Theater company holding auditions

The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company will hold auditions March 16 for its upcoming season.

OCTC is casting for three Broadway-style productions including "Guys and Dolls," a TBA musical and "SWING!" and is casting adult actors for the 2014 Theatre-For-Young Audiences season. TYA shows will be performed in Ocean City, Cape May and the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in Galloway Township, Atlantic County. The TYA season includes "The Cat in the Hat," "Cinderella," "How I Became A Pirate," "Stuart Little" and "The Berenstain Bears."

Performers should prepare two contrasting 16- to 32-bar selections and be ready to dance if asked. A musical theater/jazz dance combination will be taught. Accompanist provided. Callbacks may be held after the dance calls. Auditions will take place at the Ocean City Community Center. They are by appointment only, and are only open for ages 17 and older. No one under 17 will be seen. Those interested in casting should have daytime availability and professional/college theater experience.

To obtain an audition, email a cover letter, headshot and resume to casting@oceancitytheatrecompany.com. For more information, see oceancitytheatrecompany.com.

Legal aid clinic set for Hurricane Sandy victims

On March 28, Volunteer Lawyers for Justice will hold a free legal aid clinic in Atlantic City for New Jersey residents dealing with legal issues directly related to Hurricane Sandy.

The clinic will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St. Andrew by the Sea Lutheran Church, 936 Baltic Ave., Atlantic City. A part of VLJ's Disaster Legal Response Program, this clinic is made possible through VLJ's collaboration with Duane Morris LLP. Anyone interested in attending the March 28 clinic can call 855-301-2525 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.

At these free legal clinics, VLJ's volunteer attorneys provide counsel, advice and limited scope assistance to participants. Matters often include insurance, housing or landlord-tenant issues, contractor disputes, and FEMA appeals. All Sandy victims with legal issues in New Jersey stemming from the storm, regardless of their income and assets, are eligible to meet with a volunteer attorney at the legal clinics for advice or brief service. Clients needing extended representation are screened for financial eligibility, and VLJ will attempt to locate a volunteer attorney for those who qualify.

Intake staff is available to answer calls on the statewide, toll-free phone number on Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will screen cases for potential placement with volunteer lawyers. Callers may also leave a message on the hotline after hours and receive a prompt call-back from a VLJ volunteer or staff member to address their issues.

Program focuses on invasive plants

The West Cape May Environmental Commission will host an informative, free afternoon featuring local naturalist and author Pat Sutton.

"Battling Invasive Plants in our Gardens, Yards, and Communities" will be offered free to the public on March 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. at West Cape May Boro Hall, 732 Broadway, West Cape May. Refreshments will be provided before the program.

People may be surprised to learn that plants they had assumed were native are in fact non-native, problem plants, which can do far-reaching damage - such as periwinkle (vinca), English ivy and bamboo. In a very short time, these plants might invade a neighbor's yard, properties across the street and down the street, and even nearby preserves. The invasion of non-natives has taken a toll on butterflies and moths, which need native plants to lay their eggs on, and insect-eating birds looking for butterfly and moth caterpillars. This program will address key invasive plants, how to identify them, suggestions on how to control or remove them, and native alternatives.

Call 609-884-1005 for more information.

Shiver for a good cause - helping homeless families

Shake off winter and take the polar plunge at the fourth annual Stone Harbor Shiver on St. Patrick's Day Weekend.

The Shiver starts March 14 at a Pre-Plunge party from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Stone Harbor Yacht Club; $15 per person includes food, cash bar, music, raffle and auction. Proceeds from the Pre-Plunge party benefit, in part, Family Promise of Cape May County. Then put on your costume and come back to Fred's Tavern at 9:30 a.m. March 15 for "Kegs 'n Eggs," the parade, costume judging the actual plunge and finally, a Post-Plunge party at Fred's.

For more information, call 609-368-6101.

Free photography walk at refuge

Are you an aspiring nature photographer? Or do you want to become one? Then bring your camera for a leisurely walk at 10 a.m. March 22, starting at the headquarters of the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge, 24 Kimbles Beach Road, Cape May Court House.

