Atlantic Cape offers computer workshops

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

Network+ Certification teaches the skills necessary to manage, maintain, troubleshoot, install, operate and configure basic network infrastructures. Networking technologies, basic design principles and adherence to wiring standards, and using testing tools will also be covered. The course will be held Monday through Thursday, beginning April 10.

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

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

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

Islamic art program set

“Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World,” a free program featuring resources in the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys, a collection of materials from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association, will be held at 6 p.m. April 11 at the Noyes Museum of Art, 733 Lily Lake Road, Oceanville. Registration is suggested by calling the museum at 609-652-8848. The program features a PBS documentary and a discussion moderated by Maris Boyd Gillette, associate provost and acting chair for the anthropology department at Haverford College.

The Atlantic County Library System was one of 840 libraries and state humanities councils across the country to receive the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf. For information about the materials, see atlanticlibrary.org or contact the Outreach Services Section of the Atlantic County Library System at 609-625-2776, ext. 6338.

Bar association donates

The Atlantic County Bar Association recently donated $2,200 to Jewish Family Service for Hurricane Sandy recovery. The donation was a collection of proceeds from a recent seminar held at the Mays Landing Criminal Courts Complex, led by ACBA Treasurer Joseph Levin and attended by more than 70 local lawyers.

For more information about JFS Sandy Recovery efforts and services, call 609-822-1108 or email sandyrelief@jfsatlantic.org. Donations can be mailed to JFS at 607 N. Jerome Ave., Margate, NJ 08402 or at jfsatlantic.org.

Participants sought for study

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey is looking for participants in a paid research project that will examine activity that occurs in the brain when people view advertisements.

The project’s goal is to learn more about the brain activity that occurs when people view advertisements that affect their decisions to purchase products. To participate, you must be right-handed and between the ages of 24 and 40. All participants will have their brain activity recorded with electroencephalography (EEG) as they watch commercials. EEG records activity from the brain through sensors placed on the scalp.

The research, expected to begin in early to mid-April, will be conducted in a single session lasting about 1.5 hours. Participants will be compensated $40 for their involvement. All data collection will be done on the Stockton campus at 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway Township. The research project, “The Brain’s Response to Advertisements,” is conducted by Dr. Jessica Fleck, associate professor of psychology, in conjunction with researchers from Temple University’s Fox School of Business.

For more information or to participate, contact Fleck at 609-626-3489 or Jessica.Fleck@stockton.edu.

Dinner dance set

The Atlantic City Hotel and Lodging Association will hold its annual Gala Dinner Dance at 6:30 p.m. April 5 in the Royal Swan Ballroom at the Tropicana Atlantic City.

This event is the major fundraiser for the ACHLA Scholarship Foundation, which has awarded more than $275,000 to students pursuing hospitality, culinary or tourism careers. The event begins with a cocktail reception followed by dinner and music by the Replicants. The ACHLA also will present awards for outstanding service in several categories. Awards include:

Allied Member of the Year, Atlantic City Linen Supply; Casino Executive of the Year, Tony Rodio, Tropicana Entertainment Inc.; Change Maker of the Year, Tilman Fertitta, Landry’s Inc.; Hotel Professional of the Year, Jose Diaz, Caesars Atlantic City and Bally’s Atlantic City; Hotelier of the Year, Mark Vanderwielen, Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa/The Water Club; Restaurateur of the Year, Garces Group.

Tickets are $145 each or $1,300 for a table of 10. Tropicana is offering a special Friday night room rate of $75 for attendees. Checks can be made payable to ACHLA Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 419, Atlantic City, NJ 08404. For more information or reservations, call 609-345-8910 or email info@achla.org.

ACA classes open

Registration for fall 2013 classes at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College will be offered based on the number of credits earned at the time of registration beginning April 15, at all Atlantic Cape campuses and online. Credits must have been completed, not in progress. ACA classes will begin Aug. 26.

Registration hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, with extended hours to 6:30 p.m., April 15-18 and April 22. Registration begins April 15 for students with at least 48 credits, April 16 for students with at least 32 credits, April 17 for students with at least 17 credits, April 18-19 for returning students, and April 22 for all students (open registration).

New culinary students should contact Judy DeSalvo at 609-343-5624 or desalvo@atlantic.edu to schedule a registration appointment. Returning students can register at atlantic.edu/webadvisor.

Free trees available

Atlantic City Electric is now offering 2,000 free trees to customers through Energy-Saving Trees, an Arbor Day Foundation program that helps conserve energy and reduce energy bills through strategic tree planting. Atlantic City Electric customers can reserve their free trees at arborday.org/ace. The program will continue until all 2,000 trees are reserved. The 2- to 4-foot-tall trees will be delivered directly to customers at an ideal time for planting.

An online tool helps customers estimate the annual energy savings that will result from planting trees in the most strategic location near their homes or businesses.

