Annual Heartwalk planned

The American Heart Association Heartwalk will take place May 18 at the Sports and Civic Center, 6th St. off the Boardwalk in Ocean City.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk starts at 10:30 a.m. Call 609-926-3663.

Miles for Melanoma 5K set

The fourth annual Miles for Melanoma 5k race will take place May 18 starting at the 34th Street Beach. Registration is at 9 a.m. and the run begins at 10 a.m. Cost is $30 and awards will follow the race. Call 717-538-4359 or see milesformelanomaoc5K.com.

Atlantic Cape offers summer courses

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Continuing Education division will offer a variety of courses in Cape May County this summer for those interested in upgrading their skills, gaining fresh knowledge and developing new talents.

In Personal Trainer Certification, Phase 1, participants will design fitness programs using free weights, resistance training and cardiac conditioning, two sections beginning May 18 and June 15.

In CloudOn/Dropbox/SkyDrive Demo, learn to use free-to-use cloud-based services to share documents, photos, videos and other files. Participants must bring their own devices to this session, Thursday, July 11.

In Word 2010 Demo, beginners and experienced Microsoft Word users alike will learn how to get the most out of the word processing software. Participants must bring their own devices to this session, Thursday, June 13.

In Excel 2010 Charts & Pivot Demo, learn how to create column and bar charts, line charts, pie charts and combination charts along with Pivot Tables and Pivot Charts. Participants must bring their own devices to this session, Thursday, June 20.

In Business Technology Specialist, develop the skills and confidence to work in a high-tech office, including: document production, word processing, spreadsheet preparation, database creation and management and effective use of presentation software will be. Upon completion, participants can earn up to nine college credits toward an Atlantic Cape degree, Monday-Thursday, beginning Oct. 7.

Classes will be offered at Atlantic Cape’s Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House. Call 609-343-4829 or see atlantic.edu/conted.

Triathon/duathlon scheduled

The Ocean City Triathon/Duathlon will take place May 19 and will include a quarter-mile swim, 2-mile run and 16-mile bike ride, followed by another two-mile run. There also will be a kids’ course. The swim starts from 6 to 8 a.m. and the run/bike/run starts at 9 a.m. Call 609-525-9317.

Boating safety course offered

The Delsea Power Squadron will conduct a one-day, eight-hour safe boating class from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 8 at Minmar Marina in Sea Isle City. The course fee is $55. Registration is required. Call Ed McGarvey at 609-703-9688 or email whiskaway3@verizon.net.

Registration open for fall classes at Academy of Culinary Arts

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 desalvo@atlantic.edu to schedule a registration appointment. Returning students can register online using WebAdvisor at atlantic.edu/webadvisor.

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 1-800-645 CHEF, email accadmit@atlantic.edu, or visit atlantic.edu/aca.

Teens win state scholarship pageant in O.C.

Gianna Mazzone, 16, of Somers Point (senior division), and Madison Kennelly, 14, of Ocean City (junior division) captured the state crowns recently when Ocean City hosted the 42nd annual New Jersey National Teenager Scholarship Pageant. Julia Wilson, of Ocean City, was crowned Miss Hospitality for her support of the pageant.

Forty of New Jersey’s brightest teens vied for top honors in events including application, interview, gown and expression/style, which featured contestants wearing jeans they personally decorated in a style that showcased their creativity and individuality. The girls will represent New Jersey at the national competition this summer in San Antonio, Texas.

Atlantic Cape offering kids cooking classes

Atlantic Cape Community College's Academy of Culinary Arts will offer Kids in the Kitchen cooking sessions for chilren 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 atlantic.edu/conted or call 609-343-4829.

Miss Night in Venice seeking charities in need of donations

The Miss Night in Venice Committee is accepting requests from charities.

Each year, the proceeds raised by Miss Night in Venice contestants are awarded to charity. Organizations are asked to submit a letter describing the charity, current financials and any pertinent information. Send to Miss Night in Venice Committee, PO Box 433, Ocean City, NJ 08226. The deadline for accepting requests is June 1.

Atlantic Cape offers continuing education

Upgrade your skills, gain fresh knowledge and develop new talents with courses through Atlantic Cape Community College’s Continuing Education division this spring.

Certified Home Health Aide for CNAs is designed for the Certified Nurse’s Assistant who wants to become a Certified Home Health Aide, May 18.

In Personal Trainer Certification Phase 1, participants will learn how to design fitness programs using free weights, resistance training and cardiac conditioning. The course features a review of principles of strength conditioning, principles of aerobic conditioning, fitness testing and body composition, injury prevention and identification, May 18.

Introduction to PV Design and Installation and Exam Prep will offer participants an opportunity to learn and apply the following skills: PV markets and applications, safety basics, electricity basics, solar energy fundamentals, PV module fundamentals and more, Monday-Thursday beginning May 21.

In Leveraging Social Media to Attract New Customers, participants will learn how to use Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to enhance communication with potential customers and existing contacts, May 22.

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

South Jersey Industries donates

Each year, South Jersey Industries selects a charitable cause to support as part of the Give Back program. This year, they selected food pantries.

St. Maximilian Kolbe Thrift Store and Food Pantry in Woodbine and the St. Vincent de Paul Society Food Bank in Hammonton were two of the pantries selected. For more information, find South Jersey Gas on Facebook at facebook.com/southjerseygas and on Twitter @southjerseygas.

