VIM opens thrift store

Volunteers In Medicine of Cape May County will hold the grand opening of its new thrift store, “VIMspirations,” at 10 a.m. Oct. 6 at 600 Park Blvd., West Cape May.

VIMspirations will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Volunteers are needed to help sort and price items, run the cash register, greet customers and staff the store. Donations are accepted daily. VIM is a free health care facility for low income residents of Cape May County who have no access to medical insurance. VIM’s focus is on primary health care, emphasizing disease prevention, health promotion and patient education in an easily accessible facility with the same dignity and confidentiality afforded in the private sector.

Call Jacqueline Meiluta at 609-463-2846 or see vimcmc.org.

Octoberfest set in Sea Isle

The Sea Isle City Chamber of Commerce and Revitalization will host its annual Octoberfest celebration from

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at Excursion Park, JFK Boulevard and the Promenade. Octoberfest’s family-friendly activities will include free hayrides on the beach, live music by the Philadelphia German Brass Band, craft and specialty vendors, food vendors, a magic show, and free children’s fun, such as face painters and inflatable bounce houses.

Octoberfest also will feature a popular Pie-Baking Contest, which will take place inside The Braca Cafe on JFK Boulevard. Pies of any type can be entered; pies from professional kitchens will not be accepted. Entries will be judged on taste, appearance and consistency. Prizes will be awarded to the bakers of the top three winning pies. Winners need not be present.

To enter the Octoberfest Pie-Baking Contest, bakers must submit a completed entry form by Oct. 18. To download an entry form, see seaislecitynj.us or seaislechamber.com.

For more information about the Pie-Baking Contest, call 609-263-8847 or email kehner@comcast.net. To learn more about other Octoberfest activities, call 609-263-9090.

Hospital opens new thrift store

The Cape Regional Medical Center Auxiliary has opened a second EtCetera Shop in the Bayshore Mall in North Cape May.

The auxiliary’s original EtCetera Shop is located at Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May Court House. The shop is accepting donations of gently used items. The North Cape May Shop is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To contact the store, call 609-846-7643.

For more information about the auxiliary and volunteer opportunities at the medical center, call 609-463-2367.

Library hosts program

The Atlantic County Library/Somers Point branch will present a historical portrayal of President Abraham Lincoln and his association with New Jersey physician, Congressman and Gov. William Newell at 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at the library, 801 Shore Road, Somers Point.

The event’s focus is the key roles played by Newell and President Lincoln in establishing the New Jersey and United States networks of life-saving stations, one of which the Ocean City Life-Saving Station is being restored to become a maritime museum.

Portraying President Lincoln at the event will be Christian Johnson, of Cherry Hill, who for many years has played the parts of various historical figures for the American Historical Theatre of Philadelphia.

The library event is to increase public awareness of “For Those in Peril: A History of the Ocean City Life-Saving Station” by South Jersey author Kimball Baker, who will introduce time-traveler President Lincoln, share a few highlights of the book and sign copies of it following the event.

Admission to the program is free and light refreshments will be served upon its completion. For more information, call the library branch at 609-927-7113.

Cruise and crafts show planned

The inaugural Tuckahoe Cars, Cruise and Crafts Show will be held at from

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27 at Amanda’s Field on Route 50 in Petersburg. A car cruise will start off the day at 9 a.m. and will include antiques, street rods, motorcycles and more. Registration forms and more information is available at TuckahoeNJ.com. Cost to register is $15 prior to Oct. 20 and $20 after that date.

Those who register are not obligated to participate in the cruise. All vehicles that are to be judged should be in the lot by noon. Trophies will be awarded in 12 categories plus Judges’ Choice and Best in Show.

Vendors are invited to join for $20 per table. The fee on the day of the show is $25. Vendors can include arts and crafts, car-related products, collectibles, flea market vendors or swap meet vendors. Food vendors must call 609-628-2829 for pre-approval (leave a message). Vendor applications are available on the website.

Other activities include a Pumpkin Pie baking Contest, Decorated Pumpkin Contest for all ages, moon bounce for the children, live music from

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and more. Admission is free, but the group is collecting non-perishable food items to be donated to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. For more information, call the Greater Tuckahoe Area Merchants’ Association at 609-628-2829.

Snow plow rodeo scheduled

The Cape May County Public Works Association will host the annual Snow Plow Rodeo at 9 a.m. Oct. 16 at Naval Air Station Wildwood at the Cape May County Airport, 1280 Langley Road in Erma. Registration for the event will starts at 8 a.m. An awards ceremony will follow at 12:30 p.m.

The annual event will include county departments, local municipalities and other agencies. The purpose of the rodeo and equipment show is to promote safety and constructive competition while preparing equipment and operators for the upcoming winter season.

For more information, call 609-465-1035.

Film festival set

The 2012 Cape May Film Festival will take place Oct. 19-21 at the Chalfonte Hotel in Cape May.

