Malina to speak at Congregation Beth Judah

Actor and poker player Joshua Malina will speak on the inner workings of Hollywood, the celebrity poker circuit and how to remain engaged in the Jewish community while balancing both career and family at 7 p.m. Aug. 4 at Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor.

Tickets are available through the Beth Judah office, 700 N. Swarthmore Ave. Tickets are $50 for general admission and $45 if purchased prior to July 25. For an opportunity to meet Malina after the event, VIP tickets are $80 and will include wine, designer coffees and refreshments. For more information, call 609-822 7116, ext. 102.

JFS Food Bank in urgent need

Congregation Beth Israel of Northfield is collecting food that is urgently needed by the Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties Food Bank.

The food bank seeks donations of macaroni and cheese, cereal, peanut butter, jelly and pasta to help feed children who are missing school breakfast and lunch during the summer months. Food donations may be dropped off at Congregation Beth Israel, 2501 Shore Road, Northfield, during the week of July 22. Donations also may be brought to Friday night worship services on the beach on July 26 at 5:30 p.m. at Huntington Avenue in Margate. In the event of inclement weather, the beach service will take place at Congregation Beth Israel.

The next beach service is set for Aug. 23. Call 609-641-3600 or email bethisrael@cbinorthfield.org.

MMSC offers summer programs

The Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine offers summer programs including:

July 29: 10 a.m. Hunters of the Sky (must register with Stranding Center), 6 p.m. Sunset Beach Walk

July 30: 10 a.m. Mock Dolphin Stranding (must register), 6 p.m. Night Skies at the Sea Wall (East Brigantine Avenue and 14th Street)

July 31: 10 a.m. Mock Dolphin Stranding (must register), 6 p.m. Sunset Seining at the Cove (Lagoon Boulevard and Ocean Drive W.)

Aug. 1: Evening Talk: Renewable Energies with the ACUA at the Brigantine Beach Community Center

Aug. 2: 9 a.m. Morning Beach Walk at the cove (Lagoon Boulevard and Ocean Drive W.)

Aug. 5: 6 p.m. Sunset Seining at the Cove (Lagoon Boulevard and Ocean Drive W)

Aug. 5 and 6: Pirate Invasion (must register with the Stranding Center)

Aug. 6: 6 p.m. Night Skies at the Sea Wall (East Brigantine Avenue and 14th Street)

Aug. 7: 6 p.m. Sunset Seining at the Cove (Lagoon Boulevard and Ocean Drive W)

Aug. 7 and 8: Pirate Invasion (must register)

Aug. 9: 9 a.m. Morning Beach Walk at the cove (Lagoon Boulevard and Ocean Drive W.)

Aug. 12: 9 a.m. Morning Seining at the cove(Lagoon Boulevard and Ocean Drive W.), 1:30 p.m. Marine Art Class (must register)

Aug. 13: 10 a.m. Mock Turtle Stranding (must register), 6 p.m. -Sunset Seining at the Cove (Lagoon Boulevard and Ocean Drive W.)

Aug. 14: 10 a.m. Mock Turtle Stranding (must register), 6 p.m. Night Skies at the Sea Wall (East Brigantine Avenue and 14th Street)

Aug. 15: 10 a.m. Sea Monsters and Mermaids (must register), 6 p.m. Evening Talk: Monarch Migration at the Brigantine Beach Community Center

Aug. 16: 9 a.m. Morning Beach Walk at the Cove (Lagoon Boulevard and Ocean Drive W.)

For more information, including registration and fee information, call 609-266-0538 or see mmsc.org.

Company helps victims of Hurricane Sandy

Atlantic City Dinettes and Barstools is supporting South Jersey families affected by Hurricane Sandy through a program where the families are eligible to receive a free five-piece dinning set valued at as much as $2,500.

Applications can be downloaded at ACDinetteSandyForm.com or picked up at Atlantic City Dinettes and Barstools, 254 Tilton Road, Northfield, or at the Press of Atlantic City, 1000 W Washington Ave., Pleasantville.

To apply, families must submit an application by July 31. Applications will be accepted if they are filled out by another person on behalf of families affected by the storm. Completed forms can be faxed to 609-646-6001, emailed to DesignsbyJoseph

68@gmail.com, or hand-delivered to Atlantic City Dinettes and Barstools. Families who are selected, must provide verification that they were affected by the storm, through photographs or insurance claims.

