Atlantic County Bar Association offers scholarships

The Atlantic County Bar Association is seeking applicants for its 2014-15 Vincent S. Haneman-Joseph B. Perskie scholarship awards.

Atlantic County residents admitted to an American Bar Association Law school are eligible to apply. The award is based on academic ability, financial need, leadership potential and character.

Applications are available online at atcobar.org or by contacting the ACBA Executive Director Tamara M. Lamb at 609-345-3444.

Jazz scholarship available

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

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

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

Military Ball set for May 10

Joseph T. Hicks, past Commander of the American Legion Kenneth B. Hawkins Post 61 and a county Vice Commander, will lead a distinguished list of honorees - including past Commanders Joseph L. Roderick, the late William Collette and World War II veteran Raymond Coursey - when they are honored for "Decades of Outstanding Service and Contributions" from 6 to 10 p.m. May 10.

The gala takes place at the All Wars Memorial Building, 1510 Adriatic Avenue, Atlantic City. The RCH Student Scholarship Fund, established in honor of past Commanders Roderick, Collette and Hicks, will present scholarships to two students from Atlantic City High School at the event. Kenneth B. Hawkins' 1st Vice Commander Charles Ellis and Comrade E. Marie Rose will be honored by Post 61 for their outstanding contributions to Post 61, veterans, their families and the community. Nominations are also sought for our 2014 Outstanding Military Man and Woman of the Year. Nominations should be sent to PO Box 5166, Atlantic City, NJ 08404. Email Jhnbltn@aol.com. Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian is expected to attend, and County Commander Russell Robinson will perform the Legion's official swearing-in ceremonies of new members and officers and give remarks. A swearing-in ceremony also will take place for the newly formed Kenneth B. Hawkins American Legion Auxiliary Unit 0061.

Tickets are available for $30 per person. Call 609-572-9109 or 609-576-3652, or contact any Kenneth B. Hawkins Post 61 or auxiliary member for tickets.

Yogathon to benefit American Cancer Society

It's a day of yoga for a good cause on May 3 as the Down to Fight Cancer Yogathon takes place at the Scullville Fire Hall, 1708 Somers Point-Mays Landing Road, Egg Harbor Township. The schedule, which features instructors from several local yoga studios, is as follows:

8 a.m. Baptiste Flow taught by Kiersten Gant, Grace and Glory Yoga

9:15 a.m. Power Flow taught by Jessica Schultz, Om Room and Yoga Dog

10:30 a.m. Pilates taught by Marlena Baylinson, Breathe

11:45 a.m. Vinyasa Flow taught by Melissa Goldstein, NJ Yoga Zone

1 p.m. Slow Flow taught by Julie Goebel Schock, Yoga Dog and Myoga

2:15 p.m. Power Vinyasa taught by Tracy Wilson, Yoga Dog

3:30 p.m. Yin Yoga taught by Becky Lyons, Fitness Yoga, Laughing Buddha and Power Yogi

Tickets for the Yogathon may be purchased at Grace and Glory Yoga, Yoga Dog, NJ Yoga Zone, or by calling 609-241-5059 or 609-204-4528. A $30 donation covers the full day of classes and the after-party at Clancy's. The post-yoga celebration starts at 6 p.m. at Clancy's by the Bay, 101 E. Maryland Ave., Somers Point. Admission to the Clancy's party only is a $10 donation and includes food and a chance at raffle prizes.

Information will be available about the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life, to be held at Mainland Regional High School in Linwood on June 14. See RelayForLife.org/LinwoodNJ, email lognclay@aol.com or call or text 609-432-2559.

Mother's Day shopping event planned

Eco4u Boutique and the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton College will host a two day Mothers Day shopping event from noon to 5 p.m May 3-4.

Each day offers access to the Noyes Arts Garage Shops, with unique gifts for Mom, and participation from local small businesses such as florists, bakeries, candy shops, a beauty shop/spa, winery and local restaurants. There will be entertainment discounts and gift wrapping.

On May 3, poets from Story Slam share their tribute poems "To Mother" in the Noyes Arts Garage, and local musicians will perform jazz. On May 4, Eco4u Boutique and the Noyes Arts Garage will host a tribute to the mothers of the Atlantic City fire and police departments. The tribute will take place at 1 p.m. Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian will issue a proclamation directed to the mothers of both branches, designating May 4 to be in their honor within the city from that date forward, in tribute to the mothers who have supported their children's career choice in public service. This honor also will be extended posthumously, for deceased mothers. Refreshments will be provided by Lucky7brand.com, an organic coffee company that is sponsoring the event. Local musicians will perform jazz within the Arts Garage.

