.com. Both of the latter are with the Regional Education Corps, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

To register, see cvent.com/d/3cq5kt.

Bank donates $22,000 to hospital foundation

Continuing its longtime support of Shore Medical Center, Ocean City Home Bank President and CEO Steven E. Brady presented Shore Medical Center Foundation Chief Development Officer Tom Mundell with $22,000 on April 29, in support of the foundation’s D. Allen Stretch Memorial Golf Tournament.

The tournament was set for June 5, hosted by the Shore Medical Center Auxiliary. For more information about the foundation, call 609-653-3800 or see GiveToShore.org.

Stranding Center offers educational programs

This summer the Marine Mammal Stranding Center will present a series of educational programs for visitors of all ages. Programs will allow children to become “stranding technicians” and participate in a re-enactment of actual marine mammal strandings, search for buried treasure, make their own sea monsters and more.

For dates, times and locations of summer educational program, visit mmsc.org/education/camps.html. There is a nominal fee for each program. Registration is required for most programs and can be done over the phone by contacting education coordinator Sarah Miele at 609-266-0538 or email edummsc@aol.com. Registration is also available  at the Sea Life Museum at 3625 Brigantine blvd., open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

‘One Enchanted Evening’ to support music for youth

“One Enchanted Evening” is a show in two acts performed by young, professional opera singers featuring Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway music, plus a buffet dinner, desserts and champagne. A cash bar is available, and there will be a silent auction.

The event takes place at 6 p.m July 13 at the Ram’s Head Inn Ballroom and Veranda, 9 W. White Horse Pike, Galloway Township. Reservations are $100 per person, with all proceeds benefiting the Scheible Encore Society’s musical youth outreach programs and scholarships.

For information or tickets, contact the Friends of the Ocean City Pops Inc., c/o Mrs. Linda Herbert, 37 Bayonne Place, Ocean City, NJ 08226. Email agalla@aol.com or call 609-398-9132.

Saatkamp receives award

Herman Saatkamp, president of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in Galloway Township, was honored June 7 with the Father Thom Schiavo Leadership Award, given by Beth El Synagogue in Margate and Bridge of Faith.

The award is named for the late Rev. Thom Schiavo, who was assistant pastor at Blessed Sacrament Church in Margate at the time of his death at age 37 more than 20 years ago.

Michael Azeez, businessman, civic leader and founder of the Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage Museum, also spoke at the ceremony. He has donated, through the Azeez Foundation, $5 million including the museum to the college, and partnered with Stockton to open the college’s first instructional site in Cape May County, Anne Azeez Hall.

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic County received the Community Service Award for its work with victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Foundation donates to JFS

The Cape Bank Charitable Foundation has announced its support of Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties for a fourth consecutive year.

The foundation was formed in January 2008 to solidify Cape Bank’s commitment to the community. The partnership with JFS features a multi-year financial commitment of $30,000 per year.

The goal of the Cape Bank Charitable Foundation is to assist in the enhancement of the quality of living for all individuals throughout the communities they serve. Jewish Family Service serves 3,500 local residents per year through a variety of services. For more information about the foundation or to become an agency donor, call 609-822-1108 or see jfsatlantic.org.

Atlantic Cape plans open house

Atlantic Cape Community College will hold open houses for those interested in learning more about careers, education and certifications in Office Systems Technology and Paralegal Studies from 6:30-7:30 p.m. July 9 in the J-Building lobby at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, and Aug. 4 at the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road.

The Paralegal Studies Program is an American Bar Association-approved program. The open house is designed for those who are interested in learning more about the program. The program is intended to train students to become paralegals, not training lawyers or legal administrators. Atlantic Cape offers two Paralegal Studies degrees, an Associate in Applied Science and an Associate in Science.

The Office Systems Technology program is designed to help meet the demand for qualified and capable workers to fill thousands of corporate and government openings for administrative office professionals. This program is offered on a full- and part-time basis with classes available online and in person. Certificate programs and an Associate in Applied Science in Office Systems Technology are available at Atlantic Cape.

The administrative professional’s job today requires skills in management functions and technology, including: project management; integrated computer software applications; organization and scheduling; internet/intranet communications and research; document preparation, storage and retrieval, with emphasis on electronic recordkeeping; customer service and public relations, according to the International Association of Administrative Professionals.

For more information on the Paralegal Studies open house, contact Marilyn Malerba Keiner, professor of business and paralegal studies, at keener@atlantic.edu or 609-343-4941.

Contact JoAnne Barbieri, professor of business and computer information systems, at barbieri@atlantic.edu or 609-343-4988 or 609-463-4774, ext. 4988, for information on Office Systems Technology careers.

Sundaes on Sunday set for July 15

The fourth annual Sundaes on Sunday will take place from noon to 6 p.m. July 14 at Kennedy Park on the bay in Somers Point.

The event supports the mission and programs of the Alcove Center for Grieving Children and Families. Admission is just $5 for adults and children and free for children under 2. At Sundaes on Sunday, kids and grown-ups can eat all the ice cream they want, along with a sweet array of toppings. They can enjoy family-friendly activities such as a petting farm, pony rides, games, music, contests, bouncy houses and a display of rescue vehicles. There will also be a variety of crafters and food vendors. Some activities will have a small fee.

Magician Joe Holiday will make a special appearance at the event.

For more information visit thealcove.org, facebook.com/thealcove or call The Alcove at 609-484-1133.

