Jewelry, metalsmithing classes available

Jewelry-making classes are now forming at the Ventnor City Cultural Arts Center, 6500 Atlantic Ave.

Learn to work with metal, stones and beads to make wearable art. Learn traditional techniques and develop your own style. The class will make pins, earrings, necklaces and bracelets, and learn to work with glass, crystal and semi-precious stones and beads as well as metal jewelry findings. These seven-week courses begin Sept. 4 and will be repeated Sept. 5. They end Oct. 20 and 21. You can choose Friday or Saturday classes. Classes are:

10 a.m.-noon, Beading: Learn techniques and materials to make jewelry including bead stringing and pearl knotting, catches and findings to enhance your designs. Learn how various beads are made and how to use them.

12:15-2 p.m., Beginners Metalsmithing (Metals 1): Perfect for beginners and those looking for a creative outlet. Be your own jewelry designer. Learn methods of cold joining metals and stones. Learn to work with wire and sheet metals,piercing, sawing, riveting, drilling, polishing, finishing and more.

2:15-4:15 p.m., Intermediate Metalsmithing (Metals 2): For students who have metalworking skills from Beginners Metalsmithing. Learn how to use a jeweler’s torch to make jewelry designs come to life. Do bezel and prong settings, make chain, stamp, set stones and more.

All seven-week classes are $155 and include tools and materials (includes copper and brass metal. Students can buy sterling silver, pearls and other specialty items for an additional fee). Call 609-823-7952 or 609-287-6449.

Registration open for religious classes

Congregation Beth Israel religious school is debuting a new integrated program of Hebrew and Judaic studies for kindergarten through sixth grade. The program combines the study of prayer book-based Hebrew with Jewish history, holidays and customs, worship services and parent participation.

Religious school sessions will be held Sundays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. for grades 3-6. Classes for K-2 will take place 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. with aftercare available. Religious school begins Sept. 22 and registration is now open. Enrollment is offered to members of Congregation Beth Israel in Northfield. Congregation Beth Israel offers a free year’s membership to unaffiliated families, excluding religious school or nursery school tuition.

Congregation Beth Israel also offers programs throughout the school year to the community at large, including Tot Shabbat, a worship service on the first Friday night of each month geared toward preschoolers, which includes a family Shabbat dinner and a craft; “Beginnings” on select Sunday mornings, introduces Jewish ritual and tradition to families with preschool age children through songs and stories.

Call 609-641-3600 or see bethisraelnorthfield.org.

JFS house tour raises more than $53,000

Nearly 1,000 guests toured seven of the most luxurious Downbeach homes on Aug. 5 during the 26th annual JFS House Tour, which raised more than $53,000 for Older Adult Services.

This year, JFS had more than 95 volunteers dedicate their day to help make the event a success. It was organized by co-chairs Beth Shor and Susan Lutz. Six winners took home raffle prizes including a diamond and yellow gold heart necklace from Serago Roberts Jewelers, an overnight stay with amenities at Revel Casino Hotel, a 100-trip Margate Bridge card, chef’s tasting for six guests at a Luke Palladino Restaurant and courtside 76ers tickets.

The House Tour committee is already searching for homes for next year’s tour, scheduled for Aug. 4. Call 609-822-1108 or see jfsatlantic.org.

Art Handler’s donates GE kitchen to storm victim

Art Handler’s Appliance Center donated a complete kitchen at an event hosted by Raymour and Flanigan on July 28th to bring awareness and support to the community still feeling the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

Art Handler’s Appliance donated a complete GE kitchen including refrigerator, range, dishwasher and microwave to Brenhilda Moore, of Atlantic City, during a fundraiser hosted by Raymour and Flanigan, to replace her kitchen, which was destroyed by Sandy.

Art Handler’s is located at 10 East Black Horse Pike, Pleasantville. See HandlersAppliance.com.

Bennett Chevrolet supports youth soccer

Bennett Chevrolet is supporting Egg Harbor Township Soccer Club through the Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program. The sponsorship will include both funds and equipment donations during the 2013 youth soccer season.

Chevrolet Youth Soccer is a grassroots initiative that establishes a positive relationship between local dealers and the communities they serve. Bennett Chevrolet is sponsoring the club as a part of Chevrolet’s nationwide commitment to support youth sports. Each sponsored organization can offer Chevrolet Certified Service Coupons to the community to help boost support. The free Chevrolet Youth Soccer Breakaway Sweepstakes also is back in 2013, an opportunity for community members to win a 2014 Chevrolet Traverse and with HD televisions, courtesy of the local dealership. Youth soccer participants also can attend a clinic with professional soccer coaches.

