Electrical contractor helps out nonprofits

Quality Electric Service, a full-service professional electrical contractor serving Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties, recently completed a Facebook donation campaign.

Quality Electric encouraged Facebook users comment on their Facebook page, and to select their favorite of four nonprofits: the Cape May County Zoo, the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, the Wounded Warriors Project, or the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. For each new comment submitted, Quality Electric committed to donating $1 to the Facebook users’ favorite nonprofit. The donation campaign ended Sept. 22 and raised a total of $845.

Jim Rowland, managing partner of Quality Electric Service, was to present a check for the donation to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation on Sept. 30 in Virginia, and to the Cape May County Zoo on Oct. 22 at the meeting of the Board of Chosen Freeholders in Cape May Court House.

O.C. theater to stay open through New Years

For the first time in recent years, the Moorlyn Family Theatre will remain open through the fall and Christmas seasons and into First Night celebrations. Because of the new management, distributors are willing to provide first-run releases on a trial basis, depending on local response. Parking is free in the municipal lots adjacent to Moorlyn Terrace and Eighth Street.

Now playing are “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” along with “The Ultimate Life,” and “The Way Way Back,” “The Butler” continues as well.

Other titles in the pipeline include “Gravity”and “Grace Unplugged.”

For information, visit MoorlynFamily Theatre.org or call 609-399-0006.

Classes offered for young actors

This fall, the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company presents several dynamic and educational master classes for students in sixth through 12th grades who have an interest in musical theatre, acting and dance.

Professional directors, designers, actors and choreographers from the 2013 GOCTC season will offer a lineup of classes. Class signup is flexible as students can enroll in one or all five. Early registration brings a major discount with classes for only $15 per class.  For a full description, registration information, and pricing, please visit the “Education Page” at OceanCity

TheatreCompany.com, email info@oceancitytheatrecompany.com or call 609-398-1118 for more information. Day of registration is $18 per class. Classes run from 5 to 6:15 p.m.

Oct. 13: Dance! Dance! Dance! with Christina Jackson.

Oct. 20: Nailing the part —an audition technique master class with Elena Gutierrez.

Oct. 27: Dialects Class with Connor McAndrews.

Nov. 3: Partnering choreography in theater with Jeremy Lardieri.

Jazz Vespers features DiBlasio, Betz

The Jazz Vespers welcomes back a South Jersey favorite, Denis DiBlasio and his protege guitarist Brian Betz at 3 p.m. Oct. 29 at the First Presbyterian Church on Decatur Street, between Columbia and Hughes in downtown Cape May.

Denis DiBlasio joined the legendary trumpeter Maynard Ferguson’s Big Band and went on to serve as the band’s musical director for five years. DiBlasio heads the Maynard Ferguson Institute of Jazz at Rowan University.

Brian Betz is an award-winning educator and performer and has released several solo CDs with his own ensembles. Betz is a two-time winner of the Betty Carter International Jazz Competition.

Limited free parking is available. A $10 minimum donation is suggested. The church is wheelchair accessible. Call 576-1841 or visit capemayjazzvespers.com for more information.

O.C. Fishing Club to hold tackle show

A Galloway Township businessman Rich Hedenberg whose company builds premium custom fishing rods from blanks made in New Zealand is one of 36 vendors and organizations exhibiting products and services at the Ocean City Fishing Club Tackle Show on Oct. 18, as part of the club’s three-day Centennial Surf Fishing Tournament.

RH Custom Rods is also sponsoring a six-member team to compete in the club tournament Oct. 17-19.

The tackle show is open to the public from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Ocean City Sports and Civic Center at Fifth Street and the Boardwalk. Pizza and soft drinks will be served. Admission is $3.

The tackle show will feature another custom rod maker, the Rodanthe, North Carolina-based Advanced Fishing LLC, which uses Century blanks manufactured in Great Britain. The firm’s president, Ryan White, is also sponsoring a team in the tournament.

Other vendors, including local and regional tackle shops, will offer tackle, rigs, lures, accessories, and clothing.

