TED Talk looks at patients as consumers

The TED Talks continue at 11 a.m. Nov. 29 at the Ocean City Free Public Library, featuring Dr. Jon Cohen, a vascular surgeon, on “Why don’t patients behave like consumers?”

Cohen will discuss why patients don’t act like wise consumers when it comes to choosing doctors. Join in the discussion following the video on whether you shop for a doctor — and if you do, how you do it — or whether you go there, as Cohen’s father did once, because the doctor served doughnuts in the waiting room. The presentation and discussion are free and open to everyone.

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Museum schedules annual winter reception

The Cape May County Historical and Genealogical Society’s annual dinner meeting will take place Nov. 29 at the Lobster House in Cape May.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and cash bar, followed by dinner, election of 2013 trustees and the awarding of the 2012 Heritage Awards. The Heritage Awards are presented to those who have contributed to the preservation of Cape May County history. Among this year’s honorees are Joan Berkey and Scott Smith for their preservation of the Thomas Ludlam House in Dennis Township, and John and Betsy Way for their preservation of the Palmer Way House in Wildwood Crest. The Thelma S. Cryder Volunteer of the Year award is to be presented to an outstanding museum volunteer.

Dinner choices are shrimp stuffed with crab or broiled filet mignon and include salad, potato and vegetable, and apple pie. Reservations are $45 and can be made by calling the museum at 609-465-3535, ext. 3, by email at museum@co.cape-may.nj.us or online at cmcmuseum.org under Calendar of Events.

Local singers to join in PAC concert

On Nov. 30, Grammy-nominated Ernie Haase and Signature Sound quartet brings its Christmas show to the Performing Arts Center of Middle Township.

The gospel group will bring to the stage more than 80 local singers to join in special holiday selections. The augmented cast includes 30 adults chosen from the county and under the direction of Nancy Robinson, choir director of the First United Methodist Church of Court House. Also in the group will be 50 third-, fourth- and fifth-graders from elementary school 2 in Middle Township. Kay Aspell, PAC managing director, said the singers were added upon request of Haase, who wanted to give local singers an opportunity to perform with the professional group.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performance are $25. Call 609-463-1924. The Performing Arts Center is at 212 Bayberry Drive, Cape May Court House, one mile east of Exit 10 of the Garden State Parkway. There is free parking.

Santa’s Calling program set for kids

Local children can receive phone calls from Santa Claus during Sea Isle City’s annual Santa’s Calling Program at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 10. The event is sponsored by the Sea Isle City Department of Recreation with the Knights of Columbus of Saint Joseph Catholic Church.

To arrange a private phone conversation between your child and Santa Claus, a completed registration form must be submitted by Dec. 7 to the Sea Isle City Department of Recreation, 6108 Central Ave. Registration forms can be downloaded at seaislecitynj.us. For more information, call 609-263-0050 or email sicrec@seaislecitynj.us.

GED test scheduled

There will be only one GED test for December at the Cape May County Technical School District. It will take place from 3:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6 at the school, 188 Crest Haven Road, Cape May Court House. A mandatory registration and orientation for the testing session, is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Tozour 100 building.

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 seventeen year olds must present their certificate of consent to participate form at the time of registration. Contact the GED office for a form.

The GED retest will take place Dec. 18, call to register. For more information call the Technical Schools Continuing Education office at 609-465-2161, ext. 648 or 646, and for additional test dates see capemaytech.com.

Rutgers rep to visit Atlantic Cape

Rutgers Atlantic Cape Community College representative will visit from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Atlantic Cape’s Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House, in the first floor lobby.

Members of the community are invited to learn about the B.A. and B.S. degree programs Rutgers offers at the Rutgers Lifelong Learning Center, located at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, including bachelor’s degrees in business administration, criminal justice, hospitality management, labor and employment relations, liberal studies, nursing (RN to BSN), political science, psychology and public health. Information also will be available on graduate programs in education, business administration, master of social work, master of arts in liberal studies, and certificate in diversity and inclusion in the workplace. No appointment is needed. Attendees should bring an unofficial transcript. For more information, see offcampus.rutgers.edu/atlantic-cape, call Elizabeth Moore at 609-837-2910 or email emoore@atlantic.edu.

Music lecture offered

Learn about the music that grew out of the period during and between the 20th-century wars at the December free music lecture by Paul M. Somers, sponsored by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony. In this final installment of a four-part series examining the effects of history on music during the last two centuries, you will see how the music scene evolved from Irving Berlin to Beatles and beyond.

The lecture will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 11 at the Ocean City Public Library, Room 110, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City. For more information, call the Bay-Atlantic Symphony at 856-451-1169, or Maurice River Music at 856-506-0580.