Absecon Presbyterian Church supports charities

The Absecon Presbyterian Church presented checks for more than $2,600 each to the Salvation Army and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey from the proceeds of the second annual Golf Outing Fundraiser, held May 19.

Receiving the checks were Cadet Adriana Gonzalez from the Salvation Army and Rita Wade, FoodBank advisory board president. Special thanks were extended to Bennett Chevrolet, Shore Agency Inc., Hurley in the Morning Golf Outing, and the sponsors, attendees and volunteers.

SCOSA presents class on aging parents

The Stockton Center on Successful Aging sponsors a free informational seminar, “Moving In With the Kids: Who’s the Parent? Who’s the Child?” from 1 to 2 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Galloway Community Services Senior Center, 621 White Horse Pike, Egg Harbor (609-568-5073).

The seminar focuses on reasons older adults may consider moving in with their children, and the patience and understanding required by all participants for the move to be successful. The seminar will be presented by Marguerite Heaton-Colella, a licensed clinical social worker and certified dementia practitioner with specialized training and experience. She is currently in private practice in Linwood.

See stockton.edu/scosa or call 609-626-3591.

CASA Summer Forum addresses poverty’s effects

CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties will host the annual CASA Summer Forum from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Egg Harbor Township Branch of the Atlantic County Library System, 1 Swift Ave.

The topic, “Poverty and the Effects on Children and Families,” will be presented by staff from the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pa. The forum will include an overview of the school and the services it provides to disadvantaged children from this area. The free program, followed by a short question and answer period, is open to the public and also serves as an advanced training session for CASA volunteers.

Seating is limited. To attend, call 609-601-7800 or email julie@AtlanticCapeCASA.org. See AtlanticCapeCASA.org.

Beth El welcomes college students to services

All college students are welcome to Beth El Synagogue in Margate for High Holiday services. A special section will be reserved for all students.

Rosh Hashana services begin at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 5 and 8:30 a.m. Sept. 6. Kol Nidre services begin 6 p.m. Sept. 13 and services the following morning, Yom Kippur, begin at 9 a.m. Email pertinent info and address so tickets can be mailed to you, to joycebethel@comcast.net. Call 609-823-2725.

Beth El Synagogue congregational mitzvah Zecher Avot Services is scheduled for Sept. 8, beginning at 11 a.m. Visit Beth El plots with Rabbi Aaron Krauss, Cantor Goren and many holocaust survivors. Visit Holocaust Memorial Cemetery at Rodef Shalom Gate; 11:30 a.m., visit Beth El plots in Beth Kehila Cemetery. Special memorial prayers will be recited. For more information, call 609-823-2725.  

Rosenberg bike ride to benefit JFS

The sixth annual Marc L. Rosenberg Friends and Family Bike Ride will take place Sept. 7 (rain date Sept. 8).

Beginning in Margate at 10 a.m., this 30-mile ride remembers Marc Rosenberg, a life-long resident of Margate and a business and community leader. This is the first year the Margate to Strathmere round trip ride has been opened to the public. Riders are asked to donate at least $25 to Jewish Family Service to participate. Each registered rider receives a complimentary T-shirt. The bike ride takes about 75 minutes each way, with many participants choosing to enjoy lunch on their own at the turnaround point, the Deauville Inn.

All proceeds help support the Marc L. Rosenberg Memorial Fund at Jewish Family Service.For more information or to register, email MLRbikeride@gmail.com. To learn more about Jewish Family Service program and events, visit jfsatlantic.org.

Steve and Cookie’s Dog Show set for Sept. 29

The 17th annual Steve and Cookie’s Dog Show and Contest will be held Sept. 29 in conjunction with Margate’s Fall Funfest. Combining philanthropy and fun, the show and contest will be held at 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Steve and Cookie’s By the Bay at 9700 Amherst Ave. (corner of Amherst and Monroe avenues) in Margate.

On-site registration for the contest is from 10:30 am to 12:30 p.m. The contest will award prizes in four categories: Fashionista Dog (large and small dog), Owner That Most Resembles Dog (large and small dog), Most Handsome / Pretty Dog (large and small dog), and Most Talented Dog (one size fits all). Registration fee is $20 per category per dog. Each entrant will be given an official event T-shirt and a doggie gift bag. Winners will receive gift certificates to Steve and Cookie’s restaurant.

