Aviation museum plans AirFest

The Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, located at the Cape May Airport, will partner with the Collings Foundation to host AirFest and the 2013 Wings of Freedom Tour.

This year, AirFest will return to the Labor Day Weekend format, Aug. 30-Sept. 2. As the museum’s largest annual fundraising event, AirFest will include music, food, vendors, exhibits and more.  Famous World War II aircraft will visit Cape May County and historic Hangar No. 1 for four days. The tour will feature the P-51 Mustang, B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator. The public can view, explore and even take a flight in these historic treasures. Separate fees required for fighter and bomber flight experiences. For flight reservations and tour information, call 800-568-8924.

Register for evening classes at Cape May Tech

The fall semester of evening classes at the Cape May County Technical School begins Sept. 11 and registration is under way.

The school offers part time classes in arts and crafts, dance, computers, cooking, language, health and fitness, special training, state license and technical programs for general interest or job-oriented. New this semester is Know your Palette: Painting 101, Polynesian/Hawaiian dance, holistic healing, mixology 101 and boater safety certification.

In-person registration is accepted at the school in the Tozour Building, Office No. 145, in August, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and to 12:30 p.m. Fridays. Extended hours of registration will be Sept. 4, 5, 9 and 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Registration is also accepted via postal mail through Sept. 4. Senior citizens 60 and older can register for non-licensing/certified courses at half the registration fee.

For more information, call 609-465-2161, ext. 646, or see capemaytech.com.

Foundation supports local nonprofits

The Ocean City Home Charitable Foundation boosted the efforts of nonprofit organizations in Atlantic and Cape May counties on July 16, distributing $30,500 in grants to 11 area charities, including: Atlantic Cape Family Support Organization, Atlantic City Ballet, Inc., Boy Scouts of America Jersey Shore Council, Brendan Borek High Tides Memorial, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Contact Cape-Atlantic, Egg Harbor Township Police Athletic League, Faces 4 Autism, Friends of the Ocean City Pops, Marine Mammal Stranding Center, Ocean City Ecumenical Council, Inc.

Since the Ocean City Home Charitable Foundation awarded its first grants in 2005, the organization has donated more than $830,000 to charitable organizations throughout Atlantic and Cape May counties.

Technical school offers veterinary assistant course

The Cape May County Technical School is offering a veterinary assistant course for entry-level employment opportunities in an animal medical facility.

This course includes both front office procedures as well as the technical skills needed to assist with animal care. The course includes 120 hours of classroom/clinical instruction and 20 hours of an unpaid externship experience in the veterinary field. It starts Sept. 12 and meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Pre-registration and fee required.

For more information, call 609-465-2161, ext. 646, or see capemaytech.com.

Volunteers in Medicine receives grant

Volunteers in Medicine of Cape May County recently received a $7,500 grant from the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, as part of the bank’s commitment to giving back to the community.

The grant funds will be used to help fight diabetes and obesity. The medical team at VIM is focused on these two chronic conditions. Since opening day in 2002, more than 3,600 patients have benefited from the physicians and staff who volunteer their time to provide medical care to the uninsured. The staff also educates patients and encourages them to play an active role in their own health care and maintenance.

For more information on VIM’s services, or to volunteer or donate, call 609-463-2846 or see vimcmc.org.

CONTACT Cape-Atlantic celebrates 40 years

CONTACT Cape-Atlantic has been serving the residents of Atlantic and Cape May counties for 40 years.

The Telephone Reassurance Program provides daily phone calls to the elderly and disabled, and the Gatekeeper Program links people with needed services to continue living independently. To mark the 40-year milestone, CONTACT Cape-Atlantic is inviting friends, community leaders, clients, volunteers, agencies and board members to the 40th Anniversary Celebration, 4-8 p.m. Sept. 22 at Sofia Restaurant, 9314 Amherst Ave., Margate. Tickets are $50 per person and include a dinner buffet, cash bar, photo booth, silent auction and the grand prize raffle drawing for a ruby and diamond necklace valued at $1,950. Raffle chances are available for $5. Sponsorships are available to advertise in the anniversary program book. All are invited to join in the fun, and wear red in honor of CONTACT Cape-Atlantic’s ruby anniversary.

