Law fair planned
The Cape May County Bar Association will host its fifth annual Law Fair in conjunction with the Cape May County Superior Court from 9 a.m. to noon May 3 at the Cape May County Courthouse in Cape May Court House.
There will be a variety of attorneys, county agency representatives and court division representatives and a fair in the back lobby of the Cape May County Courthouse. This event provides free education to the public on the law and legal system and is supported by funds from the New Jersey State Bar Foundation. The Cape May County Bar Association will hold a special award ceremony and reception at 9 a.m. for the Cape May County High School Mock Trial champions, Middle Township High School.
For more information, or if you are interested in having a table in the fair, contact Michele Devine-Hartnett, executive director, at 609-463-0313 or email@example.com.
School retirees luncheon set
The South Jersey Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees has announced its May luncheon meeting.
The meeting will take place at noon May 15 at the Crab Trap Restaurant in Somers Point. Allen “Boo” Pergament, Atlantic City historian, will be the guest speaker.
All retired employees of Pennsylvania school districts, and their guests, are invited to attend.
The cost for lunch is $20. To attend or for questions, call Marie at 609-398-1280.
National Geographic Live! heads to Cape May Convention Hall
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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Financial Success event planned
The School Based Youth Services program located at the Cape May County Technical School is presenting a financial success night for the public from 6 to 8 p.m. May 2.
This evening is meant to help individuals and families learn how to save money and build wealth. Thanks to a sponsorship from Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union, dinner will be provided free for all program participants. Attendees can enter to win a Visa gift card provided by PNC bank. The schedule begins with dinner and information tables on display, followed by educational seminars. Participants choose two topics.
Topics include: Budgeting presented by PNC Bank; Building a Strong Credit History presented by Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union; Cooking Healthy on a Budget presented by Rutgers Cooperative Extension; FAFSA and Financial Aid for College presented by Higher Education Student Assistance Authority; Fundamentals of Investing presented by Heiny Scott Investment Group, LLC; Saving Money in College presented by Teachers of Cape May Technical High School; and Working through Financial Trouble presented by Consumer Credit and Budget Counseling.
RSVP is requested, but not required. Space may be limited on certain topics. To reserve space in a specific seminar, email email@example.com or call 609-465-2161, ext. 683.
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 our childrens’ 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Golf outing supports OCHS programs
The Ocean City Board of Realtors announces its annual Spring Golf Outing fundraiser May 2 at the Harbor Pines Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township.
Individual player rate is $120, which includes golf, dinner and the awards ceremony. Registration starts at 11 a.m., the Shotgun Start is 1 p.m. and dinner is served at 6 p.m. The awards ceremony with prizes is at 7 p.m.
The annual Spring Golf Outing fundraiser event benefits Ocean City High School scholarships and will help fund Ocean City school programs.
Tickets can be purchased ocbor.com (the online store) or at the Ocean City Board of Realtors, located at 405 22nd St. in Ocean City, or by calling Damon Bready at 609-703-3030.
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.
Student music competition on Music Pier
The public is welcome to attend the second annual Esther C. Weil Student Music Competition at 4:30 p.m. May 14 on the Ocean City Music Pier at Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk.
The program, sponsored by the Friends of the Ocean City Pops, features 10 vocalists and six instrumentalists. Admission is free. Parking lots on Eighth and Ninth streets and Moorlyn Terrace will be open with no charge.
Students in grades 9-12 and enrolled in eight high schools in Atlantic and Cape May counties have submitted outstanding credentials and recommendations from their school and private music teachers to qualify them for the competition. Three professional musicians will judge and award cash prizes in a competition named for Mrs. Weil, an avid patron of the performing arts in Ocean City and Philadelphia.
The first-place instrumentalist and vocalist will each receive $1,000 and make a guest appearance with the Ocean City Pops this summer season. The second- and third-place winners in each category will receive $500 and $250, respectively. William Scheible, artistic director and Pops Conductor, expects to announce the winners by 7 p.m.
High schools represented in the competition include Absegami, Cape May County Technical, Egg Harbor Township, Mainland Regional, Middle Township, Oakcrest and Ocean City.
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.
Historical Society to give presentation
The Greater Cape May Historical Society is holding a special presentation by the society’s historian Harry C. Bellangy about the Windsor Hotel at 2 p.m. May 2 at the VFW, 419 Congress St. in Cape May.
This presentation will include rare pictures of the Windsor’s interior, along with pictures of the fire that destroyed the Windsor in 1979. Admission is free to society members and $15 for the public. Refreshments available for purchase at the VFW.
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.