This year’s theme “Love is …” will promote public awareness and education on responsible pet adoption and conscientious pet guardianship. Proceeds from the event will go to NJ Aid for Animals (njafa.org) and the Humane Society of Ocean City New Jersey (hsocnj.org).

There will be something for everyone: information booths, dog training tips from certified Master Trainer Lee Mann, a demonstration from Atlantic City’s K-9 Unit at 11:30 a.m., judged events and pet prizes. Burgers and music will be available in the parking lot.

For sponsorship information, contact Brooke Pileggi at 609-823-1163 or info@steveandcookies.com or see facebook.com/steveandcookiesannualdogshow.

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 BethJudah.org to see his Elul Moments.

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

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

Lectures focus on music of Pacific Rim

Learn about the music of the Pacific Rim in the final installment of the summer series of free music lectures in three counties by Paul M. Somers, sponsored by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, Aug. 29 at the Bloom Pavilion, 101 S. Huntington Ave. (across from the Margate Public Library parking lot), Margate.

All lectures take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Discover the music of Japan, Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, and Argentina — music that combines the individual countries’ native folk and nationalistic elements with classical structure.

For more information, call the Bay-Atlantic Symphony at 856-451-1169, or Somers at Maurice River Music at 856-506-0580.

Stockton hosts AARP Driver Safety Training

The Stockton Center on Successful Aging of Richard Stockton College is hosting an AARP Driver Safety Training Program 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sept. 10 and 12 at the Absecon Community Center for Seniors in the Great Hall of the United Methodist Church at 100 Pitney Road in Absecon.

Drivers who take the course will learn defensive driving techniques, the current rules of the road and how to manage age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time. New Jersey offers auto insurance discounts for successful completion of the course, which costs $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers, payable by check on the first day of class. Participants must complete the full course to receive a certificate and be eligible for insurance discounts; contact one’s insurance agent for details.

Space is limited and advance registration is required. To register, visit stockton.edu/scosa or call 609-626-3591. When the class is full, a waiting list will be started and a new course will be planned and scheduled.

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 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 spjazz.org 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

Center on Successful Aging holding workshop

The Stockton Center on Successful Aging will hold a workshop, “Neurocognitive Impairments: Alzheimer’s from a Daughter’s Perspective,” from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Sept. 4 at the Health Center at Galloway, 66 W. Jimmie Leeds Road.

The workshop will be presented by Norma S. Blecker, Ed.D., retired associate professor of Education in Special Education, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Dr. Blecker’s mother recently passed away at the age of 95 from chronic dementia after suffering with the condition for more than ten years. The session will focus on Dr. Blecker’s insights and describe her experiences in caring for her mother who lived with Alzheimer’s for over a decade.  She will also note several important parallels between Alzheimer’s and the developmental disabilities that she taught about during her teaching career.

The lecture is part of SCOSA’s First Wednesday series of seminars, which are designed for professionals, para-professionals and other caregivers working with older adults. The event is free and includes a full breakfast.

Registration is required by 5 p.m. Aug. 27. To register, visit stockton.edu/scosa. For more information, contact David at 609-652-4311. For registration assistance, call 609-652-4227.

Apply now for arts and history grant funds

Grant applications for fiscal year 2014 arts and history projects are now available online through the Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs. Nonprofit organizations in Atlantic County can apply to participate in this competitive grant process at aclink.org/culturalaffairs.

Application deadlines are Sept. 9 for history grants and Sept. 18 for arts grants.

Funding is provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey Historical Commission/Department of State.

Atlantic Cape offers continuing education

Upgrade your skills, gain fresh knowledge and develop new talents in the comfort of your own home by enrolling in online training courses through Atlantic Cape Community College’s Continuing Education division.

Concentrations cover Business, Career Ideas, Career Development, Personal Enrichment, Test Preparation, Languages, Computer Applications, Web Design and more. Courses run from Creating a Successful Business Plan to Outdoor Survival Techniques and Creating Web Pages, and much more online through Atlantic Cape, in partnership with Education to Go. See ed2go.com/accc.

Most classes are $109. All students need to get started is Internet access, an email address and Web browser. Each course begins every six weeks and consists of 12 lessons, interactive quizzes, assignments, tutorials and online discussion areas. Call 609-343-4829 or see atlantic.edu/conted.

A.C. Ballet creating post-storm dance

The Atlantic City Ballet is holding workshops for its new ballet, “In the Eye of the Storm” (healing and recovery through dance).

