Avalon holding National Night Out

The borough of Avalon will celebrate National Night Out from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 6.

National Night Out takes place in the parking lot adjacent to the north side of Avalon Community Hall at 30th Street and the beach in Avalon. The event is rain or shine, and will end with Avalon’s free Big Beach Movie at 8:45 p.m. with “Rise of the Guardians”.

National Night Out in Avalon is presented by the Avalon Police Department and the Avalon Department of Recreation with support from the Avalon Volunteer Fire Department, Avalon Rescue Squad, and Avalon Department of Public Works.

The Avalon Department of Public Works is placing sand in the parking lot where an Avalon Beach Patrol boat will be stationed for fun photo opportunities.

There will be activities and prizes available during the celebration. A DJ will provide live music on site while children enjoy games. Educational materials will be handed out by Avalon’s civic and community organizations.

Free training for school bus personnel

The South Jersey Traffic Safety Alliance has scheduled one-day classes for school bus transportation departments on child passenger safety seats, also known as safety restraints.

The six-hour training is a national curriculum, developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and supports the guidelines for Safe Transportation of Pre-School Age Children on School Buses. The training includes skills on the school bus, as well as a review of seat belts on school buses, New Jersey law, the different types of child restraints and more.

The class runs 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Alliance will provide lunch through a grant from the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.

Aug. 12: Cape May County Training Center, Cape May Court House;

Aug. 14: Canale Training Center, Egg Harbor Township.

To register, see sjtsa.org or call Teresa Thomas at 856-794-1941.

Dennis Twp. holding National Night Out

Dennis Township’s National Night Out celebration will take place at the Recreation Complex, 565 Dennisville Road, South Dennis, at 6 p.m. Aug. 6.

Included are crime prevention exhibits, drug and alcohol awareness materials, music, inflatables, carnival games, face painting and fireworks at dusk. Chicken barbecue dinners will be available at $13 per ticket with proceeds benefiting the David “Buddy Boy” Gonnam scholarship fund. Food will be available for purchase.

For information, call the recreation department at 609-861-1045.

Avalon Players

to perform ‘Annie Jr.’

The Avalon Players will perform “Annie Jr.” at 7 p.m. Aug. 1, 2 and 3 and at 7 and 5 p.m. Aug. 4 at Avalon Elementary School, 235 32nd St., Avalon.

Tickets are $8 at the door any night of the show. For more information, see avalonplayers.org.

‘The Thief of Bagdad’ on stage for one night

For one night only, at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 4, the East Lynne Theater Co. in partnership with the Cape May Film Festival presents the 1924 silent film classic “The Thief of Bagdad” with live organ accompaniment provided by Wayne Zimmerman at the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes St. Tickets are $15, free for children 12 and younger.

For reservations and information, call 609-884-5898 or see eastlynnetheater.org.

‘Starz of Tommorrow’ concert at PAC

Music lovers can attend a free concert featuring young singers and musicians who have been praised for their potential in the world of music.

Called “Starz of Tomorrow,” the concert at the Performing Arts Center of Middle Township at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2 will include students from the Juilliard School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music and the Eastman School of Music.

The program will highlight music from Broadway shows, including “My Fair Lady,” “The King and I,” “Guys and Dolls” and “South Pacific.”

Ocean City plans Baby Parade

Ocean City’s 104th annual Baby Parade, the longest consecutively run in the nation, is set for Aug. 8, with a new starting timeof 5 p.m.

The parade route is from Sixth to 12th streets on the Boardwalk. The competition is open to children from infants to 10 years old. Parents can register at the Music Pier Information Center, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The deadline for registration is 5 p.m. Aug. 6. Divisions include children in fancy or comic decorated go-carts, strollers, coaches, express wagons or walking. There is also a Small Children’s Float Division. Local businesses also enter commercial floats.

The entry fee is $5 per child. Prizes are awarded to the best entries in each division. For information, call 609-525-9300.

O.C. holding Boardwalk Art Show

The 51st annual Ocean City Boardwalk Art Show is set for Aug. 2-4. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For information call 609-525-9310 or 609-399-7628.

Cape May offers Baby Parade

The 81st annual Cape May Baby Parade will take place Aug. 2. The parade will march off at 11 a.m. from Congress Hall on the beachfront and end near Convention Hall, where awards will be presented. Trophies will be awarded in five categories: Pretty Baby, Decorated Baby Carriage, Children Walking in Fancy Dress, Children Walking in Comic Dress, and Decorated on Wheels. There will also be awards for Best Float (motorized or pulled) and Best Overall Entry. The rain date for the parade is Aug. 3 at 11 a.m.