The festival will feature creators of the website “reel-couples.com” that will ask the question, “Which couples will make it after the credits roll?” on Oct. 19. This year the festival features “Mirror Dance,” a film about Cuban ballerina Margarita White, who left her country during the revolution to come to the United States. White will be on hand Oct. 20. Also on Oct. 20, New Jersey’s best short films will be shown and there will be a guest- curated session from the Black Maria Film Festival. The matinee on Oct. 21 will be “Barbarian Days,” a documentary about Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan the Barbarian. Historian Rusty Burke will be present.

No reservations are needed. Tickets go on sale at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 in the hotel lobby and are available at capemayfilm.org, or text 609-326-3378 or email capemayfilm@hotmail.com.

Bus trip fundraisers set

People in Crisis, which helps those in need of medical assistance, will hold bus trip fundraisers to Resorts Casino Hotel on Oct. 20 and Nov. 10. The trips will raise money to save two local residents with life-threatening illnesses.

Buses will pick up at 11 a.m. both Oct. 10 and Nov. 10 at Bellanova Dress Shop, 222 96th Street, Stone Harbor and return at 6 p.m. There also will be a pick up 11:30 a.m. at the Ocean View Parking Lot both days. Round trip fare is $30 and covers all costs. There will be refreshments from 10 to 11 a.m. at Bellanova. During this time, People in Crisis supporters will be able to spin Bellanova’s wheel for special discounts. Some of the special gifts include a $250 gift certificate from American Diving supply for Scuba diving classes, a $50 gift certificate from Bellanova’s, a gift certificate from Denuzio’s in Sea Isle City and a $100 gift certificate from Coastal Design Outlet in Ocean View.

For tickets, call 609-334-8718 or email Joan Maddox at eastcoastdiving@aol.com.

Sea Isle plans Halloween Parade

Sea Isle City’s 2012 Halloween Parade will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 along Landis Avenue from 46th Street to JFK Boulevard. The rain date is noon Oct. 21.

The parade will feature floats and groups of walking participants representing local businesses, organizations and civic groups. There will also be professional entertainers, familiar “characters,” and lots of live music. To become a participant, submit a completed application form to the Department of Recreation, 6108 Central Ave., by Oct. 12. Applications are at seaislecitynj.us (via the “City Departments” and “Downloadable Forms” tabs) or at City Hall, 4416 Landis Ave.

When the parade ends, spectators and participants are welcome to attend Sea Isle’s annual Halloween Family Dance Party at the Excursion Park Band Shell, JFK Boulevard and the Promenade. Call 609-263-0050 or see seaislecitynj.us.

Women of Wonder to meet

Cape May County’s “Women of Wonder League” will gather at a “super-secret” location high atop the Wildwoods from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 24 for their second annual meeting and to honor the 2012 Women of Wonder award recipient.

The “WOW” event, led by Patricia Gentile, dean of Atlantic Cape Community College’s Cape May County Campus, and Maria Kellett, director of major gifts, will focus attention on the ongoing education needs of at-risk students in Cape Educational COMPACT, the county’s alternative high school. The pre-Halloween meet and greet is part of Atlantic Cape’s “Create Opportunity” Capital & Scholarship Campaign. Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite superhero costumes.

The evening’s program will showcase COMPACT students and a talk by two of the program’s graduates. Dr. Gentile and COMPACT Principal Tracey Staab also will bestow a special commendation on Martina Singleton, of Galloway Township, sexual assault program counselor at Coalition Against Rape and Abuse, Inc.

Potential Cape May County “Women of Wonder” interested in attending to learn more about Atlantic Cape Community College programs with Cape Educational COMPACT should RSVP at atlantic.edu/wow. Refreshments will be served and costumes are optional.

Theatre company offers classes

The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company (OCTC) will offer an array of shows and classes this fall. The lineup includes programs that are designed for the youngest students and serve as an introduction to the performing arts, as well as, classes for students with an extensive performing arts background. To sign-up or for more information, email info@oceancitytheatrecompany.com, call 609-398-1118 or go to the education page at oceancitytheatrecompany.com

Classes include Fall Master Class for students in sixth to 12th grades, noon to 1:15 p.m. Sundays, $15 per class or four classes for $50 total; Improvisational Acting Workshop, Oct. 7, incorporates movement-based exercises, scene work and group exercises to explore the primary fundamentals of improvisation; Musical Theatre Choreography, Oct. 21, perfect for students who have a desire to learn the original Broadway choreography and acting moments from some of the greatest Broadway musicals; Hip Hop Broadway, Oct. 21, experience some of the greatest Hip Hop choreography featured in Broadway shows, come dressed ready to move and have jazz shoes or plain sneakers; Creating a character through song, Oct. 28, class will focus on creating a believable musical theatre character through song; Creative Drama Classes for K to second grades, 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Oct. 10, 17 and 24, children will experience creative movement, improvisational skills, mime, theatre games, storytelling, reader’s theatre and much more; Introduction to Acting: Storytelling and Beyond for kids in third to sixth grades, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10, 17 and 24, workshop for young artists interested in learning the nuts and bolts of an actor’s work, $75; Private Voice Coaching, experience one-on-one private singing lessons to perfect vocal technique and singing skills with trained music instructors who have experience working to prepare for college auditions, school singing, musical theatre, classical music and choral works; Private Acting Coaching For sixth to 12th grades, experience one-on-one private acting lessons to perfect acting technique with trained instructors who have experience working to prepare for college auditions and school auditions; Fully Staged Holiday Production, children grades three to eight, Yours Truly, Jack Frost will be feature a cast of young actors in a chance to spread the spirit of the season, auditions/rehearsals begin Nov. 4 with shows on Dec. 22, fee $175.

