Symphony to perform

The Bay-Atlantic Symphony will perform selections by Copland, Rosauro and Golijov at the Stockton Performing Arts Center on Jan. 26.

“Conversation with the Conductor” with Jed Gaylin will take place at 1 p.m. in the L-Wing Gallery and showtime is 2 p.m. Tickets are $32 thanks to a grant from PNC Arts Alive and may be ordered online at stockton.edu/pac or by calling the 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.

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

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 made up 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.

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.

‘Messiah’ rescheduled for Jan. 26

Even if you’ve never sung in public before, you’re invited to be part of a rescheduled performance of “The Messiah” after the holidays at the Xanadu Theater at Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City.

Beverly Vaughn, professor of music at Richard Stockton College and director of the Stockton Chorale and Oratorio Society, announced that “The Messiah” will be performed by the Stockton choir and singers and musicians from all over the region at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26, replacing a Dec. 8 concert canceled due to snow. Open rehearsals will take place Jan. 6, 13 and 20 from 7 to 8:45 p.m. in the Alton Auditorium on the second floor of the A-Wing of Stockton’s main Galloway campus. For more information about participating in the performance, email Brian Lyons at Brian.Lyons@stockton.edu or call 609-652-4891.

Tickets previously purchased for the concert canceled due to snow will be reissued. Tickets are $8-$12 and are available at Stockton’s Performing Arts Center Box Office at 609-652-9000 or online at the PAC. The Box Office is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Monday through Friday in the M-Wing of the college’s main campus at 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway Township. Tickets also will be available at the door of the Xanadu Theater in Trump Taj Mahal on the night of the performance.

Historical Society presents program

The Historical Society of Hammonton invites the public to a free community program to be held at 8 p.m. Jan. 2 at the Frog Rock Golf and Country Club.

Programs are free, provided as a service to the community. There is no requirement to be a member of HSH. The program is videoed and a copy is placed in the archives. The program for the evening will be NAFEC and its origins as a Naval Air Force Base during World War II. The presenter is Press of Atlantic City reporter Wallace McKelvey, a Hammonton native and University of Delaware graduate who has worked for newspapers in Delaware and Maryland, and has a lifelong fascination with flight. Refreshments will be served.

A.H.E.A.R.T. launches fundraising campaign

A.H.E.A.R.T., an Atlantic City nonprofit organization aiding infants and children in crisis, has partnered with crowd fundraising specialist Bruce Weekes, of Town Hall Ventures, to raise $15,000 for critically needed operational expenses in 2014.

Currently, A.H.E.A.R.T.’s baby boutiques are experiencing a shortage of infant formula and car seats. To sponsor an infant or to drop off donations of formula and or new/gently used infant items, call 609-344-0083. See aheartministries.org.

Atlantic Cape information session offered

Atlantic Cape Community College will hold an information session on its new Construction Operator Technician Program at 10 a.m. Jan. 17. To register, visit atlantic.edu/conted and click the “Register Now!” link.

The Construction Operator Technician Training Program is a comprehensive 124-hour course to teach the skills and certifications needed to enter the natural gas industry. Training topics include:

Pipe fitting, fusion, installation and inspection

Leak detection and gas meter regulation

Accident awareness and prevention

Voltage/current diagnostics and calibration

Blueprint and pipeline drawings

Upon completion of the course, students will be prepared to take the National Gas Association New Construction Operator Qualification Exam. The curriculum includes three days of technical class work with an online component, five days classroom training, and 10 days of field training. For a list of program prerequisites and additional information, see atlantic.edu/conted.

The information session will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 17 on the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike in Building T.

JFS awarded grant

The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey has awarded $19,000 for a second year of grant support to Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties for the agency’s Integrated Health Partnership program.

Designed to improve the health outcomes of people with chronic disease and severe mental illness, this program helps reduce the costs associated with medical noncompliance among high-risk patients.

For more information about IHP or other JFS services and events, call 609-822-1108 or see jfsatlantic.org.