Tribute to the Platters at Middle Township PAC

The Performing Arts Center of Middle Township will pay tribute to one of the most popular singing groups of the early rock and roll era when it hosts Larry Marshak’s Tribute to The Platters at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19.

Formed at the beginning of the 1950s by five teenagers, the Platters went on to record 21 top-10 records, nine million record selling singles, five platinum albums and five No. 1 songs.

Although the last original member of the Platters left years ago, the group continues to travel the world as a big box office attraction. Marshak’s connection with them began 15 years ago at Las Vegas’ Sahara Hotel where they headlined for several years.

New York nightclub entertainer Ron Gartner is the opening act, performing a salute to the music of the ’50s and ’60s with songs from the Bandstand and Motown genres.

Tickets are $25 and may be reserved by calling 609-463-1924. The Performing Arts Center, soon to mark its 21st anniversary, is situated at 212 Bayberry Drive, Middle Township, one mile east of exit 10 of the Garden State Parkway. There is free parking on the premises.

O.C. church plans annual dinner

The 55th annual Oyster, Ham or Chicken Dinner will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 21 and 22 at St. John Lutheran Church, 10th Street and Central Avenue in Ocean City Takeouts will be available.

A choice of low-salt ham, certified oysters or fried chicken will be served, along with cole slaw, baked potato, peas, roll and beverage. Homemade cakes are always featured.

The price of each dinner is $12 for adults and $6 for children younger than 12. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the church office weekdays between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tickets are also available at Goldcoast Sothebys International Realty, 909 West Ave., and weekends at We Make It Personal, 826 Boardwalk, across from the Music Pier.

Proceeds from the dinner benefit, in part, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Atlantic and Cape May Counties and the St. John Lutheran Your Organization for their trip to the ELCA Youth Gathering, Detroit, Mich., in 2015.

As an added attraction, a Christmas Bazaar will be held during the dinners.

For more information, call 609-399-0798 or see stjohnlutheranoc.org.

Spooky to kooky parade in Cape May

Save the date and dress the part for Cape May’s 30th Halloween Parade on Oct. 20.

The annual parade features music, entertainment, and of course, dozens of costumes from spooky to kooky. Awards will be given in many different categories, groupings, and age ranges. The parade is complemented by trick or treating on the Washington Street Mall, starting at noon. Parade registration starts at 1:30 p.m. on Perry and Washington streets, with judging beginning at 2 p.m. The parade steps off at 3 p.m. from Perry Street and concludes at the Emlen Physick Estate.

The parade is sponsored by the City of Cape May, the Cape May Police Department, Cape May Fire and Rescue, Cape May Public Works, Cape May Kiwanis and the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities.

Hunt ghosts at Cold Spring Village

Join Truth Paranormal Investigators for two nights of hands-on ghost hunting in Historic Cold Spring Village on Oct. 12. The Truth Paranormal Investigators team will lead guests through tests using digital photography and sound recording equipment in order to capture evidence of the supernatural.

Each investigation will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Welcome Center with an introduction to ghost-hunting etiquette and equipment, and an overview of the history of paranormal activity at the Village. Small groups will then be escorted to each of three buildings where Truth Paranormal researchers will allow guests to assist with the investigations. Guests will spend about 30 minutes each in the Spicer Leaming House (c. 1817), the Dennisville Inn (c. 1836) and the Marshallville School (c. 1850), and on a guided candlelight walk of the Village grounds. After the investigation, guests return to the Welcome Center to discuss their findings over dessert.

Tickets to each investigation are $35 each and must be purchased in advance. In order to limit group size and increase the amount of time guests can spend in each building, only 30 tickets will be sold to each investigation.

For tickets, call Call 609-898-2300 or visit hcsv.org/events/spirits/tickets. Ticket sales support the HCSV Education Programs.

Frankenstein exhibit under way at Ocean City library

Frankenstein, the world’s most famous monster, will visit Ocean City this October.

The appearance is made possible by actor-artist Ron MacCloskey who has gathered the most extensive collection of Frankenstein artwork ever shown at a single venue. It will feature some of the country’s most famous artists and illustrators. The exhibit will be displayed the month of October in the atrium and adjacent area of the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th Street and Simpson Avenue, and serve as its Halloween gift to the community.

