Entrants sought for chili contest

Enter to compete in the second annual Art at Night: Chili Cook-Off 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. The cook-off will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Noyes Musuem in Oceanville. Register by Oct. 5 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 tee. For event details and more information on how to register, see noyesmuseum.org/art_at_night_2.html.

Admission to the event and all the chili you can sample, with live music and door prizes, is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors and students. Children younger 6 are free.

Evening tour offered in Batsto

A guided walking tour of the historic Batsto Village will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 3. It will focus on Batsto’s importance to the American revolutionary war.

The 90-minute narrated tour will be followed by a warm campfire with treats and light beverages of the season. Guests can learn about the role Batsto played in support of the struggle for independence. Tickets are $5 person for (includes beverages and snacks) and must be purchased in advance. Tickets can be purchased by mail by sending a check for $5 made payable to “BCCI” with a note in the memo line “Evening Tour” to Wharton State Forest, Historic Batsto Village, 31 Batsto Road, Hammonton, NJ 08037 Attn: Evening Tour. For more information, call Michael Kerbowski at 856-733-2941.

Stockton to host ‘Foodie Tuesdays’

Richard Stockton College’s next “Foodie Tuesdays” will take place at 6 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., as instructor Anthony Dissen explores “Eating Local: How Being a ‘Locavore’ Helps Local Economic Development, Our Health and Our Pocketbooks.” After the discussion, a locavore special dinner of fresh, local foods will be served at Annata’s Wine Bar, across the street from the Arts Center. Registration for the lecture, discussion and dinner is $35 per person. Register with a friend for only $30 per person. Call to reserve a seat at 609-652-4227, or register online under “Browse All Courses” at stockton.edu/cs.

Gallery hosts exhibits

Great Bay Gallery is presenting a group exhibit by the art students from Mainland Regional High School from Oct. 20 through Nov. 17 at the gallery, 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point.

Teacher Laura Comisky is working with Great Bay Gallery in selecting as many as 30 pieces of work and assisting the students with preparing the work for presentation. The group exhibit is shown in partnership with the Somers Point Business Association 3rd annual Restaurant Week, Nov. 2-11.

The Gallery will host a three-part pre-kickoff event, Art with a Chance of Meatballs, from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 21. The Art part of the event is a reception for the student artists. The Chance of Meatballs part features a meatball tasting competition among four local, non-professional meatball-makers. The event will also feature the sale of lemonade which will benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Southern Branch. The students’ artwork will be exhibited at Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro in Somers Point as part of the Restaurant Week Kick-off Event from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 28.That event will include the Mainland Regional High School Student Art Exhibit, light refreshment, a bartender competition, cooking demonstration and dessert tasting. Attendees are asked to make a free-will suggested donation of $5 for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

Call 609-653-4991 or see greatbayartgallery.com.

New sheriff’s officers sworn

Twelve new Atlantic County Sheriff Officers took the oath of office on Sept. 11 in Mays Landing. The swearing-in was performed by Sheriff Frank X. Balles. The officers are:

John A. Amendolia, 24, of Hammonton; Bryan M. Bene, 24, of Hammonton; Alan T. Chambliss, 33, of Egg Harbor Township; Michael L. Corrado Jr., 26, of Hammonton; Thomas James Denton, 36, of Egg Harbor Township; Victor D. Gano, 42, of Linwood; Michael D. Griffin, 23, of Galloway Township; Jacquiline E. Guischard, 27, of Somers Point; Brandon A. Markowitz, 24, of Hammonton; Katherine N. Naveja, 24, of Egg Harbor City; Paulo L. Pereira, 38, of Hamilton Township; Dianna L. Wamsher, 27, of Egg Harbor Township.

Christian music festival planned

God, Peace and Music, a festival celebration of Christian music, geared for family members of all ages, will take place at Holy Trinity Parish in St. James Hall, Portland and Atlantic avenues, Ventnor, on Saturday, Oct. 13. The festival will get under way at 3 p.m. with the Sacrament of Reconciliation in St. James Church, and Roman Catholic Mass at 4. Beginning at 5 p.m., there will be four hours of music in a wide variety of genres, performed by Christian bands and vocal artists. Conceived and organized by Rev. Kris Wtorek, parochial vicar at Holy Trinity Parish, the God, Peace and Music Festival will feature professional staging, lighting and sound equipment for the performing artists. Pizza and soft drinks will be available at a nominal cost.

For further information, visit godpeaceandmusic.com.

Library hosts program

The Atlantic County Library/Somers Point branch will present a historical portrayal of President Abraham Lincoln and his association with New Jersey physician, Congressman and Gov. William Newell at 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at the library, 801 Shore Road, Somers Point.

The event’s focus is the key roles played by Newell and President Lincoln in establishing the New Jersey and United States networks of life-saving stations, one of which the Ocean City Life-Saving Station is being restored to become a maritime museum.