Afternoon Acoustics, more at Noyes

The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College offers Afternoon Acoustics from 1 to 4 p.m. June 30, featuring Cait Darcy, Hofenakus, ARGO, and Zebras and Bulls Fight Tonight!

During the performances, visitors can enjoy live art demonstrations by regional artists, or create their own artwork inspired by the music. Guests will enjoy chili from Beauty and the Beard, the museum’s 2012 Chili Cook-Off winning team.

Each band offers a unique sound, their music enhancing the visual enjoyment of the artwork on view at the Noyes Museum.  Cait Darcy, of Manahawkin, is a talented folk singer/songwriter. Hofenakus, of Mays Landing, belts out a mix of classic covers and originals with a heavy folk and blues influence. ARGO, of Atlantic City, performs an acoustic rock driven set that features fingerstyle guitar playing. Zebras and Bulls Fight Tonight!, of Egg Harbor City, fuses punk, jazz, and psychedelic rock.

As the bands play, regional artists will create original artwork inspired by the live music. Included in the lineup is Steve Kuzma, of Ventnor City, who uses expressive contemporary brushwork and layering techniques. Working alongside Kuzma are Noyes Museum Associate Artists Diane Tomash, who has an impressionistic style, and Annette Maynard, who creates geometric and fractal art. Working on a larger scale is graffiti artist Shaun Edwards, of Jersey City, who is known for his bright, bold creations. Other participating artists include Lisa Burger, Karen Love Cooler, Linda Coulter, Tatiana Echeverria, Terri McNichol, Rosemary Peiffer, Shelly Christine Ristow, Aaron Shugarts, and Jackie Souders. For more information call 609-652-8848 or visit noyesmuseum.org.

Kickball tourney planned in EHT

The Dave McCline Veterans Memorial Fund will hold a fundraiser kickball tournament July 20 at the Egg Harbor Township High School fields.

The event will be coed, for adults only, and registration is open. Team captains can register and pay for entry up to July 7. There will be a maximum of 8 teams, first come, first served, $40 per person (nonrefundable), with a minimum of 10 players and a maximum of 12 players per team.

Last summer, a softball tournament allowed the foundation to award one medical grant to a veteran in need and two scholarships to graduating EHTHS seniors (all awards are $500 each) as well as allow us to support the USO Holiday Box Program, the Power of Pride Program at EHTHS and serve dinner to a few veterans at the American Legion in Somers Point.

For more information, including the flyers and forms, visit mcclineveteransfund.org, as well as the organization’s Facebook page.

Stockton Playhouse to take ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ on road

The Stockton Performing Arts Center in conjunction with The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company is proud to announce Stockton Playhouse’s production of “Winnie-the-Pooh” at 10:30 a.m. July 10 at Cape May Convention Center in Cape May.

Winnie-the-Pooh is Christopher Robin’s fat little bear of Very Little Brain, who would like to drift peacefully through life, humming tunes and stopping frequently to eat “a little something.” However, he finds himself involved in all sorts of frantic adventures, assisted by such friends as the dismal Eeyore, Piglet and Rabbit, with his countless relations. Pooh’s intentions are always the best, but his passion for honey and condensed milk keeps getting him into trouble.

Tickets are $10 and may be ordered at capemaycity.com or by calling 1-855-708-9699 or by going to the Cape May Convention Hall.

Boardwalk Art Show looking for artists

The Atlantic City Arts Commission and the Noyes Museum of Art of Richard Stockton College invite all artists to the DoArtAc.com Boardwalk Art Show, a revival of the tradition of Boardwalk art shows, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 7 on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

Free parking, discount lodging and assistance with load-in and -out are available. The event is free and all proceeds from the event will be used for future art events in Atlantic City. Groups of five or more artista from any organization will receive a group rate of $250, and artists who enclose a copy of their student ID will receive a 20 percent discount off the booth fee.

All artwork must be original and created by the artist registering for the show. Entry fee is $75 for a 12x12-foot space. Applications can be downloaded at noyesmuseum.org, atlanticcityart.org or doartac.com. Artists must submit five images of their work, an image of their display and a short bio, along with the application and entry fee.

Applications can be mailed to: Noyes Museum of Art of Richard Stockton College c/o Do Art AC Boardwalk Art Show, 733 Lily Lake Road, Oceanville, NJ 08231, along with a CD of five images of art and one image of the display, a short bio and check made out to: The Noyes Museum of Art.

There will be $2,000 in prizes awarded. The deadline for applications is July 1.The Atlantic City Arts Commission and The Noyes Museum of Art will review all applications and acceptance notifications will be sent out on July 7.

For more information, contact Andrea Giannini at 609-652-8848 or via email at andrea@noyesmuseum.org.

Guns vs. Hoses boxing event set

The sixth annual “Battle at the Basin” Guns vs. Hoses charity amateur boxing event will take place at noon June 29 at Historic Gardner’s Basin in Atlantic City (rain venue: Sovereign Avenue School). Tickets are a $20 donation.

Proceeds from the event, which is sanctioned by Middle Atlantic Association/USA Boxing, will go 60 percent to Gilda’s Club and Shirley Mae breast cancer assistance, and 40 percent to Atlantic City Police Athletic League youth programs. Sponsors are needed; contact Atlantic CIty Fire Capt. Shannon Stinsman at 609-442-5461 for details. Boxers also are needed; all bouts will be matched according to skill levels (public servants) and by amateur records of other boxers, by boxing coaches.

Bookmobile schedule planned

The Atlantic County Library System Bookmobile follows a summer schedule of stops until Aug. 30.