Flu clinics scheduled

The Cape May County Department of Health has scheduled a number of flu vaccination clinics for Cape May County residents in October, including the Drive-Through Flu Shot Clinic. The free drive-through flu clinic for residents 14 years and older will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at Kindle Ford Autoplaza. Use exit 9 off of the Garden State Parkway in Cape May Court House.

Concent forms are available in advance — at the Department of Health, online at cmchealth.net, and in local newspapers the week before the drive-through. Bring a completed form with you. Residents are also asked to wear a short-sleeved shirt and leave pets at home. Residents who need assistance with transportation to get to the drive-through clinic can call Fare Free Transportation at 609-889-3700.

The Department of Health will hold several cinics for chilren and families in October. While supplies last, the FluMist nasal spray vaccine will be offered in addition to the injectable vaccine for eligible persons at these clinics. As a reminder, the CDC recommends an annual flu shot for everyone older than 6 months of age. Also, the New Jersey Department of Health requires that children younger than 5 years old who attend day care or preschool receive a flu shot each year by the end of December. Children who are not vaccinated will not be able to attend school until the end of the flu season, which is currently estimated as the end of March.

Children and Families clinics are set for 2:45 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 4, Margaret Mace Elementary School, 1201 Atlantic Ave., North Wildwood; 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 10, Woodbine Elementary School, 801 Webster St.; 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 11, Glenwood Avenue Elementary School, Glenwood and New York avenues, Wildwood; 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 21, St. Frances Cabrini Church, 1310 Ocean Ave., Ocean City; 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 24, Department of Health, 6 Moore Road, Cape May Court House.

There will also be an additional senior flu and pneumonia clinic from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 19 at the Department of Health. For more information call the flu hotline at 609-4463-6581 or see cmchealth.net.

Clean-up set

The Sea Isle City Environmental Commission will host their annual Autumn Beach Clean-up and Dune Grass Planting from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 13. Families, individuals, civic groups, scout troops and all other volunteers are invited to participate in this environmental event.

During the Beach Clean-up, volunteers will collect trash and debris from each of Sea Isle City’s beaches (First Street to Townsend Inlet) while documenting what type of items they find. That data will be sent to Clean Ocean Action, an environmental organization that works to protect New Jersey’s waterways.

Meanwhile, as Sea Isle City’s beaches are being cleaned, other volunteers will plant dune grass up-and-down the shoreline, which will strengthen the island’s dunes and protect the beaches from erosion.

Volunteers are asked to register on the day of the event at JFK Boulevard and the Promenade, where Environmental Commission members will distribute trash bags and other supplies. Volunteers wishing to plant dune grass are welcome to bring their own small gardening tools.

After the beaches are cleaned and the dunes are strengthened with new plants, the event’s volunteers will be treated to a complimentary buffet luncheon at Mike’s Seafood Restaurant, located on Park Road in Sea Isle City’s historic Fish Alley.

The rain date is Oct. 14. For more information call 609-263-2081.

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.

Stone Harbor firefighters host anniversary celebration

Stone Harbor Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 invites the public to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the department from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 13.

The day’s festivities will include a parade throughout Stone Harbor, a formal ceremony and outdoor celebration. A parade will take place at noon at 80th and Second Avenue, up Second Avenue to 123rd Street and back down First Avenue from 111th Street and ending at 95th Street and the beach. The parade will include fire trucks and the Irish Pipe Brigade. At the conclusion, at about 1 p.m., a ceremony will acknowledge the anniversary on the 100 block of 96th Street with the mayor, borough council and fire officials speaking.

The celebration will begin at 2 p.m. at the Stone Harbor Fire House. Vehicles will be on display and a beer garden will be open. Anniversary T-shirts are now available for sale by contacting Captain Scheeler at shfd@stone-harbor.nj.us; $15 for youth sizes and $20 for adult sizes.

College offers new workshops

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Club 50 Plus will offer new workshops and seminars this fall. Workshops are designed to enhance the personal, professional and social lives of participants.

Math Refresher will help participants revive math skills to improve brain function or to prepare for a new career. Basic math concepts including multiplication, division, decimals, percentages, fractions and some algebraic functions and word problems will be covered in class set for 9 to 11 a.m. four Fridays beginning Oct. 5.

Academic Writing-Back to Basics for Seniors will offer practical applications for everything you ever learned in English class, including: sentence style, word choice, grammar, punctuation and mechanics. It will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 15 and 16.

Manage, Edit and E-mail Your Photographs will prepare participants to move images from a digital camera to a computer, then edit and resize pictures for use on the Web or e-mail. Students should bring to class a digital camera and a USB cable to connect to the computer. The class will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, Oct. 19. and Nov. 16.