The ballet explores the impact of nature on mankind and the resilience of spirit that enables people to overcome devastating circumstances. This ballet, choreographed by Kristaps Kikulis, will have input from those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The ballet company will hold workshops over the course of the summer to give Sandy survivors a chance to work with Kikulis to use movement to communicate their own Sandy experience. Kikulis will take movements created by the survivors and incorporate them into the ballet. The workshop will take place 5:15-6:15 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Artlantic Wonder-Pinnacle Park, Martin Luther King Jr. and Pacific avenues by the pirate ship

For more information, call 609-804-1995 or see acballet.org.

Careme’s ready to serve lunch

Careme’s, the student-run, gourmet restaurant at the Academy of Culinary Arts, will open for the fall semester on Aug. 27.

Careme’s, located at Atlantic Cape Community College, 5100 Black Horse Pike, in Mays Landing, offers a fine dining experience that’s unique in South Jersey. To celebrate the new academic year, Academy students, under the direction of Chef Joseph Sheridan of Ocean City, will prepare a “Welcome Back” lunch special for $8.95 per person (plus tax and gratuity) until Sept. 9. The lunch buffet will cost $14.95 per person (plus tax and gratuity) after that. ACA’s student-chefs also make all dessert pastries, breads and rolls. Tableside cooking may be offered. Careme’s is open Monday through Friday through December and January through May when classes are in session. Guests are seated for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover are accepted. For reservations, call 609-343-4940.

For more information about the Academy, or to register for the fall semester, call 800-645 CHEF, email accadmit@atlantic.edu or visit atlantic.edu/aca. Academy classes begin Aug. 26.

Selichot concert planned at Beth El

Cantors Ralph Goren, Jeffrey Myers, Larisa Averbakh and special guest Cantor Sandy Bernstein of Philadelphia will present an informal free concert at 9 p.m. Aug. 31 as part of a special Selichot evening at Beth El Synagogue, 500 N. Jerome Ave., Margate.

The programs feature other musicians from the community including the Beth El Choir and accompanist Lisa Tee. The concert will present music of the High Holidays and other special selections. Following will be refreshments and then the Selichot service, which will be led by members of the South Jersey Board of Rabbis and Cantors, which is sponsoring the evening. The whole evening will be completed about 11:30 p.m. The entire community is welcome to attend the annual program and service, which ushers in the High Holiday season.

Longbeards holding banquet

The Tri County Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will host its third annual Hunting Heritage Banquet on Aug. 24 at the Weymouth Fire Hall.

In the past year, among its accomplishments, the chapter has raised $14,000 for wildlife and habitat conservation, and has awarded $3,000 in scholarships to two South Jersey students. The chapter also supported the state Division of fish and Wildlife with transportation boxes for wild turkey trapping and transplanting, as well as volunteers to support the project.

The banquet takes place at the Weymouth Fire Hall, 7372 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing. Tickets are $65 each or $90 for couples and include dinner and a year’s membership to the NWTF. Sponsor memberships cost $285 and include all above, $100 in raffle tickets and bonus tickets. Ticket information is online at NJNWTF.org, or contact chapter President Lou Gambale at 609-350-3134 or loudg56@gmail.com.

Shore and JCC plan Senior and Adult Expo

The Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center announces the return of its Senior and Adult Expo from 10 am. to 2 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Katz Jewish Community Center, 501 N. Jerome Ave., Margate.

The Katz JCC and the Greater Atlantic City Chamber Senior and Adult Expo in partnership with Shore Medical Center has become the largest active adult health and wellness exhibit in New Jersey. Its focus on lifestyle and active aging for baby boomers and seniors has reached more than 3,000 adults, seniors and caregivers each year in its seven-year history. The lifestyle, health and active aging expo for baby boomers and seniors offers free health screenings by Shore, hundreds of vendors, a four-part speaker series, interactive fitness demonstrations and a live performance by Ms. Senior America.

Guest speakers include Penn Medicine Heart and Vascular Network Cardiologist at Shore Dr. Delcine Sood, Shore Physicians Group Plastic Surgeon Dr. Mohit Sood, Urgent Care’s Dr. Gregory B. Carson, and nutritionist Nancy Adler. There will be interactive fitness demonstrations, complimentary light fare and more than a dozen free health screenings for blood pressure, blood glucose, vision, hearing and more. The grand finale is a live performance by the Ms. Senior America Cameo Club at 2 p.m.

Vendor space is still available. Sponsorships are welcome. Contact Julie Fink at 609-822-1167, ext. 159, or jfink@jccatlantic.org.

