Flu shots available

The Atlantic County Division of Public Health will provide 11 public flu shot clinics for those 18 years and older 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.

Artist studios to open

The new Hammonton Artist Studios will hold its official grand opening from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 15 during Third Thursday.

As the most recent addition to the Hammonton Arts District, the Hammonton Artist Studios is a new visual arts venue and work space in the heart of Downtown Hammonton that houses a collective of professional and emerging artists from the region. Throughout the evening, visitors are invited to stroll through each resident artist’s studios to see their latest creations. The Hammonton Artist Studios will be open monthly, on all future Third Thursdays.

The Hammonton Artist Studios is funded in part by Mainstreet Hammonton, the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, the Hammonton Arts Center, the Eagle Theatre, the Hammonton Arts District, the Fineberg Foundation and Charles Arsenault.

Trail of Two Cities rescheduled

The Trail of Two Cities 5K Run/Walk has been reschuled for Nov. 17, due to the recent storm.

Registered runners can pick up their race packets Nov. 15 and 16 at the Aquatic and Fitness Center, 18th and Simpson, Ocean City. Go to lmsports.com/trailol12.htm to register through Nov. 13. Race morning registration starts 7 a.m. at the Transportation Center in Ocean City at Ninth Street and Haven Avenue, where the run/walk starts.

Buses will be available at the finish line at JFK Park in Somers Point to take runners to the start before the race. Buses will transport runners back to Ocean City at the conclusion of the race. The 5K Run awards ceremony will take place at JFK Park after all 5K runners have finished. All walk participants will be able to see their time as they complete the course.

Churches offer storm aid

Brendon Wilson, the new lead pastor of New Covenant Community Church in Somers Point, has received phone calls from several U.S. churches offering assistance after Sandy.

Gateway Church in South Lake, Texas, has offered to foot the bill for Chance Craven of DRADT (disasterrelief.cc) to come to the area, assess and call for trained volunteers to come help rebuild the lives of those affected by the storm. Along with DRADT is Andrew Bashor of Hopeforce International and Chris Zitzmann of Crisis Response International and their teams. They can help residents clear out flooded homes, gut Sheetrock, remove small and medium trees with chainsaws, and provide chaplaincy services to those in need.

New Covenant created a webpage, hurricanesandyresponse.com, where donors from all over the country can support these efforts, and Wilson is using this page to challenge his network of pastors and church leaders with the “1 Percent Challenge,” where they donate 1 percent of their Sunday tithe or collect a special offering to donate.

Homeowners in need of debris removal, drywall removal, gutting of a home or furniture removal can call New Covenant Community Church at 609-601-1299 and apply for services. The relief organizations are taking them case by case until a full team of volunteers arrives.

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.

Sandy Relief Fund established for students

The Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation has established the Sandy Relief Fund for Atlantic Cape Students to collect emergency funds for Atlantic Cape Community College students affected by Hurricane Sandy.

More than 1,900 Atlantic Cape students live on the barrier island communities assaulted by the storm on Oct. 29. Student evacuees are now returning to devastating conditions-wrecked homes and vehicles, and destroyed computer equipment, school supplies and textbooks.

The Sandy Relief Fund for Atlantic Cape Students will provide assistance for students who need to replace books, computer equipment, clothing and food, and to cover commuting costs and other necessities. To make a donation to the Sandy Relief Fund for Atlantic Cape Students, see: www.atlantic.edu/relief or send a check payable to the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation to: Sandy Relief Fund for Atlantic Cape Students, Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210-1972

For more information, contact Patricia Gentile, executive director of the Atlantic Cape Foundation, at 609-463-4507 or pgentile@atlantic.edu.

Habitat for Humanity application process open

Habitat for Humanity Atlantic County will hold new homeowner orientations for those interested in Habitat homeownership. Homeowner candidates are strongly encouranged to attend.