Mondays: 1-2 p.m. Oaks of Weymouth, Weymouth Township; 2:15-3 p.m. Weymouth Township Municipal Building; 3:30-4 p.m. Estell Manor Elementary School; 4:15-4:45 p.m. Weymouth Township Recreation Fields; 6-8 p.m. Buena Community Reading Center, Buena Regional High School

Tuesdays: 10-10:45 a.m. Egg Harbor Township Senior Center; 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Buena Senior Center; 1:45-2:30 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, Newtonville; 3:15-4 p.m. Mullica Township Municipal Building

Wednesdays: 10-11 a.m. Alfred R. Lundy Sr. Community Center, Mizpah; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Spanish Community Center, Landisville; 1:30-2:30 p.m. Cranberry Run, Buena; 3-4 p.m. Milanesi School, Buena

Thursdays (except Aug. 8): 9-9:45 a.m. Mullica Township School; 10:15-10:45 a.m. Little Flyers Academy, Egg Harbor Township; 11:15 a.m.-noon Galloway Township Senior Center (on June 27, the bookmobile stops here 3-3:45 p.m.); 1:15-2:15 p.m. Port Republic Beach; 2:45-3:30 p.m. Smithville Town Center, Galloway Township (no bookmobile stop here June 27)

Third Fridays of the month, July 19 and Aug. 26: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Atlantic County Park, Estell Manor

The bookmobile offers summer reading program activities for kids at the Buena Community Reading Center, Newtonville, Mizpah, Landisville, Milanesi School, Port Republic and Atlantic County Park stops. Updated schedule information is at atlanticlibrary.org in the event of inclement weather or mechanical problems. For more information, call the Outreach Services Section of the Atlantic County Library System at 609-625-2776, ext. 6338.

International Night Series set

Music and dance from Africa, China, India, the Philippines and more will be highlighted this summer as part of the sixth annual Atlantic City Library International Night Series.

The series, co-sponsored by the library and City of Atlantic City, will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in July and August at Kennedy Plaza, on the Boardwalk between Mississippi and Georgia avenues. The shows are free and run about 90 minutes. The schedule features:

Cason Express Show Band on July 3, Hawaiian Luau Entertainment on July 10, Feraba on July 17, Los Pleneros de la 21 on July 24, Tropical Beat on July 31, Chinese Theatre Works on Aug. 7, the Barley Boys on Aug. 14, Bollywood Axion on Aug. 21, and Kinding Sindaw on Aug. 28.

For more information, call 609-345-2269, ext. 3064.

Seminar addresses retiree relationships

The Stockton Center on Successful Aging will sponsor a free informational seminar, “Now We’re Retired, You’re Getting on My Nerves,” from 2 to 3 p.m. June 26 at the Galloway Community Services Senior Center, 621 W. White Horse Pike, Egg Harbor (609-568-5073).

Retirees have a lot more free time, and many couples wonder, “Why isn’t our relationship getting better? Why are we getting on each other’s nerves?” Join Marguerite Heaton-Colella, a New Jersey licensed clinical social worker and Certified Dementia Practitioner, to explore why arguments may occur more often between two people once they're both retired, and what they can do about it. Heaton-Colella, who is in private practice in Linwood, has specialized training and experience, including leading groups for family and friends of people with cancer at Gilda’s Club of South Jersey.

For updates and schedule changes, see stockton.edu/scosa or call 609-626-3591.

Jazz on Beach Series set in A.C.

Some of the nation’s best jazz artists and outstanding local acts will take the Kennedy Plaza stage for the 14th annual Chicken Bone Beach Jazz on the Beach Series.

The Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation Inc. and Atlantic City Free Public Library present this free concert series, which takes place Thursdays in July and August from 7 to 10 p.m. at Kennedy Plaza on the Atlantic City Boardwalk between Mississippi and Georgia avenues. The schedule includes:

July 4: Reuben Wilson, opening act Tony Day and the Across the Globe Band; July 11: Steve Kroon Jazz Sextet, opening act Richard Tucker Quartet; July 18: Christopher Dean Sullivan Quartet featuring Angel Rose, opening act Pam Walker and Friends; July 25: Pucho and His Latin Soul Brothers, opening act Latin Wave; Aug. 1: Larry Ridley and the Jazz Legacy Ensemble, opening act Chicken Bone Beach Youth Jazz Ensemble; Aug. 8: Ray Gaskins Quartet featuring Mycah Chevalier, opening act Connie Jackson and Friends; Aug. 15: Danny Mixon, opening act Dwain Davis and Quartet; Aug. 22: Lee Smith Quartet, opening act Lyn Ridley Quartet; Aug. 29: Alan Nelson Lines of Reason, opening act Keith Hollis Quartet.

The series is funded in part by the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/Department of State through the Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, City of Atlantic City, Comcast, PNC Bank, Kinematica Inc, Kramer Beverage Co. COORS, Just 4 Wheels, Atlantic City Convention Center, CRDA and ZEO Brothers. Tune in to Richard Stockton College radio station WLFR (91.7 FM) on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. for the Chicken Bone Beach hour. Call 609-441-9064 or 609-841-6897 or see chickenbonebeach.org for more information.

Group exhibit in Somers Point

The Great Bay Gallery will help its neighbor on Bay Avenue celebrate its 40th anniversary with a new exhibit, “Happy Birthday Smitty’s aka the Clam Bar.” The group exhibit opens June 26 at the Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point.

