Religious school enrollment open

Congregation Beth Israel in Northfield is now registering students in kindergarten through sixth grade for religious school, which begins Sept. 9.

The religious school teaches Jewish history and values, helps students form a Jewish identity, and is a step on the journey toward becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. The program includes student worship services, Jewish music, Jewish holidays, community service, Parent Parallel Education Program, and classroom activities.

Religious school meets from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sundays. Hebrew school is offered from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Sundays or from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays. Students must be members of the congregation to attend. Congregation Beth Israel offers a free year’s membership to unaffiliated families. For more information, call 609-641-3600 or see bethisraelnorthfield.org.

Culinary workshops offered

The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College will offer amateur chefs and food enthusiasts the opportunity to learn a variety of cuisines and cooking styles through an assortment of culinary workshops this fall. All classes feature demonstration, tasting and class participation.

Learn how to prepare three- and four-course dinners from around the world without leaving South Jersey in the “An Evening in ...” series with ACA adjunct instructor Chef Jon Davies of Cape May. Classes include: An Evening in Normandy, Sept 11; An Evening in Santa Fe, Oct. 2; An Evening in Indonesia, Nov. 13; An Evening in the Land of Incas, Dec. 4; and La Vigilia, with a Sicilian Flair, Dec. 18.

The ACA also offers a series for those interested in preparing desserts in “Baking and Pastry with Chef D’Angelo,” with ACA alumna Chef Mary Lou D’Angelo. Classes include: Gluten-Free Desserts, Sept. 12; Sugar-Free Desserts, Oct. 3; Italian Pastries, Oct. 17; Low Calorie, Low Carb, Nov. 7; Breads and Rolls, Dec. 4 and 5; and Italian Cookies, Dec. 12.

The ACA is located at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. All classes take place from 6 to 9 p.m. For workshop descriptions, fees and to register, call 609-343-4829 or see atlantic.edu/conted.

Balles family honored

The Family Service Association has announced the 2012 Henry West Leeds Family of the Year Award recipient.

Frank and Cyndi Balles are being honored for their work to improve the lives of families throughout Atlantic County. Atlantic County Sheriff Frank Balles and his wife, Cyndi, are dedicated volunteers for many organizations including Family Service Association, Pleasantville PAL, Cape Atlantic Tigers AAU, Moss Mill HOA and NAACP.

The Family Service Association will hold the Family of the Year Award presentation at the Touch A Truck Event on Sept. 29 at the Cardiff Shopping Center in Egg Harbor Township. For tickets, honorarium and sponsorship information, call 609-569-0239, ext. 1160, or email request to fsa.development@fsasj.org.

Miss Latino Pageant set

The Latino Club of Egg Harbor City will host a Miss Latino Pageant at 6 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Spragg School, 610 Buffalo Ave., Egg Harbor City.

Divisions for the pageant are Teenie Miss (kindergarten to second grade), Little Miss (third to fifth grade), Junior Miss (sixth to eighth grade) and Miss (ninth to 12th grade). There will be crowns for the girls and they will read essays they have written. Girls should be residents of Atlantic County and of Latino descent.

The pageant is also hosted by the Events Committee of Egg Harbor City. For information, call 609-965-1195.

College offers professional education courses

Richard Stockton College is offering a wide range of continuing professional education courses for public safety and security professionals. The courses, which begin Sept. 12 and run through late fall, have been developed by Stockton’s Center for Public Safety and Security.

The center, established earlier this year, is an academic initiative in partnership with New Jersey’s public safety and security sectors; dedicated to providing training, consulting and other resources in support of professional excellence. The classes include frontline supervision training, cybercrime and evidence training, internal affairs investigation programs, tactical interviewing, expert testimony, serial offenders and more. All classes are offered at the Galloway Township campus.

For more information, email CPSS@stockton.edu to be put on the mailing list, or call 609-652-4342.

Polling institute to be dedicated

The Stockton Polling Institute will be dedicated at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 14 to conduct survey research in southern New Jersey and throughout the state.

The institute will use its own staff and Richard Stockton College students to conduct public opinion polls and other surveys for Stockton and outside clients. Surveys will be conducted using telephones, the Internet and other modes of data collection. The institute will continue to conduct public opinion polling of legislative, congressional and statewide election races during election seasons.

