Fishman to speak

Friday evening and Shabbat morning, June 21 and 22, author and psychologist Lynda Fishman will speak at Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor, under the auspices of JNF.

Lynda’s topic is “Turning Wounds into Wisdom.” She is the author of “Repairing Rainbows,” which relates an event that altered her life forever: When she was 13, her mother and two younger sisters were killed in a plane crash. Fishman is a trained clinical social worker and recently retired summer camp owner and director, and now is an inspirational speaker. She will speak during Friday night services that begin at 6 p.m., and again during services Saturday morning.

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A luncheon follows services on Saturday. The entire community is welcome, regardless of background or faith. For more information, call 609-822-7116.

Guns vs. Hoses boxing set

The sixth annual “Battle at the Basin” Guns vs. Hoses charity amateur boxing event will take place at noon June 29 at Historic Gardner’s Basin in Atlantic City (rain venue: Sovereign Avenue School). Tickets are a $20 donation.

Proceeds from the event will go 60 percent to Gilda’s Club and Shirley Mae breast cancer assistance, and 40 percent to Atlantic City Police Athletic League youth programs. Sponsors are needed; contact Atlantic City Fire Capt. Shannon Stinsman at 609-442-5461 for details. Boxers also are needed; all bouts will be matched according to skill levels (public servants) and by amateur records of other boxers, by boxing coaches.

Small Sandy Survivors set

New Jersey Hope and Healing presents Small Sandy Survivors, a creative, interactive workshop that offers support and education to children ages 5-10 who were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The events are free. Counselors are available to meet with parents. To find a workshop in your area, call 609 652-3800, ext. 308. New Jersey Hope and Healing is sponsored by the NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Disaster and Terrorism Branch, through a FEMA grant in partnership with Mental Health Association in New Jersey.

Bookmobile schedule planned

The Atlantic County Library System Bookmobile follows a summer schedule of stops from June 24 to Aug. 30.

Mondays: 1-2 p.m. Oaks of Weymouth, Weymouth Township; 2:15-3 p.m. Weymouth Township Municipal Building; 3:30-4 p.m. Estell Manor Elementary School; 4:15-4:45 p.m. Weymouth Township Recreation Fields; 6-8 p.m. Buena Community Reading Center, Buena Regional High School

Tuesdays: 10-10:45 a.m. Egg Harbor Township Senior Center; 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Buena Senior Center; 1:45-2:30 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, Newtonville; 3:15-4 p.m. Mullica Township Municipal Building

Wednesdays: 10-11 a.m. Alfred R. Lundy Sr. Community Center, Mizpah; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Spanish Community Center, Landisville; 1:30-2:30 p.m. Cranberry Run, Buena; 3-4 p.m. Milanesi School, Buena

Thursdays (except Aug. 8): 9-9:45 a.m. Mullica Township School; 10:15-10:45 a.m. Little Flyers Academy, Egg Harbor Township; 11:15 a.m.-noon Galloway Township Senior Center (on June 27, the bookmobile stops here 3-3:45 p.m.); 1:15-2:15 p.m. Port Republic Beach; 2:45-3:30 p.m. Smithville Town Center, Galloway Township (no bookmobile stop here June 27)

Third Fridays of the month, July 19 and Aug. 26: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Atlantic County Park, Estell Manor

The bookmobile offers summer reading program activities for kids at the Buena Community Reading Center, Newtonville, Mizpah, Landisville, Milanesi School, Port Republic and Atlantic County Park stops. Updated schedule information is at in the event of inclement weather or mechanical problems. For more information, call the Outreach Services Section of the Atlantic County Library System at 609-625-2776, ext. 6338.

International Night Series set

Music and dance from Africa, China, India, the Philippines and more will be highlighted this summer as part of the sixth annual Atlantic City Library International Night Series.

The series, co-sponsored by the library and City of Atlantic City, will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in July and August at Kennedy Plaza, on the Boardwalk between Mississippi and Georgia avenues. The shows are free and run about 90 minutes. The schedule features:

Cason Express Show Band on July 3, Hawaiian Luau Entertainment on July 10, Feraba on July 17, Los Pleneros de la 21 on July 24, Tropical Beat on July 31, Chinese Theatre Works on Aug. 7, the Barley Boys on Aug. 14, Bollywood Axion on Aug. 21, and Kinding Sindaw on Aug. 28.

For more information, call 609-345-2269, ext. 3064.

Chefs at the Shore planned

The 10th Annual Chefs at the Shore event is set for 5:30 to 9 p.m. June 20 at the Atlantic City Aquarium.

Chefs at the Shore raises funds for scholarships for culinary students and educational programming at the aquarium. The event is sponsored by the Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey and the Atlantic City Historical Waterfront Foundation, which operates Historic Gardner’s Basin and the aquarium. The event features signature dishes from area restaurants, cooking demonstrations, live music, and an open bar of premium beers and wines.

Tax-deductible tickets are $60 per person or $450 for a block of 10. Also needed are sponsors, ads and items for the raffle and silent auction. Contact Michelle at 609-348-2880, ext. 25, or

Soroptimists to present awards

Soroptimist International of Atlantic City will present its annual Woman of Distinction Award to Donna Michael-Ziereis, Esq., President-Elect of the Atlantic County Bar Association, during the club's Awards and Installation Luncheon at noon June 22 at the Palm Restaurant at the Quarter at Tropicana in Atlantic City

Other awards to be presented or acknowledged that day are the Atlantic Cape Community College Scholarship, given to a student in the health care field. This year's winner is Rene LeBlanc. The Violet Richardson Award also will be presented.

