200 Club plans brunch

Capt. Raymond Dupuis, commander of field operations for the Watertown (Mass.) Police Department, will speak March 16 at the 29th annual Memorial Service and Brunch of the 200 Club of Atlantic and Cape May Counties in Atlantic City.

The brunch is to begin at noon in the Borgata Hotel Casino Event Center, with a Catholic Mass preceding the brunch at 10:30 a.m. at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church on Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City.

Watertown, Mass., was the site of a manhunt for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who with his brother Dzhokhar, was publicly identified by federal authorities April 18. Dupuis will talk about the impact that the incident had on the public safety officers in his community.

At this year's brunch, the 200 Club will award $37,500 in higher education scholarships to the children of active-duty, retired, disabled or deceased police, fire or rescue personnel who work in Atlantic and Cape May counties. The application for scholarships is online at capeatlantic200club.org and the deadline for submission is March 1. Tickets are $35 and must be purchased in advance. Call Sally or Melissa at 609-645-3800 or email swapforrent@yahoo.com. The ticket deadline is March 3.

Movie series set

Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor is presenting a movie series, "Jews and Muslims: Intimate Strangers."

The documentary series offers a deconstruction of 14 centuries of history shared between Jews and Muslims. Spanning the mythical times of Abraham through contemporary tensions, filmmaker Karim Miske explores the misunderstandings and omissions that have contributed to polarized identities and conflict.

The remaining viewings will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 and March 17 and 31, with a discussion following each movie. RSVP to karen.mckinney@bethjudah.org or call 822.7116.ext 101. The entire community is welcome.

Haircutting workshop planned

Jay the Barber will teach New York-style haircutting at the Smithville Barber Shoppe, from 8 to 10 a.m. Feb. 24.

Jay the Barber teaches barbering around the country, has developed and sells three instructional barbering DVDs, and has written and published instructional barbering books.

The shop is located at 615 E. Moss Mill Road. For more information, call Steve Fitzgerald at 609-652-2442.

ACIT students bring home honors

Atlantic County Institute of Technology HOSA students recently participated in the HOSA Regional Competition at the Gloucester County Institute of Technology. More than 15 schools participated. The following ACIT students received awards and recognition:

Researched persuasive speaking: third, Bisma Munir; first, John Yasay

Medical assisting: third, Hannah Johnson; seventh, Andrew Farrell

Knowledge test nutrition: second, Lyka San Jose

EMT first place: Katherine Melo and Flor Cruz

EMT second place: Megan Peterson and Christine Papacik

Extemporaneous writing: sixth, Mason Weems

Medical spelling: fifth, Arleny Gonzalez; sixth, Karen Sanchez

Dental terminology: fifth, Samirah McQueen, fourth, Katarina Boorse

Dental science: seventh, Shonyae Porter; sixth, Jessica Bernall; fourth, Amarilis Bello

CPR first aid: fifth, Monyae McQueen and Jennifer Cortes-Loya

Students will go on to the state level competition, to be held in March.

Group trip planned to Israel

Cantor Ed Kulp plans to take a group to Israel departing on Nov. 9.

For in information about the trip, contact Ethel Levinson of Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor at 609 822 7116, ext 102, or ethel.levinson@bethjudah.org.

An information meeting is tentatively set for 10 a.m. March 30. Anyone interested in this trip is welcome to attend.

CONTACT luncheon set for April 27

CONTACT Cape-Atlantic will hold its 23rd annual auction and luncheon, Spring Sensation, on April 27 at Greate Bay Country Club, 901 Mays Landing Road, Somers Point. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. and features a luncheon and gifts.

Eddie Davis, host of the Lite Rock 96.9 Morning Show, will emcee the live auction. Guests will bid on gift certificates to area restaurants, shops and events, as well as many donations from area merchants. There will also be theme gift baskets, door prizes, bucket bingo and more. Tickets are $25.

For more information, tickets or to donate a gift item, call 823-1850 or 463-4564.

Shelter marks Spay and Neuter Awareness Month

In honor of Spay and Neuter Awareness Month, the Atlantic County Animal Shelter is reminding residents of the importance of being a responsible pet-owner by spaying and neutering pets. Spaying and neutering has health benefits for the pet and helps prevent overpopulation.

The shelter is holding two special spay/neuter clinics, Feb. 19 and 26. The clinics are by appointment only. To register, call the shelter at 609-485-2345, 1-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, see aclink.org/animalshelter.

Economic and Energy Assistance Expo set

The United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in Atlantic County, in partnership with the Atlantic County Sheriff's Office R.E.A.L Help Program, will present an Economic and Energy Assistance Resource Expo from noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing, in the space in front of Sears.

The event originally was planned for Feb. 13, but inclement weather pushed it back to Feb. 20.

This free event is intended to connect community members in need of assistance with programs and services that are available in Atlantic County. Sheriff Frank X. Balles created the R.E.A.L Help program - for Realty Experts Aligned to Help - in response to the increasing number of families in danger of losing their homes. Representatives from Atlantic City Electric and the South Jersey Gas Co., Ocean Inc., American Water Co. and others will be available to provide information and answer questions on local programs and process assistance applications. Certain program guidelines and restrictions apply.

Applications for energy and other assistance programs will available. The following documents will be needed to complete the application process: a lease, property tax or mortgage statement; proof of current income (last four pay stubs if paid weekly and last two if paid biweekly); award letters for Social Security Insurance, Social Security Disability, Temporary Assistance for Need Families and General Assistance; Social Security cards for all household members; and a current gas, oil or electric bill. For those with no income, an affidavit of non-income is required.

For more information, contact United Way at 609-404-4483 or fwise@uwgpsnj.org or the Atlantic County Sheriff's Office at 609-909-7214.

Women's Hall of Fame honorees announced

The Atlantic County Women's Hall of Fame Board of Trustees has announced the names of the 2014 Hall of Fame Honorees.

The ceremony honors women who have made significant contributions to the Atlantic County community. Honorees were selected based on lasting contributions in areas including arts and entertainment, athletics, business, education, government and public service, journalism and media, law, medicine and health, philanthropy, science, social services and volunteerism. They are: Patricia Bailey, public service; Alisa Cooper, government and public service; Lori Herndon, business; Dorothy Saatkamp, volunteerism; Mindy Shemtov, social services; Corinne J. Sparenberg, education.