Join Club 50 Plus for $5 and get a 20 percent discount on future Club 50 Plus workshops, culinary and professional development through June 30, 2013. Mention code: CEGN001-MW01. Club 50 Plus workshops 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 workshop prices or to register, call 609-343-4829 or see atlantic.edu/conted.

1950s weekend set

The Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce presents the ninth annual Fabulous ’50s and Beyond Weekend Celebration Oct. 12-13 in the Wildwoods, a two-day celebration paying tribute to the 1950’s and highlighting the Wildwoods’ role as the birthplace of rock ‘n roll music.

The “Geator with the Heater” Jerry Blavat will host a dance party from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 12 inside the Wildwoods Convention Center. Admission is $13 per person.

There will be an afternoon of outdoor fun and music during the free Fabulous ’50s & Beyond Street Fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13 at Fox Park, located across from the Wildwoods Convention Center on Ocean Avenue. The Street Fair will include free live entertainment throughout the day as well as a classic car show, a Doo-Wop ’50s Bus Tour and a variety of vendors offering ’50s memorabilia, merchandise, delicious food options and much more. The Doo-Wop Experience Museum will also be open.

The Fabulous ’50s and Beyond Concert will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Oceanfront Arena at the Wildwoods Convention Center starring Kenny Vance and the Planotones, the 5th Dimension featuring Florence LaRue, the Orlons and Paul Revere and the Raiders. Admission is $49.50 per person.

For more information or to buy tickets for the dance party or the concert, see gwcoc.com or call 609-729-4000.

MAC offers programs for schools

The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities offers free museum education programs to help area educators enhance students’ learning in and out of the classroom and meet New Jersey Core Curriculum standards.

A new brochure is available detailing MAC’s school programs, which are presented by Museum Educators, experienced interpreters trained to work with students. Programs are adapted to grade level and include field trips, classroom visits and assembly programs. All classroom and assembly programs are free during the 2012-13 school year. Walking tours in Cape May are also free and other field trip prices have been reduced.

New programs include Tales of Olde Cape May, which lets teachers select from more than 20 local stories presented by costumed storytellers. Teachers can select as many of these 5- to-10-minute stories as they like. Visit from Our Vets brings World War II veterans into the classroom to share experiences and insights. Another World War II offering is a visit to the World War II Lookout Tower in Lower Township near Cape May Point. Another new program features Lt. Col. Henry Washington Sawyer, Cape May’s Civil War hero. Five more programs are designed to meet the revised New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards: The Impact of Industrialization on the Victorian Era, the Impact of Immigration on the Victorian Era, the Impact of Innovations on the Victorian Era, the Victorian Civil War and Technology, and Music of the Civil War Era. The last two can help schools observe the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. All include local references. Holiday programs include Victorian Christmas about the Victorian origins of the Christmas celebration, plus another on Victorian Views of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” For Halloween, there are programs on the History of Halloween, Victorian Spiritualism, Supernatural Victorian Music and Ghosts of Cape May. Brochures detail these and other MAC educational offerings.

Educators can email Robert Heinly, MAC’s education coordinator, at rheinly@capemaymac.org or call 609-884-5404, ext. 134, for more information and to reserve a time for programs.

Winery presents Cabernet Cabaret

The Cabernet Cabaret evening benefit will take place at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at Cape May Winery and feature a performance by singer by Ken McBride along with Cape May Wines and “little bites” from the Washington Inn and Lucky Bones.

There will be a premium silent auction. Tickets are $60 person and all proceeds will go to the Heritage Campaign for repair and renewal of Cape May’s historic Church of the Advent. Reservations only. The winery is located at 717 Townbank Road, Cape May. Call 609-884-3065 before Oct. 19.

Hydrofest set for Sunset Lake

The New Jersey Governor’s Cup Hydrofest will take place Oct. 6 and 7 on Sunset Lake, Rambler Road and New Jersey Avenue in Wildwood Crest. The Hydrofest features hydroplane and flat-bottom race boats in a series of high-speed races along the bay at Sunset Lake, a one-mile oval course, with boats reaching a gut-wrenching 80 to 140 mph.

The Wildwoods’ Hydrofest is sanctioned by the American Power Boat Association and the Canadian Boating Federation. This year’s event will feature more than 70 powerboat teams from both the United States and Canada competing for national and international honors.

Races begin at 10 a.m. both days. The Wildwoods’ Hydrofest also will offer a six-block-long marketplace featuring powerboat racing merchandise, craft vendors and food vendors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. The event is free for spectators.

Special pit passes for Hydrofest are available for $10 and allow pass-holders access to the pit area to meet the racers and to get an up-close look at the powerboats. For more information, see WildwoodsHydrofest.com or call 609-886-8156.

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 through 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.

Medicare seminar set

The Cape May County Department of Aging and Disability Services will host a Medicare Part D education and enrollment seminar from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 23 at the Lower Cape Senior Center, 2612 Bayshore Road in the Villas.

State Health Insurance Assistance Program counselors will provide assistance in choosing a Medicare prescription drug plan for 2013. The presentation will include a discussion on Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medicare supplemental plans, prescription assistance eligibility and enrollment, plus a discussion of special benefits programs; Medicare beneficiaries. Admission is free. Call 609-886-8138.