Atlantic City Dinettes and Barstools has been family owned and operated by brothers Joseph Czyzewicz and Russell Schanker in South Jersey for 20 years.

Devotion by the Ocean set

The Congregation Beth Judah family will meet for worship on the beach at Newport Avenue in Ventnor, on Friday evening, Aug. 2, and again on Aug. 30, at 6 p.m.

This musical service on the sand with the background sound of the ocean gives a new perspective to sharing Shabbat with family and friends. Rabbi Aaron Gaber and Hazzan Jeffrey Myers lead a participatory service open to all, no matter what background. Prayer books, Kiddush and snack are provided, participants come and bring a beach chair.

Medical reserve corps calls for volunteers

The Atlantic County Medical Reserve Corps consists of volunteers who may be called upon during an emergency to assist the Atlantic County Division of Public Health and its emergency partners. The MRC invites any licensed or certified health care professional, practicing or retired, living or working in Atlantic County, and other community volunteers to apply for membership. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen.

For more information, call the Atlantic County Division of Public Health at 609-645-5853. To submit an application, see njmrc.nj.gov/hcpr/jsp/signup.jsp.

Volunteer Lawyers for Justice offer free legal aid clinic

On July 26, 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. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Second Baptist Church at 110 Rev. Dr. Isaac S. Coles Plaza in Atlantic City. The clinic is part of VLJ’s Disaster Legal Response Program, which also includes extended representation and a statewide hotline.

For a full list of upcoming clinics, see vljnj.org or call 855-301-2525. At the clinics, VLJ and its volunteer attorneys provide counsel, advice and limited scope assistance to participants. Matters often include insurance, housing, landlord/tenant issues, contractor disputes, employment issues and FEMA appeals. Clinic participants should bring correspondence with FEMA, insurance policies and correspondence with insurers, mortgages and recent mortgage statements, and leases and correspondence with landlords.

VLJ’s DLRP includes a statewide hotline, 855-301-2525, staffed by volunteers. Staff is available to answer calls

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday 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.

Benefit for Hurricane Sandy victims

Raymour and Flanigan is partnering with the American Red Cross to help raise funds for hurricane relief efforts. The family-owned furniture retailer will continue its support for the victims of Hurricane Sandy with a special relief benefit on July 28, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Raymour and Flanigan showroom at 6115 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township.

The event is open to the public and will feature live music and refreshments, with mini spa treatments for adults and games for kids. Raymour and Flanigan and the Red Cross will collect donations for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Prizes will be awarded throughout the event, including gift baskets and gift cards.

Small business workshop set

A free SCORE workshop for small businesses on the Stronger New Jersey Business Grant and Loan Programs is offered from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. July 25 at Richard Stockton College’s Carnegie Center, 35 S Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., Atlantic City.

Get the latest information on obtaining disaster grants and loans for your small business. SCORE mentors will assist applicants from start to finish. Register early — see sandy.score.org/localworkshops or call 609-271-8524

Grants cover for arthritis pool classes at Bacharach

Seniors 60 and older who live in Atlantic County, have a doctor’s diagnosis of arthritis, and are eligible for Medicaid, the PAAD program or Senior Gold, may apply for an Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program grant offered by the County Division of Intergenerational Services.

The Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program is a gentle exercise program for seniors. Classes encourage flexibility, increase range of motion and promote circulation. The class meets Tuesdays or Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the heated therapy pool at Bacharach in Pomona. The grant covers the cost of 10 classes (10 weeks) for eligible participants. After completing the grant, participants are welcome to self-pay for the program at $100 for 10 classes. Participants must provide their own transportation.

For more information, or to register for the program, call 609-748-5250.

Stockton PRSSA open for business

The National Public Relation Student Society of America organization in May accepted the request of Richard Stockton College students for national acceptance into the organization. The students have decided to name their chapter after their founding adviser, Dr. Ai Zhang.

The PRSSA is a national organization that gives public relations students networking opportunities and professional experience as they work with local businesses. The local chapter’s students are reaching out to local businesses to do public relations work for them. This would include events, fundraisers, writing press releases and using contacts to help improve the overall image of that business. This work will also help students of the organization gain hands-on experience in the public relations field.

To learn more about the Stockton chapter, contact Lawrence Kern at 609-513-9359 or lawrencekernjr@comcast.net.

JCC’s summer series continues

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.

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.