Customers can reserve two trees and are expected to care for and plant them in the location provided by the online tool. The types of trees offered include sugar maple, river birch, hackberry, American beech, bald cypress, white dogwood and Washington hawthorn.

See atlanticcityelectric.com and follow Atlantic City Electric at twitter.com/ACElecConnect.

Stockton to hold free workshop for aspiring teachers

Richard Stockton College’s School of Education will hold a free teacher information workshop from 5 to 6:30 p.m. April 24 at the college’s Hammonton instructional site, Kramer Hall, 30 Front St.

The session is for anyone who is interested in becoming an elementary or secondary school teacher and will outline the path to teacher certification in New Jersey. Students who already have a degree and want to become a teacher, those seeking a career change, and substitute teachers looking to take the next step can benefit from this workshop.

Participants are asked to bring their transcripts, which will be reviewed and evaluated. Call 609-652-4688 to register for the event.

Registration open

for theater summer camp

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

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

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

Information session set

on health and nursing careers

Atlantic Cape Community College will hold an information session for those who want to learn about health care and nursing careers from 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 16 in the Walter Edge Theater at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. The session will focus on Atlantic Cape’s registered nurse program, including the selection process and methods to prepare for the entrance exam.

Attendees are advised to arrive 15 minutes in advance to sign in and collect handout literature. The session is free and open to the public.

For more information, call Glenda Stogel at 609-343-5048, 609-463-4774, ext. 5048, or email

program/academic/nursing/upcomingSessions.htm.

Free seminar set on informed investing

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey will team up with Seton Hall University School of Law’s Investor Advocacy Project and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Investor Education Foundation for a free seminar on informed investing from 4:30 to 6 p.m. April 17 in the Campus Center Board of Trustees Room, located on the main campus in Galloway Township.

Topics will include how to invest, how to avoid or report fraud and one’s legal options as well as checking up on your broker. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session. For more information, contact the Stockton Center for Community Engagement at SCCE@stockton.edu (preferred) or call 609-652-4535.

Gardner’s Basin seeks crafters

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

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

Health screenings set

The Atlantic County Division of Public Health will recognize April as National Minority Health Month by holding two community events to educate residents about the importance of health screenings and raise awareness of health disparities among those most at risk.

The scheduled events will include information and resources on many health topics, as well as cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar screenings. Health educators will also be available to calculate your body mass index and provide education on how to achieve and maintain a healthy BMI. Minority Health Month events will be held from 9 a.m. to noon April 9 at the Dr. Martin Luther King Center, 661 Jackson Road, Newtonville, and from 9 a.m. to noon April 11 at the Atlantic County One Stop Career Center, 2 S. Main Street in Pleasantville.

For more information about these events or health education, contact the Atlantic County Division of Public Health at 609-645-5853.

Holocaust program planned

The Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey has announced the Yom HaShoah Program for 2013, “Unto Every Person There Is a Name — Remembering the 6 Million Jewish Victims of the Holocaust.”

Yom HaShoah is the Hebrew phrase for Holocaust Remembrance Day. The program, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. April 9 at Congregation Beth Judah, 700 N. Swarthmore Ave., Ventnor. The program will highlight local Holocaust survivors and will include a memorial service. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The keynote speaker will be Ventnor resident Ruth Kessler, a Holocaust survivor who escaped Austria on a Kindertransport in 1938. She will share how acts of kindness and bravery shown during the Shoah (the Holocaust) changed the fate of many Jewish children like her living in Nazi occupied Europe. For more information, call 609-652-4699.

Gala raises $145,000

The 30th anniversary Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala raised $145,000 for student scholarships and Atlantic Cape Foundation operations and showcased more than 50 of the region’s top restaurants at the March 14 event.

Bally’s Atlantic City hosted the annual fundraiser, which featured the theme, “Celebrate the 30 kNights.” The event showcased the talents of the culinary students at the Academy of Culinary Arts, who prepared thousands of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres served during the cocktail reception.

The Atlantic Cape Foundation honored ACA graduate Chef Kevin Scull ’85 of Mays Landing, vice president of food and beverage at Golden Nugget, and the Donio and Crescenzo families, prominent in Hammonton business.

Registration open for children’s camp

Registration is open for Art and Discovery Camp for children ages 2-5 at Congregation Beth Israel in Northfield.

The program, taught by state-certified educators, features a low camper/staff ratio, assuring personal attention for each child. Camp is in session from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from June 25 through Aug. 1. Cost is $850, with a $75 early bird discount when paid in full by May 1. A $125 deposit is due by May 1 to hold a camper’s spot. A minimum class size is required.

Congregation Beth Israel is located at 2501 Shore Road, Northfield. For more information, call 609-641-3600 or email cookie.feldman@cbinorthfield.org.

Atlantic Cape registration begins soon

Registration begins April 15 at all Atlantic Cape Community College campuses for summer sessions and the fall semester. Registration will be offered to new and returning students at all Atlantic Cape campuses, and online, based on the number of credits earned at the time of registration. Credits must have been completed, not in progress.