Portraying President Lincoln at the event will be Christian Johnson, of Cherry Hill, who for many years has played the parts of various historical figures for the American Historical Theatre of Philadelphia.

The library event is to increase public awareness of “For Those in Peril: A History of the Ocean City Life-Saving Station” by South Jersey author Kimball Baker, who will introduce time-traveler President Lincoln, share a few highlights of the book and sign copies of it following the event.

Admission to the program is free and light refreshments will be served upon its completion. For more information, call the library branch at 609-927-7113.

Singers needed

Richard Stockton College is seeking singers to take part in the annual holiday choral performance on Dec. 9.

People of all experience levels are invited to take part. The performance will include works from Handel’s “Judas Maccabeaus” and carols by John Rutter. Interested singers should come to weekly rehearsals at 7:30 p.m. Mondays in Alton Auditorium (A-Wing) on the college’s main campus in Pomona. For more information, contact Brian Lyons in the School of Arts and Humanities at 609-652-4891.

The college’s Oratorio Society also is looking for singers to take part in the performances throughout the academic year. Anyone interested is invited to join in their weekly rehearsals from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays n room H-102 of the campus in Pomona. For more information, call Stockton’s Division of Arts and Humanities at 609-652-4505.

Knife & Fork’s 100th to benefit Atlantic Cape

Frank Dougherty and Maureen Shay, owners of Atlantic City’s historic Knife & Fork Inn, will host a 100th anniversary celebration to benefit the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Knife & Fork Inn, 3600 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City.

The 1920s-themed event will feature gourmet hors d’oeuvres, an open bar and live music by the Gin Canaries. Guests are encouraged to wear attire inspired by the 1920s, or to dress in business wear. Tickets are $150. Net proceeds will benefit the Joseph and Arleen Dougherty Scholarship for Atlantic Cape students. To purchase event tickets, list your name on a commemorative plaque, or to donate to the Joseph and Arleen Dougherty Scholarship, see atlantic.edu/knifeandfork.

For more information, contact Lauren Canzanese at lcanzane@atlantic.edu or call 609-463-4672.

Jewish film festival set

The Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center and Jewish Federation of Atlantic and Cape May Counties present the 2012 Jewish Film Festival on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons.

The goal of the festival is to promote awareness, appreciation, pride and understanding of the diversity of the Jewish people to create One Jewish Community and strengthen consciousness of Jewish culture, history and identity through a dynamic and inclusive forum of exploration and dialogue. Some films uniquely tackle Jewish issues, while others address universal themes through a Jewish lens, but all offer inspiration, meaning and entertainment. The diverse selection of films is sure to draw a wide audience, reaching the region’s Jewish population, as well as the general film-going public.

All films can be viewed at the Katz Jewish Community Center at 501 N. Jerome Avenue in Margate.

The schedule is as follows: At Home in Utopia, 2 p.m. Oct. 7; Nowhere in Africa, 7 p.m. Oct. 10; Dolphin Boy, 2 p.m. Oct. 14; and The Infidel, 7 p.m. Oct. 17. To conclude the film festival viewers have the option to enjoy a special prix fixe menu Oct. 17 prior to viewing “The Infidel” at Steve and Cookie’s By the Bay, 9700 Amherst Ave. in Margate. Dinner will feature selections from their appetizer, entree and dessert menu.

Film ticket prices are $5 for JCC Members and $7 for Non-members. “Dinner and a Movie” ticket prices are $35 for JCC members and $40 for non-members.

Mural contest under way

The Estell Manor Historical Society is sponsoring the Family History Mural Contest.

The winning entry will receive $1,000 and the inclusion of name, photo and artwork in press releases and society publications. There will be an introductory meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Historical Society. The purpose of the mural is to represent the family history of Rebecca Estell Bourgeois Winston, the founder and first mayor of Estell Manor, the first female mayor of New Jersey and the benefactress of the 1913 Risley Schoolhouse. Entry deadline is 3 p.m. Oct. 31. All proposals for the mural must be turned in by this time at the EMHS headquarters located in the historic Risley Schoolhouse in Estell Manor. Any medium may be used for the proposals, but they must accurately respresent the mural which will be painted on a 3’ x 8’ space, and must include an estimated time frame to complete mural.

The winner will be announced Nov. 16.

Wine festival set

The Mays Landing Merchants Association will sponsor the second annual Press of Atlantic City Waterfront Wine and Food Festival from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 20 and 21 at Lake Lenape East in Mays Landing.

Festival attendees can sample award-winning wines from nine local New Jersey wineries, listen to live music, stroll through crafters, learn from culinary demos and enjoy some of the variety of foods on hand. Admission is $20 per person the day of the event and $17 in advance. Tickets can be purchased online at WaterfrontWineFestival.net or from Brownies Squared Bake Shoppe, County Seat Florist, Knebles Auto Care Center, Main Street Hardware, Sugar Hill Subs or any of the participating wineries.

For more information, call Arlene Blosch at 609-625-1800.