The induction ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. March 20 at Linwood Country Club. The cost is $75 per person. To register, call 609-645-3800.

Local bank foundation supports charities

For the eighth consecutive year, the Ocean City Home Charitable Foundation has demonstrated its commitment to the community with donations to nonprofit organizations in Atlantic and Cape May counties.

At an awards reception Dec. 18, the foundation distributed $71,500 in grants to 22 area charities, including: Alzheimer's Association, American Red Cross, AmVets Post 911 NJ, Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Cape Shore Chorale, Child Federation of Atlantic City, Family Promise of Cape May, First Night Ocean City, Gilda's Club South Jersey, Greater Ocean City Theatre Company, Humane Society of Ocean City, Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties, Literacy Volunteers Association, Marie Adelaide Center, Inc., Ocean City Arts Center, Ocean City Historical Museum, Schultz-Hill Foundation, South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble; South Jersey Cancer Fund, the Alcove Center for Grieving Children and Families; the Arc of Atlantic County; and the Masterworks Choir.

Plein Air event set in Hammonton

The Noyes Museum Shop in Hammonton and the Hammonton Arts Center invites artists to Paint Downtown Hammonton, the seventh annual Plein Air event that has attracted artists from Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia, in addition to many talented local New Jersey artists.

Gathering throughout Hammonton on April 5, artists will paint at locations of their choice to capture the effects of natural light quickly. Cash prize awards will be given out and all paintings done during the event will be on display April 5-26 at the Hammonton Arts Center at 219 Bellevue Ave. All artists ages 18 and older are welcome to register. The registration fee is $30.

The event kicks off at 9 a.m. when painters set up their easels all around town to document the vibrant culture of the Hammonton area. Paint Downtown Hammonton ends with a judging of the paintings at 5 p.m. and a wine and cheese reception to follow at the Hammonton Arts Center. Judging this year's competition is Michael Budden, an award-winning artist from New Jersey.

Till to be Katz gala honoree

The Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center of Atlantic County announces the honoree of its 2014 annual Gala as Cookie Till, owner of Steve & Cookies restaurant in Margate.

The Gala is scheduled for March 22 at One Atlantic at the Pier Shops in Caesars, Atlantic City.

For Gala sponsorship or ticket information, contact Julie Fink at 609-822-1167, ext. 159, or jfink@jccatlantic.org.

Gilda's Club to host Dr. Brown

Dr. Anjeanette Brown will be on hand from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 26 for Women's Night to discuss cancer related issues of concern to women.

Brown's practice is New Jersey Health Network. Her particular expertise is triple negative BRCA in minority women and BRCA genetic testing for breast cancer. This event is free and open to the public.

RSVP is required. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Gilda's Club South Jersey at 609-926-2699 or email adria@gildasclubsouthjersey.org.

Katz JCC to hold Mahjong brunch

Come to the Katz JCC at 10:30 a.m. March 6 for a bagel brunch spread and a chance to play Mahjong with other players in the community. All players and skill levels are welcome. There also will be raffle prizes.

Registration on or before Feb. 27 is $12 JCC members and 15 for nonmembers. After Feb. 27, the cost increases to $15 for members and $18 nonmembers. Call Josh Cutler for more information or to register by phone at 609-822-1167, ext. 138, or email JCutler@jccatlantic.org. Spaces are limited.

Simulcast program features Wagner, Smith

Robert Wagner and Liz Smith will discuss the Golden Age of Hollywood live from New York's 92nd Street Y. The event will be presented at 8:15 p.m. March 11 as part of the Rabbi Dr. Gordon L. Geller Simulcast program at Temple Emeth Shalom in Margate.

Wagner will take a nostalgic look at the stars, their homes and stories of Hollywood from his perspective spanning five decades as an insider. Smith has worked in celebrity show business for 57 years, wrote for various New York newspapers and many magazines. She still writes a syndicated column. Self-described as "the 2000-year-old gossip columnist," she has also raised millions for various charities.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. A reception will follow the program. Call 609-822-4343 for more information.

Brigantine to start community theater

The Brigantine Beach Cultural Arts Commission is joining with the Brigantine CER program to organize a community theater group on the island. The plan is to produce the play "Night Watch" by Louise Fletcher, tentatively to be performed at the North School Auditorium, July 18, 19 and 20.

Auditions are scheduled for 2 p.m. March 15 at the community center for all actors who would like to try out for this venture. The play's cast consists of nine people, four women and five men. Responders to the audition call should bring a one-minute monologue of their own choosing to perform on stage will be asked to read from the script.

An audition committee will make the cast selections after a call-back audition at 2 p.m. March 22. Director Tony Vraim plans to begin rehearsals in mid-May, which requires a commitment of three days each week, depending on the role the actor is playing. For more information or questions, call Joanne at 609-266-2806.

Freeze for a Cause set

The Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation's 2014 Freeze for a Cause surf fundraiser will take place Feb. 22 in Atlantic City.

Beach registration takes place from 9 to 10 a.m., with the first heat in the water at 10 a.m. The event takes place at the North Carolina Avenue beach in Atlantic City. The cold water surf contest has five divisions: Junior Men's (18 and under), Men's (19-35), Grand Master's (36 and older), Women's Open, Longboard Open.

The cost is $30 online or $40 beach to register for the first division, with $15 for each additional division. Entry includes an event T-shirt, after-party ticket and prizes. The after-party will take place at 5 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Margaritaville Restaurant, 1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City. Entry is $25 at the door, and the party includes a buffet dinner, live music, and penny and silent auctions.

A bone-marrow donor drive is taking place from noon to 5 p.m. during the surf contest at the Jersey Devil Surf Shop, North Carolina Avenue and the Boardwalk. The saliva swab test is completely painless. Organizers are looking for a bone marrow donor match for Anthony Daniels, a New Jersey surfer who has Hodgkins lymphoma. All potential donors will go into a national database - if a match isn't found for Daniels, a match still could be found for another person who needs help.

Arc introduces new signature event

The Arc of Atlantic County will host its first ever MonArc Awards, a new signature fundraising event that celebrates the individuals and corporate citizens who help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities achieve their greatest potential.