Call 609-823-1850 for tickets and information.

Big Brothers, Sisters fundraiser set

New Vistas Corporation will hold its 11th annual Miniature Golf and Scavenger Hunt fundraiser for Big Brothers and Big Sisters from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 15 at Castaway Cove Seaport Village on the Boardwalk in Ocean City.

This year’s event starts off with a Fun in the Sun scavenger hunt from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. The Mini Golf Tournament at Castaway Cove Seaport Village is from noon to 2 p.m. The afternoon will finish with prizes awarded to the winners of the scavenger hunt and the mini golf tournament.

The cost of the scavenger hunt and mini golf in $50 per family. The scavenger hunt only or the mini golf only is $25 per family. All packages include a slice of pizza and nonalcoholic beverage and a goodie bag (while supplies last).

For more information and sponsorship opportunities, call 609-485-2005 and ask for Caron Wells.

Lectures focus on music of Pacific Rim

Learn about the music of the Pacific Rim in the final installment of the summer series of free music lectures in three counties by Paul M. Somers, sponsored by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Ocean City Free Public Library in the Children’s Activity Room, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City.

All lectures take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Discover the music of Japan, Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, and Argentina — music that combines the individual countries’ native folk and nationalistic elements with classical structure.

For more information, call the Bay-Atlantic Symphony at 856-451-1169, or Somers at Maurice River Music at 856-506-0580.

Atlantic Cape offers continuing education

Upgrade your 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, Career Ideas, Career Development, Personal Enrichment, Test Preparation, Languages, Computer Applications, Web Design and more. Courses run from Creating a Successful Business Plan to Outdoor Survival Techniques and Creating Web Pages, and much more online through Atlantic Cape, in partnership with Education to Go. See ed2go.com/accc.

Most classes are $109. 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. Call 609-343-4829 or see atlantic.edu/conted.

Careme’s ready to open

Careme’s, the student-run, gourmet restaurant at the Academy of Culinary Arts, will open for the fall semester on Aug. 27.

Careme’s, located at Atlantic Cape Community College, 5100 Black Horse Pike, in Mays Landing, offers a fine dining experience that’s unique in South Jersey. To celebrate the new academic year, Academy students, under the direction of Chef Joseph Sheridan of Ocean City, will prepare a “Welcome Back” lunch special for $8.95 per person (plus tax and gratuity) until Sept. 9. The lunch buffet will cost $14.95 per person (plus tax and gratuity) after that. ACA’s student-chefs also make all dessert pastries, breads and rolls. Tableside cooking may be offered. Careme’s is open Monday through Friday through December and January through May when classes are in session. Guests are seated for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover are accepted. For reservations, call 609-343-4940.

For more information about the Academy, or to register for the fall semester, call 800-645 CHEF, email accadmit@atlantic.edu or visit atlantic.edu/aca. Academy classes begin Aug. 26.

Enroll now for college credit courses to start Sept. 4

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey is offering courses this fall at its Cape May County instructional site in Woodbine.

Robert Steele, director of Media Instruction at Stockton’s Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage, will teach a four-credit college courses, Introduction to Screenwriting and Techniques of Film and Video Production, starting Sept. 4. Steele said no previous experience is necessary, and all cameras, microphones, lighting and editing equipment will be provided. He said class sizes are small, and urged anyone interested to sign up while there is still room.

Techniques of Film and Video Production will be offered Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:35 to 5:25 p.m.; Introduction to Screenwriting will be offered Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 7:50 p.m. Both courses will be held in Room WIS 101at Anne Azeez Hall, 610 Washington Ave., Woodbine from Sept. 4 to Dec. 11.

To register, go to stockton.edu and type the word “registrar” in search box.

Auction to benefit museum

The Cape May County Historical and Genealogical Society and Museum is holding its sixth annual Art for History Fine and Decorative Arts Auction on Sept. 7.

