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Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2014 12:01 am

Freeze for a Cause set

The Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation’s 2014 Freeze for a Cause surf fundraiser will take place Feb. 22 in Atlantic City. Beach registration takes place from 9 to 10 a.m., with the first heat in the water at 10 a.m. The event takes place at the North Carolina Avenue beach in Atlantic City. The cold water surf contest has five divisions: Junior Men’s (18 and under), Men’s (19-35), Grand Master’s (36 and older), Women’s Open, Longboard Open.

The cost is $30 online or $40 beach to register for the first division, with $15 for each additional division. Entry includes an event T-shirt, after-party ticket and prizes. The after-party will take place at 5 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Margaritaville Restaurant, 1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City. Entry is $25 at the door, and the party includes a buffet dinner, live music, and penny and silent auctions.

A bone-marrow donor drive is taking place from noon to 5 p.m. during the surf contest at the Jersey Devil Surf Shop, North Carolina Avenue and the Boardwalk. The saliva swab test is completely painless. Organizers are looking for a bone marrow donor match for Anthony Daniels, a New Jersey surfer who has Hodgkins lymphoma. All potential donors will go into a national database — if a match isn’t found for Daniels, a match still could be found for another person who needs help. See deanrandazzocancerfoundation.org.

Arc introduces new signature event

The Arc of Atlantic County will host its first ever MonArc Awards, a new signature fundraising event that celebrates the individuals and corporate citizens who help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities achieve their greatest potential.

A focal point of the event will be a presentation of a special MonArc Butterfly Award, which will be given to Annie Damiano, of Galloway Township, an Arc service recipient. With her mom, Lisa, “Team Annie” has raised more than $10,000 to support The Arc’s work in four years through the agency’s annual Step Up for The Arc Walk. The Arc also will honor Irv Singer of Margate, founder and chairman of the I. Rice and Company Golfing for Good Tournament and manager of the Arc’s Northfield thrift store, and Steve Kuhl and Joe DiMedio of I. Rice and Company, presenting sponsor of the golf tournament, which has raised more than $250,000 for The Arc’s recreation program in five years.

The event will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. March 12 at the Carriage House in Galloway Township and will feature a complimentary wine and beer reception, a silent and chance auction, music duo by Kenny i, professional photo opportunities for each guest, a video presentation and seated dinner. The Arc is seeking advertisers for the event program book, auction donations, sponsors, underwriters, attendees and cash donations. Tickets are $100 and ads are priced as low as $50 for a name listing.

For more information, call Patrick Manion at 609-485-0800, ext. 135, or pmanion@arcatlantic.org, or see arcatlantic.org/events/TributeDinner.asp.

Parrot Heads offer winter warmup

Join members of the Jersey Shore Parrot Head Club of Atlantic and Cape May Counties at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 23 for “One Particular HarBRRRR,” the club’s annual mini tropical getaway at Montego Bay Resort in North Wildwood beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Montego Bay’s indoor water park includes an indoor pool, jacuzzi, water slide and three 42-inch flat screen televisions, all tuned to Jimmy Buffett-vision. Bring the kids and a bathing suit, and dive into this family friendly event, named for the Buffett tune “One Particular Harbor.”

The event is open to club members, guests and prospective members. The fee of $10 per person includes entrance to the water park and a light buffet supper. Members are asked to bring an appetizer or dessert to share. The tiki bar will be available for those 21 and older. RSVP to Ed at edhighvolt@msn.com.

Montego Bay is located at 1800 Boardwalk in North Wildwood. See more at montegobayresortnj.com. The Jersey Shore Parrot Head Club brings together people with similar interests in the music of Jimmy Buffet and organizes social gatherings, fundraisers and community service events. See jsphc.com.

Outstanding Senior Volunteer nominees sought

Do you know a senior volunteer who deserves to be recognized for his or her outstanding service to the community?

Home Instead Senior Care in Atlantic City is asking residents to nominate and vote for exceptional senior volunteers in the area for the 2014 Salute to Senior Service program. The annual program is meant to change the face of aging, and recognizes extraordinary seniors age 65 and older who volunteer at least 15 hours a month.

The 2014 program runs Jan. 15-March 1, with state and national winners to be announced in April.

To nominate a deserving individual, vote on existing entries or view contest rules, see SalutetoSeniorService.com.

Free tax assistance for local low-income families

The United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey will provide free tax assistance for low-income families in the area through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, a locally run IRS-supported tax preparation service that is free for residents making a total household income of less than $52,000 per year.

UWGPSNJ uses IRS-trained volunteers to help qualified individuals with tax preparation, ensuring that they obtain the full refund available.

