Family Time at Tot Shabbat

Create a special Shabbat tradition with your youngest children at Congregation Beth Israel’s Tot Shabbat, where they will enjoy singing, dancing, crafts, a Shabbat meal and quality family time at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 31.

The candles, the challah, the “wine,” the Shabbat service and songs will be incorporated in this special evening led by Rabbi David M. Weis and Education Director Cookie Feldman. Importantly, the Tot Shabbat will introduce the youngest worshippers to Shabbat in a way that is engaging for preschoolers and relaxing for parents.

The Tot Shabbat program is open to the community. Cost is $25 per family. Reservations may be made by contacting the synagogue office at 609-641-3600, or mailing a check with your contact information, and number of adults and children, to Congregation Beth Israel, 2501 Shore Road in Northfield. For more information, visit bethisraelnorthfield.org.

ACS kickoff event planned Feb. 6

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life committee is holding a kickoff celebration to announce this year’s theme and to rally the community around the fight against cancer. The tradeshow-style kickoff will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 6 at Mainland Regional High School, 1301 Oak Ave., Linwood. A formal welcome and ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m.

This year’s theme celebrates Superheroes, with the tagline, “Superheroes come in many forms.” There will be Superhero booths as well as a chance to sign up to participate in the 2014 Relay for Life, scheduled for June 13-14 at Mainland Regional High School. There also will be activities for the kids and refreshments for all.

Relay for Life 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. Each year, more than 4 million people in more than 20 countries take part in this global phenomenon and raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer.

Book signing at Super Bowl party

Local criminal defense attorney and author D. William Subin will be signing his book, “Closing the Gap: The Trial of Trooper Robert Higbee,” at the annual Super Bowl event to benefit the Chief Arthur Brown Jr. Memorial Scholarship Foundation from from 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Harbor Pines Country Club.

The foundation was established in 1992 in honor of Arthur R. Brown, Jr., former Chief of the Atlantic City Beach Patrol. The goal of the Foundation is to provide scholarship tuition and other assistance to deserving local individuals and organizations. The scholarship recipients are selected based upon scholastic achievement and financial need. Mr. Subin was invited to attend the event by Chief Brown’s son, Assemblyman Chris Brown.

Harbor Pines is located at 500 St. Andrew’s Drive in Egg Harbor Township.

Laughter’s benefits to be explored

Gilda’s Club South Jersey, at 700 New Road in Linwood, will host Maryann Prudhomme, RN, CCM, CSA, will present a wellness program to shape positive health behaviors through laughter from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 10.

Learn how laughing positively affects your body and health. Attendees will learn the physical health benefits of laughter, including how it boosts immunity and decreases pain; the mental health benefits of laughter, including how it improves mood and eases anxiety; the social benefits of laughter, including how it promotes group bonding and enhances team work. A short but funny film to follow the presentation.

This event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required. For more information or to RSVP, contact Gilda’s Club South Jersey at 609-926-2699 or email adria@gildasclubsouthjersey.org.

Kids’ night out set

The Jersey Shore Children’s Museum is hosting a Pajamas-Pizza-Movie Kids Night Out from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 8. Certified childcare providers will be on-site for this event, so parents can enjoy their own night out.

Reservations are required. Call 609-641-5726. Special Event admission price $20 per child/$15 siblings. Discounts, coupons and memberships are not accepted during this special event. Open to children 2-10 (children must be potty trained). Kids bring a pillow, blanket and favorite stuffie. The JSCM (temporary location) is open until March 31 — Hamilton Mall, upper level near Sears —while the JSCM continues to raise the needed funds to start the construction of the NEW Jersey Shore Children’s Museum.

CASA seeks volunteers

CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties is recruiting volunteers in and will hold three information sessions in Somers Point. The sessions will take place at noon Feb. 4, 6 p.m. Feb. 5 and, 10 a.m. Feb. 7 at the CASA Office on Shore Road. Individuals interested in learning more about volunteering to help abused and neglected children should register by calling 609-601-7800 or emailing julie@atlanticcapecasa.org.

Trained CASA Volunteers advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children in the foster care system and are dedicated to ensuring these children are placed in safe permanent homes as quickly as possible. The 60-minute information session describes how CASA makes sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and protect a child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect and to learn and grow in the safe embrace of a loving family. For more information about CASA, visit AtlanticCapeCASA.org.

Fine Arts League seeks Hues of Yellow

In order to add some brightness and sunshine to the winter days, The Ocean City Fine Arts League invites all artists to submit up to two entries for the February show, themed ‘Hues of Yellow.’ Maximum size is 50 united inches (length + width). Entry fee is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Entries are accepted in all mediums and can reflect any theme. Entries can be dropped off Jan. 31-Feb. 5.