Public meeting set
The Woodbine Developmental Center has announced that the next monthly Board of Trustees will take place May 9 in the Administration Building Boardroom. The private portion begins at 1 p.m. and the public portion begins at 1:30 p.m.
Spring concert set
The Ocean City High School Instrumental Department presents a Spring Concert at 7 p.m. May 7 in the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center, 501 Atlantic Ave., Ocean City. The Concert Band, Wind Ensemble and Strings programs will perform. The senior band members will be recognized.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students, tickets available at door.
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.
Coalition to assess unmet needs from Sandy
Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton has announced that the Cape May County Long Term Recovery Group has engaged the international Christian Relief Group, World RENEW, to conduct an unmet needs assessment in areas of the county where primary homes were damaged and Hurricane Sandy victims may need additional assistance.
The Cape May County Long Term Recovery Group is a coalition of community volunteers, religious organizations, private nonprofit agencies and local governments who assembled after Hurricane Sandy to maximize resources available to those in need.
World Renew volunteers will be in Cape May County May 4-17 and will target the communities that have had the most damage, primarily Ocean City, the Wildwoods and Sea Isle City. The volunteers will be easily identified. They will have bright green shirts and carry identification at all times. They are specially trained to assess damage, assist with federal relief forms and deal with the psychological after effects from loss. Volunteers plan to go door to door in the most heavily affected areas. Cape May County residents who have damage to their primary home in excess of their insurance, FEMA and the SBA loan (if applicable) can call 609-463-6570 to request a visit. Callers should specify they would like to have a visit from World Renew or the Long Term Recovery Group and give their name, address and phone number. A Walk-In Center will be located in Wildwood at the office of Cape Assist, 3819 New Jersey Ave. The center will be open May 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and May 14 from 2 to 8 p.m. Another Walk-In Center will open in Ocean City at the Bayside Center, 520 Bay Ave., on May 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The FEMA number to call for assistance is 1-800-621-3362.
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.
Woodbine to hold public hearing on cable concerns
Mayor William Pikolycky has announced that the Borough of Woodbine will conduct a public hearing at 6 p.m. May 2 at Borough Hall, 501 Washington Ave.
This hearing is to evaluate the application of Comcast of South Jersey, LLC, for the renewal of its municipal consent to own, operate, extend and maintain a cable television and cable communications system in the borough. All interested parties are invited to attend and be heard with respect to this application. Copies of the application will be on file with the Borough Clerk and can be reviewed 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday at Borough Hall.
Clutterers Anonymous to meet
Vali Heist, a certified professional organizer and author of “Organize This!” will speak at 1 p.m. May 2 during the monthly meeting of Clutterers Anonymous, at the Women’s Civic Club of Stone Harbor, 96th Street and the beach.
Admission is free and all are welcome. For information, call 609-368-2692.
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.
Annual photography contest set
The Avalon Historical Society and the Avalon History Center invite young and old to submit their favorite photographs May 6-31. Categories for 2013 are Personality, Scenic, Nature, Abstract, and a Children’s Category.
Entry forms and rules are available from the History Center, 609-967-0090, or Suzie Gallagher, 609-967-8105. This year there will be a prize for the winner in each category.
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 email@example.com.
GED testing dates announced
GED testing for May at the Cape May County Technical School Distict will take place 3:30-9 p.m. May 8-9 and May 22-23.
Mandatory pre-registration and orientation takes about a hour and is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. May 7 for the May 8-9 test and 3:30 p.m. May 21 for the May 22-23 test 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.
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.
4-H offers poultry workshop to public
The 4-H livestock clubs of Cape May County will host a Poultry Clinic and Picnic from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 4, open to the public and held in the Lockwood 4-H Youth Center at the 4-H fairgrounds. The Cape May County 4-H Livestock Committee will grill hot dogs and hamburgers for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.
Poultry showmanship expert Richard Hickman will demonstrate basics and finer points of showing a bird in competition. Poultry will be available for participants to work with during the clinic. Clinic coordinators ask participants not to bring their own birds, to preserve safe bio-health standards.
Peter Brown, known as the “Chicken Doctor” and owner of First State Vet Supply, will lecture on poultry diseases and parasites from 1 to 3 p.m. Brown has spent a career in the poultry industry. He will discuss serious poultry health issues such as coccidiosis, Marek’s disease, scaly leg, bumblefoot and the treatment of lice and other parasites. He also will demonstrate proper vaccination methods on poultry carcasses.His Poultry Emergency Kits will be available for purchase.
Pre-registration is required, call 609-465-5115, ext. 605. There is no registration fee, but participants are asked to bring a side dish or dessert for the picnic. The 4-H fairgrounds are located at 355 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.