A focal point of the event will be a presentation of a special MonArc Butterfly Award, which will be given to Annie Damiano, of Galloway Township, an Arc service recipient. With her mom, Lisa, "Team Annie" has raised more than $10,000 to support The Arc's work in four years through the agency's annual Step Up for The Arc Walk. The Arc also will honor Irv Singer of Margate, founder and chairman of the I. Rice and Company Golfing for Good Tournament and manager of the Arc's Northfield thrift store, and Steve Kuhl and Joe DiMedio of I. Rice and Company, presenting sponsor of the golf tournament, which has raised more than $250,000 for The Arc's recreation program in five years.

The event will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. March 12 at the Carriage House in Galloway Township and will feature a complimentary wine and beer reception, a silent and chance auction, music duo by Kenny i, professional photo opportunities for each guest, a video presentation and seated dinner. The Arc is seeking advertisers for the event program book, auction donations, sponsors, underwriters, attendees and cash donations. Tickets are $100 and ads are priced as low as $50 for a name listing.

For more information, call Patrick Manion at 609-485-0800, ext. 135, or pmanion@arcatlantic.org, or see arcatlantic.org/events/TributeDinner.asp.

Parrot Heads offer winter warmup

Join members of the Jersey Shore Parrot Head Club of Atlantic and Cape May Counties at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 23 for "One Particular HarBRRRR," the club's annual mini tropical getaway at Montego Bay Resort in North Wildwood beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Montego Bay's indoor water park includes an indoor pool, jacuzzi, water slide and three 42-inch flat screen televisions, all tuned to Jimmy Buffett-vision. Bring the kids and a bathing suit, and dive into this family friendly event, named for the Buffett tune "One Particular Harbor."

The event is open to club members, guests and prospective members. The fee of $10 per person includes entrance to the water park and a light buffet supper. Members are asked to bring an appetizer or dessert to share. The tiki bar will be available for those 21 and older. RSVP to Ed at edhighvolt@msn.com.

Montego Bay is located at 1800 Boardwalk in North Wildwood. See more at montegobayresortnj.com. The Jersey Shore Parrot Head Club brings together people with similar interests in the music of Jimmy Buffet and organizes social gatherings, fundraisers and community service events. See jsphc.com. All are welcome.

Outstanding Senior Volunteer nominees sought

Do you know a senior volunteer who deserves to be recognized for his or her outstanding service to the community?

Home Instead Senior Care in Atlantic City is asking residents to nominate and vote for exceptional senior volunteers in the area for the 2014 Salute to Senior Service program. The annual program is meant to change the face of aging, and recognizes extraordinary seniors age 65 and older who volunteer at least 15 hours a month. The 2014 program runs Jan. 15-March 1, with state and national winners to be announced in April.

To nominate a deserving individual, vote on existing entries or view contest rules, see SalutetoSeniorService.com.

United Way offers free tax assistance for local low-income families

The United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey will provide free tax assistance for low-income families in the area through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, a locally run IRS-supported tax preparation service that is free for residents making a total household income of less than $52,000 per year.

UWGPSNJ uses IRS-trained volunteers to help qualified individuals with tax preparation, ensuring that they obtain the full refund available. Individuals can receive free one-on-one tax filing support at tax assistance sites, or eligible individuals making a household income of less than $57,500 can also file their state and federal taxes for free online through United Way's My Free Taxes initiative. UWGPSNJ also helps to connect working individuals with resources for financial education, covering topics such as establishing good credit, budgeting and long-term money management skills to help them build assets and save for the future. In Atlantic County, VITA sites are located at:

Carnegie Library Center, Martin Luther King Boulevard and Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City

Family Success Center, 3050 Spruce Ave., Egg Harbor Township

Egg Harbor City Library, 134 Philadelphia Ave., Egg Harbor City

Hammonton Family Success Center, 310 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton

United Way, 4 East Jimmie Leeds Road Suite 10, Galloway Township

Appointments are required in advance and can be made by calling 211. See UnitedForImpact.org/VITA.

Atlantic County Bar Association hosting dinner

The Atlantic County Bar Association will host a legislative dinner Feb. 20 at Harbor Pines Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township.

Cocktails start at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Guest speakers include state Sen. James Whelan, Assemblymen Chris Brown and Vincent Mazzeo and Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson. Tickets $50. For more information contact ACBA Executive Director Tamara Lamb at 609-345-3444 or email Tamara.Lamb@atcobar.org.

Event celebrates heritage

The community is invited to join in a commemoration of local heritage through song, prose and dance.

S.H.E. Inspire and Rites of Passage present "The Root of Us, Our Great Heritage," inviting the audience to join a journey to the past to celebrate those who paved the way for our freedoms. The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 20 at Pleasantville High School. Admission is free, and there will be vendors, music and dance.

For more information, call 609-350-7450 or 609-204-2183.

Sons of Italy awarding scholarship

Antonio Meucci Mainland Lodge No. 2613 of the Order Sons of Italy in America is awarding the Eugene and Barbara Compton Scholarship of $2,500 to a graduating high school senior of the Class of 2014.

The recipient must be of Italian heritage residing in Somers Point, Linwood, Northfield, Pleasantville, Absecon or Egg Harbor Township. Specifications for receiving the reward include, in order of importance, Essay, Academics, Financial Need, Community Service, Leadership, Recognition/Awards, and Scholastic Activities. The deadline for the receipt of applications is March 31.

Students may apply through their school's guidance office. Call 609-646-0299 for more information.

MBCA mixer benefits Seashore Gardens

The Metropolitan Business and Citizens Association will hold a March Madness mixer to benefit Seashore Gardens Living Center from 5 to 8 p.m. March 10 at Sofia's in Margate.

Tickets are $25, which includes food, cash bar and live entertainment. Those interested in attending are encouraged to buy their tickets by calling the MBCA at 609-348-1903 as space is filling fast. Groups that buy 10 tickets will get one extra ticket free. Sofia's is at 9314 Amherst Ave. All attending guests will receive free parking.

For more information, contact Sharon D'Angio at 609-748-4614 or dangios@seashoregardens.org.

Emmy winning set designer to speak

Three-time Emmy Award winner Ray Klausen will discuss his experience building a career as a set designer for the stars of Hollywood, Broadway and the entertainment world. The lecture will take place in Richard Stockton College's Campus Center Theatre at 6 p.m. March 4.

Tickets are free but must be reserved by calling the Stockton Performing Arts box office at 609-652-9000. The box office is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 90 minutes before the performance. For group sales, call 609-652-4786.