Atlantic Cape offers info session on aviation program

Atlantic Cape Community College will host an information session about its four aviation programs at 6 p.m. July 31, in the Walter Edge Theater at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.

Anyone interested in learning more about careers in aviation, aerospace engineering and air traffic control should attend the session, which will give an overview on admission to Atlantic Cape's programs and what the programs cover.

Aviation Studies (Associate in Science): Prepares students to pursue further education in airport management, aviation business administration, air traffic control and air transportation management.

Aviation Studies ? Option in Professional Pilot (Associate in Science): Leads to Federal Aviation Administration certification as a commercial pilot. Atlantic Cape will offer Private, Instrument and Commercial pilot courses through a partnership with Big Sky Aviation.

Pre-Aerospace Engineering (Associate in Science): Students can begin their education in aerospace engineering and transfer to a four-year program on completion.

Air Traffic Control Terminal (Associate in Applied Science): Through the use of simulation, learn the rules, regulations and procedures relating to a career in air traffic control.

To register, see atlantic.edu/aviation. For more information, contact 609-343-5000 or acccadmit@atlantic.edu.

Atlantic Cape hosting 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. Aug. 5 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.

For more information on the open house, contact Marilyn Malerba Keiner, professor of business and paralegal studies, at keiner@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.

Exhibit celebrates ‘Exit 30’

Great Bay Gallery is presenting its 2013 Summer Project Celebrating Exit 30: Here and Now. The group exhibit includes the work of 17 artists and 5 poets opened July 24 at the Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point.

The exhibit and sale, featuring current scenes of Somers Point and Ocean City, will present works in media including oil, watercolor, pastels, three-dimensional constructions and displays of poetry. A Meet the Artists and Poets reception will take place at the gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 2. Poetry reading will take place in the driveway at 6 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

Celebrating Exit 30: Here and Now will continue until Aug. 31 at the gallery. Summer hours are Wednesday-Friday 3-8 p.m. and Saturday 3-9 p.m. Call 609-653-4991, see greatbayartgallery.com or call katharleth@hotmail.com.

Brigantine Island triathlon coming up

The 26th annual Brigantine Island Tirathlon will take place Aug. 3 and will start at 8 a.m. at the City Dock at 26th St. and Bayshore Ave.

The triathlon consists of a quarter mile swim in the bay, an 11 mile bike ride and a 4 mile run. An awards ceremony and buffet will take place at the 26th Street Recreation Complex, the site of the finish line, immediately following the event. DJ John Bewley will provide entertainment.

For more information or to become a volunteer, call the Community Education and Recreation Department at 609-264-7350.

Wedding of the Sea set in A.C.

The Wedding of the Sea celebration will take place Aug. 15 at Historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

The event begins at noon with Mass celebrated by Most Rev. Dennis J. Sullivan, D.D., Bishop of Camden, followed by a procession, blessing of the sea and tossing of the wreath. Religious articles, candles, gifts and mementos will be available for sale. Doors open at 11 a.m. For information, call 609-344-8536.

School supply drive under way

A national school supply drive will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Atlantic City and Vineland and the Lakehurst Navy Youth Center.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Staples are teaming up with teen actor Jake T. Austin for the Staples for Students National School Supply Drive for kids in need. Until Sept. 28, customers can donate $1 or more at their local Staples store with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting local students. All donations will be given locally to the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City and Vineland and the Lakehurst Navy Youth Center to ensure they get into the hands of disadvantaged youth just in time for the new school year. Staples stores where people can donate include: 413 Absecon Blvd. (Route 30), Absecon; 2300 Wrangleboro Road, Mays Landing; 9 Bethel Road, Somers Point.

To kick-start the campaign, Staples will donate $125,000 worth of school supplies to the program this year. See bgca.org and staples.com.

Fundraiser to benefit man with lymphoma

On July 28, a fundraiser will take place for Harris Ardelean, a longtime Margate resident who recently received a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Ardelean is self-employed with six children, and until he became ill, he worked landscaping and driving a jitney, and is involved with youth sports.

The family oriented fundraiser will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. July 28 at the Margate Log Cabin on Jerome Avenue in Margate. The event includes children's activities, children’s characters, face painting, live music by local musicians, food and silent auctions. Tickets will be available the day of the event. For more information, see facebook.com/HarrisArdeleanFundraiser.

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.