Discounts on theater in exchange for food

This December, Cape May Stage is offering patrons discounts on theater tickets to the holiday production of “A Tuna Christmas” in exchange for donated food items for the Community Food Closet of Cape May, which serves families in need in Cape May.

Through Dec. 30, patrons can bring three nonperishable items to the box office and get a $10 discount off regular admission prices to see the holiday comedy “A Tuna Christmas.” The Food Closet specifically requests laundry detergent, small jars of jelly, small cans of soup, peanut butter, coffee, toilet paper, small boxes of cereal, and boxed pasta. Show up at the box office with your food items and pay for your ticket at the door. Tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis and are pending availability. Advance reservations are not available.

“A Tuna Christmas” runs at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees at the Robert Shackleton Playhouse at 405 Lafayette Street in Cape May. Tickets are $35 adults, $30 seniors (62 and older), and $15 students. The show runs for two hours with intermission. See capemaystage.org or call 609-884-1341.

Scholarship applications accepted

Atlantic Cape Community College is accepting scholarship applications for the 2013-14 academic year. Atlantic Cape offers a variety of merit- and need-based scholarships for students who are continuing their studies at Atlantic Cape or transferring to another college in the fall 2013 semester.

The 2013 Student Scholarship Application Packet is available for pick-up at all three Atlantic Cape campuses, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing; 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House; 1535 Bacharach Blvd., Atlantic City; and at atlantic.edu/finaid/scholarships.htm. The deadline to file a scholarship application is Feb. 8. Eligible students must submit an application, two letters of recommendation from faculty members and an essay that describes one’s personal and professional goals.

Scholarship recipients will be notified in April 2013, and are invited to attend Atlantic Cape’s Scholarship Awards Ceremony on Monday, May 20. For more scholarship information, contact the Financial Aid Office at 609-343-5082 or 609-625-1111, ext. 5082, or email finaid@atlantic.edu. In Cape May County, call 609-463-4774, ext. 5082.

Wildwood celebrates holidays

Wildwood is celebrating the 2012 holiday season.

Kick off the holidays with fun for the entire family Dec. 7 and 8. The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse will host a special Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Lighthouse Courtyard, First and Central avenues, North Wildwood. Santa Claus will make an appearance and refreshments will be available. Call 609-522-4520.

Holiday house tours will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7 at three locations in the Wildwoods: the Candlelight Bed and Breakfast, 24th and Central avenues in North Wildwood; Summer Nites Bed and Breakfast, 2110 Atlantic Ave., North Wildwood; and the J. Thompson Baker House, 3008 Atlantic Ave., Wildwood. The holiday house tours are free. Call 609-522-3639.

The Wildwoods Family Holiday Celebration will start with the Greater Wildwood Jaycees Christmas Parade at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 beginning at 15th Avenue in North Wildwood, south along Central and Pacific avenues through the Holly Beach Station Mall to Heather Road in Wildwood Crest. The parade then proceeds east onto Ocean Avenue, and makes its way north to the Wildwoods Convention Center. Parade registration begins at 6 p.m. with parade line-up at 6:30 p.m. at the North Wildwood Recreation Center, Tenth and Central Avenues. There is no fee to submit an entry. Trophies will be awarded later in the evening inside the Wildwoods Convention Center. Awards will be given for: Community Service, Commercial, Marching Bands and Public Service. Rain date 5 p.m. Dec. 9 with parade lineup at 4 p.m. If the weather is uncertain, tune in to 98.7 The Coast or see WildwoodHoliday.com.

Immediately following the parade, the fun continues at the Wildwoods Convention Center with a traditional Christmas tree lighting ceremony set for 8 p.m. Festivities continue inside the Convention Center with the Christmas Parade Awards Ceremony and free hot chocolate and cookies. The venue will host a Holiday Shopping Bazaar beginning at 6:30 p.m., featuring holiday-themed crafters.

The Wildwoods Family Holiday Celebration continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Wildwoods Convention Center with a full day of shopping, crafts, face painting, local school children’s choruses and band performances, music, gymnastics and cheer performances, a magician, free holiday movies with free popcorn and a special visit from Santa.

For more information, call 609-729-9000 or see WildwoodHoliday.com.

Atlantic Cape offers information session

Atlantic Cape Community College will hold an information session for those who want to learn about health care and nursing careers from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 29 in the Walter Edge Theater at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. The session will focus on Atlantic Cape’s registered nurse program, including the selection process and methods to prepare for the entrance exam. Attendees are advised to arrive 15 minutes in advance to sign in and collect handout literature. The session is free and open to the public.