For more information, contact Kathryn at eco4ustore@gmail.com or 609-431-0086.

Energy bill assistance available

Atlantic City Electric reminds customers that they have options to apply for energy assistance if they are having difficulty paying their energy bills.

Due to this past winter's extremely cold temperatures and potentially high energy bills, the federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program has extended its application deadline and emergency assistance request period to June 30. LIHEAP is administered by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and assists residents in paying for heating costs and certain medically necessary cooling expenses. Call 800-510-3102 or see energyassistance.nj.gov.

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

The Payment Assistance for Gas and Electric program provides relief on natural gas and electric bills for low to moderate-income New Jersey households that are experiencing a temporary financial crisis. Certain restrictions apply. Call 732-982-8710 or see njpoweron.org.

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

New Jersey SHARES is a nonprofit corporation that provides assistance to income eligible New Jersey households in paying energy, telephone and water bills. Applications for New Jersey SHARES grants can be made at any of more than 270 participating social service agencies. See njshares.org or call 866-657-4273.

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

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

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

Find more information by visiting atlanticcityelectric.com.

'Language and the Brain' workshop set

Beacons by the Sea visiting scholar Dr. Fatjona R. Lubonja will present "Neuroscience: A Conversation with the Latest Research" at 5 p.m. May 7.

The event is free and open to the public at Atlantic Cape Community College, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, in the Walter Edge Theater, C-building. Lubonja's presentation will cover neurological studies applied to language development and learning, and other areas related to learning a second language. The Northfield resident and native of Albania is a multilingual speaker and her scholarly interests are on neuroscience and education, including language aphasia, impact and influence mechanisms that control language and learning.

The visiting professor program is funded by the Atlantic Cape Foundation and Beacons by the Sea, a public arts and fundraising project that placed artist-decorated lighthouses in prominent locations throughout New Jersey's Atlantic and Cape May counties in 2003.

Evening of Wellness planned

On May 7, the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County is sponsoring its annual "Evening of Wellness."

This community-wide benefit is designed to bring together supporters, community colleagues, and the family auxiliary for a fun and educational event. The goal is to provide all attendees with resources to improve their families' wellness - as well as entertain with the Showcase of Talent. There will be a charity auction with baskets of items donated by area businesses, restaurants, spas and entertainment establishments.

Held each May in conjunction with Mental Health Month, the event will be hosted by Beacon Church, 420 6th Ave., Galloway Township. The event runs from 4 to 6 p.m.

Atlantic Cape offers digital desktop design workshops

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer five digital desktop design workshops for those interested in enhancing their skill sets and advancing their careers. Save 10 percent off the cost of taking classes individually by registering for the four-week series.

Classes will include two levels of Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Adobe Illustrator CS6. Workshops include: Adobe Photoshop CS6, Part 1 and Part 2, Adobe Illustrator CS6, Part 1 and Part 2, and Adobe InDesign CS6. Workshops are offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Building T.

For more information or to register, see atlantic.edu/conted or call 609-343-5655.

Bay-Atlantic Symphony to perform at PAC

The Bay-Atlantic Symphony will perform selections by Rossini, Saint-Saens and Beethoven at the Stockton Performing Arts Center on May 4. "Conversation with the Conductor" Jed Gaylin will take place at 1 p.m. in the L-Wing Gallery and showtime is 2 p.m.

Tickets are $32 thanks to a grant from PNC Arts Alive and may be ordered online at stocktonpac.org or by calling the box office at 609-652-9000. The box office is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 90 minutes before the performance.

Free courses for businesses and nonprofits

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer free Microsoft Office (2010) and social media courses for all New Jersey businesses and nonprofits at the Mays Landing Campus in May.

The free courses are possible through grant funding from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development in partnership with the New Jersey Council of County Colleges. Last year, New Jersey employers took advantage of more than $1 million worth of no-cost training for their employees. Open enrollment classes have been scheduled at Atlantic Cape's Mays Landing Campus on the following dates:

Excel, Level I: May 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Word, Level I: May 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Excel, Level II: May 14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Word, Level II: May 20, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Employees also can take Social Media Fundamentals on May 9, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. This class will teach employees which social media tool is most important based on personal and professional goals.

The class Social Media and Marketing, May 22, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., will examine how social media platforms affect business and investigate strategies to grow your client base.