Anyone interested is asked to attend a volunteer open house at 2 p.m. July 29. Can’t make it, or have questions? Call Shalini at 609-677-6369. Our Lady’s is located at 1100 Clematis Ave., Pleasantville.

Absecon Lighthouse hosts Wacky Wednesdays

The Absecon Lighthouse in Atlantic City, New Jersey’s tallest and the country’s third tallest, is hosting a Wacky Wednesdays children’s activity series this summer. The programs will feature crafts and activities on themes such as Christmas in July, Fables and Fairy Tales, and the Search for Sea Life from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 14, excluding Aug. 7.

Admission is free and includes all activities. A climb to the top of the lighthouse is $4 per child age 4-12 and $7 for adults. Adult supervision is required. For more information, call 609-449-1360.

Meerwald in resort this summer

The A.J. Meerwald, New Jersey’s official tall ship, is scheduled to dock Aug. 1-11 at Historic Gardner’s Basin in Atlantic City.

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 also will 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.

13th annual Pedal-Paddle-Run set

The Absecon Education Foundation will hold its 13th annual Pedal-Paddle-Run race on Sept. 28, with a rain date of Sept. 29.

Registration will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. at Faunce Landing and the bay, and the race starts at 8 a.m. at Heritage Park, 500 Mill Road. For registration and other information, see active.com or abseconschools.org. Call 609-641-5375, ext.1017.

Donovan wine dinner set for October

The Community Partnership for Egg Harbor Township Schools, Inc., will host the fourth annual Friends of Chuck Donovan Gourmet Wine Dinner and Auction at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18, at the private and prestigious Hidden Creek Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township, where Donovan was a long-time member. The event is a fitting tribute to Donovan, who had a great love, appreciation and knowledge of good wine.

As an active member of the Community Partnership from 2007 to 2009, Donovan, who died in 2009, championed efforts to raise funds for academic enhancements, technology, capital projects and extracurricular activities. He was also very involved with the EHT High School Interact Club, mentoring students for many years, and serving as their point person linking them to the local finance and businesses community and helping to secure employment, mentorship and/or internship opportunities for students.

Tickets are $75 per person. Sponsorships ranging from $250 to $1,000 are available. Donations to the Community Partnership are tax-deductible. For more information on the nonprofit foundation, visit partners4ehtschools.org, or contact Ellen Gregory at 646-8441, ext. 1017, or via email to gregorye@eht.k12.nj.us.

Flag football league needs teams

The South Jersey Nine-Man Flag Football League is looking got two or more teams to join.

The league starts Aug. 11. Games are played this season at a field in Hammonton. For more information, call league commissioner Mike Cook at 609-742-3599.

Katz JCC hosting family fun

The Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center’s Summertime Family Fun Series concludes with the Israeli Friendship Caravan at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 9 (dinner not included). The Friendship Caravan is a traveling group of Tzofim (Israeli Scouts) who crisscross America every summer, sharing their lives through song, dance and story. Performing in Hebrew, English and Yiddish, the Tzofim Scouts bring a great spirit (ruach) with them and are sure to have you and your entire family dancing in the aisles.

For more information or to purchase tickets by phone, call 609-822-1167 or see jccatlantic.org.

Briere to speak at JCC Sports Night

Meet special guest Danny Briere, unrestricted free agent and former Philadelphia Flyer, at this year’s Milton and Betty Katz JCC Sports Night fundraising event at 5:30 p.m. on July 25 at the Katz Jewish Community Center, 501 N. Jerome Ave., Margate.

Briere will be joined by Comcast sports host and co-host of the “Mike and Ike” Show on 94 WIP, Michael Barkann, along with members of the Philadelphia 76ers dance team and other notable sports celebrities. The night includes virtual reality sports games, a silent and live auction, delicious high-end tailgate style food and an open bar, as well as a chance to win a Vespa LX50.

The Katz JCC Sports Night event is an opportunity for the organization to raise money for its scholarship fund and further its mission to provide the children and seniors of Atlantic County, as well as the community as a whole, programs and services that enhance and enrich their lives.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For sponsorship and ticket information, contact Julie Fink at 609-822-1167 Ext. 159 or jfink@jccatlantic.org.

CASA fundraiser set for Wonderland Pier

Gillian’s Wonderland Pier will hold Magical Monday on July 29 with $20 unlimited ride wristbands from 1 to 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties, a nonprofit organization who recruits and trains community volunteers to be court advocates for children living in foster care. Wristbands can be purchased at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier the day of the event. Call CASA at 609-601-7800 for more information.