Sponsored by Friends of Cape May NWR, the walk will explore the woods, fields and vernal ponds of the nearby Songbird Trail (one mile) for early signs of spring, which may include resident songbirds, amphibians, and flowering plants. Also, if there is time, we will take a walk down to Kimbles Beach to check for early season migrants. Leaders for this walk will be Joe Alvarez and Chris Borkowski.

This program is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required. These trails are well-maintained and easy to walk but may be wet in spots. Dress for the weather; heavy rain or snow will cancel the event. For more information or directions, call 609-513-9349.

4-H countywide equine clinic scheduled

The Cape May County 4-H Spring Equine Health Clinic will take place March 22.

Veterinarians and clinic volunteers travel throughout the county to farms and boarding stables, offering vaccinations to horses at a reduced fee. The clinic is open to all horse and pony owners in Cape May County. These semi-annual equine health clinics, held each December and March, are cooperative endeavors between local veterinarians from South Jersey Equine Associates and the Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Program.

Dr. Robert Newman, lead clinic veterinarian, encourages owners to take advantage of this opportunity to properly vaccinate their horses. The Coggins blood test for equine infectious anemia also will be available. A negative Coggins test is required at most equine events and for equine travel throughout New Jersey and across state lines. Horner also reminds 4-H members that a West Nile virus vaccination is now required annually by the NJ 4-H Horse Program.

The deadline for registration is March 14. Call 609-465-5115, ext. 605, for a registration packet if you are not on the mailing list.

11U baseball team holding tryouts

The South Jersey Sand Sharks 11U White baseball team is holding tryouts from 5 to 6 p.m. March 16 at Player's Edge.

Contact Coach Jim at sjsandsharks@gmail.com for more information.

Community Health Law Project seeks Sandy-affected residents

Due to the ongoing issues that victims of Hurricane Sandy continue to experience, Community Health Law Project has received a contract from the state Department of Human Services to work with residents affected by the storm who were or are living in Atlantic, Cape May, Bergen, Hudson, Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex, Essex and Union counties.

With this funding, the Community Health Law Project is able to provide legal assistance, as well as case management.

In an effort to reach residents currently in Cape May and Atlantic counties, a CHLP attorney and advocate will be able to meet with residents in its office or at a location close to their home. Call the Community Health Law Project at 856-858-9500.

Habitat for Humanity seeking families

Habitat for Humanity, Cape May County, will hold a homeowner/partner application event March 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lower Township Public Library in Villas.

Habitat is seeking new qualified families for four homes to be built in Whitesboro and Cape May Court House in 2014 and 2015. Cape May residency is not required to apply.

Naming, dedication ceremony set for Notre Dame de la Mer Parish

Notre Dame de la Mer Parish, serving the Wildwoods, in celebration of the Sisters of St. Joseph (Philadelphia), has announced the dedication and naming of two school gymnasiums in honor of two Sisters of St. Joseph on Sunday at noon March 16, immediately following the 10:30 a.m. Mass.

The pastors of Notre Dame de la Mer parish will lead the ceremonies, accompanied by students, former and present, family members of the honorees, parishioners and dignitaries of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

The ceremonies will begin with the dedication of the gymnasium at the Early Education/Pastoral Life and Conference Center, 2901 New Jersey Ave., as the new Sister Sheila Murphy, SSJ. Gymnasium. Sister Sheila has served as administrative director of Cape Trinity Catholic since 2010, and was principal of St. Ann Regional School from 1985 to 2010. The dedication ceremony will continue at Wildwood Catholic High School and Cape Trinity Catholic School, 1500 Central Ave., for the dedication of the Sister Mary Ellen Ford, SSJ. Gymnasium. Sister Mary Ellen was a former principal of the high school, leading the Crusader community from 1987 to 1997, with the mantra "small in number, big in heart." She died Sept. 2, 2013.

Each gymnasium will feature an unveiling and blessing of specially designed permanent floor art at center court, displaying the names of each sister framed with the logo of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Customized plaques commemorating the dedications, will be mounted at the entrances of both gymnasiums.

Atlantic Cape offers 'Club 50 Plus' workshops

Atlantic Cape Community College's "Club 50 Plus" offers workshops to enhance the personal, professional and social lives of older learners this spring.