Registration hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, with hours extended to 6:30 p.m. April 15-18 and April 22. Registration begins: April 15 for students with at least 48 credits, April 16 for students with at least 32 credits, April 17 for students with at least 17 credits, April 18-19 for returning students and April 22 for all students (open registration). See atlantic.edu/summer to view summer and fall class schedules and to register online. The first session is six weeks, May 28-July 3; the second session is eight weeks, July 1-Aug. 22; and the third session is six weeks, July 15-Aug. 22. In addition, two accelerated 11-day sessions begin May 28 and June 17, and a full session meets May 28-Aug. 22. Fall semester classes begin Sept. 3.

Financial aid is available to eligible students; see atlantic.edu/finaid to apply. Atlantic Cape also offers an interest-free tuition payment plan for students in good academic standing. For more information, contact the Bursar’s Office at 609-625-1111, ext. 5278, or bursar@atlantic.edu.

College offers free skills training

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Basic-Skills Workforce Training Program offers free basic skills training to employees of Atlantic and Cape May County businesses through grant funding from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Skills4Jersey in partnership with the New Jersey Council of Community Colleges and New Jersey Business and Industry Association.

New courses include PowerPoint I, PowerPoint II, Spanish in the Workplace I and Spanish in the Workplace II.Employees can also receive basic skills training in English as a second language, written and verbal communication, computer applications (Windows, Microsoft Word and Excel 2003, 2007, 2010), mathematics and measurement and customer service. Customized courses for groups of 10 or more can be arranged.

The classes are free to all private sector and nonprofit employers in the state; however, employees taking the classes must be paid at their regular hourly rate while in training. Business owners are eligible only if they pay taxes into the Unemployment Insurance Fund.

Atlantic Cape’s basic skills training classes are offered on-site and at Atlantic Cape’s three locations at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike; Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.; and Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road in Cape May Court House.

To register employees for training, contact Esther Gandica at 609-343-5651 or gandica@atlanntic.edu.

Teams needed for dodgeball tournament

The Upper Township Soccer Association is sponsoring a Community Dodgeball Tournament from 6 to 10 p.m. April 19 at the Upper Township Community Center, 1790 Route 50, Tuckahoe.

The UTSA is seeking teams of five players. Teams will be divided into three divisions. Students in grades three-five will play from 6 to 7:30 p.m., grades six-eight will play from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., and high school students and adults will play from 9 to 10 p.m. The cost is $30 per team of five players. Coed teams are encouraged. Spectators pay $2. Prizes will be given to the winning team in each division. Prizes also wil be awarded for the best-dressed themed team. To register, see Uppersoccer.com to download a registration form and waiver. All players must complete the waiver to play. Registration forms are also available by calling Tracy Hennessy at 609-602-1773. Completed forms, signed waivers and entrance fees can be mailed to UT Vortex/Green Vortex 48 Church Road, Marmora, NJ 08223. Checks can be made payable to Vortex/Green Vortex.

Proceeds benefit the Upper Township U-14 boys and girls soccer teams traveling to the Keele Cup and Donosti Cup in the summer of 2013. Teams must register by April 16. For more information, contact Hennessy at 609-602-1773 or jthennessysix@yahoo.com.

Gilda’s Club hosts events

Gilda’s Club South Jersey, 700 New Road, Linwood, will host Marc Silver, author of “Breast Cancer Husband,” for two events that are open to the public.

Silver will meet with Gilda’s Club teen members to discuss “My Parent Has Cancer and It Really Sucks — Real Life Advice From Real Teens” from 6 to 8 p.m. April 12. He and his daughter, Maya, wrote this narrative since Maya was a teen when her mom was battling cancer. Maya will join the group through Skype to discuss the challenges and struggles she experienced. This program is open to teenagers who have a loved one affected by cancer. Dinner will be served for the participants. Gilda’s Club staff will provide a supportive environment for teen members to also share their stories.

Silver will discuss “Breast Cancer Husband,” his book to guide husbands on how to help their wives and themselves through their cancer diagnosis and journey, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 13. This event is open to all couples affected by cancer. Silver’s “survival guide” has been described as a must-read for any couple facing a life-threatening illness. Lunch will be served for participants.

These events are sponsored by Star Rehab at Linwood Care Center by Revera. RSVP is required for both events. For more information or to RSVP, contact Gilda’s Club South Jersey at 609-926-2699 or email erin@gildasclubsouthjersey.org.

‘Aqua for Life’ fundraiser set

Get in the pool for a good cause on April 20 for the inaugural “Aqua for Life” cancer fundraiser to take place at the AtlantiCare LifeCenter, 2500 English Creek Ave., Egg Harbor Township.

Participants will take part in aqua aerobics classes taught by certified instructors from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the pool at the AtlantiCare LifeCenter. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. The cost is $20 per person per 45-minute class. Classes will be offered on the hour at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., and 1 p.m. Pre-registration for Aqua for Life is required. Class size is limited. To register, call 609-457-4105 or email ColorsofSharon@gmail.com.