To buy wristbands, call Gillian’s at 609-399-7082. See AtlanticCapeCASA.org.

SCOSA seeks senior volunteers for study

The Stockton Center on Successful Aging is conducting a research project until early August on the campus of the Richard Stockton College, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, 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. Fleck has been a member of Stockton’s Psychology Program since 2006 and has been a SCOSA Research Fellow since last May. In addition to researching brain health throughout the lifespan, Fleck also is an active researcher of creativity and the creative brain.

The study is comprised of two sessions, each approximately 90 minutes. Organizers are looking for participants 50 and older, particularly those ages 50-65. For this project, participants must be right-handed and have no prior diagnosis of dementia. The project involves the use of EEG, which noninvasively measures electrical activity in the brain with a simple net of sensors over the head. Tests of memory and thinking will be administered in a second session. Participants who score outside the normal range will be provided referrals should they wish to seek further neurological assessment.

To participate or learn more, contact Fleck and the Healthy Brain, Healthy Mind research team at 609-626-3444 or eeglab@stockton.edu.

Congregation Beth Judah offers new class

Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor is beginning a new class, under the auspices of Rabbi Aaron Gaber, called “A Taste Of Judaism.”

If you are curious about Judaism, if you want to learn more about Jewish life, if you want to get a better feeling about Jewish tradition, this is the course to take. Students will explore the Jewish perspective on life and living in today’s world, including Jewish ethics, values and spirituality. This class will be taught by Gaber on most Monday evenings through the year, beginning July 29 from 7 to 8 p.m. Members of all faiths are welcome and registration is required. The cost is $180 and includes books and all materials.

To register, call 609 822 7116, ext. 101, and speak with Karen McKinney. For more information, contact Gaber at Rabbi.Gaber@BethJudah.org.

Temple Emeth Shalom hosting Salute to Stockton

Temple Emeth Shalom in Margate will host the annual Salute to Stockton guest speakers program for the 16th consecutive summer.

This program features faculty members from Richard Stockton College. The series of talks will take place at the temple in the sanctuary during Sabbath eve services starting at 7:30 p.m. The temple is located at 8501 Ventnor Ave., Margate, near the corner of Ventnor and Jerome avenues. The schedule includes:

July 26: Associate Professor of Business Studies, Dr. Michael Busler

Aug. 2: Professor of Business Studies, Dr. Jennifer Barr

Aug. 23: Distinguished Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Dr. Carol Rittner

The events are free and open to the public. Refreshments are served after the service.

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.

In 3D Art Camp for budding sculptors, students 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.

Charity Golf Classic set for September

Atlantic City Electric will hold its eighth annual Charity Golf Classic on Sept. 23 at the Galloway National Golf Club in Galloway Township.

All proceeds will benefit this year’s Golf Classic recipients: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children, and the Val Skinner Foundation — LIFE LPGA Pros in the Fight.

Since its inception in 2006, the Pepco Holdings, Inc. Community Foundation’s Atlantic City Electric Golf Classic has raised more than $850,000 for nonprofit organizations in South Jersey. The PHI Community Foundation donates funds to organizations that help support the community in the areas of health, youth development, educational support and low income advocacy.

To register, visit atlanticcityelectric.com and click the “About Us” section, click “In the Community” then click “Charity Golf Classic” to access the registration form. For additional information about the event or sponsorship opportunities, call Jim Cinelli at 609-625-5268.

JCC event features ‘The Guilt Trip’

The Katz JCC’s Dinner and a Movie event July 30 will feature the comedy “The Guilt Trip,” with Barbara Streisand and Seth Rogan. Dinner and a Movie includes a full course meal including salad, soup, entree and dessert. Dinner will begin at 5 p.m. and will be followed by “The Guilt Trip.”

Reservations should be made at least one week in advance and paid for either in person or by phone with a credit card. The early bird cost is $15 for JCC members and $18 for nonmembers up to one week before the event. Afterwards, the price increases to $18 and $21. Call 609-822-1167, ext. 113, to register.

Stockton Golf Classic set for Sept. 26

The Stockton College Golf Classic will take place Sept. 26 at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club on Route 9 here.

LPGA Professional Laura Diaz will put on a golf clinic prior to the tournament for the second year in a row.