Individuals can receive free one-on-one tax filing support at tax assistance sites, or eligible individuals making a household income of less than $57,500 can also file their state and federal taxes for free online through United Way’s My Free Taxes initiative. UWGPSNJ also helps to connect working individuals with resources for financial education, covering topics such as establishing good credit, budgeting and long-term money management skills to help them build assets and save for the future. In Atlantic County, VITA sites are located at:

Carnegie Library Center, Martin Luther King Boulevard and Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City

Family Success Center, 3050 Spruce Ave., Egg Harbor Township

Egg Harbor City Library, 134 Philadelphia Ave., Egg Harbor City

Hammonton Family Success Center, 310 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton

United Way, 4 East Jimmie Leeds Road Suite 10, Galloway Township

Appointments are required in advance and can be made by calling 211.

See UnitedForImpact.org/VITA.

Atlantic County Bar Association hosting dinner

The Atlantic County Bar Association will host a legislative dinner Feb. 20 at Harbor Pines Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township.

Cocktails start at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Guest speakers include state Sen. James Whelan, Assemblymen Chris Brown and Vincent Mazzeo and Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson. Tickets $50. For more information contact ACBA Executive Director Tamara Lamb at 609-345-3444 or email Tamara.Lamb@atcobar.org.

JCC hosting Brunch and Learn

The Milton and Betty Katz JCC in Maragte will host a Brunch and Learn event Feb. 18 at 10:30 a.m.

Attendees enjoy brunch followed by a speaker and a documentary on the big screen. This month, the speaker will be Rabbi Jeff Lipschultz from Beth Judah in Wildwood. After the discussion, the documentary film “The Yiddish Cinema” will be shown.

The cost is $3 for members and $5 for nonmembers in advance, or $5 for members and $7 for nonmembers the day of the program. For more information or to register and pay in advance, contact Josh Cutler at jcutler@jccatlantic.org or call 609-822-1167, ext. 138.

Event celebrates heritage

The community is invited to join in a commemoration of local heritage through song, prose and dance.

S.H.E. Inspire and Rites of Passage present “The Root of Us, Our Great Heritage,” inviting the audience to join a journey to the past to celebrate those who paved the way for our freedoms. The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 20 at Pleasantville High School. Admission is free, and there will be vendors, music and dance.

For more information, call 609-350-7450 or 609-204-2183.

CASA information session set in Margate

CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties is recruiting volunteers and will hold three information sessions on three different days in Margate.

The sessions will take place at 5 p.m. Feb. 18, 11 a.m. Feb. 20 and 2 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Margate Library, 8100 Atlantic Ave. Anyone interested in learning more about volunteering to help abused and neglected children should register by calling 609-601-7800 or emailing julie@atlanticcapecasa.org.

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. See AtlanticCapeCASA.org.

Economic and Energy Assistance Expo set

The United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in Atlantic County, in partnership with the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office R.E.A.L Help Program, will present an Economic and Energy Assistance Resource Expo from noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing, in the space in front of Sears.

This free event is intended to connect community members in need of assistance with programs and services that are available in Atlantic County. Sheriff Frank X. Balles created the R.E.A.L Help program — for Realty Experts Aligned to Help — in response to the increasing number of families in danger of losing their homes. Representatives from Atlantic City Electric and the South Jersey Gas Co., Ocean Inc., American Water Co. and others will be available to provide information and answer questions on local programs and process assistance applications. Certain program guidelines and restrictions apply.

Applications for energy and other assistance programs will available. The following documents will be needed to complete the application process: a lease, property tax or mortgage statement; proof of current income (last four pay stubs if paid weekly and last two if paid biweekly); award letters for Social Security Insurance, Social Security Disability, Temporary Assistance for Need Families and General Assistance; Social Security cards for all household members; and a current gas, oil or electric bill. For those with no income, an affidavit of non-income is required.

For more information, contact United Way at 609-404-4483 or fwise@uwgpsnj.org or the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office at 609-909-7214.

Atlantic Cape deadline for scholarships Feb. 14

Atlantic Cape Community College is accepting scholarship applications for the 2014-15 academic year. Atlantic Cape offers a variety of merit- and need-based scholarships for students who are continuing their studies at Atlantic Cape or transferring to another college in the fall 2014 semester.

The 2014 Student Scholarship Application Packet is available for pick-up at all Atlantic Cape campuses, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing; 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House; 1535 Bacharach Blvd., Atlantic City; and online at atlantic.edu/finaid/scholarships.htm. The deadline to file a scholarship application is Feb. 14. Eligible students must submit an application, two letters of recommendation from faculty members and an essay that describes one’s personal and professional goals. Scholarship recipients will be notified in April, and are invited to attend Atlantic Cape’s Scholarship Awards Ceremony on May 19.

For more scholarship information, contact the Financial Aid Office at 609-343-5082 or 625-1111, ext. 5082, or finaid@atlantic.edu.

Sons of Italy awarding scholarship

Antonio Meucci Mainland Lodge No. 2613 of the Order Sons of Italy in America is awarding the Eugene and Barbara Compton Scholarship of $2,500 to a graduating high school senior of the Class of 2014.