Atlantic Cape offers programs for health professionals

The Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape Community College offers online programs to help health care professionals advance their skills.

ICD-10 Medical Coding offers students comprehensive training in diagnostic and procedural coding and using the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding manuals. The course includes detailed instructions for using the coding manuals, understanding the coding guidelines and accurately applying the ICD-10 coding steps. Textbooks are included.

Medical Transcription teaches the beginning knowledge of the transcription of medical records. Textbooks and transcription equipment are included.

Pharmacy Technician prepares students for entry-level pharmacy technician positions. Coursework includes medical and pharmaceutical terminology, basic anatomy related to the pharmacology of medications, and pharmaceutical calculations. Students will be required to perform clinical rotations.

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

Atlantic Cape workshops address health info

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer free workshops for medical professionals about understanding new health information technology, including Electronic Health Records, ICD-10 and Personal Health Records.

The New Jersey Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development and the 19 community colleges, in partnership with the New Jersey Hospital Association and New Jersey Health Information Technology Extension Center, through a Skills4Jersey grant from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, are delivering Health Information Technology Overview Workshops on the topics of Electronic Health Records, Personal Health Records and/or ICD-10 to the medical community.

The four-hour workshops cover the new federal regulations requiring the transition from paper records to EHRs, patient health literacy and privacy, and switching from ICD-9 to ICD-10 codes by Oct. 1, 2014.

For information about workshop dates and locations, contact Esther Gandica at 609-343-5651 or gandica@atlantic.edu.

Walk for Wounded set for Sept. 28

On Sept. 28, Ocean City Home Bank and Operation First Response will present the fifth annual Walk for the Wounded. Registration takes place at the Ocean City Music Pier at 8:30 a.m., and the three-mile Walk on the Boardwalk begins at 10 a.m.

Four years have passed since Ocean City Home Bank President Steve Brady offered to organize the event. The first walk took place in fall 2009, and it has been held each year after, raising more than $200,000 for Operation First Response, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to injured soldiers and their families. Ocean City firefighters again have pledged to support the event, planning to sell stickers and T-shirts to raise money for the walk. In addition, Mainland Regional High School’s Support Our Troops club has set a fundraising goal of $10,000.

Walk for the Wounded raises funds for Operation First Response through pledges solicited by individual walkers and teams of walkers, as well as event sponsorships and fees for advertisements in the event’s dedication booklet. All proceeds benefit Operation First Response, a national 501c(3) nonprofit organization. Of every dollar raised for Operation First Response, 90 cents is donated to wounded soldiers and their families in times of crisis.

To learn more about sponsorships, advertising opportunities or registration, cal Tricia Ciliberto at 800-771-7990, ext. 1106, or see ochome.com.

ACA offers culinary training

There’s still time to register for the Academy of Culinary Arts five-month noncredit Culinary Arts Training Program at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. Classes begin Sept 30.

The career preparation program offers participants hands-on courses to either learn new skills or enhance existing ones. During the program, students will: become ServSafe Certified; learn to master cooking techniques, short order and pantry skills; enhance time management and organizational skills; acquire skills in bread baking, pie making, cake decorating and plated desserts; develop techniques for making stocks, soups and sauces.

Restaurateurs can sponsor a promising employee with a scholarship for the program.

For information about scholarships and training, contact Judy DeSalvo at 609-343-5624 or desalvo@atlantic.edu.

Atlantic Cape offers casino career training

The Casino Career Institute at Atlantic Cape Community College has prepared more than 50,000 people for rewarding careers in gaming and continues to offer top-notch training for those who wish to enter the expanding casino profession.

Gaming classes currently offered are Introduction to Casino Games, Blackjack, Craps, Baccarat, Poker, Pai Gow Tiles, Roulette and Pai Gow Poker. CCI table games alumni who graduated more than three years ago can revive their skills as they return to the gaming workforce with an Alumni Refresher Program. Graduates may take the refresher program course only for the games they previously took with CCI. Alumni who have graduated from CCI within the past three years can refresh their skills with the Alumni Practice Program.

Gaming classes begin every two weeks. Classes are scheduled 12:30-5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. For more information, or to register, call 609-343-4829 or see atlantic.edu/cci.

Stockton Performing Arts Center announces 2013-14 season

The Stockton Performing Arts Center’s 2013-14 season offers shows, lectures and more affordable tickets to the public.