For information, call Glenda Stogel at 609-343-5048, 609-463-4774, ext. 5048, email stogel@atlantic.edu or see atlantic.edu/program/academic/nursing/upcomingSessions.htm.

Volunteer workshop planned

The Marine Mammal Stranding Center will host a stranding volunteer workshop at 1 p.m. Dec. 15 at Cape May Point State Park. At the workshop, volunteers interested in becoming “first responders” for stranded marine mammals and sea turtles in New Jersey will be trained by Stranding Center Staff on proper procedures for handling these endangered and protected species.

Potential volunteers must be at least 18 years old and reside within 15 minutes of a coastal waterway. To sign up for the workshop or get more information, call Sarah Miele, education coordinator, at 609-266-0538.

Spay pets for $10

Spaces are available now for State Sterilization Funding Program available to qualified residents. The program begins Jan. 1 (while funds last) at participating veterinary offices in the state to help qualified residents spay or neuter their pets for $10. Because spaces go quickly, Shore Veterinarians is encouraging residents to sign up early for the program. Shore Vets participates in this state program at all four of their locations in Seaville, Williamstown, Hammonton and Egg Harbor Township.

Residents can spay and neuter their pets for $10 if they qualify for the state sterilization funding program. They must receive one of the following: food stamps, Medicaid, general public assistance, rental assistance, aid to families with dependent children, Lifeline Utility Credit, Tenants Lifeline Assistance, Supplemental Security Income, or Pharmaceutical Assistance to Aged and Disabled.

For more information, Atlantic County Residents can call 609-272-8777; Hammonton residents, 609-561-2802; Williamstown area residents, 856-728-6613; and Cape May County residents, 609-390-9113.

Toys for Tots needs help

The Cape-Atlantic Marine Corps League has faced obstacles for its annual Toys for Tots campaign and seeks the community’s involvement and the generosity of citizens to acquire and deliver toys to children this holiday season.

Superstorm Sandy destroyed several of the businesses that traditionally volunteered to be dropoff locations. Many families lost their homes and possessions, increasing the need for donations for children. Two prominent conventions that historically supply many donated gifts were canceled due to the storm, the New Jersey Teachers Convention and the League of Municipalities. A thief broke into a storage trailer and stole a large quantity of donated gifts. Although a suspect was apprehended and charged with the crime, the toys were not recovered.

To be a toy dropoff location, donate toys or money to purchase gifts, call Frank Vesely at 609-868-0003 or email frankv284@comcast.net or call Joseph Harris at 609-927-6402 or email bbstan@verizon.net.

Temple opens doors to displaced worshipers

Beth Judah Temple in Wildwood has voted to open its doors to the displaced worshipers from West Wildwood Bible Church.

The synagogue is willing to offer the island’s displaced parishioners a sanctuary for their services until the church’s flood-damaged building can be repaired. Call 609-522-7541 for more information. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

New youth group forms

A new regional youth group is forming for South Jersey, offering fun and fellowship with other youths from all Christian denominations.

The first gathering will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at Seaville United Methodist Church, 3100 Shore Road, Seaville, with games, mission activities, dinner and a devotion. Devotions will be led by a different pastor each week and food will be provided. The mission activity for the week of Dec. 2 involves wrapping Christmas presents for community outreach programs. These presents will be distributed to those children in need for Christmas.

Regular weekly meetings will begin Jan. 6. For more information, call Cricket Denton Brennan at 609-624-9019 or email seavilleumc@gmail.com.

Outstanding Teen candidates sought

The Miss New Jersey Outstanding Teen Pageant, an affiliate of the Miss New Jersey Pageant, is looking for contestants.

Any girl ages 13-17 (cannot be a 17-year-old senior) who is interested in competing in the 2012-13 pageant should contact Joan Cooper, executive director, at 856-825-6937 or disneyqueen54@hotmail.com. The deadline is Nov. 30.

The pageant will take place Jan. 26 at Millville Senior High School. The winner goes on to compete in Orlando, Fla., in August for the title of America’s Outstanding Teen.

New dates for flu shots

The Cape May County Department of Health has scheduled new dates for residents to get a free flu vaccine in November and December.

Flu shots will be given from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 12 at the Department of Health, 6 Moore Road, Cape May Court House; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Cape May County Library, Main Branch, 30 W. Mechanic St., Cape May Court House. While supplies last, the FluMist nasal spray vaccine will be offered in addition to the injectable vaccine at these clinics. The high-dose vaccine for seniors and the pneumonia vaccine will be offered at the Dec. 12 clinic held at the Department of Health. Seniors who want the high-dose vaccine need to bring their Medicare and supplemental insurance cards to the clinic.