Pageants seek contestants

The Board of Directors of the Cape Scholarship Foundation is looking for contestants to compete this summer in the Miss Cape May County and Miss Cape Resort Pageants, to be held July 13 on the Ocean City Music Pier.

Contestants must be age 17-23. This is a Miss America Preliminary Pageant and the winners will go on to compete for the title of Miss New Jersey.

The Miss Cape Resort Pageant is open to full-time residents, students, and employees of New Jersey, while the Miss Cape May County Pageant is open to full-time residents, students or employees of Cape May County. Residency must be for at least six months prior. Proof of residency will be needed at orientation. Competitions will be in interview, 90-second talent, swimsuit, evening gown and on-stage question. Eveneing rehearsals will take place beginning July 10.

A mandatory orientation will take place at 6:30 p.m. June 26, when all paperwork will be due. To receive a preliminary application, contact Betty Pruitt, executive director of Miss Cape May County, at bapruitt@verizon.net or 609-390-0860, or Gina Campbell, executive director of Miss Cape Resort, at whiteibis625@yahoo.com or 609) 287-4248. The deadline for applications is May 24.

Outstanding Teen contestant search on

The Cape Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors is seeking girls ages 13-16 years to compete in the Miss Cape May County Outstanding Teen pageant.

The pageant will take place on the Ocean City Music Pier. Rehearsals will be held several nights prior to the pageant. A mandatory orientation will take place at 6:30 p.m. June 26. The winner compete in the Miss New Jersey Outstanding Teen pageant in January. The Miss Cape May County Outstanding Teen pageant will take place July 13 in conjunction with the Miss Cape May County and Miss Cape Resort pageants.

For more information and an application, contact Betty Pruitt at 609-390-0860 or bapruitt@verizon.net. Leave your name, complete address, phone number, school, grade and age. A pre-application will be sent, which will be due by May 31.

Ocean Galleries announces summer lineup

Ocean Galleries in Stone Harbor will host four world-class art exhibitions this summer.

The exhibitions by Alexandre Renoir, Autumn de Forest, Graham Nash and Peter Max will offer a chance to view and purchase artwork from the collections while meeting the artists at receptions hosted by the gallery. Each exhibition is open to the public and held at the Stone Harbor location of Ocean Galleries, 9618 Third Ave. Call 609-368-7777.

‘Renoir: A Legacy,’ works by Alexandre Renoir, his brother Emmanuel Renoir and their great-grandfather Pierre-Auguste Renoir, May 23-June 2, receptions with the artist 6-10 p.m. May 24-26.

‘Prodigy Returns: A New Collection of Artwork by Autumn de Forest,’ July 4-14, , receptions with the artist 6-10 p.m. July 5-6, 1-4 p.m. July 7.

‘Graham Nash: Visual Harmony,’ July 25-Aug. 4, receptions with the artist 7-10 p.m. July 27.

‘Peter Max: The Master of Pop Summer 2013 Collection,’ Aug. 29-Sept. 8, receptions with the artist 7-10 p.m. Aug. 31-Sept. 1.

The Stone Harbor gallery is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily during the summer season. The Avalon location is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through the summer. See oceangalleries.com.

4-H club wins golf tournament

The Cape May County 4-H Youth Development Program recently congratulated a Shore Blazers 4-H Club Team for their first-place win in the 10th annual 4-H Horse Council Golf Tournament, held April 21 at the Avalon Golf Club.

Team members included Jeff Samaniego, Mark Schiffbauer, Larry Ziemba and Mark Morey. The Anco Ace Hardware team of Jan and Liz Rupinski and Steve and Keith Stankiewicz took top coed team honors in the tournament. Special thanks were extended to corporate sponsors Gentilini Family Motors, the Cape May County Board of Agriculture, Regional Nephrology Associates, Greater Wildwood Elks Lodge 1896, Shreiber Animal Foundation Enterprise, Croitor Feed and Ocean View Veterinary Hospital.

The tournament is held the last Sunday of every April to raise funds to support 4-H youth scholarships and educational activities for Cape May County’s 4-H horse club members.

Coast Guard Auxiliary hosting open house

Flotilla 83 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will sponsor an open house on May 18 at the U.S. Coast Guard Station Townsends Inlet, 80th and the bay in Sea Isle City.

The event runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and is open to the public. Station and dock tours, safe boating tips, and general state and federal boating information will be available. A vessel safety check will be available for boaters who trailer their boats to the station. To request a vessel safety check, saee uscgaux-wwnj.org or cgaux.org/vsc.

Library to hold used book sale

The Schiavo Library in Strathmere is holding its annual “Welcome Summer” used book sale May 23-June 8.

The library is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. It is at 801 S. Commonwealth Avenue (Ocean Drive) in Strathmere. There are books for everyone — novels, nonfiction, paperback and children’s books as well as magazines, CDs and VHS tapes. All books and media are priced from 25 cents to $1.

For more information, call the Schiavo Library at 609-486-6265 or email info@strathmerelibrary.org.

North Wildwood Memorial Day services set

North Wildwood Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5941 and the City of North Wildwood will be honoring fallen soldiers from every war on Memorial Day, May 27, beginning 10 a.m. at the North Wildwood Veterans Monument, Spruce and New York avenues, to honor all veterans who have passed.