The new ticketing policy charges $32 for all shows, all seats, first-come-first-served reserved seating. Tickets may be ordered online at stocktonpac.org or by calling the Box Office at 609-652-9000. For group sales, call 609-652-4786. The season’s lineup includes:

The Official Blues Brothers Revue, Stockton Performing Arts Center, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.

Stockton Performing Arts Lecture Series, Dr. Jeff Goldstein, Ocean City High School Auditorium and Observatory, Oct. 10, 7 p.m., free but must reserve tickets

Stockton Performing Arts Lecture Series, Howard Sherman, Dante Hall, Oct. 17 5 p.m., free but must reserve tickets

LehrerDance Co., Stockton Performing Arts Center, Oct. 18 7:30 p.m.

Jimmy Webb, Stockton Performing Arts Center, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m.

Bay-Atlantic Symphony, Stockton Performing Arts Center, Oct. 27, 2 p.m., Conversation with the Conductor 1 p.m.

Brahms and Tchaikovsky, Shai Wosner, piano, Alvin Ailey II Dance Co., Stockton Performing Arts Center, Nov. 1 7 p.m.

Opera Co. of Philadelphia, Campus Center Theatre, Nov. 3, 2 p.m.

Stockton Celebrates Shakespeare Series, Aquila Theatre Co., ‘Twelfth Night,’ Stockton Performing Arts Center, Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m.

Children’s Saturday Matinee, Pirate School!, Stockton Performing Arts Center, Dec. 7, 10:30 a.m.

South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble Holiday Concert, Stockton Performing Arts Center, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m.

Atlantic City Ballet, ‘The Nutcracker,’ Stockton Performing Arts Center, Dec. 13, 7 p.m. and Dec. 14, 1 and 5 p.m.

Bay-Atlantic Symphony, Campus Center Theatre, Dec. 14, 2 p.m., Conversation with the Conductor 1 p.m.

Bay-Atlantic Symphony, Stockton Performing Arts Center, Jan. 26, 2 p.m., Conversation with the Conductor 1 p.m.

Ryan Cabrera, Teddy Geiger and Tyler Hilton, Stockton Performing Arts Center, Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m.

Paul Taylor II Dance Co., Stockton Performing Arts Center, Feb. 6, 7 p.m.

G.E. Smith, Stockton Performing Arts Center, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m.

Children's Saturday Matinee, Jim West's 'Dinosaurs,’ Stockton Performing Arts Center, Feb. 15, 10:30 a.m.

Stockton Performing Arts Lecture Series, Ray Klausen, sculptor and set designer, Campus Center Theatre, March 4, 6-7:30 p.m., free but must reserve tickets

Stockton Celebrates Shakespeare Series, The Atlantic City Ballet's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream',’ Stockton Performing Arts Center, March 6, 7 p.m.

One Man Star Wars Trilogy, Stockton Performing Arts Center, March 22, 7:30 p.m.

Bay-Atlantic Symphony, Stockton Performing Arts Center, March 23, 2 p.m., Conversation with the Conductor 1 p.m.

Stockton Celebrates Shakespeare Series, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, ‘'Hamlet,’ Stockton Performing Arts Center, March 28, 7:30 p.m.

Stockton Performing Arts Lecture Series, Ruth Wyand, Campus Center Theatre, April 10, 5 p.m., free but must reserve tickets

South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble: A Touch of Italy, Stockton Performing Arts Center, April 28, 7:30 p.m.

Bay-Atlantic Symphony, Stockton Performing Arts Center, May 4, 2 p.m., Conversation with the Conductor 1 p.m.

Schiavo Kids Swim raises $8,600

On July 12, 90 area children raised $8,600 for the Auxiliary of Shore Medical Center during the 31st annual Carole Schiavo Kids Swim for Health at Mainland Recreation Association in Linwood.

The local swimmers, ranging in age from 4-17, swam over 10,000 laps. Swimmers solicited pledges from the community. Pledges were based on how many laps they swam.

Named in memory of the late Carole Schiavo, who chaired the event for many years, the event has raised more than $300,000 since it began. Funds raised from this year’s swim will benefit Shore’s existing Surgical Pavilion and Campus Expansion.

The Auxiliary of Shore Medical Center is Shore’s original fundraising organization. Part of the Shore Medical Center Foundation, the Auxiliary is made up of dedicated volunteers who work throughout the year on initiatives that include the hospital gift shop, thrift shops located in Somers Point and Marmora golf tournaments, fashion shows and other community events.

To learn more or join the Auxiliary of Shore Medical Center, call 609-653-4646 or visit GiveToShore.org.