The cost of the luncheon is $40 and free valet parking validation is available at the Palm. For information or reservations, call Noreen Tkacz at 609-822-2834.

Krayzelburg Swim Academy now offered on mainland

The Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center is bringing the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy to the Mainland beginning June 24 at Split Elm Equestrian, 553 S. Frankfurt Ave., Egg Harbor.

The Swim Academy uses the SwimRight Method, which promotes the swim-float-swim technique for children as young as 3 months. The focus is on providing children with the knowledge of confidence and safety in and around the water. Students are taken from beginning stages to learning freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. Classes will be offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Split Elm Equestrian, and will be offered as parent/tot, private, group and stroke development.

For more information on swim classes, see For more information on the Katz JCC, see For information enrolling in swim lessons, contact Stephanie Wakefield at 609-822-1167, ext. 139, or

Brigantine fishing tournament set

American Legion Post No. 396 is holding its seventh annual Fishing Tournament on June 22 (rain date June 23).

The captains meeting and boat registration with $60 per boat will take place at 7 p.m. June 21 at the post, 3218 W. Brigantine Ave., Brigantine.

The prize is $500 for single largest flounder, and prizes will be awarded for the three-fish total weight, ladies largest flounder, and children under 12 largest flounder. A calcutta for three-fish total weight is available for $10, with winner taking all. A buffet follows the weigh-in. Registration forms with rules are available at the post or by calling Mike at 609-264-0631 or Guy at 609-266-0423.

All proceeds benefit Fisher House, which helps wounded military personnel and their families.

Seminar addresses retiree relationships

The Stockton Center on Successful Aging will sponsor a free informational seminar, “Now We’re Retired, You’re Getting on My Nerves,” from 2 to 3 p.m. June 26 at the Galloway Community Services Senior Center, 621 W. White Horse Pike, Egg Harbor (609-568-5073).

Retirees have a lot more free time, and many couples wonder, “Why isn’t our relationship getting better? Why are we getting on each other’s nerves?” Join Marguerite Heaton-Colella, a New Jersey licensed clinical social worker and Certified Dementia Practitioner, to explore why arguments may occur more often between two people once they're both retired, and what they can do about it. Heaton-Colella, who is in private practice in Linwood, has specialized training and experience, including leading groups for family and friends of people with cancer at Gilda’s Club of South Jersey.

For updates and schedule changes, see or call 609-626-3591.

Jazz on Beach Series set in A.C.

Some of the nation’s best jazz artists and outstanding local acts will take the Kennedy Plaza stage for the 14th annual Chicken Bone Beach Jazz on the Beach Series.

The Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation Inc. and Atlantic City Free Public Library present this free concert series, which takes place Thursdays in July and August from 7 to 10 p.m. at Kennedy Plaza on the Atlantic City Boardwalk between Mississippi and Georgia avenues. The schedule includes:

July 4: Reuben Wilson, opening act Tony Day and the Across the Globe Band; July 11: Steve Kroon Jazz Sextet, opening act Richard Tucker Quartet; July 18: Christopher Dean Sullivan Quartet featuring Angel Rose, opening act Pam Walker and Friends; July 25: Pucho and His Latin Soul Brothers, opening act Latin Wave; Aug. 1: Larry Ridley and the Jazz Legacy Ensemble, opening act Chicken Bone Beach Youth Jazz Ensemble; Aug. 8: Ray Gaskins Quartet featuring Mycah Chevalier, opening act Connie Jackson and Friends; Aug. 15: Danny Mixon, opening act Dwain Davis and Quartet; Aug. 22: Lee Smith Quartet, opening act Lyn Ridley Quartet; Aug. 29: Alan Nelson Lines of Reason, opening act Keith Hollis Quartet.

The series is funded in part by the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/Department of State through the Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, City of Atlantic City, Comcast, PNC Bank, Kinematica Inc, Kramer Beverage Co. COORS, Just 4 Wheels, Atlantic City Convention Center, CRDA and ZEO Brothers. Tune in to Richard Stockton College radio station WLFR (91.7 FM) on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. for the Chicken Bone Beach hour. Call 609-441-9064 or 609-841-6897 or see for more information.

Group exhibit in Somers Point

The Great Bay Gallery will help its neighbor on Bay Avenue celebrate its 40th anniversary with a new exhibit, “Happy Birthday Smitty’s aka the Clam Bar.” The group exhibit opens June 26 at the Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point.

The exhibit and sale, featuring a group of 15 artists, will present works in media including oil, watercolor, pastels and three-dimensional constructions, pen and ink prints and even commemorative Christmas balls. Visitors will find items representing all things Clam Bar. A “Meet the Artists” reception will take place at Great Bay Gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. June 28, and is free and open to the public.

The exhibit continues until July 20. See

Forsythe holding Family Movie Night

The Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge will host a screening of Disney Nature’s film “Wings of Life” at 7 p.m. on June 21 as part of its Evenings at Forsythe series. The film will be shown in the refuge’s headquarters auditorium.

Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg’s documentary employs macrophotography in order to show the secret lives of bats, butterflies, hummingbirds and bumblebees. This film highlights how the determination and interdependence of these diminutive creatures somehow keep our chaotic world in balance. This is an amazing movie that the whole family will enjoy.