For more information or to register, see capemayrecreation.org or call 609-884-9565.

Wings n Water annual auction party set

The Wetlands Institute Wings and Water Benefit Auction, the signature event, will take place Aug. 3 this year.

The other traditional Wings n Water Festival events will become part of the new Fall Migration Festival, which will take place Sept. 21-22.

This year’s auction features silent auction and live auction items, cocktails and food catered by the Washington Inn. Auction items will include trips, dining experiences, tickets to sporting events and more. Contact Christine Mattera at cmattera@wetlandsinstitute.org to donate or for more information.

For information or tickets, see wetlandsinstitute.org.

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:

Aug. 6, ‘Round Midnight,’ 1986, a French music lover befriends a once great American jazz artist and attempts to save him from self-destruction

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

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

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

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

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

GED testing dates announced

The Cape May County Technical School District is having one daytime GED test in August.

The test is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 14-15. Mandatory pre-registration and orientation, which takes about one hour, is set for 9 a.m. Aug. 13 in the Tozour 100 building, 188 Crest Haven Road, office 145.

Test takers 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.

Wildwood Crest car show set

The fifth annual Car Show sponsored by the First United Methodist Church of Wildwood Crest will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug 3 on the church parking lot at Fern Road and Atlantic Avenue (6700 block) in Wildwood Crest.

Some of the cars registered for this year’s car show include a 1967 Plymouth GTX, 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle, 1955 Chevy, 1976 Cadillac Eldorodo Convertible, 1962 Ford Thunderbird Roadster, 1930 Ford Pickup and 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. Many other cars will be available to see and bring back many old memories. Early car registration is $10. Late registrations/day of show is $15. Registration includes a hot dog and soda for car driver’s lunch.

Admission to the public is free. For information to register a car, call Bob Patterson at 609-522-5256.

Equality Tea set for Aug. 26

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

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

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

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

Garden tours planned for August, September

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

On Aug. 20, 21 and 22, Sutton will focus on the ruby-throated hummingbird by visiting a vast array of diverse gardens that have been hosting nesting hummingbirds since spring and are now attracting dozens of migrants. These tours will teach about the need for native nectar plants, healthy insect populations, water sources and adequate cover.

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

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

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

Church to host Irish tenor

St. Brendan Church in Avalon will sponsor a two-night event with Irish tenor Mark Forrest.

“A Moment in Time,” a night of music, meditation, prayer and Eucharistic adoration, will take place at 7 p.m. Aug. 3 at Maris Stella Church, 50th and Dune Drive in Avalon. An Inspirational Concert will take place at 7 p.m. Aug. 4 at the same venue. A $10 donation is requested.

Mark and Muriel Forrest founded the Faith and Family Foundation, which helps special-needs children. See markforrest.com. For information about the shows, call the St. Brendan the Navigator parish office at 609-967-3746.

Atlantic Cape hosting open house

Atlantic Cape Community College will hold open houses for those interested in learning more about careers, education and certifications in Office Systems Technology and Paralegal Studies from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road.

The Paralegal Studies Program is an American Bar Association-approved program. The open house is designed for those who are interested in learning more about the program. The program is intended to train students to become paralegals, not training lawyers or legal administrators. Atlantic Cape offers two paralegal studies degrees, an associate in applied science and an associate in science.

The Office Systems Technology program is designed to help meet the demand for qualified and capable workers to fill thousands of corporate and government openings for administrative office professionals. This program is offered on a full- and part-time basis with classes available online and in person. Certificate programs and an Associate in Applied Science in Office Systems Technology are available at Atlantic Cape.

For more information on the open house, contact Marilyn Malerba Keiner, professor of business and paralegal studies, at keiner@atlantic.edu or 609-343-4941. Contact JoAnne Barbieri, professor of business and computer information systems, at barbieri@atlantic.edu or 609-343-4988 or 609-463-4774, ext. 4988, for information on Office Systems Technology careers.

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. Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10.

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

‘The Sounds of Hollywood’ hits stage

Leaping onto the stage of the Ocean City’s Moorlyn Family Theatre is the singing, dancing fully staged musical “The Sounds of Hollywood.”

Join a cast of professional performers from the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company as they take audiences on a nostalgic journey through the most popular movie musical moments of the past 50 years. Combining film clips, costumes, singers and choreography, “The Sounds of Hollywood” has the audience singing and dancing along in their seats.