There will also be a service beginning 9:30 a.m. May 27 at the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse flagpole where the names of passed VFW Post 5941 since last Memorial Day will be read and their service honored.

All are welcome.

Gloria Explosion planned in Ocean City

Cape Shore Chorale will present Gloria Explosion featuring music from Mozart to “Jazz Gloria” by Rob Landes at 3 p.m. June 2 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 30th and Bay Avenue in Ocean City.

The Chorale is a chorus of 50-plus singers from Atlantic and Cape May counties under the musical direction of Scott J. Breiner. The Young Cape Singers, a professional children’s choral group directed by Julia Henrich, along with guest musicians will join the Chorale. A free will offering will be taken.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the N.J. State Council on the Arts/Dept. of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. The funds were administered by the Cape May County Culture and Heritage Commission, under the authority of the County Library Commission for the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

More information, see capeshorechorale.org or call 609-861-2311

Wildwood Walks to Cure Diabetes

Wildwood is calling all walkers to participate in the annual Walk to Cure Diabetes on May 18 at Morey’s Adventure Pier.

The event is sponsored by the South Jersey Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the City of Wildwood, Morey’s Piers, Wawa, AtlantiCare, Tony Luke’s and Hutchinson Plumbing, Heating and Cooling. Everyone is welcome to participate: individual walkers, families, groups, businesses, schools and anyone who shares the JDRF’s goal to raise money for research that will lead to better treatment and prevention of Type 1 diabetes, and ultimately find a cure for the disease.

Registration is 9:30 a.m. at Morey’s Adventure Pier/Guest Services with the walk starting at 10:30 a.m. The walk is a three-mile route on the Boardwalk. There will be live entertainment and a DJ spinning tunes to motivate the walkers. To register, sponsor, build a walk team, or for more information, see jdrf.org or call 856-429-1101.

Historic house tour set for May 18

The Cape May County Historical Museum will host a historic house tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m May 18.

At least eight houses, most never open to the public before, will be on the tour this year. Among them are an Arts and Crafts style cottage in Stone Harbor, built in 1915 by an architect for himself, that has barely been changed from its original appearance; a farmhouse outside Tuckahoe that is being restored to its circa-1850 appearance; and a Victorian-era home in Cape May Court House with many original stained glass windows.

A box lunch — choice of three sandwiches, chips, beverage and homemade dessert — will be available for $8 the day of the tour at the Cape May County Historical and Genealogical Society’s headquarters at 504 Route 9 North, Cape May Court House.

Tickets can be purchased online or in the office, with advance tickets offered at a discount. Tickets are $20, discounted to $15 if purchased before the day of the tour. Members of the Historical Society receive a 10 percent discount. Tickets can be purchased at the Historial Society, by calling the Historical Society at 609-465-3535, or online at cmcmuseum.org under Calendar of Events. Tickets also can be purchased the day of the event at the Historical Society.

National Geographic Live! heads to Cape May

Cape May Forum brings National Geographic Live! for entertaining and visually spectacular presentations by three explorers, writers and photographers. The Spring Forum convenes at Cape May’s Convention Hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18. Tickets are $50, available at the Convention Hall box office, and online at both Convention Hall and CapeMayForum.org.

Dennis Dimick, National Geographic’s executive editor for the environment, takes you on a highly visual journey across our blue planet with insights into why water matters, where to find it, how we use it, who has it and who doesn’t. Dr. John Francis, National Geographic explorer, tells how he stopped using motor vehicles after witnessing an oil spill in San Francisco Bay, and about his 17-year vow of silence. He walked from San Francisco to Cape May, where he now lives. Don Belt traveled to 65 countries over the past three decades for National Geographic, as senior writer, covering international politics, the environment and more. Are water wars, so rare in human history, an inevitable thing of the future?

The weekend kicks off at Convention Hall on Friday evening, May 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. with a Meet the Speakers reception, catered by the Washington Inn, and followed by concert. The talks take place Saturday. Then at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, at the Cape May Elementary School on Lafayette Street, with the help of the Cape May Film Society, “Brunch and a Movie” includes a continental breakfast and the family feature film “Rango.”

For information about programs and to purchase tickets, see capemayforum.org or facebook.com/CapeMayForum, and @capemayforum on Twitter.

LoBiondo encourages police departments to apply for grants

U.S. Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo, R-2nd, is encouraging law enforcement departments in South Jersey to apply for federal funding available under the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program.

The program will award $165 million in federal funding for fiscal year 2013 for the hiring and rehiring of additional career law enforcement officers in an effort to create and preserve jobs and increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts.

Under the 2013 program, awardees may receive as much as 75 percent of the approved entry-level officer salary and fringe benefit costs, with a minimum 25 percent local cash match requirement. Grant funds may be used to hire new, full-time sworn officer positions, to rehire officers who have been laid off, or to rehire officers who are scheduled to be laid off on a specific future date as a result of local budget cuts. The program requires each position awarded to be retained with local funds for at least 12 months at the conclusion of 36 months of federal funding for each position. Priority consideration will be given to agencies that use their COPS Hiring Program funding to hire either school resource officers or military veterans and those targeting to reduce homicide.

The COPS program is managed by the U.S. Department of Justice; see cops.usdoj.gov. The deadline to apply is May 22.

Zoo welcomes new snow leopard cubs

On April 20, snow leopard Himani gave birth to two cubs at the Cape May County Zoo, the zoo said.