Evenings at Forsythe are sponsored by the Friends of Forsythe NWR. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information and directions, call 609-652-1665 or see or

Acoustic music showcase at Noyes Museum

The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College offers Afternoon Acoustics, a weekly presentation of acoustic sessions by select local musicians.

On June 30 from 1 to 4 p.m., artists Cait Darcy, Hofenakus, ARGO and Zebras and Bulls Fight Tonight! will perform during the Afternoon Acoustics Showcase. Visitors can enjoy live art demonstrations by regional artists, create their own artwork inspired by the music and enjoy chili from Beauty and the Beard, winner of the museum’s 2012 Chili Cookoff. Local artists also create original artwork inspired by the music at the showcase.

For more information, call 609-652-8848 or see

Pet neutering assistance available

Spaces are available now for the state pet sterilization funding program available to qualified residents.

The program begins July 1 (while funds last) at various veterinary offices to help qualified residents spay or neuter their pets for only $10. Because spaces go quickly, Shore Veterinarians encourages residents to sign up in June for the program before all the funds are depleted. Animals can be neutered starting at 12 weeks of age. Shore Veterinarians participates in this state program at all four of their locations: Seaville, Williamstown, Hammonton and Egg Harbor Township.

To qualify, residents must receive one of the following: Food stamps, Medicaid, GPA: General Public Assistance, rental assistance, AFDC: Aid to Families with Dependent Children, LUC: Lifeline Utility Credit, Tenants Lifeline Assistance, SSI: Supplemental Security Income, or PAAD: Pharmaceutical Assistance to Aged and Disabled. To find out more or to see if you qualify, call: Atlantic County residents, 609-272-8777; Hammonton residents, 609-561-2802, Williamstown-area residents, 856-728-6613, Cape May County residents, 609-390-9113.

Health-care classes available

The Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape Community College will offer programs to train people interested in a health-care career.

In Phlebotomy Technician, students will learn blood collection techniques, handling, transporting and processing blood specimens through practice on artificial arms and extensive clinical experience at area medical facilities, two sections, beginning June 24 and Sept. 16.

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, beginning July 15.

Medical Assistant equips students with the training needed to perform a variety of administrative and clinical duties in the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors and other health care facilities, beginning July 15.

In Patient Care Technician, students will learn basic patient care skills, including: medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, CPR certification, phlebotomy, EKG, vital signs, patient care and HIPAA awareness, to prepare for careers as Patient Care Technicians, Phlebotomists or EKG Technicians, beginning July 16.

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. For more information or to register, call 609-343-4829 or see

Ranch Hope Auxiliary meeting

Ranch Hope Auxiliary No. 13 Atlantic County will meet at noon June 25 for a covered dish luncheon at the Asbury Methodist Church on Asbury Avenue in the English Creek section of Egg Harbor Township. The group, which supports Alloway-based youth outreach nonprofit Ranch Hope, is collecting boxer shorts in sizes L and XL for boys at the ranch. There will also be $50 ShopRite gift cards available for purchase as a fundraiser.

The public is invited to attend. Members are reminded to bring copies of their favorite recipes for inclusion in the forthcoming Combined Auxiliary Recipe Book. For more information, call president Karen Frampus at 609-476-3250.

Boardwalk Art Show looking for artists

The Atlantic City Arts Commission and the Noyes Museum of Art of Richard Stockton College invite all artists to the Boardwalk Art Show, a revival of the tradition of Boardwalk art shows, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 7 on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

Free parking, discount lodging and assistance with load-in and -out are available. The event is free and all proceeds from the event will be used for future art events in Atlantic City. Groups of five or more artista from any organization will receive a group rate of $250, and artists who enclose a copy of their student ID will receive a 20 percent discount off the booth fee.

All artwork must be original and created by the artist registering for the show. Entry fee is $75 for a 12x12-foot space. Applications can be downloaded at, or Artists must submit five images of their work, an image of their display and a short bio, along with the application and entry fee.

Applications can be mailed to: Noyes Museum of Art of Richard Stockton College c/o Do Art AC Boardwalk Art Show, 733 Lily Lake Road, Oceanville, NJ 08231, along with a CD of five images of art and one image of the display, a short bio and check made out to: The Noyes Museum of Art.

There will be $2,000 in prizes awarded. The deadline for applications is July 1.The Atlantic City Arts Commission and The Noyes Museum of Art will review all applications and acceptance notifications will be sent out on July 7.

For more information, contact Andrea Giannini at 609-652-8848 or via email at

FoodBank needs volunteers

Volunteers with data entry and good interpersonal and multitasking skills are needed to help the FoodBank with registration in its onsite pantry. The group is also looking for help in bagging and boxing food for pantry clients, stocking shelves, sorting food and grocery donations and assisting pantry clients in both its onsite and mobile pantries. Other volunteer opportunities include sweeping, mopping, recycling and general cleaning. They are also looking for folks with a green thumb to help with our community garden as well as help with beautification of the FoodBank property.

Individuals, small groups and families are welcome. The Community FoodBank of New Jersey is located at 6735 Black Horse Pike in Egg Harbor Township and is open Monday through Saturday. Additionally, help is needed at Kathleen’s Closet Thrift Shop to assist customers, sort, stock shelves and price merchandise and work the register. The shop is located at the Festival at Hamilton in Mays Landing and is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities contact Maria Bocelle at 609-383-8843, ext. 114, or email Volunteers between ages 12 and 16 must be accompanied by an adult. All volunteers must be registered and go through orientation.