The Institute is located in the Lower N-Wing, on the Galloway Township campus at the entrance closest to College Walk and the parking lot (site of the former Ospreys’ Nest). Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP to Corrine.Wilsey@stockton.edu or call 609-626-3542.

College offers test prep courses

Richard Stockton College offers affordable, high quality test preparation courses for students who wish to pursue an advanced degree.

The graduate school Test Prep program at Stockton covers most of the required tests for entry into graduate and law schools, including GMAT, GRE or LSAT. Each prep course is a total of 30-hours of instruction. Current Stockton students and alumni receive a discount. Courses are scheduled to begin in September.

For more information or to register, see stockton.edu/testprep or call 609-652-4227.

Master gardeners events continue

All are invited to the Atlantic County Master Gardeners final seasonal session scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Galloway Township branch of the Atlantic County Library.

This discussion will cover “Fall Planting and Putting Your Garden to Bed,” and is useful to those who want to plant a fall 2012 crop or an early spring 2013 crop. All 2012 sessions have been are co-sponsored by Rutgers Cooperative Extension and Go Green Galloway. All are welcome, and this year’s community garden participants are strongly encouraged to come out.

For more information, call Barbara Fiedler of Galloway Community Services Division of Public Works at 652-3700, ext. 209

AtlantiCare donates AEDs

AtlantiCare representatives presented three automated external defibrillators, on behalf of the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Heart Heroes, to the Cape May County Park and Zoo recently tor placement at locations throughout the zoo. Mike Laffey, park director; and Bill Holmes, director of Risk Management accepted the AEDs.

The ARMC Heart Heroes is a volunteer group that raises funds for the Heart Institute at ARMC and the AtlantiCare Foundation to place AEDs in the community. The Heart Heroes fund a portion of the AED and community groups and/or organizations provide the remaining funds. Since the group’s inception it has placed more than 70 AEDs throughout the community throughout southern New Jersey. AEDs can restore a normal heart rhythm in victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Audible and/or visual prompts guide the user through the process.

Tour de Downbeach set

Le Tour de Downbeach, the annual family friendly fundraising bike ride, fun walk and barbecue that covers Absecon Island communities, will take place at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 9 beginning at the Boardwalk and Newport Avenue, Ventnor. Rain date is Sept. 16. All rides begin at 10 a.m. and end at Tomatoe’s, Amherst and Washington avenues, Margate, where there will be live music and a barbecue bash.

Sponsored by Tomatoe’s Restaurant and presented by the Ventnor Merchants Association, the Margate Business Association, the Borough of Longport and Atlantic City, the ride is the only one of its kind bringing all the island’s towns together.

Participants will choose between a 14-mile ride with a turnaround at Showboat, on to the Point in Longport then ends at Tomatoe’s; an 8-mile ride that reverses course at Suffolk Avenue, Ventnor, continues on to the Longport Point and ends at Tomatoe’s; and a 2-mile fun walk, starting at Newport Avenue and the Boardwalk to Washington Avenue, Margate, then ends at Tomatoe’s for a barbecue with Margate Dairy Bar water ice. The lunch is open to all participants.

The registration fee for biking is $20 per person, or $12 each for a family of four or more, and walkers at $12 per person. Net proceeds benefit local charities. For applications and schedules, see marvelousmargate.com, AAAAbikeshop.com or at the Margate Bike and Beach Shop, 12 S. Essex Ave.

ACA restaurant open for lunch

Careme’s, the student-run, gourmet restaurant at the Academy of Culinary Arts, is now open for lunch. Careme’s is located at Atlantic Cape Community College, 5100 Black Horse Pike, in Mays Landing. Careme’s mini buffet, featuring appetizers, salads, entrees, a carving station and dessert for $8.95 per person (plus tax and gratuity), will run through Sept. 17.

Careme’s is open at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, when classes are in session. Dinner service will begin Sept. 20.

For reservations, call 609-343-4940.

Divorce support group to meet

The Divorce Care Support Group, ,which meets at Seaview Baptist Church in Linwood, will begin a new session at 7 p.m. Sept. 11.

The church is located at 2025 Shore Road, Linwood. Divorce Care is a recovery support group for individuals who need help and healing from the hurt of separation and divorce. For more information, see divorcecare.org or contact a facilitator. Karen and Ned Flexer can be reached at 609-601-2718 or kkflex@comcast.net, and Dona Hannah can be reached at 609-335-4812 or donmar858@yahoo.com.