Habitat for Humanity Atlantic County is a nonprofit organization that partners with families to provide simple, decent, affordable housing to low income families. Applications may be obtained during the orientations. Four orientation meetings are planned: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8, Buena Vista Township Municipal Building, 890 Harding Highway; 10 a.m. Nov. 14, Trinity United Methodist Church, 7117 Ventnor Ave., Ventnor; 2 p.m. Nov. 20, Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 207 Northfield Ave., Northfield; 10 a.m. Dec. 1, Zion Lutheran Church, 312 Philadelphia Ave., Egg Harbor Ccity.

Qualification checklist for applicants:

Only for first-time homebuyers/homeowners.

Resident of Atlantic County for at least one year.

Inability to secure a conventional home mortgage.

Full disclosure of financial and personal situations, including income, marital status, household composition, debts, etc.

Stable income history: three-year current consecutive work record, SSI, pension, child support, etc.

Willingness to remain in program for 18 months to two years waiting for a home.

Willingness to contribute at least 250 hours of sweat equity per adult members of the household (18 and older).

Willingness to serve on a volunteer committee for at least a year after moving into the home.

Consent to required credit check and background check

Good credit history and willingness to make regular payments on outstanding debts in accordance with a repayment plan.

Positive references from employers, creditors and landlords.

Habitat for Humanity Atlantic County is not a Section 8 rental subsidy program.

At the orientation, guests can ask questions and will be provided an application for the Habitat Program. Volunteers will be available to assist you in completing the applications. Call the Habitat office at 609-487-9472 for questions.

Food drive under way

The New Jersey Society of CPAs Young CPAs is sponsoring a food drive to benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, which works to provide support to more than 1,600 agency programs in the fight against hunger and poverty.

The Young CPAs goal is to collect 100 bags of nonperishable items and canned goods, surpassing last year’s collection of 85 bags. See njscpa.org/career/article/2012/09/17/fooddrive. The drive, which began Sept. 17, will conclude Nov. 16. Nonperishable food donations can be dropped off at the following locations until then: Linwood: Friedman LLP, 327 Central Ave.; Mays Landing: Ford-Scott and Associates, 1309 Cantillon Blvd.; Northfield: Capaldi, Reynolds and Pelosi, 332 Tilton Road.

College receives awards

Atlantic Cape Community College received five Medallion awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations at the group’s annual District 1 Conference recently in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The college’s new mobile-friendly website received a gold award in the website category. Silver awards went to: Communication Success Story for media coverage received for the Atlantic Cape Restaurant Gala; One-Time Special Event, Publicity on the Academy of Culinary Arts 30th anniversary; and Fundraising/Annual Campaign, communication materials for the Create Opportunity Major Gifts Campaign. A photo taken at Atlantic Cape’s 2012 graduation captured a bronze award in the Original Photography category.

JFS announces donor

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties has announced the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey as a Chai Donor.

The foundation awarded JFS a $19,000 grant to support the agency’s Integrated Health Partnerships program, which helps to improve the health-care outcomes of people with chronic disease and severe mental illness. In its initial year, the Integrated Health Partnerships program will work with 20 mental health consumers who have been seen in the emergency room or hospitalized within the past 12 months. Through a partnership with Southern New Jersey Medical Center, the program incorporates individualized case management and in-person contacts to minimize hospitalization, promote disease self-management and increase healthy outcomes, to ultimately reduce the costs associated with medical noncompliance among high-risk patients.

The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey supports nonprofit organizations that share the mission to improve quality of life. For more information about the program or other JFS services and events, call 609-822-1108 or see jfsatlantic.org.

Senior Center open

The Hammonton Community Senior Citizen Center is open for seniors, age 50 and older, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and is located in the Canoe Club building off Egg Harbor Road at Park Avenue in Hammonton Lake Park. Recreational activities include card games, a walking group and book club. There are no membership fees or dues.

On the third Friday of each month, Atlanticare Regional Medical Center sponsors a free lecture by a health care professional on a subject related directly to senior issues. The talk is followed by a luncheon provided by the Canoe Club Kitchen crew for $3. Bingo is held the fourth Tuesday of each month, followed by a free luncheon.

