Vikings Run/Walk canceled

The Vikings Run/Walk for Education 5K run and mile walk by St. Vincent de Paul Regional School has been canceled. The event had been set for May 4 at Atlantic County Park in Estell Manor.

Rental Housing Fair set

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs invites individuals and families displaced by hurricane Sandy to attend the Rental Housing Fair.

The fair takes place 2 to 5:30 p.m. May 17 at the Atlantic City Convention Center, 1 Convention Blvd., Room 201. Attendees can meet with prospective landlords and Realtors on-site to discuss available housing, review listings and discuss permanent housing options. Learn about Special Admission Section 8 vouchers. Those who qualify may apply on site.

Registration is recommended, but not required; call 609-633-6606. For questions on or before May 17, call 609-649-8769.

Call 609-633-6606 or email HurricaneSandy@dca.state.nj.us.

Kramer to speak at Congregation Beth Judah

On May 25, Stephen J. Kramer will return to Congregation Beth Judah to speak on “Prospect for Peace in the Middle East.”

Kramer, the Jewish Times columnist of “Israel Viewpoint” and author of “Encountering Israel,” will speak during Shabbat morning services.

For more information, call 609-822 7116. Congregation Beth Judah is located at 700 N Swarthmore Ave., Ventnor.

Wine tasting to aid children in need

Sons of the American Legion Squadron No. 352 will host a wine tasting to benefit the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation from 6 to 8 p.m. May 7 at Sofia of Margate. Wines will be paired with appetizers at the restaurant, 9314 Amherst Ave., Margate. Tickets are $25 at the door. Additional donations will be accepted that evening payable to CWF, Inc.

For more information or directions, see sofiaofmargate.com. For information on the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation Inc., see cfw-inc.org.

Congressional Art Competition winners recognized

Buena Regional High School student Danielle Banas recently was recognized by U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd, as the winner of the 2013 Congressional Art Competition. Her piece, “Contemplative Blue,” will be displayed in Washington, D.C., in the tunnel connecting the Cannon House Office Building and the U.S. Capitol for one year.

Adrian Pulido, of Egg Harbor Township High School, also placed for her piece, “Edith’s Closet,” and Georgie Dickerson, of Atlantic City High School, placed for her piece “Brigantine Sunset.” Adrian’s piece will be displayed at LoBiondo’s office in Washington, D.C., and Georgie’s will be displayed at his Mays Landing office.

Estell Manor Historical Society holding auction

The Estell Manor Historical Society will hold a Chinese (silent) auction from noon to 5 p.m. May 18 at the Estell Manor Fire House, 124 Cape May Ave.

Prizes include all new items, signed celebrity and sports memorabilia, gift cards and more. Tickets are $1 each or 15 for $10, 35 for $20, 100 for $50 or 250 for $100. Bring a friend and get a free ticket. Hot sandwiches, baked goods and beverages will be for sale. Crafters and yard salers are welcome for a $5 donation, must bring own table.

Call Arleen at 609-412-1399 for questions, to donate an item or to get a craft table.

Arc to honor FACES 4 Autism and 21 Down

The Arc of Atlantic County will honor two community partners, FACES 4 Autism and 21 Down, at its annual Tribute Fundraiser on May 22 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Renault Winery in Egg Harbor City.

Wine in the Woods will feature a complimentary cocktail reception, hors d’oeuvres and pasta station, silent and chance auction, a music duo by Kenny I, photo booth and a presentation to the honorees. The Arc’s new CEO Michael David-Wilson will make an announcement about the agency’s Building the Arc Together capital campaign. Tickets are $85 each or $160 per couple and are available at arcatlantic.org/events/TributeDinner.asp or by calling 609-485-0800 ext. 137. The Arc also seeks sponsorships, ads and auction donations in support of the event. The deadline to respond is May 10. Major sponsors of this event include Cape Bank Charitable Foundation, Atlantic City Electric, AtlantiCare, and Stalker and Associates.

The Arc established the annual Tribute Fundraiser in 2005 to honor individuals and organizations that have made a big impact on the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more information, see arcatlantic.org or call 609-485-0800.

School retirees luncheon set

The South Jersey Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees has announced its May luncheon meeting.

The meeting will take place at noon May 15 at the Crab Trap Restaurant in Somers Point. Allen “Boo” Pergament, Atlantic City historian, will be the guest speaker.