Information will be available at the Aqua for Life cancer fundraiser about the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, to take place June 14-15 at Mainland Regional High School, 1301 Oak Avenue, Linwood. For more information about Relay for Life, see relayforlife.org/linwoodnj, or email Jacqui Gaskill at Jacqui.Gaskill@cancer.org.

Rotary Club seeks host families in Oakcrest area

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scholarship available for Absegami students

The Galloway Township Business Association will offer a $1,000 scholarship to a 2013 graduating senior from Absegami High School.

The candidate must plan to attend a two- or four-year college or university majoring in business administration, marketing, accounting, finance, operations management or similar business majors. The GTBA is looking to support future entrepreneurs and business leaders.

Applicants should send a cover letter with name, address, email, GPA, college or university they will attend, major, extracurricular activities, community service, jobs and major interests. They should submit a one-page essay describing their interest in business, and goals and aspirations for the future — what do you want to be and how do you see yourself accomplishing it? Applicants should include a letter of acceptance to the school they will attend. Cover letter, essay and letter of acceptance should be emailed by April 19 to secretary@gallowaybusiness.com.

College offers workshops

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer a variety of workshops this spring for those interested in enhancing their skills.

Bartending Training will cover all the essential topics of bartending. In only 40 hours, participants will become well versed in liquors, equipment and mixing techniques, pricing and business management, beverage control and customer service. The class will run April 8-19.

Sanitation Training will teach participants to recognize the responsibilities involving the prevention of food-borne illnesses. The ServSafe Food Safety Training Program will also help foodservice workers understand proper storage, food preparation, cleaning and sanitizing to ensure safe food handling, two sections, beginning April 19 and April 30.

TIPs Certification trains participants to recognize potential alcohol-related problems and intervene to prevent alcohol-related tragedies. This workshop is ideal for those who deal with alcohol in a licensed establishment, three sections, beginning April 27, May 4 and May 7.

Workshops take place at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, and the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road in Cape May Court House. For more information, call 609-343-4829, or see atlantic.edu/conted.

Resume, college essay workshop offered

Jewish Family Service’s Rothenberg Center presents Linda Steinberg George, a professional writing coach, certified teacher and award-winning writer, who will conduct an informative workshop: Learn to Write a Winning College Essay and a Resume that Reflect You from 1 to 3 p.m. April 14 at JFS, 607 N. Jerome Ave., Margate. This workshop will strengthen students’ college essay and resume writing skills to get the attention of college admissions officers.

The workshop costs $35, which includes materials. Register early to reserve your spot as space is limited, but no later than April 8th by contacting Sharon Simon at 609-822-1108 or at ssimon@jfsatlantic.org.

Go Blue event for child abuse awareness

CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties will recognize Child Abuse Awareness Month in April with Go Blue for CASA.

Go Blue was created to help raise awareness of children living in foster care and the importance of CASA volunteers. Locally, CASA is hosting a Go Blue for CASA event from 5 to 8 p.m. April 14 at the Atlantic City Country Club in Northfield. The event will feature musicians Ben Clayton, Yuni Sabatino, Geri Rizzo and John Oelkers, light fare and signature cocktails, as well as prizes and giveaways. Tickets are $75 per person or $125 per couple and are available now at AtlanticCapeCASA.org/Awareness.aspx or by calling 609-601-7800.

CASA also asks business and schools to participate in Go Blue for CASA Dress Down Day on April 12, the same day Gov. Chris Christie proclaims CASA Advocate Day. Businesses or schools can participate by donating $5 to dress down or wear blue in support of children living in foster care. Those who want to participate in the dress down day should call 609-601-7800 or email stef@AtlanticCapeCASA.org.

Artists wanted for Boardwalk show

The Atlantic City Arts Commission and Noyes Museum of Art of Richard Stockton College invite all artists to the DoArtAC.com Boardwalk Art Show, a revival of the tradition of Boardwalk art shows, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 7 on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

The event is free and all proceeds from the event will be used for future art events in Atlantic City. All artwork must be original and created by the artist registering for the show. Entry fee is $75 for a 12-by-12-foot space. Applications can be downloaded at noyesmuseum.org, atlanticcityart.org or doartac.com. Artists must submit five images of their work, an image of their display and a short bio, along with the application and entry fee.

Applications can be mailed to: The Noyes Museum of Art of Richard Stockton College c/o Do Art AC Boardwalk Art Show, 733 Lily Lake Road, Oceanville, NJ 08231, along with a CD of five images of art and one image of their display, a short bio and check made out to the Noyes Museum of Art.

$2,000 in prizes will be awarded. The deadline for applications is July 1. The Atlantic City Arts Commission and the Noyes Museum of Art will review all applications, and acceptance notifications will be sent July 7.