The classes are free to all private-sector and nonprofit employers in the state. Atlantic Cape's Mays Landing Campus is located at 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing. To register employees for training, contact Susan DeCicco at 609-343-5655. For questions, contact Jean McAlister at mcaliste@atlantic.edu or 609-343-5688 or Esther Gandica at gandica@atlantic.edu.

'Aqua for Life' cancer fundraiser set

Get in the pool for a good cause on May 3 for the second annual Aqua for Life cancer fundraiser at the AtlantiCare LifeCenter.

Participants take part in a 90-minute aqua aerobics class taught by a certified instructor from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the pool at the AtlantiCare LifeCenter, 2500 English Creek Avenue, Egg Harbor Township. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. The cost is $20 per person. Cash or check only will be accepted and should be made payable to the American Cancer Society. Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited. To register, call 609-457-4105 or email ColorsofSharon@gmail.com.

Information will be available about the Relay For Life, to be held at Mainland Regional High School in Linwood on June 14-15. See relayforlife.org/LinwoodNJ.

Holy Spirit H.S. hosts cheerleading tryouts

Holy Spirit High School will hold tryouts for its cheerleading squad from 7 to 9 p.m. May 5-8.

The try outs are for the 2014 football and 2014-15 basketball seasons and will take place in the Holy Spirit High School gymnasium. The school is located at 500 S New Road, Absecon.

For more information, call Coach Dooley at 609-402-1301.

National Day of Prayer event set

Linwood Community Church extends an invitation to the community to join in its 63rd annual National Day of Prayer event on May 1 at 7 p.m.

The church is located at 1838 Shore Road. The theme for 2014 is "One Voice, United in Prayer." Millions of people will gather to pray at thousands of events across the nation. The church gathers to acknowledge the role God has in our lives and this nation. Linwood Community Church will be a part of this national event.

All those who genuinely want to pray for this country are invited. Call 609-927-2950 for details.

Hammonton Wine Festival planned

The Second Annual Hammonton Wine Festival will take place from noon to 5 p.m. May 3-4 in Hammonton.

Sponsored by the Hammonton Rotary Club, the festival features nine South Jersey wineries, live music, vendors and food by the Mount Carmel Society.

Participating wineries include Sharrott Winery, Blue Anchor; Plagido's Winery, Hammonton; Wagonhouse Winery, Swedesboro; Chestnut Run Farm, Pilesgrove; DiMatteo Vineyards, Hammonton; Coda Rossa Winery, Franklinville; Cava Winery and Vineyard, Hamburg; Monroeville Vineyard and Winery, Monroeville; and Southwind Vineyard and Winery, Millville.

The festival will take place at the Mount Carmel Society Carnival Grounds, 298 Tilton St., Hammonton. All proceeds benefit local charities supported by the Hammonton Rotary Club. Tickets are $20 for a one-day pass, $30 for a two-day pass. Admission is $5 for those under age 21. Special discount prices are available online. Vendor and winery spaces remain available.

College admissions workshop available

The Rothenberg Center for Family Life at Jewish Family Service will present two workshops to help parents and students tackle the college admission process.

The course for parents, "Parents: How to Pay for College," is a complimentary workshop that offers cost-saving measures related to college expenses, financial aid and special scenarios for divorced and single parents. This workshop will be presented by Timothy and Caitlyn Mancuso, Penn Mutual financial advisers, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 13.

High school students can attend "How to Write Winning College Essays" from 1 to 3 p.m. May 18. This workshop is recommended for high school juniors and offers tips for college essay and resume writing that get the attention of admission officers. It will be presented by Linda Steinberg George, a professional writing coach, certified teacher and award-winning writer. The fee for the workshop is $40 and includes all materials.

Both workshops will take place at Jewish Family Service, 607 N. Jerome Ave., Margate. Register by May 8, as space is limited. Contact Sharon Simon at 609-822-1108, ext. 152, or ssimon@jfsatlantic.org.

CASA volunteers needed

CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties is recruiting volunteers and will hold two information sessions in Somers Point.

The sessions will take place at 6 p.m. May 1 and noon May 7 at the CASA office, 321 Shore Road.

Trained CASA volunteers advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children in the foster care system and are dedicated to ensuring these children are placed in safe permanent homes as quickly as possible. To learn more about volunteering, register by calling 609-601-7800 or emailing julie@atlanticcapecasa.org.

Shirley Mae Run, Michael J. Walk set

The Shirley Mae Breast Cancer Assistance Fund presents the annual Shirley Mae Run and Michael J. Walk on May 10.