All retired employees of Pennsylvania school districts, and their guests, are invited to attend. The cost for lunch is $20. To attend or for questions, call Marie at 609-398-1280.

Medical society offers scholarships

The Atlantic County Medical Society will offer scholarship money to medical students who are accepted to or are attending an accredited medical school. Applicants must be residents of Atlantic County.

Since 1970, the society has awarded $604,000 in scholarship money to 98 medical students. Applications are available online at acms-cmcms.org or by request to acms04@hotmail.com. The deadline for applications is June 15.

Luncheon to honor military personnel

Members of the military, active and veteran, will be honored by the Cape Atlantic Christian Womens Connection.

A luncheon at L’s Restaurant in Corbin City at 11:30 a.m. June 12 will pay homage to those who serve and have served in any branch of the military. There will be a special guest appearance by Gen. George Vogel, chief of Chaplain Service at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Long Beach, Calif.

Members of the military, active, reserve or veterans will be provided with a complimentary lunch. Reservations required, as space is limited. Call Judy at 609-457-7947 to RSVP.

Canine grooming salon to open

Riordan’s Canine Boutique and Grooming Salon has announced its grand opening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4 at its new location, 5736 Main St., Mays Landing.

Mayor Amy Gatto will cut the ribbon, and guests — as well as their dogs — are invited to meet the staff and tour the salon and boutique. Riordan’s Canine Boutique and Grooming Salon offers parking in the rear of its building. See riordansgroomingsalon.com or call 609-829-2915.

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.

LoBiondo encourages police departments to apply for grants

U.S. Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo, R-2nd, is encouraging law enforcement departments in South Jersey to apply for federal funding available under the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program.

The program will award $165 million in federal funding for fiscal year 2013 for the hiring and rehiring of additional career law enforcement officers in an effort to create and preserve jobs and increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts.

Under the 2013 program, awardees may receive as much as 75 percent of the approved entry-level officer salary and fringe benefit costs, with a minimum 25 percent local cash match requirement. Grant funds may be used to hire new, full-time sworn officer positions, to rehire officers who have been laid off, or to rehire officers who are scheduled to be laid off on a specific future date as a result of local budget cuts. The program requires each position awarded to be retained with local funds for at least 12 months at the conclusion of 36 months of federal funding for each position. Priority consideration will be given to agencies that use their COPS Hiring Program funding to hire either school resource officers or military veterans and those targeting to reduce homicide.

The COPS program is managed by the U.S. Department of Justice; see cops.usdoj.gov. The deadline to apply is May 22.

Levinson honored as County Executive of Year

Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson has been selected as the County Executive of the Year by the executive board of the New Jersey Conference of Mayors, the oldest and largest statewide mayors organization in the country.

Levinson was to be honored at the organization’s 50th annual conference on April 25 at the Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa in Atlantic City.

Food Bank Beach Ball set

The Community Food Bank of New Jersey will hold its Beach Ball on May 21 at the Atlantic City Country Club in Northfield.

The event will feature food provided by 15 fine chefs and restaurants from the area, and entertainment courtesy of Kool 98.6. Tickets are $100 per person or $900 for a table of 10, and the money raised will go to the food bank. Attire is casual. Call 609-383-8843.

KoC golf tourney planned for May 13

The Knights of Columbus Villa Marie Council is holding its 10th annual 2013 Golf Classic on May 13 at the Mays Landing Country Club in Mays Landing. The tournament is in a four-players scramble format. Registration is at noon, with a shotgun start at 1 p.m., followed by an awards dinner. This year’s tournament is restricted to about 100 golfers. The fee is $100 per golfer and the proceeds will be used to support the council’s community programs.

For more information, see kofc6342golf.org for a copy of the sponsor or golfer brochures, or contact Pat Hughes at 609-404-0974 or merillhughes@comcast.net.

Mrs. New Jersey America seeks entrants

The Mrs. New Jersey America Organization is accepting applications for the 2013 Mrs. New Jersey competition June 22-23 at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.

Competition includes interview, evening gown and swimsuit. There is no talent category. Entrants must be at least 18, married, a U.S. citizen and a resident of New Jersey for at least three months (exceptions for military). No pageant experience is necessary. The state winner receives an all-expense-paid trip to participate in the national 2013 Mrs. America Pageant hosted by Florence Henderson.

For more information or to register, see mrsnewjerseyamerica.com, email gwnjamerica@yahoo.com or call 609-970-1270.

