Women’s expo scheduled

Townsquare Media and Matt Blatt Kia present the 2012 Women’s Expo at Tanger Outlets — The Walk from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 18. The Expo will have a day full of activities and information that appeal to all types of women including health, career, life, love, shopping as well as a country music talent search.

Matt Blatt Kia in Egg Harbor Township and Townsquare Media will also be giving away a chance to win a brand new 2013 Kia Optima. You can stop by their Egg Harbor Township showroom, enter at literock969.com or enter the day of the event.

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In addition you can come out and be a part of Zumba Fest with Tilton Fitness at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on the stage. Register before the event at literock969.com and get your Zumba Fest tank top. Proceeds benefit Gilda’s Club of South Jersey.

On the entertainment stage this year Cat Country 107.3 will be presenting the Texaco Country Showdown where people can submit their entries for a chance to be selected to perform and be a part of America’s largest country music talent search. Details on how to enter and official rules can be found at catcountry1073.com. The entertainment stage will also feature fashion shows, magic shows and other live performances throughout the day.

Golf outing set

Cape Atlantic Detachment 194 will hold their Gunny “Chuck” Baldwin Memorial Golf Outing at 1 p.m. Aug 26 at Mays Landing Golf and Country Club. Entry fee is $100 per golfer or $400 per foursome. The price includes hot dogs, beer and soda before tee off and a barbecue buffet dinner at 5:30 p.m.

Cost for nongolfers who only want to come for dinner and door prizes is $25. All proceeds benefit Toys for Tots. For more information, call Pat Scannell at 609-442-6458. Sponsorships are available.

Holocaust film to be shown

The Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center at Richard Stockton College will hold a free and open to the public film event at 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at Beth El Synagogue, 500 N. Jerome Ave., Margate. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. No tickets are needed.

The Academy Award-nominated film, “The Courage to Care,” narrated by Elie Wiesel, will be shown. This documentary film is about Righteous Gentiles during World War II. The film tells the life stories of non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.

The event will have a presentation including a question and answer session led by the film’s co-producer, Dr. Carol Rittner, RSM. For more information, call the Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center at 609-652-4699.

Couch to 5K Challenge set

The A.C. Couch to 5K Challenge Kick Off will be held at 8 a.m. Aug. 18 at Beacon Cycling and Fitness, 231 Tilton Road, Northfield.

People of all levels of fitness are encouraged to be a part of this group of runners and soon-to-be runners who are training for upcoming races. Coaching for the 10K, half marathon and marathon distances is also available.

The 2012 Atlantic City Marathon Couch 2 5K program combines the insight of professional coaching and group support in a welcoming environment making it fun and enjoyable to achieve goals. When you join Team Race AC’s Couch 2 5K Program you will receive a 10-week customized program leading you from walking out the door to running across the finish line, direct access to your own professional coach, group meetings to share your experiences and training tips and a training guide filled with helpful information on how to successfully complete the Shore Medical Center 5K on Oct. 20.

For more information, call 609-641-9531 or 609-822-1167, ext. 141, or email acmarathon@jccatlantic.org.

Science fiction activities slated

The Atlantic County Library System/Pleasantville offers a variety of activities during Sci-fi September. Kick off Sci-fi September by taking a look at the special lobby display that features a robot collection scheduled for Sept. 1 through 30. During Sept. 1 to 25, vote for your favorite sci-fi character. Choose from characters on display or cast a write-in ballot. Additional information is available at the library.

Trek to the Stars Movie Mondays feature a different movie every week at 5 p.m. Sept. 10 through 24. The movies are free and open to all, but children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. A space craft for children ages 6 and older is offered at 4 p.m. Sept. 18.

A Sci-fi round table for all ages will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 22. Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants discuss their favorite science fiction books with other sci-fi fans. All ages can learn Klingon at your Library at 5 p.m. Sept. 26. Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required and begins Sept. 1.

For more information on any of these events, call the library branch at 609-641-1778. Atlantic County Library System/Pleasantville is located at 33 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.

Lighthouse challenge planned

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

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

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

Chefs wanted for chili contest

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

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

AMVETS collecting used DVDs

AMVETS Post 911 in Somers Point is requesting new and used DVDs to send to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and other areas. Donations of new or good condition DVDs will be accepted at Chester’s Pastry Pantry Bakery, 506 New Road, Somers Point and Bennett Chevrolet 6721 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township.

Cash donations will be accepted to pay for mailing DVDs to the troops. Checks made payable to “AMVETS Post 911 NJ” can be sent to AMVETS Post 911 NJ, P.O. Box 413, Somers Point, NJ 08244.