The exhibit and sale, featuring a group of 15 artists, will present works in media including oil, watercolor, pastels and three-dimensional constructions, pen and ink prints and even commemorative Christmas balls. Visitors will find items representing all things Clam Bar. A “Meet the Artists” reception will take place at Great Bay Gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. June 28, and is free and open to the public.

The exhibit continues until July 20. See greatbayartgallery.com.

Acoustic music showcase at Noyes Museum

The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College offers Afternoon Acoustics, a weekly presentation of acoustic sessions by select local musicians.

On June 30 from 1 to 4 p.m., artists Cait Darcy, Hofenakus, ARGO and Zebras and Bulls Fight Tonight! will perform during the Afternoon Acoustics Showcase. Visitors can enjoy live art demonstrations by regional artists, create their own artwork inspired by the music and enjoy chili from Beauty and the Beard, winner of the museum’s 2012 Chili Cookoff. Local artists also create original artwork inspired by the music at the showcase.

For more information, call 609-652-8848 or see noyesmuseum.org.

Pet neutering assistance available

Spaces are available now for the state pet sterilization funding program available to qualified residents.

The program begins July 1 (while funds last) at various veterinary offices to help qualified residents spay or neuter their pets for only $10. Because spaces go quickly, Shore Veterinarians encourages residents to sign up in June for the program before all the funds are depleted. Animals can be neutered starting at 12 weeks of age. Shore Veterinarians participates in this state program at all four of their locations: Seaville, Williamstown, Hammonton and Egg Harbor Township.

To qualify, residents must receive one of the following: Food stamps, Medicaid, GPA: General Public Assistance, rental assistance, AFDC: Aid to Families with Dependent Children, LUC: Lifeline Utility Credit, Tenants Lifeline Assistance, SSI: Supplemental Security Income, or PAAD: Pharmaceutical Assistance to Aged and Disabled. To find out more or to see if you qualify, call: Atlantic County residents, 609-272-8777; Hammonton residents, 609-561-2802, Williamstown-area residents, 856-728-6613, Cape May County residents, 609-390-9113.

Health care classes available

The Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape Community College will offer programs to train people interested in a health care career.

In Phlebotomy Technician, students will learn blood collection techniques, handling, transporting and processing blood specimens through practice on artificial arms and extensive clinical experience at area medical facilities, beginning Sept. 16.

In Administrative Healthcare Specialist, participants will learn a variety of administrative duties in the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, dentists and other health care facilities, beginning July 15.

Medical Assistant equips students with the training needed to perform a variety of administrative and clinical duties in the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors and other health care facilities, beginning July 15.

In Patient Care Technician, students will learn basic patient care skills, including: medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, CPR certification, phlebotomy, EKG, vital signs, patient care and HIPAA awareness, to prepare for careers as Patient Care Technicians, Phlebotomists or EKG Technicians, beginning July 16.

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 more information or to register, call 609-343-4829 or see atlantic.edu/conted.

FoodBank needs volunteers

Volunteers with data entry and good interpersonal and multitasking skills are needed to help the FoodBank with registration in its onsite pantry. The group is also looking for help in bagging and boxing food for pantry clients, stocking shelves, sorting food and grocery donations and assisting pantry clients in both its onsite and mobile pantries. Other volunteer opportunities include sweeping, mopping, recycling and general cleaning. They are also looking for folks with a green thumb to help with our community garden as well as help with beautification of the FoodBank property.

Individuals, small groups and families are welcome. The Community FoodBank of New Jersey is located at 6735 Black Horse Pike in Egg Harbor Township and is open Monday through Saturday. Additionally, help is needed at Kathleen’s Closet Thrift Shop to assist customers, sort, stock shelves and price merchandise and work the register. The shop is located at the Festival at Hamilton in Mays Landing and is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities contact Maria Bocelle at 609-383-8843, ext. 114, or email mbocelle@cfbnj.org.  Volunteers between ages 12 and 16 must be accompanied by an adult. All volunteers must be registered and go through orientation.

Free creative writing workshop offered

The Stockton Center on Successful Aging will sponsor a free writing series workshop, “Creative Writing Workshop: Memory in Poetry and Creative Nonfiction,” on July 13, 20 and 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Noyes Museum of Art at 733 Lily Lake Road in Oceanville.

Several creative writing genres will be explored, with a focus on creative nonfiction and poetry. By reading and discussing work by both famous and local writers, participants will focus on what makes good writing, and work to apply these techniques. The class will write and reinvent poems, stories and essays. The workshop structure of this course will give both new and advanced writers the opportunity to share their own work and help one another improve in craft and creativity.

Registration is required. To register, visit the museum, call 609-652-8848 or email Jillian at jillian@noyesmuseum.org.

Shore Thing writing retreat set

In an ongoing partnership between the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and Murphy Writing Seminars, veteran writer and educator Peter Murphy will present “Shore Thing: Writing Beyond the Boardwalk” at Stockton's Dante Hall in Atlantic City on July 13 from 9:30-4:30 p.m.

The $65 tuition includes a lunch of Atlantic City subs and a soft drink. Discounts are available for those who have attended other Murphy Writing programs and for members of the South Jersey Poets Collective. The registration deadline is July 10.

Murphy Writing Seminars, a New Jersey Department of Education Registered Professional Development Provider, will offer seven hours of professional development credit to participating educators. For full registration information, see MurphyWriting.com or call 609-823-5076.

Sandy recovery help available

Counselors with New Jersey Hope and Healing are available to meet with homeowners and renters who are recovering from Hurricane Sandy.