Hosted by the Turner family of Ocean View, the event is the premier fundraiser for the museum. There will be paintings, photographs, decoy carvings, folk art, photographs, jewelry, pottery and glass, with local artists. The evening’s events include both silent and live art auctions. There will be some antiques in the silent auction. The finest hors’d oeuvres, sweet treats, wine and beer will be served. Live steel drum music will be performed by local musician Bill Bittmann. The event takes place in the Recreation Building of the Ocean View Resort Campground, 2555 Route 9, Ocean View. The auction preview begins at 6 p.m. and the silent auction begins at 6:30 p.m.

For tickets, call the museum at 609-465-3535 or see cmcmuseum.org.

The Cape May County Historical Museum and Genealogical Society is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the preservation of the history of Cape May County for the education, enlightenment and pleasure of present and future generations. All funds earned from this event go to the support of the museum and the care of its collections.

Atlantic Cape offers programs for health professionals

The Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape Community College offers online programs to help health care professionals advance their skills.

ICD-10 Medical Coding offers students comprehensive training in diagnostic and procedural coding and using the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding manuals. The course includes detailed instructions for using the coding manuals, understanding the coding guidelines and accurately applying the ICD-10 coding steps. Textbooks are included.

Medical Transcription teaches the beginning knowledge of the transcription of medical records. Textbooks and transcription equipment are included.

Pharmacy Technician prepares students for entry-level pharmacy technician positions. Coursework includes medical and pharmaceutical terminology, basic anatomy related to the pharmacology of medications, and pharmaceutical calculations. Students will be required to perform clinical rotations.

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

Berchtold receives national award

Howard H. Berchtold Jr., trial court administrator for the Atlantic/Cape May Vicinage, recently was presented with the Institute for Court Management Fellow Star Award at the annual National Association of Court Management conference in San Antonio, Texas.

The award is presented annually to recognize an ICM Fellow who demonstrates excellence in the advancement of court administration through leadership and education. Berchtold has served in the New Jersey Judiciary for 32 years. In March 2006, he was named TCA, overseeing a vicinage with 42 judges and more than 600 staff members. As the highest-ranking staff executive in Atlantic and Cape May counties, Berchtold is in charge of all court operations, including financial management, human resources, information systems, case management, probation services, jury utilization, facilities, equipment, records management, community outreach and statistical analysis.

Atlantic Cape workshops address health info

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer free workshops for medical professionals about understanding new health information technology, including Electronic Health Records, ICD-10 and Personal Health Records.

The New Jersey Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development and the 19 community colleges, in partnership with the New Jersey Hospital Association and New Jersey Health Information Technology Extension Center, through a Skills4Jersey grant from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, are delivering Health Information Technology Overview Workshops on the topics of Electronic Health Records, Personal Health Records and/or ICD-10 to the medical community.

The four-hour workshops cover the new federal regulations requiring the transition from paper records to EHRs, patient health literacy and privacy, and switching from ICD-9 to ICD-10 codes by Oct. 1, 2014.

For information about workshop dates and locations, contact Esther Gandica at 609-343-5651 or gandica@atlantic.edu.

Walk for Wounded set for Sept. 28

On Sept. 28, Ocean City Home Bank and Operation First Response will present the fifth annual Walk for the Wounded. Registration takes place at the Ocean City Music Pier at 8:30 a.m., and the three-mile Walk on the Boardwalk begins at 10 a.m.

Four years have passed since Ocean City Home Bank President Steve Brady offered to organize the event. The first walk took place in fall 2009, and it has been held each year after, raising more than $200,000 for Operation First Response, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to injured soldiers and their families. Ocean City firefighters again have pledged to support the event, planning to sell stickers and T-shirts to raise money for the walk. In addition, Mainland Regional High School’s Support Our Troops club has set a fundraising goal of $10,000.

Walk for the Wounded raises funds for Operation First Response through pledges solicited by individual walkers and teams of walkers, as well as event sponsorships and fees for advertisements in the event’s dedication booklet. All proceeds benefit Operation First Response, a national 501c(3) nonprofit organization. Of every dollar raised for Operation First Response, 90 cents is donated to wounded soldiers and their families in times of crisis.

To learn more about sponsorships, advertising opportunities or registration, cal Tricia Ciliberto at 800-771-7990, ext. 1106, or see ochome.com.