College offers financial planner program

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

Financial Planning has been identified as the fifth-best career in a ranking of 200 jobs according to the Internet job-hunting site CareerCast.com.

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

Author to visit Noyes

The Noyes Museum’s satellite gallery in Hammonton presents Puerto Rican author and native Carmen Sotomayor, reading excerpts from her newly published book, “Mi Amada Iha” at 6 p.m. Aug. 16. This event is part of Downtown Hammonton’s Third Thursday evenings.

Sotomayor will read selected excerpts from her book in Spanish, followed by the English translation. Copies, in Spanish only, of “Mi Amada Iha” will be available, and Sotomayor will sign the book and answer questions.

After the reading, live Latin music will be performed by singer/guitarist Elvis Batista outside of the gallery. Spanish appetizers, prepared by the Atlantic Cape Community College’s Culinary Arts students, will be available in the gallery. For more information, call 609-561-8006 or see noyesmuseum.org/hammonton.html.

Creative individuals sought

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

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

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

NAMI hosts classes

Nami Atlantic County is sponsoring a Family to Family Education Course for those who have loved ones with mental illness. The 12-week series of classes held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. starts Sept. 5 at the Jordan Road School in Somers Point.

The course will offer information about Schizophrenia, Mood Disorders (Bipolar Disorder and Major Depression), Panic Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Coping skills will be taught, along with handling crisis and relapse, medications, listening and communication techniques, problem solving, recovery and rehabilitation, and self care around worry and stress.

The course is offered free but space is limited. For more information or to sign up call Gregg at 609-927-7192.

Scholarship awards dinner set

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

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

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

Proceeds from the event help support the Council’s Scholarship Endowment, which provides scholarship funds to deserving Stockton students. Tickets for the event or advertisements for the program book can be purchased through the Council’s website: stockton.edu. Type “council” in the search engine and select the second listing (Council of Black Faculty and Staff - Council News). For more information, call Yubi Pena at 609-652-4382 or Patricia Collins at 609-652-4523.

Swim raises funds

On July 13, more than 100 area children raised more than $9,000 for the Auxiliary of Shore Medical Center during the 30th annual Carole Schiavo Kids Swim for Health at Mainland Recreation Association in Linwood.

Named in memory of the late Carole Schiavo, who chaired the event for many years, the event has raised more than $300,000 since it began 30 years ago. Funds raised from this year’s swim will benefit Shore’s existing Surgical Pavilion and Campus Expansion.

Reading program set

St. James AME Church is sponsoring the Choices In Learning Literacy, CHILL, summer reading program for high school students to fulfill their summer reading requirements. Throughout the month of August, the program will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at Atlantic Cape Community College’s Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd., Atlantic City.

To register, call Barbara Woodall at 609-348-9242 or Rhonda Hart at 609-272-4097.

CASA seeks volunteers

In an effort to generate awareness and recruit needed volunteers from the western portion of Atlantic County, CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties will hold an Information Session at noon Aug. 29 at the Western Atlantic Parent Family Support Network Office located in the Dr. Martin Luther King Center at 661 Jackson Ave. in Newtonville.

The 30-minute program gives an overview of the organization and shows how CASA volunteers advocate in court on behalf of abused and neglected children. Attending the Information Session is the first step to becoming a CASA Volunteer. Interested individuals should register by calling 609-601-7800. For more information about CASA, see AtlanticCapeCASA.org.

Back to school bash set

Help students get prepared and excited about the new school year with new school supplies. Operation Backpack is a community-wide initiative that provides support at the start of the school year to disadvantaged children in southern New Jersey.

The Egg Harbor Township and Pleasantville Family Success Centers will hold a back to school bash from 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 31 at 3050 Spruce Ave., Egg Harbor Township. There will be access to community resources, free refreshments, fun activities for children, free health screenings and backpack give-away and school supplies while supplies last.

For more information, call the Egg Harbor Township Family Success Center at 609-569-0376 or Pleasantville Family Success Center at 609-272-8800.

Seashore Gardens gala set

Pieces of rock music history and indulgent vacation and special event packages will be among the silent auction items at the Zisman Seashore Gardens Foundation’s Gala at 6 p.m. Aug. 23 at the center, 22 W. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township.

The annual gala is the largest fundraiser for the Seashore Gardens Living Center. Tickets are $200 each and are available at seashoregala.org. An awards ceremony honoring Shelley Bernstein with the 2012 Martin H. Klein Leadership Award and Liane P. and Lloyd D. Levenson with the 2012 Labov Bernstein Community Service Award will start at 7 p.m.

