College hosts health career session

Atlantic Cape Community College will hold a Health Career Planning Session to provide valuable tips for choosing a health career. The session is free and open to the public from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 13, at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, in C-Building, Cafe B.

The session will provide information on opportunities for advanced technical training and degree programs in the health field. The session is designed for those thinking about pursuing a health career, as well as those considering changing careers, returning to school or those currently enrolled in prerequisite courses for an allied health degree.

The sessions will detail the educational requirements, clarify the training needed to enter or advance in health professions, review roles and responsibilities within various job titles and explore training options and alternate career routes. Shorter technical training certificates and entry-level positions will be explored as career advancement opportunities.

For more information, or to register, call Glenda Stogel at 609-343-5048, 609-463-4774, ext. 5048, or email stogel@atlantic.edu.

Nominations sought

In celebration of Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union’s 50th Anniversary, the credit union would like to honor one individual who lives in Atlantic or Cape May County. You are encouraged to nominate an individual who has gone above and beyond the ordinary to serve the community and made a positive difference in the lives of others.

The winner will receive $500 and will be recognized at Jersey Shore FCU’s annual dinner on March 23 at Ram’s Head Inn in Galloway Township. The first person who nominated the winner will be also given two tickets to attend the dinner.

To be eligible for the Jersey Shore FCU Community Star Award, nominees must be at least 18 and nominations may only be submitted in the name of a single person. Submit nominations online at jerseyshorefcu.org or at one of the credit union branches by March 1. For additional information and complete rules, call Jeannie at 609-646-3339 ext. 210.

CASA to honor volunteers

CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties will hold a Volunteer Appreciation Party from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Atlantic City Country Club, 900 Shore Road, Northfield. The free event will provide recognition to volunteers and raise awareness of CASA’s mission to help facilitate safe, permanent homes for neglected and abused children living in the foster care system.

CASA volunteer Connie Weidner, of Galloway Township, will be honored for recently closing an 11-year case, the longest in our program. CASA will also recognize the following: Service Partner of the Year, Mary Lane, of Cape Atlantic INK; Division Caseworker of the Year, Jessica Coombs, of the Cape May Office; Corporate Partner of the Year, Shore Medical Center; Community Partner of the Year, Atlantic Cape Community College; and Media Partner of the Year, Equity Communications.

Additionally, the most recent class of CASA volunteers will be officially sworn in by a Family Court judge. For more information or to RSVP call 609-601-7800 or email staff@atlanticcapcasa.org.

Music lectures set

Learn about folk literature in composed music at the March series of free music lectures by Paul M. Somers, sponsored by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony. Discover how composers utilized epics, sagas, fairy tales, legends, and folk heroes in their works ranging from incidental and program music to symphonies, overtures, songs, and opera.

The lectures will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon March 12 at the Ocean City Public Library, Room 110, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City and 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 21 at the Margate Public Library, 8100 Atlantic Ave., Margate. Questions for the April lecture series must be submitted to Somers by the end of March-either at the lectures or by email at composer.lecturer@gmail.com.

For more information, call the Bay-Atlantic Symphony at 856-451-1169, or Somers at Maurice River Music at 856-506-0580. For the Cape May County series, you can also call the Ocean City Public Library at 609-399-2434 and for the Atlantic County series, you can also call the Margate Public Library at 609-822-4700.

St. Patrick’s Mass set

The Irish American Cultural Society of South Jersey will hold its annual Mass in honor of Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick, at 7 p.m. March 13 in Linwood’s Our Lady Of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church, Poplar and Wabash Avenues. The celebrant will be Rev. Patrick Brady, a native of County Longford, Ireland.

The Mass will include music and pageantry involving Irish hymns, a bagpiper at the beginning and conclusion of the Mass and a Knights of Columbus and Ancient Order of Hibernians as honor guard. A free-will collection will be taken to benefit a local non-profit food pantry.

Following the Mass, a reception will follow in the Our Lady of Sorrows Church Hall. For more information call 609-927-1234.