In conjunction with the viewing, “Jeepers Creepers … It’s Boris, Karloff,” a tribute show dedicated to the life and career of the actor, will be performed on Oct. 25 (Frankenstein Friday) at the library. The show will feature MacCloskey and his daughter Rachel, along with video clips.

For information, call 609-525-9300.

Film Festival announces its main feature

Cape May Film Festival will host its 13th annual Film Festival on Oct. 25-27 at the Chalfonte Hotel at 301 Howard St. in Cape May.

On Saturday night, the Festival will host Cape May native Chris Carroll and his Academy Award nominated film, “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” The film was nominated for four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Directing (Benh Zeitlin), Best Leading Actress (Quvenzhane Wallis), and Best Screen adaptation. The film has also won two awards at Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, and the American Film Institute’s 2013 Best Movie of the Year.

Tickets for the festival start at $10 per screening and $35 for a weekend pass.

The Cape May Film Festival has hosted an annual festival since 2001 — and it has won the New Jersey’s People Choice Award for Favorite Film Festival three years in a row.

Learn more about the Cape May Film Festival at capemayfilm.org or by calling/texting 609-326-FEST (3378) or emailing capemayfilm@hotmail.com.

Church festival honors St. Francis

Messiah Lutheran Church in Ocean View, in partnership with Ocean View Veterinary Hospital and contributing partner Rental City of Vineland, will hold a Fall Festival honoring St. Francis of Assisi.

At 10:30 a.m. is the Feast of St. Francis Worship Service, an outdoor service with a St. Francis theme. Bring your pets to church. Trained and experienced volunteers from the Ocean View Veterinary Hospital will be on hand to help with restless pets. The festival is from noon to 3 p.m., with a Blessing of the Animals by Pastor Kelly at noon, 2 and 3 p.m.

Demonstration and exhibitions include Cape May County Animal Shelter, Cape May County Sheriff’s K9 Unit, NJ Nature and Environmental Center, Save Our Strays of Sea Isle City, and Turtle Rescue. There will be complimentary refreshments (hot dogs, pretzel bits, pet treats, and water for pets and humans) Food also will be for sale — knockwurst and sauerkraut with a bag of chips, homemade baked goods, soda and cider. Prepackaged dog treats have been donated by Ocean View Veterinary. Funds raised will  benefit the Cape May Animal Shelter, NJ Nature and Environmental Canter and Save Our Strays of Sea Isle City. The food that is sold along with donations made during the festival is the only source of fundraising.

Pets must be up to date on their shots and owners should have their pets’ rabies certificates  available if possible. Dogs must be on leashes; cats, small mammals or reptiles and birds must be in cages. Horses and other large animals must wear a halter.

Messiah Lutheran Church is located at 2298 Route 9 North., in the Ocean View section of Dennis Township. For more information, call 609-486-6043.

GED testing dates set

GED testing for October at the Cape May County Technical School Distict will take place from 3:30 to 9 p.m Oct. 16-17.

A mandatory registration and orientation, which takes about an hour, is set for 3:30 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Tozour 100 building, 188 Crest Haven Road, Office 145. Those interested in the GED test must bring to the registration/orientation a money order or cash for $50 (no personal checks) and two forms of ID, one a government-issued photo ID, along with an original birth certificate or Social Security card. Sixteen- and 17-year-olds must present their certificate of consent to participate form at the time of registration. Contact the GED office for a form.

For more information, call 609-465-2161, ext. 648 or 646, and for more test dates, see capemaytech.com.

Hospital hosts teen Medical Explorers

On the first and third Tuesday of each month from October through April, Cape Regional Medical Center becomes the “place to be” for a dozen or more teens in the Medical Explorers “Learning for Life” career-education program for young men and women sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America.

This partnership offers a unique backdrop for new friendships and provides an opportunity to for experience in health-care careers; Cape Regional Medical Center’s Medical Explorer’s program explores different elements of health care, spending most of their time in a group setting. Individual students also can shadow in areas of specific interest and participate in hands-on activities. The co-facilitators for Post 1189 are Keith Babore, BSRT, director of diagnostic imaging, and Sue Guilliams, RN. The program is open to people ages 14 (who have completed eighth grade) through 20 who exhibit an interest in a career in health care.