The New Jersey State Health Insurance Assistance Program is providing an informational event on “Medicare, Everything You Should Know Now” at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 8. Due to space and seating limitations, advance registration is required for all special events. Call the Canoe Club at 856-322-7082 to speak to a volunteer for more information and to register for any event.

Master gardener program open

People who enjoy gardening and would like to take their skills to the next level are sought for the Atlantic County Master Gardener Program sponsored by Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Atlantic County, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Applications are now being taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. No experience necessary. The first training will begin Jan. 8, 2013.

This program is for all residents of Atlantic County. For more information or an application, call Mona Bawgus or Anita Wagner at 609-625-0056, ext. 6123, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or see rutgers-atlantic.org/garden.

Consitution day events planned

The Constitution Day series of programming at Richard Stockton College, part of Stockton’s Political Engagement Project, continues with an event focusing on the presidential election. The post-election forum “What Does the Election Outcome Mean?” will take place with Stockton political science faculty at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 8. The panel will discuss the presidential election and what the results mean for America. This event is free and open to the public.

Professor seeks history info

Richard Stockton College Associate Professor of Art History Kate Ogden is working with the Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society to research and learn more information about the city’s school of art and local artists.

The Vineland School of Art existed in the 19th century, and not much is known about it — Ogden hopes local residents may shed more light.Ogden’s students in her class on 19th century art are researching and writing about works of art owned by the society and will create a catalog of its many paintings, works of sculpture and other objects.

The Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society is interested in learning more about local artists from the Vineland area. Anyone wishing to contribute information, which will remain confidential, should call Kate Ogden at 609-652-4406 or e-mail kate.ogden@stockton.edu.

Food drive set

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey is holding a Holiday Turkey and Food Drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 10 at stores including Acme in Mays Landing and ShopRite store in Somers Point and Egg Harbor Township. The Community FoodBank of New Jersey-Southern Branch, 6735 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township, also will be open at that time to accept holiday food donations.

Items requested include frozen turkeys (frozen only, no fresh), canned soups, stews, fruits, vegetables, pasta, rice, grains and other nonperishable foods. Items only in cans, no glass jars or bottles. For more information, call Colette Kraus, food sourcing coordinator at 609-383-8843, ext 116.

Music lecture set

Learn about the influences in music after the American Revolution at the November free music lecture by Paul M. Somers, sponsored by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony.

In this third installment of a four-part series examining the effects of history on music during the last two centuries, see how the American experience after the Revolution was captured in music. With composers such as William Billings, William Henry Fry and Louis Moreau Gottschalk, learn about such influences as the Moravians, shape-notes and minstrelsy. The lecture will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Margate Public Library, 8100 Atlantic Ave.

The four-part series concludes in December with 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, or Maurice River Music at 856-506-0580.

Veterans informational event set

Veteran’s Informational and Appreciation Day will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 15 at the United Methodist Church, 100 Pitney Road, Absecon. This event is sponsored by the City of Absecon’s Community Affairs Committee and Absecon Community Center For Seniors. This event is open to all veterans.

Veterans Advocate Lou Green will attend. The Atlantic County Clerks Office will be able to assist veterans with obtaining identification cards. Bring your driver’s license or photo ID. There will be a number of Veterans Outreach tables and educational opportunities information available.

Lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. Lunch is free for veterans, but registration is required by calling Donna Payne at 609-645-0013 or emailing her at seniorcenterumc@comcast.net by Nov. 8. There will be a $2.50 charge per person for non-veterans. For more information, call Councilwoman Kim Horton at 609-641-6150 or Donna Poley at 609-641-6268.

Arts center lists 2113 exhibits

The Galloway Cultural Arts Center announces its 2013 exhibit line-up. From Jan. 12 to March 16 is Fresh Start; March 16 to June 15, Anything Goes; June 15 to Sept. 21, All About Light; Sept. 21 to Jan. 11, 2014, South Jersey Life.

All drop offs should be made to the Galloway Library, 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway. Cost is $5 members for each piece and $10 nonmembers for each piece. To become a member, see gallowayculturalarts.org.