The recipient must be of Italian heritage residing in Somers Point, Linwood, Northfield, Pleasantville, Absecon or Egg Harbor Township. Specifications for receiving the reward include, in order of importance, Essay, Academics, Financial Need, Community Service, Leadership, Recognition/Awards, and Scholastic Activities. The deadline for the receipt of applications is March 31.

Students may apply through their school’s guidance office. Call 609-646-0299 for more information.

MBCA mixer benefits Seashore Gardens

The Metropolitan Business and Citizens Association will hold a March Madness mixer to benefit Seashore Gardens Living Center from 5 to 8 p.m. March 10 at Sofia’s in Margate.

Tickets are $25, which includes food, cash bar and live entertainment. Those interested in attending are encouraged to buy their tickets by calling the MBCA at 609-348-1903 as space is filling fast. Groups that buy 10 tickets will get one extra ticket free. Sofia’s is at 9314 Amherst Ave. All attending guests will receive free parking.

For more information, contact Sharon D’Angio at 609-748-4614 or dangios@seashoregardens.org.

Emmy winning set designer to speak

Three-time Emmy Award winner Ray Klausen will discuss his experience building a career as a set designer for the stars of Hollywood, Broadway and the entertainment world. The lecture will take place in Richard Stockton College’s Campus Center Theatre at 6 p.m. March 4.

Tickets are free but must be reserved by calling the Stockton Performing Arts box office at 609-652-9000. The box office is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 90 minutes before the performance. For group sales, call 609-652-4786.

Klausen has a long resume of theater and television credits, including Broadway, off-Broadway and international productions. He has designed more than 400 shows over the years. Klausen won three Emmy Awards, two for designing the sets for the Academy Awards and one for a TV special with Cher. He received nine additional Emmy nominations.

The Stockton Performing Arts Center, the Jersey Shore’s Center for the Arts, is on the Stockton campus on Jimmie Leeds Road in the Pomona section of Galloway Township.

Enrollment extended for radiologic program

Open enrollment for Shore Medical Center’s School of Radiologic Technology has been extended to March 31.

The School of Radiologic Technology provides a full-time, two-year certificate program that teaches students the safe and correct way to take X-rays of the human body. The program is divided between classroom hours and hands-on clinical experience. Program graduates are awarded a certificate of program completion, which along with the possession of an Associates Degree or higher will allow them to apply for the American Registry of Radiographic Technologists Examination. Upon successful completion of the examination graduates may apply for State licensure.

Applicants must be at least 18 by the first day of class and have a high school diploma or a GED. Applicants who have not already earned their Associate in Applied Science degree must have completed the following prerequisites at Atlantic Cape Community College with a minimum GPA of 3.0 before applying to the program: Bioethics: Realities of the New Millennium; College Algebra or Precalculus; Comprehensive Medical Terminology; Conceptual Physics; English Composition I and II; General Psychology; Heritage of the Western World I or II; The Human Body; Interpersonal Communications or Public Speaking; and Introduction to Computers.

Applicants who already have earned a degree must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, including the successful completion of the following three college credit courses with a grade of “B” or higher: Written/Oral Communication (i.e.: English Composition), Mathematics/Logical Reasoning (College Algebra or Precalculus) and Medical Terminology. The degree does not need to be in radiologic sciences.

Open enrollment ends March 31. All applications must be received by this date.

Evening of Inspiration fundraiser planned

On March 8, Alesia Shute will host the fifth annual Evening of Inspiration fundraiser at Mays Landing Country Club, 1855 Cates Road, Mays Landing to raise money for research and treatment of pediatric cancer.

The event from 6 to 11 p.m. will include a complimentary cocktail hour and dinner, with live music by the Jim White Band. A silent art auction will take place, featuring the works Corey Petit, of Vineland. As in past years, monies from the evening’s fundraising event will also be used to help make hospital stays for children more comfortable and to fund research.

Tickets are $80 and are tax deductible. Corporate sponsorships packages are also available, with levels from $500 to $5,000. Tickets and sponsorships are available at everythingsokaybook.com. For more information about the benefit, visit everythingsokaybook.com or contact Corey Blake at corey@roundtablecompanies.com or call 847-682-3493.

Remembering Jamie fundraiser set

The Remembering Jamie Foundation is holding its 14th annual Dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Elks Lodge in Egg Harbor Township in memory of Jamie Crescenzo, who died has a result of injuries in a car accident on a snowy day in February 2000.

Monies raised fund scholarships at Egg Harbor Township High School and Atlantic Cape Community College, with donations also made yearly to EHT PAL and Covenant House in Atlantic City.

The cost is $12 for adults and $5 for children for an all-you-can-eat Italian Buffet.

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

Holy Spirit to honor Hall of Famers

Holy Spirit High School will host the fifth annual Salute to the Spartans Bash on Feb. 28 at the Golden Nugget Hotel Casino.