Student music competition on Music Pier

The public is invited to attend the second annual Esther C. Weil Student Music Competition at 4:30 p.m. May 14 on the Ocean City Music Pier at Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk. The program, sponsored by the Friends of the Ocean City Pops, features 10 vocalists and six instrumentalists. Admission is free. Parking lots on Eighth and Ninth streets and Moorlyn Terrace will be open with no charge.

Students in grades 9-12 and enrolled in eight high schools in Atlantic and Cape May counties have submitted credentials and recommendations from their schools and private music teachers to qualify for the competition. Three professional musicians will judge and award cash prizes in a competition named for Mrs. Weil, an avid patron of the performing arts in Ocean City and Philadelphia. The first-place instrumentalist and vocalist will each receive $1,000 and make a guest appearance with the Ocean City Pops this summer season. The second- and third-place winners in each category will receive $500 and $250, respectively. William Scheible, artistic director and pops conductor, expects to announce the winners by 7 p.m.

High schools represented in the competition include Absegami, Cape May County Technical, Egg Harbor Township, Mainland Regional, Middle Township, Oakcrest and Ocean City.

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.

Lee to speak at Atlantic Cape

Bakari Lee, Esq., a member of the McManimon, Scotland and Baumann law firm in Roseland, will deliver the keynote address to Atlantic Cape Community College’s class of 2013 at the school’s commencement at 11 a.m May 23.

Lee is an advocate for community colleges and has served as chairman of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges, as a member and officer of the Board of Trustees for Hudson County Community College and as the Northeast Regional Chairperson for the Board of Directors for the Association of Community College Trustees.

Atlantic City Ballet announces free show

The Atlantic City Ballet has announced the date for its remaining CRDA-funded performance.

At 8 p.m. May 4 at the Taj Mahal Arena, the ballet is bringing back an homage to the Atlantic City of yesteryear with a performance of “Caught up in the Swing.” The free performance is open to the public and is part of the ballet’s Everyday Dance Initiative, making performances accessible to everyone. For tickets or information, call 609-804-1995 or see acballet.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.

Latz’s hosting new exhibit

Deb Spinella, of Mays Landing, will exhibit in the second level dining room of Latz’s by the Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point, from May 1 through July.

A reception to meet the artist will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. May 14. The exhibit of pastels and oils, called “An Artist’s Journey: Looking Up and Beyond,” reflects Spinella’s interpretation of “art as a journey of self-discovery and self-expression; there is magic in creating art that is felt but not always able to be analyzed.”

For more information about Latz’s by the Bay, call 609-788-8838 or see LatzsByTheBay.com. For the Great Bay Gallery, call 609-653-4991 or see greatbayartgallery.com.

Jersey Genesis Triathlon set

The Jersey Genesis Triathlon is set for 8 a.m. June 8 at Harry Bowen Memorial Park, 141 Main St., Port Republic, and will be followed by the Bambino Biathlon. Packet pickup is June 7 at the Port Republic Fire House, or or 6-7:30 a.m. June 8 at the race site.

Tilton Fitness is a sponsor, and will host a free swim clinic for race registrants from 1 to 5 p.m. May 18. All race participants receive a one-day pass to use at Tilton Fitness in Galloway Township after the race, which grants access to the hot tub, sauna, steam rooms, shower and juice bar. Pre-registered participants get 50 percent off the guest fee to use the facility prior to race day.

GNC will have staff on site race morning for nutritional support and advice. Beacon Bikes will provide tech support in the bike transition area for the triathlon. Cape Bank is sponsoring the High School Challenge Relay. High schools can enter several teams, all male, all female or co-ed, consisting of one runner, one swimmer and one biker. A traveling trophy is awarded to the school with the best finishing time. Carrabba’s Italian Grill will host the afterparty, along with other local vendors.

See jerseygenesistriathlon.com or call Bill Smallwood at 609-652-6154.