Information on grants is now available. Support groups are running. Call 609-652-3800, ext. 308, for details. New Jersey Hope and Healing is sponsored by the NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Disaster and Terrorism Branch, through a FEMA grant in partnership with Mental Health Association in New Jersey. Residents who are upset, stressed or depressed as a result of the storm, loss of property or displacement and other related issues may seek guidance and support by calling 877-294-HELP (4357), TTY 1-877-294-4356.

Small Sandy Survivors group set

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

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

Time to register for classes

There’s still time to register for Atlantic Cape Community College’s summer and fall classes. Choose from courses in art, aviation, business, communication, computers, English, math, science and more.

Atlantic Cape’s summer classes offer students an opportunity to pick up extra college credits, repeat courses, lighten their fall and spring course loads and graduate earlier. Upcoming summer sessions include:

Second session, July 1-Aug. 22; in-person registration deadline June 27, online, fax or mail deadline June 30

Third session, July 15-Aug. 22; in-person registration deadline July 11, online, fax or mail deadline July 14

Atlantic Cape will offer new degree programs this fall in biomedical science, chemistry and radiologic technology. Fall semester classes begin Sept. 3. Students can register at the college’s Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike; the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.; and the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House. To view a complete list of summer and fall courses and to register online, see atlantic.edu/webadvisor. Regular registration hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. The college will be closed July 4, and on Fridays through Aug. 16.

The college accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Payment for summer classes is due at the time of registration. Payment for the fall is due July 15. To register online or view an updated schedule of summer and fall courses, see atlantic.edu. For more information, email summer@atlantic.edu or call 609-343-5000, 609-625-1111, ext. 5000, or 609-463-3960 in Cape May County.

Conference focuses on green credentials

Atlantic Cape Community College will host a Green Credentials Matter Conference, 8 a.m. to noon June 27 at the Walter Edge Theater, C-Building, 5100 Black Horse Pike, in Mays Landing.

Industry experts will discuss how professionals can become certified under new energy efficiency and sustainability regulations as they relate to retrofitting, repairing and rebuilding homes affected by Hurricane Sandy. A networking session with a continental breakfast will kick off the event. Participants will also have an opportunity to explore green vendor tables and exhibits. The conference fee is $29. To register, see atlantic.edu/green. For more information, call 609-343-4829.

VFW taking entries for essay competition

Atlantic County-based Veterans of Foreign Wars District 16 is taking entries for its VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Patriot’s Pen essay scholarship competition for students in sixth through eighth grades.

One first-place winner from each district will be sent to compete at the state level for a chance to compete nationally. The national winner earns a $5,000 scholarship and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. To enter, students must write an essay of between 300 and 400 words on the theme “What patriotism means to me.” Students must not identify themselves or their school in the essay, and should do so only on their entry form. Essays must be submitted to the local VFW post by Nov. 1.

For more information, see vfw.org/community/patriot-s-pen.

Beachstock set for Margate

Beachstock 2013, billed as the Planet’s Biggest Beach Party, is set for June 29 (rain date June 30) in Margate. Events include:

Mile open water swim; paddle boarding event; beachstock volleyball tournament; music, games and giveaways presented by 100.7 WZXL; food and beer garden; vendor booths; sand sculpting and instruction; face painting; hair braiding; bocce ball and shuffleboard; Margate Police Ident-A-Kid Program; slide and obstacle course amusements; free skin cancer screening; kid’s variety entertainment; battles of the bands; Stacey’s Surf Camp; children’s treasure hunt; life guard competitions, an evening bonfire and more.

There will be a free jitney shuttle at Atlantic Avenue and the Union Avenue School.

VFW accepting essays for scholarship contest

Atlantic County-based Veterans of Foreign Wars District 16 is accepting entries for its VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Voice of Democracy scholarship competition, for which local high school students have the opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars and scholarships and a trip to Washington, D.C.

The program is open to students in ninth through 12th grades. Students must write and make an audio recording of an essay between three and five minutes in length expressing their views on the theme of “Why I’m optimistic about our nation’s future.” All essays and accompanying CD recordings must be submitted to a local VFW Post along with the completed V.O.D. entry form. Students must not identify themselves or their school in the essay or CD, and should do so only on their entry form. Submissions are due by Nov. 1.

For more information, see vfw.org/community/voice-of-democracy.

JCC announces summer series lineup

From June 27 through Aug. 8, the Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center’s lineup for its Summer Series of Entertainment will keep audiences smiling, laughing and engaged.

June 27, 7 p.m., Broadway’s legendary song and dance man Tommy Tune, “Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales,” see tommytune.com.

July 18, 7 p.m., Robert Klein stand-up comedy.

Aug. 1, 7 p.m., Bobby Collins stand-up comedy, see bobbycollins.com.

Aug. 8, 7 p.m., Catch A Rising Star Comedy Club, see catcharisingstar.com.

The Katz JCC Summer Entertainment Series is open to the public. All events will take place in the Katz JCC auditorium, 501 N. Jerome Ave., Margate. For ticket information, call 609-822-1167 or see jccatlantic.org.

VFW seeking nominees for Teacher of the Year

Atlantic-County-based Veterans of Foreign Wars District 16 is seeking nominees for its VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award contest.

Each year, three exceptional teachers are recognized by the VFW for their outstanding commitment to teaching patriotism to their students. Post 16 will select one outstanding teacher from kindergarten-fifth grade, sixth-eighth grade and ninth-12th grade. These teachers move on to district level judging for the chance to compete at the state and national levels. National winners will receive a cash award for professional development expenses, a cash award for their school, plaques for themselves and their schools and an all-expenses-paid trip to attend a VFW conference and receive their award.

