Beth El Sisterhood plans luncheon

The Beth El Sisterhood will hold a luncheon at noon Oct. 9 at 500 N. Jerome Ave., Margate.

The cost is $25 per person and includes a catered lunch and entertainment by Al Long, a comedian who does skits by George Burns and Gracie Allen. There will be fashions by Claudia. All are welcome.

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For more information or reservations, call 609-823-2725. Reservations and payment must be made before Oct. 4. Send checks payable to Beth El Sisterhood to PO Box 3133, Margate, NJ 08402.

Health Fair set in Weymouth Twp.

Weymouth Township is sponsoring a Health Fair for residents, seniors, veterans and anyone with disability concerns, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 9.

The fair will take place at the Weymouth Township Community Center, formerly the Belcoville Vol. Fire Co., 1201 Loretto Ave. Belcoville, about a mile south of the intersection of U.S. Route 40 and state Route 50.

Exhibitors who have something to offer for the fair can contact Amelia A. Messina at 609-625-2831.

Torah Studies course set

Chabad at the Shore is launching a new Torah Studies course.

Classes start at the Linwood Library Community Building, 301 Davis Ave., at 12:15 p.m. Oct. 4, and continue for 12 consecutive Friday afternoons. Like all of Chabad's courses, this latest adult education offering is designed for people at all levels of Jewish knowledge. There is no fee to attend the course. For a donation of $55, participants receive a course textbook.

Call 609-822-8500 to enroll or see

5K race raises money for Heart Heroes

Lace up your sneakers, snap on a sweatband, and come join AtlantiCare for a run.

The second annual AtlantiCare 5K, presented by the AtlantiCare LifeCenter, will take place Oct. 5 at the Atlantic County Park in Estell Manor, 109 State Highway 50, and includes a 5K run and a one-mile walk.

Proceeds benefit the AtlantiCare Heart Heroes, a volunteer group that raises funds for the Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center through the AtlantiCare Foundation to place automated external defibrillators in the community. Pre-registration is $25, and runners can sign up by calling 888-569-1000. Day-of registration begins at 8 a.m. and is $30. The race begins at 9 a.m. Prizes will be awarded in each division.

For more information, call 888-569-1000 or see

Visiting Writers Series on at Stockton

The Visiting Writers Series is under way at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in Galloway Township.

Poet Kim Addonizio will give a reading 8 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Alton Auditorium, second floor of the A-Wing, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Jimmied Leeds Road, Galloway Township. Her honors include a Guggenheim fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and Pushcart Prizes (Best of the Small Presses) for both poetry and essay. She has also published two novels from Simon and Schuster, "Little Beauties" and "My Dreams Out in the Street."

A donation is requested, ranging from $3 for students with identification, to $5 for seniors with ID, $10 general admission, or larger contributions to the college's Visiting Writer Series from $25 to $500, if a donor chooses.

Grand reopening for children's museum

The Jersey Shore Children's Museum will host its Grand Re-Opening Celebration on Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Opening day special admission is $5 per person.

The satellite museum is located inside the Hamilton Mall, 4403 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, on the upper level near Sears. Funds are still being raised for the a bigger location. See

Fisher to speak at women's health event

The AtlantiCare Foundation will host AtlantiCare's 10 annual Women's Health Signature Event form 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Carriage House, 25 S. Pitney Road, Galloway Township, with keynote speaker Mary Fisher, an activist, artist and author.

The evening includes a sit-down dinner; Fisher's presentation; a Zentangle art exhibit by cancer survivors, friends and relatives; giveaways; chair and hand massages; makeup demonstrations; mini spa treatments; and vendor sales and services. Cancer survivors will receive a special gift. All attendees will get a copy of Fisher's second memoir, "Messenger, a Self Portrait."

The registration fee is $55. To register, for information about sponsorship opportunities, or for more information about AtlantiCare's Breast Health Program or other AtlantiCare services, call 888-569-1000 or see

Brunch and Book with Rabbi Shook

Treachery and romance will be major themes at the Brunch and Book event at Congregation Beth Israel at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 6, as Rabbi Mark Shook discusses his debut novel, "The Ezra Scroll." Rabbi Shook he served as the congregation's rabbi from 1980 to 1987.

"The Ezra Scroll" tells the story of the discovery of an ancient Hebrew scroll in U.S.-occupied Iraq. It is a fact-thrilled thriller that combines unlikely romance, intrigue, betrayal, bursts of humor, and bloodshed.

The brunch is open to the community and all are welcome. Books will be available for purchase. The cost for the brunch is $10 per person. RSVP to the synagogue office at 609-641-3600 or Congregation Beth Israel is located at 2501 Shore Road in Northfield.

County historical society plans events

The Atlantic County Historical Society presents upcoming events.

The 2013 annual meeting and luncheon will mark the society's 100th birthday, complete with favors, balloons and birthday cake. Following the installation of the nominees to the 2013-14 governing board, the Bringing History to Life Award recipients will be honored. Assistant Librarian Diane Miller and former Librarian Dale Lonkart will provide a PowerPoint presentation about the society's past. Members, volunteers and the public are invited to attend. The cost is $30 per person and the event takes place at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 19 at Harbor Pines Golf Club on Ocean Heights Avenue in Egg Harbor Township.

The society will hold a Christmas Yard Sale on the lawn of the Risley Homestead, 8 Virginia Ave., Northfield, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9. Articles for sale range from Christmas trees, ornaments and decorations to materials to make wreaths and grave blankets and a variety of other crafts.

The society's Cook Book Committee plants a tasting and cookbook sale at 6 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Zion United Methodist Church Hall on Zion Road in the Bargaintown section of Egg Harbor Township. There will be samplings of recipes from the recently published cookbook/history book 'Recipes Through the Years.' Prepaid reservations of $20 per person should be mailed to the Atlantic County Historical Society, 907 Shore Road, PO Box 301, Somers Point, NJ 08244, ATTN: Tasting. Seating will be on a first-reserved, first-served basis, as seating is limited. Cookbooks are also available for purchase at the Atlantic County Historical Society building, open 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday.