Klausen has a long resume of theater and television credits, including Broadway, off-Broadway and international productions. He has designed more than 400 shows over the years. Klausen won three Emmy Awards, two for designing the sets for the Academy Awards and one for a TV special with Cher. He received nine additional Emmy nominations.

The Stockton Performing Arts Center, the Jersey Shore's Center for the Arts, is on the Stockton campus on Jimmie Leeds Road in the Pomona section of Galloway Township.

Enrollment extended for radiologic program

Open enrollment for Shore Medical Center's School of Radiologic Technology has been extended to March 31.

The School of Radiologic Technology provides a full-time, two-year certificate program that teaches students the safe and correct way to take X-rays of the human body. The program is divided between classroom hours and hands-on clinical experience. Program graduates are awarded a certificate of program completion, which along with the possession of an Associates Degree or higher will allow them to apply for the American Registry of Radiographic Technologists Examination. Upon successful completion of the examination graduates may apply for State licensure.

Applicants must be at least 18 by the first day of class and have a high school diploma or a GED. Applicants who have not already earned their Associate in Applied Science degree must have completed the following prerequisites at Atlantic Cape Community College with a minimum GPA of 3.0 before applying to the program: Bioethics: Realities of the New Millennium; College Algebra or Precalculus; Comprehensive Medical Terminology; Conceptual Physics; English Composition I and II; General Psychology; Heritage of the Western World I or II; The Human Body; Interpersonal Communications or Public Speaking; and Introduction to Computers.

Applicants who already have earned a degree must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, including the successful completion of the following three college credit courses with a grade of "B" or higher: Written/Oral Communication (i.e.: English Composition), Mathematics/Logical Reasoning (College Algebra or Precalculus) and Medical Terminology. The degree does not need to be in radiologic sciences.

Open enrollment ends March 31. All applications must be received by this date.

Evening of Inspiration fundraiser planned

On March 8, Alesia Shute will host the fifth annual Evening of Inspiration fundraiser at Mays Landing Country Club, 1855 Cates Road, Mays Landing to raise money for research and treatment of pediatric cancer.

The event from 6 to 11 p.m. will include a complimentary cocktail hour and dinner, with live music by the Jim White Band. A silent art auction will take place, featuring the works Corey Petit, of Vineland. As in past years, monies from the evening's fundraising event will also be used to help make hospital stays for children more comfortable and to fund research.

Tickets are $80 and are tax deductible. Corporate sponsorships packages are also available, with levels from $500 to $5,000. Tickets and sponsorships are available at everythingsokaybook.com. For more information about the benefit, visit everythingsokaybook.com or contact Corey Blake at corey@roundtablecompanies.com or call 847-682-3493.

Remembering Jamie fundraiser set

The Remembering Jamie Foundation is holding its 14th annual Dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Elks Lodge in Egg Harbor Township in memory of Jamie Crescenzo, who died has a result of injuries in a car accident on a snowy day in February 2000.

Monies raised fund scholarships at Egg Harbor Township High School and Atlantic Cape Community College, with donations also made yearly to EHT PAL and Covenant House in Atlantic City.

The cost is $12 for adults and $5 for children for an all-you-can-eat Italian Buffet.

Register for Stockton summer classes

Summer classes at Richard Stockton College are now open for registration for both matriculated and non-matriculated students.

The college is offering four summer sessions. For classes, there are two six-week sessions and one 10-week session; a 12-week session is for internships and independent studies. More than 287 courses - 70 of them offered totally online - will be offered at the Galloway main campus and the Manahawkin and Hammonton instructional sites. Tuition and fees will not increase for 2014 summer courses. For one credit, the summer session rates are:

Undergraduate, in-state tuition is $229.09; $123.22 education and general fees; and $31.95 facilities fees.

Undergraduate, out-of-state tuition is $413.36; fees same as above.

Master's, in-state tuition is $543.11; $129.70 educational and general fees; $33.63 facilities fees.

Master's, out-of-state tuition is $836.04; fees same as above.

Doctoral, in-state tuition is $597.42; $129.70 education and general fees; and $33.63 facilities fees.

Doctoral, out-of-state tuition is $961.45; fees same as above.

An additional fee for transportation and safety is charged once in the summer term, not per credit.

For more information, visit the Office of the Registrar at intraweb.stockton.edu/eyos/page.cfm?siteID=190&pageID=1

Holy Spirit to honor Hall of Famers

Holy Spirit High School will host the fifth annual Salute to the Spartans Bash on Feb. 28 at the Golden Nugget Hotel Casino.

In addition to dinner, there will be music by the Kenny I Orchestra, auction items, and the 2013 HSHS Hall of Famers will be honored: Andy Solari '61, Michelle Malkin '88 and the Championship 1976 Boys Crew Team with coach Stan Bergman.

Tickets are $95 per person and are available by calling Holy Spirit 609-646-3000, ext. 311, or at holyspirithighschool.com.

Dance auditions set at Stockton

Richard Stockton College's Division of the Performing Arts will host dance auditions for high school seniors and prospective transfer students interested in a dance major or minor on Feb. 28 and March 1, 2014. Auditions will take place on Stockton's main campus in room H-104. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m.

Auditions will consist of ballet barre and modern center dance classes. Auditioning students will be able to talk with current students and faculty in a question-and-answer-style setting. Students are invited to attend dinner and a performance by the Stockton Dance Company following auditions.

To reserve your spot, call Brian Lyons at 609-652-4891. Leave your name and phone number, specify your preferred audition date, and state if you and up to one guest will stay for the evening's performance which runs from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

For more detailed schedule information, click here, or visit stockton.edu and search "dance auditions."

PAL starts Adult Community Theater Project

The Atlantic City Police Athletic League presents its Adult Community Theater Project, which will bring professional adult theater to the heart of Atlantic City each month.

On Feb. 22, PAL will present "Growing Up in the Other Atlantic City," a play based on author Turiya Raheem's book, "Growing Up in the Other Atlantic City: Wash's and the Northside" about the Washington family, who helped build and shape a vibrant and thriving African-American community in Atlantic City's Northside neighborhood. The evening starts at 7 p.m. and includes the play, a meet the cast and author event for a Q and A session. Tickets are $10.

Food will be sold. For information, call Regina or Arnelle at 609-347-5478.

The Police Athletic League is at New York and Mediterranean avenues in Atlantic City.

Atlantic Cape partners with Tilton Fitness

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer fitness enthusiasts a comprehensive personal fitness training program, featuring eight modules and an internship with Tilton Fitness. The eight-week program begins Feb. 22.