A Meet-the-Artist reception and awards presentation will take place 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public and the show runs through the end of February. The Ocean City Fine Arts League is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating awareness of the arts and art community. The Art on Asbury Gallery showcases watercolor, oil, acrylic, mixed media, photography, pottery, textiles, jewelry and sculptures — all made by local artists. All work is for sale. The Gallery is 608 Asbury Ave. in Ocean City and is open seven days per week: from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call 609-814-0308 or visit oceancityfineartsleague.org.

Community Day of Service set

Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor will hold its next Community Day of Service on Feb. 2.

Participants will work with the Atlantic County Long Term Recovery group or Atlantic County Revive and help at various worksites.

Participants will leave Beth Judah at 8:30 a.m. and return at 3:30 p.m. To join, call 609-822 7116, ext. 101, or email Karen at karen.mckinney@bethjudah.org.

Agricultural sciences scholarship available

A $500 college scholarship is available to an Atlantic County high school senior pursuing a degree in agricultural sciences.

For information, call the Rutgers Cooperation Extension Master Gardener program at 609-625-0056 or see rutgers-atlantic.org/garden.

Congregation Beth Judah offers movie series

Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor is presenting a four part movies series, “Jews and Muslims: Intimate Strangers.”

The four-part documentary series offers a deconstruction of 14 centuries of history shared between Jews and Muslims. The series will be viewed at 7 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 3 and 24 and March 17 and 31, with a discussion following each movie.

RSVP to karen.mckinney@bethjudah.org or call 609-822-7116, ext 101. The entire community is welcome.

Careme’s Restaurant reopens for lunch, dinner

Careme’s, the student-run gourmet restaurant at Atlantic Cape Community College’s Academy of Culinary Arts in Mays Landing, has reopened and is accepting reservations.

The $8.95 lunch special (plus tax and gratuity) features an antipasta table with assorted salads and pastas, a frittata station, carved item and choice of one main entree, including an Italian burger, roast pork sandwich, panini del Giorno, timpano and seafood del Giorno. Dessert will include tiramisu, cannoli or affogato, a lemoncello ice cream with amaretti cookies and espresso.

A $14.99 dinner buffet (plus tax and gratuity) will be offered weeknights until Feb. 10. The buffet 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.

Careme’s, on Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus at 5100 Black Horse Pike, offers a fine dining experience unique in South Jersey. The restaurant is open Monday through Friday, August-December and January-May, when classes are in session. Guests are seated for lunch at 11:30 a.m. and 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 atlantic.edu/aca.

Share Shabbat with Congregation Beth Judah

Dr. Itzhak Brook, Professor of Pediatrics at Georgetown University and author of “In the Sands of Sinai: A Physician’s Account of the Yom Kippur War,” will speak at Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor on Feb. 21 during the Share Shabbat Dinner, which follows 6 p.m. services.

His topic for the evening is “The Young Kippur War-Historical Perspective.” Brook will speak again Saturday morning, Feb. 22, during services on “A Physician’s Personal Experiences in the Yom Kippur War.” He will take questions during Kiddush Lunch following services.

The entire community is welcome. There is a charge for Friday night dinner of $22 per person. Your check will confirm your reservation. For details, call 609-822-7116, ext 101, or email karen.mckinney@bethjudah.org.

OLMA to hold scholarship testing for Class of 2018

Our Lady of Mercy Academy is holding scholarship testing for the incoming freshman class at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 1 at the school, 1001 Main Road, Newfield. More than $8,000 is awarded in scholarships annually. Financial aid also is available. Call 856-697-2008 to register or for more information.

Our Lady of Mercy Academy is a private, all-girls college preparatory academy. For more information or to schedule a tour, call 856-697-2008.

Latz’s to exhibit work by Carol Zerbe

Carol Zerbe, a retired artist-educator and resident of Somers Point, is presenting an exhibit of watercolors, “Light and Location,” at the second level dining room of Latz’s by the Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point, from Feb. 1 through April 30. A reception to meet the artist will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 7 with light refreshments; the exhibit is free and open to the public. All of the exhibit pieces are for sale.

For more information about Latz’s by the Bay, call 609-788-8838 or visit LatzsByTheBay.com; for information about Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point, call 609-653-4991 or visit greatbayartgallery.com.

Free training offered to laid-off workers

The T.Byrd Training Center is offering registration for a 10-week MS Office Professional and QuickBooks Certification course. Students become certified in MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher and QuickBooks.

The training program is free for laid-off workers, as funding was provided by the One Stop Center. The grant includes all course materials including MS Office and QuickBooks software. The course is designed for people who need to improve their career skills or who have skills and need certification in MS Office to obtain employment. Classes will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting in February at T.Byrd Computer School, 1501 S. New Road, Pleasantville.