Stockton Alumni Legacy Fund run set

Richard Stockton College will host the fifth annual Alumni Legacy Fund 5K Run and Walk at 9 a.m. Oct. 7 at G. Larry James Stadium on the campus in Pomona. All proceeds from the event benefit the G. Larry James Legacy Fund to provide scholarships to deserving students. Planned activities include the 5K race, a 2-mile walk, music, post-race awards ceremony and refreshments.

There will be cash prizes of $100 for the first overall male and female finisher, $50 for the second place male and female and $25 for the third place male and female. Registration and check-in takes place at the stadium beginning at 8 a.m. with the race and walk beginning at 9 a.m.

Registration fee is $20 until Oct. 5. After that, walk-up registrations will be taken for $25. For more information, call 609-626-3604 or email ofans@stockton.edu. Online registration is available at stockton.edu/ofans.

Nursery school registration under way

Congregation Beth Israel Nursery School is accepting enrollment for the 2012-13 school year, with extended hours for “Before Care.” Parents now may drop off children as early as 7:30 a.m. Extended “After Care” also is available until 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and until 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Congregation Beth Israel’s Nursery School accepts children ages 2 to 5, with flexible days and times. Kindergarten enrichment is available for half-day programs. Classes run from 9 a.m. to noon and include the “Handwriting Without Tears” language program. Afternoon sessions and five-day options are available for ages three and up. The extended hours are designed to accommodate working families, with care provided by nursery school teachers.

Congregation Beth Israel is located at 2501 Shore Road, Northfield. Contact Cookie Feldman at 609-641-3600 or cookie.feldman@cbinorthfield.org.

Tax volunteers sought

Volunteers are sought to be trained to prepare 2012 tax returns.

The training is for 30 hours over six weeks and there is no charge. The program is offered by AARP and the IRS and will train volunteers using the IRS Tax Wise software program. Participants must be computer-literate, attend 30 hours of training and volunteer at least five hours per week during tax season, Feb. 1 to April 15, 2013.

Two orientation sessions are offered to introduce interested volunteers to this program: 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 11, AtlantiCare Life Center, Meeting Room, 6727 English Creek Ave., Egg Harbor Township, and 9:30 a.m. Sept. 12, Atlantic City Free Public Library, Meeting Room, 1 N. Tennessee Ave., Atlantic City. For information or to register, call 609-335-7805 and leave a message or email anne.dcatl@yahoo.com.

Sponsors, walkers wanted

The Arc of Atlantic County is seeking sponsors and walkers for its 10th annual Step Up for The Arc Walk to be held Oct. 27 on the Ventnor boardwalk. Proceeds benefit The Arc of Atlantic County’s programs that help more than 700 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families each year.

Event sponsorships range from $100 to $350 and all include recognition on this year’s event shirt. Registration and event sponsorship is available at arcatlantic.org or by calling 609-485-0800. Sponsorship deadline is Sept. 24 and the walker/team registration deadline is Oct. 1. Participants can register and set up a personal fundraising page at firstgiving.com/arc-atlantic/walk2012. Those who raise $50 or more will receive a long-sleeved event shirt. Prizes will be given to walkers who raise $100 or more.

Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. at St. James Parish, 6415 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor, and the walk kicks off at 9:30 a.m.The walk is the length of the Ventnor boardwalk and back (about 3.4 miles), but participants can walk as much or as little as they like. The post-walk party will begin at 11 a.m. and will feature a free lunch, music, dancing, and activities with the Rainforest Cafe’s Cha!Cha! the Red-Eyed Tree Frog. Free parking is available on Atlantic Avenue.

Historical author to discuss work

The Greate Egg Harbor Township Historical Society will host author Joseph T. Wilkins for a presentation on his book “The Speaker Who Locked Up the House” at 7p.m. Sept. 14 at the Egg Harbor Township Community Center, 5045 English Creek Ave.

The book concerns Republican House Speaker Thomas B. Reed battling to end the lingering power of Southern white supremacists in 1890. Wilkins will sign books following the presentation. Contact the society at GEHTHSMuseum@aol.com or 609-813-2002 for information. See GEHTHSMuseum.org.

Program set for families with young children

Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor has opened Mishpacha and Me (Family and Me). The program was created specifically for families with young children to age 4. Families will meet monthly on Sunday mornings to learn about Jewish holidays, sing songs, hear a story and create a special craft.

