Presentation addresses special education

A presentation, “Rights and Responsibilities of Parents, Students, Teachers and School Districts in Special Education,” is offered from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Arc of Atlantic County, multipurpose room, 6550 Delilah Road, Suite 101, Egg Harbor Township.

The presenter is Richard Harding, a member of the NEA, NJEA and American Bar Association who has more than 14 years experience as an advocate for people with disabilities. The program is intended to help attendees understand more about rights and responsibilities in special education. RSVP to Nicole Terzakis, social services director of the Arc of Atlantic County, at 609-485-0800, ext. 201, or nterzakis@arcatlantic.org. Please specify session.

Gilda’s Club fundraiser set

Gilda’s Club South Jersey’s eighth annual “Movers. Shakers. Difference Makers” benefit luncheon will take place at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 28 at the Palm Restaurant in Atlantic City.

The event includes cocktails, award-wining cuisine and raffles. The luncheon benefits Gilda’s Club South Jersey, whose mission is to provide social and emotional support free of charge to people with cancer, their families and their friends. As a special tribute, Gilda’s Club South Jersey will honor longtime board member Isabel Allen for her years of tireless support and unparalleled generosity. Phyllis Lacca and Bill McCullough will co-chair the event with Sandler. Luncheon admission is limited to the first 250 respondents. Tickets are $150 per person, and all donations are tax-deductible. Attendees are strongly encouraged to dress to impress, as there will be a red carpet hosted by female impersonator Gary Dee, noted for his portrayal of Joan Rivers.

For event information and to purchase tickets contact Lauren Crenshaw at 609-926-2699 or see gildasclubsouthjersey.org.

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 to benefit Women’s Club Scholarship fund

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.

Voter registration held

Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers, SJFMC, a nonprofit community and migrant health center serving Atlantic, Burlington and Salem County, will join hundreds of organizations across the country on Sept. 25 in the celebration of National Voter Registration Day. On that day, SJFMC will make staff available at each of the health center sites to help register or re-register voters ahead of the statewide voter registration deadline. Members of the community are invited to stop in at any of the Atlantic County health centers to register to vote Sept. 25 and up until the registration deadline. Locations are Atlantic City, 1125 Atlantic Ave. and 1301 Atlantic Ave.; Pleasantville, 932 S. Main St. For more information, call 609-567-0200.

Funfest by the Bay planned

The annual Funfest by the Bay will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 29 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 30 bayside from Decatur to Coolidge Avenue on Amherst in Margate.

Admission is free. A free shuttle service will pick up and drop off on Ventnor Avenue between Essex and Coolidge and on Amherst Avenue between Essex and Benson. Funfest proceeds benefit Gilda’s Club South Jersey, Margate Business Association Daniel and Maria Walters Scholarship Fund and the MBA Children’s Scholarship fund, which benefits Margate school children in need, and several other regional charities.

Rotary offers scholarships for study abroad

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.

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.

Call Alfia DeKovacs at 856-694-1884 or email alfia732@aol.com, or Jack Kammer at 609-898-9134. See exchangestudent.org.

JFS expands

Jewish Family Service has expanded of the Women’s Health Network. Through grant funding from the Central and South Jersey Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the program creates awareness and reduces barriers through education, screening and case management. In April 2012, JFS received supplementary funding for women who are not obtaining annual mammograms and diagnostic screenings due to medical and financial barriers. The additional funding will provide screenings for up to 30 women who have no primary care physician and/or insurance to receive critical health care.

Since the program’s inception in May 2011, JFS has touched the lives of over 400 women. More than 120 women received potentially lifesaving mammograms and follow-up diagnostic tests. By promoting consumer compliance, JFS increases participation in annual and diagnostic breast cancer screenings among women between the ages of 40 and 64 who are diagnosed with mental illness. In its second year, the JFS Women’s Health Network aims to provide annual and diagnostic breast screenings to 90 women and breast health education to more than 300 women about breast health education this year.

For more information about JFS programs and events, call 609-822-1108 or see jfsatlantic.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.

Dog show scheduled

Steve and Cookie’s 16th annual Dog Show will take place Sept. 30 at 9700 Amherst Ave., Margate.

This lighthearted judging competition kicks off with awards for each entry. For $20 per entry, each registrant will receive an official commemorative T-shirt and a “goodie bag.” All proceeds benefit New Jersey Aid for Animals, an all-volunteer animal charity aiding abused and abandoned animals and the Humane Society of Ocean City.