To keep up to date on all of the county’s flu clinics, see cmchealth.net or call the flu hotline at 609-463-6581.

Christmas house tour set

The 24th annual Historic Dennisville Christmas House Tour will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 15 throughout historic Dennisville.

The tour features historic buildings, homes and two churches. The tour is a fundraiser for the Dennisville Historic Home Owners Association Inc. Tickets are $10 sold at the Dennisville Post Office, 24 Hall Ave., the night of the tour only beginning at 4:30 p.m. Greeters will distribute programs and get tourgoers started.

A soup-and-sandwich supper is offered starting at 4 p.m. at the South Dennis Trinity United Methodist Church. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 children younger than 12. Refreshments and comfort stations at the Dennisville United Methodist Church Social Hall. For more information, see dhhoa.dennistwp.org or contact Jack Connolly at 609-861-1338 or Dennisvillechristmashousetour@verizon.net.

4-H volunteers sought

The Cape May County 4-H Youth Development Program invites adults interested in working with youth to attend an orientation session for new volunteers from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension office, 355 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.

This is an opportunity for 4-H alumni, young graduates looking for work experience, parents looking for quality activities for their children and those who are retired to learn how they can connect and share with the youth of our county. 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 orientation and to preregister.

JFS aids storm recovery

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties has created a Donation and Distribution Center to provide basic necessities to those affected by the recent storm.

The center will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday at St. James School in Ventnor. The center plans to be open through the end of the year. The main entrance is on Portland Avenue between Ventnor and Atlantic Avenues. JFS will distribute nonperishable food, toiletries and other basic necessities to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The Red Cross will also be serving hot meals daily. Donations are accepted at this location. Top needs include rice, beans, peanut butter, pasta, spaghetti sauce and diapers (all sizes). Volunteers are needed to assist with the collection, organization and distribution. See jfsatlantic.org/community for the latest volunteer opportunity and to offer your time.

For more information and volunteer opportunities, call 609-822-1109 or email sandyrelief@jfsatlantic.org. Monetary donations can be mailed to JFS at 607 N. Jerome Ave., Margate, NJ 08402 or made securely online at jfsatlantic.org.

Gift wrapping offered

If you wish to save time and energy this upcoming holiday season, volunteers of Cold Spring Presbyterian Church will wrap your gifts for you. Bring them to Price Hall at Academy and Seashore Roads, Cold Spring, from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 5, 12 and 19. Donations are greatly appreciated. For information, call 609-884-4065 or 609-889-1624.

Messiah Sing In scheduled

The second annual Messiah Sing In will take place at 4 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., Ocean City.

Singers and instrumentalists from the community will assemble to sing and play movements from the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah. Bring your own parts/music or they will be provided. There is no rehearsal, just come and have fun. All are welcome to attend, sing or play. All professional singers and instrumentalists are donating their services.

This event is being co-produced by the Atlantic Youth Orchestra and the Ocean City Tabernacle. See ayorch.org and octabernacle.org. For more information, instrumentalists can call 609-646-4762 and singers can call 609-399-1915.

Yard sale canceled

Due to the need caused by superstorm Sandy, Beth Judah Temple in Wildwood is canceling its yard sale scheduled for Nov. 30 and Dec. 2 and will to donate everything collected to agencies aiding people who suffered damages. For more information, call 609-522-7541.

Churches offer storm aid

Brendon Wilson, the new lead pastor of New Covenant Community Church in Somers Point, has received phone calls from several U.S. churches offering assistance after Sandy.

Gateway Church in South Lake, Texas, has offered to foot the bill for Chance Craven of DRADT (disasterrelief.cc) to come to the area, assess and call for trained volunteers to come help rebuild the lives of those affected by the storm. Along with DRADT is Andrew Bashor of Hopeforce International and Chris Zitzmann of Crisis Response International and their teams. They can help residents clear out flooded homes, gut sheetrock, remove small and medium trees with chainsaws, and provide chaplaincy services to those in need.

New Covenant created a webpage, hurricanesandyresponse.com, where donors from all over the country can support these efforts, and Wilson is using this page to challenge his network of pastors and church leaders with the “1 Percent Challenge,” where they donate 1 percent of their Sunday tithe or collect a special offering to donate.

Homeowners in need of debris removal, drywall removal, gutting of a home or furniture removal can call New Covenant Community Church at 609-601-1299 and apply for services. The relief organizations are taking them case by case until a full team of volunteers arrives.

Sandy Relief Fund established for students

The Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation has established the Sandy Relief Fund for Atlantic Cape Students to collect emergency funds for Atlantic Cape Community College students affected by Hurricane Sandy.