Civil-rights symposium set

Richard Stockton College will host the Annual Fannie Lou Hamer Human and Civil Rights Symposium at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Performing Arts Center at the campus in Pomona.

The theme of this year’s symposium is Erasing the Double Standard: Enduring Social Obstacles to Equality and Social Justice. Keynote speaker is scholar, journalist, and economist Dr. Julianne Malveaux, president emeritus of Bennett College. Guest panelists include Stockton faculty members Dr. Deb Figart, director of the Stockton Center for Economic and Financial Literacy; Dr. Janice Joseph, distinguished professor of Criminal Justice, and Dr. Michael Rodriguez, associate professor of Criminal Justice.

There will also be freedom songs presented by the Highest Praise Choir and dramatist Lenny Daniels will re-create a dramatic scene based on the life of Fannie Lou Hamer, a civil rights pioneer who testified on behalf of voting rights and civil rights at the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City.

Bike ride raises funds

The annual Marc L. Rosenberg (MLR) Friends and Family Bike Ride brought together nearly two dozen riders to raise funds for the Jewish Family Service (JFS) Food Pantry while remembering Marc, a lifelong resident of Margate, business and community leader. The 28-mile ride raised more than $1,600.

The Marc L. Rosenberg Memorial Fund was created in 2011 and provides essential financial support to the JFS programs in need of funding. Since its inception, the Fund has supported the agencies older adult services and nutrition services including senior transportation, food pantry, Kosher Meals-on-Wheels and nursing services.

To learn more about the Marc L. Rosenberg Memorial Fund or the MLR Annual Bike Ride, call Jewish Family Service at 609-822-1108.

Yard sale scheduled

The Greater Egg Harbor City Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Fall Citywide Yardsale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 13 and this year, Miss New Jersey Lindsey Petrosh will host “The Miracle Mile” 5K run and 1-mile walk.

Petrosh is hosting the Miracle Mile to raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Network. The run starts at 9 a.m. on the 500-block of Philadelphia Avenue. A pancake breakfast and basket auction will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. at Mario’s Uptown Grill, 127 Philadelphia Ave. Runners and walkers can register at southjerseymultisport.com/event/miracle-mile-5k/

The Chamber of Commerce will decorate Philadelphia Avenue with a fall theme and students at Egg Harbor City Community School and Cedar Creek High School will make scarecrows to decorate light posts. Registration for the yardsale is $10 and includes advertising, official signage and the yard sale location on a map distributed at local businesses. Register at City Hall, 500 London Ave., or at greatereggchamber.com.

Lighthouse offers special discounts

Absecon Lighthouse, 31 S. Rhode Island Ave., Atlantic City, offers a special rate to climb the lighthouse for residents of Atlantic City. Parking, exhibits and Keeper’s Cottage museum are free. Admission to climb the 228 steps to the top is just $3 for Atlantic City residents with ID, and active military are always free.

Dogs on leashes are welcome on the two-acre lawn. The lighthouse is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays. Regular rates are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $4 for children ages 4 to 12.

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.

Artists wanted for show

The next dropoff and pickup for the show “Autumn Splendor” will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 13 at the Galloway Township Branch of the Atlantic County Library on Jimmie Leeds Road.

The cost is $5 per piece for members, $10 per piece for non-members. First, second and third place ribbons will be awarded in each category. The next business meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at The Glenn on Route 9 in Galloway. See gallowayculturalarts.org for more information.

Fundraiser offers shopping pass

The Northfield Mothers League is participating in Boscov’s “Friends Helping Friends” fundraiser, to earn money to help neighbors in need.

Tickets are $5 and can be used at Boscov’s from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Shore Mall in Egg Harbor Township. The $5 shopping pass buys a full day of 25 percent discount shopping, refreshments, entertainment and the chance to win door prizes. To obtain the discount pass, contact any NML member or Jamie Russo at 609-272-0385.

College offers new workshops

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Club 50 Plus will offer new workshops and seminars this fall. Workshops are designed to enhance the personal, professional and social lives of participants.

Math Refresher will help participants revive math skills to improve brain function or to prepare for a new career. Basic math concepts including multiplication, division, decimals, percentages, fractions and some algebraic functions and word problems will be covered in class set for 9 to 11 a.m. four Fridays beginning Oct. 5.

Academic Writing-Back to Basics for Seniors will offer practical applications for everything you ever learned in English class, including: sentence style, word choice, grammar, punctuation and mechanics. It will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 15 and 16.

Manage, Edit and E-mail Your Photographs will prepare participants to move images from a digital camera to a computer, then edit and resize pictures for use on the Web or e-mail. Students should bring to class a digital camera and a USB cable to connect to the computer. The class will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, Oct. 19. and Nov. 16.

Join Club 50 Plus for $5 and get a 20 percent discount on future Club 50 Plus workshops, culinary and professional development through June 30, 2013. Mention code: CEGN001-MW01. Club 50 Plus workshops will be offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, and the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House. For workshop prices or to register, call 609-343-4829 or see atlantic.edu/conted.