The event features a 5K run, a 1.5-mile walk, and a Kids' Fun Run. All events will take place on the Atlantic City Boardwalk in front of Tropicana Casino and Resort. Free parking will be available until 11:30 a.m. at Tropicana. Festivities start at 7:30 a.m., with the opening ceremony starting at 9 a.m. Complimentary refreshments will be available. The morning includes free health screenings, music, entertainment, the inspirational Celebration of Survivors and more. All proceeds go to the Shirley Mae Breast Cancer Assistance Fund, the Michael J. Neustadter Pancreatic Cancer Fund and Gilda's Club South Jersey.

Online registration closes at 11:59 p.m. May 5. See shirleymaefund.org.

MBA scholarship fundraiser set

The 12th annual Beer, Wine, Food and Auction will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. April 30 at Steve and Cookies by the Bay, 9700 Amherst Ave., Margate.

Guests sample craft beers and wines from around the country, accompanied by Atlantic City's Formica bread, cheeses from Julius Silvert of Philadelphia, chocolates by Jagielky's of Margate, and hors d'oeuvres by Steve and Cookies by the Bay. The evening will be capped-off by the announcement of the highest bidders from the silent auction. Items up for bid include autographed Flyers merchandise, Phillies tickets, a trip to Mexico, gift cards, jewelry and art. The event benefits the Daniel and Maria Walters Scholarship Program and the Metropolitan Business Association Kids Fund.

Admission is $50 per person. To purchase tickets, see marvelousmargate.com. Tickets also will be available at the door.

Holocaust workshop available for educators

The Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey has announced the 31st annual Holocaust Awareness Program with a workshop, "Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Kindertransport."

The free workshop, co-sponsored by Atlantic Cape Community College, is open to educators for fifth through 12th grade. It will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. May 1 in the Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center, on the second floor of Stockton's Richard E. Bjork Library. The event focuses on the rescue of 10,000 children from Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia to Great Britain from 1938 to 1940. Resource materials will be distributed that can be used to supplement Holocaust and genocide education for fifth through 12th grades.

Ruth Kessler's memoir, "The Blue Vase: A Memoir of a Vienna Kindertransport Child," also will be provided. Kessler, a Holocaust survivor who now lives in Ventnor, will share her life story with the workshop participants and will sign her memoir for each educator.

Two Professional Development Hours will be offered through the Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center. For more information, call 609-652-4699.

5K in May Run/Walk for Marianne set

At 9 a.m. May 3 at Birch Grove Park, Northfield, the Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union will hold its fifth annual 5K in May Run/Walk for the Marianne DiNofrio Pancreatic Cancer Research Foundation, an event that will help combat cancer on two fronts.

Half the proceeds will go to the AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute and half will go to the pancreatic cancer research division at Fox Chase Cancer Center for pancreatic cancer research. Prize money will be awarded to the top three overall finishers in male and female categories. Certificates will be awarded to top three male and female place finishers in designated categories. Help make a difference in pancreatic cancer research by running, walking, volunteering or sponsoring. T-shirts are guaranteed for the first 100 people registered.

Sign up at jerseyshorefcu.org/race, active.com or at the credit union's branches in Northfield, Rio Grande, the Hamilton Mall, Galloway Township. The registration fee for runners and walkers is $25 for pre-registering and $30 for day of race. Students pay $15 and must present student ID at registration. Ages 12 and under is $5. Call 888-322-2848 ext. 110.

Heirloom tomato plant sale set

The Atlantic City Area Religious Society of Friends will hold its second annual Jersey heirloom tomato plant sale on May 10, Mother's Day weekend, on its grounds in Galloway Township.

Sale hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 437 S. Pitney Road. Proceeds will help with the cost of the ongoing restoration of the 1828 Quaker meetinghouse.

Mother's Day weekend is the customary time for home gardeners to transplant tomato plants outdoors into gardens in southern New Jersey, when the last chance of frost has passed. For sale will be traditional Jersey varieties such as Morton, Rutgers and Box Car Willie, and plum tomato plants Jersey Devil and Jersey Giant. There also will be Ramapo, a hybrid Jersey tomato, as well as plants suitable for containers, plus as Italian basil plants. The organically grown plants start at $1 for the heirloom tomatoes, which can be difficult to find in home garden centers.

In the case of inclement weather May 10, the sale will extend to May 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Help available for low-income Medicaid recipients

Extra help is available for Medicare recipients living on a limited income, who may qualify for as much as $5,000 in annual assistance to help with Medicare expenses.