Visit tbyrdcenter.com, click on “recently laid off” to download more information and to register online, or call 609-484-9356.

Noyes awarded $15,000 grant

The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey has awarded its fourth and final round of 2013 grants to support New Jersey nonprofit organizations approving $1,567,500 in grant awards for 60 qualifying programs. With these awards, the foundation made more than $4.2 million in grants to 142 nonprofits in 2013.

Among the grants awarded at the foundation’s December 2013 board meeting was one to the Noyes Museum of Art in Oceanville, which received $15,000 to support its MosAIC Peace Project.

The project will bring together a professional southern New Jersey artist and children from the Boys and Girls Club, Covenant House and schools in Atlantic City to create a series of large-scale mosaics centered on the theme of bringing peace to the city.

Klinghoffer donates $30,000 to JFS

A longstanding supporter of Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties, James Klinghoffer has donated $30,000 to the Nursing and Nutrition program.

Founded in 2010, the James Klinghoffer Nursing and Nutrition program provides assessments and aid to older adults to help them lead healthier lives.

This program provides older adults with a comprehensive support system to develop and maintain a healthy and balanced diet while ensuring good overall health. As a result of Klinghoffer’s continued funding, as well as funding from additional donors, JFS now has three nurses on staff specializing in diabetes care, heart disease, illness education and nutrition planning. JFS nurses act as medical advocates for consumers providing in-home health assessments, ongoing coordination of care and assistance with dietary needs.

Klinghoffer has donated about $130,000 toward the Nursing and Nutrition program over the past several years.

He encourages others to help those in our community in need of support by donating to the James Klinghoffer Nursing and Nutrition Program.

For more information or to make a donation, call 609-822-1108 or visit jfsatlantic.org.

Workshop deals with laughter as medicine

The Stockton Center on Successful Aging, or SCOSA, is sponsoring a free workshop for older adults that explores humor and laughter as medicine.

The workshop, “Laughter is the Best Medicine,” will take place Feb. 5 at Brandywine Senior Living at Brandall Estates, at 432 Central Ave. in Linwood. A light lunch, compliments of Brandywine Senior Living, begins at noon and is followed by a lecture from 1 to 2 p.m. The workshop will be led by SCOSA volunteer instructor and registered nurse Maryann Prudhomme R.N. Prudhomme has more than 30 years of management and clinical experience in health care and nursing in both acute care and home care settings.

Advance registration is required. See stockton.edu/scosa or call 609-626-3591 (leave your contact information). Visit the SCOSA website at stockton.edu/scosa for more information, updates and cancellation procedures.

Grand marshals chosen for A.C. parade

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee announced recently that the Grand Marshals for 2014’s 29th annual parade in Atlantic City are Frank Ferry and Thomas Patrick Flynn.

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is set for 1 p.m. March 15. Any group (civic, youth, nonprofit or business) interested in participating should contact the Atlantic City Parade Committee at P.O. Box 1524, Atlantic City, NJ 08404 or call 609-742-9092 no later than Feb. 24. The parade begins on the Boardwalk at Massachusetts Avenue. It will include pipe bands, string bands, marching bands and floats.

Free income tax-return preparation offered

The following Atlantic County sites will offer free tax-return service by certified counselors with the AARP/IRS tax aide program, starting in February. Appointments are required at the following locations:

Atlantic County Library System/Ventnor, Mondays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., call 609-677-8266.

Atlantic County Library System/Galloway Township, Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., call 609-677-8266.

Atlantic City Free Public Library, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., call 609-677-8266.

Atlantic County Library System/Brigantine, Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., call 609-677-8266.

Atlantic County Library System/Pleasantville, Thursdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., call 609-677-8266.

AtlantiCare Life Center, Egg Harbor Township, Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., call 888-569-1000.

Atlantic County Library System/Brigantine, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., call 609-677-8266.

Walk-ins are welcome at:

Shore Memorial Hospital, 100 Medical Center Way, Somers Point, Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. starting Feb. 7.

For more information, call 609-335-7805 and leave a message.

Body in Balance hosting events

Body in Balance in Linwood hosts many events for health and wellness.

BIG exercise class, every Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m. and every Friday from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.

Chair Zumba, every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon.

Chair Yoga every Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m.

Balance Class every Thursday from 8 to 9 a.m.

Parkinson’s group exercise every Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m.

Parkinson’s caregiver support group every Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m.

Parkinson’s support group for the patient every Saturday from 3 to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 609-365-8499.

Credit union donates to charities

Four charities received donations from Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union for their participation in JSFCU’s 50th Anniversary Community Challenge.

Charities involved include the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Family Promise of Cape May County, the Humane Society of Ocean City and the Shore Medical Center Foundation.