College hosting workshop

Harvey Kesselman, Stockton’s provost and executive vice president, will conduct his workshop “Navigating Through College Admissions, Financial Aid, and NCAA Athletics” at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Performing Arts Center of Richard Stockton College in Pomona.

The workshop, sponsored by Greater Egg Harbor Regional School District and the Southern Regional Institute and Educational Technology Training Center, is designed to assist high school students and their families with the processes associated with college admission, financial aid, and NCAA athletics. The program explains the terminology and required steps to navigate admissions, loans and scholarships.

Fundraiser planned

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Somers Point Jazz Society will hold a joint affair called “The Right Notes,” a wine tasting and jazz fundraiser at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point. The event is primarily designed to raise funds and awareness for both organizations.

The evening will include a 20-minute performance by tenor saxophone master Michael Pedicin and his quartet. Along with wines and craft beers from Passion Vines, guests will also enjoy hors d’œuvres and beverages provided by Greate Bay Country Club. In addition, the evening will include a live auction, featuring three elite items including a trip to Italy; rare, collectible wines; and a Walnut Street Theatre Night on the Town package.

Tickets are $75 per person and are limited to the first 200 guests. To purchase tickets or for more information and/or sponsorship opportunities, call Kristin Marnie at 215-271-1500, or see MoveforMS.org. All proceeds will benefit the National MS Society and the Somers Point Jazz Society.

Greek themes for teachers

The Examined Life: Hellenic Studies in the Schools at Richard Stockton College in Pomona is a professional development program designed for K-12 teachers to learn about ancient Greece and how to integrate Greek themes into the K-12 curriculum.

Fellows attend 10 evening seminars taught by Stockton and visiting faculty, culminating in a 10-day study tour of Greece. Fellowships are granted to all participants to offset the costs of the trip. There is no tuition for the program. See stockton.edu/examinedlife.

Flu shots available

The Atlantic County Division of Public Health will provide 11 public flu shot clinics for those 18 years and older from Sept. 29 through Nov. 8. There is a $15 fee for flu shots.

Pneumonia shots will also be available to eligible residents 65 years and older for $25. There is no out-of-pocket cost for either shot for residents with Medicare Part B coverage who present their card at the time of vaccination. This year, residents can schedule a flu shot appointment online at aclink.org. Appointments are not required and walk-ins will continue to be welcome at all locations.

For a complete schedule of public flu clinics, more information on the flu or to schedule an appointment, see aclink.org/publichealth. For more information, call the Division of Public Health at 609-645-5933.

Women’s Hall of Fame nominees needed

The Atlantic County Women’s Hall of Fame is accepting nominations of outstanding women in Atlantic County for the 2013 induction. Many women have helped shape Atlantic County by contributing their talents and skills to the county’s growth and development. The ACWHF continues to seek eligible candidates each year in order to recognize and honor outstanding women of our area.

Honorees are selected based on the impact of their contributions to Atlantic County, lasting contributions or achievements that promote the advancement, enhancement and enrichment of women, new paths blazed for other women and girls to follow. The nomination deadline is Oct. 31. Application forms and information are available at acwhf.org.

Music festival planned

A three-day free musical extravaganza including bold brass classics, the best of bluegrass, and a multi-cultural blend of chamber music will take place at the second annual Atlantic City Music Festival, presented by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, from Oct. 5 through 7 at Richard Stockton-Dante Hall Theater of the Arts, 14 N. Mississippi Ave., Atlantic City.

The festival will present a kaleidoscope of musical styles and influences-including the skill and precision of the Atlantic Brass Band, traditional bluegrass and old time music by the celebrated Random Canyon Growlers, and the immaculate, razor-edge ensemble playing of the Bay-Atlantic String Quartet.

All concerts are free but tickets are required and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The hall will open one hour prior to performance time. For tickets and more information on the festival, call the Richard Stockton Performing Arts Center Box Office at 609-652-9000 or see Dante Hall’s website at stockton.edu/dante.

College to offer non-credit training

Starting January 2013, Atlantic Cape Community College’s Academy of Culinary Arts will offer its five-month non-credit Culinary Arts Training Program at the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, in Cape May Court House.

The career preparation program offers participants hands-on courses to either learn new skills or enhance existing ones. The training program begins Jan. 7. Restaurateurs can sponsor a promising employee with a scholarship for ACA’s Culinary Arts Training Program.

For more information about scholarships and training, call Judy DeSalvo at 609-343-5624 or email desalvo@atlantic.edu.

Dance day set at Stockton

Richard Stockton College’s Dance Program will host “Experience Dance Day” on Oct. 25 at the college in Pomona. This is an opportunity for high school students to take two different master classes with Stockton faculty and learn about dance in college. Students can attend as individuals or as a part of a group from schools and/or dance studios. Parents are also welcome to attend. Faculty members will be on hand to answer questions.