Stranding Center holding beach walks

The Marine Mammal Stranding Center, New Jersey’s only rescue and rehabilitation facility for marine mammals and sea turtles, invites seashore visitors of all ages to stroll with members of the MMSC education department and discover the magic and mysteries of a barrier island.

Its morning guided beach walks will cover information about the shore’s plants and sealife, and will include bird, native plant, and seashell identification. Walkers should meet at the entrance to Brigantine’s “Cove Beach” (Lagoon Boulevard. and Ocean Drive West) at 9 a.m. on June 21 and 25. A 6 p.m. sunset beach walk is scheduled for June 26. The requested donation/fee is $5 per person and no registration is required.

NAACP Mainland/Pleasantville meeting set

The NAACP Mainland/Pleasantville June meeting is set for June 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Richard Stockton College's Townsend Residential Life Center in Galloway Township.

This branch represents all Atlantic County towns except Atlantic City and Mizpah. For questions, email or call 609-407-0800.

Jewelry, metalsmithing classes set

Summer jewelry-making classes are now forming at the Ventnor City Cultural Art Center, 6500 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor.

Learn to work with metal, stones and beads to make beautiful wearable art. Learn traditional techniques and develop your own style. Participants make pins, earrings, necklaces and bracelets to wear or give as gifts, and learn to work with glass, crystal and semi-precious stones and beads, as well as a variety of metal jewelry findings. These four week courses run July 5-25. They include:

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Beading: Learn techniques and materials including bead stringing and pearl knotting, catches and findings to enhance designs. how various beads are made and how to use them.

1:15 3:30 p.m. Beginners Metalsmithing (Metals 1): For beginners and those looking for a creative outlet. Be your own jewelry designer. Learn methods of cold joining metals and stones. Learn to work with wire and sheet metals,piercing, sawing, riveting, drilling, polishing, finishing and more.

For advanced students, Open Studio is by appointment only. Anyone who has taken Metals 1 and 2 can call 609-287-6449 for times.

All four-week classes are $80 and include tools and materials, which includes copper and brass metal. Students can purchase sterling silver, pearls and other specialty items for an additional fee. For information, call 609-823-7952 or 609-287-6449.

Free creative writing workshop offered

The Stockton Center on Successful Aging will sponsor a free writing series workshop, “Creative Writing Workshop: Memory in Poetry and Creative Nonfiction,” on July 13, 20 and 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Noyes Museum of Art at 733 Lily Lake Road in Oceanville.

Several creative writing genres will be explored, with a focus on creative nonfiction and poetry. By reading and discussing work by both famous and local writers, participants will focus on what makes good writing, and work to apply these techniques. The class will write and reinvent poems, stories and essays. The workshop structure of this course will give both new and advanced writers the opportunity to share their own work and help one another improve in craft and creativity.

Registration is required. To register, visit the museum, call 609-652-8848 or email Jillian at

Youth can receive job training

Eleven area at-risk youth, ages 16-21, will receive on-the-job training as part of a Youth Corps Urban Gateway Enhancement Program. The selected participants will spend eight weeks working to improve and beautify the roadside entrances to the City of Pleasantville.

The program is funded through a $32,000 New Jersey Department of Transportation grant administered by the Atlantic Cape May Workforce Investment Board. Participating youth will remove graffiti and debris from adjoining roadways, add flower beds, plants, shrubs and trees, landscaping rocks and more. Successful candidates will work six hours a day for eight weeks, including a one-week orientation, training and assessment period. The program includes ongoing case management and counseling as well as referrals to housing, transportation, legal aid and other support services.

To learn more, call the Atlantic Cape May WIB at 609-485-0153, ext. 4810.

Atlantic Audubon offers teacher resources

Atlantic Audubon is offering the National Audubon Society’s award-winning nature education program “Audubon Adventures” free to interested teachers in Atlantic County.

This program, written at a fifth-grade reading level, is intended for use by third- through sixth-graders. Audubon Adventures publications have been analyzed and evaluated to meet the Common Core Standards for English Language Art, adopted by 45 states, and the National Research Council’s National Science Education Standards for all states.

Four Audubon Adventures newspapers for students are accompanied by an extensive resource manual for the teacher, including detailed lesson plans, tips for outdoor study, hands-on activities, and student assessment tools. The four new Audubon Adventures for 2013-14, covering “Sharing Our World With Birds,” are: 1) Regal Raptors; 2) Sensational Seabirds, 3) Hooray for Hummingbirds, and 4) Caring For Our Planet: Find your passion, get involved.

Interested teachers should phone requests for Audubon Adventures materials to Atlantic Audubon at 609-748-4397. Funding will be limited to the first 10 teachers who respond.

Shore Thing writing retreat set

In an ongoing partnership between the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and Murphy Writing Seminars, veteran writer and educator Peter Murphy will present “Shore Thing: Writing Beyond the Boardwalk” at Stockton's Dante Hall in Atlantic City on July 13 from 9:30-4:30 p.m.

The $65 tuition includes a lunch of Atlantic City subs and a soft drink. Discounts are available for those who have attended other Murphy Writing programs and for members of the South Jersey Poets Collective. The registration deadline is July 10.

Murphy Writing Seminars, a New Jersey Department of Education Registered Professional Development Provider, will offer seven hours of professional development credit to participating educators. For full registration information, see or call 609-823-5076.