Atlantic Cape offers hospitality workshops

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer workshops this fall for those interested in enhancing their skills for the hospitality industry.

TIPs Certification trains participants to recognize potential alcohol-related problems and intervene to prevent alcohol-related tragedies. This workshop is ideal for those who deal with alcohol in a licensed establishment. Classes begin Oct. 12 or Nov. 9.

Workshops take place at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, and the Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd. For more information, call 609-343-4829 or see

Verdi is subject of October lecture

Learn about one of the greatest composers of Italian opera as the 200th anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi is celebrated at the October series of free music lectures by Paul M. Somers, sponsored by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony.

In this second installment of a five-part series celebrating six great composers who have a one-, two-, three-, or four-hundred year anniversary this year, we learn about the farmer who went on to compose such operatic masterpieces as "Aida," "Rigoletto," "La Traviata," "Il Trovatore," "Don Carlo," "Otello," "Falstaff" and many others.

The lectures will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Oct. 17, at the Margate Public Library, 8100 Atlantic Ave.

Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Richard Wagner at the November lectures, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten at the December lectures, and the 300th anniversaries of the births of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Christoph Willibald Gluck at the January 2014 lectures.

Somers, adult education director for the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, is also a composer, performer, founder of Maurice River Music, was for 25 years the harpsichordist for the Virtuoso Strings of New York, and was a reviewer for the Star-Ledger.

The lecture is sponsored by the library.

For further information, call the Bay-Atlantic Symphony at 856-451-1169, or Somers at Maurice River Music at 856-506-0580. For the Atlantic County series, call the Margate Public Library at 609-822-4700.

Flu-shot clinics announced

The Atlantic County Division of Public Health will provide 11 public flu-shot clinics for those 18 years and older through Nov. 7. There is a $15 fee (cash or check only) for flu shots. Pneumonia shots will also be available to eligible residents 65 years and older for $25. There is no out-of-pocket cost for either shot for residents with Medicare Part B coverage who present their card at the time of vaccination.

As an added convenience, residents may schedule a flu shot appointment online at Appointments are not required and walk-ins will continue to be welcome at all locations.

Oct. 2: 10 a.m. to noon, Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Maple and Wabash Ave., Linwood

Oct: 5: 10 a.m. to noon, Hammonton High School, 566 Old Forks Road, Hammonton

Oct. 8:, 10 a.m. to noon, Brigantine Presbyterian Church, 1501 W. Brigantine Ave., Brigantine

Oct. 9: 10 a.m. to noon, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 591 New Jersey Ave., Absecon

Oct. 15: 10 a.m. to noon, Pleasantville Recreation Center, 400 W. Brighton Ave., Pleasantville

Oct. 17: 3 to 5 p.m., Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 7004 Ridge Ave., Egg Harbor Township

Oct. 19: 10 a.m. to noon, Atlantic Cape Community College Cafeteria, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing

Oct: 22: 10 a.m. to noon, Congregation Beth Israel, 2501 Shore Road, Northfield

Oct: 24: 3 to 5 p.m. Beacon Church, 420 S. Sixth Ave., Galloway Township

Nov. 7: 10 a.m. to noon, Ventnor Educational Community Complex, 400 N. Lafayette Ave., Ventnor

Schedule an appointment at For more information, call the Division of Public Health at 609-645-5933.

Culinary classes set for fall

The Academy of Culinary Arts, in collaboration with Atlantic County and Hammonton, offers a series of culinary classes this fall. Classes will be offered at the Human Services Building, 310 Bellevue Ave. in Hammonton.

As the weather cools, learn how to prepare rustic and elegant soups to get you through the winter in Soups on Oct. 24.

Looking for ways to add excitement to your holiday table without tossing out tradition? Learn a variety of interesting and different side dishes, and one or two may become new traditions for your family in Nontraditional Side Dishes on Nov. 14.

Learn to prepare rolled, dropped and iced cookies. Bring a recipe you would like to share, and we will create an electronic file for the group in Cookie Exchange on Dec. 12.

All classes meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Classes will include demonstration, tasting and some hands-on activity. Cost per workshop is $85 per person. For additional information, call 609-343-4829 or visit

Gilda's Club event raises $60,000

The ninth annual "Movers. Shakers. Difference Makers." Luncheon on Sept. 10 was a sellout for the ninth consecutive year, raising more than $60,000 for Gilda's Club South Jersey at The Palm Restaurant in Atlantic City, which once again donated its full services in hosting the benefit luncheon.

The Palm Restaurants have helped raise more than $2 million dollars for cancer-related charities across the nation. In the course of nine years, The Palm has helped Gilda's Club South Jersey surpass $500,000 in funds raised for their organization.

Cape Bank, which has been a long-time supporter of Gilda's Club South Jersey through its Cape Bank Charitable Foundation, was named the recipient of the organization's 2013 "Good Guy/Good Gal" Award. At the luncheon, the Cape Bank Charitable Foundation presented a $25,000 donation to Gilda's Club South Jersey.

Wine and Food Festival scheduled

The Mays Landing Merchants Association's Waterfront Wine and Food Festival will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 19-20 at Lake Lenape East, 753 Park Road, Mays Landing.

The event features a homemade winemaking competition, food demonstrations, wine seminars, live music, a kids korner, and food and craft vendors, in addition Auburn Road Vineyards, Coda Rossa Winery, DiMatteo Vineyards, Natali Vineyards, Plagidos Winery, Sharrot Winery, Wagonhouse Winery and Renault Winery. New this year will be a wine garden, providing a place to enjoy a bottle of wine purchased from one of the participating wineries and dine on food from one of the vendors.

Tickets are available in advance - $18 for one day, $28 for both days - at participating wineries, local merchants such as County Seat Florist, Anytime Fitness, Knebles Auto Care Center, Sugar Hill Deli and Subs or at

Tickets purchase on the day of the event are $20.

Brunch and learn series continues

The next Katz JCC Brunch and Learn event will take place starting at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 17 at 501 N. Jerome Ave. in Margate. The brunch will be followed by a speaker and a documentary on the big screen. This month, Rabbi Avrohom Rapoport from Chabad at the Shore will discuss the topic: "The Kabbalah of the Cheeseburger: Spiritual Insights into Jewish Culinary Laws."