JSFCU’s Community Challenge was a campaign that strived to save the community money in loan interest while benefitting local charities. The 2013 campaign surpassed its $500,000 goal in June. JSFCU increased the savings goal to $1 million for the remainder of the challenge, and members saved mor ethan $1.2 million by the end of the challenge. JSFCU committed to donating a total of $5,000 to four local charities once the half-million-dollar goal had been reached, and an additional $1,000 award to participating charities when the million-dollar goal was reached.

The top-voted charity was the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, which received $3,000. Second place was Family Promise of Cape May County, which received $1,300,. The Shore Medical Center Foundation and Humane Society of Ocean City received $850.

Diamonds for a Cause cocktail party set

The seventh annual Diamonds for a Cause cocktail party to benefit Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 27.

The event includes food and raffles, and will take place at the Luke Palladino restaurant in Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City. The event will also feature some new components, such as a whiskey tasting. Tickets are $100 per guest. Sponsorships are also available. The event is hoped to raise $60,000 with proceeds benefiting children and family services.

Raffle entries may be purchased for $100 each or two for $150. All buyers of raffle tickets will receive a $100 gift certificate, no minimum purchase, to Bernie Robbins Jewelers. One person will win a pair of 14-karat white gold inside-out diamond hoop earrings compliments of Bernie Robbins Jewelers. Additional prizes include experiences from Caesars Entertainment.

For more information or to buy tickets, call 609-822-1108 or see jfsatlantic.org.

Free computer training offered for veterans

The T. Byrd Training Center is accepting applications from recent war veterans who are interested in becoming proficient in using MS Office.

This 10-week training program is designed to assist recent war veterans in obtaining certification for the opportunity to gain employment or start their own businesses. This program is free and requires only proof of being a recent war veteran. Space is limited and registration is required. The curriculum is:

Week 1, PC literacy, Week 2, develop your business idea or career plan; Week 3, draft the business plan or job search plan; Week 4, creating the business plan or career portfolio using MS Word; Week 5, creating the financial plan or personal budget using Excel; Week 6, MS Access concepts and customizing a database; Week 7, creating the marketing plan using MS Publisher; Week 8, creating your business and career presentation using MS PowerPoint; Week 9, final project; Week 10, graduation.

Classes are 9:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays starting in February at the T.Byrd Center, 1501 S. New Road, Pleasantville. To register, email tbyrd@verizon.net or complete a registration form at tbyrdcenter.com (click on “veterans”).

Lighthouse hosting vow renewal for Valentine’s Day

Absecon Lighthouse is hosting “An Evening of Romance and Renewal” for Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14.

Couples are invited to take part in a group vow renewal ceremony by a non-denominational minister in the Keeper’s Cottage at 7 p.m., followed by a champagne toast of congratulations. A donation of $25 per couple includes the ceremony, tower climb and champagne toast.

Hours of operation also will be extended and the lighthouse will be open for climbing from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. for Valentine’s Day — climb the lighthouse tower with the one you love before heading out to a romantic dinner. Absecon Lighthouse belongs to the A.C. GLBT Alliance, and invites all couples to this romantic evening. Reserve by calling 609-449-1360. Date Weekend is Feb. 15 and 16 — two can climb for the price of one. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, with the last climb at 3:30 p.m.

Atlantic Cape’s culinary workshops offer taste of global cuisine

The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing offers amateur chefs and food enthusiasts opportunities to learn how to prepare three- and four-course dinners with an international flair without leaving South Jersey. Chef Jon Davies of Cape May leads the “An Evening in …” series this semester.

Learn to prepare several mole sauces, fresh tamales and hearty stews in An Evening in Oaxaca, Feb. 4.

Taste specialties such as Italian fondue, vitello tonnato and zabaglione in An Evening in Piedmont, with dishes highlighting this rich, mountainous region, Feb. 18.

Celebrate Mardi Gras with America’s original fusion cuisine in An Evening in the French Quarter, March 4. Featured dishes include red beans and rice, crawfish etouffee, shrimp and grits, dirty rice, and beignets.

Discover the flavors of the Caribbean in An Evening in Jamaica, April 8. Explore the influences of Spain, Africa and others on these recipes, including jerked chicken, curried goat, mashed plantains and gizzada sweet coconut tart.

Classes take place at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Kitchen 2. All classes take place 6-9 p.m. and cost $75 each. To register, call 609-343-5655, or visit atlantic.edu/conted.

MHA to recognize Hurricane Sandy helpers

The Mental Health Association in Atlantic County is hosting an event to recognize individuals, municipalities and organizations who have gone “above and beyond” to support the agency’s response to Hurricane Sandy.

Invited guests and counselors will be present for awards and recognition. The agency welcomes any community members who would like to attend, and there will be an Information Alley with key providers highlighting services still available to survivors. The Mental Health Association in Galloway received a federal grant, which ends mid-February, to hire crisis counselors who provided information, resources and emotional support to survivors of the storm in Atlantic and Cape May counties.