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.”

Children’s cooking workshop set

The Family and Community Health Sciences Department of Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County will offer a new and creative program called the Junior Chefs Cooking Workshop for sixth to eighth grade students from 9:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 20 and 27 at the Extension Center, 355 Courthouse-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.

Children will learn new skills, be creative, taste test and have fun. They will learn to prepare a variety of foods including snacks. This is a pilot project that will incorporate nutrition education with hands-on food preparation lessons to encourage a lifetime of healthy eating habits.

The cost is $40. Registration and payment are requested by Oct. 5 to reserve a place. To register or for more information, call 609-465-5115, ext. 609 or email mcourtney@co.cape-may.nj.us.

Ladies program set

The Cape May County Museum will present “Remember the Ladies,” a day of programs dedicated to women, at 11 a.m. Oct. 6 at the Museum, 504 Route 9, Cape May Court House. Pary Tell will present the morning program, “Saints and Sinners, New Jersey Women in the Civil War.”

Following the morning program, a gourmet lunch will be served in the garden of the museum. In the afternoon, Pat Munson-Siter will present “The U.S. Sanitary Commission: Civil War Medicine on the Homefront.” Cost is $20 and reservations are required. Call the museum at 609-465-3535 or online at cmcmuseum.org. Seating is limited, so early reservations are suggested.

Artists wanted for show

The annual Juried Art Show will take place at the Ocean City Arts Center throughout November.

Art will be received for judging Oct. 8 through 26 at the Center, 1735 Simpson Ave. Prizes are: Best of Show, $200; Second Place, $100; Third Place, $100; and Four Honorable Mentions at $50 each. Artists may submit as many as two works that were completed in the past three years. Eligible media are watercolor, pastels, mixed media, drawing and printmaking. All work must be wired and ready to hang. Art is also judged on the framing and presentation of the work. All work will be for sale. An awards ceremony will take place from 7 to 8:30 p. m. Nov. 9.

For more information or to receive an application, see oceancityartscenter.org or call 609-399-7628.

Baby shower event scheduled

The Christ Child Society of Cape May County will hold its 29th annual Baby Shower “God’s Precious Cargo” from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 21 at St. John of God Hall, 680 Town Bank Road, North Cape May. The price of admission is a wrapped baby layette gift.

For reservations or more information, call Betty at 609-898-6165 or Mary at 609-729-5657. Entertainment will be provided by the Merry Macs and light refreshments will be served.

Layettes are distributed by the Christ Child Society to various agencies in our community for babies in need.

A layette includes diapers, size 1 or 2, onesies and stretch outfits size 0 to 3 months, receiving blankets, towels, washcloths, crib sheets, bibs, bottles and baby soap. Gifts may also be dropped of at St. John of God Hall if unable to attend. Monetary donations are accepted and can be mailed to the Christ Child Society, Box 882, North Cape May, NJ 08204.

College to offer non-credit training

Starting 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.

Soccer teams wanted

The Upper Township Soccer Association is sponsoring the 13th annual Halloween Soccer Shocker 3 V 3 Tournament on Oct. 20 and 21 at Amanda’s Field in Petersburg. They are seeking girls and boys teams ages 6 to 14 to join. Recreation, travel, and friendly teams are welcome.

Registration for a team of three to six players is $100 per team if paid by Oct. 10 and $125 for all registrations after that date. Boys teams will play on Oct. 20 and girls on Oct. 21. All teams will play at least four 20 minute games.

Teams are encouraged to wear costumes. Trophies will be awarded for the winners and for best costumes or theme. For more information, call Sue Catanoso at 609-624-8994 or email sue@doublediamondtech.com.

Music lectures set

Learn about music under the tyranny of Metternich at the October series of free music lectures by Paul M. Somers, sponsored by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony.

The lectures will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 9 at the Ocean City Public Library, Room 110, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City; 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Vineland Public Library, 1058 E. Landis Ave., Vineland; and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Margate Public Library, 8100 Atlantic Ave., Margate. The series continues in November with an exploration of the American experience after the Revolution and the musical influence of Billings, Moravians, shape-notes, minstrelsy, Fry, Gottschalk, Indianism, New Englanders, and Herbert. The December lectures will be an exploration of music between the 20th century wars — from Irving Berlin to the Beatles and beyond.

For more information, call the Bay-Atlantic Symphony at 856-451-1169.

College to present seminar

The Stockton Center on Successful Aging will present a professional seminar sponsored by Right at Home and the Shores of Wesley Manor, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at The Shores of Wesley Manor, 2201 Bay Avenue, Ocean City.

The seminar, Maintaining Professional Boundaries in the Health Care Setting, will be presented by Christine A. Gayda, Ph.D., NJ Licensed Psychologist, SCOSA Service Chair and Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology at Richard Stockton College. Online advance registration is required by 5 p.m. Oct. 5 and is available at stockton.edu/scosa. For more information, email Patricia Smith at psmith@rahnjshore.com or call 609-788-8236.

Nature center offers fall programs

New Jersey Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May, at 1600 Delaware Ave. in Cape May, features many programs this fall.