After the discussion, the documentary film "Sholem Aleichem: Laughing In The Darkness" will be shown. It presents a cinematic portrait of the writer whose stories became the basis of the Broadway musical "Fiddler on the Roof."

Brunch and Learn events are open to the entire community and are made possible through a donation by Marc Neumann. The cost is $3 for JCC members and $5 for nonmembers. Please register in advance. For more information, contact Josh Cutler at 609-822-1167, ext. 138, or email

MBCA Gala planned for Oct. 17

The Metropolitan Business and Citizens Association will hold its 23rd annual Installation/Awards Gala starting 5:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Grand Ballroom of Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City.

MBCA President and CEO John Schultz and master of ceremonies Lloyd Levenson will present the 2013 MBCA Community Spirit Award to Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson for his charitable and civic commitments in the region and more than 13 years of leadership in Atlantic County. Levinson was recently named New Jersey County Executive of the Year by the New Jersey Mayor Conference of Mayors. Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford will install the officers and executive board for 2014.

The gala is MBCA's major business/social event of the year. It includes a cocktail reception and sit-down dinner. Proceeds benefit MBCA programs and services, and support charitable and civic endeavors. To date, MBCA has donated more than $280,000 to charities in the Atlantic City region.

Individual tickets can be purchased at $110 or a reserved Salute/Table of 10 with signage and priority seating for $1,000 by calling the MBCA office at 609-348-1903 and asking for Gary. See

Fall/Christmas Craft Show set

The Ladies Auxiliary of the South Egg Harbor Volunteer Fire Company's 27th annual Fall/Christmas Craft and Home Show will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 26 at the firehouse in the South Egg Harbor section of Galloway Township. The show is free and open to the public.

The auxiliary seeks artisans and crafters in all areas. Indoor tables are 3 by 8 feet and cost $25, and outdoor spaces are 10 by 10 feet and cost $30. There will be a variety of food items available for purchase.

For more information and application forms, call Erin Silipena at 609-652-1136 or Donna Marie Berchtold at 609-965-4672. Applications are also available by emailing

Caring for Caregivers presentation set

The Caring for Caregivers "Reward Yourself … Become Wealthy" presentation will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 7 at CARING Inc., 419 W. Delilah Road, Pleasantville.

The program helps guests discover why some of the richest people in the world are not millionaires, and undertand how success in life has nothing to do with what you gain or accomplish for yourself, and what the highest reward for a person's work in life is. The afternoon includes free food and fun. All are welcome, but space is limited.

To reserve a spot, call Jennie Roberts at 609-484-7050, ext. 246.

Boating speed reduced on Lake Lenape

Effective Sept. 21, Atlantic County officials recommended that boaters on Lake Lenape in Mays Landing reduce their speed to 5 mph and exercise caution, due to low water levels from the recent lack of precipitation over the past several weeks.

The reduced speed limit will remain in effect until further notice.

Hurricane Education Station set for children

The Hurricane Education Station workshop for children ages 6-12 will be presented at the Fox Nature Center at the Atlantic County Park in Estell Manor Park on upcoming Saturdays.

The workshop includes an art/craft, singalong, hurricane trivia and snack, as well as an interactive hurricane bottle. The workshops take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 5 and 19. The workshop is hosted by New Jersey Hope and Healing, sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Disaster and Terrorism Branch, through a FEMA grant.

For more information, call Jaime Angelini at 609-652-3800, ext. 308.

Oakcrest Athletic Wall of Fame inductees announced

The Oakcrest Athletic Wall of Fame Committee has announced the Induction Class of 2013.

The inductees are: Joanna Coe '07, soccer and golf; Lisa Jones '06, cross country, indoor track, track and field; Kathy Shea Bourbeau '76, hockey, basketball and softball; Michael Petuskey '77, football and baseball; and Bill Petuskey '73 (posthumous), football and baseball. Upon becoming a member of the Oakcrest Wall of Fame, those honored receive a personal plaque, in addition to a larger plaque being displayed on the Wall of Fame that lists their name, picture and accomplishments.

A dinner will be held at Mays Landing Golf and Country Club prior to the induction ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 18. The cost of the dinner is $30/adult and $15/child. The unveiling of the new inductees' plaques on the wall outside the gymnasium area will take place at 7 p.m., and the the induction class of 2013 will be presented to Oakcrest fans during halftime at the Falcons football game with Mainland Regional High School, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

To attend dinner, call the Oakcrest Athletic Office at 609-625-1462 for information.

Parents and preschoolers 'Beginnings' program set

Parents and preschoolers are invited to a special program at Congregation Beth Israel that will teach Jewish rituals through songs, stories and hands-on activities.

The Beginnings program, held several times a year, kicks off from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Oct. 6 at Congregation Beth Israel, 2501 Shore Road, Northfield. It is free and open to the community. The program is led by Rabbi David M. Weis and Ms. Cookie Feldman, director of education. The October session will focus on lessons learned from the Torah portion of Noah's Ark.

RSVPs are requested to ensure there are enough materials. RSVP to, or for more information, call 609-641-3600.

Symposium addresses church and state

In honor of the 1,700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan, a turning point in the history of Christianity, the Interdisciplinary Center for Hellenic Studies at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in Galloway Township is co-sponsoring a free two-day symposium, "Constantine: Religious Faith and Imperial Policy."

ICHS and the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University are co-sponsoring the symposium, which will bring experts from across the country to Stockton's Galloway campus for presentations.

On Oct. 4, H.A. Drake, emeritus professor of History at the University of California Santa Barbara, will deliver the opening lecture, "What Hath Constantine Wrought: The Edict of Milan and Constantine's Religious Policy." His lecture is given in honor of Rev. Dr. Demetrios Constantelos, distinguished professor emeritus at Stockton, and the 10th Anniversary of the founding of ICHS. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center Theater and is followed by a reception.