Taught by AAAI/ISMA faculty trainers, the program will offer participants an opportunity to earn four different certifications in the areas of Personal Trainer Phase 1 and 2, Sports Nutrition, and Strength Conditioning and Weight Training. The program features the following modules and sequence: Personal Trainer I, Anatomy and Physiology, Personal Trainer II, CPR/AED/BLS for Health Care Professionals, Sports Nutrition, Social Media and Marketing, Strength Conditioning, Professional Development, Internship with Tilton Fitness. Those who complete the program will earn a 25-hour internship with Tilton Fitness.

Program classes are offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Building T. For more information or to register, see atlantic.edu/conted or call 609-343-5655.

Spots open on summer Israel trip

Congregation Beth Israel invites community members to join the congregation on a trip to Israel led by Rabbi David and Susan Weis this summer, June 25-July 6.

Departing from Newark International Airport, the trip to Israel will include stops in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Golan Heights, Tzfat, the Dead Sea and Masada. Highlights of activities include: Tree planting in the Biblical Nature Reserve; camel rides and Bedouin hospitality in the Negev; chocolate making workshop at the DeKarina Chocolate Factory; a b'nai mitzvah at the Western Wall in Jerusalem; an early morning walk to the fortress of Masada, followed by a float in the Dead Sea; a visit with artist David Friedman in his studio in Tzfat; a trip to Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum; a nature walk to the waterfall in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve; a visit with an Ethiopian family to hear about their incredible journey home to Israel; Shabbat in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

A limited number of spaces are still available. For more information, contact bethisrael@cbinorthfield.org or 609-641-3600.

MBA scholarships available

The Margate Business Association's Daniel and Maria Walters Scholarship Program is now accepting submissions.

The program awards two $2,500 college scholarships to high school seniors who have attended Margate City schools. Qualifications include the submission of three references (unrelated to the applicant), providing a list of activities and awards and writing a 300- to 500-word essay on the following:

What does the phrase "making a difference" mean to you? How you have made a significant difference in some aspect of school, family and your community? As you sum up your essay, look beyond your graduation day and speculate how you plan to make a difference through your chosen career.

Identities of the applicants are not known to the judges. The deadline for submission is March 24. Scholarship winners will be announced in June. Applications can be downloaded at marvelousmargate.com or by calling 609-822-1129.

Arts workshops for teens set

Teens who are interested in the visual and performing arts are invited to participate in a variety of Saturday workshops beginning in February through April as part of the Atlantic County Teen Arts Academy.

The goal of the Teen Arts Academy is to provide area young people with greater arts education opportunities and to enhance the skills needed in preparation for college or a professional program. The Teen Arts Academy is a collaborative effort of area arts organizations and educational institutions to provide teens with new opportunities for learning in the visual, performing and literary arts.

Workshops include Creative Writing: Zines for Teens; Printmaking; Watercolor Painting; Songwriting; Musical Theatre Styles and Audition; Digital Self-Portraiture and more. Each workshop is three hours at a cost of $30, which includes materials. All participants must register. A minimum of seven registrants is required for each workshop to proceed. Registration is available at noyesmuseum.org or in person at any of the following locations: Noyes Museum of Art/Stockton College, 733 Lily Lake Road, Oceanville, 609-652-8848; The Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton College, 2200 Fairmount Ave., Atlantic City, 609-626-3805; and The Noyes Museum Shop, 5 S. Second St., Hammonton, 609-561-8006.

For more information, contact the Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs by email at cmasonpurdie@aclsys.org or by calling 609-646-8699, ext., 6314, Monday through Friday.

Retro dance party to benefit Alcove Center

The Alcove Center For Grieving Children and Families and greatest hits radio station KOOL 98-3 are teaming up March 7 to present the Alcove A Go Go, a retro dance party featuring the soundtrack of the disco era and beyond.

The event is scheduled for 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Boogie Nights at the Tropicana Casino and Resort. The party will be broadcast live on KOOL 98-3. In addition to the dancing and the live radio broadcast, guests will enjoy complimentary light fare plus drink specials from a cash bar. The party will also feature live and silent auctions. Guests are encouraged to dress in their best disco outfits and prizes will be awarded for the best and most authentic retro wardrobe. Tickets for The Alcove A Go Go are $75. Groups of four can purchase tickets for $240, a $60 savings. Parties of 10 are just $500, a savings of $250. Tickets are available through thealcove.org or by calling 609-484-1133.

Proceeds will support the mission and programs of The Alcove Center For Grieving Children and Families, a nonprofit based in Northfield.

Jan-Ai scholarships available

Scholarships ($500-$1,000) are now available from the Jan-Ai Scholarship Fund to high school seniors pursuing a college degree in the arts to include the following: music, visual arts, theater and dance. Please visit the website to download the application. May 12 is the deadline for all applications.

Since April 2007, $92,344 in scholarships and cash awards have been given to 233 recipients. The goal is to make that $100,000 by 2014. Donors can give via PayPal, jan-aischolar.org, or sending a check or money order to PO Box 8068, Atlantic City, NJ 08404.

The Jan-Ai Scholarship Fund was created to honor the memory of Ventnor native Jennifer Cakert, who died at age 26 in June 2006. It was established to help young people follow their passion in the arts.

Art exhibit highlights A.C.'s Northside

The Noyes Arts Garage: Stockton College presents Floretta Schiff Mostovoy's "Visions from the Northside," a unique and provocative exhibition based on the people, sights, and underlying racial tension of Atlantic City's Northside, through March 6.

Hailing from New York City, Floretta Schiff Mostovoy began private art lessons at age 8 and graduated high school with a degree in fashion illustration in the middle of the Great Depression.

After working as a fashion illustrator for an advertising agency for several years, Mostovoy met her husband, Ira, aboard a cruise ship. The couple opened a fishing supply shop in the heart of Atlantic City's Northside, where Mostovoy continued freelance fashion sketches for local department stores and her husband worked on his photography. While living in Atlantic City's Northside, Mostovoy's subjects were usually her neighbors. Her paintings remind viewers of the affinity between blacks and Jews through their common heritage of oppression and shared fear of random violence.

For more information about the exhibits, events and artists of Noyes Arts Garage: Stockton College, call 609-626-3805 or visit artsgarageac.com.