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

Run for Fun planned

The Hammonton Mothers Club will sponsor the Hammonton 5K Run for Fun on May 4 at Hammonton Lake Park, 100 Sports Dr.

Proceeds of the event will benefit Hammonton Youth Recreation and the Hammonton Parks and Recreation Department, which provides recreational programs and playground facilities in the greater Hammonton area. The course will be a police-assisted run through the town’s streets, starting and ending at Hammonton Lake Park. A one-mile family walk will take place on a traffic-free track.

Prizes and medals will be awarded to the top male and female runners. Other awards will be given to the top male and female in age categories. Pre-registration deadline is April 14. All pre-entrants will receive a T-shirt. Entry fees are per person, kids 5 and under are free. 5K Pre-registration is $35, 5K day of event is $40, 1 Mile family walk is $10 per person or $35 per family. To register, visit hammontonmothersclub.com or call 609-561-1989 to have a registration form mailed.

Family walk start time is 8:30 a.m., 5K race start time is 9:15 a.m. Numbers can be picked up the day of the race at the Canoe Club located in the Hammonton Lake Park beginning at 7:30 a.m.

College offers green-themed classes

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer green-themed classes this spring.

Green Building Today, beginning April 12, provides an in-depth overview of the design and construction of Green High Performance Buildings and explores the most current building systems, technologies and materials. LEED for Green Associate PLUS, set for April 19 and 26, prepares beginning green building professionals to pass the Green Building Certification Institute’s LEED for Green Associate exam.

Solar Professional Certification, beginning May 13, offers photovoltaic installation training on residential and commercial buildings. Introduction to PV Design and Installation and Exam Prep, two sections, beginning May 21 and July 15, will review PV design and installation concepts to prepare students for the NABCEP exam.

Courses take place at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. For more information, call 609- 343-4829, or see atlantic.edu/green.

FSA to hold rededication

The Family Service Association will hold a rededication and unveiling ceremony of its FSA East building for client services at 10 a.m. April 23 at 312 E. White Horse Pike, Galloway Township.

The 19,000-square-foot building is newly renovated. Immediately following the rededication ceremony, building tours will be provided. The ceremony and tours are open to the public. At the conclusion of the tours, a reception will take place in the building.

Contributors to the building project to date include: Department of Human Services, Bank of America, Atlantic City Electric, Kaboom! Inc. For more information or to attend, call 609-569-0239, ext. 1153, and ask for Michelle Thomas.

Plein air event set

The Noyes Museum Shop in Hammonton, in conjunction with the Hammonton Arts District, presents Paint Downtown Hammonton: The sixth annual Plein Air Event at 9 a.m. April 6. Painting “en plein air” is a French expression for painting “in the open air,” which is exactly what more than 30 regionally acclaimed artists will do.

Painters will set up their easels all around Hammonton to document the lively and diverse Downtown streetscapes, rural landscapes, and vibrant community. The top 25 paintings will be selected for an exhibition at the Hammonton Arts Center, on view from April 10 through 27.

Concluding the day of outdoor painting, submissions will be juried at the Hammonton Art Center. A reception will follow from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; complimentary coffee and desserts will be served. All paintings done by the artists are local scenes of Hammonton and will be for sale. For more information, call 609-561-8006 or see noyesmuseum.org/hammonton.html.

Awards luncheon set

The 101 Women Plus Inc. group will hold its 30th Anniversary Black Leadership and Scholarship Awards Luncheon at 11 a.m. April 27 at the Mays Landing Golf and Country Club, 1855 Cates Road, Mays Landing. Cost is $55 per person.

The luncheon will honor Darryll Ramsey with the Black Image Award, Alexander C. Marino and Anne Rosenberg with the Community Service Awards and Ivy L. Daniels and Beverly Simmons-Connor with the Black Rose Member Awards. The Dorothie W. Dorrington Scholarship Award and Joseph Jacobs, Esq., Scholarship Award will be given.

Call Sharone at 609-742-0679 for more information.

College offers summer discount

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

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

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

Walk your dog to fight cancer

Bring your favorite pooch on a walk to fight cancer at the American Cancer Society Bark for Life of Atlantic County at 9 a.m. April 27 on the Linwood Bike Path, starting at Linwood Market parking lot, 136 W. Poplar Ave. Registration/check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. followed by the opening ceremony at 9 a.m. and then the one-mile walk.

Bark for Life is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer. Dogs and their owners can enjoy games, demonstrations and contests throughout the event. Cost for participants is $10 per dog (two dogs maximum per participant.) Early registration is encouraged.

To register for Bark for Life, see relayforlife.org/BarkAtlanticCityNJ or contact Jacqui Gaskill at 856-616-1651, ext. 3120, or jacqui.gaskill@cancer.org.

Books to be raffled

In celebration of World Book Night on April 23 and to encourage reading, the Galloway Women’s Club is raffling four books:19 “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn, “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, “The Girl with a Pearl Earring” by Tracy Chevalier and “The Snow Child” by Eowyn Ivey. To participate, fill out a raffle form at the Galloway Township Branch of the Atlantic County Library System until the drawing at 7 p.m. April 23.