A Saturday morning component will feature an opportunity for families to attend Sabbath worship as a family in a supportive environment. For further information, call Hazzan Jeffrey Myers, Education Director, at 609-822-7116, ext. 104.

Beth Judah lists new program

Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor announces a newly reformatted religious school experience called “A School Without Walls.”

Written by Hazzan Jeffrey Myers, Educational Director of Congregation Beth Judah, there will be different groupings and utilization of the entire physical plant in creative ways, featuring use of Smartboards, laptops and other modern technologies. Among some of the new features are semester electives, whole-school study of Israel leading up to a virtual trip to Israel in May, group worship services and chorus. Call Myers at 609-822-7116 ext. 104 for an appointment.

Making saves for Alzheimer’s

Matt Carmen’s father, Lou, had Alzheimer’s and died in September 2006. His son, Cameron, is a goalie for the Atlantic City Sharks Ice Hockey Club, and is working on a fundraiser to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. For every save Cameron makes during regular season league games, money will be collected from donors. Follow Cameron’s progress on Facebook at “MakingSavesforAlzheimers.” For more information, email ceepuff@comcast.net or call 609-926-4955.

Benefit gala set at Noyes

The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College will hold its 16th annual benefit gala, “Feast for the Eyes,” from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 22. This annual event will feature live entertainment, wine tastings, locally sourced gourmet foods and a silent auction featuring original artwork by the region’s most talented artists. The gala is held in the museum so guests may enjoy the idyllic and eclectic setting, while raising money to support its operations, exhibitions, and many public programs.

A special treat for the evening will be a large-scale, edible art installation created by sculptor Marisa DiPaola. Guests will be encouraged to pick and eat from this sculpture. Author and certified wine educator John J. Mahoney will host two wine education sessions that include a tasting and excerpts from his book, “Every Bottle Has a Story, a Wine-lover’s Short Story Collection.” Musicians Tamara deMent and the Cold Club, harpist Sue Allen, and the a cappella group Stockappella will perform.

This event is the Noyes Museum’s largest annual fundraiser. Tickets are $100 per person. For tickets or more information call 609-652-8848 or see noyesmuseum.org.

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.

Autoimmune support group forming

An autoimmune support group is forming and will meet the second and fourth Sundays of each month in the Chapel of Central United Methodist Church, Central Avenue and Shore Road in Linwood. Call Pastor Joanne Drane through the church office at 609-927-4882 or through Central Counseling Center at 609-927-4149.

Cancer fundraiser set

ConKerr Cancer, A Case for Smiles Southern New Jersey Chapter, will host Miles of Pillowcase Smiles, an event to sew pillowcases for hospitalized children and teens with cancer from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 16 at Hammonton Fire Department No. 2, 51 North White Horse Pike, Hammonton.

The organization will supply all the materials; volunteers bring their willingness to create a lasting memory. No sewing experience necessary.The goal for the volunteers across the country is to make 44,000 pillowcases — one for each child being treated with cancer. ConKerr Cancer is a not for profit organization bringing a “Case for Smiles” throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain and South Africa. They welcome donations of time, fabric, extra hands, as well as monetary donations to continue their mission.

Refreshments will be for sale. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase of baskets containing merchandise including Longaberger, Vera Bradley, Thirty One, quilting items and more. Email SharonConKerr@comcast.net or call 609-408-4068.

Singers wanted

The Mainland Choral Society, “Dedicated to Musical Excellence,” is inviting singers to join in rehearsals for their 24th annual Christmas concert, to take place Dec. 7.The concert will feature Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and other glorious music. Elaine King, former Director of Music at Greentree Ministries, will conduct the group.

Rehearsals begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 in the nave of Christ Church, Shore Road and Meyran Avenue in Somers Point. Remaining rehearsals will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday evenings. Nominal membership fee will be charged. For more information, call Elaine King, director, at 609-266-8912.

Artists, crafters wanted

The Atlantic City Arts Commission invites all artists and crafters to participate in the first Atlantic City Boardwalk Arts and Craft show Oct. 6-7 on the Boardwalk. Entry fee is $75 for a 12-by-12-foot space and entrants must submit three images of their work.

There will be an awards presentation with $800 in prizes. Apply at atlanticcityart.org. Applications will be accepted until Sept. 14. The event is free. For more information on how to enter, call Colleen Cornell at 609-348-0340 or email c.cornell@cdp-ac.com.