Agricultural sciences scholarship available

A $500 college scholarship is available to an Atlantic County high school senior pursuing a degree in agricultural sciences.

For more information, call the Rutgers Cooperation Extension Master Gardener program at 609-625-0056 or see rutgers-atlantic.org/garden.

Share Shabbat with Congregation Beth Judah

Dr. Itzhak Brook, Professor of Pediatrics at Georgetown University and author of "In the Sands of Sinai: A Physician's Account of the Yom Kippur War," will speak at Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor on Feb. 21 during the Share Shabbat Dinner, which follows 6 p.m. services.

His topic for the evening is "The Young Kippur War-Historical Perspective." Brook will speak again Saturday morning, Feb. 22, during services on "A Physician's Personal Experiences in the Yom Kippur War." He will take questions during Kiddush Lunch following services.

The entire community is welcome. There is a charge for Friday night dinner of $22 per person. Your check will confirm your reservation. For details, call 609-822-7116, ext 101, or email karen.mckinney@bethjudah.org.

Latz's to exhibit work by Zerbe

Carol Zerbe, a retired artist-educator and resident of Somers Point, is presenting an exhibit of watercolors, "Light and Location," at the second level dining room of Latz's by the Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point, through April 30.

A reception to meet the artist will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 7 with light refreshments; the exhibit is free and open to the public. All of the exhibit pieces are for sale.

For more information about Latz's by the Bay, call 609-788-8838 or visit LatzsByTheBay.com; for information about Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point, call 609-653-4991 or visit greatbayartgallery.com.

Free training offered to laid-off workers

The T.Byrd Training Center is offering registration for a 10-week MS Office Professional and QuickBooks Certification course. Students become certified in MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher and QuickBooks.

The training program is free for laid-off workers, as funding was provided by the One Stop Center. The grant includes all course materials including MS Office and QuickBooks software. The course is designed for people who need to improve their career skills or who have skills and need certification in MS Office to obtain employment. Classes will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting in February at T.Byrd Computer School, 1501 S. New Road, Pleasantville.

Visit tbyrdcenter.com, click on "recently laid off" to download more information and to register online, or call 609-484-9356.

Free income tax-return preparation offered

The following Atlantic County sites will offer free tax-return service by certified counselors with the AARP/IRS tax aide program, starting in February. Appointments are required at the following locations:

Atlantic County Library System/Ventnor, Mondays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., call 609-677-8266.

Atlantic County Library System/Galloway Township, Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., call 609-677-8266.

Atlantic City Free Public Library, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., call 609-677-8266.

Atlantic County Library System/Brigantine, Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., call 609-677-8266.

Atlantic County Library System/Pleasantville, Thursdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., call 609-677-8266.

AtlantiCare Life Center, Egg Harbor Township, Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., call 888-569-1000.

Atlantic County Library System/Brigantine, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., call 609-677-8266.

Walk-ins are welcome at:

Shore Memorial Hospital, 100 Medical Center Way, Somers Point, Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. starting Feb. 7.

For more information, call 609-335-7805 and leave a message.

Diamonds for a Cause cocktail party set

The seventh annual Diamonds for a Cause cocktail party to benefit Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 27.

The event includes food and raffles, and will take place at the Luke Palladino restaurant in Harrah's Resort Atlantic City. The event will also feature some new components, such as a whiskey tasting. Tickets are $100 per guest. Sponsorships are also available. The event is hoped to raise $60,000 with proceeds benefiting children and family services.

Raffle entries may be purchased for $100 each or two for $150. All buyers of raffle tickets will receive a $100 gift certificate, no minimum purchase, to Bernie Robbins Jewelers. One person will win a pair of 14-karat white gold inside-out diamond hoop earrings compliments of Bernie Robbins Jewelers. Additional prizes include experiences from Caesars Entertainment.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 609-822-1108 or see jfsatlantic.org.

Atlantic Cape's culinary workshops offer taste of global cuisine

The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing offers amateur chefs and food enthusiasts opportunities to learn how to prepare three- and four-course dinners with an international flair without leaving South Jersey. Chef Jon Davies of Cape May leads the "An Evening in …" series this semester.

Celebrate Mardi Gras with America's original fusion cuisine in An Evening in the French Quarter, March 4. Featured dishes include red beans and rice, crawfish etouffee, shrimp and grits, dirty rice, and beignets.

Discover the flavors of the Caribbean in An Evening in Jamaica, April 8. Explore the influences of Spain, Africa and others on these recipes, including jerked chicken, curried goat, mashed plantains and gizzada sweet coconut tart.

Classes take place at Atlantic Cape's Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Kitchen 2. All classes take place 6-9 p.m. and cost $75 each. To register, call 609-343-5655, or visit atlantic.edu/conted.

SCOSA presents local history craft workshops

The Stockton Center on Successful Aging is sponsoring a yearlong series of craft workshops for older adults at the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, 733 Lily Lake Road, Oceanville. The winter/spring schedule, presented by Niki Giberson of Swan Bay Folk Art Center in Port Republic, is:

Weave a Wool Drying Basket, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 15. Notched handles and legs make this a useful knitting or chair side basket 14-by-14-inches square. $38 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration.

Easter Tree with Felted Ornaments, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 5. Learn the art of needle-felting. Complete seven ornaments and take them home with the tree, which is 18 inches high and 10 inches at its widest point. $50 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration.

Tote Basket with Wooden Handle, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 17. A basket for magazines, file folders or books, 8-by-15-by-15 inches. $40 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration.

Water Needle Felted Bag, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 21. Learn the art of water felting to create a designer purse 6-by-8-inches. $25 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration.

The workshops will be presented by Niki Giberson, SCOSA volunteer art instructor, owner and operator of Swan Bay Farm in Port Republic. Giberson has been teaching basket-making and felting for many years. The wool used in her felting projects is sheared from the sheep that live on the farm, Swan Bay Folk Art Center and Farm in Port Republic.

Advance registration is required; call 609-652-8848. See stockton.edu/scosa for more information, updates and cancellation procedures.

SCOSA presents craft workshops at Noyes

The Stockton Center on Successful Aging is sponsoring a yearlong series of craft workshops for older adults at the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, 733 Lily Lake Road, Oceanville.