This is her fourth consecutive litter. She has given birth to seven cubs in four years, making her and sire Vijay one of the most prolific snow leopard pairs in North America, the zoo said. The gender of the cubs will not be known for several weeks. New at the zoo this year is Cub Cam TV, which allows patrons to observe the cubs and Himani still in their nest box.

The Zoological Society will conduct a “Name the Cubs” contest open to children 12 and younger. For details, see capemaycountyzoo.org. The Zoological Society also is building a new snow leopard habitat with maternity den. Donations can be made to: Cape May County Zoological Society, PO Box 864, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210.

For more information, email info@capemaycountyzoo.org. The zoo is Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited and actively participates in the Species Survival Plan breeding program for endangered animals.

OCHS Media Festival rescheduled

Ocean City High School presents its first Media Festival, rescheduled to 7 p.m. May 31 at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th Street and the Boardwalk.

The festival will showcase short films and segments produced by students in the award-winning high school TV and media production classes. Call OCHS for tickets at 609-399-1290, or see oc-tv.org.

Nature Center of Cape May seeking volunteers

The Nature Center of Cape May is seeking volunteers.

The Nature Store and Welcome Center has a critical need for volunteers to help out as receptionists, greeters and gift shop cashiers. Other opportunities include helping with annual plant sales, computer maintenance and data entry, programming, leading nature walks, assisting with children’s programs, computer and graphic design, cleaning, mailings and stuffing envelopes, public relations, school programs, special events such as Harbor Fest. Benefits include invitations to special volunteer events, recognition, Nature Store discounts, an annual volunteer picnic.

For details, pick up a volunteer application at the center, 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May, call 609-898-8848 or email nccm@njaudubon.org.

Aviation museum hosting summer camps

The Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum and the Federal Aviation Administration will host an Aviation Career Education Summer Academy for youths.

The full day ACE camp will run one week only, July 8-12, for students ages 12-17. The museum also has announced open registration for the Explorers Summer Academy. Explorers is a half-day camp tailored to students ages 9-11 and will run one week only, July 15-19. Registration is now open to all students. Both camps are already half full, so enrollment is limited.

The ACE Academy gives students an opportunity to learn more about aviation careers and have fun. The camp runs 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Highlights include: Travel Through Space presentation by NASA astronaut Terry Hart, tour of an active air traffic control tower and U.S. Coast Guard base, tour and demonstration by the Federal Air Marshal Training Center and FAA Technical Center Labs. Concluding the week is “Fly-In Day” with scheduled aircraft and career overviews provided by the Navy, Army (Blackhawk), State Police, AtlantiCare medevac and Coast Guard.

The Explorers Academy helps younger students explore what they want to be when they grow up. The camp runs 9 a.m.-1 p.m.Highlights include: Play Day on the Runway (airport safety presentation), Cape May Ferry operations, demonstration by the Coast Guard, water rocketry and up close exploration of aircraft parts and operations. Both camps stress the importance of science, technology, engineering and math “STEM” skills. Scholarships and financial aid packages are available; see usnasw.org.

County 4-H Fair seeks vendors

Cape May County, New Jersey 4-H Fair Chairman John Webersinn announced that the annual 4-H Fair is seeking commercial vendors offering family friendly, quality crafts and products to feature at the fair July 18-20. The 4-H fairgrounds are at 355 Court House-S. Dennis Road in Cape May Court House.

The public hours for the fair are noon to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday. Call 609-465-5115, ext. 656, or visit co.cape-may.nj.us/Cit-e-Access/webpage.cfm?TID=5&TPID=4410.

Mrs. New Jersey America seeks entrants

The Mrs. New Jersey America Organization is accepting applications for the 2013 Mrs. New Jersey competition being held June 22-23 at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.

Competition includes interview, evening gown and swimsuit. There is no talent category. Entrants must be at least 18 years old, married, a U.S. citizen and a resident of New Jersey for at least three months (exceptions for military). No pageant experience is necessary. The state winner receives an all-expense paid trip to participate in the national 2013 Mrs. America Pageant hosted by Florence Henderson.

For more information or to register, contact the Mrs. New Jersey America Organization at mrsnewjerseyamerica.com, gwnjamerica@yahoo.com or 609-970-1270.

Historic House Tour set for May 18

The Cape May County Historical and Genealogical Society will hold its third annual Historic House Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18. At least eight houses — most of them never open to the public before — will be on the tour this year. Among them are an Arts and Crafts style cottage in Stone Harbor built in 1915 by an architect for himself that has been barely changed from its original appearance, a farmhouse outside of Tuckahoe that is being restored to its circa 1850 appearance, and a Victorian-era charmer in Cape May Court House loaded with original stained glass windows.

A box lunch with your choice of three sandwiches, chips, a beverage, and homemade dessert will be available for $8 the day of the tour at the society’s headquarters at 504 Route 9 North, Cape May Court House.

Tickets can be purchased online or in our office, with advance sale tickets offered at a discount. Tickets are $20, but are discounted at $15 if purchased before the day of the tour. Members of the society receive a 10 percent discount. Tickets can be purchased at the Cape May County Historical and Genealogical Society, 504 Route 9 North, Cape May Court House, by calling the Historical Society at 609-465-3535, or online at cmcmuseum.org under Calendar of Events. Tickets can also be purchased the day of the event at the museum.