The Stockton event, which is played on the Bay and Pines courses at historic Stockton Seaview, benefits the College Foundation Scholarship Fund. Last year, more than $69,000 was raised to help deserving students.

The cost ranges from $1,000 for a foursome and sponsorship of a hole sign, to $225 for an individual player. Included are 18 holes of golf, the golf clinic, lunch and dinner. There also will be a silent auction and prizes for the top men’s and women’s teams. Dinner alone is $75 per person.

Sponsorship opportunities are available, ranging from $250 for sponsoring a hole sign, up to $20,000 to be the event’s title sponsor. The deadline for sponsorship is Sept. 12; the deadline to enter the tournament is Sept. 19.

For more information, contact Dawn Hans, Stockton’s director of special events, at 609-652-4830 or dawn.hans@stockton.edu.

Atlantic Cape offers workshops

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer a variety of professional development workshops this summer for individuals interested in enhancing their skill sets and advancing their careers.

Sports Nutrition Consultant Certification will teach participants how to design a diet plan for themselves and for clients. Topics include sports specific diets, principles and foundations of nutrition, nutrition and energetics and athletic performance, July 27.

The Artistry of Innovation: Problem Solving in Action offers participants an opportunity to practice creative thinking skills by engaging in hands-on exercises and address strategies to increase their creative output, beginning Aug. 14.

Building Inspector R.C.S. is designed to satisfy the requirements for licensure as an R.C.S., and includes laboratory and field experience, classes begin Sept. 9.

Other professional development workshops offered this summer are Algebra I, Algebra II and College Algebra. Classes begin in August.

Professional development workshops are offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. For more information or to register, visit atlantic.edu/conted or call 609-343-4829.

Produce vouchers available for low-income seniors

Low income Atlantic County residents 60 and older are encouraged to take advantage of the state’s farm market produce voucher program coordinated through the Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services.

The annual program provides an opportunity to purchase locally grown produce using $20 worth of free vouchers. The vouchers may be used at participating farm markets from July through November. The division has received 1,000 vouchers from the USDA, which will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the county’s senior centers and several senior housing complexes. The state requires the county to target low-income senior citizens for participation. Residents must be 60 or older with an annual income that does not exceed $21,257 if single or $28,694 for a two-person household. Eligible participants receive four $5 vouchers per person to purchase locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs from participating farm markets. A list of participating farmers’ markets is available at aclink.org/intergenerational.

No vouchers will be issued without proof of income, which may include a Social Security statement, income tax return, bank statement or Medicaid card, as well as proof of identification and residency as verified by a driver’s license, utility bill, bank statement, senior ID card, or posted mail. Recipients must also present proof of age.

Vouchers and a list of participating farm markets will be distributed to eligible residents on the following dates and locations:

July 25: Shore Park High Rise, 225 N. Virginia Ave., Atlantic City, 1 to 3 p.m.

July 30: Jeffries Towers, 227 N. Vermont Ave., Atlantic City, 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Aug. 1: New York Ave. Apts., 233 N. New York Ave., Atlantic City, 10 a.m. to noon.

Aug. 6: Egg Harbor Township Community Center, 5045 English Creek Ave., Egg Harbor Township, 10 a.m. to noon

Aug. 9: H. Pogachefsky Senior Center, 1102 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Aug. 13: Baltic Plaza, 1313 Baltic Ave., Atlantic City, 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Aug. 14: Shalom House, 7301 Marshall Ave., Ventnor, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For more information, call the Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services at 888-426-9243.

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 Aug. 5 at the temple, $10 per person, doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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.

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, Regional Education Corps, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, at cookjar8@aol.com or 201-317-4517; or Andrew Buchanan, Regional Education Corps, U.S. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, at asbl3142014@yahoo.com.

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

Stranding Center offers educational programs

This summer, the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine will present a series of educational programs for visitors of all ages.

Programs 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 in-person at the Sea Life Museum, 3625 Brigantine Blvd., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

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; 1:15-2:15 p.m. Port Republic Beach; 2:45-3:30 p.m. Smithville Town Center, Galloway Township

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:

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

LEED for Green Associate PLUS, July 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.

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.

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.

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, eyewitness 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 camp runs July 28-Aug. 1. For more information or to register, see stocktoncsi.com.

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.

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, beginning Aug. 9.

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.

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 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 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.

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.

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 concerts until 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.

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.

Arts center hosting 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.