AtlantiCare offers community events, education

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center offers community events and education in May. Event locations and fees vary. Events include:

May 3: Perinatal Loss Support Group. May 4: 54th annual Century Club Gala. May 6: Gastric Bypass and Gastric Sleeve Surgery Support Group; six-week Childbirth Class begins. May 7: Adult Diabetes Community Support Group; Look Good, Feel Better Support Group. May 8: Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Matters of the Heart lecture and assessments, Together to End Stroke; Ostomy Support Group; Preparing for Chemotherapy. May 9: AtlantiCare Hospice Ribbons and Roses Celebration of Life Event; Weight Loss Surgery Seminar; AtlantiCare Hospice Grief Support Group for residents of Atlantic City; Breast Cancer Support Group. May 10: Baby Basics Class. May 11: Roger B. Hansen Center for Childbirth at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus Full-Day Childbirth Class; Breast Cancer Support Group. May 14: Weight Loss Surgery Seminar; Adult Diabetes Community Support Group. May 15: HIV Life Support Group; Preparing for Radiation Therapy; Roger B. Hansen Center for Childbirth Tour for Expectant Parents; Preparing for Chemotherapy. May 16: AtlantiCare Spirit of Women Recipes for a Healthy Lifestyle, Auto Immune Defenders. May 18: Safe Sitter Class. May 20-22: 15th annual Trauma Symposium. May 20: Adult Diabetes Community Support Group; LapBand Surgery Support Group. May 21: Adult Diabetes Community Support Group. May 22: Preparing for Chemotherapy. May 23: Weight Loss Surgery Seminar. May 28: Adult Diabetes Community Support Group; Weight Loss Surgery Seminar. May 29: HIV Life Support Group; Preparing for Chemotherapy.

For information, call 888-569-1000 or see atlanticare.org or facebook.com/AtlantiCare.

Virtual Israel at Congregation Beth Judah

The sights and sounds of Israel will come alive at 9 a.m. May 19 at Congregation Beth Judah of Ventnor.

Participants on the virtual tour will fill out their own passports and board an El Al jet for the flight to Israel. Each group will meet up with their tour guide, who will direct them along the way. At Masada, there will be an archaeological dig and exploration of a recently discovered cave. In Jerusalem, guests will visit the Kotel (Western Wall), learn about the tradition of placing a note in a crevice, and have the opportunity to compose a prayer. Participants will visit the Dead Sea. At Safed, everyone will visit an ancient artists’ colony and create their own Safed-style works of art.

Virtual Israel is free for the entire family and is open to the public, underwritten by the Florence Benedict Fund.

Congregation Beth Judah, 700 N. Swarthmore Ave., Ventnor, serves all of Atlantic County and is affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Call 609-822-7116.

Hammonton Wine Festival coming May 4-5

The Hammonton Rotary Club and GrandAire Booking present the first Hammonton Wine Festival from noon to 5 p.m. May 4-5 at the Mount Carmel Society carnival grounds in Hammonton.

Highlights include wine tastings, live music, crafts, vendors, and food by the Mount Carmel Society. Admission and a tasting glass are $16 for one day, $26 for two days, for 21 and older. An admission-only, all-ages ticket is $6. Food is sold separately.

Get updates, directions and buy tickets at hammontonwinefest.com or on the Hammonton Wine Festival Facebook page. For vendor, volunteer and other details, email grandairebooking@gmail.com or call 609-412-1314.

ShopRite donates to Relay for Life

Dave Hahn and Helen Whoy, co-captains of ShopRite’s Scrunchy Bunch team for Relay for Life, recently presented a check for more than $17,000 to Christine Sands-Bennett, chair of Relay for Life of Linwood. The money was raised by ShopRite employees and customers who donated during February at area ShopRite stores. The ShopRite Scrunchy Bunch team will participate in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at Mainland Regional High School, 1301 Oak Ave., Linwood, on June 14-15.

Relay for Life is open to anyone who wants to participate. Cancer survivors may walk for free. Volunteers of all ages are needed. This overnight event is held to recognize that cancer doesn’t sleep and neither will we until we find the cure. Participants walk around the track to raise money for cancer. Highlighting the event is the luminaria service, a candlelight vigil at nightfall to honor survivors and to remember those lost to cancer. Luminaria candles line the track and are left burning throughout the night as a reminder to participants of the importance of their involvement.

Relay for Life is open to anyone. Cancer survivors can walk for free. Volunteers of all ages are needed. Sponsorships also are needed. For more information, see RelayForLife.org/LinwoodNJ or call 800-227-2345.

Master Gardeners plant sale planned

The Master Gardeners Association of Atlantic County will sell wildlife-friendly and native perennials, herbs, annuals, vegetables, succulents, trees and shrubs at the annual plant sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 18 at the Galloway Township branch of the Atlantic County Library, on Jimmie Leeds Road.