Cape Tech FFA students earn awards

Recently, Cape May Tech FFA members competed in the 2013 NJ FFA Horticulture Exposition held at Mercer County Community College. According to MCCC Horticulture Program Coordinator Amy Ricco, the event had 750 entries from students in 26 schools statewide. The categories ranged from floral displays in a wide variety of themes, dish gardens, terrariums and bonsai arrangements.

The results are as follows: Cactus/Succulent Dish Garden — Hannah Stone, fifth place; Complete Bonsai — Ricky Emmel, third place; European Garden — Sydne Hunter, first place; Emily Musick, second place; Hanging Foliage Plant — Johanna Defeo, third place, Brandon Alloway, fourth place; Flowering Bulb Plant — Brandie Steelman, fourth place; Flowering Dish Garden — Emily Musick, second place; Flowering Hanging Plant — Summer Jones, second place; Flowering Plant — Amanda Murray, third place; Foliage Dish Garden — Johanna Defeo, second place; Summer Jones, third place, Geraniums — Amanda Murray, third place; Olivia Shelton, fourth place; Holiday Wreath — Melonie Weaver, third place; Nursery Plant — Robert Craft, first place; Brandon Alloway, fifth place; Potted Herb Garden — Brandie Steelman, fourth place; Terrariums — Matt Rucci, second place; Tropical Foliage Plant — Nick Martin, first place; With Sympathy — Nate Horvath, fifth place.

Writers conference set

The 11th Annual North Wildwood Beach Writers’ Conference, now in conjunction with Atlantic Cape Community College, is all new this year and focused on preparing writers to become published authors. The event takes place June 4-5.

Experts in hands-on workshops guide participants in creating fictional characters, inventing realistic dialogue, polishing style, even awakening the muse. Learn the logistics of finding an agent, an editor, a publisher. Workshop leaders include award-winning novelist Tom Monteleone, editor Paul Dinas, Dr. Dan D’Auria and more. The formal dinner has been replaced with a networking cocktail party. There are also contests, manuscript evaluations a book bazaar and an evening of drama.

The fee of $125 includes two days of workshops, two continental breakfasts, and the cocktail party. Attendees receive a certificate for CEUs. The conference takes place at the Wildwoods Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk. See NWBWC.com for details and registration form.

MTHS alumni plan annual dinner fundraiser

The Middle Township High School Alumni Association will hold its 23rd annual dinner June 1 at the Links Restaurant at the Avalon Golf Club in Cape May Court House.

All MTHS alumni and faculty are welcome, and 2013 scholarship recipients and their families will be recognized at the dinner. Memorabilia of the long history of MTHS will be displayed by Lea Westcott, association president and historian. The event is to raise money for the scholarship fund. The association is seeking tax-deductible donations for door prizes and a silent auction fundraiser to be held that evening. All contributions are tax-deductible. Online registration for the dinner is open, see mthsalumni.org and click on “annual dinner,” or download a printable form to mail. The cost is $43 per person. The event begins with a social hour at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

Membership in the association is a $10 contribution per year or $100 for a tax-deductible life membership. For more information, call 609-463-0612 and leave a message.

Bank donates to Every Breath Counts

To help the nonprofit Every Breath Counts Foundation organization raise awareness and funding for lung cancer research, the Ocean City Home Charitable Foundation donated $1,000 for the annual Every Breath Counts walk/run event.

The Every Breath Counts Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization formed to raise awareness and funding for lung cancer research and support programs in the southern New Jersey shore area. Proceeds from Walk, Shop and Brunch benefit three organizations that focus on lung cancer research and patient advocacy and support: the South Jersey Cancer Fund, the LUNGevity Foundation, and the Lung Cancer Alliance.

Fred Hall Orchestra to play Cape May

The city of Cape May will present “An Evening with the Fred Hall Orchestra” on May 17 at Cape May Convention Hall.

A limited number of $30 VIP tickets are available to benefit Cape May Forum as it kicks off the “Water Matters” Spring Forum, featuring explorers, experts and photographers from National Geographic Live! VIP ticket holders will have priority seating and have the opportunity to “Meet the Speakers” at the semi-private event, catered by the Washington Inn, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Tickets for An Evening with the Fred Hall Orchestra are $15 and available at Cape May Convention Hall Box Office, by calling 855-708-9699 or 609-884-9563 or at capemaycity.com.

Marine technology day camp offered in August

Partnering with the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, and the University of Delaware, 4-H is offering a new, weeklong day camp Aug. 5-9 at the Nature Center of Cape May.

The Ocean Glider camp will offer middle school participants in grades six to eight hands-on experiments and engineering challenges. The camp will run 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Campers can work with ocean sensors and marine robotics, use handheld sensors to explore the environment and collect data, and engage in activities and marine science laboratories. At the close of the week, the campers will offer a showcase of their work.

Participants should pack lunch, sunscreen and a water bottle each day. This program is offered through a partnership with the Department of 4-H Youth Development, the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, and the University of Delaware. The camp will take place at the Nature Center of Cape May’s Environmental Education campus, located on Cape May harbor.

Registrations is now open and space is limited. The cost is $250 per camper, or $200 for members of NJ Audubon Nature Center of Cape May and registered Cape May County 4-H members in good standing. Contact the 4-H office at 609-465-5115 ext. 610 or karavan@njaes.rutgers.edu.