ACA offers culinary training

There’s still time to register for the Academy of Culinary Arts five-month noncredit Culinary Arts Training Program at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. Classes begin Sept 30.

The career preparation program offers participants hands-on courses to either learn new skills or enhance existing ones. During the program, students will: become ServSafe Certified; learn to master cooking techniques, short order and pantry skills; enhance time management and organizational skills; acquire skills in bread baking, pie making, cake decorating and plated desserts; develop techniques for making stocks, soups and sauces.

Restaurateurs can sponsor a promising employee with a scholarship for the program.

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

Atlantic Cape offers casino career training

The Casino Career Institute at Atlantic Cape Community College has prepared more than 50,000 people for rewarding careers in gaming and continues to offer top-notch training for those who wish to enter the expanding casino profession.

Gaming classes currently offered are Introduction to Casino Games, Blackjack, Craps, Baccarat, Poker, Pai Gow Tiles, Roulette and Pai Gow Poker. CCI table games alumni who graduated more than three years ago can revive their skills as they return to the gaming workforce with an Alumni Refresher Program. Graduates may take the refresher program course only for the games they previously took with CCI. Alumni who have graduated from CCI within the past three years can refresh their skills with the Alumni Practice Program.

Gaming classes begin every two weeks. Classes are scheduled 12:30-5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. For more information, or to register, call 609-343-4829 or see atlantic.edu/cci.

Beach Writers talk law at Jessie Creek Winery

On Oct. 27, the Beach Writers Autumn Retreat will take place at Jessie Creek Winery, 1 N. Delsea Dr., Cape May Court House. This one-day seminar is a satellite of North Wildwood Beach Writers Conference held in June every year. The retreat complements the conference’s focus on writing and publishing with the next step?protecting your rights as an author.

The guest speaker for the morning session is Tonya Evans, associate professor of law at Widener University School of Law (Harrisburg campus) and an attorney specializing primarily in the areas of entertainment law (literary, music and film) and intellectual property (copyright and trademark). In the afternoon, award-winning author Don Helin will discuss his experience with the intricacies of the publishing world. There will be a continental breakfast, gourmet lunch, and afternoon wine tasting. Register by Sept. 30 and pay $125 for the day. After Sept. 30, the fee is $150.

See nwbwc.com for details and registration form or email questions to nwbwc12@gmail.com.

Register for evening classes at Cape May Tech

Registration is now open for evening classes at Cape May County Technical School in Middle Township. The school offers part time classes in arts and crafts, dance, computers, cooking, language, health and fitness, special training, state licensing and technical programs for general interest or job training.  

New this semester are Know your Palette — Painting 101, Polynesian/Hawaiian Dance, Holistic Healing, Mixology 101 and Boater's Safety Certification. In-person registration is accepted at the school in the Tozour Building, Office 145, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 12:30 p.m. Fridays during August. Extended hours of registration will be from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 4, 5, 9, and 10. Registration is also accepted via postal mail through Sept. 4.

Senior Citizens, age 60 and older, can register for non-licensing/certified courses at half the registration fee.

For more information about evening school programs, call 609-465-2161 ext. 646 or view the evening school brochure online at capemaytech.com.

Classes begin Sept. 11.

NAMI offers classes

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Atlantic and Cape May counties offers its Family-to-Family Education Program specifically for people who have a loved one with a serious mental illness.

The 12-week series of classes begins Sept. 10 and will be held at the Jordan Road Elementary School in Somers Point from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The course will cover information about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, panic disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder.

There is no cost, but space is limited. To register for the classes or for more information, call Gregg at 609-927-7192.

Art on Asbury presents ‘Round Midnight’ free movie

The Ocean City Fine Arts League presents free pre-screened films featuring artists and art trends every month through December. Movies are shown at 6:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave. Upcoming shows include:

Sept. 3, ‘The Year of Living Dangerously, 1982, drama about a photojournalist and a young British woman who fall in love amid the political upheaval in 1965 Indonesia.

Oct. 1, ‘Quiz Show,’ 1994, Robert Redford directs film about real-life quiz show scandals that were exposed in the late 1950s.