To enter, in 350 words or less describe why your nominee deserves the award and submit this explanation along with the nomination form to the local VFW post by Nov. 1. For more information, see vfw.org/community/teacher-of-the-year.

Green classes offered

Atlantic Cape Community College offers green-themed classes this summer.

Introduction to PV Design and Installation and Exam Prep, beginning July 15, will review PV design and installation concepts to prepare students for the NABCEP exam.

LEED for Green Associate PLUS, July 18 and 25, prepares beginning green building professionals to pass the Green Building Certification Institute’s LEED for Green Associate exam.

Solar Professional Certification, beginning July 29, offers photovoltaic installation training on residential and commercial buildings.

Courses take place at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. For more information, call 609-343-4829 or see atlantic.edu/green.

County offers online golf reservations

Playing golf at the Atlantic County John F. Gaffney Green Tree Golf Course just got a little easier — golfers can reserve a tee time online.

Golfers can access the online reservation system at greentree.aclink.org. The system can accommodate reservations for two to four players with tee times from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. in eight-minute intervals. The system is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations also can be made by calling the clubhouse at 609-625-9131 during business hours.

The Green Tree Golf Course is located on Route 559 in Egg Harbor Township. It is known for its tight, tree lined fairways and its excellent greens. It is home to one of the only par 6 holes in the Northeast. The course provides reduced rates for county residents and offers leagues, clinics, private lessons with a PGA golf professional, special events and activities. A driving range is available, as well as a practice putting/chipping green and snack bar. The Pro Shop is open daily 6 a.m.-7 p.m.

Noyes Museum offers summer art camps

The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College in Galloway Township will offer hands-on art camps for children ages 6-12 this summer through Aug. 2.

Folk Art Camp: Old-timey traditional arts: make hand-dipped candles, pottery, weather vanes, old fashioned treats, weavings and more. July 1-5 (no camp July 4)

Fantastic Tales Camp: Let your imagination run away with you! Favorite stories from ‘James and the Giant Peach’ to ‘Shrek’ inspire adventurous art. July 8-12

Art Studio Adventures: A fantastic journey into creativity exploring many media: plaster sculptures, stained glass, dyed fabric art, a group sculpture, paper pulp paintings and more. July 15-19

Drawing and Painting: Nature’s Textures Art Camp: Nature is the muse as children draw and paint in watercolors, acrylics, mosaics, pastels, colored pencils and more. July 22-26

3D Art Camp: For budding sculptors: Experiment and learn to use a variety of materials — clay, papier-mache, wood, plaster casting, paper pulp, found objects and more. July 29-Aug. 2

To reserve a spot, see noyesmuseum.org or call 609-652-8848.

Stockton offers CSI summer camp

Richard Stockton College this summer will host a group of young investigators — CSI campers — as they learn about crime scene investigation and courtroom techniques.

Dr. Joshua Duntley, associate professor of criminal justice, and Dr. Christine Tartaro, professor of criminal justice, designed the five-day overnight summer camp for high school students, which is entering its seventh year. Campers first learn how to collect evidence and how to record a crime scene as first responders. They spend the rest of their time solving a murder case that is staged on campus. Campers experience all aspects of an investigation including police reports, eye-witness interviews, fingerprinting, DNA analysis, jury selection and trial preparation. Officers from the Stockton Police Department go over fingerprinting and introduce police dog Hemi to the campers. The students also visit a jail and the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Registration for all three camp sessions is open. The camps run July 14-18 and July 28-Aug. 1. For more information or to register, see stocktoncsi.com.

Miss Night in Venice contestants sought

Any young woman who is interested in participating in the Miss Night in Venice contest this year should contact Sue Doll at 609-425-5708.

Contestants must be at least 15 years old. The contestant collecting the most money for local philanthropic organizations will be crowned Miss NIV and lead the Night in Venice Boat Parade along the Ocean City Bayfront on July 20.

All contestants in the pageant will ride on the boat with Miss Night in Venice.

Noyes offers free admission to military families

The Noyes Museum of Art will join more than 1,800 museums across the country this summer in offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families Memorial Day through Labor Day as part of the Blue Star Museums program. The complete list of participating museums is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

Classes offered for seniors

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Club 50 Plus will offer workshops this summer designed to enhance the personal, professional and social lives of older learners.

Exploring the World via the Internet for Seniors will help participants learn about using email, sending digital pictures and greeting cards, searching for people and maps on the Web, and researching information about health issues, travel, shopping, coupons and more online, two Fridays, beginning July 19.

Manage, Edit and Email Your Photographs will prepare participants to move images from a digital camera to a computer, then edit and resize pictures for use on the Web or email. Students should bring to class a digital camera and a USB cable to connect to the computer, two sections beginning July 11 and Aug. 9.

Join Club 50 Plus for $5 and get a 20 percent discount on future Club 50 Plus workshops, culinary and professional development through June 30, 2013. Mention code: CEGN001-MW01.

Club 50 Plus workshops will be offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Building T; the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road in Cape May Court House; and the Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd in Atlantic City.

For workshop prices or to register, contact Sherwood Taylor at 609-343-5689 or staylor@atlantic.edu.

Technology demos available

Gain insight about how to use the newest technology during Atlantic Cape Community College’s Summer Technology Demos. Participants should bring their own laptop or tablet computer to these demonstrations. In CloudOn/Dropbox/SkyDrive Demo, learn to use free-to-use cloud-based services to share documents, photos, videos and other files, two sections beginning July 11 and 12.