The workshops will be offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Building T; and the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road in Cape May Court House. Classes include:

March 14: Introduction to the Personal Computer for Seniors, runs for five Fridays

March 21 and May 2: Fraud Recognition for Seniors

March 25: Grapes and the Ground They Grow In, runs for five Tuesdays

April 25 and May 2: Exploring the World via the Internet for Seniors

May 9: Manage, Edit and Email Your Photographs

May 16: Organize Your Photos and Videos in the Cloud

June 7: Publish Your Book, Guaranteed

Join Club 50 Plus for $5 and get a 20 percent discount on future club workshops, culinary and professional development through June 30. Mention code CEGN001-MW01. For workshop prices or to register, call 609-343-5655 or see atlantic.edu/conted.

Casino Career Institute offers training

Atlantic Cape Community College's Casino Career Institute is offering quick-start courses in Blackjack, Roulette or Baccarat.

The four-week courses teach fundamentals and emphasize game knowledge, chip value and card handling. New sections begin weekly. For a complete list of classes and to register, see atlantic.edu/cci or call 609-343-5655.

Atlantic Cape seeks distinguished alumni nominations

The Alumni Association Advisory Committee of Atlantic Cape Community College is seeking nominations for Atlantic Cape Community College President's Distinguished Alumni Award.

The award recognizes Atlantic Cape graduates who have distinguished themselves through professional, personal, public or community-based accomplishments. Past recipients include: Dr. Valerie Travis-Reese, practicing psychologist; Katherine M. Morris, Esq., partner, Cooper Levenson, Attorneys at Law; Michael R. Rann, Esq., Michael R. Rann Law Offices, LLC; and Janice DeCicco Fipp, Ed.D., superintendent, Northfield School District. The award winner will be announced and recognized at Atlantic Cape's graduation May 22.

The deadline for nominations is March 21. To nominate someone, go to atlantic.edu/alumni. Nominations after the deadline will be considered with next year's nominees.

VIM Day set for March 12

VIM Day will be celebrated March 12 during a breakfast from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Wildwood Golf and Country Club, 1170 Golf Club Road, Cape May Court House. The breakfast is held every year on the anniversary of the opening day of Volunteers In Medicine's service to the uninsured and underserved of Cape May County.

The community partnerships of churches, area businesses, civic organizations, foundations, the County of Cape May, many municipalities and individuals have been crucial to the survival of VIM and its mission. The clinic is operated by a small number of part-time staff and more than 80 volunteers who include physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, RN's, LPN's and administrative and support volunteers.

The VIM Day breakfast, open to the public, features a hearty breakfast. Doors open at 7:45 a.m. Tickets to the event are $15 per person. For reservations, go to vimcmc.org and download the reservation form or call 609-463-2846. Mail form with payment to: VIM Day, 423 Route North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210.

NASW to feature B-17 rides

The Yankee Air Museum in Detroit confirmed that the B-17 Yankee Lady will once again visit Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum on June 9, 10 and 11. The museum partnership will honor World War II veterans by offering free Flight Experience, or FLEX, rides on the B-17 Yankee Lady when a paid rider accompanies them.

A ride is a 45-minute experience with about 30 minutes of air time and will be offered at the Cape May Airport June 9, 10 and 11. To order a FLEX ride or to obtain a gift certificate, call Dave Wright at 734-483-4030, ext. 236. Donations are tax deductible. Be sure to mention the Cape May Airport dates.

Visit YouTube and view "Where Heroes Have Flown" for a 90 second glimpse of a B-17 Flight Experience.

For more information, contact Bruce Fournier at 609-886-8787 by email at bruce-nasw@comcast.net or visit the Hangar's website at usnasw.org.

Outreach center offers classes

The Neighborhood Outreach Center, 308 Clay St. in Woodbine - located at the St. Joseph building of St. Casimir's Church - continues to offer High School Equivalency and English languages classes.

Classes take place 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday, and individual tutoring is available at other times. Call 609-374-5670 for free tutoring.

Dennis Twp. registering kindergartners

If your child or a child you know is turning 5 and was born prior to October 1, 2009, it's time to register for Dennis Township kindergarten.

The school district will hold its annual kindergarten registration on May 7 and 8. If you know a child in Dennis Township who meets these requirements, you are asked to pass this information to their parent or guardian, or have them call the school at 609-861-2821, ext 501.