More than 1,900 Atlantic Cape students live on the barrier island communities assaulted by the storm on Oct. 29. Student evacuees are now returning to wrecked homes and vehicles, and destroyed computer equipment, school supplies and textbooks.

The Sandy Relief Fund for Atlantic Cape Students will provide assistance for students who need to replace books, computer equipment, clothing and food, and to cover commuting costs and other necessities. To make a donation to the Sandy Relief Fund for Atlantic Cape Students, see atlantic.edu/relief or send a check payable to the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation to: Sandy Relief Fund for Atlantic Cape Students, Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210-1972

For more information, contact Patricia Gentile, executive director of the Atlantic Cape Foundation, at 609-463-4507 or pgentile@atlantic.edu.

Nature center offers holiday workshops

New Jersey Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May offers several holiday events and workshops.

The Holiday Artists Marketplace through the end of December at the Nature Center’s Harbor Gallery. All artwork is original, priced less than $50 and done by local artists.

Upcycle Craft Workshops for Home and Garden will take place at the Center Tuesday evenings beginning 6:30 p.m. through Dec. 4. Center Director and obsessed re-purposer, Gretchen Whitman will show ways to give new life and purpose to waste material and useless products by transforming them into top-quality home goods and garden art. Project lists and supplies will be provided at the first class. Cost per workshop is $15 for members, $20 for non-members.

Holiday wreath and garland workshops and a “Girls Night Out” have been scheduled through November and December. Use fresh evergreens of Douglas fir, spruce, pine, cedar and other natural materials to create handcrafted wreaths and garlands for family and friends. Pre-registration is a must since space and materials are limited. Cost per workshop is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

The holiday wreath workshop schedule is 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 29; 10 a.m. to noon, Nov. 30; 10 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 1; 1 p.m. Dec. 2. Girls Night Out will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30.

A holiday campfire will take place at 6 p.m. Nov. 30. Cost per person is $5.

Bird Seed Sale Days will be Dec. 1 and 2.

Call 609-898-8848. The center is located at 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May.

Donations needed for angel tree

The Rio Grande branch of the Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union is collecting gifts for the Starfish Angel Tree to benefit the Hamer’s School of Karate Christmas Party for disadvantaged children to take place Dec. 8.

Every year, 100 children between the ages of 4 and 10 from the community are invited to attend. Stop by the credit union at 3317 Route 9 S in Rio Grande and select a starfish tag from the tree in the lobby. Wrapped gifts should be returned to the credit union’s lobby and placed under the tree with the tag attached by Nov. 30. For more information about the gift drive, call the credit union at 609-646-3339, ext. 210.

Turkey drive under way

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties is holding its annual Holiday Turkey Drive to provide families with turkeys and trimmings throughout the holiday season. With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, JFS will collect monetary donations to purchase turkeys for members of the community in need.

Ways to help include make a donation of $25 or more to purchase a Butterball turkey or kosher turkey (upon request). This gives an individual or family a turkey certificate that can be used to purchase a holiday turkey, plus the holiday trimmings. You can also make a donation of canned goods. Stuffing, canned corn, cranberry sauce and other side dishes are perfect to complete the holiday meal. JFS also encourages donations of peanut butter, tuna fish, soups, pasta and cereals to use throughout the year. Ocean City Home Bank has food dropoff locations in Egg Harbor Township, Linwood, Margate, Northfield and Ventnor through mid-November.

To donate, see jfsatlantic.org or call 609-822-1108. Donations can be mailed directly to JFS at 607 N. Jerome Ave., Margate, NJ 08234. Jewish Family Service accepts nonperishable food donations all year. If you have a question about the JFS Food Pantry or how you can assist, email Leigh Turner at lturner@jfsatlantic.org.

Online courses offered

Upgrade your current skills, gain fresh knowledge and develop new talents in the comfort of your own home by enrolling in online training courses through Atlantic Cape Community College’s Continuing Education division.

Concentrations cover Business, Grant Writing/Nonprofits, Career Ideas, Career Development, Personal Enrichment, Test Preparation, Languages, Personal Finance, Personal Enrichment, Computer Applications and more. Most classes are $99. All students need to get started is Internet access, an email address and Web browser. Each course begins every six weeks and consists of 12 lessons, interactive quizzes, assignments, tutorials and online discussion areas.

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

Worship service for those with disabilities

The community is invited to a new, inclusive worship service adapted to meet the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. St. John Lutheran Church, 1001 Central Ave., in Ocean City, will be the first church in New Jersey to host monthly Rejoicing Spirits worship services.