Technology classes will be offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, and the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road in Cape May Court House. For workshop prices or to register, call 609-343-4829 or see atlantic.edu/conted.

Atlantic Cape offering kids cooking classes

Atlantic Cape Community College's Academy of Culinary Arts will offer Kids in the Kitchen cooking sessions for children ages 8-12 through the summer.

The classes are designed to help young chefs build skills and confidence in the kitchen, and will teach kitchen safety and an understanding of healthy cooking while giving participants a chance to make friends and have fun. The class costs $195 and includes hat and apron.

Sessions will be offered 9-1 p.m. July 15-18 and August 12-15 at Atlantic Cape's Mays Landing Campus at 5100 Black Horse Pike. For more information or to register, visit atlantic.edu/conted or call 609-343-4829.

Registration open for fall ACA classes

Registration for fall 2013 classes at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College is under way. ACA classes begin Aug. 26.

New culinary students should contact Judy DeSalvo at 609-343-5624 or desalvo@atlantic.edu to schedule a registration appointment. Returning students can register online using WebAdvisor at atlantic.edu/webadvisor.

The academy offers two-year degree programs in culinary arts, baking and pastry and food service management, and specialization programs in hot foods, baking and pastry, food service management and catering.

Full-time classes meet five hours a day, Monday through Friday, in morning, afternoon or evening sessions. Part-time classes are available also.

For more information about the ACA, call 800-645 CHEF, email accadmit@atlantic.edu, or visit atlantic.edu/aca.

Keates Fund scholarships available

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center City Campus Auxiliary is awarding fellowship funds to qualifying applicants pursuing nursing education through its Martha B. Keates Fellowship Fund for nursing students. Funds will be applied toward tuition fees or book purchases and other appropriate educational expenses as determined by the Martha B. Keates Nursing Fellowship Fund Committee.

Applicants must live in Atlantic County, be high school graduates enrolling or currently enrolled in a nursing program or have completed the pre-requisites of a nursing program. Children and grandchildren of ARMC Auxiliary members are not eligible.

Applications are available at atlanticare.org/armckeates. For more information about the Martha B. Keates Fellowship Fund or the ARMC City Auxiliary, contact Donna Mason at 609-441-8131, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 888-569-1000, visit atlanticare.org or find AtlantiCare on Facebook at facebook.com/atlanticare.

Family Fun Day set in Brigantine

The City of Brigantine and the Brigantine Community Presbyterian Church will present the third annual Brigantine Community Family Fun Day on July 6, with a rain date of July 7.

The parade is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. from the 26th Street Recreation Complex and will march to the 15th Street Complex. The festivities will begin as soon as the parade arrives and will continue until 9 p.m. The activities at 15th Street will include musical entertainment, amusement rides, games for the children, strolling entertainers, local talent, games of chance, local organizations selling their wares and food.

ACPD offers medication drop

The Atlantic City Police Department is one of several in the state to participate in Project Medicine Drop, police said, and officials encourage Atlantic County residents to use the program to safely get rid of old medications.

The program lets people dispose anonymously of unused and expired medications, at any time, at drop boxes in the headquarters of participating police departments. The drop boxes accept solid pharmaceuticals including pills, capsules, patches, inhalers and pet medications. They cannot accept syringes or liquids. Police maintain custody of the deposited drugs, and dispose of them using normal procedures; they also make a quarterly report to the Division of Consumer Affairs about the quantity of drugs turned in.

State Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said he encourages all Atlantic County residents check their medicine cabinets for expired or unneeded drugs, and bring them to the ACPD drop box, which is available around the clock every day. Atlantic City Police Chief Ernest Jubilee said his agency was pleased to participate in the project.

DVDs needed for service members

AMVETS Post 911 in Somers Point is requesting new and used DVD movies to send to serving military personnel.

Donations of new or good condition DVDs will be accepted at: Chester’s Pastry Pantry Bakery, 506 New Road, Somers Point; Bennett Chevrolet, 6721 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township; and Essl’s Dugout Restaurant, 7001 Black Horse Pike, Pleasantville. Cash donations will be accepted to help defray the cost of mailing DVDs to the troops. Checks made payable to “AMVETS Post 911 NJ” can be sent to AMVETS Post 911 NJ, PO Box 413, Somers Point, NJ 08244.

Open call for short films

The Noyes Museum of Art of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey is holding an open call for film shorts for the Noyes Independent Film Series, which consists of three festivals: the Hammonton Outdoor Film Fest on July 18, the Noyes Independent Film Festival on Nov. 16 and the Noyes Atlantic City Film Festival in spring 2014.

Films will be chosen from original works that have never been shown, works by young independent filmmakers ages 18-20, and films that have been previously screened. Submissions should be between 2 and 60 minutes long. The deadline for submissions is July 1.

For more information and a registration form, see noyesmuseum.org/artist or email Saskia Schmidt, Noyes director of education, at education@noyesmuseum.org. For museum information, call 609-652-8848 or see noyesmuseum.org.

LGBTQ support group meets

Interweave of South Jersey offers a support group for members, family and friends of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning community on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Jersey Shore, 75 S. Pomona Road in Galloway Township.

Interweave provides education and support to individuals and families in the LGBTQ community. For more information, visit interweave.uucsjs.org.

Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. helps children in need find shoes

Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. has announced its selection as an official partner of Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids, an annual giving program from Payless ShoeSource.

