Dining out

RETIRED EDUCATORS OF CAPE MAY COUNTY LUNCHEON, noon Dec. 13, Avalon Links Golf Club, Route 9, Cape May Court House. Cost $22. Call Diane Church at 609-884-7800 for reservations.


WINTER CLASSES AT OCEAN CITY ARTS CENTER, begin Jan. 7, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City. To view a list of classes, see oceancityartscenter.org, or call 609-399-7628 to have a class schedule sent to your home.

WETLANDS INSTITUTE PROGRAMS: Aquarium Feedings, 2:15 p.m. Saturdays; Salt Marsh Safari, 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Saturdays. Free with admission. 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd. Call 609-368-1211.

QIGONG AND TAI CHI FOR YOUR HEALTH CLASSES, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Lower Cape Branch Library, 2600 Bayshore Road, Villas. Call 609-886-8999.

HEAD START/EARLY HEAD START early childhood development program by Atlantic Human Resources Inc., recruiting preschoolers for 2011-12. No cost to families who qualify. Head Start has centers throughout Atlantic and Cape May counties. Call 609-348-4166 (Atlantic County) or 609-861-2804 (Cape May County).


AVALON LIBRARY PROGRAMS: Knitting Club, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 17; PC Users Group, 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Dec. 17; Story Time, all ages, 10 a.m. Dec. 18; eReader/Kindle Workshop, 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Dec. 18; Apple Computer Class, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19, registration required;Video Game Day at the Avalon Library, 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. Dec. 19; Apple Computer Beginner's Class, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 19; Story Time, 10 a.m. Dec. 20; PC Computer Class, Word 2010, 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 20, registration required;. For more information or to register, call 609-967-7155.

HOLIDAY SALE 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday to Dec. 22, Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May. Artwork, bird seed, handmade soaps and lotions, children's books, stuffed animals, jewelry and more. Call 609-898-8848.

CAPE SHORE CHORUS OF SWEET ADELINES looking for new members. Women who love to sing can visit a rehearsal from 7:15 to 10 p.m. Thursdays at the Abundant Life Church, Route 50, Seaville. Call Cheryl at 609-463-0134.

DANCING GRANNIES, tap for mature adults, beginner sessions on Thursdays, Cape May Dance Co., 3305 Breakwater Plaza, North Cape May. Information call 609-889-1856.

For fun

WINE DINNER, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, Mad Batter, 19 Jackson St., Cape May. Cost $75 per person. Call 609-884-5404.

CAPE MAY WINE TRAIL, noon to 5 p.m Dec. 29, Natali Vineyards, Cape May Court House, and Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery, Rio Grande. Cost $60 includes wine tastings and lunch. Call 609-884-5404.

GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST TROLLEY RIDES, ghost stories and ride through historic Cape May, through Dec. 30. Tickets $10 for adults and $7 for children, ages 3-12. Reservations strongly suggested, call 609-884-5404. If tickets are available the day of the tour, they will be sold at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth.

AQUARIUM FEEDINGS with Wetlands Institute staff, or just watch turtles chase minnows and the horseshoe crab gobble shrimp, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. Free with general admission; members are free. 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd., Middle Township. Call 609-368-1211.

BOOK SALE 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, CitiFinancial, 20 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House. Paperback books $2 each or three for $5; hardback books $4 each or three for $10. Call 609-463-3535.

GAME NIGHT, ages 13 to 26, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Cape May County Library, Main Branch, 30 Mechanic St., Cape May Court House. Call teen librarian at 609-463-6350.

YUMMY YOGA with Christina Newdeck, morning and evening classes throughout the week at the Wetlands Institute, 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd., Middle Township, with classes for every level. Great for golfers, athletes, weekend warriors and baby boomers. Check the calendar at just-breathe-yoga.com.

For youths

LEGO CLUB AT THE CAPE MAY COUNTY LIBRARY, ages 5 to 12: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. first Saturdays, Main Branch, 30 Mechanic St., Cape May Court House. No registration required. Call the Children's Room at 609-463-6354.

CHILDREN'S ENTERTAINMENT AT GILLIAN'S FUNLAND, 6 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, Marina Park, 42nd Place and Bay, Sea Isle City. Call 609-263-8687.