In addition to dinner, there will be music by the Kenny I Orchestra, auction items, and the 2013 HSHS Hall of Famers will be honored: Andy Solari ’61, Michelle Malkin ’88 and the Championship 1976 Boys Crew Team with coach Stan Bergman.

Tickets are $95 per person and are available by calling Holy Spirit 609-646-3000, ext. 311, or at holyspirithighschool.com.

Dance auditions set at Stockton

Richard Stockton College’s Division of the Performing Arts will host dance auditions for high school seniors and prospective transfer students interested in a dance major or minor on Feb. 28 and March 1, 2014. Auditions will take place on Stockton’s main campus in room H-104. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m.

Auditions will consist of ballet barre and modern center dance classes. Auditioning students will be able to talk with current students and faculty in a question-and-answer-style setting. Students are invited to attend dinner and a performance by the Stockton Dance Company following auditions.

To reserve your spot, call Brian Lyons at 609-652-4891. Leave your name and phone number, specify your preferred audition date, and state if you and up to one guest will stay for the evening’s performance which runs from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

For more detailed schedule information, click here, or visit stockton.edu and search “dance auditions.”

PAL starts Adult Community Theater Project

The Atlantic City Police Athletic League presents its Adult Community Theater Project, which will bring professional adult theater to the heart of Atlantic City each month.

On Feb. 22, PAL will present “Growing Up in the Other Atlantic City,” a play based on author Turiya Raheem’s book, “Growing Up in the Other Atlantic City: Wash’s and the Northside” about the Washington family, who helped build and shape a vibrant and thriving African-American community in Atlantic City’s Northside neighborhood. The evening starts at 7 p.m. and includes the play, a meet the cast and author event for a Q and A session. Tickets are $10.

Also, at 6 p.m. Feb. 13, the presentation “The Buffalo Soldiers of Southern N.J.” will take place.

Food will be sold at the events. For information, call Regina or Arnelle at 609-347-5478.

The Police Athletic League is at New York and Mediterranean avenues in Atlantic City.

Linwood Community Church offers varied topics

Members of the Linwood Community Church invite others to explore the book of Colossians during morning worship services.

Feb. 16 brings the topic “Our Feet May Be on the Earth But Our Hearts Belong to Heaven”. The evening service is a celebration of baptism for new and older believers in the faith. The month wraps up with “No More Hand Me Downs” during morning worship times and a continuation of the study from I Timothy. Paul charged young Timothy to shepherd the church in Ephesus and teach them how people ought to conduct themselves in the household of God. It wasn’t an easy task then, and it’s not an easy task today.

A variety of Sunday school for all ages takes place at 9:45 a.m. each Sunday. Topics for adults vary. Focus on Church History is vital to the understanding of the Church. When Faith Flickers, Stoke the Fire, Battling Unbelief is another topic about sin in our lives. The Character of God teaches us that nothing is more important than knowing and understanding the character of God. In the study on Psalms we find that the Psalms are designed to teach us to do one thing — to worship. The final adult study is Love and Respect based on Ephesians 5:33 and extensive biblical and psychological research. Sunday school for children of all ages is also available. Service times are 8:30 and 11 a.m. with Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:45 a.m. The evening service begins at 6 p.m.

Linwood Community Church, 1838 Shore Road, offers programs for all ages. Programs include Celebrate Recovery, Knit-N-Stitch, first place4health, Olympians Children’s Bible Club, youth programs, weekly Bible studies, Handi*Vangelism for disabled adults and older children, and more. All services and programs are open to the public.

To learn more, call 609-927-2950.

Atlantic Cape partners with Tilton Fitness

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer fitness enthusiasts a comprehensive personal fitness training program, featuring eight modules and an internship with Tilton Fitness. The eight-week program begins Feb. 22.

Taught by AAAI/ISMA faculty trainers, the program will offer participants an opportunity to earn four different certifications in the areas of Personal Trainer Phase 1 and 2, Sports Nutrition, and Strength Conditioning and Weight Training. The program features the following modules and sequence: Personal Trainer I, Anatomy and Physiology, Personal Trainer II, CPR/AED/BLS for Health Care Professionals, Sports Nutrition, Social Media and Marketing, Strength Conditioning, Professional Development, Internship with Tilton Fitness. Those who complete the program will earn a 25-hour internship with Tilton Fitness.

Program classes 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.

Kinetic Poetic offers outreach

A variety of free dance and fitness classes will be offered to students ages 6 through adult with live performances by the Kinetic Poetic Dance Collective.

The community day on Feb. 15 is part of Kinetic Poetic’s “Love of Dance” campaign, in which local artists unite to share their love of dance with their community. The workshops will begin at noon with free classes and a live in studio performance by Kinetic Poetic Dance Collective at 3 p.m.

Kinetic Poetic Dance is located at 323 S. Pitney Rd. on the 2nd floor of the Tilton Fitness and Wellness Center in Galloway Township. Call 609-652-1123, email kineticpoeticdance@gmail.com or see kineticpoetic.com. The event is free.

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.