Sponsorship packages for the gala and ad book space are available through seashoregala.org. Call 609-404-4848.

Early learning center offers discount

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

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

Volunteers offer aid to seniors

Volunteers are available through Aug. 18 to assist some senior citizens and disabled residents of Atlantic County cut and move fallen trees. Volunteers work free of charge, and provide their own tools and equipment. To request assistance, or to volunteer to help, call New Jersey’s 211 hotline, ext. 21.

School supplies needed

Family Service Association, Spencer’s Gifts, The Bank and Asbury United Methodist Church have teamed up to collect school supplies through Operation Backpack for needy children. Customers are encouraged to stop by The Bank in their neighborhood or other sites through Aug. 20 to drop off school supplies in Operation Backpack bins.

More than 20 Family Service Association Programs will participate in this year’s Operation Backpack campaign, including the Pleasantville Family Success Center, the Egg Harbor Township Family Success Center, the Pleasantville High School School Based Youth Services Program, and the Egg Harbor Township High School School Based Youth Services program.

All school supplies are needed, especially backpacks, notebook paper, pens, pencils, erasers, crayons, spiral notebooks and rulers. The deadline for donations is Aug. 20. Family Service Association volunteers will sort supplies and prepare them for distribution between Aug. 21 to 23 at their headquarters. To sign up, email nick.white@fsasj.org. Dropoff bins are located at the following sites:

The Bank, 5100 English Creek Ave., Egg Harbor Township and 1101 Tilton Road, Northfield; Family Service Association, 312 E. White Horse Pike, Absecon, 3050 Spruce Ave., Egg Harbor Township and 3073 English Creek Ave., Egg Harbor Township; Lolla Chiropractic, 161 W. White Horse Pike, Galloway Township; Kramer Beverage, 161 S. Second Road, Hammonton; Atlantic County Board of Realtors, 240 E. White Horse Pike, Absecon; Asbury United Methodist Church, 290 Asbury Ave., Egg Harbor Township; Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office, 4947 Unami Blvd., Mays Landing; Mullins Financial Group, 1555 Zion Road, Suite 200, Northfield; and Trinity United Methodist, 7117 Ventnor Ave., Ventnor.

For more information, call Family Service Association at 609-569-0239/1153 or 1160 or see fsasj.org.

School supplies needed

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

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

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

MS fundraiser set for October

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

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

Atlantic Cape offers new degree courses

Beginning this fall, Atlantic Cape Community College will offer students more than 50 career and transfer associate degree options with the addition of six new degree programs in the areas of aviation, education and technology.

In Aviation Studies, students will learn airport management, aviation business administration, professional pilot, air traffic control and air transportation management.

Computer Applications Option offers courses will serve students seeking jobs that require application software skills, but may not be interested in transferring to a four-year school. Emphasis is placed on word processing, spreadsheets, databases and presentations software.

Elementary/Middle School Education Option is designed as a transfer program for students interested in earning Elementary and Middle School Certification with Specialization.

Pre-Aerospace Engineering is designed to educate students to meet the challenge of engineering in an ever-changing world, the degree provides students the foundation to transfer to a baccalaureate program in aerospace engineering.

Professional Pilot Option is an Aviation Studies degree option which prepares students for a Federal Aviation Administration license as a commercial pilot with an instrument rating, and for transfer to a baccalaureate program.

Secondary Education Option is designed as a transfer program for students interested in Secondary Education Certification. This Liberal Arts degree option maximizes transfer of credits and academic status to a professional teacher education program.

In addition, Atlantic Cape will offer iPhone Programmer as part of its short-term Professional Series this fall. The series provides students the opportunity to learn how to design, build and test applications for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch mobile devices.

See atlantic.edu/program/degrees/degreePrograms.htm. To register, e-mail acccadmit@atlantic.edu or call 609-343-5000, 625-1111, ext. 5000, or 609-463-3960 in Cape May County, or see atlantic.edu/fall. Fall classes begin Sept. 4.

Beach services announced

Congregation Beth Israel of Northfield will hold a special Shabbats at the Shore, Friday night worship services on the beach at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at Huntington Avenue in Margate. Congregation Beth Israel welcomes its sister congregation, Temple Emanuel of Cherry Hill, to share the worship services. The community is welcome.

The beach service is an annual tradition at Congregation Beth Israel, which was the first area congregation to offer a service at the beach. Participants are encouraged to bring beach chairs or a blanket. In the event of inclement weather, services will take place at Congregation Beth Israel, 2501 Shore Road, Northfield. For more information, call 609-641-3600 or email bethisrael@cbinorthfield.org.