Sandy recovery help available

Counselors with New Jersey Hope and Healing are available to meet with homeowners and renters who are recovering from Hurricane Sandy.

Information on grants is now available. Support groups are running. Call 609-652-3800, ext. 308, for details. New Jersey Hope and Healing is sponsored by the NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Disaster and Terrorism Branch, through a FEMA grant in partnership with Mental Health Association in New Jersey. Residents who are upset, stressed or depressed as a result of the storm, loss of property or displacement and other related issues may seek guidance and support by calling 877-294-HELP (4357), TTY 1-877-294-4356.

Time to register for classes

There’s still time to register for Atlantic Cape Community College’s summer and fall classes. Choose from courses in art, aviation, business, communication, computers, English, math, science and more.

Atlantic Cape’s summer classes offer students an opportunity to pick up extra college credits, repeat courses, lighten their fall and spring course loads and graduate earlier. Upcoming summer sessions include:

Second session, July 1-Aug. 22; in-person registration deadline June 27, online, fax or mail deadline June 30

Third session, July 15-Aug. 22; in-person registration deadline July 11, online, fax or mail deadline July 14

Atlantic Cape will offer new degree programs this fall in biomedical science, chemistry and radiologic technology. Fall semester classes begin Sept. 3. Students can register at the college’s Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike; the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.; and the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House. To view a complete list of summer and fall courses and to register online, see Regular registration hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. The college will be closed July 4, and on Fridays through Aug. 16.

The college accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Payment for summer classes is due at the time of registration. Payment for the fall is due July 15. To register online or view an updated schedule of summer and fall courses, see For more information, email or call 609-343-5000, 609-625-1111, ext. 5000, or 609-463-3960 in Cape May County.

Conference focuses on green credentials

Atlantic Cape Community College will host a Green Credentials Matter Conference, 8 a.m.-noon June 27 at the Walter Edge Theater, C-Building, 5100 Black Horse Pike, in Mays Landing.

Industry experts will discuss how professionals can become certified under new energy efficiency and sustainability regulations as they relate to retrofitting, repairing and rebuilding homes affected by Hurricane Sandy. A networking session with a continental breakfast will kick off the event. Participants will also have an opportunity to explore green vendor tables and exhibits. The conference fee is $29. To register, see For more information, call 609-343-4829.

VFW taking entries for essay competition

Atlantic County-based Veterans of Foreign Wars District 16 is taking entries for its VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Patriot’s Pen essay scholarship competition for students in sixth through eighth grades.

One first-place winner from each district will be sent to compete at the state level for a chance to compete nationally. The national winner earns a $5,000 scholarship and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. To enter, students must write an essay of between 300 and 400 words on the theme “What patriotism means to me.” Students must not identify themselves or their school in the essay, and should do so only on their entry form. Essays must be submitted to the local VFW post by Nov. 1.

For more information, see

Beachstock set for Margate

Beachstock 2013, billed as the Planet’s Biggest Beach Party, is set for June 29 (rain date June 30) in Margate. Events include:

Mile open water swim; paddle boarding event; beachstock volleyball tournament; music, games and giveaways presented by 100.7 WZXL; food and beer garden; vendor booths; sand sculpting and instruction; face painting; hair braiding; bocce ball and shuffleboard; Margate Police Ident-A-Kid Program; slide and obstacle course amusements; free skin cancer screening; kid’s variety entertainment; battles of the bands; Stacey’s Surf Camp; children’s treasure hunt; life guard competitions, an evening bonfire and more.

There will be a free jitney shuttle at Atlantic Avenue and the Union Avenue School.

VFW accepting essays for scholarship contest

Atlantic County-based Veterans of Foreign Wars District 16 is accepting entries for its VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Voice of Democracy scholarship competition, for which local high school students have the opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars and scholarships and a trip to Washington, D.C.

The program is open to students in ninth through 12th grades. Students must write and make an audio recording of an essay between three and five minutes in length expressing their views on the theme of “Why I’m optimistic about our nation’s future.” All essays and accompanying CD recordings must be submitted to a local VFW Post along with the completed V.O.D. entry form. Students must not identify themselves or their school in the essay or CD, and should do so only on their entry form. Submissions are due by Nov. 1.

For more information, see

JCC announces summer series lineup

From June 27 through Aug. 8, the Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center’s lineup for its Summer Series of Entertainment will keep audiences smiling, laughing and engaged.

June 27, 7 p.m., Broadway’s legendary song and dance man Tommy Tune, “Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales,” see

July 18, 7 p.m., Robert Klein stand-up comedy.

Aug. 1, 7 p.m., Bobby Collins stand-up comedy, see

Aug. 8, 7 p.m., Catch A Rising Star Comedy Club, see

The Katz JCC Summer Entertainment Series is open to the public. All events will take place in the Katz JCC auditorium, 501 N. Jerome Ave., Margate. For ticket information, call 609-822-1167 or see

VFW seeking nominees for Teacher of the Year

Atlantic-County-based Veterans of Foreign Wars District 16 is seeking nominees for its VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award contest.

Each year, three exceptional teachers are recognized by the VFW for their outstanding commitment to teaching patriotism to their students. Post 16 will select one outstanding teacher from kindergarten-fifth grade, sixth-eighth grade and ninth-12th grade. These teachers move on to district level judging for the chance to compete at the state and national levels. National winners will receive a cash award for professional development expenses, a cash award for their school, plaques for themselves and their schools and an all-expenses-paid trip to attend a VFW conference and receive their award.