CASA hosting forum on poverty

Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties will host the annual CASA Summer Forum from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Egg Harbor Township Branch of the Atlantic County Library System.

Staff from the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pa., will present on the topic of poverty and the effects on children and families. The forum will also include an interview of the Milton Hershey School and the services they provide to disadvantaged children from the area.

Seating is limited, so to attend, call CASA at 609-601-7800 or email julie@atlanticcapecasa.org to register. Admission is free. For more information, visit atlanticcapecasa.org.

Brittany Run for Your Health set

The Brittany Rodio Foundation recently announced its intention to bring back the Brittany Run for Your Health 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run. The event will take place Aug. 24 at Hammonton Lake Park.

This year’s Brittany Run is organized by a group of St. Augustine Preparatory School seniors as part of their Caritas Project, a senior year community service project. The group consists of Collin Wetherington, Paul Bergamo, Patrick Irelan and Joe Rodio III, Brittany’s brother. Net proceeds from this year’s event will be provided to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

For more information, email brittanyrodio@gmail.com.

Bookbag drive under way

The Family Service Association, Spencer’s Gifts, Fulton Bank and Asbury United Methodist Church are packing new bookbags with the necessities for a successful school year.

Bags are for students from pre-K to high school. Customers are encouraged to stop by their neighborhood Fulton Bank or other listed sites until Aug. 23 to dropoff school supplies in Operation Backpack 2013 bins. FSA volunteers sort supplies and prepare them for distribution Aug. 30. To sign up, email nick.white@fsasj.org. Drop-off bins are located at: Fulton Bank, two locations; Family Service Association, four locations; Lolla Chiropractic; Kramer Beverage; Atlantic County Board of Realtors; Asbury United Methodist Church; Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office; South Jersey Industries; Trinity United Methodist Church.

For more information, call 609-569-0239 or see fsasj.org.

Apply now for arts and history grant funds

Grant applications for fiscal year 2014 arts and history projects are now available online through the Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.

Nonprofit organizations in Atlantic County may apply to participate in this competitive grant process at aclink.org/culturalaffairs. Application deadlines are Sept. 9 for history grants and Sept. 18 for arts grants. Funding is provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey Historical Commission/Department of State.

Beth El offers Sunday school

Beth El Synagogue of Margate is offering a new Sunday school program for kindergarteners to second-graders, beginning Sept. 15.

Connie Steiner, an experienced Hebrew school teacher, art instructor, Sesame Street illustrator and award-winning children’s book author, will lead the classes. Children will be provided with varied instructional play, stories and art learning experiences. An open house for parents and children to meet the teachers will take palce at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 15 at Beth El, 500 North Jerome Ave., Margate.

Attendees need not be a member of Beth El or affiliated with any other synagogue. All children are welcome. Call Joyce at the Beth El office, 609-823-2725, for information and registration.

ACA offers culinary classes in Hammonton

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

Discover creative approaches to make more nutritious lunches and after-school snacks for your child in Healthy Snacks and School Lunches on Aug. 29

Not sure how to use up those last few items in the garden? We’ll show you how to spruce up your menu with the last of your harvest in Seasonal Cooking on Sept. 26.

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 6-9 p.m. Classes include demonstration, tasting and some hands-on activity. Cost per workshop is $85 per person. Call 609-343-4829 or visit atlantic.edu/conted.

Beth Judah offers tickets for high holy days

Extend your summer and come to Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.

The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism affiliate offers an egalitarian service easy to follow by everyone, regardless of Hebrew knowledge. Interfaith families are welcome, and there are special children’s and preschool family services for the holidays. The cost of tickets is $200 each including one year’s membership, if desired.

For more information, call Ethel F. Levinson, director of synagogue life, at 609-822-7116, ext 102.

Atlantic Cape offers online training

Upgrade skills, gain fresh knowledge and develop new talents in the comfort of your own home by enrolling in online training courses through Atlantic Cape Community College’s Continuing Education division.

Concentrations cover business, career ideas, career development, personal enrichment, test preparation, languages, computer applications, web design and more. Courses run from “Creating a Successful Business Plan” to “Outdoor Survival Techniques” and “Creating Web Pages, and more, available online through Atlantic Cape in partnership with Education to Go. See ed2go.com/accc. Most classes are $109. All students need to get started is Internet access, an email address and Web browser. Each course begins every six weeks and consists of 12 lessons, interactive quizzes, assignments, tutorials and online discussion areas.

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

Chabad to hold summer gala

Chabad at the Shore will hold its inaugural summer gala entitled An Evening of Entertainment and Tribute at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Katz JCC in Margate.