For a flyer and a list of plants, see rutgers-atlantic/garden.org or call 609-625-0056. This is the ninth annual Rutgers Master Gardener Plant Sale in Atlantic County. Shoppers also are invited to bring any gardening questions or plants they may have to the “Plant Clinic” table staffed by master gardeners. The group also will sell Rutgers soil tests for $20 each. The test identifies soil pH, as well as macro- and micronutrient content.

Cash and checks, with proper identification, will be accepted, but the group cannot take credit card or debit payment.

Stockton offers information session

Find out how to continue your education by attending a Graduate Information Session from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

The Graduate Admissions Office is holding an information session at 4:30 p.m. May 22 at the college’s Hammonton instructional site, Kramer Hall, 30 Front St. Staff will be on hand to answer questions about the admissions process and graduate programs.

An overview of graduate programs offered is available on the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies’ Web site. For more information, contact Tara Williams at 609-626-3482 or Tara.Williams@stockton.edu.

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 on sale May 4, 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.

The Bay-Atlantic Symphony’s next subscription concert series will take place May 5 at 2 p.m., the Richard Stockton Performing Arts Center, Galloway Township. For more information, call 856-451-1169 or see bayatlanticsymphony.org.

Roche to play concert

Atlantic City’s own Gina Roche, known for lending a Brazilian flavor to her blend of jazz, blues and original compositions, will perform a Mother’s Day Weekend Celebration Concert at 7:30 p.m. May 11 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Jersey Shore, 75 S. Pomona Road.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $17.50 at the door. For tickets, call 609-965-9400 and leave a message. See ginaroche.com.

Native plant swap sale for backyard habitats

Gardeners can pot up their extra native plants for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation’s annual Native Plant Swap and Sale on May 4 at 75 S. Pomona Road at the corner of Liebig Street, Galloway Township.

Participants who bring two native plants to cover the price of admission can swap as many as 10 additional plants. Participants without plants to swap may purchase as many as three plants for $2 each. The event focuses on native, non-invasive perennials, shrub and tree seedlings, as well as non-invasive species beneficial to butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife. The goal is to promote more backyard habitat in southern New Jersey by providing local gardeners who bring plants to swap with a source of inexpensive or free native plants, said Jesse Connor, of Port Republic.

The Swap and Sale will take place rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4. Plant dropoff hours are 4-6 p.m. May 3 and 8-10 a.m. May 4. For more information, see uucsjs.org or call Connor at 609-652-5143.

AtlantiCare Century Club Gala on May 4

AtlantiCare will recognize New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and first lady Mary Pat Christie; the Ensign John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers; and John W. Becher, D.O., of Margate, with the Edward R. Knight Award during its 54th annual Century Club Gala from 6:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday, May 4, at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City.

AtlantiCare established the Edward R. Knight Award in 1998 to honor those who contribute to building a healthier community. It is named for the chairman emeritus of ARMC, Edward R. Knight, Ph.D., who has devoted more than 50 years of service to improving health care for those who live and work in southeastern New Jersey. The theme of the black tie-optional event is State of the Art — An Evening Transformed. Entertainment will be by the Steve Delisi Band. Proceeds benefit AtlantiCare’s Healthy Schools, Healthy Children and Healing Arts programs and AtlantiCare’s Growing Green initiative. Tickets are $325 per person.

To register or for sponsorship or other information, call 888-569-1000 or see atlanticare.org.

Galloway Women’s Club sponsors photo shoot

The Galloway Township Women's Club and Chasing Memories Photography are sponsoring “Spring Time Photos in Absecon Park” from 9 to 11 a.m. May 5 at Absecon Park.

The tree-lined park provides a backdrop for a formal family portrait or more casual portraits on the playground. Pets can be included.

Photo packages include an 8-by-10, a 5-by-7, a 4-by-6 and four wallet prints of your choice of one image for $40. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Galloway Township Women’s Club. Contact Jeanne Chase of Chasing Memories at 609-334-2880 or email chasingmemoriesphotography@yahoo.com to book a session. See chasingmemoriesnj.com.

Business sponsors needed

AMVET Post 911 and Egg Harbor Township Elks Lodge 2563 are combining their efforts this year for the 15th annual “Brutus” Fluke Tournament set for 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 15 at the Elks Lodge, 1815 Somers Point Mays Landing Road, Egg Harbor Township.

After cash prizes totaling $1,000 are awarded and minimal expenses are paid, the additional money raised is split between the Elks and VFW for their support of charities that benefit veterans and handicapped children.