Nov. 12, ‘Like Water for Chocolate,’ 1992,’ the story of Tita, who is forbidden by her mother to marry. Her only solace is her cooking. She magically whisks her sorrow and longings into her feasts so that all who partake experience her feelings as she does.

Dec. 3, ‘Little Women,’ based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel about a family of women in Civil War-era New England.

For more information, call 609-814-0308 or 609-399-2434. See oceancityfineartsleague.org.

Equality Tea set for Aug. 26

Charlotte Daily will be honored by the Cape Women’s Resource Fund at their annual Equality Day Tea on Aug. 26 for her contribution as a role model for women, showing by example how one person can make a positive and lasting contribution to her community and the lives of people of all ages.

The tea also commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution on Aug. 26, 1920, giving women the right to vote.

This year’s Equality Day Tea will be held at 3 p.m. in West Cape May Borough Hall.  It is open to the public. There is no charge to attend.

Cape Women’s Resource Fund was established 23 years ago to help provide more educational opportunities for young women in Cape May County and to support other programs that help advance and improve the lives of all women in the county.

Garden tours planned for August, September

New Jersey Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May invites gardening enthusiasts to join gardening naturalist and author Pat Sutton as she leads a series of tours in the county — visit a variety of gardens, each one of which showcases unique methods, techniques and styles.

On Sept. 24, 25 and 26 join Sutton during the peak of Cape May County’s world famous Monarch butterfly migration as she visits gardens that have hosted Monarchs since May. Expect to see clouds of Monarchs and other butterflies and learn about the five different kinds of milkweed plant and various nectar plants. This tour explores the monarch butterly migration by locating monarch eggs, caterpillars and maybe even a chrysalis.

These tours are limited to 25 people. Cost of the tours is $35 per tour for members and $45 for nonmembers with discounted rates available when committing to three or more tours. Tours run from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Bring a lunch to enjoy in one of the gardens on the tour.

Tours require registration with payment. Register by phone at 609-898-8848 with a credit card or send payment to the Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204.

Free postpartum depression support group forming

Cooperative Care will offer a free support group for new moms who are experiencing postpartum depression, and moms of older children who are experiencing depressive symptoms that affect bonding with their children.

Mothers with depression often deal with feelings of hopelessness, feelings of being a bad mother, lack of support from others, and a supportive group can help. Call Cooperative Care at 609-741-6363 to register for this free group. Groups will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10.

Cooperative Care is a new mental health service in Rio Grande, located at 1076 Rt 47 South. Most insurance is accepted, and mental health services are available for marital, family and personal issues.

School supply drive under way

A national school supply drive will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Atlantic City and Vineland and the Lakehurst Navy Youth Center.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Staples are teaming up with teen actor Jake T. Austin for the Staples for Students National School Supply Drive for kids in need. Until Sept. 28, customers can donate $1 or more at their local Staples store with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting local students. All donations will be given locally to the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City and Vineland and the Lakehurst Navy Youth Center to ensure they get into the hands of disadvantaged youth just in time for the new school year. Staples stores where people can donate include: 11 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May.

To kick-start the campaign, Staples will donate $125,000 worth of school supplies to the program this year. See bgca.org and staples.com.

PAC hosts ‘Alice’s Curious Adventures In Wonderland’

The Middle Township Performing Arts Center will host Roseheart Production’s “Alice’s Curious Adventures in Wonderland” on Aug. 30-31.

Tickets can be purchased at the PAC box office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday or by calling the box office at 609-463-1924.

O.C. art exhibit is Jersey Strong

The Ocean City Fine Arts League will feature a “Jersey Shore, Jersey Strong” themed show through the end of August. Artwork celebrates all that South Jersey has to offer, from marshes, back bays, farms, wineries, street fairs and retail to the ocean, fishing pier, surfers, boats and anything else.

The Arts on Asbury Gallery is at 608 Asbury Ave. in Ocean City and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 609-814-0308 or visit us at oceancityfineartsleague.org.