MBA scholarships available

The Margate Business Association’s Daniel and Maria Walters Scholarship Program is now accepting submissions.

The program awards two $2,500 college scholarships to high school seniors who have attended Margate City schools. Qualifications include the submission of three references (unrelated to the applicant), providing a list of activities and awards and writing a 300- to 500-word essay on the following:

What does the phrase “making a difference” mean to you? How you have made a significant difference in some aspect of school, family and your community? As you sum up your essay, look beyond your graduation day and speculate how you plan to make a difference through your chosen career.

Identities of the applicants are not known to the judges. The deadline for submission is March 24. Scholarship winners will be announced in June. Applications can be downloaded at marvelousmargate.com or by calling 609-822-1129.

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 beginning in February 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 by email at cmasonpurdie@aclsys.org or by calling 609-646-8699, ext., 6314, Monday through Friday.

CASA info session planned for Galloway

CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties is recruiting volunteers and will hold an information session in Galloway Township.

The sessions will take place at 6 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Atlantic County Library/Galloway Township, 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Road. Those interested in learning more about volunteering to help abused and neglected children should register by calling 609-601-7800 or emailing julie@atlanticcapecasa.org.

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. The 60-minute CASA Information Session describes how CASA is central to fulfilling society’s most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and protect a child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect and to learn and grow in the safe embrace of a loving family. For more information, see AtlanticCapeCASA.org.

Retro dance party to benefit Alcove Center

The Alcove Center For Grieving Children and Families and greatest hits radio station KOOL 98-3 are teaming up March 7 to present the Alcove A Go Go, a retro dance party featuring the soundtrack of the disco era and beyond.

The event is scheduled for 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Boogie Nights at the Tropicana Casino and Resort. The party will be broadcast live on KOOL 98-3. In addition to the dancing and the live radio broadcast, guests will enjoy complimentary light fare plus drink specials from a cash bar. The party will also feature live and silent auctions. Guests are encouraged to dress in their best disco outfits and prizes will be awarded for the best and most authentic retro wardrobe. Tickets for The Alcove A Go Go are $75. Groups of four can purchase tickets for $240, a $60 savings. Parties of 10 are just $500, a savings of $250. Tickets are available through thealcove.org or by calling 609-484-1133.

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

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. Please visit the website to download the application. May 12 is the deadline for all applications.

Since April 2007, $92,344 in scholarships and cash awards have been given to 233 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.

Literacy Volunteers to train tutors

Literacy Volunteers Association Cape-Atlantic has scheduled tutor training classes in Atlantic and Cape May counties. Classes in Atlantic County will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on five consecutive Tuesday evenings beginning Feb. 18 at the Atlantic County Utilities Authority’s Recycle Center.

Sign up now for Literacy Volunteers Cape-Atlantic’s tutor training so you can help adults who want to reach their potential through education. Adult students are waiting to improve their reading, writing and English language skills.

For complete tutor training registration information, please visit the Literacy Volunteers’ website, lvacapeatlantic.org or call the Literacy Volunteers office at 609-383-3377.

‘Growing Up in the Other Atlantic City’ on stage

From the 1920s through the 1970s, the Washington family helped build and shape a vibrant and thriving African-American community in Atlantic City’s Northside neighborhood. Their story is chronicled in “Growing Up in the Other Atlantic City,” a play based on author Turiya Raheem’s book, “Growing Up in the Other Atlantic City: Wash’s and the Northside.”

The play was adapted for stage and is directed by Pamela Hendrick, professor of Theatre at Richard Stockton College, in collaboration with Raheem.

“Growing Up in the Other Atlantic City” will make its debut in the Experimental Theatre at Stockton College’s Performing Arts Center in February. The production will take place at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13-15, and 3 p.m. Feb. 16 at the main campus, with an additional performance at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at Dante Hall Theater, 14 N. Mississippi Ave., in Atlantic City.

Tickets are $10 for General Admission and $8 for students and seniors with ID; tickets can be ordered at stockton.edu/pac or by calling the box office at 609-652-9000.

The Stockton box office is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and an hour and a half before each performance.

Art exhibit highlights A.C.’s Northside

The Noyes Arts Garage: Stockton College presents Floretta Schiff Mostovoy’s “Visions from the Northside,” a unique and provocative exhibition based on the people, sights, and underlying racial tension of Atlantic City’s Northside, through March 6.

Hailing from New York City, Floretta Schiff Mostovoy began private art lessons at age 8 and graduated high school with a degree in fashion illustration in the middle of the Great Depression.

After working as a fashion illustrator for an advertising agency for several years, Mostovoy met her husband, Ira, aboard a cruise ship. The couple opened a fishing supply shop in the heart of Atlantic City’s Northside, where Mostovoy continued freelance fashion sketches for local department stores and her husband worked on his photography. While living in Atlantic City’s Northside, Mostovoy’s subjects were usually her neighbors. Her paintings remind viewers of the affinity between blacks and Jews through their common heritage of oppression and shared fear of random violence.