This limited engagement is Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m. All performances take place at the newly opened Moorlyn Family Theatre, 837 Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk, Ocean City.

For tickets call 609-399-0006 or see moorlynfamilytheatre.org. Prices are $12 for children under 12 and senior citizens, $15 for adults. See oceancitytheatrecompany.com.

Designer house tour set for Aug. 10

Cape Regional Medical Center’s Foundation and Auxiliary has announced the ninth annual 7-Mile Island Designer House Tour on Aug. 10.

Tickets may be prepurchased for $25 by calling 609-463-4040. Tickets will be available the day of the show at the Avalon Elementary School beginning at 9 a.m.

The Home and Health Show Guidebook is sponsored by Sturdy Savings Bank, Radzieta Funeral Home and AE Litho. It features advertisements from exhibitors and sponsors and devotes full-page layouts to each Designer House. The centerfold features a map for ease of navigation along 7-Mile Island. The guidebook will be published by late July and can be obtained by calling the Cape Regional Medical Center Foundation at 609-463-4040, or at businesses in Avalon and Stone Harbor, or at the chambers of commerce of Cape May County, Avalon and Stone Harbor.

The 7 Mile Island Designer House Tour is sponsored by Kravet Inc., Glenn Insurance, UBS Financial Services, Michner and Milio Regional Women’s Health Group, Cape Regional Urgent Care and Penn Cardiology. All proceeds benefit the Thomas and Claire Brodesser Jr. Cancer Center Capital Campaign at Cape Regional Medical Center. See caperegional.com.

‘Sleepy Hollow’ show offers Q&A

Meet the cast, playwright and director of the award-winning Equity professional East Lynne Theater Co.’s production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” Aug. 2 at an after-show Q&A.

ELTC presents the world premiere of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” 8:30 p.m. to Aug. 31, with a Wednesday-Saturday schedule. Performances are at the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes St., where the company is in residence. Tickets are $30 for general admission; $25 for seniors (ages 62 and over); $15 for full-time students; and ages 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.

Call 609-884-5898 or see eastlynnetheater.org. ELTC partners with the following restaurants for savings: Aleathea’s, the Washington Inn, 410 Bank Street, and Frescos. Guests at the Henry Sawyer Inn or the Victorian Lace Inn can purchase ELTC tickets for $20.

Irish tenor to perform at Avalon church

St. Brendan Parish in Avalon is sponsoring a two-night event featuring Irish tenor Mark Forrest on Aug. 3 and 4.

“A Moment in Time,” a night of music, meditation, prayer and Eucharistic adoration, will be held 7 p.m. Aug. 3 at Maris Stella Church, 50th and Dune Drive, Avalon. An “Inspirational Concert” will be held 7 p.m., Aug. 4 at the same venue. A $10 donation is requested.

Mark and his wife, Muriel, are the founders of the Faith and Family Foundation, which helps special needs children. More information about the foundation can be found at markforrest.com. For information contact the St. Brendan the Navigator parish office at 609-967-3746.

Safe boating class offered in Sea Isle

The Delsea Power Squadron will be conducting a one-day, 8-hour safe boating course from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Aug. 3 at Minmar Marina in Sea Isle City. Registration is required. New Jersey law requires all boaters to successfully complete a Boating Safety Course. For information and registration, contact Ed McGarvey at 609-703-9688 or whiskaway3@verizon.net.

School supply drive under way

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

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

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

4-H members go to national conference

Thirty 4-H members were selected to represent New Jersey at the 2013 Citizenship Washington Focus Conference. This conference, now in its 54th year, was to take place July 7-13 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md.

Citizenship Washington Focus is a 4-H leadership program for high school youth. Delegations from across the country attend this six-day program, intended to enrich young people’s lives by broadening their appreciation and respect for themselves and others in the world. Participants attend workshops, committee meetings, field trips and social events. Participants also can visit Washington, D.C., landmarks including the Capitol, Mount Vernon, Arlington National Cemetery, presidential and war monuments and memorials, and museums.

The delegates representing 12 counties attending this year’s conference included: Cape May County, Rebecca Thompson.

Homemade to host art show, open house

Julie Petrella, the owner of Homemade, a craft and textile shop in Middle Township, is collaborating with woodworkers Bonnie and Abe Warren, of Salem, to put on an exhibit featuring their respective works from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 4.

The event is called “Craft a Handmade Home” and will be part art show and part open house. For more information, see behomemade.com/friends-neighbors/craft-handmade-home-exhibit.