School registering students

The Kulanu School of Jewish Studies is registering students in grades seven through 11 for the 2012-13 school year. This year, Kulanu classes will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at Congregation Beth Judah, 700 Swarthmore Ave., Ventnor.

Studetns do not need to be affiliated with a synagogue to attend. The Kulanu School of Jewish Studies offers a wide range of programs. Classes cover topics from Jewish ethics to culture, history, spirituality and the arts. Programs also foster a lifelong connection to the land of Israel. Electives offered range from Israeli dance to choir, yoga, art, Jewish cooking and Jews in American Film. There also is an optional Panim el Panim program, which brings Jewish teens to Washington, D.C., to explore service, advocacy and philanthropy. In addition, students entering their senior year of high school may attend the Morim Teacher Prep program through Kulanu.

The Kulanu School of Jewish Studies is sponsored by the Board of Jewish Education of Atlantic and Cape May Counties. For more information, call 609-822-1854 or email BJEatlantic@yahoo.com. To register, see bjeatlantic.org/content/youth-education.

Jewelry, metalsmithing classes set

Fall jewelry making classes are now forming at the Ventnor City Cultural Art Center, 6500 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor. Learn to work with metal, stones and beads to make beautiful wearable art.

These seven-week courses begin Sept. 7. All seven-week classes are $155 and include tools and materials, which include copper and brass metal. If desired, students can purchase sterling silver, pearls and other specialty items for an additional fee. For information on any of the classes, call 609-823-7952 or 609-287-6449.

FELS holds membership drive

Friends of Encore Learning of Stockton, affiliated with Richard Stockton College, is a volunteer, not-for-profit association which provides continuing education for its members. FELS fundraising efforts provide annual scholarship monies to Stockton students.

FELS offers study groups for its members that meet monthly for six sessions beginning in October and cost $25 per group. These groups are varied and include the study of art, music, film, documentaries, opera, criminal justice, literature, plays. Study group leaders are recruited from the FELS membership, Stockton faculty and the community.

For membership information ($35 per year) or a study group brochure, call Sylvia Gabrieli at 609-822-9595.

Library now 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.

Day of Service set

Richard Stockton College will host the ninth annual Day of Service at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 8 in the Campus Center Event Room. The event has become an annual tradition at Stockton as they prepare for the coming academic year.

The event has grown each year and the college expects more than 300 student volunteers to participate in projects benefiting over 25 community organizations. Faculty, staff and members of the community are also invited to participate. Donations of needed materials are being sought for use in a variety of the service projects. These items include crayons, markers, colored pencils, tape, glue, scissors, construction paper, plastic knives, plastic bags, pens, pencils and gardening gloves.

To donate time or items, email GetInvolved@Stockton.edu or servicelearning@stockton.edu, or call 609-652-4256.

Tutor training announced

Literacy Volunteers Association Cape-Atlantic will hold its fall tutor trainings beginning Sept. 11. The 15-hour training over five weeks will prepare volunteers to tutor adult students in Basic Literacy and English as a Second Language. The first session will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 11 to Oct. 9 at Royal Suites, Galloway. The second session will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays from Oct. 20 to Nov. 17. To register or for more information, call 609-383-3377.

Hammonton Arts District expands

The Hammonton Arts District is expanding by opening 12 independent artist studios in September.

Located just one block from the NJTransit train station, this new visual arts space offers professional and emerging artists affordable studio spaces in the center of downtown Hammonton. The Hammonton Art District is located in downtown Hammonton, along several blocks surrounding Bellevue Avenue. During open studio hours on the Third Thursdays of each month, the public can visit the Hammonton Artist Studios to watch artists at work, ask questions about the creative process and technique, and purchase work directly from the artist.

Artist Work Spaces are available on the second floor with ceilings of 12 feet and more.. Studios start at $180 per month for a 10-by-13-foot space and go up from there. See noyesmuseum.org/hammonton.html for applications, rules and layout. For more information call 609-742-1333.

Youth orchestra auditions set

The Atlantic Youth Orchestra, a string orchestra of middle and high school students in its 24th season, will hold violin, viola, cello and string bass auditions on Sept. 23, at the Central United Methodist Church, Central Avenue and Shore Road in Linwood.

Students should call Mrs. Miller at 609-646-4762 or email suzukisand@gmail.com to arrange an audition time and to discuss requirements. See ayorch.org.