Free memory screenings available

Visiting Angels and Fox Rehabilitation are encouraging members of the community to be proactive about memory health by taking advantage of free, confidential memory screenings and information about successful aging from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 28 at 331 Tilton Road, Northfield. The event is part of National Memory Screening Month, an annual initiative that the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) holds each November during National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.

Qualified health care professionals administer the screenings, which consist of a series of questions and tasks, and take five to 10 minutes. Screening results are not a diagnosis, and individuals with below-normal scores or who have concerns are encouraged to pursue a full medical exam.

For more information, call Lisa Walker at 609-335-7726 or Pat Laychock at 609-289-5392.

Charity league to host Christmas mart

The Charity League of Atlantic County will host the 65th annual Christmas Mart from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 16 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point. Handmade items, including tree skirts, stockings, and ornaments will be available for purchase. The annual pin for 2012 will be unveiled at this event.

There will be more than 20 shops, photos with Santa, and gourmet food items for sale made by members. The Park Room and Pub and Grille will be open for lunch and dinner during the event. Admission is free and no tickets are needed. Beneficiaries of the Charity League include Atlantic City Day Nursery, Child Federation of Atlantic County, the Donny Fund, the Women’s Center, Family Services Association, Covenant House and the Atlantic City Rescue Mission.

For more information, see charityleagueac.org.

College hosts food drive

Atlantic Cape Community College student clubs and college staff are organizing food drives throughout the month at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, and the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Road. Members of the community are invited to support the drives.

The Atlantic City Campus is collecting nonperishable canned food items for Sister Jean’s Kitchen through Nov. 16. Collection containers are located throughout the campus.

The Student Government Association at the Mays Landing Campus is collecting nonperishable food items for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Southern Branch, through Nov. 14. A donation box is located in front of the Student Life Center, J-Building. Accepted items include: canned fish, canned meats, boxed meals, pasta, pasta sauce (no glass), rice, canned soup, canned gravy, mac and cheese, peanut butter (no glass), jelly (no glass), canned vegetables, canned fruit, granola snacks, cereal and shelf stable (non-refrigerated) juice.

The Culinary Student Association also is collecting peanut butter and jelly through Nov. 19. Collection boxes are located outside Careme’s Restaurant, in front of the Student Life Center and in A-Building. Donations will benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey-Southern Branch and the Campus Kitchen at Atlantic City.

Energy assistance expo set

United Way’s Project Warm Heart and the Atlantic County Sheriff’s REAL Help program have teamed up to present a free Economic and Energy Assistance Resource Expo from 1 to 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Shore Mall in Egg Harbor Township.

The expo is intended to connect those in need with assistance programs and services that are available in the community. Applications for energy and other assistance programs will be available. Program guidelines and restrictions may apply. The following documents will be needed to complete the application process: Social Security cards for all household members, proof of income, lease, property tax bill or mortgage statement, recent income statements, SSI, SSD, TANF and GA award letters, affadavit of non-income if not working, and current energy bills.

The expo will take place inside the Shore Mall in the space in front of the Division of Motor Vehicles. The expo is open to the public and free. For more information, call Fran Wise at United Way at 609-404-4483 or Sheriff Frank Balles at 609-909-7211.

Awards dinner planned

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 Seaview Resort in Galloway.

The cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m. and the awards program at 7 p.m. The honorary co-chairmen for this year’s event are Harvey Kesselman, provost and executive vice president at Stockton, and Arthur A. Davis Jr., former executive director for administrative services at the college. The event will celebrate three award recipients: Lifetime Award winner Adalberto “Bert” Lopez, Merit Award winner Eileen P. Conran-Folks and Distinguished Alumnus winner Ariane Newman (class of 1990). Proceeds from the event help support the council’s scholarship endowment, which provides scholarship funds to deserving Stockton students.

Tickets or advertisements for the program book may be purchased at 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.

Presentation for teens

Teens who are considering continuing studies in the visual arts at the college level are invited along with their parents to attend a presentation on Nov. 17 in the Hammonton Art District that will feature area artists and college representatives with insight on careers in the arts, financial aid, college admissions and more.