This year’s dog show theme is “Rethinking Sustainability: “Reuse, Recycle Rehome.” There will be a doggie fashion show, pet information booths and demonstrations by the Atlantic City K-9 Unit.

Atlantic Cape hosts 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.

Singers wanted

Richard Stockton College will present a Holiday Choral Extravaganza on Dec. 9 and are looking for singers to join the chorus. Rehearsals begin at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 in the Alton Auditorium on the college’s Galloway Township Campus in Pomona. Call Brian Lyons at 609-652-4891.

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.

Lecture series begins

Richard Stockton College will host the lecture series of the Classical Humanities Society of South Jersey (CHSSJ) beginning Sept. 22 at the campus in Pomona. The lectures are free and open to the public. The first talk for the Fall 2012 schedule features Stockton Professor Kate Ogden on “Modern Artists, Classical Motifs.” The lecture will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 22 in Room F-111. Light refreshments will be provided.

Call 609-652-4618 or email katherine.panagakos@stockton.edu.

Cancer fund donates

Ruth Newman Shapiro Cancer and Heart Fund President Joanne Kenny recently presented Shore Medical Center President and CEO Ron Johnson and Vice President/Foundation Chief Development Officer Thomas J. Mundell with a check for $50,000, completing RNS’ $500,000 pledge in support of Shore Cancer Center’s RNS Radiation Therapy Suite.

The donation will be used to upgrade the center’s Image Guided Radiation Therapy. Since 1983, RNS has donated nearly $2 million to Shore Medical Center. For information about the Cancer Center, call 609-653-3585 or see ShoreCancerCare.com.

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.

Grant supports MMSC intern program

Interns perform vital roles at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, and with the help of a grant from the Ocean City Home Charitable Foundation, the center can now offer stipends to the interns who assist with public education, outreach to schools, childrens programs and animal care.

The grant will allow the center to attract interns from colleges throughout the United States. The grant was one of 20 presented to area nonprofit organizations at the Ocean City Home Charitable Foundations awards reception in July. The foundation presented a total of $50,000 in grants at the reception, bringing the organizations seven-year donation total to more than $740,000.

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 to 2 p.m. Oct. 18; Election Edition, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1; Economic in America, 12:30 to 2 p.m. Nov. 16; Healthcare Debate, 6 to 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: Why Is Everyone So Sensitive About Religion, 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Sept. 27; 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. Sept. 26 and 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. on Sept. 21 and 28, 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.

Singers wanted

Richard Stockton College’s Oratorio Society is looking for singers to take part in the performances throughout the academic year.

All interested persons are invited to join the Stockton Oratorio Society in their weekly rehearsals from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays in room H-102 of the campus in Pomona. For more information, call Stockton’s Division of Arts and Humanities at 609-652-4505.

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 consecutively 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 Sept. 29, Oct. 9 and Oct. 27.

Those interested in preparing for the state examination to become a licensed New Jersey Real Estate Salesperson can learn about property interest and rights, mortgages, leases, business opportunity sales and laws and regulations in Real Estate Sales Pre-Licensing from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 24.

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 Sept. 29 and 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.

Choral Society seeks singers

The Mainland Choral Society invites singers to join in rehearsals for the 24th annual Christmas concert Dec. 7.

Rehearsals began Sept. 19, in the nave of Christ Church at Shore Road and Meyran Avenue in Somers Point. Remaining rehearsals will run from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays. A nominal membership fee will be charged. For further information, call Elaine King at 609-266-8912.

College offers career training courses

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

Business Technology Specialist is designed for anyone who needs to gain vital computer skills. Participants will learn document production, word processing, spreadsheet preparation, database creation and management and effective use of presentation software. It will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 24.

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.

Raffle to benefit Arc

Tickets are now on sale for the RemArcable Raffle, with all proceeds benefiting The Arc of Atlantic County and its programs that support more than 700 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Atlantic County.

The grand prize is a trip to San Francisco, which includes airfare and a three-night, four-day stay at the Parc55 Wyndham hotel in San Francisco.

The raffle drawing will take place at 2 p.m. Sept. 22 at the I. Rice and Company Golfing for Good Tournament at Harbor Pines Golf Club, 500 St. Andrews Drive, Egg Harbor Township. A maximum of 300 tickets will be sold. Entrants need not be present to win.

Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased at arcatlantic.org until Sept. 21 or call Carol Sprouse at 609-485-0800, ext. 141.