For more information about the exhibits, events and artists of Noyes Arts Garage: Stockton College, call 609-626-3805 or visit artsgarageac.com.

Kuzma to give Artist Talk at Noyes

Hammonton will host an artist talk with local artist Steve Kuzma from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Noyes Artist Studios: Hammonton, 15 Horton St.

Kuzma, of Ventnor, will discuss and present examples of his most recent work and experiences from an autumn artist residency at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild in Woodstock, N.Y. More locally, he was chosen to create artwork for the Healing Arts Program at AtlantiCare in Cape May and Hammonton and was a recent recipient of the Jackson Pollock-Krasner award, Joan Mitchell award, NYFA grant and Gottlieb award. Kuzma will also show and talk about his work related to Hurricane Sandy and other paintings done on location. He also will present a class on studio and plein air techniques 1-3:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Noyes Studios in Hammonton.

Kuzma’s Artist Talk is free and open to all artists and the general public. For more information about all Noyes Museum events in its Hammonton locations, visit noyesmuseum/hammonton or call 609-561-8006.

Agricultural sciences scholarship available

A $500 college scholarship is available to an Atlantic County high school senior pursuing a degree in agricultural sciences.

For more information, call the Rutgers Cooperation Extension Master Gardener program at 609-625-0056 or see rutgers-atlantic.org/garden.

Careme’s Restaurant reopens for lunch, dinner

Careme’s, the student-run gourmet restaurant at Atlantic Cape Community College’s Academy of Culinary Arts in Mays Landing, has reopened and is accepting reservations.

The $8.95 lunch special (plus tax and gratuity) features an antipasta table with assorted salads and pastas, a frittata station, carved item and choice of one main entree, including an Italian burger, roast pork sandwich, panini del Giorno, timpano and seafood del Giorno. Dessert will include tiramisu, cannoli or affogato, a lemoncello ice cream with amaretti cookies and espresso.

A $14.99 dinner buffet (plus tax and gratuity) will be offered weeknights until Feb. 10. The buffet features appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables harvested from Atlantic Cape’s Organic Greenhouse and Herb Garden offer patrons a farm-to-table experience. ACA’s student-chefs also make all dessert pastries, breads and rolls.

Careme’s, located at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, offers a fine dining experience unique in South Jersey. The restaurant is open Monday-Friday, August-December and January-May, when classes are in session. Guests are seated for lunch at 11:30 a.m. and for dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover are accepted. For reservations, call 609-343-4940.

The ACA has been training future chefs and food service professionals for more than 30 years. See atlantic.edu/aca.

Share Shabbat with Congregation Beth Judah

Dr. Itzhak Brook, Professor of Pediatrics at Georgetown University and author of “In the Sands of Sinai: A Physician’s Account of the Yom Kippur War,” will speak at Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor on Feb. 21 during the Share Shabbat Dinner, which follows 6 p.m. services.

His topic for the evening is “The Young Kippur War-Historical Perspective.” Brook will speak again Saturday morning, Feb. 22, during services on “A Physician’s Personal Experiences in the Yom Kippur War.” He will take questions during Kiddush Lunch following services.

The entire community is welcome. There is a charge for Friday night dinner of $22 per person. Your check will confirm your reservation. For details, call 609-822-7116, ext 101, or email karen.mckinney@bethjudah.org.

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.

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.

Free training offered to laid-off workers

The T.Byrd Training Center is offering registration for a 10-week MS Office Professional and QuickBooks Certification course. Students become certified in MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher and QuickBooks.

The training program is free for laid-off workers, as funding was provided by the One Stop Center. The grant includes all course materials including MS Office and QuickBooks software. The course is designed for people who need to improve their career skills or who have skills and need certification in MS Office to obtain employment. Classes will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting in February at T.Byrd Computer School, 1501 S. New Road, Pleasantville.

Visit tbyrdcenter.com, click on “recently laid off” to download more information and to register online, or call 609-484-9356.

Free income tax-return preparation offered

The following Atlantic County sites will offer free tax-return service by certified counselors with the AARP/IRS tax aide program, starting in February. Appointments are required at the following locations:

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

Atlantic County Library System/Galloway Township, Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., call 609-677-8266.

Atlantic City Free Public Library, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., call 609-677-8266.

Atlantic County Library System/Brigantine, Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., call 609-677-8266.

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

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

Atlantic County Library System/Brigantine, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., call 609-677-8266.

Walk-ins are welcome at:

Shore Memorial Hospital, 100 Medical Center Way, Somers Point, Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. starting Feb. 7.

For more information, call 609-335-7805 and leave a message.

Diamonds for a Cause cocktail party set

The seventh annual Diamonds for a Cause cocktail party to benefit Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 27.

The event includes food and raffles, and will take place at the Luke Palladino restaurant in Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City. The event will also feature some new components, such as a whiskey tasting. Tickets are $100 per guest. Sponsorships are also available. The event is hoped to raise $60,000 with proceeds benefiting children and family services.