Natali Vineyards hostings weekly events

On Wednesdays from 4 to 8 p.m. through Aug. 28, Natali Vineyards in Cape May Court House hosts “Wine It Down Wednesdays” with live music, food and craft vendors and free vineyard tours. Wine will be sold as tastings, by the glass and bottle, sangria and signature frozen wine cocktails. Guests are encouraged bringing their own snacks. There is also bocce ball, horseshoes and baggo. On Mondays from 4 to 8 p.m. through Aug. 26 the winery hosts the similar event “Music in the Vines.

Natali Vineyards is located at 221 N. Delsea Drive, Cape May Court House. Call 609-465-0075 or see natalivineyards.com.

Free summer music series set

The Wildwood Crest Free Summer Music Series is under way at Centennial Park.

Each Wednesday and Saturday evening through Labor Day weekend, the borough hosts free live musical performances.

Free live music shows take place at 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday and Saturday at the entertainment pavilion at beachfront Centennial Park at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue.

Saturday entertainment includes Mother’s Worry (classic rock), Don’t Call Me Francis (dance/party hits) and Purple Reign (dance/party hits). Tribute bands include the B Street Band (Bruce Springsteen tribute), 2U (World’s Second-Best U2 Show), Bennie and the Jets (Elton John tribute), StoRoom Front (Billy Joel tribute), Soft Parade (Doors tribute) and more.

Wednesday’s musical acts include up-and-coming artists and local favorites, such as the Star Band, Lil’ Rock Band, Kick It Out (Heart tribute), Ribic’s Cube 3, the Cape Harmonaires, Jersey Cape Chorus (Sweet Adelines) and many more.

Those attending any of the performances at Centennial Park should bring a blanket or a chair. All shows are free and open to the entire family. The Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series is supported by the Wildwood Crest Tourism Development Commission and the Wildwood Crest Recreation Department. See visitwildwoodcrest.com or call 609-523-0202.

Pet first aid classes now available

Vanessa Sorace, owner of Zoo Sitters, LLC, In-Your-Home Pet Sitting and Dog Walking, now offers Pet Tech classes for pet owners and pet care professionals. Pet Tech is the first international training center dedicated to pet first aid, CPR and care. Sorace recently completed the Pet Tech training program.

The eight-hour class includes skills and information necessary to prepare pet owners for a medical emergency involving their pet. Topics include: CPR, rescue breathing, shock management, bleeding and choking protocols, injury and wellness exams, heat and cold injuries, dental care, nutrition, senior pet care and more. Upon class completion, students obtain a two-year certification in pet first aid and CPR. The class takes place at the Golden Inn in Avalon, and includes continental breakfast.

For more information or to register for a class, go to zoositters.com and click on Pet First Aid Class or call 609-846-4641.

VIM to honor Lions, Cramer

Volunteers in Medicine, or VIM, of Cape May County will hold its seventh annual gala event to honor and celebrate those in the community who have helped make the 11-year-old clinic a reality.

This year’s theme is “A ThanksGathering in the Garden,” which will take place Sept. 20 at the Abbie Holmes Estate in Clermont. The evening will include dancing on the garden patio, watching a fall sunset and dining from a menu by Chef Heather Holden. The Stone Harbor Lions will be celebrated as Outstanding Caring Neighbors. The Lions equipped the Eye Room at the Clinic with state of the art equipment and have funded VIM’s eye program since opening day. Dr. Kenneth Cramer will be honored as Outstanding Volunteer Physician. Cramer, of Cape Urgent Care, has been volunteering at VIM since 2009.

For more information about VIM, to sponsor, donate or attend a ThanksGathering in the Garden, contact Jackie Meiluta at 609-463-2846, ext. 104, jmeiluta@vimcmc.org or visit vimcmc.org.

Vesper services return to Cape May Convention Hall

The churches of greater Cape May will offer Vesper Services on Sunday evenings to Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. at Cape May Convention Hall.

Offerings will be taken and will benefit Family Promise of Cape May County, the Cape May Food Closet and Volunteers in Medicine local clinic. Each week, a different congregation is responsible for the worship service, and each will lead the service according to its own tradition.

Upcoming Vesper Services at 6 p.m. Sundays include First Presbyterian on Aug. 25.