On Oct. 5, a series of presentations begins at 9 a.m. on the main campus in L-Wing. Lectures will be given by Raymond Van Dam, professor of History at the University of Michigan, George Demacopoulos, professor of Historical Theology and director and co-founder of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University, Noel Lenski, associate professor of Classics at the University of Colorado, Charles Odahl, emeritus professor of History at Boise State University and Peter Leithart, president of Trinity House in Birmingham, Alabama and adjunct senior fellow at New St. Andrew's College in Idaho.

To register for the Saturday lectures, email

Theater offers show for people with sensory issues

Frank's Theatres Tilton 9 at 331 Tilton Road, Northfield, offers a show geared for people with sensory issues at 9 a.m. Oct. 5.

The cost is $6 per person. Attendees are invited to join in a safe, accepting environment where they are free to be themselves. Dance, flap, sing and enjoy the show! The volume will be lowered. The lights will be dim, but not dark. Guests are welcome to bring their own dietary sensitive foods.

This program was coordinated by FACES 4 Autism, thanks to Frank's Theatres Tilton 9.

Free computer classes offered

Anyone needing to gain computer skills or just freshen can register for a free 10-week session at Azarel Computer Institute-St. Augustine's Church at 1709 Arctic Ave., Atlantic City.

Registration 10:30 a.m. to noon and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7, with a presentation at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Classes will start Oct. 9, with classes at 9:30 a.m., 12:30 or 5:30 p.m. Call 609-345-0718 or email

Alumni Legacy Fund 5K planned

The sixth annual Alumni Legacy Fund 5K run and 2-mile walk will take participants along Richard Stockton College's scenic Pinelands trails in memory of G. Larry James, Stockton's former director of Athletics and Recreation.

The event honors the late G. Larry James, a longtime Stockton administrator and Olympian, and benefits the scholarship fund named in his memory. Rain or shine, the event will take place Oct. 6. On-site registration and check-in will be held outside the Stockton College Sports Center in Parking Lot 5 at 8 a.m. for a 9 a.m. start. To register, see There is a $25 fee (or pledges) due no later than Oct. 4. The top pledge-raiser will be awarded a prize, but total pledge amounts must be submitted no later than Oct. 6 to qualify.

The first 100 registrants receive a DriFit T-shirt, and cash prizes will be awarded to the top three overall male and female finishers.

Visit Civil War camp in EHT

The Greate Egg Harbour Township Historical Society will present "The Life of the Civil War Soldier 150 Years Ago on Oct. 5, 1863" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Museum and Research Library grounds at 6647 West Jersey Ave., Egg Harbor Township.

The encampment will feature re-enactors and storytellers as opposing soldiers camped near Bristoe Station, Va., foraging for supplies for their present needs and for the coming winter. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted.

For more information, call 609-813-2002, email or visit

LehrerDance to perform at Stockton

LehrerDance, a contemporary dance company based in Buffalo, N.Y., will perform 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Richard Stockton College Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are $32. Children's tickets are $12 when accompanied by an adult. Tickets may be ordered at or by calling the box office at 609- 652-9000. The box office is open from 9 a.m. to 3 pm. Monday through Friday and 90 minutes before the performance. For group sales, contact Angie at 609-652-4786.

Workshop addresses palliative care

Gilda's Club South Jersey's satellite, the Living Room at the AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute, will host a workshop on palliative care from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 8 at 2500 English Creek Ave., Building 400, Second Floor, in Egg Harbor Township. This event is open to the public.

The program will be presented by Liz Eble, APN, who works in the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center as the program coordinator for Palliative Care Services and heads the pain management committee focusing on symptom management and quality of life along the course of illness. Palliative medicine is a patient- and family-centered approach that is appropriate for patients in all disease stages, including those undergoing treatment for curable illnesses, those living with chronic diseases, or for patients who are nearing the end of life.

RSVP is required. For more information or to RSVP, contact Gilda's Club Living Room at 609-407-4788 or email

Low-cost firewood available

This fall, Atlantic County residents can take advantage of the Homeowners Firewood Program to obtain firewood to supplement their supplies for the winter, which is predicted to be extremely cold.

Permits to cut up dead, fallen trees can be obtained in person for $20 per vehicle load at two park locations: Lake Lenape Boathouse, 6303 Old Harding Highway, Mays Landing, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; and the Estell Manor Park Nature Center, 109 Route 50, Mays Landing, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Permits are non-transferable and are valid only for the specific date listed. A vehicle load includes any truck or van up to a one-ton carrying capacity. Trailers are allowable up to a one-ton capacity as well. Loaded vehicles pulling a loaded trailer will be charged per item. Dump trucks and stake bodies are limited to a one-ton load of wood. If firewood supply exceeds initial demand, there may be additional opportunities to obtain a maximum of three loads per individual, per calendar year. The Atlantic County Homeowners Firewood Program will continue through April 15, 2014.

For more information, visit or call the Lake Lenape Boathouse at 609-625-8219 or the Estell Manor Park at 609-625-1897.

OCFAL announces contest winners

This fall, the Ocean City Fine Arts League showcases the colors of fall at the Art on Asbury gallery. All art is for sale and supports local artists.

Winning the Fall Tree-themed contest was Marilyn Brent, of Linwood, for her oil painting "Dogwood and Spruce Wood." Second place went to Patricia Boyd, of Avalon, for her watercolor "Autumn Glow." Earning honorable mentions were Wanda Kline, of Ocean City, pastel, "The Grove"; Deb Spinella, of Mays Landing, pastel, "Harvest Moon Trio"; Diane Brown, of Somers Point, watercolor, "Bamboozled"; and Karen Haverland, of Northfield, watercolor, "Intracacies."

For more information, call 609-814-0308 or visit

Stockton CBFS plans annual dinner

The Council of Black Faculty and Staff of Richard Stockton College is holding its 32nd annual Awards Dinner and Dance at 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club on Route 9/New York Road in Galloway Township.

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Africana Studies Program, CBFS will honor the collective founding faulty of the Africana Studies Program for the Lifetime Achievement Award. The founding faculty members include Rogers G. Barlatt, Adele Beverly, Frank Cerreto, Chandler Dennis, Shawn Donaldson, William J. Gilmore, Carolyn Hamilton, A. Lee Hoxter, William C. Jaynes IV, Sherman Labovitz, Melakew Lakew, Linda Nelson, Keith Powell, Patricia Reid-Merritt, Franklin Smith and Beverly Vaughn. In addition, Wendel White, Distinguished Professor of Art, will receive an Award of Merit; and Carlos Andjuar, Jr., Esq. and the Rev. John Gray will be honored with Alumni Awards.