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 on sale May 4, 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.
The Bay-Atlantic Symphony’s next subscription concert series will take place May 5 at 2 p.m., the Richard Stockton Performing Arts Center, Galloway Township. For more information, call 856-451-1169 or see bayatlanticsymphony.org.
Junior Chefs Cooking Camp taking registration for summer
The Family and Community Health Sciences Department of Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County offers a new and creative program, Junior Chefs Cooking Camp, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 29-Aug. 2 for children who have completed grades five to seven. Children will learn to prepare a variety of foods including snacks. The pilot project incorporates nutrition education with hands-on food preparation lessons to encourage a lifetime of healthy eating habits.
The cost is $125. Registration and payment are requested by May 10. To register or for more information, call 609-465-5115, ext. 609, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cape May Forum presents speaker series
Cape May Forum presents a series of evenings featuring the experience of the region’s water experts followed by discussion and refreshments. The schedule includes:
May 3, ‘Horseshoe Crabs and the Shorebird Connection,’ Gretchen Whitman, director, Nature Center, takes place at the Nature Center, 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May
May 10, ‘The Effects of Hurricane Sandy,’ Stewart Farrell, Stockton Coastal Research Center, Rutgers AIC Admin Building, 1636 Delaware Ave., Cape May
The free talks take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays in April and May. All are welcome.
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.
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 email@example.com to assist, or for questions.
Breast cancer awareness walk set
Cape May County invites the public to participate in the second annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk from 10 a.m. to noon May 4 at the Cape May County Park and Zoo.
Registration starts at 10 a.m. followed by a warmup session. The walk will proceed around the park area at your own pace. The first 75 registered walkers will be given a free pink T-shirt for participating. All walkers with be provided a map of the route and educational signage will be posted along the trail.
For more information about this event, call 609-465-1047.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office.
4-H offers summer teen institute
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County and NJ Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May are accepting applications for the 2013 Rutgers 4-H Summer Teen Leadership Institute at the Nature Center of Cape May’s environmental education campus on Cape May Harbor.
The eight-week program, June 24-Aug. 16, provides youths in grades seven to 12 with a leadership and learning experience through service, teaching and social activities. It coincides with summer children’s program day camps at the Nature Center of Cape May. Professional NJ Audubon teacher naturalists provide teens with mentoring in marine science, teaching skills and successful work habits. Rutgers 4-H educators lead teens in youth-driven community service projects and leadership skills development activities.
Participants job-shadow nature center teacher-naturalists for eight to 10 hours weekly and attend a mandatory weekly training session every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon. Coordinators try to accommodate teens’ outside work schedules. A mandatory orientation session will take place June 21 from 10 a.m. to noon at NJ Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May. Contact the 4-H Youth Development Program to learn more, at 609-465-5115, ext. 605, or see njaudubon.org/centers/nccm.
The application deadline is May 15. Participation is limited to 20 students, and tuition is $250 for eight weeks of hands-on experience and mentoring in marine science, teaching skills and work habits.
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).
Senior jamboree set in Avalon
The Cape May County Department of Aging and Disability Services will host the annual Senior Jamboree at 10 a.m. May 2 at the Avalon Community Center, 30th and the beach, Avalon.
The theme is “Kentucky Derby,” so feel free to wear your favorite fancy hat. Also, wear your dancing shoes, since there will be live entertainment and dancing. A free lunch will be served by staff of the Department of Aging and Cape May County high school students, and awards will be given to the Senior of the Year, female and male, and to the Organization of the Year.
The free event is open to all Cape May County residents age 60 or older. For more information, call 609-886-2784.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bridges conference planned
The Partners for Connections in Education (P4CE) will present the Bridges Conference 2013: Connecting Higher Ed and K-12 May 8 to 10 at the Cape May Convention Center. The Bridges Conference will showcase unique partnerships and projects that are helping higher education and K-12 to work together on enhancing the continuum of available educational opportunities for students of all ages.
The conference will feature many innovate programs that look beyond the traditional institutional role on behalf of high student achievement and the development of creative and innovative students through economically feasible programs and projects between colleges and K-12 school. The conference will also feature Keynote Sessions from Hall Davidson from the Discovery Educator Network, Steve Zalot from Apple Computers and Melanie Andrich from Eduventures. Special Topic Sessions and small group “hands on” presentations will also be available throughout the conference. The Bridges Conference is co-sponsored by Wilkes University, PLS-Third Learning, Discovery Education and the Chester County Intermediate Unit.
For the complete conference agenda and to register for the Bridges 2013 Conference visit the P4CE website at p4ce.org and click the register today link.
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 May 7, “Finding Neverland”; 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.