Health care courses offered

The Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape Community College will offer programs for health care professionals interested in advancing their skills.

Emergency Medical Technician Certification will prepare students to perform basic life support beginning Sept. 4.

Patient Care Technician students will learn basic patient care skills and behaviors needed to gain an entry-level position as a patient care technician, phlebotomist or EKG technician, beginning Sept. 11.

Multi-Skill Technician will prepare students to function as EKG and phlebotomy technicians, beginning Sept. 18.

Administrative Healthcare Specialist participants will learn administrative duties in the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, dentists and other health care facilities, beginning Sept. 10.

Certified Home Health Aide for CNAs is designed for the CNA who wants to become a Certified Home Health Aide, on Oct. 13 and 20.

Lecture and lab modules will take place at the Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape’s Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd. Clinical expertise will come from various hospital settings and students will also gain field experience on paramedic units. CAll 609-343-4829 or see atlantic.edu/conted.

JFS seeks donations

As the region begins to regain power from the past weekend’s storm, Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties is in need of monetary donations and nonperishable food to restock its pantry.

On average, the JFS food pantry serves 200 individuals and families each month, but due to the recent storm, the agency expects a drastic increase in need over the coming months.

Jewish Family Service is a first responder for community members in need. The agency operates one of Absecon Island’s largest food pantries, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Monetary and nonperishable food donations will be collected through the summer. Nonperishable food can be dropped at any Cape Bank branch throughout Atlantic County or to JFS at 607 N. Jerome Ave. in Margate. For more information or to donate, call 609-822-1108 or see jfsatlantic.org.

Casino classes forming

The Casino Career Institute at Atlantic Cape Community College offers many classes to prepare students for a profession in the casino industry.

The Half the Time at Half the Price Program offers table games professionals an opportunity to increase their value and marketability to employers by learning a new game in a short-term, low-cost program. CCI table games alumni who graduated more than three years ago can refresh their skills as they return to the gaming workforce with an Alumni Refresher Program. Graduates may take the refresher program course only for the games they previously took with CCI. Alumni who have graduated from CCI within the past three years can revive their skills with the Alumni Practice Program.

Classes include: craps, baccarat, poker, pai gow tiles, roulette and pai gow poker. In addition, CCI offers Introduction to Casino Games/Blackjack, which prepares students for entry into any primary or secondary game.Gaming classes begin every two weeks. For more information or to register, call 609-343-4829 or see atlantic.edu/cci.

Outdoor movie series returns

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

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

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

Farmers market under way in A.C.

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

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

Humanitarian award nominees sought

The Atlantic County Chapter of the American Conference on Diversity is seeking nominees for its annual Humanitarian Awards. The citizens, institutions and organizations nominated for this prestigious award should exemplify the Atlantic County Chapter’s commitment to value diversity, build leaders and promote respect and understanding among all races, religions and cultures through advocacy, conflict resolution and education. The recipients will be presented at the Chapter’s Humanitarian Awards Dinner on Dec. 6 at Atlantic City Country Club.

Nominations must be submitted no later than Aug. 20. To request a nomination form, contact Melissa Sandler, events manager, at Melissa@americanconferenceondiversity.org or 609-345-0636 or 732-745-9330, or see surveymonkey.com/s/HumanitarianAwardNomination2012.

College sponsors film festival

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

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

Concerts, art exhibits set

The Somers Point Summer Concert Series will take place Fridays through Sept. 7 at William Morrow Beach and the Municipal Beach Park, located in between Higbee and New Jersey Avenues in Somers Point. The schedule (subject to change) includes: Midori Brothers Band, Aug. 17; Walter Trout, Aug. 24; Jill West and Blues Attack, Aug. 31; Rev. Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys, Sept. 7. See somerspointbeachconcerts.com.

The Somers Point Jazz Series will take place from 8 to 10 p.m. one Sunday a month at Gregory’s Restaurant and Bar, 900 Shore Road, Somers Point. The schedule includes: Pat Bianchi Trio, Aug. 26; The Steve Beskrone Quartet, Sept. 23. For more information see spjazz.org.

The Greate Bay Art Gallery will host the exhibition “Alley Art, Discovering Wabi-Sabi” through Sept. 1. For more information see greatbayartgallery.com.