The gathering starts at 3 p.m. and the ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at the John D. Young Memorial Lions Blind Center, 100 Crestview Ave., Absecon. There will be light refreshments. For more information, call Jaime Angelini at 609-652-3800, ext. 308.

SCOSA presents local history craft workshops

The Stockton Center on Successful Aging is sponsoring a yearlong series of craft workshops for older adults at the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, 733 Lily Lake Road, Oceanville. The winter/spring schedule, presented by Niki Giberson of Swan Bay Folk Art Center in Port Republic, is:

Craft a Wool Felted Silk Scarf, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 8. Learn the art of placing wool on a silk scarf and felting it into place to make a one of a kind designer accessory (10-by-55-inch finished size) using dyed wool and other fibers. $45 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration.

Weave a Wool Drying Basket, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 15. Notched handles and legs make this a useful knitting or chair side basket 14-by-14-inches square. $38 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration.

Easter Tree with Felted Ornaments, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 5. Learn the art of needle-felting. Complete seven ornaments and take them home with the tree, which is 18 inches high and 10 inches at its widest point. $50 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration.

Tote Basket with Wooden Handle, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 17. A basket for magazines, file folders or books, 8-by-15-by-15 inches. $40 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration.

Water Needle Felted Bag, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 21. Learn the art of water felting to create a designer purse 6-by-8-inches. $25 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration.

The workshops will be presented by Niki Giberson, SCOSA volunteer art instructor, owner and operator of Swan Bay Farm in Port Republic. Giberson has been teaching basket-making and felting for many years. The wool used in her felting projects is sheared from the sheep that live on the farm, Swan Bay Folk Art Center and Farm in Port Republic.

Advance registration is required; call 609-652-8848. See stockton.edu/scosa for more information, updates and cancellation procedures.

JCC hosting Falafel and Film

The Milton and Betty Katz JCC in Margate will offer a new event Feb. 6: JCC Falafel and Film, an evening of food, fun and short Israeli films to celebrate the variety and spice of today’s Israeli culture and cinema.

Attendees will enjoy a kosher falafel meal with humus, tahini and Israeli salad, followed by two short films from Jerusalem’s Ma’aleh Film School that will highlight current events and issues in modern Israel. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $8/members and $10/nonmembers in advance, or $10/members and $12/nonmembers at the door.

Spaces are limited. Contact Josh Cutler to reserve a seat at 609-822-1167, ext. 138, or jcutler@jccatlantic.org.

SCOSA presents craft workshops at Noyes

The Stockton Center on Successful Aging is sponsoring a yearlong series of craft workshops for older adults at the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, 733 Lily Lake Road, Oceanville.

The Winter/Spring schedule, presented by Diamond Frandsen of the Ivy Cottage, is as follows:

Seasonal Candle Cozy, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 13. Create a felt seasonal candle cozy for any standard large jar candle using hearts, stars and clover appliqués. Basic stitching techniques to be used. Level: Beginner. $15 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration.

Woven Mason Jar and Flowers (two sessions), 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 13 and April 24. Session 1, use natural materials with colorful additions and original over/under weaving techniques to cover the outside of a mason jar (level: intermediate). Session 2, use a specially designed flower frog and fresh flowers and greens to create a floral arrangement for your jar. All materials and tools provided by instructor. Participants must attend both sessions. $40 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration.

South Jersey Berry Basket, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 12. Create a 3-inch round heirloom basket with unique handle using natural materials and colorful accents with three different weaving techniques. Level: Intermediate. $25 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration.

The workshops will be presented by Diamond Frandsen, SCOSA volunteer art instructor, fiber artist/custom designer and owner of the Ivy Cottage. Advance registration is required; call 609-652-8848. See stockton.edu/scosa for more information, updates and cancellation procedures.

Atlantic Cape scholarships available, deadline Feb. 14

Atlantic Cape Community College is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2014-15 academic year. Atlantic Cape offers a variety of merit- and need-based scholarships for students who are continuing their studies at Atlantic Cape or transferring to another college in the fall 2014 semester.

The 2014 Student Scholarship Application Packet is available for pickup at all three Atlantic Cape campuses, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing; 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House; 1535 Bacharach Blvd., Atlantic City; and online at atlantic.edu/finaid/scholarships.htm. The deadline to file a scholarship application is Feb. 14. Eligible students must submit an application, two letters of recommendation from faculty members and an essay that describes one’s personal and professional goals. Scholarship recipients will be notified in April, and are invited to attend Atlantic Cape’s Scholarship Awards Ceremony on May 19.