New CASA program developed

Nine experienced CASA Volunteers recently completed an advanced training that will allow the organization to provide all 700 children living in foster care with a CASA Volunteer within four years. The training, referred to as the Peer Coordinator Model, gives these CASA Volunteers the tools to coach and support new volunteers, increasing CASA’s capacity to serve more children without significantly increasing the annual budget.

The new Peer Coordinators are Jean Harris, of Atlantic City; Jack Mahon, of Ventnor; Jack McCarron, of Ocean City; Linda Skutlin, of Ocean City; Barb Riggione, of Ocean City; John Oelkers, of Longport; Bill Potts, of Margate; Colleen Sanborne, of Northfield; and Jackie Sarner, of Galloway.

The Peer Coordinator Model was piloted by the National CASA Association in several cities across the country and unveiled to the entire national CASA community at the National CASA Convention in Washington, D.C. CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties is the first New Jersey CASA organization to implement the program locally. For more information about CASA for Children and volunteering call 609-601-7800 or see AtlanticCapeCASA.org.

Golf tourney scheduled

The AtlantiCare Foundation will host its annual Invitational Thomas L. Glenn Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament on Sept. 10 at Atlantic City Country Club, 900 Shore Road, Northfield, and Linwood Country Club, 500 Shore Road, Linwood. Registration will start at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be at noon at both courses. Shotgun start will be at 1 p.m. A cocktails/dinner reception and awards ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. at Atlantic City Country Club.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities or to reserve a slot for the tournament, call Cheryl Broschard at 609-677-7255. For information about the AtlantiCare Foundation or other AtlantiCare programs and services, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 888-569-1000, find AtlantiCare on Facebook at facebook.com/atlanticare or visit atlanticare.org.

Lighthouse challenge planned

The Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey weekend is set for Oct. 20 and 21 at lighthouses throughout New Jersey. Participants are invited to tour the state and visit each participating lighthouse over the weekend to help raise funds for continued lighthouse preservation.

Begin the challenge at any of the 11 participating New Jersey land-based lighthouses, two museums and two life-saving stations and purchase a souvenir for $1 that will be proof of your visit at each location. Hours for the tours vary. See lighthousechallengenj.org or visitnj.org.

The following lighthouses are participating: Absecon Lighthouse, Barnegat Lighthouse, Barnegat Lighthouse Historical Museum, Cape May Lighthouse, Cape May County Museum, East Point Light, Finns Point Light, Hereford Inlet Light, Sandy Hook Lighthouse, Navesink/Twin Lights, Sea Girt Lighthouse, Tathum Lifesaving Station 35, Tinicum Light, Tucker’s Island Light at United States Lifesaving Station 30.

Chefs wanted for chili contest

Enter to compete in the second annual Art at Night: Chili Cook-Off to take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 11 at The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College. Guest judges from local restaurants will award the top three teams with cash prizes, gift certificates and more.

Register by Oct. 1 with a $25 donation per chili team of two, or $20 for museum members. Each member of your team receives a limited edition Second Annual Chili Cook-Off T-shirt. For event details and more information on how to register, see noyesmuseum.org/art_at_night_2.html. Admission is $5, $4 for seniors and students, children under 6 are free.

College offers financial planner program

Richard Stockton College is offering a Certified Financial Planner Certificate (CFP) program that allows students to earn their certificate in less than one year.

The program, recently approved by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, is offered through the college’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. Financial Planning has been identified as the fifth-best career in a ranking of 200 jobs according to the Internet job-hunting site CareerCast.com.

Upon completion of the 10 month program, students will have satisfied the education requirement for the CFP® Certification Examination. They are then qualified to take the CFP exam.

Courses are scheduled to begin on Nov. 12. For more information about the Certificate in Financial Planning or to register, see stockton.edu/cs or call 609-652-4227.

Creative people sought for festival

The Hammonton Arts Center is looking for creative individuals to participate in the 2012 Green Day Festival. This year’s project is “Upcycling Furniture.” Upcycling is taking an item that is no longer needed or wanted and giving it new life as something useful.

This year’s Annual Green Day Festival is scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 16 at St. Joseph High School Grounds, 328 Vine Street, Hammonton.The finished upcycled product has to have a practical use as a household item and the item has to visibly incorporate at least one piece of the existing bit of furniture in its design.