Income-eligible seniors and people with disabilities who are enrolled in Medicare can save at least $1,000 on health-care expenses by enrolling in a Medicare Savings Program, which will cover the Medicare Part B premium, a savings of $104.90 per month, for qualified people. They may also qualify for an average annual savings of $3,900 on Medicare Part D premiums and prescriptions with a low income subsidy. In addition to discounts on brand-name and generic medications, there are no co-pays or deductibles for annual wellness visits and personalized prevention plan services.

For more information, contact the Atlantic County Aging and Disability Resource Center at 888-426-9243, ext. 4315, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday or see aclink.org/intergenerational.

Communication Awards set at Atlantic Cape

The seventh annual Communication Awards will take place May 2 at Atlantic Cape Community College.

The event will feature student-produced videos and performances by Communication Major of the Year nominees. Individual students, alumni, faculty and media professionals will be awarded for their work in the field.

JoJo and Scotty of 100.7 WZXL-FM will host the show, which also will feature Michelle Dawn Mooney, NBC-40 news anchor; Dr. Joy Jones-Carmack, Mrs. New Jersey 2013; Nannette LoBiondo Galloway, Alumna of the Year; Larry Litwin, Rowan University professor emeritus and Atlantic Cape adjunct; and Keith Forrest, Atlantic Cape Faculty Member of the Year. For the first time, Alumni Pioneer Awards will be given out. These will be awarded to Arielle Reamer 2011 and Madison Russ 2012. The top award winners include: Pat Campbell, of Dorothy, Briar Gibbons, of Egg Harbor City, Max Fineran, of Galloway Township, Richard Mead, of Dorothy, and Annabeth Gibson, of Cape May Court House. Two sibling teams are among the winners, including twin sisters Casey and Taylor Bailey, of Hammonton, and Annabeth and Jon Gibson, of Cape May Court House. Elizabeth Volpe, of Seaville, a teacher at Middle Township High School, will be honored as a Faculty Pioneer for her contributions to education and the arts.

A reception precedes the show at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Walter Edge Theater at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. For more information, contact Assistant Professor Keith Forrest at 609-343-4994 or kforrest@atlantic.edu.

Graduate Research Symposium planned

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey's second annual Graduate Research Symposium, hosted by the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies, will showcase research by master's degree candidates.

The symposium will take place April 30 at 6 p.m. in the Campus Center Event Room, located on the college's main Galloway campus. More than 40 presenters will deliver their research projects. Graduate students from the following programs will be presenting: American Studies, Criminal Justice, Education, Educational Leadership, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Occupational Therapy and Social Work.

Choral Music Program announces schedule

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey's Choral Music Program springs into action at the end of April with choral concerts.

The Stockton College Chorus, the Stockton Select Chorale Ensemble, the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and the Stockton Oratorio Society will take the stage to deliver performances in many musical genres. On May 3, the Stockton Oratorio Society presents a tribute to the life of composer William L. Dawson. Featuring spiritual works such as 'Every Time I Feel the Spirit' and 'Ain't That a Good Thing.' The performance will take place in the Alton Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

The Stockton Box Office is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 90 minutes before each performance. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors with ID. Ticket orders can be made online at stocktonpac.org or by calling the Box Office at 609-652-9000.

Atlantic Cape offers workshops

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer a series of workshops for people interested in educating themselves on launching a nonprofit business.

Introduction to Grant Writing will take participants through a step-by-step grant writing process, including identifying funding sources, matching their program with funding sources, writing proposals and managing their award, two Thursdays, May 8 and 15.

Business Plan Writing: What Do You Propose? will offer attendants a foundation for planning their future and provide a sample business plan they can develop on their own, whether they are looking to start a business, expand their business, or redesign their business, two Thursdays, May 22 and 29.

Nonprofit Series workshops are offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Building T. For more information or to register, see atlantic.edu/conted or call 609-343-5655.

LoBiondo's office seeks high school art submissions

U.S. Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo, R-2nd, has announced that his office is accepting submissions from high school artists across South Jersey for the 2014 Congressional Art Competition, hosted by the U.S. House of Representatives.

Submissions must be no larger than 28 by 28 inches, and 4 inches in depth (including the frame), and can be: paintings (oil, acrylics, watercolor etc); drawings (pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers); collage (must be two-dimensional); prints (lithographs, silkscreen, block prints); mixed media (use of two or more mediums); computer-generated art; and, photography. Each submitted piece must be accompanied by a signed release form by the artist.

All submissions are due to LoBiondo's Mays Landing office by April 30. The winning submission will be displayed for one year in the tunnel connecting the Cannon House Office Building and the U.S. Capitol, which is part of the main tour route of visitors to Capitol Hill. The second and third place submissions will be displayed in the Congressman's D.C. and Mays Landing offices, respectively.