To reserve a space and set up times, call 609-652-4891. All reservations must be confirmed by phone, so leave a clear message including name and telephone number.

Music lectures set

Learn about music under the tyranny of Metternich at the October series of free music lectures by Paul M. Somers, sponsored by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony.

The lectures will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 9 at the Ocean City Public Library, Room 110, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City; 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Vineland Public Library, 1058 E. Landis Ave., Vineland; and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Margate Public Library, 8100 Atlantic Ave., Margate. The series continues in November with an exploration of the American experience after the Revolution and the musical influence of Billings, Moravians, shape-notes, minstrelsy, Fry, Gottschalk, Indianism, New Englanders, and Herbert. The December lectures will be an exploration of music between the 20th century wars — from Irving Berlin to the Beatles and beyond.

For more information, call the Bay-Atlantic Symphony at 856-451-1169.

College to present seminar

The Stockton Center on Successful Aging will present a professional seminar sponsored by Right at Home and the Shores of Wesley Manor, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at The Shores of Wesley Manor, 2201 Bay Avenue, Ocean City.

The seminar, Maintaining Professional Boundaries in the Health Care Setting, will be presented by Christine A. Gayda, Ph.D., NJ licensed psychologist, SCOSA Service Chair and Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology at Richard Stockton College. Online advance registration is required by 5 p.m. Oct. 5 and can be accessed via the SCOSA website at stockton.edu/scosa. For more information, email Patricia Smith at psmith@rahnjshore.com or call 609-788-8236.

Green hotels workshop set

There’s still time to register for Atlantic Cape Community College’s Green Hotels Project Workshop set for 8:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 19, in the Walter Edge Theater, C-building, 5100 Black Horse Pike, in Mays Landing.

The workshop will feature an introduction by Ky Asral, manager of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Small Business Assistance Program, and a series of presentations. A panel discussion will focus on the case studies involving carbon footprint reduction and net positive ROI for hotels that have implemented successful “greener” programs. A networking session with a continental breakfast will kick off the event.

The conference fee is $20. To register, call Susan DeCicco at 609-343-4829 or email slee@atlantic.edu.

FELS looking for members

Friends of Encore Learning of Stockton, affiliated with Richard Stockton College, is a volunteer, nonprofit association that provides continuing education for its members. FELS fundraising efforts provide annual scholarship funds to Stockton students.

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

For membership information ($35 per year) or a study group brochure call Sylvia Gabrieli at 609-822-9595. The courses begin in just a few weeks.

Breast health program set

The AtlantiCare Foundation will host AtlantiCare’s Ninth Annual Breast Health Signature Event Oct. 25 at the Carriage House, 25 South Pitney Road, Galloway. Sandy Goldberg, Ph. D, breast cancer survivor, clinical nutritionist and founder of A Silver Lining Foundation, will be the keynote speaker.

The evening will include giveaways, chair and hand massages, makeup demonstrations, mini spa treatments, an art exhibit by cancer survivors and vendor sales and services. Cancer survivors will receive a special gift. Proceeds will benefit programs and services of the AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute, a Fox Chase Cancer Center Partner, in Egg Harbor Township.

Registration for AtlantiCare’s Breast Health Signature Event is $55 ($50 for AtlantiCare Spirit of Women members). To register, or for more information about AtlantiCare’s Breast Health Program or other AtlantiCare services, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 888-569-1000, see atlanticare.org or find AtlantiCare on Facebook at facebook.com/atlanticare.

Photo event set

Jeanne Chase of Chasing Memories Photography will partner with the Galloway Women’s Club to offer family photos for $40, which includes the sitting fee along with an 8-by-10, a 5-by-7 and four wallet prints. Proceeds also will support the Women’s Club Scholarship fund.

The dates are from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Oct. 6 at Brigantine Beach and 8:30 to 11 a.m. Oct. 20 at Historic Smithville. Call to reserve a time slot at 609-334-2880 or email chasingmemoriesphotography@yahoo.com.

Rotary offers study abroad scholarships

Local Rotary clubs in South Jersey are offering study abroad scholarships for about eight high school students, ages 15½ to 18½, who are interested in studying for a full year in a foreign country during the 2012-13 school year.

Students must apply by Nov. 10. Applicants are screened for study in one of 42 foreign countries. If selected, the students will travel abroad in July or August 2013. The exchange can be done during high school or after graduation, but before college. There are no language requirements for most countries and credits earned abroad can usually be transferred to New Jersey high schools. Successful applicants will spend a year living with a family abroad and studying in the local high school. Applicants should be well adjusted, enjoy family relationships, possess an inquiring mind and be interested in their own environment, the world and its problems. Expenses, when compared with other exchange or travel programs, are modest. Parents are responsible for providing roundtrip airfare, insurance and extra spending money. The host Rotary Club will provide housing, board, schooling, monthly spending money and parental supervision.