The Elks and AMVET Post 911 are hoping to raise even more money this year by asking local businesses to consider sponsorship. For a tax-deductible donation of $100 your business name would be assigned to one or more boats. The number of boats representing your business would be determined by the number of sponsors compared to the number of registered boats.

Free promotion for your business, both verbally and in print, would be given during the captains’ meeting held June 14, and also during the Awards Picnic June 15 (the deadline for business sponsorship is due no later than June 9). For more information, contact Jim Donahue at 609-412-7769.

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.

College offers computer workshops

Enhance your technology aptitude with Atlantic Cape Community College’s computer technology workshops this spring and summer.

Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) participants will learn the information and hands-on skills necessary to configure and troubleshoot a Windows 7 deployment, a Windows Server 2008 network infrastructure and an Active Directory deployment. The class will take place Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, beginning June 3.

Other workshops include: Introduction to Macs, Microsoft Project 2010, Excel 2010 and Access 2010.

Computer and technology courses will be offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. For workshop prices or to register, call 609-343-4829 or see atlantic.edu/conted.

Registration open for theater summer camp

The Eagle Theatre, 208 Vine Street, Hammonton, has opened registration for its 2013 Summer Camp for Young Performers.

The camp will run 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday to Friday, June 24-July 17. It is open to youth ages 8-15. At the camp’s conclusion, students will put on a production of Disney’s “Aladdin,” with four performance dates July 18-21. The camp will be directed by Eagle Theatre co-artistic director Ed Corsi, and the culminating production will be directed by Rich Curcio.

Information on rates and registration are at TheEagleTheatre.com under “Education.” For more information, call the box office at 609-704-5012.

Gardner’s Basin seeks crafters

Historic Gardner’s Basin in Atlantic City is seeking crafters and artisans for its Crafter’s Village, a set of cottages along the Absecon inlet near the Atlantic City Aquarium. Currently, the village features artists, African art, shell crafts, nautical gifts and art, collectible dolls, trendy accessories, jewelry, gifts and one-of-a-kind treasures.

The lease is seasonal and begins Memorial Day weekend. Ample parking is available on-site. For more information, email lisa@acaquarium.com or call 609-348-2880, ext. 17.

Rotary Club seeks host families in Oakcrest area

The Mays Landing Rotary Club is sponsoring a Rotary Youth Exchange student during the 2013-14 school year. This student will attend Oakcrest High School.

This year, the student is expected to be a boy from Germany. He will be between 15½ and 18 years old when he arrives at the end of August. He will spend his junior or senior year of high school learning a new language in a new country.

The Rotary program is to have a family host a student for about 3½ months, so three families will host the student during his exchange school year. Students must follow a defined set of rules, which they acknowledge before departing their home country. They have an allowance of $90 per month supplied by the Rotary Club and have expectations of family financial support from home for things such as clothing.

The host family must live in an area that attends Oakcrest High School. The family is expected to provide a place to sleep and meals including lunch for the student. A shared room is fine; students do not have to have a bedroom of their own. There also should be a place to study. They should be treated the same as any other family member with respect to chores. They agree in advance that it is their responsibility to adjust to the host family and they do not expect to be treated as a guest. They are expected to successfully pass their courses in high school.

Families with children, families without children, dual parent families and single parent families are all acceptable. All applicants for hosting will have an application taken that includes an in-home interview and a background check will be run.

Interested families should call Roy Klein at 609 909-0955 or email roy@fscoi.com.

Artists wanted for Boardwalk show

The Atlantic City Arts Commission and 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.

The event is free and all proceeds from the event will be used for future art events in Atlantic City. All artwork must be original and created by the artist registering for the show. Entry fee is $75 for a 12-by-12-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: The 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 their display, a short bio and check made out to the Noyes Museum of Art.

$2,000 in prizes will be 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 July 7.

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

College offers summer discount

Richard Stockton College is offering a summer tuition discount for undergraduate courses as well as a summer housing discount on its Galloway Township campus.

The discounted course rates also are offered at the Carnegie Center and at three new Stockton instructional sites in Manahawkin, Hammonton and Woodbine. Stockton’s eight summer sessions, which have start dates in May, June and July, are open to students enrolled in degree programs, non-matriculated students and students currently enrolled at other institutions. Students can save more than $300 for each four-credit undergraduate course. A 20 percent housing discount is also offered to those wishing to reside on the main Galloway campus during the summer. Summer sessions enable students to graduate sooner or lighten their course loads during the fall or spring semesters. With courses available at the main campus and at four different instructional sites, students can choose a convenient location.