Atlantic Cape to offer course in unmanned aerial systems

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems this spring through its Aviation Studies program.

The course, AVIT125 — Special Topics in Aviation Studies, is designed to introduce students to unmanned aircraft systems. Some topics include system elements, regulations, operations, practical uses of UAS, safety, the history and future of UAS, sensors and payloads, and human factors. The class meets 7 to 9:45 p.m., Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 21, at the Mays Landing Campus 5100 Black Horse Pike. Instructors are Adam Greco, air traffic domain director in the Technical Strategies and Integration Division at the William J. Hughes Technical Center, and Michael Konyak, aeronautical engineer in the Laboratory Services Division at the technical center.

To register, see atlantic.edu/webadvisor. Payment is due at time of registration. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted. For more information, contact Professor Jim Taggart at jtaggart@atlantic.edu.

JCC Brunch and Learn set

The next Katz JCC Brunch and Learn Event will take place at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 22.

A delicious brunch will be followed by a speaker and a documentary on the big screen. This month, Rabbi Avraham Rapoport from Chabad at the Shore will discuss the topic “When You Are Not in the Mood of Your Spouse.” He will explain how a cryptic Talmudic passage that records the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai more than 3,300 years ago, holds timely lessons for modern relationships.

After the discussion comes the documentary film “Mamadrama, the Jewish Mother in Cinema.” “Mamadrama” combines film clips, cultural commentary, interviews with Hollywood and Israeli filmmakers and footage from Schwarz’s earlier films in an exploration of the image of the Jewish mother in film beginning with early silent and Yiddish films up through contemporary movies. Hollywood directors and film critics reflect on their Jewish mothers and discuss the changing image of the Jewish mother on screen.

The cost is $3/members and $5 nonmembers in advance, or $5/members and $7 nonmembers the day of the program. This program is made possible by a donation from Marc Neumann ChFc. For more information or to register and pay in advance, contact Josh Cutler at jcutler@jccatlantic.org or 609-822-1167, ext. 138.

Mahjongg classes for beginners planned

Rinata Salzman, Margate’s mahjongg maven, will teach two five week introductory Beginner Mahjong classes this winter at the Milton and Betty Katz JCC.

During the program, an overview of all the mahjongg tiles, the basic moves and strategies to win will be explained. No mahjongg experience or knowledge is required, and a practice mahjongg set will be provided for the duration of the program. Class One will run Wednesday afternoons, Jan. 22-Feb. 19 from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Class Two will run Thursday mornings, Jan. 23-Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $75/members, $100/nonmembers.

Call 609-822-1167, ext. 138, or email JCutler@jccatlantic.org for more information or to register. Spaces are limited.

Yoga Tots starts at Congregation Beth Israel

Exercise with your preschooler at Yoga Tots, a parent-child program at Congregation Beth Israel of Northfield on Wednesday evenings, starting Jan. 8.

Geared for preschoolers age 1 and older, the program will be co-taught by Director of Education Cookie Feldman and Sheila Reganato, a certified Yoga Instructor from NJ Yoga Zone. Yoga Tots will be held for seven consecutive weeks from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Congregation Beth Israel, 2501 Shore Road, Northfield. Dates are Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, and Feb. 5, 12 and 19. The cost is $105 per child.

For more information or to register, contact cookie.feldman@cbinorthfield.org or 609-641-3600.

Charter Tech plans open house

Charter Tech High School for the Performing Arts in Somers Point will host an open house at 6 p.m. Jan. 13.

Parents and students will learn about the artistic majors, meet the performing arts teachers, learn about the college prep academics and dual credit (college) courses, performance and technical arts opportunities, course curriculum, and requirements.

The school is located at 413 New Road (Route 9) in Somers Point. Call 609-926-7694 or see chartertech.org.

Radiology school enrollment open

Open enrollment for Shore Medical Center’s School of Radiologic Technology begins Jan. 6.

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 associate’s 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 years old by the first day of class and have a high school diploma or 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, 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 Feb. 28. All applications must be received by this date.