Net proceeds from the dinner help support scholarships for minority students. Tickets are $85 each and may be purchased online. Those interested in donating a gift or purchasing ad space in the dinner's booklet may do so on the same web page.

For more information, contact Donnetrice Allison at or 609-652-4721.

Atlantic Cape offers green-themed classes

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer a number of green-themed classes this fall, ideal for those looking to advance their skills.

LEED for Green Associate PLUS prepares beginning green building professionals to pass the Green Building Certification Institute's LEED for Green Associate exam, Oct. 10 and 17.

Building Operator provides training for multi-family, commercial and institutional building operators, manager and owners on energy efficiency operations using the systems approach, Nov. 5-Dec. 17.

Home Energy Professional is an advanced course for individuals who are currently BPI Certified Building Analysts, and meets the standards set forth by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oct. 3-Dec. 12.

Courses take place at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Building T. Call 609-343-4829 or see

Atlantic City Music Festival set

A three-day musical extravaganza including new and traditional American choral music, jazz and bebop, and a bilingual "Peter and the Wolf" concert for children will highlight the third annual Atlantic City Music Festival, presented by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, from Oct. 3-5, at Dante Hall Theater of Richard Stockton College, 14 N. Mississippi Ave. in Atlantic City.

Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for Stockton students, faculty and staff; and $5 for children younger than 15. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The hall will open one hour prior to performance time.

For tickets and more information on the festival, call the Dante Hall Theater Box Office at 609-347-2162 or visit Dante Hall Theater's website at For more information on all Bay-Atlantic Symphony concerts and programs, call the Symphony's Bridgeton office at 856-451-1169, visit, or visit the Symphony on Facebook.

Gun club plans annual flea market

The Germania Gun Club is holding its annual Antique and Flea Market from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 12-13.

The club is located at 722 W. Moss Mill Road, Galloway Township, between Cologne and Leipzig avenues. For more information, call 609 965 1884.

ACA plans open houses

The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College will host several open houses this fall for prospective students who love to cook and are interested in starting a career in the culinary field.

The open houses are planned for 1 p.m. Oct. 6, 9 a.m. Oct. 25, 6 p.m. Nov. 20 and 9 a.m. Dec. 6 at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, M-Building. 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. ACA students have opportunities to gain hands-on experience throughout the year. Full-time classes meet five hours a day, Monday-Friday, in morning, afternoon or evening sessions. Part-time classes are also available.

Call 800-645 CHEF, email or see

Jazz Society announces new CD

The Somers Point Jazz Society has announced the creation of its first jazz compilation CD to highlight the talent of the artist members of the society.

The finished 17-track (80 minute) CD will be a blend of different styles of jazz and will feature artists including Michael Pedicin, Gina Roche, Paul Jost, Edgardo Cintron, Cathy Rocco, Ed Vezinho and more. The CD will help the Somers Point Jazz Society continue to bring jazz artists and jazz education programs to Somers Point and the surrounding communities. The society will use the finished CD as a promotional item to attract new members and new sponsors. The CD also will assist the jazz society in obtaining grants and additional funding to support its year-round calendar of performances.

For more information or to support the project, see

Literacy Volunteers to honor Goldsmith

Literacy Volunteers of New Jersey and Literacy Volunteers of Union County will honor Henry Goldsmith, of Mays Landing, retired president of Literacy Volunteers of New Jersey, when the two groups celebrate "Improving Lives through Literacy" at a joint gala fundraiser Nov. 13 at Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains.

Goldsmith will receive the Harry Van Houten Lifetime Achievement Award for his long-term commitment and services. Special guest will be Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter and author Rosanne Cash. This evening will raise critical funds for Literacy Volunteers. Other gala honorees include the Honorable Harold J. Wirths and Rev. Dr. DeForest B. Soaries Jr.

For more information about tickets, gala sponsorship, advertising or auction opportunities, contact Arlene Klemow at 908-486-1777 or

Stockton to host panel on military sexual trauma

The Office of Continuing Studies and the Office of Veteran Affairs at Richard Stockton College in Galloway Township are hosting a viewing of "The Invisible War," followed by a panel discussion, 4:30 p.m. Nov. 6, in the Campus Center Event Room, main campus, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township. Registration begins at 4 p.m.

Members of the veteran community will partner with health and human services professionals to examine military sexual trauma, or MTS. MTS is the term used by the Department of Veteran Affairs to refer to experiences of sexual assault or repeated, threatening acts of sexual harassment, as experienced by both men and women.

The cost to attend the conference is $35 ($30 before Oct. 6). A light supper will be provided. The event is open to the public. For more information and to register contact the Office of Continuing Studies at 609-652-4227 or see

A.C. library presents 'Flashback Fridays'

The Atlantic City Free Public Library will hold a weekly program series centered on family history and archives during October, which is American Archives Month.

From 1 to 2 p.m. on "Flashback Fridays," staff members who work with the library's Atlantic City Heritage Collections will show participants the best ways to preserve photographs, wedding gowns, digital files and more. Also, they will provide some tricks of the trade for researching one's family history. The Flashback Fridays schedule is:

Seek and Find: Searching Your Family's History Online on Oct. 4

Save Your Stuff! Your Personal Archives on Oct. 11

Avoid Digital Disaster: Organizing and Preserving Your Digital Life on Oct. 18

Taking Care of Your Treasures: Caring For Your Heirlooms on Oct. 25

The programs, which will be held in the Main Library's second-floor meeting room, are free. Registration is not required. Call 609-345-2269, ext. 3060.

Fall simulcast series offered

Temple Emeth Shalom will present its Rabbi Dr. Gordon Geller Fall Simulcast Series live by satellite from the 92nd Street Y in New York City.

Three programs will feature a diverse group of speakers in October, November and December on the Temple's wide screen at 8501 Ventnor Ave. in Margate.