Chef named educator of year

Chef Vincent Tedeschi, a chef educator at Academy of Culinary Arts, was named Educator of the Year by the Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey, a chapter of the American Culinary Federation, at the 41st annual President’s Ball, Feb. 10, at the Golden Nugget Hotel Casino in Atlantic City.

The award is presented to an educator whose knowledge, skills and expertise have enhanced the image of the professional chef. The recipient should also demonstrate the ability to help students define and develop their careers by using their skills and abilities to provide a strong foundation for their future success.

A 1998 graduate of the ACA, Tedeschi specializes in hot foods, garde manger, Italian regional cuisine and ice sculpting. He brings nearly two decades of professional experience to the classroom from his former positions at the Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point, Cousins’ Country House in Egg Harbor Township and as a chef and owner of his catering business “Fiddler’s Well Catering.” Tedeschi has also served as a personal chef for Cher and her entourage while she was performing in Atlantic City.

Tedeschi is a Certified Chef de Cuisine, Certified Culinary Educator, Approved Certification Evaluator and a team coach for students competing in a variety of cooking competitions, including: the New York Food Show and the American Culinary Federation’s Northeast Regional Competition.

Mesterhazy to be honored

The Somers Point Jazz Society will recognize the late George Mesterhazy in memoriam, as their 2013 Jazz Master. At their awards ceremony and reception at 5 p.m. March 10 at Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro, 908 Shore Road in Somers Point. George’s long time life partner Vicki Watson will accept the award for him.

Mesterhazy was a multi talented jazz musician who left a giant gap in the South Jersey jazz community with his passing last April. He was a huge supporter not only of the Somers Point Jazz Society, but of jazz in general.

Nominated for a Grammy for his arranging on 1997’s “Loving You,” with Shirley Horn (on which he also played), Mesterhazy came to the United States with his family when they fled Hungary following that country’s 1956 revolution. Settling first in upstate New York the Mesterhazy family later moved to Atlantic City where George first played guitar and trumpet. After switching to piano and becoming a professional musician, he relocated to Los Angeles, but eventually became well know in the area of Cape May. Some of the people he played with included Pat Martino, Les Paul, Bernadette Peters, Gene Ammons and countless others. He also headed the jazz piano program at Rowan University.

The ceremony is free and open to the public.

Lessons in boating safety available

The Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer a boating safety education course in “About Boating Safely” beginning on March 16 at the Atlantic City Coast Guard Station at 900 Beach Avenue. The 8-hour course will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will cover topics such as boating law, safety equipment, safe boating, navigation, boating problems, etc. The class will also be offered on April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20 and Sept. 21.

The beginner boating class is open to anyone and will offer participants the knowledge needed to obtain a boat safety certification.

Those interested are encouraged to register in advance. The class is $60 a person. For more information visit 5nr.org or call Public Education Officer, Pete Fuhrman at 609-822-9099 to register.

Local health care center offers six-week health series

Shore Medical Center, Atlantic Adult Day Health Care and the Cape Atlantic Coalition for Health are partnering to offer a free six-week workshop that will teach participants how to better manage chronic diseases.

Developed by Stanford University, Take Control of Your Health is a six-week, evidence-based community workshop. Instructors will teach strategies and help participants set goals for improving their well-being while managing chronic diseases such as diabetes, emphysema, cardiovascular disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Take Control of Your Health sessions will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays from March 12-April 16. They will be held at Atlantic Adult Day Health Care, located at 331 Tilton Road, in the Tilton Shopping Plaza, in Northfield.

Space in the workshops is limited. For more information, or to register contact Wanda Cors at 609-513-9711.

Open house set

Abundant Life Church Learning Center is having an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. March 4 at 44 Route 50 in Seaville. Applications for the 2013-14 school year will be available. Children ages 2½ to 5 years old and their parents can come to see the classrooms and meet the teachers.

In the sanctuary, the children can enjoy a dance party. Each child attending the open house can take a lollipop from the lollipop tree and have a chance to win one month’s free tuition. Call 609-486-5114 and ask for Jane or Barb.

College hosts health career session

Atlantic Cape Community College will hold a Health Career Planning Session to provide valuable tips for choosing a health career from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 13 at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, in C-Building, Cafe B.