The Mommy and Me Children’s Program is held at the Center from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays through Dec. 7, excluding Nov.23. Tailored for the 2 to 4 year old naturalist to-be, children and parents are encouraged to explore the natural world together through stories, song, crafts and outdoor experiences. This is a fun program that requires adult participation and pre-registration.

At 11 a.m. Saturdays through Oct. 27, join Nature Center naturalists for Magnificent Migrations and explore our own backyards and identify the magnificent migrants of autumn. Special attention will be afforded to migrating raptors and monarch butterflies. Explore wildlife close to home and discover natural wonders in your own meadows and

Come aboard the Skimmer for the Salt Water Safari. on Saturdays through Oct. 20. Have your camera ready and be prepared for close encounters with osprey, egrets, gulls, crabs and other marine and avian life. Call the Skimmer at 609-884-3100 for reservations, cost and departure times.

First Friday at the Nature Center features both a Harbor Art Gallery artist reception and a family campfire and story telling. Visit the newly renovated Harbor Gallery and meet two new featured artists at 6 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. Selected artists find their inspiration through the colors and patterns of nature, the marine environment and Cape May’s magnificent harbor. Light refreshments are served and a portion of sales support the Nature Center of Cape May. Cost for the reception is free.

For more information on any program, call 609-898-8848.

Rotary offers study abroad scholarships

Local Rotary clubs in South Jersey are offering study abroad scholarships for about eight high school students, ages 15½ to 18½, who are interested in studying for a full year in a foreign country during the 2012-13 school year.

Students must apply by Nov. 10. Applicants are screened for study in one of 42 foreign countries. If selected, the students will travel abroad in July or August 2013. The exchange can be done during high school or after graduation, but before college. There are no language requirements for most countries and credits earned abroad can usually be transferred to New Jersey high schools. Successful applicants will spend a year living with a family abroad and studying in the local high school. Applicants should be well adjusted, enjoy family relationships, possess an inquiring mind and be interested in their own environment, the world and its problems. Expenses, when compared with other exchange or travel programs, are modest. Parents are responsible for providing roundtrip airfare, insurance and extra spending money. The host Rotary Club will provide housing, board, schooling, monthly spending money and parental supervision.

Contact Alfia DeKovacs, Rotary District 7640 student exchange chairperson, at 856-694-1884 or alfia732@aol.com, or Jack Kammer, outbound coordinator, at 609-898-9134. See exchangestudent.org.

Register for girl power conference

Registration is now open to all Cape May County girls ages 9-14 who would like to attend Cape Assist’s 12th Annual Girl Power Conference on Oct. 13 at the Cape May County Technical High School in the Crest Haven Complex, Cape May Court House.

Girl Power! is a national public education campaign of the Department of Health and Human Services. It combines strong “no-use” messages about tobacco, alcohol, and drugs with an emphasis on providing opportunities for girls to build skills and self-confidence in academics, arts, sports, and other endeavors. The keynote speaker will be Boeing employee Christine Winans. She formerly worked at Elon University in North Carolina and for the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing, China. She will speak on her experience working for Boeing and her international travels.

Following Winans’ talk, hands-on workshops, exhibits and special activities will fill the day. Sign-in begins at 8:30 a.m.To register for the Girl Power! conference see capeassistevents.org.

Business summit set

The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting its fifth annual Business Summit from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Ocean City Yacht Club.

The purpose of the summit is to provide information about the local and regional economy to the local businesses so that they can make informed planning and marketing decisions for next year. Nationally recognized economic forecasting expert Joel Naroff, Ph.D., will be the guest speaker. He is the president and founder of Naroff Economic Advisors, a strategic economic consulting firm. He advises companies from a wide range of industries on the risks and opportunities that economic developments may have on the organization’s operating environment.

To register, email info@oceancitychamber.com or call 609-399-1412.

Welcome night planned

The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce will host Welcome Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Ocean City Music Pier. Admission is free and all area residents are encouraged to attend. Door prizes provided by local businesses will be given out throughout the evening.

Every year, the Chamber of Commerce hosts Welcome Night to introduce new and current residents to Community, Civic and Social Organizations, Community Leaders and City Officials, as well as local businesses including restaurants, financial and insurance services, retail stores and medical offices.

For more information, call 609-399-1412.

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: October, Autumn, reception Oct. 12; November, Anything Goes, reception Nov. 9; December, Petite, reception Dec. 14; January, Judges Show, reception Jan. 11. For more information, call 609-814-0308.

Atlantic Cape hosts open house

Atlantic Cape Community College will hold an open house and the 50th annual College Fair from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 14 at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.

During Atlantic Cape’s open house, information on various college services and career and academic programs will be available. The Academy of Culinary Arts will host a concurrent open house, providing information about the culinary program, its alumni, career opportunities and job placement.

The college fair is co-sponsored by the Atlantic County Branch of the American Association of University Women and the Kiwanis Club of Atlantic City.

For more information, call Linda McLeod at 609-343-5009, 609-463-4774 or 609-625-1111, ext. 5009, or email mcleod@atlantic.edu. Registration for the culinary open house is encouraged at atlantic.edu/aca/visit.htm.