Contact Alfia DeKovacs, Rotary District 7640 student exchange chairperson, at 856-694-1884 or alfia732@aol.com, or Jack Kammer, outbound coordinator, at 609-898-9134. See exchangestudent.org.

Winter clothing needed

Kathleen’s Closet, Second Chance Shop in the Shore Mall, Egg Harbor Township, is looking for coats, hats, gloves, scarves and boots. These items will be sold at bargain prices. Proceeds from Kathleen’s Closet benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 609-383-8843, ext. 104.

Nation of Islam reunion planned

Members of the former Nation of Islam, the World Community of Al-Islam in the West, and the American Muslim Mission will hold a reunion from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 6 at the All Wars Memorial Building, 1510 Adriatic Ave., Atlantic City to record and preserve the history of the first generation of Muslims in this area.

A donation of $20 includes dinner and a keepsake. For ticket information call Andrew Parker at 609-204-4396 or Kaleem Shabazz at 609-344-2590 or email atlctymuslimreunion@yahoo.com. Sponsors should call 609-432-2805.

Atlantic Cape hosting open house

Atlantic Cape Community College will hold an open house and the 50th annual College Fair from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 14 at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.

During Atlantic Cape’s open house, information on various college services and career and academic programs will be available. The Academy of Culinary Arts will host a concurrent open house, providing information about the culinary program, its alumni, career opportunities and job placement.

The college fair is co-sponsored by the Atlantic County Branch of the American Association of University Women and the Kiwanis Club of Atlantic City.

For more information, call Linda McLeod at 609-343-5009, 609-463-4774 or 609-625-1111, ext. 5009, or email mcleod@atlantic.edu. Registration for the culinary open house is encouraged at atlantic.edu/aca/visit.htm.

Fall art expo set

The Superstar Theater at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City will be filled with dozens of local, regional and nationally known artists and crafters from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 7 for a fundraiser for the Donald L. Perry Foundation for Cancer Research. The event will feature local entertainment as well.

Singer-songwriter Dan Barry of Sea Isle City and Atlantic City pop singer Stevi Inque will perform, along with the Pattie Harris Atlantic City Dance Theater. Admission is free and visitors also can enjoy a fashion show featuring local designers and a collection of vintage fashions. Author and cancer survivor Alesia Shute will sign her book “Everything’s Okay,” a story of her childhood cancer journey. Nancy Adler, certified nutrition and fitness expert, author and radio/TV personality, will take part in the fashion show. Her new book “Fresh Fare” will be available.

Proceeds benefit cancer research programs at the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Call 609-343-1711 or see dlpfoundation.org.

Lighthouse to host fundraiser

The Absecon Lighthouse will host its annual signature special event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Chart House in Atlantic City.

Enjoy appetizers and a special champagne toast featuring Etoile by Domaine Chandon, Napa Valley, upon the lighting of Absecon Lighthouse at 6:45 p.m. A silent auction will feature more than 25 items. Cash bar available. Tickets are $60 per person. Call the lighthouse for reservations at 609-449-1360. Sponsorship opportunities are available. All sponsor benefits and information are available at abseconlighthouse.org. Program book advertising opportunities are also available.

See abseconlighthouse.org and click on the “DO SUNSET” panel or call 609-449-1360.

College to host foodie programs

Richard Stockton College will host a fun and educational “Foodie Tuesdays” series of programming Oct. 16, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18 at the Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave. The programs include a seminar and discussion, followed by a light dinner related to the discussion at Annata’s Wine Bar across the street.

Registration is $35 per person or $30 per person for two or more registered at the same time. Two people can register for the same course for $60. Call the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies at 609-652-4227.

College offers roundtable discussions

Richard Stockton College’s Office of Service Learning has announced its “Democracy Cafe” series of roundtable discussions. These are a collaborative program with the college’s Political Engagement Project. The dialogues will feature political and civic issues facing democratic society. The events are free and open to all. They take place in the Campus Center Gallery East, outside the Board of Trustees Room in the Campus Center in Pomona.

The schedule includes: Active Citizenship and Voting, 12:30-2 p.m. Oct. 2; Rewriting the Constitution, 12:30-2 p.m. Oct. 18; Election Edition, 6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 1; Economic in America, 12:30-2 p.m. Nov. 16; Healthcare Debate, 6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 27. For more information, email servicelearning@stockton.edu.

Mediation training set

Community Mediation Services is offering a free 40-hour mediation training for anyone interested in becoming a CMS volunteer.

The training will take place at Richard Stockton College in Pomona from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 and 25; and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27. For more information, call 609-345-7267 or see aclink.org/mediation/index.asp.

Community Mediation Services is a partner agency of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in Atlantic County.

Roundtable discussions set

The “For the Greater Good” Dialogue Series at Richard Stockton College in Pomona are set to take place, focusing on social justice and sociological topics.