MUSIC TOGETHER: Join Miss Lelah at the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor for a musical hour to help children explore melody and rhythm. See musictogetherofcapemay.com for a complete schedule and to sign up.

OCEAN CITY LIBRARY FALL CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS: Rhythm and rhymes, birth to age 2, 11 to 11:20 a.m. Tuesdays; Family Craft Time, ages 7-12, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays; Toddler Time, ages 2-3, 10:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays; Story Train, ages 3-5, 1:30 to 2 p.m. Wednesdays; Book Surfers, fourth and fifth grades, 2:30 p.m. Thursdays; Seashore Story Time, ages 3-5, 10:30 a.m. Fridays. All at the library, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City. Call 609-399-2434.

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME, 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Sea Isle City Public Library, 126 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Sea Isle City. Call 609-263-8485.


BENEFIT CONCERT FOR VICTIMS OF HURRICANE SANDY, 3 p.m. Dec. 16, Messiah Lutheran Church, 2298 Route 9, Ocean View. Call 609-486-6043.

OPERATION FIRST RESPONSE STICKER FUNDRAISER, cost $5 each, available at the Ocean City Fire Department, Sixth Street, Fire Station 2, 29th Street and Fire Station 3, 46th Street. Also online at ocfire.org, or call 609-525-9183.

AUXILIARY OF SHORE MEDICAL CENTER shops are located at Marmora South Shore Plaza, 232 South Shore Road, Marmora, call 609-390-0913; Somers Point Shopping Center, Route 9, Somers Point, call 609-653-8374. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Fridays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. All proceeds go to the Auxiliary's pledge to Shore Tomorrow, an expansion project of Shore Medical Center. For information, to donate or to volunteer call any of the three shops.

COAT DRIVE to benefit Atlantic City Rescue Mission by Mike and Pam Cardinale, owners of Mrs. Brizzle's Buns and Deli. Donations of gently worn and new winter coats and jackets for adults and children needed; place in collection bin at eatery, 4601 Landis Ave., Sea Isle City, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Call 609-263-2773.


WARD BURNSIDE COIN CLUB 7 p.m. Dec. 14, Central Bible Church, 18th and Central avenues, North Wildwood. Call Bob at 609-408-7348.

AARP CHAPTER 1062, OCEAN CITY HOLIDAY LUNCHEON, noon Dec. 21, Windjammer Restaurant, 18 MacArthur Blvd., Somers Point. For reservations call Marcella Wall at 609-398-8271.

AA AND AL-ANON SUPPORT GROUPS at Cape Regional Medical Center, Stone Harbor Boulevard, Cape May Court House. Call 609-463-4043.

ANGELUS CHORUS seeks new singing members. The group rehearses at the Middle Township High School during the school year and performs concerts in the winter and spring. For more information call Carolyn at 609-898-0324.

ART HISTORY DISCUSSION GROUP, 3 p.m. every other Tuesday, Cape May County Library Lower Branch, 2600 Bayshore Road, Villas. Call 609-886-8999.

CAPE ATLANTIC WOODTURNERS: Learn to Turn. Meets 7 p.m. every third Tuesday at Upper Township Library. Call Ron at 609-601-2663 for details.

CAPE MAY COUNTY ADVISORY COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN, 5:30 p.m. first Tuesdays, Old Courthouse building, 11 North Main St., Cape May Court House.

CO-DEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS (CODA) 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Seaville United Methodist Church, 3100 Shore Road, Seaville. Call 609-408-8033. Also, 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Trinity United Methodist Church, 20 N. Shore Road, Marmora. Call Yvonne at 609-408-8033.

COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS, 6:30 p.m. second Tuesdays, at Lighthouse Church, Route 9, Cape May Court House, for bereaved parents, grandparents, siblings. Call 609-886-2118.

GREAT CLASSICS BOOK CLUB, 4 p.m. third Thursdays, Main Library, 30 W. Mechanic St., Cape May Court House. Call 609-463-6350.

HEARTBREAK TO HEALING GRIEF SUPPORT for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. Call 609-345-3230 for literature and information, or just to talk.