To enter, in 350 words or less describe why your nominee deserves the award and submit this explanation along with the nomination form to the local VFW post by Nov. 1. For more information, see

Green classes offered

Atlantic Cape Community College offers green-themed classes this summer.

Green Building Today!, beginning June 21, provides an in-depth overview of the design and construction of Green High Performance Buildings and explores the most current building systems, technologies and materials.

Introduction to PV Design and Installation and Exam Prep, beginning July 15, will review PV design and installation concepts to prepare students for the NABCEP exam.

LEED for Green Associate PLUS, July 18 and 25, prepares beginning green building professionals to pass the Green Building Certification Institute’s LEED for Green Associate exam.

Solar Professional Certification, beginning July 29, offers photovoltaic installation training on residential and commercial buildings.

Courses take place at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. For more information, call 609-343-4829 or see

County offers online golf reservations

Playing golf at the Atlantic County John F. Gaffney Green Tree Golf Course just got a little easier — golfers can reserve a tee time online.

Golfers can access the online reservation system at The system can accommodate reservations for two to four players with tee times from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. in eight-minute intervals. The system is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations also can be made by calling the clubhouse at 609-625-9131 during business hours.

The Green Tree Golf Course is located on Route 559 in Egg Harbor Township. It is known for its tight, tree lined fairways and its excellent greens. It is home to one of the only par 6 holes in the Northeast. The course provides reduced rates for county residents and offers leagues, clinics, private lessons with a PGA golf professional, special events and activities. A driving range is available, as well as a practice putting/chipping green and snack bar. The Pro Shop is open daily 6 a.m.-7 p.m.

Noyes Museum offers summer art camps

The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College in Galloway Township will offer hands-on art camps for children ages 6-12 this summer from June 24 through Aug. 2.

Around the World in 5 Days Camp: Zip around the globe to Japan, Africa, Italy, Mexico and the U.S., making art from each culture along the way. June 24-28

Folk Art Camp: Old-timey traditional arts: make hand-dipped candles, pottery, weather vanes, old fashioned treats, weavings and more. July 1-5 (no camp July 4)

Fantastic Tales Camp: Let your imagination run away with you! Favorite stories from ‘James and the Giant Peach’ to ‘Shrek’ inspire adventurous art. July 8-12

Art Studio Adventures: A fantastic journey into creativity exploring many media: plaster sculptures, stained glass, dyed fabric art, a group sculpture, paper pulp paintings and more. July 15-19

Drawing and Painting: Nature’s Textures Art Camp: Nature is the muse as children draw and paint in watercolors, acrylics, mosaics, pastels, colored pencils and more. July 22-26

3D Art Camp: For budding sculptors: Experiment and learn to use a variety of materials — clay, papier-mache, wood, plaster casting, paper pulp, found objects and more. July 29-Aug. 2

To reserve a spot, see or call 609-652-8848.

Stockton offers CSI summer camp

Richard Stockton College this summer will host a group of young investigators — CSI campers — as they learn about crime scene investigation and courtroom techniques.

Dr. Joshua Duntley, associate professor of criminal justice, and Dr. Christine Tartaro, professor of criminal justice, designed the five-day overnight summer camp for high school students, which is entering its seventh year. Campers first learn how to collect evidence and how to record a crime scene as first responders. They spend the rest of their time solving a murder case that is staged on campus. Campers experience all aspects of an investigation including police reports, eye-witness interviews, fingerprinting, DNA analysis, jury selection and trial preparation. Officers from the Stockton Police Department go over fingerprinting and introduce police dog Hemi to the campers. The students also visit a jail and the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Registration for all three camp sessions is open. The camps run June 23-27, July 14-18 and July 28-Aug. 1. For more information or to register, see

Dog day at Noyes

The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College invites local dog owners and their dogs to the Art and Bark evening June 20 from 5 to 8 p.m.

This outdoor event gives pets and owners a chance to learn and enjoy creative playtime in the beautiful surroundings of the Noyes Museum, all while raising money for the Atlantic County Animal Shelter. There will be dog treats, dog caricatures, a puppy paw print mural for pets to create with their owners, training seminars and more.

For more information, call 609-652-8848 or see

Miss Night in Venice contestants sought

Any young woman who is interested in participating in the Miss Night in Venice contest this year should contact Sue Doll at 609-425-5708.

Contestants must be at least 15 years old. The contestant collecting the most money for local philanthropic organizations will be crowned Miss NIV and lead the Night in Venice Boat Parade along the Ocean City Bayfront on July 20.

All contestants in the pageant will ride on the boat with Miss NIV.

Noyes offers free admission to military families

The Noyes Museum of Art will join more than 1,800 museums across the country this summer in offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families Memorial Day through Labor Day as part of the Blue Star Museums program. The complete list of participating museums is available at

Classes offered for seniors

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Club 50 Plus will offer workshops this summer designed to enhance the personal, professional and social lives of older learners.

Exploring the World via the Internet for Seniors will help participants learn about using email, sending digital pictures and greeting cards, searching for people and maps on the Web, and researching information about health issues, travel, shopping, coupons and more online, two Fridays, beginning July 19.

Manage, Edit and Email 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 email. Students should bring to class a digital camera and a USB cable to connect to the computer, two sections beginning July 11 and Aug. 9.