The session will provide information on opportunities for advanced technical training and degree programs in the health field. The session is designed for those thinking about pursuing a health career, as well as those considering changing careers, returning to school or those currently enrolled in prerequisite courses for an allied health degree.

The sessions will detail the educational requirements, clarify the training needed to enter or advance in health professions, review roles and responsibilities within various job titles and explore training options and alternate career routes. Shorter technical training certificates and entry-level positions will be explored as career advancement opportunities.

For more information or to register, call Glenda Stogel at 609-343-5048, 609-463-4774, ext. 5048, or email stogel@atlantic.edu.

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 individuals 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 the following: 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 offered are 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.

New group forms for musicians

A new group is forming for musicians, performers and others who enjoy folk music. The group will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the Brigantine Beach Community Center, 265 42nd St. The first meeting is March 7. Bob Galbraith, of Brigantine, a former member and past president of the Bucks County Folksong Society, and current member of the South Jersey Irish Ceili Band, will host the group.

The group will encourage musicians of all levels to perform in front of other people.

For more information, email Galbraith at Bobgalbraith@comcast.net.

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 1-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, 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.

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: What’s the Magic about the Big 10, 6 to 9 p.m. March 12; 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.

Home and garden show set

The 13th annual New Jersey Home and Garden Show returns to the Atlantic City Convention Center from March 8 to 10 with plenty of inspiration, free seminars and celebrity tips for do-it-yourselfers and those who want to change their indoor or outdoor space. Special guest this year is Roger Hazard, television’s original home stager on A&E’s Sell This House.

The show will feature the latest trends in home design, including landscapes and outdoor living, pools and spas, home security, and solar energy. Highlights include free seminars on home improvement and related topics, including cooking and basket weaving; complimentary wine tasting and an expanded Art, Gift and Gourmet Area; Kid’s Zone with workshops courtesy of Home Depot; green living exhibits and a live plant sale.

Hours for the event are 2 to 7 p.m. March 8, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 9 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 10. Admission is $8.50 for adults 17 and older, $5 for seniors, $5 for retired military, and free with ID for active duty military. Guests ages 16 and under also are admitted free of charge. Coupons for $1 off adult admission are available at showtechnology.com. Coupons for $2 off admission are available at Home Depot. Senior tickets are not eligible for discounts. Attendees pay once and can come back free for the whole weekend. There will be free tote bags for attendees while supplies last.

Health care courses offered

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

Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) will prepare students for employment in a long-term care facility, assisted living facility, adult medical day care or some hospitals, three sections, beginning March 1, April 1 and May 1.

In Patient Care Technician, students will learn basic patient-care skills, including: medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, CPR certification, phlebotomy, EKG, vital signs, patient care and HIPAA awareness, to prepare for careers as patient care technicians, phlebotomists or EKG technicians, beginning March 18.

In Phlebotomy Technician, students will learn blood-collection techniques, handling, transporting and processing blood specimens through laboratory practice on artificial arms and extensive clinical experience at area medical facilities, beginning April 1.

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.

State-funded spay/neuter program available

Spaces are available now for state sterilization funding program available to qualified residents. The program begins on April 1 (while funds last) at participating veterinary offices in the state to help qualified residents spay or neuter their pets for only $10. Because spaces go quickly, Shore Veterinarians is encouraging residents to sign up early in February for the program. Shore Veterinarians participates in this state program at all four of its locations in Seaville, Williamstown, Hammonton and Egg Harbor Township.

Residents qualify if they receive one of the following: food stamps, Medicaid, general public assistance, rental assistance, Aid to Families with Dependent Children, Lifeline Utility Credit, Tenants Lifeline Assistance, Supplemental Security Income or Pharmaceutical Assistance to Aged & Disabled.

For more information, call any of these veterinary offices for more information: Atlantic County residents, 609-272-8777; Hammonton residents, 609-561-2802; Williamstown area residents, 856-728-6613; Cape May County residents, 609-390-9113.