For more scholarship information, contact the Financial Aid Office at 609-343-5082 or 625-1111, ext. 5082, or finaid@atlantic.edu. In Cape May County, call 609-463-4774, ext. 5082.

VA mobile medical clinic available

The Wilmington VA Medical Center’s Mobile Outreach Clinic will be available on the Richard Stockton College campus monthly during the academic year.

The clinic will be available on campus every third Tuesday — Feb. 18, March 18 and April 15. The mobile units offer the following services to veterans:

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

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

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

Coat collection set for people in need

Through Feb. 7, Jersey Cares plans to collect and distribute more than 60,000 gently used winter coats to men, women and children in need throughout New Jersey during its 18th annual Coat Drive.

This year, the Jersey Cares Coat Drive is partnering with the 2014 NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee, Walmart and New York Cares to create the Super Community Coat Drive. In Atlantic County, there are three places to donate coats:

Egg Harbor Township Police Department, 3515 Bargaintown Road, Egg Harbor Township. Coats accepted Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 609-926-4040.

Davis Family Agency, 319 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township. Coats accepted Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 609-241-1503.

Borough of Longport, 2305 Atlantic Ave., Longport. Coats accepted Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 609-823-2731.

Lou Holtz to speak at Stainton brunch

The Shore Medical Center Foundation has announced that college football coach, television analyst and author Lou Holtz will be the featured speaker at the 25th annual Stainton Society Thank You Brunch in Atlantic City on May 4.

Members of the Stainton Society, the foundation’s largest fundraising organization, and the Stainton Associates, whose membership is comprised of the next generation of philanthropic leaders, will be invited to listen to Holtz as he discusses how to overcome steep challenges with hard work, discipline and a tenacious spirit.

Stainton Society and Stainton Associates members play a vital role in the growth of Shore Medical Center and its continuing mission to provide the highest quality care to the community. To join the Stainton Society or Stainton Associates and secure an invitation to this year’s Thank You Brunch, call 609-653-3800, email foundation@ShoreMedicalCenter.org or see GiveToShore.org.

Shabbat potluck set

Congregation Beth Judah invites guests to join in at the Mainland facility, 303 Central Ave., Egg Harbor Township, at 6 p.m. Jan. 31 for Kaballat Shabbat services.

This will be followed by a Shabbat potluck dinner of your favorite dairy and/or pareve dish. To bring a favorite dish for dinner, contact Karen and make a reservation at at 609-822-7116, ext. 101, or karen.mckinney@bethjudah.org. Someone will communicate preparation guidelines and where to deliver the dish prior to services.

A.H.E.A.R.T. launches 45-day fundraising campaign

A.H.E.A.R.T., an Atlantic City nonprofit organization aiding infants and children in crisis, has partnered with crowd fundraising specialist Bruce Weekes, of Town Hall Ventures, to raise $15,000 for critically needed operational expenses in 2014.

A.H.E.A.R.T. solely operates from corporate sponsorship and donations from the public without grant funding. With a recent expansion into Cumberland and Gloucester counties, A.H.E.A.R.T. aspires to raise at least $15,000 to continue its mission of preventing infant mortality in southern New Jersey.

Families in need with infants and children to age 2 can receive emergency infant and toddler supplies at no charge. Currently, A.H.E.A.R.T.’s baby boutiques are experiencing a shortage of infant formula and car seats. Companies are encouraged to conduct employee formula drives and collect donations for a for a great local cause. To sponsor an A.H.E.A.R.T. infant or to drop off donations of formula and or new/gently used infant items, call 609-344-0083. See aheartministries.org.

Radiology school enrollment open

Open enrollment for Shore Medical Center’s School of Radiologic Technology is under way.

The School of Radiologic Technology provides a full-time, two-year certificate program that teaches students the safe and correct way to take X-rays of the human body. The program is divided between classroom hours and hands-on clinical experience. Program graduates are awarded a certificate of program completion, which along with the possession of an associate’s degree or higher will allow them to apply for the American Registry of Radiographic Technologists Examination. Upon successful completion of the examination, graduates may apply for state licensure.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old by the first day of class and have a high school diploma or GED. Applicants who have not already earned their associate in applied science degree must have completed the following prerequisites at Atlantic Cape Community College with a minimum GPA of 3.0 before applying to the program: Bioethics: Realities of the New Millennium, College Algebra or Precalculus, Comprehensive Medical Terminology, Conceptual Physics, English Composition I and II, General Psychology, Heritage of the Western World I or II, The Human Body, Interpersonal Communications or Public Speaking, Introduction to Computers.

Applicants who already have earned a degree must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, including the successful completion of the following three college credit courses with a grade of “B” or higher: Written/Oral Communication (i.e.: English Composition), Mathematics/Logical Reasoning (College Algebra or Precalculus) and Medical Terminology. The degree does not need to be in radiologic sciences.