5K Beach Race is Aug. 3

The Borough of Wildwood Crest will stage its annual 5K Beach Race at 8:45 a.m. Aug. 3.

The race will take place on an out-and-back course near the water’s edge at low tide beginning and ending at the edge of the Wildwood Crest Beach Pier at Heather Road. The event also includes an untimed one-mile fun run/walk. The cost is $25 for the 5K run and $20  for the one-mile run/walk. Long-sleeved T-shirts will be given to registrants while supplies last. Race-day registration takes place at the Crest Pier Recreation Center beginning at 7 a.m. Pre-registered runners can pick up their race packet at the Crest Pier Recreation Center on Friday, Aug. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. The 5K Beach Race is a rain or shine event.

For more information, see visitwildwoodcrest.com or call 609-523-0202.

PAC hosts ‘Alice’s Curious Adventures In Wonderland’

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

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

‘Uberboy’ coming to Cape May

The Stockton Performing Arts Center, in conjunction with the Greater Ocean City Theatre, presents the Stockton Playhouse’s production of “Uberboy: The Story of a Hero” on Aug. 7 at the Cape May Convention Center in Cape May.

Showtime is 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $10 and may be ordered at capemaycity.com or by calling 855-708-9699 or by going to the Cape May Convention Hall at 714 Beach Ave.

Youth soccer league taking registrations

The Greater Wildwood Youth Soccer League is accepting registrations for the fall league.

Registration forms are available at the North Wildwood Recreation, Wildwood Crest Pier and J. Byrne Community Center, and may be printed out from wildwoodyouthsoccer.com. Ages 5-6 play Saturday mornings in North Wildwood; ages 7-13 travel throughout Cape May County. The cost is $55 for the first child and $45 for additional children. Checks should be made payable to “GWYSL.” Only new players must provide a copy of a birth certificate with the registration form. The deadline for registration is Aug. 1.

For more information, contact Michele Devine Hartnett at 609-846-0969 or mdevine@eticomm.net.

O.C. art exhibit is Jersey Strong

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

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

Chad and Jeremy to perform in Cape May

The 12th annual Stockton Goes to the Beach Summer Concert Series continues at the Cape May Convention Center in Cape May at 8 p.m. Aug. 5 when Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde take the stage.

Tickets are $35 and may be ordered at capemaycity.com or by calling 855-708-9699 or by going to the Cape May Convention Center, 714 Beach Ave. in Cape May.

Natali Vineyards hostings weekly events

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

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

Free summer music series set

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pet first aid classes now available

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

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

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

GED session scheduled

The Cape May County Technical School District is having a GED test this summer during daytime hours. The test will take place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 14-15. A mandatory registration and orientation, which takes about one hour, is scheduled for 9 a.m. Aug. 13 in the Tozour 100 building, 188 Crest Haven Road, office No. 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 the Technical Schools Continuing Education office at 609-465-2161, ext. 648 or 646, and for more test dates see capemaytech.com.

Arrangements can be made for all of the GED testing information contained in this notice to be better profiled to individuals with limited English language skills or with impaired sensory, manual or speaking skills to enable them to benefit as qualified for opportunities addressed in this notice. Special GED testing accommodations may be requested for individuals challenged with diagnosed physical, emotional or educational special needs.

VIM to honor Lions, Cramer

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

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

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

Vesper services return to Cape May Convention Hall

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

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

Upcoming Vesper Services at 6 p.m. Sundays include: Cold Spring Presbyterian on Aug. 4, Macedonia Baptist on Aug. 11, Our Lady Star of the Sea on Aug. 18 and First Presbyterian on Aug. 25.

Jersey Shore Pops seeking volunteers

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

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

For ticket information, see JerseyShorePops.org.

Health-care classes available

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

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

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

Sandy recovery help available

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

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

Small Sandy Survivors group set

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

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

Caper 10 group seeks new members

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

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

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

Sunday school open

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

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

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

Vaccines available for adults

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

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

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

Beach guide available for people with disabilities

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

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

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

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

OCTC offers camps, classes

The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company will offer an array of camps and classes this summer. 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. Enrollment is limited. To sign up or for more information, see oceancitytheatrecompany.com or call 609-398-1118. All programs are open to residents and non-residents of Ocean City.

Imagination Station, creative drama classes for grades K-2 — Six classes offered through Aug. 14. This one hour and fifteen minute creative time is perfect for your little one who already has aspirations of being a star. Kids will experience creative movement, improve, mime, theatre games, storytelling, reader’s theatre and much more in these jam-packed, high-energy classes. Sign up for one class or sign up for all six. Cost: $18 per class.