This is the first in a series of Teen Arts Academy programs sponsored by the Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, the Eagle Theatre, Stockton’s Noyes Gallery and the Hammonton Arts Center. Artists scheduled to participate include Michael McGarvey in computer graphics, Kim Weiland in illustration and painting, Liz Wuillerman in photography, Paul Nurkowski in computer gaming, Suzanne Horvath in painting, and Robert Roesch in sculpture. In addition to opportunities to meet with professional artists and college officials, students may also request individual portfolio assistance.

Activities begin at 9 a.m. in the Eagle Theatre on Vine Street with breakout sessions in various venues throughout the Hammonton Art District. Registration is required. Applications are available at aclink.org/culturalaffairs.

For more information, call Cynthia Mason Purdie, Administrator for the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, at 609-646-8699, ext. 6314, or by email to cmasonpurdie@aclsys.org.

International education week slated

The Office of International Services, along with the Office of Student Development and the eight academic schools of Richard Stockton College are sponsoring International Education Week, Nov. 12-15. International Education Week is celebrated by colleges and universities in the United States and in more than 100 countries. It aims to inspire students to broaden their perspectives through global learning, foreign languages and international travel.

Several events are slated for each day:

Nov. 12: Study abroad information fair, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Campus Center Events Room; sites related to the Holocaust faculty led tours, 2 p.m., Board of Trustees Room; Euro crisis panel discussion, 4 p.m., Campus Center Theater; Stockton student produced film, ‘The Road is Coming,’ 7 p.m., Campus Center Theatre.

Nov. 13: Poster Fair, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., C/D Wing Atrium; the geo dome experience, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., I Wing Gym; Anne Frank and her diary in the 21st century, 7 p.m., Campus Center Theater; documentary film discussion, ‘Education Under Fire,’ 1 p.m. Campus Center Theater, and 7 p.m., Arts and Science building AS102.

Nov. 14: This Little Light of Mine, I’m Gonna Let It Shine, 1 to 2 p.m., Alton Auditorium; judo class, 11:15 a.m., Sports Center; the universal language of mathematics, 1:30 p.m., Campus Center Meeting Room;

Nov. 15: Exploring student and faculty clinical and research opportunities in Greece, China and South Africa, 3:30 p.m. Main Campus F111; Stockton student produced film showing and discussion, ‘The Road is Coming,’ 7 p.m. Campus Center Theater.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information contact the Office of International Services, India Karavackas at 609-626-3537.

Health courses offered

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

Certified Home Health Aide for CNAs is designed for the CNA who wants to become a Certified Home Health Aide and meets from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15.

Emergency Medical Technician Certification will prepare students to perform basic life support. Participants will learn adult and pediatric medical and trauma assessment, basic airway support, use of AED, assisting patients with medication administration, splinting, bleeding control, lifting, transferring and transporting stretchers and patients. It will take place from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, beginning Jan. 29.

Multi-Skill Technician will prepare students to function as EKG and Phlebotomy Technicians. Curriculum includes: anatomy and physiology of the heart, medical terminology, medical disease processes and appropriate treatments, medical ethics. The class will meet from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday and Friday, beginning March 4.

In Administrative Healthcare Specialist, participants will learn a variety of administrative duties in the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, dentists and other health care facilities. The class will meet from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 8 a.m.to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, beginning March 11.

Lecture and lab modules will take place at the Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape’s Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd. Clinical expertise will come from various hospital settings and students will also gain field experience on paramedic units.

For more information, or to register, call 609-343-4829 or see atlantic.edu/conted.

Black and White Ball set for Dec. 15

Generations of residents and friends of the Simon and Sylvia Zisman Seashore Gardens Living Center will be represented at the inaugural Black and White Ball on Dec. 15 at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.

Hosted by the Seashore Gardens Foundation, tickets are $250 each and sponsor tables can be purchased for $3,500 and $5,000. Black and white attire is requested for the black tie-required event. Complimentary valet parking and a special room rate are offered by Resorts.