Jersey Shore Pops seeking volunteers

The Jersey Shore Pops is looking for new volunteers — the backbone of any nonprofit organization — needed to assist in areas including promotional display assistance, publicity, grant writing, website design and other activities. Any help in these areas is welcome, but experience is not required.

Jersey Shore Pops is a New Jersey nonprofit corporation and is comprised of professional musicians from all over South Jersey. For more information on volunteering, email Nick@JerseyShorePops.org or call 609-628-4544. Any professional musicians interested in auditioning can also contact them or attend the meeting in person for more information on upcoming events.

For ticket information, see JerseyShorePops.org.

Health-care classes available

The Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape Community College offers programs to train people interested in a health-care career.

In Phlebotomy Technician, students will learn blood collection techniques, handling, transporting and processing blood specimens through practice on artificial arms and extensive clinical experience at area medical facilities, beginning Sept. 16.

Lecture and lab modules take place at the Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape’s Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd. Clinical expertise will come from various hospital settings. For more information or to register, call 609-343-4829 or see atlantic.edu/conted.

Sandy recovery help available

Counselors with New Jersey Hope and Healing are available to meet with homeowners and renters who are recovering from Hurricane Sandy.

Information on grants is now available. Support groups are running. Call 609-652-3800, ext. 308, for details. New Jersey Hope and Healing is sponsored by the NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Disaster and Terrorism Branch, through a FEMA grant in partnership with Mental Health Association in New Jersey. Residents who are upset, stressed or depressed as a result of the storm, loss of property or displacement and other related issues may seek guidance and support by calling 877-294-HELP (4357), TTY 877-294-4356.

Small Sandy Survivors group set

New Jersey Hope and Healing presents Small Sandy Survivors, a creative, interactive workshop that offers support and education to children ages 5-10 who were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The events are free. Counselors are available to meet with parents during the workshop. To find a workshop in your area, call 609 652-3800, ext. 308. New Jersey Hope and Healing is sponsored by the NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Disaster and Terrorism Branch, through a FEMA grant in partnership with Mental Health Association in New Jersey.

Caper 10 group seeks new members

In the communities that comprise the Lower Cape May Regional School District, one program in the past 20 years, has provided more than $368,000 in scholarship aid to families of LCMR graduates, the Caper 10 Alumni Association said.

The association was founded in 1993 by 10 community minded graduates of Cape May High School, or LCMR. The group determined that if they would each contribute $100 annually to a dedicated fund, they could award a $1,000 scholarship to a student who was not in the top 10 of the graduating class and to whom $1,000 might make the difference to be able to attend the college of their choice. The idea caught on, and Caper 10 now makes $3,000 awards to as many as nine graduates each year. Chairman Ed Sheretta reminded prospective members, that there are no fundraisers or meetings to attend — one only has to write a check for $100 to the group.

Caper 10 is incorporated as a nonprofit organization and has a committee to oversee the annual collection, distribution and recording of funds. For more information or to join, write to 311 North Broadway, West Cape May, NJ 08204.

Sunday school open

The Cape May Beach Sunday School will be open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Seventy-seven summers ago, the Sunday School began with an informal gathering in a rowboat on the beach. The current location is a chapel on Clubhouse Drive between Elwood Road and Folsom Avenue in Town Bank. The building is handicapped-accessible, attire is casual and the fellowship is friendly. Everyone is invited.

Full-time residents, summer residents, weekend residents and visitors are welcome. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. through Sept. 1.

Vaccines available for adults

The Cape May County Department of Health has a variety of vaccines available for adults in Cape May County.

The specific vaccines an adult needs are determined by factors such as age, lifestyle, risk conditions, locations of travel and previous vaccines. Residents are advised to talk to their doctor or nurse about what is recommended. The Health Department has most adult vaccines available free or low-cost. Call 609-465-1200 to ask about what vaccines you may need and to schedule an appointment. Adult vaccines are currently available to prevent: chickenpox, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, HPV, pertussis, meningitis, pneumonia and shingles.

Information on adult vaccinations is available at cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/index.html.

Beach guide available for people with disabilities

The 2013 edition of “A Guide to Accessing Cape May County’s Beaches and Surf Chairs for People with Disabilities” is now available on the Cape May County Website, capemaycountygov.net, through the County Department of Tourism and on the website of the state Department of Human Services/Division of Disability Services.