Open enrollment ends Feb. 28. All applications must be received by this date.

K-Loc Education Center offers events

The K-Loc Education Center, 904 S. Main Street, Pleasantville, is offering health-related and educational events.

The K-Loc Healthy Kids Fitness program is now offering individual, group or families classes to improve their lifestyle and healthy living. The Choose to Move, Train and Lose program is designed for people who prefer a one on one class with a personal trainer on their own schedule. Free fitness evaluation, participants can be referred to staff nutritionist for consultation and healthy eating evaluation. Regular class fees are $5 per session.

Classes are held at K-Loc Education Center and Personal Training Studio, 904 South Main St., Pleasantville (American Legion building). Call Kyle Lockett at 609-674-7605 or Vivian Lockett at 843-467-0068 to schedule an appointment.

‘Joseph Project’ planned in Margate

The Beth El Abram and Rose Weiss Hebrew School, under the supervision of teacher Tamar Spanier, once again will sponsor “The Joseph Project.”

Spanier and students go to local stores to purchase new coats, gloves, hats and other winter clothing essentials for adults and children who otherwise would not have these items. The community’s assistance is requested in sponsoring needy families in the area — donors are asked to bring or mail a monetary donation to Beth El Synagogue to help purchase new coats. The coats will be distributed by Jewish Family Service, which helps the entire community, regardless of nationality or religion.

Checks should be made payable to “Beth El Youth Account” and mailed to Beth El Synagogue, PO Box 3133, Margate, NJ 08402. For more information, call 609-823-2725.

Tickets on sale for Chefs at Shore fundraiser

Give a taste of the area’s finest restaurants this season, while giving back to a good cause — the organizers of the annual Chefs at the Shore are making tickets available early specifically for holiday gifts.

The 2014 Chefs at the Shore fundraiser is scheduled for 5:30 to 9 p.m. June 19 at Historic Gardner’s Basin in Atlantic City. The event showcases some of the area’s finest food while it funds educational programming at the Atlantic City Aquarium. Proceeds also go to fund chef educational programs and scholarships for culinary students for the Professional Chefs Association.

Tickets are $50 each and will be provided in a box suitable for gift-wrapping. Tickets are available at the Atlantic City Aquarium, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, or by contacting michelle@acaquarium.com or 609-348-2880, ext. 25.

Artist residency grants available to schools

The Artists-in-Education Consortium announces the 41st annual Artists-in-Education Residency Grant Program.

Any New Jersey public, private, charter or parochial school serving grades pre-K to 12 is eligible to apply for funding to bring an artist-in-residence to their school. Grants range from $6,000 to $10,000 and support residencies for 20 days or more.

The mission of the Artists-in-Education Program is to make the arts a basic part of a sound, quality education for all students in pre-K through 12th grade, and to provide quality professional development for teachers through long-term residencies with professional teaching artists. The AIE Program is a cosponsored project of Arts Horizons, Young Audiences New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, with additional funding provided by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

AIE residencies focus on direct learning about the arts and the processes of creating art, including the skills, techniques and concepts of the art form. Residencies are offered in all disciplines including the visual, literary and performing arts and at all grade levels through the AIE Residency Grant Program.

The deadline for applications is March 3, 2014. Technical assistance workshops are offered to assist schools in preparing applications. For more information, and to access program guidelines and application, see njaie.org.

Electric bill assistance available

Atlantic City Electric reminds customers that they have options to apply for energy assistance.

The TRUE Grant program assists customers who are ineligible for low-income programs by providing as much as $750 toward their Atlantic City Electric bill. See ahanjtrue.org or call 732-982-8710 for more information.

The Universal Service Fund helps ensure energy bills are more affordable for eligible customers. See energyassistance.nj.gov or call 800-510-3102.

The New Jersey Statewide Heating Assistance and Referral for Energy Services (New Jersey SHARES) program provides assistance to New Jersey customers in need of temporary help paying their energy bills. New Jersey SHARES is a statewide, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that provides grants to pay the energy and utility bills of households in need, through a statewide network of more than 250 community-based social service agencies. Visit njshares.org or call 866-657-4273.

The federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program provides help for numerous households each year. Call 800-510-3102 or see energyassistance.nj.gov.

Lifeline is a utility assistance program that offers $225 to people who meet certain income guidelines. This benefit includes utility customers as well as tenants whose utility bills are included in their rent. Call 800-792-9745 for information.

For more information about energy assistance programs, visit nj211.org or call 211 — New Jersey’s non-emergency helpline, available 24/7 in the state.

Customers also can contact Atlantic City Electric’s Customer Care Center at 800-642-3780 and ask about Budget Billing or register for My Account, a web-based interactive tool that is free and easy to use. My Account provides customers with a detailed analysis of their specific electric use and offers ways to save energy and save money on their monthly energy bill.