Job help seminars offered at library branches

Six Atlantic County Library System branches offers Free Job Help Seminars presented by the Atlantic County One-Stop Career Center during March. All of the seminars are open to adults and registration is required for any session.

The seminars will be held as follows: 10 a.m. to noon March 6, Atlantic County Library System/Galloway Township, 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, call 609-652-2352; 10 a.m. to noon March 7, Atlantic County Library System/Mays Landing, 40 Farragut Ave., call 609-625-2776, ext. 6310; 10 a.m. to noon March 13, Atlantic County Library System/Pleasantville, 33 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., call 609-641-1778; 10 a.m. to noon March 14, Atlantic County Library System/Ventnor, 6500 Atlantic Ave., call 609-823-4614; 10 a.m. to noon March 20, Atlantic County Library System/Egg Harbor Township, 1 Swift Ave., call 609-927-8664; and 10 a.m. to noon March 27, Atlantic County Library System/Hammonton, 451 Egg Harbor Road, call 609-561-2264.

Participants learn about free services to help them find a job, including the state’s new online job search tool, jobs4jersey.com, which has specialized resources for those looking for a job, exploring a new career, starting a business, looking for training or re-entering the work force as a veteran.

To learn more or to register, call one of the library branches listed above, or go to atlanticlibrary.org and click on Calendar of Events.

Meeting set for hurricane victims

A weekly support and resource meeting for those affected by Hurricane Sandy will be held 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.

Courses set for older adults

The Stockton Center on Successful Aging (SCOSA) at Richard Stockton College is offering a number of workshops and seminars tailored to the needs of older adults at locations throughout Atlantic County.

To register for the courses, call 609-626-3591 or see stockton.edu/scosa, unless otherwise noted. Courses include Learn to Use Your Computer Safely, 1 to 3 p.m. March 8 and April 12, Stockton College; Creative Writing Workshop: Memory in Poetry and Creative Nonfiction, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 30, April 27 and May 25, Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, 733 Lily Lake Road in Oceanville, call 609-652-8848 or email jillian@noyesmuseum.org to register.

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.

Dance auditions set

Richard Stockton College’s Dance program will hold Dance Audition Days March 1 and 2. Prospective students interested in majoring or minoring in dance at Stockton in the fall, who have not previously auditioned for the program, are invited to attend a Dance Audition Day.

Registration will begin at 3:30 p.m. The audition will consist of a ballet barre and modern center class, a question and answer session with faculty and students, dinner and the opportunity to attend “A Concert of Dance,” performed by the Stockton Dance Company.

To reserve a spot, call 609-652-4891. Leave your name and phone number, specify your preferred date for an audition, and state if you will stay for the evening’s performance.

Street honored

Atlantic Cape Community College volleyball player Sarah Street was named a “Woman of the Year” by the New Jersey Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. Women of the Year recipients were honored at the annual New Jersey National Girls and Women in Sports Day Jan. 27 at a ceremony at Seton Hall University.

Street, of Egg Harbor City, was selected as Atlantic Cape’s 2013 representative for her exceptional volleyball and academic success. Street, 20, is pursuing and Associate in Science degree in business at Atlantic Cape. She was selected for the 2011 and 2012 All Garden State Athletic Conference volleyball team

The mission of National Girls and Women in Sports is to develop and deliver equitable and quality sport opportunities for all girls and women through relevant research, advocacy, leadership development, educational strategies and programming in a manner that promotes social justice and change.

Foundation receives donation

The Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation received a donation from South Jersey Gas customers for the School Counts scholarship fund to benefit Atlantic and Cape May County students who have earned the School Counts certificate.

South Jersey Gas President Jeffrey DuBois presented a check for $47,628 to Atlantic Cape Community College President Dr. Peter Mora. The funds were raised by South Jersey Gas customers who donated $1 to the School Counts program via their gas bills.

To learn more about the School Counts program, see schoolcounts.org.

Raffle tickets available

Three lucky winners will share up to $15,000 in the 2013 Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala 50/50 Raffle. The raffle is sponsored by the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation, and proceeds benefit student scholarships and Atlantic Cape Foundation operations.