Registration for summer courses is open. A complete listing of courses and links for housing and summer sessions information is at stockton.edu/summer.

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.

Hurricane Sandy event set

Atlantic County Library System/Brigantine in partnership with BrigStrong hosts Your Calm After the Storm: Hurricane Sandy from 6 to 8 p.m. May 7 at the Brigantine Beach Community Center, 265 42nd St. Each of the sessions facilitated by New Jersey Hope and Healing is free and open to adults.

Get useful suggestions and techniques for managing the stress and anxiety stemming from Hurricane Sandy in this interactive presentation of coping and recovery, hope and support. Learn about managing the emotional consequences of the storm, understanding the impact, and exploring strategies for coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

This project is sponsored by the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Disaster and Terrorism Branch, through a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant, in partnership with the Mental Health Association of New Jersey. For more information, call Atlantic County Library System/Brigantine at 609-266-0110.

Free vacations offered

The Ocean City Tourism Commission, Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce and Ocean City Board of Realtors have once again joined forces to promote “America’s Greatest Family Resort” by awarding 11 families a fun-filled, week-long family vacation in Ocean City.

Each of the 11 winners will receive a seven-night stay in a three or four bedroom condo that sleeps as many as eight people. Pictures, addresses and descriptions of each unit are available on the contest entry page.

Contest entry is through the Chamber’s website at OceanCityVacation.com. Entrants may enter one time for each of the 11 weeks per email address. Winners will be randomly selected and notified about three weeks before their vacation. Winners will be selected beginning June 3 and each week following until Aug.12.

5K run scheduled May 4

The Hammonton Mothers’ Club will sponsor the Hammonton 5K Run For Fun at 9 a.m. May 4 at the Hammonton Lake Park, 100 Sports Drive, Hammonton. Proceeds of the event will benefit Hammonton Youth Recreation and the Hammonton Parks and Recreation Department, which provides recreational programs and playground facilities in the greater Hammonton area.

The course will be a police-assisted run through the streets of Hammonton, starting and ending at Hammonton Lake Park. A one-mile family walk will take place on a traffic-free track. Prizes and medals will be awarded to the top male and female runners. Other awards will be given to the top male and female in many age categories.

Day-of-event registrations may receive a T-shirt if supplies don’t run out. Registration for the 5K is $40, one-mile family walk is $10 per person or $35 per family. To register, visit hammontonmothersclub.com or call 609-561-1989.

Foodie Tuesdays scheduled

Foodie Tuesdays at Richard Stockton College in Hammonton are a series of continuing education courses focusing on culinary education. The classes are designed so that participants can sign up for one, all or any number of the courses. Each seminar begins at Kramer Hall, 30 Front St. in Hammonton, for a discussion and instruction from a culinary expert. Afterwards, the seminar will move a few blocks away to Rocco’s Town House, 21 N. Third St., for light dining in the heart of Hammonton’s arts district.

To register for a course, call 609-652-4227. Each class is $35 and includes the seminar, discussion and dinner. There is a discount if you register for two or more classes at once or if you register with a friend for the same course.

Courses include Super Foods: New Jersey Wines: World Class in our Own Back Yard, 6 to 9 p.m. May 14; Cheeses: Food of the Gods, From the Simple to the Sublime and Everything in Between, 6 to 9 p.m. June 11.

Health care courses offered

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

Certified Home Health Aide for CNAs is designed for the CNA who wants to become a certified home health aide, two Saturdays, May 11 and 18.

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.

Library offers language learning

The Atlantic County Library System now offers more language learning opportunities through the Mango Languages online resource. The most recently added languages are Egyptian, modern standard Arabic, Romanian and Swahili. Mango Languages offers nearly 50 world language courses and15 English as a Second Language courses.

Mango users may choose to learn simple, practical skills for common polite, conversational situations or to learn in-depth and comprehensive language and grammar skills. Each language is presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application that goes beyond teaching vocabulary to integrate components of grammar and culture. Mango teaches actual conversation, breaking down complex linguistic elements within an audio-visual framework that draws important connections and builds on information the user already has learned.

No special training, downloads or installation are required to use Mango Languages on a home computer. Free iPhone and Android apps are available through the library system.

More information about Mango Languages is found at atlanticlibrary.org/mango or by contacting any Atlantic County Library System branch.