Junior volunteers receive awards

Five members of Shore Medical Center’s Junior Volunteers program were presented with scholarships from the Somers Point Rotary Club during their August luncheon.

Recipients of the $500 awards were Kelvin Gandhi, 17, of Brigantine, a senior at Atlantic City High School; Daniel Gomez, 18, of Egg Harbor Township, a freshman at Atlantic Cape Community College; Rachel Heist, 18, of Ocean City, a freshman at Muhlenberg College; Ali Hinman, 17, of Northfield, a senior at Mainland Regional High School; and Sima Shah, 18, of Egg Harbor Township, a senior at Egg Harbor Township High School.

Shore’s Junior Volunteers program is open to high school students 14 and older. For an application to take part in the summer 2013 program, call 609-653-3543.

Museum hosts Third Thursday

The Noyes Museum of Art’s satellite gallery in Hammonton, as well as the rest of the Downtown, presents a colorful Third Thursday evening, entitled Bellevue Empire from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20. A spinoff of the popular hit TV show Boardwalk Empire, Bellevue Empire will feature music, sales, and activities spotlighting prominent themes such as the Roaring 20’s, the boardwalk, and the Prohibition Era.

At the Noyes gallery there will be a presentation featuring notorious artwork from the era of flappers and The Great Gatsby. It will be looping continuously from 6 to 8 p.m. Local musicians, Tamara DeMent & The Cold Club will perform originals and covers of infectious music with a jazzy feel. Visitors are encouraged to dress the part and have some laughs in our photo booth set with scenery and props reminiscent of the Atlantic City Boardwalk of days gone by. Photographs will be taken all night in the booth just outside of the gallery; prints will be available for purchase between 7:30 and 8 p.m., for $2 each.

Pastor to be ordained

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Jersey in Galloway Township will ordain Pastor Charlie Dieterich, of Smithville on Sept. 30. Unitarian Universalist ministers from across the country and clergy of other faiths will participate in the event.

Following Puritan tradition, the members of the congregation will perform the act of ordination. The congregation elected Dieterich to the office of ministry in June. Dieterich has served as pastor to the congregation since September 2011.

The church held its first service in 1999 and was officially chartered in 2000. Over the years, the congregation met in rented space in Somers Point, Margate, Galloway and Absecon. In 2008, the congregation built the Unitarian Universalist Center at 75 S. Pomona Road in Galloway, across from Richard Stockton College. September 30 will be the fourth anniversary of its use for worship.

Dieterich served previously as a chaplain in suburban New Orleans. He graduated from Starr King School for the Ministry in 2010, having previously worked for RCA and other consumer electronics companies in the Princeton area. He holds a masters degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. For more information, see uucsjs.org.

Balles family honored

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

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

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

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 through Thursday and until 4:30 p.m. Friday.

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

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

Sponsors, walkers wanted

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

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

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

Program set for families with young children

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

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

Beth Judah lists new program

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

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

Making saves for Alzheimer’s

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

Benefit gala set at Noyes

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

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

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

Local cookbooks wanted

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

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

Autoimmune support group forming

An autoimmune support group is forming and will meet the second and fourth Sundays of each month in the Chapel of Central United Methodist Church, Central Avenue and Shore Road in Linwood. 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.

Hammonton Arts District expands

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

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

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

Youth orchestra auditions set

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

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

New CASA program developed

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

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

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

Lighthouse challenge planned

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

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

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

Chefs wanted for chili contest

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

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

College offers financial planner program

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

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

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

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

Scholarship awards dinner set

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

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

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

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

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

Early learning center offers discount

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

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

School supplies needed

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

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

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

MS fundraiser set for October

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

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

Outdoor movie series returns

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

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

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

Farmers market returns to A.C.

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

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

College sponsors film festival

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

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

New race for children

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

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

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

Seniors wanted for research project

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

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

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

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

Registration open for A.C. marathon

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

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

Family readiness group formed

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

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

Head Start enrolling preschoolers

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

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

Pulmonary support group forming

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

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

Parent-child swim classes at Katz JCC

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

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

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

MS group seeks members

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

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

Therapeutic riding program accepting riders

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

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

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

Reassurance calls offered

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

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

Scholarship available

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

Food bank also needs baby items

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

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

Mental Health Association reaching out to veterans

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

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

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

Multi-Care Center offers support group, seeks volunteers

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

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