Raffle entries may be purchased for $100 each or two for $150. All buyers of raffle tickets will receive a $100 gift certificate, no minimum purchase, to Bernie Robbins Jewelers. One person will win a pair of 14-karat white gold inside-out diamond hoop earrings compliments of Bernie Robbins Jewelers. Additional prizes include experiences from Caesars Entertainment.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 609-822-1108 or see jfsatlantic.org.

Lighthouse hosting vow renewal for Valentine’s Day

Absecon Lighthouse is hosting “An Evening of Romance and Renewal” for Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14.

Couples are invited to take part in a group vow renewal ceremony by a non-denominational minister in the Keeper’s Cottage at 7 p.m., followed by a champagne toast of congratulations. A donation of $25 per couple includes the ceremony, tower climb and champagne toast.

Hours of operation also will be extended and the lighthouse will be open for climbing from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. for Valentine’s Day — climb the lighthouse tower with the one you love before heading out to a romantic dinner. Absecon Lighthouse belongs to the A.C. GLBT Alliance, and invites all couples to this romantic evening. Reserve by calling 609-449-1360. Date Weekend is Feb. 15 and 16 — two can climb for the price of one. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, with the last climb at 3:30 p.m.

See abseconlighthouse.org.

Atlantic Cape’s culinary workshops offer taste of global cuisine

The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing offers amateur chefs and food enthusiasts opportunities to learn how to prepare three- and four-course dinners with an international flair without leaving South Jersey. Chef Jon Davies of Cape May leads the “An Evening in …” series this semester.

Taste specialties such as Italian fondue, vitello tonnato and zabaglione in An Evening in Piedmont, with dishes highlighting this rich, mountainous region, Feb. 18.

Celebrate Mardi Gras with America’s original fusion cuisine in An Evening in the French Quarter, March 4. Featured dishes include red beans and rice, crawfish etouffee, shrimp and grits, dirty rice, and beignets.

Discover the flavors of the Caribbean in An Evening in Jamaica, April 8. Explore the influences of Spain, Africa and others on these recipes, including jerked chicken, curried goat, mashed plantains and gizzada sweet coconut tart.

Classes take place at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Kitchen 2. All classes take place 6-9 p.m. and cost $75 each. To register, call 609-343-5655, or visit atlantic.edu/conted.

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:

Weave a Wool Drying Basket, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 15. Notched handles and legs make this a useful knitting or chair side basket 14-by-14-inches square. $38 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration.

Easter Tree with Felted Ornaments, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 5. Learn the art of needle-felting. Complete seven ornaments and take them home with the tree, which is 18 inches high and 10 inches at its widest point. $50 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration.

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, is as follows:

Seasonal Candle Cozy, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 13. Create a felt seasonal candle cozy for any standard large jar candle using hearts, stars and clover appliques. Basic stitching techniques to be used. Level: Beginner. $15 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration.

Woven Mason Jar and Flowers (two sessions), 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 13 and April 24. Session 1, use natural materials with colorful additions and original over/under weaving techniques to cover the outside of a mason jar (level: intermediate). Session 2, use a specially designed flower frog and fresh flowers and greens to create a floral arrangement for your jar. All materials and tools provided by instructor. Participants must attend both sessions. $40 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration.

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.

Free computer training for veterans

The T. Byrd Training Center is accepting applications from recent war veterans who are interested in becoming proficient in using MS Office.

This 10-week training program is designed to assist recent war veterans in obtaining certification for the opportunity to gain employment or start their own businesses. This program is free and requires only proof of being a recent war veteran. Space is limited and registration is required. The curriculum is:

Week 1, PC literacy, Week 2, develop your business idea or career plan; Week 3, draft the business plan or job search plan; Week 4, creating the business plan or career portfolio using MS Word; Week 5, creating the financial plan or personal budget using Excel; Week 6, MS Access concepts and customizing a database; Week 7, creating the marketing plan using MS Publisher; Week 8, creating your business and career presentation using MS PowerPoint; Week 9, final project; Week 10, graduation.

Classes are 9:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays starting in February at the T.Byrd Center, 1501 S. New Road, Pleasantville. To register, email tbyrd@verizon.net or complete a registration form at tbyrdcenter.com (click on “veterans”).

VA mobile medical clinic available

The Wilmington VA Medical Center’s Mobile Outreach Clinic will be available on the Richard Stockton College campus monthly during the academic year.

The clinic will be available on campus every third Tuesday — Feb. 18, March 18 and April 15. The mobile units offer the following services to veterans:

Primary care services including history and physicals, management of acute and chronic illnesses, women’s health, and patient education

Ancillary services: Immunizations (including flu and pneumonia vaccines), lab services (including blood draws, urine specimens, etc.)

Social worker available for assistance with eligibility/enrollment, mental health referrals, and identification of resources available to veterans.