ACA registration open

There is still time to register for spring classes at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College. Classes begin Jan. 21. A limited number of $1,500 scholarships are available for new students.

The academy offers two-year degree programs in culinary arts, baking and pastry, and food service management, and short-term specialization programs in hot foods, baking and pastry, food service management and catering. Full-time classes meet five hours a day, Monday-Friday, in morning, afternoon or evening sessions. ACA students can gain hands-on experience throughout the year at activities including the Restaurant Gala, Iron Student Chef Competition, American Culinary Federation’s Junior Chefs Competition, food shows and more. The ACA has been training future chefs for more than 30 years at its Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.

The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Jan. 6. See atlantic.edu/aca. For more information or to register, call Valerie Weller at 609-343-4944.

CASA offers volunteer session

CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties will hold two information sessions on Jan. 7 at noon and 6 p.m. at the CASA for Children office in Somers Point.

The 60-minute program gives an overview of the organization and describes how CASA volunteers advocate in court on behalf of abused and neglected children. To learn more about volunteering to help abused and neglected children, 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.

January movie set at Beth Judah

Continuing with the theme of “Islam and the Jews: What We Need to Know,” Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor, is viewing “Frontline Presents: Muslims” at 7 p.m. Jan. 9 in the Goldberg Family Library.

To attend, make a reservation by calling 609-822 7116, ext. 101, and asking for Karen.

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.

Environmental training set

Space is available for the 2014 Rutgers Environmental Steward training, hosted at the Atlantic County Utilities Authority on Delilah Road in Egg Harbor Township, set to begin Jan. 15. Classes will meet weekly from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through the end of May.

The Environmental Steward Training is designed to introduce non-scientists to the science underlying key environmental issues in our area. Leading authorities from academia are joined by colleagues from government and the nonprofit sector to share understanding and insights with the students. The training is based on the existing model of the award-winning Master Gardener Program. Like the Master Gardener Program, students pledge to intern for 60 hours of volunteer service following the completion of the lecture portion of the course. Upon completion of the training and internship, certificates are awarded to the students designating them Rutgers Environmental Stewards. The training includes a leadership component that addresses group dynamics, conflict resolution, and organizational communication.

The program addresses issues specific to the geographic area including the coastal environment. Registration is open and the cost is $250. For more information, call 609-272-6950 or see envirostewards.rutgers.edu.

A.C. Electric reminds customers of its Gift of Energy Program

This holiday season, you can help Atlantic City Electric customers who are having difficulty paying their energy bills by giving them the Gift of Energy.

To purchase a Gift of Energy, visit atlanticcityelectric.com and click “Gift of Energy.” You also can pay for a Gift of Energy in person at one of the company’s participating Atlantic City Electric Customer Service Centers. The program works like this:

Visit atlanticcityelectric.com and click ‘Gift of Energy’ and fill out the contact form, or visit an Atlantic City Electric Customer Service Center

Provide customer service with the name and address of the person for whom you’re buying the Gift of Energy

Make a payment via check or credit card on that person’s account

Through Jan. 15, participants will receive a holiday greeting card to give to that special someone, compliments of Atlantic City Electric

Where to buy a Gift of Energy:

Atlantic City Customer Service Center: 2430 Atlantic Ave., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

Cape May Court House Customer Service Center: 420 Route 9, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

Egg Harbor Township Customer Service Center: 6814 Tilton Road, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

For more information, see atlanticcityelectric.com.

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.

Military tutoring program to be featured on NJTV

NJTV’s “Classroom Close-up” this month will feature Terry Dougherty, a Galloway Township teacher and graduate student at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, for tutoring children whose parents are in the military.

Dougherty, who is Atlantic County’s Teacher of the Year, winner of the Great American Teach-Off and a Coast Guard wife and mom, started the free program to help military children who change schools frequently and develop gaps in their learning. Dougherty teaches third grade at the Roland Rogers Elementary School in Galloway and is a student in Stockton’s Master of Arts in Education program. She received her bachelor’s degree in Teacher Education at Stockton.