Only 300 tickets will be sold at $100 each. Three cash prizes will be awarded, including: $9,000, first prize; $4,500, second prize; and $1,500, third prize. Dollar amounts are based on all 300 tickets being sold. The winning tickets will be drawn at the March 14 Restaurant Gala at Bally’s Atlantic City.

Now in its 30th year, the Restaurant Gala has raised nearly $3 million in student scholarships. Winners do not need to be present to win. To order raffle tickets, contact Carrie Leahy at 609-463-4672 or cleahy@atlantic.edu.

Support group forms

Mt. 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 be held 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.

Dance party benefit planned

The Alcove Center for Grieving Children and Families and KOOL 98.3 are teaming up to present The Alcove A Go Go, a retro dance party from 6:30 to 9 p.m. March 1 at Boogie Nights at the Tropicana Casino and Resort, Atlantic City. The party will be broadcast live on KOOL 98.3.

In addition to the dancing and the live radio broadcast, guests will enjoy complimentary wine and an assortment of hors d’oeuvres and finger foods plus drink specials from a cash bar. The party will also feature live and silent auctions. Guests are encouraged to dress in their best disco outfits. Prizes will be awarded for the best and most authentic retro wardrobe.

Tickets are $75. Groups of four can purchase tickets for $240. Parties of 10 are $500. Tickets are available through thealcove.org or by calling 609-484-1133.

Proceeds from the event will support the mission and programs of The Alcove Center for Grieving Children and Families, a nonprofit organization based in Northfield.

College offers computer workshops

Learn about the world of computers with Atlantic Cape Community College’s computer technology workshops.

In Certified Ethical Hacker, participants will learn how to simulate an attack to evaluate and enhance network security and review the processes and tools hackers use to exploit systems. In addition, students will learn how to deploy effective countermeasures to prevent malicious attacks and deploy the necessary configuration and change management. The class will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Feb. 12.

From the basics to the advanced, other workshops include: Leveraging Social Media to Attract New Customers, Microsoft Office 2010 Powerhouse, How to Photoshop, IPv6 Fundamentals, Introduction to SharePoint, PC Repair and Upgrades and Home-Based Networking.

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.

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 be held June 14 and 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 1-800-227-2345.

College offers pastry classes

The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College offers amateur pastry chefs the opportunity to learn how to prepare confectionery creations through an assortment of dessert workshops this spring.

Classes include Low Calorie, Low Carb, March 27; Breads and Rolls, April 23 and 24.

Classes will be held at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. All classes take place from 6 to 9 p.m. For fees and to register, call 609-343-4829, or see atlantic.edu/conted.

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

College offers culinary classes

The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College offers amateur chefs and food enthusiasts the opportunity to learn how to prepare a variety of tasty meals this spring.

Chef Jon Davies will teach students how to prepare three- and four-course dinners from around the world with the “An Evening in” Series on March 5 and 8, April 5 and 16 and May 3.

Classes will take place at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, and at the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, in Cape May Court House. All classes are from 6 to 9 p.m. For fees and to register, call 609-343-4829, or see atlantic.edu/conted.

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.

College offers test prep courses

Richard Stockton College offers test preparation courses for students who wish to pursue an advanced degree or gain admission to law school. The courses provide preparation for most of the required entry tests including GMAT, GRE or LSAT tests.

Each course includes 30 hours of instruction. Courses are scheduled to begin in February. For more information or to register, see stockton.edu/testprep or call 609-652-4227.

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.

Teen writing contest set

Gilda’s Club South Jersey is sponsoring its annual teen writing contest, “It’s Always Something,” for students in the ninth to 12th grades. They are looking for personal essays and poetry. Each writing must be honest and speak to how cancer has affected that teen writer’s life.

All writings must be 500 to 1,000 words, double-spaced. One entry per student. The contest deadline is March 15. Winners will be selected by May 10. Both First Place Essay and Poetry winners will receive an Apple iPad. Prizes also will be awarded to second and third place winners in each category

For more information, and a contest entry form, email Beth Wray at beth@gildasclubsouthjersey.org. To enter online, see gildasclubsouthjersey.org.