For tickets and more information, call Sharon D’Angio at 609-748-4614, email dangios@seashoregardens.org or see seashoregardens.org.

Turkey drive under way

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties is holding its annual Holiday Turkey Drive to provide families with turkeys and trimmings throughout the holiday season. With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, JFS will collect monetary donations to purchase turkeys for members of the community in need.

Ways to help include making a donation of $25 or more to purchase a Butterball turkey or kosher turkey (upon request). This gives an individual or family a turkey certificate that can be used to purchase a holiday turkey, plus the holiday trimmings. You can also make a donation of canned goods. Stuffing, canned corn, cranberry sauce and other side dishes are perfect to complete the holiday meal. JFS also encourages donations of peanut butter, tuna fish, soups, pasta and cereals to use throughout the year. Ocean City Home Bank has food dropoff locations in Egg Harbor Township, Linwood, Margate, Northfield and Ventnor through mid-November.

To donate, see jfsatlantic.org or call 609-822-1108. Donations can be mailed directly to JFS at 607 N. Jerome Ave., Margate, NJ 08234. Jewish Family Service accepts nonperishable food donations all year. If you have a question about the JFS Food Pantry or how you can assist, email Leigh Turner at lturner@jfsatlantic.org.

Golden Cotillion planned

The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. Iota Chapter will introduce a Golden Cotillion in the spring of 2013.

The Golden Cotillion, Lovelier the Second Time Around, will feature women 60 and older. It will provide an opportunity for mature ladies to experience relevant workshops and an evening of dining, dancing and fun. Ladies are sought to participate. A sponsorship fee will be required. Sponsors may be individuals, civic organizations, social clubs, or churches. The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. Iota Chapter has been the sponsor of the Debutante Cotillion for high school seniors for more than 50 years. The benefits of this cotillion have enabled the chapter presenting scholarships each of these years. The two cotillions will continue to benefit Iota’s Scholarship Fund and the sorority’s Youth Programs.

Anyone interested is asked to call Barbara Gilliam, chairperson, at 609-348-3654.

Teen Arts Academy event scheduled

Teens who are considering continuing studies in the visual arts at the college level are invited along with their parents to attend a unique presentation Nov. 17 in the Hammonton Art District that will feature area artists and college representatives with insight on careers in the arts, financial aid, college admissions and more.

This is the first in a series of Teen Arts Academy programs sponsored by the Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, the Eagle Theatre, Stockton’s Noyes Gallery and the Hammonton Arts Center. Artists scheduled to participate include Michael McGarvey in computer graphics, Kim Weiland in illustration and painting, Liz Wuillerman in photography, Paul Nurkowski in computer gaming, Suzanne Horvath in painting, and Robert Roesch in sculpture. In addition to opportunities to meet with professional artists and college officials, students may also request individual portfolio assistance.

Activities begin at 9 a.m. in the Eagle Theatre on Vine Street, Hammoton with breakout sessions in various venues throughout the Hammonton Art District. Registration is required. Applications are available aclink.org/culturalaffairs.

For more information, call Cynthia Mason Purdie, administrator for the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, at 609-646-8699, ext. 6314, or email cmasonpurdie@aclsys.org.

Online courses offered

Upgrade your current skills, gain fresh knowledge and develop new talents in the comfort of your own home by enrolling in online training courses through Atlantic Cape Community College’s Continuing Education division.

Concentrations cover Business, Grant Writing/Nonprofits, Career Ideas, Career Development, Personal Enrichment, Test Preparation, Languages, Personal Finance, Personal Enrichment, Computer Applications and more.

Most classes are $99. All students need to get started is Internet access, an email address and Web browser. Each course begins every six weeks and consists of 12 lessons, interactive quizzes, assignments, tutorials and online discussion areas. For more information, call 609-343-4829, or see atlantic.edu/conted.

Free trees offered

Atlantic City Electric is providing 3,000 free trees to customers through Energy-Saving Trees, an Arbor Day Foundation program that helps conserve energy and reduce energy bills through strategic tree planting. Atlantic City Electric customers can reserve their free trees at arborday.org/Atlantictrees.