GED testing dates announced

GED testing for May at the Cape May County Technical School District will take place 3:30-9 p.m. May 22-23.

Mandatory pre-registration and orientation takes about a hour and is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. May 21 at the Tozour 100 building, 188 Crest Haven Road, office 145.

Those interested in the GED test must bring to the registration/orientation a money order or cash for $50 (no personal checks) and two forms of ID, one a government-issued photo ID, along with an original birth certificate or Social Security card. Sixteen- and 17-year-olds must present their certificate of consent to participate form at the time of registration. Contact the GED office for a form. For more information, call the Technical Schools Continuing Education office at 609-465-2161, ext. 648 or 646, and for more test dates, see capemaytech.com.

O.C. Fishing Club plans tournament

The Ocean City Fishing Club will conclude a nearly yearlong centennial celebration in October with a three-day surf-fishing tournament that is expected to draw as many as 100 East Coast teams competing for total cash awards of $20,000.

The competition will take place Oct. 17-19 along the beaches of Ocean City. All the teams must include six members; there will be no individual entries.

For more information, contact Mike Hayes at 856-303-0906 or mikehayes325@gmail.com or Augie Conte Jr. at 609-320-2849 or aconte1@aol.com.

Scholarship available to Cape May County women

Cape Women’s Resource Fund Inc. will award at least one $1,000 scholarship this year to a young woman graduating from high school who is a resident of Cape May County. Last year the Fund awarded four scholarships to Cape May County graduates.

Criteria include a B average through high school, acceptance to either a two-year or four-year college program with proof of acceptance, and community involvement or community service during high school.

Applicants must submit a 500-word essay on a choice of topics: “Do you think there should be a requirement in this country for every student to dedicate at least two years to military or public service, either immediately after high school or college?” or “Do you think that women are equal to men in all aspects of our society? Why or why not?”

Candidates should submit essays and proof of meeting criteria to CWRF, Box 903 Cape May Court House, NJ 08210 or to Christine Cote, 3409 Bybrook Drive, Villas, NJ 08251. Applications must be postmarked no later than May 24.

County library holds website contest

To promote its newly designed website, the Cape May County Library is conducting a monthlong survey requesting online feedback from its webpage users.

The total value of prizes is more than $300. The contest is open to residents of Cape May County or registered Cape May County Library patrons with current library cards. See cmclibrary.org/contest/view/form for the complete list of rules and an entry form.

Prizes and certificates were donated by local establishments.

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 bayatlanticsymphony.org.

Atlantic Cape offers summer sessions

Atlantic Cape Community College is offering a variety of credit classes this summer at its Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, in Cape May Court House. The courses include:

Summer Session 1, May 28-July 3: Biology of Our World, Human Anatomy Physiology I, Intro to Computers, Public Speaking, Western World I, Intro to Algebra I-Prealgebra, Introduction to Algebra II, College Algebra, Statistical Methods and Elementary Spanish I.

Summer Session 2, July 1-Aug. 22: Student Success Seminar, Psychology of Exceptionality, Reading/Writing II, General Psychology and Principles of Sociology.

Summer Session 3, July 15-Aug. 22: Human Anatomy Physiology II, Western World II, Intro to Algebra I-Prealgebra, Introduction to Algebra II and Precalculus.

Visit atlantic.edu/summer to view summer and fall class schedules and to register online.

Art camps in Ocean City

The Ocean City Arts Center presents more than 50 weekly art camps offered this summer, beginning June 17.

Offerings include drawing, painting, dance, pottery, sculpture with clay and wire, and film and TV, and classes where children learn to make masks, create puppets and puppet shows; acting for pre-schoolers called Little Stars, art as it relates to science and invention, and more. Classes change weekly and take place either 9 a.m.-noon or 12:30-3:30 p.m. They cost $165 per week and most classes are for children ages 6-11.

See oceancityartscenter.org or call 609-399-7628.

Aviation museum’s ‘Runway 5K’ cleared for takeoff

Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum at the Cape May Airport will host the Runway 5K and 1-Mile Fun Walk at 9 a.m. June 8

The airport will temporarily close to air traffic so runners and walkers can compete on the runways. Early registration is recommended. All participants 18 and older registered before June 1 will be entered to win a free ride on the B-17 Yankee Lady World War II bomber, which will be at the museum June 10-12. Race day registration opens at 7 a.m. at the entrance to the Aviation Museum. Proceeds of the rain or shine event benefit Hangar No. 1 restoration efforts.

See usnasw.org or tnteventmanagement.com, call Bruce Fournier at 609-886-8787 or email bruce-nasw@comcast.net.

Cape Island seeks designation as Community Wildlife Habitat

New Jersey Audubon and the National Wildlife Federation are seeking community support to certify Cape Island as a Community Wildlife Habitat.

For the purposes of this effort, Cape Island is defined as the entire land mass south of the Cape May Canal, encompassing all habitats including preserved farmlands, parks, private for-profit businesses, condominium associations and individual back yards. A community-wide habitat conservation project is already occurring, and to unify it, NJA proposes to register Cape Island in the program.

To certify your yard, business property, school or church, go to nwf.org/How-to-Help/Garden-for-Wildlife.aspx, and look on the right for creating a habitat and getting the certification.