New race for children

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

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

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

International nights set

Music and dance from around the globe once again are featured on the Atlantic City Boardwalk this summer as part of the fifth annual Atlantic City Library International Night Series. The weekly series, co-sponsored by the library and city of Atlantic City and funded in part by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, will feature 90-minute live performances at Kennedy Plaza, located on the Boardwalk between Mississippi and Georgia avenues. All shows are free and begin at 7 p.m.

The schedule features Taiko Masala, Aug. 22; Korean Traditional Marching Band, Aug. 29; Hawaiian Luau Entertainment, Sept. 5.

For more information about the Atlantic City Library International Night Series, call 609-345-2269.

Seniors wanted for research project

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

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

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

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

Register for fall classes at ACA

Registration is under way for fall 2012 classes at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

New culinary students should make an appointment to register with Judy DeSalvo by calling 609-343-5624 or email desalvo@atlantic.edu. Registration for returning students is held at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing. Fall classes begin Aug. 27 for ACA students.

The academy offers two-year degree programs in culinary arts, baking and pastry, and food service management, and specialization programs in hot foods, baking and pastry, foodservice management and catering. Full-time classes meet five hours a day, Monday through Friday, in morning, afternoon or evening sessions. Part-time classes are available also.

For more information about the ACA, call 800-645 CHEF, email accadmit@atlantic.edu, or see atlantic.edu/aca.

Shore Medical Center opens gallery

Shore Medical Center’s art gallery opened with a reception for four local artists who are exhibiting there. John Harris, of Ocean City, Michael Waters, of Ventnor, Dave Woeller, of Millville, and Anna Marie Zabielski, of West Cape May, each displays works in the second floor gallery.

The gallery greets patients, their families, visitors and staff as they access Shore via the second floor crossover from the self-park garage. It reflects the medical center’s holistic approach to healing, which embraces treatment of the mind, body and spirit while subscribing to the philosophy that environments can have a positive effect on the healing process.

Shore Medical Center partnered with ArtC and the Noyes Museum of Art of Richard Stockton College to create the exhibit.

Classes offered in heath care

Those who wish to pursue careers in the expanding health care field have many training options at the Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape Community College. Some short-term health career training programs with ongoing enrollment include:

Certified Home Health Aide prepares students to work at home health care agencies, providing basic personal care for patients in their homes.

Medical Assistant equips students with the training needed to perform a variety of administrative and clinical duties in the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors and other health care facilities.

CPR/AED/BLS gives hands-on practice in infant, child and adult CPR, plus first aid for obstructed airways.

Heartsaver CPR/AED/First Aid offers training for lay rescuers to recognize and treat life-threatening emergencies with adult, child and infant victims.

The HPI also offers the following online courses: Medical Transcription, Medical Transcription with Medical Terminology, Pharmacy Technician and Administrative Veterinary Assistant.

The HPI offers comprehensive health care training in a modern, state-of-the-art facility located at Atlantic Cape’s Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd. For more information, call 609-343-4829 or see atlantic.edu/hpi.

Registration open for A.C. marathon

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

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

Family readiness group formed

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

If you are interested in joining the 150th/160th FRG or receiving their newsletter, or if your business or community would like more information on how you can contribute, email 150th.160th.NJARNG.FRG@gmail.com. To learn more about Family Readiness Groups, see state.nj.us/military/familysupport/frg.html.

Head Start enrolling preschoolers

The Atlantic Human Resources, Inc. Head Start and Early Head Start program is recruiting preschool children for the 2012-13 program. There is no cost to families who qualify.

Children to age 3 and pregnant women are eligible for the program, which has centers throughout Atlantic and Cape May counties. Call 609-348-4166.

Pulmonary support group forming

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

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

Parent-child swim classes at Katz JCC

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

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

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

MS group seeks members

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

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

Therapeutic riding program accepting riders

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

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

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

Reassurance calls offered

The volunteers at CONTACT Cape-Atlantic offer free daily phone calls to say hello and check that all is well to help the disabled, elderly, and isolated citizens of Atlantic and Cape May counties who want to continue living independently. Anyone interested in receiving CONTACT calls, or who know someone who might be, call Jennifer Goudie at 609-823-0762 in Atlantic County or 609-463-4564 in Cape May County.

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

Scholarship available

The Vincent S. Haneman-Joseph B. Perskie Scholarship is awarded annually to Atlantic County law students who are admitted to an American Bar Association-accredited law school. The award is based on academic ability, financial need, leadership potential and character. An application is available for download by clicking on the scholarship item at atcobar.org or calling Mary Williams Berard at 609-345-3444.

Food bank also needs baby items

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

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

Mental Health Association reaching out to veterans

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

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

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

Multi-Care Center offers support group, seeks volunteers

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

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

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