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, Building T; the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road in Cape May Court House; and the Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd in Atlantic City.

For workshop prices or to register, contact Sherwood Taylor at 609-343-5689 or

Atlantic Cape offers professional development

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer professional development workshops beginning in June for individuals interested in enhancing their skill sets and advancing their careers.

Real Estate Broker Licensing: Ethics in Today’s Real Estate World is one of a series of three courses required to complete 150 hours of pre-licensure education to apply for the broker’s license in New Jersey, four Thursdays and Fridays beginning June 20.

Professional development workshops 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 or call 609-343-4829.

Technology demos available

Gain insight about how to use the newest technology during Atlantic Cape Community College’s Summer Technology Demos. Participants should bring their own laptop or tablet computer to these demonstrations.

In Excel 2010 Charts and Pivot Tables Demo, learn several techniques for creating column and bar charts along with Pivot Tables and Pivot Charts, two sections beginning June 20 and 21.

In CloudOn/Dropbox/SkyDrive Demo, learn to use free-to-use cloud-based services to share documents, photos, videos and other files, two sections beginning July 11 and 12.

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

Atlantic Cape offering kids cooking classes

Atlantic Cape Community College's Academy of Culinary Arts will offer Kids in the Kitchen cooking sessions for children ages 8-12 through the summer.

The classes are designed to help young chefs build skills and confidence in the kitchen, and will teach kitchen safety and an understanding of healthy cooking while giving participants a chance to make friends and have fun. The class costs $195 and includes hat and apron.

Sessions will be offered 9-1 p.m. June 24-27, July 15-18 and August 12-15 at Atlantic Cape's Mays Landing Campus at 5100 Black Horse Pike. For more information or to register, visit or call 609-343-4829.

Registration open for fall ACA classes

Registration for fall 2013 classes at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College is under way. ACA classes begin Aug. 26.

New culinary students should contact Judy DeSalvo at 609-343-5624 or to schedule a registration appointment. Returning students can register online using WebAdvisor at

The academy offers two-year degree programs in culinary arts, baking and pastry and food service management, and specialization programs in hot foods, baking and pastry, food service management and catering.

Full-time classes meet five hours a day, Monday through Friday, in morning, afternoon or evening sessions. Part-time classes are available also.

For more information about the ACA, call 800-645 CHEF, email, or visit

Keates Fund scholarships available

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center City Campus Auxiliary is awarding fellowship funds to qualifying applicants pursuing nursing education through its Martha B. Keates Fellowship Fund for nursing students. Funds will be applied toward tuition fees or book purchases and other appropriate educational expenses as determined by the Martha B. Keates Nursing Fellowship Fund Committee.

Applicants must live in Atlantic County, be high school graduates enrolling or currently enrolled in a nursing program or have completed the pre-requisites of a nursing program. Children and grandchildren of ARMC Auxiliary members are not eligible.

Applications are available at For more information about the Martha B. Keates Fellowship Fund or the ARMC City Auxiliary, contact Donna Mason at 609-441-8131, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 888-569-1000, visit or find AtlantiCare on Facebook at

Family Fun Day set in Brigantine

The City of Brigantine and the Brigantine Community Presbyterian Church will present the third annual Brigantine Community Family Fun Day on July 6, with a rain date of July 7.

The parade is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. from the 26th Street Recreation Complex and will march to the 15th Street Complex. The festivities will begin as soon as the parade arrives and will continue until 9 p.m. The activities at 15th Street will include musical entertainment, amusement rides, games for the children, strolling entertainers, local talent, games of chance, local organizations selling their wares and food.

ACPD offers medication drop

The Atlantic City Police Department is one of several in the state to participate in Project Medicine Drop, police said, and officials encourage Atlantic County residents to use the program to safely get rid of old medications.

The program lets people dispose anonymously of unused and expired medications, at any time, at drop boxes in the headquarters of participating police departments. The drop boxes accept solid pharmaceuticals including pills, capsules, patches, inhalers and pet medications. They cannot accept syringes or liquids. Police maintain custody of the deposited drugs, and dispose of them using normal procedures; they also make a quarterly report to the Division of Consumer Affairs about the quantity of drugs turned in.

State Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said he encourages all Atlantic County residents check their medicine cabinets for expired or unneeded drugs, and bring them to the ACPD drop box, which is available around the clock every day. Atlantic City Police Chief Ernest Jubilee said his agency was pleased to participate in the project.

DVDs needed for service members

AMVETS Post 911 in Somers Point is requesting new and used DVD movies to send to serving military personnel.

Donations of new or good condition DVDs will be accepted at: Chester’s Pastry Pantry Bakery, 506 New Road, Somers Point; Bennett Chevrolet, 6721 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township; and Essl’s Dugout Restaurant, 7001 Black Horse Pike, Pleasantville. Cash donations will be accepted to help defray the cost of mailing DVDs to the troops. Checks made payable to “AMVETS Post 911 NJ” can be sent to AMVETS Post 911 NJ, PO Box 413, Somers Point, NJ 08244.

Open call for short films

The Noyes Museum of Art of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey is holding an open call for film shorts for the Noyes Independent Film Series, which consists of three festivals: the Hammonton Outdoor Film Fest on July 18, the Noyes Independent Film Festival on Nov. 16 and the Noyes Atlantic City Film Festival in spring 2014.

Films will be chosen from original works that have never been shown, works by young independent filmmakers ages 18-20, and films that have been previously screened. Submissions should be between 2 and 60 minutes long. The deadline for submissions is July 1.