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.

College sponsors free workshop

The Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation will sponsor a free workshop this fall at the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, in Cape May Court House. Planning Your Estate and Charitable Giving will address estate planning topics including: goals, financial objectives, record keeping, beneficiary designation, will, power of attorney, estate planning needs, Medicare, long-term care policies, probate process, trusts and estate taxes. Charitable gifting as it relates to tax savings will also be discussed from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Oct. 9.

To register, contact Maria Kellett at 609-463-4672 or mkellett@atlantic.edu.

Monarch program offered to schools

“A Monarch’s Eventful Journey: Making Connections One Schoolyard Habitat at a Time” will introduce schoolchildren from kindergarten through sixth grade to the magical monarch butterfly through the Nature Center of Cape May.

This is comprehensive program includes of all aspects of the monarch, from life cycle to migration, and even includes a tagging demonstration and release of a live monarch.

The program will help students design, create and maintain a backyard habitat which is an ideal way for students to connect to the natural world. For more information, contact program director Sue Ann Slotterback or sanctuary director Gretchen Whitman at 609-898-8848, or email sue.slotterback@njaudubon.org or Gretchen.whitman@njaudubon.org.

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.

Ferry is site for wine festival

The historic Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal will be the setting for the Cape May Wine Festival sponsored by the Garden State Wine Growers Association from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 6 and 7. Guests cab sample over 300 award-winning wines, shop craft tables and listen to live music.

Admission is $25 for either day or $40 for a two-day pass, and includes a wine-tasting glass. Tickets can be purchased at the admission tent 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Advance tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at newjerseywines.com. All ticket purchases on-site are cash only. Large groups and bus groups can call 609-588-0085 for more information. Admission includes a souvenir wine glass.

College offers development workshops

Atlantic Cape Community College offers professional development workshops this fall for people interested in enhancing their skill sets to advance their careers.

Recognize potential alcohol-related problems and intervene to prevent alcohol-related tragedies in TIPs Certification from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., sections begin Oct. 9 and Oct. 27.

Teaching English as a Second Language is a self-paced course designed for individuals interested in teaching adult learners of ESL or EFL from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., first in-class meeting, Oct. 10.

Business Planning: What Do You Propose? provides an overview about the elements required to structure one’s business plan to receive funding, learn how to survive the first year of business and receive an overview of budgeting from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 6.

Design a diet for you and your clients while studying sports specific diets, principles and foundations of nutrition, energetics and athletic performance in Sports Nutrition Consultant Certification from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Oct. 13.

Personal enrichment classes are 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 information or to register, see atlantic.edu/conted or call 609-343-4829.

College offers basic skills training

Atlantic Cape Community College, a participating partner of the Basic-Skills Workforce Training Program, will offer free basic skills training to employees of Atlantic and Cape May County businesses this fall through a literacy grant from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the New Jersey Business and Industry Association and the New Jesrsey Community College Workforce Consortium.

The classes are free to all private sector and nonprofit employers in the state; however, employees taking 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.

Sessions at Atlantic Cape’s Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road in Cape May Court House, include: Introduction to Word — Word 2010-Level 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 5; Introduction to Spreadsheets — Excel 2010-Level 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 12; Introduction to Word — Word 2010-Level 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 19; and Introduction to Spreadsheets — Excel 2010-Level 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 26.

Customized classes for groups of 10 or more can be arranged.For more information, or to register employees for training, contact Julia Ratliff at 609-343-5680 or see atlantic.edu/njbia.

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 persons 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.

Kiwanis seeks donations

The Kiwanis Club of Cape May will participate in the Cape May Dragon Boat Festival to take place Oct. 13 at the Cape May Harbor by the Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Ave. Their team is named the DragonButts.

The team is seeking donations that will help them raise funds for their many charitable causes. Mail donations to DragonButts, 1041 Beach Ave., Cape May, NJ 08204. For more information, call Al Beale at 610-737-7388 or email albeale@comcast.net.

‘On the Wings’ exhibit open

The “On the Wings” exhibit is on at the Cape May Bird Observatory and will run through Oct. 30.

It features historic illustrations, decorative New Jersey decoys, contemporary prints, collectible bird books, refurbished antique furniture and hand-woven reed baskets. The Cape May Bird Observatory is located at 600 Route 47 N. in Goshen. Call 609-861-0700.

Lighthouse challenge planned

The Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey weekend is set for Oct. 20-21 at lighthouses throughout New Jersey. Participants are invited to tour the state and visit each participating lighthouse over the weekend to help raise funds for continued lighthouse preservation.

Begin the challenge at any of the 11 participating New Jersey land-based lighthouses, two museums and two life-saving stations and purchase a souvenir for $1 that will be proof of your visit at each location. Hours for the tours vary. See lighthousechallengenj.org or visitnj.org.

The following lighthouses are participating: Absecon Lighthouse, Barnegat Lighthouse, Barnegat Lighthouse Historical Museum, Cape May Lighthouse, Cape May County Museum, East Point Light, Finns Point Light, Hereford Inlet Light, Sandy Hook Lighthouse, Navesink/Twin Lights, Sea Girt Lighthouse, Tathum Lifesaving Station 35, Tinicum Light, Tucker’s Island Light at United States Lifesaving Station 30.