Interested applicants can find complete details on the competition at lobiondo.house.gov or by calling 609-625-5008 or toll-free 800-471-4450.

Survey seeks residents affected by Sandy

More than 22,000 Atlantic County residents registered for federal assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. A new online survey seeks their input as well as those who were affected but did not request assistance.

The survey is sponsored by the Atlantic County Division of Public Health in partnership with the Mental Health Association of New Jersey. It is meant to determine the unmet health, mental health and social service needs of county residents who were affected by Hurricane Sandy and is based upon a framework developed by the New Jersey Department of Health. The brief online survey is strictly confidential. Participants will not be asked for personal identifying information and will not be contacted. Survey results will also be used to create a plan to link Sandy-affected residents with long-term recovery and educational outreach activities. A link to the survey is available through April 30 at aclink.org and ReadyAtlantic.org.

Those in need of mental health assistance as a result of Hurricane Sandy are encouraged to call the Mental Health Association at 609-652-3800, ext. 308, or the toll free Sandy stress hotline at 866-202-HELP (4357), or call 211.

Nature Reserve plans cleanup

The Egg Harbor Township Nature Reserve plans its Spring Clean Up, with the meeting time at 8:30 a.m. May 3.

Participants are asked to meet at the reserve's parking lot off Zion Road, and the cleanup will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. All are welcome.

Hurricane Sandy recovery resource offered

Atlantic County residents seeking assistance for recovery from Hurricane Sandy can contact the Recovery Peer Outreach Support Team.

Disaster case managers will meet with people and determine what resources best meet specific needs. RPOST is funded by grants from the American Red Cross and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Call the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County at 609-652-3800, ext. 318.

Atlantic Cape offers professional workshops

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer professional development workshops this spring for people interested in enhancing their skill sets and advancing their careers. Classes include:

Academy for Notaries: teaches participants how to become a valuable employee and better protect their employer's business. Completion of the full course will include a current year membership with the New Jersey Notary Association, May 17.

Exploring Digital SLR Photography 1: Educates participants on what shutter speeds, f stops and ISO mean through hands-on picture taking. Bring your digital SLR camera to class, May 28 and June 4.

Building a Business in Today's Economy: Offers participants tips, tricks and techniques to start or build their business in today's economic climate, June 28.

Professional development workshops are offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Building T; and the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, in Cape May Court House. For information or to register, see atlantic.edu/conted or call 609-343-5655.

Chamber teams up with Gloves 4 Troops

The Greater Egg Harbor Chamber is thinking spring and hoping to brighten the lives of U.S. service members by teaming up with Gloves 4 Troops, an organization that ships baseball gloves, balls and letters of encouragement to American military personnel stationed across the globe.

Gloves 4 Troops was started by Vance Albitz, a second baseman for the AAA St. Louis Cardinals affiliate, Memphis Redbirds, and over the past two years the organization has sent thousands of gloves overseas. Dropoff locations are Simply Sweet, 132 Philadelphia Ave., Egg Harbor City; the offices of Century21 Frick, 117 West White Horse Pike, Galloway Township; Casciano's, 212 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton; and the Hammonton Mothers Club 5K Race on May 3. Gloves, baseballs and letters of encouragement can be dropped off at the business locations anytime until Memorial Day weekend. The gloves can be new or used.

For more information, call project coordinator Nick Polito at 609-705-7782 or Chamber President Jim Schroeder at 609-270-7590, or see greatereggchamber.org.

Permanent drug disposal box set up

Atlantic County residents will have more opportunities to safeguard their homes from prescription drug abuse at a permanent American Medicine Chest Challenge disposal box, the Sheriff's Office said.

With the support and collaboration of Actavis, the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey, parent organization of the American Medicine Chest Challenge, recently awarded the Atlantic County Sheriff's Office a permanent collection box for the disposal of unused, unwanted and expired medicine. The box will be located in the vestibule of the Mays Landing Criminal Court Complex, which is open to the public 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The AMCC challenges families to take the Five-Step American Medicine Chest Challenge:

Take inventory of your prescription and over-the-counter medicine.

Secure your medicine chest.

Dispose of your unused, unwanted and expired medicine in your home or at an American Medicine Chest Challenge Disposal site.

Take your medicine(s) exactly as prescribed.