Dicussions include What Does It Mean To Be Latinola at Stockton, 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Oct. 17; Body Concepts, 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Oct. 30; The Elections Are Done, Now What, 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Nov. 8; Who Makes the Toys in Santa’s Workshop, 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Nov. 27; and Why Doesn’t Stockton Have a Football Team, 2:10 to 3:25 p.m. Dec. 5.

Library hosts ebook program

The Atlantic City Free Public Library will offer an Introduction to eBooks and eReaders class at 2 p.m. Oct. 31 in the Main Library’s second-floor meeting room at 1 N. Tennessee Ave.

These sessions, which are free and open to library members, will teach attendees how to use their eReader, smartphone, tablet or personal computer to download eBooks and audiobooks from the library’s new Downloadable Media Service, overdrive.acfpl.org. No registration is required, but members are asked to bring their library card. Attendees will have the opportunity to try out some of the most popular eReader models on the market, which will be provided by the library, such as Amazon Kindles, Barnes and Nobles nooks, Apple iPads and Android tablets. Also, members can also bring their own device to the class.

Hundreds of popular books, including best-selling novels, well-known classics, study guides and language learning guides, are available through overdrive.acfpl.org, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Any titles that are borrowed automatically expire at the end of the lending period, so there are no late fees. For more information, call 609-345-2269, ext. 3069, or email bsaracco@acfpl.org.

Walk to end Alzheimer’s planned

The Atlantic City boardwalk will be decked out in purple as families and supporters of people living with Alzheimer’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Oct. 7. The biggest event of the year for the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, the 5K walk is expected to draw 2,000 people, including 170 walking teams to raise awareness of the disease and funds to eradicate it and support victims and their families.

The event kicks off with registration at 9:30 a.m. in front of Boardwalk Hall at Kennedy Plaza, between Mississippi and Georgia avenues. The walk begins at 11 a.m. Refreshments will be served to participants and volunteers. There will be music, refreshments, a Kid’s Corner with face painting, and opportunities to get information about the Alzheimer’s Association and the disease itself. To start a Walk to End Alzheimer’s team or to make a donation, see alz.org/desjsepa or call 800-272-3900.

College offers discussions

Richard Stockton College’s Office of Service Learning will host a series of topical “Headliners” discussions at the college in Pomona on Friday afternoons.

The series will feature weekly topics plucked straight from the news media every Monday morning. A question board will then be placed outside the Office of Service-Learning on Mondays and in various food courts on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Finally, the topic will be discussed at length every Friday afternoon.

The discussions will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 5, 12 and 19 and Nov. 2, 9, 16 and 30 and Dec. 7 in the Campus Center overlook lounge on the building’s top floor. For more information, email servicelearning@stockton.edu.

United Way fundraiser planned

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in Atlantic County will host their signature fall fundraiser, the Sun National Bank Golf and Sporting Clays Invitational, on Oct. 12 at Red Wing Sporting Clays Range in Port Republic and Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club.

As part of the event, the Thomas J. Kuhar Founder’s Award will be presented to Frank DiCola. This award is presented annually to a person or organization that has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the community of Atlantic County. DiCola is the president and CEO of DCO Energy, LLC, a company he started in 2000 with a five-member team. DiCola has been an avid supporter of many local charitable organizations including United Way. This award will be presented during the lunch program beginning at 11 a.m. at Seaview.

The full-day schedule features a 50-bird sporting clays morning session at the legendary Red Wing Sporting Clays Range in Port Republic and an afternoon round of 18 holes of golf at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in Galloway. The package includes transportation to/from Red Wing, course fees, range balls and tee package and/or shotgun and ammunition, on-course refreshments, breakfast and lunch, along with tickets to the evening reception and a tournament gift. There are options for those with limited time schedules. A morning-only session is available featuring a 100-Bird Sporting Clays Event as well as an afternoon-only option including 18 holes of golf. Those participating in the 100-Bird Sporting Clays Event may register their targets with the NSCA at no additional charge.

For event details, sponsorship/advertising opportunities and registration information, contact Mary Godleski at United Way of Atlantic County at 609-404-4483 ext. 14 or mgodleski@uwgpsnj.org.

Flea market/coat drive set

The Linwood Volunteer Fire Company will hold its second annual Flea Market and Winter Coat Drive from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 13 across from the Fire House at 750 Lincoln Ave. The event is called Junk in the Trunk because whatever items you can put in your trunk, you can sell. More than 20 venders will sell assorted items from childrens clothes to jewelry.

The money raised from renting vender spots will go to the fire company fund that has been established to restore a 1963 Pirsch pumper. This engine used to be an active truck used to put out fires in Atlantic County. Until six years ago, it was used for parades and special events. There is no charge for buyers, or anyone who would like to see the fire truck. This event will run with the annual coat drive for the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.

The fire company will collect coats, scarves, sweaters and gloves from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you are unable to make it on Oct. 13, all Cape Bank locations in Atlantic and Cape May counties will collect the coats from now until Oct. 13. For more information call Marc Ginsberg at 609-377-1902.