Dog of Year contest set

The Dog of the Year Contest is under way in Ocean City. Photos of the contestants are on view in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace and at Stainton’s, Eighth Street and Asbury Avenue, by the back door vestibule. Drop some money in the container for your favorite or favorites. Containers are located at various stores in Ocean City.

The winner will be named on Oct. 28 during a get together at the Port O’ Call, 15th and Boardwalk. There will also be a Halloween Costume Contests which your dogg is invited to enter. All proceeds benefit the Ocean City Dog Park. For more information, call 609-525-9300.

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.

Stone Harbor police to run for charity

Members of the Stone Harbor Police Department will lace up their sneakers this fall to raise money for the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises funds to eradicate childhood cancer. They are currently training for the Philadelphia marathon and half-marathon Nov. 18 (see philadelphiamarathon.com). All donations made to support police will be dedicated to the efforts of the foundation.

To donate, go to alexslemonade.org/mypage/81424 and click the “donate now” button; mail or drop off a check payable to the Alex’s Lemonade Foundation to the Stone Harbor Police Department, 9508 Second Ave., Stone Harbor, NJ 08247; or text LEMONADE E81424 to 85944 to make a $10 donation.

New volunteer group formed

The Stone Harbor Borough Council has approved the creation of a new volunteer group, Go Green Community. This group will work to create environmental initiatives to keep Stone Harbor a beautiful place to live and visit.

Members include Alan Kaplan, Esq., Patti DiMarco-Sheston, Larry Kratzer, Stone Harbor Public Works Director Gregory Sheeran, Stone Harbor Utilities Inspector Chuck McIlvaine, Island Supervisor Joe Hughes. Stone Harbor Public Information Officer Scott Wahl will serve as adviser, while Council Member Karen Lane will serve as liaison to the Stone Harbor Borough Council. One of the main initiatives will water conservation.

See stone-harbor.nj.us or call 609-368-7311.

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. Linda Gentille, of Upper Township, will return with her Jersey Shore Pops Orchestra on Nov. 17. 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.

Stone Harbor residents can sign up for emergency calls

The Stone Harbor Department of Emergency Management encourages all residents and property owners to sign up for Global Connect 911 emergency telephone calls issued by the borough in advance of major storms or during other emergencies. The calls are available for free to all property owners in the borough.

All property owners who have their landline with Verizon automatically have their phone numbers entered into Stone Harbor’s Global Connect 911 system. Residents who have landline telephone service from Comcast, Vonage or other providers must sign up for the system. Additionally, property owners are encouraged to sign up their cell phone numbers into the Global Connect system as well.

The Borough has made it easier for properties to sign up for the Global Connect emergency telephone calls. Visit stone-harbor.nj.us and look for the logo on the front page of the website. Click on the logo and fill out the information and you are automatically entered into the system. It takes less than one minute to sign up.

If you have any questions about Stone Harbor’s Global Connect  telephone system, please call Borough Hall at 609-368-5102.

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.

Cape May Stage 2012 season under way

Cape May Stage’s Artistic Director Roy Steinberg recently announced plans for the Equity theater’s 2012 season, along with money-saving changes to subscription packages. The season features:

‘Time Stands Still’ by Donald Margulies, through Oct. 13.

‘The Belle of Amherst’ by William Luce, Oct. 17-27.

‘Poe, Times Two’ by Greg Oliver Bodine, Oct. 31-Nov. 16.

‘A Tuna Christmas’ by Ed Howard, Joe Sears and Jaston Williams, Nov. 23-Dec. 30.

Cape May Stage continues to offer the “Opening Night Series” package, which includes admission to seven shows with reserved seating for $255, or a three-show option for the seasonal resident for $127.50. For those needing flexibility with dates and times, the Flex Pass Series now includes seven-show and three-show passes specially priced from $81 to $196 for adults and seniors (ages 62 and older) at 20 percent off regular box office prices. The Preview Night Series package again offers reserved seating and admission to six preview night performances for $105 (adults), $90 (seniors), and $45 (students).

To buy a subscription, call 609-884-1341, see capemaystage.org or purchase directly at the box office. All subscriptions expire Dec. 30 and some restrictions may apply.

Young Cape Singers seek new voices

Young Cape Singers, for kids who love to sing, has scheduled auditions for new singers for the 2011-12 season. Young Cape Singers is open to boys in grades four through eight and girls in grades four through 12.

Founded in 1997 and under the direction of Julia Henrich, the Young Cape Singers is made up of talented young musicians from throughout Cape May and Atlantic counties. The group meets weekly in Ocean City, September to June. They perform locally and regionally throughout the school year and cap off the season with an annual summer tour to a more distant city.

Young Cape Singers is designed for youngsters who want to expand their musical horizons into more advanced accomplishment. The group offers both singing choirs and a handbell choir. For more information or to schedule an audition, call Julia Northrup-Henrich at 609-385-6715.

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