For more information about the raffle go to the Galloway Township Women’s Club Facebook page, or email Mary Crawford at Gallowaywomen@gmail.com

Scholarship offered

The Galloway Women’s Club is offering a $250 scholarship to a senior girl going to an accredited post-secondary program next year. The deadline to apply April 17. Applicants must have minimum 3.25 GPA, write a one-page essay about their contributions and involvement in a club, activity or sport during high school, which demonstrates their commitment to improving the school or community.

Include your name, address, grade point average, future plans and the name of the post-secondary program you hope to attend in the essay. Applicants must email to Gallowaywomen@gmail.com by April 17.

Taste of Town moves to larger space

The second annual International Taste of the Town event is moving to a larger venue at Renault Winery’s Grand Ballroom from 4 to 8 p.m. April 28 at 72 N. Bremen Ave., Egg Harbor City. Last year’s inaugural event sold out when it was held at the city’s Ambulance Squad Building. This year’s event, sponsored by the Greater Egg Harbor City Chamber of Commerce, will increase attendance by 50 percent when 300 foodies sample international cuisines prepared by the area’s top chefs.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey Southern Branch. Visitors can bring a non-perishable food item to the event to donate to the Kitchen Door food pantry at the Moravian Church.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and can be purchased online at internationaltasteoftown.com. Restaurants and vendors who want to participate should call Nanette Galloway at 609-965-5681, or email nlo@nlocommunications.com.

Group offered for substance abusers

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

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

The group meets from 7 to 8:30 p. m. the third Monday of each month at the Presbyterian Church at Hammonton, 326 Bellevue Ave. The next meetings is April 15. For more information, call the church office at 609-561-0168 or email hopeandsupport@hammontonpres.org. When coming to the church, use the side entrance of the Christian Education Building closest to the 310 Building parking lot.

Hurricane Sandy recovery shower set

Families affected by Hurricane Sandy will benefit from the Sandy Recovery Shower, an event organized by the Jewish community to collect new household items for those still in need. The Sandy Recovery Shower will take place at 4 p.m. April 17 in the auditorium at the Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center, 501 N. Jerome Ave. in Margate. Light refreshments will be served.

Attendees are asked to bring donations of household items. Donations needed include microwave ovens, toasters, tea kettles, queen size sheets and comforters (beige), non-allergenic bed pillows, and vacuum cleaners. Gift cards also will be accepted. A more detailed “wish list” is available from the sponsoring organizations.

For more information on donating items, contact SheilaB51@hotmail.com. If you are in need of hurricane assistance, call Jewish Family Services at 609-822-1108.

Hurricane Sandy event set

Atlantic County Library System/Brigantine in partnership with BrigStrong hosts Your Calm After the Storm: Hurricane Sandy from 10 a.m. to noon April 6 and from 6 to 8 p.m. May 7 at the Brigantine Beach Community Center, 265 42nd St. Each of the sessions facilitated by New Jersey Hope and Healing is free and open to adults.

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

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

Stockton Foundation gala set

The 33rd annual Stockton College Scholarship Benefit Gala, hosted by the Stockton College Foundation, will take place April 27 at the Revel in Atlantic City. Tickets are $225 per person. The evening’s events include a cocktail reception, silent auction and dinner followed by entertainment and dancing.

The gala’s honorary chair is Kevin DeSanctis. Gala co-chairs this year are the Honorable John Schultz and Gary Hill, co-founders of the Schultz Hill Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization supporting the arts, history and education in southern New Jersey. Auction chair is Lisa Johnson, president of Lisa Johnson Communications, Inc.

The Foundation is seeking additional sponsorships and donations to the silent auction. To donate or become a sponsor, see, stockton.edu/gala. For more information call Dawn Hans at 609-652-4830.

N.J. hosts student competition for those of Indian origin

The North South Foundation, a volunteer driven 501(c) e organization will hold an educational contest for students in first through 12th grades who are of Indian origin, on April 28 at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford. At least one parent or grandparent must be of Indian origin.

The proceeds collected through registration charges will be used for scholarships for disadvantaged college students in India. The Cherry Hill chapter of North South Foundation will help participants from the Atlantic City area with a math workshop, if enough students are interested. To learn more about the North South Foundation or Brain Bee, call 856-503-6606 or email yorepiba@verizon.net.

Free vacations offered

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

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

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

Volunteers wanted

Habitat for Humanity Atlantic County is looking for volunteers to set up, staff the Habitat table and tear down tables. Volunteers are needed for two- to three-hour time slots. They will be selling T-shirts and house pins and may have display boards set up. There will also be a sign-up sheet for new volunteers and a waiting list for prospective homeowner applications.