It is important to send this information to the school promptly, so the school can send an official registration packet. Registration is done by appointment only.

Great Backyard Bird Count set

The Great Backyard Bird Count, sponsored by Cornell University and Audubon, is an annual event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts. It's free, fun, and easy - and it helps the birds.

This year, the Friends of Cape May NWR will hold counts at three separate locations on the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge, representing the three sections of the Refuge: 1) Tyler Road/Cedar Swamp Trail in Upper Township, 2) Kimbles Beach Road/Songbird Trail in Middle Township, or 3) Two-Mile Beach Dune and Marsh Trail in Lower Township. For directions to these locations, visit our website at www.friendsofcapemayrefuge.org. You can choose whichever location you wish! All necessary information and forms will be provided when you arrive. Leaders and expert birders will be on hand to help with identification.

Meet at your chosen location at 10 a.m. The walks last about one hour, depending on weather and turnout. Some easy walking will be involved, so wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Dress for the weather, but heavy rain or snow will cancel the event. Kids are welcome. Free loaner binoculars and field guides (bird books) will be provided.

For more information, call 609-513-9349.

Literacy Volunteers to train tutors

Literacy Volunteers Association Cape-Atlantic has scheduled tutor training classes in Atlantic and Cape May counties.

Classes in Cape May County will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on five consecutive Wednesday evenings beginning April 23 at the Cape Technical School in Cape May Court House. Sign up now for Literacy Volunteers Cape-Atlantic's tutor training so you can help adults who want to reach their potential through education. Adult students are waiting to improve their reading, writing and English language skills.

For complete tutor training registration information, please visit the Literacy Volunteers' website, lvacapeatlantic.org or call the Literacy Volunteers office at 609-383-3377.

Fashion show, brunch planned

Soroptimist International of Cape May County will hold its annual fashion show, Wine, Fashion and Brunch, from noon to 4 p.m. May 18 at Willow Creek Winery, 160-168 Stevens St. in West Cape May.

At 11:25 a.m., there will be an educational vineyard walking tour. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. for fashion show registration. Fashions will be provided by Talk of the Walk, of Stone Harbor and Atlantic City, and brunch will be by Southern Mansion.

The cost is $35 per person. For tickets, call Mary Rose and 609-898-9330. The last day to purchase tickets is April 15.

Cape May PAL plans Comedy Night

The Police Athletic League of Cape May will hold its ninth annual Comedy Night Social at 8:30 p.m. March 14. The event will be held at Cape May Convention Hall and will feature three headline comedians: Moody McCarthy, Joe DeVito and Rodney Laney.

Lucky Bones will provide light fare, soda, beer and wine. Tickets are $35 in advance or $45 day of the event. Tickets can be purchased at capemaypal.com and discovercapemaynj.com, or call Cape May Convention Hall at 609-884-9563 or visit the Convention Hall box office at 714 Beach Ave. A facility fee will apply.

For more information, contact Officer Tony Genaro at tgenaro@comcast.net or 609-374-4987.

Child find under way by Dennis Twp. schools

The Dennis Township School District is organizing a Child Find campaign to assist in the identification of unserved and underserved youth with a delay or disability from birth through age 21.

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 Section 504 policies and procedures, call 609-861-2821, ext. 220 or 221. Parents who suspect their child may have a disability can get free help from their local school district's Child Study Team. 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 all available free of charge through the Dennis Township School District's Child Study Team. Call 609-861-2821, ext. 234.

Nature walks, talks offered free

Join Nature Center of Cape May teacher/naturalist Sam Wilson on his family-oriented nature walks this winter on the third Saturday of every month as he talks about hibernation and great migrations of birds and other creatures. The next is March 15, First Signs of Spring.

Meet Sam at the Cape May County Library, Upper Township Branch. The nature walks start at 9:30 and last about an hours. The walk is free.

Play group at Seaville UMC

Seaville United Methodist Church, 3100 Shore Road (Route 9), is hosting a Mommy and Me weekly play group at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays.

Children can play in a safe environment with others while caregivers enjoy adult interaction. The nursery is located downstairs in the fellowship hall with toys for all ages.

Call 609-624-9019 or email seavilleumc@gmail.com.

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, PO 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.

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.

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

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.

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).