If you would like to participate by upcycling a piece of furniture or by donating some old furniture, email Brenda Bradford at bradford5@comcast.net or call or stop by the Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., or call 609-567-5360.

Scholarship awards dinner set

Richard Stockton College’s Council of Black Faculty and Staff will host the 31st annual Scholarship Awards Dinner and Dance at 6 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Stockton Seaview Resort in Galloway. The cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m. and the awards program at 7 p.m.

The Co-Chairs for this year’s event are Dr. Harvey Kesselman, provost and executive vice president at Stockton and Arthur A. Davis, Jr., former executive director for Administrative Services at the college.

The 2012 honorees include: Lifetime Award recipient, Alberto “Bert” Lopez, manager, Atlantic City Electric, Public Affair; Merit Award recipient, Dr. Eileen P. Conran-Folks, manager, Hammonton Center and Noyes Museum, Richard Stockton College; and Distinguished Alumni recipient, Ariane A. Newman, assistant director, Continuing Studies, Richard Stockton College.

Proceeds from the event help support the Council’s Scholarship Endowment, which provides scholarship funds to deserving Stockton students.

Tickets for the event or advertisements for the program book can be purchased through the Council’s website: stockton.edu. Type “council” in the search engine and select the second listing (Council of Black Faculty and Staff - Council News). For more information, call Yubi Pena at 609-652-4382 or Patricia Collins at 609-652-4523.

Early learning center offers discount

Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor is offering an incentive of $1,000 for the first 10 new families who register their child in the Beth Judah Early Learning Center for the 2012-13 school year. The incentive will continue for the second and third years.

Other discounts will include 5 percent discount for payment in full by the start of school, 5 percent discount for registering a second child and $100 discount for referring a friend. Each new family also will receive a $250 credit per child toward synagogue membership. Call 609-822-7116, ext. 120, or email lynne.midelton@bethjudah.org.

School supplies needed

Everyone’s Children is sponsoring its annual Book Bag Drive, in which filled backpacks are provided to the Women’s Center, Community Food Bank of New Jersey-Southern Branch, St. Nicholas of Tolentine Food Bank/Our Lady Star of the Sea School, New Jersey Avenue School and Atlantic City High School.

Each year the organizations fills more than 200 backpacks full of school supplies. Suggested supplies include: pencils, pens, colored pencils, crayons, markers, pocket dictionaries, scissors, glue sticks, glue, rulers, book covers, subject notebooks, single file folders, composition books, highlighters and backpacks.

Any donation that you can provide will be greatly appreciated. Email Stacey Rich at stacey@richenergysolutions.com or call 609-892-4012.

MS fundraiser set for October

The National MS Society, together with Passion Vines Wine and Spirit Co. and the Somers Point Jazz Society, will raise funds and awareness of multiple sclerosis at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point. The evening will include wine and jazz, benefiting the National MS Society.

Michael Pedicin will perform, and then Passion Vines of Somers Point will give guests a tasting experience of more than 50 top-scoring wines from around the globe. Tickets are $75 per person and are limited to the first 200 guests. To purchase tickets, or for more information and sponsorship opportunities, call Kristin Marnie at 215-271-1500, or see MoveforMS.org.

Outdoor movie series returns

The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority is holding the “Movies under the Stars” outdoor summer movie series.

Residents, families and visitors are invited to bring beach chairs, blankets and picnic baskets for family-friendly entertainment. Movies will be shown Sundays at Brighton Park, Indiana Avenue and the Boardwalk;, Mondays at Historic Gardner’s Basin, New Hampshire Avenue; and Fridays at Bartram Place and the Boardwalk. All movies are rated either G or PG, except for “Avatar” (PG-13).

The schedule is subject to change and cancellation due to inclement weather conditions. For more information and a complete schedule of movies to be shown, call 609-344-8338 or see njcrda.com. All movies will begin promptly at dusk.

Farmers market returns to A.C.

The Atlantic City Farmers Market is taking place in Center City Park. Farmers from Monteleone Farms of Vineland, Shady Brook Farms of Egg Harbor City and Hedgerow Farms of Williamstown will bring a wide selection of their farms’ yield of fruits and vegetables. Farm-grown and freshly cut flowers are also available.

The Atlantic City Farmers Market, now in its 12th year, takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays through Sept. 29 at Center City Park, Atlantic Avenue between North and South Carolina Avenues. For more information, call 609-347-0500 or see njcrda.com.