College offers development workshops

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer professional development workshops this fall for people interested in enhancing their skill sets to advance their careers.

Recognize potential alcohol-related problems and intervene to prevent alcohol-related tragedies in TIPs Certification from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., sections begin Oct. 9 and Oct. 27.

Teaching English as a Second Language is a self-paced course designed for individuals interested in teaching adult learners of ESL or EFL from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., first in-class meeting, Oct. 10.

Business Planning: What Do You Propose? provides an overview about the elements required to structure one’s business plan to receive funding, learn how to survive the first year of business and receive an overview of budgeting from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 6.

Design a diet for you and your clients while studying sports specific diets, principles and foundations of nutrition, energetics and athletic performance in Sports Nutrition Consultant Certification from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Oct. 13.

Personal enrichment classes are offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike; and the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House. See atlantic.edu/conted or call 609-343-4829.

College offers career training courses

Learn about the world of computers with Atlantic Cape Community College’s career training courses this fall.

Small Business Accounting using QuickBooks 2011 will prepare participants to assume a wide range of bookkeeping and assistant accounting responsibilities, including payroll, general ledger, payables and receivables. It will take place from 9 a.m .to 3 p.m., Oct. 1.

Atlantic Cape will offer a variety of computers and technology workshops, from basics to advanced. Some classes include: Introduction to Macs, Keyboarding, Social Media for Business, Microsoft Office 2010 Series, Google Docs Series, How to Photoshop, Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 Suite and Adobe Photoshop CS5 Suite.

Computers and Technology courses will be offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike; and the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House. For workshop prices or to register, call 609-343-4829 or see atlantic.edu/conted.

College offers test prep courses

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

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

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

Stockton Alumni Legacy Fund run set

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

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

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

Nursery school registration under way

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

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

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

Program set for families with young children

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

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

Local cookbooks wanted

Has your church, school, family, community group or civic organization created its own cookbook? If so, the Atlantic County Library System would love to have a copy of it.

Donations of local cookbooks can be dropped off at any Atlantic County Library System location or the Bookmobile. Library branches are located in Brigantine, Egg Harbor City, Egg Harbor Township, Galloway Township, Hammonton, Longport, Mays Landing, Pleasantville, Somers Point and Ventnor. For a schedule of Bookmobile stops, call the library’s Outreach Services Section at 609-625-2776, ext. 6338.

Autoimmune support group forming

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

School registering students

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

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

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

FELS holds membership drive

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

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

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

Library now offers app

The new Atlantic County Library System app puts the library in your pocket. You can quickly and easily search the library catalog, check your record, renew the things you have checked out, and put items on hold with the app. Wherever you are, downloading audiobooks and eBooks; locating, calling or emailing a library branch; or accessing the library’s calendar of events, Facebook or Twitter pages are simple to do.

The free app is available for Apple iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod) and Google Android devices (Nook, Kindle Fire, LG, Samsung, and more) through your app store. For more information, see atlanticlibrary.org/app.

Lighthouse challenge planned

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

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

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

Chefs wanted for chili contest

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

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

College offers financial planner program

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

The program, recently approved by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, is offered through the college’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. Financial Planning has been identified as the fifth-best career in a ranking of 200 jobs according to the Internet job-hunting site CareerCast.com. Upon completion of the 10 month program, students will have satisfied the education requirement for the CFP® Certification Examination. They are then qualified to take the CFP exam.

Courses are scheduled to begin Nov. 12. For more information or to register, see stockton.edu/cs or call 609-652-4227.

Scholarship awards dinner set

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

The Co-Chairs for this year’s event are Dr. Harvey Kesselman, provost and executive vice president at Stockton and Arthur A. Davis, Jr., former executive director for Administrative Services at the college. The 2012 honorees include: Lifetime Award recipient, Alberto “Bert” Lopez, manager, Atlantic City Electric, Public Affair; Merit Award recipient, Dr. Eileen P. Conran-Folks, manager, Hammonton Center and Noyes Museum, Richard Stockton College; and Distinguished Alumni recipient, Ariane A. Newman, assistant director, Continuing Studies, Richard Stockton College. Proceeds from the event help support the Council’s Scholarship Endowment, which provides scholarship funds to deserving Stockton students.

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

Early learning center offers discount

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

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

School supplies needed

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

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

Any donation is 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.

College sponsors film festival

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

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

New race for children

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

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

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

Seniors wanted for research project

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

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

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

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

Registration open for A.C. marathon

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

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

Family readiness group formed

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

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

Head Start enrolling preschoolers

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

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

Pulmonary support group forming

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

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

Parent-child swim classes at Katz JCC

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

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

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

MS group seeks members

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

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

Therapeutic riding program accepting riders

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

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

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

Scholarship available

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

Food bank also needs baby items

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

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

Mental Health Association reaching out to veterans

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

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

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

Multi-Care Center offers support group, seeks volunteers

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

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