The Winter/Spring schedule, presented by Diamond Frandsen of the Ivy Cottage, is as follows:

Woven Mason Jar and Flowers (two sessions), 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 13 and April 24. Session 1, use natural materials with colorful additions and original over/under weaving techniques to cover the outside of a mason jar (level: intermediate). Session 2, use a specially designed flower frog and fresh flowers and greens to create a floral arrangement for your jar. All materials and tools provided by instructor. Participants must attend both sessions. $40 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration.

South Jersey Berry Basket, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 12. Create a 3-inch round heirloom basket with unique handle using natural materials and colorful accents with three different weaving techniques. Level: Intermediate. $25 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration.

The workshops will be presented by Diamond Frandsen, SCOSA volunteer art instructor, fiber artist/custom designer and owner of the Ivy Cottage. Advance registration is required; call 609-652-8848. See stockton.edu/scosa for more information, updates and cancellation procedures.

Free computer training for veterans

The T. Byrd Training Center is accepting applications from recent war veterans who are interested in becoming proficient in using MS Office.

This 10-week training program is designed to assist recent war veterans in obtaining certification for the opportunity to gain employment or start their own businesses. This program is free and requires only proof of being a recent war veteran. Space is limited and registration is required. The curriculum is:

Week 1, PC literacy, Week 2, develop your business idea or career plan; Week 3, draft the business plan or job search plan; Week 4, creating the business plan or career portfolio using MS Word; Week 5, creating the financial plan or personal budget using Excel; Week 6, MS Access concepts and customizing a database; Week 7, creating the marketing plan using MS Publisher; Week 8, creating your business and career presentation using MS PowerPoint; Week 9, final project; Week 10, graduation.

Classes are 9:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays starting in February at the T.Byrd Center, 1501 S. New Road, Pleasantville. To register, email tbyrd@verizon.net or complete a registration form at tbyrdcenter.com (click on "veterans").

VA mobile medical clinic available

The Wilmington VA Medical Center's Mobile Outreach Clinic will be available on the Richard Stockton College campus monthly during the academic year.

The clinic will be available on campus every third Tuesday - March 18 and April 15. The mobile units offer the following services to veterans:

Primary care services including history and physicals, management of acute and chronic illnesses, women's health, and patient education

Ancillary services: Immunizations (including flu and pneumonia vaccines), lab services (including blood draws, urine specimens, etc.)

Social worker available for assistance with eligibility/enrollment, mental health referrals, and identification of resources available to veterans.

Lou Holtz to speak at Stainton brunch

The Shore Medical Center Foundation has announced that college football coach, television analyst and author Lou Holtz will be the featured speaker at the 25th annual Stainton Society Thank You Brunch in Atlantic City on May 4.

Members of the Stainton Society, the foundation's largest fundraising organization, and the Stainton Associates, whose membership is comprised of the next generation of philanthropic leaders, will be invited to listen to Holtz as he discusses how to overcome steep challenges with hard work, discipline and a tenacious spirit.

Stainton Society and Stainton Associates members play a vital role in the growth of Shore Medical Center and its continuing mission to provide the highest quality care to the community. To join the Stainton Society or Stainton Associates and secure an invitation to this year's Thank You Brunch, call 609-653-3800, email foundation@ShoreMedicalCenter.org or see GiveToShore.org.

Body in Balance hosting events

Body in Balance in Linwood hosts many events for health and wellness.

BIG exercise class, every Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m. and every Friday from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.

Chair Zumba, every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon.

Chair Yoga every Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m.

Balance Class every Thursday from 8 to 9 a.m.

Parkinson's group exercise every Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m.

Parkinson's caregiver support group every Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m.

Parkinson's support group for the patient every Saturday from 3 to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 609-365-8499.

K-Loc Education Center offers events

The K-Loc Education Center, 904 S. Main Street, Pleasantville, is offering health-related and educational events.

The K-Loc Healthy Kids Fitness program is now offering individual, group or families classes to improve their lifestyle and healthy living. The Choose to Move, Train and Lose program is designed for people who prefer a one on one class with a personal trainer on their own schedule. Free fitness evaluation, participants can be referred to staff nutritionist for consultation and healthy eating evaluation. Regular class fees are $5 per session.

Classes are held at K-Loc Education Center and Personal Training Studio, 904 South Main St., Pleasantville (American Legion building). Call Kyle Lockett at 609-674-7605 or Vivian Lockett at 843-467-0068 to schedule an appointment.

'Joseph Project' planned in Margate

The Beth El Abram and Rose Weiss Hebrew School, under the supervision of teacher Tamar Spanier, once again will sponsor "The Joseph Project."

Spanier and students go to local stores to purchase new coats, gloves, hats and other winter clothing essentials for adults and children who otherwise would not have these items. The community's assistance is requested in sponsoring needy families in the area - donors are asked to bring or mail a monetary donation to Beth El Synagogue to help purchase new coats. The coats will be distributed by Jewish Family Service, which helps the entire community, regardless of nationality or religion.

Checks should be made payable to "Beth El Youth Account" and mailed to Beth El Synagogue, PO Box 3133, Margate, NJ 08402. For more information, call 609-823-2725.

Tickets on sale for Chefs at Shore fundraiser

Give a taste of the area's finest restaurants this season, while giving back to a good cause - the organizers of the annual Chefs at the Shore are making tickets available early specifically for holiday gifts.

The 2014 Chefs at the Shore fundraiser is scheduled for 5:30 to 9 p.m. June 19 at Historic Gardner's Basin in Atlantic City. The event showcases some of the area's finest food while it funds educational programming at the Atlantic City Aquarium. Proceeds also go to fund chef educational programs and scholarships for culinary students for the Professional Chefs Association.

Tickets are $50 each and will be provided in a box suitable for gift-wrapping. Tickets are available at the Atlantic City Aquarium, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, or by contacting michelle@acaquarium.com or 609-348-2880, ext. 25.

Artist residency grants available to schools

The Artists-in-Education Consortium announces the 41st annual Artists-in-Education Residency Grant Program.

Any New Jersey public, private, charter or parochial school serving grades pre-K to 12 is eligible to apply for funding to bring an artist-in-residence to their school. Grants range from $6,000 to $10,000 and support residencies for 20 days or more.

The mission of the Artists-in-Education Program is to make the arts a basic part of a sound, quality education for all students in pre-K through 12th grade, and to provide quality professional development for teachers through long-term residencies with professional teaching artists. The AIE Program is a cosponsored project of Arts Horizons, Young Audiences New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, with additional funding provided by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

AIE residencies focus on direct learning about the arts and the processes of creating art, including the skills, techniques and concepts of the art form. Residencies are offered in all disciplines including the visual, literary and performing arts and at all grade levels through the AIE Residency Grant Program.