Private Acting Lessons, grades 6-12 —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. Develop personalized skills to make you a stronger, more confident performer. Private coaching can be generally technique based or targeted toward a specific role, monologue and/or upcoming audition preparation. Cost: $75 per hour coaching.

Private Voice Lessons grades 5-12 — Experience one-on-one private vocal 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. Cost: $225 for five 45-minute lessons.

Cape May County Museum participates in Blue Star Museums

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

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

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

Nature Center offers programs

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

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

‘Mosaic Memories’ art project set

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

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

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

Classes offered for seniors

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

Manage, Edit and Email 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 email. Students should bring to class a digital camera and a USB cable to connect to the computer, beginning Aug. 9.

Club 50 Plus workshops will be offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Building T; the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road in Cape May Court House; and the Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd in Atlantic City. For workshop prices or to register, contact Sherwood Taylor at 609-343-5689 or staylor@atlantic.edu.

Registration open for fall ACA classes

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

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

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

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

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

Ocean Galleries announces summer lineup

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

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

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

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

Marine technology day camp offered in August

Partnering with the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, and the University of Delaware, 4-H is offering a new, weeklong day camp Aug. 5-9 at the Nature Center of Cape May.

The Ocean Glider camp will offer middle school participants in grades six to eight hands-on experiments and engineering challenges. The camp will run 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Campers can work with ocean sensors and marine robotics, use handheld sensors to explore the environment and collect data, and engage in activities and marine science laboratories. At the close of the week, the campers will offer a showcase of their work.

Participants should pack lunch, sunscreen and a water bottle each day. This program is offered through a partnership with the Department of 4-H Youth Development, the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, and the University of Delaware. The camp will take place at the Nature Center of Cape May’s Environmental Education campus, located on Cape May harbor.

Registrations is now open and space is limited. The cost is $250 per camper, or $200 for members of NJ Audubon Nature Center of Cape May and registered Cape May County 4-H members in good standing. Contact the 4-H office at 609-465-5115, ext. 610, or karavan@njaes.rutgers.edu.

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).

Youth invited to fishing camp

The Nature Center of Cape May and its parent organization, New Jersey Audubon, invite children over the age of 8 to participate in the second annual Guy Hill Buckelew Memorial youth Fishing Camp to run from 9 a.m. to noon Monday-Friday, Aug. 19-23, at the Nature Center, 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May.

Guy Hill Buckelew was an avid angler and sportsman whose desire to see his love of fishing perpetuated to aspiring youthful anglers is realized by this camp. The camp will be supervised by retired teacher and local waterman Norman Smith. Camp leaders will instruct students in all phases of fishing including species identification, catch limits, angling methods and terminology, bait, tackle and rigging, safety precautions and even catch cleaning and preparation. Additional afternoon hours will be scheduled to accommodate a boat trip from 1 to 5 p.m. (weather permitting), a visit to this year’s Mid-Atlantic $500,000 tuna and marlin tournament to watch weigh-ins and tour the Big Tent.

The cost for this weeklong experience covers professional instruction, equipment, bait, T-shirts and other apparel, as well as charter boat fees. The cost is $200 for members and $250 for non-members. Scholarships are available based on need and for many U.S. Coast Guard dependent children, but camp size is limited. Inquiries should be made in person at the center or call 609-898-8848 for registration information.

Cape May Stage offers subscriptions

Equity theater Cape May Stage has announced the lineup of plays and deals on subscription packages for the 2013 season, the theater’s 25th anniversary.

The schedule features: “Boeing Boeing” to Sept. 13; “Freud’s Last Session,” Sept. 18-Oct. 19; “A Walk in the Woods,” Oct. 23-Nov. 16; “Jacob Marley’s Christmas,” Nov. 29-Dec. 29.

Subscriber benefits include as much as 50 percent off regular box office prices, complimentary exchanges and upgrades, priority seating, and discounts on our merchandise. Cape May Stage offers subscription series tickets for opening or preview night performances and subscription flex passes. Purchase of these series is equivalent to 15 percent off single ticket prices.

Subscriptions can be purchased by calling 609-884-1341, online at capemaystage.org or at the box office. All subscriptions expire Dec. 30.

Middle PAC holding concerts

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

Aug. 4, ‘Classics Rock’ with Jacklyn Buckingham and Frank Hampton

Aug. 10, the music of Glenn Miller

Aug. 17, Peter Oprisko

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.