YAP has programs in 18 states, and the Atlantic County office was awarded the grant. By helping families who struggle to provide their children with basic essentials, YAP hopes to relieve some of the stress parents feel during the holidays and bring joy to as many children as possible. For more information, see yapinc.org or call 609-345-7333.

Bay-Atlantic Symphony plans concerts

The Bay-Atlantic Symphony will bring masterpieces by Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven and Prokofiev to the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa Music Box Theatre in Atlantic City in a series of five concerts July 7-Aug. 18.

The concerts will be conducted by Bay Atlantic Symphony Music Director Jed Gaylin and will feature renowned soloists. All concerts will be on Sundays at 5 p.m. with tickets starting at $25. Call 866-900-4849 for tickets.

July 7: Americana concert features ‘A Lincoln Portrait,’ Sousa marches and 1812 Overture.

July 14: Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759, Unfinished, and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 58, violinist Jorge Avila.

July 21: Italian opera with arias and duets by Rossini, Puccini and Verdi. Soprano Julia Kierstine and tenor Richard Crawley.

Aug. 4: An all-Mozart concert with Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551, ‘Jupiter,’ and Violin Concerto in D major, K. 218, with violinist Kai Gleusteen.

Aug. 18: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, soloist Stefan Jackiw.

For more information, call 856-451-1169 or see bayatlanticsymphony.org.

Reassurance calls offered

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

Mays Landing Rotary seeks host family

The Mays Landing Rotary Club is seeking a host family for an incoming exchange student from Taubate, Sao Paulo, Brazil, for the 2013-14 school year. The girl, Ana, was 16 in April, and will be a junior.

Host families must live within the area served by Oakcrest High School, which the student will attend. Families will be required to feed the student and provide her a personal place for sleep and study. There is no ideal family the group is looking for, and families with and without children as well as single- and dual-parent families are invited to apply. All applicants will be subject to in-home interviews and background checks.

To apply to be a host family, contact Roy Klein at 609-909-0955 or email roy@fscoi.com. The club, which meets most Tuesdays at 6:15 p.m. at Ye Olde Mill Street Pub in Mays Landing, is looking for new members.

Group offered for substance abusers

The Presbyterian Church at Hammonton has created a group to offer hope and support to those with a family member struggling with substance abuse. This group provides a safe, confidential gathering place where stories are heard without judgment. It is a place for those who have watched loved ones struggle with addiction.

The parents, guardians, spouses, children and others affected by family members who struggle with suspected or confirmed substance abuse can find and offer support and learn more about addiction. The group offers hope and the knowledge that we are not alone.

The group meets from 7 to 8:30 p. m. the third Monday of each month at the Presbyterian Church at Hammonton, 326 Bellevue Ave. For more information, call the church office at 609-561-0168 or email hopeandsupport@hammontonpres.org. When coming to the church, use the side entrance of the Christian Education Building closest to the 310 Building parking lot.

Health care courses offered

The Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape Community College will offer programs to help health-care professionals advance their skills.

Emergency Medical Technician Certification will prepare students to perform basic life support. Participants will learn adult and pediatric medical and trauma assessment, basic airway support, use of AED, assisting patients with medication administration, splinting, bleeding control, lifting, transferring and transporting stretchers and patients, beginning Sept. 6.

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 more information, or to register, call 609-343-4829 or see atlantic.edu/conted.

Meerwald in A.C. this summer

The A.J. Meerwald, New Jersey’s official tall ship, is scheduled to dock at Historic Gardner’s Basin, Atlantic City, from Aug. 1 to 11. Public tours and sails are scheduled, including themed sails with pirates, trawling for marine critters, romantic evening sails and a full-day Sailor Camp for children age 10 to 16 years.

The schooner will also be available for educational tours, group bookings and fundraisers. To reserve the A.J. Meerwald for a special event or tour, email info@bayshorediscovery.org or call 856-785-2060, ext. 107.

Bar association membership drive under way

The Atlantic County Bar Association 2013 membership drive is under way. With more than 400 members, the ACBA is a nonprofit organization that is open to all New Jersey attorneys.

The ACBA helps members stay connected and grow their businesses while offering exclusive access and discounts for many other special events. In addition, the ACBA helps sponsor various charities within the region. For more information contact ACBA Executive Director Tamara M. Lamb at 609-345-3444 or see atcobar.org.

Scholarship available

The Vincent S. Haneman-Joseph B. Perskie Scholarship is awarded annually to Atlantic County law students who are admitted to an American Bar Association-accredited law school.

The award is based on academic ability, financial need, leadership potential and character. An application is available for download by clicking on the scholarship item at atcobar.org or contacting Tamara M. Lamb at 609-345-3444 or Tamara.Lamb@atcobar.org.

Arts center lists 2013 exhibits

The Galloway Cultural Arts Center has announced its 2013 exhibit lineup. To Sept. 21, All About Light; Sept. 21-Jan. 11, 2014, South Jersey Life.

All dropoffs should be made to the Atlantic County Library/Galloway Township, 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway. Cost is $5 members/$10 nonmembers for each piece. To become a member, see gallowayculturalarts.org.

Local cookbooks wanted

Has your church, school, family, community group or civic organization created its own cookbook? If so, the Atlantic County Library System would love to have a copy of it.

Donations of local cookbooks can be dropped off at any Atlantic County Library System location or the Bookmobile. Library branches are located in Brigantine, Egg Harbor City, Egg Harbor Township, Galloway Township, Hammonton, Longport, Mays Landing, Pleasantville, Somers Point and Ventnor. For a schedule of Bookmobile stops, call the library’s Outreach Services Section at 609-625-2776, ext. 6338.