Volunteers needed for senior shuttle

Volunteers are needed for the Ventnor Senior Citizen Transportation Service.

This free shuttle service is available to all senior citizens residing in Ventnor and offers rides to anywhere in the Downbeach area of Ventnor, Margate and Longport. This service is performed by volunteer dispatchers and drivers, who are always needed to support this program.

Anyone who is able to donate three hours from 9 a.m. to noon Monday to Friday can call 609-823-7994 and leave your name and phone number. You will be contacted.

Restaurant gala set for March

The 30th anniversary Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala will take place March 14 at Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino. With the theme “Celebrate the 30 kNights,” the gala will feature Camelot-inspired decor and a feast.

Gala honorees include the Donio and Crescenzo families of Hammonton and Chef Kevin Scull of Egg Harbor Township. The annual fundraiser has raised nearly $3 million for scholarships since 1984. All gala proceeds benefit student scholarships at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College and Atlantic Cape Foundation operations.

Call Carrie Leahy at 609-463-4672, email acccfdn@atlantic.edu, or see atlantic.edu/gala.

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.

College offers casino games training

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

The 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. Alumni who have graduated from CCI within the past three years can revive their skills with the Alumni Practice Program.

Classes include: introduction to casino games-blackjack, craps, baccarat, poker, pai gow tiles, roulette and pai gow poker.

CCI also provides training in nondealing casino professions such as Surveillance Training. Gaming classes begin every two weeks. For more information, or to register, call 609-343-4829 or see atlantic.edu/cci.

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.

Sandy Relief Fund established for students

The Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation has established the Sandy Relief Fund for Atlantic Cape Students to collect emergency funds for Atlantic Cape Community College students affected by Hurricane Sandy.

More than 1,900 Atlantic Cape students live on the barrier island communities assaulted by the storm Oct. 29. Student evacuees are now returning to devastating conditions-wrecked homes and vehicles, and destroyed computer equipment, school supplies and textbooks.

The Sandy Relief Fund for Atlantic Cape Students will provide assistance for students who need to replace books, computer equipment, clothing and food, and to cover commuting costs and other necessities. To make a donation to the Sandy Relief Fund for Atlantic Cape Students, see atlantic.edu/relief or send a check payable to the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation to: Sandy Relief Fund for Atlantic Cape Students, Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210-1972

For more information, contact Patricia Gentile, executive director of the Atlantic Cape Foundation, at 609-463-4507 or pgentile@atlantic.edu.

Senior Center open

The Hammonton Community Senior Citizen Center is open for seniors, age 50 and older, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and is located in the Canoe Club building off Egg Harbor Road at Park Avenue in Hammonton Lake Park. Recreational activities include card games, a walking group and book club. There are no membership fees or dues. On the third Friday of each month, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center sponsors a free lecture by a health care professional on a subject related directly to senior issues. The talk is followed by a luncheon provided by the Canoe Club Kitchen crew for $3. Bingo is held the fourth Tuesday of each month, followed by a free luncheon.

Call the Canoe Club at 856-322-7082 to speak to a volunteer for more information and to register for any event.

Arts center lists 2013 exhibits

The Galloway Cultural Arts Center has announced its 2013 exhibit lineup. To March 16 is Fresh Start; March 16-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.

Health courses offered

The Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape Community College offers programs for health care professionals interested in advancing 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. It will take place from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday.

Multi-Skill Technician will prepare students to function as EKG and Phlebotomy Technicians. Curriculum includes: anatomy and physiology of the heart, medical terminology, medical disease processes and appropriate treatments, medical ethics. The class will meet from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday and Friday, beginning March 4.

In Administrative Health-Care Specialist, participants will learn a variety of administrative duties in the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, dentists and other health care facilities. The class will meet from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 8 a.m.to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, beginning March 11.

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 and students will also gain field experience on paramedic units.

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

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 individuals, 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.

Online courses offered

Upgrade your current 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, grant writing/nonprofits, career ideas, career development, personal enrichment, test preparation, languages, personal finance, personal enrichment, computer applications and more.

Most classes are $99. 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.