For more information and a registration form, see or email Saskia Schmidt, Noyes director of education, at For museum information, call 609-652-8848 or see

LGBTQ support group meets

Interweave of South Jersey offers a support group for members, family and friends of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning community on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Jersey Shore, 75 S. Pomona Road in Galloway Township.

Interweave provides education and support to individuals and families in the LGBTQ community. For more information, visit

Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. helps children in need find shoes

Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. has announced its selection as an official partner of Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids, an annual giving program from Payless ShoeSource.

YAP has programs in 18 states, and the Atlantic County office was awarded the grant. By helping families who struggle to provide their children with basic essentials, YAP hopes to relieve some of the stress parents feel during the holidays and bring joy to as many children as possible. For more information, see or call 609-345-7333.

Bay-Atlantic Symphony plans concerts

The Bay-Atlantic Symphony will bring masterpieces by Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven and Prokofiev to the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa Music Box Theatre in Atlantic City in a series of five concerts July 7-Aug. 18.

The concerts will be conducted by Bay Atlantic Symphony Music Director Jed Gaylin and will feature renowned soloists. All concerts will be on Sundays at 5 p.m. with tickets starting at $25. Call 866-900-4849 for tickets.

July 7: Americana concert features ‘A Lincoln Portrait,’ Sousa marches and 1812 Overture.

July 14: Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759, Unfinished, and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 58, violinist Jorge Avila.

July 21: Italian opera with arias and duets by Rossini, Puccini and Verdi. Soprano Julia Kierstine and tenor Richard Crawley.

Aug. 4: An all-Mozart concert with Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551, ‘Jupiter,’ and Violin Concerto in D major, K. 218, with violinist Kai Gleusteen.

Aug. 18: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, soloist Stefan Jackiw.

For more information, call 856-451-1169 or see

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.

Registration open for theater summer camp

The Eagle Theatre, 208 Vine Street, Hammonton, has opened registration for its 2013 Summer Camp for Young Performers.

The camp will run 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday to Friday, June 24-July 17. It is open to youth ages 8-15. At the camp’s conclusion, students will put on a production of Disney’s “Aladdin,” with four performance dates July 18-21. The camp will be directed by Eagle Theatre co-artistic director Ed Corsi, and the culminating production will be directed by Rich Curcio.

Information on rates and registration are at under “Education.” For more information, call the box office at 609-704-5012.

Mays Landing Rotary seeks host family

The Mays Landing Rotary Club is seeking a host family for an incoming exchange student from Taubate, Sao Paulo, Brazil, for the 2013-14 school year. The girl, Ana, was 16 in April, and will be a junior.

Host families must live within the area served by Oakcrest High School, which the student will attend. Families will be required to feed the student and provide her a personal place for sleep and study. There is no ideal family the group is looking for, and families with and without children as well as single- and dual-parent families are invited to apply. All applicants will be subject to in-home interviews and background checks.

To apply to be a host family, contact Roy Klein at 609-909-0955 or email The club, which meets most Tuesdays at 6:15 p.m. at Ye Olde Mill Street Pub in Mays Landing, is looking for new members.

Group offered for substance abusers

The Presbyterian Church at Hammonton has created a group to offer hope and support to those with a family member struggling with substance abuse. This group provides a safe, confidential gathering place where stories are heard without judgment. It is a place for those who have watched loved ones struggle with addiction.

The parents, guardians, spouses, children and others affected by family members who struggle with suspected or confirmed substance abuse can find and offer support and learn more about addiction. The group offers hope and the knowledge that we are not alone.

The group meets from 7 to 8:30 p. m. the third Monday of each month at the Presbyterian Church at Hammonton, 326 Bellevue Ave. For more information, call the church office at 609-561-0168 or email When coming to the church, use the side entrance of the Christian Education Building closest to the 310 Building parking lot.

Health care courses offered

The Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape Community College will offer programs to help health-care professionals advance their skills.

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, beginning Sept. 6.

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.

For more information, or to register, call 609-343-4829 or see

Meerwald in A.C. this summer

The A.J. Meerwald, New Jersey’s official tall ship, is scheduled to dock at Historic Gardner’s Basin, Atlantic City, from Aug. 1 to 11. Public tours and sails are scheduled, including themed sails with pirates, trawling for marine critters, romantic evening sails and a full-day Sailor Camp for children age 10 to 16 years.

The schooner will also be available for educational tours, group bookings and fundraisers. To reserve the A.J. Meerwald for a special event or tour, email or call 856-785-2060, ext. 107.

Bar association membership drive under way

The Atlantic County Bar Association 2013 membership drive is under way. With more than 400 members, the ACBA is a nonprofit organization that is open to all New Jersey attorneys.

The ACBA helps members stay connected and grow their businesses while offering exclusive access and discounts for many other special events. In addition, the ACBA helps sponsor various charities within the region. For more information contact ACBA Executive Director Tamara M. Lamb at 609-345-3444 or see

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 or contacting Tamara M. Lamb at 609-345-3444 or

Arts center lists 2013 exhibits

The Galloway Cultural Arts Center has announced its 2013 exhibit lineup. To Sept. 21, All About Light; Sept. 21-Jan. 11, 2014, South Jersey Life.

All dropoffs should be made to the Atlantic County Library/Galloway Township, 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway. Cost is $5 members/$10 nonmembers for each piece. To become a member, see

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.

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