PLAYERS AND PLAYWRIGHTS BY THE JERSEY SHORE meets last Saturday of the month. Bring copies of your original work to the second floor of the Ventnor Library at 1 p.m. New members (playwrights and actors) and the public always welcome. Call 609-601-9191.

SALVATION ARMY SEEKS VOLUNTEERS to help low income families in Cape May County. Call 609-231-5565 or 609-231-3109.

SEX AND LOVE ADDICTS ANONYMOUS 12-step recovery program, 7 p.m. Mondays at Trinity Methodist Church, 20 Route 9 North, Marmora, use side door off parking lot, not affiliated with any religions and confidentiality and privacy respected.

SUICIDE SURVIVORS group for bereaved by Seaville United Methodist Church, 6 to 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month at the church, 3100 Shore Road, Seaville.

Health, fitness

CAPE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER PROGRAMS: Diabetes Support, 1 p.m. Dec. 13, classrooms A and B; Peripheral Artery Disease Screening, 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 14, call 609-463-4043 for an appointment; Grief Support, 3 p.m. Dec. 19, Maruchi Room; Hard of Hearing Support Group, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19; CPR Recertification, 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 20, fee $32 with manual and $20 without, pre-registration required; Free Blood Pressure Screening, 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 21, Outpatient South Lobby; Diabetes Management Series, 10 a.m. Jan. 2, 9, 16 and 23, call Cindy Kraemer at 609-463-2249; Grief Support, 3 p.m. Jan. 2 and 16; Free Blood Pressure Screening, 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 4 and 18, Outpatient South Lobby; Breast Cancer Support Group, 2 p.m. Jan. 8; Smoking Cessation, 3 p.m. Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30, fee $25, $15 refunded upon completion of class; Diabetes Support Group, 6 p.m. Jan. 10; Peripheral Artery Disease Screening, 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 11, call 609-463-4043 for an appointment; CPR Certification, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 12, fee $42 with manual and $30 without, pre-registration required by calling 609-463-4043; Hard of Hearing Support Group, 6 p.m. Jan. 16; CPR Recertification, 5 to 9 p.m. Jan. 17, fee $32 with manual and $20 without, pre-registration required; Stroke/Brain Injury Support Group, 1 p.m. Jan. 17; Safe Sitter Certification, ages 11 and older, 9 a.m. Jan. 19, fee $35; Amputee Support Group, 1 p.m. Jan. 22. Hospital, 2 Stone Harbor Blvd., Cape May Court House. Call 609-463-4043 for information about any program.

SENIOR DRUG AND ALCOHOL AWARENESS PROGRAM, 11 a.m. to noon Dec. 13, Woodbine Community Center, 812 Longfellow St., Woodbine. Another program follows up Dec. 21. For more information and to register, call Lisa Feliciano-Toney at 609-231-9495 or e-mail l.feliciano1@verizon.net.

INTRODUCTION TO YOGA, 5:30 p.m. Mondays, Stone Harbor Recreation Center, Second Avenue and 82nd Street. Call 609-368-6809.

WEEKLY YOGA CLASSES at Sea Isle City's Community Lodge, 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 7:30 a.m. Fridays at the Community Lodge, JFK Boulevard and Park Road, led by Teri O'Connor, E-RYT. Cost is $10 per student. Walk-ins welcome, all are invited. Call 609-602-3398 or see njbeachyoga.com.

FITNESS CLASSES IN CAPE MAY: Ballet Sculpt, uses ballet barre and light weights to create strong lean muscles. Beginners welcome; 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, instructor Karen Manette Bosna; Ballet Sculpt Pilates Fusion, uses ballet and Pilates exercises that work the entire body. Beginners welcome, 11 a.m. to noon Fridays, instructor Karen Manette Bosna; Transformational Pilates, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sundays, instructor Tammy Decker. All at Franklin Street Civic Center, 720 Franklin St., Cape May. Call 609-884-9565 or see capemayrecreation.org.

EXERCISE CLASSES by Cape May Recreation at the Franklin Street School gym in Cape May: Jazz Aerobics, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 classes, $30 or $4 per class; Chair Aerobics and Stretching, 9 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesdays, 10 classes $30 or $4 per class; Zumba with Kelly, 6 to 6:45 p.m. Thursdays, cost $5 per class.