The program, which was featured in October’s Family Circle magazine, runs in the summers at Stockton. The tutors are teachers from Atlantic County school districts and college students who volunteer their time and gain experience. The special, “Schools Supporting Soldiers’ Kids,” will air on NJTV on Jan. 19 at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and Jan. 25 at 5:30 a.m.

Food pantry closed Christmas, New Year’s Day

The Main Street Food Pantry in the First United Methodist Church at 6011 Main St. in Mays Landing, which is usually open on Wednesdays, will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Clients will be permitted to pick up food on an alternate week. For further information, call the church office at 609-625-9446.

A.C. Electric warns of Green Dot scam

Atlantic City Electric reminds home and business owners to practice safety when someone claiming to represent a business contacts them in person or by phone, especially during the holiday season.

Recently, Atlantic City Electric was alerted to a “Green Dot” scam. Information from law-enforcement officials and other utilities indicates that scammers are targeting not only residents, but also businesses. It has been reported that scammers are telling business owners that the location’s electric service account is delinquent and it will be shut off for nonpayment unless the business purchases a Green Dot Money Pack for a specific amount dictated by the scammer from stores including CVS, Rite Aid and Wawa. Victims then receive instructions to call a scammer phone number with the card’s account number and pin. Once the scammer obtains the card’s identifying information, the value is downloaded, swept and stolen. These transactions are untraceable.

Many companies, including Atlantic City Electric, contact customers in person or via phone for various reasons. If someone claims to represent any company, it is important for customers to take precautions to verify the person is affiliated with the company, especially if that person is requesting an immediate payment.

When addressing past due accounts, Atlantic City Electric never endorses a specific form of payment. Instead, multiple payment options are always given to the customer.

If someone calls claiming to represent a certain company, customers should ask them to verify their identity and affiliation. If customers have any doubt about the validity of a person’s claim to represent Atlantic City Electric, they should call the company immediately at 800-642-3780.

For more information about Atlantic City Electric, see atlanticcityelectric.com.

Master Gardener training offered

People who enjoy gardening and would like to take their skills to the next level are sought for the Atlantic County Master Gardener Program sponsored by Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Atlantic County, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Applications are being taken on a first-come, first-served basis. No experience necessary. The first training will begin Jan. 7.

This is a unique program that we are pleased to offer to all residents of Atlantic County. For further information and/or an application, contact Mona Bawgus or Anita Wagner at 625-0056, ext. 6123, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit rutgers-atlantic.org/garden.

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.

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 next date will be in January. 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.

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 P.O. Box 329, Somers Point, NJ 08244. A scholarship presentation will be held 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.

Library offers free digital media streaming

The Atlantic County Library System now offers IndieFlix, a new digital media streaming service. With IndieFlix, library members can stream and watch thousands of documentaries, shorts, independent and foreign films free of charge with no checkouts, returns or waiting times.

To watch IndieFlix films, viewers need an Atlantic County Library System card and an Internet-connected device such as a computer, smart phone, or smart TV. IndieFlix can also be viewed on tablets, including iPads and Kindles. Multiple users can watch the same film on different devices at the same time.

To learn more about IndieFlix or to get started, visit the library’s IndieFlix web page at atlanticlibrary.org/indieflix.

Thrift shop seeks winter garments

Kathleen’s Closet Thrift Store located in the Festival at Hamilton, 4450 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, is looking for gently used coats, hats, gloves, scarves and boots. These items will be available for sale at bargain prices with proceeds supporting the hunger relief efforts of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

Donations can be dropped off 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays at the Festival at Hamilton. Call 609-241-7323.

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, 2014. Winners will be selected by May 9, 2014. For more information and a contest entry form, contact Beth at Beth@gildasclubsouthjersey.org.

Stockton to host Pinelands Short Course

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey will host the 25th annual Pinelands Short Course on March 8, 2014, 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.