Center offers development courses

The Stockton College Education Center will offer a series of one-day professional development courses for K-12 educators through May. The Stockton College Education Center is in the new addition to the Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage of Stockton College, located at 610 Washington Ave. in Woodbine.

The courses are convenient for teachers in Cape May, Cumberland and Atlantic County school districts. Participants are asked to bring their own device (BYOD) for certain courses. Courses include: Using Social Media to Connect to your School’s Community-BYOD, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 2; Writing with SPICE, Grades 6-8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m .May 10.

For complete descriptions and registration information, see ettc.net/calendar or contact Courtney Regan by calling 609-626-3866 or emailing Courtney.regan@stockton.edu.

Undergarments wanted

The Atlantic Cape Family Support Organization is collecting donated new unopened packages of male and female undergarments from children sizes to young adult. The undergarments are to care for the needs of children during a crisis that ends up in an extended hospital stay.

Donations can be dropped off at the Northfield office, 950 Tilton Road, Suite 108. All donations will go to Bridgeton Hospital.

Benefit raffle for lighthouse

Absecon Lighthouse will hold a benefit raffle, Hop In, Check In, Dine In, featuring a weekend to remember in Atlantic City. Tickets are $10 and the winner will receive this fabulous prize package: limousine transportation to and from courtesy of Avalon Limo, weekend stay at The Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, $150 Dinner Comp, courtesy of the Borgata and a tour and climb of Absecon Lighthouse

Raffle tickets can be purchased by calling Absecon Lighthouse at 609-449-1360, or visiting the Lighthouse at 31 S. Rhode Island Ave. in Atlantic City. The drawing will take place May 10. The winner need not be present to win. Proceeds from the raffle benefit educational programming for children.

Singers wanted

The Mainland Choral Society is inviting singers to join in rehearsals for their 25th anniversary spring concert, “Songs of Hope and Encouragement,” on May 3. Elaine King, former director of music at Greentree Ministries, will conduct the group. Rehearsals will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays. Nominal membership fee will be charged.

For more information, call King at 609-266-8912.

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.

Tickets on sale for food event

The organizers of the annual Chefs at the Shore event are making tickets available early specifically for holiday gifts. The 2013 Chefs at the Shore fundraiser is scheduled for 5:30 to 9 p.m. June 20 at Historic Gardner’s Basin, Atlantic City.

The event appeals to “foodies” and environmentalists alike, as it showcases some of the area’s finest food while it funds educational programming at the Atlantic City Aquarium. Proceeds from the event also are used to fund chef educational programs and scholarships for culinary students for the Professional Chefs Association.

Chefs at the Shore tickets are $50 before June 1 and $60 after that date. Guests may purchase a block of ten for $450. Tickets are available at the Atlantic City Aquarium, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, or by emailing michelle@acaquarium.com or calling 609-348-2880, ext. 25. Sponsorship opportunities also are available, and donations of silent auction and raffle prizes are needed. For restaurant participation, contact the Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey at 609-703-9912.

College offers IT courses

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer information technology certifications, including career training and IT professional series courses, in 2013.

In Microsoft Certified IT Professional, students learn how to set up and maintain network infrastructure services and learn how to secure a network environment using industry standard technologies, beginning June 3.

Computer Repair Technician (A+ Certification) prepares students to work with the latest hardware technologies, including: RAID, Serial Attached SCSI, USB and Peripheral Component Interconnect Express beginning June 3.

Information technology certifications classes are offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. For more information or to register, see atlantic.edu/conted or call 609-343-4829.

Arts center lists 2013 exhibits

The Galloway Cultural Arts Center has announced its 2013 exhibit lineup. To June 15, Anything Goes; June 15-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.

Golden Cotillion planned

The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. Iota Chapter will introduce a Golden Cotillion in spring 2013.

The Golden Cotillion, “Lovelier the Second Time Around,” will feature women 60 and older. It will provide an opportunity for mature ladies to experience relevant workshops and an evening of dining, dancing and fun. Ladies are sought to participate. A sponsorship fee will be required. Sponsors may be people, civic organizations, social clubs, or churches. The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. Iota Chapter has been the sponsor of the Debutante Cotillion for high school seniors for more than 50 years. The benefits of this cotillion have enabled the chapter presenting scholarships each of these years. The two cotillions will continue to benefit Iota’s Scholarship Fund and the sorority’s Youth Programs.

Anyone interested is asked to call Barbara Gilliam, chairperson, at 609-348-3654.

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.