The deadline for applications is March 3, 2014. Technical assistance workshops are offered to assist schools in preparing applications. For more information, and to access program guidelines and application, see njaie.org.

Electric bill assistance available

Atlantic City Electric reminds customers that they have options to apply for energy assistance.

The TRUE Grant program assists customers who are ineligible for low-income programs by providing as much as $750 toward their Atlantic City Electric bill. See ahanjtrue.org or call 732-982-8710 for more information.

The Universal Service Fund helps ensure energy bills are more affordable for eligible customers. See energyassistance.nj.gov or call 800-510-3102.

The New Jersey Statewide Heating Assistance and Referral for Energy Services (New Jersey SHARES) program provides assistance to New Jersey customers in need of temporary help paying their energy bills. New Jersey SHARES is a statewide, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that provides grants to pay the energy and utility bills of households in need, through a statewide network of more than 250 community-based social service agencies. Visit njshares.org or call 866-657-4273.

The federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program provides help for numerous households each year. Call 800-510-3102 or see energyassistance.nj.gov.

Lifeline is a utility assistance program that offers $225 to people who meet certain income guidelines. This benefit includes utility customers as well as tenants whose utility bills are included in their rent. Call 800-792-9745 for information.

For more information about energy assistance programs, visit nj211.org or call 211 - New Jersey's non-emergency helpline, available 24/7 in the state.

Customers also can contact Atlantic City Electric's Customer Care Center at 800-642-3780 and ask about Budget Billing or register for My Account, a web-based interactive tool that is free and easy to use. My Account provides customers with a detailed analysis of their specific electric use and offers ways to save energy and save money on their monthly energy bill.

DVDs requested for troops

AMVETS Post 911 in Somers Point is requesting used DVDs of movies to send to U.S. military personnel in Iraq, Afghanistan and other areas.

Donations of good condition DVDs will be accepted at the following locations: Chester's Pastry Pantry Bakery, 506 New Road,Somers Point; Bennett Chevrolet, 6721 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township. Cash donations will be accepted to pay for mailing DVDs. Checks made payable to "AMVETS Post 911 NJ" can be sent to AMVETS Post 911 NJ, PO Box 413, Somers Point, NJ 08244.

Jazz scholarship available

The Somers Point Jazz Society has announced the creation of a $1,000 jazz scholarship program for high school student musicians from Atlantic and Cape May counties.

The purpose is to help students gain experience with a qualified jazz educator. For an application, contact the Somers Point Jazz Society at 609-927-6677 or through spjazz.org. An MP3 or CD sampling of the student's work must accompany the application. Applications should be sent to PO Box 329, Somers Point, NJ 08244. A scholarship presentation will take place in May.

This program is made possible in part through the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts through the Local Arts Grant administered by Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs and Shore Medical Center.

Food drive at county library branches

The Atlantic County Library System is accepting nonperishable food items for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey-Southern Branch through Feb. 28.

Any unopened, unexpired nonperishable food is appreciated, but the most needed items include: canned fish and meat, such as tuna, salmon, chicken, ham and Spam; shelf-stable milk, boxed meals, such as pasta, potatoes, rice and cereal; canned or packaged meals, such as mac and cheese, chili, stews, and meaty soups; peanut butter in plastic jars; and canned vegetables and fruit.

Food items may be dropped off during regular hours at any Atlantic County Library System location. Branches are located in Brigantine, Egg Harbor City, Egg Harbor Township, Galloway Township, Hammonton, Longport, Mays Landing, Pleasantville, Somers Point, and Ventnor. For a Bookmobile or Buena Community Reading Center schedule, see atlanticlibrary.org.

Village by the Shore now accepting members

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties has announced that its newest initiative, Village by the Shore, is now accepting members.

This nondenominational program offers services and socializing for Atlantic County adults 50 and older through a concierge style. People can now take advantage of a special introductory rate of $18 per month or $180 a year. The Village is not a physical place, but a movement enhancing the people's lives to get the most from their community at any stage of life. One call offers "one-stop shopping" with access and referrals to preferred service providers, specialists and social services. Benefits include resource and referral concierge, visits, phone check-ins, care coordination and transportation as well as local lectures, concerts, workshops and classes.

For more information on Village by the Shore or to get involved, call 609-822-1109 or email villagejfs@jfsatlantic.org. To learn more about agency events, services and programs, see jfsatlantic.org.

Gilda's Club to hold writing contest

Gilda's Club South Jersey is calling all teen writers and poets for its seventh annual "It's Always Something" Writing Contest. If you have survived cancer, have watched a family member or friend deal with cancer, or have watched someone your own age go through cancer, we want to hear your story.

Needed are honest and personal essays or poetry from students in ninth through 12th grades. Essays must be between 500 and 1,000 words. Essays and poems should be typed and double spaced. Writings will not be returned. Writings, along with a completed contest entry form, must be postmarked by March 14. Winners will be selected by May 9. For more information and a contest entry form, contact Beth at Beth@gildasclubsouthjersey.org.

Stockton to host Pinelands Short Course

Richard Stockton College will host the 25th annual Pinelands Short Course on March 8, a daylong educational event that explores the unique ecology, culture and history of New Jersey's Pinelands.

The course is open to the public and includes sessions on topics such as wildlife, plants, land-use/recreation and history and culture. Nonprofit organizations and other groups may distribute information and sell Pinelands-themed books and artwork in an exhibition gallery. New Jersey educators who attend can earn professional development credits through the state Department of Education. The course will take place in Stockton's Campus Center and in the new Unified Science Center, set to open this fall.

Tickets are $40, with discounts available for senior citizens and students. For schedule and brochure, see nj.gov/pinelands.

Multi-Care Center seeks volunteers

Looking to give back? Our Lady's Multi-Care Center in Pleasantville needs volunteers who are at least 14 years old.

Opportunities include: helping with resident outings, helping office staff, playing board games and bingo, card games, serving meals, friendly visits, welcoming guests, playing music or singing for guests, transporting residents to and from daily Mass at the on-site chapel, and arts and crafts. Call Shalini at 609-677-6369.

Our Lady's is located at 1100 Clematis Ave., Pleasantville.

Small Sandy Survivors group 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 during the workshop. 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.