Rejoicing Spirits encourages people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to become part of a welcoming faith community, and is adapted to their needs. The Rejoicing Spirits worship service will take place at 2 p.m. the second Sunday of each month. For more information, contact the church office at 609-399-0798 or office@stjohnlutheranoc.org.

Coat, food drive under way

Be an Angel is collecting much needed nonperishable goods for the South Jersey Food Bank, and coats from infants through adult sizes for the Atlantic City Rescue Mission.

The drive runs through Nov. 30. The following have partnered with Visiting Angels to be drop off locations: Visiting Angels of Atlantic County, 3153 Fire Road, Suite 1-F, Egg Harbor Township, call 609-641-7200; Visiting Angels of Cape May and Cumberland Counties, 110 Roosevelt Boulevard, Marmora, 609-545-8258; Fox Rehab, 331 Tilton Road, Suite 7, Northfield, 609-241-6339; Heartland Hospice Services, 2111 New Road Suite 100, Northfield, 609-641-4675; Atlantic Christian School, 391 Zion Road, Egg Harbor Township, 609-653-1199; Atlantic Chiropractic Life Center, 3 N. Buffalo Ave., Ventnor, 609-487-0800; Lolla Chiropractic Center, 161 White Horse Pike, Galloway, 609-748-8800.

Visiting Angels provides seniors and adults with the needed assistance to continue living at home safely for as long as possible. For more information, call 609-641-7200 in Atlantic County and 609-545-8258 in Cape May and Cumberland counties.

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.

Pajamas wanted

The Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey is hosting a PJ Roundup.

They are asking for donations of new pajamas/gowns to be distributed to the needy during the upcoming Holiday Season. Drop off your donations from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Wildwood Housing Authority, 3700 New Jersey Ave., Wildwood. Pajamas for all age and gender groups are needed. No used clothing will be accepted.

For information, call Ruth at 267-207-5681.

Medical Reserve Corps volunteers needed

Cape May County Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton invites the residents of Cape May County to join the 144 members of the Cape May County Medical Reserve Corps.

Medical Reserve Corps units are made up of locally based volunteers who assist their communities during emergencies, such as an influenza epidemic, a chemical spill or an act of terrorism. MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, mental health professionals, dentists, veterinarians and epidemiologists. Community members such as interpreters, chaplains, office workers and legal advisers can fill vital support positions.

To become part of this community project, call MRC coordinator Joan Rowland at 609-463-1225 or see cmchealth.net and click “Join the MRC.”

College to offer non-credit training

Starting in January 2013, Atlantic Cape Community College’s Academy of Culinary Arts will offer its five-month non-credit Culinary Arts Training Program at the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, in Cape May Court House.

The career preparation program offers participants hands-on courses to either learn new skills or enhance existing ones. The training program begins Jan. 7. Restaurateurs can sponsor a promising employee with a scholarship for ACA’s Culinary Arts Training Program.

For more information about scholarships and training, call Judy DeSalvo at 609-343-5624 or email desalvo@atlantic.edu.

Arts league hosts monthly shows

The Ocean City Fine Arts League presents monthly show and sales throughout the year. The “Meet the Artist” reception takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the second Friday of each month at the Art on Asbury Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City.

The show schedule is as follows: November, Anything Goes; December, Petite, reception Dec. 14; January, Judges Show, reception Jan. 11. For more information, call 609-814-0308.

College offers career training courses

Learn about the world of computers with Atlantic Cape Community College’s career training courses this fall.

Atlantic Cape will offer a variety of computers and technology workshops, from basics to advanced. Some classes include: Introduction to Macs, Keyboarding, Social Media for Business, Microsoft Office 2010 Series, Google Docs Series, How to Photoshop, Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 Suite and Adobe Photoshop CS5 Suite.

Computers and Technology courses will be offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike; and the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.

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

Dennis Twp. offers services for special-needs students

Dennis Township parents who suspect their child may have a disability can get free help from their school district’s Child Study Team. The Dennis Township school district is organizing a Child Find campaign to assist in the identification of unserved/underserved youth with a delay or disability from birth through age 21.

Information also can be obtained about early intervention services and special education programs throughout New Jersey. Screening, professional guidance and an educational program, if needed, are all available free through the Child Study Team. Call 609-861-2821, ext. 234 for more information.

Sponsors sought for First Night

The First Night Committee in Ocean City is seeking sponsors and advertisements for 2013 First Night and the event program book. Not only will your message reach the local community, but thousands of visitors to the area. First Night is a non-alcoholic celebration held Dec. 31 that has grown over the years and attracts thousands of visitors to enjoy the entertainment venues available throughout the afternoon and evening.