Volunteers are needed for the following events: Atlantic City Municipal Utilities Authorities Annual Earth Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 21, Haneman Environmental Park, Delilah Road, Egg Harbor Township, respond by April 15; Somers Point Bayfest, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 27, Bay Avenue, Somers Point, set-up, 8 to 9 a.m. and tear down, 5 to 6 p.m. Respond by April. 22.

For more information or to volunteer, call 609-487-9472.

Aid available for hurricane victims

Representatives from New Jersey Hope and Healing will be available to help residents cope in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Atlantic County Office Building, 1333 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City. The service is free and no appointment is necessary.

Traumatic events such as Sandy affect people in many different ways. It is especially important for those who experience severe emotional reactions to seek professional guidance.

The New Jersey Hope and Healing initiative includes the New Jersey Disaster Mental Health Helpline, which people can call toll free for confidential mental health information and referral at 877-294-HELP (4357) and TTY: 877-294-4356. The phones are answered by trained counselors who may assist anyone experiencing anxiety or depression.

Kline to be feted

The Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center of Atlantic and Cape May Counties will honor president and CEO of Kline Construction Co. Inc. Ed Kline at its 2013 annual Gala at 5:30 p.m. April 21 at The Chelsea in Atlantic City.

Kline has developed a powerful work ethic and a strong compassion for the less fortunate, which comes through in the many ways he gets involved. He has been involved with the AtlantiCare Foundation, AtlantiCare’s Growing Atlantic City Community Gardens, the American Heart Association, the Jewish Federation of Southern Jersey, the Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center, the Holocaust Resource Center, the Autism Support Network, the Little League Education Program, the National MS Society, the First Tee program and the Former State Troopers Association.

The Katz JCC Gala is presented as an opportunity for the organization to recognize people who have had a positive impact on the community and celebrate their business, political, philanthropic or personal achievements. In turn, the event helps the Katz JCC raise funds to further its mission to provide the children and seniors of Atlantic and Cape May counties, as well as the community as a whole, programs and services that enhance and enrich their lives.

For information on sponsorship opportunities and or tickets for the gala, call Julie Fink at 609-822-1167, ext. 159, or email jfink@jccatlantic.org.

Casino training offered

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.

New courses that will be offered this spring include: Entertainment Dealer-Blackjack, for blackjack dealers to transition to an entertainment dealer; Introduction to Electronic Games with i-Table Blackjack, to deal blackjack on an electronic table, translating traditional skills to an electronic environment; Introduction to Electronic Table Games with i-Table Roulette, to deal roulette on an electronic table; Half the Time at Half the Price Program offers table games professionals an opportunity to increase their value and marketability to employers by learning a new game in a short-term, low-cost program.

CCI table-games alumni who have graduated more than three years ago can refresh 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 have taken with CCI.

Additional classes include Introduction to Casino Games-Blackjack, Craps, Baccarat, Poker, Pai Gow Tiles, Roulette and Pai Gow Poker. CCI also provides training in non-dealing casino professions such as Surveillance Training.

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

Scholarships available

High school senior girls from Atlantic County who plan a college major and a career in the sciences, particularly environmental science, may apply for the Atlantic Audubon Society’s $1,000 Patricia and Carol Bristow Memorial Scholarship. The application deadline is April 15.

Interested students should contact their school guidance department or call 609-965-3611 for more information.

5K run scheduled May 4

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

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

Early registration deadline is April 14. All early entrants will receive a T-shirt. Day-of-event registrations are not guaranteed a T-shirt, as supplies are limited. 5K early registration fee is $35, day of event $40, one-mile family walk is $10 per person or $35 per family. To register, visit hammontonmothersclub.com or call 609-561-1989 to have a registration form mailed.

Foodie Tuesdays scheduled

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

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

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

Health care courses offered

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

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

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

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

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

Hurricane victim support group meets

A weekly support and resource meeting for those affected by Hurricane Sandy will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at Hooked on Ventnor, 6500 Atlantic Ave. in the Ventnor Community Center. New Jersey Hope and Healing invites residents to come and get connected to local and county resources for free.

Techniques for handling stress also provided. No registration is necessary. All are welcome. Call 609-652-3800, ext. 308, for more information.

Meerwald in A.C. this summer

The A.J. Meerwald, New Jersey’s official tall ship, is scheduled to dock at Historic Gardner’s Basin, Atlantic City, from Aug. 1 to 11. Public tours and sails are scheduled, including themed sails with pirates, trawling for marine critters, romantic evening sails and a full-day Sailor Camp for children age 10 to 16 years.

The schooner will also be available for educational tours, group bookings and fundraisers. To reserve the A.J. Meerwald for a special event or tour, email info@bayshorediscovery.org or call 856-785-2060, ext. 107.

Library offers language learning

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

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

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

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

Tax help available

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in Atlantic County is launching the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, an IRS-supported tax preparation service that uses trained volunteers to prepare taxes at no cost for individuals and families with a household income less than $51,000. The program also educates clients on common tax credits, like the EITC and Child Tax Credit, and provides financial advice to help clients get the most out of their return.