White House insiders Ari Fleischer and Robert Gibbs will give their perspective 'Inside the White House - Barack Obama and George W. Bush' at 8 p.m. Oct. 23.

Attorneys and TV personalities Alan Dershowitz and Jeffrey Toobin will speak on 'All About Alan Dershowitz' at 8 p.m. Nov. 4.

Howard Gardner, from Harvard University, will clarify the 'App Generation' at 8:15 p.m. Dec. 9.

Doors open one hour before each program. Fellowship and a gala reception follow each selection. Tickets are $12 for each event, $30 for the series or $15 at the door. For reservations and information, call 609-822-4343.

Careme's open for dinner

Careme's, the student-run, gourmet restaurant at Atlantic Cape Community College's Academy of Culinary Arts, has opened for dinner. A three-course dinner special for $19.99 per person (plus tax and gratuity) will be offered weeknights until Oct. 10.

Careme's a la carte menu features appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables harvested from Atlantic Cape's Organic Greenhouse and Herb Garden offer patrons a farm-to-table experience. ACA's student-chefs also make all dessert pastries, breads and rolls. Tableside cooking may be offered. Careme's, located at Atlantic Cape's Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, offers a fine dining experience that's unique in South Jersey. The restaurant is open Monday through Friday, August through December and January through May, when classes are in session. Guests are seated for dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover are accepted. For reservations, call 609-343-4940.

The ACA has been training future chefs and food service professionals for more than 30 years. See

Church publishes cookbook

"Seasoned with Love," a new cookbook by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Absecon, is available for purchase for $10 per copy. Parishioners, families, and friends share 500 recipes in eight categories in this illustrated and professionally printed cookbook.

Each recipe features the contributor's name and an alphabetical contributor index makes it easy for everyone to locate the favorite recipes of their friends and neighbors. Many pages of helpful cooking hints are also included.

Copies of "Seasoned with Love" are available for purchase at the Church of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Center, 603 New Jersey Ave., Absecon from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or email or phone 609-652-0073 or 609-646-2819.

All proceeds from the sale will benefit the programs of the Church of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

JFS, ACME to hold food drive

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties announces a partnership with ACME Markets to help eliminate hunger in the community. JFS will hold a food drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 4 at the ACME in Somers Point to assist in restocking the agency food pantry for Thanksgiving and the upcoming holiday season.

For this collection, JFS asks shoppers to pick up an extra item or two during their shopping trip. Top essentials include stuffing, instant potatoes, rice, cranberry sauce, and canned vegetables Also non-perishable, kid-friendly food such as pasta and sauce, cereal and peanut butter are perfect offerings needed throughout the year. Donations should be unopened and properly sealed. Food must meet the expiration and "use by" dates in order to be distributed to the community. JFS is looking for volunteers to help with the ACME Food Drive on Oct. 4. Volunteers are needed to welcome shoppers, ask for donations and collect food for the JFS Pantry. Two-hour shifts are available from 10 a.m. to noon, noon to 2 p.m., and 2 to 4 p.m. Volunteers are needed at JFS from 2 to 5 p.m. to stock donated items. In addition to hosting the food drive, ACME Markets donated $500 to help JFS get a jump start on re-stocking the everyday essentials of the food pantry.

For questions, contact Leigh Turner at 609-822-1108 or

VA mobile clinic to visit Stockton

The Wilmington VA Medical Center's Mobile Outreach Clinic will be available on the Richard Stockton College campus in Galloway Township on a monthly basis during the academic year. Their first monthly visit will be from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 22 . The mobile unit will be parked on the D-F Plaza.

The mobile units will offer the following services to veterans:

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

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

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

African American Heritage Museum expands

The African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey will open in the Noyes Museum Arts Garage Stockton College in Atlantic City this fall, part of the resort's developing Arts District.

The African American Heritage Museum, founded by Ralph Hunter Sr., will occupy 2,000 square feet of the Arts Retail space located on the first floor of The Wave parking garage along Mississippi Avenue. The museum brings to life the African American experience of the 20th century as it documents the struggle of one group of Americans to carve their own place in the wider cultural landscape. The Noyes Museum of Stockton, which manages the site leased by the college, will have a 900-square-foot exhibition space of primarily New Jersey artists' work and a 550-square-foot gift shop selling the work of local artists and crafts people. The African American Heritage Museum has access to more than 11,000 items such as graphics, drawings, paintings, advertisements, household and decorative items, all depicting blacks in a historical context. The museum will retain a smaller presence in its original location in Newtonville, in western Atlantic County, Hunter said.

For information on becoming a tenant at the Noyes Museum Arts Garage Stockton College,see For more information on the museum, see

Coach Bingo fundraiser set

The Community Partnership for Egg Harbor Township Schools Inc. and the H. Russell Swift Elementary School Parents Club will co-host a Ladies Coach Bingo event at 6 p.m. Nov. 15 at Somers Point VFW Post 2189, 500 Bethel Road.

Tickets are $35 in advance and include 16 cards, one for each game. Additional packs of 16 cards can be purchased for $5. Game winners will receive authentic Coach purses, and there will also be other chances to win Coach products throughout the night. There will also be a Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle and cash bar. Free hors d'ouvres and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. For tickets, call 609-646-8441, ext. 1017, or email

LTPD taking applications for Class II officers

The Lower Township Police Department in Cape May County is accepting applications for Special Class II Police Officers.

Applicants must hold a valid PTC certification for New Jersey Special Class II Officer and have a minimum of two years of experience as a law enforcement officer. Applications are available in the Records Section, located in the front lobby of police headquarters, 405 Breakwater Road, Erma, during the normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Applicants are encouraged to submit an application to have on file for present and future hiring opportunities.

Avalon Police accepting applications for 2014

Avalon Police Chief William McCormick has announced that the Avalon Police Department is now hiring Special Officers for the 2014 season.

Applications are being taken immediately, so candidates can be enrolled in the winter academy. For an application and more information, see

Kids Fun Run set in A.C.

CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties in partnership with the Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center is hosting a Kids Fun Run at 11 a.m. Oct. 12 on the Boardwalk in conjunction with the Atlantic City Marathon Race Series. The Fun Run features a mile-long course for children ages 4 through 12. The cost to register before the day of the event is $15 per child, $20 the day of the race. All participants will receive a T-shirt, a finisher medal and an official time. To register for the Kids Fun Run please call 609-822-1167, ext. 118, or visit For additional information, visit

The Kids Fun Run will include a variety of pre- and post-race activities for children including a mascot run with Seaweed the Sea Turtle, Super Can, Martin Z. Mollusk, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and the Fractured Prune. Refreshments and prizes are available for all participants. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Dennis Courtyard located at Park Place and The Boardwalk in Atlantic City. All proceeds will benefit CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties.

Red Cross, Bob's Discount Furniture launch scholarship program

Bob's Discount Furniture and the American Red Cross launched the High School Heroes Scholarship Program during the New York Giants' third annual American Red Cross blood drive Aug. 25.

This program will give high school students in New York and New Jersey the opportunity to compete with other schools during the 2013-14 school year for a share of $250,000 in scholarship money. The High School Heroes program honors students who make exceptional contributions to the American Red Cross blood donor program in their schools, and helps encourage young people to become involved by helping patients in need.

Students who host at least two high school blood drives through the year and achieve an annual participation rate of at least 30 percent of their school's age-eligible students are qualified to win a base scholarship of $250. Students who meet those initial requirements are also eligible to win additional scholarships, including as many as eight $1,000 grand prize scholarships per winning school. The winners in each state are determined by the number of students who donate and the total units collected.

For complete rules, see

Jaffe exhibit under way

Rae Jaffe, a professional Ocean City artist, is exhibiting at the second-level dining room of Latz's by the Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point, to Oct. 31.

The exhibit of oils, "Color Scapes," reflects Jaffe's strong treatment of streetscapes as well as florals, gardens, roadways and pathways painted both in the studio and en plein air. For more information about Latz's by the Bay, call 609-788-8838 or see; for the Great Bay Gallery at 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point, call 609-653-4991 or see

Stockton to host Pinelands Short Course

Richard Stockton College will host the 25th annual Pinelands Short Course on March 8, 2014, a daylong educational event that explores the unique ecology, culture and history of New Jersey's Pinelands.

The course is open to the public and includes sessions on topics such as wildlife, plants, land-use/recreation and history and culture. Non-profit organizations and other groups may distribute information and sell Pinelands-themed books and artwork in an exhibition gallery. New Jersey educators who attend can earn professional development credits through the state Department of Education. The course will take place in Stockton's Campus Center and in the new Unified Science Center, set to open this fall.

Tickets are $40, with discounts available for senior citizens and students. The schedule and brochure will be available in December at

Stockton offers inaugural AlumNight

Alumni of Richard Stockton College are invited to the first-ever AlumNight to Remember for an evening of dancing and music at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club.

AlumNight to Remember, a cocktail-attire event, will take place during Homecoming Weekend at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5 and will be held in the main dining Room at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club. The event, hosted by the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, includes a cocktail hour and hors d'oeuvres followed by dancing and music by DJ and Stockton alumnus Ahmed Khan, Class of 1989. The Alumni Affairs Office is seeking sponsorships and auction items. To become a sponsor, donate an auction item or purchase tickets, please visit Money raised will benefit deserving Stockton students.

For more information, contact or visit

JCC presents fall author series

The Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center of Margate in partnership with the Jewish Times and the Jewish Federation of Atlantic and Cape May Counties presents its Fall Author Lecture Series featuring topics surrounding politics and Israel, and will be held in the Katz JCC Auditorium, 501 N. Jerome Avenue, Margate.

At 7 p.m. Oct. 23, Professor Mark A. Stoler, Ph.D, will discuss his book "George S. Marshall and the Creation of Israel," with a look into some of the most controversial of Marshall's acts as secretary of state from 1947 to 1949 that concerned the 1947 partition of Palestine and the 1948 recognition of Israel. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $18 per person per lecture or tickets for the series can be purchased for $30 per person. Katz JCC Members receive a 10 percent discount.

Tickets are available for purchase at the JCC in person or by calling 609-822-1167.

Training offered for literacy volunteers

Literacy Volunteers Association Cape-Atlantic Inc. is a volunteer-driven adult literacy provider that trains and supports people who wish to help improve the literacy skills in their community.

Volunteers receive 15 hours of instruction in teaching basic literacy (reading and writing) and conversational English. They provide educational services to adults free of charge and at a time and location (usually the library) convenient to both student and tutor. Once matched with a student, volunteer tutors offer reading, writing, job-preparedness, conversational English and survival skills instruction. Tutors also serve as mentors and role models for adults as they work toward achieving their educational and personal goals. LVA-CA has scheduled two upcoming training workshops:

Atlantic County Library/Ventnor, 6500 Atlantic Ave., 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 5, 12 and 19

Royal Suites, 214 W Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 22 and 29, Nov. 5, 12 and 19

More information and registration materials are available, call 609 383-3377 or see

Beth Judah offers Sunday school, more

Congregation Beth Judah has announced registration for its preschool, Sunday school and religious school for the 2013-14 year.

The preschool recently received a license from the state to welcome children 1 year and older. The preschool features a professional staff with degrees in early childhood, and a low teacher-to-student ratio. Early care and late care are available, and features such as Music Together and yoga will be part of children's daily experiences. Call Lynne Midelton at 609-822-7116, ext. 120.

The Sunday school and religious school have just concluded a reworking of their objectives, following the launch last year of "A School Without Walls." Congregation Beth Judah prides itself on creating a young Jewish person who has sufficient knowledge and skill to take his or her place in society as an active participant. The school features family events, different Sabbath service formats for families not yet comfortable with services, the Beth Judah Youth Chorale and clubs. Registration for the religious school is now online, see

For more information about the Sunday and religious schools, call Hazzan Jeffrey Myers at 069-822-7116, ext. 104. Congregation Beth Judah is located at 700 N. Swarthmore Ave., Ventnor, and serves all of Atlantic and Cape May counties.