To be a sponsor or place an ad, contact the Chamber of Commerce office at 16 E. Ninth Street, Ocean City. For more information, call 609-525-9300.

Low cost shingles vaccine available

The county is still offering the shingles vaccine at low cost for residents who don’t have health insurance or who have health insurance that doesn’t pay for the vaccine. There is no charge for the shingles vaccine itself. Uninsured and underinsured residents only pay a $15 administration fee.

A single dose of zoster (shingles) vaccine is recommended for adults 60 years of age and older, whether or not the patient reported a prior episode of shingles. Shingles is a localized, generally painful rash that occurs most frequently among older adults and immunocompromised people. It is caused by reactivation of the chickenpox virus.

For those who have health insurance but are unable to obtain the shingles vaccine at their doctor’s office, the Department of Health can administer the vaccine to them for $175. Residents must pay for the vaccine out of pocket and submit the cost for reimbursement to their insurance carrier (i.e. Medicare Part D). Residents are encouraged to contact their insurer in advance to determine whether the vaccine is covered.

The shingles vaccination program is by appointment only and the patient needs a prescription from their physician to receive the vaccine. To schedule an appointment for the shingles vaccine, call 609-465-1200.

County high school has student openings

Cape May County High School, which serves students with disabilities from Cape May and surrounding counties, announces openings in its Community Based Instruction Program.

This program is designed for 18- to 21-year-old students who have not yet graduated from high school, but have completed the academic requirements for graduation and have some level of independence. Students are placed in one of three community partner worksites, and are mentored by a worksite employee with the support of a special education teacher and aide. The goal is to give students authentic experiences to prepare them for employment after graduation from high school. For more information, contact Mrs. Haas, principal, at 609-465-2720, ext 8800.

School registering students

The Kulanu School of Jewish Studies is registering students in grades seven through 11 for the 2012-13 school year. This year, Kulanu classes will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at Congregation Beth Judah, 700 Swarthmore Ave., Ventnor.

Students do not need to be affiliated with a synagogue to attend. The Kulanu School of Jewish Studies offers a wide range of programs. Classes cover topics from Jewish ethics to culture, history, spirituality and the arts. Programs also foster a lifelong connection to the land of Israel. Electives offered range from Israeli dance to choir, yoga, art, Jewish cooking and Jews in American Film. There also is an optional Panim el Panim program, which brings Jewish teens to Washington, D.C., to explore service, advocacy and philanthropy. In addition, students entering their senior year of high school may attend the Morim Teacher Prep program through Kulanu.

The Kulanu School of Jewish Studies is sponsored by the Board of Jewish Education of Atlantic and Cape May Counties. For more information call 609-822-1854 or email BJEatlantic@yahoo.com. To register, see bjeatlantic.org/content/youth-education.

Angelus chorus seeks members

The Angelus Chorus is looking for new members. It is a choral group that sings throughout Cape May County during April, May, and December. The chorus rehearses at the Middle Township High School during the school year and perform concerts in the spring and winter seasons.

For more information, call Carolyn at 609-898-0324.

PAC plans ‘Jersey Joys’ series

The Performing Arts Center of Middle Township has announced that it will soon initiate a “Jersey Joys” series featuring professional performers and theatrical companies based in New Jersey, a special series as PAC enters its 20th year. On Dec. 9, the New Jersey Ballet will return for its annual production of “The Nutcracker.” Ticket prices vary. Call 609-463-1924.

Volunteers sought for tax program

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program is seeking people to be part of the Volunteer Tax Assistance Program. More than 950 Cape May County residents with incomes less than $50,000 received free help filing their 2011 tax returns by volunteers through VITA. To continue this service, more volunteers are being recruited for training.

If you can use a computer and are available at least one day per week February through April 2013, you are encouraged to join. Training will be provided on federal tax law by Jackie Piper of the IRS and retired CPA and VITA volunteer Ed McCaughey, and New Jersey tax law will be taught by a state Tax Office employee in January. All materials will be furnished by the IRS, but you are welcome to use your own laptop.

Call RSVP Director Lee Shupert at 609-886-3400.

College offers training programs

Atlantic Cape Community College delivers corporate training programs and targeted consulting to businesses or organizations to help employees meet the demands of an increasingly challenging and competitive market.

All professional development courses and computer workshops can be customized to a business or organization’s specifications. Some customized training courses include: computer skills, communication, supervisory/management development and human resource applications. For information regarding on-site services or to request a free consultation, call Jean McAlister at 609-343-5688 or email mcaliste@atlantic.edu.