DVDs requested for troops

AMVETS Post 911 in Somers Point is requesting used DVDs of movies to send to U.S. military personnel in Iraq, Afghanistan and other areas.

Donations of good condition DVDs will be accepted at the following locations: Chester’s Pastry Pantry Bakery, 506 New Road,Somers Point; Bennett Chevrolet, 6721 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township. Cash donations will be accepted to pay for mailing DVDs. Checks made payable to “AMVETS Post 911 NJ” can be sent to AMVETS Post 911 NJ, PO Box 413, Somers Point, NJ 08244.

Jazz scholarship available

The Somers Point Jazz Society has announced the creation of a $1,000 jazz scholarship program for high school student musicians from Atlantic and Cape May counties.

The purpose is to help students gain experience with a qualified jazz educator. For an application, contact the Somers Point Jazz Society at 609-927-6677 or through spjazz.org. An MP3 or CD sampling of the student’s work must accompany the application. Applications should be sent to PO Box 329, Somers Point, NJ 08244. A scholarship presentation will take place in May.

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

Food drive at county library branches

The Atlantic County Library System is accepting nonperishable food items for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Southern Branch through Feb. 28.

Any unopened, unexpired nonperishable food is appreciated, but the most needed items include: canned fish and meat, such as tuna, salmon, chicken, ham and Spam; shelf-stable milk, boxed meals, such as pasta, potatoes, rice and cereal; canned or packaged meals, such as mac and cheese, chili, stews, and meaty soups; peanut butter in plastic jars; and canned vegetables and fruit.

Food items may be dropped off during regular hours at any Atlantic County Library System location. Branches are located in Brigantine, Egg Harbor City, Egg Harbor Township, Galloway Township, Hammonton, Longport, Mays Landing, Pleasantville, Somers Point, and Ventnor. For a Bookmobile or Buena Community Reading Center schedule, see atlanticlibrary.org.

Village by the Shore now accepting members

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties has announced that its newest initiative, Village by the Shore, is now accepting members.

This nondenominational program offers services and socializing for Atlantic County adults 50 and older through a concierge style. People can now take advantage of a special introductory rate of $18 per month or $180 a year. The Village is not a physical place, but a movement enhancing the people’s lives to get the most from their community at any stage of life. One call offers “one-stop shopping” with access and referrals to preferred service providers, specialists and social services. Benefits include resource and referral concierge, visits, phone check-ins, care coordination and transportation as well as local lectures, concerts, workshops and classes.

For more information on Village by the Shore or to get involved, call 609-822-1109 or email villagejfs@jfsatlantic.org. To learn more about agency events, services and programs, see jfsatlantic.org.

Support groups aid people affected by Sandy

New Jersey Hope and Healing, which is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Disaster and Terrorism Branch, is sponsoring support groups to provide information, link to resources, manage disaster-related issues and stress for people affected by Hurricane Sandy at the following locations:

6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Andrew By the Sea, 936 Baltic Ave., Atlantic City

6 p.m. Tuesdays at the Brigantine Community Center, 265 42nd St., Brigantine

6 p.m. Sundays at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 306 S. Franklin Blvd., Pleasantville

8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sundays at Ventnor Coffee, 108 N. Dorset Ave., Ventnor

6 p.m. Tuesdays at Ventnor Library, 6500 Ventnor Ave., Ventnor

6 p.m. Thursdays at Milton and Betty Katz JCC, 501 Jerome Ave., Margate

The program ends Feb. 14.

Thrift shop seeks winter garments

Kathleen’s Closet Thrift Store located in the Festival at Hamilton, 4450 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, is looking for gently used coats, hats, gloves, scarves and boots. These items will be available for sale at bargain prices with proceeds supporting the hunger relief efforts of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

Donations can be dropped off 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays at the Festival at Hamilton. Call 609-241-7323.

Gilda’s Club to hold writing contest

Gilda’s Club South Jersey is calling all teen writers and poets for its seventh annual “It’s Always Something” Writing Contest. If you have survived cancer, have watched a family member or friend deal with cancer, or have watched someone your own age go through cancer, we want to hear your story.

Needed are honest and personal essays or poetry from students in ninth through 12th grades. Essays must be between 500 and 1,000 words. Essays and poems should be typed and double spaced. Writings will not be returned. Writings, along with a completed contest entry form, must be postmarked by March 14. Winners will be selected by May 9. For more information and a contest entry form, contact Beth at Beth@gildasclubsouthjersey.org.

Stockton to host Pinelands Short Course

Richard Stockton College will host the 25th annual Pinelands Short Course on March 8, 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. Nonprofit 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. For schedule and brochure, see nj.gov/pinelands.

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.

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.