College sponsors film festival

The Richard Stockton College-Dante Hall Theater in Atlantic City will be the presenting sponsor of the Downbeach Film Festival’s fifth annual Atlantic City Cinefest, set for Oct. 12-14 at Dante Hall Theater, 14 N. Mississippi Ave., Atlantic City.

The theater will host screenings beginning at 1 p.m. Oct. 13 and 11 a.m. Oct. 14, as well as including filmmaking panels. More information, including ticket prices and movies, will be available soon. For information on Dante Hall Theater, contact Stephanie Clineman at 609-513-8432 or Stephanie.Clineman@stockton.edu.

New race for children

The Atlantic City Marathon Race Series is launching the Kids Fit Final Mile in partnership with Court Appointed Special Advocates of Cape May and Atlantic Counties, or CASA. For the program children run, skip or dance at recess or after school a few miles each week. They keep track of all of their miles on a Miles Map until they add up to 25.2.

When children reach that goal, they will finish their last mile on the Atlantic City Boardwalk on Oct. 20. All Final Mile runners will get a race T-Shirt for participating in the race and a finisher medal representing the accomplishment of running a marathon.

To register parents can see acmarathon.org. The registration fee of $15 will help support CASA and thousands of children in Atlantic and Cape May Counties who rely on the services CASA provides. Schools can contact the Atlantic City Marathon Race Series at 609-822-1167, ext. 118, to develop a School Team and encourage participation. Schools with the largest number of participants will be eligible for prizes and awards.

Seniors wanted for research project

The Stockton Center on Successful Aging, or SCOSA, has announced a research project that will be conducted this summer on the campus of Richard Stockton College in Galloway Township.

The research will explore which approaches to maintaining a healthy brain are most effective, while at the same time allowing participants to enjoy themselves by playing computer games that are interactive and fun.

The research project “Maintaining a Healthy Brain throughout the Lifespan” is directed by Dr. Jessica Fleck, associate professor of psychology. Anyone who is 65 or older may be eligible to participate. The project involves a pretest of brain function, participation in brain games and activities, and a post-test of brain function to identify effects stemming from the games and activities. Preliminary findings are hoped to be available at the end of the summer.

Those interested in participating should call Fleck at 609-626-3489 or email Jessica.Fleck@stockton.edu.

Registration open for A.C. marathon

The Atlantic City Marathon Race Series has opened registration for the 2012 Marathon and Half Marathon. This year, registration for the two races will be capped at 5,000. The race series will take 3,000 half-marathon and 2,000 marathon runners. In addition to this race cap, some of the race registrations will be dedicated to those fundraising for charitable organizations.

The series, which includes the Atlantic City Marathon and Half Marathon on Oct. 20 and 21 and the April Fools Half Marathon on April 7, 2013, each consists of multiple race distances and weekend celebrations. Registration for both events can be completed at acmarathon.org.

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.

If you are interested in joining the 150th/160th FRG or receiving their newsletter, or if your business or community would like more information on how you can 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 forming

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.

Parent-child swim classes at Katz JCC

Families are invited to come for the LKSA Parent Tot class — and stay to play and mix and mingle.

On Fridays, swim from 11:30 to noon and play from noon to 1:30 p.m. Working as a group and individually, the class uses songs and simple drills to acclimate the child to the aquatic environment. This program begins the journey to water safety with the introduction of back-float survival skills. After the pool is playtime for children and socializing time for adults. Light snacks and beverages will be served

The Katz Jewish Community Center is located at 501 N. Jerome Ave.17, Margate.

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.

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.

Volunteers also are needed to make the calls. Volunteers manage calls in 2½-hour shifts — 8:30 to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. This service is provided daily from phone centers in Margate and Cape May Court House. To volunteer, call Ann P. Magee at 609-823-1850 (Atlantic County) or 609-463-4564 (Cape May County).

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 calling Mary Williams Berard at 609-345-3444.

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 military 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.

Multi-Care Center offers support group, seeks volunteers

Our Lady’s Multi-Care Center, in affiliation with the Alzheimer’s Association of the Delaware Valley, will host a monthly Caregiver Support Group at 6 p.m. on the first Monday of every month. Meetings will take place at Our Lady’s Multi-Care Center, 1100 Clematis Ave., Pleasantville. Volunteers also are sought by the nursing home and rehab facility.

For more information about the support group or volunteering, call Gallagher at 609-677-6369.