FIT SENIORS EXERCISE CLASSES, age 60 and older, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Crest Pier, 5800 Ocean Ave., Wildwood Crest. Cost $5 per class or 12 for $50, call 609-523-0202.

JUMBA GOLD, low impact workout, 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays and 10:45 a.m. Thursdays, First United Methodist Church of Wildwood Crest, 6700 Atlantic Ave., Wildwood Crest. Cost $5 per class. Call 609-827-5924 or 609-729-4265.

YOGA CLASSES, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. and 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Tuesdays and 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Thursdays, Crest Pier Recreation Center, 5800 Ocean Ave,. Wildwood Crest. Cost $5 per class or $50 for 12 sessions. All ages are welcome. Attendees are encouraged to arrive five minutes prior to start time and to bring their own mats. Call 609-523-0202.

Holiday events

HOUSE LIGHTING CONTEST 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Sea Isle City. Registration required by Dec. 12. Call 609-263-0050.

BETHLEHEM VILLAGE, live re-enactment of Bethlehem on the first Christmas night, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16, First Assembly of God, 1068 Seashore Road, Cold Spring. Bread shop, lentil soup and hot chocolate for village visitors, children's choir performance 10 a.m. Dec. 23 and Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7 p.m. Dec. 24.

HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR 10:30 a.m. Dec. 14, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 and 2 p.m. Dec. 16, Ocean City Music Pier. Contact info@oceancitytheatrecompany.com for more information. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and children younger than 12. Call 609-525-9300.

SANTA'S FAMILY WORKSHOP 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 15, Cape May County Park and Zoo, Route 9, Cape May Court House. Free family event will include crafts, education stations, entertainment and treats. Call 609-465-5271.

CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT HOUSE TOURS, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Cape May. Adults $25, children ages 3 to 12 $20. Call 609-884-5404.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA, 10 a.m. Dec. 15, Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St. Adults $15, children ages 3 to 12 $10. Call 609-884-5404.

CHRISTMAS AT PAC, 6 p.m. Dec. 15, Middle Township Performing Arts Center, 212 Bayberry Dr., Cape May Court House. The cost of a ticket is free with a donation of a nonperishable food item or an unwrapped new toy. All items will be distributed locally. Call 609-463-1924.

CARL'S KRIS KRINGLE 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays to Dec. 16, Old Grange Restaurant by Tony Clark, 735 Seashore Road, Cold Spring. Doors open at 2:30 pm Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Donations accepted for Volunteers In Medicine of Cape May County. For information please call the Cape Island Theatre Company at 609-408-6595 or Historic Cold Spring Village at 609-408-6595.

PHOTOS WITH SANTA noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 16, Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Santa in a lifeboat with a view of the ocean. Each photo costs $10 and will be printed and mounted the day it is taken.

SELF-GUIDED TOUR OF CAPE MAY CHURCHES, 1-4 p.m. Dec. 16, various churches in Cape May. Starts at Memucan Hughes Colonial House Museum, 653½ Washington St., next to City Hall, where a list of participating churches, addresses and map is available. Refreshments at United Methodist Church. Call Laurie Thomas at 609-846-7834.

SANTA CLAWS HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AND PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 16, Cape May County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, 110 Shelter Road, Cape May Court House. Refreshments served. Call 609-465-8923 or email animalshelter@cmcsheriff.net.

'YOURS TRULY, JACK FROST' 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22, Ocean City Music Pier. All tickets are $10 available at ocnj.us or by calling 609-525-9300 or at the Second Floor of City Hall, Community Services offices.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA 8:15 to 11:15 a.m. weekends through Dec. 23, various downtown restaurants, Ocean City. Call 609-398-4662 for information.

'A TUNA CHRISTMAS' by Cape May Stage, 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to Dec. 30, Robert Shackleton Playhouse, 405 Lafayette St., Cape May. Adults $35, seniors $30, students $15. Call 609-884-5404.

FIRST NIGHT Ocean City's gala New Year's Eve Celebration, 4 p.m. to midnight, Dec. 31, various locations in Ocean City. Buttons are $15, available now at the Chamber of Commerce Building, Ninth Street. Call 609-399-1412. There is an Angel Fund for those who cannot afford First Night Buttons, call 609-525-9300.

NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATION, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31, Sea Isle City. Registration required by Dec. 28. Call 609-263-0050.

NEW YEAR'S EVE FIREWORKS, 8 p.m. Dec. 31, JFK Boulevard and beach, Sea Isle City. Call 609-263-0050.

Music, arts

SHORE MEMORIES IN WATERCOLOR II, 1:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sea Isle City Branch Library, 4800 Central Ave., Sea Isle City. Registration required, call 609-263-7301 or see cmclibrary.org.

PAINTINGS DEPICTING O.C. FISHING CLUB PIER AND CLUBHOUSE at 14th Street and Beach, through January, Ocean City Arts Center, 1735 Simpson Ave. Meet the artists reception, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 11, paintings for sale. Call 609-399-7628.

MUSICAL MONDAYS, 3RD ROCK, 7 p.m. third Monday of each month, Ocean City Repertory Theater, 813 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. Call 609-457-6686 or see facebook.com/oceancityrepertorytheater.


BETH JUDAH TEMPLE PROGRAMS: Class on origins of Chanukah, 6:45 p.m. Dec. 12; Chanukah Celebration of Light and Faith, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14. Temple, Spencer and Pacific avenues, Wildwood. Call 609-522-7541.

JAZZ VESPERS SONGS FOR SANDY BENEFIT CONCERT, 3 p.m. Dec. 16, First Presbyterian Church, Hughes and Decatur streets, Cape May. A $10 minimum donation is expected. Call 609-884-0680 or see capemayjazzvespers.com for more information.

ADVENT VESPERS 6 p.m. Dec. 16 and 23, St. Barnabas by the Bay Episcopal Churchm 13 W. Bates Ave., Villas. Call 609-886-5960 for more information.

JAZZ VESPERS WITH BEHN GILLECE 3 p.m. Jan. 20, First Presbyterian Church, Hughes and Decatur streets, Cape May. A $5 minimum donation is expected. Call 609-884-0680 or see capemayjazzvespers.com for more information.

CHURCH SERVICES, Worship, 9:30 a.m. and Church School, 9:30 a.m. Sundays, The First United Methodist Church of Wildwood Crest, 6700 Atlantic Ave. Call the church office at 609-729-4265 or Parsonage at 609-522-6439.

FREE CHRISTIAN PRESCHOOL PROGRAM 9:30 to 11:0 a.m. Mondays, Greater Vision Bible Fellowship, 172 Route 50, Seaville. Preregister anytime at greatervisionbf.webs.com or call Missy at 609-463-9067.

INTERDENOMINATIONAL CHRISTIAN MEN'S GROUP, 9:15 a.m. first and third Wednesdays, Price Hall, Academy and Seashore roads, Cold Spring. Call Rob Riehl at 609-889-3538 or email robriehl@verizon.net.

JUDAISM 101, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Beth Judah Temple, Spencer and Pacific avenues, Wildwood. Fee for nonmembers $5 per class. Call 609-522-7541.

PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE SERIES, 10:15 a.m. second and fourth Wednesdays, Cold Spring Presbyterian Church, Academy and Seashore roads, Cold Spring. Call Rob Riehl at 609-889-3538 or email robriehl@verizon.net.



ST. JOSEPH'S HIGH SCHOOL HAMMONTON CLASS OF 1962 50TH REUNION, this fall. If you were in the class of 1962 or have information that would help the committee find class members, email Judy Sacco Watson at jrw44@comcast.net.


CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL BUS TRIPS: Metropolitan Opera, Dec. 12; New York City Center to see Moses in Egypt, April 14. Call 609-641-3600, ext. 22.

ULTIMATE WINTER WEEKEND GETAWAY to Gettysburg, Pa., by Pleasantville Travelers Club, Feb. 15-17, 2013. Lodging at A-1 Eisenhower Hotel and Conference Center; show includes Patti LaBelle, the Whispers and more. Space is limited, $50 deposit due immediately, to reserve and more for information, call 609-645-2239, 609-442-0598 or 609-442-3243.