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.

Library offers app

The new Atlantic County Library System app puts the library in your pocket. You can quickly and easily search the library catalog, check your record, renew the things you have checked out, and put items on hold with the app. Wherever you are, downloading audiobooks and eBooks; locating, calling or emailing a library branch; or accessing the library’s calendar of events, Facebook or Twitter pages are simple to do.

The free app is available for Apple iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod) and Google Android devices (Nook, Kindle Fire, LG, Samsung, and more) through your app store. For more information, see atlanticlibrary.org/app.

Family readiness group formed

The 150th/160th Engineer Company, New Jersey Army National Guard unit out of Hammonton has officially formed a Family Readiness Group to support the soldiers and families within the unit. The following positions were filled: Leader Wanda Tarquinio of Vineland, Secretary Janet Wilson of Mount Laurel, Treasurer Patricia Christensen of Tuckerton, and Special Events, Jennifer Freeman of Pleasantville.

To join the 150th/160th FRG or receive the newsletter, or if your business or community would like more information on how to contribute, email 150th.160th.NJARNG.FRG@gmail.com. To learn more about Family Readiness Groups, see state.nj.us/military/familysupport/frg.html.

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.

Pulmonary support group formed

An evening support group is being formed in the Atlantic County area for residents with lung and related pulmonary disease in need of camaraderie and friendship.

Oxygen-dependent participants are encouraged to help begin this group. Sessions will feature speakers and forums for discussion. If interested, please contact 609-230-2859 or LungTalkGroupNJ@gmail.com. The meeting date, location and time will be announced upon participant interest.

MS group seeks members

The Jersey Shore MS support group is trying to reform, and is looking for people involved with MS who would like a forum. The group meets from 6 to 8 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month (not in summer) at the Galloway branch of the Atlantic County Library System on Jimmie Leeds Road.

Call Jackie at 609-266-8561, Phyllis at 609-266-1497 or email frejac1@aol.com.

Therapeutic riding program accepting riders

A therapeutic horseback riding program in Egg Harbor Township is accepting riders.

HEARTS TRC, LLC, is a NARHA/PATH member center providing therapeutic assisted equine activities. Sue Adams has created a new curriculum, “From the Ground Up,” exclusive to HEARTS TRC, which brings new and skills to all of its riders. Adams and the HEARTS TRC partners have more than 50 years of combined experience working with children and adults who are challenged physically, mentally, psychologically and socially. They also are experienced teaching riders without disabilities. Sessions cover care of the horse, equine anatomy, psychology of the horse, and training techniques. Techniques to be introduced also include equine massage and healing through touch, to relieve stress, pain, and create relaxation within the horse.

For more information or registration forms, call 609-703-9130 or email HeartsTRC@aol.com.

Food bank also needs baby items

The Emergency Assistance Pantry at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Southern Branch, is in need of baby formula and disposable diapers for its clients. The pantry serves 2,600 families each month and is located at the West Entrance of the Shore Mall at the former site of Value City. For information, call 609-383-8843, ext. 120.

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey-Southern Branch, serves Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and southern Burlington counties. The FoodBank has seen a 60 percent increase in need since 2008.

Mental Health Association reaching out to veterans

The Mental Health Association in Atlantic County, or MHAAC, is reaching out to OIF/OEF military veterans through a self-help group called MHAAC Veterans Network. It’s all about veterans helping other veterans through a member-run group process. In addition to MHAAC traditional services, this veterans group will offer education, advocacy and support.

While this group was formed to exclusively address the special needs of Atlantic County’s Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom veterans and their families, other veterans groups also are planned. MHAAC, in conjunction with Richard Stockton College undergraduate and graduate social work programs are planning to hold meetings for Vietnam era, post 9-11, and Korean War veterans as well as topics addressing issues such as HIV and hepatitis C among veterans.

This first group for newly repatriated OIF/OEF veterans will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays at the MHAAC office, 1127 N. New Road, Pleasantville. For more information, call Jaime Angelini, MHAAC Veterans Network, at 609-272-1700, ext. 308, or email jangelini@mhanj.org.