Talk to your children about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

Atlantic Cape offers health care career training

This spring, the Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape Community College is offering programs to train people interested in a health care career. They include: Certified Nurse Aide: Begins June 2. CNAs will be eligible for employment in a long-term care facility, assisted living facility, adult medical day care or some hospitals.

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 information or to register, call 609-343-5655 or see atlantic.edu/conted.

Project seeks Sandy-affected residents

Due to the ongoing issues that victims of Hurricane Sandy continue to experience, Community Health Law Project has received a contract from the state Department of Human Services to work with residents affected by the storm who were or are living in Atlantic, Cape May, Bergen, Hudson, Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex, Essex and Union counties.

With this funding, the Community Health Law Project is able to provide legal assistance, as well as case management.

In an effort to reach residents currently in Cape May and Atlantic counties, a CHLP attorney and advocate will be able to meet with residents in its office or at a location close to their home. Call the Community Health Law Project at 856-858-9500.

Beth Judah offers program registration

Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor is now opening registration for its "Jewel of the Isle" summer program as well as for preschool 2014-15.

There are multiple summer and preschool incentive packages including early or second-child enrollment, discounts for both sessions and for referring a friend, pay-in-full discounts and $$ credit toward preschool. The summer fun and preschool programs offer flexible schedules. Both programs include the use of technology, computers, and smart boards with age-appropriate software. No membership is required and all families are welcome.

To schedule a visit or for more information, contact Lynne Midelton at lynne.midelton@bethjudah.org or 609-822-7116, ext. 120.

Atlantic Cape offers senior workshops

Atlantic Cape Community College's "Club 50 Plus" offers workshops to enhance the personal, professional and social lives of older learners this spring.

The workshops will be offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Building T; and the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road in Cape May Court House. Classes include:

May 9: Manage, Edit and Email Your Photographs

May 16: Organize Your Photos and Videos in the Cloud

June 7: Publish Your Book, Guaranteed

Join Club 50 Plus for $5 and get a 20 percent discount on future club workshops, culinary and professional development through June 30. Mention code CEGN001-MW01. For workshop prices or to register, call 609-343-5655 or see atlantic.edu/conted.

Casino Career Institute offers training

Atlantic Cape Community College's Casino Career Institute is offering quick-start courses in blackjack, roulette or baccarat.

The four-week courses teach fundamentals and emphasize game knowledge, chip value and card handling. New sections begin weekly. For a complete list of classes and to register, see atlantic.edu/cci or call 609-343-5655.

SCOSA seeks volunteers

The Stockton Center on Successful Aging is seeking volunteers to participate in a research project on the campus of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, 101 Vera King Farris Dr., Galloway Township.

This research is designed to explore the relationship between activity in the brain and thinking and memory. The research project, "Healthy Brain, Healthy Mind," is directed by Dr. Jessica Fleck, associate professor of psychology. While many are screened for blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, skin cancers and other conditions is common for older adults, very few people have ever participated in a screening of brain health and function. The National Institute on Aging suggests that changes in the physical brain may occur a decade or more before changes in memory and thinking are observed. If so, early detection of changes in the physical brain is key to long-term health and vitality. The study is comprised of two sessions, each an hour to 90 minutes long. Fleck is looking for healthy participants who are between 45 and 64 years old.

For this project, participants must be right-handed and have no prior diagnosis of dementia, neurological disorder, or traumatic brain injury. The project involves the use of EEG, which measures electrical activity in the brain. Tests of memory and thinking will also be administered in a second session. Participants who score outside the normal range will be provided referrals for further neurological assessment.

Those who are interested in participating should contact Fleck and the Healthy Brain, Healthy Mind Research Team at 609-626-3444 or eeglab@stockton.edu to learn more.

Atlantic Cape offers online training

Atlantic Cape Community College's Continuing Education division, in partnership with Education to Go, is offering professionals the opportunity to upgrade their current skills and develop new talents through online training courses.

Concentrations include Business, Grant Writing/Nonprofits, Career Ideas, Career Development, Personal Enrichment, and Test Preparation. Students need Internet access, an email address and web browser. Courses begin every six weeks and consist of 12 lessons, quizzes, assignment, tutorials and online discussions. Most classes are $109.

See ed2go.com/accc or atlantic.edu/conted, or call 609-343-5655.

Register for Stockton summer classes

Summer classes at Richard Stockton College are now open for registration for both matriculated and non-matriculated students.