Atlantic Cape to offer training in geospatial technology

This fall, Atlantic Cape Community College will offer Geospatial Technician Certification, a new training program in one a fast-growing career fields.

Geospatial Technician Certification will meet 6-9 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Oct. 7 at the Mays Landing Campus, Building T, 5100 Black Horse Pike. The course follows the STARS curriculum series, designed to teach and assess a student's level of competence in the geospatial skill set required by the geospatial industry to become employed in the field. With a 15 percent growth in new jobs projected over the next decade, this course is designed for professionals working in homeland security, law enforcement, economic development, land developers, land surveyors, military science, engineering, public safety, real estate, municipality professionals, GIS/RS-related professionals, and anyone interested in entering the geospatial field.

For more information or to register call 609-343-4829 or see

Right Notes fundraiser set for Oct. 17

The Right Notes, a wine- and jazz-themed fundraiser benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Somers Point Jazz Society, will take place starting at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point.

Prior to the start, guests are invited to participate in an afternoon golf session at Greate Bay. The golf portion starts at 12:30 p.m. and is limited to 80 golfers. Guests will enjoy a non-scoring competition with shotgun start, and prizes for closest to the pin and longest drive (male and female). The golf session also offers guests craft beer samplings, giveaway items and more. The cost to participate is $75 and includes cart and green fees.

For information, contact Mike Rando at Contact the Somers Point Jazz Society at 609-927-6677 or by email at

Presentations offer Sandy recovery assistance

Atlantic County is hosting a series of free presentations on Hurricane Sandy by NJ Hope and Healing.

Small Sandy Survivors is a children's workshop developed by trained crisis counselors who recognized the need for children to process why such storms occur, their feelings throughout the storm, and the long-term impacts of such storms on individuals, families and communities. Children whose homes were not directly affected by Hurricane Sandy still may have had to deal with displaced relatives, friends and neighbors, as well as losses in their communities or favorite shore landmarks. Small Sandy Survivors will be presented from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 5 and 19 at the Atlantic County Park Nature Center, 109 Route 50, Estell Manor.

Hurricane Planning and Recovery is an adult educational workshop that stresses the importance of preparation for all types of emergencies. It also includes means to manage stress and cope with emotions. Counselors encourage participants to share their experiences, ask questions and offer ideas. Hurricane Planning and Recovery will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 12 at the Atlantic County Park Nature Center, 109 Route 50, Estell Manor.

For more information, call Meghan Cusack at 609-652-3800, ext. 305.

Beth Judah offers Elul Moments

Ever wondered how to prepare for the Jewish High Holidays? Rabbi Aaron Gaber of Congregation Beth Judah is offering daily Elul Moments or short videos expressing thoughts and teachings to help us prepare for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Go to to see his Elul Moments.

If you would like to receive them, send an email to with your email and name and you will be added to the subscriber list.

For more information, call Beth Judah at 609-822-7116.

Jazz tribute to Richard Somers

The Somers Point Jazz Society is proud to announce a Jazz Tribute to Master Commandant Richard Somers, USN, who died in September 1804 in Tripoli harbor during in an attempt to destroy the navy of the Barbary pirates. Ed Vezinho, composer, alto sax player and band leader of the Ed Vezinho/Jim Ward Big Band has been commissioned to compose an original composition that will be performed Oct. 7 at Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro, 908 Shore Road in Somers Point. A visual montage will accompany this performance.

For more information visit or call 609-927-6677

This program is made possible in part through the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts through the Local Arts Grant administered by Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs This program is made possible in part through the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts through the Local Arts Grant administered by Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs Additional funding is provided by Shore Medical Center

Call for photos for Noyes' 'Raw' exhibit

The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College has announced an open call for photographs for "Raw," its second annual juried photography competition and exhibition. the top 40 images will be selected by a juror for a group exhibition Nov. 7-Jan. 31 at the Noyes Gallery at Kramer Hall in Hammonton.

In keeping with the museum's love for New Jersey's natural features, images pertaining to New Jersey's raw splendor and spirit that capture the beauty and diversity of New Jersey's landscape, people, animals, water and nature are desired. Images in any photographic process are eligible for submission. Any image submitted must have been taken within the past three years. This year's juror is Markam Keith Adams, assistant professor of photography at Rowan University.

There is a $25 submission fee for as many as five images; $6 for each additional image. Valid entries must include a completed application form and submission fee, and be submitted as digital files on a CD; no email submissions accepted. Entries must be submitted in the JPEG format and must be 72 ppi, image width not to exceed 1024 pixels on the longest side. Files should be titled as follows: LastName_FirstName_1Title.jpg. The file number should correspond with the number on the application form and must be sent via mail with images on a CD. Mail application form and submission fee to: Noyes Museum of Art Shop, 5 S. Second St., Hammonton, NJ 08037

For more information and a submission form, visit For questions, email Brenda Kele at

Homemade wine competition planned

The public is welcomed to participate in an amateur homemade wine competition during the third annual Waterfront Wine and Food Festival, which will take place noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20 at Lake Lenape Park.

Red wines will be judged Oct. 19 and white wines on Oct. 20 based on a variety of characteristics. Wine bottles may be delivered by 11:30 a.m. on the day of the event. Entries should be in a 750ml bottle labeled with winemaker's name and wine class. Participants must be at least 21 years of age and not be employed or a family member of any operating winery.

Entries will be judged by the South Jersey Wineries at the event. There is a $15 entry fee and applications are due by Oct. 12. Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded, along with bragging rights. There will be a best-in-show medal for the overall competition. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m. on the day of the event. For applications, visit

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

Multi-Care Center seeks volunteers

Looking to give back? Our Lady's Multi-Care Center in Pleasantville needs volunteers who are at least 14 years old.

Opportunities include: helping with resident outings, helping office staff, playing board games and bingo, card games, serving meals, friendly visits, welcoming guests, playing music or singing for guests, transporting residents to and from daily Mass at the on-site chapel, and arts and crafts. Call Shalini at 609-677-6369.

Our Lady's is located at 1100 Clematis Ave., Pleasantville.

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, or contact Ellen Gregory at 646-8441, ext. 1017, or via email to

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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