In addition, Atlantic Cape’s Basic-Skills Workforce Training Program offers free basic skills training to employees of Atlantic and Cape May County businesses through a literacy grant from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Employees can receive basic skills training in English as a second language, written and verbal communication, computer applications, mathematics and measurement and customer service. Customized classes for groups of 10 or more can be arranged. The classes are free to all private-sector and nonprofit employers in the state; however, employees taking the classes must be paid at their regular hourly rate while in training. Business owners are eligible only if they pay taxes into the Unemployment Insurance Fund.

Atlantic Cape will offer several basic skills training sessions at the Institute for Service Excellence at the Hamilton Mall, 4403 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing and at the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House. A full schedule of classes is available at atlantic.edu/njbia. For more information, or to register employees for training, call Trudy Mills at 609-343-4814 or see atlantic.edu/njbia.

Head Start seeks preschoolers

The Atlantic Human Resources Inc. Head Start and Early Head Start program is recruiting preschool children for the 2012-13 program. There is no cost to families who qualify.

Children up to age 3 and pregnant women are eligible for the Head Start program, which has centers throughout Atlantic and Cape May counties. For more information, call 609-861-2804.

Scholarship available

In collaboration with the Nature Center of Cape May Sanctuary Director Gretchen Whitman, longtime members and volunteers Barbara and Warren Nuessle have established the Randy Nuessle Memorial Scholarship Fund as a work-study program, where recipients are provided with a $3,000 award each year through four years of college.

Administered by the Nature Center of Cape May, the fund seeks to promote a deeper understanding and awareness of natural sciences while encouraging responsible stewardship of natural resources. A selected student is obligated to serve as an intern during the summer or school year for a total of 240 hours. Nature Center staff serve as intern supervisors and work with the student and their school to obtain college credit under the school’s cooperative education programs. Eligibility is limited to graduating seniors from designated high schools in Cape May County. A committee of members representing local high schools, Atlantic Cape Community College, the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, 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 Gretchen Whitman at 609-898-8848 or gretchen.whitman@njaudubon.org.

Book clubs offered

The Cape May County Library offers a variety of book clubs through the week. Book clubs take place at the following libraries:

Great Books Book Club for adults, 10 a.m. to noon every other Thursday, Main Library, 30 Mechanic St. Cape May Court House, call 609-463-6350; 1st Thursday Book Club for adults, 7 to 8:30 p.m. first Thursday of each month, Main Library; Current Fiction Book Club for adults, 2 to 4 p.m second Monday of each month, Wildwood Crest Library; Great Classic Fiction Book Club for adults, 4 to 5:45 p.m. third Thursday of each month, Main Library; Teen Book Club for ages 13 through 18, 3 p.m. first Tuesday, Sea Isle Library; Tween BiblioMANIACS Club for fifth to seventh graders, 6 to 7 p.m. third Thursday, Main Library; Book Friends Book Club for third and fourth graders, 6 to 7 p.m. second to last Tuesday of each month, Main Library; Reading Rumpus Book Club for first and second graders, 6 to 7 p.m last Monday of each month, Main Library.

For more information, call 609-463-6350.

Fresh Air Home seeks aid

The Children’s Fresh Air Home, a faith-based program in North Wildwood, has hosted more than 20,000 children in its 115-year history.

The support of their alumni is vital to the Century Campaign, which addresses major capital improvements the home requires. With this campaign, the Fresh Air Home is committed to expanding and improving the structure, to continue to serve children for another century. Donations to the Century Campaign will go toward effort to raise the $1 million dollars needed to complete renovations. For more information, call 609-522-2716, see FreshAirHome.org or search the group on FaceBook.

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).

Volunteers wanted for Medical Reserve Corps

The Cape May County Department of Health is looking for volunteers, both health care professionals and those in non-health care fields, to continue the growth of the Cape May County Medical Reserve Corps. MRC volunteers will receive free training in emergency response, disaster preparedness, health education and community recovery.

During non-emergency times, MRC volunteers have opportunities to participate in flu vaccination clinics, health promotion activities and emergency preparedness drills. Anyone interested in becoming a part of this community project can call 609-465-1225 or see cmchealth.net and click “Join the MRC.”

Counseling offered in Wildwood

Through Cape Assist, a local prevention program, counseling services for substance abuse are offered at Cape Assist’s main office, 3819 New Jersey Ave., Wildwood.

The program will take a personalized approach to client care, understanding that clients come needing help in changing addictive behaviors. Cape Assist’s method to care is client-centered in the belief that true change comes from the internal motivation of the individual. Appointments can be made by calling 609-522-5960. While some services are free, there is a small fee for some services with a sliding scale rate for those with low income, and some grant funding is available. For more information, email info@capeassist.org.

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