The college is offering four summer sessions. For classes, there are two six-week sessions and one 10-week session; a 12-week session is for internships and independent studies. More than 287 courses - 70 of them offered totally online - will be offered at the Galloway main campus and the Manahawkin and Hammonton instructional sites. Tuition and fees will not increase for 2014 summer courses. For one credit, the summer session rates are:

Undergraduate, in-state tuition is $229.09; $123.22 education and general fees; and $31.95 facilities fees.

Undergraduate, out-of-state tuition is $413.36; fees same as above.

Master's, in-state tuition is $543.11; $129.70 educational and general fees; $33.63 facilities fees.

Master's, out-of-state tuition is $836.04; fees same as above.

Doctoral, in-state tuition is $597.42; $129.70 education and general fees; and $33.63 facilities fees.

Doctoral, out-of-state tuition is $961.45; fees same as above.

An additional fee for transportation and safety is charged once in the summer term, not per credit.

For more information, visit the Office of the Registrar at intraweb.stockton.edu/eyos/page.cfm?siteID=190&pageID=1

Spots open on summer Israel trip

Congregation Beth Israel invites community members to join the congregation on a trip to Israel led by Rabbi David and Susan Weis this summer, June 25-July 6.

Departing from Newark International Airport, the trip to Israel will include stops in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Golan Heights, Tzfat, the Dead Sea and Masada. Highlights of activities include: Tree planting in the Biblical Nature Reserve; camel rides and Bedouin hospitality in the Negev; chocolate making workshop at the DeKarina Chocolate Factory; a b'nai mitzvah at the Western Wall in Jerusalem; an early morning walk to the fortress of Masada, followed by a float in the Dead Sea; a visit with artist David Friedman in his studio in Tzfat; a trip to Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum; a nature walk to the waterfall in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve; a visit with an Ethiopian family to hear about their incredible journey home to Israel; Shabbat in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

A limited number of spaces are still available. For more information, contact bethisrael@cbinorthfield.org or 609-641-3600.

Arts workshops for teens set

Teens who are interested in the visual and performing arts are invited to participate in a variety of Saturday workshops through April as part of the Atlantic County Teen Arts Academy.

The goal of the Teen Arts Academy is to provide area young people with greater arts education opportunities and to enhance the skills needed in preparation for college or a professional program. The Teen Arts Academy is a collaborative effort of area arts organizations and educational institutions to provide teens with new opportunities for learning in the visual, performing and literary arts.

Workshops include Creative Writing: Zines for Teens; Printmaking; Watercolor Painting; Songwriting; Musical Theatre Styles and Audition; Digital Self-Portraiture and more. Each workshop is three hours at a cost of $30, which includes materials. All participants must register. A minimum of seven registrants is required for each workshop to proceed. Registration is available at noyesmuseum.org or in person at any of the following locations: Noyes Museum of Art/Stockton College, 733 Lily Lake Road, Oceanville, 609-652-8848; the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton College, 2200 Fairmount Ave., Atlantic City, 609-626-3805; and the Noyes Museum Shop, 5 S. Second St., Hammonton, 609-561-8006.

For more information, contact the Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs at cmasonpurdie@aclsys.org or 609-646-8699, ext. 6314, Monday-Friday.

Jan-Ai scholarships available

Scholarships ($500-$1,000) are now available from the Jan-Ai Scholarship Fund to high school seniors pursuing a college degree in the arts to include the following: music, visual arts, theater and dance. Visit the website to download the application. May 12 is the deadline for all applications.

Since April 2007, $93,919 in scholarships and cash awards have been given to 236 recipients. The goal is to make that $100,000 by 2014. Donors can give via PayPal, jan-aischolar.org, or sending a check or money order to PO Box 8068, Atlantic City, NJ 08404.

The Jan-Ai Scholarship Fund was created to honor the memory of Ventnor native Jennifer Cakert, who died at age 26 in June 2006. It was established to help young people follow their passion in the arts.

Latz's to exhibit work by Zerbe

Carol Zerbe, a retired artist-educator and resident of Somers Point, is presenting an exhibit of watercolors, "Light and Location," at the second level dining room of Latz's by the Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point, through April 30. All of the exhibit pieces are for sale.

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

SCOSA presents local history craft workshops

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

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

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

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

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

SCOSA presents craft workshops at Noyes

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

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

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

Lou Holtz to speak at Stainton brunch

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

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

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

Body in Balance hosting events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, call 609-365-8499.

K-Loc Education Center offers events

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

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

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

'Joseph Project' planned in Margate

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

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

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

Tickets on sale for Chefs at Shore fundraiser

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

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

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

DVDs requested for troops

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

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

Village by the Shore now accepting members

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

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

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

Multi-Care Center seeks volunteers

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

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

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