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.

Artist residency grants available to schools

The Artists-in-Education Consortium announces the 41st annual Artists-in-Education Residency Grant Program.

Any New Jersey public, private, charter or parochial school serving grades pre-K to 12 is eligible to apply for funding to bring an artist-in-residence to their school. Grants range from $6,000 to $10,000 and support residencies for 20 days or more.

The mission of the Artists-in-Education Program is to make the arts a basic part of a sound, quality education for all students in pre-K through 12th grade, and to provide quality professional development for teachers through long-term residencies with professional teaching artists. The AIE Program is a cosponsored project of Arts Horizons, Young Audiences New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, with additional funding provided by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

AIE residencies focus on direct learning about the arts and the processes of creating art, including the skills, techniques and concepts of the art form. Residencies are offered in all disciplines including the visual, literary and performing arts and at all grade levels through the AIE Residency Grant Program.

The deadline for applications is March 3, 2014. Technical assistance workshops are offered to assist schools in preparing applications. For more information, and to access program guidelines and application, see njaie.org.

Electric bill assistance available

Atlantic City Electric reminds customers that they have options to apply for energy assistance.

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. See ahanjtrue.org or call 732-982-8710 for more information.

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

The New Jersey Statewide Heating Assistance and Referral for Energy Services (New Jersey SHARES) program provides assistance to New Jersey customers in need of temporary help paying their energy bills. New Jersey SHARES is a statewide, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that provides grants to pay the energy and utility bills of households in need, through a statewide network of more than 250 community-based social service agencies. Visit njshares.org or call 866-657-4273.

The federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program provides help for numerous households each year. Call 800-510-3102 or see energyassistance.nj.gov.

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 information.

For more information about energy assistance programs, visit nj211.org or call 211 — New Jersey’s non-emergency helpline, available 24/7 in 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.

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.

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.

Food drive at county library branches

The Atlantic County Library System is accepting nonperishable food items for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey-Southern Branch through Feb. 28.

Any unopened, unexpired nonperishable food is appreciated, but the most needed items include: canned fish and meat, such as tuna, salmon, chicken, ham and Spam; shelf-stable milk, boxed meals, such as pasta, potatoes, rice and cereal; canned or packaged meals, such as mac and cheese, chili, stews, and meaty soups; peanut butter in plastic jars; and canned vegetables and fruit.

Food items may be dropped off during regular hours at any Atlantic County Library System location. Branches are located in Brigantine, Egg Harbor City, Egg Harbor Township, Galloway Township, Hammonton, Longport, Mays Landing, Pleasantville, Somers Point, and Ventnor. For a Bookmobile or Buena Community Reading Center schedule, see atlanticlibrary.org.

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.

Support groups aid people affected by Sandy

New Jersey Hope and Healing, which is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Disaster and Terrorism Branch, is sponsoring support groups to provide information, link to resources, manage disaster-related issues and stress for people affected by Hurricane Sandy at the following locations:

6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Andrew By the Sea, 936 Baltic Ave., Atlantic City

6 p.m. Tuesdays at the Brigantine Community Center, 265 42nd St., Brigantine

6 p.m. Sundays at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 306 S. Franklin Blvd., Pleasantville

8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sundays at Ventnor Coffee, 108 N. Dorset Ave., Ventnor

6 p.m. Tuesdays at Ventnor Library, 6500 Ventnor Ave., Ventnor

6 p.m. Thursdays at Milton and Betty Katz JCC, 501 Jerome Ave., Margate

The program ends Feb. 14.

Gilda’s Club to hold writing contest

Gilda’s Club South Jersey is calling all teen writers and poets for its seventh annual “It’s Always Something” Writing Contest. If you have survived cancer, have watched a family member or friend deal with cancer, or have watched someone your own age go through cancer, we want to hear your story.

Needed are honest and personal essays or poetry from students in ninth through 12th grades. Essays must be between 500 and 1,000 words. Essays and poems should be typed and double spaced. Writings will not be returned. Writings, along with a completed contest entry form, must be postmarked by March 14. Winners will be selected by May 9. For more information and a contest entry form, contact Beth at Beth@gildasclubsouthjersey.org.

Stockton to host Pinelands Short Course

Richard Stockton College will host the 25th annual Pinelands Short Course on March 8, a daylong educational event that explores the unique ecology, culture and history of New Jersey’s Pinelands.

The course is open to the public and includes sessions on topics such as wildlife, plants, land-use/recreation and history and culture. Nonprofit organizations and other groups may distribute information and sell Pinelands-themed books and artwork in an exhibition gallery. New Jersey educators who attend can earn professional development credits through the state Department of Education. The course will take place in Stockton’s Campus Center and in the new Unified Science Center, set to open this fall.

Tickets are $40, with discounts available for senior citizens and students. For schedule and brochure, see nj.gov/pinelands.

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.

Small Sandy Survivors group set

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

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

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