This year’s event will honor Ronald and Barbara Zukin and Jason and Jessica Goldstein.

Tickets for the event are $118 and include cocktails, appetizers and desserts as well as special guest celebrity entertainer, Marc Salem. Sponsorship opportunities in the event program book will be available.

For more information, call 609-822-8500, email chabadac@gmail.com or visit chabadac.com/gala.

Harvest Brunch for the Arts set for Sept. 29

The Marty Wilson Jr. Art and Music Foundation, Inc. will present its seventh annual Harvest Brunch for the Arts from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 29 at St. Michael’s Quaremba Hall, 15 N. Georgia Ave., Atlantic City.

Tickets are $40. Call 609-347-4500 or see artsinac.org.

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 running from Nov. 7 to Jan. 31 at the Noyes Gallery at Kramer Hall, in Hammonton.

In keeping with the history of The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College’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, 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 submission form, visit noyesmuseum.org/artist.html. For questions contact Brenda Kele, brenda@noyesmuseum.org.

NAMI offers classes

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Atlantic and Cape May counties will again offer its Family-to-Family Education Program specifically for people who have a loved one with a serious mental illness.

The 12-week series of classes will begin Sept. 10 and will be held at the Jordan Road Elementary School in Somers Point from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The course will cover information about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, panic disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder.

There is no cost for the course, but space is limited. To register for the classes or for more information, call Gregg at 609-927-7192.

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

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 WaterfrontWineFestival.net.

Devotion by the Ocean set

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

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

Medical reserve corps calls for volunteers

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

During a public health emergency, MRC volunteers are called on to help protect the safety and well-being of their fellow citizens. It may be necessary to open large scale clinics or Points of Distribution sites to distribute antibiotics or provide vaccinations to prevent people from becoming ill. These sites require greeters, translators, child-care workers, clergy and religious leaders, customer service attendants, information technology assistance, food support/canteen service and general helpers, as well as licensed medical personnel.

The Atlantic County MRC meets quarterly. New members attend a three-session orientation that includes training on personal preparedness, pandemic influenza, personal protective equipment, POD operations, and the role of the MRC. Members can receive additional training in the Incident Command System, CPR, psychological first aid, and call center operations. MRC volunteers are encouraged to participate in readiness exercises and may have opportunities to interact with volunteers serving on the Atlantic County Community Emergency Response Team.

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

Grants cover arthritis pool classes at Bacharach

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

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

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

Stockton PRSSA open for business

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

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

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

Exhibit celebrates ‘Exit 30’

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

The exhibit and sale, featuring current scenes of Somers Point and Ocean City, will present works in media including oil, watercolor, pastels, three-dimensional constructions and displays of poetry. Celebrating Exit 30: Here and Now will continue until Aug. 31 at the gallery. Summer hours are Wednesday-Friday 3-8 p.m. and Saturday 3 to 9 p.m.

Call 609-653-4991, see greatbayartgallery.com or call katharleth@hotmail.com.

School supply drive under way

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

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

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

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.

13th annual Pedal-Paddle-Run set

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

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

Donovan wine dinner set for October

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

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

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

Temple Emeth Shalom hosting Salute to Stockton

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

This program features faculty members from Richard Stockton College. The series of talks will take place at the temple in the sanctuary during Sabbath eve services starting at 7:30 p.m. The temple is located at 8501 Ventnor Ave., Margate, near the corner of Ventnor and Jerome avenues. The schedule includes: Aug. 23, Distinguished Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Dr. Carol Rittner.

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

Health care classes available

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

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

Lecture and lab modules will take place at the Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape’s Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd. Clinical expertise will come from various hospital settings. For more information or to register, call 609-343-4829 or see atlantic.edu/conted.

FoodBank needs volunteers

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

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

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

VFW accepting essays for scholarship contest

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

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

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

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 vfw.org/community/teacher-of-the-year.

Small Sandy Survivors group set

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

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

VFW taking entries for essay competition

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

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

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

Noyes offers free admission to military families

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

The complete list of participating museums is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

ACPD offers medication drop

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

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

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

DVDs needed for service members

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

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

LGBTQ support group meets

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

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

Program helps children in need find shoes

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

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

Reassurance calls offered

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

Group supports families of substance abusers

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

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

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

Health care courses offered

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

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

Lecture and lab modules will take place at the Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape’s Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd. Clinical expertise will come from various hospital settings.

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

Arts center hosting exhibits

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

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