An online tool helps customers estimate the annual energy savings that will result from planting trees in the most strategic location near their homes or businesses. Customers can reserve as many as two trees and are expected to care for and plant them in the location provided by the online tool. Trees offered include Washington hawthorn, white dogwood, bald cypress, American beech, hackberry, river birch and sugar maple.

The program will continue until all 3,000 trees are reserved. The 2- to 4-foot tall trees will be delivered directly to customers at an ideal time for planting.

Fundraiser set

The Women’s Leadership Initiative of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in Atlantic County will hold its seventh annual Sweet Laughs fall fundraising event to benefit the programs of Success By 6 from 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 15 at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in Galloway Township.

Featuring humorist, professor and author Gina Barreca as special guest, the event includes an extensive selection of hors d’oeuvres, dessert tasting, Pink Ticket auction and book signing by Barreca. Tickets are $35 per person, or tables of ten for $300. Tickets can be purchased by calling Amanda Morrison at 609-404-4483, ext. 13, or email amorrison@uwgpsnj.org. For online ticket purchases, see unitedwayac.org.

A limited number of Barreca’s books will be available for purchase at the event. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own books by Barreca for signing following the program presentation. Additionally, WLI is collecting new or gently used children’s books for children age 1 to 6. These books will be distributed through United Way of Atlantic County.

Coat, food drive under way

Be an Angel is collecting much needed nonperishable goods for the South Jersey Food Bank, and coats from infants through adult sizes for the Atlantic City Rescue Mission.

The drive runs through Nov. 30. The following have partnered with Visiting Angels to be drop off locations: Visiting Angels of Atlantic County, 3153 Fire Road, Suite 1-F, Egg Harbor Township, call 609-641-7200; Visiting Angels of Cape May and Cumberland Counties, 110 Roosevelt Boulevard, Marmora, 609-545-8258; Fox Rehab, 331 Tilton Road, Suite 7, Northfield, 609-241-6339; Heartland Hospice Services, 2111 New Road Suite 100, Northfield, 609-641-4675; Atlantic Christian School, 391 Zion Road, Egg Harbor Township, 609-653-1199; Atlantic Chiropractic Life Center, 3 N. Buffalo Ave., Ventnor, 609-487-0800; Lolla Chiropractic Center, 161 White Horse Pike, Galloway, 609-748-8800.

Visiting Angels provides seniors and adults with the needed assistance to continue living at home safely for as long as possible. For more information, call 609-641-7200 in Atlantic County and 609-545-8258 in Cape May and Cumberland counties.

Upward Basketball program offered

Greentree Church will offer the Upward Basketball program to the community for the eighth year this winter. Last year 250 children participated in this highly successful basketball program. The emphasis of Upward Basketball is teaching basketball skills while developing Christian life and character.

Children in grades one to six can participate and registration is taking place now. In this sports program, every child who registers plays equally in every game. Players will be placed on an age appropriate team. Each child will receive awards after every game and practice which will encourage and help motivate them. There will be separate leagues for boys and girls. Students will practice for one hour each week and play a game on Saturday. The program will run eight weeks in January and February and will conclude with an awards night. Practices and games will be conducted in the spacious Family Life Center of Greentree Church, 125 Schoolhouse Road, Egg Harbor Township.

Every player must register and come to an evaluation night on Nov. 8. The purpose of the evaluation nights is to help match players and teams by skill level, to size for uniforms, to orient parents, and to complete registrations. Registration forms are available by contacting Greentree Church at 609-927-3838 or visiting greentree.org/upward, or email questions to Upward@greentree.org.

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 Maccabaeus” 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 in room H-102 of the campus in Pomona. For more information, call Stockton’s Division of Arts and Humanities at 609-652-4505.

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.

College offers workshop

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

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.

College to host foodie programs

Richard Stockton College will host a fun and educational “Foodie Tuesdays” series of programming 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: 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.

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. Nov. 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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 a.m. 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.