The Cape Island Certification Project is led locally by the Nature Center of Cape May. Email Evelyn Lovitz at nccm@njaudubon.org to assist, or for questions.

County offers review of medications for seniors

Cape May County Freeholder Kristine Gabor announced that the Department of Aging will offer a free medications review for seniors 60 and older at county senior centers in May.

Bring medications for a free review by a pharmacist from 10 a.m. until noon on either May 16 at the Ocean City Senior Center, or May 17 at the North Wildwood Senior Center. This review is a safety check and can be helpful for a person who has a chronic health condition, is being treated by more than one physician or is taking over the counter medications.

To reserve a meal for the day of the event or for information, call the Ocean City Senior Center at 609-399-0055 or the North Wildwood Senior Center at 609-729-2090.

Theater company plans student workshop

Applications are available for the award-winning East Lynne Theater Company’s Summer Student Workshop.

This year, it’s “An Evening of Fables,” presented in storytelling fashion with a minimum of props and costumes. Like last year’s workshop, the focus is on the storytellers themselves, working as a tight ensemble, and the imagination. Fables and stories will be from a variety of sources including “1,001 Arabian Nights,” the Brothers Grimm, and Aesop.

This year, 12 students ages 11-16 can work with ELTC’s professional staff, including Sally Bingham, who is heading up this year’s workshop. Technical Director Lee O’Connor and Artistic Director Gayle Stahlhuth will be around to help ELTC’s Student Workshop. The workshop dates are June 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, July 1 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. At 8 p.m. July 2, students will perform in front of an audience, open to the public and admission free.

The location for the workshop and the performance is The First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St. (corner of Decatur and Hughes) in Cape May, where the company is in residence, and the fee is $200. To receive an application form, visit eastlynnetheater.org or call the office at 609-884-5898 to receive one via snail mail. For questions, contact Gayle Stahlhuth at eastlynneco@aol.com or call the office.

Reassurance calls offered

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

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

Youth invited to fishing camp

The Nature Center of Cape May and its parent organization, New Jersey Audubon, invite children over the age of 8 to participate in the second annual Guy Hill Buckelew Memorial youth Fishing Camp to run from 9 a.m. to noon Monday-Friday, Aug. 19-23, at the Nature Center, 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May.

Guy Hill Buckelew was an avid angler and sportsman whose desire to see his love of fishing perpetuated to aspiring youthful anglers is realized by this camp. The camp will be supervised by retired teacher and local waterman Norman Smith. Camp leaders will instruct students in all phases of fishing including species identification, catch limits, angling methods and terminology, bait, tackle and rigging, safety precautions and even catch cleaning and preparation. Additional afternoon hours will be scheduled to accommodate a boat trip from 1 to 5 p.m. (weather permitting), a visit to this year’s Mid-Atlantic $500,000 tuna and marlin tournament to watch weigh-ins and tour the Big Tent.

The cost for this weeklong experience covers professional instruction, equipment, bait, T-shirts and other apparel, as well as charter boat fees. The cost is $200 for members and $250 for non-members. Scholarships are available based on need and for many U.S. Coast Guard dependent children, but camp size is limited. Inquiries should be made in person at the center or call 609-898-8848 for registration information.

Gently used books needed

The Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library seek donations of gently used books. The group will not accept magazines, textbooks, or books damaged by water or storms. Drop off books at the Circulation Desk of the Ocean City Free Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City.

Volunteers sought for 4-H

Cape May County 4-H is looking for volunteers. Volunteer orientations are set for 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 16 and 6:30 p.m. June 20 at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension office, 355 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.

4-H is looking for club leaders for gardening, photography, science, engineering and technology and herpetology programs. Corporate and Leadership volunteers are being sought for the Cape May County 4-H Foundation as well as volunteers for the annual 4-H fair. Interested volunteers complete an application, attend training and meet with 4-H staff prior to their appointment. Volunteers serving as 4-H Club leaders are provided curriculum, resources and support for the clubs and programs they develop and implement.

4-H volunteer opportunities are varied to suit your interests and the time commitment is flexible. Call 609-465-5115, ext. 605, or email mlfrandino@co.cape-may.nj.us to get more information about the scheduled orientations, current volunteer opportunities and to preregister.

Free vacations offered

The Ocean City Tourism Commission, Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce and Ocean City Board of Realtors have once again joined forces to promote “America’s Greatest Family Resort” by awarding 11 families a weeklong family vacation in Ocean City.

Each winner will receive a seven-night stay in a three or four bedroom condo that sleeps as many as eight people. Pictures, addresses and descriptions of each unit are available on the contest entry page. Contest entry is through the Chamber’s website at OceanCityVacation.com. Entrants may enter one time for each of the 11 weeks per email address.

Winners will be randomly selected and notified about three weeks before their vacation. Winners will be selected beginning June 3 and each week following until Aug.12.

Youth arts program under way

The Center for Community Arts children’s art education programs have begun for the winter/spring term.

Paige Cunningham, a West Cape May resident, is teaching the theme “Animals in Art” for the Art at the Library Program. This yearlong art class for children ages 6 to 9 takes place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in four locations; Sea Isle City on Mondays, Wildwood Crest on Tuesdays, Lower Township on Wednesdays, and Cape May on Thursdays. The class reads a book, discusses the illustrations and creates art inspired by the story. Many mediums are explored; clay, pastels, paint, sculpture, charcoal.