This brochure provides detailed information on the accessibility of beaches in Avalon, Cape May City, Cape May Point, Ocean City, Sea Isle City, Stone Harbor, Strathmere in Upper Township and the Wildwoods. It also highlights the investment these municipalities have made in surf chairs, beach accessible wheelchairs with large, balloon-type wheels that don’t get stuck in the sand.

The 2013 electronic version of the guide is now available from capemaycountygov.net. Print copies are being distributed through the efforts of the Cape May County Department of Tourism, the New Jersey Division of Disability Services and the New Jersey Association of County Disability Services.

For more information, call 609-886-2784 or email ppierson@co.cape-may.nj.us.

Cape May County Museum participates in Blue Star Museums

The Cape May County Museum has announced the launch of Blue Stars Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and 2,000 American museums to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve and their families, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after completing a military move. In conjunction with this program, the Cape May County Museum will feature a special exhibit of uniforms from its military collection, beginning with a uniform from the Spanish American War up to the current war in Afghanistan.

The complete list of participating museums is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. The Cape May County Museum is located at 504 Route 9 North, Cape May Court House, and is open Wednesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Nature Center offers programs

The Nature Center of Cape May offers programs including summer camps for children from pre-kindergarten through age 16, salt marsh safaris, fishing and crabbing, bike tours, beachcombing, scavenger hunts, kayak rentals and tours, campfires and storytelling, and more.

Call 609-898-8848, visit the Center at 1600 Delaware Ave. 9 a.m.-5p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, or see NJAudubon.org/Centers/NCCM.

‘Mosaic Memories’ art project set

Community Art Projects invites locals and visitors to leave their mark in Ocean City and become part of a future Community Art Projects art installation.

Grab a few friends or relatives and paint a tile at Glazed Over Studio, 854 Asbury Ave., through Oct. 15. Tiles are 4¼ inches and can be painted with any design or family name. Prices are $20 per tile or two for $35 to “Create a Mosaic Memory.” Painted tiles, artistically placed in a significant sculpture, will be placed in a central Ocean City location.

Mosaic Memories is sponsored by CAP to raise awareness for the importance of the arts and funding to help CAP continue to beautify Ocean City through public art. For more information on Mosaic Memories, call Leslie Skibo at 609-425-2687.

Registration open for fall ACA classes

Registration for fall 2013 classes at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College is under way. ACA classes begin Aug. 26.

New culinary students should contact Judy DeSalvo at 609-343-5624 or desalvo@atlantic.edu to schedule a registration appointment. Returning students can register online using WebAdvisor at atlantic.edu/webadvisor.

The Academy offers two-year degree programs in culinary arts, baking and pastry and food service management, and specialization programs in hot foods, baking and pastry, food service management and catering.

Full-time classes meet five hours a day, Monday through Friday, in morning, afternoon or evening sessions. Part-time classes are available also.

For more information about the ACA, call 800-645 CHEF, email accadmit@atlantic.edu, or visit atlantic.edu/aca.

Ocean Galleries announces summer lineup

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

The exhibitions offer guests a chance to view and purchase artwork from the collections while meeting the artists at receptions hosted by the gallery. Each exhibition is open to the public and held at the Stone Harbor location of Ocean Galleries, 9618 Third Ave. Call 609-368-7777.

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

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

O.C. Fishing Club plans tournament

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

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

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

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).

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: “Boeing Boeing” to 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.

Middle PAC holding concerts

The Performing Arts Center of Middle Township has announced its list of professional shows.

Oct. 19, the Platters with Ron Gartner

Nov. 16, the Bronx Wanderers with the Fabulous Grease Band

Nov. 24, ‘The Nutcracker’ by the New Jersey Ballet Co.

Dec. 7 , ‘The Hit Men’

Dec. 14, ‘Christmas with the Rat Pack’

Reserve tickets by calling 609-463-1924. The PAC is at 212 Bayberry Dr., Cape May Court House, one block east of exit 10 of the Garden State Parkway. Free parking on the premises.