For more information, call Babore at 609-463-2511.

LTPD taking applications for Class II officers

The Lower Township Police Department is accepting applications for Special Class II Police Officers.

Applicants must hold a valid PTC certification for New Jersey Special Class II Officer and have a minimum of two years of experience as a law enforcement officer. Applications are available in the Records Section, located in the front lobby of police headquarters, 405 Breakwater Road, Erma, during the normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Applicants are encouraged to submit an application to have on file for present and future hiring opportunities.

Animal Alliance seeks members

The Animal Alliance of Cape May County is holding a membership drive to help defray the costs associated with running its clinic.

With the help of donors and volunteers, more than 15,000 cats and dogs have been spayed or neutered since the clinic opened in 2005, and more than 26,800 volunteer hours have been logged at the clinic. Annual dues for individual alliance members are $10. Animal Alliance CMC is a 501(c)3 charitable all-volunteer organization and annual membership dues and all other contributions are tax deductible. All donations go to defray costs associated with operating the clinic.

To join or donate, send payment to Animal Alliance of Cape May County, P.O. Box 172, Cape May, NJ 08204. Membership cards will be sent via email unless otherwise requested. To volunteer, contact animalallianceclinic@yahoo.com or 609-465-6388.

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. The fee is $150.

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

Annual baby shower scheduled

The Christ Child Society of Cape May County will hold its 30th annual Baby Shower, “Celebrating God's Children” on from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 13 at St. John Neumann Parish Hall, 680 Townbank Road, N. Cape May.

The price of admission is a wrapped baby layette gift, such as stretch outfits for 0 to 3 months, baby wash, towels, diapers size 1 and 2, washcloths, wipes, onesies, receiving blankets, bibs and crib sheets. Entertainment will be provided by the children's choir of Cape Trinity School, and refreshments will be served. Raffle tickets and a 50/50 cash drawing will be held.

For reservations, call Maurren at 215-947-5279 or Tamala at 609-886-2830.

Dennis Township schools doing Child Find

Parents who suspect their child may have a disability can get free help from their local school district’s Child Study Team.

The Dennis Township school district is organizing a Child Find campaign to assist in the identification of unserved or underserved youth with a delay or disability from birth through age 21. Information also may be obtained about early intervention services and special education programs throughout New Jersey. Screening, professional guidance and an educational program, if needed, are available free through the Child Study Team. Call 609-861-2821, ext. 234.

A child may be eligible for services and accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Under Section 504, a person with a disability is one who either “has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities; has a record of such impairment; or is regarded as having such impairment”. Section 504 requires school districts to provide a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment to all eligible students with disabilities. If the Section 504 Committee determines that a child has a disability under Section 504, it must develop and implement a Section 504 plan for the delivery of needed services.

If you suspect that your child may have a disability and would like more information about the district’s Section 504 policies and procedures, call 609-861-2821, ext. 220 or 221.

Avalon Police accepting applications for 2014

Avalon Police Chief William McCormick has announced that the Avalon Police Department is now hiring Special Officers for the 2014 season.

Applications are being taken immediately, so candidates can be enrolled in the winter academy. For an application and more information, see avalonpolice.org/careers.

Veterans groups support Aviation Museum programming

The Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum recently received financial contributions from several local veterans groups to help support and expand the museum’s education and general programming.

The museum will use the funds, in conjunction with NASW’s own financial resources, to continue and further develop the two educational summer academies NASW now coordinates. In 2013, the museum provided two full and four partial scholarships to participating students. Funds also will support community outreach programs to home school, scouting, underprivileged youth groups and the museum’s Free Historic Lecture Series.

The NASW Foundation thanks the American Legion, Stephen C. Ludlam Post 331, North Wildwood VFW Post 5941, Sea Isle City VFW Post 1963, Lt. Charles “Buddy” Lewis VFW Post 5343 and Brigantine Memorial VWF Post 6964.

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:

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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. to 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.

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).

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.