The Youth Arts Program program is back from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturdays for children ages 10 to 14. Located in two locations; Cape May and Lower Township, this program is a great way to spend a night with peers creating art in a comfortable, fun atmosphere. It’s free and includes all art materials and dinner.

Call 609-884-7525 or see centerforcommunityarts.org.

Tickets on sale for concert series

Tickets for the Jersey Shore Pops Summer Concert Series are now on sale. Tickets will be available online and directly at the Middle Township Performing Arts Center Box Office, 212 Bayberry Road, Cape May Court House.

The concert series will include eight concerts with a focus on international guest stars from around the world. The series will open at the Middle Township Performing Arts Center the last weekend in June. The concert series is as follows: Irish Tenor, 7:30 p.m. June 29; Stars and Stripes Forever, 7:30 p.m. July 6; Legends in Concert, 7:30 p.m. July 13; The Italian Tenor, 7:30 p.m July 21; Swingin Sixties, 7:30 p.m. July 28; Classics Rock, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4; The Glenn Miller Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10; Sinatra and Friends, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17.

Tickets range from $25 for balcony seating to $40 for VIP orchestra center seating. Discounted season tickets range from $75 to $220. To purchase either season or individual tickets, call the JSP Ticket Office at 800-838-3006 or the PAC at 609-463-1924.

Scholarship offered

The Nature Center of Cape May will offer the Randy Nuessle Memorial Scholarship Fund for a third year. This work-study program provides recipients with a $3,000 award each year throughout four years of college. Administered by Nature Center Director, Gretchen Whitman, the fund seeks to promote a deeper understanding and awareness of the natural sciences while encouraging responsible stewardship of our shared natural resources.

The fund was established by long term New Jersey Audubon members and volunteers, Barbara and Warren Nuessle in honor of their 16 year-old son, Randy, who died in 1984 of Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy.

Since this is a work study scholarship, selected students are obligated to serve as interns during the school year or summer for a total of 150 hours. In addition, the Nature Center staff serves as the intern supervisors and assist students and their schools in obtaining college credit under the school’s cooperative education programs.

Eligibility for the fund is limited to graduating seniors from designated high schools in Cape May County. A committee, composed of members representing the Nature Center of Cape May and the community of Cape May, ensures that selected students have demonstrated academic excellence while giving special consideration to those with financial need.

Interested students should request a scholarship application through their school guidance department, or by contacting the Director, Gretchen Whitman by calling: 609-898-8848 or email Gretchen.whitman@njaudubon.org.

PAC, youth orchestra partner with Pops

The Middle Township Performing Arts Center has announced that the Atlantic Youth Orchestra will join forces with the Jersey Shore Pops for the 2013 season. This will be a continuation of a partnership started last year with the Pops orchestra hiring six of Atlantic Youth Orchestra’s outstanding members. The goal is to prepare these students for a possible professional music career as well as draw a younger audience to the orchestral concerts.

The Jersey Shore Pops Summer Concert Season which will feature members of the Atlantic Youth Orchestra begins June 29, at the Middle Township Performing Arts Center in Cape May Court House. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 1-800-838-3006 or the box office at 609-463-1924 or see JerseyShorePops.org.

Free movies in Ocean City

The Ocean City Fine Arts League presents free pre-screened films featuring artists and art trends every month through June.

Movies are shown at 6:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave. Upcoming shows include June 11, “Good Night, and Good Luck.”

For more information, call the Ocean City Fine Arts League at 609-814-0308 or the Ocean City Public Library at 609-399-2434.

Jersey Shore Pops to play

The Jersey Shore Pops, under the musical direction of Linda Gentille, will present the 2013 Summer Concert Series beginning June 29 at the Middle Township Performing Arts Center in Cape May Court House.

The series includes: The Irish Tenor, 7:30 p.m. June 29; Stars and Stripes Forever, 7:30 p.m. July 6; Legends in Concert, 7:30 p.m. July 13; The Italian Tenor, 7:30 p.m. July 21; Swingin Sixties, 7:30 p.m. July 28; Classics Rock, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4; The Glenn Miller Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10; Chairman of the Board, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17.

Individual tickets will range from $25 for balcony seating to $50 for VIP orchestra center seating. To purchase season tickets, call the JSP ticket office at 800-838-3006 or the PAC at 609-463-1924. Tickets can be purchased online or in person and student ID must be showed for ticketing.

Cape May Stage offers subscriptions

Equity theater Cape May Stage has announced the lineup of plays and deals on subscription packages for the 2013 season, the theater’s 25th anniversary.

The schedule features: “How to Make a Rope Swing,” May 17-June 7; “Lend Me a Tenor,” June 12-July 26; “Boeing Boeing,” July 31-Sept. 13; “Freud’s Last Session,” Sept. 18-Oct. 19; “A Walk in the Woods,” Oct. 23-Nov. 16; “Jacob Marley’s Christmas,” Nov. 29-Dec. 29.

Subscriber benefits include as much as 50 percent off regular box office prices, complimentary exchanges and upgrades, priority seating, and discounts on our merchandise. Cape May Stage offers subscription series tickets for opening or preview night performances and subscription flex passes. Purchase of these series is equivalent to 15 percent off single ticket prices.

Subscriptions can be purchased by calling 609-884-1341, online at capemaystage.org or at the box office. All subscriptions expire Dec. 30.