This tax season, UWGPSNJ will coordinate five VITA sites throughout Atlantic County: Carnegie Library Center in Atlantic City, Family Success Center in Egg Harbor Township, Public Library in Egg Harbor City, Hammonton Family Success Center in Hammonton and UWGPSNJ in Galloway. Sites are open through tax day, April 15. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 609-404-4483. Additional information on VITA, including eligibility guidelines and required documents, can be found at unitedforimpact.org/VITA.

Support group forms

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church will hold support groups called GriefShare for those who have lost loved ones. GriefShare includes a video seminar series featuring some of the nation’s foremost Christian experts on grief and recovery topics as seen from a biblical perspective. The video seminars are combined with support group discussions where participants can share regarding the materials presented in the video and the happenings in their journey of grief.

Meetings will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through April 23 at the church, 1301 Columbia Ave., Pleasantville. Registration fee is $10. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 609-432-2171.

Center offers development courses

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

The courses are convenient for teachers in Cape May, Cumberland and Atlantic County school districts. Participants are asked to bring their own device (BYOD) for certain courses. The courses include: Six+1 Traits of Writing — How They Apply to the CCSS, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 18; Planning and Implementing a Successful I&RS Program for School Administrators, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 19; Using Social Media to Connect to your School’s Community-BYOD, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 2; Writing with SPICE, Grades 6-8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m .May 10.

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

Undergarments wanted

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

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

Relay for Life set

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life will take place June 14-15 at Mainland Regional High School, 1301 Oak Ave., Linwood. This overnight event is held to recognize that cancer doesn’t sleep and neither will we until we find the cure. Participants walk around the track to raise money for cancer.

Highlighting the event is the luminaria service, a candlelight vigil held at nightfall to honor survivors and to remember those lost to cancer. Luminaria candles line the track and are left burning throughout the night as a reminder to participants of the importance of their involvement in the Relay For Life event.

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

Benefit raffle for lighthouse

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

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

Tax help available

Several sites will offer free tax-return service provided by certified counselors with the AARP TaxAide Program starting in February.

Appointments are required at the following locations:

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

9 a.m.to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Atlantic County Library/Galloway Township

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Atlantic City library, call 609-677-8266

9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, Atlantic County Library/Brigantine, call 609-266-1684

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

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

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Atlantic County Library/Brigantine, call 609-266-1684

Singers wanted

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

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

Bar association membership drive under way

The Atlantic County Bar Association 2013 membership drive has begun. With more than 400 members, the ACBA is a nonprofit organization that is open to all New Jersey attorneys.

The ACBA helps members stay connected and grow their businesses while offering exclusive access and discounts for many other special events. In addition, the ACBA helps sponsor various charities within the region. For more information contact ACBA Executive Director Tamara M. Lamb at 609-345-3444 or see atcobar.org.

Scholarship available

The Vincent S. Haneman-Joseph B. Perskie Scholarship is awarded annually to Atlantic County law students who are admitted to an American Bar Association-accredited law school. The award is based on academic ability, financial need, leadership potential and character. An application is available for download by clicking on the scholarship item at atcobar.org or contacting Tamara M. Lamb at 609-345-3444 or Tamara.Lamb@atcobar.org.

Tickets on sale for food event

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

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

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

College offers IT courses

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

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

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

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

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.

Jazz Society seeks sponsors

The Somers Point Jazz Society is seeking sponsors for its 2013 Jazz @ the Point event, which will take place April 11-14 at various locations in Somers Point. Proceeds benefit the arts program in Somers Point Public Schools. Sponsorships start at $500.

To be part of this event, call the Somers Point Jazz Society at 609-927-6677 and sponsorship information will be sent.

Arts center lists 2013 exhibits

The Galloway Cultural Arts Center has announced its 2013 exhibit lineup. To June 15, Anything Goes; June 15-Sept. 21, All About Light; Sept. 21-Jan. 11, 2014, South Jersey Life.

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

Golden Cotillion planned

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

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

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

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 in Atlantic County or 609-463-4564 in Cape May County.

Local cookbooks wanted

Has your church, school, family, community group or civic organization created its own cookbook? If so, the Atlantic County Library System would love to have a copy of it.

Donations of local cookbooks can be dropped off at any Atlantic County Library System location or the Bookmobile. Library branches are located in Brigantine, Egg Harbor City, Egg Harbor Township, Galloway Township, Hammonton, Longport, Mays Landing, Pleasantville, Somers Point and Ventnor. For a schedule of Bookmobile stops, call the library’s Outreach Services Section at 609-625-2776, ext. 6338.

Head Start enrolling preschoolers

The Atlantic Human Resources, Inc. Head Start and Early Head Start program is recruiting preschool children for the 2012-13 program. There is no cost to families who qualify.

Children to age 3 and pregnant women are eligible for the program, which has centers throughout Atlantic and Cape May counties. Call 609-348-4166.